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Aspen Chapel Gallery's '6 X 17' Invites Viewers To 'Adopt' Artwork From Area High Schoolers

Jan 14, 2020

Work from area high-school age artists is currently on display in "6 X 17" at the Aspen Chapel Gallery.
Credit Michael Bonds / Aspen Chapel Gallery

Artwork from area high school students is up for “adoption” at the Aspen Chapel Gallery. The show "6 X 17" supports art departments at six local high schools: Aspen, Basalt, Roaring Fork, Colorado Rocky Mountain School, Glenwood Springs and Yampah Mountain.

While the artwork is not technically for sale, pieces can be adopted for $25, and the money goes back to the art departments.  

This is the biggest year yet for the three-year-old show. Each school's art teacher selected 17 works from their students, and 102 works of art in different mediums are featured. 

Michael Bonds and Tom Ward are co-directors at the Aspen Chapel Gallery and organized “6 X 17.” Ward says, each year, he’s impressed by the creativity of the student-artists. 

"I think the thing that you notice when you walk in the gallery is the imagination," he said. "They’re given an assignment, but their imagination is just unlimited."

He says the show started when he saw that high school students needed a place to exhibit their work. 

"It’s just a way to get them out into the public in a way that they don’t get otherwise," he said.

The show runs through February 9th. After that, the work is returned to the students for their portfolios.