EXHIBITION ARCHIVE 2023

Interplay: Art + Opera
April 18 – May 19, 2023
Opening Reception April 18, 2023

The Art Base and TACAW have partnered to bring Interplay: Art + Opera, an interdisciplinary, collaborative project conceived of by three Denver-Based performers, Kira Dills-DeSurra (Mezzo-Soprano), Leah Podzimek (Soprano), and Jessica Nilles Kressin (Piano), to the Roaring Fork Valley. And we invite you to attend the pop-up opera performance at the Art Base.

15 contemporary artists of all mediums (listed below) from the Roaring Fork Valley responded to the preview opera performance and will now be exhibiting their work at the Art Base from April 18 through May 19. The same music will be performed live during the opening reception so that audiences, artists, and musicians join together in sound and color, making for a multi-sensorial art experience.⁠

Tania Dibbs
Staci Dickerson
Chris Erickson
Gail Folwell
Wally Graham
Deb Jones
Wewer Keohane
Nancy Lovendahl
Ingrid Magidson
Summers Moore
Trace Nichols
Nori Pao
Jay Phillips
Erin Rigney

Marilyn Lowey: Greater Than the Sum
March 10 – April 14, 2023
Opening Reception March 10, 2023

Excerpt from Press Release:

GREATER THAN THE SUM is an exhibition of tableaus which invite the viewer to experience the play of illusion, abstraction, and the instability of meaning as the works’ appearance evolves from moment to moment. Their ethereal nature suggests the transcendent or spiritual, while their ephemerality introduces a temporal element, the unfolding of an experience through time. Aspects of family power dynamics and childhood history, sometimes difficult in nature, occasionally inform Marilyn’s choice of objects, and so bring to the pieces her own story alongside more universal interpretations. The artist also explores how the metaphysical qualities of light can illuminate aspects of power in politics and religion. As installations, these works imbue the whole of the space with their emotional, experiential content.

The found objects with which Lowey creates the sculptures are chosen for their ability to interact with the protean properties of light. Often these works consist of two parts: a suspended sculptural form, and projected light that passes through the optics of the sculpture and then casts on a wall. The three-dimensional portion translates the projected light into a two-dimensional play of color and form. This work exploits the extraordinary potential in common objects for creating stunning aesthetic environments.

Marilyn’s skill in manipulating light and materials comes from a long career as a theatrical lighting designer for major concerts, stage productions, and television, work for which she earned an Emmy in 1986. She continued in the industry until 2008, when she redirected herself to the making of fine art. Marilyn completed an MFA at the California Institute of the Arts in 2010, and now works full time as an artist in Aspen, Colorado.

 

Rochelle Johnson: From Urban Life to Blue World
February 7 – March 4, 2023
First Annual RedLine Contemporary Art pARTnership

Opening Reception February 10, 2023

Excerpt from Press Release:

“My Urban Life series started as an exploration of documenting my surroundings. I moved to an area called Five Points in Denver, Colorado. Once a primarily Black neighborhood where black culture was celebrated and revered. It was easy to capture subjects doing day-to-day things as I traveled from one place to another; I was sure to see someone who piqued my interest. Gentrification quickly set in, and the once multicultural neighborhood became 80% white. The gentrification in my neighborhood has forced me to confront its harmful effects, such as the displacement of whole communities of long-time residents. That said, I had to learn how to interact with my new neighbors and see if a connection could be made. I tried painting the newcomers and found a strange occurrence when showing my work. Each ethnicity started to grate to their skin color. This was upsetting to me. Paintings, in my view, should be considered somewhat of the bones of the image itself. If the picture captures you and you feel it is vital, you should consider it a good piece of Art. So, I started to create my Blue World Series. A series substituting the skin color allows a visual dialog free of preconception and a chance to see the beauty of form and presence without bias. The Urban Life series blurs the line between representational and abstract, as well as the Blue World series. In the Blue World Series, I use three values, dark, medium, and light color, to keep things simple.” – Rochelle Johnson

EXHIBITION ARCHIVE 2022

10×10 Name Unseen Silent Auction
August 5 – 20, 2022

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

 

 “This is always a favorite community event,” says the Art Base’s Executive Director, Skye Skinner. She continued, “our supporters love trying to guess who created these incredible works of art, and our participating artists donated extraordinary pieces for 2022.” 

The general public will have the opportunity to view the 10×10 Name Unseen Silent Auction until Friday, August 19, but can bid online until the auction closes at 6:30PM the following evening, Saturday, August 20. Ticket holders for the Art Base’s annual pARTy will have the last opportunity to view the work in person, from 5-6:30PM (also on August 20), then will immediately head to Lions Park for a catered dinner, a program about the Art Base’s educational offerings, and an annual paddle raise from 7-9PM. 

This year’s pARTy will honor local artist Teresa Booth Brown as the recipient of the 2022 Melva Bucksbaum Dedication to the Arts Award, the first honoree since 2019. 

“Art is a powerful lens through which we can see ourselves and our world. Art education helps us learn how to use that lens and to share its vast potential,” said Booth Brown when asked about receiving the award. 

This exhibition is generously sponsored by: Slifer Smith & Frampton; Decorative Materials; Heirlooms; Modern Luxury; KDNK. 

TEAL ROBERTS WILSON + WALLY: Go Forth
July  1 – 29, 2022  

Opening Reception: Friday, July 1st, 5-7pm 

 

The Art Base is pleased to present Go Forth , a joint exhibition featuring sculptor, and multi-media artist, Teal Wilson. 

Teal Roberts Wilson grew up in New Mexico, and uses that landscape of mesas and scrubby brush as inspiration for her work. “I think of my work as a slow collage—tediously drawn elements that reveal an entire picture. I pair the domestic (cakes, drapes, hats) with the wild (animals and plants) in hopes of creating a sense of recognition of a sort of reality, but with the limits of the myopic human experience; something else existing without us able to entirely grasp it.” 

“This notion of the treacherous hidden in the package of a “good time” is something that rolled around in my head as I made this work: a rush of darkness where it doesn’t belong like a sudden storm, a scorpion in the garden, or a trail ride on horses gone suddenly south once they spook. The reflection of fear becomes more glaring because of its predecessor of the perceived lightness and delight. I think of moments when a heart aches for the time before the panic, the time where everything was good and no one was the wiser. “Go Forth” is a message of encouragement, of traveling forward despite panic, despite the storm, sitting with fear despite its unwelcomeness, in an attempt to see the other side.” 

Wally works through a variety of mediums (found, scavenged, and upcycled) to create pieces spanning from classical to nonsensical. He has a unique fascination with the use of negative space and the energy within living forms. Wally’s sculptures incorporate line, balance, proportion, and sometimes motion to interpret each creation’s unique personality. 

Influenced by Camille Claudel, Henry Moore, David Smith, Anthony Caro, Alexander Calder, Jean Tinguely and Deborah Butterfield, Graham’s works can be found in public spaces and private interior collections across the US. 

 

TEAL ROBERTS WILSON

 

WALLY 

ANDREA WENDEL: Purposeful Objects
May 27 – June 24, 2022  

Opening Reception: Friday, May 27th, 5-7pm 

 

 Andrea Wendel is a multi-disciplinary artist, sculptor, furniture designer and maker, creating unique and limited-edition pieces that make a statement with unexpected details of beauty and functionality. Bold and simplified forms are inspired by earth’s elements, and indigenous cultures while adding contemporary elements. The surface treatments are the result of meticulous painting, carving and contrasting textures. 

The integration of functionality and art has been my life’s work. As a multidisciplinary artist working in metal, wood, and painting, I create sculptural work that makes a statement with unique forms and details. Purposeful sculpture that makes us rethink the way we look at ordinary things, transforming its identity beyond its function.

In the process of creating furniture, the shapes and materials move together sculpturally. It is an instinctual feel of space and balance. Textures and materials are abstract drawings on horizontal and vertical planes while welding and woodworking allow me the freedom to create the perfect canvas for meticulous surface treatments and painting. Tensions of embracing opposites are instilled in my work through my use of these materials as well as the narrative in order to create distinctive statement pieces. Textures, patterns and elements are juxtaposed, and layers of finish are applied to create light, depth and energy.

I work back and forth between the art, the design and the craft, to create objects of purpose that transform a living space and elevate style. The unexpected details that define a room are about creating a balance and discerning design, as well as joy.

The integration of art and function enriches personal space with objects of purpose that contain beauty, meaning, a story, and a soul.

As a multidisciplinary artist, my desire is to bridge art and design by applying my compositions to a utilitarian form to change the story of an object and transform its identity beyond its function.”

 

https://www.andi-le.com/ 

The Claudette Carter ARTmentors Annual Exhibition

April 22–May 20, 2022

 

Charlee Fishman (GSHS ’24) / Andrea Wendel, mentor

Lily Johnson (CRMS ’23) / Deborah Shannan, mentor

Natalie Fryer (BHS ’23) / Savanna LaBauve, mentor

Sage Kaufman (GSHS ’24) / Marcia Weese, 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.

CATE JOHNSON: Prettiest Girl at the Party
March 11 – April 16, 2022  

Opening Reception: Friday, March 11th, 5-7pm 

 

The Art Base is pleased to present textile artist Cate Johnson’s first solo exhibition entitled Prettiest Girl. Using traditional weaving techniques with unconventional materials such as plastic party streamers and yarn, Johnson explores ideas of “gender, identity, and memory through the lens of the ‘coming of age’ trope.” Using pastel pink colors and playful, shiny materials, Johnson examines anxieties pushed on to young women and refers to how she dealt with these ideas of transition personally by “leaning into a feminine presentation to mask the struggles beneath the surface.”

 

Johnson writes: “These sparkly, twisted pieces represent how I felt during my own adolescence; concerned with how I presented to others and how I looked to myself. The body of work reflects the pain and beauty of growing up and learning to find joy in the spaces that once held shame.”

 

https://cateirwinjohnson.myportfolio.com/about

DIANA EUSEBIO: MIRROR: A Reflection of the Black + Latinx Diaspora
February 11 – March 5, 2022  

Opening Reception: Saturday, February 12th, 5-7pm 

 

The Art Base is pleased to present MIRROR: A Reflection of the Black + Latinx Diaspora, an exhibition of multidisciplinary works by Diana Eusebio, self-described Miami-based Black Latina fashion photographer and visual storyteller. MIRROR presents an “interactive environment that allows the viewer to better access and relate to the narratives of the Black and Latinx Diaspora” and includes photography, textile, and an audio component. This exhibition will be on view through March 5th.

 

In MIRROR, Diana Eusebio “reflects” stories of the diaspora into audio-visual interviews, photography, garments, and textiles. She states: “As an Afro-Latina artist, born to Peruvian and Dominican parents in Miami and raised in a bilingual first-generation American home: I’ve realized that my intersectional identity along with the complexity of the Black diaspora–it’s cross-cultural nuances, similarities and differences–is chronically misunderstood and underrepresented. MIRROR is a humanitarian photos series that seeks to genuinely reflect the people of the Black, Latinx and Afro-Latinx diaspora through the lens of representational freedom–by asking individuals from the community one simple question: “How do you want to be reflected?”.”

 

https://dianaeusebio.com/

REINA KATZENBERGER: Art In Process
January 11 – February 4, 2022  

Closing Reception: Friday, February 4, 5-7pm 

 

Art in Process is a 3-week study of art making in the public eye through conversation and collaboration with artist, Reina Katzenberger.

Reina is hosting an installation/residency that has been designed to celebrate art as process and connection. This on-site active artist studio is a window into the process of creating art as conversation and creative problem solving in real-time.  This is an opportunity to marry the exhibition and educational programming central to the mission of the Art Base.

For these weeks, the sidewalk-visible gallery will become a space for a pop-up artist residency that includes the physical manifestation of a studio with materials, equipment and ephemera, made accessible to the public. This active artist space will be documented by a Live Stream webcam of the main work table.

Reina’s time will be totally open and unscripted as she aims to surrender each day to being informed by the circumstance and interactions that occur on site. Whatever art is created will arise from the interactions, ideas and conversations that ensue. Collaboration between nonprofits, art institutions and artists in our valley is a core tenet of The Project Shop. The Project Shop is a creative space at SAW in Carbondale of which Reina is the creator and founder that focuses primarily on arts education through service-learning based print projects. We invite you to participate in the process, to converse and collaborate.

Public participation will vary from simply witnessing the studio to actively engaging in a creative process.  These interactions will be unpredictable and challenge both artist and visitor to earnestly engage in art-making as process—with the focus not on a final

to explore and celebrate the inextricable connection between all things—everything is informed by everything else—using mixed media printmaking to illustrate and enhance these conversations.

 

https://reinakatzenberger.com/

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
November 30, 2021 February 5, 2022 

Meet + Greet plus book signingSaturdayDecember 1835pm 

 

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

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 Garett 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.

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/

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, participants 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/

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.

EXHIBITION ARCHIVE 2017

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!

http://www.westword.com/arts/immigrant-youth-at-art-base-in-basalt-create-visions-of-home-9657690

Lisa Caplan
October 13–November 4, 2017

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

Chromosphere::
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.

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.

www.billposs.com

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.

www.teaguearch.com

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 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)

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.

http://www.katharosseinart.com/

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

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.

http://www.shelleycampbellbogaert.com

Teena and George Shaw happily sponsor this Art Base exhibition.

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?”

http://briancolley.com/

https://sawcarbondale.com/john-cohorst/

http://www.andrewriceart.com/

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.

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.

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

EXHIBITION ARCHIVE 2016

Stanley Bell + KAMP Collective
November 11 – December 3

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

The Art Base Annex is excited to present an upcoming exhibition, Confluxshowcasing nationally exhibited artists Stanley Bell and KAMP Collective artists—Andy Storey and Jeff Stevens. Opening reception is Friday, November 11, from 5:00-7:00pm. The exhibition dates are November 11 – December 3, 2016. With the artists having roots in both Basalt and Carbondale, Conflux juxtaposes the urban landscape with the rural landscape in an energetic blend. A little bit rebellious, the work combines numerous medias from painting, wheat pasting, digital, photography, spray paint, stencils, screen prints, oil, acrylic and anything in between.

http://stanleybellstudio.blogspot.com/

Sarah McKenzie
October 14 – November 5

Opening Reception:
October 14, 2016, 5:00 – 7:00pm

The Art Base Annex is proud to present an upcoming exhibition, Framework: Paintings by Sarah McKenzie showcasing nationally exhibited Boulder-based artist, Sarah McKenzie.

Capturing architecture and the built environment in a state of flux, and with emphasis on geometry, pattern, and gesture, Framework hovers in a zone between representation and abstraction.

http://www.sarahmckenzie.com/

This exhibition is generously sponsored by Poss Architecture + Planning and Interior Design.

Laurie Doctor
October 14- November 5

Opening Reception:
October 14, 2016, 5:00 – 7:00pm

The Charles J. Wyly Gallery at the Art Base is pleased to feature painter, calligrapher, writer, and beloved Art Base art educator Laurie Doctor in an upcoming exhibition, Map of Regrets.

Opening reception is Friday, October 14, from 5:00-7:00 pm.

Suppose you could map regrets, as if they are places. Are they changed by time and perspective? Do they become something else when visited? Map of Regrets will display visual responses to these questions.

http://lauriedoctor.com

Lisa Singer
September 9 – October 8

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

The Art Base Annex is pleased to present Carbondale artist and art educator Lisa Singer in an upcoming exhibition, Storm.  Opening reception is Friday, September 9 from 5:00-7:00 pm.

Storm: New Works by Lisa Singer, introduces paintings and sculptures that hold together the dichotomy of the turbulent and sinister nature of storms and the calm, unwavering center within. The works are about having serenity within the tumult of the world around us.

http://www.lisasingerart.com/

12th Annual Benefit Celebration: The Off Base Ball + 10×10 Silent Auction, The Charles J. Wyly Gallery at the Art Base

Opening Reception: 10×10 Preview
September 9, 2016, 5:00 – 7:00pm

The Off Base Ball: Annual Gala
September 17, 2016, 5:30p | Name Unseen 10×10 Silent Auction

This year’s silent auction has a surprise twist—the donated artworks are unsigned on the front. The theme, Name Unseen, conceals the artist’s identity until after the 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? The auction includes 100 10×10 original artworks donated by artists based in the Roaring Fork Valley for an opening bid of $100.

Teresa Booth Brown
August 12 – September 3

Opening Reception:
August 12, 2016, from 5:00 – 7:00pm

The Art Base Annex is pleased to present nationally exhibited and collected artist Teresa Booth Brown in an upcoming exhibition, Anomalies.  Opening reception is Friday, August 12 from 5:00-7:00 pm.

Anomalies will feature a mix of small diptychs and a wall of framed collage. Starting with a simple composition, each piece is developed intuitively by the addition and subtraction of layers of paint, collage, and/or drawing.

http://www.teresaboothbrown.com/

Jeremy Swanson
August 12 – September 3

Opening Reception:
August 12, 2016, 5:00 – 7:00pm

The Charles J. Wyly Gallery at The Art Base is proud to feature Aspen/Snowmass photographer Jeremy Swanson in an upcoming exhibition Mountain Portraits. Opening reception is Friday, August 12, from 5:00-7:00 pm.

A photographic portrait of a person is crafted with the intent to go beyond simply depicting what the subject looks like—to reveal who the subject is. Mountain Portraits applies the same revelatory process to the iconic peaks of the Roaring Fork Valley—to capture images that bring to light something of their true nature.

*Jeremy will donate 10% of all sales from the exhibition to Aspen Center for Environmental Studies. “Much of the wilderness surrounding the Roaring Fork Valley is threatened by being ‘loved to death’—where natural areas are degraded by overuse. The educational programming provided by ACES helps protect these vulnerable places,” Jeremy.

http://jeremyswansonphoto.com

https://www.aspennature.org/

https://www.aspensnowmass.com/

The Looking Glass: Artist Proofs by Lynn Goldsmith
July 8 – August 6

Opening Reception:
July 8, 2016, from 5:00 – 7:00pm

The Art Base Annex is pleased to present The Looking Glass: Artist Proofs by Lynn Goldsmith.  Opening reception is Friday, July 8 from 5:00-7:00 pm.

The Looking Glass is an intimate study of personal identity. Portrait photographer Lynn Goldsmith turns her lens on herself, and assumes an array of elaborate guises and imaginative scenarios, highlighting the psychological relationship between what we see and what we imagine.  Step into The Looking Glass with Goldsmith to witness her journey of self-examination, and discover what continues to make us human in this culture of the image we inhabit.

http://www.thelookingglassbook.com/pages/statement.html

Andrew Roberts-Gray
July 8 – August 6

Opening Reception:
July 8, 2016, 5:00 – 7:00pm

The Charles J. Wyly Gallery at The Art Base is proud to feature nationally exhibited artist Andrew Roberts-Gray in an upcoming exhibition Crazy Mix and the Love Child. Opening reception is Friday, July 8, from 5:00-7:00 pm.

Crazy Mix and the Love Child will feature component pieces, multifaceted surfaces and a site-specific installation piece. Working with a range of materials—aluminum, cardboard, paper, plastic line, steel, mirrored plexiglass, and paint—the exhibition highlights the artist’s restless, creative impulses and resolutions.

http://andrewroberts-gray.com

Drawing Exhibition: Richard Carter, James Surls, Jody Guralnick, Chris Hassig
June 10 – July 2

Opening Reception:
June 10, 2016, from 5:00 – 7:00pm

The Art Base Annex will feature four Roaring Fork Valley artists who draw extensively.  Opening reception is Friday, June 10 from 5:00-7:00 pm.

This exhibition explores the contrast in styles within the same medium—how a seemingly insignificant instrument can release a small amount of material onto a surface— leaving a visible and profound mark in time and humanity.

http://richardcarterart.com/

http://www.jamessurls.com/

http://www.jodyguralnick.com/

http://www.chrishassig.com/

Claudette Carter ARTmentors Program  May 26-July 2, 2016

Each mentee exhibit is up for approximately nine days.

Opening Receptions:
May 26, 2016, from 5:00–7:00pm
June 10, 2016, from 5:00–7:00pm
June 24, from 5:00–7:00pm

As a part of the Claudette Carter ARTmentors Program,the Art Base Charles J. Wyly Gallery is pleased to present three upcoming student mentee exhibitions exhibition openings:

Swings, highlighting photography and mixed media works by Basalt High School junior, Cheyenne Myers with mentor Nancy Lovendahl: Thursday, May 26, from 5:00-7:00pm

What Are You Thinking Presenting mixed media drawings from Roaring Fork High School junior, Katelyn Krehbiel with mentor Ingrid Magidson: Friday, June 10, from 5:00-7:00pm

Indecision, showcasing surrealist-based acrylic and spray painted works by Basalt High School junior Lindsey Webster with mentor Kathy Honea on Friday, June 24 from 5:00-7:00pm.

This exhibition is offered through The Claudette Carter ARTmentors Program—founded and directed by working artist, Nancy Lovendahl, and is for high school juniors who are considering a career in the arts. This year Nancy and artists, Ingrid Magidson and Kathy Honea, each worked one-on-one for nine months with their respective Basalt High School or Roaring Fork High School junior. 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 their one-woman exhibition in The Charles J. Wyly Gallery. This mentorship is invaluable in applying for admission and scholarships to colleges.

Aspen Art Museum’s Young Curators of the Roaring Fork May 13 – May 21

Opening Reception:
May 13, 2016, from 5:00 – 7:00pm

The Charles J. Wyly Gallery at The Art Base will feature the Young Curators of the Roaring Fork 2016, organized by the Aspen Art Museum, in an upcoming exhibition, Generation Now. Opening reception is Friday, May 13, from 5:00-7:00pm.  As part of the rising “Generation Z,” the YCRF invited their valley-wide peers to address teen stereotypes and capture how their unique voices can shape our world. In celebration of this student-driven initiative, the Young Curators will share their experiences in an art talk led by Executive Director Genna Moe, on Friday, May 13 at 5:30p at the Charles J. Wyly Gallery at the Art Base.

Wewer Keohane
May 13 – June 4

Opening Reception:
May 13, 2016, from 5:00 – 7:00pm

The Art Base Annex will feature internationally exhibited and collected artist Wewer Keohane in an upcoming exhibition, Evolution of a Dream.  Opening reception is Friday, May 13, from 5:00-7:00 pm.

Evolution of a Dream demonstrates how a dream created from collected ephemera can inspire an evolving series that moves from the dream’s symbolism to minimalism to abstraction. Wewer’s love of paper translates into a unique body of work with graphic boldness and deep meaning.

http://www.wewerart.com/

Jennifer Ghormley
April 8 – May 7

Opening Reception:
April 8, 2016, 5:00 – 7:00pm

The Charles J. Wyly Gallery at The Art Base will feature nationally exhibited artist and art educator Jennifer Ghormley, in an upcoming exhibition Flow. Opening reception is Friday, April 8, from 5:00-7:00 pm. Flow is a site-specific installation comprised of more than 300 handmade geometric shapes.  The individual pieces are created by printing a woodblock onto pieces of translucent paper, then cut into shapes and sewn together on the machine. The pieces gently move with air currents to create a sensory experience and physical connection between the viewer and the artwork.

jenniferghormley.com

Glenn Smith
April 8 – May 7

The Art Base Annex will feature Roaring Fork Valley resident and artist Glenn Smith in an upcoming exhibition, Mechanical Love Stories.  Opening reception is Friday, April 8, from 5:00-7:00 pmMechanical Love Stories is a collection of sculptures and photographs utilizing “tools of the trade,” beckoning the viewer to “come closer and investigate.” Glenn’s work tells the unspoken stories of machines and hand tools by highlighting the hidden details that we all take for granted.

http://www.glennhsmith.com/

Supporting Artistic Excellence: The Dee and Charles J. Wyly Collection
March 11 – April 2

The Art Base Annex is pleased to announce an upcoming exhibition in collaboration with Anderson Ranch Arts Center’s 50th Anniversary, Supporting Artistic Excellence: The Dee and Charles J. Wyly Collection. Opening reception is Friday, March 11, from 5-7 pm, with a champagne toast honoring Dee Wyly at 6pm. The exhibition dates are March 11–April 2, 2016. As champions of the arts and arts education, Dee and Charles Wyly have played a crucial role in fostering a dynamic visual arts community in the Roaring Fork Valley. Their collection reflects a deep commitment to supporting artistic excellence. This is a rare opportunity for the public to view their collection, featuring works spanning five decades in connection with the Ranch’s 50th Anniversary. The exhibition will showcase the works of artists affiliated with Anderson Ranch Arts Center and our valley.

Philip Hone Williams
March 11 – April 2

The Charles J. Wyly Gallery at the Art Base will feature local Carbondale artist Philip Hone Williams March 11 through April 2. An opening reception will be held Friday, March 11 from 5 to 7 p.m. Recent Works by Philip Hone Williams will present oil paintings featuring intriguing rocks blended or embedded with man-made artifacts. Philip’s career path has taken him around the world and back to his original passion—painting.  http://honepie.com/