Elise Fitzsimmons

Membership Director

Elise finds constant inspiration in the Rocky Mountains and wants to live in a community of informed, engaged, and passionate locals. Hailing from Chicago, Elise fell in love with Aspen instantly while studying at the University of Colorado, Boulder. After graduating with a degree in sociology in 2011, Elise drove over the pass for the last time as a tourist and was ready to put down roots, yearning for the illusive qualifier of “Aspen Local”.  Over the past four years in the valley Elise has developed a deep sense of connection with those in the Roaring Fork; most notably through helping open Meat & Cheese in Aspen. To give back to the community she begun the Friendship Tree project in the winter of 2014. She is an avid reader and audiophile who loves travel, international cuisine, deep space and (like every good Aspenite) all things outside.

Ways to Connect

This week on audio canvas we learn all that that the Ranch has to offer for some of arts youngest enthusiasts. 

An instructor who rejects formal structure Niki Haas, of the Haas Brothers, explains  how they grew organically and what his wood working students can expect. 

Nancy Wilhelms, Executive Director of Anderson Ranch Arts Center, sat down to preview all that the ranch has to offer this summer. From the Critical Dialogue series to Children's Workshops, the ranch is a whirlwind of activity. 

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Aspen Public Radio’s membership director Elise Fitzsimmons explained why she’s so passionate about supporting public media.

For the final interview of the summer, I sat down with Nancy Wilhelms to take a look back at the events of the summer and talk about the Ranch's plans for the coming fall and winter.  

This week on Audio Canvas I sit down with Andrea Wallace, chair of the Internship Program, to discuss the importance that this new generation of helping hands has on the Ranch. This weeks episode has been produced by APR intern Matt Kendrick. 

This week at Anderson Ranch I talk to Jessica Cerise and Liz Ferrill to talk about the ArtWorks Store. The ArtWorks Store is open year-round. Summer hours are Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 5:30 pm and Sunday 12 noon - 6 pm. Non-summer hours are Monday-Friday, 9 am - 5 pm.  

This week I meet with Katherine Bell to see what the summer and fall have in store for the children at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center. 

   This week on Audio Canvas I meet with Doug Casebeer, Associate Director & Artistic Director of Ceramics, and Betsy Chaffin, honorary board trustee about the 50th anniversary celebration week beginning July 17th.

This Week on Audio Canvas I meet with Tom Sachs  internationally acclaimed contemporary artist. 

This week on Audio Canvas we meet with Sue Hostetler, vice chair of the board at Anderson Ranch Arts Center and chair of the featured artists lecture series. Find out all that the ranch has to offer this summer. 

This week on Audio Canvas we meet with Enrique Martinez Celaya world renowned contemporary artist and Anderson ranch Board member. Celaya examines choices, truth, and authenticity through his works. This summer Celaya will lead workshops, lectures and mentees. 

This week on Audio Canvas we meet with the Haas Brothers. The twins make whimsical reflections of the world around them. They are spending their time at the ranch expanding their skills, discussing philosophy and building new relationships.


This week at Anderson Ranch we go into the studio of the Haas Brothers.  The twins who create whimsical gold mushrooms with beaded caps that soar eight feet into the air, furry horned day beds with bronze paws, hand thrown ceramic accretions, and brightly beaded fanciful creatures share the most important parts of the creative process.

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This week on Audio Canvas we  meet with the executive director of Anderson Ranch,  Wilhelms  to understand just how embedded the center is in the Snowmass community and history. Nancy explains what to expect this summer.

Thank you!

Dec 21, 2015