It’s Artwalk Tonight, So Paint the Town
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Painting by Corinne (Creel) Scheman
Painting by Corinne (Creel) Scheman
TELLURIDE – Because today, Thursday, September 3, marks the first Thursday in September, tonight brings us the First-Thursday Telluride Art Walk, with venues staying open for a cultural celebration until 8 p.m.

So come out to celebrate the start of the last month of summer.

Sponsored by the Telluride Council for the Arts and Humanities, the Art Walk is a daylong showcase of art that kicked off two years ago. Many venues host artists' opening receptions, 5-8 p.m. Art Walk brochures, available at participating venues offer a self-guided map of the participating establishments. 


NEW FOR ARTWALK – TCAH Board President Penelope Gleason will host and lead walking tours, at 5:15 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., taking participants around to visit the venues. Those who are interested in taking the tour should meet at the Stronghouse Studios (283 South Fir St.), at either 5:15 p.m. or 6:30 p.m.  Tours last approximately an hour.

Stronghouse Gallery

283 South Fir St.

Corinne (Creel) Scheman’s New Works on Paper hangs at the Stronghouse Gallery for the month of September. Sheman’s paintings represent the landscape seen at a glimpse, as if observed it out of the corner of the eye.

“My work is abstract in that my focus is the emotion and not the subject; it just happens to express itself in abstractions of landscapes,” says the artist. “I want to keep the viewer aware that they are really just looking at paint on paper. The quality of the paint is always present.  

“The layers, drips and scratches are all used as a tool to keep the viewer’s attention on that fact – that this is simply paint on paper.” Her darks suggest turmoil and angst, but with hints of light that are the rays of hope, clarity and calm.

Scheman studied at the Corcoran School of Art, in Washington, D.C., where she had a studio in Adams Morgan, and exhibited regularly at art shows. After moving to Telluride in 1988, she said: “I put my painting aside for a few years,” but “I have been painting seriously now for three years.

This is Scheman’s second show at the Stronghouse.


Schilling Studio Gallery

151 S. Pine St.

Jeffrey Schers stills from "Welcome Back" and the continually expanding jewelry designs from Amy Schilling. 

Dolce Jewels

226 W. Colorado Ave.

A trunk show of Pamela Froman’s fine jewelry collection of handmade pieces in a mixture of colored precious metals and exquisite, rare, natural stones, and special gemstone and mineral collection by James Vilona, including gem-quality specimens of quartz ranging from amethyst to smoky cognac.

Lustre, an Artisan Gallery

171 S. Pine

Jewelry designer Elizabeth Showers believes that beauty is not something you see in the mirror. It is something that is inside each of us.

Showers, who recovered from anorexia in her early 20s, found she needed her own daily reminders of her inner and outer beauty. Although she started her business in 1996 simply to make pretty jewelry for women, it has grown from that into Showers’ Hope Star Collection, begun in 2005 to raise money and awareness for The Elisa Project, the Dallas-based nonprofit organization specializing in eating disorder awareness and for the National Eating Disorders Association. Showers takes as her mission to "empower all women to feel beautiful," and hopes that women will remember that message each time they wear one of her jewels. She now places the Hope Star on many of her 18K gold couture collection pieces as well.

Telluride Gallery of Fine Art

130 East Colorado Ave.

A show of Telluride Film Festival photographer John Fago’s silver gelatin prints titled “A Film Festival Photographer’s Final Cut (15 Years of Telluride Film Festival Photographs) runs through September 7. Also continuing with Jerry Uelsmann and Maggie Taylor, darkroom and digital compositions by two masters of their crafts.  

Daniel Tucker Gallery at the Ah Haa School for the Arts 

300 South Townsend

With 30 pieces, “Being Human” reveals much about where Telluride sculptor Julie McNair is in her life and career as an artist. By technical mastery and astounding creativity, she infuses each ceramic figure with her sense of humor and joy of life. It’s an interesting crowd, this collection of recent work in her five-year-old series. Their quirky playfulness is an easy invitation to contemplate deeper issues.

“I start a piece with a specific idea, whether it’s a personal concern or more of a big picture dilemma. From that starting point,” says McNair, “I jump into the creative flow. The finished piece ends up embodying that energy.”

The human form is a perfect format for turning the intangible into tangible, and is part of what makes this body of work so successful.

McNair has received critical acclaim both statewide and nationally for the originality and technical innovations of this series. With agility and confidence she is able to take the skills honed over 35 years working in a variety of media and apply them, often in unorthodox ways, to her clay. Her intriguing surface textures, frequently created with the use of press molds, are enhanced by detailed painting and sealed with a post-fired patina reminiscent of cast metal sculpture.

“Being able to exhibit so many of my works in one location is such an honor,” says McNair with gratitude. “So many pieces have left my studio for competitions and galleries, never to be seen as part of the larger whole.”

McNair studied sculpture at North Texas State University, where she earned a

Bachelor of Fine Arts degree; she went on to earn a Master of Fine Arts in sculpture from the University of Wyoming. After graduating, McNair worked as an artist-in-residence for Northwest Community College in Powell, Wyo., until being hired as an assistant professor at Mississippi State University. In Telluride, she owned and operated McNair Gallery for more than 17 years, representing herself and other emerging artists, and began teaching at the Ah Haa School in 1992, as curriculum and exhibitions coordinator.

From attaining self-acceptance to decoding man's proper relationship with the Earth, these figures at once express core emotions and, if indeed art enjoys such power, help us bipeds ponder a nobler course.
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