Nov 05


Valeria Fiala, artist and educator from Bariloche, Argentina was invited by The Art Base to teach the “Home” program which takes place from October 1st to December 9th. “Home” is a program that the Art Base provides to Basalt High School. Newcomer students (predominantly from El Salvador) attend their first art class, while learning English. The program provides a connection to their new community of Basalt, and an opportunity for the students to reflect upon the meaning of home, past and present. Components of the program include artistic & bilingual instruction, creation of a self-portrait, written reflections, and a collaborative art project that will end up out in the community. This year that project will be decorating tiny libraries that will be installed around Basalt. The program culminates in a public art opening where the student work will be on display, and where community members will be invited to donate books in English and Spanish for the libraries. The opening reception is on Friday, December 9th, 5-7pm. 

Valeria will also be offering classes for adults at The Art Base in Basalt.

“Introduction to Drawing in Charcoal” Saturday November 5th, 2:00-4:00pm

“Texture and Expressive Realism” Wednesday November 16th, 5:30-7:30pm

“Large Scale Collaborative Drawing” Wednesday November 30th, 5:30-7:30pm

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In addition, Valeria will be working on a mural “open doors” at The Red Brick Center for the Arts. She will be sharing her creative process with the community and colleagues who are invited to visit on November 14, 15 and 17. Her final work will be featured in the “Resident Artists Exhibition” opening reception on Thursday, December 1st, 5-7pm.

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Thanks to The Art Base and The Red Brick Center for supporting the Aspen Sister Cities Arts and Culture Program!

Read The Aspen Times article

Read The Sopris Sun article (English)

Read The Sopris Sun article (Spanish)

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