Earlier this week, Red Brick Center for the Arts executive director Sarah Roy was in the long hallway of the gallery lighting the artwork for the 2020 Colorado Juried exhibit. She meticulously directed spotlights, moving one an inch higher, shifting others a bit to the left or right, on nearly forty different works from artists all over the state.
The biennial show has been on hiatus since 2017; Roy says she's wanted to bring it back since the center came under her leadership that year.
There were more than 100 submissions for January's show. Local Aspen gallery owners Sam Harvey of Harvey Preston Gallery and Skye Weinglass of Skye Gallery Aspen selected the works based on inventiveness and skill, ultimately choosing several artists from the Roaring Fork Valley, as well as Boulder, Denver and Gunnison.
"Sam and Skye have such a talented eye for seeing great work," said Roy. "They're so knowledgeable."
The two jurists selected pieces that showcase a wide variety of styles and mediums, from large-scale paintings to a sculpture made of chairs.
An opening reception starts Thursday at 5 p.m.