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Explore 10 Iconic High Country Courses with the Rocky Mountain Golf Card

Golfing allows you to enjoy the best of Colorado’s natural beauty, all while playing a challenging game with friends and family. 

The Rocky Mountain Golf Card helps you make the most of mountain summers. It gives you two-for-one access to the best mountain golf courses in Colorado.

The 2022 Rocky Mountain Golf Card returns this season with 10 iconic golf courses in the Colorado High Country. 

For just $79, you and your partner play for the price of one at all 10 golf courses. 

This Rocky Mountain golf card lets you experience the variety of challenges, scenery and restaurants that the best mountain golf courses in Colorado offer. 

With the Rocky Mountain golf card, golfing in the Colorado mountains has never been easier — or less expensive. Each card can save you up to $860. 

Simply reserve a tee time at any of the participating courses, pay one greens fee and bring a companion, who plays free. Each 2022 Rocky Mountain Golf Card entitles you to one BOGO-free round of golf at every one of the 10 participating Colorado mountain golf courses. If you plan on golfing a few resorts more than once, simply purchase a Rocky Mountain golf card for the best deal. 

2022 Rocky Mountain Golf Card
2022 Rocky Mountain Golf Card

“My husband and I purchased two cards from you. We used them all the time and want to thank you for offering this to us. It gave us the opportunity to try many different courses in our beautiful Colorado,” Kathy, a Denver resident, said.

Elevate your summer — and golf game — with free rounds at the following Colorado mountain golf courses:

Cedar Ridges Golf Course

Escape the hustle and bustle of it all at Cedar Ridges Golf Course. Located on the outskirts of Rangely, this course sits atop sweeping mesas. The 9-hole, par-36 course leads golfers through large rolling hills and greens, water and sand traps and evergreens. 

Frank Hummel, who has created over 200 courses throughout the United States, designed the course. It offers a minimum of three tee boxes on each hole, making the course challenging enough for any experienced golfer, yet thoroughly enjoyable for novices, as well. 

Don’t miss this hidden gem on the Western Slope. The course is always in immaculate condition and provides a nice pro shop and restaurant. 

“I was extremely impressed with this beautiful course in such a small, remote rural town,” Margaret, a golfer, said. “It’s worth the drive.”

(photo courtesy of Jeff Affleck)
(photo courtesy of Jeff Affleck)

Eagle Ranch Golf Club

Eagle Ranch Golf Club combines top-notch service, exquisite conditioning and an Arnold Palmer Signature Design within the spectacular setting of the Rocky Mountains. 

“What makes it unique to other mountain courses is that you’re still in the mountains with scenic views, but the course is on a flatter piece of land,” said general manager Jeff Boyer. “The most common compliments we get are about the design of the golf course. It plays more fair. It’s not an easy golf course by any means. It’s very challenging, but what you see is what you get. There are no funky bounces or hard to judge (holes).”

The club also welcomes families and kids; the fact that so many people ride their bikes to golf is a testament to its neighborhood warmth.

“It has the characteristics of a higher-end, private course, but it doesn’t have that pretentious atmosphere. It’s friendly, relaxed and welcoming to all,” Boyer said.

(photo courtesy of Glenwood Springs)
(photo courtesy of Glenwood Springs)

Glenwood Springs Golf Club

Voted best 9-hole public course in Colorado by the Denver Post, Glenwood Springs Golf Club is set against a breathtaking backdrop of surrounding mountains and valleys. 

The par-35 course features tree-lined fairways and meticulously manicured greens. Bends and turns on green #5 make it the most challenging to navigate, while #8 makes a hole-in-one the most exciting because you can see the ball soar the entire way.

“The other greens on our par threes are elevated and intriguing,” said general manager Jerry Butler. “Having won the award of Colorado’s number one 9-hole golf course (in 2018), you will be pleasantly surprised by its challenging greens. What you will like most about this club is the people. They are small-town friendly, and everyone will make you feel like you are at home.”

Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club

With a sporty Robert Trent Jones II layout, plenty of wildlife, gorgeous mountain scenery and superb greens, it’s no wonder Golf Digest named Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort one of the best places in Colorado.  

“The course has a great mix of holes where precision is key, but at the same time you can pull driver and let it rip,” said Andrew Donner, director of golf. “Elevation changes are abundant but not extreme. The aspens frame up the golf course perfectly, and with Fish Creek meandering in and out, eye-popping golf shots are plenty.”

In addition, the sound of the roaring creek, the crackling of wood as a deer wanders by, the whistle of a marmot in the distance or a moose swimming across the pond are just standard “distractions” while golfing at the club, he said. “It doesn’t hurt that it is 80 degrees and sunny almost every day.”

Yampa Valley Golf Course

Lined by the lazy Yampa River, Yampa Valley Golf Course weaves through more than 240 acres of cottonwood trees, wetlands, native grasses and sages. 

Located in the heart of northwest Colorado, rolling hills create a gorgeous backdrop at this 18-hole course. 

As the oldest and most affordable facility in the Yampa Valley, the team’s mission is to provide a quality golfing experience wrapped in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. The experienced, well-trained staff treats everyone like family and delivers outstanding service on its meticulously maintained course.

“(It has a) wonderful staff, beautiful course and some of the best views in the valley,” golfer Andrea Lyn Green posted on Facebook.

Golfer Tom Atkinson, who plays the course annually, aptly describes it as “a fun and unique golf experience.”

(photo courtesy of Haymaker Golf Course)
(photo courtesy of Haymaker Golf Course)

Haymaker Golf Course

What makes Haymaker Golf Course unique is the fact that it’s a traditional, links-style course, located in the middle of the Rocky Mountains. Mount Werner’s snow-capped peak frames many of the holes, while the picturesque Flat Top Mountain Range surrounds the course. Native grasses and wetlands enhance wide-open fairways, and the golf course has earned Audubon International’s Highest Distinction for maintaining the utmost environmental standards. This extraordinary preservation makes the area a great place to spot elk, eagles, blue herons and other wildlife.

Designed by Keith Foster, seven sets of tee boxes allow for play ranging from 7,300 yards to about 5,000.

“It’s a really great layout for every type of golfer,” said head golf professional Cody Hasten.

Meeker Golf Course

Tucked away in the quaint community of Meeker, the 9-hole Meeker Golf Course 

is a small and compact course full of character. Designed by Henry Hughes, it’s surrounded by mountains and livestock pastures. Wildlife is abundant, and it’s not uncommon to see a deer lying on a green.

“The atmosphere is just very casual,” said manager Becky Ridings. “It has the feel of a small-town course. It’s less uptight — no one is rushing you, so people just relax and feel more comfortable.”

“(It’s) a hidden gem, very picturesque,” wrote golfer Mark Tomlinson on Facebook. “The price is good, and (it has) very friendly staff and owners.”

Hole #5 can be the most challenging for golfers new to the course, since doglegs and trees obscure the hole from the men’s tee box. Ridings’ tip: As you go up over #3, look at #5 to get a sense of its layout.

(photo courtesy of Ranch at Roaring Forks)
(photo courtesy of Ranch at Roaring Forks)

Ranch at Roaring Fork Golf Course

Set against a picturesque scene of Roaring Fork Valley’s mountains, the Ranch at Roaring Fork Golf Course offers a well-kept 9-hole, par-3 course. Its authentic Colorado neighborhood vibe makes it perfect for all skill levels and ages, from beginners to scratch golfers.

As the first golf course in Carbondale, the Ranch at Roaring Fork prides itself on being family friendly and community oriented. Its challenging fairways, chipping and putting greens make it a great place to perfect your short game or just spend leisurely time with family and friends. 

Golfer Kevin Blanchard calls it a “fun quick nine before work, (with a) friendly accommodating staff.”

The course’s easy access from Highway 82 makes it simple to slide into almost any schedule. 

“This summer, escape the ordinary and breathe in

the fresh mountain air

as you golf in Colorado’s stunning Rocky Mountains.”

Raven Golf Club at Three Peaks

Considered one of the top courses in the nation by Golf Magazine, golfing at Raven Golf Club at Three Peaks is truly memorable. It features lush, rolling fairways and immaculate greens surrounded by pines, aspens and snow-capped, 13,000-foot mountain peaks. Crystal-clear creeks and lakes punctuate the award-winning course. 

“The Raven Golf Club sits at 9,000 feet in elevation and boasts a 225-foot drop from tee to green at the par 9th hole,” said general manager Ryan Parr. 

While the course is open to the public, it also has the fastest growing golf membership in Summit County, increasing by 115% in the last three years. 

With a full bunker renovation of all 88 bunkers, high-end, white sand in traps contrasts the blue sky and emerald greens.

Rifle Creek Golf Course

Nestled along the Grand Hogback Ridge, Rifle Creek Golf Course provides a unique golfing experience with two distinct 9-hole tracks. Its friendly and expert staff aim to make your golf day a memorable experience — and the views themselves are unforgettable!

This year, golfers voted Rifle Creek #8 in Golfers’ Choice courses in Colorado, as well as one of the top 25 courses in the nation.

“This is one of the best values in the area and the course and all the surrounding views are fantastic — especially the back nine,” commented Golfers’ Choice golfer Captainbadger. 

The open front nine holes weave across the sparkling Rifle Creek, offering a fairly easy walk. The back nine winds through rolling hills with elevated tee boxes. It’s challenging, and provides spectacular mountain views. In addition, its large pro shop has one of the largest selections of clubs, clothing and accessories on the Western Slope.

Rocky Mountain Golf Card

Buy one round and get your partner’s round free: At just $79, it’s your pass to play more — and to save up to $860 this summer.

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The 2022 Rocky Mountain Golf Card provides free access for golf partners at some of the best mountain golf courses in Colorado.  

This summer, escape the ordinary and breathe in the fresh mountain air as you golf in Colorado’s stunning Rocky Mountains. Every one of the 10 iconic courses on the 2022 Rocky Mountain Golf Card offers a different and invigorating experience to shake up your outdoor recreation routine and add more adventure to your season.

Art Spotlight: Anderson Ranch Arts Center

The Painting, Drawing & Printmaking Studio at Anderson Ranch Arts Center. Photo courtesy of Anderson Ranch Arts Center
The Painting, Drawing & Printmaking Studio at Anderson Ranch Arts Center. Photo courtesy of Anderson Ranch Arts Center
Anderson Ranch Arts Center

Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
5263 Owl Creek Road, Snowmass Village
970-923-3181
www.
andersonranch.org

Founded in 1966, Anderson Ranch Arts Center is a premier destination in America for art making and critical dialogue, bringing together aspiring and internationally renowned artists to discuss and further their work in a stimulating environment. Its mission is to enrich lives with art, inspiration and community.

The 5-acre campus hosts extensive workshops for aspiring, emerging and established artists, children and teenagers in eight disciplines, including Photography & New Media, Ceramics, Painting & Drawing, Furniture Design & Woodworking, Sculpture, Printmaking and Digital Fabrication.

“We are an oasis, a maker’s paradise, but also leading the way in technology and our facilities,” said Katherine Roberts, Director of Marketing and Communications. “We are known internationally as a place where very sophisticated, world-famous artists come to create and engage with the community.”

Events include virtual and in-person workshops, lectures, Q&A sessions with world-renowned artists, collectors and art world luminaries, as well as free public events, such as gallery exhibitions, art auctions and culinary events in the Ranch Cafe. Guests may also enjoy
an outdoor sculpture exhibition and many virtual events and workshops.

In addition to the Summer Series, Featured Artists & Conversations, the Ranch hosts engaging events throughout the year including Recognition Week, held in honor of Anderson Ranch’s International Artist Award and Service to the Arts Award honorees, and a year-round Artists-in-Residence Program, fostering artistic growth for emerging and established visual artists.

Learn more at www.andersonranch.org or by calling 970-923-3181.

Art Spotlight: Raven Gallery

Rich Royal, 
“Teal and Purple Lens”, Hand blown glass, 19”h x 18”w x 18”d. Photo courtesy of Raven Gallery
Rich Royal, “Teal and Purple Lens”, Hand blown glass, 19”h x 18”w x 18”d. Photo courtesy of Raven Gallery
Raven Gallery

Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
433 E. Cooper Ave., Aspen
970-429-4297
info@ravengalleryaspen.com

Walk into Raven Gallery’s 3,500-square- foot space on East Cooper Avenue and you find amazing studio art glass in every technique imaginable. But explore a little further and you’ll discover a curated selection of paintings in different mediums, unique ceramic works and a remarkable collection of extraordinary minerals and crystals.

Recognized as one of the top glass galleries in the country and completely unique in Aspen, gallery staff welcome all visitors, from browsers to collectors. “We represent a range of glass art from entry level to masters, complemented by paintings, ceramics and museum- quality mineral and crystal specimens,” said director of glass Anne Gross. “Our guests are fascinated with the variety of techniques and unusual forms of the different pieces on display. We love sharing our knowledge and questions are always encouraged.”

The owner, an artist herself, has a passion for art that comes with a deep appreciation for how much time and effort it takes. She knows how technically difficult it is to create impeccable pieces of beautiful glass; she’s tried it! Her intention in opening the gallery was to promote those artists who have the talent to make work that marries beauty with light and captures the imagination, and to showcase the rare beauty of nature in the form of fine minerals and crystals.

“The glass art world faced some very specific challenges during the pandemic. Blowing glass is a team effort that just wasn’t an option for much of the past year,” says Anne. “Artists able to work have been dealing with difficulties ranging from sourcing materials to shipping finished work. Just getting pieces into the gallery became a big challenge. It still is to some degree but now we can see the light at the end of the tunnel.”

Given all that, we are thrilled to announce the arrival of gorgeous constructions of color, light and reflection from Japan and the Czech Republic along with incredible blown glass, hot off the fire from several U.S. artists. Cast glass of both “Picasso-esque” variety from Hawaii and glowing, organic form from North Carolina have also landed, and new oil paintings from contemporary realists Scott Fraser and Otto Duecker, dramatic abstract mixed media from Canadian Markian Olynyk and airy encaustics from Jane Guthridge are hung.

It’s all fresh new work for a fresh new season. Stop in and find your perfect piece then let us install it locally or ship it almost anywhere!

Art Spotlight: Keating Fine Art

Gordon Brown, “Colorado River”, Oil on panel 46" x 70". Photo courtesy of Keating Fine Art
Gordon Brown, “Colorado River”, Oil on panel 46″ x 70″. Photo courtesy of Keating Fine Art
Keating Fine Art

Monday – Saturday, and always available by appointment.
842 E. Valley Road, Basalt 
(in Willits, next to Whole Foods)
970-925-7042
www.keatinggallery.com

The New West meets the Old West at Keating Fine Art, which opened its gallery in Old Town Basalt in 1998, relocating to downtown Aspen in 2009 before making its way back
 to Basalt — in Willits — in 2015.

The large, well-lit gallery with grand, high ceilings is the perfect space to showcase a large collection, featuring living artists from the American West and vintage estate and Native American jewelry.


Step into the space to experience a relaxed, comfortable vibe where guests are encouraged to browse leisurely.

“We are surrounded by lots of beautiful things, so take all the time you want to enjoy,” says owner Gordon Keating. “If you want a private showing, you can have the whole place to yourself on short notice.”

Keating has been an art collector for as long as he can remember. His passion and appreciation for beautiful, unique works of art has driven the collections at Keating Fine Art for more than 20 years in the Roaring Fork Valley.

“Traditionally, artists work alone in their studios, so they need an advocate who is willing to provide a space and an opportunity,” he says. “I think it’s pretty important to advocate for art.”

Keating Fine Art keeps its website up-to-date and can ship artwork anywhere. New artwork and vintage jewelry, including collectable watches, arrives weekly. Visit the gallery online for current events and happenings.

Art Spotlight: Red Brick Center for the Arts

“Launch Intentions,” Sculpture by Griffin Loop on view at Red Brick Center for the Arts. Photo courtesy of Red Brick Center for the Arts
“Launch Intentions,” Sculpture by Griffin Loop on view at Red Brick Center for the Arts. Photo courtesy of Red Brick Center for the Arts
Red Brick Center for the Arts

June – August, Monday – Friday, 
9am – 5pm and Saturdays 10a.m. – 4p.m.
110 E. Hallam St., Aspen
970-429-2777
www.redbrickaspen.com

Built in 1942 as a schoolhouse, the facility was purchased by the city in 1992 to use as a home for the arts. Now the Red Brick Center for the Arts is a community arts center and gallery, home to nine local nonprofits, 12 artists in residence (who sell their work from their studios), a dance studio and conference room. The organization also has a gallery program, artist lectures, events and develops their own art-focused, youth and adult educational programming.

“We believe in supporting local and regional artists by providing professional opportunities to exhibit and sell artwork, as well as inviting artists to give lectures and teach classes. These efforts contribute to their success and allow for the community to connect with art and artists in Colorado,” says Sarah Roy, executive director of the Red Brick Center for the Arts. “Our exhibition program features painting, photography, printmaking, ceramics, jewelry, installation art, and fiber art. We approach the visual arts in a broad sense and incorporate other forms such as the literary arts and music into our exhibitions.”

Roy, who was watching an artist weld metal as we spoke, shared about the resident artists who hold studio space at the Red Brick. “You’re invited to meet with the artists working in their studios and learn about their process and materials. This offers a personal and intimate experience to buying a work of art.”

This summer, in addition to the local student art show which opened in May, the Red Brick will be presenting works by Matthew Eames, Kristen Friebele, Ami Purser, Linda Lowry, William Weidman through July; Ineffable Green Thing by Anders Johnson and Kristy Odelius through October; as well as a sculpture show on the lawn, with six pieces of artwork, through September.

Located just two blocks from Carl’s Pharmacy, visitors to the Red Brick Center for the Arts will find killer art at all price points, with a big, beautiful park out front, ideal for enjoying a picnic amongst the sculptures.

Art Spotlight: Royal Street Fine Art

Craig Alan, “Around the Corner”, Mixed media original on board, 48" x48". Photo courtesy of Royal Street Fine Art
Craig Alan, “Around the Corner”, Mixed media original on board, 48″ x48″. Photo courtesy of Royal Street Fine Art
Royal Street Fine Art

10 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week.
205 S. Mill St. #211, Aspen
970-920-3371
www.rsfaa.com

“You’ll find in our gallery a painting of Wilma and Betty from ‘The Flintstones,’ next to a portrait of Jimi Hendrix with a bright neon light, next to an 8-foot WWII plane painted on aluminum, an oil painting of a bear with vivid colors, next to a traditional Russian landscape — we have something for everybody,” says co-owner Michael Paliga.

Paliga has been in the art business since he was 20 years old. His passion for art leads him and co-owner Peter Calamari to constantly search for new and exciting talent they know their clients will love.

“We enjoy serving our customers by finding the perfect piece they will treasure daily and will bring many years of enjoyment,” Paliga said. “We enjoy building lifelong relationships with our clients and offer a diverse collection of artists making it easy to find a painting or sculpture that evokes emotion and that our clients connect with.”

This summer, Royal Street is thrilled to welcome new artists such as American artist Shyglo, a former street artist who paints iconic portraits with the addition of hand- blown neon lights; and Canadian artist Samantha Shuter, who combines pop art, abstraction and fashion when painting the ubiquitous menswear item, the tailored suit.

Since the pandemic began, Paliga and Calamari have recognized a demand for items that evoke joy and a sense of normalcy. They’re thrilled to offer visitors a safe environment for which to experience the magic of Royal Street Fine Art.

Art Spotlight: The Omnibus Gallery

Leonetto Cappiello
, “Kub”, 
1931, 78" x 50". Photo courtesy of The Omnibus Gallery
Leonetto Cappiello, “Kub”, 1931, 78″ x 50″. Photo courtesy of The Omnibus Gallery
The Omnibus Gallery

Hours: Noon-ish to 8-ish
, Closed Sundays Unless The Hotels Are Full!
410 E. Hyman Ave., Aspen
970-925-5567
www.omnibusgallery.com

Owner George Sells often hears customers compare his poster collection to that of a museum.

“This is not an overstatement,” Sells says. “It is special and unique in the world of art. In terms of graphic arts, this is the motherlode.” The inventory is deep, and the 3,300-square-foot space is filled with posters that are included in the major museum collections — MOMA, V&A, Pompidou, and more. The gallery’s rare posters date from from the late 1880s to just after World War II when stone lithography was at its zenith. During this 50-year period, both printing and the art were perfectly matched. Subject matters include: food & wine, film, travel, winter and summer sports, aviation, automobile, and almost anything else imaginable. The gallery features about 6,000 posters, with another 2,000 in back-stock. Prices range from $500 to tens of thousands.

Vintage posters were made to be destroyed, and are therefore mostly rare. The graphics were often glued to the sides of buildings or kiosks, and eventually covered by another poster. Prints that survived were often purchased illegally from the person hired to paste the posters up, and the surplus were sold through galleries.

Sells started collecting and selling vintage posters around 1981. He viewed the art form, known as “the art of the streets,” as a part of the human experience.

“We’ve seen posters all of our lives,” Sells says. “Graphic arts is in our DNA; it’s in our being. Viewing and purchasing art is a soulful and joyous experience we can all relate to.”

Artists represented include the turn- of-the-century masters such as Pierre Bonnard, Jules Cheret, and Henri Toulouse-Lautrec. Sells has about 15
Toulouse-Lautrec posters, who he calls the early “master” of this art form. In between the Belle Epoque and World War I, the significant graphic designers were the Germans, Ludwig Holhwein and Lucien Bernhard. The greatest artists of the 1920s and 1930s are also in Sells’ vast collection, including the “four musketeers” of Art Deco design: A.M. Cassandre, Charles Loupot, Paul Colin, and Jean Carlu.

The Omnibus Gallery offers you a unique opportunity to own incredible posters that changed the courseof graphic design. They are strong on content and light on fluff.

Art Spotlight: Ann Korologos Gallery

Simon Winegar, “Through an Open Side”, Oil on Canvas, 24" x 30". Photo Courtesy Ann Korologos Gallery
Simon Winegar, “Through an Open Side”, Oil on Canvas, 24″ x 30″. Photo Courtesy Ann Korologos Gallery
Ann Korologos Gallery

Monday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
and by appointment
211 Midland Ave., Basalt
970-927-9668
www.korologosgallery.com

Ann Korologos Gallery is the premier source for contemporary Western Art in the Roaring Fork Valley and beyond. “Our goal as a gallery is for every interaction to add beauty and depth to your life,” shares director Sue Edmonds. “The works our artists are creating are inspirational, timeless, and vibrant. The trip to Basalt, or a visit online, is sure to leave you fulfilled.”

This summer, explore the architecture of the West’s mountain peaks, wild streams, and shelters as presented by the gallery’s diverse roster of artists.Take in the fleeting moments captured in the dramatic still-life paintings of Sarah Lamb. Tour beloved locations of the Roaring Fork Valley through the impressionist landscape paintings of local artists Andy Taylor and Dan Young. Experience life as a rancher through the works of Terry Gardner, Simon Winegar, Donna Howell-Sickles, and Peggy Judy.

Explore the human relationship to the landscape through the imaginative paintings of Dinah Worman. Enjoy the dynamic differences in the abstracted landscape interpretations of Allison Stewart and Michael Kessler, and contrast them to the colorful, realist paintings of Brett Scheifflee. Get to know locally loved and nationally acclaimed painters, printmakers, sculptors and mixed-media artists such as Peter Campbell, Heather Foster, Ewoud de Groot, Deborah Paris, Sabrina Stiles, Tomas Lasansky, Janet Nelson, Michael Wisner, Sherrie York, and more.

“Art is an integral part of our cultural heritage, now and always” shares gallery owner Ann Korologos. “Whether connecting with us virtually or in historic downtown Basalt, we believe you will be transported by the insight and creativity of these artists, and the inspirational, timeless, and vibrant works created.”

Of the selection and quality, art aficionados and collectors have been known to say, “the best gallery in Aspen… is in Basalt!”

Art Spotlight: Valley Fine Art

Edward Curtis (1868-1952) “Kutenai Duck Hunter,” 1910 Vintage Photogravure, 
18 x 22 inches. Photo Courtesy Valley Fine Art
Edward Curtis (1868-1952) “Kutenai Duck Hunter,” 1910. Photo Courtesy Valley Fine ArtVintage Photogravure, 18 x 22 inches. Photo Courtesy Valley Fine Art
Valley Fine Art

Sunday – Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday – Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
213 S. Mill St., Aspen
 (at the historic Wheeler Opera House)
970-920-9193
www.valleyfineart.com

In a true “Aspen or bust!” story, Mia Valley’s parents packed up their four children in 1970 and moved from Wisconsin to Aspen. Valley chose to remain in Aspen for her love of the mountains, culture and small-town community living. As someone who has always been moved by the beauty of art and design and with a dream to add value to people’s lives with the beauty of art, Valley opened the namesake Valley Fine Art in 1998.

Valley Fine Art represents nationally known historical, contemporary and living artists engaged in the unfolding Western Narrative. In addition to having a rare and impeccable collection of vintage Edward Curtis photographs for sale, Valley Fine Art represents a selection of early and mid-career artists with an eye to introducing emerging talent to a wider audience of collectors.

A long-respected dealer of works by notable artists, both living and deceased, with more than 20 years of experience specializing in the original vintage photographs of Edward Curtis, Valley and her downtown gallery are widely regarded as a cornerstone of the Western art world. Clients from across the globe seek Valley’s expertise when researching and purchasing important works, and her keen eye and finely trained understanding of quality, condition and provenance enable her to build truly remarkable collections for her clients.

According to Valley, “The pandemic has resulted in many rare and unique secondary market works coming out of collections, and we have made many fortunate acquisitions.”

Among the recent additions will be a collection of works by Andy Warhol, a collection of vintage Buffalo Bill and Western vintage posters and a group of the most iconic Edward Curtis images from “The North American Indian.”

Whether you are looking to add to your collection or simply learn more about western art, the kindness and comfort that Valley extends to every visitor of her gallery resonates with art lovers of all levels.

Art Spotlight: Opera Gallery

Manolo Valdés, “Retrato III,”, 2018, Mixed media on wood, 77" x 74.4" - 195.5 x 189 cm. Photo courtesy Opera Gallery
Manolo Valdés, “Retrato III,”, 2018, Mixed media on wood, 77″ x 74.4″ – 195.5 x 189 cm. Photo courtesy Opera Gallery

Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
501 E. Dean St., Aspen (at the base of Aspen Mountain)
970-710-7289
www.operagallery.com

When you grow up in a family who has represented artists for generations, art becomes more than a passion, it’s your life. As it is for Gregory Lahmi, director of Opera Gallery which he opened in 2016.

What makes Opera Gallery unique, according to Lahmi, is that when he or his family members at the 12 other Opera Galleries around the world work on an exhibit, it’s a global experience. This is a family-owned group which has maintained the vision of its founder, Gilles Dyan, 30 years after he opened his first gallery in Paris.

Gallery locations are chosen based upon being able to best serve their collectors, the place itself and proximity to art museums and other galleries. Aspen’s intimate feel appealed to the group, as did the fact that it is a hub for art lovers. Lahmi’s vision for the Opera Gallery in Aspen was for it to be friendly and very relaxed. He considers his gallery an extension of your house, a place where collectors can envision what a piece would look like in their home.

Opera Gallery represents late 19th- century artists from Claude Monet and early Picassos, up to living masters of today, such as Botero, Valdés, Condo, etc. They cover impressionism and all major European movements from the early 20th century, primarily in painting and sculpture. Lahmi says that when they represent an artist, the goal is to represent all their production. Meaning you may also find furniture, such as a table or bench by an artist, because furniture by artists is still art just made in a different form or medium. This summer, visitors will find a new display with “big names and stunning pieces.” The exhibition is arranged for there to be a connection between all artists and pieces. Each artwork will tell a story connecting it to another, giving viewers the chance to consider why each piece is there and what it represents.

“Our ultimate goal is for people to enjoy themselves and see some great pieces of art.”