Ballet gala |

Ballet gala

Mary Eshbaugh Hayes
Aspiring ballerinas Elli Beasley, left, and Jaynie Muir carried the ballet schools Wish List during the Aspen Santa Fe Ballets summer gala. (MEH)

What a fabulous summer party it was when the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet held its annual gala at the Hotel Jerome. The theme this season was “Casablanca,” and decorations were all reminiscent of Morocco with performances by the ballet troupe, fan dancers and belly dancers. To intensify the mood, the classic movie with Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart was projected on the wall of the ballroom. Once the band started playing, partygoers crowded the dance floor and danced the night away.Once again, the copy will be short so we can get many photos in. This column used to be a lot of story items … now it is mostly photos. Everything changes in Aspen.Have to mention a couple of art items, however. A photo of Lloyd Schermer and his typeface sculpture was on the cover of the spring 2007 Amherst College alumni magazine. The sculpture is also being featured at the Magidson Gallery this summer. Lloyd was influenced by typefaces when for years he was publisher of The Missoulian newspaper and also a director of The Smithsonian and its magazine. He became fascinated by antique type and for the past several years he has been creating sculptures from the alphabet at his local studio.

Aspen artist Rita Blitt has installed several of her sculptures at Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs. The sculptures, installed outside, are titled “Dancing,” “To Life” and “Happy Days.”Undercurrent … The kids go back to school, there is a whiff of autumn in the air … and Aspen will settle back down after a busy and hectic summer. Stay tuned for coverage of many, many more parties and events.