The Art Base (formerly the Wyly Art Center) was established in 1996 with the goal of supporting art as an essential human endeavor with the understanding that everyone at every age has the ability to develop and express creativity. An integral part of Historic Downtown Basalt, it offers classes and events that make it possible for a wide range of Roaring Fork Valley residents to get creative, from kids to seniors and the handicapped.
We sat down with Gayle to ask her why she wanted to do this, and find out more.
“Because it’s grass roots,” she said.
Gayle loves the idea of bringing creative opportunities to people of every economic strata. Local kids get a chance to express themselves artistically with everything “from crayons to computers.”
“I believe humans are naturally creative,” she told us. She believes that the holistic integration of art into people’s lives has tremendous value. It brings richness and connects people in ways that other things can’t. The programs at the Art Base build awareness of the arts that spreads outward into the community.
The proposed new Art Base campus on the Frying Pan River here in Basalt is another exciting project she looks forward to participating in. Both Gayle Waterman and The Art Base are excited to bring her business acumen to the table. Before she became a fine art photographer, Gayle had a career in business operations and health care administration. She was integral in building two ambulatory care centers, one in the Texas Medical Center in Houston and one at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville. She hopes to bring this experience with an artist’s eye to the program.
Where fine art, community and business intersect, Gayle is the perfect candidate to help make a lasting mark on the town of Basalt. We’ll support her efforts wholeheartedly!