Ah Haa HAHA: Artists Takeover School for the Arts, 7/15-7/17!

Ah Haa HAHA: Artists Takeover School for the Arts, 7/15-7/17!

Telluride’s Ah Haa School for the Arts puts out the word: A curated group of regional, national and international artists are coming together to create a unique art installation experience. Join in on the party! HAHA Experience tickets, art sales through HAHA’s curated gift shop, and sponsorship of the event, support providing access and opportunity for the greater Telluride community to participate in creative art classes and experiences year round.

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Circular Echoes by Squidsoup

Telluride’s Ah Haa School for the Arts is hosting its inaugural community art event, The HAHA, on July 15-17. This multi-day celebration of creative chaos spotlights artists from around the corner and around the world in a transformational, immersive and participatory experience for anyone and everyone. Tickets to the party and one-of-a-kind art installation tour are on sale now.

HAHA brings a curated group of regional, national and international artists together to transform each space and classroom in the Silver Jack Building in Telluride, Colorado to support Ah Haa School for the Arts. Featured are: Addi Somekh, Christopher Warren, Finn Thompson, Flair Robinson, Molly Perrault Daniels, Niki Dionne, Pneuhaus, Rachel Burke, Scott Upshur, Squidsoup, Walker Mettling and Wendy Roloson, all of whom are creating site-specific works to surprise, tantalize and amaze visitors at the HAHA experience.

Curators Kris Kwasniewski and Christin Marcos conceptualized HAHA as an event that pushes the boundaries of our perception of what is possible. Their curatorial vision brings an unmatched art experience to Southwest, Colorado.

The third floor Sky Deck rooftop, will be transformed by UK’s renowned interactive arts collective Squidsoup. Their newest work, “Circular Echoes,” makes its US exhibition debut at the HAHA, emitting shifting light and mysterious sound from undulating orbs.

Pneuhaus, a Rhode Island-based design studio, brings their Street Seats to Ah Haa’s third floor Launchpad creating a playful lounge filled with geometric inflatables encouraging visitors to enjoy communal bouncy experiences.

On the second floor, international artist, Australia’s craft queen Rachel Burke, creates a colorful explosion of tinsel or a “tinstellation” in the X Room.

Next door in the Transformation Painting Studio, Texas-based textile artist, Niki Dionne, translates the playful process of turning strangers into friends by creating plush 7-foot-tall interactive figures. Visitors can move, arrange and play with their new friends while enjoying cocktails.

In Ah Haa’s exhibition space, Walker Mettling, of Providence Comics Consortium, presents WEIRD SPACE CARNIVAL!, an experience that features mixing and matching illustrated creature body parts, as well as a monster planetarium crawl space of imagination.

Colorado-based artists, Christopher Warren, Wendy Roloson, Molly Perault Daniels and Flair Robinson convert the first-floor classrooms into exaggerated topographic mountainscapes, sculptural “Woolly Caverns” and oversized stacking-rocks and mixed-material chandeliers.

Addi Somekh the most innovative, prolific and well-traveled balloon artist in the world along with Finn Thompson, a balloon arts prodigy, transform the lobby and hallways into a “balloniverse” of color and texture.

As the interior transforms, so does the exterior, with the projection mapping of filmmaker Scott Upshur. The kinetic image mapping will create a visually powerful large-scale experience for visitors and passerby’s in advance of the event dates.


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