Locally based, internationally exhibited artist Trace Nichols opened the new exhibition “Say It” on Friday at the Art Base in Basalt.

The show is an education-based, interactive photographic experience where the final visual statements are made by the visitors who participate with the art. These statements can be created from 10-by-10 still-life images that represent singular ideas. The images can be “read” literally or symbolically, and when several images are brought together, they create an expanded idea or statement, like words forming a sentence. Visitors will be able to construct their ideas by selecting and sequencing two to five images together on the gallery wall. Participants also will have a chance to win photographic prints of their “Say It” statement. A drawing will be held at the end of the exhibition.

“I am drawn to the notion that we have a medium today that enables us to communicate our thoughts to others regardless of race, age, gender, lifestyle or ethnicity,” Nichols said in an Art Base announcement. “The goal of this exhibition is to create ways of communicating important ideas through the personal selection and ordering of these visual ingredients— forming new conversations around our current experience of visual art.”

Her work has been exhibited in such institutions as the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers Bankside Gallery in London; Aspen Art Museum; Boca Raton Museum of Art in Boca Raton, Florida; Brevard Art Museum in Melbourne, Florida.; and The Red Brick Arts Center among others, as well as in private collections throughout the United States.

Nichols will speak about her experience of producing this show in a members-only art talk led by the Art Base executive director Genna Moe on Jan. 24. “Say It” will hang at the Art Base until Feb. 1.

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