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Around Aspen: More of Jill’s party

MEHDon and Jill Sheeley welcomed many Aspenites to Jill's party, which celebrated 30 years of writing and publishing books in Aspen.

I had so many photos of Jill Sheeley’s book party at the Limelight Lodge that I thought I would run another column with them. Jill was celebrating her 30th year of writing and publishing books in Aspen. She is mostly known for her children’s books about Fraser, the yellow dog, but she has also written a Christmas book and several cookbooks.

An interesting newly published book is “Rustic: Country Houses, Rural Dwellings, Wooded Retreats” by Bret Morgan. The coffee-table book was published by Rizzoli and one of the featured houses is the Spruce Lodge in Snowmass Village, designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects. It is a traditional mountain lodge with porches and balconies open to the sun and landscape. There is even an indoor swimming pool. Stern, who calls his work “modern traditionalism,” is known for being the host of a PBS series on architecture. He says of this Snowmass house, “The owners wanted a traditional mountain lodge but needed a functional vacation home.”

Long-time Aspen photographer Jeffrey Aaronson, who now lives in Los Angeles, is having an art exhibition called “Driving Desire” at the Fabrik Projects Gallery in L.A. from April through May 16. Jeffrey’s photographic series deconstructs the Los Angeles freeway system into its component parts, the built environment and the drivers who inhabit it. His black and white photographs look at the freeway through its structure, without cars. Then his color work is intended to render the drivers in a cinematic style and transforms them into an anonymous “everyman of the road.”

Jewelry designer Maja DuBrul of Aspen and New York City had a show of her earrings at the Brick Church Spring Fair in New York this past week. She donated 25 percent of all proceeds to the Brick Church.

Longtime valley resident Eva Arbaney Gerbaz celebrated her 100th birthday on Earth Day, April 22. That was fitting, as Eva was always a great gardener on her ranch in Gerbazdale. Her three children, Dolores Stutsman, Jerry Gerbaz and Doug Gerbaz were all here for the celebrations. Dolores lives in Basalt, Jerry and his wife, Judy, had just returned from spending the winter in California, and Doug flew in from Hawaii. A birthday party was held Saturday at Heritage Park in Carbondale, where Eva now resides, and a big Arbaney-Gerbaz reunion dinner was held Saturday night at Cuvee in Basalt.

Undercurrent … If the late springtime snows are getting you down, then it’s time to buy a bright red geranium for the kitchen window.

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