Guest artist series returns Wednesday to Steamboat |

Guest artist series returns Wednesday to Steamboat

Luke Graham

— Melissa Meyer sat somewhere in New York City on Friday, a hint of commotion dotting the space around her words.

She talked about art, working in the city and an art show she's putting together in January.

For all the fast-paced sounds and movements around her, Meyer talked about finding solace in art residencies.

"We're in the golden age of art colonies and residencies," Meyer said. "That's what I'm going to show is pictures and works I've done from them. It's a retreat, but at the same time, you can get a lot of work done. You get taken care of and don't have to worry about things you have to worry about in your daily life. It's also a community. You meet writers and artists in other disciplines."

Meyer — who has attended residencies in Yaddo, Skowhegan School, Vermont Studio and the MacDowell Colony — will open up the second annual Steamboat Springs Center for Visual Arts Guest Artist Fall Lecture Series. Her lecture begins at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Oehme Graphics in Copper Ridge Circle.

Last year, the talks proved popular and paced rooms with standing-room-only crowds. Those interested are asked to make reservations by emailing or by calling 970-846-5970.

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Meyer will discuss the value of the artist residencies she has attended and how they have helped shape her as an artist as well as how they've helped her work.

Meyer will be in town completing a new print series with master printer Sue Oehme from Oehme Graphics. The pieces will be on display following the lecture.

Since her start in the mid-1970s, Meyer has had more than 45 solo shows across the world.

She said she has made a list of 10 things to think about when approaching an art residency.

"I think through the discussion with the community we'll maybe come up with other ideas and recommendations," she said.

Center for Visual Arts Executive Director Linda Laughlin said the goal of the guest artist series is to bring in successful artists from across the country to broaden local artists’ knowledge of the industry and realize what is available to them.

"Our hope is that this series will open up possibilities and ideas for local artists on how they can further their passion and career outside of Steamboat, which is, by comparison, a very small art market," Laughlin said. "The opportunity to listen to the personal journeys of successful, prominent artists who have been able to make art their career can be very inspiring and reaffirming, especially in a rural community that is relatively isolated from easy access to a cultural hub."

For Meyer, she hopes the talk invigorates artists, helping them find their way in an isolated arts community.

"It depends what they want to do with their work," she said. "If they want to have an exhibition career, it might be a little tough in Steamboat. If you can afford to do your work and not worry about the outside world, it's fine. But I think artists always want to show their work and get it out."

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