Visual & Performing Arts Scene

    Get Your Art Fix

    A visit to Telluride can feel like standing on the set of The Sound of Music or gazing at a sublime landscape painting in a museum. Just as prominent as the local scenery is the bounty of summertime arts-related activities. These celebrations of creativity shine a light on Telluride’s diverse and vibrant arts scene. Here are some of the highlights and why they’re not to be missed.

    — Elizabeth Guest

    Art Walk > First Thursday of the Month

    The Art Walk takes place throughout the year, but Telluride’s sparkling summer evenings are a fine time to experience this celebration of art. Galleries, museums and restaurants open their doors with welcoming receptions, artist meet-and-greets, new exhibitions and more. The brainchild of the Telluride Arts District, an advocate for the local art scene, complimentary Gallery Guides are available at participating venues and facilitate the self-guided tour of more than twenty venues in town. Look for the Art Walk flags, 5-8 p.m.

    Plein Air > June 28 - July 4

    Now in its 14th year, Plein Air brush-wielding participants are so ubiquitous that they have become, well, part of the scenery. The Sheridan Arts Foundation invites prestigious plein air artists to Telluride to delve into the local landscape, palettes in hand, while events at the Sheridan Opera House show their work.

    AH HAA Art Auction > July 14

    The event is smaller than a music festival, but creates just as much buzz. For more than 20 years, Ah Haa’s summer shindig has raised funds for the school’s programs with live and silent auctions of art, as well as services donated by artists, businesses and supporters. Many of the pieces are specifically made for the event by the community’s most celebrated artists. Performances and refreshments round out the night.

    Art + Architecture Weekend > July 15-16

    Two days of self-guided tours with stops at five different houses each day, including new and historic homes as well as one creative venue daily. Each home tour features onsite architects and designers, tastings by local chefs, wine pairings and local art work on display. Weekend ticket holders are also welcome to attend meet and greets, trunk shows, lectures and more.

    Telluride Painting School

    A series of two-week-long classes, held during the fall at the Ah Haa School, provides technical instruction, thought-provoking interaction with faculty and creative insight for aspiring artists. The school emphasizes each student’s evolving relationship with painting in order to build confidence and expression of individual voice.

    Telluride Gallery of Fine Art

    One of Telluride’s longest established businesses, TGFA has featured artists – and educated and entranced art lovers – for over three decades. Now, new owners Michael Goldberg and Ashley Hayward have a summer of exciting exhibitions planned, including shows curated by Hayward’s father, the painter James Hayward.