Local artist Gregory Block displays selections from a recent series that merge still life and mathematics. The show is on display at Harwigs/L’Apogee in Steamboat Springs.

Photo by John F. Russell

Local artist Gregory Block displays selections from a recent series that merge still life and mathematics. The show is on display at Harwigs/L’Apogee in Steamboat Springs.

Art, music highlight weekend at Harwigs in Steamboat

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Local artist Gregory Block displays selections from a recent series that merge still life and mathematics. The show is on display at Harwigs/L’Apogee in Steamboat Springs.

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Local artist Gregory Block displays selections from a recent series that merge still life and mathematics, creating a striking and uniquely contemporary viewing experience.

Past Event

Lee Parker and Gregory Block, music and art show

  • Friday, October 22, 2010, 7 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Harwigs/L'apogee, 911 LincolnAvenue, Steamboat Springs
  • Not available

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Past Event

Steamboat String Quartet presents The Sound of Music

  • Sunday, October 24, 2010, 6 p.m.
  • Harwigs/L'apogee, 911 LincolnAvenue, Steamboat Springs
  • Not available / Free - $59

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— In a quiet room above Harwigs/L’Apogee restaurant in downtown Steamboat Springs, the muses of Routt County artist Gregory Block sit quietly under a bare light bulb.

A coyote skull. A wine cork. A one dollar bill. A paint brush stained with black. They’re all the subjects of Block’s still life art, painted on large white panels on a background of bluish-gray numbers.

Block, 24, said the numbers in his artwork aren’t random — they’re part of the mathematical Fibonacci series — but their intention is not to mask the tangible objects on the panel.

“I take that human contrived … noise, almost … and instead of allowing it to obscure the objects, it’s a backdrop to bring them forward and give them space to breathe,” Block said.

Several of his works hang on the wall upstairs at Harwigs and will remain available for viewing for at least two more weeks in the spirit of Harwigs’ value for all mediums of art.

The collection also includes wooden machine-like sculptures, an interactive spark to the pensive show.

For Harwigs owner and sommelier Mike Lang, hosting an art gallery upstairs is a natural progression for a fine dining restaurant.

“Food and wine are art,” Lang said. “It’s an idea, and you’re trying to portray it to someone else.”

Coupled with two music events this weekend, the restaurant will act as a full-fledged feast for the senses.

In addition to Block’s art on display upstairs for two more weeks, the artist will join local jazz pianist Lee Parker in a performance tonight. Block said he was trained in classical piano and is looking forward to playing with Parker for the first time tonight. There is no cover for the casual concert.

On Sunday, a second musical event will fill the restaurant with the classical tones and technical prowess of the Steamboat String Quartet.

John Sant’Ambrogio, Bonnie Murray, Teresa Steffen-Greenlee and Mary Anne Fairlie will play a concert called “The Sound of Music,” featuring selections from Mozart, Haydn and Mendelssohn, sprinkled with a taste of Broadway show tunes.

A book signing with Sant’Ambrogio will begin at 6 p.m. and the concert starts at 6:45. The cost of a three-course meal is $59 per person.

Lang said this performance is a special opportunity to experience high-caliber musicians in an intimate setting.

“These guys have become so popular, this could be the only performance we get with them,” Lang said. “And the resonance in the dining room is the coolest thing. You can feel it; you can feel the music.”

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