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‘1 + 1’ offers Steamboat artists a chance to show off muses

Plein-air painter Maggie Smith and her artist friend Annie Meyer

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— Art is not a lonely endeavor. In the life and career of many local artists, a mentor, mentee, muse or sidekick has offered irreplaceable inspiration and support that adds a personal dimension to a piece of artwork.

A new show opening Friday at the Artists' Gallery of Steamboat shows off those relationships through a wide variety of mediums.

The "1 +1" Invitational Show offered the chance for Artists' Gallery members to celebrate an artist they share a connection with by hanging their work side by side.

The show runs through October and opens during Friday's artwalk from 5 to 8 p.m.

Around the gallery, nuanced similarities among the paired works are not uncommon.

Sue Gallion brought in the work of her daughter Mary Judd, a painter whose textured work complements Gallion's lush fabrics. Judd even is showing a portrait she painted of her smiling mother.

Mineral sculptor Leo Atkinson mixed in his geode sculptures with those of another artist using geodes in his fountain sculptures, and Susan Gill Jackson is showing her plein-air work just above the woodwork of Jett Kobie, an artist who also does all of her framing.

Susan Corser paired with longtime local plein-air painter Joan Hoffmann, who leads painting workshops in Steamboat and beyond Routt County. Corser has been a participant in those workshops, but Hoffmann said the role of mentee is a vital one.

"We can always learn from each other, and that's what I think this show is getting to," Hoffmann said. "In one moment, we're the teacher and in one moment the student. That ability to talk about our paintings is what gets us to the next levels. It's like engineers and physicists talk together."

Printmaker Maggie Smith, who was working at the gallery Thursday afternoon, said she continues to work on oil painting as a skill. She's long been inspired by painter and friend Annie Meyer, with whom she traveled to Nova Scotia last year to paint the quaint northeastern seaboard scenes en plein air.

"She definitely has a style," Smith said, admiring Meyer's paintings. Both sets of work from Nova Scotia share some colors and lines but clearly are individual works of art. "She's not afraid to put down paint in bold ways.'

She said that especially in plein-air settings, it's comfortable to have a friend nearby.

"I think a lot of people do that; they find a painting partner," she said.

Find a complete list of First Friday Artwalk venues here.

To reach Nicole Inglis, call 970-871-4204 or email ninglis@ExploreSteamboat.com