10×10 Name Unseen Silent Auction
August 9 – August 17, 2019

Opening Reception:
August 9, 5:00-7:00pm

In tandem with the pARTy, the Art Base’s premier annual fundraiser, the Charles J. Wyly Gallery at the Art Base will feature 10×10 works created and donated by artists based in the Roaring Fork Valley. Name Unseen artists’ identities are concealed until the big reveal after the silent auction on August 17. Fall in love with the work, not the name and see if you can match the artist to the 10 x 10.

New this year—bidding will be begin online at the opening reception and continue for the week before the pARTy on Saturday, August 17.

Bidding will go offline at midnight on August 15.  Bidding will only be available in-person at the 10×10 Name Unseen Silent Auction on August 17 from 5:30-7PM during the pARTy!

Harry TEAGUE Architects is a proud supporter of the Art Base and enthusiastically sponsors this exhibition.


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.


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.


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.


April 12–May 3, 2019

Opening Reception:
April 12, 5–7PM

Presenting Aspen sculptor Molly Peacock in her first solo show in 20 years. In her exhibition, MORPHOUS, clay sculpture and charcoal drawings immerse viewers in the contemporary dialogue about the delicate balance (or imbalance) between human and natural environments.

Exhibition generously sponsored by Poss Architecture + Planning and Interior Design.


Daisy Patton: Forgetting is so long

March 8–April 5, 2019

Opening Reception:
March 8, 5–7PM

Denver-based artist Daisy Patton’s work in oils and archival prints explores the meaning and social conventions of families, little discussed or hidden histories, and what it is to be a person living in our contemporary world.



This exhibition is generously sponsored by CCY Architects.


Exhibition artwork courtesy of K Contemporary.


For[u]m: Amanda Ramsay

February 8–March 1, 2019

Opening Reception:
February 8, 5–7PM

Presenting Roaring Fork Valley sculptor and 2018 Carbondale Arts recipient of The Alleghany Meadows Fellowship, Amanda Ramsay.

Ramsay’s solo exhibition, For[u]m, investigates shadows and light, sequence and order. Made of cast concrete, resin, and plaster, the work incorporates sequences of shapes or patterns to establish either symmetry or asymmetry within the piece.

Exhibition generously sponsored by Teena and George Shaw.



SAY IT: Trace Nichols
January 11 – February 1, 2019

Opening Reception:
January 11, 5:00-7:00pm

Showcasing internationally exhibited Aspen visual artist and educator, Trace Nichols. Photographs speak a universal language in this interactive exhibition as Nichols delves into a medium that enables us to communicate our thoughts to others regardless of race, age, gender, lifestyle, or ethnicity.

SAY IT is an education-based, interactive photographic experience where the final visual statements are made by the visitors who participate with the art. These statements can be created from 10×10 still-life images that represent singular ideas. The images can be “read” literally or symbolically, and when several images are brought together, they create an expanded idea or statement, like words forming a sentence. Visitors will be able to construct their ideas by selecting and sequencing 2 to 5 images together on the gallery wall.

Using instagram, particpants will be encouraged to photograph and post their statements and tag the artist and the Art Base. Participants will also have a chance to win photographic prints of their SAY IT statement—drawing will be held at the end of the exhibition.




November 9 – December 20, 2018

Opening Reception:
November 9, 5:00-7:00pm

What is Home? How will you know when you’ve found it? How does it make you feel? What does it look like? These are the questions that newcomer students from El Salvador will be exploring with artist MYXZ during the next eight weeks at the Art Base in Basalt.

The students participating in this project are enrolled in the English Language Development program at Basalt High School taught by Leticia Guzman Ingram, 2016 Colorado Teacher of the Year. Most of the students, aged 14-18, arrived in the United States in the last few months— often after grueling journeys—and are just beginning to learn English and acclimate to life in Colorado.

The Art Base, Basalt High School and MYXZ are thrilled to be working with these students in their first art class ever. The goal of the annual program is to create a vision, introduce these students to our community, and find imaginative ways to make Basalt a more exciting and dynamic place to live—celebrating the Art Base as a home base and community center.

MYXZ and the students will imagine different ideas about home and explore found objects and stories. They will create a mural of the students’ ideal hometown—complete with a self-portrait and a poem created by each of the students. The Basalt community will be invited to add their own definitions of home and identity to the mural.

This exhibition is generously sponsored by Susan and Larry Marx.

Click here for MYXZ Bio

Pink Highlights

a collaborative juried exhibition between Skye Gallery & the Art Base

Opening: Friday, 9/28, 5-7pm
at Skye Gallery, 535 E Cooper Ave., Aspen

Traditionally only featuring women artists, Pink Highlights is Skye Gallery’s first exhibition to also include male artists. With October being National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Skye Weinglass presents a transition in her representation with a feminine subject matter that touches all of us. Addressing gender norms, Pink Highlights is a further investigation of the manifestation of the color pink. As a celebration of artistic talent based in the Roaring Fork Valley, color is used as the visual thread to link works of all medium and genre.

Pink Highlights’ featured artists include: Stanley Bell, Teresa Booth Brown, Isa Catto, Kris Cox, Tania Dibbs, Staci Dickerson, Elleree Fletcher, Jamie Fletcher, Clarity Fornell, Deborah Jones, Wewer Keohane, Nancy Lovendahl, Kat Moser, Jocelyn Murray, Amanda Ramsay, Annette Roberts-Gray, Andrew Roberts-Gray, Jill Sabella, Jeff Stevens, and Cate Tallmadge.

Exhibition on view 9/28-11/18/18

Skye Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 11am-6pm


Value Menu: John VanTassel
October 12 – November 2, 2018

Opening Reception:
October 12, 5:00-7:00pm

Value Menu features new 2D and 3D works sampling from events surrounding the consideration of intent. Get a new perspective with Jonathan’s musings.


This exhibition is generously sponsored by Lora Reynolds.

Object, function know function: Brad Reed Nelson
September 14 – October 5, 2018

Opening Reception:
September 14, 5:00-7:00pm

Object, function know function investigates space, weight, and void through formal and found objects. Gestural in nature, the show mixes earthy, oxidizing tones with bright splashes of color. This exhibition will be a fun, engaging look at pieces, parts, and process!

This exhibition is generously sponsored by Rich Carr, CCY Architects.


10×10 Name Unseen Silent Auction
August 10 – August 18, 2018

Opening Reception:
August 10, 5:00-7:00pm

The Charles J. Wyly Gallery at the Art Base will feature 10×10 works created and donated by artists based in the Roaring Fork Valley. These works will be on view on August 10, but will only be available for purchase at the gala silent auction on August 18. In Name Unseen, artists’ identities have been concealed until the big reveal after the silent auction. With the artists’ names concealed, will you still immediately identify the panel created by your favorite artist? Or will you fall in love with work created by an artist you are unfamiliar with? We can’t wait to see how 10×10 Name Unseen unfolds, and we hope you are as excited as we are!

Harry TEAGUE Architects is a proud supporter of the Art Base and enthusiastically sponsors this exhibition.


David Notor In Retrospect: The Last 15 Years

July 13 – August 3, 2018

Opening Reception:
July 13, 5:00–7:00pm

Featuring a retrospective from the past 15 years of pastels and oil paintings, David specializes in painting the landscapes of Colorado and the Southwest in an American Impressionist style. His work reflects his awareness of light and how its fluctuations emphasizes and transforms colors.

This exhibition will be his first solo show and is generously sponsored by Barbara and Pat McMahon.


Binary Opposition: Mole©ules by Chris Erickson

June 8 – July 6, 2018

Opening Reception:
June 8, 5:00–7:00pm

Mole©ules speaks to the polarization of our society and looks to dig deeper into social, political, and racial differences that divide us—as well as commonalities that bring us together.

Chris is a Carbondale-based artist whose paintings, sculptures and assemblages uses levity and cultural references to provide a platform for social commentary.

This exhibition is generously sponsored by Teena and George Shaw.


Anika Chapman-In Process

The Claudette Carter ARTmentors Annual Exhibition:

Nancy Lovendahl (Mentor) + Jaden Costello, Basalt High School (Mentee)
Nicole Nagel-Gogolak (Mentor)
+ Ashlyn Dunn, Aspen High School (Mentee)
Summers Moore (Mentor) + Anika Chapman, Roaring Fork High School (Mentee)

May 11 – May 31, 2018

Opening Reception:
May 11, 5:00–7:00pm

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, Nancy and artists Nicole Nagel-Gogolak and Summers Moore each worked one-on-one for five months with their respective high school juniors. Mentees learn firsthand what it takes to become a working artist and 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.

Jaden Costello communicates her artistic voice—“Using mixed media elements like graphite and watercolors, these pieces were made to express how nature has always given me a sense of comfort and to address how we should show that same respect to our planet.”

Ashlyn Dunn describes her work—“My body of work is based on my dreams of traveling the world and the different places I want to go. All the countries I chose to portray are near water, and in that way they are all connected so you can see throughout my pieces at least an inference to the idea of water. So far I have explored this concept in medias such as encaustic, wood, oil paint and resin.”

Anika Chapman shares her inspirations—“My artwork is inspired by personal beliefs, thoughts and feelings. Some of my pieces reflect how I feel about certain political issues such as gun laws and environmental protection as well as how I see the world around me. I use collage in all of my pieces because I feel that it stands out and truly conveys my message.” 

This exhibition is generously sponsored by Good Works Foundation.
This program is generously sponsored by the Ed Bradley Family Foundation and Patricia Blanchet.


Healing Process: Summers Moore

April 13 – May 4, 2018

Opening Reception:
April 13, 5:00–7:00pm

Showcasing a retrospective of the past 20 years, with an emphasis on the past 10, Healing Process features a diverse range of photography, sketches and acrylic abstractions—focusing on “where we are now” and “how we got here” as seen through the artist’s eyes.

This collection of work travels through the healing process the artist found in art, as a means of therapy after the loss of her husband. No medium is out of bounds for the artist, and each one has an emotional resonance with the artist—conveying the truly important senses from the artist. The pieces are raw and visceral. Many of the photographs are in sharp focus, while the images after her husband’s death appear more driven by time and motion.

This exhibition is generously sponsored by Aspen Hope Center and
Kathy Honea.

*In support of “May as Mental Health Month,” the Art Base will donate 5% of sales from the Healing Process exhibition to Aspen Hope Center.



Body of Work: Jamie Jaye Fletcher, Lena Nicholson, Meztly Esparza

March 9 – April 6, 2018

Opening Reception:
March 9, 5:00–7:00pm

Highlighting three young valley-rooted photographers, Jamie Jaye Fletcher, Lena Nicholson, and Meztly Esparza, Body of Work explores themes of society’s feminine ideal, objectification, sexual desire, strength, sensuality, and the uniqueness of the female body—shown from the female perspective behind the lens.

This exhibition is generously sponsored by Summers Moore.





Still: Lara Whitley
February 9 – March 2, 2018

Opening Reception:
February 9, 5:00–7:00pm

Site-specific installation featuring three-dimensional works made of abandoned glass, pottery and metal foraged in old dumping grounds in the Roaring Fork Valley.  Exhibition will feature a mix of sculpture and installation that interacts with the gallery ceiling, walls and floor. This exhibition is generously sponsored by Poss Architecture + Planning and Interior Design. Installation is sponsored by Susan Hedrick Brady.

“I am drawn to the potential — and the quiet persistence — of the things we discard. Objects that still remain and that have remained still, until rediscovered,” Lara Whitley.



Half Lives: Ian Fisher
January 12 – February 2, 2018

Opening Reception:
January 12, 5:00–7:00pm

Inspired by the visible world, Denver-based Ian Fisher’s paintings resonate in idealism as well as the sublime, attempting to capture the sky in its multiple forms. The sky is a celebrated subject throughout art history and in our own visual history. However, it is something that most of us unconsciously overlook. It is something we are all familiar with but seldom have the opportunity to study in its fleeting moments. It typically exists in our minds solely as long flashes of color and line.


This exhibition is proudly sponsored by J.D. Black Construction, Inc.