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Posted on: November 17, 2022

Durango Creative Districts to present exhibition as part of its Incubator for Emerging Artists


The Durango Creative District’s  Incubator for Emerging Artists  will be presenting “natura fabricata: woodwork and fine art by Ted Moore” at stillwater music 1316 main ave, suite c, starting on Nov. 18 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.  

After the opening reception on Friday, Nov. 18, the exhibition through Jan. 6, 2023. A Gallery talk will be held on Friday, Dec. 9, from 5p.m. to 8 p.m.   

Natura fabricate is a solo exhibition featuring all new works by Durango-based woodworker and artist Ted Moore. The exhibition will be on view at Stillwater Music’s new art and performance venue, in partnership with Durango Creative District. Moore’s influences are personal and academic, steeped in art history, medieval studies, and Southwestern ecology. His works re-envision pre-modern devotional imagery with a contemporary lens in order to contextualize people’s relationship to nature and to each other. 

Fusing woodwork with painting, Moore’s work combines monochrome realism and intricately detailed woodwork with devotional imagery and cabinetry. The echoes of late medieval European art and Spanish colonial craft sound throughout Moore’s ink paintings, triptychs, escritorios, and retablos. The works featured in natura fabricata literally and figuratively re-frame the familiar into new landscapes, inviting the viewer to repicture our physical and cultural relationship to the land. For Moore, trees and wood are the means to deconstruct human-centered binaries – fabricated/natural, mundane/transcendent, finite/infinite, revealing the entangled commonality of our being. 


Ted Moore (b. 1974) is an artist, musician, and educator based in Hesperus, Colorado. He grew up in Washington State, Italy, Maryland, and Colorado, and his career represents the confluence of art and craft, composition and performance, and languages, literature, and history. He earned his B.A. in Classics from University of Colorado, Boulder, and an M.A. and Ph.D. (ABD) in Medieval Studies from University of Toronto. He is currently completing a Masters in Fine Art at the Maine College of Art and Design. His work is characterized by realism, monochromism, and the co-optation of centuries-old European art and craft forms.


The Durango Creative District’s Incubator Program for Emerging Artists, coordinated by Executive Director Kathryn Waggener and gallery professional and artists’ representative Bekah Kolbe, seeks to mentor new and emerging artists and provide them with a space for what is often their first solo or small group exhibition. Artists go through a training program in advance of exhibition, with the goal to improve the professionalism amongst visual artists working in and around Durango, and develop an opportunity to increase community and collector engagement and education.

Media Contacts: 

Kathryn Waggener, Executive Director, Durango Creative District, 757.810.4890, 

Bekah Kolbe, Exhibition Curator and artist representative, 574.268.8909,



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