SNOWMASS VILLAGE - Every year in mid-March, the Anderson Ranch Arts Center has a live auction of just monoprints created in its printmaking workshop. Called the Monothon, the event continues March 19 this year, but this time the center also is holding a preview event offering an early opportunity for art lovers to view and take home a print.
The pieces auctioned off at the Monothon are all monoprints, meaning that once they have been printed, they can't be reproduced, according to Anderson Ranch's Liz DeLorme. The artists represented include visiting artists to the ranch, faculty, staff and even a first-grade class from Aspen Elementary School, all of whom created their works in the Patton Print Shop on the center's campus.
The preview showing will be from 5 to 8 p.m. March 7 at the Harvey Meadows Gallery in Aspen. Refreshments will be served, and patrons will be able to buy prints at a price 10 percent above the starting price established for the live auction.
"If you fall in love with something, you see it at the preview, we recommend buying it," DeLorme said.
Gallery owners Sam Harvey and Alleghany Meadows, along with Anderson Ranch printmaking staff, will speak at 6 p.m. A selection of Monothon items will remain on display at Harvey Meadows through March 10. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The sixth annual Monothon will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 19. Many artists will be present at the auction. Staff will demonstrate the use of a letterpress for printmaking, and copper plates, woodblocks and engraving tools will be on display.
The starting price for prints ranges from $200 to $1,800 and averages at about $450, according to DeLorme.