TELLURIDE – Today marks the August “First Thursday Art Walk,” a celebration of the arts in downtown Telluride for art lovers, with more than a dozen venues opening their doors, 5-8 p.m., to introduce new artwork. There’s a Kids Walk, as well, complete with a treasure map offering a self-guided tour and simple art-related activities. Maps are available at participating venues and around town or by calling Telluride Arts at 970/728-3930.
August 2011 Events
(All venues on Main Street unless otherwise noted)
Ah Haa School for the Arts – Featuring Elaine Fischer’s Broken Landscapes in the Daniel Tucker Gallery. Elaine’s new work captures the strength and power of the Four Corners area. In the Ah Haa School’s East Gallery, the Telluride Institute present Atlas of the San Miguel: Art, Education, and Community Engagement, addressing the shifting ecological, economic, political, and cultural dimensions of the San Miguel Watershed. Organized by the Telluride Institute’s Dan Collins and Pamela Lifton-Zoline, this project uses art and technology as dual lenses for investigating the San Miguel river basin. The Atlas draws on local knowledge, scientific findings and creative responses to craft an artful dialogue specific to the watershed. It is a springboard for visualizing and contemplating water as a cultural reflection, water as energy, as a connecting agent, the control of water, the complexity of water rights, public vs. private water, and water as aesthetic inspiration. (South Townsend Ave.)
Telluride Memories – Portraits of the Amazing Black Bear; photography by Richard Cannon.
La Cocina De Luz – Judy Haas's Trout and Botanical Pastels, After Audubon – Glazed Ceramic Platters and See – Series of Fractals
Lustre, an Artisan Gallery – Lustre Gallery will host its semi-annual jewelry exhibition beginning with Art Walk and running through the weekend, presenting the work of internationally renowned jewelry designers Masriera and Bagués, of Barcelona, and the fine jewels and bridal collections of American designers, James Breski and Judy Evans. The historic art nouveau and art deco fired enamel jewels by Lluís Masriera, designed at the end of the 19th century, as well as the work of these award-winning contemporary designers will be on display. (So. Pine St.)
Schilling Studio Gallery – Featuring the work of painters Barbara Meikle, Bonnie Beauchamp-Cooke and Donne Bitner. Barbara Meikle paints the simple world outside her door in Tesuque, a village on the outskirts of Santa Fe, N.M., bringing alive with each brushstroke its charms – her neighbor's burro; a bird perched on Ruthie, a mini-burro; horses racing in the pasture. Meikle has been an artist from childhood, sketching the horses she loved and took care of in order to ride. (So. Pine St.) The Steaming Bean – Showing the paintings of Margaret Hixon Griffith “As an artist I work mainly in oil, although oftentimes when traveling, I like drawing,” the artist says. “This is my second summer here in Telluride and once again I am enjoying painting outside directly with nature.”
Stronghouse Studios and Local Artist Gallery – Opening night for opening to Ally Crilly’s Flowers. “I'm finding that flowers can be as expressive as elephants!” says the artist. (So. Fir St.)
Telluride Gallery of Fine Art – “From Beasts to Babar: Ten Children’s Illustrators.” This extraordinary exhibit features the work of Maurice Sendak, Etienne Delessert, Bernie Fuchs, Henrik Drescher, Laurent de Brunhoff, Peter Sis, Gennady Spirin, Peter McCarty, Tomie De Paola, and Jeanne de Sainte Marie.
Azadi Fine Rugs – Art you can walk on! Azadi features rugs from all different regions of the world hand made by master weavers utilizing all-natural dyes and materials to create masterpieces spanning hundreds of years; fine antique rugs, as well as contemporary works of rug art.
Alpine Coffee (Between the Covers) – Fine coffee, fine art, in the back of a fine bookstore.
The Telluride Historical Museum – “Layin' Down the Law,” the new amphitheater and outdoor mining exhibit. (No. Pine St.)
Wilkinson Public Library – Mushrooms, Violins and Doug & Heather – In the library's section, check out the artist-decorated violins that will then travel to the Telluride Gallery of Fine Art for exhibition, before being sold at auction as a fundraiser for the upcoming Telluride Chamber Music Festival (Aug. 11-21). On the stairway: Featuring Telluride Mushroom Festival’s “Mushroom-inspired Art;” this festival, now in its 31st year, celebrates all things fungal and entheogenic, offers a small presentation of psychedelic and mushroom-inspired art aimed at encapsulating its themes of exploration and experimentation. Also featuring the works of graphic designer Andrew Mcgranahan and Mushroom Festival poster artist Aaron “Inkling” Cruz Garcia. From 6-9 p.m., hear Telluride musicians Doug and Heather, followed by a stargazing event. (East Pacific Ave.)
Legacy Gallery – Fine jewelry and art in a new gallery on main Street.