Telluride Arts: Mountainfilm Art Walk, May 24th, 4-7pm!

Telluride Arts: Mountainfilm Art Walk, May 24th, 4-7pm!

A special Mountainfilm edition of Telluride Arts’ Art Walk takes place Friday, May 24. Participating venues are open from 4-7pm and host receptions to introduce their new exhibits and artists. 

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. 

You may notice many of the local galleries illuminated at night with a wash of green light, the color of Mental Health Awareness month. This initiative is in thanks to the work of our local collaborators Tri-County Health Network, shining a literal light on May for Mental Health Awareness!

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

Go here for more on Telluride Arts’ Art Walk in general.

Go here for more about Slate Gray.

Go here for more about Disco Swell.

Venues Hosting Art Walk Receptions:  

Ah Haa School for the Arts
BELLA Fine Goods
Between the Covers / Bruno Cafe
The Cabins at Mountain Village
The Disco
Elinoff & Co.
Forest Creatures
The Gordon Collection
La Cocina de Luz
MiXX projects + atelier
Only We Know What it Could Have Been
Second Chance Humane Society
Slate Gray Gallery
Tellurado Studio
Telluride Arts HQ East
Telluride Arts HQ West
Woof! Telluride

Ah Haa School for the Arts:

Footprints on Katmai
Watercolor Painting with Max Romey @trailboundsketches. Meet and paint with artist and filmmaker, Max Romey!

Image courtesy Max Romney


Image courtesy Matt Romney

Over the course of this special edition of Art Walk, see Max complete 12 mini paintings that will connect to form a complete landscape.

Visitors to Ah Haa’s Daniel Tucker Gallery will learn about Max’s techniques of achieving his viral 3″x3″-inch watercolors and try a hand at completing a mini painting themselves.

Max hopes to help others learn how to paint the bigger picture, while also learning more about the important work being done to protect, preserve and conserve Katmai, AK and other remote wild places around the world.

Max Romey is an award-winning, Alaskan-based artist and filmmaker who loves to explore big wide-open places. He has traveled the world with his sketchbooks, using watercolor to break down the complex environmental stories told in his impactful documentaries.

Image courtesy Max Romey

In his most recent film, “Footprints on Katmai,” premiering at Mountainfilm, Max paints nearly every shoe he finds on the coastline of remote Katmai, Alaska. Each sketch uncovering the individual impact we may have on faraway places, both negatively and positively.

BELLA Fine Goods:

BELLA Fine Goods is pleased to feature STAN NATCHEZ and ALEX SEPKUS.

Living in Two Worlds, courtesy BELLA Fine Art.

Artist Stanley Natchez is nationally known for his innovative and creative paintings.

Inspired by Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, T.C. Cannon and other pop artists, Natchez’s paintings reveal the power of color and familiar objects. His canvases often begin with artifacts from the American culture that either directly or indirectly reflect Indians. He then includes figures such as Native Americans, mission priests or cowboys. Intricate beadwork adds texture to bold works that emanate beauty and joy.

Alex Sepkus is a visionary artist who made a name for himself with his intricate and unusual jewelry designs combined with exquisite gemstones.

Sepkus is known for his distinctive micro-mosaic-like patterns that are created using tiny hand-crafted elements.

Between the Covers / Bruno Cafe

Between the Covers and Bruno Café are featuring artist Ben Ford, a native Nashvillian whose dynamic creations breathe life into the worlds of skateboarding and surf culture.

Image courtesy the artist, Ben Ford.

Growing up skating, Ford found a clever solution to budget constraints by painting his own skateboards, igniting a journey into the realm of artistry.

With additional guest curation by MiXX projects + atelier, Bruno’s show Cowboy Coffee features artwork from David Kammerzell and Rachel Paxton, two painters inspired by the lore and history of the American West.

The Cabins at Mountain Village:

These 11 private gondola cabins, transformed into public art and dining spaces, feature local and regional artists’ work in the heart of Mountain Village Plazas.


Kick off summer with Crossbow.

Join ‘Local Belt Night’, featuring a team of incredibly talented craftswomen. Crossbow’s custom belts will start at $60 and will be hand-crafted to fit you by their amazing artisans. Hardware will be included on the belt – choose between gold, silver, or brass.

Did you know Crossbow artisans cut down each of their belt blanks from a whole side of leather? They use the bend of the cow, which is the area along the spine, for the strongest straps. The leather around the bend-the neck, belly, and booty- is made into smaller leather goods including coasters, catch-alls, and keychains.

Come add to your wardrobe and get a personalized belt made with love, here in Telluride!

The Disc/Disco Swell:

The Disco is a new pop-up custom hat bar and local art gallery hosted by Society Telluride.

Caitlin Sappington hat-making.

Disco Swell’s millinery celebrates its roots – born on California’s coast and raised in Telluride, the company’s brand represents its own genre- unifying coastal and mountain culture with 1970s spirit.

Built for mountain, river and sea,  each hat is made by hand by using the tried-and-true traditional handcrafted methods, from hat blocks to sewing in leather sweatbands and sculpting the hat’s shape.

All pieces are made local in a limited small batch approach.

This spring and summer, join the team at the Disco and support local art and artisans!

Featured art collaborations include mixed-media artist Brooke Einbender (Mindbender Art), carpenter Scott Keating, and photographer Alex Ferrari.

Visit the Disco and witness Einbender’s mind-bending, digital collage portal titled “Suspended on a Sunbeam.” The portal will then transport viewers into the gallery and hat bar, which will showcase a photo series “524” by Alex Ferrari and a custom Mid-century Modern hat bar built by Scott Keating for its grand opening this month.

Elinoff & Co.:

Elinoff & Co. is featuring the artworks 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 them into something grander.

Forest Creatures:

Hanging sculptural mandalas by local artist, John Kirk Drogsvold now on display as public art in Mountain Village.

The Gordon Collection:

The Gordon Collection specializes in Native American jewelry, weavings and arts.

MiXX atelier 
For the Mountainfilm Art Walk:

MiXX atelier is featuring atmospheric landscapes by Meredith Nemirov, Landry McMeans, and Vanessa Valero.

Longtime MiXX artist Meredith Nemirov brings her intimate Tree Survey series of small works, along with new large-scale paintings of mountain watersheds, traveling from source to delta under moonlit skies.

Mixx will also be debuting work from new artist Landry McMeans.

McMeans’ limited-edition stencil prints are rich with saturated hues, illustrating the vibrant, secret life that lies waiting in her dusty desert landscapes.

Additionally, Mixx is pleased to showcase work from another new addition to their roster, textile artist Vanessa Valero. In her hand-tufted wall tapestries, Valero uses the linear structure of her substrate to achieve nuanced, shifting color palettes that embody the half-shrouded splendor of mountain peaks emerging through the mist.

Also featured for Mountainfilm Art Walk and on view through the weekend will be “Please Do Touch,” an interactive art installation from Christopher Beaver of Moon Bear Jewels.


Public art sculpture by Lisa and Robert Ferguson, comprised of over $1,000 pennies in Mountain Village’s Conference Center Plaza.

Only We Know What it Could Have Been:

Located at the Telluride Gondola Station, “Only We Know What it Could Have Been” is a new public art, mixed-media installation by local artists Brandon Berkel and Alex Ferrari.

Originally envisioned for Ah Haa School for the Arts and now supported by the Town of Mountain Village, this beautiful piece of public art depicts a year in a town tucked away in a box canyon.

Second Chance Humane Society:

Second Chance Humane Society’s newly remodeled SIT…STAY…SHOP! is Telluride’s Upscale Resale Emporium located at 335 West Colorado Avenue.

The bright and spacious boutique offers a treasure trove of both new and gently used mens’ and womens’ clothing, artwork, jewelry and home goods, donated by our generous community.

Sit…Stay…Shop! now operates a new Local Artist Co-Op Program and Materials Exchange. These new programs support and promote our local artists and provide them with donated art materials to be repurposed into reusable art creations.

Slate Gray Gallery:

Exhibition title: “Aela B. Morgan: “All of Use”

All of Us, courtesy Aela Morgan & Slate Gray.

Slate Gray Gallery is excited to present a solo exhibition of works by Aela Morgan, her  first show with the gallery.

Aela is a citizen of the world who currently maintains a studio practice in Telluride. Her works are her personal responses to the biting reality of human existence and all its beauties and atrocities. Featured in this exhibition is a series of small, but powerful works on paper Aela made in response to the attacks on Israel in October, 2023.

Tellurado Studio

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

Pierson explores a mythic narrative with 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 East:

Telluride Arts is thrilled to present “Desert Dreams”, a beautiful body of work created by professional, mixed- media artist Kellie Day.

A resident of Ridgway, Kellie loves adventuring in the mountains and deserts of the Southwest. Her art is informed by her adventurous spirit and infused with the wildness of her world.

Prepare to be transported to the heart of the desert through a series of vivid paintings that capture its colorful beauty in Kellie’s ever-evolving, “whimsical-energetic style.”

You’ll see Navajo horses grazing; patterned rattlesnakes; coyotes in the yucca; the San Juan River Juniper; a longhorn cow skull with spray pain;  and so much more.

Each piece in this collection is inspired by Kellie’s years of exploring the desert landscape south of Telluride as a US Forest Service Wilderness Ranger, wildfire fighter and adventurer.

Telluride Arts HQ West:

At Telluride Arts Gallery West, you are invited to enjoy new work by local Telluride artist, designer and mechanical engineer Jack Plantz, featuring his celebrated “Liquid Mountains” series alongside his Abiogenesis collection of generatively designed light fixtures, inspired by the growth patterns of coral reefs.

Mountains have always been a source of intense inspiration for Plantz. To a certain eye, they stand like an invitation, posing an irresistible challenge in the most blatant and unassuming terms. To stand on top, to descend steep couloirs, or simply to exist in their presence; an objective can always be found with sufficient wildness ripe for adventure.

With “Liquid Mountains,” Plantz presents his experiment with digital tools to create artworks that capture the feeling of being in the presence of some of the world’s most iconic peaks.

Also hosted in Telluride Arts HQ Gallery West will be a special feature of “Head of the Valley,” an original artwork by artist Noelle Phares, selected as the poster artwork for Mountainfilm 2024. Alongside the original work, a variety of prints will be available as well.

Noelle Phares brings a fresh perspective to her landscape paintings through abstract detail atop realistic subjects.

An environmental scientist by training, Phares brings her left-brain attention to detail, allowing the same topics that drove her work in the natural sciences to seep into her paintings.

Phares most recent body of work combines landscape elements with structural geometry to create fractured architectural landscapes that explore the ever-encroaching presence of humanity onto previously pristine open spaces.

Woof! Telluride:

Home of Gondogola, WOOF! Telluride features photography by Mary 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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