Summer Art opens at Steamboat’s August Artwalk |

Summer Art opens at Steamboat’s August Artwalk

Nicole Inglis

Park Myers, artistic director of the Steamboat Springs Arts Council, adjusts lights for an upcoming art show at the Depot Art Center. The Summer Art exhibit — featuring the work of 25 artists, all of whom are Arts Council members — will be on display this month.

Park Myers, artistic director of the Steamboat Springs Arts Council, adjusts lights for an upcoming art show at the Depot Art Center. The Summer Art exhibit — featuring the work of 25 artists, all of whom are Arts Council members — will be on display this month.
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— Professional or weekend warrior, all artists have a drive to create.

Some may find themselves with high-profile art shows as a result, others with a few pieces to show to family and friends.

But they all have the chance to show at Summer Art.

"We've got artists who this is all they do," said Dona Steele, a member of the Steamboat Springs Arts Council visual arts committee that puts on the annual exhibit. "And we have artists who maybe just do it on the weekends. As an artist, you have to create whether it's going to sell or not."

The work of 25 artists — all Steamboat Springs Arts Council members — will be on display this month at the Depot Art Center, showing a wide spectrum of artists, mediums, subjects and perspectives on local life and landscape.

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"It's a highly anticipated show because it's all local members," Steele said. "I think just to know that all this talent is in the valley."

The show opens with a reception during First Friday Artwalk from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday.

From 6-year-old Kali Waldman to artists well into their 60s, the artists members represent a wide range of the community.

On display are traditional landscapes and watercolors as well as a corner dedicated to photography.

Photographer George Fargo uses digital tools to make his composites, while Jeff Hall's flowers and trees share a peaceful picture of the Yampa Valley.

There are ceramics and contemporary work, abstract and expressionist.

In the center of the room are jewelry creations as well as woodwork from David Winters. This year, Winters is even displaying a wooden skateboard coated with epoxy in rainbow colors.

Painter Cindy Wither is showing her watercolors directly across the room from the still lifes of Gregory Block, a professional local artist Wither once taught when he was in high school.

"I love the variety," Wither said as she, Steele and Arts Council Artistic Director Park Myers put the final touches on the show. "It's such an amazing little surprise what comes together."

Myers said the show's significance transcends the artwork itself.

"It brings together so many supporters of the Arts Council," he said. "It shows how important this is to our members to be able to do (it) every year. The enthusiasm reverberates."

First Friday Artwalk listings for Aug. 3

Artists' Gallery of Steamboat, 1009 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-4744

Beauty & the Beast: Dedi Knox presents Earth subjects such as flowers, landscapes and feathers in watercolor. David Marshall presents his metal and glass skulls, and Janice Lawrence offers a retrospective of her recent works, acrylics, pastels and watercolors.

• artWorks, 941 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-7596

An eclectic collection of functional decorative artwork created by local artisans. ArtWorks offers clay, fiber, glass, metal, paint, wood and everything in between displayed in a warehouse-like setting.

Colorado Group Realty, 509 Lincoln Ave., 970-875-2917

Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp in Steamboat Springs celebrates the announcement of its upcoming Centennial Year with the release of limited-edition silkscreen prints. This series of four hand-screened prints will be on display, among other Perry-Mansfield pieces all month.

Creekside Cafe & Grill, 131 11th St., 970-879-4925

Joseph Cosby, international portrait photographer, returns to Steamboat to present limited, first releases of new work to add to his popular CLINT collection.

Harwigs/L’Apogee, 911 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-1919

Steamboat artist Susan Schiesser, of RED Contemporary gallery, is exhibiting new works in contemporary realism through the end of August.

Mangelsen Images of Nature, 730 Lincoln Ave., 970-871-1822

Thomas D. Mangelsen was named Conservation Photographer of the Year and is one of the most awarded nature photographers of our time. His work is featured at the Smithsonian Institution.

Off the Beaten Path Bookstore, 68 Ninth St., 970-879-6830

The launch of the Perry-Mansfield Centennial Celebrations includes a new visual arts program at the 100-year-old Performing Arts Camp and School. Off the Beaten Path presents drawings from the Susan Schiesser/Gregory Block drawing class, which continues through the end of September.

• Rumor Design Studio, 345 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-9721

Local woodworking artisan Brian Leach and local metal fabricator Cactus collaborate to produce an array of stunning furniture concepts called ARTIFACT. Using a mix of reclaimed woods balanced with sleek metal accents, they have achieved a symmetry in design and style suitable for any home with an artful flare.

Sleeping Giant Gallery, 601 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-7143

Local art by nature photographer Don Tudor. Raku stoneware and porcelain by Brown Cannon.

Steamboat Art Museum, 807 Lincoln Ave., 970-870-1755

The Steamboat Art Museum presents "Rod Hanna — 50 Year Retrospective," a view through the lens of one of Steamboat's legends. This exhibit covers early black and white documentary and sports photography, early Steamboat Ski Area images and recent fine art digital prints.

• Steamboat Springs Arts Council at the Depot Art Center, 1001 13th St.,970-879-9008

Summer Art: Artist Member Exhibition, featuring diverse works in various media from talented Arts Council artist members. Exhibition open through Sept. 28.

• Steamboat Springs Center for Visual Arts, 837 Lincoln Ave., 970-846-5970

Thirty-five local artists will be exhibiting new work in all mediums in the Center for Visual Arts’ new gallery space. Welcome new artists Steve Kentz, sculptor, and Linda Jensen Hamlet, painter. Complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres.

Steaming Bean Coffee Co., 635 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-3393

A local photographer explores the little things in Routt County and beyond. Originally from Boston, Julie McNally shares her photos from Fenway Park as well as landscapes and abstract photos that have been inspired by nature.

Urbane, 703 Lincoln Ave., Suite B101, 970-879-9169

Urbane presents a silent art auction to benefit Steamboat Sk8 Church. Local artists have donated work to be silently auctioned off through Aug. 10. Music by local DJ Michael Lambert.

Wild Horse Gallery, 802 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-5515

Wild Horse Gallery will feature Western watercolors by Diane Perry.

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

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