The Telluride Art Walk is a festive celebration of the arts in downtown Telluride for art lovers, community and friends.

Over twenty venues host receptions from 5pm-8pm on first Thursdays to introduce their new exhibitions and artists. A free Gallery Guide offers a self-guided tour that can be used at any time to find galleries that are open most days. Gallery Guides are available at participating venues.

Opening receptions are First Thursdays from 5-8pm. (no Art Walk November, December, April and May 2017) 

Look for the flags!

Current Show Descriptions. OCTOBER 2017



This month American Academy of Bookbinding will be showcasing the work of their Advanced Fine Binding students. Not only will they have an exhibit of their beautiful leather-bound books, but the students will be halfway through their annual two-week intensive class. Stop by for a chance to see them working on current projects at their benches, and then admire some of their finished bindings in a small exhibit upstairs. 

The American Academy of Bookbinding is an internationally known degree-oriented bookbinding school that offers book enthusiasts of all levels the opportunity to initiate and improve their skills in a generous and supportive learning environment. The Academy conducts intensive courses in the fine art of leather binding, book restoration, repair, preservation practices and related subjects. The goal of the Academy is to provide a level of excellence in bookbinding education and, for those interested, graduate professional-level binders who have the knowledge and skills to produce the highest quality work and the ability to pass on those skills to the next generation.

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Baked in Telluride will be featuring the large-scale photography of Jeff Channell. His colorful vistas from atop the San Juan’s makes the viewer admire his journeys as well as his eye for a great photograph.

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Gallery 81435 in Telluride, Colorado presents Blue, an exhibit by Margaret Rinkevich during the months of October and November. The color blue has a rich associative meaning. This chromatic scheme has a very visceral physicality that exists as sensations and feelings.  Each shade carries nuances that become more complex when interwoven with one another. Blue is an attempt to reconcile disconsolation and affirmation.

Margaret is drawn to the rectilinear form and they predominate in her work. Squares and rectangles ground the painting compositionally and create a framework around which all other elements depend. These forms provide something of a foil for the more exuberant passages seen in her canvases. “I love the sheer mental grind of painting. I love the physical act. There is always the battle between containment and chaos in my work. My paintings make me feel simultaneously satisfied, restless, awkward and honest.” 



La Cocina de Luz is featuring the fine photography of Jeff Channell September 1 thru the end of October. The show will feature some of Colorado’s finest peaks, alpine vistas, wildlife, and remote & scenic areas.

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Lustre Gallery presents handcrafted art for the home and self that is inspired by a love of nature. Dozens of hand painted glass chandeliers by Ulla Darni illuminate the store. Marshall Noice’s vibrant landscapes grace the walls.  Fine inlaid woodwork by John Arenskov brings the term ‘‘conversation piece” to life.  Sculptural works and vessels are created by a variety of talented glass, bronze and fiber artists. 

Complementing jewelry for home with art for self, Lustre showcases the work of renowned jewelers.  Natural diamonds by Todd Reed, pure gold by Gurhan and art nouveau jewelry by Masriera are examples of the collections represented.  Artfully designed and exquisitely crafted, Lustre’s jewelry is selected for everyday wear and festive occasions.



MiXX wraps up the summer season with the group exhibition 8750 Collective featuring five regional artists including Pam Conrad, Amy Levek, Britt Markey, Meredith Nemirov and Mary Ellen Trad. Based in Ridgway, Conrad and Nemirov's practices both highlight the striking landscapes and aspen trees that characterize this area of Southern Colorado and Amy Levek's interactive, layered pieces blend photography with screen printing methods. Figurative work by Britt Markey revives classic oil on canvas painting and analog photography with a fresh, modern gaze, and Mary Ellen Trad's concrete wall works explore gestural abstraction, incorporating acrylic paint and metal leaf. Alongside this group exhibition, MiXX projects + Atelier is launching a silent action featuring a selection of Fine Art from MiXX's in house collection, running through Saturday, October 14.

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Telluride's newest gallery presents, "Structures" featuring the work of Jarrod Beck. The 3D wall art of Brooklyn and Texas-based artist Jarrod Beck is made using aluminum and glass as vehicles to deliver a message about place and about history. Read more at Telluride Inside and Out. 



Picaya’s featured artist is Cory Widau – a man of many talents. He teaches yoga, works at the Sheridan, and does beautiful wire wrapping. Picaya will be featuring Cory’s wire-wrapped necklaces.



Slate Gray Gallery is featuring Nebraska-native and mixed media artist, Tamara Ruiz, for October Art Walk. Tamara’s body of work is contemporary, featuring intricately layered images that imbue the nostalgic style of old postcards and vintage photographs blended with pop art elements. A romantic head nod to the past, Tamara mixes ephemera from olden days, open prairies, and small towns with modern surface design and forms of graffiti to create her stunning, strong yet wistful works. 

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Studio G presents the abstract expressionist works of local artist, Margaret Rinkevich.

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Telluride Arts’ HQ gallery in Telluride, Colorado presents work by Patrick E. Felsenthal, a writer, filmmaker, musician, graphic designer and artist. He releases music best described as art rap under the name Apoc and creates art and design pieces as PFels. On October 5th he will be launching a show at the Telluride Arts HQ Gallery that incorporates both of these projects. Apoc’s newest music video, “Hurricane Goddamn!” will be premiered in the US during the October 5th Art Walk. Props, costumes, and storyboards from the production will be on display throughout the exhibition. Also being featured will be “Optalgia”, a mixed-media body of artwork by Pfels.

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Telluride Gallery presents a collection of remaining treasures from America’s legendary illustrator Bernie Fuchs (1932-2009). Ranging from original oil paintings, to sketches and studies, the selection showcases the artist’s prolific career. 

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Former Telluride local Colin Hotz continues to make his presence felt across the national bluegrass scene, and Telluride Music is excited to invite him back for the October edition of Art Walk. As a classically trained guitarist, Colin is brings rare talent and versatility to the bluegrass genre. His accomplishments and diverse musicality provide a deeper musical vocabulary, allowing him to harness the genre's tradition and push it to its utter limits. In many ways, Colin reminds us of the Collings D1 A Traditional—a versatile guitar steeped in the tradition of guitar building that evokes something entirely new.



The Tony Newlin Gallery will be featuring the spectacular limited edition image, captured this winter in Yellowstone National Park: Frosty Bison.

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The Turquoise Door Gallery is featuring original black and white photographs hand painted in oils by Valerie Levy Franzese.