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Courtesy Lindsay Jones

Restaurants around the Roaring Fork Valley have expanded outdoor seating due to the pandemic. In Old Town Basalt and along a strip in Willits, those new makeshift patios are enclosed by concrete barriers to keep diners from spilling into the street and surrounding parking lot.

The Basalt Public Arts Commission (BPAC) saw those blank canvases as an opportunity for a new public arts project, and a way to put artists back to work that have been hit economically by COVID-19. BPAC put out a call to Roaring Fork Valley artists to create a line of colorful murals along the makeshift fencing as part of its Concrete Barriers Art Project.

Strange Dirt/Courtesy Skye Gallery

Denver artist Marsha Robinson goes by Strange Dirt, and her first solo exhibition just opened at Skye Gallery in downtown Aspen. The collection is called "Sanctuary," and features an array of flora, fauna and bugs drawn by the self-taught artist. 

Wolfgang Volz © 2020 Christo

On August 10, 1972, the artist Christo unfurled his work “Valley Curtain” across Rifle Gap in Rifle, Colo. The piece involved over 200,000 square feet of sunset-hued nylon fabric that was slung across a quarter mile span between the valley walls. It took more than two years for Christo to realize his work, and the piece was torn down by the wind in less than two days. 

Christo’s official Facebook page announced on May 31, 2020 that the artist had died at the age of 84. Despite the fleeting nature of his work, according to those who saw “Valley Curtain” and other installations, his impact on the art world will be hard to forget.

Courtesy Reina Katzenberger


Artists and cultural organizations were financially hit especially hard early on during the pandemic. Their lost revenue is still piling up due to cancellations of in-person exhibitions, concerts and shows.

Reina Katzenberger isn’t immune from that trend. She’s a mixed media artist who grew up in the Roaring Fork Valley. In 2014, she opened The Project Shop in Carbondale.

Courtesy Skye Gallery/Intersect Aspen

Despite COVID-19, the art fair formerly known as Art Aspen is returning this year—that is, with a new name and a virtual platform. The annual event is now called Intersect Aspen (July 22-26), and will be hosted entirely online due to ongoing public health protocols. Participants who log in for the event, however, can still expect to see a huge mix of galleries, and featured artists and their work.

Jim Paussa

    

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.

Courtesy of The Hollander Family

Gino Hollander passed away last weekend at the age of 91. Gino was a renowned painter who spent 20 years of his long life living in Aspen. His daughter, Siri, now runs a gallery of his work along with some of her own in Santa Fe. Siri's two brothers are photographers and her mother is a writer.

    

On being in an artistic family...

Film on Carbondale's James Surls Opens ShortsFest

Apr 6, 2015

This year’s annual Aspen Film’s Shorts Fest features several documentaries on Colorado artists. One called “The Journey” follows sculptor James Surls. Austin Lottimer is co-director of the film. He spoke recently to Aspen Public Radio’s Rob St. Mary.

File Photo - Anderson Ranch Arts Center

An Oscar winning filmmaker and artist is taking part in a symposium at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village this week. Steve McQueen’s most recent film is “12 Years a Slave” – a historical biopic about a freeman who endured slavery in 18-40s America. McQueen is taking part in an event entitled “Making the Change They Want to See” - about the intersection of art and social change. Aspen Public Radio’s Rob St. Mary spoke with McQueen about his work and process this week.

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.

The cafe at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village is open for lunch from 12 to 1pm, and dinner from 6 to 7pm. It's not only open to the public, but to working artists who are teaching, or taking workshops, at the Ranch. Also, every other Friday, the ranch cafe puts on a BBQ lunch for the lunchtime auctionettes - that's $10 a person. Geri and Kendra have been working for the cafe for the past 4 years and this spring took on full responsibility of the cafe. Geri and Kendra share about prices, artists, the social scene, cuisine, and working with the non-profit Aspen T.R.E.E. to provide local and organic food.

Mountain Edition - July 17th, 2014

Jul 17, 2014

Good afternoon and welcome to Mountain Edition.

It’s been a busy summer in the Roaring Fork Valley so far. For some communities, it’s an important economic boost.

The U.S. Justice Department fines Citigroup for misconduct that helped fuel the recession. We talk to Colorado’s US Attorney, who was part of the investigation.

Colorado names Carbondale a creative district candidate. Turns out, much of the town’s economy is centered around ingenuity.

We’ll head to a shooting range near Basalt, where a group of women are learning to cast...and blast.

And, it’s the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act this year. We’ll introduce you to a group of women who fought to protect the Maroon Bells/Snowmass area.

That’s all coming up on Mountain Edition... right now.

CrossCurrents - Wyly Young Artists Mentorship Program

Jun 4, 2014

The Wyly Young Artists Mentorship Program with internationally renowned artist Nancy Lovendahl and Basalt High School junior Michelle Lehman. 

More at wylyarts.org

CrossCurrents - Red Brick Center for the Arts

Apr 23, 2014

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.

http://www.aspenart.org/

Mountain Edition - February 13th, 2014

Feb 13, 2014

A new report says there isn’t enough natural gas in the Thompson Divide to make it worth drilling. But the industry argues there aren’t enough facts to say if the leases would be a bust…

A new marijuana task force is meeting for the first time today. The goal is to monitor the effects of recreational pot on the Roaring Fork Valley.

The City of Aspen’s utility wants to run on 100-percent renewable energy and its enlisted the help of a government laboratory to help them get there. Aspen will inch closer to its renewable goal when it starts taking power from a new hydro plant in Ridgway later this month.

Local teenagers are getting a lesson on slam poetry. Two performance artists are visiting schools this week, teaching kids how to write and deliver “spoken word” poetry.

Finally, a Durango biathlete is competing in Sochi tomorrow. Her story is a unique one - she owes her Olympic bid to her twin sister.

CrossCurrents - Artists James Surls & Pamela Joseph

Feb 12, 2014

Artists James Surls and Pamela Joseph along with Sam Harvey on their current exhibition.

http://www.harveymeadows.com/

Poem: Looking for Robert Frost

Jan 29, 2014
Jose Alcantara

The light in the desert comes on slowly

as though we need to prepare for it

or as though it is a gift given grudgingly.

At other times the edge of the world

begins in a blaze brighter than anything

we deserve. Last night I dreamt my father died

as we tried to find where Robert Frost wrote.

We were headed to a beach shack

on the other side of a concrete canal

when he jumped, trying to swim beyond

the surge that flowed toward land

as though Frost wrote with the power

CrossCurrents - Artist Nancy Lovendahl

Jan 22, 2014

Artist Nancy Lovendahl talks about her stay in China and the art that resulted from her time in Beijing which is on display now at the Wyly Arts Center in Basalt.