"Le Fair Affaire" At Telluride's La Marmotte, July 8

[click “Play” to listen to Scott Rhea’s interview with Susan]

Mstrcopy_w_RoJune 26_for web copy I have covered Telluride cultural life over a career of 18 years and counting, and found that the parade of interesting people who gravitate to our Shangri-La never ends. You may not know the names of many of these people, not because they are not abundantly talented and widely accomplished, but because Telluride is their sanctuary, a place to get away from the faces they meet in the real world. Case in point: Scott Rhea.

Scott, who divides his time between Tinseltown and the Ski Ranches just outside the Town of Telluride, has had a very successful career shooting fashion print and editorial fashion. But it is book of unique underwater images released in 2009 that triggered his coming out party in Telluride.

The event, Le Fair Affaire, takes place Thursday, July 8, at La Marmotte, 150 Juan Avenue, 7 – 11 p.m. more or less. The evening includes art, live performance painting, film screenings, music performed by two different bands, food and wine.

Rhea hails from Louisiana. “An Inevitable Consequence,” his  collection of ethereal underwater photography, was inspired by the destruction and aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The images exploring themes of cause and effect are beguiling examples of Magic Realism: strange circumstances and juxtapositions infuse the ordinary with a sense of mystery that both beckons and threaten the viewer.

Dallas-based Cuban/American artist, Rolando Diaz, the subject of a PBS special aired this year, is also on hand. Diaz has painted live with George Winston, Manhattan Transfer, Diane Reeve and a former President. He will paint live for us.

After 8:30 p.m., La Marmotte Chef, Mark Regginini, provides a variety of culinary delights.

Rhea has thought of everything. Mountain Sprouts is offering complimentary child care with validated ticket purchase.

A $20 fee gets one through the door to enjoy the entertainment and food. Because Rhea wants to support the arts in town, a portion of the evening’s profits go to tour local arts umbrella organization, the Telluride Council for the Arts & Humanities.

To learn more, click the “play” button and listen to Rhea’s interview.

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