The beloved community picnic returns |

The Anderson Ranch Art Auction and Community Picnic drew over 700 people in 2019, when it was last held.
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After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the long-awaited Anderson Ranch Art Center Art Auction and Community Picnic returns Saturday.

“It’s a beloved community event,” said Katherine Roberts, former director of marketing and communications for Anderson Ranch.

The last art auction and community picnic, in 2019, broke an attendance record with more than 700 people, she said.

An Anderson Ranch tradition for over 40 years, the celebration brings people together for an afternoon of fun and creativity, which includes a silent auction featuring over 140 pieces of contemporary art, picnic food and live music by the Aspen Biker Band at 11:30 a.m.

The Aspen Biker Band started on the terrace of the Jerome Hotel in 2010, and since then it has accelerated with a mix of classic rock, Motown, rhythm and blues and new covers of rock, Led Zeppelin’s ‘Whole Lotta Love’ to ‘Trey Anastasio ‘Cayman Review’ – and pretty much everything in between.

An all-you-can-eat wristband for $15 gets you access to tasty vendors including Slow Groovin’ BBQ, Gajin Ramen, Francesca’s Empandas, and Colorado Fruit Design. Adults can also purchase $5 drink tickets.

The family picnic includes free popcorn, cotton candy, snow cones, balloon art, face painting, art activities and lawn games, plus a photo booth and magic with Doc Eason starting at noon. The ranch provides picnic tables and lawn blankets for a hassle-free afternoon. Artists will be on hand to demonstrate woodturning, ceramics and more.

“It’s a fun time for families,” said Andrea Jenkins Wallace, vice president of arts affairs at Anderson Ranch. “People really missed that. The ranch is Snowmass Village’s first cultural center, so historically it provided that sense of community.

The art auction is the ranch’s second largest annual fundraiser (the gala being the main one). A large percentage of sales benefits Anderson Ranch’s purses and operating costs.

More than 140 works of contemporary art are available to bid during the silent auction, which ends at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Art lovers can currently preview pieces, as well as submit a mail-order auction if they can’t make it on Saturday, or purchase pieces at a “buy it now” price by visiting the Anderson Ranch website. They can also stop by Anderson Ranch from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays to preview the artwork.

Pieces include photographs, paintings, drawings, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture and woodworking and range from very affordable starter offerings to higher prices.

Approximately 99% of the artists represented are, or have been, involved with Anderson Ranch as guest artists, faculty, staff, and interns. Donating artwork for the auction is their way of supporting Anderson Ranch, Jenkins Wallace said.

The auction features works by nationally and locally acclaimed artists, including: photographer Jess T. Dugan, ceramic artist John Gill, carpenter Christian Burchard—and many more—and locals Esther Macy Nooner, Liz Farrell, Bryan Sheer, Brad Reed Nelson, Doug Casebeer and Jenkins Wallace herself. Whether you’re bidding on art or just enjoying an afternoon art-inspired picnic, “it’s a great way for people to enjoy a Saturday,” Jenkins Wallace said. , “and it’s a great way to support Anderson Ranch.”

This year’s silent art auction features over 140 contemporary pieces.
Courtesy of Anderson Ranch
The Family Community Picnic includes art activities, face painting and balloon art for the kids.
Courtesy of Anderson Ranch

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