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Artists, assemble your discs

Aspen Times Staff Report

The Aspen Skiing Co. apparently has a big stack of crappy CDs on its hands. Local artists have been invited to turn them into something creative during the debut of DISCuplture Challenge at this year’s Bud Light Spring Jam, March 18-21.

Entered pieces will be displayed at the Wheeler Opera House during the first annual NEPSA Awards and artists can win part of $1,500 in prize money.

All entrants will create sculptures using CDs provided by the Skico. The CDs can be painted, bent, broken, warped and bonded using glue, wire, etc. Nothing else, though, can be incorporated into the sculpture. The works must weigh less than 100 pounds and must have hardware attached to they can be hung against a wall.

There is limited space for entries; they must be submitted by March 15. Entrants must be at least 16 years old. Judges from local arts organizations will pick the winners. A People’s Choice award will also be handed out. The winning artist will receive $750, second place fetches $500, and the People’s Choice winner will pocket $250. For more information, call Nancy Scheinkman at 925-2969.

The works will be displayed Thursday, March 18, during the NEPSA awards ” that’s “Aspen” spelled backward ” a new event the Skico promises will bridge the gap between what you know and what you think you know about today’s core winter sports culture.

“Experience how young athletes live and view reality as they invite you to enter an altered realm where streets, slopes and style intersect and where new tricks redefine sport,” says a Skico press release.

The event will feature pieces by athletes Chris Klug, Chad Otterstrom, Mitch Stout, Peter Olenick, Chris Anthony and Kiffor Berg. They have created fresh multimedia presentations using music, video and photography to expose the ever-changing lifestyle and culture of the winter sports movement.

The NEPSA awards will be free and open to the public. Call 925-2969 for more information.