FARMINGTON — After Open Shutter Gallery moved to its new location on Durango's Main Avenue about five years ago, the first show at its new venue featured California photographer Craig Semetko.

On Friday, Semetko will return to Open Shutter Gallery, 735 Main Ave., for another show.

The show's reception will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, in conjunction with the Durango gallery walk. Durango hosts two gallery walks each year, one in the spring and the other in the fall.

Margy Dudley, the owner of Open Shutter Gallery, said the spring gallery walk is an opportunity for people to go downtown after the winter. The fall art coincides with when everyone returns from summer travels.

"It's something the community really looks forward to," Dudley said.

However, at least for Open Shutter Gallery, Dudley said it is not a huge night of sales. Instead, it's more of a thank you to the community, as well as an opportunity for people to see art at galleries in Durango.

"It's a social gathering based around art," Dudley said.

Valerie Schwiderski, the owner of Earthen Vessel, 115 W. 9th St., described the atmosphere as festive.

"People go to places they've never been before," Schwiderski said.

And a lot of regulars go in to see what's new, Schwiderski added.

In addition to Open Shutter Gallery, other galleries in downtown Durango will also bring artists to the gallery walk. Maria's Bookshop, 960 Main Ave., will host an exhibit by Jim Di Santo, a local needlepoint artist. Di Santo's art is based on Aztec imagery.

Earthen Vessel will also host an exhibit of pottery made by San Juan College professor Don Ellis.

Open Shutter Gallery's exhibit will feature new work from Semetko's recent project, "America: E Pluribus Unum." The exhibit was shown in February in Jakarta, Indonesia, and it features photos taken across the United States during a 45,000-mile road trip.
California photographer Craig Semetko’s latest project, "America: E Pluribus Unum," features photos taken across the United States during a
California photographer Craig Semetko's latest project, "America: E Pluribus Unum," features photos taken across the United States during a 45,000-mile road trip. Semetko's work will be on display at the Open Shutter Gallery in Durango. (Courtesy of Craig Semetko)


In addition to being an artist, Semetko is also a stand-up comedian. And that, Dudley said, is visible in his art.

"His work has a great sense of humor," she said.

Hannah Grover can be reached at hgrover@daily-times.com; 505-564-4652. Follow her on Twitter @hmgrover.