The He-ART of The Roaring Fork Valley
The little town of Basalt is not only rich in rivers, but also in art. Within a stroll of the historic downtown area, a walk around Willits, or anywhere in between, you will discover multiple unique and equally rewarding art and creative experiences. With galleries devoted to contemporary Western art, three-dimensional art, fine art photography and original theatre productions, one is sure to find that the variations in subject matter and context are as rich as the local surroundings, the artists and the people who call Basalt home.
Existing within Basalt is a true sense of artistic spirit, the preservation of a family legacy and fine handcrafted art. With some galleries referred to as “a museum”, visitors will find a space where the curator continues to honor the vision of a family and ancestors before them, as well as the artists that have been represented in the valley for decades. Art in Basalt includes collections that are both deep and eclectic. With the backdrop of the Roaring Fork Valley and Colorado, one finds a large and varied place that captures the spirit of wonder without boundaries. Artwork capturing this essence is bound to be found in Basalt.
Fine photography in Basalt comes from many sharp and expressive photographers. From landscapes to lifestyle, artistic to commercial, portrait to travel – the work of local photographers varies as much as the seasons. While you might find some artists behind the lens, others are in front, performing their own art in the young professional theatre programs where a rich experience awaits both performers and audience guest.
To continue to foster the spirit of creative expression through the visual arts, a local Basalt artist community center exists for learners of all ages and abilities. Classes, outreach partnership programs, and local events abound. The plethora of artistic opportunities and experiences in the community enlivens and enhances Basalt and allows residents and visitors alike to truly embrace the motto of Basalt – “The He-ART of the Roaring Fork Valley.”
Art in Our Community
The Art Base is a place that enriches the lives of our diverse community through the visual arts. From an exciting variety of registration classes for the public to creating community connections and events to working with special needs students, the Art Base aspires to fuel creativity, inspire and contribute to the vitality of Roaring Fork Valley and beyond. The art center partners with other non-profit organizations by creating specially designed programs to meet their clients’ needs. The Art Base works with teachers and local schools to supplement in-the-classroom arts education, and provides a wide variety of opportunities for volunteers who help with classes and general art center operational support. The Art Base creates, hosts, partners and engages knowing that building relationships builds community.
the Art Base (artbase.org)
99 Midland Avenue, Basalt, Colorado 81621