At Aspen Chapel Gallery, ‘It’s New to Me,’ with 10 local artists |

At Aspen Chapel Gallery, ‘It’s New to Me,’ with 10 local artists

Rochelle Norwood's "Penny Farthing" is among the works on display in the Aspen Chapel Gallery's new show, opening Wednesday.
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What: ‘It’s New To Me’ opening reception

Where: Aspen Chapel Gallery

When: Wednesday, Feb. 25, 5 – 7 p.m.

More info: 970-925-7184

An edgy brand of local art will be spotlighted in the Aspen Chapel Gallery’s new exhibition.

Titled “It’s New To Me,” the show includes 10 local artists who are making decidedly contemporary, forward-leaning works. For the Aspen Chapel Gallery — which has rotated shows every six weeks or so for 30 years — it also includes a first: neon. Local artist Meg McNeil has fashioned pieces out of neon for the show.

All but one of the artists in the show are new to the gallery, and all were selected by guest curator Kat Rich.

“What she was able to do was to get some new, young artists who maybe hadn’t shown in the valley and in the chapel before,” said gallery co-director Carol Loewenstern. “It’s very different.”

The Chapel Gallery puts together a contemporary art show annually, but in Rich’s hands, this year’s version has become a showcase for emerging artists.

Ananda Banc, best known to locals as the Carbondale-based singer for the band Betty Ford Explorer, contributed fashion and costume designs. Rochelle Norwood has painted abstracted, old-timey bicycles on burlap tapestries.

Jay Phillips, who previously has exhibited ceramics and tiles at the gallery, has switched to painting and contributed abstract pieces. His wife, Eden Marsh, is showing handmade books with watercolors on their covers. Elizabeth Riecks has made charcoal self-portraits. Contributing artists also include photographer Skye Weinglass and True Nature Healing Arts co-owner Deva Shantay.

The show opens Wednesday evening and will remain on display through April 5.

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