For more than 20 years, Ann Korologos Gallery has been the premier source for contemporary Western Art, known for artists inspired by frontier culture and the beauty of the American West. Local and national painters, sculptors, printmakers, mixed-media artists, and photographers tell the stories of the West through their unique language and styles. The spacious gallery is located just downstream of Aspen, Colorado in the charming town of Basalt.
“One of the joys of working with contemporary artists is that their process is continuously unveiling and evolving intent, technique, and subject, allowing us the excitement of following along on their journey and learning alongside them,” shares owner, Ann Korologos. “Our goal as a gallery is for everyone who visits to discover something new with each experience and find art they would love to live with. Our staff is extremely knowledgeable, and our gallery dogs are happy to say hello any day of the week.”
Through Ann Korologos Gallery, discover regional landscapes by Andy Taylor, Dan Young, Leon Loughridge, and Marie Figge Wise; be transported by the bold expressionist still lifes of Scottish-born artist Angus Wilson; and examine the stereotypes and misunderstandings of the Old West as painted by Terry Gardner. Explore familiar vistas and fisheries by local artist Dan Young. Feel the strength and vibrancy of ranching women by Donna Howell-Sickles, and be awe-struck by the beauty of the open plains on which they roam by Linda Lillegraven. Take home a modern-day relic of a ceramic horse by Amy Laugesen or a pot by Michael Wisner, who hand-digs his clay and carves every object with nature’s most meticulous patterns. Experience the classic realism of still lifes by Sarah Lamb, and observe the way that Dinah Worman arranges landscapes as though they were still lifes. All manner of wildlife — great and small — evoke humor and nostalgia through works by Mike Weber, Sandra Kaplan, Gordon Gund, Heather Foster, and Paula Schuette Kraemer. The 40 artists represented by Ann Korologos Gallery are as diverse as the colors, contours and characters of the American West.
Artists’ receptions and a series of community-oriented Art & Literature events hosted throughout the year provide wonderful opportunities to learn, dive deeper and join the discussion. Of the selection and quality, art aficionados and collectors have been known to say, “the best gallery in Aspen… is in Basalt!”
Ann Korologos, Owner
Ann has been a government leader, non-profit executive and business professional for many years, serving as U.S. Secretary of Labor and Under Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior under President Reagan, among numerous government positions. She is a member of the Boards of Directors of many blue-chip U.S. corporations, including Michael Kors, Host Hotels & Resorts. Ann is Chairman of the Board of the Middle East Investment Initiative (MEII). She is also Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Trustees of The Aspen Institute (www.aspeninstitute.org) and the RAND Corporation (www.rand.org), and served as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village, Colorado (www.andersonranch.org).
Both a long-time resident of the Roaring Fork Valley and a passionate art collector, Ann is now living her dream: she is creating a forum for the exchange of art and ideas in a place she holds dear.
Sue Edmonds, Gallery Director
Sue Edmonds joined the gallery as the Director in October of 2019. Edmonds is a native of Australia, a global traveler, and a long-time resident of the Roaring Fork Valley. Her passion for art and travel connected Sue to artisans around the world, serving her well as the owner of the Melange Collection, an Aspen-based company offering gifts and home accessories designed and curated by Sue through her global partnerships. Locally, she has honed her eye and broadened her artistic interests by taking several printmaking and photography courses at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass. She has an impressive track record navigating online marketplaces and running her own business, and she really knows and loves the Roaring Fork Valley. Equally important is her experience with discovering, developing and marketing artists and their art. “Whether I am creating art, viewing art, selling art or having insightful conversations with artists to learn more about their processes, I love each and every experience,” reflects Sue. “I am definitely excited to join the Ann Korologos Gallery team and immerse myself in the world of contemporary western art.”
In her leisure time Sue loves hiking, photography, skiing and hanging out with her husband, David Clark and Welsh Terrier, Georgie.
Amy Maron, Director of Client Relations
The Gallery welcomed Amy Maron as Director of Client Relations in March 2017. While she may be a new face to some, her background is rich in client service experience and art. Amy has developed her fine eye and extraordinary people skills over many years as an assistant in architectural firms and in fashion retailing. The Oklahoma native has called the Roaring Fork Valley home for four decades. She is passionate about the area’s natural beauty and spends as much time outdoors as possible.
Always interested in art, Amy has made a habit of cultivating relationships with many of Colorado’s finest painters, sculptors, and photographers. She loves digging in to an artist’s background, and understanding his/her inspiration and process. It’s all part of a fascinating journey for her. Along the way, she has built her own collection of works that resonate with her personally. Amy applies the same investigative approach to her gallery role, whether she’s getting to know a new artist or beginning to work with a new client. Her thoroughness ensures that she understands the artists and works and knows how to find the perfect work of art for any client. In addition to her very active lifestyle, Amy finds time to knit, bake, and host wonderful dinners for friends and family.
She shares her leisure hours with her partner, Bob, and the adorable Hattie, a very rambunctious black Labrador. Both make regular guest appearances at the Ann Korologos Gallery.
Claire De’Larbre, Marketing
Claire joined the gallery as the Marketing Manager in April of 2017. The California native moved to the Roaring Fork Valley in 2011 as a pit-stop on her way to her hometown of Santa Barbara. Enthralled by the exquisite nature, changing seasons, arts, culture, and residents of the valley, she decided to make her stop-over permanent. Her degree in Business Management from Babson College, the top school for entrepreneurship in the United States, and her entrepreneurial spirit led her to start a marketing and business consulting company, Top Branch Business Design, with the focus on working with smaller businesses fueled by a passion for the arts. Her grandmother, an artist, is the root of Claire’s passion to help artists and entrepreneurs succeed in realizing their dreams. She explores the arts through glassblowing, screen printing, drawing, painting, photography, and digital design.
Jennifer McMenemy, Website
Jenn has that rare background in digital media and fine art that makes her a great User Experience designer. Her ability to understand how to communicate brands and business propositions visually results in websites for both art galleries, where she was Web Director at Spanierman Gallery NYC, as well as consumer and technology companies with equal success. She also possess the ability to integrate marketing & social media components, SEO and response mechanisms in the same graceful way she does most things, unobtrusively, as if it’s just natural. We think she prepped herself well for her career with a BA from UCSD in Interdisciplinary Computing in the Arts, and minors in Computer Science and Fine Art. Brains and a true creative spirit–plus she knows how to code and she’s not afraid to do it.
Salute to Our Interns
Ann Korologos Gallery is honored to have had such a wonderful team of interns over the years. These talented women are eager and capable, and their passions and interests add wonderful dimension to our work and service. As a gallery, we are committed to everyone learning something new with every visit, and our interns are no exception! Here’s to you, ladies!
Sam, Winston, Haddie, and Georgie,
Chief Happiness Officers
Meet our Chief Happiness Officers: Haddie, Georgie, Sam and Winston. We promise a warm welcome with no jumping! Haddie is a sweet Black Lab who shines light on our world and chases shadows. Georgie is a spunky Welsh Terrier who keeps an eye on everything, and loves to be pet under the chin. Sam and Winston, Ann’s Yellow Labs are high energy sweet hearts that work from home. Basalt is a dog friendly town, and Ann Korologos Gallery is no exception!