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Vail Symposium: Art’s role in Aspen

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Vail DailyA Herbert Beyer sculpture at the Aspen Institute grounds. Participants in Friday's Vail Symposium art tour will get to see the sculpture in person.

VAIL, Colorado – The Vail Symposium is hosting the Aspen Valley Art Tour on Friday to prove that great art and great artists not only call Aspen their home, but have helped shape the town for a very long time.

The tour provides a chance for an up-close look at some of the town’s artwork and the creative forces behind it. Stops along the way include a tour of the Carbondale Clay Center, Anderson Ranch, an artist studio, David Floria Gallery and the Aspen Institute’s landscape architecture by Herbert Beyer, who the town is celebrating this summer.

Nature and art collide at Anderson Ranch, an Aspen art school and one of the stops on the tour where president Hunter O’Hanian said that visitors will be able to tour all of the studios and classes on the 4-and-a-half acre property. A few of the classes include wood working, furniture design, painting, photography and ceramics, O’Hanian said.

“What will be nice is that the tour is on a Friday so they’ll be able to see a lot of the final products of what some of the students have been working on throughout the week,” O’Hanian said.

The Carbondale Clay Center will be another stop on the tour. Visitors will have the chance to witness the inner-workings of the studio, check out the gallery and a small exhibition of work produced by artists at the center.

“They’ll be able to see the process from start to finish, from a lump of clay to the finished product,” said Lauren Kearns, director for the Carbondale Clay Center.

All of the stops on the tour are meant to show the role that art plays in the Aspen Valley, the diversity of the art in the town of Aspen and the personalities and styles of the individual artists.

“Art is an important and a crucial component to any community,” said Carrie Marsh, executive director of the Vail Symposium. “We are excited to present another mountain community with a rich culture of arts.”

Marsh also said the Vail Symposium has a great history of art tours, some in private homes, but this will be the first time that landscape architecture has ever been featured on one the tours.

One of the major highlights of the tour will include a look at Herbert Beyer’s work with the Aspen Institute. Beyer played an instrumental role in forming the early art culture of Aspen and his work is heavily showcased at the Aspen Institute, which is also celebrating its 60th anniversary this year.

“Aspen would not have an art scene if it wasn’t for Herbert Beyer – whether you like his work or not,” Marsh said.

What: The Vail Symposium hosts an Aspen Valley Art Tour

When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday

Where: Aspen Valley

Cost: $125 or $100 for Vail Symposium donors

More information: Call 970-476-0954 or visit

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