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Around Aspen: Art Museum

Mary Eshbaugh HayesAspen Times Weekly

Part of the holiday festivities every year is the Dennis Basso Freestyle, a benefit for the Aspen Art Museum held at the St. Regis Resort Aspen. The event began with a cocktail party and silent auction and progressed to a style show and live auction by Dennis Basso. Co-chairs this year were Eleanore and Domenico De Sole, Carolyn and Bill Powers and Kelli and Allen Questrom. Presenters were Aspen Magazine, Chopard and Philips de Pury and Company.National media focus on Aspen again…”Wonder Women” is the special February 2010 issue of Town & Country magazine and one of the women featured in a story and photo is Odette “Allaire” Bonnat Walling, a young French medical student who was arrested in 1944 after working in the French Resistance for three years. She was questioned, beaten and tortured and sent to Ravensbruck, the German prison camp with 45,000 female political prisoners, criminals, prostitutes and religious fanatics. She was released in a prisoner exchange just before the war ended. After the war she became a journalist in Paris and married Walling, a fashionable figure in postwar circles. Her only child, son Christopher Walling, grew up to be a jewelry designer and he shares a boutique in Aspen with Maja and Nicholas DuBrul (Nicholas is a grandson of Elizabeth and Walter Paepcke). Sadly Odette died Jan. 6, 2010 just as the magazine piece was published. Christopher has been in Paris arranging her funeral in the St. Roch Church with a chapel dedicated to the interned resistance fighters. Burial will be in the Walling family area.Aspen photographer David Marlow is featured in the February issue of Architectural Digest with a home in Los Angeles by Designer Craig Wright. The design theme of the home is ’30s Hollywood and as this is the “Before and After” issue, the transformation is well illustrated. The powder room alone feels like a glass of champagne, according to Marlow. David is also featured on the cover and a 12-page article of LUXE magazine this month with an Aspen house by architect Larry Yaw of CCY Architects in Basalt. “It is a stunning contemporary and architectural statement,” says David. He is currently finishing photographing the newly remodeled rooms at The Little Nell and has photo trips scheduled soon to Canada, Los Angeles and San Francisco.Undercurrent … On these cold mornings, the steam rises in huge columns from the chimneys around town. When I came to Aspen in 1952, what rose from the chimneys were clouds of yellow sulfurous smoke, as everyone had coal cookstoves and coal furnaces. Thankfully Aspen converted to natural gas in 1962.


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