Anderson Ranch opens doors for holiday event
December 13, 2011
SNOWMASS VILLAGE – The Anderson Ranch Arts Center’s Holiday Open House lights up Tuesday and will unwrap new creative artistry for the community to enjoy.
The free event kicks off at 5 p.m. and is open to all ages. Winter and holiday-themed activities are planned throughout the evening.
Among the festivities are a live auction, holiday decor, fresh pieces of art to browse and other family events, including an ornament-making session for children.
Anderson Ranch, a nonprofit organization in Snowmass Village, provides artistic opportunities for amateur and established artists in a pristine mountain setting. The studios, which are filled with the work of artists living at the ranch, will be open for the public to view. The visitors also will be able to discuss the art with the artists and to purchase the pieces that they like the most.
“The amazing part of the event is people going into the studios of the residents,” said Barbara Bloemink, executive director of Anderson Ranch. “Their work is extraordinary. It is just wonderful.”
A variety of media is used by the onsite artists, including painting, photography, woodworking, sculpture and ceramics.
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David Naude is a photographer from Cape Town, South Africa, and one of many artists at the ranch whose work will be on display. This is his first trip to America, and he has been shooting pictures in the Roaring Fork Valley and the surrounding region since October. He said his recent work differs from what he’s done in the past in Cape Town. He photographs animals and landscapes, and he said this valley gives him new settings to create.
Naude said he will have eight or nine of his pieces of art for sale. He said many of the experienced artists use the opportunity at the ranch to try and develop new ways to make art. He said they bounce creative ideas off one another.
“You can see kind of how my work has evolved since being here and how I have tried new techniques as the weeks went past,” Naude said. “My work has been influenced by the other artists here.”
Naude said he is excited not only to display his new work but also to see what other artists have done.
“I will see what they produced in this period and what talents came alive in this time we spent here,” he said.
More items also will be available for purchase at the live auction at 7:15 p.m., which benefits Anderson Ranch educational programs. Featured items will include work from Mark Cesark, Shelly Marlot and sculptor Debra Fritts.
“We have about 20 works that are perfect for Christmas,” Bloemink said.