Telluride Arts: Transfer Warehouse, Dance, 8/5, Art-Making Follows!

Telluride Arts: Transfer Warehouse, Dance, 8/5, Art-Making Follows!

All summer long local artists and events are featured at the open-air Telluride Transfer Warehouse, hosted by Telluride Arts. For all Warehouse events go here and scroll down to the calendar.

Coming up: “SWAYING IN STONE,” DANCE RESIDENCY REVEAL, Wednesday, August 5, doors, 7:30 p.m. The Reveal will start promptly at 8:15 and run approximately 25 minutes with an artist talk-back afterward. The program is a fundraiser for the Telluride Artist Fund. Attendees must reserve a seat in advance. A $15-$100+ suggested contribution will help cover the costs of the even, and reserve your seat, as seating is very limited. Additional contributions are deeply appreciated. Can’t attend? you can still donate here!

Next: OPEN-AIR WORKSHOP SERIES DRAWING AND PAINTING WITH WITH BRITT BRADFORD, August 6, 5 – 8 p.m.; August 8, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Register here. FIVE DAYS, Dutch Bouquet Day-by-Day, August 24 – August 28. Register here.

For questions and material lists email or call 970-728-3930.

Transfer Warehouse, once a shell of its former self. now serves as a major cultural venue. Image, artist Molly Perrault of Telluride Arts.

Telluride Transfer Warehouse, a perspective: 

The goal of Telluride Arts as custodian of the historic Telluride Transfer Warehouse is to walk the fine line between staying true to the ethos of the Telluride region, that unrestrained and unfiltered mountain lifestyle we all celebrate, at the same time channeling that spirit into a vision for the future.

“We see the reimagined Warehouse as quintessential Telluride – planned by and for the local community – and big enough to serve Telluride into the future, ” says Telluride Arts Executive Director Kate Jones.

Still today in its current emerging Phoenix state, today in the Age of Corona, the Transfer Warehouse with its wide-open-to-the-sky (read safe for small gatherings) space, serves a vibrant community hotspot, feeding local artists and guests at every level of their being, body and soul.

To whit, two upcoming programs featuring local (also nationally renowned) talent.


Valerie Madonia  & Kim Epifano are local dancers with national reputations. Super stars in our galaxy and beyond.

Please join Telluride Arts for an intimate evening at the Telluride Transfer Warehouse featuring Valerie Madonia and Kim Epifano for the reveal of a site-specific dance theatre piece the two nationally renowned artists created over a month-long artist residency at Telluride Transfer Warehouse.

The project was made possible by the Telluride Artist Fund, a program of Telluride Arts.

Masks, sanitization, and social distancing will be strictly adhered to.


Valerie Madonia danced professionally for more than 20 years with the National Ballet of Canada (under the direction of Alexander Grant); at American Ballet Theatre (under Mikhail Baryshnikov); and at the Joffrey Ballet (under Robert Joffrey and Gerald Arpino).

Madonia has had the honor of choreographing and directing productions all over the world, performing in the grandest opera houses and in outdoor venues such as the Acropolis in Athens, Greece; the Alhambra in Grenada, Spain; and now, at the Telluride’s Transfer Warehouse.

Kim Epifano has a 35-year history as a choreographer, director, performer, vocalist, educator, producer and curator.

Epifano founded Epiphany Dance Theater in 1997, based in San Francisco, where she serves as its Artistic Executive Director and Founder of the popular San Francisco Trolley Dances.

Epifano has enjoyed residencies at Paul Dresher Studio ARC, Djerassi, Margaret Jenkins CHIME mentorship and a recent Bogliasco Fellowship in Italy.

She also received a Gerbode Choreographer Commissioning Award for “Last Blue Couch in the Sky” presented and produced by Yerba Buena Center For the Arts. The work was nominated for an Isadora Duncan Award in Choreography, adding to the artist’s four past accolades.

Kim Epifano co-directed the Mudd Butt Mystery Theater Troupe and Mudd Butt International for the Telluride Academy. She has taught Modern Dance Technique, Contact Improvisation and many other forms of movement, theater and vocalization, most recently, at Mills College, UC Berkeley, ODC in SF. and at Le Murate Pac in Florence/Milan Italy.

Epifano holds an MFA in choreography from UC Davis.

Lighting design by Tree Priest, Night Circus Lighting.



Alla-Prima Still Life Demonstration

Thursday, August 6, 5-8pm


Enjoy a live painting demonstration and meet Britt Bradford at the Telluride Transfer Warehouse during the Telluride Art Walk. All ages welcome!


Alla Prima Still Life: Drawing or Painting

August 8th 10am-3pm

(Sliding scale, $75-$150 suggested)

Join Britt for a single day exploration in Alla Prima painting or drawing (your choice!) in the open-air Telluride Transfer Warehouse.

Alla prima refers to a direct painting approach which means paint is applied wet on wet without letting earlier layers dry. In Italian, the term alla prima means “at first attempt.” Paintings created in this approach are usually completed within a single session.

Britt will cover the fundamentals with demonstrations and one-on-one (with masks of course) instruction, including setup, materials, handling, blocking in, organization of values, convincing form, color basics and time management.

Students can either choose to work in pencil, charcoal or oil paint. Materials and still life objects are NOT included. Please bring a paper/canvas, materials and some objects you would like to paint.

Easels and boards provided by the Ah Haa School for the Arts.


Dutch Bouquet Day-by-Day

August 24th – 28th, 10am-2pm + out of class work time

(Sliding scale, $425-$575 suggested)

Ah, the Dutch Golden Age, or roughly the entire 17th century. Join Britt for a five-day dive into the world of Dutch still lifes.

Over the course of the workshop, participants will slowly build a floral bouquet painting using oils, working with 1-2 flowers a day. At the end of the 5 days, you will have completed an entire bouquet.

Britt will talk about Dutch painting techniques, demo the process, and give one-on-one instruction each day.

If you would like to join using other still life objects, you are not required to paint flowers. All subjects welcome.

Telluride Arts will partner with a local florist. Flower prices included in the price of the workshop. All other materials are NOT included.

Easels and boards provided by the Ah Haa School for the Arts.


Britt Bradford desires to expand the field of classical realism, pushing the boundaries of the craft and technique, exploring contemporary and ancient ideas and concepts.

She uses energy work while in the creative process and is always experimenting and pushing herself to tap into something much greater than herself from which her paintings can take form. Her rigorous academic training and fascination with the occult, provide her with a solid foundation through which to work. Britt believes it is in deep study and pure awareness that genius and new thought flourishes.

Britt enjoys working form life whenever possible and invites you to join her in learning to see and translate the world into paint. + more


The Telluride Transfer Warehouse is a roofless historic landmark that is in the process of becoming a new center for the arts with four floors for cultural events and art exhibitions. In the meantime, the 6,000 square foot open-air space is a spectacular setting for safe community activities, micro-events, and tiny performances. +more


The current capacity at the Warehouse will be under half of the Colorado state COVID safety recommendations, and approved by the San Miguel County Health Department. Telluride Arts provides properly distanced comfortable seating and ample sanitization and will strictly require masks to be worn for everyone standing or moving about the space. +more


The Telluride Artist Fund supports local artists to develop new work and advance their expertise through competitive grant programs. The fund is supported by the Town of Telluride and contributions from community members like you. Your support is greatly appreciated! +donate

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