5 exhibits to be on the lookout for during November’s First Friday Artwalk
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Art brings people together.
Especially in Steamboat Springs on the first Friday of the month.
Introducing the community to up-and-coming creatives and new work from esteemed favorites, the First Friday Artwalk will take place 5 to 8 p.m. along Lincoln Avenue.
Varrying mediums, ages and abilities — there’s no shortage of creativity. Find out for yourself about the masterpieces being produced locally. Take it a step further and introduce yourself to the face behind the name of some of your favorite pieces.
This week we’ve rounded up a handful of exhibitions highlighting local creatives with exhibitions encompassing ingenuity that might spark artistic inspiration within you too.
“Critters Are Us”
Featuring: Ryan Keating and Al Reiner
Look for it at: Harwigs Restaurant, 911 Lincoln Ave.
Both Steamboat Springs Center for Visual Arts members, Keating and Reiner created about 15 pieces with a mixture of Keating’s woodcarvings and acrylic and oil on birch veneer panels in addition to a variety of photographs taken by Reiner with scenes from Jackson Hole — where he found his wild buffalo — to subjects found right out his front door.
“The wood panels have such amazing grain and are beautiful on their own,” said Keating, who has lived in town for 10 years. “I like to highlight this and use it in the paintings.”
As a photographer in town since 1962, Reiner brings a background working at New York Daily News and part owner of a ski newspaper called The Weekly Ski Companion.
“My philosophy is that photography needs to be fun, even if I’m doing serious work,” said Reiner. “That’s why we chose ‘critters’ as our theme. I love it, it’s a pure locals show this month.”
“Young Bloods Collective: Blind Contour – Self Portraits”
Featuring artist members: Sista Luna, Brie Kole, Ashley McKinstry, Katie Moore, Alex Sorapuru, Megan Westerkamp and Janet Bradley
Look for it at: Steamboat Smokehouse, 912 Lincoln Ave.
Open later than the scheduled 5 to 8 p.m. time frame for First Friday Artwalk, this month’s Young Bloods Collective show will be “Blind Contour: Self Portraits,” with mediums varying from pen and paper to embroidery on fabric.
The prompt from the Wikipedia definition of “blind contour drawing” – a drawing exercise in which an artist draws the contour of a subject without looking at the paper – Kole said encouraged the artist members to play in new mediums, explore and let loose.
“Prismatic Windows” & “New Voice”
Featuring: Jennifer Baker and Carol Jean
Look for it at: Pine Moon Fine Art, 117 Ninth St.
At Pine Moon Fine Art, Baker will release her newest series “Prismatic Windows,” which includes colorful glass pieces, arranged in shapes and then kiln formed to create the unique, yet functional glass bowls and platters. A portion of “Prismatic Window” sales will be donated to Advocates Building Peaceful Communities.
Glasswork is a process that takes precision, patience and an acceptance of the unexpected. Baker knows the elements of this process well and has worked in this artistic medium since 2007, when she moved to Steamboat Springs from Cincinnati.
In addition to Baker, longtime local artist Jean will showcase pieces from her latest expression of her “new voice.”
Unexpected creativity found at:
What to see: Nightmare Snowboards
Featuring: “The art of exchanging money for material items” with a live screenprinting, live music, exhibit and pop up shop.
Look for it at: 703 Lincoln Ave.
Fhysical Elements Personal Training Studio
What to see: Collection of Canvases by local tattoo artist
Featuring: Cas Wilhelm, tattoo artist with Steamboat Tattoo Syndicate
Look for it at: 130 Ninth St., F
To see the full list of participating exhibits visit the First Friday Artwalk map here.
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