Telluride Arts’ First Thursday Art Walk is a festive celebration of the arts in downtown Telluride for art lovers, community, and friends. Fifteen venues host receptions from 5 p.m.- 8 p.m. to showcase new exhibitions and artists. A free Art Walk map offers a self-guided tour that can be used at any time to find galleries that are open most days. Listen to Open Art Radio on KOTO from 12-1 p.m. on first Thursdays to hear interviews with the artists. Maps are available at participating venues and at the Telluride Arts offices located in the Stronghouse Studios + Gallery at 283 South Fir Street.


Ah Haa School Faculty ShowAh Haa School for the Arts
300 South Townsend Avenue
Ah Haa Faculty Exhibition
Opens: Thursday, June 6  and runs through June 30, 2013

Over 30 artists will teach at Ah Haa this summer and the faculty exhibition showcases their work as well as work of the school’s year-round instructors. The exhibition is widely diverse and includes paintings, mixed media, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, and photography from adult and youth faculty. See the best that Ah Haa has to offer and find out more about numerous summer workshops.

220 East Colorado Avenue

Art gallery and wine bar, featuring renowned artists from the region and around the country.

Scott Harris and David Rassmussen at Gallery 81435Telluride Arts’ Gallery 81435: Contemporary Telluride
230 South Fir Street
“Artichoke” exhibit by Scott Harris and David Rasmussen

Artichoke is a collaborative exhibit by Scott Harris and David Rasmussen at Gallery 81435 that runs through June. The collaboration between Scott and David began with a set of tables that resulted in the exhibit’s title piece, “Artichoke,” a hand-laid, round plywood table with the painting done directly into the inset top. In this exhibit, function and form are paired with meticulous construction to deliver furniture that can be handed down for generations. The show features various pieces of David’s furniture and Scott’s paintings.

Lustre 2Lustre, an Artisan Gallery
171 South Pine Street

Lustre Gallery will highlight its hand-woven baskets created by the master weavers of the Wounaan, an indigenous people living in the Darién rainforest in eastern Panama. Just over two decades ago, a linguist, a gallery owner and an early collector became patrons of these weavers and encouraged them to create finely stitched baskets for collectors. Fibers from the newly emerging leaves of the Chunga Palm, painstakingly harvested and shredded to the thinnest of silky threads, are woven with river grass into colorful rainforest designs and pre-Columbian geometrics. Artists use vegetal and organic dyes, bringing to life macaws, hummingbirds and flowers in rich colors. Baskets can be months, even years in the making. Lustre just unveiled its newest collection of baskets ranging from miniature pictorial baskets to museum quality geometrics

Oh Be Joyful Gallery Shaun Horne Oak Street Ski Area View 36x44 O_C $6300 U MasterOBJOh-Be-Joyful Gallery
333 West Colorado Avenue

Featured this month Plein Air painter Shaun Horne.  Shaun’s stunning realist paintings capture the grandeur of Telluride’s surrounding landscape, as well as fresh perspectives of town itself.  Featuring wine, hors d’oeuvres and conversation with the artist.

Stronghouse Studios + Gallery
283 South Fir Street
Zio Ziegler Exhibit

The Stronghouse Gallery extends a Mountainfilm exhibit of paintings and large-scale mural by Zio Ziegler, San Francisco Bay Area artist. Inspired by graffiti, and using spray paint to develop bold lines and colors, Ziegler’s work is urban, energetic and fresh.

Telluride Gallery PADDLE BOATS 8X10The Telluride Gallery of Fine Art
130 East Colorado Avenue

Exhibition Opening: Group Abstracts Show, featuring the work of Gordon Brown, Rebecca Crowell, Mark English, Krista Harris, Shawna Moore, Susan Sales, Daniel Tucker, and Emmi Whitehorse. Wine tasting compliments of The Wine Mine.

The Telluride Historical Museum
201 West Gregory

History comes to life in the Museum’s interactive exhibits, photographs and more. Monthly Art Walk receptions.

The Wilkinson Public Library
100 West Pacific Avenue

“The Color of Telluride,” an exhibit at the Wilkinson Public Library by local artist Lawrence Giles, is a series of paintings supported by Telluride Arts Small Grants for Artists. The paintings depict images of Telluride that make it unique. Throughout it’s history, there are events, places and things that when coalesced create Telluride, one of the most unique and wonderful places on the planet. Paintings in oil, the images are snapshots of Giles’ impressions of Telluride, today and past.

There are five main exhibit spaces in the library that host revolving exhibits that change monthly. Exhibits can be found in the following spaces this month: 1.) Clea Arthur above the music area behind the desk on the main floor, 2.) Youth Art Projects in the youth room, 3.) Lawrence Giles, Paintings in the stairwell, 4.) Molly Redecki, Paintings on the exterior walls surrounding the stacks on the second floor and 5.) Joe Skalsky, Photographs in the Palmyra Room.


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