An inimitable masterpiece itself, the Roaring Fork Valley boasts an exceptional art scene beloved by residents and visitors. Galleries from Glenwood Springs to Aspen are filled with resplendent works from local creatives and artists across the globe—most of whom drew on the beauty of this breathtaking expanse of land for inspiration. This season, we’re particularly inspired by three galleries in the valley, plus one piece of art you’ll find in a slightly more unconventional space.
The Aspen Art Museum recently unveiled two new exhibitions: Hervé Télémaque: A Hopscotch of the Mind and Jeffrey Gibson: THE SPIRITS ARE LAUGHING. Télémaque's expansive body of works play with visual vocabulary, abstract gestures, cartoon-like imagery and mixed media composititons, while Gibson's effortessly intertwines Indigenous aesthetic histories with the visual language of Modernism. Both exhibitions are on display now until the spring and fall of 2023. On December 9th, the museum will also add Shadow Tracer: Works on Paper and Sanya Kantarovsky: A Solid House to its already impressive exhibition lineup.
In the heart of downtown Glenwood Springs, Cooper Corner Gallery allows artworks to take center stage in a bright and lofty space. From gorgeous pottery and scenic photography—like Sally Linden’s intimate equine portraits and images of sweeping alpine sunsets—to artisan jewelry and handcrafted wood pieces—like the custom decor and charcuterie boards Mike Kuznetz infuses with bold color—Cooper Corner offers an array of unique objects.
Within the bustling Willits Town Center in Basalt is Keating Fine Art. In business for nearly 25 years, the Keating gallery feels like a mini museum. From floor to ceiling, owner Gordon Keating displays artwork that captures the American West, including masterpieces from Oregon-based wildlife painter Richard Murray, while vintage jewelry collections in glass cases also catch your eye.
The Patton-Malott Gallery at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village hosts several exhibitions throughout the year. One to note is in collaboration with the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies: Climate Change Photography, revealing the current natural world as seen through the curious lens of students ages 10 to 14, whose photography explores their artistic interpretations of their environment.