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

Nineteen 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, and May 2017) 

Look for the flags!

Current Show Descriptions. June 2018

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The Ah Haa School will feature a solo exhibition of emerging artist Michael Phelan. Phelan is a father, husband, friend and abstract painter. He lives with his wife and son in Telluride, Colorado.


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Baked in Telluride will feature plein air artist and Ah Haa instructor Tim Deibler. Several of his students will also be featured, including Leslie Crane, Paula Marlatt, Susan Sanders, and Sue Gustafson. Their colorful reflections of our beautiful environment will hold your attention.  Deibler’s students state that his paintings are inspiring and his studio instruction is enlightening.

Come to BIT for cookies and conversation.


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Crossbow Leather is a leather craft workshop owned and operated by Macy Pryor, a Telluride native, who picked up leather craft in 2015 while living in Santa Barbara, CA.  Currently, Crossbow Leather occupies a Telluride storefront at 124 E Colorado Ave. The shop features a retail space in the front, and the leather workshop in the back where all products are designed and manufactured. Also included in her product line, are beaded bags, dog collars, and key chains from BeadWORKS Kenya. Macy visited BeadWORKS in 2017 and 2018 and taught intensive leather workshops in an effort to help develop their line of beaded leather work. Also exhibited in the space are paintings by local Lane Smith, and reclaimed-wood birdhouses by Glen Pihl.


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Gallery 81435 will feature artist Gregory Botts. Every spring, Gregory Botts drives across the country from New York City to Abiquiu, New Mexico. Along the way, he visits natural areas and begins his works as plein air paintings. Each year, a narrative emerges in the paintings. A southern route through Florida, Louisiana, and Texas has heavily influenced the past five years. This particular direction points to an imaginative poetry sought out by Botts. The plein air paintings typically emphasize a concern for endangered environments. These paintings also serve as references in Botts’ studio paintings. In his studio, Botts enlarges imagery remembered from his trips and uses his plein air paintings to guide his ideas and artwork. After a simple narrative is formed, a poetry of symbols arises from the repetition and simplification of forms. In this type of painting, the Earth itself has become a character – playing the ideal part of the hero.



Come and check out local photographer Mary Kenez' iconic pictures of Telluride. 

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La Cocina will feature artist Shauna Tewskbury. Tewksbury has been a photographer since her childhood, beginning with her cats and brother as her subject matter. Since then she has been chasing light through various lenses, handmade cameras, scanners, light sensitive chemicals and into the digital era. Currently, Shauna is exploring the combination of layering beeswax, her images, and pigment to create one-of-a-kind pieces. She has been living in the San Juan’s since 2002. See the work while enjoying wholesome, handmade Mexican food featuring local and organic ingredients.

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Lustre Gallery is celebrating the opening of the summer season with new Marshall Noice artwork. Noice’s vibrant landscapes echo the spirit of the land and place.  Stop by Lustre Gallery to view his newest paintings.

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MiXX will feature a group exhibition titled Surface and Expression. Bringing together the highly diverse practices of New York based artist Katie Heffelfinger, Budapest based painter János Huszti, and British x-ray photographer Nick Veasey, the group exhibition Surface and Expression explores portraiture and abstraction from the inside out.

Veasey wields a post-industrial Russian, linear accelerator producing x-ray tableaus with a wide range of subject matter from Harley Davidson riders to VW beetles, with humor, wit and precision.

Hungarian born Huszti's paintings are evocative of analog photography, capturing women in singular, yet elegant moments with his practice of oil on canvas, blending figure study with a distinctive cinematic gaze.

Katie Heffelfinger’s watercolor based paintings are inspired by the art of Aboriginal predecessors such as Dorothy Napangardi and the Napangardi sisters. Her work strives to echo their ability to create a visual language from the sparse yet striking visual and natural elements that define life, landscape, and cosmology of the Australian Outback.

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Picaya will feature their own local Colorado artists, including Taidk Designs, Colleen Thompson, Tony Finocchio, Smart by Nature, and Juliana Designs.


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The Slate Gray Team is excited to kick off the summer season with a gallery favorite, Deborah Harrington, in the brand new space. Deborah will be showcasing a series of oil portraits in an exhibit entitled, Western Frame of Mind.

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Studio G is featuring artist Margaret Rinkevich. Her work is composed of a confluence of multiple sensations drawn from her own experiential landscape.  There is an all-consuming mental grind in the creative process, and her objective is to achieve visually arresting images. The goal in this series is to make the apparently simple relationships of form and color charged with as much force, feeling and meaning as possible.



Telluride Arts HQ welcomes their very own Molly Perrault this month. Perrault’s exhibition titled Regeneration is comprised of works created entirely out of magazine paper. Using tiny shards of found colors and textures, Perrault strives to create an illusion of oil painted landscapes sans paint. She views her process as cyclical: nature is used to produce the paper in which the magazines are printed, and Perrault assumes her role in both the act of destruction and reconstruction. Taking inspiration from the solace she enjoys in her outdoor travels, Perrault sees her method as a path to subvert the artificial colors, extravagance, and careful page layouts of mainstream print media by returning its contents to a state of nature.

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R. Nelson Parrish’s “Light in the Canyon” brings together innovative bio-resin, hardwood and electric colors while reminiscing on the gold mining towns of the southwest and Alaskan frontier. His contemporary sculpture work varies from large hanging totems, wall mounted grids, to standing slices and carins. "Originally from Alaska, I have studied light my whole life. Color and Light are the vernacular that is utilized when traditional words fail. The works are as much a telluride as they are for Telluride. They are the alchemy of those indescribable moments that make us stay: the Light in the Canyon.” Telluride Gallery is honored to host Parrish during Artwalk; meet the artist from 5-8. 

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Telluride music co

Telluride Music Co. is excited to welcome back local songwriter Alex Paul for the June edition of Art Walk. A resident of Southwest Colorado for eight years, Alex draws much of his inspiration from his mountain-biking, skiing, and climbing adventures around the region. To pair with Alex's homegrown music, Telluride Music Co. is excited to debut a custom guitar they commissioned from Santa Cruz Guitar Co. This OM Grand was built to their precise specifications, and it features their own personal touch—the "Telluride Valley" scrimshaw heel cap. Please join Telluride Music Co. for a night of music—and a guitar—that could only be inspired by the beloved town of Telluride.

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The Tony Newlin Gallery will be featuring a new release, limited edition image, captured by Tony this summer in Denali National Park: Tundra Nomad. They will also be featuring the functional sculptural artwork of James Vilona, which blends contemporary, organic, and abstract shapes into art that has direct communication through contact.

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The Turquoise Door Gallery is featuring photography by Carl Marcus, paintings by Shaun Horne, and the work of Valerie Franzese. They have also just added plein air artist Dawn Cohen. Check out the gallery to see their new expanded space.