I first visited Aspen as a college freshman art student on Christmas break in 1965. I naturally found my way to Tom and Betty’s newly built, three story home, art studio, silkscreen foundry, and gallery, located next to what is now Little Annie’s Eating House. It would be one of my fondest and enduring memories of “early” aspen”
I couldn’t afford any of Tom’s $10.00 & up posters and serigraphs-a fact that my shaggy, anarchist, but carfefully engendured appearance made obvious to anyone but me. The Benton’s, however, took me in, took the time and effort to talk to me of fine arts and finance and cabbages and kings.
As a burgeoning “back east” activist and future commerical artist I felt enriched by that encounter with Tom and Betty. It was, perhaps, the first crafts-kinship of my own artistic career-all this quickened by the realization that, yes, it was possible to make a living as an artist in a ski town.
Three venues I persued with zeal myself over the next 40 years!