Yampa Art Stroll moves off Yampa Street, finds new location at Steamboat Ski Area
Steamboat Springs — Tim Zandee, a fine art photographer from Broomfield, has been a vendor at Steamboat’s Yampa Art Stroll for four years now.
What keeps him coming back is the time spent talking with each of the patrons at the event.
“It’s not a show that is slammed with people,” he said. “There is definitely more time to chat and get to know the clients.”
Enhancing the connection between artist and customer, the event brings together a combination of the visual arts and artistic outlets.
Zandee is one of 50 vendors at the stroll that will kick off at noon Friday with a grand opening featuring a free lecture by renowned artist, author and art judge Betsy Dillard Stroud.
Nestled near the mountain with a picturesque view, this year’s stroll will be a bit different from past events. There is more of an emphasis on fine art as well as a new location to view the art. The stroll has moved from Yampa Street and now will be at Torian Plum Plaza at the base of Steamboat Ski Area.
“We are excited to bring the vitality that was downtown to the base area,” said Maren McCutchan, events and member relations manager at the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association. “It’s an event that brings a combination of visual arts into one place, and I really like that about it.”
There will be several booth displays and guest interactions. In comparison to other art festivals in Steamboat, this stroll will represent more fine art in all of its forms.
“There will be a nice change of pace to have mainly fine art from each of the vendors, with an emphasis on the quality of their artwork,” Zandee said about the focus of the event.
Providing a three-day opportunity for art connoisseurs and visitors, the work at the stroll ranges in style and prestige from jewelry, photography, sculptures and pottery to clothing and more.
“It’s really fun to see the people year after year,” McCutchan said. “It will be exciting to have this in the new setting with the breathtaking view of the mountain.”
Looking forward to the new crowd that the event will bring, Zandee is brimming with optimism.
“You never really know who will be there, but that’s part of the fun, to see what kind of crowd it brings,” he said. “I always enjoy coming to Steamboat.”
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