Telluride Arts: August Art Walk

Telluride Arts: August 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. 

August Art Walk features images from the 4th annual Photography Contest at Ah Haa; new work by Susan Sales at Telluride Gallery of Fine Art; paintings by New-York based artist Ryan Cronin at Telluride Arts’ uber hip Gallery 81435; and MiXX features work by artists who bring the outdoors indoors. 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. Telluride Arts’ newest space, soul & matter presents “High Altitude Robots,” an exhibit by artist Dave Pressler.

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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

Gallery 81435

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, highlights:

 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 

The Ah Haa School for the Arts  announces the 4th Annual Juried Photography Prize. Participating photographers are local residents, visitors, kids, students, amateurs, and professionals in a competition to capture the essence of Telluride through landscape, portraiture, or still life images. Selected work chosen based on originality, quality of image, composition, and relevance to the theme. Opening reception takes place during Art Walk. Prizes announced at 7 p.m.

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Alpine Wellness, 300 West Colorado, #2C

For the month of August, 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 Jerry Oyama, whose bold acrylics celebrate jazz (in the run up to the Telluride Jazz Festival this weekend).


Jerry Oyama at BIT

Jerry Oyama at BIT


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.

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.




MiXX projects + atelier, 307 East Colorado 

This month MiXX features work that brings the outdoors indoors. each artist with a different interpretation of what that means. Tina Salvesen physically let the outdoors alter her canvas when she buries her handmade paper in the ground for two weeks prior to creating her original drawings. Vero Gonzalez, whose meditative circular pieces suggest billowing plumes and the intricacies of natural patterns. Such work reminds us about our intimate and emotional relationship with our surroundings.


soul & matter, 135 West Pacific

Telluride Arts’ new office space just across from the Library contains a contemporary gallery space; soul & matter. The gallery presents “High Altitude Robots,” a show by Dave Pressler. Dave Pressler is a Los Angeles-based artist and character designer who has used sculpture and illustration to fuse two of his primary passions: fine art and the world of pop entertainment. His career has seen him design characters and worlds for a variety of children’s entertainment companies, most recently the Emmy-nominated “Robot and Monster” on Nickelodeon.


Stronghouse Studios + Gallery, 283 South Fir

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 will feature artwork created by the artists in residence at the Stronghouse Studios. The featured artists in July include Josephine Fallenius, Clarissa Fortier, and David Brankley.


David Brantley

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.


Studio G


Telluride Gallery of Fine Art, 130 East Colorado
Susan Sales Solo Exhibition: Known for her vivid and glossy colorfields, Sales continues her focus on color and surface. Her 30-year career gives her a master skill set in which she creates color blocks that transform into luscious layers of refined oil paint.

Susan Sales

Susan Sales

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