Just about 15 minutes and 12 or so miles west of Aspen’s frantic but fun fine art scene is another experience,

MILES TO GO BEFORE a mostly quieter scene for those in search of art midst winding creeks, fields of wildflowers, split-rail fences, and painted Adirondack chairs.

This is Anderson Ranch Art Center, a little bit of art-making heaven in Snowmass Village, where artists and wouldbe artists breathe in the clean crisp air of Colorado,

and inspired by the serenity of the five-acre campus, create. Of course, the sounds of saws, drills, and hammers are heard as well.

The buzz of 3D printers and the smells of turpentine, melting wax, and wood chips permeate the air.

All good sounds. All good smells for those enjoying the Anderson Ranch’s year-round workshops.

Celebrating its 50th Anniversary this summer, the Anderson Ranch calendar is filled with free artist presentations, demonstrations,

gallery shows, auctions, and celebration dinners, in addition to the many one- and two-week classes.

During the celebration week, July 17–22, MacArthur Foundation Fellow and Medal of Arts awardee, photographer Carrie Mae Weems,

will be lauded as the 2016 Anderson Ranch National Artist. She joins a long list of recognized art stars, such as Frank Stella (2015) and Theaster Gates (2014).

The 2016 Recognition dinner in Weems’s honor will be on Thursday, July 21.

Meanwhile, a favorite home-grown Texas artist, turned Colorado resident, James Surls, has long been a supporter of the Ranch, regularly exhibiting work in the Ranch Gallery,

 MILES TO GO BEFORE and this summer, teaching “Sculpture: Critical Thinking” with artist Terry Allen, July 18–22.

Whether you take a class, enjoy a program, or just take a tour, Executive Director Nancy Williams says, “We’ll help you lead a fuller, richer life.

The Ranch is determined to educate, to inspire, and to help you discover something new within yourself.”

Reserve a room at the Wyly House Dormitory located on the Ranch property (named in recognition for the generosity of Dallas’s art-loving patrons Dee and the late Charles Wyly).

Look forward to farm-fresh meals at the Ranch Cafe and prepare to create in the Wyly Painting Building.

Pick a course in ceramics, painting, printmaking, sculpture, woodturning, 3D printing, or even iPhone

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