Arts

A team of nail artists - yes, that’s a thing - will travel to Aspen today to paint nails at the museum this weekend.

 

Rita Pinto, the owner of Vanity Projects, is in charge of bringing in artists to paint nails based on a given theme. This time it is the work of Chris Ofili.

  Pinto’s pop-up studios have gone to LA and St. Louis, but she has a standalone location in New York City’s Lower East Side.

 

The upright bass is big, heavy and often times inconvenient. But under a tall tree, next to a pond, Will Langlie-Miletich doesn’t seem to mind any of that.

 

Will comes from what would be an unconventional background in comparison to many of his peers at the school. His parents were fans of Bruce Springsteen. The Boss. He began playing the guitar in the third grade.

This summer’s repertory cast of Theatre Aspen will debut the musical, Peter and the Starcatcher.

 

Peter and the Starcatcher is the prequel to Peter Pan and explores how Peter became enemies with Captain Hook. Audiences also discover how the salty pirate earned his hooked namesake.

 

Paige Price, executive artistic director of Theatre Aspen says the returning cast members add a fun local dynamic to the shows.

Devotchka warms up for CSO while in Aspen

Jul 14, 2015

“Devotchka” in Russia means “little girl”. When someone says the word “devotchka” in Colorado, it means the Grammy-nominated band from Denver.

 

The band, known for their work on the soundtrack for the film Little Miss Sunshine, has been described as “gypsy-rock” and burlesque. That’s not a mistake. The band got their start as a backing group for burlesque shows.

 

Devotchka will find themselves right at home at the Belly Up, but things will change when they perform next week with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra at Red Rocks.

Crystal Theatre owners reflect after 30 years

Jul 14, 2015

The Crystal Theatre in Carbondale has been a staple of the Roaring Fork Valley for three decades. Bob and Kathy Ezra have owned the theatre since the beginning. It made it through tough economic times and a changing movie industry by showing the films they like and without any previews.

Audio Canvas is a weekly audio tour of the Anderson Ranch Arts Center. Executive Director, Nancy Wilhelms, shares the center's history and mission to bridge art, education, and inspiration. The Ranch will host a myriad of events this summer including a conversation series, workshops, kids camps, guest faculty lectures, and lunchtime Auctionettes. 

Learn more about the Anderson Ranch Arts Center and their upcoming events at www.AndersonRanch.org

Today on CrossCurrents, Gary Steuer, the President and CEO of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation of Denver.

The Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, based in Denver, says it works on arts and leadership to help build a vibrant community in Colorado.

In August, the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village hosted Making the Change They Want to See, a symposium featuring artists who are tackling social injustices through film, sculpture, photography, and performance. Steve McQueen, Academy Award-winning Director of 12 Years a Slave, was the keynote speaker. McQueen talks about his evolution through art and filmmaking, offers his advice to young artists, and discusses his new work.

Dennis and Debra Scholl are committed patrons of the arts and will be recognized for their patronage at the Anderson Ranch Annual Recognition Dinner on Saturday, July 19th at the Hotel Jerome in Aspen. We talk to the Scholls about their contemporary collections,  generous gifts, and projects in the art world.

Learn more about the Recognition Dinner HERE.  And find out more about featured visiting contemporary artists at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center HERE

Angie Callen is the Executive Director of Aspen's Red Brick Center for the Arts (Aspen Public Radio's landlord). Angie talks about all the changes to the facility and the programs, including what's coming this summer.

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Christine Sneed is a graduate of the MFA creative writing program at Indiana University and has published stories in Best American Short Stories, PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, New England Review, The Southern Review, Ploughshares, Pleiades, Glimmer Train, Massachusetts Review, Meridian, Other Voices, Greensboro Review, River Styx, Phoebe, South Dakota Review, and many other journals. Her first novel is Little Known Facts.  Her short story collection Portraits of a Few of the People I've Made Cry won a Grace Paley Prize in 2009.

Alya Howe, local dancer and co-curator of the Salon at Justice Snows. Alya is an award-winning dancer and choreographer who’s performed around the world.

Mountain Edition - November 7th, 2013

Nov 7, 2013

On Tuesday, most voters said “no” to big tax increases locally and statewide. A CSU political science professor says anti-tax activists are growing in their influence.

One measure that did pass taxes retail marijuana to raise money for schools. As pot becomes more available in the state, one youth non-profit is worried.

A warming climate is changing ecosystems in the Roaring Fork Valley and one local government is using open spaces to gather data on what’s happening.

A new art display at the Wyly Art Center in Basalt features the work of a self-taught painter.  Despite being silenced by Alzheimer’s, Winifred Wyman is speaking through paint.

Also today on the Road to Sochi, Aspen native Simi Hamilton works to make the 2014 winter Olympic team. The Nordic ski racer specializes in sprinting.

That’s coming up on Mountain Edition.

Poem: Time Machine

Nov 5, 2013
Marjorie DeLuca

In the hours between dog and hyena,
they still serve lunch to a certain crowd.

He toddles in with his baggage:
a cane an oxygen tank a man-purse

an ample wife and her sister leading the way.
The machine that was the man is now

rusting, teeth rounded off the gears of time.
They take their time, as time is

all they have left, and with much animus
and screeching of sliding chairs

the women choose a table to our side.
He is not there. I am not here.

I know this man. Years of
running a business,

From the first week of June to Labor Day, Anderson Ranch Arts Center is full of working artists, children's workshops, firing kilns, busy cafe kitchen staff, artist lectures, and a variety of other events on and off the campus (to touch on a few). Anderson Ranch's campus closes down for the first week of September, but the season doesn't stop there. Three more works of intensive workshops and artists-in-residence keep the autumn busy. Nancy Wilhelms, the Executive Director of Anderson Ranch, sat down to explain what exactly happens when the busy weeks of summer come to a close. 

More information on Anderson Ranch can be found here

Elise Thatcher

World renowned artist Christo still hopes to do an ambitious art installation in Central Colorado. Well known for The Gates, a New York City Central Park installation in 2005, he’s now proposing a project called Over the River. In it, fabric panels would be suspended over sections six miles of the Arkansas River. Christo’s work is often controversial, so it’s no surprise the proposal has met stiff opposition here.

Note: Want to hear Christo's entire talk at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center? Scroll the bottom of this post for full unedited audio.

Paul Harding is the author of the novel Tinkers, which won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and the PEN/Robert Bingham Fellowship for Writers. He was a fiction fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, and has taught at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Harvard University, and Grinnell College.

Charles Paterson was born Karl Schanzer in Vienna, Austria in 1929 and now lives in Aspen, Colorado. An architectural designer, Paterson was one of the last apprentices to train under Frank Lloyd Wright. His coauthor and daughter Carrie Paterson is an artist, writer, and editor for Artillery: Killer Text on Art. She lives in Los Angeles.

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Mark Klett is an American Photographer and Professor of Art at Arizona State University. His work studies Western landscapes, most notably the Grand Canyon and desert environments. Klett has a diverse background in geology and photography. After receiving a bachelor's degree in Geology, he decided to pursue photography professionally and received an MFA in Photography. In the meantime, he spent summers using his geology degree as a field assistant for the U.S. Geological Survey.

Xaviera Simmons and David Castillo Gallery

Xaviera Simmons, a 2013 Featured Artist at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center, discusses her work, process, inspirations and vision. Simmons works in photography, installation, multi-media and audio. She also enjoys working in the American west and much of her work investigates social, political and personal narratives. Simmons gave an artist lecture at the Ranch on August 8th and had a piece of work in the Ranch's Annual Live Art Auction on August 10th (pictured). To find more of Simmons's work, visit her gallery's website

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