Winter Solstice Invitational Artisans’ Market

November 23-December 22, 2018

Open Monday-Saturdays, 10am-5pm
















Opens Friday, November 23, 2018 at 10am
Closes Saturday, December 22 at 5pm
Open Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm
Closed Sundays

A signature community event, Durango Arts Center’s Winter Solstice Invitational Artisans’ Market is the perfect destination for holiday shopping. Experience Barbara Conrad Gallery transformed into a dynamic outlet featuring over 50 invited regional artists selected for their high-quality offerings of original and unique fine arts and crafts. Find the perfect one-of-a-kind holiday gift in this year’s market filled with local ceramics, jewelry, metal, textiles, glass, wood, note cards, ornaments, calendars, photography, painting, and drawing.


DEADLINE TO REGISTER: Friday, October 26, 2018 

Winter Solstice Artisans’ Market (WSAM) provides artists and craftspeople a unique opportunity to sell work through DAC in a 4-week long professional market setting, with DAC providing marketing to its 1200+ membership and the community-at-large.  DAC retains 40% commission of artist sales, which supports the costs of the market and the dynamic, year-round exhibition program that welcomes over 8300 visitors annually.


Contact Peter Hay, DAC Exhibits Director by emailing or call (970) 259-2606, Ext 12.


Friday, October 26th @ Midnight

Deadline for registration, complete digital registration, and entry fee (membership payment if applicable).

Saturday, October 27th

Winter Solstice Inventory Spreadsheets (Google Sheet) will be emailed to all registered artists on or before October 26th, along with detailed instructions on how to input your inventory.

Tuesday, November 6th

Deadline to submit artwork inventory spreadsheet to DAC. Please email inventory to  Call Peter with questions, (970) 259-2606, Ext 12

Saturday, November 10th

DAC will prepare labels of each artist’s inventory, available for pick-up at DAC 10 a.m. to 5 pm

Saturday, November 17th

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., drop-off all labeled artwork at DAC. A drop off time sign up sheet will be emailed out with registration info. Please sign up for a time to help spread the artwork drop off throughout the day and not all at one time.

Friday, November 23nd

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Opening of Market!!!! Tell your friends and family there is a Black Friday alternative!

Saturday, December 22nd

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., LAST DAY OF WSAM

Sunday, December 23rd

11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., pick-up unsold artwork inventory at DAC. There will be a pickup time sign up sheet emailed out a few weeks before the end of the market. Please sign up for a time to help spread the pickup congestion.


1. Complete your registration by October 26th, 2018.

“Complete Registration” requires the following:

  1. Filling out the entry form on this screen, scroll down.
  2. Paying entry fee and membership if needed.

NOTE:  Completing the online form below does not conclude your registration. Your registration is complete when the appropriate payment has both been received by the DAC.

Durango Arts Center, 802 E. 2nd Ave, Durango, CO 81301

If you are not currently a Durango Arts Center Member your Non-member registration fee of $125 will automatically include an Artist Level membership, which will be active for 1 year. As a member, you will receive a higher commission fee (60%) on artwork sold, in addition to other benefits. To learn more about DAC membership visit:


  • DAC Member Entry Fee: $75
  •  Non-Member Entry Fee: $125

If your payment is not received by the October 26th deadline, you will not be included in the market.

2. By Saturday, Oct. 27th, 2018 DAC will email you a specific inventory spreadsheet form through Google. Each artist must complete this Google Sheet in full, itemizing all of your merchandise that will be for sale. Each artist may enter up to 200 items.  No other spreadsheet will be accepted aside from the one that DAC supplies.

Please email completed inventory form to Exhibits Director, Peter Hay, at, no later than Tuesday, November 6, 2018. Please follow the instructions and be certain all information is correct!

3. DAC will enter your inventory into our system and then create artwork labels for artists to pick-up by Saturday, November 10, 2018. Each label will include your artist code, a short description of the item and the retail price. Artists are responsible for affixing these labels to their artwork prior to drop-off at DAC.  Artwork will not be accepted without labels.

4. All artwork must be brought to DAC on Saturday, November 17, 2018 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. An exhibits committee member will assist each artist to check-in the work. Artist may install their own display but must remain flexible to fitting all artists’ work into the show and merchandising the space to disperse artwork throughout the space.  DAC will provide pedestals, plexiglass displays and tables with black cloths, but if you require a specialized display, please supply it! Please call or email Exhibits Director to discuss specialized displays prior to installation day.

5. Artists must be willing to sign up for Market sales and assistance at least one shift per week during the Market. Shifts are either 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. or 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., November 23 – December 22. A Google Sheet with all available dates will be emailed and each artist is responsible for signing up for their respective shifts. Shifts will require different numbers of shop volunteers. This will be listed on the Google Sheet.

DAC is extremely grateful for the generous support of our exhibit sponsors who enable culturally innovative programs to exist in our community.  Our 2018 Exhibits Season Sponsors are Mary Lyn and Richard Ballantine, Don and Judy Hayes, Russell Engineering and Oxford Asset Management.

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