Telluride Arts’ HQ gallery in Telluride, CO presents, Moons, a solo exhibit by painter Ally Crilly. The show opens December 5, 2018 and runs through the month of January 2019. The Art Walk opening reception will be held Thursday, January 3, 2019 5 - 8 pm. There will be no Art Walk in December 2018.

In her exhibit, Moons, Ally Crilly explores her relationship with the moon and its power. The beauty, the pull, and the altered state it puts her in. She is particularly curious about indigenous cultures’ respect to the moon. Crilly loves the names given to the different moons by different cultures. She is also learning to love painting portraits. “I find a human with a moon so beautiful and these portraits will try to convey the magic of the moon and our relationship to it.” For Crilly, painting is how she can best tell the truth. It is a messy, unpredictable process. “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.”

Crilly studies and practices yoga. Painting is a spiritual practice as well. “I try to show up with a beginner mind and see what will happen,” says Crilly. She lives and works in Ridgway, Colorado, but grew up back east in New York. “I love art, mountains, my family, yoga, and figuring out how to be a human being.” Crilly works as an artist, yoga teacher, and free-lance graphic designer.

The show runs through January 2019 at Telluride Arts HQ Gallery, located at 135 W Pacific in Telluride, Colorado. Open daily from 12-6pm or by appointment.