Women’s work featured in Basalt gallery openings
Three Basalt galleries will host openings featuring the art of three women at coordinated events Friday.
Wyly Community Art Center will hold an opening reception for an exhibit by Betsy Chaffin, a longtime resident of Snowmass Village who helped found Anderson Ranch Arts Center.
Ann Korologos Gallery will host an opening of Taos artist Dinah K. Worman’s landscape paintings.
Toklat will host an opening featuring the works of Cathy Schermer and Silver Queen Minerals.
The opening receptions will be from 5 to 7 p.m. at each of the three galleries.
Chaffin’s art has evolved through participation in workshops conducted by some of the country’s leading artists at Anderson Ranch Arts Center. She also has participated in residences at Anderson Ranch and the American Academy in Rome.
“The abstracted forms and markings are distilled from observing my natural surroundings — the river, mountains, trees, the sky,” Chaffin said. “The work is an expression to my responses to place, memory, experience.”
Her exhibit is called “Betsy Chaffin: daily fragments.” The exhibit will be shown at Wyly Community Art Center through Aug. 29. The hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The exhibit is free to the public. Wyly is located at 99 Midland Spur in Basalt, in the old library at Lions Park.
Worman’s landscape paintings are recognizable for their clarity, depth and quality of light. “Her work in both oil and pastel ranges from representational to imaginative variations on the theme of the human relationship to the landscape,” said promotional material for the exhibit from Ann Korologos Gallery.
“I am looking for two things — I want to see the ‘bones’ of the landscape found in the openness of an arid climate or the stacked fields of cultivated land,” Worman said. “I also love the compositional elements of a cluttered, close scene that allows me to treat the landscape much like a still life. This is especially true of my aerial views and large foreground pieces. I’m looking for the compositional elements of both of these types of landscape paintings rather than the beauty of individual objects.”
Ann Korologos Gallery is located at 211 Midland Ave. The exhibit is on display until July 22.
Toklat features two special exhibits. Cathy Schermer’s exhibit is a series of encaustic monotypes on Washi with mixed media element, using native and natural birds and natural-found elements in traditional Japanese scroll design.
The exhibit is called Cathy Schermer, New Works — West Meets East.”
Toklat’s exhibits also include Silver Queen Mineral’s “Old Rocks.” Silver Queen Minerals specializes in Colorado minerals and mining memorabilia.
Toklat is located at 231 Midland Ave.
Along with announcing the Chaffin exhibit, Wyly Community Arts Center disclosed a restructuring and reorganization of its management and development team. Carlyle Kyzer left Wyly after three years as executive director to pursue new opportunities in the field of non-profit development. Kyzer oversaw Wyly’s relocation to its current, more visible space and secured a long-term, affordable contract from the town of Basalt.
Jay Magidson, who is on Wyly’s board of directors, will also act as interim director. Magidson is a longtime art gallery owner and director in the Roaring Fork Valley.
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