Depot Art Center presents 2 new shows for First Friday Artwalk in Steamboat |

Depot Art Center presents 2 new shows for First Friday Artwalk in Steamboat

A piece from Dave Lambeth's "Before the Conquest" exhibit of oil paintings, which opens at The Depot on Friday, April 5 as part of April's First Friday ArtWalk. (photo courtesy of Dave Lambeth)
A piece from Dave Lambeth’s “Before the Conquest” exhibit of oil paintings, which portrays elements of ancient Aztec and Mayan culture and opens at the Depot Art Center on Friday, April 5, as part of First Friday Artwalk.
Photo courtesy of David Lambeth

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — For April’s First Friday ArtWalk, the Depot Art Center presents two new exhibits, portraying two eras and two places within the continent.

Dave Lambeth’s “Before the Conquest: Myths of Ancient Mexico” in the Platform Gallery

In his solo exhibition, “Before the Conquest,” Steamboat Springs oil painter Dave Lambeth explores the ancient cultures of indigenous Mexicans, including Aztecs and Mayans, before the European conquest. Lambeth was inspired to paint the series by his extensive travels through the country, visiting local ruins and museums and living part-time in the seaside village of Zijuatanejo since 2005.

“Mexico has an incredibly rich history and heritage, which includes a large number of gods and goddesses who guided the day-to-day lives of the ancient people prior to the arrival of Cortez,” Lambeth said.

In his paintings, Lambeth shows these gods and goddesses, sometimes in statue form, sometimes interacting with the natural world, in colorful, whimsical pieces.

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Lambeth will give an artist talk at 4 p.m. Friday, April 5, and live music will follow from 5 to 8 p.m.

Lambeth recently retired from his career as a professor and biomedical scientist at Emory University.

If you go

What: First Friday Artwalk at the Depot Art Center
When: Lambeth talk, 4 p.m., and Artwalk, 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 5
Where: Depot Art Center, 1001 13th St.

Complete list of First Friday Artwalk venues.

A piece from Dave Lambeth’s “Before the Conquest” exhibit of oil paintings.
Photo courtesy of Dave Lambeth

Crane-Inspired Creative Arts Contest and Exhibit in the Baggage Room

The eighth annual Yampa Valley Crane Festival invited Routt and Moffat county high school seniors to submit original art inspired by or related to sandhill cranes, an iconic species of the Yampa Valley that returns to Northwest Colorado each spring after wintering in New Mexico and Arizona.

The young artists’ submissions will be on display. A $1,500 scholarship will be awarded to the winner.

Julia Ben-Asher is a contributing writer for Steamboat Pilot & Today.

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