Jazz singer and piano player Andy Pratt is among the local artists performing between noon and 6 p.m. Saturday on the Yampa stage for the Steamboat All Arts Festival. Pratt goes on at 1:15 p.m. as part of a line-up that includes dance pieces and culinary demonstrations.

Photo by John F. Russell

Jazz singer and piano player Andy Pratt is among the local artists performing between noon and 6 p.m. Saturday on the Yampa stage for the Steamboat All Arts Festival. Pratt goes on at 1:15 p.m. as part of a line-up that includes dance pieces and culinary demonstrations.

All Arts Festival is under way

Arts Council block party ends inaugural event at 5 p.m. Sunday

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Jenny Meier, left, dancing during a Fourth of July celebration, will give a free swing dancing lesson at 6 p.m. Sunday as part of the Steamboat Springs Arts Council's block party celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Depot. The event starts at 5 p.m. Sunday, and features performances by local youth orchestras and the Steamboat Swings community big band. The block party is the final event of the inaugural Steamboat All Arts Festival, a four-day event that began Thursday.

The Steamboat Springs Arts Council will celebrate the 100th anniversary of its home base building Sunday, with a block party that includes live music, free food and a historical exhibit.

At 5 p.m. Sunday, the Steamboat Springs Youth Orchestra and Winter Gardens Conservatory orchestra will perform to start the party, which also includes a swing dancing lesson with Jenny Meier at 6 p.m., a performance by the Steamboat Swings community big band at about 6:45 p.m. and free food provided by Steamboat Smokehouse. Volunteers will run a cash bar during the party, which is scheduled to run until about 8:30 p.m. at the Depot Art Center, said Rachel Radetsky, events and facilities manager for the Arts Council.

An exhibit chronicling the historic train depot's history is presented in collaboration with the Arts Council, Tread of Pioneers Museum and the Wyman Living History Museum of Craig. Each group contributed memorabilia and information about the Moffat railroad's arrival in Steamboat Springs in 1909, and the subsequent shifts in Routt County industry, population and lifestyle. The exhibit officially opens Saturday morning and will be on display through the weekend.

The exhibit shares a name with "On Track," the Arts Council's fundraising campaign that will contribute half of its proceeds to continuing arts and cultural programming and half to an endowment organized through the Yampa Valley Community Foundation, Radetsky said.

Included in the Arts Council's "On Track" brochure is a history of the nonprofit group's involvement with the Depot. According to that history, Routt County arts advocates Eleanor Bliss and Carol Finnoff established the Arts Council in 1972 and founded the Art in the Park fair and sale in 1974. After the Depot was condemned, Bliss started a "Save the Depot" campaign in 1980, raising money to keep the building open as a local home for the arts. The building was named The Eleanor Bliss Center for the Arts in 1989. From there, the Arts Council moved forward with affiliate support and other programming, which it continues to do.

After hitting a financial roadblock at the end of 2008, the Arts Council has reduced its debt by more than half, re-established a volunteer-run Visual Arts Committee that has scheduled gallery shows at the Depot through 2010, placed a renewed focus on affiliate support; organized a fall film series with monthly screenings scheduled to start Sept. 25 and established new community programming including a children's theater workshop in July, Radetsky said.

"We've been really working together on getting everything going again, so the 'On Track' thing plays into the train and what we've been focusing on for the past eight months here at the Arts Council," Radetsky said.

What to know about the inaugural Steamboat All Arts Festival:

- The Steamboat All Arts Festival is a four-day event running through Sunday that highlights local talent in the visual, performing, literary, film and culinary arts while presenting national performing acts. The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association is sponsoring the event.

- A fine-art sale and showcase dubbed the Yampa River Art Stroll serves as festival headquarters. Yampa Street between Fifth and Seventh streets closed at 8 a.m. Thursday for the event and will remain closed until 8 p.m. Sunday.

- Tickets for All Arts Festival events are available at the Chamber's Visitor Center at 125 Anglers Drive and at www.steamboatallartsfestival.com. Today's George Winston piano concert is ticketed through Strings Music Festival; call 879-5056 or go to www.stringsmusicfestival.com. The Chamber is looking for volunteers to assist with events through Sunday; contact Marion Ayer at 875-7008 or marion@steamboatchamber.com for more information.

All Arts Festival event schedule:

Today:

9 a.m. to noon. Draw, paint or sculpt after a model with critique from Susan Schiesser and Janice Lawrence at Artists' Gallery of Steamboat; $12

9:30 to 11:15 a.m. Memoir writing workshop with Susan de Wardt at Tread of Pioneers; $15

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Yampa River Art Stroll on Yampa Street between Fifth and Seventh streets; $5 for a weekend pass

Noon to 1 p.m. Pastel landscape demo with Robert Dieckhoff at Artists' Gallery; FREE

Noon to 2 p.m. "The Art of Lulie Crawford" at Tread of Pioneers; FREE

2 to 3:30 p.m. Watercolor workshop with Mary Levingston at the Art Tent in Torian Plum Plaza; $10

2 to 4 p.m. Painting from life with Jean Perry at Bud Werner Memorial Library; $15

4 to 5:30 p.m. "Why Can't I Understand Shakespeare?" with Stuart Handloff at the Art Tent; $10

5 p.m. Design District Open House on Lincoln Avenue between Third and Fifth streets; FREE

5 p.m. Off the Beaten Path Bookstore Poetry Slam at the library; FREE

5:30 to 8 p.m. Plein air artists reception and sale at Steamboat Art Museum; FREE

5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Belly dance "Super Shimmy Power Activate" with Meg Widmer at Northwest Ballet Studio; $10

8 p.m. Strings Music Festival presents pianist George Winston at the Strings Music Pavilion; $32

8 to 10 p.m. "Sips & Sweets" dessert and drink tasting; TBA

Saturday:

9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Irish dancing with Nora Parker at Northwest Ballet Studio; $10

10 to 11:30 a.m. African dance with the Steamboat Springs African Dance & Drum Ensemble at Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp; $5

10 to 11:30 a.m. Photography with Paula Jo Jaconetta at the Art Tent in Torian Plum Plaza; $10

10 to 11:30 a.m. "Beyond the Artist's Way" with Susan de Wardt at the library; $15

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Yampa River Art Stroll on Yampa Street between Fifth and Seventh streets; $5 for a weekend pass

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Steamboat Art Museum plein air quick-draw benefit and barbecue at Wolf Run Ranch on Routt County Road 33; $25 includes lunch and music by the Yampa Valley Boys

Noon to 6 p.m. Performances by local groups on the Yampa Stage at Seventh and Yampa streets

11 a.m. to noon. Hip-hop dance with Tina Buschmann at Northwest Ballet; $10

11 to 11:30 a.m. Public art dedication of "Let the Music Play" at Little Toots Park; FREE

Noon to 1:45 p.m. "The Art Nature of Photography" with Ken Lee at the library; $15

Noon to 2 p.m. Beginner plein air painting with Susan Gill Jackson at the Art Tent in Torian Plum Plaza; $15

2 to 2:45 p.m. "Behind the Scenes" with John Sant'Ambrogio at the library; $15

2:15 to 3:45 p.m. "A Sense of Place" with Susan de Wardt at the Art Tent in Torian Plum Plaza; $15

3 to 5 p.m. "There's No Business Like Show Business : Musicals" with Stuart Handloff and Christel Houston at the library; $15

5 to 6 p.m. Lindy Hop dance with Jenny and Brady Meier at Northwest Ballet; $10

5:30 p.m. "Film and Feast" with Dori Weiss at St. Cloud Mountain Club; $50; menu selections are paired with an American film, which Weiss will discuss before and after a screening

6:30 p.m. "Loco di Vino" benefit and wine tasting at Perry-Mansfield; $50; featuring wine and tapas, and music by Spanish bluegrass band Rojos Calientes

7:30 p.m. Steamboat Springs Orchestra concert at Strings Music Pavilion; $30; featuring Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5, and the theme from "Hook" and "Cowboys Overture," by John Williams

8 to 10 p.m. "Sips & Sweets" dessert and drink tasting; TBA

Saturday Yampa Stage schedule; local groups perform at Seventh and Yampa streets:

11:45 a.m. Culinary demo - Steamboat Meat & Seafood Co.

Noon. Jasmir Belly Dance Troupe, Lindy Hop and lyrical dance presentations

12:15 p.m. Culinary demo - Bobby Aldighieri and Caroline Lalive

12:30 p.m. Yampa Valley Ceili Society traditional Irish dancing

1:00 p.m. Lyrical dance presentation

1:05 p.m. Culinary demo - bistro c.v.

1:15 p.m. Andy Pratt, jazz pianist and singer

2:45 p.m. Culinary demo - Cafe Diva

3:00 p.m. Steamboat Springs African Dance & Drum Ensemble

3:45 p.m. Culinary demo - L'Apogee

4:00 p.m. Organstein Jazz Trio

4:45 p.m. Culinary demo - Yepello Chocolates & Confections

5:00 p.m. Organstein Jazz Trio

Sunday:

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Yampa River Art Stroll on Yampa Street between Fifth and Seventh streets; $5 for a weekend pass

10 a.m. to noon "Getting Your Act Together" with Michael Brumbaugh at the library; $20

Noon to 2 p.m. Beginner plein air painting with Susan Gill Jackson at Artists' Gallery; $15

3 p.m. Emerald City Opera performance at Bud Werner Memorial Library; $20; featuring artists from the opera's main stage company and student company, performing selections from the group's three summer 2009 productions

5 p.m. Steamboat Springs Arts Council block party at the Depot Art Center; FREE; featuring food, drinks, an exhibit of train memorabilia and live music by local youth orchestras and Steamboat Swings big band

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