FARMINGTON — Food, music and art come together every month in Durango, Colo. during the First Thursday Art Walks.

About 20 downtown Durango galleries and alternative art venues open their doors to the public. 
These venues include A Shared Blanket, Azul Gallery, Earthen Vessel Gallery and Open Shutter Gallery.

The Open Shutter Gallery brings in art by famous artists from around the country and this month will feature photography by North Carolina artist Jimmy Williams.

Williams uses his photography to evoke emotion, according to a press release from the gallery. His art features diverse cultures and landscapes and he has traveled the world taking pictures. Williams has worked for companies like Carnival Cruise Lines and British Virgin Islands. He was recently recognized as Ad Week's Photographer of the Year. The gallery will show his work through October 8.

Another of the galleries is Sorrel Sky Gallery, which has a branch in Santa Fe as well as Durango. The two locations represent around 50 artists, who are highlighted during exhibits such as the one next week in Durango.

Margaret Hedderman, the marketing coordinator, said 10 of these artists from New Mexico and Colorado will be featured during the art walk.

The exhibit is entitled “Power of the Horse.”

Hedderman said the gallery chose the theme for various reasons. “It's the year of the horse,” she said, referring to the Chinese zodiac.

She said it is a special occasion because the year of the horse only happens every 12 years. 

She said the gallery thought it would be a good opportunity to show off the horse sculptures, paintings and jewelry of its many talented artists, including New Mexico artists Star Liana York and Billy Schenk.

Another reason the gallery chose the horse theme was due to its name.

Hedderman said the gallery was named after the owner, Sharon Campbell Wells', favorite color of horse. A sorrel horse is a coppery-red color with a mane either the same color or slightly lighter.

The final reason behind the theme of the show is the location of the gallery in the West.

“You know it's an iconic image of the west,” Hedderman said. “Whenever you think of the West, you picture a horse.”

Hannah Grover covers news, arts and religion for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652 and Follow her @hmgrover on Twitter.