Inaugural Family Night at the Steamboat Art Museum to be offered Wednesday |

Inaugural ‘Family Night at the Steamboat Museum’ planned Wednesday

The historic Rehder Building, one of Steamboat’s original cultural centers, houses the Steamboat Art Museum. (courtesy)

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Bridging art and nature, the Steamboat Art Museum will offer its first interactive Family Night at the Museum.

The event, which will be in partnership with Yampatika, Colorado Crane Conservation Coalition and Steamboat Lake State Park, will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23.

If you go

What: Family Night at the Museum

When: 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23

Where: Steamboat Art Museum, 807 Lincoln Ave.

The museum’s current exhibit, James Morgan’s “Moments in the Wild” features 80 paintings by one of America’s foremost nature and wildlife painter. This interactive evening will be filled with activities for the whole family, aimed at teaching them about the birds and animals depicted in the paintings.

“Surrounded by 82 paintings of amazing wildlife — where would you turn?” Steamboat Art Museum Executive Director Betse Grassby said. “We give them the ability to not only see this incredible collection but to interact with it in a way they wouldn’t typically.”

During the event, kids can place magnetic pictures of animals Morgan painted with their right habitat as well as various footprints.

There will be an opportunity to paint with Steamboat Springs artist Jill Bergman on her “The Yampa is Wild” mural, to meet Sandy the Crane and enjoy Yampatika’s display of skins and skulls and learn how to track animals. An art scavenger hunt will also be held.

“This is really getting adults and kids to really look at paintings,” Grassby said.

Grassby said the museum will offer interactive family nights for each of its major exhibitions.

“It’s not a drop off your kids kind of family night,” Grassby said. “It’s an event that offers something for everyone to enjoy.”

Bergman will also have an activity for adults where they can paint using a template she’s created.

The event is free and open to all ages. The museum is located at 807 Lincoln Ave. Call 970-870-1755 for more information.

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

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