Steamboat Arts Council, K. Saari collaborate on pop-up gallery
September 6, 2012
Steamboat Springs — Inside the old Quicksilver location upstairs in Old Town Square, there are empty dressing rooms and an unfinished wood floor.
But the artistic minds behind the Steamboat Springs Arts Council and K. Saari Gallery saw so much more as they transformed the vacant retail space into a vibrant art gallery of painting, sculpture and installations.
"The rawness of it plays into the approach curatorially," explained Park Myers, Arts Council artistic director and curator of the show called "Geometry Satellite or the Curiosity Rover."
"The works in each of their own ways talk about bringing something form outdoors and reinterpreting it into our work. It's about going out into a space, collecting ideas and bringing them back," he said.
Reginald and Pamela Gray donated the space, owned by Resort Development Group LLP, to the Arts Council, offering the organization a chance to stretch its wings in a downtown location. The Arts Council also has two shows in its home at the Depot Art Center.
“Reginald and Pamela’s donation of the space has given a wonderful opportunity for the Arts Council to have a downtown presence while also demonstrating an understanding of the importance of the arts in Steamboat," Myers said.
The show opens during the September First Friday Artwalk on Friday, which takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. at various downtown galleries and venues.
This pop-up location will be open through Sept. 16.
The show features eight artists. Four of them are local, including Myers, Christie Ginanni Stepan, Beth Banning and Sue Oehme. Philadelphia's Derek Frech provides two video installation works, Siobhan Feehan presents contemporary screen prints and Kimberly Saari, former owner of her own downtown gallery, brought in works from her artists Will Day and Kenneth Ober.
From abstract paintings to installations, the work is connected to the theme of exploration of the outside world and geometric shapes.
As she pasted small arrow stickers onto a wooden column Wednesday, Stepan said her installation is another version of a piece she completed in San Francisco while studying for her master's degree this summer.
"I use a lot of marking symbols in my work," Stepan said. "They're defining a space and sort of wandering on the space. It's a record of movement."
One of the pieces of her installation features a piece of redwood from California, which she uses along with the stickers to illustrate the 54 steps around one of the most striking giants she came across.
Next to her corner is a 13-foot tall sculpture by Banning, who also uses found natural objects in her work. In this case, she used several long tree limbs tied together in nylon line and painted vibrant colors.
"It's wonderful," Banning said about the temporary gallery. "I hope there are more opportunities to do things like this."
For Saari, who will man the pop-up's storefront from noon to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and by appointment through Sept. 16, a temporary gallery space is right up her alley.
"For me, it's the art of the pop-up," Saari said. "I find it very progressive. It's efficient; it gets the art out there. I think this says a lot about our small, little resort town."
Find complete First Friday Artwalk listings here.
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