Art Beat: Days of thunder, nights of music

The pyrotechnics of these afternoon thunderstorms never cease to amaze.

They were rivaled only by the bombastic display of fireworks on the Fourth of July at Boyle Park, which I caught as I descended Mancos Hill on a drive home from Hesperus.

In our rural corner of the country here in Mancos, we have our own bustling art scene, which grows with each day, each new painting, sculpture, poem and song. Happy summer folks. May it be artful.

Printmaking Demonstration

with Bryan Kyle at the Mancos Library

When: Thursday, July 17, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Free: All ages are welcome.

Learn about the artistic process of printmaking and discover simple "kitchen table" techniques for this interesting type of art.

Information: Visit or call Mancos Public Library at 970-533-7600.

The Dolores River Brewery Presents the Lawn Chair Kings

When: Friday, July 18, 8:30 p.m.

Cost: $5 cover

Information: www.doloresriver

The Western Heritage Show

Opening reception at the Mancos Visitor Center

Thursday, July 24: 5 to 7 p.m.

Sponsored in part by the Mancos Arts Council, Cortez Walgreens, Mancos Valley Resources and volunteers.

Runs: July 25 through August

The Western Heritage Show is on display at the Town Gallery in the Mancos Visitor Center. After this show, submissions will be accepted for the "Art Takes Flight" exhibit that will run in conjunction with the Balloon Festival.

Grand Summer Nights Art Walk in Mancos

When: Friday, July 25

Miniature art festival with live music, art demonstrations, gallery openings and special libations and menus from downtown merchants.

Mancos Days

When: July 25-27

Volunteers: Call 970-533-7725


Games, softball tournaments, a street dance, art, music, vendors, food and so much more!

Fiddle Jake Returns to the Mancos Valley Distillery

Information: Call Ian at 970-946-0229

When: Saturday, July 26

Tami Graham presents the Eliza Gilkyson Trio

with Special Guest Melissa Crabtree

Where: Mancos Opera House

When: Thursday, Aug. 7, 7:30 p.m.

Cost: Tickets are $20 in advance and are available at Southwest Sound in Durango and Zuma Natural Foods; and $22 at the door. Part of proceeds benefit Mancos Valley Resources

The Dolores River Brewery presents The Appleseed Collective

When: Saturday, Aug. 2, 8:30 p.m.

Cost: $10 cover

Mix the Hot Club of Paris with the sweaty soul of Dixieland, a couple blades of bluegrass, a pinch of ragtime beat, and a western swinging swagger and you've conjured the sound of The Appleseed Collective.


Seeking artists and craftspeople

The Mancos Valley Arts Council is seeking artists/craftspeople to have a booth at the Arts Festival and Street Fair on the Saturday of the Balloon Festival, Sept. 27 from 9-4 p.m. Booth fee is $45. Register with Marianne at the Chamber.

Seeking artists for the Mancos Valley Arts Directory

Get your contact information included in a Town Arts Directory.

Information: Email Jan Wright at