FEATURED ARTIST: Pepper Raper

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FEATURED ARTIST: Pepper Raper

This month we feature Pepper Raper, Telluride Arts’ newest employee. Pepper moved to Telluride in 2011 sight unseen seeking a mountain town with a strong community and music scene. Immediately she found herself enthralled with our busy little community and hasn’t looked back since. 

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FEATURED ARTISTS: Allie and Nathan Scherich

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FEATURED ARTISTS: Allie and Nathan Scherich

This month we feature an artist couple, happily married Allie and Nathan Scherich. To shake things up a bit, we asked them to answer the questions for each other to just how well they know their spouse. But first a little background from Allie.

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FEATURED ARTIST: Elissa Dickson

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FEATURED ARTIST: Elissa Dickson

Elissa feels lucky to call Telluride home (but don't we all!).  She moved here in 2008. Came to ski, stayed for the library, the famous WPL bumper sticker was actually based on her life. She did stay for what the library represents, which to her is the curiosity, kindness, and creativity of all the unique souls that make up the vibrant Telluride community. She was introduced to slam poetry in college and has been writing ever since. Recently, she was selected as the poet laureate of San Miguel County.  In her free time, she enjoys performing with Telluride Theatre and is also an avid mountain biker, rock and ice climber, rafter and skier.  When she grows up, she hopes to be a river otter.

Her advice to fellow artists, "Hang out with kiddos more often, its my favorite way to get inspired.  Their perspective is as fresh as morning dew glistening on the hindquarters of a voluptuous marmot damsel basking in the sunlight of another new day.  Also, believe in yourself, that's the hard part, don't ever say anything negative about yourself in your head or out loud.  Life's too short for that nonsense."

Here is Haiku to You with Elissa Dickson.

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FEATURED ARTIST: Elaine Fischer

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FEATURED ARTIST: Elaine Fischer

This month we feature the brilliant life and spirit of Elaine Fischer. She graced the presence of Telluride Arts not only by serving as a powerful and dedicated board member, but also by frequenting her studio at the Stronghouse. Taking a break from her painting only to have a quick lunch and read the Daily Planet, she was daily inspiration to all our staff and fellow artists. 

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FEATURED ARTIST: Stash Wislocki

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FEATURED ARTIST: Stash Wislocki

Stash moved to Telluride in 1992 after a serendipitous series of events that included, getting laid-off, the Blizzard of Aahhh's and an in-flight magazine. Ten years later he had his first film in Mountainfilm. Twenty-four years later you can still find him here, skiing, biking, heading up operations at Mountainfilm and just being, well… cool. If you know him, you love him. When I asked Stash what his favorite thing about the Telluride community was, his answer as poignant and introspective. “Telluride is bigger than it is. It has a large impact for being such a small town.” He was speaking simply of the brilliant minds that create here, the thriving community that survives here, and the unpretentious identity that Telluride maintains even as it grows and changes.

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FEATURED ARTIST: Sasha Sullivan

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FEATURED ARTIST: Sasha Sullivan

Sasha is a Telluride staple. Her passion for Theatre and the arts have brought a vibrancy and excitement to our community that concurrently bled its way into our hearts and the hearts of anyone who has experienced one of her productions. Actress, director, screenwriter, she is a woman of many talents. This month, we are excited to highlight Sasha and dig up a bit from her past.
 
Here is, “For the First and Last Time!” with Sasha Sullivan.

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