This fall, get a special guided tour of the Hermosa Valley and Cascade Canyon on the train with local artists and historians. The Durango Arts Center is partnering with the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Train for an artistic and historical adventure.
On October 1, 120 people will join Jeff Ellingson, Brenda Macon, Elizabeth Kinahan and Duane Smith on a train trip to Cascade Canyon, the Tefft Flag Stop and Sawmill and the Settlement of Niccora. The four artists and historians will travel in different cars up the canyon, talking about history, art, wildlife and the wild west. Once there, they will be available for artistic guidance, as attendees set up easels. Ellingson will lead a rarely given walking tour of the area.
“Whether you’re a railroad enthusiast or not, you can’t help but be moved by how beautiful that canyon is,” said Ellingson. “You can’t lose by getting a bunch of artists and history buffs together and putting them on a train.”
After the train ride, Smith and Elizabeth A. Green, who co-wrote Seasons of the Narrow Gauge, A Year in the Life of the Durango & Silverton, will have a book signing at the wine reception and art opening in the museum. There will be an opportunity for artists who participated in the fundraiser to display works in progress at the museum.
To join the local artists and historians on this special event, purchase a ticket through the Durango Arts Center or the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. Tickets are limited to the first 120 people and cost $150, with a discounted price of $125 for DAC members (discounted tickets must be purchased at the DAC box office). Tickets include a gourmet lunch on the train and complimentary wine and light appetizers at the reception. For information, please contact Elizabeth Salkind.
The Durango Arts Center also has several draft feature articles about the event and artists available for use by the media (examples attached).