Vail Symposium’s Perfect Pairings event is a feast for the palate and the eyes |

Vail Symposium’s Perfect Pairings event is a feast for the palate and the eyes

Heather Hansen's art combines performance art with visual art. She'll be performing during the Vail Symposium's Perfect Pairings event on Feb. 28 in Vail.
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What: Perfect Pairings 2.0, Romance Reimagined, a benefit for the Vail Symposium. Performance artist Heather Hansen will perform; Jarrett Osborn is the event sommelier.

Where: Larkspur (458 Vail Valley Drive, Vail).

When: 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

Cost: $200 individual, $350 couple, $1,400 table, (10 tickets).

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VAIL — Art is where you create it, and the Vail Symposium’s Perfect Pairings event featured artist will create art that’s a feast for the eyes.

Heather Hansen combines dance, performance art and fine art to create work that’s unique by anyone’s definition.

Sommelier Jarrett Osborn combines wine with life, which tends to improve both.

Osborn kicks off the Saturday event with a brief overview talk about the evening’s pairings. He’ll be on hand throughout the evening to talk to smaller groups and one-on-one about the wines as you move through the courses.

The three serving tables will each serve three appetizers, three main courses and three desserts in a small plate format. Each course will have its own wine pairings.

Osborn will talk about why the food and wine are gastronomic soul mates.

“As the name implies it’s Perfect Pairings. When you taste it, you’ll see why,” Osborn said.

There is no assigned seating. Instead guests are encouraged to mix and mingle throughout the evening.

Osborn has been in the wine business since 1990. He passed his Level 2 sommelier exam in 2012. He worked as a cellar monkey at Topolos Winery in 1998, a cellar rat at Horton Vineyards in 1999, and the tasting room manager and wine dinner coordinator at Mirassou Vineyards from 1997 to 1998. He has been at Riverwalk Wine & Spirits since 1998. His current favorite wines are Barolos, Barbarescos and old-school Spanish whites.

Heather Hansen’s live art performance

Hansen is a performance and visual artist based in New Orleans. Originally from Idaho, Hansen studied dance and theater design at Evergreen before moving to Tokyo to be a professional dancer, choreographer and designer. The relationship with the body has been a theme throughout her career. Her current work, a hybrid of dance and fine art, uses body geometry and drawing to record the traces of her movement and energy, resulting in a kind of biograffitti.

She calls it “dancing with her hands.”

After going to the beach with her son and drawing in the sand with her toes, it dawned on her that she could use her whole body to draw.

Her most recent series, “Emptied Gestures,” is a hybrid of dance and fine art. More than 6 million people have viewed her online creating large scale charcoal drawing recording the traces of her movement in graphic patterns.

“Emptied Gestures is an experiment in kinetic drawing. In this series, I am searching for ways to download my movement directly onto paper, emptying gestures from one form to another and creating something new in the process,” she said.

The drawing from her Vail performance will be auctioned off live at the event.

Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 or

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