Art Beat: As solstice approaches, the air fills with sound of summer
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.
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
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
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
The Dolores River Brewery Presents David Luning
When: Saturday, June 21; 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $5-$10 cover
The Dolores River Brewery presents Blair Crimmons and the Hookers
When: Wednesday, June 25, 8 p.m.
Cost: $5 cover
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
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.
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