Jim and I took our own advice and again went to Taos and Santa Fe for Mother’s Day weekend.One of the first things I do when we get there is read all the many publications and guides that detail the art galleries, museums, restaurants and suggestions of things to do in Taos, Santa Fe and Albuquerque. I was astounded to see in “The Collector’s Guide” a photograph of a bronze statue of a little girl in the garden of the Meyer Gallery on Canyon Road in Santa Fe that was created by L’Deane Trueblood. In fact, L’Deane has several sculptures of children in the garden and in the gallery. During the late 1950s and early 1960s, L’Deane lived in Aspen with her little boy while her husband, Col. Trueblood, was stationed in Texas as a jet pilot. They had one little boy then and we had three little girls and a boy (daughter Bates came later), and we shared many picnics and family dinners. L’Deane tried to work as an artist and created notecards and several drawings of Aspen scenes. After Col. Trueblood was transferred to Italy with NATO, we lost track of them. When we got to Santa Fe, I walked out Canyon Road to the Meyer Gallery and looked at L’Deane’s sculptures. The gallery owner told me that the Truebloods had two more sons, and L’Deane was a homemaker for several years. Then 20 years ago, Col. Trueblood died and she resumed her art career in earnest. She has several sculptures in the Meyer Gallery in Santa Fe and in other galleries in the West. She now lives in Utah and has seven grandchildren.
Another astounding discovery was the front-page article and photo in Santa Fe Trend magazine of the Snake House designed by architect Bart Prince. The Snake House is built on stilts on a flood plain in Rio Rancho, N.M. True to its name, the house is jointed and coils atop the land. Prince is noted for his geometric and unusual artistic architecture. He also designed the Copper Palace for Barbi Benton and George Gradow that is formed with giant circular pods in Starwood in Aspen. Prince has his office in Albuquerque. He is a New Mexico native and his great-grandfather, LeBaron Bradford Prince, was governor of the state. Photographs of several of Bart Prince’s houses are featured in the article.Sorry to report the death on May 13 in Denver of friend and colleague Dawn Denzer, who was society editor and writer of the column called “Click” in the Rocky Mountain News from 1983 to 2001. Dawn was 74 years old and died of Parkinson’s disease. I first met Dawn in the early 1980s when she started coming to Aspen to cover events (she covered parties here until her illness forced her into an assisted-living establishment). She also was editor of Mexicana Airlines’ inflight magazine, and was the editor of Electricity magazine, a publication that featured society and happenings in Denver and sometimes Aspen. She often stayed here with longtime Aspenite Ruth Whyte.
Late last summer Martie Sterling was honored at a reception given by the Aspen Historical Society when Martie was made an honorary lifetime member of the AHS board. She has always been a buff of Aspen history and wrote two historical novels. “Oh, Be Joyful” is about a young girl growing up in Aspen in the 1880s, and “Pearly Everlasting” is also set in the late 1800s in Aspen and deals with mining day conflicts. An art show titled “Wild Women Exhibit 2007” will open June 1 and run through Sept. 4 at the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts. The 17 wild and avant-garde artists are Maggie May Butler, Linda Drake, Sheri Gaynor, Jacquerta Green, Kathy Honea, Wewer Keohane, Nicole Levesque, Carole Lowry, Nancy McKenney, Lorraine Morrison, Terry Muldoon, Shannon Muse, Ardith Robinson, DeeDee Shea, Maria Sippola, Annette Thompson and Bobbie VanMeter. A reception for the artists is Friday, June 8, at 6 p.m.An exhibition of the works of former Aspenite Bill Jamison will be held through Aug. 31 at the Kathleen Ewing Gallery at 793 Valley Road in Carbondale. The exhibit includes paintings, watercolors and sculptures.Another Save the Date: Friday, July 27, the Healthy Gourmet Fest will be held by the Aspen Center for Integral Health, Spa Finder magazine and Aspen Magazine. Healthy Gourmet cooking classes will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in luxurious Aspen homes taught by America’s top healthy gourmet chefs for 2007. And from 6:30-10 p.m. at the home of Glenda and Gerald Greenwald, there will be a Gourmet Spa Soiree. For tickets call (970) 920-2957.Undercurrent … I hate to keep repeating this, but when people telephone and leave a message and their phone number, please slow down and say the phone number clearly … and better yet, repeat it slowly! People are so used to saying their phone number that they tend to rattle it off so fast you have to run the message over and over to get it.
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