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Board of Directors

Tim Belinski – Treasurer

IMG_9275-1413005452-O (3)Tim Belinski is founder and president of Independence Ventures, a local real estate development company. Tim’s history includes having been a CPA with a national accounting firm and CFO of local skiwear company, Sport Obermeyer. Since 2007 he has overseen the local development activities for Willits Town Center in Basalt. Tim serves on The Wyly Art Center board as treasurer and has served on the board of trustees of Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club and Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs.

JD Black

JD Black head shotJD Black has been building homes in Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley for 25 years. He specializes in mountain modern building and has been involved with many award-winning projects over the past decade. He feels fortunate to live and work in one of the most beautiful places on earth and to be a part of this place and this time; these mountains, rivers, forests and the community in them.

Rich Carr

CARRRich Carr received his Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University’s College of Architecture, Art and Planning after studies in Berlin and Vienna. He has been practicing architecture and planning, based in the Roaring Fork Valley of Colorado, for more than 20 years. He has served as a guest design critic for Cornell and the University of Colorado, as well as juror for professional design awards programs. His projects have received a number of state, regional and national awards for design, as well as sustainability, and have been published in a variety of publications, including Architectural Digest, Builder, Luxe, Town and Country, and Western Homes and Interiors.

Richard Carter

dick carter photoDick Carter is a self-taught artist living between Basalt Colorado and Santa Monica California, his work is exhibited widely.  He was a founder of the Aspen Art Museum, served on the Board of the Anderson Ranch Arts Center, was President of the Board of the Aspen Community School, and was involved with the Santa Monica Museum of Art designing their main fundraising exhibition.

Annie Chapman

photoAnnie Chapman earned her B.A. at Middlebury College where she studied studio art with a special emphasis in printmaking. After an exciting introduction to the art business at Sotheby’s in NYC, she has been an art advisor at Galerie Maximillian in Aspen for 16 years, specializing in modern and contemporary works on paper.  She has served as Founding Chair of the Anderson Ranch Non-Bored and Executive Director of the Aspen/Snowmass Council for the Arts and President of the Board at The Wyly Art Center.

Nicole Nagel-Gogolak

20130822-_MG_7867Nicole Gogolak holds a Master of Fine Arts in fiber from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a B.F.A. in painting from The University of Michigan. Nicole teaches and exhibits her work locally and nationally. Her work combines traditional and non-traditional textile techniques with mixed media materials.

Kathy Honea – Vice President

kathy honea photoKathy Honea perfectly describes the way her mind works as “Untamed.” She goes on to say: “I merely follow along, while striving for better methods to manifest what I see in my mind’s eye. Craftsmanship is important to me, so I am continually learning new techniques and honing old skills in an attempt to keep up with my overactive imagination. No need for me to bore you with a lengthy bio about some life-altering event from the second grade. Nor how years of continuing art education form an unending quest to find my inner child. Suffice to say, it forms the basis for my attempt to manifest my untamed imagination. I don’t run deep. I make art for the sheer fun of it. There is never an angst ridden moment when I’m messing around in my studio making something.  What I would wish to convey, if anything, is have a good time, laugh often.”

Bill Kane

bill_kane headshotBill Kane has over 30 years of experience in planning and design for mountain resort communities. Much of his career has been focused in Aspen, Colorado, where he has served as planning director, vice president of Aspen Skiing Company and principal of Design Workshop. His education, work history and life experiences make him an expert in private and public planning for all of the physical and programmatic elements which define mountain resort and recreation design. Bill holds a Master’s Degree in Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania. While at Penn, he received a Ford Foundation grant to study the use of high speed digital mapping for urban planning purposes which formed the original framework for the development of GIS mapping. Bill studied under the great landscape architect, Ian McHarg and completed a master’s thesis which provided the basis for the comprehensive plan for Huntington, Long Island. Bill is very active on several local and state level boards.


Jay Magidson – President

Jay-MagidsonJay Magidson grew up in Northern California, son of an art dealer. Surrounded by art, artists, galleries and museums, he knew he would be involved in the arts. His original desire was to be an artist himself. He studied art in college; though he had the talent, he fell in love with writing. The visual arts continued to fill his world, however, and Jay joined the family business as art dealer and eventually gallery owner.  Jay has published weekly art essays and a children’s book, Shira’s Wish, Photographs by Bobbie Goodrich which was released in October 2011. It is being widely hailed by young readers. Colors, a collection of short stories, was released in July 2012. His third book, In the Image of God, will be released in fall 2012.