The Red Brick Center for the Arts will present a digital photography workshop Thursday, May 18. The workshop is free and open to the public. Knowledge of digital cameras is required.The workshop, Producing and Manipulating Photos, is designed to teach artists how to take photos of their one- and three-dimensional works, and to manipulate the images with Adobe Photoshop. The course will be taught by Rick Newton, of Walnut House.The workshop is set for 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Reservations are required. To reserve a space, call 429-2777.
Aspen Filmfest will inaugurate its fine-art fundraiser, Best in Show, this summer. Best in Show will feature 25-30 fiberglass dog sculptures, painted by celebrities and auctioned off in live and online auctions. Proceeds from Best in Show will go to Filmfest’s youth education programs.Among the guest artists participating in the fundraiser are Jack Nicholson, Goldie Hawn, Kevin Costner, Snoop Dogg, Morgan Freeman, Bob Rafelson, Joaquin Phoenix, Tim Robbins and more.The life-size Labrador retriever sculptures will be displayed beginning June 15 at various spots between Aspen and Basalt, and will also be featured in Aspen’s Fourth of July parade. Approximately 25 of the dogs will be sold at auction at The Little Nell hotel Aug. 1, by auctioneer Donna Anderson. An online auction, on http://www.charityfolks.com, will follow in September.For further information on Aspen Filmfest programs, go to http://www.aspenfilm.org.
Snowmass Village’s Anderson Ranch Arts Center will celebrate its 40th anniversary with High Art in the Rockies, featuring three events over five days, Aug. 8-12.High Art in the Rockies opens with the panel discussion Artificial Reality, Aug. 8-10. The symposium on contemporary art will be hosted by Dan Cameron, senior curator of the New Museum in New York. Eleven artists are set to participate in the discussion of artificial realms in the art world, including Cory Arcangel, Jonas Dahlberg, Perry Hoberman, Yoshua Okon and Jennifer Steinkamp. Anderson Ranch will honor Michael Govan at the 10th annual Recognition Dinner on Aug. 10. Govan, the new director of the Los Angeles County Museum and former director of the Dia Art Foundation in New York, will be presented with the Service to the Arts Award. The evening, including cocktails, dinner and dancing at Chaparral Aspen, benefits Anderson Ranch programs.High Art in the Rockies concludes with the Annual Art Auction on Aug. 12. The silent and live auctions, conducted at the Ranch campus, will feature more than 200 works of donated art, many of them made at or specifically for the auction.Also this summer, Anderson Ranch will host Words & Images slide presentations every Sunday and Tuesday evening, and give guided tours of the campus every Tuesday afternoon. The Ranch will also be open weekdays for self-guided tours, and the Ranch Café will be open to the public for lunch and dinner.For further information on Anderson Ranch, go to http://www.andersonranch.org.
Starz Entertainment Group has neared completion of a documentary on the late Woody Creek writer, Hunter S. Thompson.”Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride: Hunter S. Thompson on Film” will premiere on the Starz channel in November. The special, produced and directed by Tom Thurman, will feature interviews with Johnny Depp, Sean Penn, Bill Murray, Benicio Del Toro, Tom Wolfe and others. Also included in the project is commentary on two books based on Thompson’s life – “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” and “Where the Buffalo Roam” – and footage shot at Thompson’s funeral last year.
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