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Around Aspen: Old Timers Again

Mary Eshbaugh HayesAspen Times WeeklyAspen, CO Colorado

The Old Timers party at the Inn of Aspen was such a happy time, with old friends seeing each other and catching up on all the news, that I just had to run another column of some of the people.And Aspenites are in the news again.The November 2010 issue of Town & Country magazine includes an article titled “The Art Girls, the insider’s guide to the key players in today’s art scene.” Included in “The Power Players, the ultimate girls-about town” are Amy Phelan, who the magazine notes, “The art world doesn’t count many former Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders among its members. But the blonde bombshell has become a serious collector, a Guggenheim board member and the driving force behind art in Aspen, where she and her husband, John Phelan, have a home.” The Phelans also are the couple who provide free admission to everyone at the Aspen Art Museum. The other Aspenite named as a “Power Player” in the art world is Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn, the daughter of part-time Aspenites Jan and Ron Greenberg. An art dealer, she has a gallery in New York City and her father has an art gallery in St. Louis. The magazine notes that “she represents such talent as sculptor Huma Bhabba, photographer Katy Grannan and artist Marilyn Minter but has become just as known for her polished but edgy style as she is for her discerning eye.”Another artist in the news is Hilary Cooper, who is featured with a story and photos in Departure magazine. The magazine describes Hilary’s portraits as “bright, spare-as-all-New England style” and notes that she has three home bases – New York City, Aspen and Lakeville, Conn. Hilary did a portrait series after a near-tragic accident in which she broke her neck. While on the mend, she turned to painting people with physical disabilities in works she calls “Divided Portraits.” These two-part paintings usually consist of a head-and-shoulders portrait paired with one that reveals the subject’s handicap, such as a view of his or her lower body and legs in a wheelchair. This series was published in a book by Umbrage Editions in 2007.Undercurrent … the aspen leaves went from golden to orange and soon will all be gone. But what a glorious autumn in Aspen!

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