Carlin Brightwell - Bear Tamer & Ray of Sunshine





The Emporium and Flying Circus lost an incredible human being, co-worker, friend, and family member in a tragic hiking accident on August 20, 2017. She will forever live on in our hearts, minds, and spirits.


Remember Me:
To the living, I am gone.
To the sorrowful, I will never return.
To the angry, I was cheated,
But to the happy, I am at peace,
And to the faithful, I have never left.
I cannot be seen, but I can be heard.
So as you stand upon a shore, gazing at a beautiful sea - remember me.
As you look in awe at a mighty forest and its grand majesty - remember me.
As you look upon a flower and admire its simplicity - remember me.
Remember me in your heart, your thoughts, your memories of the times we loved,
the times we cried, the times we fought, the times we laughed.
For if you always think of me, I will never be gone. 

-Margaret Mead

Featured Artist of the Week

Ahhhh August! Still summer time here in our favorite little mountain town. We've been busy! The flowers are bursting over the fence, the open house was a HUGE success, Luna is getting way too BIG and we have 5 NEW artists you must come and see!!!

As we roll right through the beginning of the month we are so excited to share with you are Artist of the Week(ish)...

Lori Dresner


1.     How did you discover your craft? At camp when I was 9 years old. It was love at first touch.

2.     How long have you been mastering your craft? Gosh do I have to reveal my age?????

3.     Where do you live in Colorado? Aspen and Denver, 50/50.

4.     How did you get to Colorado if you are not originally from here?  I used to live in France, my brother used to live here and when I decided to move back to the states, he suggested it. 

5.     What specifically inspires you and your work? NATURE

6.     Tell us something fun about you and what you do? I speak paltry french and can blow huge bubbles with bubble gum. 

7.     What are your three favorite foods? Sushi, Sushi, and Sushi. And oh yeah, Ice Cream. 

8.     What time of day do you feel most inspired? Hard question, could be any time depending on my mood. 

9.     If you could have any other talent, what would it be? SING

10.  Tell us the most unique fact about you that people wouldn’t normally know or is there anything else that you would like to share with your adoring public? Just that I am thrilled every time someone enjoys my work, even if they don't buy it. 




Our 5 fabulous, fun, and funky new Artists:

  • Kaitlynd Zimmer: "Kaitlynd Bahama" she calls herself as she creates hand made jewelry inspired by the beautiful islands of Bahamas. From stackable bracelets to stunning necklaces, its like you're at the beach!

  • Ippy Farnam: Ski and Snowboard art just got a whole lot cooler now that Ippy has turned them into art! Mosaic art to be exact! Whether you want abstract or the "Four Seasons of Aspen", she has truly put her own stamp on ski customizing! 

  • The Good Goat: By milking her four adorable goats, Kelly creates the most luscious lotions and soaps right in her own back yard! Natural Bamboo and Cucumber Melon our just two of the delicious scents that her 100% Organic, natural, and local products come in! 

  • James Davis Designs: Using lightning to make art?! Yes, we thought that was crazy too, but James's one of a kind creations bring lightning indoors to enjoy up close and personal. Earrings to custom tables, he has lit up our store! He makes certain that you have an electrifying day!

  • True Nature Studios: Mother and daughter duo, create stackable bracelets that sparkle and shine! Dress them up or down there is one (or 10) for every occasion!


More from Lori...

A ceramic artist known for sculpture, figurative work and pottery, Lori Dresner often pairs ceramics with mixed media. Her recent work incorporates textures created from found objects and stenciled words, as a response to nature, current events, our own fragility and the fragility of our world. Her functional ware, like her sculptures, is always individual and unique, and often whimsical.

Working in clay at an early age, Lori soon went from mud pies to fine art clay creations. She pursued her passion and received a BFA in ceramics from The Rhode Island School of Design; MA in ceramics from the University of Michigan; and MFA in video arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. An active member of The Chicago Editing Center in the 1980s, Lori curated several video art installations and presentations. Her video works were included in Media Burn, an independent video archive that aired on WTTW’s Image Union. The first Video Art Exhibition at Navy Pier in 1980 was one of her achievements before leaving the art world for a career in video production.  

Moving from Chicago to New York, and then to Paris where she lived for over 20 years, Lori worked as a producer of international TV commercials and print ads. She relocated to Colorado in 2008 to pursue her art full time. 

Lori combines porcelain with various mediums—wood, steel, stone—allowing colors and textures to reveal themselves, creating their own magic. Her travels and life experiences in the Midwest, east coast, Paris and the mountains of Colorado influence her art as she interprets the connection we share with natural elements, rural and city landscapes and family. Often her interpretation of the ordinary things found in nature come to life as sculpture, more intuitive than intellectual, with themes derived from current events shaping her process and art.

Lori is a member of CORE New Art Space in Denver's Santa Fe Arts District where she exhibits her sculptures.


This Weeks Special


Richii Jai is a lifetime artist from Boulder. Silver and gemstones are his favorite materials to shape and place in wearable art, and sculptures. Richii Jai is inspired by geologic features, animal spirits and esoteric geometry, striving to place these into people's hands and hearts for contemplation. High quality, long lasting items that evoke conversation, his art is the result of an inspired and dedicated yogic approach to life. 


Richii Jai will be one of our three artists participating in our fabulous Open House

We truly hope you can come and enjoy the July 22-23 weekend with us and support our artists and vendors that are part of our unique space. 

This is an opportunity for you to stop by and hang out under our "big top" with all the circus performers!

We are now open  7 days a week from 9am-7pm and/or later if there are folk wandering around!!





It's Show Time

Ladies and Gentleman, it is our pleasure to bring to you not one, not two, but three artists next week who will be showcasing their art LIVE!

Throughout the weekend of July 22-23, three of our favorite guys are coming to share their talents with the world!

-Richii Jai- Agustin Goba- Alan Moore- 

These amazing gentlemen create, up-cycle, and enlighten all with their unprecedented talents. From one of kind jewelry, printed and untouched Aspen leaves, to repurposed wood decorated by vintage soda cans and bottle caps as your favorite fish, bear or fox just to name a few. 

Come join us as we welcome the artists throughout the weekend and YOU get a chance to meet the creators of your favorite local pieces! 

Hours: Monday-Saturday 9am - 7pm.   Sunday: 10am - 5pm. 


Featured Artist of the Week

Spinster Sisters

Rolling right along here at the Circus and the summer acts keep getting better and better! With a name like Spinster Sisters, we know you'll love getting to know this fabulous artist as much as we did!

Without further adieu, The Aspen Emporium and Flying Circus presents to you, Kelly Perkins...

1.     How did you discover your craft? 

I read an article back in the early 90’s about Triclosan, and what a dangerous chemical it is, and made the decision not to use skin care products any longer that contain Triclosan.  Not an easy thing to find at the time, as most commercially produced skin care products contain Triclosan.  So, I bought some books on how to make natural soaps, and I was hooked.  That first batch of soap sent me down a path I never could have imagined my life taking, and I love it!

2.     How long have you been mastering your craft? 

I have been making soap since 1993, but I did not start Spinster Sisters as a business until 2012.

3.     Where do you live in Colorado?

I grew up in Boulder, and live in Golden now.

4.     What specifically inspires you and your work?

Everything – my family, nature, this gorgeous state, flowers, herbs, gardens, our big sky, I could go on and on.

5.     Tell us something fun about you and what you do? 

It is all fun!  I get too play around in oils and butters all day.  I get to create new products, I get to talk to customers, I get to do this thing that I love so much, every day.  Dream come true.

6.     What are your three favorite foods?

Oysters, Beer (that counts, right?), cheese.

7.     What time of day do you feel most inspired?

3am.  When I wish I was sleeping, but my mind thinks I should be formulating the next great skincare breakthrough.

8.     If you could have any other talent, what would it be? 

Singing.  Playing guitar, uilleann pipes, and cello. 

9.     Tell us the most unique fact about you that people wouldn’t normally know?

I spent 10 years working for the US Antarctic program – and spent a season at the South Pole.

Featured Artist of the Week

It's that time of week again to bring you one of our talented artists and it's finally starting to feel like summer up here in the high country. Green has taken over the valley and the sun shines bright everyday!

Now, for our main event...

For Todd, art is all about inspiration and literally putting that inspiration into someone’s hands.  The word ‘art’ comes from an ancient Indo-European language that means ‘to fit together.’ By taking license plates and other recyclable materials, he likes to create something which has the ability to form a connection with someone.

Born in Fort Worth, Texas, Todd has lived in Colorado since 2001.  After owning a successful home improvement business for nine years, he decided to combine his desire to work for himself and his ability to build things into a new creative medium – making custom guitar art out of license plates and other upcycled materials.  He hopes to create art with which people can feel an instant connection.

In his Denver-based studio, Todd creates unique guitar art in which everyday objects are altered or detached from their natural function to create a one of a kind sculpture. 

Todd Perkins and his Guitar Art

1. How did you discover your craft?

I owned a home improvement business for 10 years and decided to put my skills of running a business and building things into a different use. Creating guitar art sure beats fixing and installing toilets!

2. How long have you been mastering your craft?

I’m going on year 5. Still haven’t mastered much.

3. Where do you live in Colorado?

I currently live at 5280 feet in Denver, Colorado.

4. How did you get to Colorado if you are not originally from here?

I was transferred up here from Dallas, Texas when I worked for a contract food service company as their managing director.

5. What specifically inspires you and your work?

Instead of searching for items for guitar art, I look at everything not related to guitars and ask, “what will that look like on a guitar?”

6. Tell us something fun about you and what you do?

I still have a few clients from my home improvement business who I help out when they need something, but mostly they are people who don’t know how to change a light bulb. Often times I’m paid in good wine.

7. What are your three favorite foods?

Wine. Bourbon. Filet mignon.

8. What time of day do you feel most inspired?

Generally after 9pm or after some wine or bourbon.

9. If you could have any other talent, what would it be?

To play guitar, hands down!

10. Tell us the most unique fact about you that people wouldn’t normally know?   

I learned to cook from a French chef for 7 years.


April showers, brought all the FLOWERS!

Our flower maven, Karen, has been working away to present to YOU our gorgeous bedding plants/flowers. Our hanging baskets and assorted patio pots just arrived and are truly FABULOUS!!!

**We do apologize for the late arrival but due to the cold temperatures that surprised us we thought best to wait**


Pansies to patio pots, hanging baskets to geraniums, petunias to lobelia and everything in between! Come on by and "smell the roses"!