Sandra Sherrod stands in the Artist's Gallery of Steamboat. Sherrod was the founding director of the local gallery, which is approaching its first full year of business. The gallery will celebrate its first birthday at 5 p.m. today.

Photo by John F. Russell

Sandra Sherrod stands in the Artist's Gallery of Steamboat. Sherrod was the founding director of the local gallery, which is approaching its first full year of business. The gallery will celebrate its first birthday at 5 p.m. today.

Happy birthday, Artists' Gallery

Art collective celebrates one year in business

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Artists' Gallery of Steamboat first birthday party

  • Friday, November 2, 2007, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Artists' Gallery of Steamboat, 1009 Lincoln Ave, Steamboat Springs
  • Not available / Free

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— Since opening its doors the day after Thanksgiving a year ago, the collective of 26 creative minds that make up the Artists' Gallery of Steamboat has learned how to work together.

"We have come together as a group, which has been a little bit difficult at first because there are so many of us, but it has really worked out," said Sandra Sherrod, the gallery's founding director.

With a wealth of new art to choose from and a steady schedule of openings on the first Friday of each month, the gallery has been "financially quite successful for our first year," Sherrod said.

The artists will celebrate that success with a first birthday party today from 5 to 8 p.m. at the gallery. Guests are invited to join in decorating the art space's birthday cake and view works by all the co-op's members, on display through the end of November in the Autumn All-Gallery Show.

Sherrod said a steering committee worked for seven months before the gallery opened. They signed the lease in August 2006 and took possession of the space a couple months later, on Oct. 15. That down time allowed the group to organize its 22 interested artists and put together the necessary structure - such as an accountant and a gallery director.

The collective included artists of all levels of experience - including some who had worked in galleries and some who had never shown work professionally - so getting everyone up to speed and remodeling the space wasn't without its hurdles.

"When we were renovating, we ran out of money for the floor, and the floor was an absolute mess," Sherrod said. So the artists got a quick lesson in decoupage, creating a stone-looking finish with layers of paper and adhesive.

"It took us one whole weekend - 14 artists with their butts in the air putting down the brown paper," Sherrod said. "And now we have people coming back to see the floor because it was so unique."

By the beginning of 2008, Sherrod said the gallery plans to convert a back room - now an unfinished work space - into a place to bring in visiting and member artists for classes and workshops.

The gallery's wall space is booked for now, with a waiting list of three 2-D artists. Sherrod said there is some room for two 3-D artists, capping the gallery's roster at 28.

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