From the turn of the century
December 29, 2006
The artwork displayed in the new Steamboat Art Museum is representative both of the history of Northwest Colorado and the generations of artists who have called the region home.
“We targeted specific artists that we knew of that had a history in Steamboat,” said museum board secretary Shirley Stocks. “And I didn’t get a ‘no’ from any of the artists we contacted.”
Two of the goals of the museum are to create interest in the history of local art and to establish a permanent collection. Future plans for the museum also include a comprehensive art research library and educational programs.
“Since we opened on Saturday, we have had many visitors offer artwork out of their own collections,” Stocks said. “We may make this a circulating show for a few months and then see what happens.”
The museum is showing three of Helen Rehder’s paintings made in the 1960s. Rehder owned the building in which the museum is located and donated it to the city upon her recent death. Rehder stipulated the building must be used as an art museum.
The work of watercolorists such as Ellen Winchell also are on display.
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“She taught at the college for years and years,” Stocks said about Winchell. “She was an icon who still lives here at the Doak Walk Care Center.”
Dennis Pendleton and Edie Dismuke, who were well-known artists in Steamboat Springs in the 1960s, also have paintings in the museum.
“The theme of this exhibit was diversity,” Stocks said. “And most people don’t realize all of the different types of art that is created here.”
Other forms of art include marbled sculpture, jewelry, pastels, bronze sculpture, oil paintings, photographs, ceramics, turned wooden vessels and etchings.
Curtis Zabel, who is known for his sculptures, has a large painting in the museum that was done in 1977. And painter Richard Galusha is showing “Moonlighting Gathering,” which hasn’t been seen publicly since the early ’90s. Rod Hannah is well-known photographer in the community whose work is in the museum as well.
“He’s an incredible photographer who used to be the marketing vice president for Ski Corp. and was an official photographer for the Broncos,” Stocks said. “It’s good to have him involved in the museum, and I think it’s got all of us that are working on it inspired.”