Telluride Art + Architecture 2019: Overview

Telluride Art + Architecture 2019: Overview

Since 1971, Telluride Arts has operated as a grassroots arts advocacy organization, laser-focused on supporting the cultural life of the Telluride region in general. To that end, one goal of the Telluride Art + Architecture Weekend is to introduce participating artists to potential patrons. And for everyone, locals and guests, to celebrate the ultimate art + design experience in Telluride and Mountain Village.

Art + Architecture features an entire week of free events that celebrate the fine and performing arts. Fine art, architecture, design, and gourmet food conspire to amaze and amuse in the ticketed main event, a spectacular home tour that takes place Saturday and Sunday, July 20 and 21. Homes on the tour are historic or contemporary, but all boast exquisite views and elegant, often surprising touches throughout. Also a chance to get a sneak peek at “alternative” venues in Telluride  (Saturday) and in Mountain Village (Sunday).

For tickets and info, please visit or head to Telluride Arts HQ, 135 W. Pacific Avenue (across the street from the Telluride Library).

Note: Tickets for the weekend home tours include a required wristband, bag, wine glass, and the tour guidebook. They are available online and can be picked up beginning Monday, July 15, between noon-6pm at Telluride Arts’ HQ.


Telluride Arts’ Art + Architecture week kicks off on Monday, July 15 with an Artist Mixer + Marketplace Launch Party at the new Telluride Distillery Co. Tasting Room in Mountain Village.

On Tuesday, July 16, one of Telluride Arts’ signature events, Twenty(by)Telluride, is to be held in the historic Sheridan Bar. Fun, fast-paced slide presentations provides insight into what drives creativity.

When featured artist Meredith Nemirov moved with her family in 1988 from Greenpoint, Brooklyn to Ridgway, Colorado, her focus shifted from strongly representative to abstraction, variations on the theme of the breathtaking landscapes of Southwest Colorado and one particular tree, the aspen. Over the last 10 years, Meredith has also spent part of each year painting old olive and cork trees in Spain and Portugal, where she and her husband  teach and lead hikes. In Telluride, Meredith is represented by MiXX Projects +Atelier.

Wednesday, July 17, Meredith talks about a new body of work now on display at Telluride Arts HQ, a series of mixed-media paintings all about the intersection of art and science. Specifically the work is an abstract visualization of the processes that occur beneath the forest floor.

The “Mycelia Series” incorporates white fibers that represent the hyphae, fine branching tubes required for the growth of tree species. Other pieces are a composite of observational drawings and patterns taken from early botanic studies. All are inspired and informed by the writings of British naturalist Robert MacFarlane.

Stacy Passmore is a visiting landscape designer based in Denver, committed to public projects that incorporate community engagement and environmental resilience. She plans to install a constellation of temporary landscape furniture pieces throughout Telluride and Mountain Village on display through Sunday, July 21. On Wednesday, Stacy leads a community installation at the Telluride Arts’ Transfer Warehouse, the heART of the region’s cultural life.

Also in the Transfer Warehouse from Wednesday, July 17 – Sunday, July 21, are visiting architects and entrepreneurs Natalie Spencer-Clair and Brian MacKay-Lyons. Together, they present a life-size hut rendering and evening light projection which represents their latest venture: the intersection of essential, rugged, and elegant through tensile structure and rammed earth technique. Their mockup introduces a series of alpine and desert huts, part of a North American Haute Route, where ancient building craft and modern technology align in pure alchemy.

On Thursday, July 18, patrons are invited to join Telluride Arts for a special evening at a stunning private home in Telluride.

Originally from N.Y. and San Francisco, CA, now full-time artist and collaborator Danielle DeRoberts  – painting, drawing, textiles, graphic design + art installation – lives full-time in Telluride. Danielle’s unique technique of embroidering into her paintings, then backlighting and extending them onto walls, creates textured pieces that transform 2D works into 3D installations.

Lindee Zimmer is a public artist, painter, curator, collaborator and teacher based in Denver. Her art is inspired by the colors of tropical birds, cracks in walls, and the energy of the universe that connects us all.

On Friday, Lindee collaborates with Danielle to begin a live installation in Elks Park. Their work will continue throughout the weekend to be completed on Sunday.

Tune-in to KOTO Radio at noon on Friday, July 19, to listen to Stacy Passmore as she moderates a live panel discussion. 

Also Friday,3:30 p.m., join Telluride Arts in partnership with Mountain Living at the Telluride Transfer Warehouse for an Industry Meet + Greet to network with peers and weekend participants over drinks and light bites. Listen to a presentation titled “How to Get Published” by Mountain Living’s own publisher, Holly Scott.

And be sure to catch the weekend events outside of  The Tour:

On Saturday, July 20, head to the Transfer Warehouse to join The Pinhead Institute for its annual fundraiser, Science of Cocktails.

Throughout the weekend, stop by Ghost Town’s patio to meet local artist Brandon Berkel and enjoy his Tell-I-Write telegram booth.

Join Lindee and Danielle once again, this time at Telluride Arts’ Gallery 81435 , on Sunday morning, 10am, for coffee and pastries and a discussion on their work.

The Tours, 7/20 & 7/21:

The highlight of the  Art + Architecture weekend is the self-guided tour featuring five different stops per day, 10 total, with transportation between homes provided by Telluride Express. On Saturday, the tour takes place in historic Telluride; on Sunday in Mountain Village. Featured are new and historic homes and one specially curated alternative stop each day.

Each venue features site tours with architects and designers, tastings by local chefs with wine and cocktail pairings, and rooms showcasing the works of deeply talented local artists, dancers, and musicians. Go here for further details.


Home in Mountain Village, photo credit Ryan Bonneau.


Telluride home, credit Josh Johnson.





Computation from Elements- Shell, from artist Micheline Klagsbrun’s Transit of Venus Series. Entire series will be on display at Gallery 81435 in August, but you can preview some of the works during Art + Architecture in a private home in Mountain Village.



The alternative venue on Saturday is The Boarding House, featuring visiting architect, Jim Kehoe of Charles Cunniffe Architects (CCA) and Amy Levek and Katherine Borsecnik of the Trust for Community Housing (TCH).



New affordable housing neighborhood nestled into a mountainous setting designed for connectivity, health and wellness.

The alternative venue on Sunday is on display in the Village Core in Mountain Village, where the spotlight is on CampV, a joint venture between architects Bruce and Jodie Wright of One Architects and Natalie Binder of Exceptional Stays.

Sketches of CampV by architect Jodie Wright.





Jodie Wright sketch for an experimental structure with in CampV.


• Monday, July 15, 5:30-730pm: Artist Mixer & Marketplace Launch Party, Telluride Distillery, MV, FREE
• Tuesday, July 16, 7-9pm: Twenty(by)Telluride, Sheridan Old Bar, FREE
• Wednesday, July 17, 5-6pm: Artist Talk Feat. Meredith Nemirov, Telluride Arts HQ, FREE
• Wednesday, July 17- Sunday, July 21: Multiple Artist Installations in the Transfer Warehouse, FREE
• Thursday, July 18, 6-9pm: Patron Party, Private Home
• Friday, July 19 – Sunday, July 21, 10am-5pm: Lindee Zimmer + Danielle DeRoberts Public Art Installation, Elks Park, FREE
•  Friday, July 19 – Sunday, July 21, all day: Visiting Artist Stacy Passmore Public Art Installation, Transfer Warehouse and North Spruce Pocket Park and Oak Street Mall, FREE
• Friday, July 19, 12-1pm: Visiting Artist Stacy Passmore Live Interview on KOTO, FREE
• Friday, July 19, 330-530pm: Industry Meet + Greet with Mountain Living, Telluride Transfer Warehouse
• Saturday, July 20, 9-10am: Historic Walking Tour of Telluride Historic Landmark District, depart Transfer Warehouse, FREE
• Saturday, July 20, 12-5pm: The Home Tour in Telluride
• Saturday, July 20, 6-9pm: Pinhead Institute’s Science of Cocktails, Transfer Warehouse
• Sunday, July 21, 10-11am: Artist Coffee Talk Feat. Lindee Zimmer and Danielle DeRoberts, Gallery 81435, FREE
• Sunday, July 21, 12-5pm: The Home Tour in Mountain Village
• Sunday, July 21, 5:30-7:30pm: Closing Party, La Marmotte

THE PRIZES: A total of $5000 in prizes will be awarded for the most stellar projects of the weekend. All 10 teams showcased during the tour will be eligible.

TICKETS: Pass Cost + Perks:

• Weekend TOUR Pass $195
• Patron Pass $600

Weekend Pass Includes:

•  Entrance into all 10 venues which include art, food, and libation tastings
•  The Historic Walking Tour
• The Closing Party
• A guidebook with information on all the teams and venues with a map for the weekend
• A wine glass
• The ability to vote

Patron Pass includes:

• Two VIP Weekend Tickets
• VIP Goodie Bag
• Industry Meet + Greet Party
• + 1 to the Patron Party Thursday Night

* Tours and Closing Party require a wristband that must be visible throughout the event.

Other events occurring this week in Telluride include:

• Wednesday, July 17, 6-8pm, Mountain Village’s Sunset Concert Series Presents Shawn James, FREE
• Friday, July 19, 5-7pm, Music on the Green Presents the Carolyn Sills Combo at Reflection Plaza, MV, FREE
• Friday, July 19, 6pm, Ah Haa School for the Arts Art Auction
• Saturday, July 20- Sunday, July 28, 8pm, Telluride Theatre Presents Shakespeare in the Park: “The Tempest”

Art + Architecture is made possible through the support of our sponsors. This year, we are thrilled to welcome back our media sponsor, Mountain Living. This event is sponsored by the Town of Mountain Village, LIV Sotheby’s International Realty, Telluride Express, La Marmotte, Tim’s Trauma Baum, Black River Caviar, Mountain Market, Talk Cinema Inc., Shaw Construction, Alpine Bank, Aspen Home Staging, CCY Architects, Clear Ovations, The Sheridan Hotel, Picaya, Tito’s, Living Tea, Caprice Wines, Spring 44, Old Elk, Telluride Brewing Company, Two Skirts, Ghost Town, Ace Hardware, Steaming Bean Coffee Co., and Alpine Lumber.


1 Comment
  • Sathish
    Posted at 23:01h, 29 July

    Dear Susan, hats off to your command over the subject of discussion. I should say that was a lovely read on Telluride art and the architecture that they have presented in 2019. Every picture speaks for the quality and also the value it holds. Thank you for giving us a complete update on the events happening in and around Telluride Arts.