Inaugural Steamboat All Arts Festival lineup is in the works

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The Steamboat Springs Arts Council is working out a schedule of visual and performing arts programs for the summer and early fall. The nonprofit group holds its annual meeting at 6 p.m. June 10, and will induct new board members at that time. Call Rachel Radetsky at 879-9008 to RSVP. Upcoming events by the Arts Council and its affiliate organizations include:

- June 5: Opening reception for a Delectable Mountain Quilters Guild art exhibition.

- July 3: Opening reception for the Arts Council's annual artist member show.

- July 11 and 12: Art in the Park, a craft sale and fundraiser for the Arts Council. There will be a performing arts show the evening of July 11 at Lincoln Park. Details are to be announced.

- July 13 to 24: Great American Laughing Stock Co. hosts a children's theater program on weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuition is $50 for each weeklong session. Contact Stuart Handloff at 355-9403 for more information.

- July 18: The Steamboat Writers Group hosts its annual "Day for Writers" workshop series. Call Susan de Wardt at 879-8138 for more information.

Arts Council volunteers hope to soon roll out a series of programming goals to achieve by the end of the summer and the end of the year, Radetsky said. A new fundraising campaign will be announced at the group's annual meeting.

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For an updated schedule of events during the inaugural Steamboat All Arts Festival, scheduled for Aug. 20-23, go to www.steamboat-chamber.com. Tickets for some events are available through the Web site. Festival events from local arts organizations will be added as they are confirmed, said Kara Givnish, special events and sponsorship director for the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association. Call 879-2543.

— The weekend schedule for the inaugural Steamboat All Arts Festival is beginning to take shape, as local arts and culture organizations jump on board for the four-day festival of performances, workshops and art opportunities.

Scheduled for Aug. 20 to 23, the All Arts Festival is sponsored and organized by the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association. The idea for a summertime event celebrating the numerous arts and culture groups in the Yampa Valley has been in the works for years, said Kara Givnish, special events and sponsorship director for the Chamber. The Chamber decided to move forward with definite plans for summer 2009 at the beginning of the year, she said.

"We thought this event - since it had already been talked about and thought out - we thought it would be a great event to add to our summer lineup," Givnish said.

A fine art walk on Yampa Street between Fifth and Seventh streets will serve as home base for the weekend, Givnish said. The Yampa River Art Stroll will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 21 and 22, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 23.

Other confirmed visual arts offerings include a reception for plein air artists from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Aug. 21 at the Steamboat Art Museum, and a "quick draw" plein air event at a local ranch Aug. 22.

Confirmed music performances that will fall under the All Arts Festival umbrella start with an Aug. 20 show by bluegrass-influenced rock 'n' roll band The Avett Brothers at the base of Steamboat Ski Area. The 5 p.m. concert is part of the 2009 Steamboat Springs Free Summer Concert Series.

Solo pianist George Winston continues the music lineup with his set for Strings Music Festival's Different Tempo Series at 8 p.m. Aug. 21. The Steamboat Springs Orchestra is scheduled to perform at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 22 at the Strings Music Pavilion. Details for a showing by Emerald City Opera on Aug. 23 have not been determined, Givnish said. Anchoring the lineup will be a crew of performing arts showings from noon to 6 p.m. Aug. 22 on the Yampa Stage, according to the tentative festival schedule.

A block party hosted by the Steamboat Springs Arts Council - celebrating the 100th anniversary of its home, the former train station now called the Depot Art Center - culminates the festival. The late afternoon event Aug. 23 will include a cookout, an exhibition of train memorabilia, and live entertainment, said Rachel Radetsky, events and facilities coordinator for the Arts Council.

Workshops in photography, writing, visual art and other pursuits will be held through the weekend at the base of Steamboat Ski Area, most likely near Torian Plum Plaza, Givnish said. The workshop lineup should be set by June 10, she said.

Visual and performing arts schedules will grow as more groups get involved, Givnish said. Other participating organizations include Steamboat Dance Theatre, Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp, the Design District and Mainstreet Steamboat Springs.

"I think the schedule is just going to evolve, especially with it being our first year. We're already in June, so things are just going to continue to add to it," Givnish said, noting that the Chamber is trying to work closely with local groups to make sure everyone is involved and represented.

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