Curator and artist Matty Davis likes to maintain issues mild. Put on-a-wetsuit-to-a-party, put-240-beach-balls-in-a-gallery mild.
He plans to do each at “The Seashore Present,” a summer-themed present within the useless of winter that may function the works of eight artists at Straight Line Studio in Base Village from 6-9 p.m., Jan. 14. Davis and studio proprietor Kelley Peters could have works on show alongside these of Readability Fornell, Paul Keefe, Claire Tweedy, Heather Quinn, Teal Wilson and Jaik Winbrush.
“I’m simply such a comical type of man, the place I search for one thing bizarre and type of fascinating so as to add to each considered one of our exhibits and the way we are able to make it higher, how we could be the discuss of the city so we get one other invite to do one other present at one other place,” Davis mentioned.
He goals to prepare exhibits which might be totally different from the established order of extra “severe” gallery openings.
“You go to loads of exhibits right here they usually’re nice, they’re enjoyable, however I need to choose it up and simply do one thing nobody else is doing,” Davis mentioned.
The recent take is one which among the artists who’re exhibiting at The Seashore Present view it as a neater entry level to the generally stodgy world of artwork.
“It lends itself to the concept of artwork being extra accessible: your work being extra accessible, the artists themselves being extra accessible,” mentioned Tweedy, a photographer who might be exhibiting some standalone pictures in addition to some overlaid with work by Davis.
The lighthearted vitality additionally adjustments “the idea of interacting with the work,” she added.
“It’s enjoyable, you’re partying, however you’re additionally interacting with the patrons, you’re interacting with the artists, and I believe it type of takes (in) individuals who won’t be artwork patrons, artwork collectors, and even somebody who would … really feel snug going to an artwork present,” she mentioned. “I believe it type of brings folks into a special headspace about it.”
It’s a premise embodied within the paintings on show as a lot because the vibe of the area for artists like Wilson, a Snowmass Village-based painter, printmaker, illustrator and muralist.
“I attempt to make my work actually accessible, and every time I present, I actually attempt to have interaction folks and discuss to new faces, and simply actually guarantee that all people feels snug, … as a result of I do know that artwork areas could be actually stuffy and pretentious, and I actually need to kind of shed that and simply make it enjoyable and straightforward for everyone,” Wilson mentioned.
A present of her work at Fats Metropolis Gallery in Aspen final summer season featured considerable “My Little Pony” motifs; she’ll be repurposing an older work for the seaside theme for the present at Straight Line.
“Artwork … ought to be one thing that everyone ought to have the ability to carry just a little little bit of themselves to,” Wilson added.