Hello My Friends,

What do cataract surgery and a fresh coat of paint have in common? The both make Lynne very happy - and heaven only knows, we want Lynne to be happy! One eye down and one to go on August 18th. I shall not have to wear glasses for the first time in 66 years. One day two weeks ago I got a burr, called the painter, he came that afternoon and the following Monday and the gallery is resplendent with two beautiful new colors. Other news in the gallery: three wonderful paintings by Herb Seymour and finally another two lid walnut hall bench by Jim Braverman. Photos forthcoming. Julie's Mining and Minerals program on Wednesdays has been very popular and, if I do say so myself, very interesting. It would seem that I knew very little about the Smuggler Mine! Join us for the  
following four Wednesdays at 5:30 at the gallery.

Jeremy Dean Russell at the Toklat Gallery

       Local Hard Rock Sculptor Jeremy Dean Russell will be showing and speaking at the Toklat Gallery on July 29th from 5:30 t0 7PM. Jeremy will be presenting a short video and will be speaking about his work "The  Freedom Eagle" which is located inside the "Mystic Eagle Quarry" just south of Carbondale and inside of  Mount Sopris. This huge, monolithic sculpture of a Bald Eagle is being relieved from the interior walls of  the alabaster quarry and has been the subject of much controversy and mystery since its beginnings.  Jeremy will focus on the creation of the sculpture, its purpose and the many obstacles that had to be  overcome in the permitting of his work on it. Questions and answers will be allowed at the end of the  presentation in the form of a Meet and Greet. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the man  and the "work in progress" that could come to define Carbondale as a landmark destination for those  seeking to experience the awe that his work inspires.

                Jeremy Dean Russell                                "The  Freedom Eagle" 
Toklat Gallery and Silver Queen Minerals


Mining and Minerals of Colorado. Summer 2015 Program

Program presented at Toklat Gallery from 5:30 to 7 at Riverside Plaza on Two
Rivers Road, Basalt, Colorado. or 970-927-1437
Light refreshments served

29 July 2015: "The Freedom Eagle" at the Mystic Eagle Mine alabaster quarry inside Mt. Sopris with  Jeremy Dean Russell
Jeremy will present a short video and then speak about his work. This huge monolithic sculpture of a  bald eagle, symbolizing the plight of our nation's veterans, is being relieved from the interior walls of the  alabaster quarry. Jeremy will focus on the creation of the sculpture, its purpose and the many obstacles  that had to be overcome in the permitting of his work. It remains a work in progress. 

5 August 2015: "History of the Yule Marble Quarry" with Gary Bascom and Kimberly Perrin.
Gary traveled west in the early 1980's and landed a job in 1990 with the Colorado Yule Marble Company  (subsequently Colorado Stone Quarries) as quarry superintendent/safety director. He left in 2013 when  the quarry was sold to Red Graniti (an Italian company). Kim worked for Colorado Stone Quarries as  administrative manager from 2001 to 2013. This program will cover the discovery of the marble  reserve, pre-1941 history, operations from 1990 to 2013 and what's currently happening at the quarry.

12 August 2015: "Mace Mineral Collection" started by Greg Mace (born on this day in 1943).
This program will be hosted by Julie.  Its content is a bit of a mystery at the moment as no one in the family has seen the collection since the  mid-1980's. A discovery for all of us. 

19 August 2015: "Modern Day Prospecting" with Robert Congdon
Robert moved to the Roaring Fork Valley in 1978. Logging, ranching and mining were the prevalent jobs.  The mines paid the best ($8.50 an hour) and he was attracted to the challenges of mining: the daily  struggle to figure out how to get the roof secure, deal with gasses and keep all the equipment running -  and it started him on a 35 year prospecting journey in Western Colorado and Eastern Utah. Locally  some of his notable finds have been the lost vapor cave mines outside of Redstone, a lost gold camp on  Mt. Sopris and the Alabaster Quarry at Avalanche Creek.

26 August 2015: "Crystal Healing Therapy" with Marierose and Eric Anthony
Understanding the how and why crystals have healing powers. You will also learn some of the ancient  history and the science behind some of the legends, in addition to balancing your body's energetic  centers with unique and locally found healing minerals.


Claro Walnut Dining Table  48 by 108 by 30

This walnut table, now on view at Toklat Gallery, was originally commissioned in 2004 and was sold for $30,000. There is a set of twelve cherry upholstered chairs that were $1500 each.  These pieces were sold with a house. Now the purchaser of that house (only the second owner of the furniture) would like to sell them: the table for $15,000 and the chairs for $500 each (must be sold as the set).


Toklat Gallery, on Two Rivers Road at Riverside Plaza

(intersection of Two Rivers Road and Midland Avenue)