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Art on the Mountain kicks off

Jewelry, baskets, blown glass on display in Gondola Square

The first of five Art on the Mountain festivals planned for this summer will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, Sunday and Monday in Gondola Square. Regional artists Audrey Bortz, Robb Kurth and Susie Krull will be there.

Krull is a Craig-based fine crafter who will be offering her hand-woven baskets for sale. Bortz is a regular at the summer art fairs at the base of the ski mountain. Her handmade beaded necklaces have been well-received, as have her photographs, which have a strong emphasis on North Routt County.

Kurth, who served as art director for Steamboat Magazine in the 1980s, will visit from Fort Collins to display his nature photography.

Organizer Nancy Trimmer of the Mountain Operations Department at Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. said a decision was made to trim the number of artisans this summer from last year’s 32 to a more tightly focused 25.

“It went great last year, but we decided to make it more intimate and preserve the Bohemian theme,” Trimmer said.

Other artists taking part include glass-blower Brad Smith of Steamboat Springs and Jill Shank of Windsor, who makes beaded jewelry, Trimmer said.

Browsers in Gondola Square this weekend also will see sculpted metal wall hangings, pottery and wearable art, including clothing in the style of South America’s Andean Mountains.

And for those not attracted by arts and crafts, the ski area base also will offer Giggle Gulch Mini Golf or Slingshot Bungee Jump at the Gondola Square Adventure Zone. Another option is to ride the Steamboat gondola for lunch at Hazie’s and then hike or mountain bike down the mountain.

Art on the Mountain will return to Gondola Square on July 30 and 31, Aug. 6 and 7, Sept. 3, 4 and 10.

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