160 artists pack West Lincoln Park for 43rd annual Art in the Park in Steamboat | SteamboatToday.com

160 artists pack West Lincoln Park for 43rd annual Art in the Park in Steamboat

Artist Kat Torello travels to Steamboat to showcase her unique work at Art in the Park.
If you go... What: SSAC's 43rd annual Art in the Park When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday Where: West Lincoln Park

Outside gallery walls, artisans from the East Coast to the west will gather their work and venture to West Lincoln Park in Steamboat Springs Saturday and Sunday for the 43rd annual Art in the Park.

The tradition of Art in the Park, which started in 1974, is almost as old at the Steamboat Springs Arts Council itself, according to Dagny McKinley, SSAC development coordinator, who also noted the Arts Council was founded in 1972.

Art in the Park is a juried show, which means artists are selected for the unique quality of their work. SSAC Executive Director Kim Keith, said last year’s event brought about 15,000 people to town and helped raise money to support SSAC’s visual arts programs as well as the Young at Art summer arts camps.

In addition to the variety of art, there will also be a designated Kids Corner with interactive activities for children, a beer tent from Butcherknife Brewing Co. and live entertainment changing every hour with everything from belly dancing to karate demonstrations and live music from local musicians.

New to this year’s event led by Barbara King who is the event coordinator, there will be a drawing with prizes being distributed every hour beginning at noon Saturday.

The grand prize drawing is a day of dog sledding and ice fishing for two people donated by Double-T Kennel. Additional prizes include a hot air balloon ride from Wild West Balloon Adventures, tickets to the Crooked Key Escape Room, passes to Old Town Hot Springs and more.

“This is the largest and longest-running art festival in Northwest Colorado, which helps us realize the importance of arts to this community,” Keith said. “It’s no surprise with this valued tradition that Steamboat was recently acknowledged for being a hub for creative activity in Colorado.”

The event includes about 160 artist vendors, with a variety of cutting edge art, jewelry, sculptures and paintings.

Before you go, here are a few vendors and artists to be on the lookout for:

New vendors:

Delectable Mountain Quilt Guild

Creating items for the event since the beginning of the year, the Delectable Mountain Quilters Guild, a local nonprofit will be offering a wide range of textile items including bookmarks, fabric coil baskets, a collection of bags, reversible aprons, small art quilts, pet items,and “Creativity Kits” for adults and children. Donine Schwartz, the guild’s vice president and program chair, said members are regular winners in local, state and national level textile competitions. They will be selling tickets starting at $1 for a chance to win a quilt valued at $900 as a fundraiser for their organization.

Kathryn Torello

Traveling from Utah, Torello explores n contemporary technique called “flow art,” created with two unique mediums: alcohol inks and a medium she mixes with paints and mica powders. This free form of creativity she said offers a different kind of vibrancy.

Josh Fradis

This California artist’s work gathers molten hot glass from a 2,000-degree, blazing hot furnace applying colors, textures, and patterns to whimsical forms. In his artist statement he said, “The fluidity, motion, movement and outcome of transforming something clear and liquid into something beautiful and solid, all attributed to my immediate fondness of the art form. To create something beautiful from my bare hands, metal tools, blazing fire, and notebook drawings or an image in my mind, out of clear, formless, melted sand is incredible to me. “

A look at seasoned vendors 

Linda Zimmerman

11 years at Art in the Park

Kids line up and let those imaginations soar as Zimmerman, a professional face painter, transforms faces through artistry into creatures of the forest.

 David and Molly Crawford

15 years at Art in the Park

David and his son Colin are known for their handmade, intricate tapestry purses and bags. They also are known for creating the “eagle chairs.”

Malen Peirson

15 years at Art in the Park

Using found objects and old farm machinery, Peirson creates one-of-a-kind sculptures, many of which can be found on the core trail and at the Depot Art Center.

Paul Peng

Over 20 years at Art in the Park

Peng is known for growing the bonsai and ‘”ucky” bamboo plants. He also designs hanging airplants and cactus.

Monique Toulouse

25 years at Art in the Park

Featuring wearable art inspired by “functional elegance,” Toulouse up-cycles materials from Louisiana and then designs, cuts and sews remnants together using whimsical color thread and trim. Her current focus includes repurposing cashmere sweaters and said, “no two pieces turn out looking the same.”

 The Geode Guys

Longtime locals Leo Atkinson and his kids have been displaying their lapidary — or rock and mineral — sculpture for “longer than he (Leo) can count.” They are always a hit with families as they “pop” geodes to expose the crystals that lie within.


Admission to Art in the Park is free; donations for the Steamboat Springs Arts Council will be accepted at the entrance.


To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email adwyer@steamboattoday.com or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1

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