All Arts Festival starts Thursday in Steamboat

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■ Visit www.steamboat-chamber.com for more information and registration information. Punch cards are available for workshops.

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■ Yampa Street will be closed from Fifth to Seventh streets from 8 a.m. Thursday to 8 p.m. Sunday.

— For 12 years the Mountain Traditions gallery in Steamboat Springs has represented Front Rage bronze sculptor Mark Hopkins, filling the downtown space with his tabletop creations detailed in facial expression and emotion, depicting jazz musicians, Colorado wildlife and Native American traditions.

On Friday, gallery owner Kenton Stratton will take Hopkins’ work for the first time into the open air at the third annual All Arts Festival.

“I think the festival is just maturing,” Stratton said. “We’re excited to showcase some of Mark’s work and bring a very accomplished artist to the festival. It’s his body of work … he’s an accomplished artist but he’s creative in the way he puts it together. You see the delight of a younger boy; it’s his imagination.”

Hopkins, who also will bring several one-of-a-kind works from his home in Loveland, will be just a part of Friday, Saturday and Sunday’s Yampa River Art Stroll, which in turn is only part of a larger series of arts-related activities and exhibitions during the four-day festival.

The All Arts Festival partners the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association with the Steamboat Springs Arts Council, Emerald City Opera and Strings Music Festival to bring a cohesive series of arts events to the Yampa Valley for the weekend.

Chamber spokeswoman Michelle Krasilinec said the Chamber first chose this weekend three years ago to try to expose the Steamboat arts community on a previously quiet weekend in the heart of summer.

The All Arts Festival kicks off this afternoon with an art opening reception at the Depot Art Center for the Summer Art show featuring 25 local artists. At 7 p.m., Emerald City Opera presents “Die Fledermaus” at Strings Music Pavilion.

But the key to this year’s event is interactivity, Krasilinec said.

Not only will the Steamboat Springs Arts Council’s melodrama “Dirty Deeds” (playing on Friday and Saturday nights) require energetic audience participation, but the entire weekend of activities revolves around a sharing of the arts community.

“The Art Stroll kind of anchors the whole weekend,” Krasilinec said. “It’s good chance to interact with the artists and see what inspires them.”

During the Art Stroll on Friday, several artists will take place in a “Quick Draw Exhibition” that has them create original works in just an hour. The work will later be auctioned off.

Saturday will feature a free culinary demonstration from New York celebrity chef Zakary Pelaccio and the opportunity to taste Colorado wines.

This year’s All Arts Festival will continue the tradition of offering workshops in a variety of mediums, from watercolor to photography and theater, led by local artists.

Workshops are $15 each and punch cards are available.

Strings Music Festival hosts two performances this weekend, with folk super group Red Horse on Friday and Barrage on Saturday, a high-energy bluegrass and dance experience.

“We can find the big-city stuff here in a mountain town, that’s what makes it unique,” Krasilinec said about the festival. “Emerald City is partnering with us and they’re bring the New York Metropolitan Opera performers. We go to Santa Fe for art inspiration, or to New York for the food, but here, it’s coming to us. You can stay here and experience it all in a mountain town.”

Steamboat All Arts Festival schedule

Thursday

5 to 8 p.m. Reception for “Summer Art” show at the Depot Art Center. Free.

7 p.m. Emerald City Opera presents “Die Fledermaus” at Strings Music Pavilion. $35.

9:30 p.m. Diva Gala opera cast party at Three Peaks Grill. $40.

Friday

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Yampa River Art Stroll on Yampa street, with culinary demonstrations from 2 to 6 p.m. Free.

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Workshop: “Painting the Landscape” with Bonnie McGee at Bud Werner Memorial Library. $15.

3 p.m. Quick Draw Exhibition at Yampa River Art Stroll

2 to 4 p.m. Workshop: “Broadway’s Best” with Stuart Handloff at Bud Werner Memorial Library. $15.

2 to 4 p.m. Workshop: “Breaking Through Writer’s Block” with Jill Murphy Long at the Art Tent. $15.

7:30 p.m. “Dirty Deeds” at the Depot Art Center, a family friendly melodrama. $12.

Saturday

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Yampa River Art Stroll on Yampa street, with culinary demonstrations from 1 to 5 p.m. Free.

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Workshop: “Values and Layering in Watercolor Painting” with Susan Corser at Bud Werner Memorial Library. $15.

2 to 4 p.m. Workshop: “Will in Today’s World” with Stuart Handloff at the Art Tent. $15.

2 to 5 p.m. Workshop: “A Nature Photo Shoot” with Judy Jones at Fish Creek Falls. $15.

7:30 p.m. Emerald City Opera Faculty Cabaret at Perry-Mansfield’s Julie Harris Theatre. $20.

7:30 p.m. “Dirty Deeds” at the Depot Art Center, a family friendly melodrama. $12.

Sunday

9 to 11 a.m. “Breakfast at the Bookstore — The Art of Writing: A Conversation with First-time Authors” at Off the Beaten Path Bookstore. Free.

10 a.m. to noon Workshop: “Acting Made Easy” with Stuart Handloff at Bud Werner Memorial Library. $15.

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Yampa River Art Stroll on Yampa Street. Free.

3 p.m. Emerald City Opera’s Artist Institute presents “Hansel and Gretel” at Perry-Mansfield’s Julie Harris Theatre. $15.

— To reach Nicole Inglis, call 970-871-4204 or email ninglis@SteamboatToday.com

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