11th annual ‘Small Wonders’ opening at Aspen Chapel Gallery | AspenTimes.com

11th annual ‘Small Wonders’ opening at Aspen Chapel Gallery

"Small Wonders" opens at the Aspen Chapel Gallery on Nov. 30.
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Affordable holiday shopping in Aspen may sound like an oxymoron, but it’s an annual tradition at the Aspen Chapel Gallery’s “Small Wonders” art show.

The popular show — featuring small and affordable artwork by Roaring Fork Valley artists — returns to the Aspen Chapel Gallery on Wednesday, Nov. 30.

This year’s eleventh rendition features more than 30 local artists.

“It’s not Christmas tchotchkes — it’s a really interesting show,” gallery co-director Tom Ward told the Aspen Times last year.

The quality, affordability and local touch of the work has made the “Small Wonders” opening something of a phenomenon — locals line up early to get the first look at the work, artists keep extra work boxed up to refill their wall space as the exhibition sells out.

Artists are invited to participate in the show by the gallery’s stable of rotating curators, with one of them — this year, it’s Ada Christiansen — curating it.

The gallery asks each artist to make eight pieces each, totaling more than 250 works. They hang four at a time, and replenish the artists’ wall space as pieces sell.

Along with some unique, budget-friendly holiday shopping, the opening includes refreshments and the chance to meet local artists.

“It’s a fun event,” said Ward. “You’ll see a lot of your friends and a lot of nice work.”

Wednesday’s opening runs from 5 to 7 p.m. The exhibition runs through Jan. 8. More info at 970-925-7184.

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