Steamboat women collaborate on pop-up art gallery, boutique |

Steamboat women collaborate on pop-up art gallery, boutique

Nicole Inglis

Entrepreneurs Kelly Subr, Kimberly Saari and Christy Borden stand inside the space in Howelsen Place where they will be opening K. Saari Gallery/Soul Sisters Studio.

— Art is more than squares hanging on white walls, and white walls are much more than places to hang art.

The concept behind a new pop-up art gallery and boutique store in downtown Steamboat Springs is a place where the energy of various art forms meet, filling the walls and the space between.

Masterminded by Kimberly Saari, Christy Borden and Kelly Subr, the space will be a crossroads of contemporary artwork, world fashion and locally inspired gifts.

The gallery is in Howelsen Place on Seventh Street between Carl's Tavern and Urbane, and Saari said she is on a month-to-month lease through January.

"Why strictly have an art gallery when I don't have to?" she said. "It was being able to bring a lot of elements of the community together."

K. Saari Gallery/Soul Sisters Studio opens at 11 a.m. Tuesday for an all-day holiday open house. They plan to be open seven days per week.

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"We really feel like we want to come at it not from a competitive standpoint; it's time to move past being competitive and celebrate the individual within the group," Subr said. "We're wanting to work together.”

Within this particular group, three distinct styles and personalities shine through.

Saari, who formerly owned a Lincoln Avenue gallery and who's conducted the business of a pop-up gallery before, will bring her eye for contemporary work with the artists she represents: Monroe Hodder, Jeffrey Keith, Susan Oehme, Laura Wait and Christie Ginanni Stepan.

A group show will be up for the next few weeks, and a show of new work from Wait opens at the January First Friday Artwalk.

The other two women are the Soul Sisters, sharing the same birthday and a friendship dating back to preschool here in Steamboat Springs.

It's Borden's travel bug and the shopping bug that strikes on her international trips that will offer a series of one-of-a-kind imported items from India and New York styles to the new space, beaded jewelry and chic cardigans, among other items.

Subr's green thumb comes through in a thoughtful and artistic manner with her “What Kelly Can Grow” series of living sculptures made of native plants and mosses.

"Everything we're going to have in Soul Sisters and K. Saari has energy," Borden said.

The gallery will be open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. during the holiday season.

To reach Nicole Inglis, call 970-871-4204 or email