It’s back – and bigger than ever |

It’s back – and bigger than ever

Art in the Park returns for 33rd year with more than 140 vendors

Art in the Park returns this year for its 33rd – and largest – showing. More than 140 vendors will set up shop at West Lincoln Park in downtown Steamboat Springs during Rainbow Weekend.

“It’s a laid-back atmosphere,” artist Owen Mortensen said. “All people there – buyers and vendors – have an open mind and a lot of talent.”

Mortensen first came to Art in the Park in 2001. He was recently featured in American Style magazine as an artist on the rise for his unique style of botanical art.

“I can go to other shows that are bigger, but I like what Art in the Park and Steamboat have to offer,” Mortensen said. “I’ve traditionally done very well there.”

Art in the Park reserves entrance to artists who display work entirely of their own original concept, design and execution. This weekend, booths displaying wood, metal, clay, leather, fiber and glass, plus fine art, jewelry, sculpture and photography will be available to visitors to purchase or simply to admire and mingle with the creators.

“I always think of it as my vacation fair,” jeweler Cathy Crenshaw said. “The fair is so relaxing, the customers are friendly, the setting is gorgeous – it’s always a nice trip.”

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Crenshaw, who will attend her 10th year at Art in the Park this weekend, crafts contemporary sterling silver jewelry out of her home in Cedar Ridge. Among the growing number of vendors, Crenshaw also noticed the improving quality of the artwork at Art in the Park.

“The (Steamboat Springs) Arts Council has done a really nice job in the past years, really bringing up the quality of artists admitted into the show,” Crenshaw said.

“The Steamboat crowd is into innovative design. I bring art to this show that I might not to a more conservative fair.”

Art in the Park attracts between 8,000 and 10,000 people every year. In addition to the artist booths, there also is live entertainment from local bands, children’s performances and dance groups.

New this year is the addition of the Farmers Market, which sells locally grown products.

“It’s fitting that this year’s Art in the Park is the biggest ever as the Steamboat Springs Arts Council celebrates its emerald anniversary,” said Jennifer Jones, director of events and marketing for the Steamboat Springs Arts Council. “We are tremendously pleased with our lineup of artisans this year who also look forward to this event.”

Although the weather was less than ideal during last year’s Art in the Park, Jones said there was a high demand for returning and new artists to the fair.

“That’s why I keep going back, because it’s a well-organized show with a good breadth of artists,” Mortensen said. “The intimate setting with high-quality work is unique.”