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New art project aims to put work on display -- everywhere

Key points ¤ The M.O.R.E. Site Project has a goal of displaying art in places where it is not usually shown. ¤ Pictured at right and below is “Nest,” oil and India ink on cardboard, by Pat Walsh, in various locations in downtown Steamboat Springs. All photos were taken by Autumn Phillips

Key points ¤ The M.O.R.E. Site Project has a goal of displaying art in places where it is not usually shown. ¤ Pictured at right and below is “Nest,” oil and India ink on cardboard, by Pat Walsh, in various locations in downtown Steamboat Springs. All photos were taken by Autumn Phillips

The idea of the M.O.R.E. Site Project is to place art on every blank wall in Steamboat Springs. Restaurants, bars, office buildings, empty pieces of real estate — M.O.R.E. curators Susan Schiesser and Wanda Brehmer see them all as potential gallery space.

And, already, several people have stepped forward to offer their walls to the experiment.

The project started when Yampa Valley Medical Center approached Brehmer about curating an art exhibit on the walls of their Medical Offices building.

That small project expanded into a nationwide call for artists and a search for sites across Steamboat.

The Steamboat Springs Arts Council sent out a call to all their artists. Schiesser sent out a mailing to 96 arts councils in Colorado, and an artist’s application was put on http://www.artdeadline.com, a Web site popular with artists across the country.

“This project will get as big as the number of artists who apply and the sites that step forward,” Schiesser said.

M.O.R.E. Site Project exhibitions will rotate three times a year. The first exhibit will open in July and continue through September. Artist talks, demonstrations and receptions will be held on the third Thursday of each month in conjunction with Main Street Steamboat.

As of Wednesday, Cottonwood Grill, the Columbine Cabins Country Store, Yampa Valley Medical Center, River Art Studio, Chase Oriental Rugs, Chief Plaza Theater, Ambiente, Mambo Italiano, TEI Modern Contemporary Gallery, Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill, and Centennial Hall had agreed to host M.O.R.E. Site Project exhibits.

“We want it to become expected for businesses to have original art on display,” Schiesser said.

To get involved in the M.O.R.E. Site Project, call 291-9106 or 846-7879.