Telluride Art + Architecture takes place July 15-21

art and architecture

Words by Kathrine Warren / Event

The Telluride Art + Architecture Weekend is the ultimate art + design experience, set in Telluride and Mountain Village, CO. A week of free events that celebrate art, food, architecture, and design culminates in the ticketed main event, a spectacular home tour on Saturday and Sunday, July 20 and 21. 

This year, the event continues to feature local and visiting artists, designers, and architects, in both Telluride and Mountain Village. Homes on the tour provide plenty of inspiration from historic, contemporary, and alternative venues, each featuring exquisite views and elegant touches throughout.

The week kicks off on Monday, July 15 with an Artist Mixer + Marketplace Launch Party at the Telluride Distillery Co. Tasting Room in Mountain Village from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

On Tuesday, July 19, Telluride Arts’ signature Twenty(by)Telluride event, which provides insight into what drives artists’ creativity through fun, fast-paced slide presentations, will be held at the Sheridan Old Bar from 7 to 9 p.m.

Wednesday, July 17, featured artist Meredith Nemirov will give an informative talk at Telluride Arts Headquarters at 5 p.m..

Also on Wednesday, Stacy Passmore will lead a community installation at the Transfer Warehouse — stay tuned for other pop-up installation sites by Stacy. Stacy is a visiting landscape designer based in Denver. She is committed to public projects that incorporate community engagement and environmental resilience. She will install a constellation of temporary landscape furniture pieces throughout Telluride and Mountain Village until Sunday, July 21.  

Also in the Transfer Warehouse from Wednesday, July 17 – Sunday, July 21 are visiting architects and entrepreneurs, Natalie Spencer-Clair and Brian MacKay-Lyons. Together, they present a life-size hut rendering and evening light projection to explore their latest venture: the intersection of essential, rugged, and elegant though tensile structure and rammed earth technique. Their mockup introduces a series of alpine and desert huts, part of a North American Haute Route, where ancient building craft and modern technology align to create pure alchemy. 

On Thursday, July 18, Patrons are invited to join us for a special evening at a stunning private home in Telluride. 

On Friday, guest artist Lindee Zimmer, from Denver, will collaborate with local artist Danielle DeRoberts of Telluride to begin a live installation in Elks Park in Telluride that will continue throughout the weekend, completion on Sunday. Lindee Zimmer is a public muralist, artist, painter, curator, collaborator and teacher. Tune-in to KOTO Radio on Friday, July 19 at noon to listen to Stacy Passmore as she moderates a panel discussion LIVE. At 330 pm on Friday, join us in partnership with Mountain Living at the Telluride Transfer Warehouse for an Industry Meet + Greet to network with peers and weekend participants over drinks and light bites. There will be a presentation on “how to get published” by Mountain Living’s own Publisher, Holly Scott. 

Be sure to catch the weekend events outside of The Tour! On Saturday, July 20, head to the Telluride Transfer Warehouse to join The Pinhead Institute for their annual, Science of Cocktails. Throughout the weekend, pop over to Ghost Town’s Patio to meet local artist, Brandon Berkel, and enjoy his Tell-I-Write telegram booth.  Come meet collaborating team, Lindee Zimmer and Danielle DeRoberts in Gallery 81435 Sunday morning at 10 a.m. over coffee and pastries. They will lead a discussion on their work. 

The penultimate highlight of the weekend is the self-guided tour spanning five different stops per day, ten total, with transportation between homes provided by Telluride Express. On Saturday, the tour takes place in historic Telluride, and on Sunday in Mountain Village.  The tour features new and historic homes, and one specially curated alternative stop each day. The alternative venue on Saturday will be at The Boarding House, featuring visiting Architect, Jim Kehoe of Charles Cunniffee Architects (CCA) and Amy Levek & Katherine Borsecnik of the Trust for Community Housing (TCH). The alternative venue on Sunday will be in the Village Center, featuring CampV.

Each venue will feature site tours with architects and designers, tastings by local chefs with wine and cocktail pairings, and rooms featuring the works of deeply talented local artists, dancers, and musicians. For more details on each stop and the creative teams involved, please visit their website and follow the event on Instagram and Facebook.

Tickets for the weekend home tours include a required wristband, bag, wine glass, and the tour guidebook, and are available for purchase online. They can be picked up beginning on Monday, July 15 between 12pm-6pm at Telluride Arts’ Headquarters.

The full event schedule and tickets for the weekend are available online at www.TellurideArtandArchitecture.com.