K. Saari Gallery owner Kimberly Saari, left, and bistro c.v. owner Katy Vaughn show off a bottle of the wine that will be featured during Friday's show.

Photo by Matt Stensland

K. Saari Gallery owner Kimberly Saari, left, and bistro c.v. owner Katy Vaughn show off a bottle of the wine that will be featured during Friday's show.

Culinary art comes to K. Saari Gallery

Kimberly Saari teams up with bistro c.v. to present new work, new wine

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If you go

What: K. Saari Gallery and bistro c.v. present new work by Rob Williams

When: 5 to 8 p.m. Friday

Where: K. Saari Gallery, 837 Lincoln Ave.

Cost: Free

Call: 870-0188

More information: The owners of bistro c.v. team up with Vino wine store to present a four-course dinner with wine pairings from Dalla Terra import service at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at bistro c.v. The event costs $75, c.v. and seating is limited; call bistro at 879-4197 for reservations and more information.

Saari's gallery opening shares a time slot with the Stroll of Steamboat, a sixth annual Wine Festival at Steamboat main event that festival organizers say brought about 1,000 people to downtown venues in 2008. Participating venues Friday include the Routt County Courthouse, Ski Town Lifestyle Properties, Steamboat Flyfisher, Cottonwood Grill, Steamboat Yacht Club, Creekside Cafe and Grill and Images of Nature. Go to www.steamboatwine... for more information.

— For an art show that will share an opening reception time with the Stroll of Steamboat Grand Tasting, mixed-media artist Rob Williams kept red, whites and roses in mind.

A former Steamboat Springs resident, Williams designed a three-panel work mimicking the shades of a selection of wine servings as part of a show that features work created in the past four months, said Kimberly Saari. K. Saari Gallery hosts a reception for Williams from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Williams' work will be on display at K. Saari Gallery through Sept. 3.

That time slot overlaps with the Stroll of Steamboat, one of three main events of the sixth annual Wine Festival at Steamboat. Downtown restaurants, galleries and retailers will offer wine samplings and appetizers during the event, which is from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday. Tickets for the stroll are $55.

"This just seemed like a fun weekend for us," Saari said. The event at her gallery is not affiliated with the Wine Festival. "I think it's a good weekend because it's about wine, and it's also about culture and art."

Saari and bistro c.v. owners Katy and Brian Vaughn and Kevin Caparelli decided to feed off the Wine Festival crowds for their event, which will feature a 2008 rose of cabernet, Grenache and syrah grapes from Bieler Pere et Fils.

The restaurant will continue its collaboration with the gallery through August, showcasing work by Williams and an installation of recycled glass bottles by K. Saari-represented artist Marta Thoma. Bistro c.v. hosts a four-course dinner with wine pairings provided by Vino wine store and produced by Dalla Terra import service at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. The cost for the meal is $75, and seating is limited to 30 people.

Williams' work mixes graphic-design-influenced images with a physical production style that occasionally requires metal-bristled brushes and a slick resin finish. For the show at K. Saari, he created a nine-piece collection of 10-by-10-inch pieces that will hang in a grid toward the back of the gallery. Williams' and Thoma's work will be on display at bistro c.v. through Sept. 3.

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