If you go
What: Center for Visual Arts re-opening, part of First Friday Artwalk
When: 5 to 8 p.m. Friday
Where: Steamboat Springs Center for Visual Arts, 906 Lincoln Ave., next to Steamboat Jewelers
Call: Center for Visual Arts at 846-5970
Steamboat Springs About 15 artists cleared the walls at the Steamboat Springs Center for Visual Arts on Monday and carried artwork across Lincoln Avenue to the gallery's new location.
The Center for Visual Arts, a nonprofit community art gallery that features local and regional artists, reopens in its new space next to Steamboat Jewelers during the October First Friday Artwalk. A free opening reception is from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.
The move from a space next to Off the Beaten Path Bookstore on Ninth Street allows Center for Visual Arts to move forward with some of its community and educational programming ideas, gallery owner Linda Laughlin said.
"We're trying to do more of what we had planned on doing, which is having a space in there that we can have the students," Laughlin said.
The Center for Visual Arts has a five-year lease on its new Lincoln Avenue location, she said. Laughlin leased the gallery's original Ninth Street spot, which opened in March, on a month-to-month basis, she said.
Laughlin hopes to provide studio space for high school art students in the rear of the new location and also have room for art demonstrations and workshops. The gallery will have a few small tables and wireless Internet access available, and Laughlin is looking for a kitchen setup with a counter, cabinets and a sink to make workshop presentations and cleanup easier, she said.
The Center for Visual Arts gallery assistant Gabrielle Savage hopes the move to main street will attract people who might not have stopped in otherwise.
"I really think and hope that the new space is going to draw more exposure and a lot more traffic to events that we're doing," Savage said.
With the help of gallery artists, Savage and Laughlin planned to be clear of the Ninth Street space by the end of the day Monday, Savage said. Artists walked sculptures, paintings, photographs, other art items and hand-built gallery partitions across the intersection at Lincoln Avenue and Ninth Street at about noon Monday.
Laughlin signed the lease for the Lincoln Avenue storefront, formerly part of Steamboat Jewelers, less than two weeks ago, she said. For the past week or so, Laughlin and volunteers have cleaned, painted and put down carpet in the new gallery, she said. The Carpet Shoppe donated part of the gallery's flooring and sold the rest at a discount, Laughlin said. Ace at the Curve donated about $200 worth of paint, she said.
The Center for Visual Arts will become the third gallery on the 900 block of Lincoln to join First Friday Artwalk. Gallery 11 and Shauna Lamansky Photographic Design also participate in the free monthly art event.