Art Museum gala |

Art Museum gala

Mary Eshbaugh Hayes

This year’s Dennis Basso Freestyle for the Aspen Art Museum, presented by Pierre Famille, was very special because it was the kickoff for the art museum’s 25th anniversary celebration. Throughout 2004, the museum will celebrate its 25th with special exhibitions, a commemorative publication on the history of art in Aspen, a round-table lecture series, children’s programs and a community party. Chairperson for the holiday event was Nancy Magoon, with co-chairs Harley Baldwin, Maria Bell, Richard Edwards, Susan Marx and Janet O’Grady.

The holiday season in Aspen always brings out the celebrities. Many attended the Aspen Art Museum gala (they are pictured) and even more showed up for the Prada store holiday party including Beau Turner, son of Ted Turner; Lauren King of King’s World; Kristin Davis of “Sex and the City”; Natalie Cole; Fernanda Niven, granddaughter of David Niven, with her boyfriend, Rob Speyer; Jodi Guber, daughter of Peter Guber; Prada’s Kathryn Ross with her husband, Dian Art Foundation director Michael Govan; and Kent Crown, grandson of Lester and Renee Crown.

On New Year’s Eve, Denise Rich gave an intimate dinner for 40 at her Red Mountain home. Staying at her villa for the holidays were Natalie Cole and Joan Collins with her husband, Percy Gibson. Also at the party were Shannen Doherty and her boyfriend, Andrew Levitas, best known for his role in “Psycho Beach Party.”

The holidays may be over, but the beat goes on in Aspen.

Save the date for “Le Carnaval,” a fund-raising event that will benefit the kids at the Aspen Youth Center. It is planned for Friday, Feb. 6. For more information, call 544-4133.

Mark Shaw has relocated his “Books for Life Foundation” to Aspen and will hold the first Colorado seminar at the Given Institute on Feb. 3 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Admission is $25 and includes membership in BFLF. Enrollment is limited to 175 and reservations may be made by calling Allison Anderson at (970) 544-3398 or the Wheeler Opera House box office. The Books for Life Foundation is committed to helping aspiring authors and poets learn about the publishing process ” and to protect them from the evils of subsidy publishers. Says Mark, “Having worked with more than 1,500 writers around the world this past two years, we recognize the need to educate poets and writers who dream of becoming traditionally published.” Mark formerly lived in Aspen, helped Dave Danforth establish the Aspen Daily News, was an anchor on “Good Morning America,” and has published 12 books of his own.

From Feb. 7-11 at The Aspen Institute, the Aspen Center for Integrative Health will present the “Aspen Masters Conference on Integrative Medicine.” Leading experts in integrative medicine from around the country will discuss subjects such as cancer, cardiovascular diseases, spirituality and medicine, homeopathy, herbals and supplements, yoga, acupuncture, women’s health, allergies and asthma, arthritis, brain wellness and treatments, and pain. To register, contact the Aspen Center for Integrative Health at (970) 920-2957 or register online at

Undercurrent … During the holidays Aspenites get to see the latest New York and Paris fashions and furs at all the parties and on the streets. You don’t see many ski sweaters!