FEATURED ARTIST: MARGARET RINKEVICH

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FEATURED ARTIST: MARGARET RINKEVICH

Margaret Rinkevich has been a resident of Telluride for 16 years. She 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. In 2015, Margaret participated in Ah Haa School for the Arts: Second Annual Juried Exhibition of Regional Artists, BEST OF 2014 and contributed to The Telluride Painting School lecture series with a talk entitled, “Art of the ‘So What?!’: The History of Still Life Painting”.  In 2016 she was one of three jurors for the 3rd Annual Exhibition of Regional Artists. Her work hangs in numerous private collections throughout the US.

Who are some of the influences that most move you?

Joan Mitchell is a favorite.  She was an American Abstract Expressionist painter living just outside Paris, her painting style was very tumultuous and completely fearless.  Also, Richard Diebenkorn, a Bay Area painter who began as an Abstract Expressionist in the 40s and 50s, and, then, gave it up because he thought it was too easy.  He later returned to it and is probably most known for it, particularly his Ocean Park Series.

 

Do you paint from your dreams?

No, I’m far too cerebral for that.  Though there is something of an intrapersonal element to Abstract Expressionist art, I prefer to approach a canvas with no preconceptions.  The evolution (and its inherent struggle) is the best part.  I love the physical act of painting.  It has been said that Abstract Expressionist painters do not paint pictures but rather an event.  I agree.

 

What was an epiphanal moment in your life?

For the BLUE series it was when, while reading, I stumbled across a passage about pearls.  Pearls in antiquity were called margarites.  The most highly-prized pearls were found in mollusks with blue interiors.  While I was already developing a deep affection for the color, I feel in love with the concept that the origin of my name was mantled in it as well. 

 

Are politics important to you and does it work its way into your art?  

I love politics and I’m a complete news junkie but I don’t paint from this space.

 

What're your favorite things about living in the mountains? 

Their steadfastness and their unpredictability.  They are the constant in our lives here, they are there when we wake up and when we go to sleep.  Yet, they control the weather, they are a catalysts for our local patterns and we never know exactly what atmospheric conditions will occur.  The evolution is the best part.

 

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FEATURED ARTIST: ART GOODTIMES

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FEATURED ARTIST: ART GOODTIMES

Longtime local, Art Goodtimes, has been a staple in the Telluride community not only as a former County Commissioner for San Miguel County but as a poet and writer. Art serves as the Master of Ceremonies and poet laureate of the Telluride Mushroom Festival. Additionally, Art is the Founder and Director of Talking Gourds. In 2010, he was named the first Western Slope Poet Laureate at the first annual Karen Chamberlain Poetry Festival in Carbondale. Art's multitude of literary accomplishments also includes longtime journalist and editor for Telluride Watch and Cortez’s Four Corners Free Press, as well as poetry editor of several publications, including Fungi magazine, Mountain Gazette, Wild Earth, and more. 

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FEATURED ARTIST: VALERIE MADONIA

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FEATURED ARTIST: VALERIE MADONIA

Valerie Madonia has lived her life through dance. At four years old she began ballet lessons, which eventually led to a 20-year professional dancing career. She has been a part of noble dance companies such as the National Ballet of Canada, the American Ballet Theatre, and the Joffrey Ballet, and performed throughout the Rocky Mountains + Southwestern Colorado with her own project based company, Alpine Dance. She has appeared in six PBS Dance in America Specials and is featured in four dance books.

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FEATURED ARTIST: ANTON VIDITZ-WARD

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FEATURED ARTIST: ANTON VIDITZ-WARD

Anton Viditz-Ward has been a Telluride resident for over 20 years. A welder by trade he is also a trained architect and artist. He is the founder and manager of Deep Creek Experimental, an artist collective operating out of a decommissioned limestone mine just outside of town. He has brought to life this giant hole in the earth repurposing it for storage, studios, and event space. Here he works on his steel-welded, human-powered, kinetic sculptures and other projects.

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FEATURED ARTIST: ABBY FOX

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FEATURED ARTIST: ABBY FOX

Abby Fox is a Colorado native who earned a BFA in printmaking and BA in Spanish at Colorado State University.  After graduating, she taught art, ate papusas, and climbed volcanoes in Latin America for 18 months, before landing in Telluride.  In her eight years here, she has taught art and Spanish to a variety of ages, and currently teaches at Telluride Mountain School.  Abby is also studying at Western Colorado State University, and will graduate in 2018 with a Master of Arts in Education.  She prioritizes printmaking and backpacking in her free time, and completed a solo thru-hike of the 500-mile Colorado trail last summer. 

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FEATURED ARTIST: CRAIG CHILDS

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FEATURED ARTIST: CRAIG CHILDS

Craig Childs is an author, performer, traveler, and science writer. He received his minor in Women's Studies from the University of Colorado, along with a less useful but appreciated major in Journalism. His masters degree is in Desert Studies from Prescott College, Arizona, where he remains the only student to have received that particular degree. He has written more than a dozen books in the walker writer tradition, his style narrative, the topics scientific and adventurous. He currently lives outside of Norwood. 

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FEATURED ARTIST: GRETA NEAUMANN

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FEATURED ARTIST: GRETA NEAUMANN

Greta Neumann originally grew up near Chicago, IL. She received her BFA in sculptural ceramics from the University of South Florida in 2006. She spent time after graduation teaching children's art classes in Western North Carolina as well as learning the craft of throwing pottery. She uses techniques such as slip-casting and paper-clay sculpting, and themes from nature are widely present. Prior to moving to Telluride in 2012 she spent four years living in Argentina and Europe. She currently teaches ceramics at Ah Haa School for the Arts.  

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