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Valley Fine Art to exhibit Judy Haas’s crystal-encrusted rock’n’roll posters

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Aspen native Judy Haas is returning home to open a new exhibition of her work at Valley Fine Art.

The Telluride-based artist, best known for her pastel trout, is showcasing a new body of work that reimagines rock 'n' roll and pop culture posters dotted intricately with Swarovski crystals.

The show opens today at Valley Fine Art. A reception with Haas will run from 5 to 9 p.m. Haas's work will be on display through the end of August.

Haas' musical poster collection features the Beatles, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix and the Rolling Stones. She has procured and enhanced posters by some of the iconic 1960s poster artists like Stanley Mouse and Victor Moscoso, Rick Griffin, Alton Kelley and Wes Wilson.

In keeping with the poster theme, the gallery also is displaying James Rosenquist's Jazz poster from March 1967, which he made for the Jazz parties at the Hotel Jerome, along with Roy Lichtenstein's poster for Aspen Winter Jazz from 1967.

Haas mounts her posters on aluminum sheeting to support the thousands of crystals she painstakingly hand glues to the piece. When the crystals catch light, the posters put on a show.

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"The reflection of the light in the Swarovski crystals is really what makes these pieces fantastic," Haas said in a statement. "If they're lit with a spotlight or if the sun hits them, they send rainbows around the room. … These posters connect us to magical parts of our past, seeing those musicians, having the opportunity to have those memories on our walls as posters, and I've taken it to another level."