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Telluride First Thursday Art Walk + Kids Walk

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Telluride Arts Presents:

Telluride First Thursday Art Walk + Kids Walk

Kids Walk 4-6pm Featuring self guided map and hands on activities for families

First Thursdays, 5-8pm in Telluride


Telluride Arts (Telluride Council for the Arts and Humanities)

Sasha Cucciniello:          

PO Box 152, Telluride, CO  81435

T 970-728-8959 -


The First Thursday Art Walk is a celebration of the arts in downtown Telluride for art lovers, community and friends.  A dozen venues open their doors from 5pm-8pm to introduce their new exhibitions and artists.  The finest restaurants feature art walk specials that make for a great night out on the town.  Please visit us at Telluride or friend us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for information on monthly exhibits and specials.  A free Art Walk Map offers a self guided tour that can be used at any time.  Maps are available at participating venues and around town or by calling Telluride Arts 970.728.3930


New for the summer of 2011 select venues will extend their open hours and welcome children and their families for a special Kids Walk.  A treasure map will provide a self-guided tour and simple activities that teach basic principles of art through observation. Key venues will offer hands on activities. Maps are available at participating venues and around town or by calling Telluride Arts 970.728.3930


Featured Art Walk Venues: (see below for September exhibit details)

·         Ah Haa School for the Arts

·         Gallerie Framing

·         La Cocina De Luz

·         Lustre, an Artisan Gallery

·         The Steaming Bean

·         Stronghouse Studios and Local Artist Gallery

·         Telluride Gallery of Fine Art

·         Azadi Fine Rugs

·         The Telluride Historical Museum

·         The Wilkinson Public Library

·         Legacy Gallery

·         Alpine Coffee (in Between The Covers)



Lustre, an Artisan Gallery - kid friendly refreshments

Stronghouse Studios and Local Artist Gallery (hands on activity) – trout art – paint some fishes in the style of Judy haas

Telluride Gallery of Fine Art – open for kids and their families

The Wilkinson Public Library (hands on activity) – come and create edible art!

Hopscotch (hands on activity)- 


Kids Walk Sponsor Businesses

  • The Sweet Life
  • Scarpe
  • The Cornerhouse Grill
  • Zia Sun - will be giving out free cookies (while supplies last) to all kids on Kidswalk night!  Come in and enjoy a cookie and check out our cool art supplies by Alex!


October 2011 Events:


Ah Haa School for the Arts - 300 South Townsend –

In the Daniel Tucker Gallery  |  Julie SmithIn honor of Art of Being A Woman Month, the Ah Haa School is honored to showcase the first 65 images of artist Julie Smith’s “100 Women Over The Age of 50 Who Like Who They Are (Becoming)” series. This work in progress is a celebration of the varied accomplishments and wisdom of our community of experienced women. Julie has spent at least six hours with each of these women and they each have a personal and compelling story to tell. The older we are the more that story shows. We have a track record; you can see it in our faces. Don’t you want to know what it means? Also featured are her monoprints, “Daughters of the American Revolution” #1-13.  In the East Gallery the Artwork of Remy Charlip & Brian SelznikWilkinson Public Library and the Ah Haa School are proud to feature the artwork of Remy Charlip and Brian Selznick. We will be exhibiting the work of these two dear friends, who also happen to both be award winning children’s book authors and illustrators. The original artwork from Remy Charlip’s most recent book, A PERFECT DAY, will be on display along with his preliminary sketches and storyboards. Discover how Brian Selznick incorporated Remy Charlip into his Caldecott award winning book, THE INVENTION OF HUGO CABRET. Also on display will be original scores of choreography for Remy Charlip’s Air Mail Dances. See whimsical and visually stunning art - use your imagination and be inspired. Welcome to a show that is full of wonder and invention, and perfect for readers and thinkers of any age.


Telluride Memories - 217 West Colorado Avenue  will host the opening for “Desertscapes and Wild Horses”, photography by Melanie Metz.


La Cocina De Luz -123 East Colorado Avenue – will host a group photography show featuring photographers from the Telluride region. Come experience the amazing talent of our local photographers.


Lustre, an Artisan Gallery-  171 South Pine Street - For the last Art Walk of the season, Lustre Gallery is offering a special promotion of 30% off the artwork composed of antique ceiling tins by Lori Daniels. 

Nature’s imagery of trees, vines, fruits and flowers are reoccurring themes in decorative ceiling tins, which recall a time in our history when elegance and beauty reigned.  They were installed in American buildings in the mid to late 1800’s, including here in Telluride, as an alternative to the hand carved decorative plaster ceilings found in Europe. 

Lori Daniels reclaims this tin as salvaged architecture and reassembles it into art.  Lori earned an art degree from Bradley University in 1992 and has been an antique dealer for over twenty years; yet collecting valuable historical items was not enough for her.  Lori recomposes and adds color and glazes to each tin within the composition.  Her resulting bas relief tin sculptures are not merely decorative relics from the past; they are reclaimed, renewed and resurrected. 

The Steaming Bean - 221 West Colorado Avenue will host Playful Spirit, works by Veneta Nikolova.  Veneta is a local artist who has been sprouting her colorful seeds of creation and is ready to blossom open to the world as an artist. Her undying love for unraveling the mind, healing the body, and expanding the spirit supports the conception of pieces that are filled with color, magic, and that childlike playful essence. With psychedelic lines and vivid pigment she is fearless in tapping into the shadows of the psyche. She is also creating a collaborative mural with the children of the community. Look for its playful presence to be displayed at the Wilkinson Public Library at the end of September.


Stronghouse Studios and Local Artist Gallery  - 283 – Is so pleased to host 52 Wheels, an art happening by Flair Robinson.  “52 Wheels” is a show about running wild through the night, on October 31st.  It's about the smell of cotton candy, hot buttered popcorn and the leaves whirling 'round you like a Tilt-a Whirl.   It's about the feeling that you get when you've just shot off your last bottle rocket (and the cops are coming) and it's about the color of the wrapper, on your last Sugar Daddy ( in the bottom of your Halloween bag) in 1967.   Put it all together and you have a show about nostalgia, color and an unrequited love for all things that spin. 


Telluride Gallery of Fine Art  - 130 East Colorado Avenue  -  Photographs by Kathleen Norris Cook; encaustic paintings by Shawna Moore; new and exciting pastels by Bruce Gomez.


Azadi Fine Rugs - 217 West Colorado Avenue  - Art you can walk on!  Come explore the mastery and art of fine rugs at Azadi Telluride. Rugs from all different regions of the world hand made by Master weavers utilizing all natural dyes and materials to create masterpieces spanning hundreds of years!  The Azadi Gallery has fine antique rugs as well as contemporary works of rug art!  We look forward to seeing you on the Art Walk!


Alpine Coffee (in Between the Covers) - 224 West Colorado Avenue  - Brittany A. Miller will be showing at Between the Covers for the month of September where you can view more works from here 'You Are Here' Series. On view will be small scale mixed media pieces on wood, prints, and linoleum block print cards. Miller will also be showcasing some of her latest t-shirt designs inspired by the 'You Are Here' series and on vintage re-fabricated Telluride Film Festival t-shirts!


The Telluride Historical Museum  - 201 West Gregory Avenue  - Stop by the Telluride Historical Museum to catch the summer exhibit: "Layin Down the Law," and for a sight tour of the new outdoor amphitheater and mining exhibit! Wine & cheese!

The Wilkinson Public Library - 100 West Pacific Avenue  - STAIRWELL – Paintings by Alison James “I moved to Colorado in 1995 not for the skiing or climbing or fishing but for the scenery (and friendly people). Painting was a natural extension of this appreciation. The motivating force was The Ah Haa School and Bruce Gomez the pastel artist and instructor. Over the years I collected my favorite views and these are paintings of just a few of them, I have many, many more.  My favorite time of day is the hour before sunset.  It would also be the hour after sunrise if I could manage to get up that early. At these times the colors glow and the shadows create contrast. My favorite seasons for collecting images are fall and winter, for their spectacular colors, abstract shape possibilities and alpenglow. Transparent watercolor and oil are my media of choice, this enables the white of the paper or board to shine through and give the colors intensity. There is nothing better than an autumn day in Colorado with the first slight chill in the air and the aspens quaking beneath a spectacular blue sky. If I can capture a just little of that in a painting I'll be happy.  Thanks for looking.”


UPSTAIRS WALLS – Local painter Meredith Nemirov will hang some new paintings. Born and raised in New York City, Nemirov started drawing the figure at the Art Students League at 14. After receiving a BFA from Parson’s School of Design she continued working as a figurative painter and did freelance illustration to pay the bills. In 1988 the artist moved to a small town in the San Juan Mountains. She owned the Ridgway Gallery with husband Jorge and raised a son, Raoul, who is now in NYC studying art at The Cooper Union. This second phase brought a change in theme as Nemirov faced the mountains instead of the rush of humanity on the streets. In 2003 she found the figure in the landscape as she focused on the Aspen Tree as a new subject. This work has been exhibited in many one-person and group shows. She has taught classes based on this body of work for The Smithsonian Institute through The Pinhead Institute in Telluride, CO, an NEA grant in Montrose, CO and the AhHaa School for the Arts in Telluride. The artist was awarded an Artist in Residency at the Anderson Ranch Center for the Arts in Snowmass, CO in 2008, and has received a grant for another Residency at the Vermont Studio Center in April, 2010.

MUSIC SECTION -  Mushroom Inspired Art in the Stairway. “In it's 31st year, The Telluride Mushroom Festival is a celebration of all things fungal and entheogenic.  This small presentation of psychedelic and mushroom-inspired art aims to encapsulate the festival's themes of exploration and experimentation.  The works of graphic designer Andrew Mcgranahan and this year's poster artist Aaron "Inkling" Cruz Garcia will be featured. 


Legacy Gallery  - 219 E. Colorado Ave – fine jewelry and art in a new gallery on main Street.