Ah Haa School for the Arts

Michael Ruterbories

In Memory of Michael Ruterbories

Michael Ruterbories was a shining light in the Telluride community and a rising star as an artist. He frequently took classes at the Ah Haa School, where his love for art blossomed and his inherent talent grew. He took classes in printmaking, watercolor, photography, mixed media, and – what ultimately became his favorite – acrylic painting and figure drawing. In between classes, Michael frequently visited Ah Haa to ask questions, borrow books and share his latest masterpiece. He was always gracious, kind and inquisitive. In a nutshell, Michael was a perfect example of Ah Haa fulfilling its mission – to inspire people to discover, nurture, and celebrate creativity.

In his memory, Ah Haa is creating a Michael Ruterbories Emerging Artist Award, which will be announced annually during our annual Regional Artists Exhibition. This award will honor an up-and-coming artist whose work and approach to art making exemplifies the inspiring creativity that Michael shared with all of us.

If you wish to make a donation in Michael Ruterbories’ memory, please contact the Ah Haa School at 970.728.3886, email info@ahhaa.org or donate online. Funds will be used to help provide tuition assistance to adult emerging artists.

“Sacred spaces… New brushes… A new journey.”
–– Michael 2/7/19