Telluride Arts: Art Walk, 4/4

Telluride Arts: Art Walk, 4/4

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 and final Art Walk of the winter 2019 season takes place Thursday, April 4.

The Telluride Gallery of Fine Art features the work of nine of the artists in its stable. The eye-popping group show is all about bold, bright colors and textures.

 Gallery 81435, showcases the work of four Telluride Mountain School Seniors.

Telluride Arts HQ is displaying “The Rainbow Show,” featuring photography representing the full spectrum of colors found in the Telluride region submitted by Telluride locals.

Slate Gray is presenting “Homegrown,” a group show featuring 10 local artists working across a variety of mediums.

And 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.

Image, Molly Perrault, Telluride Arts.

Art Walk venues, April:

Baked in Telluride
Christie’s International Real Estate Corp. (NEW)
Elinoff Gallery
Gallery 81435
Kamruz Gallery
La Cocina de Luz
Lustre Gallery
MiXX Projects + Atelier
Nectar Arts (NEW) 
Slate Gray Gallery
Studio G
Telluride Arts HQ Gallery
Telluride Gallery of Fine Art
The Turquoise Door Gallery

The Dirt:

Baked in Telluride features photographer Jeff Channel. Large, spectacular photographs showcase the region’s surrounding San Juan Mountain tops. Jeff hiked up, camera in hand, and now shares the spectacular views.

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, the fine art collection covers Impressionist works c.1860 – 1880 through the Pop art period of the 50s and 60s. Lithographs, drawings, and etchings are also for sale.

Gallery 81435  presents the final exhibition of the four Telluride Mountain School seniors in the IB (International Baccalaureate) Visual Arts Program locally taught by Daniel Kanow.

After two years of hard work in and out of the classroom doing research and design, these emerging artists have demonstrated highly developed technical skills and a dedication and focus to their creative journey.

Lydia Hagan is displaying a series of portraiture in watercolor, oils, and acrylics in connection to a clay, hand-built sculpture and mixed-media painting.

Alex Whetsell is showing a jewelry series, demonstrating his skill set in designing, modeling, and casting of chains, rings, and pendants.

Sofia Phelps is exhibiting figurative drawings and paintings of her invented “Creepers” with a focus on shock and awe for her audience.

Will Roberts is showing a combination of wheel-thrown and hand-built pottery with abstracted figurative paintings.

Will Roberts

This coming fall, Hagan will be attending CU Boulder; Whetsell will be at the University of Wyoming; Phelps heads for the Art Institute of Chicago; and Roberts is going to Colorado College.

Kamruz Gallery presents photography by local photographer Mary Kenez.


At La Cocina de Luz, Matt Kroll is displaying a collection of black-and-white images from the outdoors. Included in the show is work featuring the Telluride region and the coast of California. The collection has a mystic feeling and should make everyone appreciate those days when the weather is just not perfect.

Lustre Gallery celebrates the glasswork of David Patchen. The art space recently added several new pieces to their collection, including Bloom. According to David:

“Bloom are organic forms that reveal something unexpected and precious that reward close inquiry. Bloom are natural but non-representational and intentionally somewhat curious and hard to place.” 

David Patchen is an American glass artist and designer based in San Francisco. He uses the techniques of cane and murine in an American style to produce work known for its combination of complexity and scale in densely patterned glass. It can be found in many private and public collections internationally;  it is featured in many publications; and it has won awards in juried shows such as SOFA, Chicago, ART Shanghai and ART Palm Beach.

MiXX projects + atelier presents traditional western landscapes, which are often seen on the walls of homes and businesses in mountain towns such as Telluride.

But in a departure from the staple works of realism we’ve grown to expect, the Colorado-based artists featured in MiXX’s newest show explore new interpretations of the classic mountainscape through unconventional media, technique, and abstraction. These fresh takes on the mountain landscape not only bring a visual breath of fresh air to the genre, but capture nuanced and emotionally rich perspectives on our human experiences of these impressive landforms. The featured artists ask you to consider not just the impressive visage of our towering mountain ranges, but how those natural forms affect us mentally and spiritually.

MiXX’s show, “Stratification: Interpretations of Contemporary Mountainscapes” features four different artists working in a variety of media, each using a unique visual language to contemplate the grandeur of the scenery that inspires them.

One of MiXX’s newest represented artists, Sarah Winkler, will be showing her large-scale acrylic landscapes, the layers of which mimic patterns of geological erosion. With crushed minerals incorporated directly into the paint, her work is grounded materially in her subject matter itself.

MiXX will also be featuring new paintings from local favorite, Meredith Nemirov, showcasing her signature mix of watercolor, gouache, and ink.


Another beloved local artist, Molly Perrault, will be exhibiting her mesmerizing magazine collages of our stunning western landscapes.

Finally, MiXX will be showcasing Telluride-based ceramic artist Rebecca Messier’s evocative wall installations.

Join MiXX in admiring the natural grandeur of our mountainous terrain, and the creative vision and ingenuity of the people who make it their home.

To celebrate the close of an amazing winter, MiXX will also be offering 25% off of all jewelry and home goods through the end of the season.

For the final Art Walk of the season, art walkers who have not yet had the opportunity to see Nectar Arts‘ Spring show, “Flowers,” will have a chance to meet the artist Ally Crilly.

“Painting is how I can best tell the truth. It is a messy unpredictable process for me. Colors also make me happy and I just LOVE fresh flowers in a room. They just make me feel hopeful and alive. I especially love to see them this time of year as the winter settles into my bones, they bring memories and anticipation of Spring and Summer and new beginnings. I study and practice yoga. Painting is a spiritual practice as well. Showing up to the canvas is the most important part. I try to show up with a beginner mind and see what will happen. I live and work in Ridgway, Colorado. I grew up back East in New York. I love art, mountains, my family, yoga, and figuring out how to be a human being. I work as an artist, yoga teacher, and free-lance graphic designer.”

Nectar Arts will also be doing a final showcase of their winter artists: Michelle Montague, Luciblue Jewelry, Sue Hill Designs, and No Mind Malas.

Sue Hill is a metalsmith who enjoys beading. She loves creating with her hands and working with a tapestry of colors, shapes and energies of natural objects. She likes to make representations of her surroundings and often uses mountain motifs.

For the month of March, Picaya is featuring jewelry by local Sue Hill.

Hill has called Telluride home for 30 years. She has been crafting jewelry since her teenage years, was represented by the Telluride Gallery of Fine Art for 25 years and has sold her work at the Telluride Farmers Market for the past 11 years.

Hill finds her inspiration in nature as well as the materials and stones she uses. Materials range from found objects/rocks to antlers and cut stones.


Slate Gray Gallery presents “Homegrown,” a group show featuring 10 local fine artists in mediums ranging from encaustic to clay painting to landscape photography. Artists include: Amy Schilling, Andrew Brown, Beatrice Villiger, Brittany Miller, Eunika Rogers, Jonas Fahnestock, Julie McNair, Kathryn Tatum, Paul Russell, and Ryan Bonneau.


The equine paintings of artist Nancy B. Frank are on display at Studio G.

When she was a girl, Frank did not just love horses, she thought she was a horse.

“My best friend Peggy and I galloped around my dining room table on our hands and knees. We galloped with scarves sticking out of our pants to look like tails.”

The artist holds an M.F.A. in photo-printmaking at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a B.F.A. in painting at Ohio Wesleyan University.

“Never did I guess when I began to travel the world to ride horses in different countries and cultures that my passion for the horse would bring me success in the studio. What amazes me most about the partnership with a horse is that they allow us on their backs, but that is exactly what creates the tension in my paintings; the partnership between equine and human. The images are larger than life yet intimate, and hopefully capture the beauty and power and grace of the horse, yet the horses are bitted and bound with reins. The human factor is always present, but never within the frame except perhaps a suggestion, like a caressing hand… It is the special agreement and the spirit of both which make the paintings shine with light and life,” said Frank.

Frank never liked empty spaces on canvas, so she photographed her horses to fill the screen and, subsequently, the picture plane, with haunches and heads, manes and tails, glossy coats, bits and reins in extreme close-up.

And in doing what she does in the unique way she does it, Frank reigns supreme: her horse images are fraught with the dynamic tension embodied by these powerful, proud creatures, bound up with tack, yes, but only seemingly submissive. Collectively, Frank’s images pack a wallop: her horses also clearly mark the moment the artist came into her power, the result of finding her natural subject and creating work that is very, very good – and owning that fact.


Telluride Arts HQ Gallery, presents “The Rainbow Show,” featuring photography representing the full spectrum of colors found in the Telluride region submitted by Telluride locals. Submissions opened in Summer 2018 and closed March 2019.

Entrants were asked to submit 5-6 photos, each focused on a different color with subjects of their choosing.

In addition to the photographs, artwork by Megan Padilla will continue to be on display until Mountainfilm.

Megan Padilla explores and studies the perception, depth, and stunning gradients of color through the nature of alcohol inks, creating original abstract pieces that are dramatic in composition and color.

Telluride Gallery of Fine Art features “Color, Shape & Texture.”

Spring is here with its promise of new beginnings  – and color.

Lots of color.

Seasonal flowers such as tulips, jonquils and daffodils embody the color of Spring which include, but are not limited to, parrot green, coral, turquoise, peach, cobalt blue, Chinese red and lemon yellow. Distinct yellow undertones symbolize the new growth that is visible everywhere in grass, trees and plants.

And all these colors (and more) do their full peacock thing on the walls of the Telluride Gallery of Fine Art, where an eclectic exhibition features the bold, beautiful work of nine artists from the gallery’s stable: Charles Arnoldi, Daniel Mendel-Black, Edith Baumann, Christian Burchard, James Hayward, Kristin Beinner James, Michael Reafsnyder, Scot Haywood and Tony Berlant.



The Turquoise Door Gallery is featuring new works by Colorado native, Ralph Oberg. Come in and enjoy the works of some of Western Colorado’s most famous artists, 226 W Colorado Avenue, right across from the New Sheridan Hotel.


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