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Gasali-Adeyemo(1)Gasali Adeyemo

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Alicia-BaileyAlicia Bailey

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tracey-beltTracey Belt

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susie-picSusie Billings

Susan X. Billings is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and currently splits her time between studios in southern Baja and Southwestern Colorado. She is an instructor, painter and graphic designer whose vibrant, signature paintings can be seen at the Telluride Gallery of Fine Art. In 2011, Susan was selected by Colorado Homes and Lifestyles Magazine as one of ten “most collectable” Colorado artists. She has been hired as the poster artist for several Telluride festivals, including the Sheridan Arts Foundation’s Wild West Fest, Telluride Wine Festival, and Telluride Mountainfilm Festival. She was also the Ah Haa School’s featured artist for its 2010 New Year’s Eve Gala.

chanheadshotDerek Chan

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cheeksAnn Cheeks

From an early age, Ouray artist Ann Cheeks knew that art was her only option for a lifelong career. After working as a graphic designer with clients such as American Rivers, World Wildlife Fund and the Land Trust Alliance, her eyes were opened to the need for attention to our wild and natural places. This knowledge and her love of the outdoors makes painting the best job she can imagine.

Ann is the co-founder of Pathfinders Nature Art Camp in Charlottesville, VA, a summer camp for children ages 7-15, which focuses on a variety of art projects using many different materials and techniques. For eight years she taught private art classes to children and adults at the McGuffey Art Center in Charlottesville, and for three years she taught art at The Village School, a private school for grades 5-8. Ann has been an artist in residence for Semester at See Enrichment Voyage through the Panama Canal, taught art at the University of Virginia’s “Kids College,” and served as project developer/artist/teacher/curator of Forest Discoveries with the Charlottesville Boys and Girls Club. For more information on Ann and to see her work, go to www.anncheeks.com.

childsCraig Childs

Craig Childs is a writer who focuses on natural sciences, archaeology, and remarkable journeys into the wilderness. He has published more than a dozen critically acclaimed books on nature, science, and adventure. He is a commentator for National Public Radio’s Morning Edition, and his work has appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Men’s Journal, Outside, Orion, The Sun, and High Country News. Craig’s subjects range from pre-Columbian archaeology to US border issues to the last free-flowing rivers of Tibet and Patagonia. The expeditions Craig undertakes often last weeks or months, informing his writing with a hard-earned sense of landscape and culture. The New York Times says, “Childs’s feats of asceticism are nothing if not awe inspiring: he’s a modern-day desert father.” He has been called a born storyteller by the New York Sun, and the LA Times says his writing is like pure oxygen, and “stings like a slap in the face.” He has won several key awards including the 2009 Ellen Meloy Desert Writers Award, 2008 Rowell Art of Adventure Award, the 2007 Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award and the 2003 Spirit of the West Award for his body of work, an honor he shares with Wallace Stegner, Terry Tempest Williams and N. Scott Momaday. Childs is an Arizona native, and grew up back and forth between there and Colorado. Childs lives off the grid with his wife and two young sons at the foot of the West Elk Mountains in Colorado.

ajAJ Crocker

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john_mugJohn Clark

John Clark is a self-employed glass artist/Macintosh computer consultant who has lived in Ridgway since 1982. Having started with the traditional art of leaded glass as a hobby in 1980 (then owned and operated Alpine Art Glass in Ridgway since 1985), he evolved to the point where he was focusing almost exclusively on the more obscure ‘fused glass’ style. In recent years, John’s glass art has become more of a hobby as he began to focus more on his Mac Doctor computer business, which he started in 1993. Discovering the Macintosh computer not only allowed John an incredible new level of flexibility in designing his glasswork, it also enabled him to tap into an alternate realm that involves much of the same attention to detail and  technical awareness that first attracted him to the glass medium. The Mac Doctor now serves a region from Telluride to Grand Junction, and offers resources such as hardware/software troubleshooting, some hardware repairs, and classes and one-on-one tutoring.

kelliedayKellie Day

Kellie Day grew up in industrial towns in the Midwest. Visions of smoke stacks and college in the armpit of Indiana gave her a hard shove towards seeking beauty out west. A decade and a half of voraciously traveling the globe, climbing, and rangering for the U.S. Forest Service led her to settle in Ridgway, Colorado. Between her graphic design and painting studio, Kellie Day is a creative factory. ‘I would like it if every aspect of my day and life touched beauty.’ Kellie has a seven-year-old son, Chente, and two rescue dogs.

deiblerTim Deibler

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pattydennyPatty Denny

A former New York City based actor and wedding cake baker, Patty Denny moved to Telluride in 1993. A stint as an assistant pastry chef at The Peaks introduced her to truffles. After that, whipping up Jack Daniel’s-infused truffles for her friends and co-workers became a favorite pastime. That pastime turned into a profession after a stranger called her out at a potluck, holding up a truffle in the air and exclaiming, “Who made this?” Patty sold her first official Telluride Truffle in November of 1997, and in 2002 she rented a commercial kitchen and began devoting herself full time to her business. More than 13 years later, Telluride Truffle continues to grow and expand, and Patty spreads joy through her knowledge and love of chocolate.

jaceyJacey DePriest

A Colorado native, Jacey DePriest finds peace by living in the mountains and through getting her hands dirty. She has a love for things handmade and the process that goes into creating. She started to share her passion for ceramics and other mediums teaching both adults and children’s classes at Ah Haa in 2004, where she continues to teach today.

tina-duemler-copyTina Duemler

Tina Duemler loves being outdoors and expressing the awe it conveys in her through painting. Trained as a studio painter with BS and MFA degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she studied plein air painting with Scott Christensen, Dan Gerhartz, Matt Smith, Skip Whitcomb and Carolyn Anderson. She has garnered regional awards and her art has been included in private and corporate collections throughout the US. For over 20 years, Tina has taught students of all ages and abilities through artist-in-residence programs and at colleges. She is known as an enthusiastic, encouraging instructor who loves teaching.

bruceBruce Gomez

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kathy_greene_4cKathy Green

Kathy Green began silk dyeing in 1990 during one of Ah Haa’s very first classes. That class, taught by Rita Bernstein, left an indelible mark on her. Kathy’s keen interest and talent for silk dyeing led her to become an instructor, and in turn, she has inspired many of the area’s silk-dying obsessed. Scarves and silk prayer flags created by Kathy and her students can be found in local galleries, shops, and bazaars.

hadarKatie Hadar

Katie grew up in the mountains building forts and saving animals, even when they didn’t need it. Katie captures stories with paint, film, photography and words. She has worked both in the US and abroad; she likes the mountains the best. Katie is interested in incorporating wide-open western spaces into contemporary medias such as animation, installation and film. Katie currently teaches at Colorado Mesa University in the Graphic Design program.

halaszKerry Halasz

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ASHAllyn Hart

Allyn Hart studied art from middle school through her master’s degree at the University of Utah. She has taught at the University level for seven years, five of those at the University of Utah (sculpture, printmaking, design, drawing, art appreciation), and two for the graduate school art program at the University of Maine. She has also taught workshops in printmaking for the Ah Haa, and at the University of Utah Book Arts Studio. She works in printmaking, bookmaking, painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, assemblage, collage, and art sewing and knitting. She has shown work in several Ah Haa shows, at McNair Gallery, the Wasatch Frameshop in Salt Lake City Between the Covers bookstore, A Woman’s Place bookstore (SLC, UT), Finch Lane Gallery (SLC, UT), The Gittens Gallery, University of Utah, and other venues. Her aim in teaching is to expand each student’s skills, creativity and confidence in personal expression.

graceGrace Hennessy

Grace Hennessy graduated from CU Boulder with a degree in Art History. After working for the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art volunteering with their art-outreach program during the Boulder Farmer’s Market, she decided to parlay into education. She has taught students of all ages a multitude of art projects. In her personal life, she enjoys photography and mixed media.

laurenLauren Henriksen

Lauren Henriksen received her BFA in Ceramics from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2011.  Lauren brings with her an in depth knowledge of ceramics and sculpture, and over six years of teaching experience from various art non-profits and community organizations in a range of mediums. Since graduation, she has been awarded an artist residency to create her sculptures and has shown in multiple locations. Lauren currently uses the studio at the Ah Haa School to further her own artistic practices, and to share her love of ceramic art with the community.

brucieBrucie Holler

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IMG_1504Tami Huntsman

Tami Huntsman is a longtime local educator and teacher, who likes to hike, bike, ski, snowboard and – of course – make art with glass. She especially loves teaching kids how to work with stained glass and to see the colorful and creative glass projects they design.

roxieJulee Hutchison

Julee and her husband Steve have lived in Placerville for 11 years but previously resided in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area. There Julee attended many workshops at the Scottsdale Artists’ School and learned from amazing painters such as Peggi Kroll Roberts, Jove Wang, Nancy Chaboun, Matt Smith, Scott Christensen, Tim Lawson, and many other exceptional artists and instructors. Julee enjoys creating landscape paintings, as well as portrait and figurative work. She currently exhibits at the Telluride Gallery of Fine Art and the Paul Scott Gallery in Bend, Oregon. More information about shows and competitions can be found on her website.


keithKeith Jefferson

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jenJennifer Julia

Jennifer Julia is a happy mom of 2, who writes and directs plays for children. She is a graduate of Bennington College, as well as the university of Victoria, where she received a Masters in Drama Education. She founded the SAF Young People’s Theater, and served as its Artistic Director for 17 years. This summer, Jen will leave Telluride to sail full-time with her family.

Carrie-Kaser-picCarrie Kaser

Carrie Kaser grew up in Western Colorado and has lived in Rhode Island, New York, New Mexico, and American Samoa. She studied art at the Rhode Island School of Design and has a bachelor’s degree in printmaking from the University of New Mexico. She studied lithography at the Tamarind Institute and completed a master’s degree in Visual Studies at the University at Buffalo. Her artwork is grounded in her love of drawing and narrative, and her recent work explores ideas related to technology, media, and the changing perception of time, while also addressing the stillness and beauty of the natural world, untouched by human technology and infrastructure.

Carrie’s work has been shown nationally and internationally at venues including the Bauhaus in Weimar, Germany, University at Buffalo Art Gallery, Mouseprint Gallery in Montreal, and recently, the Fort Lewis College Art Gallery. She has taught classes for adults and children since 2004 and currently teaches in the Printmaking Area at the University of New Mexico. She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico with her husband, dog, and two cats. In addition to her adult drawing and painting classes, Carrie will be teaching a number of Ah Haa’s youth classes this summer. To learn more about Carrie, visit her website.

klebergLiz Kleberg

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hannahHannah Knudsen

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axelAxel Koch

My first camera was a brownie box at 10 yrs old. I then moved up to a Nikormat and built a darkroom (besseler 23) at age 12. My next upgrade in cameras was a Nikon Ftn, and then I finally moved up to Nikon F3’s. I shot for a newspaper in Colorado, had some commercial clients and was published in various magazines, but I was never able to figure out how to pay the bills and keep shooting without filling the gaps with other jobs. I have since found a profession that lets me shoot the world and get paid for it. While I have taken myself out of the publishing game; I now enjoy photography strictly for my own fulfillment. I have no deadlines, and I am not begging for my next client; I shoot because it makes me happy to produce images that other people enjoy.

Before Digital, I never shot auto focus, and never used any setting other than full manual. Now I shoot mainly on shutter priority, and often switch to manual focus, as I still am wanting for an auto focus that actually works flawlessly. It still seems to me that the quality of the final print was much better when I was printing my own Cibachromes, and BW film in the darkroom, but I use Adobe Lightroom extensively for the digital print. I presently shoot with Canon 5d mkII’s, and a cadre of L-series lenses. I shoot mainly landscapes, but I still enjoy “stealing” shots of humans in their natural environment. I also enjoy shooting Mountain Biking and mountain related sports, as that was my bread and butter in the 90’s.

yingliYing Li

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julie-portraitJulie McNair

Julie McNair received her M.F.A in sculpture from the University of Wyoming. Before moving to Telluride, she was an assistant professor of ceramics and sculpture at Mississippi State University. For 17 years she owned and operated Telluride’s East End Gallery, which she sold in 2003 to concentrate on making art. She is currently represented in Dallas, Tucson and Telluride at Telluride Gallery of Fine Arts, for whom she frames part time, as well. Julie’s clay classes have been popular at Ah Haa for years.

mooreShawna Moore

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l_metzgerLauren Metzger

Lauren Metzger has used various forms of art as an outlet for self expression throughout her life. Originally from Chicago, IL, Lauren gained her formal training from the Parsons School of Design in NYC. Since 1993 she has worked as a professional graphic designer while always painting on the side to maintain a certain balance in her life. It was also in 1993 that she moved to Telluride, surrounding herself with the beauty and serenity of the town, allowing her self expression to blossom. In the fall of 2012 Lauren decided to devote more time to her passion, painting, and started Moon Dog Portraits. Graphic design, painting portraits and her dog BG keep her busy while Telluride continues to inspire her to constantly try new and exciting mediums of expression.

michelleMichelle Montague

Buffalo, New York native Michelle Montague arrived in Telluride, site unseen, in 1986, and she hasn’t left since. She is happiest when she is creating, whether sculpting with clay, knotting or unknotting a necklace, or working with metal. Becoming completely engrossed in art is the best way she is able to clear her mind.  In clay, she has transitioned from functional to sculptural pieces, enjoying the process of visualization and feeling her work take on a life of its own. Similarly, her beaded and semi-precious stone jewelry work stems from her admiration of colors, shapes and textures and how she can combine those qualities into different, visually interesting groupings. Examples of both Michelle’s ceramics and jewelry can be found at the Telluride Gallery of Fine Art.

nemirov-watercolorMeredith Nemirov

Meredith Nemirov grew up in New York City and received her BFA from Parsons School of Design. She has exhibited her work in many galleries and museums around the country, including the Brooklyn Museum and the Queens Museum, and her drawings have been featured in American Artist Magazine. In recent years, Meredith did artist-in-residence programs at the Vermont Studio Center and Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass, Colo. This year she spent most of the winter living and working in Northern Spain. Visit her blog at meredithnemirov.blogspot.com to view images from her journey there.

gretaGreta Neumann

Greta Neumann originally grew up near Chicago, IL. She received her BFA in sculptural ceramics from the University of South Florida in 2006.  She spent time after graduation teaching children’s art classes in Western North Carolina as well as learning the craft of throwing pottery.  Throughout her work themes from nature are widely present, and often times she uses techniques such as slip-casting and paper-clay sculpting.  She has spent the last four years living in Argentina and Europe, before arriving to Telluride.

ang-headshotAngela Pashayan

As a certified yoga and meditation instructor and teacher of art integration for well being, Angela Pashayan dedicates her skills to the empowerment of children and youth around the world. Her 2010 national award-winning Kids Crossing Cultures program with the Boys and Girls Club in San Francisco exemplifies the vision and success of her integrative methods. Furthermore, her non-profit Telluride Flights Worldwide Children’s Relief Fund focuses on the needs of domestic and international youth through programs such as: entrepreneur creative sewing; art empowerment in India; creative healing with terminal children in Australia; Emotions Affecting Education in Peru; sustainable farming and science in Tanzania; and education and life goals in the U.S. One of her long-term projects is the Slum Art Slam & Empowerment program in Kibera, the world’s third largest slum located in Nairobi, Kenya.

Angela has been a guest presenter at various public events including UCSF Cancer Center, San Francisco Health Services, San Francisco Foster Care, Dubai Yoga & Music Festival for Int’l Peace, Evolve Festival in Australia, Community Development in Itahari, Nepal, Hamilton Shelter for Children & Families in San Francisco, Hanaq Pacha in Peru, and IDEP Foundation in Bali. Angela has a BA in Psychology and an MA in International Relations and Diplomacy. She is also the author of Living a Bhakti Life.



flairFlair Robinson

Flair Robinson is a mixed media mosaic artist working primarily with ceramic tile, hand-cut glass, and recycled materials. She is informally educated, collecting knowledge from the traditional to the unusual, and is most influenced by visionary, self-taught and outsider art.

Robinson is a colorist, and is fascinated by the endless combinations of varying hues.  She is most interested in colors found in early American folk art, vintage road signs and advertising, particularly those from the 1940’s -1960’s. Many of the materials that she uses in her work come from these eras. She states, ” I believe that each bit of junk creates a sense of nostalgia in the viewer. The pieces have lived their own lives and have their own energy; they have the power to take us back in time and to bring up memories”.

Robinson works intuitively and viscerally. Many of her mosaic concepts come from her dreams.

sawantAnjali Sawant

Artist Anjali Sawant instructs both painting and cooking classes for the Ah Haa School. With a BFA from California College of the Arts in Oakland, California, she has exhibited her work in galleries in Telluride, Los Angeles and Santa Barbara.  Anjali grew up in an Indian family, where delicious home cooked food was at the center of every family gathering.  As soon she was old enough to roam around the kitchen she began learning her family’s culinary traditions – including how to balance spices intuitively, how to work with Ayurvedic and culinary properties of ingredients to enhance health and – as Mom always said – “bring up the flavor.” Her love affair with exotic flavor has led her to add a spicy Indian twist from everything from chicken soup to pizza.

IMG_1062Carol Smith

Carol Smith has lived in Telluride for 13 years with her husband Steve and their two daughters, Sophie and Carly. Having recently retired from public education, Carol taught for a combined 32 years in Alaska and Colorado. Integration of art, literacy and culture served as a foundation for learning for her many students. A master teacher, she looks forward to carrying her experience with publishing books to the Ah Haa School of Arts, inspiring students in the creative art of making books.

colin_sashaColin Sullivan

Colin Sullivan was born and raised in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York.  He attended St. Lawrence University where he earned a B.A. in Theater and Writing. From there he went to the acting apprentice program at The Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, before moving to New York City in 2002. Over the next five years, Colin slowly transferred his love of theater into the classroom and earned a M.A. in teaching from Fordham University. A classroom teacher since 2004, Colin moved to Telluride to be closer to his three sisters, his brother and his eight nieces and nephews. Alongside his wife Sasha Sullivan, Colin runs Telluride Theatre, acting as its executive director. He also acts and is a lead instructor and developer of the company’s unique education programs.

SashaSullivanSasha Sullivan

Sasha Sullivan is the Artistic of Telluride Theatre, a year round company dedicated to amazing performance.  She moved to Telluride from New York City, where she worked for the iconic Performance Space 122 and was a founding member of CuriousNoise Theatre and a company actor with Red Metal Mailbox. Sullivan studied at Bennington College, trained extensively with the San Francisco Mime Troupe and worked for Philip Arnoult’s The Center for International Theatre Development.  In Telluride, she founded SquidShow Theatre in the summer of 2007 and led the company on a successful five-year run, producing 14 full-length productions and countless collaborations, in many of which she wrote, directed, and performed. In 2011, SquidShow merged with the Telluride Repertory Theatre creating a new company Telluride Theatre.  Sasha is the lead instructor and creator of the Telluride Theatre’s popular adult education “Burlesque” class at Ah Haa School for the Arts. She is a writer, director and sometimes performer.

sussexDeborah Sussex

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BryanBryan Thames

Bryan Thames became a Certified Sommelier through the internationally recognized Court of Master Sommeliers in 2011. He has expanded his hands-on knowledge of wine and its production by traveling through several noteworthy wine regions,  including California’s Napa Valley, Russian River and the Sonoma Coast, Oregon’s Willamette Valley, and the regions of Burgundy and Rhone’s Châteauneuf-du-Pape in France. Bryan has been the general manager and wine buyer for Telluride Bottleworks since 2006.

4782GVxsmGoedele Vanhille

First introduced to clay when she was 10, Belgium native Goedele Vanhille went on to study ceramics in art school. Since, she has thrown pots and smashed pots, built intimate pieces and monumental work, has studied and worked with numerous ceramic artists, and has even worked in Crete. She has built her own studio, where she has raw-glazed pots, salt-glazed pots, and slip-trailed pots. She has subjected her pieces to multiple firings in self-built kilns – from wood to electric to gas. She’s also instructed throwing and hand bulding classes, purchased pots for herself, and sold her own pieces. All these years later, when Goedele works with ceramics she still feels the same joy and excitement she felt when she first discovered clay.

Trommer-by-Kaycee-ClarkRosemerry Wahtola Trommer

Rosemerry Trommer “is a chanteuse of the heart,” says poet Art Goodtimes. She has served two terms as San Miguel County’s first poet laureate and authored and edited thirteen books, including a book of conversations with Rumi, The Miracle Already Happening. Her work has been widely anthologized and has appeared on A Prairie Home Companion, in O Magazine, on back alley fences, on batik scarves, in her children’s lunchboxes, and on rocks she leaves around town. She leads poetry workshops and performs with the poetry troupe, EAR. Favorite one-word mantra: Adjust. (Photo by Kaycee Clark)

Robert WeatherfordRobert Weatherford

Born in Laredo, Texas in 1951 Robert earned a Masters in Systematic Theology at Union Seminary (NY) in 1986. This was followed by a Masters in Painting at Claremont Graduate Art School in Claremont CA. He moved to Telluride in 1977. He was commissioned by the Sierra Club Books to create seventeen paintings for a children’s book entitled Desert Dog, released in Fall 2001. Weatherford  resides in Telluride, Colorado painting and teaching at the Ah Haa School for the Arts where he also serves on the Board of Directors. Robert teaches adult painting classes throughout the year and is the director of the Telluride Painting School.

SheriWorthSheri Worth

Sheri J Worth paints the landscape of light; on rock and water, in the intimacy of the Grand Canyon, wide open in the southwest, and reflecting the warmth of snow. She experiments with different media and currently works in pastel, watercolor, oil and mixed media. A lifelong artist, she formalized her education at Colorado State University where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in sculpture. Sheri has lived in Telluride since 1986. Excitement at trying new media has led her to work and study with myriad instructors in many disciplines including; welded metals, stone carving, bronze casting, ceramics, watercolors, oils, pen and ink and mixed media. She continues to work both in plein air and the studio, carrying a small kit of watercolors when traveling, biking or hiking, with larger works in mixed media, and oil coming to life in the studio.

Ah Haa is proud to feature visiting artists each summer!