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THE ASPEN TIMES: ART BASE TO OPEN LEAH POTTS' "WILD LIFE"

The Art Base in Basalt will open an exhibition of nearly 50 watercolor paintings of animals by Aspen artist Leah Potts on Friday. The show marks Potts’ first solo exhibition.

The Aspen Times - Leah Potts  

THE ASPEN TIMES: CHALLENGE ASPEN UPHILL CREATES OPPORTUNITIES FOR DISABLED LOCALS

After her skiing accident in 1999, Leah Potts didn’t know if she’d ever hike, ski or run again. It wasn’t clear whether she would even walk—or write, or give someone a hug.

The Denver Post: Spinal Patient Spins a Comeback

THE DENVER POST: SPINAL PATIENT SPINS A COMEBACK

Ten years ago, Leah Potts was a patient at Craig Hospital, after a skiing accident that broke her neck and damaged her spinal cord. The first doctors she saw warned her she might never walk again. Today, Potts teaches Spinning, the popular and intense indoor group bicycling class.

The Art Base Leah Potts Student Spotlight

THE ART BASE: STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

Leah says that after her skiing accident, healing demanded all of her focus, and she did not have the energy or ability to create art. Through her difficult road to recovery, one that required self-discipline, patience, and desire, Leah has regained the physical and spiritual strength to return to her artistic roots. “Now I have the desire to do art again,” she says.

Roaring Fork Lifestyle: Leah Potts

ROARING FORK LIFESTYLE: COMPOSING A CONCERTO FOR THE LEFT HAND

In September, Leah Potts sat at an easel at the Art Base in Basalt wielding magenta and turquoise pastels with ease. She worked fluidly: There was no trace of the struggle it took to “walk” into the classroom, drawing herself forward on a cane, her right foot dragging. No trace of the hesitation she might well have felt after a 17-year hiatus from art. No trace of awkwardness as her left hand moved across the canvas, despite the fact that Leah was born right-handed.

Modern Luxury: Living to Give

MODERN LUXURY: LIVING TO GIVE

From significant financial donations to the contribution of one’s time, giving to one another is a common cause among people in the Roaring Fork Valley. Here are the profiles of six that have changed lives. Originally published in Aspen Magazine, a Modern Luxury publication. 

Small wonders at the Aspen Chapel features Leah Potts, watercolor artist

THE ASPEN TIMES: 'SMALL WONDERS' RETURNS TO CHAPEL GALLERY

Now in its 13th year, “Small Wonders” has dependably been the community art gallery’s most popular show, offering affordable artwork for purchase at the outset of the holiday season. It hosts small works — none bigger than 12 inches-by-12 inches — from 30-plus selected local artists...

 

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WILD LIFE ARTIST TALK BY LEAH POTTS

Artist Leah Potts in conversation with Art Base Curator, Lissa Ballinger.

 

STORY CENTER: SNAPSHOT BY LEAH POTTS

Watch Leah Potts on Story Center - "A story about a skiing accident, paralysis, and a the request for a photo." This story was made in a workshop facilitated by the Center for Digital Storytelling.

BRIDGING BIONICS FOUNDATION: LEAH'S STORY 

Leah's Story is also featured on Bridging Bionics Foundation. Watch her YouTube profile here!

 

BRIDGING BIONICS FOUNDATION: PORTRAITS OF HOPE

Learn more about Leah and her incredible story. Portraits of Hope was produced by two high school students, Riley Padgett and Maeve Cassetty.