About Weehawken

At Weehawken Creative Arts, we are in the business of changing lives, nurturing dreams, and helping kids and adults in Ouray County and neighboring communities discover their creative potential through the arts.

We offer transformative, individualized arts education programming led by extraordinary instructors, as well as a variety of art-inspired events. More than that, we offer a place for you to find your very own community of kindred spirits, wherever your artistic passion lies.

Weehawken Creative Arts was founded in 2004 by Susie Opdahl, a creative dynamo who retired to Ouray from Oregon with her husband, Jim, in the late ‘90s. Susie had a vision to actively engage her new community and help it prosper by creating a program that would offer arts education opportunities for locals and visitors alike. With the help of a dedicated board of directors, her idea found fertile ground and soon grew from dream to reality in the form of a new nonprofit organization.

Today, our programs are offered in Ridgway, Ouray, Montrose and Silverton and we regularly draw students from those communities and beyond for both classes and our signature special events.

Mission & Vision

The Mission of Weehawken Creative Arts is to provide high-quality arts education and personal growth programs within our community year round.

Our Vision is that Weehawken Creative Arts is a sustainable organization that acts as a conduit for creativity within our community.

Board of Directors

  • Marti O’Leary President
  • James Bingham Vice President
  • Sandy Kern Treasurer
  • Lissette Riviere Secretary
  • Paul Cooper  Member at Large
  • Christine Stephenson  Member at Large
  • Katie Link Member at Large
  • Cari Waters Member at Large

Interested in serving on our board or other active participation with Weehawken?


The Sherbino Theater/Ridgway Chautauqua Society Partnership

A serious movement is afoot within Ouray County for arts organizations to cooperate in the areas of event planning, scheduling, marketing, coordination, and event staffing. Willing to lead, Weehawken-RCS/Sherbino took the spirit of collaboration a step further and entered into an Agreement for Collaboration, Cooperation & Cost Sharing (MOU) in the fall of 2014.

Having completed a successful first year, Weehawken Creative Arts and the RCS/Sherbino now share a staff of three, share space and systems, are developing mutually beneficial programming, and are taking advantage of economies-of-scale efficiencies wherever possible.