Art Trip Planned for Oct. 17-20

Colby Community College art instructor Rebel Jay is sponsoring a fine arts trip to Amarillo, Tex., Arizona, Albuquerque, N.M. and Durango, Colo., Oct. 17 through Oct. 20.

Art Trip Planned for Oct. 17-20

Art Trip Planned for Oct. 17-20

Tue Sep 3, 2013

Colby Community College art instructor Rebel Jay is sponsoring a fine arts trip to Amarillo, Tex., Arizona, Albuquerque, N.M. and Durango, Colo., Oct. 17 through Oct. 20.

Highlights of the trip include a stop at the Amarillo Art Museum which houses several well-known artists’ works. In addition participants will dine at the Big Texan for dinner.  The Big Texan includes a large gift shop, live music and a mini shooting range.  The group will also have a chance to exhibit their spray-painting skills at the Cadillac Ranch just outside Amarillo.  Cadillac Ranch is visible from the highway, and though it is located on private land, visiting it is tacitly encouraged. In addition, writing graffiti on or otherwise spray-painting the vehicles is encouraged, and the vehicles, which have long since lost their original colors, are wildly decorated. The cars are periodically repainted various colors or simply to provide a fresh canvas for future visitors. The cars were briefly restored to their original colors by the motel chain Hampton Inn in a public relations-sponsored series of Route 66 landmark restoration projects. The new paint jobs and even the plaque commemorating the project lasted less than 24 hours without fresh graffiti. Visitors are encouraged to spray paint parts of Cadillacs which are buried in the ground. The tour will spend the first night in Amarillo.

On Friday, the group will travel to Albuquerque, N.M. where they will tour Old Town to visit various galleries and shops.  The next stop is at Pie Town, N.M. which is featured in many of the photos taken during the Dirty 30s.  The area of Pie Town is rich in Native American relics. Many Anasazi and Acoma pottery shards have been found in the area, along with grinding sticks, an ancient axe head, and petrified wood. Some fossilized bones have been found on the ground. The ruins of Native American communities, which consist of one to a few dozen structures, are found in and near Pie Town. The next stop is Holbrook, Ariz. at the Rock Art Ranch.  The group will visit a museum which houses many fascinating Indian Petroglyphs. Holbrook is also well-known for the Hash Knife Gang which was included in many Western novels.

The last stop of the day is in Williams, Ariz., located on Route 66.  The group will eat at Cruisers, walk the strip and spend the night.

Williams is the gateway to the Grand Canyon.  On Saturday the tour will visit the Grand Canyon and the Four Corners which is a region of the United States consisting of the southwestern corner of Colorado, northwestern corner of New Mexico, northeastern corner of Arizona and southeastern corner of Utah. The tour will spend the night in Durango, Colo., where there are many studios and arts shops.  In addition, plans are to attend a Cabaret performance.

On Sunday, the bus will stop in Manitou Springs, CO, before returning to Colby late that evening.

An informational meeting for those interested in the trip will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 11, beginning at 5 p.m. in Ferguson Hall, room 503. Meetings will continue each Wednesday prior to the trip.

For more information, contact Rebel at 785.269.7065.