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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Matt Adams studied art at the University of Colorado, apprenticed at Moravian Pottery and Tile Works and then went on to receive an MFA in ceramics from the Rhode Island School of Design. Before moving to Telluride last December, Matthew lived in Taos, New Mexico, making art and teaching clay at the University of New Mexico for the past 15 years.