Nemirov Featured, Final Art Walk of Season

Nemirov Featured, Final Art Walk of Season

Listen to Open Art Radio on KOTO from 12-1 p.m. on Thursday, October 3rd to hear interviews with the artists.

On Forest Road, a view of Lone Cone by Meredith Nemirov

On Forest Road, a view of Lone Cone by Meredith Nemirov

All good things must come to an end. Thursday, October 3, is the last Art Walk of Telluride’s culturally buff summer/fall season.

Telluride Arts‘ First Thursday Art Walk is a festive celebration of the arts in downtown Telluride for art lovers, community, and friends. Fifteen venues on and around Main Street host receptions from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m., when new exhibitions and artists are introduced. 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.

The grande finale features new works by regional super talent Meredith Nemirov at Telluride Arts’ Stronghouse Studios + Gallery, 130 East Colorado Avenue. The show, entitled “Twelve Views of Lone Cone,” is comprised of twelve woodblock prints inspired by Japanese master Hokusai and his famous series “36 Views of Mt Fuji.” Meredith’s work was created on a press or done by hand with a barren using the Japanese method, which she learned by studying with Tom Killion at the Anderson Ranch Art Center in Snowmass, Colorado, thanks to a grant she received from Telluride Arts.

The Japanese-Style Woodcut Printmaking & the Western Landscape class took place in June 2012. Meredith has been working on the project ever since, both in Colorado and in northern Spain, where she lived this past year for seven months.

Meredith has always painted (or printed in this case) her mind and is known for saying a mouthful in a few elegant strokes – or words.

“To stand and face a whole landscape and make a work that captures the scene on a two-dimensional surface in a relatively short period of time is rigorous, but that’s what we artists are driven to do day after day: we interpret our world to find our place in it.”

Lone Cone Peak, the westernmost of the 12,000+-foot peaks in the San Juan Mountain range, is a prominent, local landmark.

Meredith Nemirov grew up in New York City where she studied at the Art Student’s League. She received a BFA from Parson’s School of Design. In 1988, Meredith and her husband, Jorge, moved to Ridgway, where they ran the Ridgway Gallery, specializing in antique prints, maps, and books about the exploration of the American West. The couple raised a son, Raoul, who is an artist living in New York.

Meredith’s work was recently featured in a show at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities: Women of Influence: Colorado Artists and Curators. She was Artist-in-Residence at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center and the Vermont Studio Center and is the recipient of numerous, prestigious grants and fellowships including the one from Telluride Arts.

For a preview of the artist’s spare, elegant work in the Japanese style, watch Clint Viebrock’s video.

Another highly recommended show takes place at Ah Haa School for the Arts’ American Academy of Bookbinding, Stone Building campus, 117 North Willow.

Founded in 1993 by Tini Miura, Einen Miura and Daniel Tucker, the American Academy of Bookbinding is an internationally reknowned, degree-oriented bookbinding and book conservation school that offers book enthusiasts at all levels an opportunity to initiate and improve their skills in a generous and supportive learning environment.

The Academy conducts intensive courses in the fine art of leather binding, conservation and related subjects. It is unique in the United States in its ability to offer a comprehensive diploma granting program taught by some of the most experienced and highly regarded book artists and conservators in the world.

Don Glaister, director of Fine Binding, is currently teaching a Decorative Techniques Class. Students are learning various design techniques for books on plaquettes including onlays, inlays, tooling, and alternative techniques such as sanding and manipulating leather. Stop by and see the works in process.

Be sure to stop is Headwater Contemporary at Arroyo which features the work of renowned state and national artists.

Black Bear Trading Company, 218 West Colorao, features new black and white photographs by master photographer Robert J Franzese.

Gallery 81435, 230 South Fir Street, features Contemporary Telluride and in particular the work of Buff Hoopers in a show entitled “Duff Redux,” a retrospective of set designs from 2003-present.

For the most part, Buff’s sets are re-painted and recycled, but the works shown at Gallery 81435 this month are the special few he just couldn’t bare to paint over. The show amounts to a wild ride through the past productions mounted in Telluride from the past 10 years by various theater groups.

Lustre Gallery, 171 South Pine, hosts a special collection of jewelry by Colorado artist Todd Reed, who celebrates the perfect geometry of uncut stones.

Melange, 109 West Colorado, features the work of Melanie Kirkpatrick, who prefers to work in acrylics, mixed media and recycled material. “Passages”  Painting  &  Mixed  Media” is a celebration of textures, patterns, transparency and form. Melanie holds a BFA in Graphic Design from the Rhode Island School of Design.

Landscape, Bruce Gomez

Landscape, Bruce Gomez

, 130 East Colorado, features work by pastel painter Bruce Gomez. The artist will give a pastel demonstration at 6 p.m. Also featuring abstract mixed media paintings by Krista Harris and figurative oil paintings by Malcolm Liepke. Wine tasting compliments of The Wine Mine, 5:30 – 7.

The Wilkinson Public Library, 100 West Pacific Avenue. Telluride Arts and the Wilkinson Public Library collaborate to showcase regional artists work on the walls of the library.

There are five main exhibit spaces in the library that host revolving exhibits that change monthly. Work can be found in the following spaces this month: 1.) Geoffrey Alexander photographs above the music area behind the desk on the main floor, 2.) Youth Art Projects in the youth room, 3.) Kellie Day, Paintings in the stairwell, 4.) Alicia Nogueira mixed media works on the exterior walls surrounding the stacks on the second floor and in the Palmyra Room.

For more, go to Telluride Arts.



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