The beloved community picnic is back at the Anderson Ranch Art Center

The Anderson Ranch Art Auction and Community Picnic drew more than 700 people in 2019 when it was last held.
Courtesy Anderson Ranch

After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, Anderson Ranch Art Center’s long-awaited Art Auction & Community Picnic returns Saturday.

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

The last Art Auction & Community Picnic in 2019 broke record attendance with more than 700 people, she said.

An Anderson Ranch tradition for more than 40 years, the celebration brings people together for an afternoon of fun and creativity that includes a silent auction of over 140 works of contemporary art, picnic foods and live music by the Aspen Biker Band at 11:30 am

The Aspen Biker Band started on the patio of the Hotel Jerome in 2010 and has since gone wild with a mix of classic rock, Motown, R&B and new rock covers, from Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love” to Trey Anastasio’s “Cayman Review” — and pretty much everything in between.

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

The family-friendly picnic includes free popcorn, cotton candy, snow cones, balloon artistry, 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 blankets on the lawn for a trouble-free afternoon. Artists will be on hand to demonstrate woodworking, ceramics and more.

“It’s time to relax for families,” said Andrea Jenkins Wallace, vice president of artistic affairs at Anderson Ranch. “People really missed him. The ranch is the leading cultural center for Snowmass Village, so historically it has provided that sense of community.

The art auction is the ranch’s second largest annual fundraiser (the gala is the main one). A large percentage of sales benefit Anderson Ranch scholarships and operating expenses.

More than 140 contemporary works of art are available for bidding during the silent auction, which ends at 2pm on Saturday. Art lovers can currently view works, as well as submit an absentee bid if unable to make it on Saturday, or purchase works at a buy-it-now price by visiting the Anderson Ranch website. They can also stop by Anderson Ranch from 9am to 5pm on Fridays to view the artwork.

Works include photographs, paintings, drawings, prints, ceramics, sculpture and woodwork and range from very affordable to higher entry prices.

About 99% of the featured artists are or have been at Anderson Ranch as visiting artists, faculty, staff and interns. Donating art for the auction is their way of supporting the Anderson Ranch, Jenkins-Wallace said.

The auction features works by both nationally known and local artists including: photographer Jess T. Duggan, ceramic artist John Gill, woodworker Christian Burchard—and many more—and locals Esther Macy Nooner, Liz Farrell, Brian Shear, Brad Reid Nelson , Doug Casebeer and Jenkins Wallace herself. Whether you’re bidding on art or just enjoying an art-inspired afternoon 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 more than 140 contemporary works.
Courtesy Anderson Ranch
Family Community Picnic includes art activities, face painting and balloon artistry for kids.
Courtesy Anderson Ranch

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