In June nearly 40 artists convened on top of Wolf Creek Pass to celebrate its beauty and draw inspiration from the landscape. The over 70 pieces that resulted from the art day day are arriving at the Taylor Raymond Gallery in Durango on November 5th. We will have an opening reception from 5-8pm and look forward to celebrating our appreciation of Wolf Creek with the Durango artists and public. This event is FREE, we will have wine and appetizers, and proceeds from art sales go to the movement to protect Wolf Creek.
To learn more about the Wolf Creek campaign go to www.friendsofwolfcreek.org.
To take action, ask your representatives to protect Wolf Creek Pass.
Below is the full Press Release.
For Immediate Release: October 19, 2015
Regional artists celebrate Wolf Creek Pass with traveling show
DURANGO, CO —“Art for the Endangered Landscape: Honoring Wolf Creek,” a traveling show and sale to aid in the protection of Wolf Creek Pass, arrives in Durango next month. The Taylor Raymond Gallery will host the opening reception on November 5th. Eight of the 40 participating artists are from Durango.
Artists convened on Wolf Creek Pass in June to gain inspiration from the landscape and contributed over 70 pieces to the show. Paintings, photographs, sculptures, and jewelry are now traveling through Pagosa Springs, Durango, Alamosa and eventually Denver. The show will remain in Durango through November 22nd.
The event aims to raise awareness and funds for the campaign opposing the “Village at Wolf Creek.” Texas developer Red McCombs is proposing an 8,000-person development the size of Aspen at over 10,000 feet adjacent to the Wolf Creek Ski Area. The massive development threatens an irreplaceable wildlife migration corridor, rare fen wetlands, backcountry recreation, and regional businesses.
Litigation is currently proceeding against the Forest Service for approving a land swap that paves the way for development. The lawsuit asserts that the Forest Service used a biased and conflicted review process to approve the exchange. Developers have agreed to suspend any construction until the courts make a decision. Proceeds from show sales will support efforts to protect Wolf Creek from development.
“There are so many creative individuals in our region who love our environment,” says Durango artist, and San Juan Citizens Alliance board member, Rebecca Koeppen, “This art show allows us to use this love with the purpose of protecting Wolf Creek Pass from intensely destructive development.”
Notable participating artists include John Fielder, Stephen Quiller, Richard Prather, Rita Roberts, Randy Pijoan, Jim Gilmore, Susan McCullough, Charles Ewing and Roger Williams. Durango artists include Lyn Boyer, Bonnie Brennan, Alice Crapo, Sandra Heller, Rosemary Juskevich, Rebecca Koeppen, Cheryl Roberts Lee, and Juanita Nelson.
For more information about the Wolf Creek campaign visit: www.friendsofwolfcreek.org
About San Juan Citizens Alliance
The San Juan Citizens Alliance advocates for clean air, pure water, and health lands – the foundations of resilient communities, ecosystems and economies in the San Juan Basin. For more information, visit our website, or connect with us on LinkedIn, Facebook, or Twitter.