Anderson Ranch set to strut holiday spirit Friday |

Anderson Ranch set to strut holiday spirit Friday

Stewart Oksenhorn

The new dormitory and cafeteria at Snowmass Village’s Anderson Ranch Arts Center are under construction this winter.

That means there are no resident artists and there is no resident artists’ work for the annual Anderson Ranch Holiday Open House exhibit.

But it also means there is a lot of room for work by the rest of the Anderson Ranch community – program directors, staff and guest artists.

“It’s been interesting watching everyone make all this extra art, because there’s all this extra room,” said Kathleen Loe, who pulls double duty as the Ranch’s program director of painting and drawing and gallery director. “You get a real chance to see what the artists are up to. They’re all taking it real seriously.”

The Holiday Open House is set for tomorrow, from 5 to 7 p.m. Loe likens the Open House to Anderson Ranch’s big, all-invited holiday party: There will be food and drinks; all of the artists’ studios will be open and set up for exhibition. The walkways to the various studios will be lit with luminaries, adding what Loe calls a “beautiful, magical” quality to the event.

In addition to the partylike event, Loe says that the Open House is an excellent place to do holiday gift shopping. Over 20 artists will be showing their recent works; all pieces will be for sale.

A highlight of the show will be six new works by renowned local artist James Surls, which were made recently by Surls at Anderson Ranch’s facility in Jamaica. Also showing their works will be Kyle Bajakian, program director of photography and digital imaging; Doug Casebeer, program director of ceramics; painter Dasha Bausov, an Anderson Ranch staff member; photographer James Baker, executive director of the Ranch; and more.

“It’s such a nice way to shop for Christmas,” said Loe, a full-time program director at Anderson Ranch for the past year-and-a-half, and a summer faculty member for 10 years. “Everything’s made in such an authentic spirit.”

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