New art gallery opens Friday in downtown Steamboat |

New art gallery opens Friday in downtown Steamboat

Steamboat Springs' newest gallery, the Lodgepole Gallery opens Friday.
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If you go… What: Lodgepole Gallery Open House When: 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday, May 18 Where: Lodgepole Gallery, 111 11th St. Unit 105

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Steamboat Springs’ newest art gallery, the Lodgepole Gallery, will open its doors Friday.

“We have selected artists who depict mountain lifestyles, but take their work beyond typical representations of the West and wildlife,” said Mark Mahorney, who owns the gallery with his wife, Christine, also a fellow artist.

The gallery in the Old West Building on 11th Street will host an open house from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday.

It was serendipitous timing for the couple to open a gallery in Steamboat after owning a smaller gallery in Kremmling.

“Selling is a key component to making art,” said Christine. “You can create to your heart’s content, but you can’t raise a family on art unless you can sell it.”

In the woodworking business for the past 12 years, Mark specializes in a low-relief sculpting technique that he applies to charred wood panels. The couple describe it as “char art.” He also paints and creates clay sculptures.

“Inspiration for this gallery really came from his passion for eclectic and ephemeral art,” Christine said. “When we decided to take the leap and open our own gallery, he invited artists he didn’t necessarily know personally, but whose work he followed.”

The gallery will feature 10 artists who dabble in mediums that include upcycled and reclaimed materials, acrylic, pencil, oil, materials from a local taxidermist, vintage fur coats and hand-crafted jewelry and bags.

“Each of the artists depict different aspects of mountain and Western living we hope patrons will appreciate from fly fishing to the off-roading culture,” Christine said.

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

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