Telluride’s First Thursday Art Walk: Ally’s “Elephants” at Sapsucker

Telluride’s First Thursday Art Walk: Ally’s “Elephants” at Sapsucker

[To listen to Ally Crilly speaking with Susan, click “Play”]

Crillysapsucker Here’s a question for Telluride locals, guests too: What do a dead bird and elephants have in common? Give up? OK, here it is. Amy Jean Boebel of Sapsucker Studios named her gallery for a dead bird found outside her door at 299 South Spruce, where she is showing the latest in a series of elephants – The Elephants III – by local artist Ally Crilly. And it’s a perfect fit: all summer long Sapsucker is featuring strong women artists who refuse to pull their punches. (More on that in the weeks to come.)

The exhibition is part of  The Telluride Council for the Arts & Humanities’ First Thursday Art Walk, a very popular walkabout, a time when locals and guests meander down Main Street chatting about Telluride’s robust art scene. First Thursday is also an opportunity to shop: retail stores stay open late until eight.

Thursday, June 3, 5 – 8 p.m. is the launch of the summer season filled with First Thursdays.

Ally Crilly very nearly became a professional swimmer, however, at a critical turning point in her life, she  did a 180, growing up instead to become the graphic designer and fine artist she is today. But elephants?

Ally’s unique species were born of Expressionistic impulses. The artist clearly abandoned any pull towards naturalism in favor of distortions and exaggerations of color especially in order to express her inner emotions. Ally’s elephants are large masses of graceful curves pulsing with strong color and kinetic energy.

Click the “play” button and listen to Ally’ podcast to learn the story behind her obsession. Clearly the girl can’t help it.

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