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New gallery turning heads from 200 yards away

By Sue Coyle

Special to The Sopris Sun

Carbondale’s art scene continues to expand with the opening of its newest gallery, Art 215. Located at 215 12th Street, this large, airy space contains artwork of every style, size and price, with much of it being sold on consignment.

George Scott and his wife, artist Suki Scott, told The Sopris Sun they are enthusiastic about their new venture, which features many oil paintings done by Suki as well as traditional and contemporary works from a variety of other artists.

The gallery’s first room (on the ground level) is comprised primarily of consignment art, George said, with European prints, works by Louis Icart and “early Suki work.”

The second room contains paintings by local artist Majid Kahhak of Kahhak Fine Arts and School in Carbondale, as well as by Suki. The third room is “all Majid.”

Upstairs, on the second level, are several large works of art created by Chris Erickson, of SAW Gallery in Carbondale, as well as Tahitian-inspired paintings done by Suki.

Suki was born and raised in Busan, South Korea. After receiving her college degree, she moved to New York City to study at the Art Students League in Manhattan. The League, founded in 1875, is renowned for its notable alumni, including such well-known names as Norman Rockwell, Thomas Hart Benton, Winslow Homer, Georgia O’Keefe and others.

The Scotts purchased a home just outside Carbondale in Aspen Glen in 1999, and now that he is retired, are full-time residents there.

Three years ago they purchased the 215 building, which contains the gallery, Suki’s studio and the offices of several other businesses. “We eventually decided ‘let’s just open an art gallery,’ and we opened eight days later,” George said. The Scotts held their grand opening a few weeks ago.

As many Carbondalers have noticed, not all the artwork is inside the gallery. From the vantage point of Highway 133 and also 12th Street, looking across the AmeriGas propane storage lot, drivers and bikers can hardly miss the huge, eye-catching mural (still a work in progress) painted on the back of the metal building. This commissioned “graffiti” is being created by Elan Bouchet and Sam Bovee, two students from Ross Montessori School in Carbondale. The Scotts consulted with Rochelle Norwood, an art teacher at the school, who recommended the budding artists.

Suki is enthusiastic about encouraging young painters such as Elan and Sam. “We’d like to have a children’s showing,” she said. “I want kids to grow up with art.” Suki said she is appreciative of the artistic talent that exists in the Roaring Fork Valley and believes artists should be supportive of one another.

The Scotts hope to bring in international artists and expand their collection to include sculptures and silver jewelry.

Art 215 is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday through Friday and by appointment. Some of the work for sale can be seen at www.art215.net.