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Two Aspen High teens bring art, passion to The Collective

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Artists Axel Livingston, left, and Jake Bozza pose for a photo in front of one wall of their art displayed in the Tapping into your Creative Edge Teen Art Opening in The Collective in Snowmass Base Village on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020. Livingston is the Aspen High School Scholastic Art and Writing Gold Key and American Vision award winner. (Kelsey Brunner/The Aspen Times)
Kelsey Brunner/The Aspen Times Art is a word with many definitions used to describe a multitude of things.

Some loosely describe it as all creative activity expressed through human skill and imagination; others associate it with the medium that resonates most, like paint on a canvas, melodies from an instrument or skis turning down a snowy slope.

For Axel Livingston and Jake Bozza, seniors at Aspen High School, art is a lifeblood.

“For me, art is therapeutic. I always have to have my sketchbook on me,” Livingston said. “I love to talk about art, to talk about my art, inspiration and process, and it’s great to have people want to hear that.”

Last weekend, Livingston and Bozza shared more than two dozen pieces of their work with the Snowmass community at their one-night art opening at The Collective.

Both were celebrating regional Scholastic Art and Writing Awards recognition, with Livingston earning four top “gold key” awards and an American Vision nominee for his work, and Bozza earning an honorable mention.
The 18-year-olds dubbed the Snowmass event and celebration a success, expressing excitement about being able to discuss their art and its […]

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