Arts

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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The Anderson Ranch Arts Center will be hosting its 33rd Annual Art Auction on Sunday, August 10th. Over 250 pieces will be up for bid in both a silent and live auction. The work is also available to preview, bid, and buy on Paddle8.com. Liz Delorme, the Special Events Manager at the Ranch, explained all the ins and outs of this year's Auction. 

More information is available at the Anderson Ranch website

Doug Casebeer, the Artistic Director of Ceramics, Sculpture and Woodworking, has been a member of the Anderson Ranch Arts Center for 29 years. He also chairs the Artist in Residency Program. He has been an important part of the development and evolution of the Ranch and shares his experiences at the Ranch and his perception on the necessity of Art in the Snowmass Village community and the world. 

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Bill Viola, and his wife, Kira Perov, gave a presentation of their four new video pieces on July 19th at Anderson Ranch. One of these pieces is The Dreamers, currently on display at London's Blain/Southern Gallery. As Viola explains, "the piece is made up of seven large plasma screens depicting seven individuals submerged underwater at the bottom of a stream bed. They're not dead, but they're not alive. Their eyes are closed and they appear to be at peace. Water ripples across their bodies, subtly animating their movements. The sound of running water permeates the space as dreams filter through the room". The Dreamers​.

Viola is considered one of the world's leading artists in contemporary art. His video work studies the basic human events we all face in life: birth, death and the understanding of our conscious and subconscious mind. He was a scholar-in-residence at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has had work exhibited in London's National Gallery, the Guggenheim in New York and Berlin and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, just to name a few. He is the 2013 National Artist Honoree at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center. To see more of Bill Viola's work, visit his Website.

Andrea Wallace, Director of Photography and Digital Media at Anderson Ranch and Photographer, discusses the evolving world of digital media and how artists are not only keeping up, but discovering new ways of using and consuming the digital image.

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