In Telluride: Locals Embellish Album Art
Who among us hasn’t bought an album strictly for its cover? Not for the music itself, not for the band’s reputation (if you even know who they are). Just for the cover – that amazing design on the front of it. Every year, the Telluride Gallery of Fine Arts has a locals’ show to kick off the winter season, and this year the challenge was to decorate album covers. It’s the first open show the gallery has ever had (meaning: anyone can enter). And enter they did: Telluride Fine Arts got over 40 submissions, “ranging from total novices to our own artists at the gallery,” says Michelle Curry Wright. The gallery is awash in album art right now; all of it is anonymous, and it all sells for the same price: $50 per album. The art was “surprisingly and enthusiastically delivered,” Curry Wright says. “Much of it is really funny. Some is just beautifully drawn.” The exhibit features photos of the original album directly beneath the embellished version. See the exhibit for a twisted take on Dustin Hoffman’s leer, and Mrs. Robinson’s outstretched leg, on the soundtrack for The Graduate; for psychedelia-made-manifest on Axis: Bold as Love from the Jimi Hendrix Experience; for a Ken doll stuck to the cover Go West, the very embodiment of the stiff, posed, too-polished-to-truly-party Village People. The three-dozen “new” covers are full of sequins, seashells, paint, fabric cutouts, and freshest of all, imagination. The exhibit is up through early next week.
Mountainfilm for Kids in Ridgway
Ellen Shelton started the Sundays at the Palm film program at the Palm Theatre in Telluride. She also taught English and French for 12 years at the Ouray School. Put it all together, and she’s the ideal person to curate Mountainfilm for Kids, a program of short films culled from the vaults of the annual Telluride festival. The junior version gets its first screening this weekend at Ridgway’s Sherbino Theater. While the films themselves are older, they are likely to be new to this generation – a description that fits the recently-refurbished theater itself. As with all Mountainfilm fare, Saturday’s subjects are nature, adventure, and an interest in and respect for other cultures. One film on the docket is Kids Who Rip, which features fearless skateboarding, surfing, skiing and snowboarding from amazing young athletes, including a 10-year-old Shaun White. “We want kids to see these films on the big screen, where it’s more energizing to watch things” in comparison to the tiny screen of an iPod, Shelton says. The length of the films is brief, and so is the program itself. It runs just an hour, from 3-4 p.m. – perfect for short attention spans, and timed so kids who walked to the theatre can make it back home before dark. This event is free and, although it’s intended for kids, it is also open to “well-behaved” adults. Shelton says she’ll return with more films for kids, culled from Mountainfilm’s extensive selection, after the first of the year.
In Montrose: Chili Bowl Fundraiser
The 4th annual chili-bowl fundraiser for Art Partners will be held again this Saturday at Around the Corner Gallery in Montrose. Each year the festival gets bigger. This time around, there will be 12 different types of chili, donated by locals and local restaurants, from which to choose. In addition to the usual red, green and vegetarian chilies, varieties this year include Panilo (Hawaiian cowboy) chili. “A woman came up to me last year, said she was from Hawaii, and asked if she could donate some of her own chili,” says gallery co-owner Pat Brown. “I said yes, and she’s back.” The restaurant Amelia’s is entering a chili made with lima beans; Camp Robber, RnR Sportsbar, Big Head Barbecue, Firehouse and Horsefly Brewery will all be entering chilis. Great Harvest Bread Co. will donate corn bread, Horsefly will contribute root beer to help wash down fiery mouthfuls, and the Red Barn is offering brownies. A bowl of chili (you get to keep the hand-painted bowl, also donated) is $15 for one person, or $25 for a couple. This affair is all-you-can-eat. “We want you to try everything,” Brown said, and then vote for a winner.
All of the proceeds benefit Art Partners, a unit of Partners in Delta, Montrose and Grand Junction that matches aspiring 12-to-18-year-old artists with mentors in the field of their choice. Last year, the benefit raised $1,762. The mentorship program resulted in several shows over the past year, displaying both students’ and mentors’ work. The definition of “art” is deliberately broad, said Art Partners’ Lissette Riviere, and can include anything from painting and photography to the culinary arts; one student went off to culinary school as a result of work with his mentor, a chef at The Bridges. Young artists can also learn “about herbs and the healing touch,” as well as equine training and horse therapy. “Any skills – whatever you can think of – are what we want to help with,” Riviere said, even auto restoration work. “I think that would be a wonderful thing,” she added. “I haven’t had an application for it yet, but I keep hoping.” The Chili Bowl Fundraiser runs from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. To learn more about Art Partners, visit partners-west.org.