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Surprise, surprise

May Eynon

Lyndell Hendricks and Kristin Kenny at the AAM/AYPA reception.

Celebrated designer Andrea Jovine of Aspen and New York was the guest of honor at a recent surprise party. On Monday, Aug. 15, Jovine was lured to The Little Nell under the guise of “getting together for an intimate family dinner.” Once she arrived, however, it was clear the 30 guests gathered in the courtyard were there to honor her. Lanthia and Don Hogg hosted the reception, inviting Andrea’s closest comrades in Aspen. “We just love her,” said Jack and Millie Wilkie, who were among the fleet of friends. “She is the sweetest person. Everyone here would agree.”

Perhaps best known for her sophisticated women’s apparel, Jovine is also renowned for her work in interiors. True to form, the birthday girl was dressed impeccably.AAMContemporaries & Aspen Young ProfessionalsOn Tuesday, Aug. 16, the Aspen Art Museum Contemporaries and the Aspen Young Professionals Association partnered for a party. The museum’s new director and chief curator, Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson, welcomed members of both organizations for a private exhibition reception and gallery talk.Sponsored by AAMContemporaries and Aspen Young Professionals Association, the event drew a vibrant crowd of curious minds, many of whom were members of both organizations. Both groups share a similar vision – to bring young professionals together as a means of networking, as well as to enjoy Aspen’s cultural offerings.The Aspen Young Professionals Association was formed in early 2003 by a group of nine young professionals living and/or working in Aspen who wanted to interact with other young professionals in the Aspen community. A primary goal of the group is to help recruit and retain a professional community in Aspen and the surrounding area. A second focus of the organization is to enhance the quality of life for the area young professionals by providing networking opportunities, volunteer opportunities and educational opportunities.

The AAMContemporaries’ focus is akin to the Aspen Young Professionals Association’s in that they invite a group of young professionals, couples and singles between the ages of 22 and 45 to interact and socialize with like-minded peers. A distinction between the two groups is that the Contemporaries emphasize art and education in their mission. Events scheduled throughout the year include private receptions and AAM gallery tours, guided tours of area art galleries, private art collections, and artists’ studios, family art excursions, art-oriented parties and dinner gatherings, and art lectures, debates and panel discussions.To learn more about the programs, visit http://www.aspenypa.com and http://www.aspenartmuseum.org.To contact May to send info, insights or invites, e-mail allthewaymaymay@hotmail.com

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