Telluride Arts: Art Walk- Sensuous Liepke; Nature Up Close with Nemirov+

Telluride Arts: Art Walk- Sensuous Liepke; Nature Up Close with Nemirov+

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 fourth Art Walk of the summer 2018 season takes place Thursday, September 6, 5 – 8 p.m.

The Telluride Gallery of Fine Art is hosting the work of illustrator and painter Malcolm Liepke, internationally recognized for his figurative work featuring cool skin tones and sultry expressions. 

MiXX projects + atelier is presenting “Into the Woods,” a new exhibit featuring work by Meredith Nemirov, Ivy Jacobsen, Julia Lucey and, exhibiting for the first time at MiXX, Lauren Matsumoto.

Immerse yourself in Gallery 81435. The colorful, humorous and hopeful fabric art of New Orleans-based artist Chris Roberts-Antieau is on display through September 2018.

Telluride Arts HQ features the work of Elisa Gomez, studies of  nature when traveling and how the artist’s connection to music fits into, well, the picture.

The Ah Haa School is hosting an invitational featuring the work of three women.

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.

Veil, Malcolm Liepke at the Telluride Gallery of Fine Art


Meredith Nemirov’s riffs on butterflies on aspens. At MiXX.

Art Walk Venues, September 2018:

Ah Haa School for the Arts
Baked In Telluride
Crossbow Leather
Elinoff Gallery
Gallery 81435
Kamruz Gallery
Kimile Taylor Inc.
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 Door Gallery

Nemirov & more, “Into the Woods” at MiXX:

In the 1890’s, Monet not only worked outdoors and painted nature, he was also one of the first artists to try to actually become one with nature. His struggle ”to prevent anyone from seeing how it is done” and ”to paint the way a bird sings” was intense and immense.

Using increasingly uniform brush strokes to create increasingly liquid surfaces that appeared to be blown on by air and light, Monet painted nature – often in a series to reveal the effects of changing seasons and light – to serve the notions of unending transformation and regeneration and the primacy of shifting and timeless nature: cliffs, bridges, fields of grain stacks and rivers were among his obsessions. Those world-famous images of, say, “Polars” and “Grainstacks” stand as the artist’s silent protest to the Industrial Revolution which turned natural oases into suburban sprawl.

It is fair to say that when Monet metabolized the essence of a fleeting moment, he also found a slice of eternity  – as poet William Blake famously sums up in a poem titled “Auguries of Innocence”:

“To see a World in a Grain of Sand 
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower 
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand 
And Eternity in an hour…”

In the work currently on display in a group show titled “Into the Woods” at MiXX projects + atelier, artist Meredith Nemirov, widely known for her abstracted close-ups of the natural world, seems more interested in capturing and reflecting the sound of her surroundings, a breeze in the trees, stirrings in the air and subtle shifts in perspective that results from memories derived from those stimuli rather than in cliched views of the things themselves.



Nemirov’s hummingbird in aspen tree.

Nemirov has always painted her mind and is known for saying a mouthful in a few strokes – and words.

“To stand and face a whole landscape, to paint ‘en plein air’ and make a painting capturing the scene on a two-dimensional surface in a relatively short period of time is rigorous, but that’s what we artists are driven to do day after day: we interpret our world to find our place in it. The intensity of making hundreds of observational drawings of the aspen tree during all four seasons has resulted in a series of works that are an abstracted close-up views of different aspects of the tree. You could say I was after ‘treeness,” not realistic depictions of, in this case, aspens themselves. And in my ‘Blowdown’ series, I combine an abstraction of a tree with a graphic representation of an invisible process, so that these new works create images of  interlacing and snaking forms that depict and refer to a vital living community of organisms that coexist underground, revealing the world within the world we see everyday. In that way, my body of work at MiXX is about Mother Nature writ large and the spirit with which she is animated, which in turn animates us.”



“Meredith Nemirov’s watercolor, ink, and gouache works depict aspen and other native flora and fauna through a contemporary lens. The artist views these slices of the natural world more as portrait subjects than as objects in a landscape. In addition to the work featured in ‘Into the Woods,’ Nemirov will be on-site for the September Art Walk with a pop-up spotlighting a number of her smaller works,” wrote the Hannah Knudsen of MiXX.

If you squint at Nemirov’s myriad images, the nature of nature comes down to beautiful patterns, color and movement.

The group show at MiXX also includes the work of  Ivy Jacobsen, Julia Lucey and, exhibiting for the first time, Lauren Matsumoto.

Brooklyn-based Matsumoto’s delicate, thoughtful mixed media paintings explore the human relationship to nature in a way that plays elegantly on the work of other featured artists.

Inspired by the flora of the San Francisco Bay Area, Jacobsen’s dreamlike layered works of epoxy, resin, and oil paint pull the viewer deep into her vine-draped worlds.

Lucey’s intricate collages, composed of layered material from her own aquatint prints invite us to explore the dense foliage of her creations, as well.

September Art Walk, more:

Ah Haa School for the Arts:

The Ah Haa School is honored to host an invitational exhibition featuring the work of Abby Fox, Rebecca McFarland and Josephine Fallenius.

Baked In Telluride:

Baked in Telluride shows “Paws for Art,” an exhibit featuring over 40 professional paintings, prints and photographs at great prices. Give great art and homeless pets a second chance. Proceeds benefit Second Chance Humane Society and the animals it serves.

Crossbow Leather:

Crossbow Leather doubles as a retail store in front and a leather production workshop. 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.

For the September Art Walk, Crossbow Leather hosts local artist MD’s show, “The Devil Meets the Divine.” 

MD was born in the Midwest, raised on the beaches of Southern California, and settled in the mountains of Telluride, Colorado. Inspired by bold, brilliant colors and creatively reductivist design, MD is a charismatic artist who brings a unique style to our world and the world of fine art.

Elinoff Gallery:

Elinoff Gallery carries a museum-quality art collection, including works from some of the most celebrated names in the history of art. From Monet to Pissarro to Warhol. Its inventory also features Impressionist works (c.1860 – 1880), Pop art from the 50s and 60s, also lithographs, drawings and etchings.

Gallery 81435:

The colorful, humorous, and hopeful fabric art of New Orleans-based artist Chris Roberts-Antieau is on display at Gallery 81435 through September 2018.

Chris Roberts-Antieau is a self-taught pioneer of machine embroidery. Her main body of work, which she describes as “fabric paintings,” are highly sophisticated tapestries created in her signature style of fabric appliqué and intricate embroidery, crafted on a simple Bernina sewing machine.

Antieau’s subject matter ranges from joyfully candid cultural commentary depicting unbelievable, but true stories (such as “James Brown’s Funeral: And The Tragic Aftermath”) to more personal reflections on nature, perception, reality and truth.

Antieau further explores her interests through sculpture and installation, creating elaborate dollhouses based on famous murder scenes and elegant gowns embroidered with birds of prey eviscerating small animals.

Kamruz Gallery:

Kamruz Gallery presents photography by local photographer Mary Kenez.

A new addition to Art Walk, is Kimile Taylor Inc.

Steve Morton and Kimile Taylor are exhibiting the work of Dawn Wolfe.

Wolfe has created art all of her life. The artist ncollects vintage maps and travel posters. Her pieces leverage cutting, folding, painting, layering, collaging—and often travel ephemera and the aforementioned maps. The work reflects the artist’s love of travel and vintage things, as well as the coastal California mountains where she lives. Whimsy, nature, and beach life inform and inspire the artist’s subject matter, color palettes and materials.

La Cocina de Luz:

La Cocina features artist Daniel Karow.

Kanow enjoys working with vivid colors, heavy impasto and energetic mark-making to explore his sense of place. His landscapes, figuration and non-objective imagery are highly expressionist.

Kanow is a long-time local who lives Down Valley from Telluride with his wife and two daughters. He teaches the visual arts to both middle school and high students at the Telluride Mountain School.



The Lustre Gallery trunk show featuring the metal artist Gurhan continues. The collection of one-of-a-kind pieces showcases dreamy soft greens and blues of opal, aquamarine, chalcedony and tourmaline.


In a unique spin on Art Walk, Picaya invites guests to be the featured artists. They will be spotlighting all-in-one “Get Your Bead On!” kits by Madison. Materials and instructions are included to make your necklaces, earrings, and matching bracelets.

Slate Gray Gallery:

Slate Gray Gallery features Santa Fe-based artist Geoffrey Gorman in an exhibit entitled “Desert Dwellers.”

Gorman has lived in the high desert of Northern New Mexico for more than 40 years. For the last 15, the artist has been creating a menagerie of animal sculptures. These wild creatures, both real and imagined, all are based on the Gorman’s extensive explorations of his magically eclectic environment.

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, “Movement,” a solo exhibit by painter Elisa Gomez.

This series was painted to re-examine Elisa Gomez’s studies of nature and traveling. Using a much more loose and flowing approach, Gomez wanted to express the connection she feels with music and nature and how they feed into one another to make a more colorful whole.

The artist strives to break barriers within this body of paintings, creating colors and textures that are free of spatial separations and less linear than earlier work. The series comes from a place where Gomez looses words and can only be express herself through her work on canvas.

“I find when I am combining the emotions I feel from music and nature, I arrive at a deeper place I want to bring to life This series is a whirlwind of those feeling expressed through giant gestures sweeping across the canvas, the result of mixing with wet paint as it drips down to the floor. There is depth, texture, and, of course, a lot of color.”

Telluride Gallery of Fine Art:

Telluride Gallery welcomes back Malcolm Liepke, illustrator and painter for over 40 years, for a solo exhibition and an artist’s talk at 6 p.m. 

Liepke is internationally recognized for his figurative work featuring cool skin tones and sultry expressions. His wet-on-wet technique in which layers of oil paint are built up without drying, as well as his loose brushwork, are signatures features evident throughout his career.

Liepke’s paintings are in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian, Brooklyn Museum and National Academy of Design.

Telluride Music Co.:

Located at 8,750 feet elevation in the San Juan Mountains, Telluride Music has been southwestern Colorado’s source for fine acoustic and electric instruments, products and services for 25 years. Musician owned and operated since 1992, Telluride Music Co. offers an extensive selection of high-quality new, used, and vintage stringed instruments.

Unlike many instruments whose development and refinement is borrowed from a diversity of builders and tinkerers, the archtop guitar is unique: its inspiration can be traced directly to one man, namely Orville Gibson.

Although Gibson’s early 1890s designs differ greatly from the modern archtop guitar, he set in motion nearly 50 years of innovation that provided generations of players with the right instruments to push their music wherever it wants to go.


For the September edition of ArtWalk, Telluride Music Co. is honored to show a collection of vintage, rare, and highly-collectible Gibson archtop guitars. The collection includes a 1947 Super 400, a 1961 ES-355TD Stereo & Varitone, a 1962 Byrdland, and a 1976 Super 400. Please join us September 6 for “Art of the Gibson Archtop” from 5 to 8 p.m.

Tony Newlin Gallery:



The Tony Newlin Gallery is featuring three spectacular close-up wildlife images: Frosty Bison, Guardian of the Rockies, and Tundra Nomad, also the functional sculptural artwork of James Vilona.

The Turquoise Door Gallery:

The Turquoise Door Gallery is featuring large-format plein air florals in oil by Dawn Cohen. Check out the gallery and enjoy their new expanded space.

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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