Red Brick unveils new works by guest and resident artists on December 1

Argentina’s Valeria Faiia works her art at the Red Brick Center for the Arts in Aspen. (Austin Colbert/The Aspen Times)
Austin Colbert/The Aspen Times

Argentinian artist Valeria Fiala first came to Aspen in 2016 as part of the Sister Cities Artist Exchange Program and was struck by how much it reminded her of her hometown of San Carlos De Bariloche. – a city located at the foot of the Andes, considered the gateway to Patagonia. She loved Aspen so much that she decided to come back and stay longer, which she has done over the years.

“Every time I come here, I just feel connected to Aspen in ways I can’t explain. Geographically it (Bariloche) is very similar to Aspen – surrounded by mountains, rivers and lakes; a resort resort founded by pioneers,” Fiala said.

The Sister Cities Exchange program between Aspen and Bariloche has been running for 20 years and is coordinated by Lala Caffarone and Griff Smith. Caffarone is originally from Bariloche but has lived in Aspen for 22 years, so she has a deep love and connection with the two.



“Bariloche is one of Aspen’s busiest sister cities. We established the Art Exchange Program in 2014, and our goal is to create artistic opportunities and promote world peace through mutual respect, understanding and cooperation – one individual, one community at a time. “, she said.

This year, Fiala was invited back to the Roaring Fork Valley by Art Base to spend a few months teaching art to young Spanish speakers in Midvalley, a job she enjoys. Most of her students are from El Salvador and are so “passionate and talented”, she said. She finds it rewarding to work with them and says she is honored to teach them in their native language, fulfilling a much needed role in this valley. She is particularly excited about an upcoming exhibition of work on December 9 at Art Base in Basalt.



Argentina’s Valeria Faiia works her art at the Red Brick Center for the Arts in Aspen. (Austin Colbert/The Aspen Times)
Austin Colbert/The Aspen Times

“We have to get out of our comfort zones and find a way (to help these students). I was very well received by the students, but I also had a lot of help,” she said.

Outside of teaching, Fiala wanted to connect with the city’s arts community and meet and collaborate with local artists, so she approached the Red Brick Center of the Arts, which she was familiar with when she was here on the job. exchange of artists, and asked if they had any space, “even just a corner,” where she could come in and work.

The Red Brick is one of the few places that offers local artists affordable studio space, which is very hard to find in Aspen. They didn’t have any extra studio space, so Fiala floated the idea that she work in the lobby of the building and then donate the finished piece to Red Brick. She loved the idea of ​​working in an accessible space where artists would walk in and out, stop to introduce themselves, chat, and have direct, real-time experience of the process of her drawing.

On December 1, she will unveil her piece, “Among,” which is a graphic-inspired drawing of a herd of Patagonian sheep all huddled together. She says she has been drawing sheep for a long time and considers them a symbol of Patagonia. The design represents unity, coexistence and emphasizes that we, as humans being part of a society, “are not alone”, she said. It was a happy coincidence that the timing of his piece’s unveiling coincided with the opening of the annual Red Brick Resident Show.

“This show is our chance to showcase the incredible talents of the artists who work here in the red brick every day. Aspen is never short of reasons to celebrate, and we feel the same way about the evening of December 1st. There’s a lot of creative energy and work here,” said Sarah Roy, executive director of the Red Brick Center for the Arts.

Argentina’s Valeria Faiia talks about herself at the Red Brick Center for the Arts in Aspen. (Austin Colbert/The Aspen Times)
Austin Colbert/The Aspen Times
Argentina’s Valeria Faiia’s unfinished piece. (Austin Colbert/The Aspen Times)
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Argentina’s Valeria Faiia works on her job. (Austin Colbert/The Aspen Times)
Austin Colbert/The Aspen Times
Argentina’s Valeria Faiia talks about her art at the Red Brick Center for the Arts in Aspen. (Austin Colbert/The Aspen Times)
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Argentina’s Valeria Faiia works on her artwork at the Red Brick Center for the Arts in Aspen. (Austin Colbert/The Aspen Times)
Austin Colbert/The Aspen Times

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