Ah Haa: Photo Prize at Art Walk

Ah Haa: Photo Prize at Art Walk

Juried photography exhibition reimagines landscape of Telluride. Featuring 23 images, the show opens Thursday, September 3, during Telluride Arts’ First Thursday Art Walk. Reception 5 – 8 p.m.  at the Ah Haa School for the Arts in the Daniel Tucker Gallery at The Depot.Winners announced at 7 p.m. Top prize is $1,000.


With mountains rising up to form the box canyon, quaking aspen trees filling the hillsides, and incredible vistas from every angle, Telluride’s landscape is exquisite. Any photographer has choices of scenes to shoot, but for Ah Haa’s third annual juried photography exhibition, the school has challenged them to shoot beyond the landscape, to capture the “essence” of Telluride.

Sponsored by Shot Images and generously facilitated by Simon Perutz, exhibition entries were chosen based on originality, quality of image, composition, and relevance to the theme. A jury of three judges – Will Thompson, Julie McNair and Simon Perutz – poured through over 130 submissions by 55 artists to curate the final pieces for the show. Entrants were made up of youth and adult amateur and professional photographers who examined the idea of landscape to come up with an image that truly evokes the look and feel of Telluride.

During Thursday’s opening of “Beyond the Landscape: The Essence of Telluride”, judges will announce winners and award cash prizes for first through third place ($1,000, $500 and $250 respectively), and two $250 prizes for best youth photograph and people’s choice. The public is invited to cast their vote for the people’s choice award between 5p.m. and 7 p.m. An announcement of winners will take place at roughly 7 p.m.

All are invited to Ah Haa to view a variety of perspectives on the landscape of the Telluride region, while celebrating the photographic artists and choosing a favorite image.

All works will be available for purchase and the show will remain on display through the month of October.


Along with its annual photography exhibition, Ah Haa features landscape paintings by students who attended Sam Levy’s “Landscape Painting & The Self “ class this past July. Part of Ah Haa’s summer Landscape Painting School, the plein air paintings represented in the gallery were painted near Lizard Head Pass.

The show of work will be on display in the East Room through the month of September.

For more information, contact the Ah Haa School at 970/728-3886 or stop by The Depot at 300 S. Townsend Ave.

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