Every second Friday of the month, art galleries in Basalt host special events to celebrate art, artists and community, with last week being no exception. The Art Base opened its exhibition “Metamorphosis” with a reception and artist talk by photographer Ben Timpson. Up the street, Art of Hair hosted a reception as a chance for community members to gather to view art on display and listen to live music.
Timpson, who is a Pueblo Indian tribe descendant, discussed how his work in “Metamorphosis” is comprised of portraits made with safe-sourced butterfly wings to create images of Native American women who have been murdered, domestically abused or have gone missing. These women are two-and-a-half times more likely to be raped or killed than any other women in the country. Timpson discussed how on the afternoon before the opening, a Basalt High School Experiential Education women’s self-defense class came through the Art Base to make their own portraits, which are on display with the show.
Meanwhile, at Art of Hair, attendees had the opportunity to view art on display and listen to Bruce Berger play the piano. Connie Harvey, who is responsible for saving many acres of wild lands, was also in attendance.