The ArtLink Art & Cultural Tour Bus completed its inaugural run for 2005 last week and will begin regular weekly Art Thursday tours starting July 7.
This is the third year for the Art Tour that began in 2003 as a daylong, once-an-hour bus service to "Art Spots" across Steamboat Springs. The signs still hang on the bus stops near chosen Spots, but the concept has changed.
Organizers found that the daylong service served hundreds of people each week, but they weren't able to staff the bus for the full day, and people weren't getting a comprehensive tour of Steamboat's art community.
Last year, ArtLink organizers Susan Schiesser and Pat Walsh experimented with a different concept that worked and will be repeated this year.
In 2005, the Art & Cultural Tour will run once a week at 4 p.m. on Thursdays. Bus driver Bobby O'Toole supplies information about the urban legends and trivia of Steamboat, and Schiesser or Walsh provide information about the cultural side of things.
"It has evolved into a personalized, private tour," Schiesser said.
Officially, there are four stops on the tour. The first stop is at Centennial Hall, where passengers are met by Linda Kakela, city director of inter-governmental services. She will explain the architectural significance of Centennial Hall as well as discuss the city's art collection on display there. The tour also stops at Chase Oriental Rug Co. and at Lithia Springs. If anyone has an art event or wants to open his or her studio to visitors, ArtLink will include them on the tour.
The final stop is at Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill, where passengers get a tour and tasting with owner and brewmaster Charlie Noble.
The ArtLink Art & Cultural Tour is free and leaves every Thursday through Sept. 22 from the Wells Fargo parking lot.
For more information about the tour, or to have your art event included on the schedule, call 846-7879.