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A Shack To-Hell-U-Ride Thank You!

Garret Gruener for webThe Telluride Fire Festival art car is about to embark on its second pilgrimage to Burning Man this coming Labor Day weekend. And, the Shack To-Hell-U-Ride has many people to thank for making this important journey possible. We hope to meet new artists and spread the word in Black Rock City about the January 20-22 Festival in Telluride.

Leif Juell, owner of Alternative Power Enterprises in Ridgway, CO, generously provided a substantially discounted 8-panel solar system of seasoned, reused components. Complete with a solar charge controller and deep cycle batteries, the now solar-powered sound and light system make the Shack a more environmentally-friendly art car by eliminating the need for a noisy, polluting (and often temperamental) generator.

Many thanks, as well, to Maciej Mrotek of Dance of the Sacred Fire of Carbondale, CO, whose pyrotechnic expertise has made the Shack more fiery. When we won Best of Parade after accidentally torching the Town of Telluride’s 4th of July banner, it was clear his efforts were successful and sure to entertain at Burning Man.

Bud and Leslie Crane, Damon and Lanie Demas, Marshall Whiting and Richard Arnold, and Curtis Marble have all helped provide temporary residences for the Shack so that we could continue to have it nearby to work on it.

Kudos must also be given to Adam Messier, owner of Telluride Complete Auto Repair, without his can-do-attitude, expertise, and responsiveness in repairing the trailer, Eurovan and truck (all needed for the trek), we wouldn’t be hauling the Shack to The Playa.

Lastly, we thank everyone that donated or backed the Kickstarter Campaign to help raise the money to get her to Burning Man: Annie Williams, Boo Grant, Cooper Cantor, Blake Rhulen, Bryan Pope, Chris Dobell, Dyer Wolf, Diana Sheldon, Douglas Cunningham, Gregg Elbert, Joel Henderson, Judy & Steven Gluckstern, Judy Ries, Karen & Charlie Baughn, Mark Campione, Nathaniel, Robin Schuster, Simon Sommelius, So Rachel Cain, and Trent Hein.

We are indebted and so grateful to all.

2017 Event to Showcase Fire Art on Ski Area

This January 20-22, Festival goers will be entertained by dancing fire spinners and towering fiery art in Telluride Mountain Village, and also be captivated by larger-than-life fire installations on the Telluride Ski Resort, atop the gondola.

Local fire artist and architect, Anton Viditz-Ward will have his magnificent Fire Spinner on the ski slope. Guests attending the Saturday night Fire Ball will have the opportunity to view his interactive fire installation as well as other fire sculptures on a backdrop of glistening snow, 10,000 feet above sea level.

The Festival honors many artists whose works of fire art can often only be witnessed at Burning Man in the Nevada desert of Black Rock City.

The annual Telluride Fire Festival begins January 20 with fire performances and fire art installations in Telluride’s Mountain Village, 5-8pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. The outdoor experiences are offered are free to all.

Saturday night will feature the wildly outrageous Fire Ball in North America’s highest (one-night-only) nightclub at 10,535 feet on St Sophia Ridge. This event will wow all with music, fire performers, aerial silk spinners, jugglers, cash bar, yummy food, and more.

Anton Viditz-Ward
Master welder, artist and architect, Anton works his magic in an abandoned mine just outside of Telluride, which he uses 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 three-story tall “creatures” that he loads with wood, torches and spins via man-powered axles—remarkable to witness in person. Anton has received many grants over the years from Burning Man to bring his art to the desert.

Artist Reception at Telluride Gallery of Fine Art
Renowned Burning Man photographer Scott London will be hosted at the Telluride Gallery of Fine art with a kick-off reception Thursday, Jan. 19. Scott is a photographer and journalist based in southern California. His photographs have been widely published, appearing in books, newspapers and magazines in more than 30 countries. Publications include Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, Newsweek, The AtlanticWired, Fast CompanyGQ, 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” show at the Institute of Art and Ideas in England. His book Burning Man: Art on Fire will be featured at Between the Covers bookstore and Scott will sign books at the reception.

The Festival’s current sponsors include AmeriGas, Hotel Telluride, Lumière Telluride, Madeline Hotel & Residences, Scott’s Printing, Telluride Ski Resort, Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association, CCAASE, and The Victorian Inn.




Dance of the Sacred Fire returns in 2017!

Dance of the Sacred Fire returns for a 3rd year to enchant our guests with fantastic high energy fire sets. Their performances of pure fire shows will include Fire Poi, Fire Rope Dart, Fans, Fire Ropes, Fire Breathing, Fire Staff, Double Fire Short Staff, Fire Play, Fire Fingers, Fire Torches and more!

Pictured here: Fire spinners Melanie Finan, left, and Maciej Mrotek who performed on the deck at Mountain Lodge Telluride for Telluride Fire Festival 2015 and 2016. The performance kicked off the Telluride Fire Festival both years.

About Dance of the Sacred Fire:
Dance of the Sacred Fire has performed on national and international stages, and collaborated on projects around the globe. They manipulate fire using traditional tools, and draw on their experience with fire to design and create new, innovative tools for performances that are nothing short of magical. 

Gunnison teen’s project to highlight Fire Festival 

Excerpted from Gunnison Times: Will Shoemaker, Times Editor

The smell of propane wafted from a long metal tube as Max Ewy flicked a lighter over small drill holes, igniting the apparatus in a long line of short flames. Ewy rushed around the tube to queue punk music, sent through a speaker at one end of the cylinder. As the sounds of The Damned blared, the flames danced along with the beat.

Part science, part art, Ewy’s Ruben’s tube, as it’s called, jumped to life in a swirl of sound and sight. The first project of its kind for the 15-year-old artist and costume designer, the “standing wave flame tube” has been selected to highlight the second annual Telluride Fire Festival, Jan. 14-17.

The idea for creating the Ruben’s tube came from a YouTube video. And after learning of the Fire Festival, Ewy was encouraged to produce the apparatus for the event.

Download the PDF to read more.

Video of Ruben’s Tube

Breaking News Update: Fire Ball Fundraiser

The Festival culminates in this spectacular fundraising Fire Ball and Barn Burning: a unique setting atop the gondola at Station St Sophia in the 30-foot high vaulted ceilinged venue. This location is ideal for both in-town and Mountain Village guests. This fete, where audience will become artist, offers a truly unique experience, combining exhibition with performance, and commemorating all forms of artistry.

The fabulous LoveTribe along with DJ Phoenix, The Strangefellow, will provide high energy music to dance by. Theatrical performers Stacy Everson, Kim Bucki and Bryan Pope with mesmerize all. Attendees will choose between intimate lounge areas, dance spaces, have unlimited beverages, and appetizers.

Fire spinning

Break news: Pub Crawl!

We’ve added a Pub Crawl to our event line up…

Friday January 15, 3-5pm

Begin at Village Table in Mountain Village  (pictured above) then head over to la Piazza  (pictured below) and work your way around to all the other participating establishments. Stay tuned for updates about special fire-themed drinks, special festival Pub Crawl pricing and participating venues.

The Shack To-Hell-U-RIde

The Fire Festival art car was created to resemble a turn-of-the-century miner’s shack. The actual shack, created with 100-year old wood sits on a cut down 1989 Ford Transporter Van. The shack literally appears to “float” along the road as the tires are completely hidden from view by rusted corrugated steel.

The interior boasts a turn-of-the century ice box, real wood burning stove and  chandelier. As all shacks in Telluride had sleeping quarters, this shack does as well.

The most exquisite piece of this Mutant Vehicle is the illusion that the shack is on fire. Something you simply must see for yourself…this summer at Burning Man or January 15, 16 or 17, 2016 at the Telluride Fire Festival.

Make a tax deductible donation of $1,000 or more and you can have this fiery spectacle at your next house party or event in the Town of Telluride. Email for more details.

Dance of the Sacred Fire Jan 15…

Fire spinners Melanie Finan, left, and Maciej Mrotek performed on the deck at Mountain Lodge Telluride—free to guests— on Thursday night at the January 2015 Festival. The performance kicked off the inaugural Telluride Fire Festival. The festival continued over the long weekend with interactive fire art, fire art cars, fire dancing and live music in Telluride and Mountain Village.

See more images of the Fire Festival Art Car