|Aa Haa School for the Arts|
|Aa Haa Director Rachel Loomis-Lee & Kerry|
in front of artwork by Rachel
During our visit at the school, Rachel provided a wealth of information on the art scene occuring in Telluride and about the role the School fulfills in the community. The Ah Haa School was founded in 1990 by bookmaker and teacher Daniel Tucker as a means for fostering creativity that exists in every individual, regardless of age. To this end the Ah Haa School offers a host of workshops in a wide range of mediums including ceramics, film, welding, painting, jewelry, and photography, as well as adult and youth programs. Housed in a historic train depot, the top level of the school offers two gallery exhibit areas for featured artists' works, with the lower level designated for workshops, a ceramic room, and soon to be printmaking shop.
| Ceramist Nichole Waichunas at |
Ah Haa School
If you are planning a visit to the Telluride area, the Aa Haa School for the Arts is a definite must see. You can also visit the Aa Haa Scool for the Arts website for information on upcoming exhibits, events, and classes at http://www.aahaa.org/ and at the following YouTube links http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uM4fScMFaZM
|L-R: Sasha Cuccicinello, Kerry, & Kate Jones|
TCAH, like Aa Haa, is a community based arts organization developed to foster the arts in and around the Telluride area. Its mission is to assist artists and visual & performing groups discover venues and support for their growth and sustainability within and outside the community. The Stronghouse Studios & Gallery was created and funded by the TCAH to offer work spaces for artists, regardless the medium. Housed in an historic dry good storage along the historic Rio Grande train tracks, the Stronghouse offers a music room, a dark room and several art work spaces. Occupancy is based upon availability with the majority of top floor artists as established tenants. The lower level offers a variety of spaces to artists as they beccome available.
Thank you, Sasha & Kate, for your hospitality.
Around the corner from the Stronghouse are two addtional galleries that we visited. The Schilling Studio Gallery owned/operated by artist Amy Schilling who offers cutting edge contemporary works in addition to her encaustic artwork and handmade jewelry. http://schillingstudiogallery.com/ The neighboring Lustre Gallery offers historic jewelry, art glass works, and a large collection of reversed painted ceiling chandeliers http://www.lustregallery.com/contact.html
As the day began to wane, we headed off to Smugglers for a bite to eat before heading back to our lodging along the river. Tomorrow, weather permitting, we hope to race down a few of Telluride's slopes then in the evening take in a music venue held in the historic 1913 Sheridan Opera House. http://www.sheridanoperahouse.com/ Sunday morning we head out to Vail, CO.
DAY IN TELLURIDE