Ceramics! It’s art that you can eat on, drink from and cook with, and put flowers in, and more. If you’re curious about what your friends and neighbors can do with kilns and clay, this week is the time to find out.
The Pottery Guild of Aspen holds its annual Christmas sale at the Aspen campus of Colorado Mountain College (CMC). The opening reception — including wine and food — is on Wednesday Dec. 12 from 5 - 7:30 p.m. The sale continues Dec. 13 and 14 from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. The show includes clay sculpture, handmade pottery, dinnerware, mugs, platters, and casseroles. Some of the local ceramic artists presenting are Kathy Mann, Scotty Cathart, Dianne Light, Georgann Moore, Cindy Kirkwood, Tammy Lane and Mary Ballou, with CMC faculty including Anne Goldberg, Kay Cesark and H.P. Bloomer. Call 970-925-7740 for information.
The intellectual stimulation of Aspen Institute panels isn’t solely a summer tradition. Aspen’s nonprofit brain center has seminars and programs running year-round. Among the highlights of this winter’s public presentations is Thursday Dec. 13’s “Legacy of Rome” panel in the Koch Building on the Institute’s Aspen Meadows campus. Experts will discuss Rome’s enduring influence on world architecture, religion, sculpture, politics painting, commerce and law.
The panel includes author/professor Bill Cook of SUNY Geneseo, Jeremy Hartnett of Wabash College and New York Times bestselling author Ross King. King’s books include “Brunelleschi’s Dome,” “Michelangelo and the Pope’s Ceiling” and the newly released “Leonardo and the Last Supper.”
Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door, available at www.aspenshowtix.com , the Wheeler Opera House, or at 970-920-5770. It starts at 5:30 p.m. in the Koch Building.
The Isis Theater downtown is launching a new series this week, broadcasting Metropolitan Opera performances live and in high definition. It kicks off on Saturday, Dec. 8, with Verdi’s “Un Ballo in Maschera” at 10:55 a.m.
“We strongly feel that Aspen will embrace these offerings and we are honored to be able to present them,” says Metropolitan Theatres spokesman Alan Stokes.
The series continues all winter with broadcasts on Dec. 15, Jan. 5. and 19, Feb. 16, March 2 and 16, and Apr. 27.
Box lunches will be served from a local restaurant for Saturday’s show. All seats are $20. Tickets are available at the box office of the Isis Theater or online at www.metrotheatres.com .