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August in Aspen is for Art Lovers

Posted: 11 May 2017

Art lovers from around the world will descend upon Aspen Snowmass in early August for a trio of spectacular events that are sure to delight enthusiasts. With the return of three loved events, Aspen is the place to be this August for art patrons, artists, dealers, collectors and philanthropists. Let's preview what's on tap for these three unique events.


The annual ArtCrush runs Aug. 2-4 in downtown Aspen. The spectacular gala and live auction benefits the Aspen Art Museum. Enjoy an evening of dancing, gourmet food and fine wine at WineCrush on Aug. 2. The grand soiree is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 4. Following the gala, AfterPartyCrush will take place at the Belly Up, with a live musical performance from an industry headliner.

Art Aspen

On Aug. 3, Art Aspen begins with an Opening Night Black Card Access Preview event from 5-9 p.m. The weekend is sure to provide a unique buying and viewing experience, and be full of fruitful dialogue and inspiration. The three-day event takes place at the Aspen Ice Garden, but don't miss The Fair at the intersection of First Street and Hyman Avenue.

Red Brick Plein Air Festival

The sixth annual Red Brick Plein Air Festival runs Aug. 6-13 and puts painting outdoors into focus. ("En plein air" is French for "in the open air.") During the week, there are many outdoor painting sessions where artists are judged on their techniques in using natural light and color. There is a Community Reception scheduled for 5-7 p.m. on Aug. 10 at the Limelight Hotel, which is free and open to the public. All artwork will be on exhibit and sale. The exhibition and sale will continue until Sunday. The event benefits the Red Brick Center for the Arts.

Art enthusiasts are encouraged to book their lodging accommodations early for these events due to their overlapping nature. A Frias vacation specialist is available to discuss rates and options at 800-633-0336. The entire Frias inventory is also viewable online. Begin you lodging search here.