Steamboat Springs artist creates unusual art with Legos, bike parts, recycled wood |

Steamboat Springs artist creates unusual art with Legos, bike parts, recycled wood

Katie Moore

If you go:

What: Katie Moore art exhibit — First Friday Artwalk's Artist of the Month

When: 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2

Where: Urbane, 703 Lincoln Ave.

— It’s not often the First Friday’s artist of the month has art kind of floating around the city, but Katie Moore isn’t your typical artist.

If you go:

What: Katie Moore art exhibit — First Friday Artwalk’s Artist of the Month

When: 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2

Where: Urbane, 703 Lincoln Ave.

“I always wanted to go to art school but my parents were like, ‘you have to get a trade under your belt first,’ so I went to cosmetology school, and I became a barber,” Moore said.

“If you see anyone in town with crazy designs in their hair, it’s my trademark. I do a lot of that.”

When the 28-year-old Steamboat native isn’t cutting hair or shaving fun designs onto the side of people’s heads, she’s creating unusual art.

“My last art show I did a bike parts series at the Smokehouse,” Moore said. “That really got me out there.”

This month during First Friday Artwalk, Moore’s Lego paintings will be hanging in Urbane, a local skate and clothing shop in downtown.

That’s right. Legos.

Legos sewn onto her paintings. Legos glued onto scrap wood intermixed with classic painting. Its effect is not disturbing at all, but whimsical and refreshing.

The mixed media artist doesn’t stay with any theme for very long. From bike parts, to mushrooms, to artistic crafts … creating is a form of meditation for Moore.

“I have really bad ADD, so it really helps me calm down when I wake up in the morning and spend 20 minutes painting,” Moore said. “It makes a huge difference in my day.”

Moore’s art show at Urbane also emphasizes her well-known dedication to the community and environment, using recycled wood and supplies for much of her work.

“I don’t like things to go to waste. I love using scraps,” Moore explained. “My dad is a builder, and what is trash to him is a canvas for me.”

Fellow artist and best friend Sierra Lovejoy Fallon said Moore is known for her kindness — she’ll be donating any proceeds from the Urbane art show to the Chief Theater.

“She’s just so caring and thoughtful and does so much for other people,” Fallon said. “I give her a hard time because she needs to charge more for her work.”

For now, Moore still views art as an outlet not a job.

“I fear if I did art all the time, I wouldn’t appreciate it as much,” Moore said.

Moore’s fear appears to contradict her life’s work. She started out under the tutelage of the Steamboat Springs Arts Council and their Kaleidoscope kids program.

“We painted the public bathrooms at the stinky park,” laughed Moore,

In fact, her public art got going after years of creating gifts for friends.

“She makes gifts for people for any reason whatsoever,” said Fallon.

In fact, it was Moore’s gifts that got the attention of people.

“People just really started asking me to build stuff,” Moore said. “The word started getting out.”

One of her products, colorful hand-painted fly rod racks, was sold in local shops.

The last of her fly rod racks hangs on the wall of the apartment she shares with her longtime boyfriend. The little apartment is crowded with art supplies, wood, canvases and paintings, especially paintings of fish. Her foray into “fish art” had an underlying goal.

“My boyfriend is a huge fisherman. He loves my, art but I drive him crazy because I do everything in the apartment. So I always have a mess. I started painting fish because maybe he’d appreciate it a little bit more.”

While Moore sometimes wonders what could have been if she attended art school, she has no regrets. She thrives among her artist friends, taking in whatever classes or workshops she can in the local community and visiting museums and galleries in her travels.

She’s also joined a new group dedicated to the fine arts in Steamboat.

“I’m part of the Young Bloods, an up-and-coming group of young artists,” said Moore.

“I’m part of that community so I don’t feel like I missed out that much,” Moore said. “I think they can really make a big difference in the art community.”

The young artist also volunteers at Horizons art night every Monday, helping adults with developmental disabilities create art. She used to work there.

“I felt weird being an employee,” Moore added. “I felt like they were my friends so now I volunteer.”

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