Steamboat Art Museum shop to stay open

Gallery closes for fall next week; store looks for more artists

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Exhibit still on display

"RARE: Imperiled Plants of Colorado" is on display at the Steamboat Art Museum through Wednesday. The exhibit went on

display at the end of May.

The museum reopens Dec. 18, with a public reception for an exhibit of wildlife art by Ken Carlson. The Steamboat Art Museum shop is scheduled to remain open through the fall; hours have not been determined. For more information, call 870-1755.

— The display gallery at Steamboat Art Museum will be dark this fall, but the museum store is scheduled to stay open six days a week.

The store is looking for new contributing artists with quality wares to fill out its fall and winter inventory, said museum shop volunteer Barbara Flowers.

"We pretty much take anything of good quality that we can. Because we don't have a budget for buying inventory, we try to get as much variety and quality that we can," Flowers said.

Fall hours for the museum shop should be set soon, she said.

Shop inventory for the museum's summer exhibit includes prints, note cards and T-shirts related to the show; pottery by local artist Deb Babcock; hats by local artist Sue Gallion; ceramic and glass tiles depicting summer scenes; and hand-crafted soaps. Flowers said the shop is planning to bring in fall- and winter-themed inventory soon.

Artists from Northwest Colorado and elsewhere in the state put their work on consignment at the store, which generally is operated by museum volunteers. Fifty percent of sale revenue goes to the artist, and 50 percent goes to the museum. Anyone interested in working in the shop should call the museum at 870-1755, Flowers said.

"RARE: Imperiled Plants of Colorado" is on display at the Steamboat Art Museum through Wednesday. The exhibit, a project of the Rocky Mountain Society of Botanical Artists and the Colorado Rare Plant Initiative, includes 40 illustrations in traditional botanical style by 29 artists. It went on display in May.

The museum's display rooms will be closed during the fall for cleaning and reorganizing, president/curator Shirley Stocks said. They will reopen with a free, public reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 18 for a show by Ken Carlson, who "is considered to be the best living wildlife painter," Stocks said.

Carlson will be on hand for a fundraiser and catered dinner called "Night at the Museum" on Dec. 19 at Steamboat Art Museum. Admission is $150 and includes dinner and a guided tour of the new show with Carlson.

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