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.


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.



July 12–August 2, 2019

Reception for the Artist:
Friday, July 26, 5–7PM (Artist Talk: 5:30PM)

Presenting nationally exhibited and collected painter Betsy Chaffin in her solo exhibition Slip Sliding.

Slip Sliding colorfully explores of the moving of abstracted shapes as they mingle with figurative elements. As old ideas and concerns struggle to find new expressions, the paintings harboring a sense of hope.

“Life is like a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.”

—Albert Einstein

This exhibition is generously sponsored by Cunningham Mortgage Company, with offices in Aspen, Basalt, Telluride.






Generously Sponsored by

1/11 – 2/1


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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