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. March 2017

Ah Haa School for the Arts – Youth Art Exhibition & Awards

Ah Haa School’s Youth Art Awards honor regional middle and high school students for their creativity and interest in the arts. We encourage any student in grades 7-12 who has a sincere interest in visual arts and attends public school, private school, or is home-schooled in Telluride, Rico, Norwood, Nucla, Naturita, or Paradox Valley to participate!

The Ah Haa wants to encourage students who show a genuine interest in art and enjoy being creative. All submissions will be featured in the exhibition and the top four will receive awards during the opening reception.

Awards will be presented at 6 p.m.

Alpine Wellness- Must Be 21 or Older, Recent Photography by Amy Levek

Artist Statement: I photograph things often ignored, oddities not always seen by others and often use fabric and other materials for printing my photos. I capture intimate details of common scenes, especially textures, colors and lines from diverse subjects like landscapes, forgotten items, reflections, water and parts of the whole. The photos included in this show are some of my more recent ones. They range from the grand to the intimate, mostly of the Telluride and surrounding areas. After a career in community planning, I went back to school to study visual journalism at the Brooks Institute of Photography. My photos have been published in various magazines and newspapers, and have been exhibited in a variety of solo and group shows.

Baked in Telluride

Long-time local, Leslie Ross Crane, debuts her first art exhibit, “Two Homes, Two Lives” featuring over 30 scenic oil paintings of Telluride and Baja Sur California.

Gallery Now - Lower Your Vibration

In the age of ascension and spiritual materialism, there’s a lot of talk about raising one’s vibration. So, for this final show, Gallery Now would like to suggest just the opposite. Please come to lower your vibration, and drop into the frequency of the earth and your own body, with skulls, stones, bones, and Native American art ~ including a new sculpture, and matted original paintings from Native American sculptor and painter Presley Lafontaine, of Santa Fe, New Mexico. 

Gallery 81435 – “Matter of Dreams” by Karen Wippich

Gallery 81435 presents “Matter of Dreams” an exhibit by Karen Wippich during the months of March, April, and May. A reception with the artist will take place Thursday, March 2, from 5 – 8 p.m. as a part of March’s Art Walk.

As is the case with most of her work, Wippich begins her method of creation by tapping into her subconscious mind, a dream state. The exhibit title, “Matter of Dreams,” was chosen because of this process. “I like to follow my instincts, letting the word lead me to the final destination. I love the feeling I get when I see the painting take shape. The more unexpected the better the experience.”

Wippich grew up moving across the United States, spending time alone creating characters and fantasies. Most of her adult life has been spent working as a graphic designer. Her design work has been widely published in the U.S. and internationally. A few years ago her focus changed to being a working artist, something she dreamed about as a child.

Karen’s expressionist acrylic paintings show her graphic influence with figures inhabiting and blending into abstract environments, their bodies breaking into geometric shapes incised by lines. Her paintings have been shown extensively in Oregon galleries as well as shows in New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Washington State and Washington DC.

Telluride Arts HQ Gallery – “Petal and Pencil” by Adam Carlos + Colleen Thompson

Telluride Arts’ HQ gallery presents, “Petal and Pencil,” an exhibit by local artist Adam Carlos accompanied by the jewelry of Colleen Thompson. The show opens March 2 and runs through May 2017. The Art Walk opening reception will be held Thursday, March 2, 5-8 p.m.   

Growing up among the fertile soils of Tennessee, Adam Carlos always had a love of flowers that culminated from an early separation of a cluster of daffodil bulbs that had once resided on his great grandfather's farm. When one thinks of flowers, almost immediately their thoughts turn to a particular color of their favorite flower. For Adam Carlos, any mention of a the word “flower” conjures up the fields of springtime yellow daffodils left behind in Tennessee before his move to Telluride. This new series of works is an attempt to break away from the simple idea that the beauty of a flower is color alone. Simple black and white studies of form will stimulate memories and take an individual back to a single moment in time when they were engulfed in a single bloom or bouquet. 

For last 20 years Adam W. Carlos has devoted the majority of his time to promoting an art form that has nearly become extinct through his portraiture and landscape work. Few artists spend the painstaking amount of time to produce large realistic works in graphite pencil as Adam does. He has instilled in himself an awareness of vision that could most simply be described as paying attention - specifically to beauty, uniqueness, community and family.  Adam's vision, attention to detail, and his patience provide a strong backbone to his artistic methods, enabling him to create stunning portraits that capture the true character and personalities of his subjects. Adam's studio and gallery, Adam W. Carlos Fine Art, offers exclusive graphite pencil portraiture in heart of the Mountain Village core. His painstaking dedication to accuracy makes Adam's portraits, landscape and equestrian drawings stand out.

Additionally, Colleen Thompson will be displaying her newest series of artisan jewelry in Gallery 81435. Colleen Thompson is an easily inspired Telluride local who creates jewelry best described as "earthy elements combined with Southwest style." There is so much magic and possibility found in the San Juan Mountains— Colleen harnesses this magic into each handmade piece. In 2016 Colleen was awarded a grant by Telluride Arts District to create a collection of sterling silver jewelry using precious metal clay. She is thrilled to share this collection with the Telluride community at this month’s Art Walk. Special thanks to Christopher Beaver, her mentor, and Telluride Arts District.

LDGiles at Happy Print - LDGiles at Happy Print Studio presents a new series of select photographic images by Lawrence Giles from recent travels in the UK. Exploring a side of England that may surprise you, in addition to new images of Telluride at Night. In large canvas, smaller photo prints and greeting cards created at Telluride’s Happy Print.

Lustre – Armenta Jewelry Designs

Armenta is a jewelry brand known for its elegant and timeless designs. The ability to combine excellent craftsmanship with quality raw materials and transform them into amazing pieces of art has made the brand a popular choice for fashion icons the world over. Armenta jewelry symbolizes the beauty and richness of poetry, paintings, architecture, and sculptures of the Spanish culture. The brand's jewelry collection consists of an amazing line of necklaces, earrings, rings, and bracelets. Each piece of jewelry is created using precious stones, oxidized sterling silver, diamonds and 18k yellow gold. Lustre will host a special collection through March 12.

LDGiles at Happy Print Studios

LDGiles at Happy Print Studio presents a new series of select photographic images by Lawrence Giles from recent travels in the UK. Exploring a side of England that may surprise you, in addition to new images of Telluride at Night. In large canvas, smaller photo prints and greeting cards created at Telluride’s Happy Print.

Medicine Ranch - Kathryn V. Tatum

Kathryn Tatum’s creative process employs ancient traditional materials and methods coupled with cutting edge techniques to form a convergence of art and technology.  Innovative applications of classic media such as Chinese rice paper, soot-based ink, Japanese water-based colors, earth pigments and encaustic formulas are alchemically layered with reflective materials and LED lighting to produce an archival stable painting in contemporary art that revolves around healing consciousness and connectivity.

MiXX – Color Emerges

This month MiXX is celebrating the oncoming of Spring with our "Color Emerges" exhibition. The gallery will be exhibiting new work from the renowned encaustic artist, Ellen Koment, whose combination of poured wax and graphite embodies the concept of color in motion. Also highlighted will be two of the MiXX classics -- Andrei Petrov & Mitch McGee. Andrei Petrov's unique sense of abstraction allows the viewer to discover the nuances of color, while Mitch McGee's layered birch piece uses color to pay homage to the greats of the Pop Art movement, such as Lichtenstein. This show is bright, fun, playful, and hinges on the promise of Spring.  


Picaya will be featuring local Telluride Artists for March’s Art Walk.

Slate Gray – SPRING, SPRANG, SPRUNG, Highlighting TX Artists:  Kathy Ratterree & Katherine Lott

Slate Gray Gallery is highlighting Texas artisans Kathy Ratterree & Katherine Lott this March. Jewelry Artist, Kathy Ratterree (Houston, TX) started her artistic endeavors through interior design for clients in both Houston, TX and Vail, CO. However, her passion for creating jewelry was inspired by her love and respect for vintage Italian rosaries and Malas. For centuries all types of beads have been used not only for prayer, but also for comfort. In Kathy's own experience, touching and holding beads have helped to calm and comfort the wearer. Kathy has combined this positive experience with edgy fashion in her new line using materials such as Sandal Wood, Labradorite & Diamonds.

Artist, Katherine Lott (Fredericksburg, TX) is the most sought after and commissioned artist carried at Slate Gray Gallery. Her modern art is filled with lines, layers and textures imbuing the surface beauty with depth, character, strength and wisdom. Inspired by Southwest horizons & landscapes, Katherine has become popular amongst home owners and interior designers. Katherine Lott has been creating and exploring from a very young age. Her creative instincts precede all other everyday needs or wants. Lott works in a number of mediums including textiles, clay & paper. 

Studio G – Margaret Rinkevich

Margaret’s work develops intuitively.  It 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.

Margaret holds a B.A. in art history from the University of Arizona, where she specialized in the Italian Renaissance.  She has been dedicated to the arts and has taught art history to university students and museum docents.  She is the author of several publications about tribal art and culture and has lectured and juried shows at the Ah-Haa School of the Arts.

Telluride Gallery of Fine Art - Dust + Water: Krista Harris & Margo Burian

TGFA is exhibiting 33 new creations by two female aritsts; Colorado based Krista Harris for her 4th show, along with introducing their newest artist, Michigan's Margo Burian. Both artists have their own distinct abstract style, each using mixed media (oil, charcoal, plaster, pastel, wax and graphite) on paper.  Studio jeweler, Barbara Heinrich will be in attendance with a special collection of her 18k gold jewelry. 

The Turquoise Door Gallery  

Turquoise Door Gallery will be showcasing works by Robert J. Franzese of Yosemite, King’s Canyon, Sequoia, and Arches National Parks alongside small works on hand painted fabric by Valierie Levy Franzese.

Wizard Emporium

Gabriela Marblanco

For the final Art Walk of this season WE is very excited to be featuring Telluride’s Gabriela MarBlanco, owner and designer of MarBlanco jewelry.

Gabriela began her journey in this industry 10 years ago in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico training under the renowned artist Billy King.

Each one of her pieces is one-of-a-kind and Gabriela custom designs jewelry, art pieces and various collections for people all over the world. Gabriela describes her work as “adventurous and conscious…as a designer I try to tell a story with my pieces”.

The featured collection is called “Sequences” It is based off of the sacred geometry of nature.