The Art Base exhibits support student, emerging and established Colorado-based artists.

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.

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.


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.

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 curates 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 features artist Newton Bartley.

“This body of work is based on special places in my life—many shared with my partner Eric, and inspired by trips to Fiji, Hawaii, and Sage Hill Ranch in Carbondale, Colorado. Our ranch and barn at Sage Hill Ranch made a deep impression on me, and it is their details, plus the incredible coral and colors of Wakaya, and the amazing sunsets of Kauai, that are represented.

I call it “wet work”—acrylic painting using multiple layers of color to achieve the depth, color, and texture that I desire.”

A principal at Palladium Properties, Bartley has been active in the hospitality and nonprofit sectors, spending 14 years in valley real estate. He and his husband Eric have been residents of the Roaring Fork Valley since 1988.  They now spend their time in the valley and in Palm Springs.

Palladium Properties hours: Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm


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.

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.