Telluride Arts: January 2018 Art Walk

Telluride Arts’ First Thursday Art Walk is a festive celebration of the art scene in downtown Telluride for art lovers, community, and friends. Participating venues host receptions from 5 –8 p.m. to introduce new exhibits.

Join Telluride Arts to celebrate the New Year and the first Art Walk of 2018 on Thursday, January 4, 2018.

Be sure to check out the work of artists Julie McNair and Charlotte Jorgensen at Telluride’s Ah Haa School for the Arts. “Non Objective” at Telluride Gallery of Fine Art, is a cutting-edge exhibit featuring Left Coast abstract paintings curated by artist-teacher James Hayward. (Go here for an in-depth overview of that show.) Enjoy the talents of a handful of regional artists, including poets at La Cocina de Luz. Immerse yourself in Flair Robinson’s large-scale, magical, mystical, immersive installation at Gallery 81435. Listen to live music and marvel at a collection of extremely rare and valuable pre-war Martin guitars at Telluride Music Co., and more.

Tune into Open Art Radio on KOTO from 12 – 1 p.m. on January 4 to hear interviews with the participating artists. Complimentary Gallery Guides are available at all the venues. They offer a self-guided tour to be used at any time to help navigate through galleries and venues open to the public most days.

(Scot Heywood, “Double Edge-Red, Yellow, Blue” at the Telluride Gallery of Fine Arts.)

Art Walk Venues, January 2018: (Specific exhibit information listed below.)

Ah Haa School for the Arts

Baked in Telluride

Elinoff Gallery

Gallery 81435

Kamruz Gallery

La Cocina de Luz

Lustre Gallery

MIXX projects + atelier


Slate Gray Gallery

Telluride Arts HQ Gallery

Telluride Gallery of Fine Art

Telluride Music Co.

The Turquoise Door Gallery

Tony Newlin Gallery


Ah Haa School for the Arts:

Ah Haa presents its annual gala exhibition with the opening reception during Art Walk. The featured artists are Julie McNair and Charlotte Jorgensen.

For many years, Julie McNair has made doll-like figures –  but don’t be thinking of Barbie. Barbie has curves; Julie’s whimsical creations throw you a few.

“His Own Undoing,” Julie McNair.

Dolls have a history dating back 25,000 years. The earliest dolls evolved out of a  spiritual context and were used in a wide variety of rituals and ceremonies to heal the sick, make barren women fertile, capture the spirit of an enemy, influence the outcome of love and war. The use of dolls in the voodoo religion is the stuff of B movies. But Julie’s dolls also have a deep personal history, namely grandma’s 500-piece doll collection, those froufrou porcelain beauties granddaughter helped refurbish.

Julie has mined that rich history to make fantastical clay images that, like their cultural antecedents, make an invisible life visible: namely hers. McNair’s doll-like forms are at once ironical and allegorical, personal and universal, but always, they are magically expressive and tinged with pathos and/or humor. (She is blessed with a rapier wit.)

If Julie McNair’s work of the past several years reflects the human condition, the artist is tight-lipped about her conclusions – except that they, like we, are vulnerable: physically fragile clay rhymes with emotionally fragile humans. But in general, the artist leaves it to us to say what condition our condition is in.

Image, Charlotte Jorgensen

Charlotte Jorgensen’s work deals largely with a sense of belonging in the natural world. Over the years, to record her adventures in the outdoors, Charlotte kept a hybrid naturalist’s journal/diary including sketches, watercolors, and text. The journals became her first art teachers: the more she painted, the more she wanted to paint. After moving from the Navajo Nation back to Colorado and becoming a mother, Charlotte began devoting more time to natural history and to art.

Baked in Telluride:

Featured this month at Baked in Telluride are paintings by participants – instructor and students – in Ah Haa’s “Painting with Matisse,” a three-day workshop taught by Annie O’Brian Gonzales. Local artists include Carol Lee, Sue Gustafson, Trisha Brindley, and Sue White. Visit Baked in Telluride for coffee, cookies, and conversation.

Gallery 81435:

Flair Robinson is a mixed-media installation artist working primarily with mosaic and recycled materials. She is informally educated, collecting knowledge, from the traditional to the unusual, and most influenced by visionary, self-taught, so-called Outsider Art. Working intuitively and viscerally, Robinson is primarily a colorist fascinated by kaleidoscopic combinations of color made possible by her medium.

Flair’s newest large-scale installation, “Be Unbroken,” highlights the healing power of the natural world.

Perhaps the transformative powers of being out in nature is a giant “DUH,” for those living in Telluride, but we are guessing that conclusion – as many conclusions on the subject to date – is largely empirical and qualitative. It is not based on the study of alpha waves for example. However, an evolving science – nature neuroscience to be exact – focuses on the impact of the nature on our minds and bodies and suggests that regular exposure can now take its rightful place next to kale, aerobic exercise, yoga, and meditation as one of the newest – and oldest – miracle cures, an antidote to the modern malaise of stress and screen addiction and the secret to a longer, happier, healthier, more creative life.

According to the latest research, as little as 15 minutes in the woods has been shown to reduce test subjects’ levels of cortisol, the stress hormone and lower blood pressure. Increase exposure to the sights, sounds, and smells of nature to 45 minutes and most individuals experience improvements in cognitive performance. Researchers in England have shown that access to green spaces reduces income-related mental health disparities. And the awe of being at a place like the Grand Canyon – or Telluride – or staring at the Milky Way affirms the mystery of the unknown and takes us out of ourselves. In awe, we stop staring at our belly buttons, stop ruminating (which contributes to depression), and magically feel connected to the larger world.

Bottom line: when we separate ourselves from nature, we are simply not at our best. Being out there in it is being whole.

And today, many of us are feeling the nature world (and the world at large) is breaking – or already broken.

Robinson’s imagery, colors, and environment not only remind us of our place in the universe, the work celebrates the confluence of the earthy and the eternal.

A scarlet coyote anchors the installation as the ominous guardian – a harbinger. The cleansing rain, the attentive moon, the persisting waterfall, and other symbolic images unify to create an atmosphere that is both grounding and mystical.

Although a personal journey for the artist, “Be Unbroken” carries a message that should resonate with those of us who are awake.

La Cocina de Luz


Curated by Kellie Day, La Cocina presents winter-themed artwork by local artists and poets. Featured are visual artists Flair Robinson, Judy Haas, Ally Crilly, Kellie Day, and her parents, Karen Keene Day and Floyd Day. Also on exhibit is large-scale wood-block photography by Paonia-based artist Henrik Haaland. Experience the soft, sensual mixture of photography and wax in the encaustic work of Shauna Tewksbury. Local poets include Erika Gordon, Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer, and Art Goodtimes. Look forward to seeing their work off the pages and uniquely adorning the walls.


Lustre Gallery features a trunk show of handbags by Emily Armenta’s Bolsavita.

Armenta is known for her Old World-inspired jewelry that employs a mix of oxidized sterling silver garnished with high karat gold that lends it the dark and seductive power of duende. The artist’s handbag collection is created with rare skins, such as python, ostrich, and caiman, then accented with jewel-encrusted hardware.

The handbag collection can be viewed at Lustre through January 9.

MIXX projects + atelier:

Illustrating two textile-based practices, Vero Gonzalez and Chris Roberts-Antieau revive the medium’s vast capacity for highly symbolic image-making, narrative, and abstraction.

Based in Santiago, Chile, the Columbian artist Vero Gonzalez creates her pieces with hand-dyed silk swatches trimmed in the shape of oak leaves and feathers. Based on the artist’s own study of German Romanticism, Naturalism, and Colombian textile traditions, conceptually Vero elicits a meditative dream realm in which formal elements serve to create an emotive and alluring symbolic landscape.

Chris Roberts-Antieau highly figurative pieces dig deep into folkloric imagery, which  are blended with a modern painter’s figurative eye. Based in New Orleans, Chris is a celebrated autodidact with a practice that finds root in self-taught techniques and a visual language unbridled by the strictures of formal education. Each work is a fascinating mixture of fabric appliqué and embroidery. 


Picaya features MetalRock Designs by Tony Finocchio.

A few years ago, Tony began working with silver and has been on that the journey ever since. His work is unique: handcrafted mountain lifestyle jewelry designed for the free-spirited by the free-spirited.

Tony’s inspiration comes from a deep-rooted connection to the mountains of Colorado, a passion for rock music and his ever-evolving quest for spirituality. He has spent over 26 years in Colorado and the Southwest, during which time he has embraced the freedom and growth  potential offered by mountain living. All of his work is done by hand. Tony uses a combination of sterling silver, gold, copper and brass and each piece is assembled using the cold connection process of riveting.

Slate Gray Gallery:


Slate Gray Gallery invites Telluride to its newest exhibition, “Elevate.” The show is a result of a collaboration with renowned art curator, Sara Jo Fischer. It is designed to share a deeper level of cultural and artistic appreciation by engaging the public in a dialogue of creative and critical thinking in the New Year. Featured Artists include Geoffrey Gorman, Alexandra Eldridge, Nina Tichava, and Erik Gonzales.

Studio G:

Studio G is featuring artist Margaret Rinkevich. Her work represents a confluence of  sensations drawn from her own experiential landscape. The goal in this particular series is to charge the apparently simple relationships of form and color with as much force, feeling and meaning as possible.

Margaret is drawn to rectilinear forms which dominate her work. Squares and rectangles ground the painting compositionally and create a framework around which all other elements depend. These forms provide something of a foil for the more exuberant passages seen in her canvases.

“I love the sheer mental grind of painting. I love the physical act. There is always the battle between containment and chaos in my work. My paintings make me feel simultaneously satisfied, restless, awkward and honest.”

Margaret Rinkevich has been a resident of Telluride for 16 years. She holds a B.A. in Art History from the University of Arizona, where she specialized in the Italian Renaissance. She is dedicated to the arts and has taught art history to university students and museum docents. Margaret is also the author of several publications on tribal art and culture.

Telluride Arts HQ:

Telluride Arts’ HQ gallery in Telluride, Colorado presents “Imprint,” an exhibit by Andrea Martens. The Art Walk opening reception will be held Thursday, January 4, 5-8 p.m.

In her new body of work, Andrea Martens continues her ongoing exploration of mixed- media printmaking, focusing on the complexities surrounding human impact on oceans and their inhabitants in contemporary industrial society. In this work, Andrea furthers her investigation of the human-animal relationship and issues of open space and confinement, as well as physical and psychological space.

 “I am not only vested in the content and form of visual work, but also in the role of the artist within our societal context, and the artist’s response through their art to the world around them.”

Andrea Martens is a visual artist focused in mixed-media printmaking, living and working in Durango, Colorado. She received her MFA in Printmaking from Colorado State University and her Post-Baccalaureate Certificate from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Andrea holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Virginia Tech, with minors in art and biology. In addition to creating in the studio, she teaches art at Fort Lewis College and in the University of Maine at Augusta’s Distance Education Program. Andrea’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. 

 The show runs through January 2018 at Telluride Arts HQ Gallery, located at 135 W Pacific in Telluride, Colorado. Open daily from 12-6 p.m. or by appointment.

Telluride Gallery of Fine Art:

The Telluride Gallery of Fine Arts “Non Objective” show, December 14, 2017 – January 14, 2018, bookends the earlier “Objective,” which opened in July 2017. Both exhibitions were curated by that “impresario of abstraction,” James Hayward, artist, historian and teacher, also father of the Gallery’s new co-owner, Ashley Hayward, (with her husband Michael Goldberg).

“Untitled,” Kristin Beinner James. “Kristin Beinner-James is a creative powerhouse. These paintings are filled with texture; the paint is forced through the surface creating amazing dimension that has to be experienced in person. To my knowledge, her process is completely unique,” Malarie Clark of TGFA.

Jazz Notes, image, Edith Baumann.

For an  in-depth overview, go here.

Telluride Music Company:

In the world of collectors of acoustic guitars, few instruments are as sought after as C.F. Martin guitars built in the prewar era. In many ways, this “Golden Era” of Martin guitars refined the design and defined the tone of the modern acoustic guitar. For the first Art Walk of 2018, Telluride Music Company is excited to show a collection of three premium prewar C.F. Martin guitars—a 1930 OM-28, a 1936 D-18, and a 1941 D-18. Live music is be provided by local songwriter Tyler Simmons.

Tony Newlin Gallery:

The Tony Newlin Gallery is featuring a new release, limited-edition image, captured this summer in Denali National Park: Tundra Nomad.

The Turquoise Door Gallery:

The Turquoise Door Gallery features original black-and-white photographs hand-painted in oils by Valerie Levy Franzese. 

The Turquoise Door is also now representing Shaun Horne. A selection of his paintings will be on display.

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Susan is Telluride Inside… and Out’s founder and editor-in-chief, the visionary on the team, in charge of content, concept and development. For 19+ years, Susan has covered Telluride’s cultural economy, which includes non-profits and special events. Much of her writing features high-profile individuals in the arts, entertainment, business, and politics. She is a former Citibank executive specializing in strategic planning and new business development, and a certified Viniyoga instructor.

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