Steamboat’s art walk to feature wolf reintroduction, paper art and more
Steamboat’s First Friday Artwalk will highlight recent local works, including an exhibit on wolf reintroduction, the evening of July 1 as part of a weekend full of events leading up to the Fourth of July.
Chloe Wilwerding, visual arts manager for Steamboat Creates, said she is hoping that locals and tourists in town for the Fourth will come enjoy the walk.
“I hope that people who are coming in get to see the local character of Steamboat artists and how much variety there is here,” Wilwerding said.
There will be diverse exhibits for attendees to explore, including Paper Art by Paulina Johnson at the Pine Moon.
Additionally, the Caboose Artist Studio Residency program is highlighting Julia Ben-Asher. Folks will be able to stop inside the Caboose and see her at work painting and creating other art.
“Wolf Reintroduction — A Conversation through Creativity,” is an exhibit that will debut at the art walk on Friday. Curated by Dagny McKinley, it seeks to spark dialogue about the controversial topic of wolves in Colorado through art that spans genre and medium.
“It started with my interest in the polarization of wolf reintroduction in Colorado, especially in rural Colorado, the pro-wolf and anti-wolf perspective,” McKinley said. “It really inspired me to try to find solutions to help us have a conversation about wolf reintroduction without people immediately getting defensive or trying to support their side.”
“We have Proverbs, there’s some poems, there are some short essays, there is watercolor, painting, photography and mixed media,” she added.
Though not affiliated with the Steamboat Creates First Friday Art Walk, Tall Tulips Flower Shop will feature the works of Suzi Mitchell.
Mitchell has lived in Steamboat for many years, but originally hails from Scotland. Her exhibit is called “Blooming Marvelous,” which is an idiom folks in Scotland use when they are “thrilled about something,” according to Mitchell.
She largely works in abstract landscape art, and explained that she thought the partnership with Tall Tulips was especially fitting given the theme of her work.
“For me, the partnership at Tall Tulips is perfect. My work will continue to be at the store,” Mitchell said. “It’s been a while since I’ve had a show of any kind due to COVID, so I’m thrilled to get myself out there again. I love seeing people’s responses to art in general. It’s such a great unifier.”
Mitchell also credited the encouragement of Sophie Picking, a Tall Tulips employee and participant in the You Out Loud programs for teens, which Mitchell started earlier this year.
“Our goal is to encourage young people to step out of their comfort zone, try new things, make new connections and feel empowered to be yourself,” Mitchell said. “Sophie and I had a role reversal in that she was the one encouraging me to put myself out there.”
To reach Katy Pickens, call 970-871-4208 or email her at kpickens@SteamboatPilot.com
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