EDGE OF THE BOAT

Distinctiveness yields unity

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— One minute after stepping into the Depot to see the latest exhibit, you'll know why it's nice that such a resource exists in the Yampa Valley.

I say resource because bringing different forms of quality art into our community is more than just a form of entertainment, of course. Seeing, right in our backyard, what artists are doing all over the country is a means of keeping us connected with the thoughts, ideas and movements within the American culture.

The Indoor Sculpture Exhibit, opening at the Art Depot tonight, has 25 pieces from 19 artists from across the United States.

The works have a large range of styles but are all connected by their distinctiveness. This week, as I strolled through the pieces with Beth Banning, the Steamboat Springs Arts Council's visual arts director, that's what grabbed me about the exhibit.

I could return to the same sculpture several times as I hovered through the pieces and find something new about it. It made me think of looking at a mountain, a valley or a secluded river. No matter how many times you see them, they are still surprising and still beautiful.

Now, I'm not an accomplished art expert, despite my title. But I can be moved by art, just like anyone else can. And to me, good art is something that is always new, forever surprising and never bores the eye.

If you haven't been by to see an exhibit at the Arts Depot, go see this one. Some pieces might be a little shocking in their distinctiveness, but you will find that's what makes them intriguing.

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