Bachman & Chappell

"For the Love of Art"

On Display: March 20 - April 17
Artist Reception: Tuesday, March 21, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

    A collection of works from local Crested Butte artists, Adele Bachman and Becky Chappell, whose love of painting brought them together. The two share their passion by regularly painting together, each with her own unique and individual style.


Adele Bachman came to Crested Butte newly married to Don Bachman in October 1966.  She opened a gift shop, “Rags and Old Iron,” in their home at 113 Elk avenue in 1968.  The shop featured items made by talented friends from across Colorado and clothing, both fabric and leather, designed by Adele. In 1968, Adele and Don purchased “Tony’s Tavern” from Tony Kapushion.  Genevieve was born September 1969.  After they sold Tony’s, Adele did what the young people of Crested Butte did (and still do) - anything to stay in Crested Butte.  Ultimately, Adele retired as the Postmaster in Crested Butte in August 2012.  In 2014, after watching Jerry Yarnell’s painting classes on Create TV, she bought paints, brushes and canvases and started to paint. Adele took classes offered through the Center of the Arts; Drawing with Donna Rozman, Portrait Painting with Megan Craver, and Pastels with Beck Chappell. She was extremely interested when the Center for the Arts started offering “reCreations” with Jennifer Vannatta and “Cocktails and Canvas” with Becky Chappell.  Many of these sessions expanded her skills. Adele continues to paint along with Jerry Yarnell on Create TV and is painting compositions from photos and plein air views in and around Crested Butte.  

Becky Chappell has lived in Crested Butte for several years displaying her art, teaching private art classes, and teaching Canvas & Cabernet classes. She describes her paintings as impressionistic or abstract landscapes. She loves capturing the vibrancy of color, light and form. Lately her work has gone in the direction of abstract mixed media and collage. Her abstract work takes on a life of its own as the painting develops. For her this is so freeing, and lets her explore endless possibilities. Becky work in all mediums: oil, acrylic, pastel, watercolor and has done scrimshaw and scratchboard. She teaches classes occasionally, and loves inspiring others to realize their creativity. Becky also teaches painting and drawing individually or in groups at all levels. For Becky, her art is life-long process of growing, learning and exploring. Visit Becky’s work at or view her website: Please contact Becky at Or cell: 720.394.6025, home: 303-665-0505.