Your Ah Haa Moment: Fahnestock Wins Youth Art Award

Last Thursday, November 5, Telluride's Ah Haa School for the Arts displayed about 50 works of art created by middle and high school students from Telluride, Ridgway, Norwood, Naturita, and the Dolores area, participants in the school's 8th annual Youth Art Award. Judges selected from Ah Haa Art Advisory Committee selected the winners based on originality and strength of the work submitted. Best in show, an honor that also paid $300, went to Jonas Fahnestock for his oil painting entitled "Self Portrait."

Jonas Fahnestock comes by his talent naturally. Both his parents, John Fahnestock and Goedele Vanhille, are accomplished ceramic artists. (In fact, Goedele is teaching a course in Intermediate Wheel Throwing starting November 28 at Ah Haa.)  Jonas has worked as a student mentor in Ah Haa's summer teens program. Over the years, Telluride audiences have enjoyed his work as an actor in Jen Julia's Young People's Theatre productions at the Sheridan Opera House. As a senior at the Telluride Mountain School, he is applying to the Rhode Island School of Design.

Other winners are as follows:

11th & 12th grade

$100 runner-up prize went to Cyrus Bennett, Telluride High School, for “A Pencil Drawing I Did." Honorable mention went to Doug Smith, Telluride High School, for his pen & ink drawing entitled "Omnipresent,"
David Carter, Nucla High School, for his pencil drawing entitled “Flying Ribbons,” and to Brennan Carr, Norwood High School, for his clay sculpture, “Untitled.” 

9th-10th grade

$100 Prize went to Kayla Roster, Nucla High School, for her pencil drawing, “Happiness.” Honorable mention wento toSarah Israel, Telluride High School,  for her pencil drawing, “A Study of Light and Shadow in a Globe” and Brandon Morgan, Nucla High School, for his pastel painting of a bald eagle.

7th & 8th grade

$100 prize went to Scarlet Holvenstot, Telluride Mountain School, for her work fashioned from 3D art cardboard, magazine, glue,  and duct tape entitled "Weeping Peace." Honorable mention went to Elizabeth MacMillan, Telluride Mountain School, for her linoleum print, entitled “Peregrine Falcon” and Clara Brown, Telluride Mountain School,  for a batik entitled “Snow Pearl.” 

Check out Ah Haa's marketing and exhibition manager Lauren Metzger's iMovie for a look at the winning pieces.

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