Sponsored by the Telluride Council for the Arts and Humanities to showcase the vibrant Telluride arts scene, the ArtWalk is a day-long event that takes place in downtown Telluride. The public is encouraged to stop by the different venues after work or skiing, or on the way to dinner.
Participating venues include Stronghouse Studios; Telluride Gallery of Fine Art; Lucas Gallery; Wilderness Wonders; Dolce; Lyceum Arts; Ah Haa at the Depot; East Meets West; Colorado Home; Lustre; Elinoff; and MC-squared. Venues will hold opening receptions from 5-8 p.m., some offering a variety of music, entertainment and complimentary food and beverages.
ArtWalk brochures are available at participating venues, hotels and coffeeshops, offering a self-guided map of the establishments participating in ArtWalk.
This week the Stronghouse Studios (283 S. Fir) is showcasing resident artist Sequoia Gordon's encaustic (wax) paintings. Social and political in nature, the eye-catching paintings are strong with vibrant colors.
Telluride resident Kathryn Vinson Tatum's original oils and giclees (the process of transferring images to canvas using a printer) will be featured at Lyceum Gallery (430 W. Colorado). Stop by the purple house to see her progression from local landscapes to a new genre of work.
Tony Newlin's vibrant photographs of mountains, wildlife, rivers and trees will be on display at Wilderness Wonders (126 W. Colorado). Newlin annually donates 5 percent of his profits to wildlife preservation organizations.
Ah Haa School for the Arts presents “Your Telluride Story” at the Telluride Historical Museum (201 W. Gregory – top of Fir Street), a celebration of local artists’ stories about how and why they came to Telluride.
Lustre (171 S. Pine) will host Jade Suchness’s bear sculptures made from wood burls and inlaid with stones and metals. Come by and meet the artist at 5-7 p.m.
The Telluride Gallery of Fine Art (130 E. Colorado) continues its show of Julee Hutchinson’s paintings, while the Lucas Gallery (151 S. Pine) will showcase its own collection of local art, including Henry Isaac’s “Early Spring,” the cover image for the 2008 ArtWalk Brochure.
Newcomer MC-squared has a collection of regional artists’ work, including Dolores ironworker Maegan Crowley’s large (up to two feet high) forged steel sculptures. Check it out at 398 W. Colorado (next to Budget Rent-a-Car).
Other ArtWalk participants include East Meets West (240 E. Pacific) with local art and prints; Elinoff Gallery (204 W. Colorado) with an eclectic collection of fine art; Dolce (226 W. Colorado), featuring custom jewelry and breathtaking bronze sculptures; and newcomer CoHo (317 E. Colorado), featuring abstract artwork to complement its home décor,
“Artists have always been threaded among the rich texture of resort towns. The light that draws visitors to lovely places such as Telluride is also the light and atmosphere that inspires artists to create,” says TCAH Executive Director Renee Marr. “Part of what makes Telluride unique is its cross-section of skiers, historical structures and elegant galleries positioned alongside house galleries, alternative spaces, artists’ cooperatives and nonprofit organizations that work together to provide multiple venues for artists to show their own work and see the work of their peers. The Telluride ArtWalk will be an avenue by which all artists and arts venues can collaborate to promote art and cultural tourism in one setting.”
The mission of ArtWalk is to cultivate a partnership between Telluride businesses and the arts community to promote established and emerging artists, local commerce, and public access to the arts. The environment is designed to introduce both locals and visitors to original art, to provide attendees with the opportunity to meet the artists, and to allow art enthusiasts to purchase art directly from those artists.
For more information about the ArtWalk, pick up a free brochure at any participating venue, or visit the TCAH website at www.telluridearts.org.