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Collaborative art exhibit set to open at the First Friday Artwalk this weekend

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What: First Friday Artwalk “Outside the Circle”

When: 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 1

Where: Depot Art Center 1001 13th St. and Circle 7 Fine Art, 1009 Lincoln Ave

— A new kind of collaboration happening this Friday between the Steamboat Springs Arts Council and Circle 7 Fine Art gallery.

For the first time, a group of artists from Circle 7 will go “Outside the Circle” and show their work at the Depot Arts Center. Meanwhile, Circle 7 gallery will feature a juried show of 13 artists from Steamboat and a few from the Front Range.

Both galleries will open their doors from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday in conjunction to the First Friday Artwalk.



If You Go…

What: First Friday Artwalk “Outside the Circle”

When: 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 1



Where: Depot Art Center 1001 13th St. and Circle 7 Fine Art, 1009 Lincoln Ave

“To be able to collaborate within the visual arts community here in Steamboat is a fantastic opportunity and, any time you can go out of your comfort zone or normal scene of your gallery, things start to blossom and change,” said Abby Jensen, local photographer and board president for Circle 7 Fine Art gallery.

Once everything is hung in the Circle 7 gallery, the visiting artists’ work will be judged. First-place winner will be given the opportunity to hang three pieces for February; second- and third-place winners will be invited to hang two and one pieces for the month, respectively.

Kim Keith, executive director of the Steamboat Springs Arts Council, said one goal of the collaborative exhibits is to expand the reach of existing galleries by giving them a new venue, shared contacts and a larger reach for local artists.

“This is outside their comfort zone and pushes their boundaries,” Keith said. “I love that they are doing that; it’s so satisfying to me, and it really supports the notion of creative industries. It shows that willingness to collaborate and willingness to expand the whole art scene by banding together or collaborating in some way.”

About 10 years ago, 26 artists came together to form the Circle 7 Fine Art gallery; each had a stake in the business with pieces created in a variety of mediums.

“This is about creating and developing artists. That’s what our gallery is about, and it gives artists a chance to show their work and develop,” said Sandra Sherrod, a founding members of Circle 7. “I just think this is a wonderful opportunity and really a sign of our success.”

In addition to the exhibit, there will be a free Artist Happy Hour from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Jan 5 at the Depot Art Center. Then, on Jan. 29, there will be a “7 Circles Party” at the Depot that will include entertainment, a cash bar and light bites.

“I think this is something that is good for the collective — good for the artists, owners, clients and the community,” Jensen said.

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


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