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An artist is born: Steamboat Springs architect turns struggles into works of art

Frances Hohl/For Steamboat Today
A print from artist Katie Kiefer's collection. Her first show, "A Fractured Life — Memoirs of an Architect," combines art and poetry.
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If you go:

What: "A Fractured Life — Memoirs of an Architect" by Katie Kiefer

When: Month of September; opening night is from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2

Where: Depot Arts Center, 1001 13th St.





A print from artist Katie Kiefer’s collection. Her first show, “A Fractured Life — Memoirs of an Architect,” combines art and poetry.

— The Yampa Valley knows something about the Great Recession that began late in 2007. Businesses were devastated. Developments went bankrupt. People lost homes.

Architect and Steamboat Springs resident Katie Kiefer found herself in the middle of the wreckage, both financially and emotionally.

If you go:

What: “A Fractured Life — Memoirs of an Architect” by Katie Kiefer

When: Month of September; opening night is from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2

Where: Depot Arts Center, 1001 13th St.

“As the recession hit, my biggest client died in a plane crash with her 10-year-old son,” Kiefer said. As the recession came into full swing, her business decreased 90 percent.

It was one of many emotional trials Kiefer would have to deal with for the next seven years. At the urging of her therapist, Kiefer turned to art and poetry to express herself.

“I hadn’t written poetry since 10th grade, so I started going to the poetry slams at the local bookstore and won second place my first time,” Kiefer said.

Kiefer’s loss has now turned into a gain for the art community. She is having her first art show combining her poetry with corresponding artwork.

Under the guidance of master printer Susan Oehme, Kiefer used watercolor, oils and silk collograph to transform her life struggles into printed art. Her show, “A Fractured Line — Memoirs of an Architect,” can be seen at the Depot Arts Center throughout September.

Each piece of art will have a poem relating to her life during the recession.

“There’s sadness, despair, lost love and then there’s going home to find redemption and mending relationships,” Kiefer said. “It covers the full gamut of the human condition.”

People can meet and talk with Steamboat’s newest artist during First Friday Artwalk from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2 at the Depot Arts Center on 13th Street.

The project has been funded in part by a grant through the Steamboat Springs Art Council Re-Grant Committee.


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