The inhabitants of Studio5 want to share a space with the Aspen community Arts and entertainment

As space becomes a more valuable commodity for Aspen locals, three specific aspenites put their heads together to cultivate creative space from and for the community.

Studio5 is located in the old industrial building on North Mill Street and is shared between artist Agustina Mistreta, alchemist and poet Kara Flake and designer Tim Sack.

Filled with vintage furniture, clothing items and record collections, with works of art covering the walls and current projects scattered across the tables, the studio serves the local trio individually as a workplace and collectively as a public endeavor.

“It’s an artists’ studio and a public space,” Mistreta said. “Many of the things we have planned for this area are related to the creation of activities that involve the community.

Studio5 came to life last winter, when the three artists joined forces in search of a studio that would be a way out for each of them in a professional, creative and collaborative way.

Sack, a residential interior designer, said he needed an office and presentation space to showcase his designs and antique collections to other designers in the community. His latest business venture, called Partistry – which is a party set rental business that packs items, fragrances and other art items for customers – is also headquartered outside Studio5.

Both Mistretta and Flack previously held artists’ studios at Sam Harvey’s extensive underground studio in East Hopkins – which serves more than 20 local artists and artists and closed in November along with his expulsion from the upstairs gallery, Harvey Preston Gallery.

When Flake was notified of the closure of Harvey’s studios, she said she was devastated and immediately turned to real estate agents to try to find another job.

“We were incredibly lucky – I sent a text and got a call back that it was available – as if it were pure luck,” Flake said. “And I think part of having that space is also informing locals that they have the opportunity to feel established in a public space that’s available.”

In partnership with Mistretta and Sack, the trio moved quickly and signed a lease for Studio5 in early December. After spending the winter and spring settling into the new studio and using it more for their individual practices, they are now entering the summer with open doors and open arms.

“Because we have the opportunity to be in this space, we just want to share it,” Mistreta said. “We keep our doors open and listen to people’s ideas and expand the opportunity for other people to participate in this space, but we are not looking for profit or anything like that.”

In terms of community-driven opportunities, the Studio5 team discussed several potential ideas for work, from hosting a photography club and poetry seminars to breathing and meditation sessions, cocktail classes and weekly movie nights.

In keeping with the open and accessible spirit of the space, Mistreta said she hoped ideas for its use would come from other people.

“What we need is a public space where someone doesn’t even have to rent it, they don’t even have to pay for it to give and share what they know and what they like with the community – that’s a big, big part from that, “Mistreta said. “And this is word of mouth, as if you want to belong to him, you will understand. You will understand what is happening. “

Although the three residents of Studio5 do not plan to advertise or promote future events on social media or elsewhere, they encourage community members to contact events, projects or any other inquiries about the space.

“People can get in touch with us, and if they’re looking for a place to host something in the community that’s inclusive and not worth $ 10,000, then that’s definitely what we’re here for,” Sack said, describing it as more “Gonzo version” for social endeavors.

Sack went on to explain how they hope to use Studio5 as a meeting place for friends and community members. Especially during the peak season, he said, when the fight against reservations, prices and crowds in the city becomes “impossible”, Studio5 – with its front and proximity to Rio Grande Park and the river – can be a gathering place.

“It’s a sweet relief,” Flack said. “And we want everyone to know: if you have a project, bring it. We will be glad to see him, he feeds the space and that’s why we have him. “

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