Telluride Art’s July 2020 Art Walk: Overview

Telluride Art’s July 2020 Art Walk: Overview

Telluride Arts’ First Thursday Art Walk is a festive celebration of the art scene in downtown Telluride. Participating venues host receptions from 5 – 8 p.m. to introduce new exhibits on the first Thursday of each month, now through the summer season. During the evening, musicians are performing in and around the Telluride Arts District on Colorado Avenue.

Complimentary Gallery Guides offering a self-guided tour are available at participating venues or online at The guide can be used at any time to help navigate through galleries and venues that are open to the public most days.

Participants are asked to wear masks, practice safe social distancing, avoid large groups, and keep hands washed and sanitized. Venues will be allowing a limited number of people into their spaces at a time, and most venues are still unable to serve food or beverages. However, Telluride Arts encourages everyone to visit local restaurants and bars for beverages and bites,

Of note: Telluride’s Ah Haa School is hosting its 28th annual FUNraiser, an auction, virtual for the very first time and going on for two weeks, beginning the same night as Art Walk, Thursday, July 2, and ending at noon on Saturday, July 18. For the down low and how to get your paddle to bid on all the exciting items non offer – art, adventures, services– go here. 

In July, the Telluride Gallery of Fine Art presents “Little Gems,” featuring new and rare small works by Kristin Beinner James, Gwynn Murrill, Sue Dirksen, Emmi Whitehorse, Jennifer Wolf, Michael Reafnsyder, and James Hayward. For deep detail on the show, go here.

Throughout the month, Slate Gray Gallery presents a group exhibition titled “Colorado/Texas,” celebrating Slate Gray’s Texan heritage – the founder/owner Beth McLaughlin lives in both Kerrville and Telluride – and group of fine artists who call either Texas or Colorado home. For details and images relating to that show, go here.

Read on for details about the exhibitions at Telluride Arts’ two venues: Gallery 81435 and Telluride Arts HQ.

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Gallery 81435 proudly presents the work of Shinji Turner-Yamamoto and Eric Bourret, an exhibition brought to Telluride by the prestigious Sapar Contemporary. The art on display explores humanity’s relationship to and history with the natural world through sculpture, photography and time.

Shinji Turner-Yamamoto is a Japanese-born, U.S.-based artist known for paintings, sculptures, and installations employing elemental materials such as trees, fossils and minerals, which conspire to create a profound viewer connections with nature. The artist works with identifiable images to encourage humans to encounter what is essential at the nexus of nature and time in new and unexpected ways. He is committed to using historic and natural elements in his work as meditations on the environment.

Shinji , Turner-Yamamoto, Pentimenti #47.

Turner-Yamamoto studied at Kyoto City University of Arts and is sponsored by the Italian government at Accademia di Belle Arti, Bologna, where he lived for 11 years.

“Pentimenti” is an ongoing sculptural series the artist began in 2010.

For this body of work, Turner-Yamamoto employs natural, historic, and archaeological fragments, collecting debris from a wide variety of abandoned places: plaster and gypsum relief fragments from the deconsecrated 19th-century Holy Cross Church; limestone-stromatolite fragments from a defunct Midwest surface mining site; sandstone/coal pieces from a West Virginia mountaintop removal mining site; ceramic leavings from a Moorish archaeological site in Spain; and c.a. 450-million-year-old Ordovician fossils from Midwest road-cuts.

Sidereal Silence- Irish Study#24, Shinji Turner-Yamamoto.

Working with gold and silver leaf, the artist adds new layers onto existing layers of those found objects, emphasizing hidden or forgotten strata, thereby creating a unique variation on the theme of sedimentary rock.

Turner-Yamamoto’s intention is to evoke the geological time scale, when personal experience transforms into the universal, encouraging viewers to both linger in the moment and experience themselves inside deep time.

Shinji Turner-Yamamoto. A set of 4 gilded trace fossils, Pentimenti,2019.

Born in 1964 in Paris, Éric Bourret lives and works in the South of France and in the Himalayas. As an “artist-walker,” he is an active, insightful participaant in the tradition of Land Art and land-surveying photography.

Landscape 18, Groenland – Greenland, 2019, Eric Bourret.

Since the early 1990s, Bourret has been traveling the world on foot, hiking over all kinds of terrains and at all altitudes, shooting photographs that he refers to as “experiences of walking; experiences of the visible.” His images evidence the deep physical and sensory transformations the act of walking over long distances triggers, just as it heightens perception and receptiveness to the surrounding landscape.

During his walks, which last a few days to several months, Bourret superimposes different views of the same landscape on a single negative according to a precise conceptual protocol that stipulates the number of shots and the interval between them. These sequences intensify and accelerate the imperceptible movement of geological strata and freeze the ephemeral temporality of human beings.

Landscape 18, Groenland, Greenland, 2019, Eric Bourret.

The accident and the unexpected are integral to this concept of random photographic shots. This ephemeris breaks down the structure of the initial image, creating a different sensitive, shifting reality. The image born of this “temporal layering” is vibrant, oscillating, practically animated.

More factual series include date, place, duration, distance travelled and thus convey the rhythm and the space of this walking log or carnet de marche. They attest to a subjective experience, as he himself has admitted:

“The landscapes that I travel through and that travel through me constitute me. I see the photographic image is a receptacle of forms, energy and meaning.”‘

Landscape 1, Groenland, Greenland, 2019, Eric Bourret.

This show runs through July 2020 at Gallery 81435, located at 230 S Fir in Telluride. Open daily from 12-6pm or by appointment.

For the record, SAPAR Contemporary works with international artists who span three generations and five continents.

Expo 2017.

Participating artists engage in global conversations, developing vocabularies that resonate as strongly in Baku, Almaty and Istanbul as they do in New York, Berlin, Paris and Mexico City. While aesthetic practices vary from meditative traditional ink painting to writing programming code the stable is connected by its capacity for empathy, insight, and imagination, whimsy and generosity of spirit, as well as the rigor and depth of everyone’s studio practices.

The gallery program offers a unique lens that is immediate and global, future-oriented and accessible, multi-sensory and immersive. SAPAR also brings together visual artists and creative minds from other disciplines: scientists, engineers, architects, performers, musicians and perfumers and commissions works that are site-specific, but infused with sensibilities, materialities and traditions of the artists’ diverse backgrounds.

Telluride Arts’ HQ Gallery in Telluride, Colorado is excited to present “We Want Our View and Eat It Too,” an exhibit featuring artwork by Tammi Brazee.

Walking The  Cranes

Many Americans have a disconnected relationship with the natural world that is manifested in the way we vacation in our National Parks and visit other beautiful places.

Culturally instilled perceptions of place and a frantic pace to “see it all” keeps some visitors circulating around the edges of the natural world. Others plow through the landscape, leaving behind far more than a “trace” of their presence.

Street Fishing

We want a world filled with beautiful landscapes and exciting megafauna that we can enjoy while on vacation and, if we are lucky, while sitting on our own front porch. However, our current way of life demands high rates of natural resource consumption that destroys precious ecosystems which, by association, destroys all the beautiful views.

In other words, we want the best of both worlds: ‘We Want Our View and To Eat It Too.” Tammi Brazee’s art satirically explores this paradox, the tension that exists when society attempts to reconcile its competing desires.

Sleep In A Wigwam

While a hint of a Yankee accent reveals Maryland roots, Colorado has been Tammi Brazee’s home for nearly two decades. A professional artist and science geek, Brazee holds two graduate degrees, one in environmental science and the other in visual art. This unusual combination has profoundly influenced her work. When she is not in the studio pondering the relationship between things and slinging paint, Brazee can be found wandering along a mountain trail carrying a guidebook, binoculars and magnifying glass, chatting with creatures she meets along the way.

Afternoon Instruction

The show runs through July 2020 at Telluride Arts HQ Gallery, located at 135 W Pacific in Telluride .Open daily from 12-6pm or by appointment.

Venues hosting Art Walk receptions in July 2020:

Ah Haa School for the Arts
AVEDA Telluride Spa
Baked in Telluride
Crossbow Leather
Elinoff & Co.
Gallery 81435
Kamruz Gallery
Lustre Gallery
MiXX projects + atelier
Mountain Gate Teahouse & Art Gallery
ON MAIN | flowers by ella
Sheridan Opera House Show Bar
Slate Gray Gallery
Telluride Arts HQ Gallery
Telluride Gallery of Fine Art
The Turquoise Door Gallery

Telluride Arts HQ Gallery and Gallery 81435 are projects of Telluride Arts. 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. 970.728.3930.

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