Telluride Arts December: Art Walk Overview (with most shows up through the month)!

Telluride Arts December: Art Walk Overview (with most shows up through the month)!

Telluride Arts’ December Art Walk takes place December 15. Participating venues are open from 5-8pm, hosting receptions to introduce new exhibits and artists. 

Complimentary gallery guides, offering a self-guided tour, are available at participating venues or online at Use it any time to help navigate through the venues which are open to the public most days. 

For more information about the Telluride art galleries and exhibition venues, visit: View more Telluride Arts District upcoming events here:

Go here for the down low on Brett Schreckengost’s life and work and his exhibit, “Ode to Chair 9″ at Slate Gray.

Go here for more about the work of Angela Okajima-Kempinas (AOK), also at Slate Gray.

Go here for more about Slate Gray in general.

Go here for more about the work at Telluride Arts HQ.

Go here for more about Art Walk in general.

Dylan Apres Ski, featured at Telluride Arts HQ

Venues Hosting Art Walk Receptions:  

Ah Haa School for the Arts
Bella Fine Goods
Between the Covers / Bruno
Crossbow Leather
Elinoff & CO.
La Cocina de Luz
Mixx Projects + Atelier
Mountain Gate Teahouse and Art Gallery
Red Dirt Studio Gallery
Rustler Supply
Slate Gray South
Tellurado Studio
Telluride Arts HQ Gallery
Wilkinson Public Library
WOOF! Telluride

Ah Haa School for the Arts:

December-January, Ah Haa is featuring Wearable Art!

Wearable Art includes all forms of artwork that adorns the body: jewelry created with silver gold and alternative materials; sculptural collar pieces; hair accessories; hats; up-cycled clothing; hand-dyed silks; one-of-a-kind aprons; painted sneakers; pom-pom earrings; and so much more!

All works are for sale.

Featured artists: Amy Jean Boeble, Amy Schilling, Angela Dye, Nancy Craft, Kathy Green, Matthesius & Barendse, Lisa Issenberg, Kristin Lora, Frontera Designs by Chayse Romero, Flair Robinson, Fran Windsor, Joanie Schwarz, Kathleen Morgan, Melissa Sumpter, Metal Rock Designs by Tony Finnochio, Tracey Belt.


Atelier is artist Joanie Schwarz’s working studio and gallery space at 215 E Colorado Ave.

Schwarz’s artwork ranges from delicate 14k handmade gold jewelry to dreamscape-merged photography of old world Telluride.

All of Schwarz’s work questions what connection means in a world where our sense of home is imperative to who we are.

Bella Fine Goods:

Bella Fine Goods is featuring Vicki Grant and Luisa Rosas.

A mixed-media artist living on Lake Gaston, North Carolina, Vicki’s home and studio are filled with interesting natural objects collected through the years from all over the world. The forms, structure, color, and textures found in nature have been her inspiration and her teachers. Her work expresses the evolution of her life experiences.

Practicing architecture for 30 years, Vicki has explored the rather complex processes of manipulating form, texture, material, and color to ellicit an emotional response to her art.

For Luísa Rosas designing jewelry is not just a natural heritage, it is also a consequence of her gift for perceiving patterns, movements, and textures. Luisa’s inspiration for each collection is born from the symbiosis between the structured world of architecture and the seemingly impromptu existence of all things in the natural world.

Between the Covers / Bruno Cafe:

Between the Covers has been a haven for book-lovers and a community hub since 1974. Visit the new store and Bruno Café. While there, enjoy photographic works of art by Lara Porzak.

Lara Porzak is an American fine-art photographer living and working in Los Angeles, who works exclusively with analog methods.

Fresh Style Magazine, wrote:

“Lara commits herself to the particular photographic aesthetic you cannot preview on the back of a digital camera. Using old techniques—from the Leonardo pin-hole camera to the century-old daguerreotype to the 1960s Diana – she captures raw emotions, even spiritual sensibilities in grainy shades of gray.”

Lara has exhibited in prestigious galleries across the United States and Europe. Her photographs are notably included in the J. Paul Getty Museum collection.

Crossbow Leather:

Crossbow Leather is featuring custom leather products by Macy Pryor.

Pryor applies her passion for sculpture and eye for structural design to crafting custom leather bags and accessories. Crossbow Leather offers a truly unique experience of retail in the front, and a workshop in the back. With the production happening in the shop, experience the craft first hand, see products come to life, and meet the people hand crafting each piece.

Elinoff & Co.:

Elinoff & Co. is featuring the art of Eugenio.

Simply known as Eugenio, he is one of the most promising Peruvian artists working today.

Sprawling cities might seem boisterous to some, but for Eugenio a bustling city is a source of inspiration. Through a command of light and movement, Eugenio takes the ordinary trappings of urban settings—cityscapes depicting crowds of people shuffling through a brightly-lit street—and transforms the scene into something grander.

La Cocina de Luz:

La Cocina de Luz is featuring works by Jen Rose, a local watercolor artist who draws her inspiration from the Telluride region’s spectacular Southwest landscapes.

Jen loves to snap photos of our forests, valleys, and deserts while trail running and hiking with her family, then return home to her studio and collage these images into a painting that represents her journey through the region’s magical landscapes.

Jen’s roots are in batik-making, visible in her unique style which leaves white lines between colors in her paintings.

Though she has been watercoloring since 2000, Jen is constantly pursuing the challenge of painting new natural wonders.\

Mixx Projects + Atelier:

This December, MiXX atelier’s show, “Blue Hour,” features work by artists Dave McClinton, Katie Heffelfinger, and Sheila Giolitti.

Dave’s digital collages are a surprising take on the medium, overlaying color, texture, and text on top of photos of crumpled paper delicately arranged to form abstract mountainscapes that still retains the underlying, majestic reality.

Meanwhile Katie and Sheila work with mixed-media in pure abstraction.

Katie’s ethereal watercolors feature her signature shades of blue in a soft amalgamation of circular forms, dusted with a sheen of mica from her handmade pigments.

Sheila’s layered resin mixed-media works evoke a meditative energy generated by her endlessly twining brush and pen strokes that combine color, line, and depth to create complex abstractions.

Together, the work of the three artists conjures the cool blue quiet that filters the air after the sun sets.

Mountain Gate Teahouse and Art Gallery:

Mountain Gate Gallery is honored to host local artist Jade Rose.

Jade Rose is showing three monumental paintings of staggering beauty in works that pay tribute to Turner’s large-scale oceanic pieces, Twombly’s passionate flowers, and Monet’s Water Lilies. The thick and tumultuous paint strokes are balanced by swaths of ink poured directly on the canvas.

A painter worthy of note, Jade’s work will not fail to engage and impress.

Red Dirt Studio Gallery:

Red Dirt Studio Gallery is featuring paintings from Eunika Rogers, a local painter who works in found clay, wine and pigments collected  on her hikes in San Juan Mountains and Telluride.

With her earthy palette Rogers creates large, realistic paintings of Colorado landscapes using the materials with which they were formed.

Rustler Supply:

Rustler Supply is a modern western boutique featuring vintage native jewelry, accessories, and clothing.

The counterpart to Crossbow Leather, visit Rustler Supply to check out hand-crafted leather goods by local artisans.

Slate Gray South:

Slate Gray South is showcasing “Ode to Lift 9,” featuring the fine art photography of Brett Schreckengost and the ceramic wall art of Angela Okajima-Kempinas (or AOK).

Top of the World

The Telluride Ski Resort installed Lift 9 in 1985. This past summer, Telski began work to replace the slow-moving chair with a speedier, more energy-efficient lift. Many are excited to welcome the new lift, but Telluride will not soon forget the original ride.

“Ode to Lift 9” pays tribute to the special memories associated with Lift 9 by featuring a collection of Brett Schreckengost’s fine art photography.

Brett is a Colorado-based photographer and filmmaker who strives to create unique imagery while following his passion for adventure, travel, and dramatic landscapes.

Over the past 30 years, Brett’s commercial work has also included editorial and commercial content for major magazines and outdoor lifestyle brands.

PP, by AOK

Japan is home to the oldest known ceramics in the world. But the country is a long long way from Long Island City, Queens, New York, the location of Japanese-American artist Angela Okajima-Kempinas’s studio. There AOK (as she signs her wall art) does her part to hold up the millennia-old artistic tradition.

But AOK is doing that discipline her way.

Which is AOK.

AOK’s dimensional paintings, made following time-tested ceramic processes and techniques, feature biomorphic forms that refer to and/or evoke living forms such as plants or the human body – like the work of Arp, Miro, Klee for three examples.

Click on the links above for more on both artists.

Tellurado Studio:

The Tellurado Studio is featuring the adventurous fine art of Markus Pierson.

Pierson explores a mythic narrative in his Coyote series, each piece symbolic of wanderlust and living beyond boundaries. The protagonists of these hand-embellished prints are the Coyotes: enigmatic figures searching for the next big adventure.

Telluride Arts HQ Gallery:

Telluride Arts is featuring “Apres Ski,” an exhibition featuring the work of Shannon Foley Henn.

Shannon has led an eclectic life which includes organizing safaris, running a boutique hotel and starting up the world’s leading rock and roll cancer foundation. She has organized adventure concerts on Everest base camp, Kilimanjaro, Machu Picchu and Mount Fuji.

In 2016, Shannon returned from a year in East Africa supporting a pediatric cancer center and moved to Winter Park, CO.

Shannon has found a way to unite her life experiences into pop art pieces made from acrylic on canvas. Her most recent series, “Apres Ski,” is a culmination of her years working with musicians in the rock and roll industry and her current home in the ski town of Winter Park, Colorado.

Shannon loves infusing a bit of rock and roll energy into the ski community through her recent work.

Click on the link above for more about Shannon.

Wilkinson Public Library:

Telluride Arts is presenting a Wilkinson Public Library exhibition titled “Seasons,” works by local artist Gregory Deame.

Greg grew up in Massachusetts, but has lived in Telluride for over 20 years. His first art class was taught by his sister in his parents’ basement. Afterward, Greg learned to illustrate using technical pens while also studying landscape architecture at the University of Massachusetts.

After moving to Colorado, Greg began to expand the way he would render landscapes, now using ink, watercolors, and acrylic paint.

WOOF! Telluride

Home of Gondogola, WOOF! Telluride (formerly Kamruz Gallery) has a new location on 307 E Colorado Ave.

WOOF! Telluride features photography byMary Kenez and local painters who capture the spirit of Telluride and Southwest Colorado. The gallery hosts unique and humorous creations that represent the ever-so-active, hippy-happy and sometimes a bit quirky Telluride lifestyle.

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