Telluride Arts: First Thursday Art Walk, 7/6

Telluride Arts: First Thursday Art Walk, 7/6

Telluride Arts’ First Thursday Art Walk is a great chance to take in all the town’s local galleries have to offer.

And that’s a lot.

New this month, two local artists (and Small Grant recipients) show their work of Bear Ears at Ghost Town.

The Telluride Music Company is featuring a Limited Edition “Aged” Martin D-28 Authentic 1937 and a performance by Charlie Weathers.

The American Academy of Bookbinding, unique in the country, offers demonstrations of this art form.

One of the biggest shows this month is James Hayward at the Telluride Gallery of Fine Art. (Overview of the life and work of the artist here.)

Ah Haa offers a preview of auction items and is accepting pre-bidding for its annual fundraiser on July 14.

Baked in Telluride and Picaya are showcasing the locals; Gallery 81435 + Telluride Arts HQ Gallery feature Betsy Chaffin & Alyce Levy respectively.

Tune into Open Art Radio on KOTO from 12-1 pm on first Thursdays to hear interviews with the artists. A free Gallery Guide offers a self-guided tour that can be used at any time to find galleries that are open most days. Gallery Guides are available at participating venues and at the Telluride Arts Headquarters located across from the Library at 135 West Pacific.

Telluride Arts HQ, Alyce Levy


July Art Walk venues: (Specific exhibit information listed below):Gallery 81435

Ah Haa School for the Arts
American Bookbinding Academy
Baked in Telluride
Elinoff & Co. Gallery
Gallery 81435
Ghost Town
LDGiles at Happy Print Studio
Lustre Gallery
Medicine Ranch
MiXX projects + atelier
Slate Gray Gallery
Studio G
Telluride Arts HQ Gallery
Telluride Gallery of Fine Art
Telluride Music Co.
Turquoise Door Gallery
Tony Newlin Gallery

Adam W. Carlos

Adam W. Carlos Fine Art offers exclusive graphite pencil portraiture in the core of Mountain Village. With patience and attention to detail,Adam is able to produce portraits that capture the true character and personalities of his subjects. This month, Adam features some of the Hands of Music series in new frames he made from wood recycled from the old town park stage. Also on display: landscapes, equestrians, and the new Petal-and-Pencil series.

Ah Haa School for The Arts – I HeART Rock n’ Roll


July’s Art Walk features a sneak-peek at all of the donated artwork to be featured at the annual Ah Haa Art Auction, happening July 14. Even if you can’t make it to the event, you are welcome to bid before-hand.

American Academy of Bookbinding – Demonstrations on Bookbinding

This month at AAB, new managing director, Katy Baum talks about her bookbinding work and the processes involved in the creation of an elegantly designed book cover. Simple demonstrations including sewing of the text block and preparation of the leather, as well as looping presentation of the Open Set exhibition currently touring the United States.

The American Academy of Bookbinding is an internationally known, degree-oriented bookbinding school that offers book enthusiasts of all levels the 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, book restoration, repair, preservation practices, and related subjects. The goal of the Academy is to provide a level of excellence in bookbinding education and, for those interested, graduate professional-level binders with the knowledge and skills to produce the highest quality work and the ability to pass on those skills to the next generation.

Baked in Telluride – Local Artists Sharing Ah Haa Inspired Paintings

Baked in Telluride features local artists Daniel Kanow, Carol Lee, Marie Goodwin, Randye Mandel, Kate Kurtz, and Leslie Crane who will be sharing their “Ah Haa” inspired paintings. These fresh, colorful, reflections from talented locals will inspire and impress us all to seek Ah Haa moments.

Gallery 81435 – Next Move, by Betsy Chaffin

For Betsy Chaffin, art is a long-standing passion. The mixed-media artist lives and works in Spring Island, SC and Snowmass Village, CO. She was a resident at the American Academy in Rome and the Anderson Ranch Arts Center. Her work is included in private collections throughout the United States.

“I begin with a notion, an idea. It might be a specific memory, reflection, or moment. As the work evolves it takes on a life of its own. The drawings are intuitive, experiments in mark making and composition and they make their way into the vocabulary of the paintings. The work is a metaphor for my responses to place, memory, reality. The paintings are internal glimpses, an expression of my point of view.”

The show runs thru July 2017 at Gallery 81435, 230 S Fir Street. Open daily from 12-6 p.m. or by appointment

Ghost Town Grocer – Stratified: Layers of Love in the Fight for Indian Creek

Artists Clarissa Fortier and Joanna Spindler present “Stratified: Layers of Love in the Fight for Indian Creek,” a multi-media art project focused on Indian Creek and the Bears Ears National Monument.

Both women are avid climbers and cultural preservationists. The pair teamed up in defense of this sacred land. Fortier utilizes brilliant palates of earth tones and vibrant hues in her plein air oil landscapes. Spindler photographs native artifacts and captures intimate details of the flora and fauna found in Indian Creek.

Their project was funded in part through a grant from Telluride Arts. A portion of sales will be donated to the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance.

LDGiles Art + Design at Happy Print Studio

LDGiles Art & Design at Happy Print Studio presents a showing of select aerial photographs of the unique patterns and designs, light and color, weather, sky, clouds, and earth encountered from travels over our beautiful planet.

Lustre – Marshall Noice

With a focus on “Art for Home and Self,” Lustre Gallery celebrates July Art Walk with landscape artist Marshall Noice and Shannan of Gurhan Jewelry.

Marshall’s newest portfolio of vibrant oil paintings convey the joy and spirit of the places that capture his eye – and heart.

Shannan presents Gurhan’s newest 24k gold jewelry collections and, for women who want to express her own personal style and individuality, one-of-a-kind pieces that combine rare and unusual gemstones with Gurhan’s visionary point of view.

MiXX Projects + Atlier – KA-POW

Americana and Pop Art inspired group exhibition features work by Mitch McGee, Mark Andrew Allen, Rob Porazinski, and Ray Phillips.

Celebrating Western film icons such as “James Dean Summer,” 2017 mixed-media portraits by Mark Andrew Allen and “Western Kings” 2017 tableau by Ray Phillips, each artist explores a range of mediums, introducing a distinct style within the genres.

Rob Porazinski’s graphic bird studies blend Cubism with Futurism.

Mitch McGee’s works of layered birch that specifically cite Roy Lichtenstein’s groundbreaking body of work, ‘KA-POW!’ imaginatively reworks the vibrant visual language and influences that came to define a generation in cinema and art.

Medicine Ranch – New Media Art


Kathryn Tatum, a part-time Telluride resident for 25 years, presents “New Media Art,” which utilizes L.E.D. lighting to backlight her fine art’s paintings, which expose underlying symbols, images and codes embedded in the paint layers and on rice paper. Each painting constantly changes in color, depth, and imagery.

Picaya – Tai Davis-Kleppinger

Picaya will be featuring jewelry by TaiDK designs — TaiDK designs are created by local artist, Tai Davis-Kleppinger, and feature small wire wrapping, semi-precious stones, and druzies.

Telluride Arts HQ Gallery – Modern Slice


Telluride Arts’ HQ Gallery presents, “Modern Slice,” an exhibit by Dallas-based artist, designer, and jeweler Alyce Levy.

Alyce Levy is ravenous for color. Color on its own. Colors together. Color in unexpected places. The artist loves to see people react and interact with color.

Because of a desire for straightforwardness and authenticity, nature serves as a powerful medium for Levy. Beginning with tree slices, reclaimed wood, antlers, or animal skulls, Levy adds paint and epoxy resin to create a modern twist on what flora and fauna naturally put out into the world.

Tree rings and natural curves of the wood create a basis for design choices and overall aesthetic of Levy’s sculptural pieces.

“I trace the years through the tree’s wood rings – the snowflakes, raindrops, and sunshine the tree withstood. I hold the antler and imagine the beast who shed them – his rivers, prairies, and battles. I marvel at the skull – the remnant of mysterious life and death in the wear and tear of the wild. All call to me.”

Additionally, Levy’s necklaces bring together African trade beads, handmade tassels, and other surprises.

“I sit patiently with them to feel their mood, hear their colors harmonize, see which stones belong together. It’s my honor to know these noble mediums.”

Levy considers it a blessing that Telluride has been a stop on her artist’s journey.

“I thank the talented and colorful people I have met here. This canyon and its people are my ultimate box of crayons.”

Telluride Gallery of Fine Art – Artist James Hayward. (See in-depth overview here.)

James Hayward, courtesy Flaunt magazine.

Artist James Hayward has been a force in post-war Minimalist Abstraction in Los Angeles area for over 35 years. Hayward has major museum collections under his belt: the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; MOCA Los Angeles; Denver Museum of Modern Art; MOCA Miami; and San Francisco MOMA are a few amongst many notable institutions.


James Hayward’s paintings are tactile and bold. The artist presents saturated, intense color studies in monochrome or in blended multicolor works.

Color, texture, and rhythm are the key elements.

The images are all about mark-making on canvas, created in a fevered trance, like jazz improvisation.

Hayward will be in attendance during Art Walk from 5-8 pm.

Telluride Music Co. – Charlie Weathers – Aged Martin D-28

Berlin/Telluride-based blues rocker Charlie Weathers offers a rugged, weary pastiche of Americana, music filled with heartbreak, longing, sorrow, and the quintessential American experience.

For ArtWalk, Telluride Music Co. is excited to feature Weather’s original songs and the stories behind them. “We thought his music was a perfect pair for our Limited Edition ‘Aged’Martin D-28 Authentic 1937. One of only 50 models built this year, the Aged D-28 is an historically accurate recreation of a priceless 1937 D-28 on display in the C.F. Martin museum in Nazareth, Pennsylvania,” said the new owners.

Tony Newlin Gallery

The Tony Newlin Gallery features two new releases, limited-edition images captured this winter in Yellowstone National Park: Frosty Bison and Solace.

Turquoise Door Gallery – Valerie Levy Franzese

Featuring paintings by Valerie Levy Franzese.

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