Anderson Ranch in the ’90s |

Anderson Ranch in the ’90s

Mary Eshbaugh Hayes, who worked as a local photographer and columnist for The Aspen Times, captured a moment in time in the early 1990s of the ever-transforming Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village.

Pictured from left to right, we tour the campus as it once was, starting with the Maloof Wood Barn, where woodworking, furniture design and woodturning workshops are taught today. The Soldner Ceramics Studio lies directly behind it, with the kiln yard, whose construction was completed in the 1980s, just to the side with the light roof. Today, this building houses 20 kilns, including wood-fired, electric and gas kilns.

To the right of the kiln building is the Visiting Artists Studio, a dedicated space for artists-in-residence to work, which can range anywhere from a week to a month, making it possible to host artists such as those visiting this year: The Haas Brothers, Enrique Martinez Celaya, Tom Sachs, Catherine Opie, James Casebere, Takashi Nakazato, Letha Wilson and more.

Turning the corner, the next building on the right of the photo is what is referred to as the Director’s Cabin. The associate director of Anderson Ranch, Doug Casebeer, once lived in this cabin with his wife, Susan. When their daughter, Emily, was born, they planted the small tree out front. The Director’s Cabin has since been relocated to another area of the ranch.

Next to the Director’s Cabin lies another cabin now used to house Artistic Director Jose Ferreira. This structure was relocated from the Sinclair Ranch, one of the original ranches that comprised what is now known as Snowmass Village. It also has been relocated to another area of the ranch.

And finally, the small building in the foreground on the right was originally a chicken coop and later a bath house for the ranch and now serves as a gardening shed.


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