True North Youth Program: Art installation build workshop


This art installation build workshop is taking place in the Festival Founders yard on November 6 & 7. Eight teens have signed up to create magic over two days with Chris Myers & Erin Ries.
The sculpture will be showcased at Resurrection on December 4th. And, it will be torched like the other wood sculptures.
The True North Youth Program kids will attend the event for free.
This program was made possible in part by the generous support of Alpine Bank.
If you are with True North Youth Program and wish to participate, email erin@telluridefirefestival.org.

A successful Beginner Welding Workshop

The Beginner Welding Workshop, like many other events, was canceled due to the pandemic this past December 2020. Through determination, a loyal following and an eager instructor, it was rescheduled for May 22 and 23 in an above ground nonworking mine at Deep Creek Experimental.

Nine people participated in the workshop. Four, ranging from 13 to 17 years of age—were sponsored by One-To-One Mentoring. Several adults from Telluride participated as well. All materials and safety equipment were supplied to the students, they just needed to show up ready to create.

The students learned the process of creating a steel fire art project from scratch using reclaimed materials. Dan taught the basics of shop safety, welding basics, metal manipulation, and how to add fire elements. Materials on the first day. The students collaborated on the creation of a fire sculpture out of steel and added propane elements to the finished project, which will be on display at the 2021 event.

Not only did the group produce a collaborative work of art including flame effects, but also separate welded sculptures for themselves. Fiery Fluffy was the name given the team creation. The students tossed their name into a hat to give all a fair chance to win the group created flaming art installation, and 13 year-old Sebastian Santa Ana was the winner.

About the instructor
Dan Gundrum of Home Technology Group and Pivotal Effects taught the two-day class. Dan, a member of Deep Creek Experimental explains his craft in this way, “I look at the world and what inspires art. It stems from my impulsive desire to observe life from a different perspective. When something can be influenced in that altered perspective, art happens. That influence can be something as simple as clicking the shutter or making that grind. Pushing the boundaries of that influence makes something entirely new. Something that can transport the viewer into that altered perspective.” Says Dan, “I love teaching this class for the Festival. The reward is seeing the smiles and creativity”.

Student sculptures premiered at The Mine event in 2018

November 2017, youth from three counties met in Telluride for the 2nd two-day STEAM program involving five educational themes. Local artist Dan Gundrum along with visiting artists Brent Cain and Andy McKim were the facilitators for the students at the Deep Creek Experimental artists enclave known as The Mine and the Ah Haa School for the Arts.

The results of their fabulous and fiery collaboration could be seen during the 2018
MountainFilm at the Deep Creek Experimental evening event.

The two sculptures also premiered in Gunnison at Coldharbour Institute’s Midsummer’s Eve
Celebration in July 2018. Many of the Gunnison
students were present at
the July event.

Telluride Fire Festival & Burning Man Global Art Grant Application

The Festival is pleased to announce the recent invitation to submit a full proposal to Burning Man Global Art Grants for our interactive, community-driven sculpture for Telluride. The Festival is partnering with Dan Gundrum and Angela Watkins‘ Telluride High School students. The goal is to create a sculpture that will be on permanent display in Telluride for all to enjoy.

Sculpture title: Listen To Mother Earth…She’s Speaking To Us!

The sculpture will be created with found objects/scrap metal and have interactive elements for people to touch/move/push. Artists, donors, and grantors will be listed on signage at the sculpture site.

If you have an interest in supporting this community-based project or want to participate in it’s creation, please email erin@telluridefirefestival.org

The full proposal will be submitted February 15 and applicants will be notified by April 1, 2018.