Barb Gregoire sets up a Mother's Day display at the Artists' Gallery of Steamboat earlier this week. Several local artists are featuring their art in the display, which will provide plenty of gift ideas for the upcoming celebration of motherhood.

Photo by John F. Russell

Barb Gregoire sets up a Mother's Day display at the Artists' Gallery of Steamboat earlier this week. Several local artists are featuring their art in the display, which will provide plenty of gift ideas for the upcoming celebration of motherhood.

Artists celebrate mothers

Gallery to host tea, book signing and art demos Saturday

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If you go

What: Book signing by Bonnie McGee, artist demonstrations and Mother's Day High Tea

When: 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday

Where: Artists' Gallery of Steamboat, 1009 Lincoln Ave.

Cost: Free

Call: 879-4744

— Ever since she got back from sailing across the world, Bonnie McGee can't help but feel a little contagious.

Three of her friends bought boats after hearing McGee's account of spending 4 1/2 years on a 33-foot sailboat, circling the world, taking photos and writing down stories as she went.

It's not likely McGee's new book, "Voices on the Wind," will help stop the spread of her adventurous spirit. McGee will sign copies of the coffee table book from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Artists' Gallery of Steamboat, where she is an artist member and co-owner.

McGee's book signing is one of several meet-and-greet events at Artists' Gallery on Saturday. Susan Gill Jackson will demonstrate her oil painting technique, and Barb Gregoire will demonstrate her teapot construction skills throughout the afternoon. The gallery also hosts a "Mother's Day High Tea" from 2 to 4 p.m., with brewed hot teas from The Deep Steep and baked goods provided by Artists' Gallery members.

Jackson said the event came about from a desire to "bring some life into May," and offer Mother's Day gifts at lowered prices. Gifts in media ranging from fiber art to prints of paintings and drawings will be available, with prices starting at about $10.

Jackson also will have a recently completed, hand-painted egg on display. The work, titled "Pandora's Hope," depicts a mythological bird. The egg will be part of the second annual Eggs 2 Ovaries fundraising auction; proceeds from that June 12 event will go toward ovarian cancer education, awareness and detection in Routt County.

For more information about Artists' Gallery events and demonstrations, call 879-4744.

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