Steamboat Springs Bill Sanders’ physical limitations didn’t stall his creative process — they jump-started a new one.
After having shoulder surgery in May, the Steamboat Springs-based ceramic artist was unable to throw large pieces of pottery.
Still, he grounded his art in the fact that he still could create smaller pieces, texturize them with his fingers and fold them together to create the musculature of a horse.
“Equus Terra,” or Horses of the Earth, will be on display today at the Artists’ Gallery of Steamboat during First Friday Artwalk, featuring several ceramic horses, as well as plates and other sculptures.
From 5 to 8 p.m., visitors to the gallery will be greeted by the sculptures in the middle of the room, and surrounded by the work of two other artists that capture the spirit of the West and beyond through explorations in texture.
Watercolor artist Greg Effinger has several works on display in the gallery, where he used to work as a graphic designer and paint in the basement in his free time.
His work details Western life, such as cattle drives and cowboy scenes, homing in on macro-portraits like the weathered, veined roping hand of a horseman and a single boot in a stirrup.
“One thing I love to bring about in my art is the texture, the touch and the feel of things,” he said.
His watercolors combine the strength of deep, naturalistic colors with sharp lines and near-photographic realism.
However, he said he’s beginning to explore more abstract ideas.
“It’s nice to not have to prove I can paint,” he said. “I’ve been having a lot of fun with paint splatter and just getting away from paintings that look photographic.”
Journeys in fabric
Sue Gallion has seen her art in line at the grocery store.
Her functional creations include hats, furniture, scarves and quilts.
The fabric artist’s work, both two- and three-dimensional, also is featured this month at the Artists’ Gallery. The centerpiece of the collection is an expansive, intricate quilt Gallion sewed from fabrics she brought home from her world travels.
From cloth napkins to silk fabrics, the blanket is a conglomeration of the colors and feelings she experienced in foreign countries, coupled with her passion for textiles.
“It just has so many memories,” she said. “And it shows a lot of the movement of traveling, as well.”
The three artists will be on hand at today’s event, and their work will be featured at the gallery for the rest of the month.
Galleries and museums
❱❱ Artists’ Gallery of Steamboat, 1009 Lincoln Ave., 879-4744
Greg Effinger presents watercolors of Yampa Valley themes. Sue Gallion displays her passion for textiles, wool, paint, quilting and art wear. Sculptor Bill Sanders presents Horses of Earth — “Equus Terra.” Visit www.steamboatgallery.com.
❱❱ Depot Art Center, 1001 13th St., 970-879-9008
The Steamboat Springs Arts Council’s annual members group exhibit is a mix of artwork from all disciplines. Complimentary wine and refreshments with live music by pianist Lee Parker. Visit www.steamboatspringsarts.com.
❱❱ K. Saari Gallery, 1025 Lincoln Ave., 970-870-0188
K. Saari Gallery will host a Gallery Group show for September First Friday Artwalk. There will be new work from Susan Hover Oehme, Laura Wait and new gallery artist Monroe Hodder.
❱❱ Howelsen Place Gallery, 703 Lincoln Ave., B104, 970-846-0659
European metal sculptor, David Marshall, has brought with him new creations and designs from Spain. There will be complimentary refreshments. Visit www.david-marshall.com.
❱❱ Images of Nature, 730 Lincoln Ave., 970-871-1822
Thomas D. Mangelsen keeps his nature photographs pure and free of digital manipulation and staged settings.
❱❱ Jim Steinberg Photography/Portfolio Collections, 1016 Oak St., 970-879-3718
The Secret Life of Flowers, by Jim Steinberg. Join us for a garden party for the reveal of Carol Jean’s “Timber,” a portrait of cellist John Sant’Ambrogio. Visit www.coloradoscenicbyways.com.
❱❱ Sleeping Giant Gallery, 601 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-7143
Local art by nature photographer Don Tudor and Raku stoneware by Brown Cannon. Leather furniture and picture frames by Peruvian saddle makers also are on display. Visit www.dontudorphotography.com.
❱❱ Steamboat Art Museum, 807 Lincoln Ave., 970-870-1755
David Taylor’s quilt display has brought record-breaking numbers of visitors to the Steamboat Art Museum. The museum shop will be open, and refreshments will be served.
❱❱ Steamboat Springs Center for Visual Arts, 906 Lincoln Ave., 970-846-5970
New, colorful silk paintings by local artist Tinker Tiffany. Celestial features such as the Milky Way, shooting stars and blue moons are paired with playfully portrayed animals and even a haunted cabin. Complimentary wine and appetizers will be provided. Visit www.steamboatartcenter.com.
❱❱ Tread of Pioneers Museum, 800 Oak St., 970-879-2214
The Tread of Pioneers Museum photography collection is as rich and diverse as the long history of the Yampa Valley.
❱❱ Wild Horse Gallery, 802 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-5515.
Wild Horse Gallery will feature the photography of Rod Hanna and a book signing of his new book, “Colorado’s Seasons of Gold.” Visit www.wildhorsegallery.com.
❱❱ Azteca Taqueria, 116 9th St., 970-870-9980
Featured artist Suzy Pattillo displays watercolor and oil paintings, pencil drawings, pastel and photography at several venues in Routt County. She also won two grand champion awards at this year’s Routt County Fair.
❱❱ Chocolate Soup, 737 Lincoln Ave., 970-870-0225
John Robert Mingo’s mediums include acrylics, air-brush, graphite, composite sculpture and welded antique metal objects. Mingo also creates realistic models of dinosaurs and re-articulates actual dinosaur fossils.
❱❱ Colorado Group Realty, 509 Lincoln Ave., 970-870-8800
“Yampa Valley Women of the West and Everything in Between” features Kathi Fresques’ large oil paintings with cowgirls and blue cows, realistic works with a contemporary approach.
❱❱ The Comb Goddess, 1104 Lincoln Ave., 970-871-0606
New work by Leslie Lovejoy. Many of her pieces are plein air style, painted while on her frequent hikes, canoe trips and ski trips in the backcountry. Wine and light appetizers are provided.
❱❱ Creekside Cafe, 131 11th St., 970-879-4925
Steamboat Pilot & Today photojournalist Matt Stensland presents “Forbidden Paradise,” a collection of images taken in March 2009 in Havana and nearby Guanabo Beach. Complimentary wine and light appetizers are provided.
❱❱ East West Frame Shop, in the alley between Eighth and Oak streets, 970-879-5225
Michelle Ideus and Cherie Duty are featured. Ideus brings horses, flowers and Steamboat scenes to life with bold colors. Duty creates funky gemstone and wire-wrapped jewelry.
❱❱ Epicurean Cafe, 825 Oak St., 970-875-0997
“Through the Garden Gate” consists of floral photographs, oil paintings and watercolors by Rebecca Pauvert. There will be refreshments.
❱❱ Harwig’s/L’Apogee, 911 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-1919
Harwig’s/L’Apogee presents new abstract works by Jan Maret Willman, who practices a form of art often referred to as “courageous”; logic and common sense never interfere with Willman’s work.
❱❱ High Mountain Sotheby’s International Realty, 708 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-8101
Local black and white photographer Lois M. Kruse will show her fascinating take on Western icons in hand-colored infrared photography. There will be refreshments.
❱❱ Mac Ranch, 117 8th St., 970-879-1270
Fran Carlisle’s photography focuses on macro images. Her photographs inspire the viewer to examine everyday objects and pursue their inner beauty.
❱❱ Off the Beaten Path Bookstore, 68 Ninth St., 970-879-6830
Colorado native Josh Westfall’s art is a unique use of sculpture in the natural world using snow drifts and materials that exist in the immediate area.
❱❱ The Real Estate Office at the Olympian, 35 Fifth St., No. 101, on Yampa Street facing Howelsen Hill
“Burlesque in the 21st Century” is a documentary exploration of women who reveal their sensuality through the art form of dance, flirtation and creativity by photographer Jessica Maynard.
❱❱ Rustique Steamboat, 624 Lincoln Ave., 970-870-2980
Working primarily in black and white and specializing in hand coloring, photographer Lois M. Kruse develops her own film and prints most of her own work.
❱❱ The Spa/Salon, 24 Fifth St., 970-871-0202
Olympian Caroline Lalive not only shines on the ski slopes but also in the photography world.
❱❱ Spill the Beans, 1051 13th St., 970-879-7846
Local artist Susanmarie Oddo’s Kidspiration Collection is inspired by Steamboat children. These originals on canvas depict vibrant images of lively creatures. There will be a reception of coffee and baked goods.
❱❱ Urbane, 703 Lincoln Ave., Suite B101, 970-879-9169
Urbane presents its quarter annual “Call for Local Artists.” Stop by to enjoy art, music and refreshments from 5 to 9 p.m. Visit www.urbanesteamboat.com.