Rogue West Gallery to feature new exhibit this month with internationally recognized artist
If You Go
What: "Art for Everyone" exhibit
When: Available 1 to 7 p.m. Daily (closed Mondays) through May 31
Where: Rogue West, 941 Lincoln Ave.
Steamboat Springs — With a new name comes a new direction.
What was once Zimni Rue Fine Art Gallery will now be known as Rogue West Gallery.
“The gallery will be a community-oriented space, hosting events to raise awareness and support for the arts,” said Arthur Elliot, gallery owner. “From artist workshops to seminars and fundraisers for charitable organizations, Rogue West brings its best foot forward as a new business to Steamboat.”
This month’s debut gallery exhibit is titled “Art for Everyone” and features internationally recognized Japanese artist Tadashi Hayakawa, who is also a popular artist in Denver. The exhibition will be on display from 5 to 8 p.m. during today’s First Friday Artwalk at various galleries around town.
Elliot said Hayakawa wishes to introduce his work to Steamboat and will offer his original works at a reduced prices for those looking to begin or add to their fine art collections, hence, the title of the exhibition: “Art for Everyone.”
From his early years as a child actor in Japan to graduating with a master of fine arts degree from the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles and becoming the internationally recognized artist he is today, Hayakawa has lived the artist’s plight and reward through the years.
Though his art career began to flourish in Los Angeles, he took time off from artistic endeavors and, through a string of coincidences, ended up in Parker, Colorado, in 2011, where he opened the Japanese restaurant, Junz.
But his artistic desire never left him, and he soon returned to it, this time taking the avenue of artist and teacher.
“My mission today is to first develop strong artists who have integrity, then to give these artists the opportunity to show their artwork to the community,” he said.
“To this day, at age 74, he (Hayakawa) continues unabashed in his search for the origin of spirit and of creation itself,” Elliot said. “In the maturity of his career, he has become a mentor to fellow painters and sculptors.”
Other locally and nationally recognized artists featured at the gallery this month will include Jan Maret Willman, Darryl Steele, Alexander Anufriev and Melanie Warsinske.
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