Tomorrow's Epic Powder Day

Posted on February 6, 2019 by Chris Klug

Aspen has and will continue to get completely blasted with snow until early tomorrow morning. Snow accumulation is projected to be anywhere from 12 to 18 inches in Aspen with as much as 2 feet on the tops of each of our 4 mountains. Snowmass mountain has received almost 27 inches within the last three days, with 10 of those inches happening in just the last 24 hours. With a base of 45 inches and 333 out of 336 of the runs between Aspen and Snowmass open, tomorrow is going to be an epic powder day. In addition to the awesome snow, there will also be guided tours at the Aspen Art Museum, Historic Pub crawls, Historic Hotel Jerome Tours, ACES: Naturalist Night, and a Performance by violinist Jennifer Koh at the music tent.  Road conditions are hazardous, so please drive safely tonight and on your way to the slopes tomorrow morning!

 

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Categories: Music | Powder | Skiing | Pub Crawl | Art

Happy Martin Luther King Weekend!

Posted on January 18, 2019 by Chris Klug

There is a lot going on in Aspen for MLK Weekend! Kick it off by attending the 5Point Adventure Film Festival at the Wheeler Opera House on the night of the 18thand 19th. On Saturday, events include the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s presentation of Les Ballets Trockadero De Monte Carlo, a guided tour of at the Aspen Art Museum, and the Aspen Ice Spectacular. On Monday, finish your weekend with a skin or hike up Tiehack for the Cliffhouse Full Moon Dinner. Happy MLK weekend!

 

 

 

 

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Whether you’re a budding collector looking to add art to a new home, a realtor with staging needs or an experienced enthusiast shopping for a new piece, there is no better time to visit Aspen than late summer.

In recent years, Aspen has solidified its position on the international scene as one of the leading art destinations in the world. But its high-brow reputation has roots dating back to 1949, with the start of one of design’s great movements—the Bauhaus. 

Now, the Bauhaus movement is coming full circle thanks to longtime local Lissa Ballinger, curator for The Aspen Institute. In 2019, the world will collectively celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the Bauhaus with a slew of special events to partake in locally.

Ahead of official festivities next year, the 1978 sculpture created by renowned Bauhaus architect and artist Herbert Bayer, was unveiled on Aspen Institute’s West End campus. Bayer hand-selected the Carrara marble from Central Italy for this seven-piece geometric sculpture that measures 32 x 8 x 8 feet. The sculpture was acquired from the Denver Art Museum in 2017, through the support of Melony and Adam Lewis, Aspen-based philanthropists and members of the Aspen Institute Society of Fellows.

Aspen Institute President and CEO, Dan Porterfield, shared in a statement, “The Anaconda sculpture is a wonderful addition to the Aspen Meadows Campus for the enjoyment of the whole community and to share in celebrating Herbert Bayer’s legacy. We are thrilled to install this sculpture as we gear up for next year’s celebration of the 100th year anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus School.”

Prior to spearheading the Bauhaus centennial exhibition, Ballinger worked with private clients, local galleries and non-profit organizations through her company, Walnut5 Art Advisory. Ballinger started her company in 2010 and offers services ranging from collection management and preservation planning to curation and placement consulting.

Before her “An Introduction to Bauhaus” art talk on Wednesday, July 25 at the Wheeler Opera House, we caught up with Ballinger to get tips for collectors, her favorite spots for finding art and learn what sets Aspen’s art scene apart from anywhere else in the world.

Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Real Estate: What first brought you to Aspen?

Lissa Ballinger: The reason that I came to Aspen [in 2002] is because there is literally no place on earth—that is also a mountain town—which has this range and quality of cultural opportunities. Period.

ASSIR: What sets Aspen art scene apart and how has it changed over the years?

LB: I wrote my thesis on the visual arts in Aspen [she obtained her Masters of Art Administration from Columbia University] and at that point, I was talking about this influx of second home owners and how that had changed the viability of it being a year-round community. But now, 15 years later, it’s so interesting for me to reflect about how much it has changed since then. Art is all over the Roaring Fork Valley, our artistic achievements are being recognized on a much higher level and we’re truly a cultural center destination.

ASSIR: Where are your local, go-to spots to shop for art?

LB: The recurring shows at the Red Brick Center for the Arts and the Aspen Chapel are stocked with work from local artists. Anderson Ranch’s “Lunchtime Auctionette” every Friday in the summer is the biggest gem! And I always find something at their Annual Community Picnic. Downtown, Maker + Place and the Skye Gallery are each owned by young women entrepreneurs and Aspen natives. And the level of art-making down valley is incredible! The ArtBase in Basalt has a fantastic rotating gallery of local artists. I also love The Launchpad and SAW [Studio for Arts + Works] in Carbondale.

ASSIR: And on the gallery side?

LB: Gallery Maximillian, Baldwin Gallery, Harvey/Meadows Gallery and Boesky West.

ASSIR: What trends have you observed in the past year? Do you think the societal shift in the preference of “shopping local” has affected the art world?

LB: I would love that to be an art trend, especially as prices continue to go haywire…the relationship between money and art fascinates me. While Aspen has a thriving scene, there just haven’t been many venues for local artists to showcase their work. I’ve seen that change recently, which is really exciting. Overall in contemporary art, there was this departure from photography for awhile—it can be ubiquitous and people seemed less interested, but it’s coming back around.

ASSIR: What’s your biggest piece of advice for new collectors?

LB: Entering the world of art collecting can be overwhelming, intimidating even. My first thing I tell new collectors is to do research and be curious. Find out what specifically you’re interested in to keep your search narrow. I also encourage people to study art movements, which can help influence decision-making. Unabashedly right now, it should be all about the Bauhaus! And for more serious collectors, art advisors can play a really important role in helping guide you to discovering your personal taste. If you’re just beginning to collect, there are so many unbelievable and affordable experiences here to discover art if you seek them out.

UPCOMING ASPEN ART HAPPENINGS

16th Annual Aspen Arts Festival
Saturday, July 21–Sunday, July 22
Rio Grande Park
Free, artfestival.com 

An Introduction to Bauhaus: Lissa Ballinger Art Talk
Wednesday, July 25, 5:30pm
Wheeler Opera House
Free, wheeleroperahouse.com 

ArtAspen
Friday, July 27–Sunday, July 29
Aspen Ice Garden
$25, art-aspen.com

Aspen Art Museum ArtCrush 2018
Wednesday, August 1–Friday, August 3
Venues vary
$1,875, aspenartmuseum.org

28th Annual Art Auction and Community Picnic
August 4, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Anderson Ranch Arts Center
$15, andersonranch.org

Aspen Chapel Gallery Artist Talk
Wednesday, August 15, 5:30 p.m.

Aspen Chapel

Free, aspenchapel.org



Art and Walking Tour of the Aspen Institute hosted by Lissa Ballinger:
 
Herbert Bayer Mountains and Convolutions, 1944–1953

September 12, 11 a.m.

Meets at the Aspen Institute Resnick Gallery

Free, aspeninstitute.org



Lunchtime Auctionette
Every Friday through September 21, 11:45 a.m.

Anderson Ranch Arts Center 

$10, andersonranch.org

 

Blog Credit to Katie Shapiro

 

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Happy Fourth of July!

Posted on July 2, 2018 by Chris Klug

Wishing you a wonderful Independence Day Celebration! Be safe and have fun! Check out the full event schedule below! 

8 a.m. BOOGIES BUDDY RACE
Rio Grande Park
Free Vendor Village, race is $45/$50 to enter.
Boogies Buddy Race is one of the most widely anticipated activities of the Fourth of July week in Aspen. In its 32nd year, the event will take place on the morning of July 4th, with a 5-mile USA Track & Field certified competitive race and a 1-mile Family and Canine run/walk. Over 1,000 participants (50% local, 50% national), along with hundreds of observers and celebrants, kick off the Fourth of July in style at
this family-friendly event.
Online registration available here!
Buddy Program, www.buddyprogram.org, 970-920-2130
 
9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. KID’S PARADE BICYCLE DECORATING
PAEPCKE PARK (South East Corner)
Kid’s bicycle decoration for the 4th of July Parade!  Helmets are REQURIED to ride in the parade! (this includes adults!)
FREE to participate!
 

10 a.m. - 
2 p.m.                        

18TH ANNUAL “AMERICA'S BIRTHDAY CARNIVAL" 
Paepcke Park
Early Learning Center’s kids’ carnival in Paepcke Park featuring carnival games, bounce houses, face painting, snow cones, music, silent auction, and BBQ lunch.
Early Learning Center, earlylearningaspen.com, 970-920-9201
 

11 a.m.

OLD FASHIONED 4TH OF JULY PARADE 
Parade Begins on Main Street
Aspen celebrates Independence Day with a whimsical twist. Local residents and visitors come together to honor the nation’s birthday in true American style. So grab the kids & come on down!
FREE to participate, mandatory registration. 
Parade Entry Forms – City of Aspen, www.aspen4th.com, 970-429-2093
 

12 - 3 p.m.

AVSC JULY 4TH COMMUNITY PICNIC
Koch Lumber Park (corner of Garmisch & Cooper Ave.)
$20 Adults; $10 for kids 12  & under
AVSC invites all Roaring Fork Valley residents and visitors to join us for an old-fashioned July 4th BBQ in the Park.  Please join us after the parade for a festive holiday in the park.   Rock out to live music, kids games, volley ball, dunk tank, an adult beverage garden, and delicious Crystal River Meats grass fed burgers.
Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club, www.teamavsc.org, 970-205-5100
 

4 p.m.  

THE ASPEN MUSIC FESTIVAL & SCHOOL'S FREE FOURTH OF JULY CONCERT
Benedict Music Tent
The annual FREE Fourth of July event brings the AMFS band to the Tent stage with  stirring patriotic favorites in this beloved tradition.
Aspen Music Festival and School, www.aspenmusicfestival.com, 970-925-9042
 

6 p.m. RAGTIME (early performance) 
The Hurst Theatre in Rio Grande Park
Change and progress crescendo in 1900s New York as the voices of celebrities, anarchists, immigrants, the rich, and the poor intertwine in this epic musical. The promise of a brighter tomorrow unites an upper-class wife, a determined Jewish immigrant, and a daring Harlem musician. Ages 10+.
Tickets required. 
Purchase tickets in person, by phone, or via our website
Theatre Aspen, www.theatreaspen.org, Box Office: 970-300-4474
 

5 - 9 p.m.

ASPEN VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPT.  BLOCK PARTY & FUNDRAISER 
 In front of Aspen Volunteer Fire Station (Street Closure) 
 FREE to attend community concert and fundraiser for the Aspen Volunteer Fire Dept. & Mountain Rescue. Join the AVFD and Mountain Rescue for live music, food and beer garden after the parade.  
Free to attend, and all food & drink proceeds go to the AVFD and Mountain Rescue. 
 
9:15 p.m.

4TH OF JULY DRONE LIGHT SHOW
Wagner Park
Join ACRA in Wagner Park to watch the drones light up the sky choreographed to Patriotic music.
More Info contact Aspen Chamber Resort Association www.aspenchamber.org or 970-925-1940 
**PUBLIC NOTICE: NO PERSONAL DRONES ARE PERMITTED IN THE DOWNTOWN CORE AREA**
 

9:30 p.m. THIEVERY CORPORATION 
Belly Up Aspen
Returning for their annual 4th of July Shows! Five of their albums peaked within the top 3
on Billboard’s Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart & five album reached top 10 on the Independent Albums chart! Festival plays include Coachella, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits & Bonnaroo. Check the Belly Up website for additional shows!
Tickets Required.
Belly Up Aspen, Box Office, www.bellyupaspen.com , 970.544.9800

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Happy Passover and Happy Easter Week! I hope you’re enjoying springtime! It was a beautiful spring day in Aspen after a dusting of new snow in the high country last night. Don’t miss closing day and bacon day at Buttermilk Mountain this Sunday. Aspen Highlands and Snowmass close next weekend and Aspen Mountain will remain open until Sunday, April 19. Be sure to check out Schnetag next weekend at Highlands and the K-9 Uphill at Buttermilk. I was proud to compete in last weekend’s Elk Mountain Grand Traverse, a 38-mile backcountry ski mountaineering race from Crested Butte to Aspen. What a beautiful walk home under the stars. I finished in ten hours and four minutes, a personal record!

Power of Four 2015 Ski Mountaineering Race atop Highlands Bowl

Real estate in Aspen/Snowmass continues to strengthen in 2015. Below is an analysis of first quarter 2015 real estate activity. Here are some of the numbers that stand out: while March was the slowest month of 2015, sold volume in Aspen through first quarter 2015 is up 160% from first quarter 2014. The average sold price in Aspen’s Core increased to $4,006,238 in first quarter 2015 compared to $1,698,444 in 2014, and the price per sq. ft. increased $254 to $1,475 in 2015 compared to $1,221 in first quarter 2014. The YTD sales volume in the downtown core increased to $84,131,000 in first quarter 2015 versus $33,968,875 in 2014 – that is over fifty million dollars, a 154% increase! It all starts with the Downtown Core. We’re now seeing the activity in the core spill over to East and West Aspen. Inventory in Aspen is down 18% overall. In Snowmass in first 2015 the number of transactions increased from 23 to 31 and sold volume went up from $49,606,650 to $60,769,417. Inventory in Snowmass actually increased from 235 listings in March 2014 to 254 in March ’15. April is Donate Life Month. Chris Klug Foundation is hosting a party at Buckhorn Cabin on Aspen Mountain tomorrow, Saturday, April 5 from 11:30 am – 2:30 pm. Stop by for brats, beer and live music, and a chance to support organ donation awareness. Don’t miss the auction at 1581 Wood Road on April 11. This auction is happening and a buyer is going to get a great deal. Call or email to register and get more details. I’m here full-time and ready to help you; call or email anytime with questions. Below are PDF’s of detailed Real Estate Market numbers for Klug Properties First Quarter 2015. Have a fun weekend! 

Chris Klug

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