The cast of characters changes, but otherwise it’s the same, compelling story: Telluride Arts monthly Art Walk. The event, a celebration of the region’s artistic talent, is a meet and greet for art lovers of all stripes, locals and visitors alike. Venues all over town open their doors from 5 – 8 p.m. and favorite restaurants  – Cosmopolitan, La Cocina de Luz, La Marmotte, and the New Sheridan Chop House – offer Art Walk specials.

Among the many exciting goings-on at the July 2012 Art Walk this Thursday is a sneak peek at what’s in store for the Ah Haa School for the Arts 20th annual auction, Friday, July 20, 6 p.m. In the Daniel Tucker Gallery, Cirque D’ Ah Haa Silent Auction & Exhibit showcases the talent of contributing artists in every medium: painting, clay, sculpture, jewelry and more. Ah Haa plans to accept silent and absentee bids throughout the month of July, leading up to its main event starting with Art Walk.

In the East Gallery, Dieter Runge presents “Fear Nothing,” a selection of 100 woodblock prints inspired by nature, actual leaves used for printing, rock ’n’ roll, yoga, and everything else that regularly touches the artist’s life. The process varies from intuitive to highly conceptual, referencing the tradition of the 12” vinyl album covers as well as nods to movements in the history of art. The prints are as delightful as they are surprising in the run up to Dieter’s woodblock print workshop this weekend at Ah Haa, July 6-8.

Telluride Arts has a lot to crow about for its innovative programs showcasing grassroots regional talent, including its Gallery 81435, which showcases Contemporary Telluride in a setting reminiscent of New York’s Chelsea district. Across the street, its Stronghouse Studios and Local Artist Gallery hosts David Brankley’s paintings:

“I’m not an Impressionist artist in the mode of Monet, Cezanne, or Renoir. They were of their age and of their regions. I draw from many schools of painting and am influenced by many artists. I live as an individual, more individual than most, and no doubt paint as one, but looking at my own work I find it hard to always point to what is borrowed and what is 100% original. Let’s say I’m an Impressionist. At the very least, the word sounds nice and adds a little cachet to what I create on paper and canvas. Undoubtedly the original Impressionists have made an indelible impression on me and compromised any claims I might make on originality. ‘Telluride Impressionism,’ the name of my show, indicates that I practice this derivative but pleasing style of painting in Telluride Colorado. And the best of my art reflects the utter originality and flavor of this mythical mountain shambala.”

At her new location at 300 South Mahoney Drive in the Cimarron Lodge, base of Lift 7 near the Pedestrian Bridge, Linda Levin Designs/Desert Rose Telluride features stained glass panels, windows and objects, plus fresh cut flowers and arrangements. (The artist also does weddings and special events.)

Lustre Gallery hosts an artist reception with bronze wildlife artist Jim Eppler, whose deep appreciation for Mother Nature is evident in his lifelike interpretations of animals and birds, critters he first “captures” in sketchbooks and on film.

“My photos reveal their form and habits, but their gift to my soul is what inspires me to paint and sculpt.”

The Telluride Gallery of Fine Art has a reception for jewelry designer Cheryl Rydmark, including a show of new and classic designs such as her Telluride “sorority” necklace. There are also new oils by painter Julee Hutchison featuring “Telluride Horizons.” (Wine tasting compliments of Wine Mine.)

(To learn more about Cheryl, see related story in Telluride Inside.. and Out, by imbedding this link in your browser: For Julee, go to

Tweed Interiors features the work of Deborah Heffley Jones, who uses a mix of Venetian plaster and gold leaf in her paintings: “I’m not sure whether it is the color of nature or the nature of color that inspires me.”

Deborah’s tree paintings are the result of years spent living among high-alpine aspens in the Telluride region:  “The light of southwestern Colorado is bold and deliberate. In contrast, the artist’s water pieces were inspired by her new life on Orcas Island, Washington: “The light in the San Juan Islands is subdued and filtered, and the color of the sea is continually changing.” Her abstracts were inspired by the richness and colors of both environments.

The Wilkinson Public Library features Sue Hobby’s newest yarn creations. Time Machine is a hanging sculptural installation by Flair Robinson. There are also new works by Marishi, Jared David Paul and Ally Crilly’s students from Art Camp.

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 970-728-3930 or go to

For a preview, watch Clint Viebrock’s video showcasing some of the work.

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