Through Friday’s storm, the Ah Haa School for the Arts declared the show must go on. And what a show it was!

The vibe at the 20th Annual Ah Haa School Fine Art Auction last Friday was so festive and energetic, the crowd’s energy cleared the clouds away. As Telluride’s finest began to arrive, bids on silent auction items started to rise, everyone gathered and determined to celebrate talent, creativity and a 23-year-old nonprofit dedicated to igniting the creative spark in all of us.

All the art for auction had been donated by the many talented artists who support the Ah Haa and their work had been on display since July 2. The work ranged from student pieces created in an Ah Haa class, to pieces by world-renowned instructors. But creative flair was not only found on the walls of the school. It was in the fashions of guests, many of whom donned top hats, feathers, and circus sparkle.

Local personalities Beth Kelly and Jeb Berrier hosted the live auction featuring 12 exceptional items. Highlights included a hand-crafted and fully stocked rolling bar by Kathy Green and friends and an electric guitar hand-crafted by Doug Tuohy and painted by Danielle DeRoberts. (Singer-songwriter Jewel, in town for the summer with husband Ty Murray, a world champion rodeo cowboy, snapped that one up.)

As the generous bidders won their items, other generous donors stepped up to support Ah Haa scholarship program and our new accredited painting program.

“Thanks to the support of our community the Ah Haa School is able to continue to nurture creative growth,” says Jodi Pounds, Executive Director, Ah Haa. “Telluride’s creative energy is an asset to the community and should be celebrated. It is fantastic to see a community come together to foster creative experiences for all. Our scholarship program received especially strong support at the auction, and that says a lot. From the bottom of our hearts, we at the Ah Haa School sincerely thank all of the artists, volunteers, bidders and party-goers who made the night fun and successful.“

The auction is Ah Haa’s largest fundraiser. Monies raised in this single evening enable the school to provide year-round arts education and events.

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