The Roaring Fork Valley is home to some of the finest artists in the country. Whether using acrylics, oils or found objects, these local artists conceive the creations worth discovering.
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Through various media, such as books and sculpture, Wewer Keohane brings the simplest items to life. In her famous Kimonos collection, patrons will admire decorative kimonos crafted from tea bags. The metaphors in her art present themselves in dreams or meditation before materializing into works of found objects, recycled ephemera, words, colors and metals. Aside from being the inaugural fellow at the Aspen Art Museum, she has permanent installations located in galleries and museums around the world, including Paris’ Musée de L’Éventail. 970.945.7929, wewerart.com
This visual artist uses acrylics to construct vast landscapes, which sometimes feature the luminous simplicity of light rays. Through her work, Lisa Singer articulates her feelings about current events worldwide. This artist’s creations during the pandemic were no exception and brought about a dramatic shift in her art. Singer’s newest collection presents images of nature accompanied by inspirational words and feelings of loneliness. Her leaf-adorned painting titled “Isolated” is a prime example. [email protected], lisasingerart.com
Before the world came to a collective standstill, Chris Erickson experienced a banner year as one of the most prominent artists in Aspen. This Carbondale-based painter and sculptor mainly works with spray paint and stencils, while his ideas come from processing various forms of media, such as podcasts and politics. To add custom, artistic touches to an event, Erickson’s local business, Prop, crafts installation pieces. [email protected], ericksonchris.com
Living at the base of Smuggler Mountain grants Linda Girvin the solitude she needs to create art. However, her work extends far beyond the Rocky Mountains and into the homes of collectors across the globe. She’s known for her abstract combinations of photos and paintings as well as lenticular photographs. Girvin’s images come to life, changing before the eyes of each viewer. Each piece comprises six to 10 photographs, which optically shift as the viewer moves from left to right. [[email protected]lindagirvin.com](mailto:[email protected]), lindagirvin.com
From her studio in Aspen, Jody Guralnick harnesses the mystical wonders of nature through oil and acrylic paintings, sculptures and mixed media on panels. The artist’s employment of organic materials, such as tree resin, beeswax and insects, combines with paints and porcelain to harmoniously marry the natural and man-made worlds. All of Guralnick’s collections are life-affirming—often beaming with pinks, greens, yellows and blues. [email protected], jodyguralnick.com
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