Around Aspen: Summer happenings
July 23, 2009
Summer 2009 in Aspen is off to a busy start.An exhibit of paintings by longtime Aspen artist Herbert Bayer is hanging in the Resnick Gallery in the Doer-Hosier Center at the Aspen Institute until Sept. 4. Titled “Geometry of An Illusionist: the anthology paintings of Herbert Bayer 1976-1983,” the exhibit features works that have been loaned by owners of the art. Many have never been exhibited in public before. Herbert was one of the catalysts 60 years ago when Elizabeth and Walter Paepcke put on The Goethe Bicentennial and paved the way for the Aspen Music Festival and School and the Aspen Institute. So it is fitting that his paintings be on exhibit during the 60th anniversary summer of the Music Festival and the Institute.During the Aspen Ideas Festival there were many cocktail parties and dinners around town so that participants could talk over the ideas they had heard.And to finally wind up Food & Wine Magazine’s 2009 Classic in Aspen, Aspen Sojourner Magazine hosted a lovely warm evening honoring and serving Macallan Scotch Whiskey at the Ritz-Carlton office in downtown Aspen. The party overflowed onto the Hyman Avenue Mall.The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, founded by part-time Aspenite Evelyn Lauder, will hold its annual symposium and awards luncheon on Oct. 28 at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. For the 10th year luncheon, supermodel Elizabeth Hurley, who has traveled the globe to raise awareness of breast cancer, will receive The Humanitarian Award for her singular role. To sign up for the event, reply by Aug. 10, to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation at 60 East 56th Street, 8th Floor, New York, NY, 10022, or call 646-497-2622.Part-time Aspenite and novelist Lisa See will have an autograph party and reading at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 30, at Explore BookSellers for her new book titled “Shanghai Girls.” Lisa is the author of the New York Times bestsellers, “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan,” and “Peony in Love.” She and her husband have a second home here.Jewelry designer Christopher Walling will be in town at the shop he shares with Maja DuBrul on Hopkins Avenue from July 29 to Aug. 11. He was happy recently when, during the 100th Anniversary Celebration of the founding of the NAACP, a flier was featured with a nice photo of Christopher’s grandfather, William English Walling, who is credited with being one of the three white founders of the NAACP.Hosting their annual dessert get-together last week were physicists Bernice and Randy Durand at their home on Pearl Court. Recently in town were former Aspenites Liz Wallner and her daughter, Lidly Wallner. News of the family … Liz and husband Adolf live in Sacramento, Calif., as does son Karl Wallner, a contractor, and daughter Lidly. Lidly’s son is working this summer on Connie Harvey’s ranch in Aspen. Daughter Vanessa lives in Maine and daughter Alexi lives in New Jersey. Undercurrent … It seems that it has been weeks that the baby crows have been making such a racket, calling their mothers for food and then eating so fast they make choking, gurgling, awful noises.