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Around Aspen: art of Andy Goldsworthy

Mary Eshbaugh Hayes
At the reception for artist Andy Goldsworthy given by Bryan and June Zwan at the Aspen Institute's new Doerr-Hosier Center are the principals of the evening: June Zwan, Andy Goldsworthy and Bryan Zwan. (MEH )

The new Doerr-Hosier Center at the Aspen Institute is a piece of art itself and from now until March 28, the Art of Andy Goldsworthy is being featured.

“Stone River,” a rock wall that undulates across the land outside the center and then bisects the building, is a permanent exhibit. “Two Creeks” is a photo exhibit in the Resnick Gallery at the center that depicts the sculptures of branches, stones and water that Goldsworthy created in Hunter Creek and Woody Creek while he was in Aspen creating the wall.

Both projects were funded by Bryan and June Zwan, who recently held a public reception for Goldsworthy and then a buffet dinner for members of the Society of Fellows of the Aspen Institute. They also underwrote the public lecture given the next evening at the Doerr-Hosier Center.

Goldsworthy, who lives in Scotland and builds his sculptures worldwide, was joined at the reception by Jeff Berkus, who is the architect for the Doerr-Hosier Center. They worked closely when the center was being constructed by integrating the “Stone River” with the building. A booklet titled “Two Creeks” has been published and features the photographs of the sculptures that, sadly but irrevocably, disappeared into the creeks. “Stone River,” however, will be seen for years on the Institute grounds (and can be seen this spring when the snow melts).

The mountain picnics have begun. On Saturday, March 1, Jack Crawford, Helga Matuska and Don Crawford hosted their 31st annual Beach Party inside and on the deck of Ruthie’s restaurant on Aspen Mountain. Guests were required to wear swimwear on the outside of their ski clothes.

Had a note from former Aspenite Emily Smith Baker, who lives in Denver with her two boys, 12-year-old Mac and 10-year-old Cole, who are both big soccer players. Emily is the daughter of John Smith and the late Katy Smith, who both worked with GrassRoots TV (John was the founder of the local television station). John now lives in Oregon. Emily has a friend, Brad Droy, who has developed a new game called “Boho Bocce” that is an indoor version of traditional Italian bocce. The balls are made of felt and are beautifully designed.

Emily says the game also makes a great home decor piece. The website is and it has been featured in the Rocky Mountain News.

With springtime just around the corner, we’ll be receiving lots of news of college students. Victoria Work, who is a senior at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, has been named to the dean’s list for academic achievement. She is the daughter of Horace and Stephanie Work of Snowmass Village and is a biology major with a concentration in cell and molecular biology-biochemistry. Victoria attended Aspen High School.

Our granddaughter, Alice Ford, daughter of Elli (Hayes) and Gordie Ford of Center Sandwich, N.H., graduated in December from the University of Arizona in Tucscon with a degree in sociology.

Thee Aspen Chamber Resort Association is holding a business after-hours networking event for its members on Thursday, March 6, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. It will be held at the Isberian Rug Company at 520 E. Hyman and is being hosted by Isberian, Back Door Catering and Names and Numbers.

Undercurrent … It’s the time of year that a lot of us are spending hours working on our income taxes.

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