Since its founding in 1996, the Art Base has pursued a dual mission: to foster artistic expression in all ages and abilities through its classroom programs, and to provide exhibition opportunities for the valley’s many outstanding artists. In 2020, the Art Base took a major step forward in the purchase of a beautiful building in the heart of historic Basalt. With more than three times the exhibition and classroom space, this facility will enable us realize our long-held dreams of bringing to our community the highest quality classes and shows, and as well as securing for the organization long-term financial sustainability.


Permanent home in the heart of historic Basalt.

Increased facility space, from 1,400sf to 4,800sf

High-caliber 1,400sf gallery on Midland Avenue

Dedicated 700sf adult classroom

Dedicated 800sf youth classroom


Expansion of art instruction for all ages

Enhanced gallery space for artists and visitors

Cultural anchor for historic Basalt

Long-term financial sustainability

Elimination of short-term lease


2021 Timeline

  1. WINTER: Remodel
  2. SPRING: Gallery Opens
  3. SUMMER: Grand Opening Celebration
  4. FALL: Classrooms Open

“In a world where art has been commandeered, co-opted, and commodified, in a world where art is sold for unaffordable prices, displayed in inaccessible locales, and smothered with pretention, it is so important that the Art Base is here to remind us with its diversity and accessibility that art is actually of the people, by the people, and for the people.”




Barbara Glass,
Krista Klees,
Vice President
Lauren Cornish,
Amiee White Beazley,
Tim Brown
David Kelly
Summers Moore
Molly Peacock
Teena Shaw
Skye Weinglass


Deborah M. Jones


Skye Skinner
Executive Director
Abby Gierke
Programs Manager
Katie Grey Walker
Gallery + Communications Manager
Britton White
Staff Assistant
Lissa Ballinger
Dana Higbie
Studio Manager
Mathew Jinks
Installations + Facility Manager


$2.5Million Campaign


Broad community support
Word of mouth—spread the news!
Donations of cash or stock
Multi-year pledges

These Naming Opportunities would pay off the building purchase in full:

Building : $500,000
Main Gallery : $250,000
Elevator (Elevate The Arts) : $100,000
South Classroom (already named) : $100,000
North Classroom : $100,000
Upstairs Gallery : $75,000
North Gallery (downstairs) : $75,000
Upstairs Lounge : $50,000
Downstairs Lounge : $50,000
Artmart : $25,000

Total : $1,225,000

To learn more, or to schedule a building tour, please contact:
Skye Skinner, Executive Director
970 927-4123