Telluride Arts: Art & Architecture

Telluride Arts: Art & Architecture

” The Telluride Art and Architecture weekend is an opportunity to experience the extraordinary creative talent of the artists, architects, designers, builders, and chefs who work in the Telluride Arts District. The event is in its fourth year and has hit its stride, with artists of all kinds working together to infuse each stop on the tour with exquisite art and food and wine pairings,” Kate Jones, executive director, Telluride Arts.


Kate Jones took over the reins of  Telluride Arts in 2010 and immediately added to the list of worthy initiatives established by the organization over the decades, including Art Walk,  a small grants program, and the first cultural master plan. Kate rebranded the nonprofit and established the Telluride Arts District as a destination of fearless creativity.  

Among a long and growing list of new initiatives, Kate, her right arm Britt Markey, and their tireless team enhanced or created, is the Telluride Arts & Architecture Weekend.

“I joined the board of Telluride Arts in 2011 because I felt I wanted to dive into the community on a non-profit level. Kate Jones had just moved here from Washington to be our new Executive Director and I felt she was the woman we needed to rebrand, focus, and move the organization forward. There are incredible people involved with this organization and over the four short years I’ve been a part of Telluride Arts, we’ve developed intelligently in the right direction. We have great programming in place like Twenty by Telluride, First Thursday Art Walk and our fledgling festival Art + Architecture.  A+A is a really special weekend that showcases all the creatives of Telluride in a unique way. From culinary masters to interior designers to emerging visual artists, the set-up is such that it allows for collaboration among artists across mediums. There are teams of artists that create a whole production for guests to experience. This enables a new world to develop from venue to venue,” Meghann McCormick, board member.


To learn more about the history of Telluride Arts and its wide-ranging initiatives, read my story about the nonprofit in Telluride Properties’ award-winning glossy, Truly Telluride. Find it online here or visit Telluride Properties and pick up a copy, 237 South Oak @ Telluride Gondola Plaza.



To learn more about the upcoming Arts & Architecture Weekend, read Kate’s overview…

And buy tickets here.

Last year we had a remarkable turnout and left inspired by the artists who gave their heart (and time) to the event –and won money in return. Join us in 2015 for the encore, another extraordinary weekend filled with art, architecture, culinary tastings, and wine.


Easley's Alley, Maryellen and Clifford Hansen home

Easley’s Alley, Maryellen and Clifford Hansen home



The Telluride Art + Architecture Weekend provides an insider’s look into the creative talent within the Telluride Arts District.

Over the course of two days (Saturday and Sunday), the Tour (12-5 pm) will feature 10 venues at which creative teams bring you the ultimate artful experience. Stops include prestigious new and historic homes, studios, and innovative alternative venues.

At each stop on the tour, a creative team of architects, chefs, artists, and designers collaborate to provide an intimate experience for guests. Each venue will feature food and wine tastings prepared by local chefs, art exhibits, artist and chef demonstrations, live music, performances, artist talks, tours with the architects and designers, and surprises at each stop along the way.

American Academy of Bookbinding

American Academy of Bookbinding

The event culminates with cash awards given to artist teams you our guests help select with your vote.


·       Wednesday, July 15, 7-8pm: Twenty(by)Telluride

·       Saturday, July 18, 12-5pm: A+A Home and Venue TOUR

·       Sunday, July 19, 10-11am: Historic Walking Tour with Ashley Boling

·       Sunday, July 19, 12-5pm: A+A Home and Venue TOUR

·       Sunday, July 19, 5-8pm: Closing Party at Telluride Transfer Warehouse



Are you an Art lover? Make a weekend of it.

Art Lover’s Passes are available and include:

• Friday, July 17, Ah Haa Art Auction


• Saturday or Sunday, July 18- 25, Telluride Theatre’s Shakespeare in the Park


2015 VENUES:


1. SANTE HOME: Peter Sante Home – 123 E Columbia

Sante home

Sante home

2. THE.HEF: Narcis Tudor Home – 504 W Colorado

504 W Colorado, Telluride, Colorado.

504 W Colorado, Telluride, Colorado.

3. THE BOOK BUILDERS: American Academy of Bookbinding Institute – 117 North Willow Street

4. THE PINHEAD PRINT SHOP: Pinhead Institute- 300 Mahoney Dr.

5. EASLEY’S ALLEY: Mary Ellen and Clifford Hanson’s Home – 565 E Colorado


1. CLAY AND SADDLE: River Front Estate- 510 w Depot Avenue

2. CASA STORICA: Historic Home – 229 E Columbia

3. TEAM TINY: Tiny Home Village –  283 South Fir (Stronghouse  Lot)

Spice Box Tiny Home

Spice Box Tiny Home

“Our Team Tiny is comprised of many creative community members: Kris Holstrom, Molly Radecki, Meghann McCormick, Sherab Kloppenburg, Laura Daly, Gavin Tougher, Brittany Hale & Trang Pham of Slurp, the Ukuladies and Magic,” explained Meghann. “Their project is located in the Stronghouse parking lot and will be showcasing a village of tiny homes, tiny bites, tea tastings, art of alternative futures of Telluride, the lovely sounds of the Ukuladies and incredible talents of local magician Paul Distefano. It will be a beautiful circus of talent and creativity that comes together around the world of simpler living. Tiny Team will be set up Sunday, July 19, noon-5 p.m.

4. LIGHT PLAY: MiXX projects + atelier  – 307 E Colorado

5. TRU LUX: Main Street Penthouse – 209 E Colorado Ave




Team and individual prizes will be awarded for the weekend’s most stellar projects. All teams showcased during the tour will be eligible for the $3,000 Audience Choice Team Prize; all participating artists will be eligible for the Juried Individual Prizes of $1000, plus two $500 awards for honorables mentions.



Weekend Pass includes:

·       Entrance into all 10 venues (5 each day) that include art + food and wine tastings

·       The historic walking tour

·       The closing party

·       A guidebook with information on all the teams and venues with a map for the weekend

·       A wine glass

·       Shoe covers

·       A chance to vote

*The tours and closing party require a ticket (wristband) that must be visible throughout the event.


The Telluride Arts District follows the boundaries of the Town and contains a remarkable concentration of arts and cultural activity that engages artists from around the region and across the globe.

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