Beaux Arts on the Mountain like mini Art in the Park

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Beaux Arts on the Mountain will be like a mini Art in the Park, said Steamboat Springs Arts Council Executive Director Nancy Kramer.

The outdoor gathering of artisan vendors, live entertainment and children's activities is at the eye of the Beaux Arts Festival storm that is taking over the area around Torian Plum Plaza on Saturday. Whirling around it will be the Steamboat Wine Festival, the Strada D'Arte street painters and the Art Car Stampede exhibition.

Beaux Arts on the Mountain is the place to go if you want to cast your vote for the people's choice award among the Art Cars on display. It is also the place to stop if you want to learn how to make your own Art Car. Rebecca Bass, an art and shop teacher from Waltrip High School in Houston whose students made the "Lizard King" Art Car, will teach a workshop about how to make an Art Car at 1 p.m.

Between events, there is a variety of entertainment going on at Beaux Arts on the Mountain.

The Yampa Valley Ceili Society, which teaches traditional Irish dances, will be performing a few of its dances and possibly teaching them to the crowd, as well.

Pianist Paul Poyton will perform with the Paul Poyton Trio.

The New York Boys, a street percussion group from Denver, is making a Steamboat appearance, and local singer and songwriter Carrie Elkin will take the stage to play her self-described "acoustic folk funk."

A friendly, giant puppet will be strolling about the crowd throughout the day.

An exhibit of Dog Days of Summer, a fund-raiser for the Routt County Humane Society that features decorated fiberglass dogs will be on display at the Beaux Arts Mountain Festival.

For children, the Steamboat Springs Arts Council is rolling out the "Art Coffin," a box filled with all types of supplies for free form artistic creations throughout the day. There also will be room to play dress up in costumes provided by Celebrations and time to learn how to walk on stilts. The Oak Street Performing Arts Company will be painting faces during the day.

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