Art Beat, by Dian Law Poetry contest on our wilderness areas

Cortez Cultural Center in collaboration with Conservation Colorado announces a Youth Poetry Contest.

The Cortez Cultural Center and Conservation Colorado have united to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act, a law that has protected some of America's most pristine landscapes. Southwest Colorado is fortunate to have access to some of the state's most iconic wilderness areas, including the Weminuche Wilderness area.

Our wilderness areas are sources of inspiration for all kinds of artists. We want to learn what wilderness means to you through original works of poetry in anticipation of the upcoming April visit from the Colorado Poet Laureate, Dave Mason. Send your original poems no later than March 31 to enter the poetry contest and have the chance to win a landscape- inspired prize. Contest categories are ages 6-9, 10-13 and 14-18.

Submissions should be inspired by wild places with a special emphasis on the landscapes of the four corners region. They should inspire and educate our community to honor and protect these places. For more information, contact annebeach@cortezcultural center.org.

Snow (or no) show 2014

The Arts Council's next show at the Town Gallery will be the 6th Annual Snow Show. All art submitted must be framed and ready to hand - the theme is snow (or no snow) as the case may be. There are no fees. Just show your favorite winter scene- or any art inspired by winter. Artworks must be turned in to the gallery by Feb. 27, and the show will be hung March 2. It will open at March 7 with a reception. The show is part of the annual Mancos Melt.

Farm Fresh

Farm Fresh celebrates its 30th anniversary with cover art contest with a cash prize provided by Colorado Creative Industries. Colorado Creative Industries and the Colorado Department of Agriculture announced a cover art contest in honor of the 30th anniversary of the Colorado Farm Fresh Directory, a listing of farms, farmers' markets, CSAs, u-picks and roadside stands that offer fresh produce and other farm products direct to the consumer. Amateur and professional artists may submit original artwork. The winning entry will be featured on the cover of the 2014 Colorado Farm Fresh Directory and the artist will receive $500 courtesy of Colorado Creative Industries. Entries must relate to Colorado agriculture. Artwork may be created in any medium, but be submitted as digital files. About 110,000 copies of Farm Fresh will be distributed statewide the last week of May. Deadline for entries is March 14, 2014. For more information, contact Loretta Lopez at 303-239-4115 or visit www.coloradoagriculture.com.

Artist in residence at Mesa Verde

Jan Wright (also the president of the Arts Council) was tasked with selecting the finalists for this position for 2014. She and her committee received over 60 applications including painting, photography, musicians, dancers and poets.

My dear husband bought us tickets at the Fort Lewis Concert Hall for "An Evening with Keb' Mo'" His real name is Kevin Moore, the "Keb Mo" comes from his mother calling him in for dinner.

Also, Durango Film Festival runs Feb. 26 through March 3. Head over for all those "small films" that you can't see anywhere else.

I am always looking for art news, whether it's visual or audio. Email dhlaw4367@gmail.com