Art Beat: As solstice approaches, the air fills with sound of summer

Summer solstice is around the corner and as the sun bends each evening behind the mesas, there's much to inspire the artist and reveler within us all.

Lately, I'm especially drawn to the sparkle of dusk on water, framed by reeds and backlit grass. Water is my constant muse. The Dolores and Animas rivers roar down from the mountains in chocolate milk torrents. North of Telluride, I gasp at an occasional veil of white lace falling from granite heights. Irrigation percolates the marshy meadows of the Mancos Valley as redwing blackbirds squelch and meadowlarks pollinate the air with summer's song. There's much to be grateful for here in our little bowl of beauty and an endless list of artful and musical events to enjoy.

On the horizon

Native American Dances in the Cultural Center Plaza

When: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7 p.m. (all summer)

Cost: Free to the public

Artist Reception for David John at the Cortez Cultural Center

When: Wednesday, June 18, 5-7 p.m.

Info: www.cortezculturalcenter.org

Mancos Farmers Market

When: Every Thursday afternoon from June 26 through Sept. 25, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

What: Local produce, meats, cheese, arts and crafts

Info: www.mancoscolorado.com

Moecorps Productions presents The Crags and Kevin Frazier

When: The Main Street Brewery

Friday, June 20,; seating starts at 7:30 p.m.; show starts at 8:30 p.m.

Cost: $5 cover

Info: www.mainstreetbrewerycortez.com

Third Annual Solstice Party, featuring The Moetones

Where: Mr. Happy's Bakery, Bar and Grill

When: Saturday, June 21 at 8 p.m.

Cost: No cover

Info: www.mrhappysbbg.wordpress.com

The Dolores River Brewery Presents David Luning

When: Saturday, June 21; 8:30 p.m.

Cost: $5-$10 cover

Info: www.doloresriverbrewery.com

The Dolores River Brewery presents Blair Crimmons and the Hookers

When: Wednesday, June 25, 8 p.m.

Cost: $5 cover

Info: www.doloresriverbrewery.com

Fourth Annual "Sharing the 81328 Perspective"

What: A community photo show and the Cowboy Photo Booth

This year's theme is "The Cat's Meow"

When: Saturday, July 26 and Sunday, July 27

Info: www.mancosarts.org

Life at Chimney Rock Festival

When: Saturday, July 26 and Sunday, July 27, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sponsored by the Chimney Rock Interpretive Association

A day of fun for the whole family that includes tours of the monument, native skills activities and an incredible market with work by award winning native artists.

Cost: Free

Info: chimneyrockco.org/life.php

Please email information you may have regarding creative happenings in and around our little town of Mancos. Contact Jaime Becktel at Jaime.Becktel@gmail.com. www.JaimeBecktel@wordpress.org