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Arts & Museums
Normally open from the end of May through the end of August, the Hinsdale County Museum contains artifacts that give you an opportunity to take a look into Lake City's past.
Galerie Maximillian is a newcomer to the Cooper Street gallery scene. But unlike many of Aspens elite galleries that can make even an established collector feel out of place, this intimate space manages to juggle an unpretentious air with serious art. Owner Albert Sanford's passion for art, shows in his eclectic displays. He is not afraid to place a budding talent next to an established master. This ultimately brings depth to the collection, and challenges the viewer to forget about conventions. The gallery specializes in Contemporary European Primitivism, but you will find a wealth of great painters on display, including Renoir and Miro.
There are simply some places where you would not want to experience the "you break it, you buy it" rule. Pismo Fine Art Glass is one of those places. Specializing in art glass creations, this gallery has been developing a devoted following of collectors for almost 20 years. You will find everything from decorative collectibles like paperweights and vases to fine art pieces made with optical glass. It has four Colorado locations; Aspen, Vail, Beaver Creek and Denver. Please call the gallery for hours, as they vary depending on the season.
Take a journey way down memory lane at this gallery. This is one of the largest exhibitors of vintage posters and lithography, with most of the collection dating from the 1880s to the 1940s. Work from French favorite, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, adorns the walls. You will also find pieces from the ever-popular Jules Cheret. It is a great place to wander about and explore the visual history of poster advertising. Collectors can easily spend thousands of dollars on one piece.
The Aspen Art Museum is a non-collecting institution presenting the newest, most important evolutions in international contemporary art. Their innovative and timely exhibitions, education and public programs, immersion activities, and community happenings actively engage audiences in thought-provoking experiences of art, culture, and society. The museum is closed on major holidays.
If your idea of art leans more toward traditional oil and watercolor paintings of bears and mountain landscapes, then this gallery is your kind of place. The space immortalizes the Colorado lifestyle in simple still-life and dramatic landscapes. You can almost picture where each piece will fit in the den: right next to the buck head. You will find a wide range of artists on display, including Russell Chatham, Gordon Allen, Jin Rey and Shirley Cleary.
This popular gallery looks like someone carved out a room in an art museum and placed it in downtown Aspen. Situated on the Hyman Mall, this small gallery (if you blink you might miss it) is the place to go for vintage Edward Curtis popular Native American photos. Along with the original photos, you can peruse the selection of gold oratones. Curtis invented the technique and it remained a mystery until the gallery owner figured out how to duplicate the craft.
Santa Fe may be the artisan center of the region, but when it comes to art sought after by established collectors, only a handful of places can compete with Aspen. The Joel Soroka Gallery is a fine example of the important art you find around town, and only deals in photography. From the dynamic works of Man Ray to the emotional black and whites from Sally Mann, the gallery displays a diverse range of renowned photographers. Located among the cluster of galleries along Cooper and Hyman Streets, make sure you add this to your list of browsing destinations.
If you need a bit of color to spice up the drab, gray Aspen winter, head over to the Aspen Fine Art Gallery. The small gallery, located on the Hyman Avenue Mall, specializes in avant-garde, post-Impressionism, and masterworks from a wealth of contemporary artists, including 14-year-old sensation, Alexandra Nechita. You can also peruse works from Cuba, Europe, Turkey and the former Soviet Union. Experienced collectors will find a number of important originals and prints from Renoir, Miro, Dali and Chagall.
Opened in 1994, this gallery shows some of the most known contemporary artists like Todd Hido, Robert Mapplethorpe, and James Turrell. There are also new exhibitions that come in and out throughout the year; check out the website for more information or call the gallery.
The Holden / Marolt Mining and Ranching Museum is a former mining site that was also once zeroed in by the army to set up a training camp. This museum highlights the important facts about the silver mining industry as well as ranching; visitors can explore the site, but museum tours need to be booked in advance.
During the height of Aspen's silver boom in 1888, Jerome Wheeler built this stunning Queen Anne home for his wife. But after his wife refused to live in it, Wheeler was stuck with an empty mansion until 1905, when Edgar and Mary Stallard moved in and occupied the place for 40 years.The Aspen Historical Society bought the estate in 1969 and it has been a house museum every since. Displays include an 1892 Knabe piano, which Albert Schweitzer played at the 1949 Goethe convocation, Renaissance Revival furniture, 10th Mountain Division uniforms and ski equipment, and dolls dating back to the 1880s.