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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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