Watercolor painter and harpist Teri Rose will have her first show from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Spill the Beans.

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Watercolor painter and harpist Teri Rose will have her first show from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Spill the Beans.

Steamboat artist of brush and harp opens her 1st show tonight

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Watercolor painter and harpist Teri Rose will have her first show from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Spill the Beans.

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Watercolor painter and harpist Teri Rose will have her first show from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Spill the Beans.

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Harpist/flutist Teri Rose performs

  • Friday, October 1, 2010, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • MountainBrew, 427 Oak St., Steamboat Springs
  • All ages / Free

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— Teri Rose is not shy about performing. The professional harpist plays at weddings, memorial services and alongside symphony orchestras. But never before has her other passion, watercolor painting, been displayed to the public.

Recent Steamboat Springs transplant Rose will show her art at Spill the Beans on 13th Street across from the Depot Art Center.

A reception is from 5 to 8 p.m. today during the First Friday Artwalk. Rose also will play her harp.

“I’m thrilled out of my head,” Rose said about the show. “It’s an exciting surprise at this point in my life. I’ve always given my watercolors as presents, gifts. But I’ve never seen them all at once.”

Tasha Compos, who bought the coffee shop with her husband in June, said she has been an artist her whole life and taught art class in schools, making art displays a significant part of keeping her business fresh.

She said showing art at a nontraditional venue like a coffee shop exposes the community to a variety of styles in a different atmosphere.

“Some people are intimidated by galleries,” Compos said. “Some people don’t just go browse in galleries, and in this area, there aren’t a lot of museums.”

She said Rose answered an advertisement looking for artists, and Compos was struck by Rose’s welcoming personality and multi-faceted talent.

“I was excited to encourage her to do more painting,” Compos said. “She was always talking about wanting to do more pieces.”

Rose moved to Steamboat in March after her husband got a job here, and she plans to continue her music career alongside her growing focus on her artwork.

The two, she’s learned, are inextricably intertwined.

“As a musician, I feel like I’m painting pictures with the music,” Rose said. “In painting, it’s neat in that I can paint a picture to what’s going on in my head.”

Rose, who often paints to music, said her head is filled with the sweeping strings of Mozart, influences of the Renaissance period and even the smooth funk of Earth, Wind and Fire.

Rose has been a musician as long as she can remember. She attended Baylor University and studied flute performance, but she was drawn to the angelic sounds of the harp.

“The comment I get the most from women is how peaceful it is, how calming,” she said. “With men, they like to get up close to it and see how the harp is made. I’m hoping people will enjoy the same thing with the art and say, ‘This makes me feel a certain way,’ and ‘How did you do it?’”

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