The Charles J. Wyly Gallery is located in the heart of Lions Park at 99 Midland Spur in historic downtown Basalt.

The Art Base exhibits support student, emerging and established Colorado-based artists. Exhibition openings are held on the second Friday of every month from 5–7PM.

The Art Base exhibition program focuses on solo show opportunities for Colorado-based artists, with an emphasis on artists living in the Roaring Fork Valley. Other show opportunities also include: The Claudette Carter ARTmentors Program, the Art Base 10×10 Name Unseen Silent Auction, an annual group show, and a guest-curated Art Base Annual.

Mobius II by Sarah Teague

The Claudette Carter ARTmentors Annual Exhibition

May 10–May 30, 2019

Opening Reception:
May 10, 5–7PM

Our 2019 Mentees:

Aidan Ziets, Basalt High School (Mentor: Mathew Jinks)
Sarah Teague, Colorado Rocky Mountain School (Mentor: Andrea Wendel)
Jesenya Lopez, Roaring Fork High School (Mentor: Summers Moore)

These exhibitions are offered through The Claudette Carter ARTmentors Program—founded by working artist Nancy Lovendahl—for high school juniors who are considering a career in the arts. This year artists Mathew Jinks, Andrea Wendel, and Summers Moore each worked one-on-one with their respective high school juniors. Mentees are introduced to the full cycle of the artistic process—concept, creation, promotion—culminating in an exhibition at the Charles J. Wyly Gallery. This mentorship is invaluable in applying for admission and scholarships to colleges.

Aidan Ziets is a self-taught artist whose main focus is animation and street art. Aidan believes art has the potential as a voice for change.

Sarah Teague will investigate the worlds of physics and art and how they have been intertwined throughout history.  Her work will explore—space, time, and light— while also demonstrating an interconnectedness between the three.

Jesenya Lopez uses art to both express and calm herself and is exploring new techniques and styles through plexiglass and acrylic.

This exhibition is generously sponsored by Dick Carter.





June 13–July 5, 2019

Opening Reception:
Thursday, June 13, 5–7PM

Showcasing Basalt mixed media artist and arts educator Deborah Jones in her solo exhibition, Absence. Absence is a visual exploration of what is not present or no longer exists—from collapsing ice shelves, to inspiration and the creative force, to a mountain’s seasonally altered snow patterns. These absences can be forever or fleeting with the possibility of return. The artist is profoundly moved and challenged by the mystery of impermanence, change, and renewal.

Deborah Jones founded and became the director of the Wyly Community Art Center in Woody Creek in 1995, and in 2004 moved the organization to Basalt—now known as the Art Base.

This exhibition is generously sponsored by Cathy Click, Kathy Honea, Laurie McBride, Lara Whitley, and Maggie Woods.







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2/8 – 3/1

Teena & George Shaw

5/10 – 5/30

The Claudette Carter ARTmentors Program

6/13 – 7/5

Cathy Click, Kathy Honea, Laurie McBride, Lara Whitley, Maggie Woods

7/12 – 8/2

Betsy Chaffin

8/9 – 8/17

10×10 Name Unseen Silent Auction


the Art Base Annual Fundraiser the pARTy!

11/8 – 12/19

The Art Base Annual: HOME

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