By Oliver Bacharach | February 27, 2017 | Culture
Aspen might be its own picture-perfect backdrop, but the town itself is a lightening rod for artistic talents and well-curated galleries. Here is where to go art shopping in Aspen this spring.
The Baldwin Gallery
Located in the heart of Aspen, the Baldwin Gallery features renowned artists like Donald Baechler and Shara Hughes, whose works are currently on view. From New York, Bleacher’s New Works features steel sculptures and works on paper, and Hughes’, Mind Bender, showcases a collection of ‘psychological landscapes’ and pays homage to her favorite artist, Henri Mattise, with oil painted landscapes and unique visuals. New Works and Mind Bender is on display until March 11, 2017. Doug and Mike Starn’s, Must be love, it’s a bitch, opens March 17, 2017 and is on view until April 16, 2017. 209 South Galena St., 970-920-9797
The Red Brick Center for the Arts is dedicated to strengthening the community through the arts with classes like the Pre-K Studio every Wednesday (FREE), Pre-K Paint and Clay every Wednesday from 12-1: 30 p.m. ($20), Masterpiece Mine on Tuesdays from 5:30-7:30 p.m. ($20), and Still Life Oil Painting on Thursdays. ($45). 100 East Hallam St., Ste. 118, 970-429-2777
Similar to the Red Brick, the Art Base is another center for the community and arts and is located just 15 minutes down valley in beautiful historic Basalt. Formerly the Wyly Center, the Art Base was established in 1996 and offers exhibitions, classes, and events for all ages. 99 Midland Spur Ave., Basalt, 970-927-4123
One of the most buzzed-about galleries in Aspen, Gallery 1949’s contemporary art selection is definitely worth a perusal. Visited by celebs such as Paris Hilton (she Instragrammed a painting in the gallery) and other high-end clientele, Gallery 1949 features pieces from artists such as Fernando Allende, Bernie Taupin, Nicole Etienne, and, one of the world’s most collected and coveted pop-artists of today, Nelson De La Nuez. 402 S. Hunter St., 970-710-7138
No one has quite achieved the art of mixing different types of artists like owner Albert Stanford of Gallery Maximillian. Stanford has collected and dealt art for more than 27 years and he and his wife moved to Aspen where Galerie Maximililan was born in 1997. The gallery features everything from 19th and 20th Century artists to Contemporary artists with pieces by Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, and Mary Cassatt on display at Gallery Maximillian. 602 E. Cooper Ave, Aspen CO 81611, 970-925-6100