Welcome to the Rochester Hotel, a home for each and every traveler visiting the San Juan mountains and Durango, Colorado area. Our mission is to provide a relaxing escape for our guests while they receive the very best customer service and care. One of our favorite things to share with our guests is our love for our community and area events. Stop by R Space Durango for one of our unique events all year round and read more about what's happening in our neighborhood!
Each year on the charming downtown 2nd Avenue in Durango, we welcome autumn with an annual tribute to all this special season has to offer! It's hard to beat September in Colorado, especially when artists from around the region gather in historic downtown to display incredible pieces of work.
Almost rivaling the bright colors of the changing mountainside, you'll be captivated by a multitude of creations! As you explore different mediums, and even the seemingly different worlds of our many featured artists, stroll past boutique businesses and restaurants on 2nd Avenue to make your quaint, small-town-ambiance complete.
This event is put on by the Durango Arts Center, a non-profit arts organization serving Durango and the Four Corners region.
September 21st - 22nd, 2019
Learn more about the Durango Autumn Arts Festival.
Visit Durango for its second season of PlayFest! This summer event will begin its second season ever with fabulous creations of entertainment for the arts & humanities and all of their enthusiasts. Playwrights test out their newest works for ticketed audiences, and emerging artists in Durango have an opportunity to display their talents!
The festival features plays, panels, workshops, and even a festival party. Hosted by Wendie Malick and Dan Lauria, PlayFest brings well-known actors to Durango for the event that wraps up summer in the mountains!
PlayFest Mission: "To attract nationally known and emerging artists to Durango, to engage and educate the community while bolstering economic vitality through the development of new works in an intimate and collaborative forum. We strive to make professional artistic expertise and experience accessible to students, educators and community members in the Four Corners region and provide a nurturing environment for playwrights to develop their new work."
August 5th - 10th, 2019
“May we all come to realize that education and the humanities should be valued for nurturing our minds and society as a whole, and not only as a means to build future careers."
- Newton Lee
We are excited to be hosting Bradley Kachnowicz in the lobby of the Rochester Hotel starting in August! Bradley's work is truly unique as he combines abstract and representational styles and even uses natural materials such as sand and dried herbs to make his work unique as texture brings it alive.
The Rochester will be hosting an art opening to welcome Bradley complete with wine for purchase and an evening of exploration into the deeper meaning of creativity. Below are a couple lines from Bradley about his work:
Returning Artist: Bradley Kachnowicz
"My purpose as an artist is simply to be true to my vision… The impetus to Authentic expression. How this is received and experienced in the eye, the mind or the heart of the observer, I leave exclusively to the viewer to decide."
Art Show Opening: August 2019
“Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures."
– Henry Ward Beecher