Aspen is one of the great summer destinations due to its exceptional combination of the outdoors and first-rate cultural programming. Hiking the Maroon Bells in the morning and listening to Mozart at the music tent in the afternoon is an unbeatable combination. The Aspen Art Museum had an outstanding exhibition of work by Fred Tomaselli. The show chronicles the work over the past fifteen years and it is an impressive group of paintings. The show will travel to the Brooklyn Museum and is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalog. Aspen Art Museum
One evening there was a presentation of the film “Herb and Dorothy” (no relation!) which recounts the collecting history of the Vogels. They were clients of mine in the 80′s. I visited their apartment in New York, and it was very much as depicted in the movie. Artwork hanging off the blinds, under the bed, and stacked everywhere. The film perfectly captures the passion of collecting and proves it can be done on a shoestring, given a sharp eye, an inquiring mind and personal conviction. Check it out.
Aspen and the surrounding communities are also home to a number of working artists. Chief among them is the sculptor James Surls. This summer Surls’ sculpture graced the medians along Park Avenue in New York. His studio near Carbondale is a dream come true for space and location, with a view that is breathtaking. Scale and ambition have no bounds in this environment. Surls’ aura has always been slightly larger than life, and so it continues here in the Rockies. James Surls
Painter, Jody Guralnick, has created a more intimate direction by translating themes and patterns from her work on canvas to dishware, via an inspired new company, Dish Studio. Every piece is unique, front and back, and hand patterned, painted, glazed, and fired in her studio. Dish Studio
The convergence in Aspen of creativity, intellect, food, real estate and people from around the globe, all happily enjoying the mountains, conspires for a heady mix indeed. And for a little extra edge, there are plenty of bears!