Water in the West Art Show

In an effort to raise awareness about vital water issues, the WIP, in conjunction with the Durango Arts Center (DAC), conducted a month-long Water in the West Art Show and information series. This kicked-off on August 10th with a juried water art exhibit. There were over 70 entries ranging from acrylics to oils, photography, sculptures and pottery, to mixed media. First place was awarded $500, second $250, and third $100. In addition, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of any of the pieces was donated to Fort Lewis College’s Engineers Without Borders. In further collaboration with the DAC, Veryl Goodnight presented a lecture and book signing on August 11th entitled “The Great American West: From Drought to Deluge.” On August 24th Kristen McKinnon, a biologist and owner of Wild Rivers Expeditions, provided a PowerPoint presentation and discussion entitled “Blood, Sweat, and Tears: Water on the Colorado Plateau.” This was followed on August 30th with a “Water in the West” symposium and community discussion, featuring keynote Greg Hobbs. “Water in the West: Perspectives from the River Community” was held on September 4th. This event included a film and panel discussion. Finally, to wrap-up the series, there was “An Evening with Senator Gary Hart,” author of Durango, on September 10th. This included a presentation by Sen. Hart, as well as a book signing event. The entire collaboration was extremely successful and it was a great way to reach an entirely new and different water community.