Ah Haa: “Raw” Talent for 2017 Regional Juried Exhibition

Ah Haa: “Raw” Talent for 2017 Regional Juried Exhibition

Every winter, Telluride’s Ah Haa School for the Arts puts out a call for a juried exhibition, encouraging artists within a 150-mile radius of Telluride to submit work ranging from ceramics, painting, and printing to fiber, metal, and sculpture. The theme for this year’s show, which opens February 4, is “RAW,” an idea that is wide open to interpretation. Information and online application forms are available at www.ahhaa.org. Additional details are available by calling 970-728-3886. 


Every artist knows the creative process is messy, painful, ecstatic, and above all, honest. In the act of art-making, an artist can process and channel agony, frustration, inspiration, and excitement along a cathartic course that leads to a finished work. Some artworks bear no resemblance to the raw feelings used to create them; nor do they present a polished, restrained echo of the emotions that bore them. In contrast, some art is more literally raw, the result of the fervor of creativity, frustration, or simply the byproduct of the basic materials used in the process of creating.

Ah Haa’s RAW juried exhibition will celebrate the unrefined; it will champion rough and truthful artwork.

Regional artists are invited to submit works in all media (with the exception of photography or video) that exemplifies the raw process of creation. Finished or unfinished, submitted works should embrace the root emotions, materials and intentions that inspired them. The deadline for submissions is Monday, January 16.

As in years past, Ah Haa’s regional juried show will award four cash prizes during the opening reception. Prizes include $500 for 1st place; $250 for 2nd place; $100 for 3rd place; and a People’s Choice Award.

The show opens with a 5-8 p.m. reception during Art Walk on Feb. 4, and will remain on display through Feb. 27.

The public is encouraged to stop by Ah Haa to check out its display of the Telluride region’s most tender, wild, exposed, honest, lascivious, rough and RAW works from the past year.

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