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    NEW YEARS' GALA

Fine Art & Elegant Cuisine

An Extraordinary Evening  |  December 31st   |   5:30 to 10:00pm

Think of it: New Year’s Eve at an art school. A mixture of fun, creativity and yes, elegance. Surrounded by the new works of this year’s guest artists, the Daniel Tucker Gallery is transformed into a formal dining room where guests can enjoy a cocktail reception with hors d’ouevres followed by a four-course, plated, sit-down dinner catered by one of Telluride’s exceptional chefs. This year our Gala has a new twist, as we feature a visual artist and a storyteller/writer. Attendees will be captivated by stories from Craig Childs, and inspired by the work of abstract artist Chris Miller. Both men will offer intimate presentations that will enchant everyone in attendance.  What a fabulous way of ringing in the new year!

$300 per person / $2,250 per table (eight seats)
Sales begin in the fall.

THIS YEARS’ FEATURED ARTISTS:

CHRIS MILLER

Chris Miller was born in California and studied studio art in various colleges, including Fort Lewis College and CU. Near the end of a short career in film he discovered Telluride and moved here with his family in 1992. Since 2013 he divides his time between San Francisco, Napa Valley and Telluride. An avid cyclist, he and his wife Catherine McNamee owned Moots Cycles from 1995 to 2015.

Chris has been painting continuously since college, focusing on landscapes and abstract work. “Landscape studies allow you to interpret the world you see and recast it as your unique view, abstraction brings unseen and unknown elements together and creates a dialog between form, color and texture to explore the essential in our experience. Painting is a journey, and I’m not sure where it’s going to take me, but there’s an exploration going on, that’s a kind of personal examination and certainly autobiographical.”

Over the years Chris has studied at Ah Haa and Anderson Ranch. This is his first solo exhibition.

CRAIG CHILDS

Craig Childs is an Arizona native now living in western Colorado. Winner of the 2009 Rowell Art of Adventure Award, he is part deep traveler, part writer who focuses on natural sciences, archaeology, and journeys into the global wilderness. He is a commentator for National Public Radio’s Morning Edition, and his work has appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Men’s Journal, Outside, the Sun, and Orion. Subjects range from pre-Columbian archaeology to US border issues to the last free-flowing rivers of Tibet and Patagonia.
Childs is known for following ancient migration routes on foot, pursuing early Pueblo passages across the Southwest and most recently the paths of first peoples into the Americas during the Ice Age. He has published more than a dozen books of adventure, wilderness, and science. His new book, ATLAS OF A LOST WORLD: TRAVELS IN ICE AGE AMERICA, examines the dynamics of people moving into an uninhabited hemisphere in the late Pleistocene, documenting arrivals from Alaska to Florida to southern Chile. He has won the Orion Book Award and has twice won the Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award, the Galen Rowell Art of Adventure Award, and the Spirit of the West Award for his body of work. The New York Times says “Childs’s feats of asceticism are nothing if not awe inspiring: he’s a modern-day desert father.” He has a B.A. in Journalism from CU Boulder with a minor in Women’s Studies, and from Prescott College, an M.A. in Desert Studies. An occasional commentator for NPR s Morning Edition, he teaches writing at University of Alaska in Anchorage and the Mountainview MFA at Southern New Hampshire University.