For animal lovers |

For animal lovers

Dear Editor:

First, I would like to particularly thank the Hotel Jerome, who welcomed dogs and their owners, and also all the participants, for a wonderful, pet-friendly event held recently at the Hotel Jerome. The Sunday event brought together animal-lovers and their dogs, local shelters and their pets for adoption, pet food companies and other animal services. I brought one of my dogs, who, along with all the other dogs and puppies, was well-behaved and enjoying the event. I saw several friends and their dogs and was happy to be there with other animal lovers. I hope that there will be more events like this … I also want to mention the silent auction benefit for ARF at the Aspen Art Gallery (downtown Aspen) the same weekend. There was a good turnout of animal lovers and art lovers who bid on paintings and donated to ARF’s animal rescue efforts.

Thank you to the Aspen Art Gallery also for their support of animals in need.

On another note, I would like to point out that the current exhibit at the Aspen Art Museum is definitely not for animal lovers … and children will be disturbed to see the exhibit of the dead cat cut in half and painted black. And, yes, it definitely is a real dead cat on display. I personally don’t know how this is considered “art.” It’s quite unlike the art that I studied in art and aesthetics classes in college and graduate school. I heard about this exhibit from another horrified person and then I went to the Aspen Art Museum to see for myself. In the same exhibit, there are also sculptures of several dogs that appear to be portrayed as dead. These are mercifully constructed of a ceramic material, I believe, and are not actually dogs sacrificed for Mark Manders’ “art,” as in the case of the unfortunate bisected cat. This Netherlands “artist’s” exhibit, which is the only current exhibit in the museum, continues through May. You’ll want to steer clear of it with your kids … and you may also want to avoid the museum if you don’t find anything “artistic” about dead cats, cut in half and painted black.

Lani White


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