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Art Base feature’s Wewer Keohane, young curators

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The Art Base (formerly the Wyly Art Center) presents “Evolution of a Dream” by Cattle Creek artist Wewer Keohane through June 4, while at the Art Base Annex it’s “Young Curators of the Roaring Fork 2016: Generation Now” through May 21. Both shows open from 5 to 7 p.m. on May 13.

“Evolution of a Dream” explores how dreams, inspired by collected ephemera, can translate into a series of artworks with a moving, underlying theme of symbolism to minimalism to abstraction, according to a press release. “Her love of paper translates into a unique body of work with graphic boldness and deep meaning,” said an Art Base spokeswoman.

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Keohane was raised in Europe and lived in New York and Washington, D.C. before moving to Colorado where she pursues her art full time.

Wewer eventually moved to Colorado where she has pursued her art full time. She has written several books, including “Artful Dreaming.” Her work is included in several permanent collections, including: the Denver Art Museum; New Orleans Museum of Art; National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C.; The Brooklyn Public Library; The Masur Museum of Art in Monroe, Louisiana; the Musee L’Eventail in Paris; the Kimiko and John Powers Collection in Carbondale, Colorado; and in many corporations and libraries. She is represented by ArtifactNYC and others. She and her husband, Steve, have created Oneirica Art Ranch, a creative collaboration of art and working studios along Cattle Creek between Carbondale and Glenwood Springs.

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Keohane will discuss how working from her dreams has inspired authentic art and a lifetime’s worth of imagery, feelings and symbolism in an art talk with Executive Director Genna Moe on May 19 at 5:30 p.m.

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“Young Curators”

The “Young Curators” show, organized by the Aspen Art Museum since 2005, gives local high school students direct exposure to a collection of world-class exhibitions, artists and ideas of an accredited contemporary art museum. Through the course of the six-month program, youth curators work directly with the museum’s education and curatorial staff, ultimately building aesthetic valuation, leadership, organizational, and critical-thinking skills. The 2016 Young Curators include: Lauren Anuszewski, Sari Behr, Nicole Bramson, Emma Chiles, Calli Ferguson, Sofia Peterson and Razzi Schlosser (Aspen High School); Nate James (Basalt High School); Eva Pearson (Bridges High School); Nelly Gonzales, Sophia Hayes, Mae Houston, Maaija Petterson and Carolin Spaar (Glenwood Springs High School); and Justice Bouchet (Yampah Mountain High School). The 2016 “Young Curators” artists featured at the Art Base iteration of the exhibition include: Ashley Alatriste, Kellianne Copeland, Savanna Fender, Sydnee Julian, Briana Macias, Zeb Thorsen and Billy Ward. The curators will discuss their experiences with Art Base Executive Director Genna Moe at 5:30 p.m. on May 13.

For more information, go to theartbase.org or call 927-4123.

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Published in The Sopris Sun on May 12, 2016.

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