I celebrated my 50th birthday in Chicago with friends and family before heading on a two week trek in France and Switzerland.  I have been saving for this trip since 2002 and I can't believe I am really here in Chamonix staring at Mont Blanc. ...

Maribeth Clemente is host of Travel Fun, a talk show on Telluride's KOTO public radio. On September 8, 6:30 p.m., her special guest is documentarian and Telluride Film Festival board member Ken Burns, talking about his six-part series, “The National Parks:  America’s Best Idea,” which...

In 1966, long before I had even heard of Telluride, I fell in love with Anouk Aimee, one of the Telluride Film Festival's tributees for 2009. I was a young 707 pilot for Northwest Airlines and saw "Un Homme et une Femme" on a...

[click "Play" to hear Corinne on her work]

CorinneScheman The Stronghouse Studios/Gallery is home base for the Telluride Council for the Arts and Humanities, which sponsors the First Thursday Art Walk, when galleries, studios, and shops stay open late until 8 p.m. to strut their stuff. Many venues, Stronghouse among them, hold artists' receptions, 5 – 8 p.m. The event was designed to deepen ties between Telluride’s business and cultural economies by exposing locals and visitors to emerging and established artists and the town’s vibrant retail scene.

Stronghouse is featuring new works Corinne Scheman, landscapes, what the artist showed last year in the same venue only different. Because Corrine has changed, grown, moved on. And art is made from dreams and visions and things not known that come from within.

[click "Play" to hear Shawna talking with Nicole Finger]

By Shawna Hartley

Little India SM Telluride painter Nicole Finger shows her newest work at Honga’s Lotus Petal restaurant, Main Street, Telluride, starting September 3. The artist's reception is 3 - 5p.m.

Finger's portraits include local children as well as young innocents from around the globe: India, Africa and Nepal. These faces express the total lack of guile and inhibition and the complete confidence we tend to lose all to soon with the passing of years, once we learn our place in society.

Kris Holstrom The Governor’s Energy Office (GEO) recently named Kris Holstrom, director of The New Community Coalition, the newest member of the Colorado Carbon Fund Advisory Committee. The committee, comprised of six Colorado stakeholders appointed by Tom Plant, GEO Director, oversees operations of the Colorado Carbon Fund (CCF). CCFAC makes important financial decisions, including approval of spending on carbon offset projects and community “re-investment” activities.

“I'm particularly pleased that 20% of funds raised goes directly to the region of origin for local projects,” says Holstrom. "Once again," she adds, "Colorado stands out as a leader in the 'New Energy Economy,' a phrase Governor Ritter coined.    Launched a year ago,  the Colorado Carbon Fund is the first state-run voluntary carbon offset program in the country. The fund provides high quality carbon offsets to individuals and organizations as a way to support new clean energy and greenhouse gas reduction projects in Colorado. As of June 2009, the program has over 400 donors and has raised enough money to support a first project, to be announced soon.

[click "Play" to listen to Kelly Goodin speak about Second Chance]

Constant contact 2 In the Telluride region, including San Miguel and Ouray counties, Second Chance Humane Society is the last word in pet rescue.

Second Chance offers top of the line rescue initiatives  – a shelter in Ridgway, foster care, help for families who can no longer care for pets, outreach for prevention and education, including financial assistance for spay/neuter –  for dogs and cats at the end of their rope.

 Second Chance Humane Society together with the Pagosa Springs Humane Society brought 100 dogs and cats from New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. All the rescued pets were placed into foster homes and some, including a dog initially placed in a Telluride home, were reunited with their original pet parents. 

[click "Play" to hear Eileen's conversation with Kenny Gilbert]

Chef Kenny Gilbert Headshot - Capella Telluride A trifecta of the arts is taking place August 13th through the 16th in Mountain Village as Telluride celebrates it 2009 Festival of the Arts with a fabulous line up of food & wine, art and music.  Top celebrated chefs will be on hand to showcase and demonstrate their culinary expertise.  A gallery of more than 40 artists with national and regional acclaim will exhibit and sell their work throughout the weekend.   Grammy nominated and multi-platinum artist, Joan Osborne will perform in a free live concert at the Sunset Stage on Friday the 14th.

A highlight to Telluride’s Festival of the Arts is the ‘Celebrating the Arts ’ Celebrity Chef Dinner.  Kenny Gilbert is executive chef of Telluride's five star ultra-luxury resort, Capella Telluride, and is one of the culinary experts taking part in the weekend festivities.  Gilbert's celebrated international cuisine is showcased in all three of Capella's dining rooms including the fine dining restaurant Onyx, the casual Gray Jay Cafe and the popular Suede Bar.