The Ah Haa school for the arts is rolling out its first annual juried photography exhibit with a whopping $1,000 prize for first place. The show is open to anyone, of any age, who likes to take photographs – amateur or professional, it matters not. Nor does it matter what kind of camera you use. All that counts is that you enter a photo of someone. Or someones (you can submit as many as three photographs with your application). The show, titled Telluride Portraits, is designed to “capture the essence of Telluride through portraits of its people.” And they really do mean people. “Someone asked me if they could submit a photo of their cat the other day,” Ah Haa’s Executive Director Judy Kohin said. Kohin replied, in essence, don’t bother. But that’s about the only exclusion the school is putting on entries.
“You don’t need a great camera to take a great photograph,” Kohin noted. “And we would love it if the photo had a story behind it.” The portrait can be of anyone, and taken by anyone, as long as the setting is within an hour of Telluride and the photo was taken within the last five years. “We’re hoping people submit as large a RAW file as possible. We want the photos to be pretty large,” Kohin said. (The school hopes to print the photos in sizes of up to 24” x 36”.) A jury will select up to 20 photos for the exhibition. “We’ll pay for the printing and framing,” Kohin said. It’s the “first annual” show because more shows are planned. The event is sponsored by Simon and Kim Perutz, part-time Telluride residents who are extremely interested in photography and hope to make the Ah Haa Photography Prize something they award every year. Make that prizes: cash awards of $1,000, $500 and $250 will go to the top three winners. Just being exhibited will offer whoever is chosen serious (so to speak) exposure: the 20 photos will hang in a show at the Daniel Tucker Gallery that opens Aug. 1, and will remain on display through Sept. 30.
The deadline for entries is June 14, and photos eligible for the show will be chosen by June 25. For more information about the exhibit and the application process, and to enter, visit ahhaa.org/ah-haa-events/photography-prize.
Alice in Wonderland Party in Montrose
Local libraries have begun offering their summer reading programs, and the Montrose Public Library kicks off its bill of literary fare next Wednesday with an Alice in Wonderland Party. It’s for the littlest readers, or in this case, listeners: the kids will make party hats and play games, and then listen to a version of Alice in Wonderland, from 1:30-2:30 p.m. From 3-4:30 p.m., the library hosts Family Movie Time, with a screening of Alice. Dozens of versions of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland have been made for stage and film, beginning with a British silent movie in 1903, and including Tim Burton’s recent, phantasmagorical take fronted by his favorite leading man, Johnny Depp. Meryl Streep starred in a 1981 musical adaptation of the book for TV, staged by Joe Papp. Streep was digging deep in roles for Kramer vs. Kramer and The Deer Hunter around the same time, but she reportedly had a blast as Alice: “She jigged. She pouted. She slew the Jabberwock and almost immediately regretted it. Not surprisingly, given the context, she also got to play stoned. Her spacey meanderings ushered in the most fantastically paranoid interpretation of the jabberwocky you’re ever going to hear,” wrote Ayun Halliday on the website, Open Culture. The Montrose Library, ahem, will not be showing this version of Alice, but instead will offer the 1951 Disney version. Walt Disney had been fascinated with this story since he was a child, and, eager to use the book’s highly inventive verses and poems in the movie version, hired top songwriters to do Carroll’s work justice. They composed the greatest number of songs ever included in a Disney film for Alice. The tea party and screening are Wednesday, June 5. Please register by calling 970/249-9656, ext. to ensure ample craft supplies.
Art is everywhere, often in the most unexpected places. A case in point: the Grand Junction veterinarian who saved my West Highland Terrier’s life by performing emergency gallbladder surgery also chairs the Western Colorado Writers Forum, a nonprofit group that fosters the artistic development of writers through conferences, staged readings and other get-togethers on the Western Slope. He’s a part-time Ridgway resident. And he’s also a talented poet. Put them all together and you get this.
Skiing Through Elk
It’s not the Elk
but their billowed, February breaths
rising, I remember now;
a hundred bulls and cows browsing
on serviceberry, shank deep in snow.
It’s not the words,
but the lilt of your voice
as we skied through the herd,
the soft respect reserved for sanctuaries,
how they wary-eyed watched but didn’t run.
It’s not you or I
or them, but this tenuous communion –
two carnivores gliding in tandem
leaving linear tracks through a brocade
of prints, feelings on the backs of our necks
the weight of two hundred eyes.
– Frank Coons