Flashes of light
An exhibit titled Flashes of Light, featuring the work of local photographers, is hanging until July 15 at the Aspen Chapel Gallery. The exhibit was organized by Mary Sue Bonetti, who works at Suitable for Framing and is a photographer herself; gallery director Tom Ward and his assistant, Carol Loewenstern, helped the photographers hang their show. Included in the show, with a brief description of their work, are: Burnhan Arndt, who is showing subjective images; Trent Burkholder, who shows underwater photography; Mary Eshbaugh Hayes, who is exhibiting early Aspen black-and-white photos along with recent color photos; Sandra Lee Kaplan, who shows bicycle shots as well as landscapes; Catherine Lutz, who has travel photos; Roberta McCowan, who is showing photos of horses; Janet Mitchell, who has photos of Santa Fe and Crested Butte; Hal Reid, who has travel photos (mostly of Rio de Janiero, Brazil); Doug Rhinehart, who has black-and-white studies of rock formations; and Eli Weiss, who is showing her photos from Africa. The gallery at the Chapel is open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.An interesting item recently in Bill Husted’s column in The Denver Post mentioned that actress Boti Bliss of “CSI” fame (she plays DNA tech Maxine Valera) will be returning to Aspen this month for her sister’s wedding. Boti grew up in Aspen; her family lived in a tepee on the other side of Red Mountain. Husted reported that Boti’s tepee was five miles from the nearest road, and when the snowmobile broke down she walked or showshoed to school. By age 17, she had moved to Hollywood.
Aspenite Janis Nark was in Washington, D.C., on Memorial Day to attend ceremonies at the Vietnam Memorial Wall. Janis served as an Army nurse during the Vietnam War. On the program was Gen. Barry McCaffrey, who is chairman (Janis is vice chairwoman) for the capital campaign to raise funds for the Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Center that will be built underground near the Wall in 2010.Aspenite Lowell H. Lebermann is at his Aspen home, 0372 Glen Eagles Drive, through Aug. 20 from his wintertime home in Austin, Texas. The Aspen Summer Words Literary Festival will be held this year at Belly Up, while the Writing Retreat will be held at The Gant. The 31st annual event, sponsored by the Aspen Writers’ Foundation, will bring together some of the greatest living African storytellers and artists, June 24-28. The celebration of words, stories and ideas is titled “Africa: The Origin of Stories.” Festival passes are good for all Festival events and parties, plus a ticket to the Wynton Marsalis “Congo Square” concert on Tuesday, June 26. For passes, call the Aspen Writers’ Foundation at (970) 925-3122. People signed up several weeks ago for the Writing Retreat.
The Susan G. Komen Aspen Race for the Cure will be held Saturday, July 21, at the Rio Grande Park. There will be a 5K run/walk, a one-mile family walk and a dog walk. Register online at http://www.komenaspen.org or sign up closer to the race at tables on the Cooper Street mall. The race raises funds for breast cancer research.Another organization that raises funds for breast cancer research is The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, founded by part-time Aspenite Evelyn Lauder. This group’s annual symposium and awards luncheon will be held Oct. 16 at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. For tickets to this event, call (646) 497-2600. Elsbeth and Kurt Wigger who have the Buffalo Valley restaurant in Glenwood Springs are spending several weeks in their native home in Lucerne, Switzerland, along with their two daughters and husbands and several grandchildren.Undercurrent … I know the streets are crowded with traffic … but I don’t really think people should ride their bicycles at high speeds down the sidewalks. I have almost been hit several times stepping out of The Aspen Times office.
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