More than 150 artists expected for Art in the Park this weekend
Steamboat Springs — The 42nd annual Art in the Park, a two-day fundraiser for the Steamboat Springs Arts Council, returns this weekend to West Lincoln Park.
The event includes about 160 artist vendors, live entertainment, a children’s interactive art area and food vendors.
This year’s event will also feature a new, live interactive art exhibit, part of an effort to get more people engaged in artwork, according to Kim Keith, executive director of the Steamboat Springs Arts Council.
“We want to try to engage people that are coming to the park in creative ways,” Keith said.
People can write messages on a piece of mylar ribbon to add to the “Creativi-tree,” a collaborative piece of art the Arts Council first set up during a visit with the Colorado Creative District certifiers in late May.
The mylar ribbons each read “Creativity is . . . “ and participants are asked to finish the sentence.
“Some of the responses are so interesting and cool,” Keith said. “It’s a reminder of how important creativity is for the enrichment of your life.”
People driving through the west end of downtown this week may have spotted a trailer full of the metal animal sculptures created by artist Fredrick Prescott, who returns to Art in the Park for the second time this year.
Prescott uses a plasma cutter to cut out animal shapes in big sheets of steel, which are then welded together and sandblasted to bare metal. A shimmering positively and negatively charged powder coat is added before the animals are cooked in a 20-foot oven.
The animal heads are kinetic, moving in the wind when the sculptures are outside.
“The animals kind of come alive,” said Prescott, who is from New Mexico.
During last year’s event, Prescott was pleased to see former customers from all over the country who also own houses here or visit Steamboat Springs.
Steamboat Springs artist Sista Luna will also return to Art in the Park this year with her folded paper affirmation stars, which each include a written positive message inside.
“She folds up these beautiful little stars made out of paper,” Keith said. “It’s a really interesting gift.”
Luna said she’s been happy with the community’s turnout for events like Art in the Park.
“I’m always so impressed with how much the community here comes out to support art, and Art in the Park is no different,” she said.
Keith said this year’s event would have lots of new artists, more booths and a wider variety of food than last year.
“We want to keep it fresh, and we want to continue to raise the bar of the quality of art that’s at Art in the Park,” Keith said.
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