Telluride Institute News: Art, Dancing, Silent Auction, and Great Food at the “ATLAS” Exhibit

Telluride Institute News: Art, Dancing, Silent Auction, and Great Food at the “ATLAS” Exhibit

by Dan Collins

Drew Ludwig photo ATLAS of the San Miguel, an exhibition celebrating the San Miguel River Watershed, is kicking off next Saturday, July 30th at the Ah Haa School for the Arts (300 S. Townsend) from 6:30 – 10:30. 

In addition to an art exhibition, the public will experience a great band from Nashville called “Swing Shift”  (those of you who went to Baerbel’s birthday party at the Sheridan Opera House will remember them well), a silent art auction (a week in Florence, anyone? A raft trip down the San Miguel?  Dinner for two?), delicious food and drink, a photo competition, and informational tables featuring the full range of work that the Telluride Institute does in not only our watershed, but globally (check out Elisabeth Gick’s work supporting a Tibetan orphanage, for example).  This is TI’s annual fund raiser.

The exhibit proper, which runs through the month of August (July 31 – August 28). addresses the shifting ecological, economic, political, and cultural dimensions of the San Miguel Watershed.  Organized by Dan Collins and Pam Zoline of the Telluride Institute, the project uses art and technology as dual lenses for investigating the San Miguel river basin.  The Atlas draws on local knowledge, scientific findings, and creative response to craft an artful dialogue specific to the watershed.  It is a springboard for visualizing and contemplating water as a cultural reflection, as energy, as an agent of conflict, connection, change, and as aesthetic inspiration.

The exhibition features both an Invitational Exhibition in the east gallery of the Ah Haa School and a photo competition in the lobby.

A single ticket to the event is $30 if purchased online ( or at Wizard Entertainment (126 E. Colorado, Telluride). Tickets are $35 at the door.

For further info, contact Exhibition Co-Director, Dan Collins at or 970-728-5266.

Drew Ludwig photo   

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