Durango Art Brigade

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Durango Art Brigade

The Durango Art Brigade is a new temporary public art initiative that promotes Economic Recovery & Resilience, Community Partnerships, Activation of the Social Sphere and Youth Involvement

FALL SELECTED PROJECTS
DISPLAYED THROUGHOUT OCTOBER 2020

MURAL AT DURANGO ARTS CENTER
802 E 2ND AVENUE
ARTIST: NIA STURR

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Nia Sturr completed this mural in October 2020 on the bottom south-facing wall of the Durango Arts Center. The mural depicts the life cycle of an apple.

"PARADE OF MASQUERADE"
ILLUSTRATED PRINTS DISPLAY ON DURANGO ARTS CENTER WINDOWS
802 E 2ND AVENUE
ARTIST: DENIS LEBRUN

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Prior to the pandemic I rarely gave masks much thought. Wearing a mask seemed reasonable enough for super heroes and their nemeses, or while I was cutting and sanding wood and unquestionably for surgeons. Just imagine waking from surgery in the operating room and finding the surgeon and surgical staff all looking down at you with great big toothy smiles, AAAH!

This project is meant to take the edge off what has become a contentious issue. I hope these illustrations will bring a smile to you and momentarily remove the controversy.

I’ve worked as a cartoonist for over 46 years, and 24 of those years I illustrated the comic strip Blondie. I now live in this awesome town of Durango.

The majority of the years as a cartoonist I’ve used pencil and India inks, acrylic and watercolor paint. When computers first became a thing I had to get one, that was in 1989. Many years later graphic applications for artists became sophisticated enough to mimic real-world art mediums, so digital became my favorite way to work. For the illustrations in this project I used my Mac Pro connected to a Wacom Intuos Pro pressure sensitive pen tablet. The software applications I used to sketch out the illustrations were Corel Painter and Adobe Photoshop and then concluded with painting them in Corel Painter.

The illustrations were printed by the great crew at Office Depot. Prints were mounted to foam board and installed by Mason Turner a Durango High School student volunteer.

Prints of your favorite illustrations are available:
100# coated cover stock
11x17 (size displayed in windows at DAC) @ $14 each
8½x11 (half size displayed in windows at DAC) @ $7 each
email: maskprints@denislebrun.com

"CELEBRATE PERFORMING ARTS"
MOSAIC INSTRUMENT DISPLAY AT DURANGO WELCOME CENTER
802 MAIN AVENUE
ARTIST: SHANNA ROBB

Shanna Robb

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Performing Arts is an essential part of the Durango art scene. The colorful array of original art featured here aims to shed light on performance art. Window display and art created by Colorado artist, Shanna Robb.

Artist Statement
I aim to create unique art that is not coincidental and is meant for someone not just anyone. The why or what is less important than creating art that ultimately has a meaningful relationship with an onlooker. A relationship where they become part of the story. Past works and contact information may be found at myworldinart.com.

All Art Available for Purchase*
Time Flies (guitar) $7,500
Kick’N Back (brown boot) $475
Walking with Intention (red boot) $475
Soaring Pinnacles (window) $675
Sound Wave (trumpet) $4,100
Drama Queen (cymbal) $725
*A percentage of all featured art sold while on display at the Durango Welcome Center will be donated to the Durango Creative District. Email shanna@myworldinart.com.

"HERE FISHY, FISHY"
WINDSOCKS AT CREAM BEAN BERRY
1021 MAIN AVENUE
ARTIST: ANN BAUER-LASIEWICZ

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Windsocks in the shape of fish! This installation was inspired by a Japanese tradition known as Koinobori. In Japan, they are displayed in May to honor Children’s Day. The windsocks that you see here are of very sheer, lightweight fabric and can be made either larger or smaller. But, whatever size, they love “swimming” in even the slightest breeze.

"WATERBUG"
SCULPTURE AT SMILEY BUILDING (SOUTH ENTRANCE)
1309 E 3RD AVENUE
ARTIST: JEFF GLODE WISE

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HANGING SILK SCULPTURE AT DURANGO RUG COMPANY (INDOOR)
747 MAIN AVENUE
ARTIST: SIRI AUSTILL

Siri Austill

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With this interactive piece I wanted to give the sense of a woven piece unraveling. The silk has rough unsewn edges so that it shows a slow breakdown into individual fibers.

The colors invoke the rich tones of an antique rug and are paired with nature imagery to weave together the beauties of the natural and human-made. This interconnectedness reminds us of a deeper rhythm that guides the movements of our lives, even in moments when our hard work appears to unravel.

streamofmind.designs@gmail.com
Price: $700

DURANGO TELEGRAPH BOX MURAL BY STEAMWORKS BREWING CO. (SOUTH)
801 E 2ND AVENUE
ARTISTS: DARBY VOORHEES & LUKE DAVIS

Durango Creative District

Photo by Debra Greenblatt, Dumpster Beautification Project
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Durango High School seniors Darby Voorhees and Luke Davis completed this Durango Telegraph box mural in October 2020. The box is on the south side of Steamworks Brewing Company.

VOTE QUILT INSTALLATION
EMPTY STOREFRONT AT 558 MAIN AVENUE
ARTISTS: IMPROVISATIONAL QUILTERS

Durango art

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Improvisational Quilters from Stitch, a quilt and sewing boutique in Durango, CO, are pleased to present a group exhibition of new works in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. Improvisational quilts are unique because a pattern is not used or followed. For this exhibition, each quilter created her own quilt celebrating women’s right to vote. Vote November 3rd!

Participating artists: Diana Nelson, Patty Joy, Barbara Hawn, Jennifer Goodwin, Jen Colomb, Barbara Pevny, Amanda Preston Araujo, Debbie Wambaugh, Lee Ann Vallejos, Jennifer Boyer, Laura Jones, Robin Mason and Barbara Albrecht

"GOOD TROUBLE: COMMUNITY ART KITCHEN" INSTALLATION
EMPTY STOREFRONT AT 558 MAIN AVENUE
COORDINATOR: CRISTEN ALEXANDRIA

activist art

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Before his passing, activist John Lewis advocated “Make Good Trouble.” Somewhere in a summer where it felt the world was burning, these words intertwined with creative practice. As an artist I believe it is our role to become mirrors, to awaken and inspire, and remind others they too are vessels for creativity. Art lives within us. The stories we tell ourselves and others, the way we communicate, the things that catch our eye and remind us of our own shine. Good Trouble is a community art kitchen. A culmination of friends creating under the Southwestern sun, sharing their perspective with the world.

History: This building was bought and developed in the 1960s when much of this part of Main Ave. was considered “the bad side of town,”. As the town transformed, so did the reputation of the surrounding area, becoming a hub of life and activity. Many locals know 558 Main Ave. as the former home to Starbucks, who vacated earlier this year. The intention of the owner of the building is to draw it back to the community with local flavor, a perspective I hoped to honor throughout the process!

Elements used:

Kitchen Table: Foundational to the design was the kitchen table of my mother’s childhood, a table I would later trek through college years, as a desk, as a table and now as a platform to invite the viewer back to a time when they took a seat in a room that nourished

Florals: Generously donated by Botanical Concepts, a local nursery, dahlia’s symbolize inner strength, creativity and change, all of which fit the rocky terrain of this era.

Sign: A creation by artist, Alex Vick (@sewage_farm), how about those letters!

Ceramics: Earthy textures compliment innovative design by Nick Schlau of @ColoradoClay, a working studio for creatives of Durango that embodies so much of what this town represents: play, passion and exploration of the elements.

Candles/Lighting: In homage to imagination and those that have gone before, adding shrine-like details complete the intention of the installation to honor life and it’s seasons.

Personal art: Three of my personal collage pieces are hidden throughout the display, “Joy Awakening,” “Cast Bronze Knuckles,” and “Lady with a View,”. Each piece represents a distinct stage of creative development. I have much to learn and unlearn as an artist—thank you to my family, mentors and teachers along this journey.

Cristen Alexandria | www.cristenalexandria.com | hello@cristenalexandria.com
@cristenalexandria | @4cornersart | For pricing inquiries, please contact directly.

MURAL TRIPTYCH AT A SHARED BLANKET
104 E 5TH STREET
ARTIST: HANNAH WILSON

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Amidst the chaos of the world, nature still exists. Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. With all that is changing and shifting, there are some things that stay consistent. One thing I find consistent, is when I spend time outside or in beautiful places, I feel ground. Renewal. Awe. I am reminded that I am here in this moment, I exist, and I am alive. With scarcity and pain, there also comes beauty and joy.

An autumn view of Durango’s, engineer mountain on top of USGS topographic maps.
Acrylic on wooden panels
Triptych dimensions in order:
5'6" x 2'
5'6" x 3'
5'6" x 2'

$1,200 (all three panels, not sold separately)
If interested in purchasing, or any other inquiries, please contact through email!
hannahwilsonart.com
hannahwilsonart@gmail.com
515.745.3180
@hannahwilson.art

"CRYPTIC VOYAGE"
SCULPTURE ON ANIMAS RIVER TRAIL
ACROSS FROM FIRE STATION AT 1235 CAMINO DEL RIO
ARTIST: JEFF GLODE WISE

Jeff Wise

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Materials: Welded and painted steel, 12’ Long x 4’ High x 4’ Wide
The genesis of this project was my desire to make a big mouth, who knows why. I then wanted to give the piece a very dynamic sense of motion so I staged a crow cluster flying through the lips. A counter balance was required and again I wanted something with a lot of implied motion so I chose a kid diving into the future. This piece is the essence of surrealism, by placing objects completely out of context.

Jeff Glode Wise | jeffwiseart.com | @jeffwiseart | jeff@jeffwiseart.com | 970-769-0756

INTERESTED IN APPLYING NEXT YEAR? HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW!

Durango Creative District, the City of Durango's Creative Economy Commission, Local First, Dumpster Beautification Project and Durango Business Improvement District have formed a partnership in effort to beautify the central business district through temporary public art. Representatives from each organization and Durango artists have formed a selection committee to release an open call to artists for commissioned projects in September/October 2020.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

When will the next Durango Art Brigade application cycle occur?

The Durango Art Brigade is working to secure funding for 2021 and beyond. If funding is received, the selection committee will host an open call in the Spring/Summer of 2021. Check back here or on @durangoartbrigade on Instagram for more updates.

What kinds of art projects are you seeking for this initiative?

The Durango Art Brigade selection committee is currently seeking and reviewing feasible sites in the central business district for artists to install custom artworks.

We are seeking projects that include but are not limited to: Sculptures, window installations, chalk art, interactive 3D art, mini murals, furniture, “green spaces” with plants, light art, beautification of the new downtown “bump-outs” and more!

What will I get paid for my art installation?

In 2020, The Durango Art Brigade had $3500 to contribute to this initiative, pending other donations. Stipends for artists’ time and materials were determined on a project-to-project basis.

Finalists can expect a stipend for their time in the range of $50-$300, depending on the scope of their project + reimbursement for materials.

Who can submit a project proposal?

This initiative is open for artists and educators of all ages, backgrounds and experience to participate in. If you are an emerging artist/youth/intern, please indicate this in the future application form for an opportunity to volunteer with future finalist projects.

If my project is selected, what are my liabilities?

Outdoor installations: In the project application form, you will be asked if you are comfortable with the impermanence of your project. We are seeking projects that the community and visitors can interact with in the public sphere. Depending on the outdoor site, your art may be subject to weather and public interference.

We will connect artists with their respective property managers to address individual solutions for monitoring the final art installations, but neither the property manager or the involved partners of the Durango Art Brigade will be held liable for damaged or lost artworks.

Empty Storefront Installations: If you are concerned with the impermanence of your work, please specify that you would like to install your artwork in an empty storefront only where your artwork will be protected within the site’s windows.

I am a business owner/property manager in the central business district who would like to participate. How can I list my site for beautification?

Great! If you are a business owner or property manager in the central business district who would like to see art installed on your property, please email info@local-first.org with your address to list your site.

What criteria is the Selection Committee using to review projects?

The Durango Art Brigade selection committee is using pre-formatted criteria to make the review and finalist process as objective as possible. Our selection criteria includes:

  • Compatibility with site
  • Engaging/interactive concept
  • Meets a reasonable budget
  • Project can be fabricated in 2 week timeframe
  • Business owner/property manager supports concept

Are you accepting youth volunteers?

Yes! We are looking for youth volunteers to help finalists execute their projects. While the scope of each project will be dependent on selected projects, we are looking to pair 1-2 youth volunteers with each finalist.

If you would like to add your name to the youth volunteer list, please email hayley@durangocreativedistrict.org

Durango Art Brigade

Chalk pyramid installation by Animas Craft Woodworks. Project funded by Durango Business Improvement District. Photo by Scott DW Smith, Imagesmith Photo.

Based off the positive outcome we had in December 2019 with the Empty Storefront Project (a Durango Creative District, Durango Business Improvement District and Creative Economy Commission partnership), we are expanding on the concept to include beautification of outdoor areas in the central business district.

Check out the final Empty Storefront Projects that were selected in December 2019 by following the link below!

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