Your Ah Haa Moment: Celebrating New Year’s Eve

Your Ah Haa Moment: Celebrating New Year’s Eve

[click “Play” to hear Rachel Loomis-Lee about the school and the New Year’s event]

Bruce Gomez pastel

Telluride’s Ah Haa School for the Arts has a lot to celebrate. In March 2007, after 17 years in cramped quarters in an old brothel in Popcorn Alley known as the Silver Bell, the school moved into a century-old train depot. Since then, the local institution has been able to realize its promise of becoming an upper case Community Center, while continuing to serve as a community arts center. There is, however, a price tag attached to an enhanced venue and now it is time to pay the piper.

The goal: begin the New Year by retiring the school’s current debt of $750,000 and securing the Depot as the school’s permanent home; at the same time, raising money for critical line items under general operations such as scholarships, materials, and teacher salaries. (And no. Tuition alone does not cover overhead costs necessary to run the school.)

To make that pill easier to swallow, how about some smoked butter poached Black Angus tenderloin served with Hotchkiss cherry gastrique and truffled potatoes Dauphinaus or wild salmon baked in puff pastry with arugula pesto on a sweet potato puree? Those are just two of the items on the menu for Ah Haa’s gala New Year’s Eve celebration, which includes a champagne reception, a four-course sit-down dinner, entertainment by Mike Pale Jazz Trio, and a fine wine and art auction featuring the work of one of the Telluride Gallery of Fine Art’s premier pastel artists, Bruce Gomez.

For more on the event and why it is about far more than feeding your belly or filling your walls with art and having fun, click the “play” button and listen to executive director Rachel Loomis-Lee’s podcast.

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