Local artists, from left, Judy Jones, Denise Bohart Brown and Wendy Kowynia will be featured this month at the Artists’ Gallery of Steamboat. The show, Fused Elements, is from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the downtown gallery.

Photo by John F. Russell

Local artists, from left, Judy Jones, Denise Bohart Brown and Wendy Kowynia will be featured this month at the Artists’ Gallery of Steamboat. The show, Fused Elements, is from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the downtown gallery.

Steamboat artists branching out

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— In her final art show in Steamboat Springs, photographer Judy Jones wanted to try something new.

Before she leaves the Yampa Valley after five years as an artist with the Artists’ Gallery of Steamboat, Jones decided to branch out from her traditional wildlife photos into broad landscapes depicting the pastoral and mountain views.

“I want it to look like how we see it,” she explained.

Jones used panorama techniques for the first time in her career, stitching together series of photos to enhance the scope of the photograph. It’s an appropriate concept for an art show called “Fused Element,” in which she is featured along with Wendy Kowynia and Denise Bohart Brown.

The show opens today during First Friday Artwalk from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Artists’ Gallery of Steamboat. The collaborative gallery plans to have a barbecue on the sidewalk outside to celebrate the monthly event.

Jones’ vibrant photographs aren’t the only work that goes out on a limb in this month’s eclectic collection of work.

Textile artist Kowynia said she has traditionally made scarves and shawls, but she has always wanted to expand to interior fabric pieces.

For “Fused Elements,” she transferred her signature circle pattern to woven table runners, a work she did in conjunction with fused-glass artist Brown.

Brown’s glass dishes work on the same themes as the woven fabric, a collaboration the pair has been working on for five months.

“The great thing about this gallery is the synergy and cross-pollination among artists,” Kowynia said.

In the spacious front room of the Artists’ Gallery, visitors will be greeted by a display featuring the work of all three women: Colorful glass, the green table runners and a giant satin banner with a vertical panorama of Fish Creek Falls printed on it.

All three women agreed that the show had a sense of cohesiveness in the green color themes and elements of nature and peace in all of the work.

“I thought it was really interesting how this all came together,” Brown said. “We have synergy and independence at the same time. The way it came together wasn’t something we could have planned for.”

Artwalk listings

❱❱ Artists’ Gallery of Steamboat, 1009 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-4744

Artists’ Gallery of Steamboat will feature three gallery artists: Wendy Kowynia with fiber art-block printed table runners and Rya knotted art work; Denise Bohart Brown with fused glass inspired by the cycle and flow of nature; and Judy Jones’ panoramic photos of Steamboat Springs scenery. 

❱❱ Colorado Group Realty, 509 Lincoln Ave., 970-875-2917

Corey Kopischke’s “Panoramas You Know” landscape photographs consist of iconic Steamboat vistas in a panoramic format.

❱❱ Comb Goddess, 1104 S. Lincoln Ave., 970-871-0606

Comb Goddess is featuring artwork by Lane Schrock. Her primary medium is watercolor with some oil and acrylic paintings and features subjects from animals to plein air.

❱❱ Creekside Cafe, 131 11th St., 970-879-4925

This month’s featured artist is Jim Gmeiner, of the Artists’ Gallery of Steam­boat, with his fine art photography with artistic impressions. A new collection of waterscape images and more captures the gifts of nature.

❱❱ Depot Art Center, 1001 13th St., 970-879-9008

The Arts Council presents Joan Hoff­mann, “Landscape Painting — Forty Years in Routt County.”

❱❱ East West Frame Shop, in the alley at Eighth and Oak streets, 970-879-5225

Featuring encaustic paintings and handcrafted art cards by 8-year-old Johnny Duty, as well as “Steamboat in the Summertime,” featuring the colorful original and giclee art by Michelle Ideus. Refreshments will be served.

❱❱ Harwigs/L’Apogee, 911 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-1919

With “Canvas, Paper, Clay,” Harwigs celebrates the diversity of local painter and sculptor Jan Maret Willman in this show of unabashed color in expressive abstraction on varying surfaces.

❱❱ Jim Steinberg Photography/Portfolio Collection, 1016 Oak St., 970-879-3718

Steinberg will display photographs of Colorado in summer.

❱❱ K. Saari Gallery, 837 Lincoln Ave., 970-870-0188

K. Saari Gallery will host The Arsenal, a gallery group show featuring new work from represented gallery artists. Also, included will be the Project Room featuring work by local artist Park Christopher Myers.

❱❱ Mangelsen: Images of Nature, 730 Lincoln Ave., 970-871-1822

Thomas D. Mangelsen has long been recognized as one of the world’s premier nature photographers. 

❱❱ Off the Beaten Path Bookstore, 68 Ninth St., 970-879-6830

Off the Beaten Path Bookstore’s feature art exhibit will highlight the Steamboat mentoring program, Partners in Routt County with a collection of whimsical birdhouses designed and built by Steve Cobb with the help of Jack Ringer, a fifth-grader and Cobb’s junior partner with Partners in Routt County.

❱❱ Sleeping Giant Gallery, 601 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-7143

Local art by nature photographer Don Tudor, Raku stoneware and porcelain by Brown Cannon, and turned wooden bowls from beetle-killed pine by Roger Ross.

❱❱ Steamboat Art Museum, 807 Lincoln Ave., 970-870-1755

Scott Christensen displays his landscape paintings through October. Christensen is known for his sensitive handling of light in his expansive scale.

❱❱ Steamboat Springs Center for Visual Arts, 906 Lincoln Ave., 970-846-5970

The summer show includes new works by 45 local artists. Lots of new paintings and photography of landscapes in Colorado, plus new contemporary abstracts from Jan Maret Willman, Greg Block and Keri Searls and stained glass from Patsy Stewart. Complimentary wine and appetizers will be available

❱❱ Wild Horse Gallery, 802 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-5515

Wild Horse Gallery will feature the bronze sculptures of Gary Price. A preview today and Saturday will include a book signing for Jean Perry’s new book, “Thirty Years of Plein Air Painting — the Art of Jean Perry.”

❱❱ Urbane, 703 Lincoln Ave., Suite B101, 970-879-9169

Urbane presents the photography of Denver resident Terry Ratzlaff in a new expanded space with DJ 32* on the turntables.

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