Wood, Water & Rock: Present every moment, and with every brushstroke


What a summer it has been! We are excited to have artist Meredith Nemirov at Buffalo Peaks Ranch on September 9th, for our last artist workshop of the season.

Here’s more from Meredith on what’s planned: Painting under the influence of such great watercolor artists as Homer, Sergeant, Burchfield and others we will create works that focus on different aspects of the natural landscape. We will paint in the ranch’s makeshift studio, and outside, weather permitting. This is a great class to improve your painting skills and learn more about color and composition.


Meredith Nemirov’s work has been featured in several galleries across Colorado, in addition to galleries in New York and Massachusetts. Meredith was recently the focus of an Artist Profile in Plein Air Magazine.

For much more on Meredith Nemirov’s work, be sure to visit her website, along with her blog.

Wood, Water, Rock: Painting Trees, Rivers and Mountains in Watercolor

with Meredith Nemirov

Saturday, September 9th, 10am to 4pm,  $50 class fee

Click Here to Register!


“…the more Nemirov explains her process, the more one realizes that there is a complicated dance going on between abstraction and representation and between plein air and studio paintings in her work. Her studio paintings are usually abstractions of what she sees on location. Yet she never works from photos, but rather from drawings and paintings done in the field. ‘I can’t let go of the plein air landscape because I love it so much and because it feeds the abstract work,’ says Nemirov. ‘Outside you have to be so present, every moment, with every brushstroke. It’s a very different and intense experience.'” — Bob Bahr, PleinAir Magazine, April-May 2016

Field Sketching at Buffalo Peaks Ranch


Pages from Sherrie York’s sketchbook, Buffalo Peaks Ranch

Field sketching is a valuable tool for artists, scientists, gardeners, and anyone who wants to know more about the world around them. Even if you think you can’t draw a straight line, you can keep visual field notes.

We are thrilled to have artist Sherrie York return to Buffalo Peaks Ranch for the third summer in a row. The ranch is a wonderful place to explore, observe, and sketch. You will practice several basic drawing and observation skills including contour, memory, and gesture drawing, plus explore ideas for filling the blank page. Non-artists welcome and encouraged! (Ages 14 to Adult).

For much more on Sherrie York’s work, be sure to visit her visually stunning website!

The Illustrated Journal with Sherrie York

Saturday, August 19th, 9am to 2pm,  $50 class fee

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Sherrie York leading a class through figure drawing exercises, Buffalo Peaks Ranch.

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And the day will include plenty of time to sketch across the ranch.


Join us at Buffalo Peaks Ranch on August 19th!


Join us at Denver’s RedLine Gallery!


Join us for LAND TRUST, a new RedLine Exhibit

The Rocky Mountain Land Library will be part of an exciting new exhibit at Denver’s RedLine Gallery, 2350 Arapahoe. Land Trust features socially engaged art exploring land and place. It’s an attempt to slow down and get our feet back on solid ground, to explore the cultural practices that connect us physically and spiritually to the world, and to look squarely at the human effects of environmental change, The exhibition includes artwork by Ryan Feddersen, Megan Gafford, Brian House, Cannupa Hanska Luger, Daisy Patton, Becky Wareing Steele, and Tory Tepp.

 Come see the Land Library’s book spiral with hundreds of books from our collection, and join us for the launch of our first nature-in-the-city outreach, the Cloud Atlas Project. This will be the start of an ongoing celebration of Denver’s cloudscape.

 Often overlooked, the daily procession of clouds gives us an ever-changing glimpse of the natural world. As Gavin Pretor-Pinney, founder of the Cloud Appreciation Society writes, “Clouds are nature’s poetry, and the most egalitarian of her displays, since everyone can have a fantastic view of them.
August 11-27, with an Opening Reception on August 11th, 6-9pm
RedLine, 2350 Arapahoe.

Clouds rolling in Denver’s direction, from South Park’s Buffalo Peaks Ranch

Mountain Ranches of Western Colorado


“The ranches where Michael Crouser so affectionately captures these scenes tell a story of staying power, of joy in the beauty of the world, of gratitude for the working animals—the dogs and the horses—of midwifery and husbandry, of seeing the seasons through. . . . It is a pleasure to be brought into this out-of-the-way part of the world with such understated passion.”
—Gretel Ehrlich, from the foreword

We have a special room set aside in the Main House at Buffalo Peaks Ranch. Named after the founder of the ranch, the Marie Guiraud Ranching Library will house books on the history of ranching, along with volumes on ranching practices worldwide. We’re excited to add Michael Crouser’s new book, Mountain Ranch to our always growing collection!


The mountain ranches of western Colorado preserve a way of life that has nearly vanished from the American scene. Families who have lived on the same land for five or six generations raise cattle much as their ancestors did, following an annual cycle of breeding, birthing, branding, grazing, and selling livestock. Michael Crouser spent more than a decade (2006–2016) photographing family cattle ranches in Colorado, intrigued “not by the ways their lives are changing but by the way they have stayed the same.” He was, he says, “most interested in the traditional elements of these traditional lives, . . . what they call ‘cowboying.’”


Mountain Ranch’s duotone images capture the raw and basic elements of a hard and basic life.

For more on Michael Crouser’s work, be sure to visit his website. We hope you enjoy this book trailer on Mountain Ranch as much as we do!

Michael Crouser will be discussing and signing copies of his new book at Denver’s Tattered Cover Book Store (Colfax Avenue Store) on Monday, August 21st, 7pm.

Click here for more information!

Poetry & Place at Buffalo Peaks Ranch


This workshop will focus on the significance of place in poetry. Place may be defined as a geographical location, an internal state, or perhaps a poetic meeting of the two. The workshop will center around how to structure and develop poems and the creative process that is involved. Jodie will share how she began writing poetry, as well as what writing habits have helped her writing process. She will go into what structure she uses when starting to write a piece, and use her own poetry as well as celebrated poets as examples.

Poetry and Place with Jodie Hollander

Saturday, August 5th, 10am to 4pm,  $50 class fee



Jodie Hollander was raised in a family of classical musicians. Her work has been published in journals such as The Poetry Review, PN Review, The Dark Horse, The Rialto, Verse Daily, The New Criterion, The Manchester Review, Australia’s Best Poems of 2011, and Australia’s Best Poems of 2015. Her debut pamphlet, The Humane Society, was released with tall-lighthouse (London) in 2012; her full-length collection, My Dark Horses, was just published by Liverpool University Press. Hollander is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship in South Africa, a National Endowment for the Humanities Grant in Italy and is currently the editor for Garo, the arts journal of the Rocky Mountain Land Library.


Jodie Hollander’s My Dark Horses on display in the UK!

Getting to Know the Headwaters

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At first glance, South Park appears to be a never-ending expanse of shortgrass prairie. But the waters of this high mountain grassland are rich and varied.

We are thrilled to have Denise Culver back this summer to share so much of what she has learned about wetland plants, after a lifetime spent in the field. We will amble along the banks of South Park’s streams (including the South Platte River), and explore the ranch’s fen, a very special peatland environment with many globally rare plants. Please join us!


Saturday, August 5th, 10am to 4pm,  $50 class fee



Fen plants tend to be tiny. Here’s Denise, last year, leaning in to identify a grass.

Denise Culver is a botanist & ecologist with the Colorado Natural Heritage Program. She has been happily mucking across Colorado’s wetlands for over 20 years. Denise is also the co-author of the wonderfully comprehensive Field Guide to Colorado’s Wetland Plants.



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Foraging Across the Ranch: a Land Art Workshop

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Foraging Across the Land: a two-day Workshop with Rik Sargent

Join us and be a part of an immersive, on-site creation at Buffalo Peaks Ranch. Accompanied by artist and sculptor Rik Sargent, we will collaborate on a yet-to-be-determined story inspired by the ranch, the surrounding land, and the South Platte River, whose flow has always defined the story of this historic high mountain ranch.

The emerging  narrative will then be assembled into a landscape piece, using the ranch’s materials to help tell a story of land and people, South Park and beyond.

Spend a weekend (July 29-30) at the Ranch camping, foraging, and collaborating on a project that will become part of Buffalo Peaks Ranch’s always changing, always evolving story!

Saturday, July 29th thru Sunday July 30th, $100 class fee


At the beginning of the workshop weekend we’ll start with the “local” material:


Like any working ranch, Buffalo Peaks Ranch has accumulated what some might think of as refuse, but what others see as artifacts of shape, texture, color, and design.


Not to mention, artifacts of work, daily lives and struggle.


And then, there’s always wire, lots of wire!


Barbed and baling wire aplenty.


With all the local elements in place, and the landscape as our guide, who knows what will be created at Buffalo Peaks Ranch on July 29-30th??


Rik Sargent has created incredible pieces of public art equally emphasizing the sculpture itself and the environment it rests in. His voice has lent wonderful insight around the Land Library’s table, and now up at Buffalo Peaks Ranch.


For more on Rik Sargent, and his work, be sure to visit his website!