After fall break, Steamboat’s K. Saari jumps back into gallery business
December 18, 2009
If you go
What: Opening reception for "Recharged"
When: 6 to 8 p.m. today
Steamboat Springs — Kimberly Saari is back in the business of putting on art events, ending an almost three-month hiatus after she closed her downtown gallery in October.
Saari and her featured artists have a new primary home at Vertical Arts Architecture in Wildhorse Marketplace, where Saari has rented space on the architecture firm's lower floor.
"It was just a really good time for me to transition from downtown," Saari said.
An opening reception for Saari's December show, "Recharged," is from 6 to 8 p.m. today at K. Saari at Vertical Arts, and includes live music by DJ Also Starring. The show will be up through December and features work by gallery artists Lelija Roy, Ron Johnson and Beth Banning.
Saari opened her first featured artist show on the bottom floor of Vertical Arts in December 2008. She moved her downtown operation there recently, taking into consideration factors including a down economy; roadwork and construction on Lincoln Avenue; and the closing of Del's Jewelry, the store above Saari's old gallery whose owner was her landlord.
"I feel very lucky that I was able to adapt," Saari said.
That survival skill is necessary for a gallery owner, she said.
"It's a business. You've got to hustle no matter what, and put it in this economy, and you've got to work hard," she said.
Saari is hoping to work with Vertical Arts to build a connection between art and architecture with their clients, she said. She plans to continue the rotating shows and featured artists she worked with in her downtown gallery.
Roy's mixed media depictions of aspen trees are among the featured work for this month. Roy described her textured aspen images from different months of the year as "a portrait in time" before a show in October at K. Saari Gallery.
Johnson, a featured artist and Virginia Commonwealth University assistant art professor, creates mixed media abstract work using bright colors and swirling patterns. Banning is a Steamboat resident who uses twigs and other found objects to create fiber art sculptures.
The Vertical Arts space — rebranded as K. Saari at Vertical Arts — is open during Vertical Arts business hours, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Representatives at Vertical Arts are versed on the artwork, and Saari will be on call for any gallery visitors, she said.
Saari is working on getting signs up for the gallery space and has ideas about placing art on the building's upper walls, creating a sculpture garden outside and putting up movable walls to create more display space.