Photo by Nicole Inglis
Isaac Reiber, 7, creates a work of "spin art" at an Art in the Park booth run by locals Charlie and Gail Holthausen on Saturday in West Lincoln Park. The annual Steamboat Springs Arts Council event continues Sunday.
Steamboat Springs Five years, ago, local resident Charlie Holthausen turned a large restaurant exhaust fan into a giant version of one of his favorite childhood toys.
At his booth at Art in the Park on Saturday, Holthausen’s contraption allowed the young and the young at heart to create T-shirts and art pieces using paints and a fast-spinning plate to make unique and spontaneous designs.
“Spin Art,” helps encourage creative minds, Holthausen said.
“I think I have more fun than kids,” he laughed.
“I love how every piece comes out so artistic,” said his wife, Gail. “A 2-year-old couldn’t screw it up — it’s going to be pretty. The way it changes is just really fun.”
It was the first time the Holthausens have participated in Art in the Park, though they have attended other arts and craft fairs across the state.
“It’s the activity, the people,” Charlie Holthausen said about why he enjoys the annual event. “I love walking around and seeing all the creativity.”
The 38th annual Steamboat Springs Arts Council event continues Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at West Lincoln Park.
The long-running fair is a fundraiser for the Arts Council to help support its visual arts programs as well as the Young at Art summer arts camps.
Arts Council artistic director Park Myers said the event is a thank-you to the community as well as an opportunity to raise funds.
“It’s such a fun thing to do for the community and we’ve been doing it so long,” he said. “But specifically this year, it’s going to help us bring down the costs for our Rocketry Camp, which is new this year.”
There are 130 vendors this year in addition to about a dozen food vendors. Several local food vendors signed on this year and the craft booths set up around the park offer everything from woodworking and photography to clothing and information.
The event is free, but donation bins are set up around the event. Throughout the days, performances from local groups like jugglers and belly dancers would go on to entertain the crowds.
The event is usually paired with the early morning Hot Air Balloon Rodeo, in which several balloons launch early Saturday and Sunday morning on the same weekend as Art in the Park.
This year, the Routt County Sheriff’s Office revoked the permit for the event citing the high fire danger this summer.
Still, downtown Steamboat was crowded with locals and visitors, and Art in the Park served as the social hub.
On Saturday morning at the event, Isaac Reiber, 7, made a red, green and yellow piece of spin art while his younger brother Gideon looked on. His mother, Kelly, said she was grateful for the wide variety of activities, from a playground and performances to a Golden Eagle appearance and craft projects.
“I like that there’s some kids activities,” said Reiber, who splits her time between Steamboat Springs and Egypt. “it justifies the parents’ shopping.”
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