When Skye Weinglass opened her pop-up gallery space last winter it quickly turned into a hip must-see in town. Often frequented by a blend of locals and foreigners alike, the space, co-inhabited by Denver-Bali based BLKMKT design store, escalated during the season to be a magnet for culture, arts and entertainment. Having first participated through the inclusion of serbo-argentinian artist Yez Tutic among the gallery’s gems, ETHER Arts Project and The Bird’s Nest have once again teamed up for 2018 season.
The new pop-up gallery is located in 409 S Hunter St- a mere half block away from its past home. This cozy gallery, featuring a courtyard firepit and a mixture of white-washed walls and exposed vintage bricks, will be like a blank canvas for creativity and inspiration. Skye Weinglass, artist and gallery owner, said to local newspaper Aspen Times about this: "I care about this community, and there is so little community flavor left around artistic culture, and I have so many talented friends here that just need a space." This eagerness to build a community will give opportunity to showcase one exhibition opening the first Friday of each month.
The inaugurating show, “Dreamscapes” features paintings by five prominent Western artists: Claire Ray, Ryan B. Curtis, Javiera Estrada, Hans Walor, Sarah Petkus and Miles Toland. The works presented spin around transcendence and how meditational states of mind can affect our perception of the world, and the human ability to communicate with the source forces that live beyond our regular understanding. The contemplation of this group of works- masterfully carried out with a creative approach to contemporary fine arts classics like painting and photography- take the viewer away from daily mundane concerns allowing the possibility of inhabiting the dreamscapes present in the artists’ imagery.
Planned exhibitions include a sculpture and printmaking exhibition titled "Creature" in January, a group photography and mixed media show in February named “Ether” (curiously!) and a big solo show by local renowned sculptor Ajax Axe in March, plus an all-female final exhibition in April benefitting Response, a local non-profit initiative whose mission is to support, educate and empower survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.
Along with the aforementioned monthly shows, the gallery will host art classes and metalsmithing and flowers workshops, yoga and meditation sessions, live DJ sets, psychic readings, artists’ talks, après-ski happenings and a Prints & Publications Fair and swap produced by ETHER.
Stay tuned via social media for further details! @thebirdsnestgallery / @etherartsproject