Who doesn’t love a good auction?
Whether it’s a live auction and you get to watch the impressive auctioneer work their vocal magic spouting of prices, or you get to peruse a silent auction and feel the rush of beating the last number listed on the sheet, auction fans are in luck this weekend.
On Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Anderson Ranch Arts Center will host its 39th Annual Art Auction and Community Picnic. The event will offer more than 200 pieces of art for sale and opportunities to make art of your own, as well as food, drinks and other activities for families.
“It’s just a really fun, accessible way for people to come experience Anderson Ranch,” said Katherine Roberts, director of marketing and communications for the arts center. “It’s always had the same goal, which is to be a community event here at the ranch and to engage with the people of the valley.”
Roberts said that the auction and picnic, which is now the ranch’s largest community event of the year, has grown tremendously over the last nearly four decades. Last year saw record attendance, with more than 400 people, she said.
This year’s event features a few new additions, such as the Rosybelle Maker Bus that will come up from Carbondale. Roberts called the bus, which allows people to screen-print clothing, a “one-stop-shop school bus where you can make art.”
Also new this year, the live auction will take place on the campus quad. The former site at the meeting hall will instead be used to host square dancing from 11 a.m. to noon and 1 to 2 p.m. The fast and energetic live auction will have seven lots up for sale, Roberts said.
There will also be a silent auction, where hundreds of items come in practically every medium and come from artists around the world.
“All of the works are donated by friends of the ranch,” Roberts said. “People who have come to teach a workshop, people who were artists in residence, summer series participants. There’s a wide swath of artworks.” She added that many of the local artists who contribute will also be at the event.
Hungry? A plate to the picnic, featuring food from the center’s cafe, costs $15. Bloody Marys and margaritas also will be available.
Art prices range from $100 to $20,000, offering something for everyone. There is parking at the center, but Roberts suggests taking the free shuttle between the ranch and Two Creeks to help alleviate traffic congestion. For more information, visit andersonranch.org.