Telluride Arts & Ah Haa: 40th Annual Holiday Bazaar Brings Local Artisans Together, 12/1-12/3!

In her poem “One Perfect Rose,” the acerbic writer Dorothy Parker bemoans the fact it is her bad luck to always get “one perfect rose,” not “one perfect limousine, do you suppose?” from her true love. With money to burn, finding the perfect gift during the holiday season shop-off – for your true love, really anyone on the list – is a cinch. No? Well then there are ways to make amends – and friends – way beyond the blizzard of online deals and shopping events that are key ingredients in the holiday stew and they are homegrown, piggybank-friendly – and in your backyard. We are talking about the upcoming Telluride Holiday Arts Bazaar, a local tradition dating back 40 years. The event represents a throwback to simpler times, to Ye Olde Xmas markets of the past, when gifts were handmade, largely under one roof, and sold by the vendors who crafted them.

The following is a summary of the event penned by Telluride Arts’ Program Director, Austin Halpern.

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Shop locally made, artisan-crafted goods at the 40th annual Holiday Art Bazaar, December 1st-3rd! Held at Ah Haa School for the Arts at 155 West Pacific Ave, holiday shoppers are welcomed Friday from 4-7pm; Saturday from 11am-7pm; and Sunday from 11am-5pm.

“The Holiday Bazaar is a perfect match—it’s a space for artists to sell their work and thrive, and it’s a space for community members to collect their holiday gifts while supporting local! This year, the Bazaar features locals who have been a part of this event since its inception, as well as new artists joining from around the Four Corners region,” says Austin.

This year’s Bazaar has expanded to include over 40 vendors, filling all the Ah Haa studios with makers and their exceptional wares.

“Supporting the local and regional community of artists is at the heart of this beloved event and Ah Haa is thrilled to host at the Silver Jack Building again this year,” says Special Event Manager Christin Marcos.

Established and emerging artists will be showcasing their talents in mediums from organic candles, stained glass, botanical dyed textiles, handmade pottery, silver jewelry, organic body products, gourmet food, clothing and much more.

A local tradition since 1983, The Telluride Arts Holiday Art Bazaar, in collaboration with the Ah Haa School for the Arts, covers three floors with creativity and community.

Here’s a preview of what’s in store:


About Ah Haa School for the Arts

For 30 years, Ah Haa School for the Arts, a non-profit organization, has become the community center for arts and culture in Telluride and Southwest Colorado communities. Ah Haa is delighted to bring truly innovative art and education to the Southwest. Its mission is to create joy and community through art.

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About Telluride Arts

Telluride Arts, a non-profit established in 1971, serves as an incubator for the culture of the arts that has come to define Telluride. The organizations’s holistic ethos and unique concern is to uplift and promote the arts in the Telluride Arts District, which is comprised of numerous institutions, activities, and events that engage extraordinary artists from around the region and across the globe.

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