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Anderson Ranch annual Art Auction and Community Picnic is Saturday

Staff report

Anderson Ranch’s largest community event, the 50th-anniversary Art Auction and Community Picnic, will feature more than 200 works of art by top contemporary artists available for bids in live and silent auctions. A highlight of the Aspen and Snowmass summer arts and cultural scene, the event takes place Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Anderson Ranch. The annual art auction is open to all and offers a festive morning and afternoon full of live music, children’s art activities, a picnic lunch and more as part of the art-infused experience.

Curated by Barbara Lee, the live-auction portion of the event features works by James Casebeer, Wendell Castle, David Ellsworth, Charles Gaines, the Haas brothers, Ron Nagle, Takashi Nakazato, Trevor Paglen and Xaviera Simmons. Andrea Fiuczynski, Sotheby’s executive vice president and chairwoman of regional offices in the Americas, will serve as auctioneer.

“The 50th anniversary annual art auction is a celebration of community, welcoming art-makers and art lovers of all kinds to the ranch,” said Nancy Wilhelms, executive director of Anderson Ranch Arts Center. “This community event is part of our 50th-anniversary summer and has something for everyone. Many of the works in our auctions have ranch roots — they were either created here, were part of a body of work presented here or made by artists with a connection here. We are fortunate to have the support of such a solid ranch family — everyone’s involvement means so much.”

New this year is the Curator’s Choice, a collection of works hand-selected by Lee, featuring 11 works, among them pieces by Amy Arbus, Dale Chihuly, Jeremy Dean, Del Harrow and Lee Lyon.

All auction items are available for preview at Anderson Ranch through today; live-auction works will be on view at the ranch’s Patton-Malott Gallery, and the Curator’s Choice and silent-auction works will be on display at the ranch’s Wyly Painting Building. For more information, visit http://www.andersonranch.org or call Hailey Walsh at 970-923-3181, ext. 227.

The annual art auction raises money to help underwrite more than 140 summer workshops, a spring and fall artists-in-residence program, community outreach, public programs such as the Summer Series: Featured Artists and Conversations, a visiting-artist program, scholarships and more.

The 50th-anniversary Art Auction and Community Picnic is sponsored by Aspen magazine, The Aspen Times, Frame Center, Jay’s Valet, Paddle8, Roaring Fork Beer Co., Sotheby’s and Suerte Tequila.


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