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For Immediate Release Telluride Arts Presents: First Thursday Art Walk 5-8pm Listen to Open Art Radio on KOTO from 12-1pm on the first Thursday of the month to hear interviews with the artists. Contact: Kate Jones, Britt Markey, or Audrey Mann 970-728-3930 The First Thursday Art Walk is a festive celebration of the arts in downtown Telluride for art lovers, community and friends. Eighteen 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 first Thursdays 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 AZADI Fine Rugs Baked in Telluride Beautification Gallery Black Bear Trading Company DOLCE Elinoff Gallery Gallery 81435 Gold Mountain Gallery Kamruz Gallery Lustre Gallery Mélange Oh-Be-Joyful Gallery Telluride Gallery of Fine Art Telluride Historical Museum Stronghouse Gallery The Steaming Bean Wizard Emporium Exhibit Information: Ah Haa School for the Arts 300 South Townsend Avenue Ah Haa’s 2nd Annual Photography Prize | Telluride Portraits “Capturing the essence of Telluride through portraits of its people”. The Ah Haa School for the Arts is excited to announce its second annual juried Ah Haa Photography Prize. The inspiration for this show is “Capturing the essence of Telluride through portraits of its people.” The portrait subjects may be anyone—locals or visitors—as long as the setting is a location within an hour’s drive of Telluride. Arroyo 220 East Colorado Avenue Fine art gallery and wine bar, featuring renowned artists from Colorado and the four corners region, and around the country. The gallery specializes in southwest contemporary realism, in painting, photography, and mixed media on the walls as well as bronze, steel, and clay sculpture. Arroyo hosts monthly show openings and receptions, and the gallery is open late at night year 'round for guests to enjoy both the art, and also over 100 fine wines by the glass and small plate appetizers and desserts. AZADI Fine Rugs 217 West Colorado Avenue AZADI Fine Rugs will be celebrating their 3rd Annual American Dream Art Contest. The contest is open to Telluride area children (age 5 up to high school students). The Annual AZADI Fine Rugs American Dream art contest was created to allow children to spread their wings in the world of imagination and to build on the essential elements that art and creativity bring to their lives. The theme is the American Dream. A handmade rug will be woven based on the winners design. The winning rug, which is a limited edition piece, will be featured in AZADI Fine Rugs galleries across the country. The student and their teacher will receive $500. The proceeds from the rug will be donated with 50% going to the GoodWeave Organization, which works to prevent child labor in the rug industry and 50% going to the child’s school. Submissions are due by November 30th. Telluride High School student Chandra Belka’s painting “Spirit of the West” won the 2nd Annual AZADI Fine Rugs American Dream Contest. The stunning hand woven, based off of Belka’s submitted design, was revealed on Friday July 4th shortly after the Annual 4th of July Parade. Please join AZADI Fine Rugs in this celebration of creativity as they kick off this year’s contest! Established in 1790, AZADI has a rich history based on 200 years of devotion to hand woven rugs and the clients they serve. AZADI Fine Rugs, known as the most trusted authority and respected resource in the industry, is the oldest company dealing in Fine Rugs in the world. A leading international design resource for the world's most exquisite rugs, AZADI Fine Rugs is a member of ASID(American Society of Interior Designers) and the Sedona Gallery Association. Recognized for delivering instant gratification and stellar “seven-star service” to customers across the globe, their unparalleled service takes the rug buying experience to the next level, with a focus on providing outstanding rugs in a fun and exciting setting with passion, respect and gratitude. AZADI Fine Rugs is located 217 W. Colorado Avenue. They also have locations in Scottsdale and Sedona, Arizona. For more information about AZADI Fine Rugs please call 970-728-4620 or go to Baked in Telluride 127 South Fir Street October’s featured local artist is Peggy Sue Richards. Her new journey into the world of painting led her to classes at the Ah Haa School for the Arts, where she began exploring techniques in watercolor and acrylics. Peggy Sue's paintings reflect the excitement of self-discovery and artistic enlightenment. Stop by the Artist Reception and Opening night, Thursday, October 2nd (5pm-8pm). Enjoy coffee, cookies, and Peggy Sue’s new work! Baked in Telluride is proud to participate in art walk. Curator Susie Gustafson hangs works from local schools, including the Ah Haa school of the arts. Ask for your 10% "artwalk" discount. Beautification Gallery 317 East Colorado Avenue A new gallery in Telluride, the Beautification Gallery showcases original serene landscapes and fashions by Deborah Uhl. An artist and a conservator from just outside Telluride, Uhl's work is showcased in public and private collections throughout North America and the Philippines. Black Bear Trading Company 226 West Colorado Avenue Black Bear Trading Company has moved to a NEW and LARGER location at 226 WEST COLORADO AVE (the old Bounty Hunter space). Featuring black and white photographs by master photographer Robert J. Franzese, metal sculpture by Colorado sculptor Wayne Brown, paintings by Colorado oil painters Sonia Reid and Valerie Levy Franzese. Please join us the first Thursday of every month! DOLCE 224 East Colorado Avenue Dolce takes pride in offering our clients the finest in custom & designer jewelry, alongside unique sculptures in all sizes and mediums. Each piece is designed and crafted by hand and has a story to tell. Dolce’s attention to detail and labor-intensive process results in exquisite handmade jewelry and sculpture that is both distinctive and exclusive. Rare and exquisite gemstones serve as the inspiration behind every piece at Dolce. Dolce represents artists who are unique and innovative in their chosen medium. We look forward to serving your jewelry & sculpture acquisitions with our knowledgeable staff, GIA certified gemologists and goldsmiths. Elinoff Gallery 204 West Colorado Avenue The Elinoff Gallery offers regional and international artists, gemstone and diamond jewelry, and local Telluride charms. Gallery 81435 230 South Fir Street The October show at Telluride Arts’ Gallery 81435 features a solo exhibition of contemporary industrial, urban landscape paintings by Denver artist Sharon Feder. The exhibit at Gallery 81435 explores Feder’s interest in urban archeology and the tension between abstraction and representation. Contemplating the visual and metaphorical geometry and emptiness of society’s commercial structures guides Feder toward a sense of understanding and unity with other humans. Feder's current paintings have evolved from studies of geometry and urban visual choreography toward an edge, as described by Michael Paglia (Westword): "a reconciling of opposites... the tension between representation and abstraction, with the resulting paintings flipping between the two." Further describing her work, Corrine Joy Brown wrote (Colorado Expressions): "Through line and shape, color and texture, she renders a new reality so sublime as to leave the viewer spell-bound at its beauty. We sense what is beyond, or far beneath. We stand at the edge of the experience and then, suddenly, are immersed in it." "Her work reveals nothing less than the hidden tensions of contemporary life", writes Peter Illig, referencing buildings and urban architecture that "...stand in for human relationships… the constant contradictions of appearance versus truth." Sharon Feder is a third generation Denverite. She has studied painting since early childhood, initially learning from Colorado Modernists Ed Marecak and Mark Zamantakis. Feder continued her studies under Norman Lundin, Michael Spafford and Patty Warashina at the University of Washington in Seattle. Her experiences culminated in a prolonged mentorship with Robert Froese in Ouray in the 1980’s. She graduated from Regis University in Denver in 1996. In addition to her academic endeavors, Feder’s work is influenced by a life richly lived as a mother, mate, and student of nature. Her work is further informed by decades of technical experience as set designer, muralist and sign artist. Her paintings have been exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, Boulder, and extensively in the metropolitan Denver area and are included in numerous private and corporate collections. Join Gallery 81435 for First Thursday Art Walk and Opening Reception Thursday, October 2nd (5-8pm). Gold Mountain Gallery 135 West Colorado Custom furniture, fine rugs, stunning local photographs, custom jewelry and interior design. Gold Mountain Gallery infuses the Colorado look and feel with high-end, contemporary home décor. From custom made furniture and fine rugs to stunning local photographs and custom jewelry, Gold Mountain Gallery offers everything from décor staples to those final touches that make each room unique. Also offering full service interior design consultation. Owned by locals Mark and Jessica Goldberg. 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 Handcrafted art for the home and self -inspired by a love of nature. Fine art, jewelry, glass, wood, bronze and more. Mélange 109 West Colorado Avenue Local artist, Axel Koch, will be showing a collection of prints that showcase his travels around the world. Framed work will be available in large format, as well as smaller, un-mounted prints at reasonable prices. All images are professionally printed in Boulder using Archival dyes and paper. Show will hang thru October and November. Oh-Be-Joyful Gallery 333 West Colorado Avenue Featured artist, Meredith Nemirov, is a locally celebrated watercolorist and instructor. Nemirov will be in attendance, along with several new landscape paintings created outside on-site. These lovely and expertly executed watercolors capture a wide range of our regions natural beauty; from intimate babbling streams and aspen groves, to iconic San Juan Mountain scenes. The Oh Be Joyful Gallery is pure landscape! Specialize in original, realist landscape paintings by emerging and established artists who are regionally and nationally known. They offer the finest examples of observed beauty captured by dedicated painting effort. The Steaming Bean 221 West Colorado Avenue Rachel Carson is a local artist from Montrose, Colorado, whose focus is in abstract acrylics and narrative oil paintings. Her oil paintings break the monotony of life by re-imagining familiar scenes and figures. Through humorous situations, from a dog walker leading unlikely clients to a mime trying to survive in the wild, she works to create moments that capture the imagination of viewers of all ages. Stronghouse Studios + Gallery 283 South Fir Street Jill Scher’s passion for various weave structures, techniques, and handwork, led her to develop and expand her own work in fibers. Since establishing a studio at the Third Street Center in Carbondale, Colorado, Scher has happily focused the past twelve years of her creative energy on the felting medium. Her work draws inspiration from the natural world and the relational aspects of color, exploring sculptural possibilities and color play. This current show consists of two bodies of work: felted vessels and silk panels that have been hand-painted and then felted sparingly. The artist resonates with the vessel form and loves the process of creating. Each piece is a unique exploration of its own idea, ranging from urban crossings to sea forms. With landscapes and seasons in mind, the new wearable silk panels have been created by first painting the silk, then selecting which areas to layer over with wool and felt. The Telluride Gallery of Fine Art 130 East Colorado Avenue Celebrating their 30th Fall Season, Telluride Gallery will feature a variety of artists working in different media. Watercolors by Woodward Payne, oil paintings by Robert Weatherford, Mark English, Bernie Fuchs and Julee Hutchison, as well as pastels by Bruce Gomez, highlight the local landscape through expressive brushstrokes and golden hues. Figurative ceramic work by Julie McNair, provides insight to the human relationship with the passing of the seasons. Earthenware vessels by Nicholas Bernard and Goedele Vanhille, convey fall color tones from sunrise to dusk. Wearable art by Pine Wind Shibori Silks and Jill Scher Felt are reminders of the coming chill in the air. Barbara Heinrich’s 18k gold aspen leaf earrings and necklaces are created exclusively for Telluride Gallery, as are the sterling silver aspen pendants by local jeweler, Marki Knopp. Photography by Kathleen Norris Cook, Brett Schreckengost and National Geographic Photographers Bill Ellzey and Robert Glenn Ketchum focus on regional landscapes. Visit Telluride Gallery to experience a wide breadth of artists and expertise as well as a wine tasting compliments of the Wine Mine. Telluride Historical Museum 201 West Gregory The Telluride Historical Museum offers far more than artifacts behind glass. From our historic walking tours, Hike into History programs, engaging lectures and special events, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Wizard Emporium 126 East Colorado Avenue Wizard Emporium's final Art Walk for the summer of 2014 will feature local Artist and Photographer, Carl Marcus. October's collection will feature iconic Telluride images through the lens of Carl. His colors and attention to detail during the printing process are absolutely stunning. The prints on display have been hand picked for this particular showcase and all prints will be available to order. Carl is a long-time Telluride local whose artistic talent is a true representation of the Telluride Art Community.