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Basalt’s Art Base to open David Notor retrospective

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Painter David Notor will open a new exhibition at the Art Base in Basalt on Friday.
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Roaring Fork Valley-based painter David Notor will open a retrospective of his work from the past 15 years at the Art Base in Basalt this weekend.

“David Notor In Retrospect: The Last 15 Years” opens today with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m.

The exhibition, marking the artist’s first solo show, surveys the past 15 years of pastels transitioning to oils — emphasizing the landscapes of Colorado and the Southwest in an American Impressionist style.

Initially a plein air painter, Notor transitioned into a more studio-based artist, enjoying mixing palette knife work and brushwork. Often working from sketchbook, he likes to do an underpainting first and let it unfold from there.

“Everything inspires me,” Notor said in an announcement. “Life inspires me. I paint the landscapes of Mother Nature — embracing how the light fluctuates, emphasizes and transforms colors.”

Notor moved to the valley in 1975 and studied art at the Colorado Institute of Art in 1978, specializing in commercial-based work. After an inspiring trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico, he renewed his fine art interest and began studying with master pastelists like Albert Handell.

Notor will share a bit about his background and process in an art talk and demonstration at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 1. Led by Art Base executive director Genna Moe, the conversation and demonstration is open only to Art Base members.