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Ski for DeSo on Monday

About 100 friends and family members of the late Justin DeSorrento will hold the fourth "Ski for DeSo Day" at Mount Werner Feb. 5. Whether you ski or ride, all are welcome to take a memorial run on Chute 1, which will be renamed DeSo's Descent, at 11:30 a.m. at the top of the Morning Side lift.

Justin was killed in a car crash in 1997 and the DeSorrento family has been committed to raising money for The DeSo Foundation. The foundation has funded the Justin Andrew DeSorrento Sports Medicine Center, the construction of a sports conference facility at Bridgton Academy and the Yampa Valley Community Foundation that grants scholarships to Steamboat Springs High School graduates and children of employees of Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation.

Mount Werner is renaming Chute 1 because of Justin's popularity as an extreme skier and because the DeSorrentos have been longtime residents of Steamboat.

The DeSo Foundation contributed $10,000 to the Yampa Valley Community Foundation last year. Jim DeSorrento, Justin's father, said he's unsure of the dollar amount that will be donated this year.

Kip Attaway will perform at The Bear River Bar and Grill at 4:30 p.m. as a special tribute to Justin, his family and friends. This is Attaway's only Steamboat performance for the year. All proceeds from ticket and T-shirts sales, along with a donation from each skier, go to the Yampa Valley Community Foundation contributed by The DeSo Foundation.

Tickets are available at The Bear River Bar and Grill for $10 on a first-come, first-serve basis. "Ski for DeSo Day" buttons also will be available.

Mid-Winter Gala at Depot

The Steamboat Springs Arts Council presents the third annual Mid-Winter Gala at 6 p.m. Feb. 3. The evening begins with champagne and hors d'oeuvres at the Eleanor Bliss Center for the Arts and the Depot Art Center at 6 p.m.

Guests will then be shuttled to one of the galleries for dinner at 7:15 p.m. The galleries include 2Rivers Gallery, Cionni/Scheisser's Red Barn Studio or Chase Oriental Rug Gallery. Dinner will be provided by The Steamboat Meat & Seafood Company, the Steamboat Yacht Club and other local favorite eating establishments.

From 8:30-9 p.m., guests return to The Depot for Blue Sage Bakery desserts and a door prize drawing. Door prizes include original artwork and an Arts Gold Card, including season pass to Strings in the Mountains. The remainder of the evening can be spent dancing to the live swing jazz band, The Prohibitions.

Tickets are $95 a person, $50 being tax deductible to benefit the Arts Council. Call 879-9008 to reserve dinner at a preferred gallery.

Winterworks award winners

Winter Works 2001, held Jan. 19 at the Depot Art Center, was a success for award winners, chosen by Deborah Nourse Lattimore.

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Best of Show - Raymond Jordan for his lithograph "Dolly's Last Days"

First Place - Ruth Conner for her photogram "Faded Glory"

Second Place - Barbara Sanders for her intaglio photogravure "Past Glimpse"

Third Place - Janet McCulloch for her oil stick/acrylic "Dartmoor"

Honorable Mention - Hill Blackett for her bronze "Insomnia"

Honorable Mention - Stephen West for his photograph "Sunlit"

Honorable Mention - Janice Hansen for her watercolor "Colorado Camouflage-Bighorn Sheep"

Steamboat arts directory

The Eleanor Bliss Center for the Arts at the Depot will have a directory of local performing, literary or visual artists available as a guide for the community. For those who reside in the Steamboat Springs area, submit an application no later than Feb. 5 for the free listing. The Arts directory will be published in early spring. Application are available at the Depot, 1001 13th St. or call 871-6827 or 879-9008 for more information.

2001 artist fellowships

Panels composed of in-state and out-of-state experts are scheduled to review application materials for the 2001 Artist Fellowships in Visual Arts from Feb. 15-16 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. in Denver. The public is welcome to attend and listen to the panel discussion at the Colorado Council on the Arts building at 750 Pennsylvania Street in Denver. Applications are reviewed according to the artistic quality of sample work and the active involvement of artists in their discipline as demonstrated through recent exhibitions, performances, screenings, publications and other activities.

The Colorado Council on the Arts provides recognition and financial support to outstanding Colorado artists and creates public awareness and appreciation of creative expression. Call 303-894-2617 or contact the Web site at www.coloarts.state.co.us for further information.

Graphics exhibit at Mesa State

Mesa State University presents The Second Annual Graphic Arts Exhibit at the Johnson Gallery, W.W. Campbell College Center in Grand Junction. For free, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 5-16 (excluding the weekend), eight graduating senior graphic art majors will present their best work in design portfolios. All seniors have taken a Portfolio Construction class that includes creating corporate identity packages, lottery tickets, clothing labels, illustrations for books and magazines, restaurant menus, package design and magazine advertisements. A free reception to meet the artists and view their work is rom 7-9 p.m. Feb. 9. Call 970-248-1954 for more information.

Vote for best unsigned band

Every year Sam Goody presents a "Bandemonium" contest to search for the best unsigned band in America. Music supporters can log on to www.samgoody.com to vote for their favorite unsigned band once a day, every day until Feb. 15. The top four bands will compete in Panama City, Fla., over spring break. One of this year's top ten finalists was Yo, Flaco! a local Colorado band.

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