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Two works by Virginia Bartlett in Durango exhibit

Local artist Virginia Bartlett has had two of her paintings juried into the Durango Arts Council’s “Four Corners Commission” exhibit celebrating the heritage, landscape and culture of the Four Corners region.

The exhibit opened Jan. 8 and will continue until Jan. 30 in the Barbara Conrad Gallery, at the Durango Arts Center.

This show began in 1996 and has become a regional exhibit reflecting the Four Corners and its culture in paintings and photographs. There were 149 submissions for the exhibit for Rod Hubble of Farmington, N.M., to judge and finally select the work of 51 regional artists to hang in the gallery.

One of Virginia’s paintings juried into the show is a 12x24 oil of Graham Peak done with the painting knife and painted on location at the home of one of her students last summer.

The other is a collage of colored and textured watercolor paper that has been torn apart and reassembled into a pleasing design to form the painting, “Gathering Storm,” of the Monument Valley area.

Virginia (Ginnie) has been teaching classes in oil locally for over 20 years and in the last 11 years has been teaching two days a week at the Activity Center at Wyndham Resort, alternating with Denny Rose, with whom she has also been teaching the “Basics of Watercolor Workshops” and other popular workshops at the community center under the sponsorship of the Pagosa Springs Arts Council.