CMC art show to benefit Pathfinders, feature locals |

CMC art show to benefit Pathfinders, feature locals

Andrew Travers
The Aspen Times

An art show featuring work by more than 50 Aspen-area artists will benefit the grief counseling services nonprofit Pathfinders on Tuesday and Wednesday at the CMC Gallery at Colorado Mountain College’s Aspen campus.

Curated by artist and Pathfinders supporter DeDe Brinkman, it was coordinated by artists Kathy Honea and K Cesark. The show till feature works from prominent valley artists like Isa Catto, Richard Carter, Mark Cesark, Norm Clasen, Chris Cox, Jody Guralnick and Missie Thorne.

The pieces are priced from $55 to $1,800, but Brinkman underscored that the show is about more than fundraising.

“It’s not so much about the money,” she said Thursday. “It’s more about awareness and about helping people.”

The nonprofit is facing unprecedented demand for its services, Pathfinders director wrote in a recent letter to supporters, due in part to the series of Aspen-area deaths by suicide, avalanche, car accident and illness during the winter of 2018-19 that shook the community.

“It has been an intense winter,” Daily wrote.

The organization has grown “exponentially,” according to Daily, while responding to community losses and also expanding school programs. Clients include those suffering from both expected and sudden losses. In recent months, that’s meant serving immigrant children separated from their parents by federal authorities along with the vast number of children and young people grieving environmental educator Arin Trook and high school lacrosse coaches Owen Green and Michael Goerne, all three of whom died in avalanches.

“We were intimately involved following both avalanches that killed three men who worked closely with the children in our valley,” Daily wrote. “We have supported the kids in the schools as well as the families and friends who experienced the loss.”

The organization’s school-based programs been expanding this academic year, with group and individual counseling for students and teachers in 14 schools from Aspen to Rifle.

“While we do not do crisis work, Pathfinders counselors are often called in shortly after a tragedy or diagnosis of serious illness, and we are there for the months and sometimes years after,” Daily wrote. “We are the safe place people process their grief or illness. We are the place caregivers can come to be nourished.”

The art show will run Tuesday and Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. each day. This summer, Pathfinders also will host a 5K Fun Run on July 20, in cooperation with Sunlight Rose, which supports breast cancer survivors.