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2016 Winter Carnival: Local artist creates unique poster for 2016 Winter Carnival

Teresa Ristow

— A commemorative Winter Carnival poster designed by a Steamboat Springs artist will serve as a special keepsake to remember the 2016 event.

Artist Jill Bergman was commissioned by Steamboat Sotheby's International Realty to create the original artwork that would become the poster, with proceeds from the art and poster sales benefitting the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.

Bergman said she considered the many memorable, iconic images that represent the Winter Carnival when sketching to prepare for the art piece.

"There are so many iconic images that would make a neat poster," Bergman said. "Like the lighted man, the ski jumpers and the street events. I loved best the way that the western character of the ranchers and horses in the street events contrasts with the bright, modern clothes of our young athletes. So that's what I used as a focus of the poster. And I added a bit of downtown and Howelsen Hill for flavor."

Bergman used a carving block to create the black outlines of her art piece and then painted in the details using watercolors.

"I carved the image as a linocut, which is like a giant rubber stamp," Bergman said. "It's an old art form and adds a rustic, western feel to the poster."

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In an effort to promote art and athletics in the community, Steamboat Sotheby's commissioned Bergman and donated both her original art and three of 25 signed, limited edition prints to the SSWSC Foundation's annual Stars at Night Gala for auction in late December. The four pieces netted $9,100 at the auction for the Winter Sports Club.

"We hope to make the commemorative poster an annual project that touches both the distinguished Steamboat artists and connects athletes to their true potential," said Nancy Ihlenfeldt, Sotheby's marketing director.

Bergman said she was happy to support the Winter Sports Club through the creation of the poster.

"I think the club is a unique and important part of our town," Bergman said. "I hope everyone likes the poster, and I look forward to seeing what other artists create in the upcoming years."

An additional 5,000 poster prints of Bergman's art piece will be available for purchase during the carnival at a handful of participating retailers in Steamboat or online via an icon on the homepage of Sotheby's, http://www.steamboatsir.com, or by visiting http://www.wintercarnivalsteamboat.com. Posters are $15.

A few signed, limited edition prints of Bergman's art are also available for purchase by contacting Ihlenfeldt at nancy.ihlenfeldt@steamboatsir.com.

Bergman will hold a poster signing from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6 at Lyons Drug, 840 Lincoln Ave.

More of Bergman's artwork can be found on her website at http://www.jillbergman.com.

To reach Teresa Ristow, call 970-871-4206, email tristow@SteamboatToday.com or follow her on Twitter @TeresaRistow

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