IÂ made a visit to the Anderson Ranch Art Center in Snowmass Village, Colorado while on vacation in July. Anderson Ranch is a sister artist community located on 4.5 beautiful acres just outside of Aspen that focus almost exclusively on the visual arts. Unlike the Hermitage, Anderson Ranch offers a myriad of classes in everything from painting to sculpture to ceramics (with more than 10 kilns of all sizes) to new media, and wood. In addition, they provide about 38 residencies per year for some of the worldâ€™s most accomplished artists. It is just a great place to work.Â
I also got to spend time with the Ranchâ€™s new executive director, Barbara Bloemink who had been on the job about a month but who had clearly settled right into her work. We had a great conversation about the differences between the Hermitage and Anderson Ranch (which are many) and we began to explore opportunities for collaboration between our organizations. While we parted without anything specific, we committed to finding opportunities in the near future.
The Anderson Ranch Art Center is open and very accommodating to visitors on their campus (also unlike the Hermitage) and I encourage anyone finding themselves in the area to go for a visit, their cafeteria is open to the public during the summer. Or go to take a class. While some of the worldâ€™s best visual artists go there to work, you donâ€™t have to be a world-class artist to take a class. If you want to spend a week honing your painting technique, or your sculptural eye, or working in â€œnew media,â€ itâ€™s all possible there. And itâ€™s possible in the most beautiful of settings, and among the most stimulating of colleagues. Itâ€™s a great organization. Click HERE to go to their website.