Art Beat Meet the new kid on the block, Jaime Becktel

To the fine people of Mancos, I bid you a warm hello. My name is Jaime Becktel, humble successor to Dian Law - faithful Art Beat columnist for The Mancos Times the past eight years.

Dian asked if I would carry on with keeping our community apprised of all things art and culture and I accept the responsibility with great happiness.

I've been living in Mancos for two years and am so inspired by the fervently growing art and music scene within Montezuma County.

As the new generation of Art Beat, I want to celebrate the natural and cultural treasures we are so fortunate to experience in the Southwest.

I invite you to send me information on the upcoming shows, performances, open studios and workshops of local and visiting artists, writers, musicians, thespians, poets, painters and potters.

We are awash in creativity, and in that swirl of paint and prose, we are lucky indeed.

Please feel free to email me at

Nice to meet ya'll.

What's happening:

Navajo Code Talker at the Cortez Cultural Center - Sam Sandoval

When: 8-10 p.m. every Wednesday, June through August

Where: In the Cultural Center Gallery

Native American Dances in the Cultural Center Plaza

When: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7 p.m.; through the end of August

Cost: Free to the public

11th Annual Dolores River Festival

What: The festival will feature a costumed river parade, live music all day on two stages, info booths, food and beverage vendors, contests, children/family activities, free raft rides and camping.

When: Saturday, June 7, 10 a.m. to dusk

Where: Joe Rowell Park in Dolores

Wayne Hancock at the Dolores River Brewery

What: Express Train to Honky Tonk Heaven

When: Saturday, June 7,

4 p.m.

Info: Ticket information at 970-882-HOPS

Pagosa Folk and Bluegrass Festival

What: June 6, 7 and 8

Where: Reservoir Hill Park, Pagosa Springs

Info: Lineup and more information at

Cost: $25-$325