Aspen is largely known as an upscale ski destination with a reputation for catering to the seriously chic.

However, there’s another side to the city situated on the gorgeous Western slope of the Rockies’s Continental Divide.

Namely, it has long been a place North Texans go in search of scenery that operates as sheer spectacle during summer months.

Plus, there’s no shortage of fine restaurants, important galleries—and, of course, the Aspen Art Museum (housed in a Shigeru Ban-designed building, no less).

The latter is an institution devoted to exploring the most exciting trends in contemporary art and, thus, each year it is the recipient of a fund-raising event—ArtCrush.

Said event has garnered a reputation as the gala experience of the season and,

just as Texans love to support artistic endeavors in their home state, they are equally enthusiastic about attending Aspen’s densely packed three-day celebration.

Attendance is broadly envied and Architectural Digest notes that ArtCrush is an “extravaganza, a rollicking three-day production that animates the Colorado resort community each summer.”

This year said “production” takes place August 3 through 5 and kicks off with WineCrush, a party at the home of avid museum supporters, Amy and John Phelan.

Considered by many to be the highlight of the event, WineCrush is billed as an evening of fine wine,

delectably prepared gourmet food, and “just the right amount of dancing.”

 Ms. Phelan, a former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader, is effusive.

 “ArtCrush is fun, plain and simple. But it’s much more than a party.

We come together to support a museum that is very important to us and does tremendous work to support artists.”

Dallas’s own Capera Ryan adds insight: “Both the Aspen art community as well as collectors from all over the world come in for the weekend that begins with WineCrush at Amy

and John’s beautiful home. It’s always a fun, enjoyable evening with proceeds going to a great institution.”

However, when the last canapé is downed, art aficionados will already be hotly anticipating the following day,

HIGH ALTITUDE dubbed PreviewCrush, a first chance to see artworks that will be featured at the ArtCrush auction held on August 5.

This year, Baldwin Gallery graciously lends its space as the go-to venue to view the fascinating work of artist Isaac Julian,

HIGH ALTITUDE whose oeuvre is known for opulent color, intense content, and a meticulously insinuated narrative.

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