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VISIT BASALT & EL JEBEL At the confluence of Frying Pan and Roaring Fork Rivers

Spring is springing at the Wyly Art Center Sopris Sun Staff Report With the springing of spring, there is new energy at the Wyly Community Art Center. The focus is shifting from indoor art to outdoor landscapes and sculptures, and the excitement of summer is on the horizon with summer art camps rolling out for the kids and many new intensive workshops for adults of all levels.

Expanding landscapes David Warner is an accomplished large-scale landscape painter from Carbondale. He will give a free art talk on May 9 at 5:30 p.m. and will discuss what he has learned from the history of contemporary art that brings artistic relevance to bear on his landscape painting. Warner will display examples from a variety of artists and expand on his internal dialog, which informs his own

work, according to a press release. He will also ponder that which elevates a landscape painting from picture to art. The May 9 talk is a prelude to his landscape painting class “Making Landscape Painting Relevant: Mountain, Woods, Water” on May 17-18. Participants will paint the local landscape as a starting point for artistic expression by looking beyond representational and stylized conveniences.

Young artists Since January, The Wyly has partnered with Basalt Middle School (BMS) to implement its second year of the Young Artist Studio program. Wyly Board President Nicole Gogolak cotaught the classes with BMS art teacher Guinevere Jones, in which students integrated the visual arts and music by interpreting a song in mixed media on to

an actual guitar. Basalt High School joined the project in March with art teacher Sunny McLaine in the lead. Two Old Hippies, formerly of Aspen, donated the guitars as canvases. The art pieces will be displayed at The Wyly for the month of May. A public reception will take place on May 15, from 5 to 7 p.m. at The Wyly.

Summer art camps The perfect way to prepare for Basalt’s Lemonade Day is in the Wyly’s “Lemonade Stand Building” workshop, which runs June 9-13 with Guinevere Jones. “Sculpture is Easy,” with visiting artist Bill Gruenberg, follows from June 16-19. The Wyly partners with the Aspen Writer’s Foundation again this summer for the “Art of Books and Words” from June 23-27. Printing on paper and fabrics will

Basalt Recreation 2014 Spring/Summer Activities Guide is NOW AVAILABLE.

On the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month, meet in an informal setting with Basalt Mayor Jacque Whitsitt for coffee and a chat.

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be sure to please children again this year with “Printmaking: Art, T-shirts & more” from June 30-July 2 with Penny Greenwell. In the ever popular summer art camp “sCREATURES: Art & Nature,” from July 7 – 10, Hilary Forsyth and Garry Pfaffmann teach kids how to invent their own creature and its habitat, and write about their invention in their own journals. In May, Danielle Howard will be back for her monthly “Creativity, Wine, Women and Wealth” on May 21 at 6 p.m. New programs and information are constantly being shared on the Wyly website at The Wyly Community Art Center is located at 99 Midland Spur, downtown Basalt. For more information and full schedule and to register go to, call 927-4123 or e-mail 

We have some fun activities for youth through adult. You can check it out online, pick your copy up at Basalt Town Hall, or we would be happy to drop one in the mail for you.

• Ideas for downtown redevelopment? • Thoughts on marijuana laws? • Questions on the river project? This is a great opportunity to share your thoughts, make comments and catch up on what’s happening in Basalt. All issues and topics welcome.

Just call us at 970-927-8214 x400 or you can visit our website at

The next Coffee with the Mayor is:

You can also register online.

Wednesday, May 14 – Starbuck’s in Willits - from 7 to 8 AM And at Saxy’s in downtown Basalt from 8:15 to to 9:15 AM.


927-6488 Mon-Sat 10-5 Sun 12-5 Down the Block fr fro om Big O T Tiires es,, Basalt Business Center "Non-Pr Pro ofit Supporting Local Sustainable Agriculture"

SPRING/SUMMER CLEANING? Now accepting all spring treasures... Clothing, housewares, furniture, etc! 970-927-4384 144 Midland Avenue, Basalt, Colorado 81621 14 • THE SOPRIS SUN • • APRIl 24, 2014


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