Artist Information

One of the main goals of the Mancos BurroFest is to highlight the work and talents of our area artists. This event provides slots for 15 artists to showcase their work and demonstrate their creative process to the public through the use of live burro models. Artists working in all media are encouraged to participate. Each artist will be spotlighted prior to the event on social media and at the event with their own canopy space, consisting of an adjoining enclosure for their burro model. The public will be invited to visit the artists’ canopies upon the conclusion of the Trail Obstacle Course to be held in nearby Boyle Park.

Each artist will be paired with a burro that is registered for the Trail Obstacle Course & Costume Contest well in advance, giving the artist the opportunity to complete (or partially complete) a work of art with their burro as the subject prior to the event. Artists may use their canopy space to continue working on their burro piece and to display and sell other finished work. The MCD encourages artists to view this event as an opportunity to gain public exposure by displaying and discussing your work. There is no expectation that the artist will be creating a finished work during the event, however demonstrations are greatly encouraged. The Registration Fee is $50 (non-refundable), which supports the 501(c)3 Mancos Creative District in hosting this event. The registration fee also covers a ticket to the CeleBRAYtion (dinner Friday) and a sack lunch on the day of the event.

Elizabeth Kinahan

Paired with Dannika “Danny” (Barbara Murray)

Elizabeth Kinahan has been chosen to represent the 2022 Mancos BurroFest with her painting entitled “Arlo.”

Elizabeth Kinahan received her Bachelors of Fine Art degree from the College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown, New Jersey in 2004. The following year she packed up the car and headed west, in a move that would transform her creative process immensely. Although she had planned to move to Arizona, a stop in the town of Durango, Colorado became the beginning of a 16 year- and going- love affair with the high desert. Having known from a young age that her life would be deeply connected to the natural world, Elizabeth has found that passion fulfilled in the mountains of the southwest. She currently spends her days painting with her two dogs in a cabin just outside of Durango, where she routinely gets visits from deer, turkeys, bears, fox, and coyotes. She and her partner are regenerating the long-neglected soil, growing a garden and orchard, and creating an edible food forest for wildlife and humans alike. Elizabeth’s art strives to add joy, beauty, and compassion into the world, and serves to benefit organizations that rescue and protect both wild and domesticated animals.

Silvina Guerreiro

Paired with Dulcinea (Marilyn Marchesano)

Silvina Guerreiro Is a designer / creative director, working in branding for tech clients and events. On the side, she enjoys illustration and lettering. While she’s done a couple of portraits, nothing can top the opportunity to capture the greatest icon of all time— el burro for BurroFest.Silvina and her husband Jeremy are currently renovating a barndominium in Mancos. Check out our barn progress on Instagram @pricklymesa

STUDENT ARTIST ALANA

Paired with Ziggy (Finn Stanifer)

Steve Williams

Paired with Mercy (Page Rianne)

Steve grew up on a small farm and ranch in Southwestern Colorado. After high school, he worked for 15 years in the construction field. In 1996 he attended Frank Turley’s Blacksmith School in Santa Fe and spent the next two years working for Boone Wrought Iron in Dolores, Colorado forging custom ironwork for homes in Aspen and Beaver Creek. He then went to work at Forging Ahead in Durango and continued forging custom ironwork in Durango and Telluride. During this time Steve developed his own style and in 2002 opened the Cowboy Forge Blacksmith Shop in Mancos, Colorado. Steve now teaches beginning to advanced classes as well as one-day workshops in his shop in Mancos. His class schedule is available on his website www.cowboyforge.com.

Cheryl Volz

Paired with Sparkle Nellie (India Hesse)

Born in Colorado and raised in Missouri, Cheryl has Western jeans in her genes and delighted in visits to her uncles’ Colorado ranches giving rise to a love of Western attitudes. The heart she has for the human soul and its connection to the spirit of animals comes to life in her work, giving a glimpse into her reality.

Cheryl studied at the Kansas City Art Institute, has a BFA in drawing and painting from CSU, and earned a teaching certification for art K-12. She later studied at Western States College, Gunnison, Colorado. She enjoyed three years exhibiting in Celebration of Fine Art, Scottsdale, AZ.

Ginny Getts

Paired with Hamilton (Kelly Williams Smith)

I started drawing and painting horses approximately 15 years ago. Elizabeth Kinahan was my first teacher. I’ve loved horses all of my life and love painting them using oils.

Marilyn Kroeker

Paired with Gaspard (Molly Stanifer, Racer/Dave Daney, Owner)

Marilyn Kroeker’s favorite stuffed animal as a child was Pedro, a burro. Pedro is well worn and loved still, his replacement stuffing includes a few pairs of mom’s stockings. Marilyn is extremely excited to spend an afternoon with a real burro, it’s a childhood dream come true.

Kroeker is well versed in many mediums but confesses that this might be a good day for crayons. See Marilyn’s work at the Raven House Gallery in Mancos.

Sam Combs

Paired with Lillie Mae – (David Temple)

This one time, this little blonde hick just KNEW she was destined to become an animal doctor. She studied mediocrely but alas, it was not to be…knowing her brain was shot from all the platinum level binge drinking, she quickly realized that becoming an artist was the BEST career move she could make. She drew SO many nudes for HOURS and, after finally managing to shovel enough money into the university that they gave her a fancy paper that says she did “academic stuff”, she now works with a bunch of lawyers, is a professional child chauffeur in a hand-me-down sexy car and makes sculpture things on occasion that don’t suck. The end!

Miki Harder

Paired with DonKey – (Kate St. Onge, Racer/Veryl Goodnight, Owner)

Miki Harder has been drawing and painting horses since she was knee-high to a bug. Horses were always her best friends yet she is looking forward to spending time with four-leggeds with longer ears! She is a sculptor, illustrator, and painter tinkering and smearing in southwest Colorado. www.mikiharderart.com

Janis Connell

Paired with Sancho – (Chuck Wales, Racer/Ann Bond, Owner)

Janis Connell is a landscape, wildlife, and abstract photographer living in Hesperus, Colorado in the Four Corners region. Her photography career began in 2013 when she bought her first digital camera. At that time, cameras were becoming ubiquitous, and she decided she wanted to learn to take unique photographs, and not just snapshots. Her life on the road in her RV, as well as other travels, has enabled her to capture some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. Prior to moving to Colorado in 2020, she lived in Austin, TX where she did a lot of road bike riding in the Central Texas Hill Country. It was there that she fell in love with burros. One day, Janis and a friend were riding out in the Hill Country. They were taking a break under the oak trees of a lovely farm. They were tired and maybe a bit cranky, when, all of a sudden, a burro started braying at them. They busted out laughing and Janis has been a burro fan ever since. For years, Janis has been begging her husband, Larry, for a burro. Larry has always said no, but he was very thoughtful when he brought this metal cutout home for Janis to enjoy.

Stephen Wolff

Paired with Koshare – ( Suzanne Velasquez)

Stephen Wolff was born and raised in the American Southwest. He says, “My father was an artist, so I was always surrounded by creativity. Old cowboy chaps and branding irons were a part of my childhood play things. Also being an athlete with sensitivities to the nuances of life, I have always been intrigued by anatomy and the emotion entwined in the artist’s expression.” Stephen has been sculpting since he was 17 and has lived in Southwest Colorado since 1972. He is currently settled in Mancos.

Karen Kristin

Paired with Freya – (Rachael Brashears)

Was born a “valley girl” near Los Angeles, California, where I lived for 45 years before I found my to the Southwest – first Taos, Albuquerque, up to Denver, and finally to my forever home in Cortez. I’ve been an artist all my life, working as a scenic artist in Hollywood for 10 years, and now, for more than 35 years within my own business Sky Art Karen Kristin wherein I paint any sky, any size, anywhere. This means studio paintings on canvas or big sky paintings on ceilings in architectural spaces

My personal favorites are a 105,000 sq. foot sky selling at the Venetian Grande Canal Shoppes, a 125,000 sq. foot ceiling at the Forum Shops at Ceasers, and a 135,000 sq. foot sunset sky at the Sunset Station — ALL IN LAS VEGAS.

Here in Montezuma County, I  look to animals for inspiration, or the magnificent sky and landscape scenes all around us. Please see my 80-foot-long mural on the south wall of the Sky Art Studio and Gallery in Cortex, Colorado.

Ann Stringfellow

Paired with Alice – (Grertchen Botha)

I started my art career in 5th grade with “paint-by-number” horses. Guaranteed success if you followed directions and stayed within the lines. Eventually, I graduated to landscapes and the Plein Air approach of painting outdoors, in real-time. This communing with nature is true adventure, replete with biting bugs, bake or freezing temperatures, and wind gusts that often blow out your umbrella. And did I mention the bugs……sometimes they come home with you stuck in the paint. None of this compares with the thrill and challenge of trying to paint a feisty burro who knows you’ve got carrots in your pocket. Loving, soulful, and mercurial they are, vacillating between a love-lean and a saucy “you’re not the boss of me” turn of hoof. This is my second BurroFest and I’m hooked.

Ann Stringfellow

Paired with Alice – (Grertchen Botha)

I started my art career in 5th grade with “paint-by-number” horses. Guaranteed success if you followed directions and stayed within the lines. Eventually, I graduated to landscapes and the Plein Air approach of painting outdoors, in real-time. This communing with nature is true adventure, replete with biting bugs, bake or freezing temperatures, and wind gusts that often blow out your umbrella. And did I mention the bugs……sometimes they come home with you stuck in the paint. None of this compares with the thrill and challenge of trying to paint a feisty burro who knows you’ve got carrots in your pocket. Loving, soulful, and mercurial they are, vacillating between a love-lean and a saucy “you’re not the boss of me” turn of hoof. This is my second BurroFest and I’m hooked.

Nancy Byers

Paired Arlo – (Mary Anne Griffin)

Born in California, grew up in New York on Long Island, moved to Colorado in 1977, and visited North Dakota and the ranch Dad grew up on throughout. Lots of horses, burros, donkeys, chickens, cows, cattle around all my life. Most of my adult life was spent in Denver raising my three children and flying turboprops for Rocky Mountain Airways where I became acquainted with Durango in 1989. I then went on to flying jets for Continental Airlines until 2008, owned a winery for up a few more years and I finally moved to Durango in 2020. This is where I found fused glass and I have loved the medium ever since. What I love about burros is that they only do what they want to do and watching perfectly sane adults trying to get them to do what they want them to do is a lot of fun. “Painting” them in fused glass will give people a glimpse of what can be done with crushed glass and a burro posing for you.

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