New events and programs with All Arts Festival proved to be successful |

New events and programs with All Arts Festival proved to be successful

In this photo culinary artist and Chef Olivier begins to make a sugar sculpture from scratch using his own recipe and method of applying heat to create the figures at the Creative Mixology event Friday evening with the All Arts Festival.
Audrey Dwyer

— There is a new energy among the arts community in Steamboat Springs.

It was apparent during the All Arts Festival this week — led by the Steamboat Springs Arts Council — with daily events and activities that showcased art through many forms such as literary, culinary, visual, performance and musical arts with street performances, open-air studios, live music and more.

“I love the blend of all the arts and how they are putting everything together,” said local artist Jennifer Baker, who currently has work on display at the Depot Art Center. “I think it’s a great and refreshing for Steamboat to be doing something like this. There is so much going on and there is such a great energy that is going on here.”

New events such as the workshops and gallery tours with distinguished visiting artist Nancy Friese and the Creative Mixology event uncovered the local talent found in Steamboat that offers something for any artistic palate.

“The response we got was amazing everyone that saw them stopped and wrote a quote or listened to the music it was this delightful surprise,” said Kim Keith, executive director for the SSAC. “I want to add more of those delightful surprises. Creativity leads to all kinds of things and discoveries in your life and I think we did that.”

In working with the festival promoter, Howard Alan Events which brings numerous award-winning juried artists to festivals across the country, Steamboat had the chance to see some of the finest artists in the country all in one place.

“Being a local artist and having the opportunity to be down here is different than being in a gallery,” said local artist Lance Whitner about her first time in the Yampa River Fine Art Stroll. “I think this is the biggest it’s ever been and there is a lot of nice work here.”

Many of the visiting artists said, so far, the art stroll has proved to be successful for them. Many of whom had never shown their work in Steamboat before.

“Having people in a concentrated area like this is great,” said visiting artist Lisa Diamor-Sanchez. “This is something great for people to do and it exposes people to art who might not have been exposed to it before.”

Pleased with the turnout of the week’s events, Keith agreed there is a new energy infused in the arts in Steamboat as she continues to see improvements and more involvement from all ages.

“I think it’s the right time and right energy around the arts,” said Keith. “It’s about jumping on new opportunities. We are constantly innovating and then evaluating.”

In the fall, Keith said the SSAC will reevaluate to analyze how the year’s events went and to ensure they are going in the right direction.

“I’m very excited about the SSAC and the direction that it’s going,” said Whitner. “I think it’s just going to grow more and more.”

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1

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