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So much Beaux Arts Festival

Jennie Lay
What: Beaux Arts Festival When: Today through Aug. 8 Where: All over Steamboat Springs

Thirty years ago, Art in the Park started out as the Steamboat Arts Festival. The event was intended to include a diversity of visual and performing arts under one umbrella event and seed the growing local arts community.

The seed took root. Art in the Park thrives today, and now the Beaux Arts Festival is sprouting for its second season in hopes of picking up where the Steamboat Arts Festival left off. Beaux Arts is a growing platform to showcase the artistic growth that Steamboat has seen during the past three decades and expanding artistic endeavors that continue today.

“We’ve got the capacity now to have all these parts in a compressed period of time,” said Steamboat Springs Arts Council Executive Director Nancy Kramer. “We’re part of the mix — recreation, sports, art, culture. It’s a package, and this town cannot survive with anything singular.”

As Beaux Arts takes off, Kramer said she hopes it creates a template for the future that unites visual and performing artists, downtown Steamboat and the base of the Steamboat Ski Area, residents and visitors. The goal is to encourage cultural and heritage tourism in Steamboat and keep a vibrant artistic atmosphere within the community.

The Beaux Arts Festival is a chance for all types of artists to work together.

“If we don’t do it collaboratively, how will we secure a spot for arts in the future?” Kramer asked. “There’s a beautiful future in this that will bring everything together.”

During the next 10 days, Steamboat will be overflowing with opportunities to view and engage in the arts. The agenda includes workshops, an artist studio tour, a symphony concert, opera, chamber music, bluegrass camp, a parade of Art Cars, an art dog display, street painting, musical theater, a wine festival and the unveiling of public art for the Northwest Colorado Mexican Cultural Festival. The local collaborators who are bringing these events together include the Steamboat Springs Arts Council, Strings in the Mountains, Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp, Emerald City Opera and the Humane Society.

“Beaux Arts is growing,” Kramer said. “Hopefully in five years we look back and go hmmmm … we did this right.”

Some of the scheduled events for the Beaux Arts Festival:

Exhibits

SummerArt, a juried fine art exhibit and sale presented by the Steamboat Springs Arts Council daily at the Depot Art Center. Free. 879-9008.

Mexican sculptor Yvonne Domenge’s large-scale, contemporary steel and wood sculpture collection called “Forgotten Cosmos” is on display outside Centennial Hall as part of the Northwest Colorado Mexican Cultural Festival.

The Art Car Stampede, featuring Art Cars from across the country, begins Thursday.

Dog Days of Summer, a fund-raiser for the Routt County Humane Society features decorated fiberglass dogs on display Aug. 7 at the Beaux Arts Mountain Festival.

“Grease”

A musical theater production presented by Perry-Mansfield today and Saturday at the Julie Harris Theatre. $12 for adults and $10 for children 10 and younger. 879-7125.

Beaux Arts Symphony Concert

Conductor David Felberg leads an orchestra of guest and local musicians and singers from the Emerald City Opera and Bearfoot Bluegrass perform a concert at 6 p.m. Thursday on Headwall. Free.

Strings in the Mountains

Eileen Ivers and Immigrant Soul, 8 p.m. today

“Folk Expressions” chamber music concert, 8 p.m. Saturday

“Encore!” chamber music concert, 5 p.m. Sunday

Round about the Rondo Cake youth concert with Monique Mead at 11 a.m. Tuesday

Tent Talk with Dr. Ken Green, noon Wednesday. Free.

Music on the Green, 12:15 Thursday at Yampa River Botanic Park. Free

Marcia Ball, 8 p.m. Aug. 6

“Dusk of Romanticism chamber music concert, 8 p.m. Aug. 7

Call 879-5056 for tickets and information for all Strings in the Mountains concerts.

“La BohÃme”

Opera Encounter, a casual discussion with Emerald City Opera’s principal artists, 5 p.m. Sunday at Cottonwood Grill. Free.

Opera production presented by Emerald City Opera Aug. 6 and 8 at the Steamboat Springs High School auditorium. $15 to $65. 879-1996.

Steamboat Wine Festival

A wine and culinary festival featuring seminars, wine dinners and tasting events from Thursday through Aug. 8 at various locations around Steamboat. Event tickets are $15 to $55. Visit Vino, Paddy Shack, First National Bank of the Rockies and Central Park Liquor for tasting tickets and call (303) 777-6887 for seminar tickets or get them at the door.

Workshops

Plein-air painting with Jean Perry, Monday through Wednesday. $300. 879-9008.

Altered Book as Art with Susan deWardt, Wednesday through Aug. 7. $195. 879-9008.

Bluegrass Camp for Kids with Bearfoot Bluegrass, Monday through Wednesday. $150. 879-9008.


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