First Friday Artwalk features new work from Steamboat fixture Laura Wait |

First Friday Artwalk features new work from Steamboat fixture Laura Wait

Steamboat Springs artist Laura Wait’s work is being displayed at K. Saari Gallery in downtown Steamboat.
John F. Russell

Steamboat Springs artist Laura Wait’s work is being displayed at K. Saari Gallery in downtown Steamboat.
John F. Russell

— The kozo paper that local artist Laura Wait layers onto panels with hot wax is strong, but transparent. It’s fibrous and detailed, yet delicately placed into a collage-like arrangement in which written characters refer to a word, but the meaning is indiscernible.

“It’s not writing,” Wait said Wednesday just before hanging her new art show at K. Saari Gallery. “It’s literary, but it’s not about word meaning; it’s about the shape.

“I want the language to be abstract.”

Wait’s new show, “Calli­graph­itti,” opens today during First Friday Artwalk from 5 to 8 p.m. at K. Saari Gallery.

Several downtown galleries and venues will feature artists’ work, refreshments and an amiable social atmosphere during the monthly event.

Wait’s show comprises about 15 encaustic works that she created in 2010. The work has expanded since her last series and offers larger, wilder brush strokes of sumi ink on the kozo paper. The panels are also larger, and vibrant blues and reds accent the textured work.

“This year had a lot of energy, even violence,” Wait said. “There was a lot of stress last year.”

Galleries and museums

❱❱ Artists’ Gallery Of Steamboat

1009 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-4744

Presenting Maggie Smith, who will showcase winter-inspired monoprints and monotype of the valley; Rick Meoli, a photographer who uses mixed-media layering; and Bill Sanders’ ceramic chickens and crows.

❱❱ Images Of Nature

730 Lincoln Ave., 970-871-1822

Thomas Mangelsen’s nature photographs.

❱❱ K. Saari Gallery

837 Lincoln Ave., 970-870-0188

Steamboat Springs artist Laura Wait will show a new series called “Calligraphitti.” Her signature encaustic panels incorporate sumi ink and kozo paper.

❱❱ Sleeping Giant Gallery

601 Lincoln Ave. 970-879-7143

Local art by nature photographer Don Tudor and Raku stoneware by Brown Cannon.

❱❱ Steamboat Art Museum

807 Lincoln Ave., 970-870-1755

The museum opens its winter exhibit, “Western Paintings by Jim Norton, Cowboy Artist.” Wine and refreshments will be served.

❱❱ Steamboat Springs Arts Council at the Depot

1001 13th St., 970-879-9008

“Seven Photographic Collections from 1970 – 2010” by Joseph Cosby, an international portrait photographer.

❱❱ Steamboat Springs Center For Visual Arts

906 Lincoln Ave., 970-846-5970

Showcasing new work by 50 gallery members, including contemporary fine art paintings, Western photography, sculpture and ceramics. Wine and appetizers will be served.

❱❱ Wild Horse Gallery

802 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-5515

Oil paintings and sculpture by Barry Eisenach and oil paintings by Tom Lockhart.

Alternative venues

❱❱ Brio Salon and Spa

825 Oak St.

Local 16-year-old Sam Keating presents his first photography show, “Zen.” He was inspired by a trip to Italy. Refreshments will be served.

❱❱ Colorado Group Realty

509 Lincoln Ave., 970-875-2917

Nature inspires Grace Curé’s watercolor paintings, which are done on location.

❱❱ Creekside Cafe

131 11th St., 970-879-4925

Gail Hanley, local amateur photographer, showcases some of her favorite photographs from landscapes to flowers.

❱❱ East West Frame Shop

Alley, Eighth and Oak streets, 970-879-5225

Michelle Ideus’ colorful original art, handcrafted jewelry by Julia Hebard and exotic hand-carved wood bowls by Roger Ross. Refreshments will be served.

❱❱ Epicurean Cafe

825 Oak St., 970-875-0997

Photographer Bruce Roemmich presents “Backyard Tourist,” an exhibit of images from western Colorado and New Mexico. Rebecca Pauvert presents scenic watercolors in “Snowscapes and Orbs.” Refreshments will be served.

❱❱ High Mountain Sotheby’s International Realty

708 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-8101

Local Steamboat photographer Cyndi Marlowe exhibits her contemporary take on her love of Steamboat life, from the rich landscape to western icons. Refreshments will be served.

❱❱ Off the Beaten Path Bookstore

68 Ninth St., 970-879-6830

Sandra Sherrod’s contemporary landscapes in acrylic are inspired by local scenery and a recent river trip down the Grand Canyon.

❱❱ Olympian sales office Fifth Street between Lincoln Avenue and Yampa Street, 970-879-8100

Sigi Malinowski, a solo show presented by local interior designer Irene Nelson. Malinowski’s artwork ranges from murals and painting that mimic the Old Masters to masterful stonework.

❱❱ Rustique Home & Garden Collection

624 S. Lincoln Ave., 970-870-2980

Mustangs of the American West are a series of images captured by photographer Lloyd Record in Colorado, Wyoming and Montana.

❱❱ Urbane

703 Lincoln Ave., Suite B101, 970-879-9169

Urbane presents the works of Raymond James and Sam Walsh. There will be music and refreshments.

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