Volunteer Janet Borden helps hang the Routt County Youth Art Show at the Depot Art Center. Students from area elementary, middle and high schools contributed nearly 400 pieces to the show that opens Friday with a free reception from 5 to 8 p.m.

Photo by John F. Russell

Volunteer Janet Borden helps hang the Routt County Youth Art Show at the Depot Art Center. Students from area elementary, middle and high schools contributed nearly 400 pieces to the show that opens Friday with a free reception from 5 to 8 p.m.

Youth art show opens Friday in Steamboat

Annual event features work by Routt County students

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If you go

What: Routt County Youth Art Show opening reception

When: 5 to 8 p.m. Friday

Where: Depot Art Center, 1001 13th St.

Cost: Free

Call: 879-9008

— Almost 400 pieces of art will line the walls at the Depot Art Center by Friday.

Students from every elementary, middle and high school in Routt County contributed work to the annual Routt County Youth Art Show, which opens with a free reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Depot.

The display shows what students and Routt County art teachers have been working on throughout the year, said Janet Borden, Steamboat Springs Arts Council Visual Arts Committee member and show organizer. The Arts Council is presenting the display.

Each school contributed a number of pieces based on its size, Borden said. Featured mediums include photography, watercolor, oil pastels, mixed media, oil, pen and ink, pencil and fiber art, she said.

“I’d say it shows what amazing things art teachers in Routt County are doing, with so many mediums,” Borden said.

With such a wide variety on display, Borden said she is impressed by how inspired students appear to be, based on the originality of the work included in the art show.

Visual Arts Committee members Pam Roemmich, Marilyn Searls and Deb Babcock also worked on the show, which will be on display through May 23, Borden said.

Among the work submitted by school art teachers are collections of photos, a papier-mache slipper, tinfoil sculptures, and ceramic pieces with varying motifs. The show is, for the most part, organized by school, but some areas don’t follow that theme, Borden said.

At Friday’s reception, the Steamboat Arts & Crafts Gym plans to offer an interactive art activity, and there will be food, Arts Council Program Manager Rachel Radetsky said.

The Arts Council has helped present the student art show for more than 20 years, Radetsky said. The show will be on display from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through May 23.

To learn more about the Steamboat Springs Arts Coun­cil, a nonprofit arts organiza­­tion in Routt County, visit www.steamboatspringsarts.com.

— To reach Margaret Hair, call 871-4204 or e-mail mhair@steamboatpilot.com

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