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New ‘Winter Garden’ exhibit transforms Depot Art Center

Artist and printmaker Sari Davidson’s “Poppies” print. (Courtesy photo)

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Step out of the winter cold and into spring at this month’s new gallery exhibition, “Winter Garden,” at the Depot Art Center.

As the exhibition’s title attests, the Depot’s main gallery has been transformed into a spring oasis through a new installation that involved painting a few of the walls and hanging fabric as a backdrop for Steamboat Springs artist Sari Davidson’s work.

“When you step through the door, we hope people will feel the sense from being in more of a space that’s not all white like outside,” Davidson said. “We really tried with our installation to create more of an environment rather than just hanging pieces on a wall.”

If you go

What: First Friday Artwalk: “Winter Garden”
When: 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4
Where: Depot Art Center, 1001 13th St.

View complete Artwalk listings here. 

An opening reception for Davidson’s debut solo exhibition will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday during First Friday Artwalk.

In addition, sculptor Gillian Harper will showcase her work in the Depot’s Platform Gallery. Paula Zinsmeister will also be exhibiting prints from her recent series, “Field’s Edge,” which consists of monoprints created from inked foliage found in Steamboat Springs combined with watercolor elements.

“One thing I’ve always loved is walking into an environment that widens your view of art and what it can be,” Davidson said. “We took the show to the next level in terms of creating an environment of an alternative experience. It’s something different for Steamboat.”

Davidson’s work was inspired by the playful freedom of printmaking that she discovered three years ago at an Oehme Graphics “Studio Sundays” workshop.

When planning the show with Sue Oehme, master printmaker and owner of Oehme Graphics, the two worked extensively on the floor plan and where the pieces would be placed. It was during that process that they realized there was too much light and white space.

“I literally had this vision of this dark, romantic, almost Victorian, theatrical transformation of this space,” said Oehme, talking about the Depot’s main gallery.

Inspiration also came from Oehme’s recent visit to the “Dior: From Paris to the World” exhibit at the Denver Art Museum.

“The show has really come together so beautifully,” Oehme said. “It’s gorgeous, has a distinct continuity and shows off Sari’s work incredibly well.”

Davidson’s work illuminates the breadth, depth and beauty of the natural world with a total of 30 different prints in the exhibition.

Artist and printmaker Sari Davidson’s piece “Hollyhocks.” (Courtesy photo)

There is a main series of five flowers created in four different ways using a combination of printmaking techniques including light and dark collograph plates, watercolor monotype with stencil plates and a combination of collograph plates printed with watercolor monotype plates.

“I love to create and manipulate images utilizing singular as well as a combination of printmaking techniques,” Davidson said. “I often combine the use of stencils with watercolor monotype and collograph plates.”

The flowers, she explained, are painted with vibrant, saturated color while their backgrounds remain fluid and watery to make the flowers appear as if they are advancing toward the viewer.

“Since we started these pieces, I’ve seen so much growth in her technique and skill,” Oehme said. “Blossoming — just like the show. Sari it truly blossoming as an artist right now.”

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

MAP: Steamboat First Friday Artwalk listings for January 2019

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