Studio and Home Tours in Telluride Creative District

Time was, when the door slammed behind Telluride Blues & Brews Fest, folks headed out of town for the fall off season. Nowadays not so much. Nowadays the “off” in “off season” simply connotes “off the mountain after the snow melt.” Otherwise, town is pulsing with life and it’s game on at institutions such as Telluride Arts, a nonprofit that rhymes with innovative grassroots initiatives.

Since 1971, Telluride Arts, has worked as a grassroots arts advocacy organization. Today, the nonprofit runs the Stronghouse Studios + Gallery, Gallery 81435. It tricks out the Wilkinson Public Library with art throughout the building. It administers the small grants program for local artists. And Christmas season, Telluride Arts oversees the Holiday Arts Bazaar.

About four years ago, Telluride Arts, then TCAH, created the ever popular First Thursday Art Walk, an event that allows locals and guests to experience the region’s creativity. Venues stay open late until 8 p.m. to showcase new work and select restaurants offer Art Walk specials. There’s even a Kids Art Walk thanks to Kate.

Kate also engendered Twenty(by)Telluride, a fun and creative gathering designed to showcase the innovation, knowledge and ideas of members of our community through very short, fast-paced presentations inspired in part by PechaKucha and TED talks.

And after a state competition Kate and her assistant Sasha Cuccinielllo entered, Telluride was honored as a Creative District.

Art Walk, Twenty(by)Telluride and honoring the Creative District designation come together with yet another new idea from Telluride Arts: the inaugural Telluride Art + Architecture Weekend, Studio + Home Tours in the Telluride Creative District.

The event begins Thursday evening by the last art walk of the summer season. Following Art Walk, join Telluride Arts at Rustico, to further celebrate the abundant creative excellence that exists in the Telluride Creative District with a dance performance, a fashion show, short presentations and an overview of the upcoming tour.

DANCE PERFORMANCE: Choreographing essentially the same sequences of movement, Valerie Madonia, former principal dancer with the Joffrey Ballet, chose four different pieces of music to complement four individual dancers. The work, a premiere, is set against a film backdrop of Madonia interpreting the movement herself.

FASHION SHOW: A high energy fashion show exhibiting a few of our local designers and featuring the work of Danielle DeRoberts of Onerary Clothing.

Founded in 2004 in Telluride, Colorado, Onerary is a collaboration between Danielle DeRoberts of San Francisco, CA and Katy Parnello of Brooklyn, NY. The line draws on their divergent interests— DeRoberts’ background is in painting, Parnello’s in theater and dance—and the vastly different style sensibilities of the places they call home. The resulting designs aim to be wearable fusions of art and drama.

TWENTY(BY)TELLURIDE (ABBREVIATED): Short presentations by Peter Sante, architect, Nicole Finger, artist, Danielle DeRoberts, artist/designer, and Ben Knaub, chef, for a peek into what ignites their creativity.

TOUR OVERVIEW: An overview of the 16 + studios and six houses on the tour, arranged by Kate with the help of Jodie Wright, One Architects.

“Kate Jones approached me with the idea of an art, architecture, studio (all kinds), home and cuisine tour wrapped neatly into one (hopefully) gorgeous fall weekend in Telluride,” said Wright. “Of course we wanted to help in an endeavor that would unite our artistic community. Our studio (220 East Colorado Ave) is on the tour Saturday, October 6,  noon– 6 p.m. The One Architects- designed, HARC Preservation Award-Winning Ring Residence is also on the tour, Sunday, October 7,  noon – 5 p.m. The home represents the marriage of a quintessential historic Telluride residence with a modern, contextually influenced addition, which why we determined to feature it. Beth Bailis/Landscape architect/Caribou Design plans to show her work at our shop on Saturday and Adrianne Lent is showcasing her art at the house on Sunday.”

The Saturday studio tour offers samplings of wines and hors d’oeuvres prepared by some of our renowned local chefs, while participants visit with artists, architects and designers in their studios.

The home tour Sunday offers an exploration of some of the exciting local architecture and design happening in Telluride.


Thursday, October 4
·    5-8 p.m.: Last Art Walk of the Summer Season
·    8-9 p.m.: Kick off Reception at Rustico
Saturday, October 6
·    12-6 p.m.: Studio Tours and Culinary Tastings
Sunday, October 7
·    10 a.m.: Historic Architecture Walking Tour, Meet at the Stronghouse Studios 283 South Fir Street.
·    12-5 p.m.: Home Tour


Advance registration is required. Everyone is welcome.

Register now by becoming a member of Telluride Arts ($35-$50 per person) or visit


Register in person at the kick off event at Rustico

Or …

Stop by the Telluride Arts offices at the Stronghouse Studios, 283 South Fir Street, Telluride, after October 1, and pick up a registration packet with a ticket and an event booklet/guide.

For a sense of what’s in store, watch Clint Viebrock’s video.

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