What Do You Love About Anderson Ranch?

This is the question that sparked a special 50th Anniversary video project.

Now, we would like to share the result with you! This video helped kick off our 50th Anniversary Celebration Week in July and honors the legacy and evolution of Anderson Ranch. Thank you to the many supporters, educators, artists, students and donors who helped us celebrate our incredible milestone of 50 years.

Click the video below to view. Enjoy!

 

2002: A ceramic memory

Name: Marlene Addleston

Wesley Anderegg was one of the most generous teachers. At the end of our class he presented each student with a gift of a personalized clay head fashioned after him or her. The class was great fun and it made life-long ceramic devotees out of a couple novices, my husband, Larry Bursten and myself (Marlene Addleston). Also, whenever we are in town, we never miss an auctionette and delicious lunch.

 

Wesley Anderegg's ceramic class

1973: Center of the Eye at Anderson Ranch Art Center

Name: Bea Nettles

The Center of the Eye (photography workshops) under the direction of Cherie Hiser, moved from downtown Aspen to the Anderson Ranch in the summer of 1973. I lived on the ranch for the entire month of June that year and taught alternative photographic processes. The facilities were very basic, the faculty shared meals that they cooked for themselves. Students camped or commuted. My photographs were made that summer with an Instamatic camera, on black and white film that came twelve shots to a roll. This aesthetic is the basis of the "histamatic" app. Two prints from this summer are in the Portland Art Museum collection in the portfolio FEASTS AND FEATS. There was no TV, no internet, a payphone in town, but lots of great food, volleyball, bright sun, rainbows and an occasional snow.

Christa Assad: Ceramic Artist

Name: Christa Assad
Profession: Artist

1.    How did you find out about Anderson Ranch Arts Center?
Walter Ostrom, my mentor and professor at the time, told me about the Ranch. I was studying ceramics at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design as a post-baccalaureate student, and was ready to move on and learn about the lifestyle of the professional studio artist.

2.    What three words best describe Anderson Ranch?
Nurturing, focused environment. 

3.    How are you connected to Anderson Ranch?
After my 9-month residency at age 24-25, I felt like part of a family. Two decades later, I still consider the Anderson Ranch community to be my extended family. Doug Casebeer has been a mentor to me for 20 years now! I also have taught numerous workshops in ceramics at the Ranch, and I contribute artworks to the Annual Auction nearly every year now, as part of my effort to give back even a portion of what I have benefited.

4.    How would you describe your artistic practice?
Currently my practice varies from project to project. I might be throwing on the potter's wheel one week, and welding or riveting tin another. I also consider exercise (yoga or push-ups and sit-ups) to be a crucial part of my daily practice, despite the fact that making time for it is not easy. In short, my work moves between process-based and idea-based. There is no "typical" day for me, lately. 

5.    What are three things that inspire you as an artist?
Materials ~ such as wood, concrete, and metal ~ and their aging and decomposition.
The need for socio-political change.
Our environment, both natural and man-made.

6.    How can we find you on social media and the web?
Website: www.christaassad.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/christa.assad
Instagram: https://instagram.com/christaassad/

 

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Justin Richards: Furniture Designer

Name: Justin Richards
Profession: Furniture Designer, Carpenter

1.    How did you find out about Anderson Ranch Arts Center?
When I decided to continue my architecture education, I chose to study at Cranbrook Academy of Art. Being immersed in a community of artists, both emerging and established, not only enabled me to expand my perception of architecture, but also exposed me to countless new opportunities, including the notion of Artist Residency programs. Anderson Ranch had particular appeal to me, since they offered facilities and studios specifically tailored to furniture designers.

2.  What three words best describe Anderson Ranch?
Immersion, discovery, and productivity. And coffee.

3.    How are you connected to Anderson Ranch?
After my 10-week residency, I joined the ranks of Anderson Ranch interns, helping supervise the woodworking studios, as well as introduce staff, faculty, and students to the potential for computer-controlled machining to be used as a tool in their artistic processes (the CNC router arrived during my residency, and came with scant instructions and a steep learning curve; I already had experience with the programming and use of similar equipment, so I assumed the role of techie during my internship).

4.    How would you describe your artistic practice?
I am detail-oriented and highly interested in modules and repetition of parts, patterns, and actions. I use a 3D modeling computer program to assist my design and fabrication processes, from generating vague napkin sketches, to outputting highly detailed shop drawings and cut sheets, providing me a necessary degree of organization- crucial when dealing with so many parts and exacting dimensions. Because the materials I use most- wood and metal- are "reactive" materials, prone to movement, there exists a chasm between the regulated and idealized realm of the computer model and the ever-fluxing real world. My work is a product of this disparity between a digital conception and an analog fabrication. Oftentimes frustrating, this back-and-forth contributes to an ongoing and more attentive design process, congruent with fabrication.

5.    What are three things that inspire you as an artist?
Other makers' profound relationships to their materials
Music that is louder and more aggressive than me
Massive landscapes

6.    How can we find you on social media and the web?
Website: www.justinbuilds.com

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Lesli Cohan: Inspired by nature

Name:  Lesli Cohan
Profession:  Professional photographer and registered nurse/instructor.

 
 

1.    How did you find out about Anderson Ranch Arts Center?
I had known about Anderson Ranch as a previous resident of Colorado, but never had gotten to the Ranch until 2013.  It was always a thought that I wanted to get there, but funny that I didn't until we moved away from Colorado to the Seattle area.

2.    What three words best describe Anderson Ranch?
Innovative, inspiring, harmonious.

3.    How are you connected to Anderson Ranch?
I was fortunate enough to be awarded a special scholarship in 2013 and attended a workshop that was taught by master outdoor photographer Bill Ellzey.  It was such an incredible experience, and I took away a lot that has helped me in my work.  I met some greatly talented people who worked in many different mediums during my stay, and was so inspired by the creative vibe that flowed through the Ranch. 

4.    How would you describe your artistic practice?
I am first and foremost an outdoor and nature photographer.  While I have ventured into different areas of photograph, I continually return to nature.  There are so many things she presents to us, and both when I work alone or teach in my workshops, I try to instill a quest to slow down and see, truly see, what is there and why it speaks to us.
I work, almost as a meditative practice, to see the interplay of light, color and texture and how I can capture that mood or feeling in an image.

5.    What are three things that inspire you as an artist?
Nature, light and color.  I am also greatly inspired by some incredible photographers who have worked tirelessly and fearlessly to show their own vision in their work, and have a strong voice and style.  Any time you get a chance to work with someone like that, it only makes you a better artist.

6.    How can we find you on social media and the web?
Website: www.imagesthroughthedoor.com
Facebook: Facebook.com/imagesttd.
Twitter: #imagesttd
Email: lesli@imagesttd.com


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