The colorful, humorous, and hopeful fabric works of self-taught artist Chris Roberts-Antieau are returning to the Telluride Arts District. The fabric appliqué and embroidery masterpieces will be hosted at Gallery 81435 in August & September 2018 with an opening reception Thursday, August 2nd, 5-8 pm.

Antieau’s second exhibition with the Telluride Arts District, entitled “Mind and Hands”, will showcase a diverse body of work ranging in subject matter from monkey pioneers of outer space and embarrassing dog moments to personal histories and natural landscapes. The show title comes from Antieau’s recently self-published zine of the same name, which illuminates the artist’s approach to life and creativity. Championing a child-like wonder at the world, Antieau writes, “We are made of our passions – not our fears. We have everything we need inside to live life to our full potential.”

A pioneer of machine embroidery, Antieau uses a simple Bernina sewing machine to create highly sophisticated tapestries, which she displays in custom frames of her own design. The exhibition’s centerpiece is an exquisite hand-made, midcentury-style ball gown embroidered with birds of prey eviscerating small animals. The piece honors the tension between the natural world’s beauty and ferocity – a theme that runs through much of Antieau’s work.

In a career spanning 30+ years, Chris Roberts-Antieau has exhibited nationally and internationally and is included in several public collections, which include: American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore, MD, House of Representatives, Washington, DC, and the Boxing Hall of Fame, Canastota, NY. She owns galleries in New Orleans, LA and Santa Fe, NM and is collected by cultural luminaries Oprah Winfrey, Woody Harrelson, Uma Thurman and Mindy Kaling, among others.

The show runs thru September 2018 at Gallery 81435, located at 230 S Fir Street in Telluride, Colorado. Open daily from 12-6 PM, or by appointment.