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Stewart brings mosaics, paintings to all surfaces

Oak Creek artist Patsy Stewart sits in front of a mosiac and a collection of her hand-decorated wine glasses at The Mugshot coffee shop. Stewart's work will be featured in an artist's reception at The Mugshot from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday.
Margaret Hair

— If there are any undecorated surfaces in Patsy Stewart’s house, they’re not easy to find.

Both bathrooms in the Oak Creek home feature mosaic murals or embellished tile floors. Several of the shelves are adorned with bits of broken ceramics, and there are a couple of small tables with mosaic tops.

“I just love to experiment and try new things,” Stewart said. Her experiments include paintings in various mediums, sculpture, ceramic murals, hand-decorated wine glasses, beaded jewelry and gift cards.



On Saturday, those experiments will be on display at The Mugshot in Oak Creek. The coffee shop hosts an art opening for Stewart from 5 to 8 p.m., featuring drinks, appetizers and prizes.

To fill the shop’s two rooms with her work, Stewart had to do some digging. Several of her pieces are on loan to friends throughout Routt County, who are keeping the art safe on their walls until Stewart wants to sell or showcase it.



“I don’t have enough room in my house for all of my artwork, so I have to round them up on loan,” she said.

Her art is strewn from Grand Junction to Steamboat Springs. “You can go to pretty much anybody’s house and see one of my pieces on loan.”

As an artist, Stewart doesn’t like to do anything twice. For the show, she broke away from abstract pastel landscapes to do a series of paintings on colorful paper, depicting crows and ravens. She calls the collection of work “Apparently, I like orange paper.”

Her willingness to try new techniques led her to a sculpture-mosaic, made out of a big block of wood from her yard. Stewart has done some home tile work for friends, so she used those techniques to apply broken tiles and add some of her signature humorous touches.

“There’s a little information as you start to look at it, so it’s kind of interesting to come up with your own explanations,” Stewart said. The woodblock sculpture features a dancing figure that has a leaf for personal modesty and a squirrel on top of his brain.

A similar brand of playfulness went into “God’s Martini,” a 5-foot-tall martini-glass-shaped sculpture made out of chicken wire and cement. At Saturday’s reception, Stewart will draw personalized invitations out of the sculpture and give out prizes.

Stewart’s art will be on display and for sale at The Mugshot through the end of the month.

– To reach Margaret Hair, call 871-4204

or e-mail mhair@steamboatpilot.com.


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