Telluride Arts: July Art Walk

Telluride Arts: July Art Walk

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

July Art Walk features previews of work featured at the upcoming Ah Haa auction;  new work by two favorites at the Telluride Gallery of Fine Art, Bruce Gomez and Julee Hutchison; paintings by New-York based artist Ryan Cronin at Telluride Arts’ uber hip Gallery 81435; and MiXX features work by artists who are reinterpreting the concept of abstraction. In Mountain Village, at Madeline Hotel and Residences, check out an ongoing display of original paintings inspired by the Colorado landscape; also graphite portraits by Adam W. Carlos.

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Featured Art Walk Venues: (Detailed information below.)

Adam W. Carlos Fine Art

Ah Haa School For the Arts

Alpine Wellness

Baked in Telluride


Elinoff & Co. Gallery

Gallery 81435

La Cocina

Lustre Gallery

LDGiles Art & Design Gallery (aka. Happy Print)

Lustre Gallery

Madeline Hotels and Residences

MiXX projects + atelier

Oh-Be-Joyful Gallery


Randy Stephens Photography

Slate Gray Gallery

soul & matter

Studio G

Stronghouse Gallery

Telluride Gallery of Fine Art

The Turquoise Door Gallery

Tony Newlin Gallery

Wizard Emporium


Exhibit Information:

 Adam W. Carlos Fine Art, Mountain Village Core, Suite 102

Art Walk expands to Mountain Village this year with Adam W. Carlos Fine Art offering exclusive graphite pencil portraiture. Adam’s patience and attention to detail yields stunning images that capture the true character and personalities of his subjects. His painstaking dedication to accuracy makes Adam’s portraits, landscapes, and equestrian drawings become the centerpiece of a room without overpowering the space. The Portrait and Landscape Gallery is located in the Mountain Village core next to Reflection Plaza.

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 Ah Haa School for the Arts, 300 South Townsend 

As party of Ah Haa’s 24th Annual Art Auction, in the Daniel Tucker Gallery, the school will be featuring their Silent Auction Artwork Exhibition until July 15. The opening reception takes place during Art Walk. Pre-bidding is welcome.If you can’t make the Big Event, you are welcome to bid beforehand.


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Alpine Wellness, 300 West Colorado, #2C

For the month of July, Alpine Wellness is featuring the art work of Clarissa Fortier.

Clarissa graduated Oberlin College in 2013 with a B.A. in environmental studies and studio art (with honors). Since then, she has been artist-in-residence at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area in Northern California and Zion National Park.At Zion, Clarissa worked independently, painting en plein air and speaking with park visitors about landscape painting and its role in National Parks.

Since moving to Telluride, Clarissa’s artwork has been featured at a number of establishments throughout town

Enjoy Art Walk at Alpine Wellness with other offerings from local talent – and Happy Hour specials until 6:55 p.m.

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Baked in Telluride, 127 South Fir 

Baked in Telluride is currently featuring the colorful work of Marie Goodwin, Clarissa Fortier, and Randye Mandell.




Dolce, 230 South Fir 

Dolce is featuring Julez Bryant. Creative alchemy abounds in her studio in coastal Southern California, where Julez and her team of seasoned jewelers hand-forge each and every piece. The collection combines and contrasts 14k rose, yellow, and white gold, with a sprinkling of diamonds and precious gems. Julez’s jewels have been featured in numerous fashion and trade publications and is beloved by its wearers.


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Elinoff & Co.,  204 West Colorado  

Elinoff Gallery presents regional and international artists, colored gemstones and diamond jewelry – and local Telluride charms.

Gallery 81435, 230 South Fir (Open daily from 12-6 p.m. or by appointment. )

Gallery 81435 presents “Open This Side,” a contemporary art exhibit by New York-based artist Ryan Cronin.

For over two decades, Cronin has used Rust-Oleum paint to create his own unique iconography. His work is often described as Pop, but teetering between abstraction and representation. It is a mash-up of high and low culture, driven by a deep sense of color and placement. It is large-scale, bold, and marked by a signature gloss finish. It is accessible and emotional, with a playful edge.

“What interests me is using color to steer the eye across the picture plane. I present the subject, but the meaning is not dictated. That is left to the viewer. I look to find that perfect balance where less is more.”

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Ryan Cronin has exhibited his work in galleries, museums, and art fairs throughout the United States. He has completed several large-scale projects including the silo at Tuthilltown Spirits/Hudson Valley Whiskey and a mural in Wynwood during Art Basel. In May 2015, Ryan and his wife opened a gallery in New Paltz, New York, which features a mix of Cronin originals, museum-quality prints, sculpture, and a line of housewares designed by Cronin.

Cronin was born in 1972 on the front seat of a late-60’s Plymouth station wagon. After that bold entrance into this world, he has kept his family, friends, and fans on their toes ever since. From as far back as he can remember, his father told him “you can be the garbage man, you can be the president.” Those words stuck with Cronin and help shape the artist he is today.

La Cocina, 123 East Colorado

La Cocina’s featured artist is plein air painter, Shaun Horne, a passionate large-scale landscape painter who works entirely on location from start to finish.


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Lustre, an Artisan Gallery, 171 South Pine 

Lustre Gallery is home to beautiful works of art both for home and self, all inspired by a love of the natural world. Tucked away on S. Pine Street, Lustre is most noticeable to the passersby at night. Dozens of hand- painted glass chandeliers by Ulla Darni illuminate the store.




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LDGiles Art & Design Gallery (aka Happy Print), 307 East Colorado 

LDGiles Art & Design presents “An Eclectic Retrospective,” reflecting work done over the past several decades in a variety of media.



Madeline Hotel and Residences, 568 Mountain Village Blvd

The curated art featured throughout The Madeline strives to recapture the glory days of the past through original paintings inspired by Colorado.

In the early 1900’s, in order to paint subjects that moved them, many American artists became expatriates, saying good-by to puritanical rules that dominated the American art scene. At that same time in our history, New York City editors began syndicating newspapers articles to Midwestern papers, far from the social restrictions of the Eastern elite. Writers were encouraged to go further and further West and write stories to document their adventures and experiences – with the assurance their stories would be purchased and printed for a new, more accepting, Midwestern audience.

Soon these stories motivated Americans to travel West, where artists found an growing and appreciative audience for their monumental work. Inspired by new locations, subjects, and uncensored palettes, many stayed in Colorado or New Mexico and continued to paint for a new audience of collectors. The Western art scene was born and continues to thrive today.

MiXX projects + atelier, 307 East Colorado 

This month, MiXX showcases work from the “New Innovators,” artists who are reinterpreting the concept of abstraction. I

n this exhibition MiXX invites guests to explore how Sandra Chevrier incorporates the use of painting and collage to express the societal “cages” in which women are placed. Javiera Estrada thwarts the understanding of time and space through her cosmic photography. Marco Grassi reinterprets the female body through his architectural application of painting and sophisticatedly camouflaged palette. Melissa Dickenson uses film and canvas to present a new medium unfamiliar to even many tutored eyes. Katie Heffelfinger draws the viewer into a state of meditation and serenity through her combination of dots and shimmering watercolor used to create a dimension outside of our quotidian world.




Oh-Be-Joyful Gallery, 333 West Colorado Avenue 

Kelly Kotary is the featured artist for July at the Oh-Be-Joyful Gallery this month. Kelly is a Colorado- based painter whose award-winning oils are found in private and public collections all over the country. Kelly is drawn to dramatic lighting; many of her paintings are based on the interaction of light, shape, and shadow which create a pattern that draws in the eye.


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Picaya, 101 West Colorado 

This month, Picaya features the old barnwood framed prints of Scott Elkins.

Scott and other local craftsmen love history, gunfights, cowboys, miners, skiing, gambling, vintage Colorado and old flags. They create images from old photos from 1881 to 1965 and “weathered” Colorado flags made by hand in Paonia and Delta, Colorado. Each flag is created to look faded and historic and is sewn using fabric from the Free Box. Frames are made using reclaimed barnwood from old structures around southwest Colorado.




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Randy Stephens Photography, 226 West Colorado, 2nd Floor

Telluride’s newest studio/gallery will be featuring “Balloons Over Telluride,” a series of photographs taken during the 2016 Telluride Balloon Festival.

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Slate Gray Gallery, 209 E. Colorado, Unit A 

Slate Gray Gallery features Todd Alexander, an Atlanta artist armed with  great imagery, technique, talent, and emotion, inspired by encounters with all walks of life.

After pursuing scientific and medical illustration at the University of Georgia, Alexander re-entered the studio, picking up his familiar paints and exploring alternative ways to express himself and his subjects. For the artist, it is not about the finished product, as much as it is the journey, also discovering and sharing emotions. Alexander’s most recent creations use a mixed media of paper, canvas, and other elements to align reality with an alternative dimension. Multiple layers of epoxy, gel medium, and paint open a new, sometimes unexpected lens for the viewer to look through and engage.




soul & matter, 135 West Pacific


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Telluride Arts’ new office space just across from the Telluride Library contains a contemporary gallery space: soul & matter.

The gallery, which will feature new artists and jewelers monthly, this month presents “You & Me, & The Devil,” work by Telluride artist Katy Parnello.

After spending the past year and a half based in Telluride, Parnello started to deconstruct the urban walls that surrounded her from a decade spent in New York City. Now immersed in the incomparable quiet of our Valley, she is releasing those protectors and opening up to outside influences, seen and unseen.

With “You & Me, & The Devil,” Parnello strives to embody the moment we separate from reality and enter into the creative state; the space where she constructs her pieces without plans or direction, letting inspiration take over. What is that force? Is that you? Is that me? Or is that something else entirely?

Stronghouse Studios + Gallery, 283 South Fir

 The Stronghouse Studios + Gallery features artwork created by visiting artists from the Steeprock Artisans Guild.

With the Telluride Arts Offices relocated, the Stronghouse Studios + Gallery is brimming with artists and will continue as a program of Telluride Arts for as long as possible. The gallery space now features artwork created by the artists-in-residence at the studios, including David Brankley, Kevin Pashayan, and Matthew Adams, reflecting a variety of subject matter and mediums.

The Stronghouse Gallery will be open most days from 12-6 p.m.

Plein air piece by David Brankley.

Plein air piece by David Brankley.

Studio G, 145 West Pacific

Studio G is currently featuring Margaret Rinkevich on its walls. 

Rinkevich’s work develops intuitively, the result of multiple sensations drawn from the artist’s own experiential landscape. The goal in this series is to charge the seemingly simple relationship between form and color with as much force, feeling, and meaning as possible.


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Telluride Gallery of Fine Art, 130 East Colorado

Telluride Gallery presents “Telluride Minis,” featuring artists Bruce Gomez and Julee Hutchison in a dual miniature show. Gomez’s intricate pastels and Hutchison’s local plein air mountain scenes truly capture Telluride and the surrounding landscape. Both artists will be in attendance from 5-8 p.m.


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Tony Newlin Gallery, 100 West Colorado

Tony Newlin Gallery features “Trunk Show.” The resiliency and adaptability of nature is at times unbelievable. These aspen trees (below) were buried by an avalanche at a young age and pushed over toward the ground. As the years passed, they continued to grow toward the sun as the debris eventually cleared away from their trunks. The result is this graceful and moving display of nature’s will not just to survive, but to thrive.


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The Turquoise Door Gallery, 226 West Colorado

The Turquoise Door Gallery “Paintings, Posters and Prints” by award-winning conservation painter Rob Dreyer.

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Wizard Emporium, 126 East Colorado

WE features the work of Steven Beutler, a graphic designer and artist from Montrose with a unique vintage influence.



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