Steamboat library rings in new year with community sand painting |

Steamboat library rings in new year with community sand painting

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Bud Werner Memorial Library is bringing community sand painting back for the new year with two days to work on a beautiful under-the-sea design on Thursday, Jan. 3 and Friday, Jan. 4. This hands-on event will be open to everyone from noon to 5 p.m. each day in Library Hall.

If you go

What: Community sand painting
When: noon to 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3 and Friday, Jan. 4
Where: Library Hall at Bud Werner Memorial Library

Inspired by the Drepung Loseling monks’ Mandala on the Yampa art installations at the library, the Steamboat Springs community has participated in creating many hands-on public sand paintings. The library invites everyone back to Library Hall to revisit their individuality and creative spirit while sand painting on the community sand painting table.

The design is from the bestselling “inky adventure” adult coloring book “Lost Ocean” by Johanna Basford.

Chakpurs, the monks’ authentic sand painting tools, along with plentiful colored sand, will be available for everyone to try this ancient Tibetan art form. A chakpur is a metal funnel with a grated surface, along which the artist runs a metal rod. The vibration causes sand to flow like liquid onto the platform. The result is a colorful design that is enjoyed by all, then wiped away in the spirit of impermanence upon completion.

This is a free, all-ages event, but children must be accompanied by an adult. Visit for more information.

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