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SummerArt is an annual chance to look at ourselves through the eyes of people who live among us.

Take, for example, a simple photograph of Lincoln Avenue taken by Jeffrey Hall. Titled "Main Street America," it shows F.M. Light & Sons and Lyon's Drug, as reflected in a store window across the street. Inside the storefront sits an American Flag and a carved bald eagle. It makes a hundred statements, depending on the mindset of the viewer.

2005 artists from Routt County ¤ John Belz ¤ Jude Carmona ¤ Mary Beth Galer ¤ Sue Gallion ¤ Jeffrey Hall ¤ Fred Heil ¤ Rebecca Hilley ¤ Wayne Kakela ¤ Nikki Kerrigan ¤ Adam Lincoln ¤ Bonnie McGee ¤ Susan Schiesser ¤ Karen Schulman ¤ Chris Selby ¤ Lydia Vaitkus ¤ Rob Williams ¤ David and Sue Winters ¤ Phillip Wright ¤ Mary Yamamoto ¤ Adam Zabel Key Points ¤ An opening reception for SummerArt 2005 ¤ 5 to 7 p.m. tonight ¤ Depot Art Center, 1001 13th St. ¤ Gallery talk with Ben Mitchell, director of exhibitions and programs at the Nicolaysen Art Museum in Casper, Wyo., and artists from SummerArt 2005 ¤ 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday ¤ Depot Art Center, 1001 13th St. ¤ 879-9008.

It's an image created by a very observant eye and is a different take on the classic Lincoln Avenue portrait.

SummerArt is an internationally advertised juried show, and though entries this year came from as far away as Germany, the main body of work is an exhibit of the best local and regional work.

Pieces range from the geometric comments on color to traditional landscapes and things in between, such as Jon Madsen's "Inward." With thick strokes, he paints an intimate portrait of a woman looking out the window onto the street below.

This year, 80 artists sent in slides to be judged by a panel of five local artists and art collectors. In the end, 52 artists were chosen.

Several new residents and never before shown local artists were accepted into this year's show. Jude Carmona entered jewelry and a chainmail purse titled "Take Me to the Ball" that was pieced together by hand, link by link.

After more than 20 years, SummerArt is the longest, continuously running show hosted by the Steamboat Springs Arts Council.

The show will be judged this year by Ben Mitchell, director of exhibitions and programs at the Nicolaysen Art Museum in Casper, Wyo. He will talk about the award winning pieces on Saturday morning.

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