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Changes planned for Steamboat Springs arts community

In addition to taking over the First Friday Artwalk, the Steamboat Springs Arts Council is also providing exhibition space for former Center for Visual Arts artists in the Depot Art Center’s baggage room. (Photo by John F. Russell)

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The arts community of Steamboat Springs is stepping into a new era.

At the forefront is Steamboat Creates, Steamboat's certified Colorado Creative District, which has recently been combined with the Steamboat Springs Arts Council. The organization will take over leadership of the First Friday Artwalk in 2019.

The free, monthly art walk, which includes a myriad of galleries and exhibits featuring local artists, has been overseen by Linda Laughlin for the last decade at least.

According to Steamboat Creates Executive Director Kim Keith, the arts council plans to infuse the monthly event with new energy and a multi-disciplinary approach to be inclusive of creative businesses and creative entrepreneurs of varying art forms. That includes breweries, culinary arts, architecture and more.

They also plan to expand the event's reach with increased brochure distribution, collaborative online marketing and a strong social media presence.

"Increasing awareness of Steamboat's vibrant art scene and engagement with the arts is a top priority at Steamboat Creates," Keith said. "Our goal is to increase both exposure and sales for galleries and artists in the coming year."

In addition, the organization also answered the call when they heard artists from the Center for Visual Arts, which has disbanded as a nonprofit, were in search of a new home to show their work.

"We felt the need to help as soon as we found out about this," Keith said. "So we've chosen to provide their core artists with a new home in our Depot."

Collectively, the group of artists is now known as the Riverwalk Collective, and they will occupy the Depot Art Center Main Gallery from March through September 2019.

The Depot will continue to book three months of member group shows in 2019, and Keith said they will also be inviting guest artists to show on featured walls in the main gallery.

They will also be expanding the visual arts exhibition space into the baggage room so there will be more opportunities to display art in the building, Keith explained.

"I am confident and excited about the direction of Steamboat Creates and Steamboat's cultural community," Keith said. "We have a strong board and a growing number of supporters that are investing their time, talent and treasures into our mission to nurture the arts so creativity flourishes."

To be considered for the two to four remaining spots at the Depot with the Riverwalk Collective, send the following information to info@steamboatcreates.org: artist name; medium; bio/statement; website gallery (if available); five high resolution JPEG images of proposed artwork with title, medium, size and price; and a 50-word description of style, process and intention.

Riverwalk Collective

Current artist list, with two to four spots remaining:

David Lambeth
Al Reiner
Jason Santucchi
Marcella Rose
Marion Kahn
Steve Bolander
Audrey Bortz
Anna Lee Lipman

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

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