FEATURED ARTIST: Julie McNair

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FEATURED ARTIST: Julie McNair

Julie just recently created the awards for this year's Mountainfilm festival and stays busy showing her works across town and throughout the states. She moved to Telluride from Houston in 1985, purchasing a gallery and frame shop with her partner at the time. The shop sold 17 years later allowing Julie to pursue her primary goal as a sculptor. Julie calls the Ah Haa School her second home and you can find her teaching, exhibiting, programming and hanging at the school with her artistic family. She stayed in Telluride, for as her father put it, “Honey, I think you have finally found your element”.
 
And so, what better to ask the one and only Julie McNair than... "What is your favorite?"

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FEATURED ARTIST: Ben Knight

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FEATURED ARTIST: Ben Knight

Ben Knight hardly needs an introduction. And although he now calls Salida his home, he will forever be a Telluride artist in our eyes. For those of you who haven't had the chance to know and love Ben, we hope at least you have had the opportunity to check out his latest film, Damnation. If not, stream it now on Netflix!

In the meantime, here is a little bit of THIS OR THAT, with Ben Knight. 

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FEATURED ARTIST: Sam Burgess

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FEATURED ARTIST: Sam Burgess

Sam Burgess moved to Telluride July 24th 2007. Almost 8 years ago. 
 
“It was the night of the “My Morning Jacket” and Bob Dylan Doo-Dah. A friend got me a ticket. That night, I knew I had made the right choice. The next day was also the first in a long line of Telluride hang-overs.”
 
You might know him from one of his roles with Telluride Theatre, most recently, the nitrous oxide-loving dentist in A Little Shop of Horrors. Or, as bass player in one of our favorite local bands, The Great Funktier. Either way, Sam is a Telluride staple. And we love him just as much as he loves us. 
 
What I love about Telluride – The community, the nature and the weather. Every season is distinctly different, something I didn’t have back in Dallas. The people here are also the best. We seem to have to manufacture things to complain about, which in the end is amazing. Despite any grievances, it’s pretty easy to just look around and forget it all. We’re surrounded by beauty in all forms. We are lucky denizens here in Shangri-La. 

But let's dig in. Here is:

For the FIRST AND LAST TIME! With Sam Burgess...

 
You got on stage.
First time: Freshman year of high school. Talent show with my first ever punk band “Pasty Face”. Song called the “schrapnel Song”. We were so loud and angsty, the principal actually pulled the plug on us. In our eyes, that was the best compliment ever. 
Last time: Sunday. Little shop of Horrors. Sadistic dentist. Favorite role ever!
 
Ate something I wish I hadn’t. 
First time: Probably the first time I tasted liver.
Last time: Last time I ate McDonald’s last year in Moab. Born out of confusion and desperation.
 
Fell In love.
First time: Junior Year in college at U of Texas. She left me for a rocket scientist. A literal rocket scientist. To this day I distrust rocket scientists…
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Threw a party.
First time:  This is a clear memory. Freshman year in High School. A Junior found out my parents were going out of town and leaving me with the house. He seduced me with tales of girls, beer and popularity, and I allowed him to organize a party. A couple of hundred kids, one fight, a broken gate and stolen art later, I was suspended from school. It did go down in school lore as one of the best parties that year.
Last time: I don’t throw parties anymore. I have intimate gatherings with wine, board games and vinyl listening. We all grow up eventually…
  
Did something you were proud of.
First time: As with all little tykes, my first poop.
Last time: Little Shop of Horrors. This was probably one of our best productions and we threw so much love, work and energy into it. The town loved it, and we are all so proud of it.  This theatre company is my tribe, and anything we create I can be proud of.
  
Scared yourself.

I scare myself when I look in the mirror every morning.  I’m not a morning person. I’m not a night person either. I’d say I was an evening person. Dusk, my favorite time of day. THAT doesn’t scare me at all….

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Website Launch.

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Website Launch.

We are excited to announce the new website for the Telluride Arts District! It is only deserving that a place as cool as Telluride, filled with artists and adventurers, have a site that reflects it's people. We will be continually updating and improving the site, so bear with us in these first months as we work our the kinks.

WATCH THE VIDEO.

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