2017 Artist & Entertainers

Kenny Browning

Kenny Browning

Flaming Frame, Firecracker Hats

Award winning artist, Kenny Browning is also a Master gas fitter, licensed flame effects operator, and welder. His two art cars, The Roachster and The Iron Maiden have won many awards and have most recently been featured at the Trinidad, CO ARTOCADE—the annual Art Car festival and parade. Kenny’s other claim to fame is his wildly entertaining Firecracker Hat, invented in 2001. Since then he and his crew have performed at numerous public events including Discovery Green, the Texas Regional Burn Flipside, Art Outside, The Luminaria Festival in San Antonio, and the Orange Show Art Car Parade in Houston. Kenny has also displayed art and participates regularly at Burning Man. He is also the creator of the Flaming Frame—a fiery photo opportunity for attendees of this year’s Fire Festival.

Sparky Anderson

Sparky Anderson

Cannon, Dorothy

Sparky Anderson is a volunteer Firefighter, Flames Operator, and Event Safety Coordinator for fire events across the country. In his free time Sparky works in the automobile industry as a fashion and automotive photographer…to afford more propane for his fire art creations. He’s contributed his time to bring fire arts to events such as Burning Man, Art Outside, Apogaea, Lakes of Fire, Myschievia, Freezer Burn, Glowarama, and Burning Flipside. He ’s also crew with the Firecracker Hats group.

Sparky is the master creator of the Flamebeaux Rodeo and Dorothy—A venturi effect fire tornado that rises 24 feet in the sky—Dorothy will lure you to the Mountain Village like a moth to the flame. Dorothy was the illumination for the Fire of Fires Temple at Burning Man in 2009.

Sparky, based in Houston, he is excited to participate at Telluride Fire Festival in January with his fiery art. The Festival is thrilled to have such a fabulous fire safety guy on the Plaza this year!

Amanda Sage

Amanda Sage

Painter

Amanda Sage is an artist using her painting as a tool for spiritual, planetary growth and transformation.
Her paintings represent multidimensional aspects of humanness in harmonious balance, inspiring a re-membering of an energetic inter-connectedness that is present and shared with all things. Celebrated within the genre of Visionary Art, she is best known for exhibiting, performing and teaching transgenerational techniques of seeing through her work of painting with light.

Originally from Colorado, she is a contemporary nomad… sharing her gifts and time between her studio’s in Los Angeles, Vienna, and Gunnison, CO amongst other annual residencies around the world such as CoSM (Chapel of Sacred Mirrors) Alex & Allyson Grey’s art sanctuary in New York, Burning Man and Paradise One in Australia.

DJ Phoenix

DJ Phoenix

Actor/DJ

Wrought from the fiery passion of the Western Colorado backdrop, DJ Phoenix rises in glory to uplift you in your heart, in your head, in your speakers, dance floors and beds. Beating his wings on the wind of the drum, churning up beats that drop from the sky: Look out, look up, look within, open up your eye!

Jamie Vaida

Jamie Vaida

Organ

Jamie Vaida has spent years perfecting his craft of creating beautiful, often functional, pieces of art from recycled metals. He is a veteran creator of Mutant Vehicles for Burning Man. Jamie is creating yet another interactive fiery masterpiece for this year’s Fire Festival.

Shane Shane

Shane Shane

Biodiversity Fire Sphere & Be Extraordinary

Albuquerque artist Shane Shane created a biodiversity sphere out of a 500-gallon propane tank from the 1950s. Each detail is more intricate than the next. Shane was able to create a world. It’s one of wonder and it’s one with a message. “The ecosystem is important to every creature,” explains Shane. “Each part is represented in this piece.”

Photo above by Jim Thompson
jthompson@abqjournal.com

Justin Gray

Justin Gray

Fiery Robots

Justin Gray built his first RC car at age seven and picked up his first welding torch at age sixteen. An apprenticeship with renowned sculptor Martin Metal shaped Justin’s esthetics in patina and metal sculpture. Justin’s robots share his shop with Graywrx Fabrication, a fully tooled machining and fabrication shop, where his broad range of abilities and limitless imagination thrive.

LoveTribe

LoveTribe

Musical Entertainment: DJ/Percussionists

LoveTribe is a musically explosive, Colorado-based, techno-tribal fusion dance party. Founded in 2000 by DJ Phoenix and JAH-seek-AH, LoveTribe exists to promote community and celebration through an interactive, spiritually infused dance experience. DJ Phoenix serves as the ring leader to six powerful percussionists (Different Dave, Craiger One Niner, The Donger, RobinTix, Peace, and JBALL) that orchestrate a pounding on the dance floor and a fire in your soul. LoveTribe was a featured hit at last year’s Fire Festival and will be turning up the heat once again in 2017 for the much anticipated Fire Ball.

Dream Team Spinners

Dream Team Spinners

Fire and Aerial Silk Performers

Dream Team Spinners have five plus years of being involved and performing in the fire and flow arts community. They utilize constantly evolving techniques to keep the viewer entertained and push their own skill sets to new levels. The events never stay the same! Just when you think you’ve seen it all, something new and exciting comes into play.

Dance of the Sacred Fire

Dance of the Sacred Fire

Fire Performers

Dance of the Sacred Fire, led by the talented Maciej Mrotek create performances of pure fire shows including Fire Poi, Fire Rope Dart, Fans, Fire Ropes, Fire Breathing, Fire Staff, Double Fire Short Staff, Fire Play, Fire Fingers, Fire Torches. The team will perform a free performance at Telluride Mountain Lodge on Thursday at sunset.

Ryon Gesink

Ryon Gesink

Demon Throne

Based in Oakland, CA, Ryon Gesink has over 15 years experience refining his sculptural aesthetic through the creation of art vehicles, cyborgian suits, giant fiery kinetic sculptures, commissioned metal arts and furniture work. His work can be seen at Maker Faire, in private collections, in various Bay Area businesses, around American Steel Studios in Oakland, and has even appeared in Hawaii. He also writes lyrics and satire and performed as a frontman with his band The Turks.

Joe Bob Merritt

Joe Bob Merritt

Fire Cauldrons

Merritt is a multi-media/2D/3D/ material transformations artist residing in Gunnison, CO. Merritt received his Master of Architecture from SCI-ARC in Los Angeles, CA. His installations and artwork have been exhibited at Grand Central Station, MGM Studios in Los Angeles, and Piper Gallery in Crested Butte. His steel and rubber sculptures have been published in International design magazines. He received a 2014 Burning Man Honorarium for Wind Horse House, which was on display in Telluride in 2015.

Roger Clyne

Roger Clyne

Performer

Arizona-based recording artist Roger Clyne has, for the past 20 years, created a fan-focused community that meshes music with all forms of merriment infused with southwestern culture and mythologies. Clyne wrote and performed the theme song for FOX’s animated hit “King of The Hill.”

Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers have released six consecutive albums that have debuted in the top 10 on Billboard’s Internet Sales chart, the first independent band to ever accomplish that feat. Two of those albums, 1999s Honky Tonk Union and 2004s ¡Americano!, debuted at #1.

Joe Paczosa

Joe Paczosa

Welding Workshop Instructor

Rooted in the San Juan Mountains of Southwestern CO, Telluride Forge draws upon the inspiration of this majestic natural environment and for more than twenty years has created unique hand forged artwork for the home, community and soul. His artistry can be seen in Town at the Alpine Chapel and Hotel Madeline. Joe is teaching a free beginner welding workshop January 7 & 8.

Anton Viditz-Ward

Anton Viditz-Ward

Fire Spinner

Master welder, architect, artist, and Telluride resident Anton Viditz-Ward utilizes an abandoned mine several miles outside of Telluride as both a studio and starkly minimalist backdrop for creating and showcasing his spectacular, fiery creations. Working with heavy steel on a large scale, Anton constructs living, breathing shapes that he loads with wood, torches and spins via huge axles. These larger-than-life creations are remarkable to witness in person. Anton has been creating art installations for clients and art events for over 20 years.

Anton will showcase his Fire Spinner in the Fire Sculpture Garden atop chair seven on Saturday night during the Fire Ball. Tickets will be available online to buy Fire Ball tickets to be able to witness his fiery creation.

FlowHer Visual Art

FlowHer Visual Art

Fire Performers

Flowher Visual Art is a group of LED & Fire Entertainers based out of Denver, CO. They specialize in visual LED & fire prop performance art. The 15 member troupe is well-versed in theatrical make-up, and costuming, fire dancing, choreographed fire routines, party tricks, and fire eating! A small contingent consisting of Carolina Zubiate, Ana Cruz, Briana Alagna, and Brittany Berry will be performing at night on the stage Mountain Village.

Brent Cain

Brent Cain

Flaming Poofers

Moab resident, Brent Cain is a crack climber, slackline master, and welding/fire genius. His backyard is full of pieces and parts he may want to use in his next fiery project involving a poofer…like the one he created this this past November for the student sculpture at the Festival sponsored workshop. A creative free spirit and renegade at Burning Man, he is often called upon for his expertise by Utah’s Search & Rescue.

Stacy Everson

Stacy Everson

Aerial Silk Performer

Stacy Everson’s love for aerial dance found her on the island of Kauai, enthralled by spatial play upon witnessing the abilities of the human body through a Cirque de Soleil performance.

Searching for the new and innovative in aerial representation is her goal. However, her true joy comes from teaching others not to be merely spectators but actual participants. For this reason, Stacy has embraced teaching as well as performing in her hometown of Carbondale, CO.

Ryan Stringfellow

Ryan Stringfellow

DJ Strangefellow

Ryan (aka DJ Strangefellow, DreamFellow, Goldenshaft) got his ears wet djing late night shows on western Colorado public radio stations. A few house parties, clubs and Burning Man gigs later, he still enjoys dropping bangers and smashers for his Telluride peeps. He will amaze all at the Fire Ball Saturday night.

Dominic Del Signore

Dominic Del Signore

Fire Performer

Circus performer Dominic Turtle shares the art of object manipulation in western Colorado. He has recently displayed his acts at Carbondale’s Mountain Fair and the 2015 Telluride Fire Festival. As owner of The Lonely Toy Store in Grand Junction, Dominic Turtle practices a multiplicity of skill toys. Constantly expanding upon the visually elusive practice of balance and isolation, he brings an element of mystery and playfulness to all his performances. Photo by Cash Kieser.

Keith D’Angelo

Keith D’Angelo

Operation of Creation

At the 2015 Festival we saw Keith’s flaming heart, and the seven foot flaming LOVE at the 2016 Festival. This year, Keith’s kinetic fire sculpture is a giant mala spinning in different directions. The interactive art installation requires audience participation to produce the fire as it is hand operated/cranked. Participate in Mountain Village.

Scott London

Scott London

Photographer

Meet renowned Burning Man photographer, Scott London at the Telluride Gallery of Fine Art reception, from 4-6pm on January 19th. The Gallery will feature Scott’s fiery photos from Burning Man 2016. Scott’s photographs have been widely published, appearing in books, newspapers and magazines in more than 30 countries. Publications include Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, Newsweek, The Atlantic, Wired, Fast Company, GQ, Architectural Digest and National Geographic Traveler.

His work has also been exhibited across the U.S. and Europe. Highlights include the “Living” exhibition at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark and the “Art in an Ephemeral Age” at the Institute of Art and Ideas in England. His book Burning Man: Art on Fire will be available for purchase during the reception through Between the Covers Bookstore and he will be signing books for guests.

Bryan Pope

Bryan Pope

Flow Arts Performer

Bryan Pope embraces the power of love, dance, and flow arts as tools for healing and transformation. His desire is to inspire with movement and artistic freedom, while challenging the mind and body to grow. With a background in voice and theatre, he has dedicated the past three years to study performance and circus arts. Enhancing the vibes and overall experience of shows, festivals, and various events, Bryan performs locally and nationally for various DJ‘s, producers, and bands. He has had the honor of sharing the stage with artists such as, William Close and the Earth Harp Collective, from America’s Got Talent, Thriftworks, Phutureprimitive, Psymbionic, Desert Dwellers, Vibe Street, and Random Rab .

Joshua Birkmaier & Caitlin Morris

Joshua Birkmaier & Caitlin Morris

Arcus Hymenoptera

Joshua Birkmaier and Caitlin Morris of Gamma Space Art are bringing Arcus Hymenoptera to the Fire Festival from Denver. The breathtaking fiery Velvet Ants will amaze you. Born out of the Colorado Burning Man community, the seasoned artists and production managers that designed this installation have been creating large-scale art installations together for many years.

BlissFlow Fae

BlissFlow Fae

Fire Dance and Fire Acrobatics

Combining her background in dance and gymnastics with her passion for hoop art, BlissFlow Fae creates dynamic acts involving prop manipulation, acrobatics, and physical acting. She continues to expand her art through fire dance and fire acrobatics. She has performed for musical artists such as the String Cheese Incident, Beats Antique, Random Rab, Emancipator, and Govinda and has performed at festivals around the U.S., including Electric Forest, Gem & Jam, and Burning Man culture events.

Beatrixx Kiddo

Beatrixx Kiddo

DJ

Reigning from Boulder, CO Beatrixx Kiddo, specializes in getting your bootys groovin! Got her start spinning after her first Burn in 2013 after being gifted a shabby playa mixer. She’s now a local Telluride DJ who will make you dance into oblivion playing the sweet sounds of electro-funk, nu-disco/house, and a splash of that old school hip-hop.

Lauren Ivy

Lauren Ivy

Aerial Silk Performer

Lauren has been training in silks all over the country for over two years. When she isn’t soaring in the sky with her silks you can find her wandering the mountains. She grew up in Chicago, graduated college from Wisconsin and now finds herself residing in Silt, Colorado. Lauren will be performing at the Fire Ball January 21.

Ryan Smith

Ryan Smith

DJ

DJ Ryan Smith first discovered his passion for electronic music while studying in France in 1998. Ever since, he has been deejaying wherever life takes him. Starting out playing house parties and clubs in Northern Wisconsin during college, progressed on to various clubs in Minneapolis including the legendary Lounge, and finally moving on to Telluride where he has resided for 13 years playing gigs literally everywhere...the Roma, the Noir Bar, Fly Me to The Moon, The Sheridan Opera House, live fashion shows, ski and snowboard competitions; parties on top of 13,000 ft. passes, deep in old mining caves, or far out in the stretches of the Utah Desert.

Chaiah Sullivan

Chaiah Sullivan

Glass Blower

At the age of 14 Chaiah Sullivan picked up a torch and instantly fell in love. For five years it was just a hobby. He first apprenticed at a soft glass, hot shop studio in 2007. Then in 2010, following intensive instruction from top artists in the industry, he ventured forward with his own company, Unparalleled Glass. Chaiah is now a master glassblower. His works of art can be seen here.
http://unparalleledglass.com/

Craig Childs

Craig Childs

Storyteller

Craig, an author and explorer, has published more than a dozen critically acclaimed books, including House of Rain and The Secret Knowledge of Water. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Men’s Journal, and Outside.

Join Craig in an open-air storytelling around the fire at Oak Street Gondola Plaza. He traveled with a tribe of minstrels, including Timmy ONeill, walking for six days across the Black Rock Desert to reach Burning Man from the backside. This is the story of their journey. Flagstaff AZ-based musicians, The Scatterlithics, may possibly accompany the spoken word performance at 6:30pm on Jan. 19.

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