Art exhibition to open today

Staff report

“The Art of Winifred: A Retrospective,” an exhibition of paintings by Roaring Fork Valley artist Winifred Carol Wyman, will open today at the Wyly Community Art Center in Basalt, with a reception at 5 p.m.

The retrospective is the first exhibition of Wyman’s work. The 82-year-old has a series of medical issues and speaks little, with visual art being her primary form of communication. Over the past four years, the self-taught artist has created a portfolio of nearly 300 paintings.

An Illinois native, Wyman was the mother of five children before taking up ceramics in her 30s and then moving into stained glass. Five years ago, she was placed in a nursing home in Illinois, where she was assaulted. She escaped to Colorado to live with her son John Wyman, an episode detailed in John’s memoir, “Against Her Will.” She began painting while in Colorado.

The exhibition runs through Dec. 19. For further information on the exhibition or on the Wyly Art Center, call 970-927-4123 or email