Telluride Arts Presents: “Open Space” by Diane Best at HQ West, Opens 3/2 with Art Walk!

Telluride Arts Presents: “Open Space” by Diane Best at HQ West, Opens 3/2 with Art Walk!

Telluride Arts has a new and exciting gallery at 224 W Colorado Ave (the old bookstore space), situated directly next to the existing Telluride Arts HQ Gallery East.

The space is open most days from 12-6pm or by appointment. For more information contact Telluride Arts at 970-728-3930,, or find the nonprofit online at To see past Telluride Arts HQ Gallery exhibits or to submit an exhibit proposal visit

Go here for more on Telluride Arts.

Monumental, courtesy the artist.


TELLURIDE WHITEOUT, courtesy the artist.


MOJAVE STORM, courtesy the artist.

In March, Telluride Arts is featuring “Open Space,” an exhibition by Diane Best. The Art Walk opening reception will be held on Thursday, March 2, 5-8pm at Telluride Arts HQ Gallery West, 224 W Colorado Avenue. Enjoy live music by local, multi-instrumentalist Anneke Dean.

With this series Diane continues her exploration of the more and more remote, uninhabited, and overlooked corners of the earth.

She explains: “I am interested in preserving or recording a single incredible moment of converging light and landscape while enjoying the space, beauty and quietness.”

Featured in the show will be a series of large-format, acrylic paintings from desert, arctic, and alpine landscapes including Diane’s coveted work “Telluride Whiteout,” (2018, 36×72”).

Additionally, Diane will be showcasing new and old, large-format brush drawings inspired by the iconic Joshua tree, a staple of the desert, and a favored subject of hers for 25 years. The artist calls these works “tree portraits” and loves their movement and unique structures, which remind her of Dr. Seuss creatures.

Hidden Valley, 2021, courtesy the artist.


JTREE NOIR 1, courtesy the artist.

Diane Best, more:

Diane Best was born in Boston and studied in the San Francisco area (Stanford University, San Francisco Art Institute), before moving south to Los Angeles. There, she did commercial artwork for the entertainment industry.

Moving to Joshua Tree in 1995, she continued working freelance for Los Angeles animation studios, but over time shifted the focus of her talent to capturing the intense drama of the desert landscape that surrounded her.

Diane’s work has been presented in solo and group exhibits throughout the country, including shows at the Carnegie Museum, the Southwest Museum in LA, her “Shack” photos in NYC, and the Joshua Treenial 2015, 2017 and 2019.

Diane has taught painting workshops for the Desert Institute in Joshua Tree National Park for many years, and has been profiled in publications such as Palm Springs Life, Lifescapes: West Coast Art & design, Art Patron Magazine, and a KCET documentary for Artbound.

She has also worked with the National Parks as a featured artist for Joshua Tree National Park.

1 Comment
  • Pingback:Telluride Arts: March Art Walk, 3/2!
    Posted at 17:42h, 28 February

    […] Telluride Arts Presents: “Open Space” by Diane Best at HQ West, Opens 3/2 with Art Walk! – February 26, 2023 […]