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Steamboat Springs Arts Council hosts “Belong” event to boost membership

Frances Hohl/For Steamboat Today
Full moon rises over Steamboat Resort on Wednesday night.
Pete Surgent

If you go:

What: Steamboat Springs Art Council’s open house, “Belong”

When: 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17

Where: Depot Arts Center, 1001 13th St.

Facts about the Steamboat Springs Arts Council

Steamboat Springs Art Council Facts

• This year, 27 scholarships were awarded to low-income and at-risk children to attend creativity camps.

• The Arts Council maintains the historic depot as part of its partnership with the city.

• The Arts Council has an art pantry called Create Space that is a free resource of up-cycled supplies for arts educators.

• The historic train caboose is being renovated by the Arts Council as a visiting artist studio for artists willing to engage the community.

• The Arts Council is working with the city to care for the 90 pieces of public art in Steamboat.

— Picture this: one of America’s finest oil painters working in her studio in Hayden, while her young children are at school; then there’s the 15-year-old Steamboat high schooler who thought she wasn’t artistic enough to take a photography workshop; or maybe it’s the older artist who loves teaching and painting but not enough to show here work in a private gallery.

If you go:

What: Steamboat Springs Art Council’s open house, “Belong”

When: 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17

Where: Depot Arts Center, 1001 13th St.

These are the people who are asking folks to give the Steamboat Springs Arts Council a try this week during the nonprofit organization’s open house, “Belong,” at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17 at the Depot Arts Center. The event will give community members an opportunity to meet and talk with artists and volunteers.

“There’s always something creative going on there,” said Dona Steele, an artist and teacher who is also on the SSAC Visual Arts Committee. “You can walk in and never know what’s going to be going on — plays, music, it’s always happening.”

Oil painter Chula Beauregard paints out ideas for this season’s Sotheby’s Winter Carnival Poster and will be available to chat at the Steamboat Springs Art Council’s “Belong” open house Nov. 17 at the Depot Arts Center.
Frances Hohl

Chula Beauregard grew up on the antique wooden floors of the historic train depot turned art hub on 13th Street. She is quickly becoming known as one of America’s most talented oil painters, especially for her plein air work. But it was the Arts Council at the old depot that gave her the confidence as a young artist to follow her dream — sponsoring or encouraging projects like city murals.

“I think the arts council does an incredible job advocating for the artists but also creating a larger vibrant community of people from all walks of life,” said a passionate Beauregard. “They use the arts to make Steamboat a better place to live.”

Parker Seibel, 15, didn’t have an artistic bone in her body, but her mom pushed her to try a photography class at the Depot.

“We started from basics to more skilled stuff, it was really fun,” said the teenager who also used her love of science to build a camera in the class.

And for Routt County kids, money should not stand in the way of experiencing art.

Facts about the Steamboat Springs Arts Council

Steamboat Springs Art Council Facts

• This year, 27 scholarships were awarded to low-income and at-risk children to attend creativity camps.

• The Arts Council maintains the historic depot as part of its partnership with the city.

• The Arts Council has an art pantry called Create Space that is a free resource of up-cycled supplies for arts educators.

• The historic train caboose is being renovated by the Arts Council as a visiting artist studio for artists willing to engage the community.

• The Arts Council is working with the city to care for the 90 pieces of public art in Steamboat.

“They have a tremendous scholarship fund,” said Kim Brack, Seibel’s mother and a SSAC Education Committee member.

“No kid should be turned away.”

And just as importantly, no adult should ignore what the Arts Council has to offer, said Beauregard, who once ran a school program that explored social issues through art.

“If anyone has an idea to draw a connection between art and the community, you can make that happen,” said Beauregard. “The Arts Council has the tools to make that happen. They’re here for us.”

“If you are an artist and not part of a gallery, you can still go through the visual arts committee, submit a proposal, and if accepted … have a show there,” Steele explained.

In the meantime, Brack encourages everyone to explore what the Arts Council has to offer, no matter your talent.

“I have no artistic ability but I appreciate the culture it offers this town,” Brack said. “They’re doing a tremendous job in reaching out and anyone can help out, whether you’re an artist or not.”


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