Steamboat’s First Friday Artwalk features new venues
Free receptions today include music, food, fresh displays
December 4, 2009
Steamboat Springs — About 30 students in four Colorado Mountain College art classes will showcase a semester's worth of work during First Friday Artwalk today.
A reception for a fall student show at Azteca Taqueria is from 5 to 8 p.m. today. Azteca co-owner Jim Ruggiero said the display came together when CMC art teacher MB Warner was looking for a spot to display her students' work.
"I thought that it was a great idea to switch up the stuff that we have in there from the old ski photos of folks to a revolving monthly display of artwork," Ruggiero said. Warner was optimistic about foot traffic coming through Azteca during the Artwalk reception, and Ruggiero said he hopes it will bring exposure to a crowd that might not be as familiar with the restaurant.
"We're excited to change up our display and hope that piques the interest of people in town to come down every month," Ruggiero said. Azteca has a couple of artists lined up for the coming months and plans to display work by a local photographer in January, he said. Thirty percent of the sales from the CMC art show will go to the Tasaru Girls Rescue Centre in Narok, Kenya.
There are four new venues in the First Friday Artwalk today — The Epicurean Charcuterie and Café, Storm Peak Innovations and Chocolate Soup Pastry Café's new downtown location join Azteca as first-time Artwalk hosts — and 24 venues total. It's the largest participation of any First Friday Artwalk in the event's two-year history, said Linda Laughlin, organizer and Center for Visual Arts gallery owner.
"I think one of the reasons that we're seeing growth in First Friday Artwalk is a growing appreciation for the ability of art to lift the human spirit," Laughlin said. The event is a project by local art supporters to foster growth in the local arts community, according to the First Friday Artwalk Web site. On a monthly basis, free receptions downtown offer an opportunity to "take your mind off the day-to-day … and just enjoy the beauty of art," Laughlin said.
Rebecca Pauvert — chef and co-owner of The Epicurean with her husband, Marco — has been an artist for years, studying at the Moore College of Art & Design and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
Friday will be The Epicurean's first Artwalk reception, and Pauvert will be one of the venue's featured artists. Her photography and paintings of landscapes from Steamboat Springs and France will hang with David Epperson's black-and-white photography.
"We thought that the culinary art and the visual art all tie in together, and we thought that it would be a great way to be part of the art community here in Steamboat," Pauvert said. Pauvert already knew many artists in the community and thought joining Artwalk to display their work would be a natural step, she said.
First Friday Artwalk receptions are from 5 to 8 p.m. unless otherwise listed:
❱❱ Abracadabra Gallery features winter works and paintings from all four seasons by Zanobia. To get to the gallery, go through the front door of Double Z BBQ and up the inside stairs to the gallery. Call 871-8000. 1124 Yampa St.
❱❱ Artists' Gallery of Steamboat features plein air paintings by Susan Gill Jackson, detailed photographs of butterflies by Kim Keith and sculptures made from minerals by Leo Atkinson. A portion of the sales will go to the Village of Hope in Burkina Faso, Africa. Call 879-4744. 1009 Lincoln Ave.
❱❱ Azteca Taqueria features work by students in four art classes at Colorado Mountain College's Alpine Campus. The work includes paintings, drawings and prints and will be on display through Dec. 27. Artists will donate 30 percent of sales to the Tasaru Girls Rescue Centre in Narok, Kenya. Call 870-9980. 116 Ninth St.
❱❱ Center for Visual Arts features several new artists, including Deb Funston, Maureen Geittmann, Fred Heil, Carla Jones, Diane Kelly Lang, Virginia Quadri-Campbell, Victoria Rosenzweig, Chris Selby, Jo Stack and Phil Wright. Call 846-5970. 906 Lincoln Ave.
❱❱ Chocolate Soup Pastry Café's features installation, sculpture and product design work by British-Armenian artist Vahakn Matossian at its new downtown location, which will be open year-round. Call 870-0225. 737 Lincoln Ave.
❱❱ Colorado Group Realty features watercolor landscapes by Mary Levingston. Call 870-8800. 509 Lincoln Ave.
❱❱ Comb Goddess features watercolors by Cindy Wither. The reception also features a Ten Thousand Villages sale of fair trade crafts and gifts, with 10 percent of sales helping young women in Kenya. Call 871-0606. 1104 Lincoln Ave.
❱❱ Creekside Café features photographs and mixed media work by Gerald Hardage, and glass ornaments by Philadelphia-based artist Doug Ostroff. Call 879-4925. 131 11th St.
❱❱ East West Frame Shop features handcrafted jewelry by Julie Hibard; whimsical mixed media work Mary Beth Galer; and embellished frames and holiday framing ideas by Michelle Ideus and the East West Frame Shop design staff in its one-night-only showcase. Call 879-5225. The Frame Shop is in the alley between Lincoln Avenue and Oak Street, by Cantina's back door.
❱❱ The Epicurean Charcuterie and Café features photographic and painted landscapes of Steamboat Springs and France by chef-owner Rebecca Pauvert and black-and-white photography by David Epperson. Call 875-0997. 825 Oak St.
❱❱ Gallery 11 features images of Steamboat, Colorado and the West by photographer-owner Ken Lee. Call 870-8887. 908 Lincoln Ave.
❱❱ High Mountain Sotheby's International Realty features contemporary photos of Colorado landscapes and wildlife by Jim Gmeiner. Call 879-8101. 708 Lincoln Ave.
❱❱ Howelsen Place Gallery features metal work and sculptures including menorahs and gifts by international artist David Marshall. Call 846-0659. 703 Lincoln Ave., Suite B104.
❱❱ Jim Steinberg Photography and the Portfolio Collection feature Steinberg's landscape photography and copies of the award-winning book, "Colorado Scenic Byways: Taking the Other Road." Call 879-3718. 1016 Oak St.
❱❱ Liberman Photography features seasonal Steamboat landscapes by photographer David Liberman and custom fountains by Robert Yazbeck. Call 846-7685. 24 Fifth St.
❱❱ The Mac Ranch features pastel, oil and mixed media paintings by Patricia Murphy Bolten. Call 879-1270. 117 Eighth St.
❱❱Off the Beaten Path Bookstore and Coffee Shop features work by Canadian-Macedonian artist Michael Close. The show is presented by the Macedonian Mission for Humanity and is part of an ongoing cultural exchange. Call 879-6830. 68 Ninth St.
❱❱Shauna Lamansky Photographic Design Studio features a special on holiday cards with photo portraits. Call 879-6213. 928 Lincoln Ave., Suite 108.
❱❱ Sleeping Giant Gallery features paintings by Cully Kistler, photography by Don Tudor, Raku-fired stoneware by Brown Cannon and Peruvian leather furniture and frames. Call 879-7143. 601 Lincoln Ave.
❱❱ Steamboat Art Museum will have its museum shop open during Artwalk. Local musicians will perform Christmas carols during the reception. Call 870-1755. 807 Lincoln Ave.
❱❱ The Steamboat Springs Arts Council at the Depot Art Center features "Local Color," a collection of works by local artists in various mediums focusing on scenes from the area. Call 879-9008. 1001 13th St.
❱❱ Storm Peak Innovations features nature photography by Michael Lichtenstein in its new digital media gallery. Call 870-4272. 941 Lincoln Ave., Suite 100A.
❱❱ Urbane features industrial art by Salt Lake City natives Gerry Swanson, Calvin Spine and Cord Jensen. The reception includes live music. Call 879-9169. 703 Lincoln Ave., Suite B101.
❱❱ Wild Horse Gallery features its Holiday Miniatures Show, a collection of 120 small works by gallery artists. Local duo Yampa Valley Boys will play songs on its new Christmas album. Call 879-5515. 802 Lincoln Ave.
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