Anderson Ranch 2020 Gift Guide

November 30, 2020

Posted In: Anderson Ranch General

As you shop for holiday presents this year, the Anderson Ranch ArtWorks store is filled to the brim with treats; sure to delight the art lover, reader, decorator or fashionista in your life. Designed with multiple price points in mind, our gift guide is sure to make shopping for your loved ones easy and fun this holiday season. The ArtWorks store stretches far past the confines of this list, so we know that if you peruse, something will strike your fancy.

Budget: $65 and Under

From our large selection of books, we recommend How to Be an Artist by Jerry Saltz and Boom: Mad Money, Mega Dealers, and the Rise of Contemporary Art by Michael Shnayerson.

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Saltz, who has been involved with Anderson Ranch for many years, most recently as a Summer Series participant, is one of the art world’s most celebrated and passionate voices. “How to Be an Artist” offers invaluable insight into what really matters to emerging artists: originality, persistence, a balance between knowledge and intuition, and that most precious of qualities, self-belief. Brimming with rules, prompts, and practical tips, How to Be an Artist gives artists new ways to break through creative blocks, get the most from materials, navigate career challenges, and above all find joy in the work.

Boom: Mad Money, Mega Dealers, and the Rise of Contemporary Art exposes the world of the taste-making art dealers who make and break careers and fortunes. It begins in the mid-1940s in genteel poverty with a scattering of galleries in midtown Manhattan, and journeys through ramshackle 1950s studios of Coenties Slip, the hipster locations in SoHo and Chelsea, London’s Bond Street, and across the terraces of Art Basel until the present day. Shnayerson, a 2020 Ranch Summer Series guest most recently joined our National Council to discuss this work. He writes this kaleidoscopic history of the contemporary art market that is a must read for contemporary art enthusiasts, history aficionados, and financial buffs alike.

Check out some of our other books here!


Up next, these beautiful tea towels are the perfect addition to any kitchen.

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Created on a sturdy cotton fabric with beautiful colored prints, these small-batch accessories from Jen Ghormley, former Ranch Visiting Faculty, will brighten up any kitchen with both style and function.


This small black pitcher handmade by Artistic Director Emeritus Doug Casebeer is a must-have for the ceramics lover in your life.

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One-of-a-kind and perfect on its own or with its matching cups, this minimalist pitcher is a delightful addition to Sunday afternoon tea.

Budget: $66-$150

These one-of-a-kind dangle earrings are black with a gold decal and handmade by Melanie Sherman, a summer 2021 Guest Faculty member and former Artist-in-Residence.

There’s nothing better for your favorite fashionista than having handmade earrings that no one else can have!


If you are looking for something made right here at the Ranch, look no further than these colorful bowls by Ceramics Studio Coordinator Louise Deroualle.

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Complement your meals or kitchen décor with these brightly-colored bowls created with colored clay. Available in a variety of colors and with matching plates.


This gorgeous, hand-embroidered scarf is a versatile addition to any closet.

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Airy and light, black cotton is embroidered with a white grid and colorful flowers. Handmade by Flossie Gull, former Ranch staff. Flossie likely greeted you at the front desk over many summers and knows the very best of the best ArtWorks Store items!


Sure to brighten up your home, this porcelain jewel vase with a black glaze is the perfect vessel for a bright bunch of freshly picked flowers.

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Handmade by the Roaring Fork Valley’s own Liz Heller, a former Artist-in-Residence at the Ranch.


This snow globe, was created by Bunny Burson, a former Ranch Service to the Arts Honoree and Board of Trustee member.

It contains the actual confetti loaded into air cannons and poised to swirl down from the Javits Center to celebrate the election of Hilary Clinton, to be the first woman President of the United States, on Nov. 8, 2016. As those pieces of confetti swirl down around Maya Angelou’s iconic words “And Still I Rise” this snow globe was created to inspire women and girls to break the glass ceilings in their lives.

“You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.”

-Maya Angelou, “And Still I Rise”

Budget: $151+

A hand made box, filled with hand made dominos, covered with hand painted dots.

Perfect for display or for play, and one-of-a-kind! Created by Justin Richard, former Artist-in-Residence.


Elevate your home decor with this beautiful hand-built vessel created by Micahel Wisner, a Roaring Fork Valley local and former Artist-in-Residence.

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Created with ancient Southwest pottery techniques, Wisner‘s creations exist at the crossroads of old and new, and will add sophistication and beauty to any space.

Featuring quotes from 2018 International Artist Honoree, Ai Weiwei, these custom sweaters were created exclusively for Anderson Ranch Arts Center by Lingua Franca. 

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This popular line of sustainably-sourced, fair trade luxury cashmere goods are all hand-stitched by women in New York City. Your sweater purchase helps us sustain a supportive environment for artists and all those who love art. Just a few of these limited-edition sweaters remain available for purchase.


Any Budget

Still not sure what to buy? Consider purchasing a gift card to the ArtWorks store.

With everything from art supplies to fine art, a gift card will help any artist or art-lover buy exactly what they want! Or if you are looking for experiences instead of things a gift card to our Ranch Café is sure to please. With full-service specialty drinks like lavender lemonade, spiced cider, house made mochas and more, dreamed up by our in-house barista, we can provide the best pick-me-up for any afternoon in Snowmass Village. We also offer grab-and-go food inspired by Japanese convenience stores and a full a la carte menu during select months throughout the year.




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