Director of the gallery, Anne joined the team the day the doors opened in June of 1997. Her prior art endeavors in Aspen include the positions of Sales Director of the Barney Wyckoff Gallery and Executive Director of the Aspen/Snowmass Council for the Arts. In the early 90’s she was the founder of a Junior Board at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass. The “Non-Board,” welcomed youthful energy and participation in the non-profit and successfully increased exposure with programs such as Wintersculpt – that brought snow sculptures back to the historic Winterskol event in Aspen every January. She was also deeply involved and Chairman of the Board of the Art Base (formerly the Wyly Community Art Center in Basalt), for 10 years.
Raised in Burlington, VT, her passion for both art and skiing drew her to Aspen in the fall of 1989 after gaining valuable experience at Sotheby’s in NYC. She earned her B.A. at Middlebury College in 1984 where she studied English, political science and studio art with a special emphasis in printmaking. She credits much of her success in representing unique and multiple works on paper to the hands-on skills she developed during her student years and her genuine enthusiasm for the printmaking medium.
She also enjoys gardening, road biking, hiking in the wildflowers, rafting the rivers of the West with her husband Brent Gardner-Smith and looking for Petroglyphs along the way. Her step-son, Austin and wife Kelly have two boys and live in Hingham, MA. She is a former ski racer and a fully certified ski instructor on Aspen Mountain.