Slate Gray, July: Colorado/Texas!
Thursday, July 2, 2020 marks the second Telluride Arts’ Art Walk of the summer season. Throughout the month, Slate Gray Gallery Telluride is featuring the work of artists in its stable from Colorado and Texas.
For information about other Art Walk venues, go here.
Telluride is the country seat of San Miguel County in southwestern Colorado. The town sits in a box canyon surrounded by steep forested mountains. The Telluride Historic District – most of downtown – is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Telluride is also one of Colorado’s 20 National Historic Landmarks, a ski resort with a cultural core.
Though its population is about 10X that of Telluride, Kerrville is still, relatively speaking, a small city in and the country seat of Kerr County, Texas, nestled in Texas Hill County. Kerrville is best known for its beautiful surroundings, parks lining the Guadalupe River, which runs through it.
What both addresses share is a colorful history (read wild and woolly) and natural beauty – also Beth McLaughlin’s Slate Gray Galleries.
While the Telluride venue tilts towards abstract and contemporary art, Kerrville tends to feature more traditional realism. What both venues have in common, however, is an emphasis on engaging and promoting the work of local and regional artists (alongside international names), so the talent on parade can continue to establish his or her career as a fine artist, while living in the places they love.
What’s more – and here’s what makes Slate Gray stand out among galleries across the country – profits made from artwork sales at Slate Gray go right back out the door and into the community to support arts-based nonprofits, because McLaughlin grew up the daughter of philanthropists who taught her to “bloom where you are planted.”
Translation: Make a difference where you live.
Slate Gray opened for business in 2014 with the idea of helping to revitalize both historical downtowns.
As the definition of the world continues to shrink to global village, countries, states, regions, towns, places large and small – like Telluride and Kerrville – become communities with different constituencies, but similar challenges. Right now (and who knows for how long) Covid-19 is a problem we all share, but, as one critic and teacher recently wrote: “Art connects us to the foreign, the exotic and the impossible – but in our current context, it also connects us to a world where anything is possible.”
Throughout the month of July and opening with Telluride Arts’ Art Walk on July 2, Slate Gray Telluride is featuring the work of artists in its stable from both Colorado and Texas, with the idea that sales of the work on display throughout the month – really throughout the year with the changing shows – will make home sweet home a little sweeter for everyone.
Yes, even now.
Slate Gray artists, July: (Please click on their names to read their bios).
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