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Steamboat All Arts Festival expanding

Event includes increased visual arts, Arts Council presence

Margaret Hair

Local jazz pianist Andy Pratt performs Aug. 22, 2009, at the inaugural Steamboat All Arts Festival.

— Events and plans for the second annual Steamboat All Arts Festival are coming together.

With four days of multidisciplinary workshops set, a few evening performances scheduled, plans to incorporate more local visual artists in motion and applications for the Yampa River Art Stroll coming in, event organizers at the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association are well ahead of the curve set by the inaugural event in 2009.

Chamber spokeswoman Molly Killien and special events coordinator Kara Givnish said they hope to have a schedule ready by May, if not sooner. The All Arts Festival is scheduled for Aug. 19 to 22 at downtown and mountain venues.

On the lineup so far are continued collaborations with Strings Music Festival; amplified involvement with the Steamboat Springs Arts Council, its members and affiliate organizations; and a return of the visual-arts-oriented Yampa River Art Stroll.

After getting special events funding and a go-ahead to plan the inaugural four-day celebration of local, regional and national arts in February 2009 — leaving about six months to organize the many-pronged event — Chamber employees started working on the 2010 festival soon after the 2009 event ended, Killien said.

"It was definitely a quick turnaround, and we learned a lot last year. The best thing is that now we have a blueprint of what the event was like and how things will go," Killien said.

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More visual arts

Several events highlighting local visual artists are new to the festival this year.

A multistop "Art Rush" gallery tour highlighting downtown art galleries gets the festival going Aug. 19.

Marion Ayer, treasurer for the Steamboat Springs Arts Council and finance director for the Chamber, said local gallery tours were at the top of a list of elements to enhance for the second festival. All Arts Festival attendees could take gallery tours leaving from the Yampa River Art Stroll in 2009.

"We didn't want it to be like the First Friday Artwalk, just because we didn't want to compete with that, and we didn't want it to be overwhelming for our visitors with so many stops," Ayer said, speaking as an Arts Council board member. Instead, the Art Rush will feature visual work and performing art at eight to 10 galleries, she said. The Arts Council is helping present the event.

"Our idea was that it would be more of a tour, not necessarily where you would be led, but with more specific times for each place as far as when the performing art would be starting," Ayer said.

On Aug. 22, the Arts Council and the Chamber offer a chance to visit local artists working in their studios. The studio tour includes locations within biking distance of downtown, Killien said.

All Arts Festival organizers plan to continue a focus on the Yampa River Art Stroll, Killien said. The stroll is a three-day art exhibition and sale featuring a juried selection of work by about 40 artists in various mediums. The application deadline for artists is April 30.

Event organizers hope to enhance the Art Stroll this summer with additional culinary demonstrations and performing arts elements Aug. 21 and 22, Givnish said.

Arts Council involvement

Along with additional visual arts offerings, the Arts Council also is helping organize events in the performing and film arts.

The group's regular Friday foreign film collaboration with Bud Werner Memorial Library will be featured Aug. 20 at the Depot Art Center. A melodrama performance is scheduled for the Depot on Aug. 21, and the Arts Council again will present a festival-ending block party Aug. 22. An Arts Council member gallery show will be on display through the weekend, and several festival workshops are being offered at the Depot, Ayer said.

In 2009, the Arts Council helped present a film and feast event with local movie guru Dori Weiss; "Sips and Sweets" drink and dessert pairings at local restaurants; and a block party celebrating the Depot building's 100th anniversary, Ayer said. Increased board participation, more time to plan and a more stable financial situation for the nonprofit umbrella arts organization helped increase the group's involvement for the second festival, she said.

2010 Steamboat All Arts Festival workshop schedule

■ “Introduction to Watercolor Painting,” painting with Mary Levingston, 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 19 at the Depot Art Center

■ “What Comes From Within,” photography with Paula Jo Jaconetta, noon to

2 p.m. Aug. 19 at the Depot

■ “Capturing Light in Your Paintings,” oil painting with Jean Perry, 2 to 5 p.m. Aug. 19 at the Depot

■ “Texture Techniques and Some of Their Uses,” watercolor painting with Mary Levingston, 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 20 at the Depot

■ “From Broadway to Burlesque: A Brief History of American Musical Theater,” theater with Stuart Handloff, 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 20 at the Depot

■ “Life Lines: Capturing Life’s Precious Moments,” writing with Susan de Wardt, 3 to 5 p.m. Aug. 20 at the Depot

■ “Introduction to Plein Air Painting,” oil painting with Susan Gill Jackson, 3 to 6 p.m. Aug. 20 at the Art Tent in Torian Plum Plaza

■ “Introduction to Belly Dancing,” dancing with Meg Widmer, 4 to 5 p.m. Aug. 20 at Oak Street Dance Studio

■ “African Dance for All Levels,” dance with Jen Lowe, 10 to 11 a.m. Aug. 21 at the Depot

■ “Making it Real: Shakespeare in Today’s World,” theater with Stuart Handloff, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 21 at the Art Tent

■ “How to Publish a Book,” writing with Jill Murphy Long, 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 21 at the Art Tent

■ “Introduction to Hip-Hop,” dance with Tiana Buschmann, 2 to 3 p.m. Aug. 21 at Oak Street Dance Studio

■ “Getting Your Act Together,” acting with Michael Brumbaugh, 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 21 at the Depot

■ “Going Deeper With Your Camera,” photography with Paula Jo Jaconetta,

10 a.m. to noon Aug. 22 at the Depot

Workshop tickets will be available in May. Learn more about the second annual Steamboat All Arts Festival, scheduled for Aug. 19-22, at

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