Art on the Mountain begins

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— After seeing Audrey Bortz's photographs at Art on the Mountain, a couple changed the theme they had decided on for decorating their house. They bought three of Bortz's photographs to start the process.

"When people buy my work, I get validation that I did something right," Bortz said.

What: Fifth annual Art on the Mountain

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday

Where: Gondola Square

Cost: Free

Call: 879-6111

Bortz goes to about 10 shows a year and enjoys them because of the interaction with people.

"I like talking to people," Bortz said. "We spend so much time working by ourselves in this kind of work. Here, people get to talk to me, and I get feedback."

Bortz's photographs are primarily of the Yampa Valley's natural features.

"I do some colored black and white photos as well," she said. "I'm working on a series of painted Southwestern doorways which I photograph in black and white and then hand-color using photo oils and colored pencils."

Bortz also makes jewelry with semi-precious stones.

"I've been using pearls a lot and blue topaz, rubies and tourmaline," she said. "I pick stones that I think are interesting and beautiful and then I lay them all out and put them together."

Bortz will be one of 30 vendors this weekend at Art on the Mountain. Other vendors will be selling handmade baskets, jewelry, bear sculptures, antlers, metal work, glass, clothing and frames. Seventy-five percent of the vendors are from Colorado. There will be six local participants and a few people from out of state.

"Steamboat is full of so much art and culture, and there's a huge draw locally," said Heidi Thomsen, public relations manager for Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. "It ties in really nicely for folks who love to show off and sell their creations while on vacation."

Ski Corp. began this event five years ago to provide a venue for artists to share their work.

"Art on the Mountain is our way of expanding the art venue in our community by bringing products of artists' imagination and ingenuity here to the ski area," Thomsen said.

Space is open for Art on the Mountain on Sept. 2 and 3. Call Nancy Trimmer at 879-5315.

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