Telluride Arts: Holiday Arts Bazaar, 11/29 -12/1!

Telluride Arts: Holiday Arts Bazaar, 11/29 -12/1!

Telluride Arts46th Annual Holiday Arts Bazaar is a weekend-long, annual shopping spree featuring the work of regional artists, which takes place at the Elks Lodge, 472 West Pacific. The fun starts with a Grand Opening on Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, November 29, 4 – 8 p.m. Shopping continues  Saturday, November 30, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; and Sunday, December 1, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

In her poem “One Perfect Rose,” the acerbic writer Dorothy Parker bemoans the fact it is her bad luck to always get “one perfect rose,” not “one perfect limousine, do you suppose?” from her true love. With money to burn, finding the perfect gift during the holiday season shop-off – for your true love, really anyone on the list – is a cinch.

How about a His & Hers Rolls Royce Limited Edition Dawn Coupes for just north of $400,000?

A Dolce & Gabbana refrigerator for a mere $50,000.

For the little girl in your life, a year’s supply of Madame Alexander Dolls for $8,000.

Not part of the .01 percent?

Or you just don’t want to flaunt it.

Unfurrow your brow.

Stop gnashing your teeth.

There are ways to make amends – and friends – way beyond the blizzard of online deals and shopping events that are key ingredients in the holiday stew

And they are homegrown, piggybank-friendly – and in your backyard.

The Telluride Holiday Arts Bazaar, a local tradition dating back nearly 40+ years, represents a throwback to simpler times, to Ye Olde Xmas markets of the past, when gifts were handmade, largely under one roof, and sold by the vendors who crafted them.

Gourmet chocolates and caramels by Carnal Chocolates.


Handcrafted savory and sweet spices and infused western slope, Colorado honeys by Roaring Fork Spice Co.


Hand-forged knives using traditional Japanese bladesmithing techniques
by Wild Mountain Forge.


Functional pottery and sculptures by Gin Eborn.


Essential oil, CBD health, and body care products by Tim’s Naturals.


Jewelry by Colleen Thompson and Christopher Beaver.


Ornaments by artist Judy Haas.


Alyssa Flewelling


Pillows by Arline Dowling

As in previous years, Telluride Arts’ Bazaar features unique gifts for everyone on your list, all created by favorite vendors, regulars and new artisans alike. Expect to find jewelry, greeting cards, gourmet teas, pottery, prints, handmade winter accessories – purses, bags, belts – cards, soaps, ornaments, pet portraits, cashmere, chocolate treats, and so much more.

Among the newbies is Wild Mountain Forge, a small family business located in Mancos, CO, specializing in hand forging knives using traditional Japanese bladesmithing techniques.

“The knives are made one at a time in small batches, from forging the steel to shaping the wooden handles. We specialize in kitchen knives and also offer a few hunting knives,” explains David Root of Wild Mountain Forge.

Joining Root at their booth will be Jesse Crawford with Southwest Handmade, sellingwalnut and maple cutting boards and utensils.

Ghost Pocket Kitchen, San Miguel County’s new shared-use commissary kitchen helmed by Geneva Shaunette and her team at Ghost Pocket are preparing a “fun holiday menu of items to share with the community.”

Returning favorites include Carnal Chocolates with gourmet chocolates and caramels; Tim’s Naturals, featuring essential oils and CBD health and body care products; Lara Young with her popular Hoggle Goggle covers; Monique Toulouse’s July Five women’s clothing and recycled cashmere collection, and more.

“You bring yourself, and we’ll supply the CHEER,” says Molly Perrault of Telluride Arts.

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Telluride Arts promotes a culture of the arts within the Telluride Arts District, which contains a remarkable concentration of arts and cultural activity that engages artists from around the region and across the globe. For more information find us online at, or on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter at Telluride Arts. 970.728.393

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