Gallery 81435: Favianna Rodriguez
Through bold colors and vibrant images, Oakland-based artist and social justice activist Favianna Rodriguez reshapes the myths, ideas and norms of the present while acknowledging the wounds of the past. Her work — which addresses issues like migration, economic inequality, gender justice and ecology — confronts bias, embraces joy and harnesses freedom and complexity as antidotes to systemic inequality.
In Person: Favianna Rodriguez
Ah Haa East: Douglas Miles Sr.
Artist, designer, photographer, filmmaker, muralist and public speaker Douglas Miles Sr. is the founder of Apache Skateboards on the San Carlos Apache Reservation in Arizona. His work draws from both modern street art and traditional Apache art, fusing the traumas of the past, the resilience of the present and the hope of the future. The resulting images are striking expressions of creativity and pride.
In Person: Douglas Miles Sr.
Ah Haa West: Winfred Rembert & Dr. Shirley Jackson Whitaker
Winfred Rembert, who picked cotton as a child, joined the civil rights movement as a teen and was put to work on a chain gang in prison, is a rare survivor of a lynching attempt. The subject of Ashes to Ashes funnels the pain of his past into intricate leather carvings that are as finely detailed as they are emotionally potent. Dr. Shirley Jackson Whitaker is an accomplished community health provider, educator, visual artist and performance artist. The subject of Ashes to Ashes creates art that honors the strength and beauty of African-American women through history.
In Person: Winfred RembertDr. Shirley Jackson Whitaker
The Butcher & The Baker: Ashley Wertheimer
Ashley Wertheimer is a visual artist who lives and works on a fifth-generation ranch in Cascade, Montana. She is the creator of A.I.R. Seven, an artist residency program that serves as a platform for conceptual artists and rural ranchers to engage through mutually beneficial exposure to art and land stewardship. Her abstract work explores the interplay between shape and color, repetition and distortion with the goal of revealing and simultaneously eliminating information. In creating these fragmented narratives, her hope is to elicit a sense of wonder and spark curiosity.
In Person: Ashley Wertheimer
Ghost Town Outdoor Mural: Gregg Deal
Gregg Deal is a husband, father, activist, painter, muralist, performance artist and member of the Paiute Tribe of Pyramid Lake. Much of his work deals with indigenous identity and pop culture, touching on issues of race relations, historical considerations and stereotypes. Through his art, Deal advances issues within Indian country such as decolonization, mascots and appropriation.
Ghost Town Inside: Abby McBride
Artist and biologist Abby McBride captures candid moments of nature through what she has dubbed “sketchbiologizing.” From Northern Harriers in flight to gulls alighting on rocks and horseshoe crabs crawling on the beach, her art conveys the remarkable and magical qualities of nature and science.
In Person: Abby McBride
ON MAIN: Elliot Ross & Genevieve Allison
“American Backyard” is an exhibit by artists Elliot Ross and Genevieve Allison that examines the reality of American lives on the border through portraiture and topographical studies. Though the wall grabs the headlines, the region is home to a much larger and more complex story informed by surveillance, diversity, fragmentation, acculturation and compassion. This show chronicles a region where questions of social justice and discrimination are of resounding consequence.
In Person: Elliot Ross
La Cocina de Luz: Merrick Chase
On a seven-week journey to India in 2018, Boulder-based photographer Merrick Chase traveled through tiny villages in the Himalayan foothills, sprawling cities and arid deserts. Along the way, he experienced humanity through a deepening understanding of how alike we all are. He chronicled the trip in a body of work titled “Humans Being,” which features portraits of people united through their shared experience on Earth.
In Person: Merrick Chase
For Freedoms is a national collective of artists, institutions and people experimenting with innovative pathways to civic participation. This exhibit, built around the idea of “Freedom from Fear,” was curated from over 100 submissions received in a two-week open call. The show, “It Is a Miracle That We Are Standing Here,” is a visual compilation of work by emerging artists celebrating the resilience of their communities, broadening the notions of contemporary identity and examining power systems that steer our lives. With For Freedoms Project Coordinator Evan Blaise Walsh.
In Person: Evan Blaise Walsh
Sheridan Opera House Pocket Park: Sarah Uhl & Anna Brones
“In Our Hands” is an interactive exhibit by artists Sarah Uhl and Anna Brones that explores curiosity and the ripple effect of our actions. Participants are invited to step inside a colorful pop-up fabric sculpture and leave a contribution to a thought experiment meant to spark conversation through the festival.
In Person: Sarah UhlAnna Brones
Telluride Gallery of Fine Art: R. Nelson Parrish & David Benjamin Sherry
R. Nelson Parrish is an Alaskan-born sculptor who approaches his art as a means of exploring the subtle contrasts between the natural and man-made worlds. His tactile, dynamic pieces — which are made with materials like resin, fiberglass and wood — represent a fusion of natural and synthetic, sculpture and painting. They aim to disengage the viewer from the peripheral and focus on the present moment, eliciting a calm among the chaos that is rare in today’s world. David Benjamin Sherry is an artist and photographer who is helping viewers see the American West in a new way. He is known for his analog techniques, color-drenched depictions of familiar landmarks and “queer revision” of traditional, hyper-masculine Western photography — qualities that are helping to reshape the narrative around our public lands.
In Person: R. Nelson ParrishDavid Benjamin Sherry
Telluride Arts HQ: Jim Herrington
Renowned commercial photographer Jim Herrington spent two decades traveling around the world to capture portraits of 20th century climbing legends. The resulting book and exhibit, The Climbers, features 60 black and white images of the likes of Royal Robbins, Reinhold Messner and Yvon Chouinard. The portraits, raw and intimate, capture the humanity, frailty and drive behind these remarkable individuals.
In Person: Jim Herrington
Slate Gray: Oskar Enander
Oskar Enander’s ski photography is marked by its stark contrasts, deep blues and distinct use of light and shadows. It’s a unique aesthetic that could be the result of the photographer’s colorblindness. Or it could be a keen eye, sense for lines and obsession with getting the shot. Enander, the subject of Ski Photographer, has scored numerous magazine covers and garnered top accolades like Powder Magazine’s Photo of the Year award.
In Person: Oskar Enander