Young Steamboat resident has 1st art opening Friday |

Young Steamboat resident has 1st art opening Friday

Nicole Inglis

Artist Kali Waldman, 5, displays her work inside her parents' Steamboat Springs home while preparing for an upcoming art show. Kali will have her first art opening from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at City Cafe inside Centennial Hall.
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— Kali Waldman doesn't use black in any of her paintings.

Instead, bright greens, pinks, reds and purples dominate her abstract watercolors. The colors burst into hidden shapes and forms, like faces and animals, that can be seen when viewers alter their perspective just a bit.

And Kali is aware how those small nuances come through in her work.

"Art is mysterious, depending on how you look at it," she said.

Kali is 5 1/2 years old, and her favorite color is "light darkish purple." She is a kindergartener at Soda Creek Elementary School, where she creates many of her art pieces.

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Several of her creations will be on display this month at City Cafe, and she will be hosting her own art opening from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the coffee shop in Centennial Hall.

Kali said she is excited about her first real art show.

"It's nice, and I think that then people can see how good of an artist I could be," she said.

Kali's mother, Jill Waldman, said her daughter always has identified herself as an artist. She recalls Kali's first trip to the Whitney Museum in New York City years ago, when she sat down in the middle of the floor in front of a Georgia O'Keefe painting and began to draw.

"She came down the stairs the other day talking about Peter Paul Rubens," Waldman said. "I have no idea where she got it from."

Waldman said that every time she looks at the work she sees something new and different in the layers of colors and shapes created by her daughter.

"There just seems to be so much depth to them," she said.

In addition to Rubens and O'Keefe, Kali also loves Monet, and her expressionist depictions seem to follow in that vein with her use of colors. Still, she doesn't paint landscapes or realistic images.

"I mostly do abstract because it seems like a fun thing," Kali said. "It's making colors."

She said she paints all the time, whether at school or at her kitchen table. And a lot of the time, she surprises herself with her creations.

"You will never know how you can paint something new every day," she said.

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