Artist Kelli Poole will host an opening for her work from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Creekside Cafe in downtown Steamboat Springs. Poole’s art depicts local wildlife.

Photo by John F. Russell

Artist Kelli Poole will host an opening for her work from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Creekside Cafe in downtown Steamboat Springs. Poole’s art depicts local wildlife.

Routt County artist puts a contemporary twist on nature paintings

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First Friday Artwalk

  • Friday, May 6, 2011, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Downtown Steamboat Springs, Steamboat Springs
  • All ages / Free

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Artwalk listings

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

The Artists’ Gallery will show a collection of traditional Balinese Art, from the village of Penestanan/Ubud, Bali. Proceeds benefit “Smiles for the Children,” a local nonprofit group that supports poor children in Asia.

❱❱ Blossom Himalayan Arts, 813 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-7612

Alison Giese will showcase art you can wear with feathers, earrings, hair pins, necklaces, pressed glass pendants, fedora hats and hair extensions. The Deep Steep Tea Co. will provide refreshments. Locals get 10 percent off.

❱❱ Chocolate Soup, 737 Lincoln Ave., 970-870-0224

Steamboat Springs High School advanced photography students will display their cumulative show.

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

Local oil painter Adam Zabel will display his new works of various local themes through the different seasons in northern Colorado.

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

Kelli Poole, a young artist working and living in Steamboat, finds constant inspiration from her outdoor surroundings. She brings a contemporary twist to the ordinary landscape painting.

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

Jim Steinberg will be in the gallery talking about what’s new with his travels and photography.

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

Matt Barnes, a rangeland scientist, conservationist and ranch manager, explores the American West with his camera. His photography involves traveling on foot, horseback, pickup truck and kayak to share his perspective of the life at the confluence of earth and sky.

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

The center will show new work from the region’s top 40 emerging local artists including landscapes, florals, photography and more. Check out new batiks by local fiber artist Rachel Radetsky. Complimentary wine and appetizers will be served.

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

Urbane presents intricate woodwork from Brian Leach, digital mixed media from Justin Hirsch and graffiti work from Dizzy Deleanquint.

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

The gallery will feature work by its gallery artists.

— Just outside her home on Lynx Pass, Routt County artist Kelli Poole has inspiration at her fingertips. A moose sanctuary nearby plays home to the animals she captures on canvas and wood panel with acrylic paint, but her contemporary art education intervenes somewhere in between.

In addition to traditional brushstrokes, Poole uses a rubber scraper to create block-like shapes in the background of her earth-toned animal paintings.

“I’ve been trying to figure out a way to reinvent the traditional animal painting and landscape,” Poole said.

The effect is almost cubist in nature, giving the illusion of pixilation and blurry references to shapes.

“I like the ambiguous thing about it,” she said. “That you can use color and form to make a shape. It’s not all presented to you.”

Her work will be on display this month at Creekside Cafe, beginning with a reception Friday night at the restaurant during First Friday Artwalk.

On the walls of the cafe will be 10 pieces featuring moose, bears and elk in their natural habits, inspired by Poole’s love of the outdoors and of backpacking and hiking her way across Routt County.

Her display at Creekside will be her third show in town, and she sometimes shows work at the Steamboat Springs Center for Visual Arts.

By day, she can be found at Bamboo Market or Little Moon Essentials, but she hopes painting will become more than just a third job.

“I love the Steamboat locals,” she said, “But I also just love all of the different people that come here from different places. I love sharing this with them and representing Steamboat.”

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