Maxine Urheim, right, and Carrie Olsen look through photographs by Andy Marquez during the Steamboat All Arts Festival's Yampa River Art Stroll in 2009.

Photo by John F. Russell

Maxine Urheim, right, and Carrie Olsen look through photographs by Andy Marquez during the Steamboat All Arts Festival's Yampa River Art Stroll in 2009.

2nd annual Steamboat All Arts Festival kicks off with free ArtRUSH

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Steamboat All Arts Festival ArtRUSH schedule

Today

4 p.m. Epilogue Book Co. employees will read poetry at the Depot Art Center with edibles by Harwigs/L’Apogée. 1001 13th St.

4:30 p.m. Jim Steinberg Photography hosts John Sant’Ambrogio playing cello and Carol Jean painting live; hors d’oeuvres from Epicurean French Bistro. 10th and Oak streets.

5 p.m. Jasmir Belly Dance will entertain at the Artists’ Gallery of Steamboat in conjunction with K. Saari Gallery; appetizers from Hazies. 10th Street and Lincoln Avenue.

5:30 p.m. Barbecue from Steamboat Smokehouse will be served at the Center for Visual Arts to the acoustic music of Trevor G. Potter. 56 Ninth St.

6 p.m. We’re Not Clowns will juggle at Images of Nature in partnership with Wild Horse Gallery, accompanied by food from Rex’s American Grill & Bar. Eighth Street and Lincoln Avenue.

6:30 p.m. Old Town Pub will provide snacks at Steamboat Art Museum to the rhythms of a live African Drum & Dance Ensemble. Eighth Street and Lincoln Avenue.

7 p.m. Sleeping Giant Gallery will host a sneak preview of the upcoming melodrama “Dirty Deeds at the Depot,” with food provided by The Boathouse Pub. Sixth Street and Lincoln Avenue.

— After the first year of the Steamboat All Arts Festival in summer 2009, Rachel Radetsky, program director for the Steam­boat Springs Arts Council, heard multiple requests for more exposure for the local arts.

“A great deal of national artists participate, but we wanted to give patrons of the All Arts Festival a chance to experience what the arts are in Steamboat,” Radetsky said. “That’s where we’ve come into play with some of our events.”

A joint effort of the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Assoc­iation, Steamboat Springs Arts Council and several local galleries and artists, the Steamboat All Arts Festival will kick off its second year this afternoon with a new event that will showcase local artists of all mediums.

Although it’s called ArtRUSH, today’s event will actually be more of a stroll, said Catherine Turner, of Jim Steinberg Photography.

The ArtRUSH tour will travel as one large group — which can accommodate as many as 200 people — and stop at eight downtown locations on a set schedule, Turner said.

“We’re recognizing all the arts,” she said. “Each stop will have a visual, a performing and a culinary (arts) experience.”

For example, at Jim Stein­berg Photography, John Sant’Ambro­gio will play cello while painter Carol Jean captures his likeness in a live exhibition. A chef from Epicurean French Bistro will provide a dessert and artichoke cheese dip.

The ArtRUSH is free, and people can join or leave the event at any point. It will be led by two actors in character from the Western melodrama “Dirty Deeds,” which takes place in full at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Depot Art Center.

Chamber spokeswoman Molly Killien said last year’s event taught its organizers a tremendous amount about stream­lining and focusing the myriad events and workshops.

“This year will be super fun,” she said. “We’re able to thrive off the success of last year’s event.”

She said having a blueprint from the trials of the first year have guided this year’s design.

The Chamber discovered the Yampa River Art Stroll, which takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday on Yampa Street, is truly the heart of the event.

The street will be closed and artists will have booths displaying unique local and national artists.

Saturday and Sunday there is a $5 entrance fee, but Friday is free. Killien it called “locals day.”

“We’re definitely trying to attract people like empty-nesters and young professionals, people we want to bring in to show all Steamboat has to offer,” Killien said. “But it’s not just for visitors; it’s for locals to showcase all we have in our backyard. I think locals will appreciate it as much, if not more, than visitors.”

According to the Chamber’s lodging barometer forecast, there will be plenty of visitors on hand this weekend. Local lodging properties are estimated to be 46 percent full, which translates to about 6,300 visitors. That’s up from a forecast of 32 percent for the same weekend last year. In 2009, the actual numbers were about 10 percent higher than the forecast.

Killien said she’d like to think the encouraging estimates have to do with the pull of the festival.

“I think people are realizing summer is not over in Steamboat,” she said. “I think the upswing in lodging is showcasing that this is a popular event and it will grow in the future.”


Second annual Steamboat All Arts Festival schedule

Today

  • Noon to 2 p.m. Steamboat Writer’s Weekly Writing Group, Depot Art Center, 1001 13th St.
  • 1 to 4 p.m. Guided Yampa River Botanic Park tours, 1000 Pamela Lane
  • 1 to 7 p.m. Elevation Dance Studio open house, Third and Oak streets
  • 4 to 7:30 p.m. ArtRUSH tour through local art galleries
  • 7 p.m. Georges Bizet’s “Carmen” sung by New York Metropolitan Opera cast members at Strings Music Pavilion, Pine Grove and Mount Werner roads.

Friday

  • 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Yampa River Art Stroll, Yampa Street
  • 5:30 to 7 p.m. Noted Wyoming Author Mark Spragg — interview and reading of “Bone Fire,” followed by signing, Off The Beaten Path Bookstore, Ninth Street and Lincoln Avenue
  • 5:30 p.m. Emmitt-Nershi Band Free Summer Concert at Howelsen Hill
  • 7 p.m. “ALAMAR,” free foreign film at the Depot Art Center, 1001 13th St.
  • 8 p.m. Asleep at the Wheel at Strings Music Pavilion, Pine Grove and Mount Werner Roads

Saturday

  • 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Yampa River Art Stroll, Yampa Street
  • 3 p.m. Golden Dragon Acrobats at Strings Music Pavilion, Pine Grove and Mount Werner roads
  • 6 to 9 p.m. Vino Verde, a fundraiser for Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp at Howelsen Place, Fifth and Yampa streets
  • 7:30 p.m. Dirty Deeds at the Depot Art Center, 1001 13th St.
  • 8 p.m. Golden Dragon Acrobats at Strings Music Pavilion, Pine Grove and Mount Werner Roads

Sunday

  • 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Yampa River Art Stroll, Yampa Street
  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Artists’ Studio Tours, various locations
  • 3 p.m. Depot Block Party, 1001 13th St.
  • 3 p.m. Emerald City Opera Artist Institute presentation of “La Boheme” and “Suor Angelica” at Julie Harris Theatre at Perry-Mansfield, 40755 Routt County Road 36

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