Telluride Festival of the Arts returns to Mountain Village, 8/12 – 8/14

Telluride Festival of the Arts returns to Mountain Village, 8/12 – 8/14


The annual celebration of visual and culinary arts known as the Telluride Festival of the Arts returns to Mountain Village this coming weekend, Friday, August 12 – Sunday, August 14.

Vetted art shows in the Telluride region take place twice a year in summer. For eight years running, over July 4th weekend, the Sheridan Arts Foundation hosts Telluride Plein Air, a outdoor exhibition featuring the work of about 30 of the top American Impressionist painters. In August, the action moves "uptown" to Mountain Village and the Festival of the Arts. Its juried art show features work in 13 different media categories including ceramics, digital art, drawing, fiber, glass, graphics and printmaking, jewelry, metal works, mixed media, painting, photography, sculpture and wood.

Wondering how it all goes down? Terry Adams of the nationally renowned Cherry Creek Arts Festival, the event producer, explains:

"The Telluride Festival accept applications annually in the form of five digital images from each artist. These images are placed in front of a panel of five judges, who score the work for excellence and presentation over one full day of viewing. As expected, top scores determine the makeup of our show."

Traditionally, the Cherry Creek Arts Festival receives about 250 applicants for 45 exhibit locations.

The jury panel changes every every year to ensure a fresh perspective.

The Telluride Festival of the Arts opens for business with the visual artists exhibition at noon on Friday. The first Wine Seminar takes places at The Peaks Resort & Spa, one of the major event sponsors, from 2 – 3 p.m. that afternoon.

The second Wine Seminars takes place at the same time on Saturday at Hotel Madeline, another major event sponsor.

The Grand Tasting is Saturday, 5:30 – 8 p.m., Center Stage and venues throughout Mountain Village.

To preview the art, watch this video from the event's producers.

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