Plein Air winner in Ah Haa’s live auction Friday, July 24

Plein Air winner in Ah Haa’s live auction Friday, July 24

Lana_photo Say the words "quick draw" in a Western town like Telluride and images of smoking guns pop into mind.

Quick Draw has a whole other meaning, however, in the context of the Sheridan Arts Foundation's annual Telluride Plein Air event, an art show that has become an integral part of Telluride's Fourth of July celebration.

The Quick Draw is a 90-minute, on-site painting demonstration and competition held on Main Street, this year on July 2, 10:30 – noon. The contest is open only to the 30 top plein air artists in town for a week to paint Telluride's urbanscapes and landscapes. The Ah Haa School for the Arts supplies  the judges. This year,
Lana Rak took home the blue ribbon for her image, "Bon Appetit."

Ahhaa_SOH Southwest Art called Lana Rak an artist to watch. Originally from Kiev, Ukraine, she began drawing at the tender age of four. When she was only 12, the precocious young artist was admitted to the Republican School of Fine Art in Kiev. In 1986, Lana Rak moved to Canada to continue her art studies at Langara College in Vancouver. She went on to attend the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, where she is currently studying for an MFA.

"Bon Appetit" is one of 16 works of art for sale at Ah Haa's live auction, 7 p.m., Friday, July 24, 300 South Townsend.

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