Sponsored by the Telluride Council for the Arts and Humanities, the First Thursday Art Walk is a once-a-month opportunity for galleries, studios, and retail stores to strut their considerable stuff. The meet-and-greet takes place all day until 8 p.m. October 6 marks the final Art Walk of the 2011 season.
New for the summer/fall season 2011 select venues continue to welcome children and their families for a special Kids Walk. A treasure map provides a self-guided tour and simple activities that teach basic principles of art through observation. Key venues offer hands-on activities.
Among the venues not to miss:
Telluride Gallery of Fine Art, 130 E. Colorado Avenue, hosts a show of photographs by Kathleen Norris Cook, encaustic paintings by Shawna Moore, new work by pastel artist Bruce Gomez.
Stronghouse Studios, 283 South Fir Street, is pleased to host 52 Wheels, an art happening by Flair Robinson. “52 Wheels” is a show about running wild through the night on Halloween. It's about the smell of cotton candy, hot buttered popcorn and the leaves whirling 'round you like a Tilt-a Whirl. It's about the feeling that you get when you've just shot off your last bottle rocket (and the cops are on their way) ,and it's about the color of the wrapper on your last Sugar Daddy ( n the bottom of your Halloween bag) in 1967. Put it all together and you have a show about nostalgia, color and an unrequited love for all things that spin.
Ah Haa School for the Arts, 300 South Townsend, in honor of "Art of Being a Woman Month" showcases the first 65 images of artist Julie Smith’s “100 Women Over The Age of 50 Who Like Who They Are (Becoming)” series. This work-in-progress is a celebration of the varied accomplishments and wisdom of our community of experienced women. Julie has spent at least six hours with each of these women and they each have a personal and compelling story to tell. The older we are the more that story shows. We have a track record, which you can see it in our faces. Don’t you want to know what the record states? Also featured are Julie's monoprints, “Daughters of the American Revolution” #1-13.
And, Ah Haa's East Gallery features the artwork of Remy Charlip & Brian Selznick, part of a major event co-sponsored by Ah Haa, Telluride's Wilkinson Public Library and Between the Covers bookstore. Original artwork from Remy Charlip’s most recent book, A PERFECT DAY, is on display along with his preliminary sketches and storyboards. Discover how Brian Selznick incorporated Remy into his Caldecott-award winning book, THE INVENTION OF HUGO CABRET. Also on display are original scores for choreography for Remy Charlip’s Air Mail Dances. (Remy was once a member of Merce Cunningham's company.)
For my interview with Brian Selznick, follow this link.
Lustre Gallery, 171 S. Pine, offers a special promotion of 30% off the artwork composed of antique ceiling tins by Lori Daniels.
The Wilkinson Public Library, 100 West Pacific Avenue, hosts a variety of mini shows. There are paintings by Alison James:
“I moved to Colorado in 1995 not for the skiing or climbing or fishing but for the scenery (and friendly people). Painting was a natural extension of this appreciation…"
Local painter Meredith Nemirov hangs some new paintings on the Library's upstairs walls. Meredith, gifted artist with a penchant for aspen trees has taught classes for The Smithsonian Institute through The Pinhead Institute, Telluride, CO and for the Ah Haa School for the Arts, Telluride. The artist was awarded an Artist in Residency at the Anderson Ranch Center for the Arts in Snowmass, CO in 2008. She received a grant for another residency at the Vermont Studio Center, completed in April, 2010.
Maps for Telluride Arts' Art Walk are available at participating venues and around town or by calling Telluride Arts 970.728.3930. For more on Art Walk, go to http://www.telluridearts.org.