Wednesday, December 23, 2009

happy holidays!

A great year at the Ah Haa School is coming to an end. We are so thankful to our extended Ah Haa family and friends for all you have contributed to bringing art and creativity to the Telluride community. We appreciate opportunities to work with so many wonderful instructors, parents, children and volunteers. We are grateful for partnerships with the Town of Telluride for displaying art, to businesses for sponsoring our events. We thank foundations, corporations, and generous individual donors. Most of all, we are grateful for the wide-eyed wonder, curiosity, and excitement from children as they immerse themselves in the Ah Haa School.

Thanks to all of you for the work you do! Your enthusiasm and thoughtful contributions bring vibrancy and quality to the the Ah Haa School for the Arts.

The staff and Board of Directors at the Ah Haa School wish you all a happy and healthy holiday season and New Year!

And so, onward and upward into 2010. Let us celebrate our accomplishments of 2009 and look forward to what 2010 has in store for us!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Boulder Exhibit Features Meredith Nemirov

Mary Williams Fine Arts in Boulder, CO invites you to a group showing including the Ah Haa amazing faculty instructor Meredith Nemirov. NEW TERRITORY: FOUR FRESH OUTLOOKS opens Thursday, December 3rd and continues through December 31st. The other artists featured are Robert Harper, Karen G. Myers and Clive R. Tyler. For more information go to Or go to

Mary Williams Fine Arts
2116 Pearl Street  |  Boulder CO

Don't miss it if you are in the Denver area this month!

Enhance Your Space

Timothy White just launched a new ecommerce site. Timothy is a furniture designer from Crested Butte. "I started making things when I was a kid, and never looked back. My early desire to create things has blossomed into a lifelong passion that I am lucky enough to pursue full time. I remain fascinated and driven by the creative process of an idea becoming an object that will enhance someones life in some small way." Check out his work at and once you fall in love with it travel to and enhance your space. Congratulations Timothy!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Have you heard about the Killer Cycle Vests by Doom aka Steve Fassbinder?

When I saw my friend Lloyd wearing his handmade vest by Doom, I knew I wanted one.  Little did I know that I could actually create it myself in this upcoming workshop with Doom next Saturday, December 19 at the Ah Haa.  Not only do they look awesome, but they are waterproof and breathable for so many outdoor activities!  Such a great item to walk away with and it's only a one day class!  Check out previously made vests at

You may sign up for this class by calling (970) 728-3886 or online at!
Hope to see ya there!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Kids & Art Just Go Together

Don't miss Todd Parr's colorful and uplifting exhibit at the Schilling Gallery here in Telluride. The artwork of this children's book author can bring a smile to even the grumpiest scrooge! Through December 31st!

Schillling Studio Gallery  |  151 South Pine  |  970.728.1345

The Elves Were Busy Last Night

Ah Haa's first Noel Night just for kids was a success! I must say that the great kids who attended created their little hearts out. The angels are my favorite. If you and your kids haven't checked out an Ah Haa craft event you don't know what your missing :) We hope to see you next time!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Local Artist Extraordinare!

Don't miss local artist Michelle Curry Wrights beautiful exhibit at the Telluride Gallery of Fine Art.

Holiday Artbreak Camps to the Rescue!

Kids are always excited about school vacations but they can still get bored. Ah Haa's Holiday Artbreak Camps are a fun way to spend a free day during the holidays! Thanksgiving's camp was a huge success with 13 kids diving in, getting messy and creating their little hearts out. Our next holiday camps are December 21-23 and December 28-30. Sign the little one's up now one day or three days!

Monday, November 30, 2009

Handmade Gifts Say It Better

Create cool & creative gifts this holiday season from the heart! Next Tuesday & Wednesday, join local artists, Nancy Craft and Sally Davis in creating one of a kind Holiday gifts such as unusual cards, envelopes, post cards, accordion books, surprise boxes, scrolls, etc. Working with collage and mixed media, we will make fun and unusual art work to give away or send in the mail, NOT e-mail, but something with true spirit, color, texture, and mystery! Play with fabulous array of art supplies including bees wax, exotic papers, maps, lace, buttons, natural materials, oil pastels, fabric, and more!

Collage Art Mail with Sally Davis & Nancy Craft
December 8 & 9  |  Tuesday & Wednesday  |  5:30 – 7:30PM  |  $150

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Ah Haa's Gratitude List

We at the Ah Haa have a lot to be thankful for! A new building, a new staff, snow, the multitude of fun and creative classes we are able to offer, wonderful instructors, enthusiastic students of all ages and most of all a community that supports us, that we love! Thank you for inspiring us on a daily bases!


Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Yummy for Your Tummy! And Your Karma

Who doesn't like to get a cookbook as a gift? Who doesn't like to give one to their favorite cook in hopes that they'll be invited over when it's tried out? The Ah Haa Cookbook is the perfect gift. It supports your favorite community art center AND has tons of yummy recipes. (I highly suggest the coffee cake. I know from personal experience it's delectable.)

The Ah Haa School will be partaking in the TAG Bazaar from December 4 - 6th at the Telluride High School Cafeteria. There will be artsy, funky items for sale as well as the Ah Haa Cookbook. With all the other fabulous local artists participating, you very well could get all your holiday shopping done in one place. Can you imagine?

See you there!

Thursday, November 19, 2009


Come see the 2009 Youth Art Show in the Ah Haa Daniel Tucker gallery. The show will only hang till the middle of December, so get down here quick! This year's show was filled with amazing selections from young artists at four area schools, Nucla High, Naturita High, Telluride High, and the Telluride Mountain School. Ah Haa congratulates all of our young local talent and would like to thank Wildcat Studios and Gallery Framing for graciously offering to frame all the work of the catagory winners.

Look for an interview with our Best in Show winner, Jonas Fahenstock, in our upcoming winter newsletter in January!

Ah Haa Youth Art Award WINNERS  |  2009

7th – 8th Grade Winners
• Honorable Mention (HM) – Elizabeth MacMillan, Telluride Mountain School
• HM – Clara Brown, Telluride Mountain School
• 1st Prize Winner – Scarlet Holvenstot, Telluride Mountain School

9th-10th Grade Winners
• HM – Sarah Israel, Telluride High School
• HM – Brandon Morgan, Nucla High School
• 1st Prize Winner- Kayla Roster, Nucla High School

11th-12th Grade Winners
• HM – Doug Smith, Telluride High School,
• HM – Brennan Carr, Norwood High School
• HM – David Carter, Nucla High School
• 1st Prize Winner – Cyrus Bennett, Telluride High School


Jonas Fahnestock
Telluride Mountain School

Silk Wonders

Rita Bernstein, silk artist extraodinare, is introducing her new website this month. Rita has been a part of the Ah Haa family since the beginning and was featured in Ah Haa's Inspired Exhibition. She is a constant contributor to the Ah Haa's annual art auction each summer. Check out her new website. You might just find that perfect gift for a special someone.  :)

Secret Santa Workshop on Noel Night

Exciting fun is to be had at the Ah Haa on Noel Night! The Secret Santa Workshop elves have been crazily gathering ideas and materials for all the wonderful crafts to be created by children who attend this special workshop!!! I can't tell you all the fun ideas that are up their suspenders, but some of them include making Christmas stockings and holiday wrapping paper! Only children allowed at this Ah Haa event, so kids, take a break from the parents and get the time alone you need to get into the holiday spirit and make fun holiday crafts!

Matt Downer featured in LUXE Colorado

Matt Downer, a long time supporter and instructor at the Ah Haa School is featured in the current issue of Colorado's LUXE Magazine! Matt is an extraordinary woodworker who create the beautiful desk showcased in our reception area. Our Registrar, Laura claims she has the best desk in town. Check out his work here

The Blog is Up!

Hey everybody out there in artworld! Welcome to the Ah Haa school's first ever blog, ArtBeat. Thanks to our wonderful Director of Marketing, Lauren Metzger, we're up and running on this beautiful November morning. We have some exciting opportunities for kids taking place at the Ah Haa very soon. Our wonderful children's instructor of our Artrageous After School Days, Desiree Rothschild, will be running our Thanksgiving Holiday Art Break Camp, from November 23rd-25th. It's only $100 for our 3-day camp, or you take any single day at $35.

Also, don't forget our December 2nd Noel Night Secret Santa Workshop. For only $25 your child can have an art-filled evening at the Ah Haa, while you enjoy some stress-free shopping downtown. Look for more updates and class specials in our weekly email blast, page 5 of the Daily Planet, or on our website at It's all happening at the Ah Haa the holiday season!