Artists display New York works at new Tabernash gallery |

Artists display New York works at new Tabernash gallery

Tonya Bina
Sky-Hi News
Tabernash, CO Colorado
Millar Kelley and Carolyn Bailey Cissel recently opened TAB Fine Art in Tabernash next to the Tabernash Tavern. The art in the background are works by Kelley. TONYA BINA/ SKY-HI NEWS

TABERNASH – The owner of Nest gallery at Cooper Creek Square, Winter Park, and an artist who has spent the past 14 years in Brooklyn, N.Y., have joined forces to open a new gallery in Tabernash.

TAB fine art, which is an acronym for “Tabernash and Brooklyn,” is poised to be a kinetic new space in a quirky enclave, showing fresh works from various painters, sculptors and jewelry makers of New York and beyond.

On view now is TAB’s inaugural exhibition entitled “Portals and Poets,” which is Part 1 of the series: Brooklyn Transmigration, the brainchild of Millar Kelley, a Colorado native who recently returned to Grand County from New York. Millar “felt it would be valuable to offer a venue for cultural and artistic exchange between Grand County and New York,” she said.

She cultivated her connections to the art world as an oil painter and sculptor, who worked under the famous monumental metal sculptor Mark diSuvero while in New York.

But her love for skiing and nature lured her back to the Colorado Rockies, she said.

“I wanted to replace all the concrete and people with trees,” she said.

She and Carolyn Bailey Cissell, who before opening Nest two years ago worked as an interior designer in Grand County, transformed – on their own – the “strangely eccentric” space in Tabernash from a storage room to a small gallery that now boasts the displayed works of five featured painters. The gallery shares the same circa-1917 building as “About Time Antiques,” whose owners have been very “supportive” of the artists’ new endeavors, Kelley said.

Brooklyn artist Kent Johnson’s portraits of famous authors commands the north wall in the showing; Kyle Bowen’s small canvases are created using rules of philosophy and mathematics; Hannah Cole’s meditative imagery is created from photographs; and Sean Downey’s ink drawings capture his love of nature.

Kelley’s own works hang in the gallery, including a memorable painting of a buffalo.

In the entryway of the gallery are “global artifacts” from places such as Tahiti, Haiti, Bali, Africa and American folk art, some of which are from Kelley’s own collection and travels. A tiny “museum/gift shop” space features art books and silver jewelry by Andrea Corson, some of which are made from antique toys.

“In my mind, they are jewelry, but they border on fine art,” Kelley said.

For Bailey Cissell, TAB creates a chance to not only represent Colorado artists as she already does at Nest, but to represent fine art without boundary. She hopes to place clients within reach of the resources she and Kelley have to help clients collect their own art.

Eventually she and Kelley will have access to their own digital database to further assist people in finding the art pieces they seek for home or office.

Where Nest represents more than 70 Colorado artists and serves as the “local vision,” the women said, “TAB is the global vision.”

The women plan to host a variety of community programs, including an art-appreciation discussion group, visiting artist lectures and openings to attract visitors to the ever-evolving gallery.

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