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Artists’ Gallery of Steamboat to feature guest artist Friday

Broadfoot’s works join 3 local collections in February show

Margaret Hair

— Olinka Broadfoot can tell you two things for sure: She is a sculptor, and she paints.

Beyond that, Broadfoot's realistic commissioned work and nonrealistic personal creations cover a long list of inspirations, a long career of artistic statements and a long patron partnership that allows her to create what she wants when she wants.

The artist's textural paintings, bronze sculptures and other work are featured in February at the Artists' Gallery of Steamboat. A guest artist from Prague and New York, among other places, Broadfoot will be on hand for a reception featuring her work from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday at Artists' Gallery.

The reception is part of First Friday Artwalk; work by three local gallery artists also will be highlighted during the free event.

Broadfoot is the second artist to be featured as an out-of-town guest in what was once the Artists' Gallery's print room. Her work found its way to Artists' Gallery when local sculptor and friend Bill Holmes mentioned the possibility of a small show to guest gallery curator Susan Schiesser.

After looking at the work and falling for Broadfoot's sculptures, Schiesser invited her to add a little more to the massive amount of work she was bringing back from Prague. Broadfoot's work, which includes a digital slide show of almost 250 images, will be on display through the end of the month.

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A native of the Czech Republic, Broadfoot lived in Argentina from ages 4 to 12, when she moved to New York. She's been back and forth from the states to the Czech Republic for most of her adult life and has work in galleries, parks, institutions and residences all across the world. For the past three years, she's continued a 15-year partnership with Tondach, a brick factory outside Prague that offers her living and studio space.

Broadfoot is in transition from Prague to the United States now, with plans to go back overseas for a while before possibly settling, at least briefly, in Oregon.

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Three local artists are featured in February in the front room of Artists' Gallery. Barb Gregoire presents a new style of ceramic sculpture; Janice Lawrence presents large impressionist images of flowers from the Yampa River Botanic Park; and Schiesser presents three large-scale paintings depicting abstract landscapes.

There's a common thread running through the work, as each artist takes a new angle on what they've done before, Lawrence said.

"We all have sort of traditional roots, but we're very much contemporary realists," Lawrence said. "It's interesting because it's not the sort of traditional plein air. … It's sort of the artist's interpretation of not only what they're seeing but what they're feeling."

Schiesser said her work took a turn when she put in late-night studio hours to finish three 60-by-60-inch paintings.

"I started going into the studio at night and working until 4 o'clock in the morning, so that work is more intense than what I usually do," Schiesser said. The local artist's busy schedule has kept her on a loop between the same three or so locations for the past few months, so the landscapes depict those spaces, she said.

Ceramic artist Gregoire's new work takes on more abstract shapes, with detailed hand-etchings and modern irregularities making strong appearances.

"Her work has really evolved, and she's starting to focus in on a particular pattern and rhythm and color and shape that really resonates with her creativity," Schiesser said about the collection.

If you go

What: Opening reception for Olinka Broadfoot, Janice Lawrence, Barb Gregoire and Susan Schiesser; part of First Friday Artwalk

When: 5 to 9 p.m. Friday

Where: Artists’ Gallery of Steamboat, 1009 Lincoln Ave.

Cost: Free

Call: 879-4744


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