Email Newsletter Archives

Welcome to the Toklat Gallery newsletter archive page. Below you can find our past e-newsletters and event announcements.

Toklat, the legendary Mace family’s gallery, is located in the historic river town of Basalt, Colorado. Toklat Gallery is where the Roaring Fork Valley’s pioneer spirit, dedication to preserving a family legacy and magnificent crafts are combined in a showcase often referred to by guests as “like a museum.”

2020 Email Newsletters

June 29, 2020 : Countdown #4 and Segue to July
Hello My Friends, I decided to retire “bobble head Lynne” and move on to tell you where I really will be going as soon as I can.

June 18, 2020 : Countdown #3
Last Thursday I got an up close and personal example of my level of stress. For two days I could not find my keys.

June 9, 2020 : News Flash
News Flash : Toklat Gallery open until June 30th.

June 1, 2020 : Countdown #2
The mask. Let me tell you about the mask. I wear hearing aids and glasses – so can you imagine what it is like hooking the elastic of the mask over my ears? Actually the tricky part is unhooking the mask without the hearing aids going flying!

May 23, 2020 : Countdown #1
The countdown has begun – it is all rather intimidating. However, remembering the chaos and confusion when I moved to Basalt from Toklat at Ashcroft in 2005 with my 86 year old mother and my 120 pound Newfoundland, this could be considered a trifle.

May 11, 2020 : Lynne is Retiring!
I hope this Newsletter finds you well in the sense of the classic Aspen trio: body, mind and spirit. As for me, the spirit was crushed, the mind was boggled and the body held firm.!

March 10, 2020 : Kinsley Show Has Been Cancelled
Toklat Gallery’s March 13, 2020 show for Michael Kinsley has been cancelled. Life is what happens after we plan…..and discretion is the better part of valor. Need I say more?

March 9, 2020 : Dragging Myself into the World of Business
Kicking and screaming, I am dragging myself into the world of business (NOT personal) Facebook and Instagram. By and large I am having fun with Instagram except for the fact that my (note the possessive) photographer moved from Rifle to Bennington, VT.

February 24, 2020 : Hello My Friends Save This Date
Friday March 13, 2020 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. — This will be a show of Michael Kinsley’s new paintings that have been inspired by both by Emily Carr and the Group of Seven (Algonquin Group). More details to come.

2019 Email Newsletters

November 25, 2019 : Why Wait for Black Friday?
November 29th, Black Friday, is a 5 days away. But why wait? Time to clear the decks so we can deck the halls. Following are some items that I would love you to have in your home, instead of my gallery. And thus we shall have a whole week of Black Friday. Beginning on November 25th and lasting through December 4th. (

November 4, 2019 : Lots of News! (New hours, Instagram, etc.)
Gallery Hours through January 4, 2020: Beginning November 5, the gallery will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. I am loving Instagram whereas Facebook was a struggle. Post wonderful pictures, a short punchy caption and off it goes (

September 25, 2019 : The Wall of Fall
My time at the King Cabin (part of Ashcroft Ski Touring) was cut short on August 20 when I learned they (AST) were no longer going to staff the space on Thursdays and Fridays through the season as had been our agreement.

August 05, 2019 : Who Among Us Has Not Thought About Doing This?
You have some savings, have sold your house (within a month), found a home for Kitty, have packed your belongings and your workshop and put it all in storage. You put your bicycle, camping gear and a few belongings in your truck and drove outa town?

July 18, 2019 : It is Magical at Ashcroft
The wildflowers in the meadows in the upper Castle Creek Valley that my father so vehemently protected are resplendent. If you need assistance identifying any of them, there is a wonderful photo book at the King Cabin created by my brother Greg many years ago.

June 27, 2019 : My Father’s Mission During WWII
New This Year at Ashcroft at the King Cabin: Adventure Lodge and Gallery — The back story of Toklat Wilderness Lodge and Husky Kennels: Stuart Mace’s mission of Air, Search and Rescue in the Arctic during World War II told in photos, text and equipment.

April 14, 2019 : The Tables of Toklat
I will be in the gallery all spring, working on archiving and choosing photos for a summer 7 Decades celebration. Date to follow shortly. In the meantime, come and visit – I will welcome a break from the Excel spreadsheet.

April 1, 2019 : Turquoise Stands for Water and for Sky
The Alpine Tribal Collection — Kathy Hansel’s jewelry embodies a cross cultural reverence for nature. She combines ancient Scandinavian art concepts inspired by her Nordic heritage, with a deep love and regard for Western Native American artistry into the Alpine Tribal Collection. The collection merges silver smithing and the combination of elegant refined materials, such as pearls and precious gems opposing the imperfect textures of turquoise, bone and various stone beads in a refreshing way that whispers appreciation of those before us.

March 4, 2019 : The Art of Ellen Kisker and Maureen Morris
There is now a Spring in my step when I come to work each day. I take a spin around the gallery and marvel anew. Twelve artists stepped to the plate and created for Toklat a magnificent 7 Decades show.

February 11, 2019 : An Embarrassment of Riches
It was an awesome party, if I do say so myself!! And that was because of some “minor!” organization on my part and twelve artists piling on an abundance of beautiful art.

January 8, 2019 : An Invitation to Toklat’s 70th
Seven Decades of Toklat Gallery : A Winter Celebration and Artists’ Reception
Friday, January 11th, 2019, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

2018 Email Newsletters

December 31, 2018 : Happy New Year from Toklat Gallery
Happy New Year!

December 20, 2018 : A New Year’s Challenge
There were so many wonderful comments on my “adorability” in response to my last newsletter that I now challenge you all to create a title for this photo, taken at Toklat Lodge in 1952.

December 11, 2018 : Toklat Gallery’s 70th Year in Business
Mark your calendars. On January 11, 2019 Toklat Gallery will begin celebrating its 70th year in business with a BIG party here at the Gallery. The lineup of artists is very special: 4 new, 4 returning and 4 current with new art.

November 19, 2018 : Lake Christine Fire Revisited.
Basalt, Colorado July 3rd, 4th, and 5th. A big Thank You to the Firefighters for saving Old Town Basalt. As Thanksgiving approaches, my gratitude just grows as I read a about the devastation of other fires in other communities. Wishing you a blessed Thanksgiving,

July 2, 2018 : Ah, the Tales She Will Tell!
Drum roll please. Here it is – the URL for the Story Keeper Blog ( Right on schedule – the 69th anniversary of the Goethe Bicentennial. Why now? Read the blog!!

May 1, 2018 : The Winter/Spring Collections
The spring collections of tulips blooming in the planters, trees leafing, doors open to the fresh air and a couple of pieces of new art for the gallery have arrived.

April 5, 2018 : Julie Ann Hesse: 1956 to 2018
On March 21, my sister-in-law was airlifted to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction where she was admitted with hepato-renal syndrome. Alas, it was irreversible. She died on March 30.

March 19, 2018 : Will We Get Snow in May and June?!
Oh no! The first day of spring is today. How can that be – we haven’t even had a proper winter – yet! No more prevaricating – decisions must be made!

February 4, 2018 : An Artists’ Reception for “The Colorists””
Please join us for an artists’ reception for “The Colorists” Susanne Clark and Dave Durrance on Friday, February 9, 2018.

January 14, 2018 : Stuart Mace in Spirits at Toklat
To cap off the year, I had lunch at Krabloonik Mountain Dining. Chef Reto Luzi’s perfect rendition of my parents’ wild mushroom soup and my father’s favorite desert, Swedish Crème, were a wonderful way to welcome the New Year.

2017 Email Newsletters

November 13, 2017 : Of Books and Photos and Trips Down Memory Lane
Toklat will be 70 years old in June 2019 (when in fact there will also be celebrations of the Aspen Music Festival).

October 23, 2017 : Time for a Change
70 years of stories to tell, memories and so many photos to share.

October 02, 2017 : Bluebirds of Happiness
Marquetry by Ellen and Dave Kisker and Marquetry by Stuart Mace.

August 08, 2017 : Archiving Family Photos
Scanning and archiving Stuart Mace’s photographic images.

July 10, 2017 : Two Daughters, Different Parents
This Friday is ARTB2F – the second Friday of the month art walk in Basalt.

June 15, 2017 : Business After Hours at Toklat Gallery
Eat, dance, and be merry with the Riverside Plaza businesses

June 05, 2017 : Art Walk Basalt this Friday, June 9th
Art, great food, a roaring river and a full moon…We have it all!

May 08, 2017 : Hot Stuff! with Robert Burch
This summer should be all about glass: blown, molded, mosaic, enamel, and beads.

May 01, 2017 : I am back! Here’s What’s Blooming
There is nothing like spring time to blossom a new attitude!

April 11, 2017 : MoveOn.Inventory!
From the Toklat Gallery…to your home. The discounts could be deep. So don’t dilly dally (as my father would have said).

January 09, 2017 : Happy New Year!
ARTB2F – Artwalk Basalt Second Friday and artist’s reception for painter Michael Kinsley.

2016 Email Newsletters

December 05, 2016 : Hope Springs Eternal!
Ready to welcome you with some special hot chocolate and tantalizing gift ideas.

November 07, 2016 : We Maces Are Fond of Swimming Upstream
Charcoal and pastel flies by Valeria Fiala and “naif paintings” by Paula Fisher.

October 14, 2016 : Looking for The Pumpkins
This Friday is ARTB2F – the second Friday of the month art walk in Basalt.

October 03, 2016 : October News Flash
Toklat is pleased to welcome Robin and Steve Humble and their new venture, Free Range Kitchen and Wine Bar, to Riverside Plaza.

September 09, 2016 : This Friday is ARTB2F
This Friday is ARTB2F – the second Friday of the month art walk in Basalt.

August 12, 2016 : Masters of Marquetry
Artists reception, August 12th from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Furniture, boxes, and pictures.

July 08, 2016 : Artists Reception for Bob Cook
Artists reception, July 8th from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Artist Bob Cook with “Wood, Waterfowl, and Walking Sticks”

July 05, 2016 : A Very Jolly Good Time
Upcoming events at Toklat Gallery…and past events.

June 09, 2016 : We Shall Eat Cake and Drink Champagne
Introducing sculptor Thomas Barlow; working in wood, ice…and sugar. Mr. Barlow will bless us with one of his confection creations.

2015 Email Newsletters

December 02, 2015 : Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder
New pieces: wood turnings, carved dinosaur bone, and wooden wildlife sculptures.

August 04, 2015 : New Owners at Krabloonik
A love for the dogs, enthusiasm for their well-being and a willingness to try new things.

July 28, 2015 : Cataract Surgery and a Fresh Coat of Paint
Local Hard Rock Sculptor, Jeremy Dean Russell, at the Toklat Gallery.

July 09, 2015 : Missen Brucker’s New Work
Toklat is pleased to show some beautiful, fused glass pieces by artist Missen Brucker.

June 29, 2015 : Rock Hunting 101
Mining and Minerals of Colorado Summer 2015, nine Wednesday programs.

June 21, 2015 : What’s New at the Gallery
Silver Queen Minerals items are displayed in a corner of the Gallery.

April 13, 2015 : 2½ Weeks of Real R&R
Going east. Starting on the eastern shore of Maryland and ending up in NYC.

March 12, 2015 : Living in Three Parallel Universes
The wonderful “new” look of the Toklat Gallery unveiled.

2014 Email Newsletters

December 11, 2014 : Winter Basalt Art Walk
Old Town Basalt is aglow with holiday illuminations, art and wonderful dining.

November 24, 2014 : Prepping for the Holidays
This holiday, support “Small Business Saturday” on November 29th!

October 20, 2014 : Introducing Creative Spaces
Downtown Art is more than window dressing in Old Town Basalt.

July 08, 2014 : The Art of Possibility
Displays from artists: Shannon Muse, Missen Brucker, and Donna Buchwald.

July 05, 2014 : ArtReach at the Library
Marquetry. The art of marquetry is dear to my heart as it was one of my father’s many talented artistic gifts.

June 30, 2014 : The Art of Possibility (II)
Toklat Gallery will host an art talk and demonstration by the Rocky Mountain Marquetry Guild.

June 12, 2014 : Moon Over the River
Watch the moon rise. Hear the river roar. Joins us at Riverside Plaza.

June 05, 2014 : Possibility Becomes Reality
Honoring Toklat Gallery’s 65th anniversary with four new artists, a warm welcome, and champagne corks popping.

April 10, 2014 : Time for a Big Change at Toklat
Toklat Gallery Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.

March 09, 2014 : March is Sale Month
Zapotec Rugs are now on sale at 25% off and will be discontinued as of May 31st.

March 01, 2014 : Working Hard to Set the Stage
An “All Rugs Must Be Sold” sale of Zapotec Rugs beginning right now.

January 2014 : Update on Toklat and Town of Basalt
Introducing new Gallery Manager, Liwu Mace.

2013 Email Newsletters

October 2013 : Happy Halloween
Reminder…on November 5th vote YES on 2B; Vote yes to Fix the Fork.

September 2013: Let Us Float Your Boat!
Artist’s Reception for Skip Bellock on September 12th from 5:00 to 7:00

August 2013: Music and Art in Historic Downtown Basalt
Solo show for artist Sherrill Stone on August 8th from 5:00 to 8:00.

July 2013 : Special events July 9th and 12th
July 9th at the Aspen Historical Society 50th Anniversary Celebrations. What’s happening in Basalt on Friday July 12 from 5 to 7? Cathy Schermer New Works “West meets East”

June 2013 : New Works and Old Rocks
Stop in and see the new works from Cathy Schermer. This is a series of encaustic monotypes of Washi with mixed media element, using our native birds and natural birds and natural found elements in a traditional Japanese scroll design.

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