Aspen Art Museum

Courtesy Pacific Mambo Orchestra

The Pacific Mambo Orchestra’s Music is a large ensemble. Trumpets, congas, pianos and make up the nearly two dozen players. The complex rhythms of Latin jazz weave in and out of soaring horns, polyrhythms in tow.

Last week at a preview for the ArtCrush auction, both serious buyers and tourists crammed into the Baldwin Gallery to see what the Aspen Art Museum had to show. Large paintings and neon lights were on display. Lavishly dressed men and women were also on display, taking in the opulence of the event where wine and hors d'oeuvres were carried around on silver trays.


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.


At the Harvey/Meadows Gallery on Hopkins Avenue in Aspen, Sam Harvey answers the phone as he tends to his space. He runs the gallery with his business partner, Alleghany Meadows.  Sam is what you could call a needle in a haystack. He’s a black man who runs an art gallery in Aspen.


For Harvey, the main issue surrounding art and diversity is the ability for people to access art.

Pitkin County Library on the move

May 21, 2015
Carolyn Sackariason

The Pitkin County Library is moving to another location next week to make room for its expansion and remodeling project. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason has more.

Elise Thatcher

More than sixty five thousand people have visited the Aspen Art Museum since it opened last August. That’s more than the heavy-weight nonprofit expected. And about two hundred and sixty-two of visitors have taken the Museum up on free tours… to make the contemporary art a little more approachable. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher tagged along this Wednesday, and has this story

One of the ways the Aspen Skiing Company says it sets itself apart from its competitors is through its arts program. Since 2005, the Company has been collaborating with the Aspen Art Museum for a program called “Art in Unexpected Places.” Part of the program features artwork on lift tickets. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen jumped aboard the Silver Queen Gondola on Aspen Mountain to talk with Ski Co. CEO Mike Kaplan.

Friday was the deadline for businesses and non-profits to submit an application to operate in Aspen’s Old Power House. The building along the Roaring Fork River used to house the Aspen Art Museum.

Fifteen proposals were submitted to the City of Aspen ranging from a John Denver Museum and Cultural Center to a hostel. Other applications include a brewery, a homeless shelter and a science center.

Valley Roundup - October 3rd, 2014

Oct 3, 2014

Welcome to Valley Roundup a review of the top news stories in the valley in the past week.

This week  - Aspen’s parking debacle forces the department’s director out as internal emails on the scam are released.

The owners of an Aspen penthouse are back in court.  This time its about the building’s front door which they say is for their use only.

Also this week two hotels announce big redevelopment plans.

And, prosecuting the Aspen art museum climbers

Valley Roundup - August 15th, 2014

Aug 15, 2014

Welcome to Valley Roundup a review of the top news stories in the valley.

This week - development plans up and down the valley.  The character of Aspen could be altered by a massive new ordinance passed by city council.  It will allow new and taller buildings

In Glenwood the future includes a big new bridge.

The bike race is back and so is the political junkie…at least on valley roundup.  Ken Rudin looks at the elections.

And on the Download with Rob St. Mary – recording sound without a microphone.