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Telluride Arts: Telluride First Thursday Art Walk

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Telluride Arts Presents: Telluride First Thursday Art Walk Thursday, February 7, 5-8pm

Open Art Radio: Thursday February 7, 12-1pm on KOTO

Contact: Telluride  970-728-3930 

Great pictures available.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.  Maps are available at participating venues and at the Telluride Arts offices located in the Stronghouse Studios + Gallery at 283 South Fir Street. Tune in to Open Art Radio: Thursday February 7, 12-1pm on KOTO for more information about art walk openings and interviews with artists.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 Studio

Kamruz Gallery

Lustre Gallery

Oh Be Joyful Gallery

Stronghouse Studios + Gallery

Telluride Gallery of Fine Art

The Steaming Bean

Wilkinson Public Library


January Exhibit Information:


Ah Haa School for the Arts

300 South Townsend Avenue

The Ah Haa School presents Danielle DeRoberts in the Daniel Tucker Gallery, and a student show in the East Gallery.

This collection of paintings by Danielle celebrates trusting our internal (soul) voice while honoring our ancestral connections to loved ones no longer present in this version of reality. Existing in this physical reality does not account for the infinite universe. Originally from New York, Danielle DeRoberts is a painter and fashion designer currently residing in Telluride, CO.  Before her recent relocation, Danielle lived in San Francisco, CA where she painted and designed for her indie clothing label, onerary.  Danielle’s unique technique of sewing directly into her paintings creates textured pieces that spring to life, transforming the two-dimensional paintings into three-dimensional installations. Through her art, Danielle desires to create a space where the audience feels welcome and comfortable. Her paintings are vessels for her to communicate and she hopes her own creative expression will inspire the viewer to connect with their own soul voice.  Danielle works as a full time artist at the Stronghouse Studios. In the East Gallery the Art PE Exhibition, Kindergarten through 6th Grades, Painting Like the Masters, K-3, Mixed Media Mural, 4-6



220 East Colorado Avenue

Arroyo presents: Married to Art, a two-couple artists show of new and recent work.

Arroyo's early spring show, Married to Art, celebrates the lifelong work of two talented artistic couples. Suzanne Siminger and her husband James Brumback. Both Siminger and Brumback concentrate on landscape, taking a soft and detailed approach, and photorealistic and painterly approach respectively.  The second couple, Elizabeth Black and Christopher Brown, shares a love of the Grand Canyon and have been working and painting in the canyon for decades. Meet the artists Elizabeth Black and Christopher Brown on Art Walk opening night.


Baked in Telluride

Baked in Telluride features acrylic paintings from Robert Weatherford’s studio class along with other Ah Haa student work. Join BIT for art-walk dinner specials: Alaska Salmon and Roasted Turkey.


Eco Spaces

398 West Colorado Avenue

The Ecospaces Design Showroom features dynamic, colorful and free-spirited works in oil and watercolor inspired by the mountains and sea by Telluride artist Lawrence Giles.


Elinoff Gallery

204 West Colorado Avenue

Elinoff Gallery is featuring Nationally acclaimed local artist, Wayne McKenzie.  Wayne has been recognizes recently with several prestigious awards. He was recently awarded first place at the Newport Beach Holiday Treasures Salon, third place out of 300 artists at the Randy Higby Art Exhibit in Costa Mesa and first place at the Carlsbad Plein Aire Festival.   One of Telluride’s accomplished local artists, Wayne is also a full-time ski-instructor in Telluride. The Elinoff Gallery presents new works by Wayne in February. While not on the map, the Elinoff Gallery is a new member of art walk and will be welcoming visitors for the first Thursday celebration.


Gallery 81435: Contemporary Telluride

230 South Fir Street

Stephanie Morgan Rogers’ new body of work titled Heaven/Earth was inspired by the sky and where it meets the earth, and where we fit in as people, fleeting from one realm to the next. Her art is a seamless blend of Old World ambience and American Folk Art. Works range from large, unique tin paintings to one-of-a-kind handmade jewelry. A second party for the artist will be held on Saturday from 4-8pm. Meet the artist and hear her speak about the work at 6:30 pm.



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

Gold Mountain Gallery features 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 presents Michele Scrivner and Brian Billow

February Art Walk at Lustre Gallery evokes the rich and dynamic colors of the San Juan Mountains.   Colorado artists Michele Scrivner and Brian Billow will be at Lustre from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. to present their newest works in mixed media art.  Michele and Brian’s art has been a popular fixture in the Lustre collection. In Michele’s words, “I am privileged to live in a beautiful setting surrounded by dramatic mountains, trees, rock outcroppings and expansive skies. What intrigues me and what I try to reflect and share with viewers are the simple lines, rich hues, and complex textures in the natural world. The art I create conveys a sense of earthiness juxtaposed with a contemporary edge. My work represents the elements of earth, sky and water. I blur the line between the elements to illustrate the trickle-down effect, that what is done to one impacts the other.”    Together, Michele and Brian create their mixed media panels through adding a variety of layers and textures. Brian adds “I use texture to create a tactile quality to my paintings and metallic paints and metal leaf underneath to achieve a luminous effect.  I have always been fascinated with the radiant beauty of light and try to capture it in fragments and glimpses in my art.  I want to bring the viewer to the edge of abstraction and reality.”


Oh-Be-Joyful Gallery

333 West Colorado Avenue

Oh-Be-Joyful Gallery features Plein Air artist Dave Santillanes.  From Fort Collins, Santillanes is among the most ascendant young landscape painters in Colorado.  His paintings are intimate natural scenes, with an atmospheric style and deep, lustrous spatial quality.  In recent years he has netted many awards including the People’s Choice Award at the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Show, and Best of Show at the 2011 Crested Butte Plein Air Invitational.


The Steaming Bean

221 West Colorado Avenue

The Steaming Bean presents LOVE is Important by Audrey L. Mann.

Too much. And not enough. That little voice inside you recites those demeaning phrases. What would the world look like if everyone had the comfort of understanding one truth: You Are Loved. How would your life be different if you walked daily in that understanding?  Drawing from graphic design and photography, Audrey has created a multimedia project exploring the importance of love. This exhibit is inspired by simple messages the artist collected whole traveling the globe. Using print, paper, pen, and photographs, she combines contrasting texture and natural elements with favorite quotations, in an attempt to express a truth that can be easily forgotten or overlooked.


Stronghouse Studios + Gallery

283 South Fir Street

The Stronghouse Gallery presents Flowers in Winter by Daniel Kanow.

Kanow is a local artist and owner of Eco Spaces in Telluride. His new paintings illustrate the vibrancy of light presented in natural forms. Flowers and gardens are the source of inspiration for this series of paintings, Flowers in Winter: Kanow has deconstructed the still life focusing entirely on color and relationships. As an abstract painter, his artwork is process based, developing layers of color and texture to create vibrant and authentic paintings. He will be painting in the Gallery throughout the month of February, demonstrating his unique process.   



The Telluride Gallery of Fine Art

130 East Colorado Avenue

The Telluride Gallery presents Christian Burchard.

German-born Madrone burl sculptor artist Christian Burchard has been woodturning for almost two decades. His work is widely exhibited throughout the U.S. and can be found in many permanent collections including the Museum of Fine Art, Boston, the Museum of Art and Design, New York, and the Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. The gallery will host a reception for the artist as part of the first Thursday celebration. From 5:30-7:30pm, enjoy wine tasting compliments of the Wine Mine and olive oil tasting compliments of the Telluride Olive Oil Company. There will be an artist lecture at the Ah Haa School with Christian Burchard on Friday February 8th 5:30pm.


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.) Corinne Scheman, Paintings 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.) Daniel Kanow, 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