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At the Ranch

Mary Eshbaugh Hayes

For seven years now, the Anderson Ranch Arts Center has honored creativity and service to the arts with a Recognition Dinner. This summer the National Artist Award was given to Maya Lin, artist and architect; the National Service Award was presented to John H. Bryan, civic leader and philanthropist; and the Community Service Award was given to Diane Anderson.

Maya Lin is known as the creator of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and she has also created other significant public works such as the Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery, Ala., and the Langston Hughes Library in Clinton, Tenn. John H. Bryan for the past quarter-century led the Sara Lee Corp., as well as a $100 million fund-raising campaign to renovate Chicago’s Orchestra Hall and Lyric Opera House. Diane Anderson is regarded by many as Aspen’s quintessential fund-raiser, having devoted 30 years to a wide range of Aspen’s charitable and nonprofit organizations. The Recognition Dinner was held in the St. Regis Grand Ballroom and the silent auction featured specially decorated bowls by ranch artists.

Former Aspenite Robin Sterling will have an exhibit of her whimsical pottery called “Hot Pots” on Aug. 2-3 in Wagner Park. She now lives in Charlottesville, Va., and shows her pots from Barney’s in New York to Gump’s in San Francisco. Robin grew up in Aspen, the daughter of Martie and Ken Sterling, and has lived and traveled all over the world. She and her mother wrote “Last Flight From Iran” about her experiences there during the Iranian revolution. She began painting with Keith Sawvel in Aspen when she was 10 years old, studied art at San Miguel d’Allende in Mexico, and began potting at the Anderson Ranch as therapy after an auto accident many years ago. Pottery became her medium and she has won many “best in shows.” The whole Sterling family is coming to Aspen for Robin’s show; Martie and Ken now live in Arizona.

Gene Adcock will hold his annual Italian garden party on Sunday at his Rancho Pardiso in Carbondale.

On Thursday, Aug. 5, at the Aspen Meadows, the Roaring Fork Friends of the Women’s Foundation of Colorado will hold a speakers’ lunch featuring Elizabeth Schulze, music director and conductor of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra. Her topic will be “Conducting Business from Wand to Baton.” For reservations call 920-2112, ext. 2826 before July 29.

Sorry to report the death of former Aspenite Helen Satterfield Peck on May 27 from scleroderma, an autoimmune disease. In Aspen from 1972 to 1978, she operated the Golden Bough jewelry store with her business partner, Suzanne Sullivan. Moving to Denver, her company H.C. Peck and Associates acquired the rights of way to most of the property, both business and residential, needed to complete the gigantic T-Rex highway and light-rail improvement project in Denver. Says her daughter, Lee Satterfield, who worked for her, “We relocated 100 businesses and 118 families. We delivered the project on time and on budget.”

The Hollander family will be showing their works at an exhibit Aug. 4-31 at the Red Brick Center for the Arts. There are five artists in the Hollander family: Gino, the father, is a painter; sons Jim and Scott are photographers; daughter Siri is a sculptor; and mother Barbara is a writer. The artist reception will be Monday, Aug. 4, from 5 to 8 p.m.

Writer Pam Houston will lead a one-week fiction writing workshop at the Good Hope Plantation in Jamaica from Nov. 8 to 15. The workshop will be limited to 12 people and registration is open to all. Students will take about 20 pages of their writing for work. The week is being co-sponsored by the Aspen Writers’ Foundation and the Anderson Ranch Arts Center. Pam Houston is the author of two collections of linked stories, “Cowboys are My Weakness” and “Waltzing The Cat.” For registration information call (970) 925-3122.

Receiving a write-up in the July-August issue of Departures magazine is jewelry designer Christopher Walling, who often designs with aquatic materials such as pearls, opals, coral, blue amber – reflecting his love of the sea.

Undercurrent … it’s time to go for a hike in the high country to look at the wildflowers … but watch out for electrical storms.

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