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A Busy Summer for the Art Base Basalt

August 22, 2019

Thank you to everyone who pARTied with us Saturday at Art Base’s 23rd annual fundraising event!  It was a fun event as usual and successful, thanks to the support of our community. This year’s pARTy included a cocktail reception, fine wine and dining, live music, as well as an exclusive silent auction and paddle raise for programs. If you haven’t experienced the Art Base auction, it’s unique. Over 100 works by “unseen” Colorado artists, each 10x10”, are auctioned off. Artists’ identities are concealed until the end at a big reveal which is pretty exciting!

The pARTy also included a presentation of the annual Melva Bucksbaum Dedication to the Arts Award, this year honoring Harry Teague and his years of creative architectural design in Basalt and the Roaring Fork Valley.

As an Art Base council member I’m so pleased to say we exceeded our fundraising goal by raising over $200,000! Art Base will use these funds to continue to provide access to the arts for youth and adults via scholarships - requests for which have more than doubled in the last year. 

If you missed the pARTy, an Art Base membership is another way to gain access to specialized events while contributing to the arts. In fact earlier this summer I partnered with John Cottle to host one such event, Art & Architecture, at my home in Basalt. 

John and I led an open discussion that covered, among other things, John’s architectural endeavors to bring soul to new structures and my experience and inspiration creating contemporary works of art from aged objects. My home, a 3-story, circa 1800’s barn relocated from Vermont provided the perfect backdrop for this discussion prompting much curiosity about the juxtaposition of new and old and the use of reclaimed materials in both art and architecture.


During the event, my photography studio was open for people to get a behind-the-scenes look at some of the original pieces I photograph as well as a variety of finished works framed and at full scale.

Our busy summer at the ArtBase will not end with the season! Expect the energy to continue into the fall with new exhibitions and, for members only, the next Artist Talk!

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