A night of fashion and design showcasing local wearable arts

The brainchild of jewelry designer Christopher Beaver, Telluride Arts hosts a special evening to unveil new work by a select group of designers at Telluride’s newest and seriously hip art space, Gallery 81435, across the street from the Stronghouse Studios (also run by Telluride Arts).

Thursday, June 14, 5- 9 p.m., Christopher Beaver presents his latest jewelry collection, complemented by clothing designed by the Who’s Who of local designers: Sue Hobby, Brittany Miller, Sasha Golanevko, Luci Reeve, Heidi Fierabend and Danielle DeRobert’s Onerary.

From an early age, Christopher Beaver was intrigued by nature’s treasure chest: he always loved the color and shapes of stones. And his work flowed from that interest. That is it did until recently, when the artist became possessed by an idea that translated into hours of wonderful and frustrating design challenges. Using simple, organic shapes and repeating them over and over again, images started to emerge: a spinal column, fields of color, clusters of flowers, both delicate and bold. The rest of the transformation came from the wearer: a piece changed again each time someone put it on. Yet another confirmation of the simple fact we deeply influence the world around us as it influences, even transforms us.

Christopher traces his artistic roots back to his study of indigenous cultures. At first he expressed his admiration and connection through the medium of leather, fashioning a pair of pants our of nothing but a hold punch and a pair of dull scissors. Next came one-of-a kind pieces of jewelry, now sold all over Europe and  in cities from Puerto Vallarta to Washington, D.C.

Appetizers and libations will be served at the opening.

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