Telluride Council For The Arts & Humanities Kicks Off Art Walk 2010 Thursday

The Telluride Council for the Arts & Humanities kicks off the New Year with its First Thursday Art Walk this week, January 7, 5 – 8 p.m.

Holiday trifecta over and done, Amy Jean Boebel took the old adage about ringing in the new to heart. Art Walk celebrates the opening of her brand new gallery, Sapsucker Studios, 299 South Fir Street, and a show of her latest work, "Screen Scapes and Shapes." In future, Sapsucker will be dedicated to cutting edge regional art, including installations.

We've all seen the videos online: elephants painting. Their prehensile trunk is an appendage with such fine coordination it can be used to pick flowers, lift small coins – and hold a brush. At the Stronghouse Studios, 283 South Fir Street, freelance graphic designer Ally Crilly turns the tables on these Picassos of the bush: the elephants in the room are the ones she painted.

"Painting is new in my life, but elephants have long fascinated me. Fierce, beautiful, brave, sorrowful, injured, angry, grounded, wise, complicated, they provide a never-ending source of inspiration and connection. I feel their pain, something you can see in their eyes along with their wisdom and a sense of the absurd. Ganesha, the Hindu deity inspires my love as well. Beheaded and then re-elephant-headed as a small boy by his father, Shiva, Ganesha helps with transitions, boundaries, thresholds and much more, creating the faith to remove all obstacles. (He also places the obstacles in your path, because they really are the path.) I was going to move on to another subject but I'm not ready yet.

At 151 South Pine, Schilling Studio Gallery features the work of contemplative artist Diana Woods, who incorporates paint, metals, glass, beeswax, pumice, screen and found objects to create layers of texture and luminous color. Also on display are works by children's book author Todd Parrs, including limited editions available for the first time.

Lustre, an Artisan's Gallery, 171 South Pine is hosting a trunk featuring the jewelry of Lluís Masriera (1872-1958), son of jewelers and painters, revolutionized jewelry design in Spain with his art nouveau designs.  Sharing the stage with Lalique in glass and Gaudi in architecture, Lluis pioneered several innovations in his field, including the technique known as “Barcelona Enamel”, a translucent enamel that possesses great luminosity and remarkable definition. Fortunately for jewelry collectors, Masriera saved every mold he used in his designs, so that each Masriera work remains an original.

The Ah Haa School for the Arts, 300 South Townsend, features the work of Telluride Gallery of Fine Art pastelist Bruce Gomez.  The community arts center thought so highly of Gomez's images of the places he loves most – Telluride, Paris – the artist was featured (and lauded) at the school New Years Eve gala, where his "Ah Haa at the Depot" sold for $5,000, and another bidder won a commissioned piece, also for $5,000. Twenty-seven of the artist's landscapes and cityscapes are on display.

The Telluride Gallery of Fine Art, 130 East Columbia, welcomes award-winning Brazilian jewelery Sandra Frias, who is showing new, one-of-a-kind pieces. At 6 p.m., Frias will give a short presentation and answer questions about her sculptural bling. One critic described her work as follows: "She translates the magic of her Brazil, where sacred and profane, colors, the old and the new, happiness and sadness, rhythm and silence unite and seem to form a whole.” Also on display are urbanscapes and mindscapes by Susan Sales.

La Cocina De Luz, 123 East Colorado Avenue, features a show of historical photographs from the archives of the Telluride Historical Museum, which hosts over 1500 images available for purchase on the Museum's website.

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