Local artist is featured at First Friday Artwalk
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What: First Friday Artwalk showing of Marion Kahn's artwork
When: 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 1
Where: Harwigs, 911 Lincoln Ave.
Other galleries and alternative venues along Lincoln Avenue will feature a variety of artists as well
Steamboat Springs — Crossing lush mountainsides surrounded by vivid wildflowers, local artist Marion Kahn finds her voice in the breathtaking beauty of the Steamboat Springs valley.
Climbing step by step up a steep incline is akin to the challenges Kahn faces in perfecting her artistic voice. While the hike may be trying, the view from the top is just as rewarding as a finished piece of art — full of bold, brilliant colors that were once quite intimidating.
“I do like strong colors, but I also really like soft colors,“ explained Kahn. “It’s hard sometimes to know when to push that boundary, to take a really pretty painting and make it fine art.
“That red is really bold,” Kahn said of her painting, “Winged Columbines.” “It’s outside my comfort zone, but I think it makes it a really strong painting.”
As a young girl, Kahn had a natural artistic talent. She had the ability to size up a face and replicate it in a beautiful charcoal portrait. At the time, she said, she was afraid to experiment with color, but over time, she has realized that color is really what drives her artistic voice.
“I’ve been so inspired by the nature here,” she said, “all of our landscapes, really. I see life in very bold and bright terms when I’m painting.”
Kahn’s past work includes a series of sunsets, some of which are on display at the Steamboat Springs Center for Visual Arts. Others, like “Hikers Reward,” detail scenery she has crossed on one of her many beloved hikes.
As a nature and flower enthusiast, much of the work for her new show is focused on botanicals.
“Let me share with you something wonderful that I’ve seen,” Kahn said of her most recent work. “I want to be able to have this method of expression, to create beauty — maybe that’s the ultimate in life.
“I’m planning to grow, but growth is very painful, when you’re doing something new and it’s frustrating, you wonder ‘what in the heck are you doing that for?’” said Kahn. “It’s really tough, but you don’t get better if you don’t push yourself.”
Kahn’s work will be on display at Harwigs for Friday’s First Friday Artwalk.
“The first thing you hope for is ‘wow,’” Kahn said of the reaction she hopes her work elicits. “Then the rest is all up to them. We all personalize how we see art and life.”
Kahn’s creativity doesn’t stop at painting either; she also has found a love for jewelry making. She is passionate about everything she does and she said, in the end, she hopes her work can bring joy to someone else.
“These inner desires allow you to have this idea, and maybe you already have the talent, you just have to develop it,” she said. “I think it’s all about that spark that’s inside of you, that you’d like to become a fire and then that fire grows.”
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