November 1, 2009
In addition to the weekly meeting, that currently meets at the Irish Embassy in Durango, the most recent adaptation of the artist group agreed upon a new venue.
More than a dozen artists made a trek over the mountain to visit Arborena, Mancos’ latest destination for wine, food, art music and great company (including the occasional local horseman who will visit with you through the screen door).
Only 28 miles west of Durango, the caravan of creatives left Durango around 4:30 p.m. Sunday and spent the evening with Rena Wilson, proprietor of Arborena and a few local artists along with their creations. While paintings by Karen Kristin, pastels by Peggy Cloy, tree designs by Rena and music by Robbie Overfield filled the atmosphere, Bonnie Bryant presented her “Jellyfish” Halloween costume as artists lined up to fill their glasses with Rena’s choice wine.
Our hostess and her crew provided rich hors de voures and kept the wine flowing. Karen and Peggy gave presentations about themselves, their works and embraced those of us “new to these parts” emphatically with curiosity and enthusiasm. We all instantly felt welcomed, at home and contemplated when our next visit would be.
Arborena is located on the North side of the street at 114 West Grand Avenue in Mancos. Open from 12 to 8 p.m. Thursdays through Mondays, Rena is currently taking reservations for your private party and offering design consultation to those wishing to entertain at home this holiday season. Call 970.533.1381 or visit http://www.arborena.com