EXHIBITION ARCHIVES

EXHIBITION ARCHIVE 2021

MICHAEL KINSLEY: Synthesis

December 10 2021– January 8, 2022 

Opening Reception: Friday, December 10th, 57pm + Saturday, December 11th, 5–7pm 

 

Synthesis was an exhibition of landscape and landscape-inspired abstract oil paintings by Old Snowmass artist Michael Kinsley. Kinsley writes, “We each recall our reluctance to leave a magnificent place — of stopping and turning back for a long look. Those are the places I paint and sketch — moments that give me a deep sense of joy and peace.” 

Synthesis was an exhibition of nearly 20 paintings of Western Colorado and South-eastern Utah, many of which are painted en plein air, that include Kinsley’s traditional landscapes, and his sinuous “fluid landscapes.” Some canvases spin into abstraction, many interpreting natural phenomena, especially rock textures and patterns. 

Exhibition generously sponsored by Aspen Magazine | Modern Luxury.

 

https://kinsleypaintings.com/

ADAM GROSSI: Bound Path
30 November 2021 – 5 February 2022 

Meet + Greet plus book signingSaturdayDecember 18th35pm 

 

This was the first ever visiting artist exhibition and class series from Chicago-based artist and yoga teacher/practitioner Adam Grossi with a focus on creativity and healing. Bound Path is an exhibition of 11 new drawings and 3 paintings. Many of the works on display had to do with the majesty of mountains and the ache of grief.  Diagnosed with bipolar disorder after a traumatic psychosis at age 21, Grossi has been fascinated by the entwined processes of healing and creative expression ever since. Adam’s 2014 book Wind Through Quiet Tensions documents his experience with yoga practice and mood stabilization. The book is now in its third printing and available for purchase the SHOP at the Art Base. 

 

https://www.adamgrossi.com/

DOUG GRAYBEAL: Still Here
October 8 – December 4, 2021  

Opening Reception: Friday, October 8th, 5-7pm 

 

Still Here was landscape artist Doug Graybeal’s exhibition of new watercolor and pastel paintings. Graybeal states: “This body of work is focused on capturing the seasons, the only perceivable changes, to the permanence of the features in our valley that will continue through time in their grandeur.” This exhibition will be on view through Saturday, December 4th with a public opening on Friday, October 8th from 5-7pm.  

Graybeal was inspired by the sentiment: “Still here after I am gone, changing only with the seasons” when creating work for this exhibition. He addresses the passage of time, and our fleeting existence, through an exploration of landscapes in different seasons. For Graybeal this realization has led to an even greater appreciation of the natural world.  

An accomplished architect, Graybeal decided to shift to explore the softer, more free flowing art of watercolors along with the vibrancy of pastels. He states, “With watercolors you have to go with the flow and let the mediums determine the outcome, working with the surprises… taking advantage of the unique qualities of each medium using them together to express the subject, moment and artist inner feelings.” Graybeal enjoys painting outdoors and has participated in several Plein Art Events throughout the Colorado including the 2017 Aspen Plein Air Festival and was awarded the Grand Prize at the 2017 and Second Place at the 2018 Colorado National Monument Association Plein Air. 

This exhibition was generously sponsored by CCY Architects.

 

https://www.douggraybeal.com/

VALLEE NOONE: The Balance
September 3 – October 2, 2021

Opening Reception: Friday, September 3rd, 5-7pm 

 

Vallee Noone’s site-specific, immersive exhibition was entitled, The Balance. Utilizing untraditional materials including plastic coils, string and house paint, Noone transformed the environment to engage and challenge the visitor. The Balance was comprised of hanging white blocks of wood, intersecting and twisting throughout the space while supporting coils rest and balance and upon them. At the center of the exhibition sits Noone’s proposed surprise “threat to the equilibrium.” 

A native of the Roaring Fork Valley, Noone’s art grapples with ideas of place and space, and what cues and rules we abide by. She is interested in how people interact with their surroundings, and the surprises that await if one takes the time to observe. While primarily a paper-cut artist, Noone has always loved the scale and drama of installations and their ability to break the daily predictability of life. She states: “I wanted to have the freedom to scale a work so that it could surround the view and invite exploration.”  

This exhibition was generously sponsored by Casey Concrete + Double Diamond.

 

http://www.valleenoone.com/

10×10×25 Name Unseen Silent Auction
August 6 – August 21, 2021 

Opening Reception: Friday, August 6, 5–7PM

 

The Art Base premier annual fundraiser, the 10×10 Name Unseen Silent Auction, featured 100+ artworks from regional artists. This highly anticipated event was installed in the newly opened gallery at 174 Midland Avenue, from August 6th – August 21st and culminated in our annual pARTy. 

All donated artworks are signed on the back, concealing the artist’s identity until after the auction. With the artists’ names concealed, will you still identify the panel created by your favorite artist? Or will you fall in love with work created by an artist you are unfamiliar with?  The auction includes over 100 10×10 original artworks donated by invited Colorado-based artists for an opening bid of $100 across the board. 

This year, the Art Base also celebrated its 25th anniversary. Skye Skinner, Executive Director, says, “During this anniversary year our community art center realized the long-awaited dream of having a permanent home in the heart of historic Basalt. The outpouring of enthusiasm and support has been inspirational—there is so much to celebrate. The arts are thriving in Basalt—from galleries, to artist studios, to TACAW and the Art Base. We are honored to be a part of it all.” 

This exhibition is generously sponsored by: Slifer Smith & Frampton; Ann Korologos Gallery; Casey Concrete; Heirlooms; JD Black Construction, Raven Gallery; US Bank. 

JAMES SURLS: Complete Fragments

July 16–September 27, 2021

Opening Reception: Friday, July 16th, 5-7pm 

 

Complete Fragments was an exhibition of 30 new drawings by James Surls.  Surls refers to this just-completed body of work as “sketches of psychological being”.

These 30 pencil drawings are a select group from a series of 56 vignettes that Surls completed during a 20-day water fast. Surls attended a health retreat in Santa Rosa, California this past spring, and during this rigorous health reset, rather than feeling depleted, he described feeling invigorated and found himself inspired. Several drawings are relevant to his surroundings in Santa Rosa, like Dark Thistle. Others show a familiar ‘Surls visual vernacular’ including head forms, molecules, flowers, eyes, and geometric and organic shapes. All the works are visually compelling and are also imbued with great significance and meaning including Deep Dive and Deep Tangle.   

 

https://jamessurls.com/

LEAH POTTS: Wild Life

July 2 – July 31, 2021

Opening Reception: Friday, July 2, 5-7pm 

 

Wild Life was the first solo exhibition of Aspen artist Leah Potts. The exhibition featured nearly 50 watercolor paintings of animals. Potts’ original cards and prints were also available. She says, “The pure elegance of nature’s palette, textures and wildlife has become a constant source of inspiration for my watercolor paintings.” This exhibition will be on view through Saturday, July 31st.  

In 1999, Potts was paralyzed from the chest down in a debilitating ski accident. Since that time, with unimaginable courage, tenacity and resilience, Potts has focused on her rehabilitation and rebuilding her life. Part of that recovery, almost 20 years after the accident, meant rediscovering art, painting and creativity. Six years ago, Potts connected with the Art Base and was awarded a scholarship for a two-week painting class. The experience was a catalyst, and she has re-learned how to paint with her non-dominant hand, which she says “frees her brush strokes, giving a blend of realism and impressionistic style that allows her to capture the spirit of the animal.” Potts has evolved to become a successful professional painter and continues to take classes at the Art Base. Curator Lissa Ballinger says, “Leah’s personal story is remarkable, but independent of that, her watercolors are sympathetic and extraordinarily well crafted.  Her animal portraits reveal the very nature and personality of these animals.” Potts says: “The spirit of the animal fills my heart and inspires me through the tough times, pushing me through the struggle.” 

This exhibition is generously sponsored by Casey Concrete.

HEATHER CHERRY: A Light Within

May 28 – June 26, 2021

Opening Reception: Friday, May 28th, 5-7pm 

First exhibition the Art Base’s new location at 174 Midland Ave in historic Basalt.

 

Boulder-based artist Heather Cherry exhibited both drawings and fiber-based artworks in A Light WithinCherry explored ideas of time, language, and place in her work that finds form through considered processes of spinning, weaving and mark-making. 

Cherry utilizes unconventional materials such as hand-spun thread formed from dictionary pages, small paper clay pieces, and tiny “fields” created from thread and pigment to create her quiet and contemplative artworks. A Light Within alternates between singular objects and fields of mark making, which Cherry describes as “an ode to that which can be held, and the expansiveness within.” 

This exhibition is generously sponsored by US Bank.

The Claudette Carter ARTmentors Annual Exhibition

April 23–May 21, 2021 

 

Finn Johnson (AHS ’23) / Paul Woznicki, mentor 

Tashi Jackson (CRMS ’22) / Staci Dickerson, mentor 

Danny Carreno (RFHS ’21) / Reina Katzenberger, mentor 

Stella Firmin (BHS ’22) / Erin Rigney, mentor 

CCAM is designed for high school students who are interested in a career within the arts. Participants are selected after a competitive application process. Paired with a working artist, mentee and mentor work together to create a project from concept, through creative process, to professional exhibition. Together they must establish effective lines of communication, problem solve, and ultimately create art during a five-month period of time. The mentors are all volunteer professional artists. 

The CCAM program was founded to honor Claudette Carter, who passed away in 2007. Claudette demonstrated an incredible commitment to community and arts education—believing day in and day out that lives are transformed through art. Claudette worked in fashion design, styling, and set design industries. Her interest in myriad elements of design inspired the Art Base to create opportunities for Roaring Fork Valley youth to learn more about what it takes to pursue a career in the arts. 

This exhibition is generously sponsored by Richard Carter.

MARCIA WEESE: ABOVE/BELOW

March 19–April 16, 2021

 

ABOVE/BELOW, was a series of monotypes by Marcia Weese that explored the relationship of the worlds above and below the surface. Weese explains, “This exhibition ruminates on the juxtaposition of these two worlds and asks the question, can we synthesize these realms to come into better balance as humans?”  

With a background in sculpture, Weese is drawn to the ephemeral quality of works on paper. Using three different printing processes, and sometimes combining them, she elicits mysterious and totemic images that seem to glow from within. Weese’s printing technique involves building layers of color with printing ink and ‘carving’ into the color field by wiping away pigments to reveal forms and hidden images.  

Weese spent her childhood in Chicago roller skating between the dense urban landscape and the natural world — her deepest artistic inspiration. Weese’s prints have been described as “intimate, enigmatic portraits of elusive moments that land somewhere between shadow and memory.” 

 

https://marciaweese.com/

SUE MONTOYA: clouds dissipate

February 26–March 11, 2021

 

clouds dissipate, was an exhibition of multidisciplinary works by Miami-based artist Sue Montoya which featured photographic imagery of landscapes with drywall, wood, and barro de Oaxaca to create unique constructions that highlight the connection between place, materials, and memory.   

In clouds dissipate, Sue Montoya revisits objects and landscapes from places in her imagination and past. She explores the transient memory of the mountainous Honduran landscape, and then explores like forms found in the temporary man-made mounds in Miami. The images mounted onto slabs of drywall– decaying as they move through the world, are paired with a series of photographs and ceramic works. In the photographic works, she documents the lush foliage, earth, and bright sky of springtime around Valle de Angeles and Tatumbla. The earth grounds the photographs and the gypsum, wood, and clay–as a return to places from the man-made to the rural. Montoya seeks “to reveal the economic, political and historical factors that contribute to the exploitation, allocation, and perception of people and land.” 

Sue Montoya was born in Los Angeles, California and raised between Tegucigalpa, Honduras and Miami, Florida. She received a BFA from New World School of the Arts in Visual Arts in 2014. She received her MFA from the University of Florida in May 2018. 

This exhibition is generously sponsored by Oolite Arts.

 

https://www.suemontoya.com/about

Photo by Olive and West Photography

DEDE REED

A Moment, Please

January 15–February 19, 2021

Reflections, a series of 22 digital photographs by Dede Reed that are “soft, dream-like color images of fruit, flowers, vessels, and books.” 

Reed places her subjects (fruit, flowers, vessels and books) in front of a Bakelite tray and photographs the reflection in the tray to create these quiet, meditative photographs. Reed explains: “The light from the black surface absorbs the reflections in a soft, lustrous way. Construction paper placed underneath adds color to the still lifes. The images, printed on Cranes Museo paper, shimmer with luminosity and are reminiscent of monoprints.”  The artist generously donated 100 percent of the sales to the Art Base.  

This exhibition was generously sponsored by the Alchemy Foundation.

EXHIBITION ARCHIVE 2020

KATHY HONEA: Books & Beads

October 23–December 18, 2020

The Art Base is proud to present “Books & Beads”, an exhibition by artist Kathy Honea. The exhibition, on view in the Charles J. Wiley Gallery, opens Friday, October 23. The gallery, which is located at 99 Midland Ave Basalt, is open Tuesday through Friday 10-5 and weekends by appointment. This exhibition is generously sponsored by Summers Moore. Kathy Honea’s exhibition is a bold and humorous mashup of meticulously assembled items from hand bound books to a slew of beaded objects ranging from mannequins to oversized dice dangling from the ceiling. Both the books and the beaded objects share an incredible attention to detail,, making every inch of her art worthy of inspection. This quirky and light exhibition delves into an often unseen form of beaded objects and true mastery of art book making that is both fine art and deeply campy

Exhibition generously sponsored by Summers Moore.

 

https://kathyhonea.art/

NANCY LOVENDAHL: Small Glimpses, Many Times
August 28–October 15, 2020

Small Glimpses, Many Times is “an experiment in self-awareness.” Nancy Lovendahl spent three years preparing for and ruminating on this show in which a mountain is depicted, many times. A question asked by Lovendahl: what does it mean to be limited to one singular, non-threatening, representation of a mountain A repetition that sheds light on a commentary between the cyclical nature of our biases and thought processes; a metaphor for conflict between perception and reality. Like a common teaching from the fundamentals of drawing: draw what you see, not what you know.  

To investigate this idea, Lovendahl began by carving from memory Garet Peak in Old Snowmass, she knew it well having looked at it from a studio window for over 30 years.  What she carved looked nothing like the mountain and this was the first clue that we don’t see with our eyes.  This version of the mountain became Lovendahl’s new reality of Garet Peak which also became her doorway to understanding how we create our own mental barriers: repetitively returning to inaccurate memories and judgements of the mountain, other people, etc.  What if each time an unconscious judgement arose in our minds, it was replaced with a more accurate response? 

 

https://www.nancylovendahl.com/#welcome

10×10 Name Unseen Silent Auction
July 31–August 15, 2020

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 locally and regionally. Name Unseen artists’ identities are concealed until the big reveal after the silent auction.

“Art is a universal language that is more important than ever in times of crisis,” says Executive Director, Skye Skinner. “We are determined not to let the pandemic undermine our work or our connection to the community.”  

Community has always been at the heart of what the Art Base is all about. As the seriousness of COVID-19 became clear, the Art Base acted early, providing art opportunities and positive community outreach. In addition to online exhibits, artist talks and art classes, over 912 free Art-Kits-To-Go have been distributed since mid-March. 

“The 10×10 event is in alignment with all the values of the Art Base—bringing community together in a meaningful way—from the artists who donate their work, to members of the public who come to view and bid, or view and bid online—all in support of this beloved, grassroots arts organization,” says Curator, Lissa Ballinger. 

This exhibition is generously sponsored by: Slifer Smith & Frampton; Ann Korologos Gallery; Harry Teague Architects; Heirlooms; Raven Gallery; State Farm Insurance Andrea Gurule; JD Black Construction, Decorative Materials. 

BARBARA CONVISER: Wondering Around

June 5–July 3, 2020

The Art Base is proud to present Wondering Around featuring a series of landscape drawings on heavy weight paper created using charcoal and pastels. Each drawing is witness to Conviser’s life, a diary of places seen and admired through the course of the last 60 years. It is apt that Conviser’s show should open in the midst of a global pandemic as she says, “It is a strange set of circumstances that suit my isolating personality.”

As a child, Conviser found magic in the creation of art. It’s that element of wonder that she continues to search for and unearth with her drawings. Her work depicts nature in a subtle yet iconic way, playing on its draw with a softness, and approachability. Most of Conviser’s work is drawn using photos that she has taken, aide-memoires.

CLICK HERE for virtual artist talk with Barbara Conviser — moderated by the Art Base’s curator, Lissa Ballinger.

This exhibition is generously sponsored by George + Teena Shaw.

The Claudette Carter ARTmentors Annual Exhibition

May 1–May 28, 2020

2020’s Claudette Carter ARTmentors Program (CCAM) featured mentee artists and their mentors: Analyn Hoffner (BHS ‘23), Nancy Lovendahl; Cody Thompson (BHS ‘21), Mathew Jinks; Katherine Davila (BHS ‘20), Summers Moore; and Tanner Beazley (CRMS ‘23), Doug Graybeal.

The CCAM is designed for High School students who are interested in learning a creative trade from a professional artist. Participants are selected through a competitive application process. Selected mentees learn firsthand what it takes to be a working artist and gain insight into how a career in commercial arts builds on a solid foundation of fine arts and media to reach an audience’s attention. The mentorship is a paid, five-month commitment for the student. Mentors are all volunteer, professional artists. 

This exhibition is generously sponsored by Richard Carter.

Photo by Olivia & West Photography

NICOLE SALCEDO: Most Beloved

February 21–March 19, 2020

Reception for the Artist:
Friday, February 21, 5–7PM (Artist Talk: 5:30PM)

CLICK HERE to listen to artist talk.

 

The large-scale sculptural work in the show A Moment, Please focuses on the seemingly unending process of repairing and rebuilding one’s self. Small-scale string drawings will also be on display. Green ‘mends’ or knots simple fibers and thread together in a meditative and obsessive manner. The work gradually becomes a visual accumulation — a visual record — of the time it takes to heal. Each moment, each struggle amasses and blends and eventually becomes impossible to distinguish. Looking back, the viewer sees that this fundamental human undertaking is simultaneously strong and fragile, messy and disciplined, heavy and light. This work tries to find comfort in such fraught moments. 

This exhibition is generously sponsored by Oolite Arts.

https://www.nicole-salcedo.com/

ERICA GREEN: A Moment, Please

January 10–February 13, 2020

Reception for the Artist:
Friday, January 10, 5–7PM (Artist Talk: 5:30PM)

The large-scale sculptural work in the show A Moment, Please focuses on the seemingly unending process of repairing and rebuilding one’s self. Small-scale string drawings will also be on display. Green ‘mends’ or knots simple fibers and thread together in a meditative and obsessive manner. The work gradually becomes a visual accumulation — a visual record — of the time it takes to heal. Each moment, each struggle amasses and blends and eventually becomes impossible to distinguish. Looking back, the viewer sees that this fundamental human undertaking is simultaneously strong and fragile, messy and disciplined, heavy and light. This work tries to find comfort in such fraught moments. 

This exhibition is generously sponsored by Susan + Larry Marx.

EXHIBITION ARCHIVE 2019

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.

BETSY CHAFFIN: Slip Sliding

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.

DEBORAH JONES: Absence

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.

http://www.deborahjonesart.com/

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.

MOLLY PEACOCK: MORPHOUS

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.

http://billposs.com/

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.

http://daisypatton.com/

 

This exhibition is generously sponsored by CCY Architects.

https://www.ccyarchitects.com/

Exhibition artwork courtesy of K Contemporary.

https://kcontemporaryart.com

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.

https://www.amandaramsay.net/

@amandaramsaystudio

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.

http://tracenichols.com/

@tracearts
@theartbase

EXHIBITION ARCHIVE 2018

HOME: UNPACKING SELF AND PLACE | QUE ES UN HOGAR?
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

https://skyegalleryaspen.com

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.

http://www.jonathanvantassel.com/

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.

https://www.ccyarchitects.com/

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.

www.teaguearch.com

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.

https://notorietyfineart.com

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.

https://www.ericksonchris.com/

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.

http://www.goodworks.org/

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.

https://photomoore.com/art-1/

http://aspenhopecenter.org/

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.

https://www.miejvisuals.com/event

http://www.lenanicholson.com/

https://www.meztlyesparza.com/index

https://photomoore.com/art-1/

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.

http://www.larawhitley.studio

http://billposs.com/

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.

http://www.ianfisherart.com/gallery/painting

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