TELLURIDE – The Ah Haa School would be nothing without its talented instructors. Many of them are practicing, working artists, while many others share their artistic side only when teaching a workshop or exhibiting at a local show. This month, the Ah Haa School is honored to highlight over 30 of its Summer 2013 instructors in a faculty exhibition, which opens Thursday, June 6 during Art Walk. The show is not only an opportunity to see what these artists do in their own time, but in many cases it represents a sampling of what students might learn in their classes.
With submissions that include paintings, mixed media, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry and photography, the show represents a broad sampling of the work Ah Haa’s instructors are producing.
For example, visiting artist Lynn Whipple (Exploring Collage, July 13-14) has two of her whimsical mixed-media assemblage “Ninnies” on display, Tilly Was a Toe Tapper and Baby Fly Bug. Her pieces join those of fellow mixed-media artists Susan X. Billings and Lauren Mantecon.
Painter and Canvas and Cocktails instructor Anjali Sawant’s Arlo exemplifies her loose and energetic style of painting, while Gregory Botts’ more formal charcoal on paper figure drawing is a nod toward what his students will learn in his Telluride Painting Academy class, Figure Painting, Drawing Into Painting, Sept. 9-Dec. 7.
New Ah Haa instructor Carly Frounfelker shows her talent as a jeweler with Relics From the Ocean Floor necklace and earrings. Her students will learn how to manipulate the color, texture and patterns of metal jewelry in Surface Embellishments in Jewelry, Thursdays, July 25-Aug. 15. On the other end of the metals spectrum, Lisa Issenberg (Mixed Metals 101, Aug. 16-17) will display one of her signature tables for the show.
"This is a very strong show that showcases our incredible faculty,” says Ah Haa Director Judy Kohin, adding that the public will have another fun opportunity to take in faculty work during next week’s Ah Haa Summer Kickoff Party, Friday, June 14, 5-8 p.m., where there will be hands-on art demonstrations by several instructors, including newcomers painter/printmaker Carrie Kaser and ceramicist Greta Neumann. “See the best that Ah Haa has to offer and find out more about our numerous summer workshops,” says Kohin.
Ah Haa’s Faculty Exhibition will remain on display at the school through June 28. Thursday’s opening reception during Art Walk runs from 5 to 8 p.m. at The Depot, 300 S. Townsend. For more information, call the Ah Haa School at 970/728-3886 or visit their website, ahhaa.org.