170 Submissions, 59 Selections, Prizewinners Announced Opening Night
TELLURIDE – When the public views the Ah Haa School for the Arts’ latest exhibition, a collection of work from regional artists, the hard work is over. Each of the 59 pieces in the juried show opening Thursday, Feb. 6 at 5 p.m. in the Daniel Tucker Gallery was chosen, from more than 170 submissions, by former Telluride resident, Amy Kimberly.
“You’re going to see a strong mix of styles in this show,” Kimberly said of the show. “It’s pretty exciting,” with “great three-dimensional works,” and “an incredible painting that’s one of the strongest things I’ve ever seen.”
First, second and third-place prizewinners will be announced opening night (with $500, $300 and $150 purses); attendees will name a “Peoples’ Favorite” the first night of the show.
Kimberly, who serves as executive director for the Carbondale Council for the Arts and Humanities, knows how subjective the experience of judging art can be. “I look for something that touches the eye and something that moves me emotionally,” she said. “That emotional connection is an important part of art, and it’s very subjective.
“There’s everything in this show,” Kimberly said. “There’s art that will make you think and art that’s more whimsical, too.”
Kimberly’s affinity for the arts has resonated throughout her life. In Telluride she owned and operated Fly Me to the Moon Saloon; she also served a stint as director of Telluride Arts (formerly the Telluride Council for the Arts and Humanities). Personally, Kimberly is drawn toward mixed media work. “I gravitate toward more unusual art. I like three dimensional work, and I’m intrigued with mixing genres.”
For more information about the Ah Haa’s Regional Art Exhibition, winter classes and more, please visit: www.ahhaa.org or call 970/728-3886