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. JULY 2017


Adam W. Carlos

Adam W. Carlos Fine Art offers exclusive graphite pencil portraiture in the heart of the Mountain Village core. Because of Adam's patience and attention to detail, he is able to produce stunning portraits that capture the true character and personalities of his subjects. This month Adam will feature some of the Hands of Music series in new frames he made from wood that was recycled from the old town park stage.  Also on display will be his landscape, equestrian, and the new Petal and Pencil series. 


Ah Haa School for The Arts – I HeART Rock n’ Roll

July’s Art Walk will feature a sneak-peek at all of the donated artwork to be featured at the annual Ah Haa Art Auction happening July 14. Even if you can’t make it to the event, you are welcome to bid before-hand.


American Academy of BookbindingDemonstrations on Bookbinding

This month at AAB - new managing director, Katy Baum, talks about her bookbinding work and the processes involved in the creation of an elegantly designed book cover. Simple demonstrations including sewing of the text block and preparation of the leather as well as looping presentation of the Open Set exhibition currently touring the United States.

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. 


Baked in TellurideLocal Artists Sharing Ah Haa Inspired Paintings

Baked in Telluride will be featuring local artists Daniel Kanow, Carol Lee, Marie Goodwin, Randye Mandel, Kate Kurtz, and Leslie Crane who will be sharing their "Ah Haa" inspired paintings.  These fresh, colorful, reflections from talented locals will inspire and impress us all."


Gallery 81435Next Move, by Betsy Chafin

For Betsy Chaffin, art has been a long-standing passion.  Her work is included in private collections throughout the United States.  It was not the classroom of a MFA program that forms the philosophy and basis of her work, but the good fortune of participating in workshops at Anderson Ranch Arts Center conducted by some of the country’s leading artists including Jane Hammond, Enrique Martinez Celaya, Roberto Juarez and James Surls.

Betsy Chaffin is a mixed media artist who lives and works in Spring Island, SC and Snowmass Village, CO. She was a Resident at the American Academy in Rome and the Anderson Ranch Arts Center. Her work is infused with memory, reflection and experiences.

The show runs thru July 2017 at Gallery 81435, located at 230 S Fir Street in Telluride, Colorado. Open daily from 12-6 p.m. or by appointment


Ghost Town GrocerStratified: Layers of Love in the Fight for Indian Creek

Artists Clarissa Fortier and Joanna Spindler present "Stratified: Layers of Love in the Fight for Indian Creek," a multi-media art project focused on Indian Creek and the Bears Ears National Monument. Both avid climbers and cultural preservationists, the pair teamed up in defense of this sacred land. Fortier utilizes brilliant palates of earth tones and vibrant hues in her plein air oil landscapes. Spindler photographs her pursuit of native artifacts, and captures intimate details of the flora and fauna found in Indian Creek. This project was funded in part through a grant from Telluride Arts. A portion of sales will be donated to the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance.


LDGiles Art + Design at Happy Print Studio

LDGiles Art & Design at Happy Print Studio presents a showing of select aerial photographs of the unique patterns and designs, light and color, weather, sky, clouds and earth encountered from travels over our beautiful planet.


LustreMarshall Noice

With a focus on ‘Art for Home and Self’ Lustre Gallery will celebrate July Art Walk with landscape artist Marshall Noice and Shannan of Gurhan Jewelry.  Marshall’s newest portfolio of vibrant oil paintings convey the joy and spirit of the places that capture his eye.  Shannan will present Gurhan’s newest 24ky gold jewelry collections and, for the woman who wishes to express her own personal style and individuality, one-of-a-kind pieces that combine rare and unusual gemstones with Gurhan’s visionary point of view.   


MiXX Projects + AtlierKA-POW

Americana and Pop Art inspired group exhibition features work by Mitch McGee, Mark Andrew Allen, Rob Porazinski, and Ray Phillips. Celebrating Western film icons such as ‘James Dean Summer', 2017 mixed media portrait by Mark Andrew Allen and ‘Western Kings’, 2017 tableau by Ray Phillips, each artist explores a range of mediums, introducing a distinct visual style within the genres. Rob Porazinski's graphic bird studies which blend Cubism with Futurism, and Mitch McGee’s works of layered birch that specifically cite Roy Lichtenstein’s groundbreaking body of work, 'KA-POW!' imaginatively reworks the vibrant visual language and influences that came to define a generation of cinema and art.


Medicine Ranch -- New Media Art

Kathryn Tatum's "New Media Art" utilizes L.E.D. lighting to backlight her fine art's paintings, which expose underlying symbols, images and codes embedded in the paint layers and on rice paper.  Each painting is constantly changing in color, depth, and imagery. Kathryn has been a part time resident of Telluride for 25 years.


PicayaTai Davis-Kleppinger

Picaya will be featuring jewelry by TaiDK designs -- TaiDK designs are created by local artist, Tai Davis-Kleppinger, and feature small wire wrapping, semi-precious stones, and druzies.


Telluride Arts HQ GalleryModern Slice

Telluride Arts’ HQ gallery in Telluride, Colorado presents, “Modern Slice,” an exhibit by Dallas-based artist, designer, and jeweler Alyce Levy.


Telluride Gallery of Fine ArtArtist James Hayward

Artist James Hayward has been a force of the Post-war Minimalist Abstract Artists in the Los Angeles area for over 35 years. Hayward has major museum collections under his belt; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, MOCA Los Angeles, Denver Museum of Modern Art, MOCA Miami, and San Francisco MOMA are a few amongst many notable institutions. James Hayward’s paintings are tactile, textural and bold. He presents saturated and intense color studies in monochrome or in blended multicolor works. Color and rhythm are the key elements. Hayward will be in attendance during Artwalk from 5-8pm.


Telluride Music Co. – Charlie Weathers – Aged Martin D-28

Berlin/Telluride-based blues rocker Charlie Weathers offers a rugged, weary pastiche of Americana—songs full of heartbreak, longing, sorrow, and the quintessential American experience. For ArtWalk, Telluride Music Co. is excited to hear his original songs and the stories behind them, and we thought his music was a perfect pair for our Limited Edition "Aged" Martin D-28 Authentic 1937. One of only 50 models built this year, the Aged D-28 is an historically accurate recreation of a priceless 1937 D-28 on display in the C.F. Martin museum in Nazareth, Penn.


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. 


Turquoise Door GalleryValerie Levy Franzese

Featuring paintings by Valerie Levy Franzese. 


Voodoo Studios -

Featuring the work of local Telluride artists at Telluride Arts' newest studio center, located by the Post Office.