Midway through the summer and the season keeps buzzing with activity.
This summer I got to spend three weeks (across two trips) in a small ski town near Aspen. There, at 8,200 feet of elevation and surrounded by a dramatic, lush valley of snow-melt-fed grass, cotton woods, and aspen trees, I took workshops at the renown Anderson Ranch Art Center. Faculty, students, and staff hail from all over the world to retreat at this beautiful place to focus nearly 24/7 on art making.
Of the millions of incredible things about the Ranch, the people stand out by far. I learned from some world class faculty: Brooklyn painter David Hornung—a master of color and composition, Craig Drennen—a brilliantly provocative painter, and for the price of one, Ryan Burghard and Ben Buswell—captivating artists from Portland. I met furniture and wood artist Andy Buck and his beautiful family (they used to live in Portland), furniture designer Wendell Castle, photographer Amy Arbus (yes, Diane’s daughter), inspiring kite artists Melanie Walker and George Peters, incredibly talented and thought provoking artist Jenene Nagy (also used to live in Portland!), sculpture and video artist Heidi Schwegler, super gracious Executive Director Nancy Wilhelms, and many more brilliant and creative staff, interns, and students.
These people are great. Some of them even mud wrestle.
Aspen trees drawn from life, Colored pencil, 2014
Even though the Anderson Ranch has dominated a bit of my summer so far, I have three commissions in the works, and I’m planning a First Thursday show for September. Stay tuned.