September 6, 2016 - November 29, 2016

Telluride Arts’ newest gallery in Telluride, CO presents an exhibit by abstract painter Emily Ballou, ceramic sculptor, Matthew Adams, and jewelers, Veldt Marfa. The show opens Thursday, October 6, from 5-8 pm and runs until November 29.

The exhibit features an array of Emily Ballou’s work, all created in Telluride. Ballou gathers inspiration from the natural beauty that surrounds her in the Western Slope of Colorado. Additionally, the artist finds recent trends in design and fashion to be a source of inspiration for her vibrant variety of colors and interesting textures found in her abstract work. Ballou’s style of painting is contemporary. She works primarily with acrylic paints and various mediums, but also experiments with other materials such as wood stain, gold leaf, and varnishes in order to create new and intriguing surfaces and styles. She is constantly pushing her work to have its own unique properties, but consistently strives for vivacious color schemes and stimulating surface textures.

Emily Ballou is grateful for the inspiration and creativity spurred in the Box Canyon, as well as the support that the Telluride community and Telluride Arts provide to artists.  Ballou is a Telluride local that maintains a very full lifestyle: working in the lodging/marketing industry, owning a small business (Bridal Veil Floral), plugging into the local community, and staying busy with her new baby boy.  But Ballou has a true passion for letting her creativity pour out onto canvas, and painting is how she claims that she stays calm and grounded when life gets hectic. 

Through his art, Matthew Adams desires to help the viewer discover something new by evoking the mysterious, but somehow strangely familiar, to draw the mind in direction it’s not used to. He enjoys exploring the boundless possibilities of form, while integrating rhythm, movement and balance. Matthew aspires to create lasting art that provides a captivating, tactile and poetic experience.

Matthew 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.   

Telluride Arts Gallery is currently featuring the jewelry of Veldt-Marfa. Veldt-Marfa is the creation of Glen and LéAna Clifton, an artistic duo living in Marfa, Texas. The hand-made porcelain forms designed and made exclusively in their tiny studio offer them the ultimate form of self-expression. Beautiful, minimal and sensual forms, distilled to their essence. Art that you can feel and wear. Using a unique process, the pieces have a buttery-smooth, highly tactile surface. The naked porcelain is fully vitrified, which makes it one of the most durable materials on earth. A natural fit for their minimal jewelry. Being handmade means each piece is slightly different from the piece before it, and quite personal.

The show runs until November 29, 2016 at Telluride Arts Soul & Matter Gallery, located at 135 W Pacific in Telluride, Colorado. Open daily from 12-6pm or by appointment.