99 Midland Spur
Basalt, Colorado

Tuesday-Friday, 10am-5pm
Saturday, 10am-4pm

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

Shelley Campbell Bogaert, Haiku: Of the Natural World exhibition—Charles J. Wyly Gallery Photo by Draper White

The Art Base exhibits support student, emerging and established Colorado-based artists. Exhibition openings are held on the second Friday of every month from 5:00-7:00pm.

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.

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.

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

March 9 – April 6, 2018

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

Body of Work: A visual language exploring 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.

Basalt Regional Library Collaboration

February Featured Artist: Linda Smith

The Art Base works in collaboration with the Basalt Regional Library to curate exhibitions in the entryway display case. Exhibitions rotate monthly and feature local artists.

Linda Smith is an artist and art educator who started a non-profit while living in Kigali, Rwanda, called the “TEOH Project”, which provides cameras and art classes to children in Rwanda, Ghana, and the Bronx, NY. She has been commissioned by the UN to provide photographic classes to survivors and former perpetrators of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.

In her newest body of work, entitled Sojourners, Smith re-purposes photographs of immigrants coming into the United States in the early 20th century. She transfers the images onto papers and fabrics and dips the transfers into resin and wax to transform old photographs into new images.

“The series tells a fragmented story of emotions, moods, and moments that alter these photographs into something familiar,” Smith describes.

Linda Smith’s work will be on view in the Basalt Regional Library art display case February 4- 28, 2018. A reception and art talk will take place in the library lobby on Friday, February 9, from 5-6:00pm, with an art talk beginning at 5:15pm.

Art at Palladium Properties

We are excited to announce that we now work in collaboration with Palladium Properties, a valley-based real estate firm committed to providing a collaborative experience with an emphasis on local philanthropy.

The Art Base will curate exhibitions at Palladium’s new Willits location—364 Market Street. Exhibitions will rotate throughout the year and feature Roaring Fork Valley artists.

The current rotation, Light Study, features nature-based fine art photography. Artists represented are: Yancy Clete Christopher, Dylan Gressett, Derek Johnston, Summers Moore, Kat Moser, and Jeremy Swanson.

Palladium Properties hours: Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm

Art at Confluence Coffee

January – April Featured Artist: Nicole Nagel-Gogolak

The Art Base works in collaboration with Confluence Coffee to curate exhibitions at Confluence Coffee in Basalt. Exhibitions rotate bi-monthly and feature local artists!

Nicole Nagel-Gogolak is an artist, educator, and illustrator who lives in Aspen, Colorado with her two teenage children. She received a MFA in fiber from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and a BFA in painting from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Her art embodies a collaboration between artist and nature that visually represents the merging of cultural richness, sacred traditions, and the natural beauty she found so inspiring during her travels through Nepal and Tibet. Each wood slice holds its own unique intention: wish, prayer, or blessing to be bestowed upon by the viewer.


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.


Home: Unpacking Self and Place | Que es un hogar? 
November 10-December 22, 2017

Opening Reception:
November 10, 5:00 – 7:00P

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 Mexico, El Salvador, and Honduras will be exploring with artist Ajax Axe 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 Ajax Axe 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 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.

Through imagining different ideas about home and exploring concepts and stories, Ajax and the students will create a fantastical mural of the students’ ideal hometown complete with a personalized house created by each of the students. When the mural is complete, the community in Basalt will be invited to the Art Base to color in parts of the landscape and to write messages about their ideal vision of home.

Click here for more informationImaginandoUnHogar

Click here for Ajax Axe Bio

Enjoy our recent press in Denver’s Westword magazine below!

Lisa Caplan
October 13–November 4, 2017

Opening Reception:
October 13, 5:00 – 7:00P

The experience of swimming with whale sharks, gentle giants of the ocean, provided Lisa with the inspiration for this site-specific installation. Projecting underwater video upon layers of translucent and reflective materials, she creates an atmospheric and oceanic effect which embodies both the stillness of the deep sea and the dynamic interface of light and waves on the surface of the ocean.

Shannon Murphy Landscape Architects generously sponsors this exhibition.

Mancos Shale Meets the Roaring Fork

Curt Carpenter
September 8-October 7, 2017

Opening Reception:
September 8, 5:00 – 7:00P

Woodcuts of the Roaring Fork River—15 two-color prints were inspired by the semi-wild gorge formed by the Roaring Fork River near Aspen—allows the viewer to experience the oldest and simplest form of printmaking.

Poss Architecture + Planning and Interior Design of the Art Base generously sponsors this exhibition.

2016 Gala Name Unseen 10x10 Silent Auction

10×10 Name Unseen Silent Auction
August 11-August 19, 2017

Opening Reception:
August 11, 5:00 – 7:00P

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 11, but will only be available for purchase at the gala silent auction. 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 x 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.

Sedum, Sally Cole

Dianne Light + Sally Cole
July 14-August 5, 2017

Opening Reception:
July 14, 5:00 – 7:00P

Elegant and sophisticated mix of functional ceramics combined with floral transfers on aluminum—with a definite pull from the garden and nature.

Proudly sponsoring the Art Base and the Light/Cole exhibition; Cunningham Mortgage Company, with offices in Aspen, Basalt, Telluride.

The Unseen Tree of Life (Detail), Natalia Plascencia

The Claudette Carter ARTmentors Program
June 9-July 8, 2017

Opening Reception:
June 9, 5:00 – 7:00P

The Claudette Carter ARTmentors is a program for high school juniors who are considering the arts as a career. Mentees are paired with professional artist mentors who help them learn firsthand what it takes to become a working artist. Mentees are introduced to the full cycle of the artistic process, from concept, creation, to promotion of the artwork. The 8-month experience culminates in an exhibition at the Charles J. Wyly Gallery.

Our 2017 Mentees:

Natalia Plascencia (Mentor: Nancy Lovendahl)

Megan Rusby (Mentor: Ingrid Magidson)

Mae Houston (Mentor: Gina Sheldrake)

Fury, Katha Rossein

Katha Rossein
May 12-June 3, 2017

Opening Reception:
May 12, 5:00 – 7:00P

Figurative work that celebrates the body in color and movement—to capture how the body speaks.

Influenced by the anti-war, civil rights and women’s movements of the 1960’s, Katha’s training as a painter and printmaker combined to speak to the politics of the times. Add a medical degree, and her concentration shifted from political to personal and the deeper appreciation of the body.

Collaboration with Carbondale Clay Center and the Art Base

Art Affair!
April 14-May 6, 2017

Opening Reception:
April 14, 5:00 – 7:00P

Collaboration with the Art Base and Carbondale Clay Center.

Ceramic artists and visual artists combine their arty efforts. The individual pairs will dictate the terms of this exciting collaboration.

Artist pairs include:

Doug Casebeer
Nicole Kinsler

Molly Peacock
Jill Sabella

Amanda Ramsay
Chris Erickson

Matthew Eames
Jay Phillips

K Rhynus Cesark
Reina Katzenberger

In Between, Shelley Campbell Bogaert

Shelley Campbell Bogaert
March 10-April 8, 2017

Opening Reception:
March 10, 5:00 – 7:00P

The Charles J. Wyly Gallery at the Art Base is pleased to announce local, nationally collected artist Shelley Campbell Bogaert in an upcoming exhibition, Haiku: Of the Natural World.

Opening reception is Friday, March 10, from 5:00-7:00P.

Inspired by haiku, a Japanese poem, Haiku: Of the Natural World, showcases mixed media works and sculptures that mimic forms found in nature.

Encaustic and photographic images, reeds, metal, clay, porcupine quills, and fishing weights intermix with wall hung and freestanding sculptures comprised of steel, clay, wood, rope, linen and felt elements interacting with one another.

Most of the pieces were developed from a haiku written by the artist in response to a season or event in the world at large.

Teena and George Shaw happily sponsor this Art Base exhibition.

Melancholia II, Andrew Rice

Brian Colley, John Cohorst, Andrew Rice
February 10-March 4, 2017

Opening Reception:
February 10, 5:00 – 7:00P

The Charles J. Wyly Gallery at the Art Base is excited to present an upcoming exhibition, Ideas on the Infinite, showcasing artists Brian Colley, John Cohorst and Andrew Rice

Opening reception is Friday, February 10, from 5:00-7:00P.

With the artists having roots in both Basalt and Carbondale—Brian and John are artists at the Studio for Arts and Works (SAW) in Carbondale, and Andrew attended school in Basalt from elementary through high school—Ideas on the Infinite explores ideas of space and how humans’ desire for understanding and knowledge takes us beyond this small planet. Check out this collaboration combining various medias to inquire, “Is there a wormhole that connects space and time?”

Transformation & Resurrection, Burnham Arndt

Burnham Arndt
January 13 – February 4, 2017

Opening Reception:
January 13, 5:00 – 7:00P

The Charles J. Wyly Gallery at the Art Base is pleased to present local artist Burnham Arndt in an upcoming exhibition, Storm Lines.

Opening reception is Friday, January 13, from 5:00-7:00P.

Through his multilayered drawings, Burnham is exploring Chaos Theory and Dynamic Energy Flow as manifested in winter storms—to examine parallels in human behavior and decision making.  Drawing from his photographer’s eye, these abstract layerings fuse superalative light and nature on rice paper.

Wood-VI, Isa Catto

Isa Catto
December 9, 2016 – January 7, 2017

Opening Reception:
December 9, 2016, 5:00 – 7:00pm

The Art Base Annex is proud to present an upcoming exhibition, Taking Inventory: Works by Isa Catto showcasing internationally exhibited and collected artist Isa Catto. Opening reception is Friday, December 9, from 5:00-7:00pm. The exhibition dates are December 9, 2016 – January 7, 2017.

Increasingly looking for intersection in her private and public lives—as a mother, a woman, an artist, a writer, a gardener, as a citizen in her local community and at large—Taking Inventory examines where these identities overlap. Her creative process is inspired by the rhythm, the chaos, and considerations of my life—and by poetry, literature, and especially by the natural world.

Compressions 1-9, Rick Griffith

Rick Griffith
November 11, 2016 – January 7, 2017

Opening Reception:
November 11, 2016, 5:00 – 7:00pm

The Charles J. Wyly Gallery at the Art Base is happy to present printer and graphic designer Rick Griffith in an upcoming exhibition, BTW / Collages, Assemblages and Prints.

Opening reception is Friday, November 11, from 5:00-7:00 pm.

BTW / Collages, Assemblages and Prints employs collage cut outs from magazines and graphic interventions in the style of Constructivism. The Constructivist Movement’s graphical ideas centered on tectonics, texture and construction.

El Lissitzky employs the Constructivist ideals in Post World War I Russia with a political poster featuring red and white structural cut outs. In Beat the Whites with the Red Wedge from 1919, El Lissitsky elicits his support for the Bolsheviks (red) against the whites (Kerenski).  More importantly Lissitzky, a trained architect, breaks away from traditional art and designs formality and engages the community in a new set of ideas and graphic design.

Similarly, like the Bauhaus school that follows Lissitzky ideas, Rick explores the devices and notions of Constructivism through visual storytelling.

The composition of Rick’s diagrammatic collages, sourced from a garage sale collection of 1970’s Ebony magazines, speak to the rise of the—so called—African American middle-class. The diagrams and images form the basis of a conversation about privilege, about class and equality and being middle-class; with humor and parody. The contemporary source material, combined with drawing and cut paper, resembles the photomontages of Man Ray.  The trace lines found in Rick’s compositions harken to the architectural influences of Lissitksy and Bauhaus teacher Herbert Bayer.

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