Exhibitions and artists are constantly changing. That’s the goal of Art Walk, the monthly event that celebrates works of art in the city’s galleries.
Yet tonight (Thursday), it’s not just the works (and the artists) that will be different. In some cases, the support itself will also change. Literary arts, for example, will be the focus of the Telluride Transfer Warehouse, when poet Peter Waldor, from Trout Lake, and Lisa Flowers, from Nederland, read during a free presentation of Talking Gourds poetry, from from 5:30 p.m.
The historic Transfer Warehouse itself is undergoing a creative transformation; indeed, the person responsible for its redesign, Tom Kundig of Olson Kundig Architects, will be in town next week to discuss plans for the new/old space at a festival that is itself a celebration of arts and design. . The festival is Telluride Art + Architecture, taking place July 11-17 (a full schedule of events is available at tellurideartandarchitecture.com.).
The venues are also changing at Art Walk tonight: “I feel like there’s a lot of new stuff going on; new spaces. Like things are kind of shaken up,” said Austin Halpern, Exhibitions and Events Manager for Telluride Arts. And as barriers are falling: Poetry readings can feel a little formal and daunting to some, Halpern pointed out. Hosting it in the warm, laid-back, community vibe of Transfer Warehouse “will invite a lot of people to drop by and experience poetry and spoken word performance in a new way,” Halpern said.
A total of 22 sites are hosting new exhibits and presentations tonight, not including the transfer warehouse.
“Some of the sites are different,” Halpern said. The “Gallery Luster” – which is holding an inventory sale – “has moved”. The gallery is now located at 101 West Colorado Ave. (enter through Ethos). FRAME! Telluride, birthplace of the famous photo featuring surprisingly well-behaved Golden Retrievers — even for Goldens — on a gondola between downtown and Mountain Village, has moved to 307 E. Colorado Ave. “They’re located right next to MiXX,” Halpern said. , which hosts a solo exhibition of collages by Brenda Bogart, inspired by iconic Colorado wildlife.
“It’s kind of exciting,” Halpern said, “like a new art center in town.”
The opening of the latest iteration of the Slate Gray gallery – dubbed Slate Gray South – located in the exhibition space formerly occupied by the Telluride Gallery of Fine Art adds to the excitement in this eastern part of town. One of the highlights of tonight’s exhibits is there, a show called Doorways of Ominous Portent, featuring the works of surreal image maker Jerry Uelsmann and his ex-wife, photographer Maggie Taylor. “Mr. Uelsmann’s dreamlike imagery seems to ignore the laws of gravity and rationality, much like the paintings of Rene Magritte,” New York Times critic Richard Sandomir wrote in his obituary of Uelsmann, who died in april.)
“Maggie and Jerry are pioneers in darkroom photography,” Halpern noted. “It’s a real treat to see works of this caliber right here in Telluride,” and perhaps it’s fitting that these works are on display in an iconic space (the fine art gallery has been open for three decades) .
Another highlight tonight is Rebecca McFarland’s exhibition, “The Beauty of Imperfections”, at Telluride Arts’ HQ Gallery – portraits of women that “involve layers of collage and acrylic paint followed by sanding to reveal the cracks and decay beneath the grace and allure of beauty.”
“This is Rebecca’s first solo exhibition,” Halpern said. “She is incredibly proud and excited. As part of the exhibition, she has created a series of 5 by 8″ paintings all from recycled materials – a wall of small paintings on a large grid. She is donating proceeds from this project to the restoration of the transfer warehouse”, a space whose crumbling walls – to be preserved in its elegant redesign – is itself a monument to the passage of time and to beauty.
To learn more about tonight’s exhibits, visit telluridearts.org.