FIRST THURSDAY ART WALK, Telluride, 1/5/2012

Telluride Arts ongoing event begins its winter season on January 5, 5 – 8 p.m.

Telluride Arts First Thursday Art Walk is a walk about town to celebrate the town’s vibrant cultural scene, especially fine art venues. One dozen venues open their doors to art lovers, community and guests to introduce new exhibitions and artists and restaurants feature art walk specials to make for a great night out on the town.

Featured Art Walk venues include the Ah Haa School for the Arts, 300 South Townsend, where the work of Judy Haas is on display in the Daniel Tucker Gallery through January 27. The exhibit features Judy’s renowned trout and botanical pastels as well as a selection of hand painted ceramic plates. The highlight of the show is a 40 piece lenticular fractal installation that moves like a kaleidoscope with the viewer.

At Lustre Gallery, 171 South Pine Street, fine jewelry designer Aaron Henry is featured, along with mixed media works by Colorado artists Michele Scrivner and Brian Billow.

A newcomer to Telluride, Kate Bolton’s mixed media (marker and watercolor) is on display at her employer’s venue,  The Steaming Bean, 221 West Colorado Avenue. (And Thursday is also Open Mic Night, starting at 9 p.m.)

“Snow Show” at Telluride Arts’ Stronghouse Studios & Art Gallery, 283 South Fir Street, celebrates the season with an exhibit of snow-inspired works by local artists. (Wear white to help conjure more of the white stuff this season.)

New works by jeweler Petra Class is on display at The Telluride Gallery of Fine Art, 130 East Colorado, along with new oils by iconic illustrators Mark English and Bernie Fuchs and new installations by basket maker Lissa Hunter. (Wine tasting compliments of the Wine Mine.)

The Wilkinson Public Library, 100 West Colorado, has images by regional painter Meredith Nemirov, paint and pastel landscapes by Patti Childers and black-and-white photographs by Stronghouse artist Joe Skalsky.

Telluride Arts’ other gallery is brand new, 81435, 230 South Fir. On exhibit are paintings, mosaics, and a wonderful, eclectic array of locally made of fine crafts and small works of art that are uniquely Telluride.

Participating restaurants include Cosmopolitan, La Cocina de Luz, La Marmotte and the New Sheridan Chop House.

For more information about Art Walk or Kids Walk, pick up a free brochure at any participating venue and around town or call Telluride Arts 970-728-8959, or go to, Telluride Arts on Facebook and Twitter.



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