Gallery opens all-artists show |

Gallery opens all-artists show

Margaret Hair

— By switching out shows almost monthly and frequently holding all-artists exhibits, the Artists’ Gallery of Steamboat keeps a steady production pace for its 26 members.

“To me, it’s inspirational. I get a lot of inspiration from what others are working on,” said Jacque Hart, who on Monday morning set up a display of her work in preparation for the Autumn All-Gallery show, which opens with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. today.

Hart, who does what she calls “practical weaving” as well as woven tapestries taken from drawings, said each of the gallery’s contributing artists tries to feature at least one new piece in each show. That way, there’s always new work coming in and out of the space.

And the inspiration from other artists has led to collaborations with them, which Hart said keep her from making the same thing over and over.

“Probably because I’m serious about my work – it is what I do, it’s my life – that is good for me,” Hart said.

For some artists, the frequent shows mean a constant flow of new works to exhibit. For others, they can mean a push to create a large body of work to rotate on and off the walls, leaving some time to experiment.

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Mary Levingston teaches watercolors at Colorado Mountain College and moves a collection of them through the monthly changes.

“Because we have a show every month, and because we own the gallery, we always have stuff up : it gives me more freedom. Then I don’t feel so much pressure to make something I have to hang,” Levingston said.

At the hanging day for the show – where the art goes up, goes down and shifts around the gallery’s two open rooms – the variety that gives the space its collaborative feel is on full display.

Susan Gill Jackson and Bonnie McGee hang their plein air oil paintings; Corey Kopischke shifts a ladder around to get the right placement for his color-saturated photography; and founding gallery president Sandra Sherrod switches out abstract portraits for abstract landscapes.

McGee said the mix of media makes for a varied gallery show but also brings in different perspectives on how to effectively run the place.

“Sculpture looks at space differently than a visual artist – we just have all that expertise that helps us resolve any issues we have,” McGee said.

The Autumn All-Gallery show will be up through Dec. 2.