[click "Play" to hear Susie Billings' conversation with Susan]
New Year’s Eve in Telluride and the joint was jumping, including a gala sit-down dinner for 80 at the Ah Haa School for the Arts, adult entertainment at its very best.
The annual event at Ah Haa features the work of one major artist, whose images adorn the walls of gallery-space-turned-dining hall contribute to the color and vibrancy of the evening. Last year the featured talent was pastel artist Bruce Gomez. This year, it was mixed media painter Susan X. Billings. Gomez and Billings as main attractions underline the symbiotic relationship between Ah Haa, Telluride’s community art center, where Gomez and Billings are popular teachers, and the town’s premier gallery, the Telluride Gallery of Fine Art, which represents their work.
Susie Billings’ newest images – horses, florals, landscapes – reflect her split personality: the artist divides her time between a studio in southern Baja and another in Norwood, Colorado. If you missed the Ah Haa event, her show, “Filling the Empty Bowl,” continues at Ah Haa through the month, starting with the first First Thursday Art Walk of the 2011 winter season. The artist’s reception is from 5 – 8 p.m.
Sponsored by the Telluride Council for the Arts and Humanities, the First Thursday Art Walk is a day-long showcase of Telluride’s local fine arts scene, galleries, studios and arts organizations, which stay open “late ‘til 8.”
To learn more about Billings and the new work based on the idea of serendipity, click the “play” button and listen to her brief interview.