A framed, limited-edition giclee of “The Burro Brigade” by Veryl Goodnight, is the Grand Prize. The painting is of seven burros that participated in the 2019 Mancos BurroFest. Veryl is instrumental in organizing the event with the goal of combining the role burros played in Colorado’s Mining History and showcasing the abundant talent of the Mancos Creative District.

 Veryl Goodnight’s own career began by sculpting horses in snow and advanced to sculpting five over life-sized bronze horses that are in a Presidential Library. Her first art shows were on the family refrigerator, but in 2016 she was inducted into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame for fifty years of portraying the American West in bronze and paint. With a grin and wink, she attributes her success to trying to be like a burro – just take small steps up the steepest trails, always trying to get to the top. More of Veryl’s work can be see in her Gallery in Mancos and on her website www.verylgoodnight.com.

BurroFest 2021
June 19th

Be a part a proud Colorado tradition by celebrating at BurroFest 2021.

  • Downtown Mancos. / 12 noon to 5 PM
  • Grand Entry and Burro Obstacle Course starts at noon, Boyle Park
  • Artists demonstrations on Grand Avenue, at 3:30 PM- 5:00 PM
Artists included in this years event and featured in local galleries are Veryl Goodnight,  Susan Hediger Matteson, Marilyn Kroeker, Elizabeth Kinahan, Lille Diane, Miki Harder, TJ Zark, Jan Wright, Samantha Combs, Karen Kristin, Brad Goodell, Page Holland, Helen Looman, and Betsey Krill working in a variety of mediums, sculpting, painting and drawing burros and their handlers.  

The Mancos Common Press will include participants printing a Lino block card to take home created by local artist Brad Goodell.

Local students will create burro marionettes with Lille Diane and Ryan Matthews  and featured in the Grand Entry and perform the Hokey Pokey with their marionettes.
The Ballantine Lot will feature Monique Wylde-Williams with burros and education.  Monique is a new Mancos resident who works with the Bureau of Land Management and is an Equine Ecologist and MHF-certified TIP trainer who is committed to giving these treasured western heritage animals the best start possible, and to placing them in an exceptional home.
Pin the tail on the donkey at Painted Turtle Studio Gallery.
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