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Yaa09 Picasso famously said: “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”

For eight years, Telluride's Ah Haa School for the Arts has honored regional – students – Telluride, Ridgway, Ouray, Norwood, Nucla, Naturita and Dolores, public, private and home-schooled ––  for  creativity and interest in the arts through an annual Youth Art Awards program.

Trio Solisti with Ayano Ninomiya, violin; David Harding, viola

In June, the Telluride Musicfest celebrates eight years in town performing chamber music concerts in a private home. The artistic director of the Telluride Musicfest is the bravura violinist Maria Bachmann of the Trio Solisti, who razzle-dazzles with her equally gifted colleagues, cellist Alexis Pia Gerlach and pianist Jon Klibonoff.

“...Trio Solisti was consistently brilliant..dangerous and radical…and compelling, " raved The New York Times.

Michael Barrett, artistic director of the top-tier Caramoor Performing Arts Center probably would not argue the point. He has booked the group for the first in a series of concerts in and around New York and Washington over the coming months.

On Sunday, October 18, 3 p.m., Telluride's Palm Theatre presents the State Street Ballet's production of "Cinderella." The production includes about 30 young dancers from the Telluride region. A little birdie told me one of them is Katy Bowlby – playing a little...

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Dawson-nudestudyofpam_sm The Telluride Gallery of Fine Art has a stable that includes some of the best pastel artists in the world, among them Sally Strand, Carole Katchen, Bruce Gomez, and Doug Dawson.

Doug Dawson is also a Visiting Artist at Telluride's Ah Haa School for the Arts, where he is teaching an intensive weekend workshop, "Pastel Painting: Studio Landscapes," November 6 – 8.

IMG_6942 That SWOOSH you hear is the sound of some gnarly skier passing you, hair flying, on one of Telluride's double black diamond bump runs. The tap tap tapping of her keyboard is that same woman running a business. She is also somebody's Princess.

When you tuck in your daughter at night, do you – or did you – tell her fairy tales about handsome Prince Charming riding in on a big white horse to sweep her away to a distant castle, where he will wed her and worship her for all eternity? The "Cinderella Syndrome" occurs when well-meaning parents set up unrealistic expectations for their precious little girls, high hopes which became unrealistic in the post-"Mad Men" era of feminism. That's when glass ceilings replaced glass slippers – or at least cause them to be tossed into a box and stuck at the back of a closet. Gone but not forgotten.
Roz jpeg Let's play a game of subtraction. When the subject is Telluride, we are talking only two degrees of separation. Case in point: Clint and I were strolling up Broadway en route to our New York digs, when I decided we might want some books on tape for a drive to Pittsburgh. We have passed that Barnes & Noble many times, but never stopped in. Who wants to carry books onto an airplane when the Internet delivers? The sign at the entrance to the store announced a book signing: British ocean rower Roz Savage would be on hand to sign copies of her just released "Rowing the Atlantic: Lessons Learned on the Open Ocean" (Simon & Schuster).

The posted time for Roz Savage's appearance, 6:30 p.m., was in direct conflict with the Michael Palm Concert Series, a house concert in support of the non-profit Classical Actions, which taps into talent from the world of classical music, jazz and Broadway to raise funds for AIDS-related services. We were to be guests of part-time, longtime Telluride locals Steven and Judy Gluckstern. Arriving late was not an option.
Holbrooke Fame can be a scourge of talent, but that's not the case for one of Telluride's first families. The name "Holbrooke" resonates on the world stage, but their varied talents remain undiminished and untainted.

The patriarch of the clan is Ambassador, now Special Representative, Richard Holbrooke, the subject of a recent New Yorker profile (September 28). Holbrooke was appointed by President Obama for his intellect and fearlessness to tackle the thorniest foreign-policy problem his administration faces: Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Even if Telluride is the most beautiful place on the planet, off season is a great time to spread our wings. Check out the great travel deals on Maribeth Clemente's blog, "Bonjour Telluride," where she offers fabulous trips/stays in exchange for a pledge...