Telluride Arts: July 2018 Art Walk

Telluride Arts: July 2018 Art Walk

Telluride Arts’ First Thursday Art Walk is a festive celebration of the art scene in downtown Telluride for art lovers, community, and friends. Participating venues host receptions from 5 –8 p.m. to introduce new exhibits.

The second Art Walk of the summer 2018 season takes place Thursday, July 5, 5 – 8 p.m.

The Telluride Gallery of Fine Art features the work of landscape painter Diane Best & sculptor Gwynn Murrill. Beside the accident of gender, on the surface what the women share is a love of the natural world: Best paints landscapes where man’s notable absence is, at times, footnoted only by a section of road; Murrill fills those empty spaces with her critters, the wild things she tames in bronze, wood and marble. Go here for more on these two important artists.

Immerse yourself in the figurative paintings and drawings of contemporary abstract expressionist artist Jason Lee Gimbel at Gallery 81435. The show is entitled “Figures & Chairs.”

Telluride Arts HQ features the work of former Telluride local Brucie Holler. Her exhibition,”Natural Conditions: Of Land & Water,” is comprised of nonrepresentational paintings inspired by the artist’s profound sense of place.

The Ah Haa School offers a sneak peek at the work featured in their annual art auction: Sweet Home Ah Haa, schedule for Friday, July 20. One of the key items: A one-year Telluride Ski & Golf Club platinum membership.

Tune into Open Art Radio on KOTO from 12 – 1 p.m. to hear interviews with the participating artists. Complimentary gallery guides are available at all the venues for a self-guided tour.

Art Walk Venues July 2018:

Ah Haa School for the Arts
Baked In Telluride
Crossbow Leather
Elinoff Gallery
Gallery 81435
Kamruz Gallery
La Cocina de Luz
Lustre Gallery
MiXX projects + atelier
Slate Gray Gallery
Studio G
Telluride Arts HQ Gallery
Telluride Gallery of Fine Art
Telluride Music Co.
Tony Newlin Gallery
Turquoise Gallery

Ah Haa School for the Arts:


Ah Haa School for the Arts will offer a sneak-peek at all of the donated artwork to be featured at their annual art auction. The auction/exhibition is titled “Sweet Home Ah Haa.” Ah Haa will be offering pre-bidding, as well as a buy-it-now option.

One of the key items: A one-year Telluride Ski & Golf Club Platinum Membership.

This one-year membership includes two transferrable winter season passes, unlimited complimentary golf access for the member(s) and discounted green fees for their guests, Spa access, and access to a number of Club social events both in the winter and the summer.

This auction membership will not pay dues during the one-year period. Total value of this one year membership exceeds $17,000.

Baked In Telluride:

Local artist Carol Lee will be exhibiting her colorful acrylic paintings at her first solo exhibition.

Lee has participated in many of Ah Haa’s painting classes and developed into a vibrant, confident artist.

Crossbow Leather:



Crossbow Leather doubles as a retail store in front and a leather production workshop in back. All leather goods are made in-house by owner/designer Macy Pryor. Her style reflects the West and includes a variety of vintage and found textiles from around the world.

Featured artwork for this month at Crossbow Leather will include paintings from longtime local, Lane Smith. Lane’s style is inspired by the power and honesty of nature. He paints using a unique layering of aerosols and oils on wood panel.

Gallery 81435:


Gallery 81435 in Telluride, Colorado presents “Figures & Chairs,” an exhibit by Jason Lee Gimbel.

Known for his monumental figurative paintings, Jason Lee Gimbel renders full-figure works using abstraction-expressionist brushwork and vibrant colors.

Gimbel’s instinctual approach, random use of color and mark making, pushes figurative images to the edges of representation and, in some instances, into abstraction. The painted drawings break up the surface through a visual harmony that disrupts the partially outlined figures, providing the viewer with a complex dance between figure and background.

Gimbel is a fifth-generation Coloradoan who graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver and studied Fine Art Drawing and Printmaking. He has participated in group shows in Denver, Colorado; Athens, Georgia; Astoria, Oregon; and the Manifest Gallery International Painting Annual publication in Cincinnati, Ohio; andappeared in the Space Gallery in Denver, CO.

Kamruz Gallery:

Kamruz Gallery presents photography by local photographer Mary Kenez.

La Cocina de Luz:


La Cocina will feature artist Stephanie Morgan Rogers.

One of the walls in La Cocina will feature an installation mural of mixed-media including Rogers’ well-known animals.

The artist will also be showing a selection of pieces from “Songline,” an exhibition displayed at Telluride Arts HQ last year.


Lustre Gallery is celebrating the opening of the summer season with new Marshall Noice artwork.

Noice never met a sky or a tree he did not like. For about 40 years, the artist has indulged his obsession with landscapes. What we see in his work resembles the outside world the artist depicts much in the way a guitar case resembles a guitar: Noice is not painting a grove of trees for instance. He is depicting his emotional response to a grove of trees, which makes him an Expressionist for those who require an “ist” or an “ism,” an expressionist with an impressionist technique and a Fauve sense of color.

MiXX projects + atelier:




Featuring work by Julia Lucey, Luis Bivar, Meredith Nemirov, Minas Halaj, and Marco Grassi, Garden of Eden’s lush ensemble of botanical and floral motifs explores the confluence of landscape and portraiture.

Working in collage, Julia Lucey, Luis Bivar, and Minas Halaj each utilize a unique arsenals of media  – from traditional found collage materials to handmade prints and evocative textural elements –  to capture imaginative portraits of nature.

Meredith Nemirov’s charismatic gouache and ink drawings of Aspens invite the viewer to imagine personality in nature through a more subdued palette.

The bold, figurative work of Marco Grassi confronts us with the symbolic role of the female figure in depictions of nature.

“Garden of Eden” is a visually stunning assemblage that examines the humanity in nature and elements of nature embedded within us.



Picaya will feature local Colorado and Telluride artists, including TaiDK designs, Colleen Thompson, Tony Finocchio, Juliana Designs and Smart by Nature.

Slate Gray Gallery:


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Slate Gray Gallery will present an exhibition titled “Happily Ever After,” which will showcase artists Ali Launer and Alexandra Eldridge.

Launer will be showing her new collection of beaded skulls and Eldridge will show her new photo-based paintings.

Both artists’ work is whimsical, enchanted and somewhat spiritual in nature.

Studio G:

Studio G is featuring artist Margaret Rinkevich.

Her work is the result of a confluence of multiple sensations drawn from her own experiential landscape. Rinkevich’s objective is to achieve visually arresting images from what she describes as an “all-consuming mental grind in the creative process.” Specifically the artist’s goal in this series is to charge the apparently simple relationships of form and color with as much force, feeling, and meaning as possible.

Telluride Arts HQ:



Telluride Arts HQ Gallery presents “Natural Conditions: Of Land & Water,” an exhibit by Brucie Holler.

As a non-representational painter, Brucie’s work is influenced by the landscape and a very strong sense of place. What compelled Holler to create this body of work is the intimate relationship between the sky, water and land:

“As a non-representational painter, my work is influenced by landscape and the idea of a sense of place. Whether I am home in the Southern coast which overflows with a serene loveliness or spending time in other places of spectacular beauty, the relationship between the sky and water and land is one of the things that compels me the most. I’m always hoping to find a connection that is not too literal, but that still connects me and the viewer to place. The gray sky and water of winter; the squall lines in the spring; the gathering of the summer storm; the gold light that seems to etch through the clouds; the abstracted quality of lava fields in the Galapagos set against the teal blue of the water; the stark whiteness of bleached bones…it all informs my work. Within this paradigm, I search for a sublime and quiet beauty I hope to capture in my paintings.”

A South Carolina native, Brucie Holler received a degree in painting from Florida State University and did graduate work at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. She then moved to Telluride, Colorado, where she worked for five years teaching and serving as Director of Exhibitions at the Ah Haa School for the Arts.

Holler has studied with a variety of internationally known artists including Richard Smith, Mario Martinez and Truman Lowe, among others, and has shown her work in galleries in Florida, South Carolina, Georgia and Colorado.

Holler moved back to the South in 1997 with her twin sons and husband, where she paints and teaches now.

Telluride Gallery of Fine Art:





“Stillness in Motion” features the work of two celebrated California-based artists: Diane Best and Gwynn Murrill.

In a world where we have become so disconnected from each other, from nature and from the aesthetic and/or spiritual, both artists recognize the inter-relatedness of all things. The moments they choose to freeze and preserve in the amber of their work – a storm in a desert; a coyote stalking – are imbued not just with kinetic energy, but also with an understanding of the heart that allows us to feel empathy with whatever is being depicted.

In this exhibition, the two artists are featured together for the first time.

Go here for more on both talented women.

Telluride Music Co.:

It has been a few years since Emily Scott Robinson left Telluride to pursue the songwriter’s life, but she will always be a part of the Telluride family.

In her time traveling the country with a handful of guitars packed into an RV, Robinson has racked up numerous song-writing competition wins and accolades and established herself as an up-and-coming force in the Americana genre.

This spring, Robinson mounted a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund her forthcoming album Traveling Mercies.

Robinson writes songs that draw on a variety of raw, relatable human emotions and experiences. Her careful choice of words and attention to detail invite listeners to share in the song’s honesty, intimacy, and depth.

Telluride Music Co. is excited to welcome Robinson back to Telluride for a few weeks and is honored to invite her to return to their stage to perform during Art Walk.

Tony Newlin Gallery:




The Tony Newlin Gallery will be featuring two spectacular wildlife images: Tundra Nomad and Winter’s Refuge.

They will also be featuring the functional sculptural artwork of James Vilona.

The Turquoise Door Gallery:

The Turquoise Door Gallery is featuring photography by Carl Marcus, paintings by Shaun Horne, and the work of Valerie Franzese.

Come see colorful photographs printed on canvas by Robert Franzese and the gallery’s newest plein air artist Dawn Cohen.


Telluride Arts is a non-profit arts agency founded in 1971 that elevates a culture of the arts in the Telluride Arts District. Find the Telluride Arts offices across from the library at 135 West Pacific Avenue, or online at, at Telluride Arts on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, or call at 970.728.3930. 

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