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TCAH Presents First ArtWalk of 2011
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TELLURIDE – Sponsored by the Telluride Council for the Arts and Humanities, Art Walk is a day-long showcase of Telluride’s fine arts scene, with galleries, studios and arts organizations staying open “late ‘til 8” the First Thursday of every month. The event, which kicked off three years ago, promotes galleries located in downtown Telluride, all within walking distance of one another. Free Art Walk brochures, available at any participating venue (and hotels and coffee shops), offer a self-guided map of the participating establishments.  
New for 2011: Be sure to make the most of Art Walk by enjoying one of the many restaurants offering Art Walk Specials this year, such as Cosmopolitan, which features a made-fresh daily Barrata appetizer and drink special; La Marmotte, featuring an appetizer and glass of wine for $15; and the New Sheridan Chop House, offering Art Walkers a Prime Coulotte Sirloin and glass of house wine for $21. Also look for Art Walk specials at La Cocina de Luz, The Llama, and Pescado.
This Thursday, Jan. 5, the Ah Haa School (Susie Billings paintings), Gallerie Framing (Melanie Metz and Carl Marcus, photography), La Cocina de Luz (Carl Marcus photography), Lustre Gallery (Bengt Hokanson and Trefny Dix sculptural blown glass), Schilling Studio Gallery (Amy Schilling encaustic paintings), The Steaming Bean (Ryan Bonneau photography), Stronghouse Studios (Kevin Gillette II), and Telluride Gallery of Fine Art (Maggie Taylor digital collages) are hosting special opening receptions for Art Walk. For more information on Art Walk, call 728-3930.

Make Your First Blank Book With Daniel Tucker

TELLURIDE – For those interested in learning more about the art of bookbinding, American Academy of “Bookbinding founder Daniel Tucker offers a “Make Your First Blank Book” class this weekend, Jan. 8-9, through the Ah Haa School for the Arts. The class will take place at the state-of-the-art Stone Building bookbinding studio on North Willow St., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. each day. Students will make a beautiful cloth-covered, hard-backed blank book. Tuition and materials are $100. Call the Ah Haa School at 728-3886 for information and registration

Sunday at the Palm Presents Steep

TELLURIDE – The exhilarating documentary Steep is back on the big screen in Telluride after its premier at the 2007 Telluride Film Festival. Hosted by the TFF Sunday at the Palm series and free to all, the film takes viewers on an adventure into the tremendous mountains and creative minds that have collaborated to create the spine-tingling sport of big-mountain skiing.

Steep follows the exciting history of extreme skiing – from its roots in the 1960s and 70s in North America and Europe to the present day. From Bill Briggs’ famous and revolutionary first decent of the Grand Teton to the harrowing footage of early big mountain pioneers in Chamonix, to the life and fate of envelope-pusher Doug Coombs – the film captures the passion that fuels these athletes as well as the supreme beauty and thrill that surrounds the sport.

Shot in high definition and on film at a stunning ensemble of locations including Alaska, France, Canada, Iceland and North America, Steep is a feast for the eyes and a provocateur for the psyche as it explores the topic of risk vs. adventure in this ever-evolving pursuit.

Written and directed by Mark Obenhaus, Steep includes interviews and footage of well known ski personalities including Bill Briggs, Doug Coombs and Glen Plake. Also featured are notables Shane McConkey, Seth Morrison, Andrew McClean, Eric Pehota, Ingrid Backstrom, Stefano De Benedetti, Anselme Baud, Chris Davenport and Emily Coombs. 

The film, rated PG, 92 min., screens Sunday, Jan. 16 at 4 p.m. at the Michael D. Palm Theatre. Sunday at the Palm is presented by The Telluride Film Festival, The Telluride Foundation and Telluride R1 School District.

Applications Being Accepted for Aspen Guard Station Artist-in-Residence Program

DURANGO – The San Juan National Forest is accepting applications for the Aspen Guard Station Artist-in-Residence Program now through March 1. The Aspen Guard Station is a rustic log cabin set in an aspen grove 12 miles north of Mancos. It served as a ranger station for the U.S. Forest Service after being built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Today, it houses the Artist-in-Residence Program from June to September each year.  In return for residencies, artists must make a donation to the program; share their talents with the public through exhibits, performances, open houses, or workshops; and participate in an art show the following year. 
Representatives of area art associations will choose six finalists and two alternates by May 1. Selection will be made solely on the basis of merit, without regard to sex, race, creed, religion, national origin, or physical ability. However, because of its historical nature, the Aspen Guard Station does not meet American Disability Act standards. 
To be considered, applications must received by the San Juan Public Lands Center, 15 Burnett Court, Durango, CO 81301, by close of business on March 1. The residency program is open to painters, writers, poets, musicians, photographers, sculptors, performers, and other artists. Those selected for residencies will have the opportunity to stay at the historic Aspen Guard Station for one to two weeks during the summer or fall of 2011.   
The Aspen Guard Station Artist-in-Residence Program is sponsored by the Dolores Public Lands Office and Cortez Cultural Center. Information on the program and instructions on how to apply are available on the San Juan National Forest Web site: www.fs.usda.gov/goto/sanjuan/home, by clicking on “Learning Center.”
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