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. September 2017



Ah Haa will be hosting the opening reception of their 5th Annual Photography Exhibition, “Face to Face: Self Portraits that Tell a Story”. Locals and visitors alike love Telluride for its mountains and aspens, its hikes and skiing, and all the beauty and vibrancy of the box canyon’s landscape.  Telluride’s outside is spectacular, but its ‘inside’ is magic.  The community, performances, parties, parades and places are the heart of the town. Ah Haa invited submissions of creative, unusual ‘selfies’ that tell the Telluride story. All entries have been accepted and will be on display through September 18. Vote on People’s Choice Award from 5 – 6:30 pm. Cash prizes will be announced at 6:30 pm during the Sept. 7 Art Walk reception.

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Early in the 1990's, Daniel Tucker, artist and bookbinder, had an idea. He wished to start a school in Telluride based on the concept that stories were integral to our human experience and everyone had a story to tell. It was then that he started the Ah Haa School for the Book and Story Arts with a focus on book making and story telling. Over time it became evident that there needed to be additional courses offered in the arts to include drawing, painting, sculpture, and many other art forms. Today we have the Ah Haa School for the Arts and its world-renowned program, the American Academy of Bookbinding. This month we celebrate the book side of Daniel's contribution through an exhibition of many of his own creations - both content and binding. Join us for a tour through the bookmaking side of Daniel Tucker, well loved local artist for much of Telluride's "1970's and beyond" history.

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Baked in Telluride will be featuring the artwork of two Telluride Mountain School students, Lydia Hagan and Ayla Kanow, as a fundraiser for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

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Gallery 81435 in Telluride, Colorado presents “Remains to be Seen”, an exhibit by Micheline Klagsbrun during the month of September. Micheline Klagsbrun has always been fascinated by the parallels that can be found between cultures widely separated by time and geography. For many years her work has been inspired by classical Greek mythology, particularly Ovid’s Metamorphoses, featuring timeless stories of transformations among people, animals, gods, plants, stones, water, and trees. In researching the beliefs and spiritual practice of the Utes, native to the Colorado area, Klagsbrun found interesting commonalities with these ideas and narratives. This exhibition reflects these commonalities. “Remains to be Seen” presents Klagsbrun's works on paper (ink and color pencil on vellum) alongside three-dimensional wall hangings and sculptural pieces. Permeated with light, her work seems both fluid and evanescent. Transformation is the theme, as well as the universal reverence for the spirits and memories contained in physical remains. Two series of drawings explore the transformation of found animal skulls into a variety of sacred birds and animals.



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.



Happy Print presents: “A Tribute to Twenty-Two Years in Telluride", featuring imagery celebrating Lawrence Giles’s twenty-two years in "the town of [his] dreams." Photography over the span of a lifetime in Telluride.



Lustre Gallery will showcase Emily Armenta’s jewelry collection for Art Walk, continuing through September 24th. Emily’s studio is a source of inspiration, where one can see firsthand how believing in “duende”, the painful beauty of life, can make the impossible become a reality. The hands that have created the Armenta pieces belong to those whose life journeys have been full of struggle and passion. The jewelry is a byproduct of the magic happening in the studio. Each piece of Armenta jewelry is handcrafted using 18k gold, sterling silver, diamonds, and semi-precious stones in the United States.



Medicine Ranch’s featured artist is Virginia Howard, creating handmade, tied and dyed Goddess Malas




MiXX Projects + Atelier brings together a collection of artists whose practices each feature a cultivated perspective characterized by a sense of pathos, environment, intimacy, and nostalgia. Textile based work by Columbian artist Vero Gonzalez conceptually elicits a meditative dream realm, while Mira Burack, based in Sante Fe, explores domestic space in her photographic collage work which features linen and laundry piles within the artist's own home. San Francisco based painter, Aondrea Maynard creates in atmospheric effect modern landscapes and portraits of nature, and Hungarian painter Janos Hustzi produces abstract portraits of women evocative of analogue photography.  Pennsylvania based artist Katie Heffelfinger explores the psychology of pattern in her large-scale watercolor studies based on native Australian Aboriginal artwork.

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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. 



Drums For Solar is in Telluride raising funds to bring solar and sustainable technology to villages in Mali, West Africa. Bruce Rhodes, founder and director of Drums For Solar is a former long time Telluride local. Bruce is excited to be sharing the culture and spirit of Mali, through selling West African handicrafts made in Mali. Bruce along with his Malian DFS partner, Sounkalo Dembele, will be hosting Art Walk at Picaya.

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Slate Gray Gallery is featuring a collaborative exhibit by artists, Greg & Jenny Gummersall, from Durango, CO. Although Greg & Jenny are husband and wife, their bodies of work could not be more different. Greg's paintings are primarily in bold primary colors that echo the work of New York School abstract expressionist Jasper John, Robert Rauschenberg and Willem de Kooning - drawing on iconography and philosophies from all manner of Western and Eastern traditions. Conversely, Jenny’s work, both photography and painting, features images of horses, natural objects and landscapes, which present an enduring and iconic vision of the West.

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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, “Exploring Imaginary Worlds,” an exhibit by LA-based artist and character designer Dave Pressler. In our world that grows ever smaller, as the wonders of nature and the universe become more commonplace due to digital photography and affordable travel, the idea of the flawed explorer who travels the expanse of the mysterious world before him, yet never observes the amazing creatures around him—only focusing on “What else is out there? What am I missing?”—is a humorous observation on our digital lives. Dave Pressler’s exhibit highlights these concepts.



Telluride Gallery will combine artwork from all Summer 2017 shows. This exhibition will include Malcolm Liepke, James Hayward, Maggie Taylor and works from the Objective Painting Group Show as well as new arrivals from their stable of artists. A special one-of-a-kind jewelry collection from German bench jeweler Atelier Zobel will also be featured.



Bluegrass is a down-home infusion of musicality, creativity, spontaneity, and community. Most bluegrass musicians hone their craft through open bluegrass jams, where total strangers become close friends through the bond of music. On September 7, Telluride Music Co. is excited to host an Open Bluegrass Jam for September's Art Walk from 5 to 8 p.m. Ken Breard, an accomplished banjo player and resident banjo instructor, will lead the jam. The banjo is the driving force of bluegrass; it's the heartbeat that ties the instruments together. Telluride Music Co.’s featured instrument this month is a stunning Nechville Classic Deluxe 5-string banjo. Hand-crafted from gorgeous quilted maple in St. Paul, Minnesota, this banjo is a bluegrass machine, and as our hero Woody Guthrie would say, "this machine kills fascists."



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 photos by Robert J. Franzese and local artist Carl Marcus.