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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Robert moved to Telluride in '77 because he thought it would be a great place to raise a couple of kids. Today, he not only paints regularly in his own studio but also claims to receive more gratification all the time from the privilege of teaching painting at the Ah Haa School. Quite to those he just meets, but boisterous in personality and life, we want to know, “What inspires you most?”
Catherine Frank is fabulous. Jet-setter, fashionista, successful business woman, and artist. She’s does it all and then some. She moved to Telluride in 1993 from Denver after many wild and joyous visits to Telluride to visit her ski-bum girlfriends. Shortly after moving here, she opened Studio Frank, which is now celebrating 20 years of successful design and a killer staff.
And so naturally, what we want to know from Catherine is… “What are some of you favorite things?”
Patty Denny is a busy lady. Between owning and growing her own business and occasional troubles with peanut butter mousse, we are lucky to get a moment of her time to ask a few questions. This month, not only is she our featured artist, but will also be making time to host a chocolate tasting class at the Ah Haa School for the Arts in which she will share chocolate from her favorite chocolatiers, including a number of famous chocolate companies found on prestigious “best chocolate company” lists. Yum!
Here is 10 minutes with Patty Denny. Owner and head chocolatier of Telluride Truffle.
Kevin is the Stronghouse Studios resident student artist, taking advantage of Telluride Arts' Studios for Students program. In his past two years making art in his elevator studio, we have watched him grow and develop as an artist, have his first solo show at the Stronghouse in 2015, and most recently, launch an apparel line. This month, we are proud to feature him as our December artist (and are super excited about his new clothing designs!).
Here is... FILLING IN THE BLANKS. With Kevin Pashayan.
Ashley is a long-time Telluride local, who you have most likely seen on stage with Telluride Theater, listened to on KOTO, or bumped into on the streets talking history with large groups of people rocking a sweet cowboy hat. There are many reasons to love Ashley, and if you don’t know time, well, it’s him you do.