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 The Aspen Art Museum held its annual ArtCrush fundraising event on Friday. The museum netted $2.5 million, and was exactly what was expected, according to Aspen Art Museum CEO Heidi Zuckerman. That number is the same compared to last year’s event.

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The book, “Life’s Little Instruction Book”, is a strong point of motivation for Tony Lewis. It’s also a strong area of contention. Lewis found the book in his mother’s bathroom.

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Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

Joining me this week on Valley Roundup are Jill Beathard, outgoing editor of the Snowmass Sun, Randy Essex, editor of the Glenwood Post Independent, Curtis Wackerle, editor of the Aspen Daily News and Gavin Dahl, the new news director at KDNK community radio.

The Aspen City Council’s decision to scrap plans to put for-profit businesses in the old powerhouse has many layers of politics in play.

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

A management plan has been adopted for the Crystal River but getting ranchers to agree to divert less water is still a challenge.

Keeping water in the Crystal

And rivers around the state are about to hit their peaks.

And in Glenwood Springs, a rare collision between a truck and an Amtrak train has made headlines.

  The lease for the Aspen Power Plant is about to become public, after 15 months of wrangling. Joining News Director Carolyn Sackariason on Valley Roundup Morning Edition is Aspen Daily News editor Curtis Wackerle and Brent Gardner-Smith, executive director of Aspen Journalism.

You can hear more of the conversation, which includes Randy Essex, editor of the Glenwood Post Independent on Valley Roundup at 3:30 p.m. today right here on Aspen Public Radio news, or log onto aspenpublicradio dot org.

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The Aspen Art Museum formally withdrew their appeal to City Council yesterday. The Museum’s proposal to use Rio Grande Park to host its ArtCrush fundraiser for the second year in a row was denied - first by a special events committee, and then by city manager Steve Barwick.

In a letter sent in late April, Barwick said the impact on the community was too strong, however, would allow use of a smaller space near the park. The Museum requested use of the Rio Grande Park for 10 days in late July and early August.

Courtesy, the artist.

Over the past few weeks, the Aspen Art Museum has been hosting what it calls “crit sessions.” Local artists come to the museum with a piece of their art and have it critiqued by their peers in a constructive and safe environment. Last week, Sam Durant spoke to artists about the proper way to have one of these sessions.

Courtesy, The Aspen Art Museum.

Artists who want to learn the skill of constructive art critique can hone their abilities at the first “crit session” held tonight at the Aspen Art Museum. The program began out of a desire to get community artists more involved in art critique and criticism.

Museum curator Courtenay Finn will lead the first session which will guide local artists through a discussion of the works, while explaining the differences between criticism and critique.

 

Courtesy, Regen Projects

Liz Larner is a sculptor from California. She works with everything from steel and wood to clay. Some of her ceramic works are currently on display at the Aspen Art Museum. They are rolled slabs that might have cracks or bends.

All women at Aspen Art Museum’s new exhibits

Feb 25, 2016
Courtesy, Regen Projects

For what might be the first time ever, the Aspen Art Museum will feature work done entirely by women. Liz Larner opens her collection of wall-based ceramic pieces on Saturday.

Aspen Art Museum fundraiser clears house

Dec 30, 2015

The Aspen Art Museum held its first edition of The Now event in its new building. The event was previously held in the St. Regis hotel. It is the second of two major fundraisers for the museum each calendar year. ArtCrush happens each year in the summer.

 

Governor John Hickenlooper attended the event and congratulated the museum on tripling its attendance over last year.

 

 

  

  Aspen city officials met behind closed doors on Monday to position their stance on the future of the old power house and a potential legal fight with neighbors. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason reports.

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Long-time Aspen resident and artist Betty Weiss passed away early Monday at age 90. Weiss was deeply involved in the local arts community and created her own abstract paintings. Friends say she was a committed artist with a great sense of humor. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen has this remembrance.

Curated - November 23rd

Nov 23, 2015
Patrick Quayle / Courtesy, the artist and Lisson Gallery, London.

Ryan Gander is a British artist whose exhibition at the Aspen Art Museum opens today. His show is about freezing moments in time and representing them in art. One of his pieces explores the growth of his children physically and mentally. Hear this excerpt from his conversation with Aspen Public Radio arts and culture reporter Patrick Fort. Tune in to "Curated" on Monday, November 30.

Two more exhibits opening at Aspen Art Museum

Nov 18, 2015

The last of the Aspen Art Museum’s new shows will be opening tomorrow. They’ll be marked by a reception tonight.

Ryan Gander’s exhibit “Make every show like it’s your last” will open Friday, along with a group exhibition called “A Fragile But Marvelous Life.”

Gander’s sculptures are modeled after things like his daughter’s makeshift forts. “A Fragile But Marvelous Life” includes the work of Ian Wilson who is known for his minimalistic style, including works like his 1968 piece “Circle on the floor” which is exactly what it sounds like.

 

Patrick Fort / Aspen Public Radio

The Aspen Art Museum will be opening some of its new exhibits this week. The contemporary art space is opening multiple installations through the course of this month, including painting, sculpture and video works at various places.

Carolyn Sackariason / Aspen Public Radio

Pitkin County District Court Judge Gail Nichols is having a big week. She turned 65 on Monday and she's retiring from the bench on Friday. 

Japanese artist’s work graces 2015 lift tickets

Oct 14, 2015

 The work of Takashi Murakami has been chosen to be printed on Aspen Snowmass lift tickets this fall.

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.

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