Amanda Fordyce, left, and Iris George pose for a Girls of Steamboat Calendar shoot. The calendar is being released tonight at a party at the Depot Art Center.

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Amanda Fordyce, left, and Iris George pose for a Girls of Steamboat Calendar shoot. The calendar is being released tonight at a party at the Depot Art Center.

Steamboat calendar shows off local models

Girls of Steamboat release party to benefit Arts Council

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Jill Wernig talks about the Girls of Steamboat Calendar release party happening at 7pm on Dec. 11th at the Art Depot.

Jill Wernig talks about the Girls of Steamboat Calendar release party happening at 7pm on Dec. 11th at the Art Depot.

If you go

What: Girls of Steamboat Calendar release party

When: 7 p.m. today

Where: Depot Art Center,

1001 13th St.

Cost: Donations will be accepted for the Steamboat Springs Arts Council

Call: 879-9008

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Drew Stachnik/Courtesy

Heather Richey, left, and Hilary Spillane are part of the Girls of Steamboat Calendar.

— As the first 1,000 copies of the Girls of Steamboat Calendar finished printing this week, project organizer Jill Wernig was thinking of fresh ideas for the 2011 edition.

The 2010 version — which Wernig, photographer Drew Stachnik and 12 local models will unveil with a release party at 7 p.m. today at the Depot Art Center — features a different feel for each month, Wernig said.

Today’s release party is a benefit for the Steamboat Springs Arts Council. There’s no cost to get in, and event organizers will accept donations in any amount for the nonprofit arts organization that offers support to affiliates in addition to its own programming. Local businesses have donated appetizers, the Arts Council will run a cash bar, and Wernig will DJ a dance party starting at 9 p.m.

Wernig originally came up with the calendar as a promotion for Mountain Mama’s, the crepe business she and her sisters own and operate. When a few people involved with the Arts Council approached her about being a DJ for an Arts Council event, Wernig decided to make the calendar a benefit, she said.

Part of the proceeds from the Girls of Steamboat Calendar — which Wernig expects to sell for about $20 — will go to the Arts Council, Wernig said. Arts Council representatives Kelly Anzalone and Rachel Radetsky will give a presentation about the organization at 8 p.m. during the release party. A short movie and slideshow about the making of the calendar is at 8:30 p.m.

Calendar model Nicole Curd said she appreciates the opportunity to give back to the Arts Council and its home at the Depot Art Center after participating in Steamboat Dance Theatre and other Arts Council affiliate organizations for years.

December calendar girl Catie Camilletti said she and other calendar participants hope the project shines a light on the Arts Council.

Wernig, Curd, Camilletti and calendar model Katie West-Tollar said the 12 local women featured in the publication come from all walks of life.

“There are moms, some of us are married, some of us are single. … It’s just a good spectrum of people (Wernig) has included,” West-Tollar said.

A couple of the models are Routt County natives, and many have lived in the area for several years. There are bartenders, athletes and a nurse, and many of the models work with local charities. That variety gives the calendar a small-town feel that makes it accessible, Curd said.

Photo locations include the Depot Art Center, Ghost Ranch Saloon, local ranches and other outdoor spots across the county.

Wernig said she and Stachnik are looking at winter themes for the 2011 calendar, and are taking suggestions for anyone interested in modeling for that project. To learn more about the Girls of Steamboat Calendar, visit the project Web site at http://skitowncalendar.com.

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