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Telluride Arts: Telluride First Thursday Art Walk: Last one of the season!

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Telluride Arts Presents:
Telluride First Thursday Art Walk : Last one of the season!
Thursday, April 4, 5-8pm


Listen to Open Art Radio on KOTO from 12-1pm on Thursday, April 4, to hear interviews with the artists.

Contact: Kate Jones or Britt Markey  970-728-3930

The First Thursday Art Walk is a festive celebration of the arts in downtown Telluride for art lovers, community and friends. Fifteen venues host receptions from 5pm-8pm to introduce their new exhibitions and artists.  A free Art Walk Map offers a self-guided tour that can be used at any time to find galleries that are open most days.  Listen to Open Art Radio on KOTO from 12-1pm on Thursday, March 7 to hear interviews with the artists. Maps are available at participating venues and at the Telluride Arts offices located in the Stronghouse Studios + Gallery at 283 South Fir Street.

Featured Art Walk Venues: (more info below)

Ah Haa School

Arroyo Gallery

Baked in Telluride

Eco Spaces

Elinoff Gallery

Gallery 81435

Gold Mountain Gallery

Golderezz Gallery

Judy Haas


Lustre Gallery

Oh Be Joyful

Stronghouse Gallery

Telluride Gallery of Fine Art

The Steaming Bean

Wilkinson Public Library


Exhibit Information:


Ah Haa School for the Arts

300 South Townsend Avenue

Outside the Box Fiber Arts Exhibition

Ah Haa School’s first juried Outside the Box Fiber Arts Exhibition, on display in the Daniel Tucker Gallery at The Depot through April. For the show, artists within San Miguel and Ouray counties were challenged to think outside the box, resulting in a collection of work that is as rich in diversity as it is in creativity. Participants took to heart the jurors’ request for pieces that are less about sewing skills and more about creating unique pieces of art ­– functional or not – using fiber.




220 East Colorado Avenue

Shingle Style: New paintings by Blair Vaughn- Gruler

 Santa Fean artist Blair Vaughn- Gruler visits Telluride this week for ArtWalk Thursday at Arroyo with a new collection of assembled, mixed media "paintings" in a show titled "Shingle Style".


Vaughn- Gruler is a successful painter and gallery owner on Canyon Road in Santa Fe, New Mexico, whose work is contemporary abstracted expressionism.  In "Shingle Style", she shares her exploration of surface, light and shadow, incorporating shingle-like elements in the body of work that make the subject immediately familiar given the number of shingle and historic wood structures in Telluride.  The work is simultaneously abstract and fresh, providing the viewer with a variation on a visual element that is very much a twist on a local visual architectural theme.

Vaughn- Gruler states: “The Shingle Paintings have grown out of my interest in geometric structures and how patterns in nature, human behavior and the built environment are all interrelated.  The expressivity of the shingles, and the lines between them, are different from the expressivity of painted lines or images, yet an expression remains. A quiet presence, a vulnerability, a sense of magnetic attraction and data collection – this is what they express to me.”

 Blair Vaughn- Gruler holds a BFA in painting from Northern Michigan University, and an MFA in Visual Art from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She lives in Lamy, New Mexico and co-owns GVG Contemporary with her husband, Ernst Gruler. Meet artist Blair Vaughn- Gruler from 5-8 pm at Art Walk.



Eco Spaces

398 West Colorado Avenue

Patti Childers

Ecospaces Design Showroom features the stained glass and pastel paintings of Patti Childers. Her passion and inspiration for stained glass and pastels matches her love of Telluride. She is drawn to the tactile and brilliant colors of the two mediums.


Elinoff Gallery

204 West Colorado Avenue

Find Alpina Geneve Avalanche & Pilot watches At Elinoff Gallery this April.  Alpina has been making watches for sportsmen and adventurers since 1883 and has just re-introduced their brand in the US.  Alpina used to be in over 2000 outlets worldwide until the 1970’s when the invention of the quartz watch took its toll on the Swiss watch-making industry.   The pilot watches come with a model Citation Jet as part of the packaging and the diving watches are packaged in aluminum scuba tanks. Elinoff Gallery was only able to receive 11 pieces until their next production run, and each piece is made in limited supply so stop by and check out one of the coolest watches made in Switzerland, today and available only at a handful of retailers in the US.


Telluride Arts’ Gallery 81435: Contemporary Telluride

230 South Fir Street

Portraits by Drew Ludwig: Dialogue between aids, lust and identity. With Aspen Aids Benefit trunk show and a dance party.

Gallery 81435 offers a rare, up-close view of Drew Ludwig’s portraits of the 2013 Aids Benefit Models. With mural installation with Danielle DeRoberts, and a trunk show of clothing and costumes from the Aspen Aids Benefit and Onerary, happening through the weekend. Come celebrate spring with us at our Art Walk opening party from 5-8pm. Good Music. Art. Clothes. Dancing.


Golderrez Gallery

224 East Colorado

Golderrez Fine Art & Jewelry Gallery specializes in contemporary art in all media, with a special

emphasis on contemporary master giclees and originals.  The gallery represents  a diverse stable of artists, including the modern figurative expressionist Todd White, the widely lauded contemporary sculptor M.L. Snowdon and the whimsical American icon Dr. Suess.


Gold Mountain Gallery

135 West Colorado

Custom furniture, fine rugs, stunning local photographs, custom jewelry and interior design.


Judy Haas Studio

226 South Pine Street

The Judy Haas Studio features the mixed media work of the artist in her studio.


Kamruz Gallery

333 West Colorado

Kamruz Gallery represents local artists and features photography by Mary Kamruz that captures the spirit of Telluride.


Lustre, an Artisan Gallery

171 South Pine Street

Lustre Gallery welcomes Telluride ceramist Dalen Stevens for Art Walk on Thursday from 5 to 8 pm.  Recognized as a master of his craft, Dalen has been working continuously with clay for more than 40 years. Dalen currently works in porcelain and has developed innovative glazing and firing techniques, further refining the craft of his art.

Born and raised in southwest Colorado, Dalen is an avid outdoorsman, backpacking, hiking, and backcountry skiing the mountains and desert country of the region, and his work draws on this connection with the outdoors.  Music is also a continuing passion. He and his wife are active in the Telluride Choral Society, and he sings, plays piano, and performs on the trombone in numerous local chamber-music ensembles.


"My music and art have always gone hand in hand.  I often think of my clay work in musical terms, as improvisations on a theme, improvisations that express a rhythmic flow with shapes and patterns that ring aurally and visually.  I often find myself actually singing into the pieces as I work on them.  Hopefully, when someone sees or holds one of my pieces, one can sense this musical energy distilled into solid form."


Oh-Be-Joyful Gallery

333 West Colorado Avenue

Featuring landscape painter Shaun Horne.  Shaun paints his large scale paintings exclusively en plein air, outside on the spot.  He has been painting Telluride for two years, and Crested Butte for over ten.  His realist paintings are scenes of town, alleyways and building facades alike, and the surrounding mountains.  Shaun is owner and director of the Oh-Be-Joyful Gallery.


The Steaming Bean

221 West Colorado Avenue

Monthly exhibits featuring emerging and established artists from the Telluride region and beyond. Live music, good food and drink.


Stronghouse Studios + Gallery

283 South Fir Street

Recology by Daniel Aragon

Telluride Arts presents Recology, a new body of work by local artist Daniel Aragon, a Telluride Arts Small Grants recipient. The exhibit explores the mutual benefits of relationship in the natural world, and the interconnections that regulate success.  The exhibit is inspired by Biophilia, a theory that humanity has an innate love for the natural world and its’ diversity, clean air and water, natural materials, organic shapes, and cycles. It also proposes that the human desires to explore, tinker, modify, create, and progress are innate. It illuminates the tension between human curiosity and the systems that support all life.  Daniel Aragon’s new paintings created for this exhibit illustrate natural, regenerative processes. While the paintings are based on real world projects and technology, they also illustrate the artist’s dream of vital, diverse natural systems. The exhibit is presented in collaboration with Telluride Eco Action Partners.


The Telluride Gallery of Fine Art

130 East Colorado Avenue

The Other Side of Bruce Gomez

Our beloved pastel artist from Denver is back with a whole new body of work.

More than just Telluride landscapes, we will exhibit a solo exhibition of over 20 paintings that range from birds to horses, to deserts and urban themes.



The Wilkinson Public Library

100 West Pacific Avenue

Telluride Arts and the Wilkinson Public Library collaborate to showcase regional artists work on the walls of the library.  There are five main exhibit spaces in the library that host revolving exhibits that change monthly. Exhibits can be found in the following spaces this month: 1.) Clea Arthur above the music area behind the desk on the main floor, 2.) Youth Art Projects in the youth room, 3.) Ally Crilly, Paintings in the stairwell, 4.) Molly Redecki, Paintings on the exterior walls surrounding the stacks on the second floor and 5.) Joe Skalsky, Photographs in the Palmyra Room.




Kate Jones, Executive Director

Telluride Arts






Telluride Arts

Your community arts organization serving Telluride since 1971


We are located in the historic Stronghouse at 283 South Fir Street

PO Box 152,  Telluride, Colorado 81435









Kate Jones, Executive Director

Telluride Arts






Telluride Arts

Your community arts organization serving Telluride since 1971


We are located in the historic Stronghouse at 283 South Fir Street

PO Box 152,  Telluride, Colorado 81435