Telluride’s Ah Haa School for the Arts is one of the region’s signature nonprofits, a place that lends color to the face of our town and where the hologram of you as a font of creativity can become a reality. One of Ah Haa’s signature programs is Visiting Artists.

As in years past, in 2011/2012 Ah Haa plans to offer immersions in various mediums. with nationally recognized visiting artists. These courses offer participating students a unique opportunity to focus on personal discovery rather than To-Do lists.

Ah Haa has five top-notch artists on deck for the winter season:

• Pastel artist Bruce Gomez, represented locally by the Telluride Gallery of Fine Art, returns to teach his popular “Winter Landscape Pastels.”

Harold O’Connor, a practicing goldsmith for over 40 years, returns to teach a workshop in metal arts and jewelry. Works by O’Connor are part of the collections of New York’s Museum of Modern Art and Washington D.C.’s Smithsonian. He is also represented by the Telluride Gallery of Fine Art.

• Printmaker/sculptor Barbara Gilhooly leads an “Art & Soul Women’s Retreat.” Paris, New York, and Minneapolis/St. Paul are among the locations that hosted recent shows featuring the artist’s work. Gilhooly is an instructor at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

• Robert Lemler teaches a painting class focusing on Light & The Figurative Subject. His work is exhibited in fine galleries throughout the U.S. For over a decade Lemler has taught drawing and painting in the classical tradition at the Scottsdale Artists’ School.

• Memphis Barbree
guides “Exploring the Mystery, Spirit & Form of Telluride” in her photography intensive. Her personal love is black-and-white photography in the tradition of Ansel Adams.
“I practice listening to and feeling the world around me as I make my photographs. Many people meditate by sitting. I do that at times, but mostly I meditate by photographing.  I travel the Earth looking below surfaces, into the nature of life and the life of nature. I seek stillness within myself while photographing. I work to communicate the spirit, mystery and form of the world I experience.”

To learn more about Visiting Artists, click the “play” button and listen to what Ah Haa’s Marketing Director, Lauren Metzger, has to say.


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