Words and Music by Thom Chacon

Durango’s Adopted Son Gives Voice to the Downtrodden Stew Mosberg Thom Chacon sings in a melodic voice that is as soothing as it is distressing. His poignant lyrics lay somewhere between the despair of Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath (1939) and Woody Guthrie’s dust bowl laments, to Springsteen’s Ghost of Tom Joad­ (1995). The songs pay homage to the downtrodden, hardscrabble often overlooked people of a depression era America that still exists today. There is sadness in his lyrics, stories about hopelessness, yet dreams of a…

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Les Ballets Trockaderos kicks off Arts Perspective 10 Year Celebration!

This year we celebrate 10 years in publishing stories about the arts and culture of the Four Corners region.  We kick off our anniversary year with a cover featuring the stunningly talented, all-male ballet troupe – Les Ballets Trockadero of Monte Carlo.  No matter if one knows nothing about ballet or is a dance aficionado, a performance by the Trocks has its own special blend of classical ballet and its unique touch of comedy. Read there story here  

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Les Ballets Trockadero of Monte Carlo

Some may say, ballet is ballet is ballet… that is, until one has experienced the stunningly talented, all-male ballet troupe – Les Ballets Trockadero of Monte Carlo.  No matter if one knows nothing about ballet or is a dance aficionado, a performance by the Trocks has its own special blend of classical ballet and its unique touch of comedy. “It’s parody, that is true,” says Charles Leslie, Fort Lewis College Community Concert Hall director, “but there is nothing comical about the talent these dancers possess.…

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Arts Perspective features photographer, Tony Newlin

Arts Perspective’s current issue features photographer, Tony Newlin. Growing up in Northern New Mexico, Tony Newlin developed a passion for the awe-inspiring beauty of nature at an early age. He travels throughout the American West, Alaska, and Africa, capturing the grandeur of stunning landscapes and wildlife. Whether a grizzly is nuzzling his tripod or he’s waiting for the sun to rise over a wintery mountain range, Newlin actively seeks out scenes that are not often captured. His photographs of light glowing in the autumn aspens are…

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Metaphorically Speaking

by Stew Mosberg A fair amount of art, whether verbal, visual or auditory, is straightforward in the portrayal of events, thoughts, or imagery. Such literal interpretations of a theme however, can fall short of engaging the audience. Artists will often use metaphor, symbolism, and allegory in place of more obvious imagery. Writers incorporate metaphors to help explain an emotion or a situation that might otherwise require dozens of words to define. The work of T.S. Eliot and William Shakespeare, both masters of metaphor, provide numerous…

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Artwalks Bring People Together…enjoying art!

by Denise Leslie The Southwest is heralded across the United States for its vibrant art communities. For tourists and residents alike, the arts bring people together. In an effort to boost community involvement, many towns are hosting regular art walks throughout the year. From Telluride, Salida and Durango, Colorado to Moab, Utah the monthly art walks in the Four Corners region are bringing in new business and attention for the arts. “Art Walk is a key event that promotes a vibrant arts community in Telluride,”…

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The Notorious Pilot Car of Calaveras County

by David Feela illustration by Cindy Coleman A steep Highway 49 weaves snakelike through the dry, tawny hills of the Golden State as it crosses into Calaveras County. I pulled up beside a road worker holding his traffic sign. I had been warned, over five miles back, that road construction was underway, that I should be prepared to stop. There might be delays. I watched the car in front of me accelerate and latch on to the end of a string of travelers being tugged…

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Editor’s Note – Summer 2013

“You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star.”  Friedrich Nietzsche I often get asked, “How do you plan the editorial for the magazine?” My response is actually pretty simple, “If there is a story about an artist that inspires me, my hope is that it will touch or enlighten you (the reader) as well. “  As of this issue, we no longer follow a ‘theme’.  Now, our content will be based on arts and culture and the stories that make…

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Durango artist, John Grow featured on Summer Cover

Summer issue features Durango artist, John Grow! John portrays nontraditional subjects with classic realism. The award winning scholar and filmmaker has won eight Best of Show Awards for his     symbolic/whimsical paintings of people. Other subjects include archaeological reconstructions, historic Colorado railroads, and contemporary small town life. John Grow studied Art at Northwestern University. His studio has been in the Four Corners region of southwestern Colorado since 1978. More of his work can be found at johngrowart.com Arts Perspective magazine, a free newsprint quarterly, offers…

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FEAR THE ART

By Stew Mosberg Tyrannical regimes are infamous for suppression of civil and human rights. Dictatorships scrupulously control the populace and keep a tight grip on power through coercion and the removal of liberty, mainly the ability of its people to opine or express disagreement with the government or its leaders. Freedom of thought and the freedom to ruminate, cogitate and form one’s own ideas is the fundamental platform of a democracy and therefore feared by despotic governments. Art, in all its forms, is a vehicle…

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