FEATURED ARTIST: SEAN MAHONEY

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FEATURED ARTIST: SEAN MAHONEY

SEAN MAHONEY is a musical theater writer, guitarist, and DJ. He holds an MFA in Musical Theater Writing from NYU-Tisch School Of The Arts and a BA from UNH. As a songwriter, his work has been performed at Joe’s Pub, 54 Below, Birdland, Ars Nova, Merkin Hall, Bruno Walter Library at Lincoln Center, The Laurie Beechman Theater, ACT- Tokyo, and Symphony Space. Shows include FACTORY GIRLS (with Creighton Irons); Prep School Musical (with Sam Forman) Sweetwater (with Patricia Noonan), The Invincible Three – The Origin of Butch Cassidy (book, music, and lyrics), Sweet Cassandra – A Greek Rock Opera (with Amy Burgess) and the ten-minute musical Diaper Derby (with Janet Allard). He plays in a few bands, DJs at the Liberty once a quarter, and coaches U12 soccer for the Telluride Soccer Club.

We asked Sean a few questions:

Ideas and Inspiration?

I tend to follow my heart whether it’s picking new projects or finishing old ones. I honestly tend to wormhole down into Wikipedia topics that I find interesting. I’ve found a few great ideas in there. 

Creative Heroes?

Musically - Stephen Sondheim; The Beastie Boys; Robyn; Duane Allman

Spirit Animal?

Locally- Porcupine. Globally - Butterfly

Favorite thing about Telluride?

Knowing that we all appreciate this magical place and actually knowing everyone here as well. The longer I’m here, the more I appreciate off-season and getting to catch up with all of the locals and iconoclasts who still roam the streets once the laminates fade away.

What can you not live without?

The love of my family; fresh air; Stratocasters; friends around a fire; dumb dad jokes.

Favorite saying? / Motto?

“Let my inspiration flow, in token lines suggesting rhythm, that will not forsake me, til my tale is old and done.” RIP Robert Hunter

If you could blink your eyes and be in a favorite place right now, where would that place be?

Sitting on the big rock in my front yard growing up in North Conway, NH, with an ice cold New Coke after having mowed the lawn listening to Led Zeppelin’s Physical Graffiti at full blast.

Best advice you've received? Given?

The best advice I received was from a former teaching colleague to finally leave the teaching field where I wasn’t thriving and to commit to theater writing as full-time as I could. Best I’ve given – “Are you sure you want another round of Flatliners?”

What is your greatest challenge as an artist?

Corralling big ideas for musicals into more manageable pieces and not getting too ‘lost in the clouds’ on any idea.  I also struggle at times being so far from the heart of my craft in NYC, but after a few days of slogging around back there, I’m hungry for the mountains again. 

Do you get writer's block?

I try to lean into my ADD nature and do something active, like going for a quick lap on the Wiebe or taking a few runs by myself, when I get stuck creatively. Luckily, our idyllic setting here in Telluride lets me off the hook pretty quickly. 

What's Next?

I just returned from the world premiere of one of my shows in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan; a rock musical about the Industrial Revolution called FACTORY GIRLS which was my thesis in grad school 12 years ago.

Next up, I am deep into re-writes for my Butch Cassidy bank robbery show The Invincible Three, which will be staged as a radio play (co-sponsored by Telluride Arts Small Grants) At the Palm Black Box Jan. 17-18. It’s super exciting to get to work here at home with a bunch of my friends and fellow musicians to tell a story that is relevant both geographically and historically. I’ve never written a radio play either, so it’s forcing me to really focus on the power of sound as opposed to theatrical staging, lights, costumes, etc. I can’t wait to share it with all of you.


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FEATURED ARTIST: JACOB DEVANEY

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FEATURED ARTIST: JACOB DEVANEY

If you live in Telluride you have probably seen Jacob Devaney's art for the last 20-plus years but never knew who was behind it. Jacob creates the giant puppets that we see each summer at Telluride Bluegrass, Jazz, and Blues and Brews. He is also one of the stilt walkers who accompanies these creations with a band of costumed-kids at various parades. Jacob plays piano as a past-time, enjoys making public art, sews appliqué’ beadwork, and loves exploring remote places in nature. The inspiration for his work comes from having a deep connection with the oral traditions of native people from Northern Europe, and New Orleans. For the past 2 decades he has worked closely with various tribes, including Hopi where he helped to develop cultural exchange programs that reach as far south as Peru.


He started Culture Collective in 2006 as a place to integrate indigenous wisdom, community art, environmental advocacy, and organic values into educational media for distribution online via social media. He is a Co-Founder of the popular Unify Network that boasts a following of 1.8 million fans, while hosting globally synchronized meditations and promoting various wellness and sustainability campaigns like World Water Day throughout the year. 

Read some of Jacob’s writing on his Facebook Authors' Page, learn about his giant puppets, and if you’d like to collaborate with Jacob visit his Patreon Page.

We asked Jacob a few questions:

Your Inspiration?

I am very inspired by Native Prophecies. The Eagle and Condor Prophecy is about integrating ancient, indigenous wisdom with modern science and technology. Thus, beadwork and social media are two ends of my creative spectrum. I also do my best to always explore all forms of music, and visual art, along with nature as sources of mental well-being and inspiration.

Favorite Book?

Wow, so many! Fingerprints of the Gods by Graham Hancock, Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda, Cosmos and Psyche by Rick Tarnas, as well as The Alphabet vs. The Goddess by Leonard Shlain, Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke, Man and His Symbols by Carl Jung, and everything Joseph Campell wrote! I am currently reading America Before by Graham Hancock

Creative Heroes?

Endless... Top of the list is Big Chief Tootie and Joyce Montana, who taught me how to do beadwork. Brian and Wendy Froud who gave me great inspiration and tips on building giant puppets. Cyril Neville and Doctor John who are my favorite examples of people who are cultural heroes but most people only know of them as musicians. Joe Bonner was a musical mentor and friend who taught me what impressionism sounds like on the piano. Julia Cameron, whose book the Artists Way has been a creative Bible for me over the years. Zipcy, Bret Blevins, Jessica Perlstein, Elizabeth Banker and Amanda Sage are some of my favorite visual artists. 

Free Box Find?

Once I found a pair of Oakley sunglasses that were barely scratched! I have also found some great outfits for the annual Free Box Fashion Show that happens in Town Park each year before the Bluegrass Festival.

Happy place?

Telluride Bear Canyon. I am also in love with Sedona and the Big Island of Hawaii which are two places that I have been fortunate to live in.

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FEATURED ARTIST: MICHELINE KLAGSBRUN

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FEATURED ARTIST: MICHELINE KLAGSBRUN

Micheline Klagsbrun is a visual artist whose painting and multi-media work focuses on transformation. She studied in Paris with Alfredo Echeverria and at the Corcoran with Gene Davis and Bill Newman.  She has exhibited widely, and is in private collections nationally as well as in Europe and the Middle East. 

Klagsbrun was born and raised in London. A graduate of the University of Cambridge, she received a clinical doctorate in psychology (D.C.P.) from the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations. Subsequently she worked at the Center of Family Research at George Washington University.

She is President and co-founder, with her husband Ken Grossinger, of CrossCurrents Foundation (CCF) which as part of its mission sponsors art to promote social justice and to heighten public engagement with key social issues.

In addition to CCF, she serves on several boards, including the Phillips Collection (DC), Transformer (DC), American University Arts Advisory Council (DC), the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at the New School (NYC) and Telluride Arts (CO). Through the Corcoran Outreach program, she served for a number of years as a mentor for inner-city youth. 

For the month of August 2019, she will be exhibiting selections from the Transit of Venus series at Gallery 81435 in Telluride. Her work is also carried by Studio Gallery (www.studiogallerydc.com), William Ris Gallery (NY) and Adah Rose Gallery (MD)>

We asked Micheline a few questions:

How has your education background in psychology influenced your art? 

My work is about transformation. I allude to the everchanging cycles of life in nature and in humankind. For many years I immersed myself in Ovid’s Metamorphoses, and through his stories I explored moments of transformation itself, moments of chaos when all is in flux and new forms are born. My background probably drew me to these timeless dramas of human passion. My education was in psychoanalytic psychology and therefore focused on the unconscious and on layers of consciousness. Now my work has become less narrative but it is still about the processes of change in all of us, and still very layered. 

Can you tell us about the inspiration behind your latest body of mixed media work?

This work originated in a found object. I was hanging out in a friend’s antique store, chatting, when I saw an old musty book lying on the floor. It was an old ledger with “Transit of  Venus” stamped in gold on the cover, containing observations of the 1874 Transit of Venus, a phenomenon occurring every 243 years when the planet Venus moves twice across the face of the sun. I was attracted by the title, since it combined transition/transformation with classical mythology, and proceeded to embark on a research into centuries of astronomy, dating back 5000 years ago to the Sumerians, who also observed Venus.

I take the Transit of Venus as an entry point into contemplation of a variety of inter-related phenomena, celestial and astronomical, scientific and mythological.

Ever since antiquity, astronomers have studied the 13 phases of Venus, from her rise as the morning star, to her descent into darkness and invisibility, and her re-emergence in the evening sky. These phases occur over a 19-month cycle, marking both a physical and a spiritual passage. Each phase is expressed here in a different work.

Describe your creative process: 

First there is a gathering phase. I gather ideas (as I did with the Transit of Venus), thoughts, poetry, images, textures. Whatever attracts my attention. Then I start to work, but without too much planning. I let my unconscious, or the right side of my brain, take over. Typically I stop every couple of hours to engage the left side of my brain and look at what I have done so far. It’s a back-and-forth movement. I also work on several pieces at once, and typically with numerous layers.

I explore different media, always experimenting. For the Transit of Venus, I began many pieces with a 19th century photographic printing technique, cyanotype, which results in deep indigo blue backgrounds that I use to evoke the depths of cosmos and ocean. Then I went beyond the traditional use of this medium in a couple of different ways. I used it to “print” my own drawings rather than solid objects, and then I added further layers to the captured images with more drawings in ink and pencil.

My sculptural work was another result of several years of experimentation creating ephemerally light vessels composed of drawing fragments bound together in a version of papier-mache. These have evolved over the past few years into large and small-scale sculptures, many of which incorporate organic elements.

Do you collect anything?

 My studio looks like a Museum of Natural History! Shells, roots, bark, mushrooms, bones, anything organic that inspires me in its form and texture. The remains of the natural world fascinate me, seem to contain supernatural significance. Also I collect ideas and books: Borges’ Book of Imaginary Beings, a field guide to hybrid orchids, a scientific treatise on chimera, a book on Celestial Navigation.

What is your dream of happiness?

I feel extremely fortunate to be very happy right now. Of course I have to balance my personal happiness against the state of the world and the pain and injustice that pervade so much. 

What are you most looking forward to?

There is a saying, the next painting is the best painting. I’m always looking forward to my next work.

What is your motto? 

Work until you surprise yourself.



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FEATURED ARTIST: RICHARD LOWENBERG

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FEATURED ARTIST: RICHARD LOWENBERG

Richard Lowenberg has been a pioneering media + new-forms artist for 50 years, and continues to work at the forefront of eco-cultural initiatives locally and globally.   He serves on the Board of Santa Fe based CURRENTS: International New Media Festival. Based in Telluride from 1979 to 1996, Richard worked on Mountain Village and regional planning, facilitated the community’s earliest involvements in digital and networked media arts, and with Telluride Institute, initiated the InfoZone and worked for over 12 years to bring the best in global culture to mix it up at 8745’+.

Richard and Morgan Barnard are teaming up with Dan Collins of ASU/Deep Creek Arts and holographic artist, August Muth, to present a new, site-specific digital media arts presentation designed for the July 3rd evening party at the Telluride Transfer Warehouse and to celebrate Telluride community’s cultural future. This project is funded by the Telluride Arts District with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

We asked Richard a few questions:

Your Inspiration?

What is information?   What is this information revolution?  Where is the art in information?

Describe your art:

A lifelong body of creative works, across many media and arts disciplines (photography, theater, digital media, music, text, +), addressing the questions above, presenting an ecological understanding of the information environment.

Future work?

A laser interferometry (holographic)  installation to fine-tune sense economic dynamics,  just as the LIGO project is detecting gravitational waves.

Creative Heros?

Leonardo.   Bucky Fuller.    Elinor Ostrom.

Happy place?

Telluride.   Santa Fe. The Colorado Plateau.

Motto?   

The best defense is a cultural offense.

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FEATURED ARTIST: BROOKE EINBENDER

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FEATURED ARTIST: BROOKE EINBENDER


Brooke Einbender is a San Francisco, CA native who has also spent time living in New Mexico, North Carolina, and New York. She was awarded the Presidential Scholarship for Visual Arts at Wake Forest University which led her to pursue her artistic passion seriously. As a student, Brooke could be found at 2 AM painting late in her studio making a colorful mess with the music on full-blast. In 2017, she graduated with a BA in Studio Art and a concentration in oil painting. After a year of working in the art world in New York City, she finally succumbed to the voice in the back of her mind that was telling her to ‘make your own damn art.’

Brooke moved to Telluride last September 2018 during Blues and Brews Fest and, like many, fell in love with the magic of this place. She integrated into the Arts community taking classes at Ah Haa, securing an art studio at Voodoo and receiving a small artist grant to purchase Virtual Reality equipment.

There are many exciting things on the horizon for Brooke: her paintings will be on display at Ghost Town Coffee in August/September, her Virtual Reality paintings will be featured at Art/Architecture Week, she was selected as an ‘artist in collaboration’ for the ski brand Phunkshun, and her first solo exhibition will take place at 81435 Gallery in March 2020!

We asked Brooke a few questions:

3 words to describe your work: Multidimensional, colorful, mind-bending

Describe your process: When starting a painting, I have no vision what the end result should look like. I let my intuition guide me as my process shifts between chaos and order, organic and geometric shapes, irregularity and symmetry, and frustration and satisfaction.

What sparks your interest? I love looking closely at reflections of objects and how light bounces off things to create shadows. A few things I am interested in: fractals, geometry, mandalas, crystals, color theory, symmetry, optical illusions, and visionary art

Where do you think Virtual Reality can take you? Virtual Reality painting is mind-expanding. When wearing the VR headset, you are fully immersed in the virtual realm and the creative opportunities are endless. I’m interested in translating my oil paintings into virtual space so they become experiential. As with painting, I no longer have to create an illusion of space on a 2D surface; instead, I can draw sculpture, meander around a line suspended in space, and walk through layers of virtual paint. I think that my virtual reality painting ‘experiences’ will lead to site specific  installation work in the near future… aka taking my virtual spaces and bringing them back into our concrete reality.

Do you collect anything? I love anything and everything spicy. Growing up in New Mexico, green and red chile were staples in my diet. Now I am slowly building a collection of exotic hot sauces. My favorite hot sauce currently is Truffle Hot Sauce.

Most looking forward to? Two things… 1) My first summer in Telluride! Doing all the outdoorsy things and experiencing all the fun, quirky festivities. 2) Getting to know the local artists in Telluride and working on some cool future collaborations

Most Recent Book You Read? Celestine Prophecy, which contained the answers to so many questions floating in my mind.

Favorite childhood memory: I was 8 years old and living in Santa Fe at the time. My extracurricular activities were as weird as they were cool... I had ‘best in show’ guinea pigs that I competed with in 4H, I took traditional Japanese sumi e ink painting classes, and had a gold medal in the Irish jig.



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FEATURED ARTIST: TARA CARTER

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FEATURED ARTIST: TARA CARTER

Tara was born and raised in Columbus, OH where she received her BA in Ceramics, Sculpture, and Photography at Otterbein University. She later added a Printmaking concentration to the mix during post-graduate studies in Art Education and earned a Master of Business Administration while teaching summer art classes and launching her own photography and ceramics businesses. She made the move to Telluride in October of 2016 to pursue her passions of the arts and the outdoors and, in her words, has been living the dream ever since. Currently, Tara works full time as the Youth Curriculum Manager at the Ah Haa School for the Arts and has begun selling her pottery and ceramic sculptures online and locally at HOOK and the Ah Haa School. You can also find some of her work on display at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, PA and Companion Gallery in Humboldt, TN as part of their current juried exhibitions. 

We asked Tara a few questions:

Go-to dessert? I eat a lot more ice cream than I'd care to admit. I also love to bake - cookies, breads, macarons, the works.

Book? Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer is life-changing.

Off season plans? I'll be making as many bird sculptures and pinch pots as possible and enjoying the lack of a wait at Brown Dog.

Guilty pleasure? Anything related to true crime. Podcasts, books, and Netflix specials for sure, but I also love a good Forensic Files episode from the 90s. 

Festival? It's tough to pick, but I'd have to go with Blues and Brews. It takes place soon after the kids summer camps at Ah Haa end and feels like the perfect way to celebrate another art-filled summer.  
Childhood memory? My brothers and I used to go to the dollar store every week with our babysitter. Each of us was allowed to buy one toy and my brothers would always get something different to play with each week. I would bee-line it for the Crayola Model Magic (air dry clay). Every. Single. Time.

Time of day? Early mornings are my favorite. Is there a better way to start your day than sharing coffee with someone you love?

Free box find? I now have the first, fourth, and seventh Harry Potter books. Fingers crossed for the full free box set!

Throw or wheel? Neither! After about my 400th pinch pot demo while teaching, the forms starting looking better and better. Now, they're pretty much all I make. The work has started getting some recognition nationally from the ceramics community, and I can't wait to see where it goes next.

Next steps? Make, make, make. Right now, I'm busy with preparing for a local sculptural show this December and January and keeping my Etsy shop regularly stocked. The best way to stay in the know with what I'm up to is to follow me on Instagram or Etsy @youpinchityoupotit. 

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FEATURED ARTIST: KIRK DROGSVOLD

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FEATURED ARTIST: KIRK DROGSVOLD

John "Kirk" Drogsvold is a musician and 3D artist based in Telluride, Colorado. 

Kirk plays nylon-string guitar. He improvises the sound of flamenco and samba, a style known as, Alpine Flamenco. To complement the craft of music, he is also pushing the limits of Computer Assisted Design (CAD), CNC machining, and 3D printing through his sculpture installations. His work looks organic and mimics forms found in nature. 

He currently showcases his work at MiXX Gallery in Telluride, in Snowmass, and through an increasing number of private commissions. He was awarded "Best Individual Artist" at Art + Architecture in 2018, and has since been accepted as one of 35 designers worldwide to participate in Wanted Design Launchpad in Manhattan this May. He is currently preparing to show work in Austin, Texas, and NYC.

We asked Kirk a few questions:

Spirit Animal: Octopus

Happy Place: Setting off on an adventure!

Favorite Job: Artistic Risk Taking

Mountain or Ocean? Mountains

Trail: Sneffles Highline

Inspiration: Aspen Trees

Movie: O brother where art thou

What's Next?: Just an endless commitment to creating as beautiful and big as possible

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FEATURED ARTIST: EMILY PALMQUIST

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FEATURED ARTIST: EMILY PALMQUIST

Born and raised in northern Illinois, Emily’s artistic quest began as early as her love for the woods, nature, and their quiet sense of connection. Twenty nine years later, this cocktail of passions has matured into the backbone of her existence. From the Midwest, to New England where she achieved her BFA in painting and a greater appreciation for the outdoors, to Colorado where these life-long pursuits find a growing sense of harmony and potential, Palmquist continues to practice painting and the art of rural life as her guide from here to there. Emily just moved back to Colorado and is showing her work for the month of March in Gallery 81435.

We asked Emily to answer a few questions:

Flavor? Honey, Honey

Favorite city? Chicago, as it played a large part in bringing up the artist in me as a child, taking the train in to dream with my old friends at the Art Institute and memorize the streets that I then envisioned playing some part in my future.  Alas I haven’t devoted enough of my adult life to exploring city life to haven't found one to replace the special fascination, anticipation, and beckoning that Chicago once filled me with.

Currently reading? Just finished “A Glimpse of Nothingness” by Janwillam van de Wetering.

Recent dream? Set in the middle of a harvested field of corn, two boats of different shapes towing in opposite directions, but tied to one another and held still.

Inspiration? The constant transformation of a landscape, a personal search for balance in all things, painting for someone or with someone in mind.

Fascination? Chickens! Everything from the morning a hen lays her first egg (and what color it is?!) to the social standing of a rooster, I find it all so theatrical. They are such fragile creatures, yet regularly offer up the utmost example of resilience. I have learned so many lessons from keeping a flock where I can.

Show? I have never been so excited to share a body of work. While a couple pieces were near finished or in progress when I signed up for this show last November, the majority were started and finished in the last three months. Asking myself to produce this quickly demands a level of focus as well as detachment. There isn’t a lot of time to second guess or even premeditate. I’ve let one thought lead to another, left myself open to whatever dreams or memories chose to stick, and the result is “Home Fire.”

San Juan activity? While I cherish hiking and the incredible trail-riding I’ve done in the area, I have to say living on the mesa is my biggest connection to this land. It is truly a gift to have such a front row seat to nature’s display.

Recent endeavor? I moved back to Colorado this fall after spending a random year and a half in Connecticut. I bought a small utility trailer off Craigslist to haul my damn stretcher bars and studio furniture. My best friend since second grade flew out from the Midwest to help me, my dog, and two cats make the drive. She kept the critters calm while I manned my 35-year-old Jeep Cherokee. At the end of each day, we smuggled the animals and a litter box into the backdoors of hotels, jay-walked until we found margaritas, and longed for the hot springs of Colorado. We cried we laughed so hard. I slammed the hood too hard and had to ratchet-strap the sucker down in a snow storm. The jeep nearly gave up its ghost on every mountain pass. Alas we rattled up the mesa road and made history together.

What's next? I’ve already got new paintings in mind. With all of this momentum, my instinct is to just keep painting. But I am also looking forward to sheering off my mesa hermit hat and enjoying a more social and adventurous spring and summer. Perhaps a bit a both.

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FEATURED ARTIST: GEOFF HANSON

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FEATURED ARTIST: GEOFF HANSON

This month, Telluride Arts proudly features long time local, Scrapple star, KOTO host, Geoff Hanson as the Featured Artist of the month. Get a glimpse of Geoff through his answers to a few questions we asked him:

Early Telluride Memory:
I walked into the Telluride Times Journal in December 1990. I had only been here a few weeks. I showed the editor Marta Tarbel an article I wrote on The Neville Brothers in college and told her it was a sample of my work when it was in fact the only article I wrote in college. She told me Rasta Stevie was heading out on the road with his Reggae band 8750 and asked me if I would like to write the column while he was gone. I’ve been writing about music ever since.
 
Book: The Alchemist, Paolo Coehlo, (if room for more…) The Universal Baseball Assoc., Robert Coover, Jitterbug Perfume. Tom Robbins, The Summer of 49 David Halberstam, The Art of Fielding Chad Harbach, The Brothers K , David James Duncan, The Confederacy of Dunces, Soldier of the Last War Mark Helpern
 
Favorite Moment on Set; We were shooting our fictional pig roast in Ophir and we were a little light on extras. I asked, “Is there anything going on today{that would explain why there were so few etras}?” And someone replied. “There’s a {real) pig roast happening in Ilium.” We went down there and shot some footage including the shot of the pig on the spicket that appears in the film– no animals were hurt doing the shooting of “Scrapple.” Life was imitating art. As filmmakers, we saw ourselves as conematic miners, trying to hit the vein of ‘70s life in Telluride and that was the kind of moment that affirmed that we were hitting the main line. People who were here in the ‘70s pretty much all say we nailed it.
 
Song: “Further on down the road” by Taj Mahal. It was the song I had in my mind when I sat down to write “Scrapple” – a guy riding a motorcycle with a pig in the sidecar set to that song. I also produced a version of it with Taj and The Phantom Blues Band that I think stands up to the various versions of that song.
 
Morning or Night: The first cup of coffee is the best part of every day. Other than that, night.
 
Favorite Interview: My favorite interview was the one I did backstage at the Bill Graham Mid-Summer Music Festival in 1991 with Taj Mahal. I was in a room with four other journalists in a panel kind of setting and it was clear none of the other people knew anything about him. It became a conversation between Taj and me and we really connected. It was the beginning of a very meaningful relationship.
 
Favorite Show: If I had to pick a single show in Telluride it would be Pearl Jam at The Ride in 2016. Here’s a Telluride Top 10 I put together, of a column and when you look it, you can’t help but be blown away by the quality of music we get in Telluride. 
1. Pearl Jam, 2016

2. Allman Brothers, 1991 

3. Neil Young, 2016 

4. JJ Cale, 1994 

5. Robert Plant, 2018

6. Steve Winwood, 2014/2017 
7. The Band, 1994 

8. Johnny Cash, 1997 

9. Sturgill Simpson, 2018. Widespread Panic, Little Women and Blues Traveler, late night show at the Sheridan Opera House, 1991 

10. Gregg Allman/Sharon Jones, 2015
 
Favorite View: I love the way the mountains change as your perspective changes. For instance, when you look at Wilson from the ski area, Lizard Head is on the left. But from other vantage points, it appears on the right. I love the way light and clouds change Ajax every day, and the way sunsets light up the Wilson range. I love driving down Keystone Hill and Wilson and Sunshine appear on your left and then they disappear. You can live here for decades and see the mountains differently every day.
 
Inspiration: Creativity  

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FEATURED ARTISY: ALLY CRILLY

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FEATURED ARTISY: ALLY CRILLY

Ally lives and works in Ridgway, Colorado. She grew up back East in New York. She loves art, mountains, her family, yoga, and figuring out how to be a human being. She works as an artist, yoga teacher, and free-lance graphic designer.

A note from the artist:

Painting is how I can best tell the truth. It is a messy unpredictable process for me.  When the flow is happening, I know I’m supposed to paint. When it’s not, it’s excruciating. I’m learning to paint regardless and wait for the moments that it makes sense in, and just ride the rest of them out. I’m also learning to do this in my life. Art has to surprise me in some way for it to interest me.

MOONS show is hanging at Telluride Arts Headquarters, December 2018/January 2019. The show was inspired by a painting she did for Little Red Riding Hood, Pink Moon.

We asked Ally to answer some questions:

Beach or mountains? both!

Film? Sound of Music

Currently reading? Becoming

Inspiration? moons

Color? red

Happy place? yoga mat

Daily ritual? coffee

Holiday tradition? pajamas all day

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