TELLURIDE ARTS' FIRST THURSDAY ART WALK

You can set your clock by it. The first Thursday of every month for the past four years, Telluride Arts has hosted an Art Walk, a celebration of the local art scene. Venues  stay open late until 8 p.m. to strut their stuff and some of town’s finest restaurants – Cosmopolitan, La Cocina de Luz, La Marmotte, and the New Sheridan Chop House – offer Art Walk specials – all of which adds up to one heck of a night out on the town. This month., the event takes place February 2, 5 – 8 p.m.

Highlights of the February Art Walk include paintings  of the great outdoors by Paul Folwell at the Ah Haa School for the Arts, 300 South Townsend.

At Lustre, an Artisan Gallery, 171 South Pine, Colorado mixed media artists Michele Scrivner and Brian Billow present their latest work, including views of aspens and mountains with a contemporary edge rendered in rich earth tones with metallic highlights. Artist’s reception from 5 – 8 p.m.

“My art is meant to convey a sense of earthiness juxtaposed with a contemporary edge,” explains Michele. “My work represents the elements of earth, sky and water, but I blur the line between the elements to illustrate the trickle down effect: what is done to one impacts the other.”

Local artist Ally Crilly is featured at The Steaming Bean, 221 West Colorado.

“I’m finding flowers can be as expressive as elephants! Painting is a new journey in my life which I look forward to continuing. I am forever grateful to Robert Weatherford for his class and compassionate support. When the flow is happening, I know I’m supposed to paint. When it’s not, it’s excruciating. I’m learning to paint regardless and wait for the moments that make sense and just ride the rest of them out. I’m also learning to do this in my life.”

“Love Letters,” a group show at Telluride Arts’ Stronghouse Studios and Gallery, 282 South Fir Street. was designed for the month of love. Photographer Molly Radecki is featured. She has set up a photo both for snap pictures of lovey dove Art Walkers. (Props and costumes available.) At a Hands On Station, Telluride Arts invites people to create their own love letters.

Across the street from the Stronghouse Studio, is a brand new, light-filled space stocked to the rafters with locally made art. The regular exhibit at Gallery 81435 includes paintings, mosaics, and crafts.

The Telluride Gallery of Fine Art, 130 East Colorado, showcases new work by Sam Shaw (studio jewelry), Christian Burchard (wood sculpture) and Nicholas Bernard (ceramic vessels). The event features a wine tasting by Wine Mine.

There’s a mixed bag of art treasures at the Wilkinson Public Library, 100 West Pacific: paintings by Meredith Nemirov (who is teaching a one-day class at Ah Haa with poet Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer on 2/11), paintings/pastels by Patti Childers and black-and-white photographs by Stronghouse artist Joe Skalsky.

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, TellurideArts.org, or Telluride Arts on Facebook and Twitter.

For a preview of Art Walk, check out Clint Viebrock’s video:

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