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Local artist commissioned for Winter Carnival poster benefitting SSWSC

If you go:

What: Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Foundation’s Stars at Night fundraising gala, including an auction of Jill Bergman’s art

When: 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 29

Where: The Steamboat Grand Korbell ballroom, 2300 Mount Werner Circle

Tickets: $175 each, or complete tables can be reserved

Info: http://www.sswscstarsatnight.com

— Hype for the 2016 Winter Carnival continues with the announcement of new commemorative artwork by a local artist that will benefit the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.

In an effort to promote art and athletics in the community, Steamboat Sotheby's International Realty has commissioned artist Jill Bergman to create a commemorative poster for the annual Winter Carnival.

Sotheby's is donating Bergman's original artwork and three of 25 prints to be auctioned off during the upcoming fifth annual Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Foundation's Stars at Night fundraising gala Tuesday, Dec. 29.

The remaining 22 limited edition prints will be available for purchase online, and an additional 5,000 poster prints will be available for public purchase locally at Steamboat Sotheby’s and online in January.

All proceeds from the original artwork, prints and posters will go the Winter Sports Club.

"We hope to make the commemorative poster an annual project that touches both the distinguished Steamboat artists and connects athletes to their true potential," said Nancy Ihlenfeldt, Sotheby's marketing director.

Bergman, the artist selected to create the posters, crafts artwork using a linocut carving block and then prints an image using black ink. Once the ink is dry, the print is painted with watercolor.

"I carved the image as a linocut, which is like a giant rubber stamp. It’s an old art form and adds a rustic, western feel to the poster," said Bergman, who considered the many memorable images related to the Winter Carnival when sketching to prepare for the art piece.

"There are so many iconic images that would make a neat poster, like the lighted man, the ski jumpers, the parade and the street events," Bergman said. "I loved best the way that the western character of the ranchers and horses in the street events contrasts with the bright, modern clothes of our young athletes. So that's what I used as the focus of the poster."

More of Bergman's art can be found on her website, http://www.jillbergman.com.

The Stars at Night silent auction can be found at http://www.32auctions.com/sswsc.

The decision to commission a poster benefiting the Winter Sports Club is part of Sotheby’s efforts to create opportunities for local artists. The company is also planning this summer to offer scholarships to some young, local artists to visit Sotheby’s Art Institute in New York, an art business graduate school.

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