New gallery brings artists from around the world to Steamboat Springs art scene
Visitors to the Schoonover Gallery Fine Art will be greeted by a mix of artists and styles, including the modern street art of Seek One, the wooden creations of sculptor J. Chester Armstrong and Mark McMahon’s impression of Steamboat Spring’s most iconic events.
“The gallery is kind of mountain contemporary with a little modern west,” said Patie Schoonover, who opened the Schoonover Gallery Fine Art at 929 Lincoln Ave. on Feb. 4, just in time for the First Friday Artwalk. “We are locally owned and internationally sourced.”
Schoonover said the gallery represents 30 artists from around the world and their work will be rotated frequently to keep it fresh.
Right now, those who walk through the doors will be introduced to some of the stunning work done by Armstrong, who turns raw logs into amazing creations featuring wild horses, buffalo, eagles and other wildlife.
The gallery also features modern creations from a number of artists like the street-inspired work of artist Seek One, with pieces that include depictions of the Beatles and Elvis Presley.
Also included are modern depictions of Indigenous people from various tribal nations by Nocona Burgess, an artist from the Comanche Nation Oklahoma, as well as the captivating work of Stephanie Ho, which features winter scenes.
Schoonover said that McMahon’s creative approach to capturing some of Steamboat Springs’ most iconic events has already gained the attention of visitors inside the gallery, which offers his work in originals and prints.
The gallery also offers the driftwood creations of artist Tina Milisavljevich, the stunning paintings of aspen trees by Garth Williams and the work of photographer Barbara Van Cleve.
Other artists include the equine and wildlife stylings of artist Melissa Auberty, along with the work of Nicoletta Belletti, whose use of acrylic paint and paste on wooden board is truly unique.
The new gallery also features the work of Gary Bodner, Maryann Brummer, Michael Dickter, Kira Fercho, Todd Horton, Yvonne Mendez, Doug Monson, James Penfield, Rene Romero-Schuler, Fran Scher and Larry Whiteley.
The Schoonover Gallery Fine Arts is a family affair with husband Ray Schoonover, daughter Sarah and son Sam. Schoonover and her husband are looking forward to stepping into the Steamboat art scene after spending the past two years in Durango, where Patie managed an art gallery.
“This new gallery is definitely a family business,” Schoonover said.
Sarah, who lives and works in Dallas, and Sam, who lives and works in Salt Lake City, may not have defined roles at the new location, but Patie said their contributions have been important to getting the doors of the new gallery open. Ray owns an investment business but will also be in the gallery working.
“We wanted to move where there was a year-round tourism economy, and we feel like the community made Steamboat a great choice,” Schoonover said.
To reach John F. Russell, call 970-871-4209, email jrussell@SteamboatPilot.com or follow him on Twitter @Framp1966.
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