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!

Art Walk: Jazz edition

This Month's Art Walk will feature live Jazz music at five galleries.

Baked In Telluride -- Crescent Quartet

Elinoff Gallery -- The McCarthy Trio

MiXX projects + atelier -- The Speakeasy Quartet

Telluride Gallery of Fine Art -- Soundhouse Quartet

Telluride Arts HQ Gallery -- The Abstract Quartet

All performances are free and open to the public.

Current Show Descriptions. August 2017

Ah Haa School for The Arts Little Red Riding Hood: A Journey of the Wild in Women and Wolves by Ally Crilly

This show is a result of studies done with Madhuri Martin, Judyth Hill, and Robert Weatherford with thanks to Ah Haa School for the Arts. Ally Crilly states: “At first I thought I was the little girl in the red hood. Lured in by a wolf to be ravaged. But I am really tired of the story of the woman being the victim, needing to be rescued. As I’m researching and painting I am seeing myself as the wolf more. These folk tales are the story of the psyche told over and over. I have always wondered why the wolf ate the grandmother. And how could she not tell it was the wolf? As an adult I can see wishful thinking, the wolf as the medicine for transformation, red blood, sex, and more.”


American Academy of BookbindingCustom Stamping with Metallic Foils

This month at AAB - learn about custom stamping with metallic foils. Get hands-on with AAB’s Kwik-Print stamping machine and stamp your own bookmark to take home! AAB will also have simple demonstrations of sewing a text block and paring leather, as well as a looping presentation of the Open Set exhibition currently touring the United States. 


Baked in TellurideJerry Oyama

Jazz Festival brings a display of Jerry Oyama’s new paintings, featuring large, colorful paintings of musicians, athletes, dancers & animals. Live jazz on the porch during Art Walk.


Gallery 81435Although He Was Not My Kind I Followed Him Anyway by Dabbs Anderson

After working in remote Colorado, Anderson has found freedom in the vast space of rural living, allowing her to work larger and with more volatile materials—such as gunpowder, a blow torch, bacon, and resin—while also infusing the usual suspects, paint and pencils, with everyday mundane trash like used tea bags. Anderson elaborates, “There is an undeniable sense of danger and power in using fire to create a drawing; and there lies a grotesque, but grounding, beauty in using bacon to create a painting. Perhaps the combination of the two is American.” Anderson is interested in the way environments and their people shape how one interprets their experiences. Oscillating between energetic moments of inspiration and long periods of study and focus is essential to Anderson’s practice. Sketches and drawings from travels formed with careful but emotional mark making weave a history of journey among the creatures. The title of the show, Although He Was Not My Kind I Followed Him Anyway, is influenced by the great late Southern writer, Barry Hannah.


LustreLluis Masriera & Jewelmer Golden South Sea Pearls

Lustre Gallery will showcase the Art Nouveau jewels of Lluis Masriera and the Jewelmer Golden South Sea Pearls for Art Walk.  The name Masriera was inseparable from the artistic and cultural life of Barcelona in the last decades of the 19th century through the first several decades of the 20th.  Celebrating flora, fauna and the magical fusion of woman and nature, Masriera’s jewels spawned the iconic fairies, nymphs and naiads.  Farmed in the Philippines and selected for their utmost beauty, the Jewelmer Golden South Sea pearls incorporate the select 2-3% of their harvest into designs of their own creation.  These trunk shows will continue through Sunday.


MiXX Projects + AtlierMarco Grassi

MiXX Projects + Atelier presents a solo exhibition by Marco Grassi featuring his latest large scale mixed media paintings and water color studies. For the past ten years, Milanese born Grassi has been developing his highly nuanced, unique figurative style of painting into a ground breaking body of work. He depicts the female figure in a series of work which incorporate metal leaf, oil paint and lacquer. Grassi’s visual language has remained constant despite formal constraints and diversity of medium, employing techniques of the painter’s stroke in outstanding originality of color, gesture and precision. Characterized by a singular vision yet resonant, complex sensitivity from figure to figure, Grassi’s subjects are delicate and sensual, taken in an energetic and resolute gaze that ultimately presents new discourse to the female experience. Featured in MiXX's Projects space is Sante Fe based Ellen Koment and her encaustic work as well as Liz Leventhal's abstract mixed media paintings.


Medicine RanchAlyce Levy
Medicine Ranch will be showing Alyce Levy’s work, which takes a modern and colorful approach to natural materials such as antlers, wood slices, skulls, and other reclaimed pieces sourced for the great outdoors. Levy paints and decorates such pieces with bright, shiny, or sparkly objects creating a modern colorful splash while remaining rooted in nature.


PicayaJoanne Taplin

Joanne Taplin has found her artistic niche as a metals artisan.  She is a fabricator and finds her joy in joining pieces of metal to create highly original pieces.  Though Taplin’s work has evolved to fit a unique style that marries formal elements of medieval art with that of Frank Lloyd Wright’s clean, simple Arts and Crafts lines, she adds organic elements, too: a slumped glass shade atop a hard-angled metal base yields a unique but balanced piece. Joanne has a home, husband, children and metals studio in Ridgway, is well rooted in the soil of Colorado


Slate Gray-- ‘Telluride Outdoors’ featuring photographer, Ryan Bonneau

The San Juan Mountains have been Ryan’s backyard for the last 16 years and it's in their jagged peaks and wildflower meadows that he is most at home. Growing up in rural Vermont, Ryan developed a deep love for wild places at a very early age. His photography has been featured in National Geographic Adventure, Outside, Sierra Club, Backpacker, the Arizona Tourism Department and a variety of other publications. In recent years, Ryan has branched out into real estate photography but it is his eye for capturing stunning landscapes of Telluride that often leave people speechless.


Telluride Arts HQ GalleryEmergence

Telluride Arts’ HQ gallery in Telluride, Colorado presents, “Emergence,” an exhibit by Christopher Beaver. The nature of this show has evolved and changed as the work emerged. What was once a wildly conceptual installation has transformed into a simple statement of Beaver’s inner self. Never being given the opportunity to explore art as a path in life, this creative outlet has become a way for Beaver to express different aspects of himself. This body of work is a genuine exposure and emergence. While the mediums vary throughout the show, they each reflect an uncharted territory of, what Beaver describes as, his “inner sanctuary.” The things that Beaver finds most sacred in life, and the marriage of those beliefs, are the guiding influence in all of the work. 


Telluride Gallery of Fine ArtObjective Painting: Featuring 12 Artists Curated by James Hayward

Hayward has carefully curated a wide variety of artists, primarily from the west coast, ranging from emerging young artists to mid-career internationally recognized artists. Several artists will be in attendance for the opening reception and will give artist talks. "I personally know, admire, respect and collect most of the painters I have included in this show. I chose the title, Objective Painting, as it seemed sufficiently open to include figurative, landscape, allegorical, portrait, nature, fantasy and the surreal. I have tried not to focus on any one aspect of image making,” says Hayward of his show curation. View paintings from Tom Allen, Diane Best, Gregory Botts, Amy-Claire Heists, Brian Fahlstrom, Frank Gaard, Steve Galloway, Ed Johnson, Julia Lacker, Rae Lewis, Max Maslansky and Dan McCleary at Telluride Gallery through the month of August.


Telluride Music Co. –Emily Scott Robinson playing, and featured guitar is Martin D-41 in the rare Ambertone Sunburst Finish.

With numerous song-writing competition wins and accolades, occasional Telluride local Emily Scott Robinson is truly establishing herself as an up-and-coming force in the Americana genre. Her songs draw on a variety of raw, relatable human emotions and experiences, and her careful choice of words and attention to detail invite listeners to share in the song's honesty, intimacy, and depth. For the evening's featured instrument, a stunning C.F. Martin D-41 guitar in the rare Ambertone sunburst—with its careful abalone inlays and upper-end appointments—will be the perfect match to a voice that is as pure and true as the song's content. This will be an intimate Art Walk performance not to be missed.


Tony Newlin Gallery

The Tony Newlin Gallery will be featuring two new release, limited edition images captured this winter in Yellowstone National Park: Frosty Bison and Solace.


Voodoo Studios

Telluride Arts’ newest studio center features the work of five different local artists and is located between the Marshall’s Department and skate park in the old Voodoo lounge. Stop by to speak with the artists and see what they’re working on.