April 1, 2011

Mancos & Mesa Verde News

Round tower, Cliff Palace. Photo by Ansel Adam...

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The art community of Mancos is growing and prospering. This report from the local newspaper gives some spring highlights:

Mancos women display art

Jeanne Archambeault
Mancos Times Editor

Dian Law will present a one-woman art show called "Demons and Deities" from April 1 through April 30 at the Cortez Cultural Center, 25 N. Market St. "Demons and Deities" is a visual exploration of the sacred, the profane and the space between.

Arborena is the place to see the work of Rosie Carter through May 2. Her show is called "The Rural Underground: New Dimensional Work by Rosie Carter."  Also on display will be the work of Kelly Horrigan, leather goods, and Nicholas Bernard, pottery.

Mancos photographer Patricia Burk will show her work at two different venues next month. The first will be at the Spruce Tree Coffee House in Cortez. Burk will feature scenic landscapes of the Four Corners region and the people and culture of Oaxaca, Mexico. Spruce Tree is located at 318 E. Main, Cortez.

Burk also will be part of an exhibit at the Rochester Hotel in Durango though April 24. Joining Burk will be Linda Pampinella, Branson Reynolds, Howard Rachlin, Kathy Myrick and Al Olson.

Barbara Stewart-Hager, also a Mancos resident, will show her bird photography during April at Desert Pearl Gallery, 40 W. Main St., Cortez. The show, entitled "Flight Songs - A Celebration of Birds," features a variety of bird species photographed mostly in the Four Corners area. Birds are intensely interesting creatures, and they can be seen behaving in many different ways, from dramatic to comedic. Stewart-Hager has chosen a selection of her photographs which attempt to portray the variety of bird species around us, as well as some of their interesting, often amusing behavior.

( A footnote: the Cortez Cultural Center sponsors a birding festival in early May. Come and enjoy!)

Mesa Verde begins to awaken for the season in mid-April as Cliff Palace opens to visitors. All the cultural exhibits are open by Memorial Day, when the Native American festival will once again take place. Art, rug auction, concert and more plus the opening of Long House for the season.


Special hikes will be to Oak Tree/Fire Temple (2 hr strenuous), Yucca House (1 hr), Square Tower House (2 hr strenuous) and Spring House (8hr very strenuous).  Get details and purchase tickets at www.mesaverdeinstitute.org.

We believe the evening tours of Cliff Palace will be on the schedule this summer as well. These are at a perfect time of day for photos, plus it is cooler. The guide is in character so you get a touch of theater/entertainment. These tickets are purchased in person at the Cortez Welcome Center and in the national park.

To get a very good survey of what the area has to offer for your vacation, please visit www.MesaVerdeCountry.com. We enjoy miles of national forest, a couple scenic/historic byways, great hiking/biking and horseback riding to mention a few. In addition to the Memorial Day Native American art festival, we have hot air balloons and Colorado wines in the fall.


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