Category Archives: Arts & Entertainment

Ten questions for Anne Hillerman: The best-selling author and daughter of Tony Hillerman discusses his legacy and more

Print this articleOn Wednesday, Jan. 11, at 6 p.m. author Anne Hillerman will be speaking at the Cortez Public Library (202 N. Park St.) to kick off its 2017 Amazing Authors Tour. Daughter of the late, legendary New Mexico novelist … Continue reading

Published in Arts & Entertainment, January 2017 Tagged

The play’s the thing: Tennyson, Welty revive community theater at the Sunflower

Print this articleIn this age of flat-screen devices and digital storytelling, rich, stimulating, live theater performances may no longer take center stage in our entertainment options. But two local actors see this circumstance as a timely opportunity and are working … Continue reading

Published in Arts & Entertainment, November 2016 Tagged

A dream come true: A new center for the arts is opening in Cortez

Print this articleA new arts center is opening in Cortez after an intense, 18-month renovation process to transform a 1950s gas station into a practical yet inspiring studio space. The building design and space planning had to function on multiple … Continue reading

Published in Arts & Entertainment, October 2016

A stitch in time: Quilting soars to creative heights, earning recognition

Print this articleForty years ago, Cortez resident Tammy Wilson, a member of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, was given a quilt made by her auntie. The traditional piecework design radiates out from the center in a mix of brightly colored, … Continue reading

Published in Arts & Entertainment, September 2016

The power of pictures: A Mancos exhibit showcases the historic and history-making work of William Henry Jackson

Print this articleThe power of a photograph to change the course of history was more apparent 150 years ago, when the explorer William Henry Jackson took a picture of land near Yellowstone River that led to the declaration of the … Continue reading

Published in Arts & Entertainment, August 2016

Author Mauldin finds inspiration in parks

Print this articleBaby boomers young enough in 1966 to remember scrambling into the back seat of their parents’ station wagon for a trip to a national park like Mesa Verde may also be able to conjure the jingle, “See the … Continue reading

Published in Arts & Entertainment, May 2016

Singular focus: Photographer and Mesa Verde artist-in-residence Gregory Spaid specializes in the ‘lone tree’

Print this articleEach January, the Mesa Verde artist-in-residence program reviews dozens of applications from national, international and local artists who are hoping to create writing, visual art or music compositions while living at the park. This year was no exception. … Continue reading

Published in April 2016, Arts & Entertainment

Learning, growth expected for Canyon Country Discovery Center

Print this articleThis will be a year of development and learning for the Canyon Country Discovery Center – the new campus of the Four Corners School of Outdoor Education in Monticello, Utah. “There are things we just don’t know — … Continue reading

Published in Arts & Entertainment, March 2016

Cultural-center revamp highlights history

Print this articleWhen Jeff Weinmeister took over the directorship of the Cortez Cultural Center in 2015, the not-for-profit was called by some on the street a sinking ship. The board was fractious and the mission and offerings – including archeological … Continue reading

Published in Arts & Entertainment, March 2016 Tagged

Fluidity at The Farm

Print this articleLocal photographer Barbara Grist is presenting an exhibition through May 31 at The Farm Bistro, 34 W. Main St., Cortez. This exhibition by showcases photographs from her “Fluidity” series, presenting photographic interpretations of water and light in two … Continue reading

Published in Arts & Entertainment, May 2015

Aid for code-talker whose home burned

Print this article When Samuel Holiday was forcibly enrolled in the Tuba City Boarding School as an 8-year-old, he was firmly told it was “English language only! – No Navajo!” He tried to comply. He studied hard, but he wasn’t … Continue reading

Published in Arts & Entertainment, December 2011

The Diversity of Indian Country: Author sees new energy in Native American communities

Print this articleIndian Country is a vibrant and diverse locale, says Catherine (“Everybody knows me as Cathy”) Robbins, author of “All Indians Do Not Live in Teepees (or Casinos),” published by the University of Nebraska Press. “Modernity and a restorative … Continue reading

Published in Arts & Entertainment, November 2011

Bluff Arts Fest focuses on storytelling

Print this articleSouthwest author Craig Childs will be among the gathering’s notables Every year, on a chilly January day, somebody wandering into the Bluff, Utah, post office will find a sign-up sheet. Planning has already begun for Bluff Arts Festival, … Continue reading

Published in Arts & Entertainment, October 2011 Tagged

Wicked good: Colorado author recounts true tales from the Wild, Wild West

Print this articleOne June day in 1912, gunfire rattled Ophir, Colo. When the roar subsided, “twenty-five-year-old Charles Turner lay in the dirt by the railroad tracks, blood pouring from his mouth, and a hole in his chest.” Ninety-eight years later, … Continue reading

Published in Arts & Entertainment, September 2011

A cultural crossroads: Cortez center is a museum, a gallery, an entertainmnet hub and much more

Print this article  It’s a little bit of a lot of things. Part museum, part art gallery, part natural and cultural resources preserve, and part gift shop featuring work by local crafters, the Cortez Cultural Center draws people from all … Continue reading

Published in Arts & Entertainment, August 2011

Hopkins’ ‘Carlomagno’ imagines the life of a Native American pirate

Print this article   Career journalists always have a book in their belly. Most dream of writing the investigative story that will change the world for the better. John Christian Hopkins, an award-winning reporter (and a Free Press columnist) who … Continue reading

Published in Arts & Entertainment, August 2011

Golden fleeces: The role of sheep in Native culture

Print this article“Her instinct was very strong and she accepted her young with no problem,” says TahNibaa Naataanii of one of her Navajo churro sheep, which became a first-time mom this spring. Naataanii serves as project director of Diné be’ … Continue reading

Published in Arts & Entertainment, June 2011 Tagged , , ,

New Mexican finds art in everyday moments

Print this articleThe crisp odor of oil paint and solvent greets anybody visiting the studio of Farmington, N.M., artist Gerald Farm, just next to the home he and his wife, Shari, built in 1973. They separated the buildings because, Farm … Continue reading

Published in Arts & Entertainment, May 2011 Tagged ,

‘Sacred Images’ showcases ancient rock art

Print this articleThe photo exhibit, “Sacred Images: A Vision of Native American Rock Art,” will fill the Special Exhibit Gallery at the BLM Anasazi Heritage Center in Dolores, Colo., from April 1 through Oct. 30. The exhibit features Utah rock … Continue reading

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Artist Keith Hutcheson’s vision of the outdoors

Print this articleKeith Hutcheson is a contented artist today. His retrospective painting exhibit at the Anasazi Heritage Center is an opportunity to survey decades of his own visual art work hanging as a portfolio in its entirety for the first … Continue reading

Published in Arts & Entertainment, January 2011 Tagged ,

A non-traditional holiday

Print this articleSome theatre companies slate themselves to perform the usual plays or musicals at Christmas time: “A Christmas Carol,” “The Nutcracker,” all the traditionals. But the Durango Arts Center is grinning all the way with an original musical written … Continue reading

Published in Arts & Entertainment, December 2010

Healing the human heart

Print this articleWhen it comes to human behavior, Kate Niles isn’t much interested in simplistic views about good and evil. She’s fascinated by the vast region that lies between – the complex shadings that make up the human psyche. “I … Continue reading

Published in Arts & Entertainment, November 2010

Up in the air: People and objects will be flying at the first Durango Juggle Fest

Print this article  Only five percent of the professional jugglers around the world are women. Erin Stephens of Durango is one of that rare breed. Stephens’ talents and those of a host of other performers will be on display at … Continue reading

Published in Arts & Entertainment, October 2010

‘Crazy’ for Patsy Cline

Print this articleWhen people crowd into the Durango Arts Center for the start of “Always Patsy Cline,” they’re chatting and happy, full of anticipation. But by the time the show ends, the theater is mostly quiet, the silence punctuated with … Continue reading

Published in Arts & Entertainment, August 2010

Tapestry of life: Kady’s weavings depict family and surroundings

Print this article“I am very passionate about it,” says Navajo weaver Roy Kady of his art. “It’s my love. I can feel it at the tips of my fingers.” Kady grew up in a weaving family in Goat Springs, a … Continue reading

Published in Arts & Entertainment, July 2010

Growing native: Classes teach expertise in local plants, gardening

Print this articleMagnifying glasses to eyes, men and women spread across a field bright with flowers. Someone examines a leaf and makes a note in a black book. Two others huddle and whisper, pointing to something at their feet. Detectives … Continue reading

Published in Arts & Entertainment, June 2010

Noble breeds: Mancos sculptor captures animals’ essence

Print this articleOne day, sculptor Patsy Davis’ wire-hair pointer paced the house, begging to go out. Davis ignored her — until a squeak caught her attention. Picturing mischief, she dashed to see what the dog was doing. The dog wasn’t … Continue reading

Published in Arts & Entertainment, May 2010

A woman’s intelligence

Print this articleDurango’s Harris broke ground gathering info for the military One day, 5-year-old Gail Harris sat at home in Newark, N.J., watching TV with her dad. “Now my dad was both visionary and old-fashioned,” she laughs. “You know. ‘We … Continue reading

Published in April 2010, Arts & Entertainment

A dog’s voice

Print this articleEveryone knows the adage, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” But few people have taken it to heart more than Connie Gotsch. Gotsch, of Farmington, N.M., knew as a child that she wanted to become … Continue reading

Published in Arts & Entertainment, March 2010

‘Dog-crazy’

Print this articleGoodnight’s sculptures celebrate animals and the American West “Look at your hand and turn it 360 degrees. You can see how much form there is in that,” Mancos artist Veryl Goodnight replies when asked why she uses live … Continue reading

Published in Arts & Entertainment, February 2010

Horses and women who ride

Print this articleWomen have always had a special affinity for horses, and a unique mother- daughter show at the Edge of Cedars State Park Museum in Blanding, Utah, celebrates that bond. “Desert Horses (Painted by the Women Who Ride Them)” … Continue reading

Published in Arts & Entertainment, January 2010

Facing a painted reality

Print this articleEd Singer is an artist who renders contemporary reality on the Navajo reservation with a hard experiential lens on internal politics. It’s what he sees, hears, observes and knows firsthand. “Even so,” he insists, “it’s not political art.” … Continue reading

Published in Arts & Entertainment, December 2009

Art in public places

Print this articleWheat-paste images surprise drivers on Navajo rez It’s easy to miss highway wheatpaste street art while traveling 70 mph across the northern Navajo Nation, under the mesmerizing influence of the sensual land. The beauty swallows the presence of … Continue reading

Published in Arts & Entertainment, November 2009

Stepping Out: A local concert series launches another season

Print this articleThe Dove Creek school system has no music program, but thanks to the SouthWest Colorado Concert Association, and a Dove Creek bank, interested students and adults can attend classical, jazz, and pop concerts. Every year, the SWCCA brings … Continue reading

Published in Arts & Entertainment, October 2009

Beastly beauty: An exhibit depicts cougars in art, pop culture

Print this articleThe horse rears, tossing the sheriff over the cliff and down an incline. Tumbling and rolling, he lands on a ledge jutting high above boulder strewn white water. Before he can recover his wits, a snarl penetrates his … Continue reading

Published in Arts & Entertainment, September 2009

Swamp doves and saloons

Print this articleRed Mountain Mining District, 1891. The fall wind whips down Main Street. Saloon and restaurant windows glow. The smells of coffee, hot bread, cigars and stale beer waft from open windows. A man shouts. Shots echo. In the … Continue reading

Published in Arts & Entertainment, August 2009

A feast for music-lovers

Print this articleThe Clavier Trio is among the plethora of talent that will be featured at Music in the Mountains 2009 Last year when the Clavier Trio performed at Carnegie Hall to a sold-out house, an usher came back stage … Continue reading

Published in Arts & Entertainment, July 2009

Fashion show: An exhibit displays New Mexicans’ historic styles

Print this article  What’s coming out of the closet? The Land of Enchantment’s best attire, for the exhibit “Fashioning New Mexico.” Why? To celebrate the brand-new New Mexico History Museum, which opened Memorial Day weekend in Santa Fe. And to … Continue reading

Published in Arts & Entertainment, June 2009

A life’s work: Feela’s poetry book is ‘an atlas of where I’ve been’

Print this article  To Montezuma County writer David Feela, poetry bursts with emotion — the kind that explodes from the heart and imagination. “Prose is beer. Poetry is whiskey,” he says. Feela has just brought out his first full-length book … Continue reading

Published in Arts & Entertainment, May 2009

On location: Guymon’s oils show southeastern Utah’s wonders

Print this article“If you’re a retiree and want to learn something wonderful, come learn to paint,” advises Blanding, Utah, painter and art teacher Gary Guymon. He speaks slowly in a phone conversation from his home, but joy fills his voice. … Continue reading

Published in April 2009, Arts & Entertainment