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You may have noticed traffic jams and crowded streets in Aspen this summer. These are all anecdotes indicating the resort experienced a busy summer. But, the data proves it too. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

You may have experienced headaches on your drive into Aspen this summer...as eastbound traffic piled up on Highway 82. Turns out, the number of cars heading in and out of town in June, July and August was up three-and-a-half percent over last year.

Colorado River Water Conservation District

NOTE: In the on-air version of this story we incorrectly stated the date of a U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announcement about Colorado River cut-backs to lower basin states. That announcement happened in 2013, not this year. (8/26/14)

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced this month water releases from Lake Powell to Lake Mead will increase next year, after historically low releases in 2014. Lake Mead has reached record low levels this summer. The Colorado River supplies these large reservoirs. At a water conference in Snowmass Village last week, drought and the Colorado River were discussed. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

It's been a busy summer at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center. Executive Director Nancy Wilhelms discusses the summer's line up of  lectures series, symposiums, workshops, and what happens when things settle down at the Ranch.

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.

It's auction time again at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center. Going into it's 34th year, the auction has a storied history and Jim Chaffin, has been there since day one. Doug Casebeer, Associate Director of Anderson Ranch, discusses the art that will be featured at the auction on Saturday, August 9th.

This summer,  the Anderson Ranch Arts Center is hosting a symposium series - new to the Ranch. Making The Change They Want To See is a symposium taking place August 13th and 14th. Curated by Anne Pasternak, President and Artistic Director of Creative Time in New York City, the symposium is bringing in nine artists who work to combat social injustice. The artists will share how they have used art as a platform for creating change.

Let's talk photography and digital media with Andrea Wallace of the Anderson Ranch Arts Center and Derek Johnston of the Isaacson School for New Media at Colorado Mountain College. Both are professional photographers and educators in the field. We discuss the photography workshop Johnston is teaching through the Ranch, and the rapidly evolving world of photography and digital media. 

Learn more about Johnston's workshop HERE, and visit AndersonRanch.org to learn more about the Photography and Digital Media department. 

Associate Director and Artistic Director for Ceramics, Doug Casebeer, talks about the ceramics program at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center. The center has one of the best ceramic facilities in the country - allowing ceramic artists to practice traditional and contemporary ceramics.

Auctions are a staple in the art world. Sotheby's or Christie's might come to mind, but here in the Roaring Fork Valley, the Anderson Ranch Arts Center has auctioned fine art pieces for years. Every other Friday, the ranch hosts lunchtime auctionettes, yes, small auctions. Liz Delorme Garfield, Special Events Manager at the ranch, shares what makes these auctionettes unique. 

Visit the Anderson Ranch Calendar (HERE) to find auctionette dates and times. The large, Annual Art Auction will be held on Saturday, August 9th. Learn more about Anderson Ranch on their website: AndersonRanch.org

Welcome to Audio Canvas, a weekly guided tour of the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village, Colorado. I'll take you behind the scenes of the center, where they are in high gear with students, local staff, visiting faculty, and world-renowned artists. Nancy Wilhelms is the Executive Director of Anderson Ranch, and sits down to discuss the lectures, symposiums, events, and programs happening at the ranch this summer.

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