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Artisans to present wide variety of work at Art on the Mountain

Dusty Atkinson, left, uses an eight-ton jack to split rock geodes and reveal their crystalline beauty for customers from Kentucky during Art on the Mountain in 2010. This year’s Art on the Mountain kicks off July 3 and continues through July 6 at Steamboat Ski Area.





Dusty Atkinson, left, uses an eight-ton jack to split rock geodes and reveal their crystalline beauty for customers from Kentucky during Art on the Mountain in 2010. This year's Art on the Mountain kicks off July 3 and continues through July 6 at Steamboat Ski Area.

— With an art scene that continues to blossom with the passing of every year, the Art on the Mountain event is evidence to the fact that there is more to Steamboat than what meets the eye.

"There are a combination of reasons as to why vendors want to show their work here," said Loryn Kasten, the public relations manager for Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. "The genuine, friendly people in the community make it a great experience. Not to mention, the naturally beautiful setting has a way of enhancing their artwork."

For this year's 13th annual Art on the Mountain event, local and visiting artisans will present a wide variety of work ranging from clothing, jewelry, photography, sculpture and more. The event will take place in Gondola Square starting Thursday and will continue through Sunday. The event will begin each day at 10 a.m. and end at 4 p.m.

Events that focus on the arts, whether visual or performance, add yet another element to the Steamboat community to create an allure to the town.

"It's important to have a variety of events to have a well-rounded community," Kasten said. “We always try to exceed the expectations of visitors and locals alike by offering more each year."

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For vendor Erin Kreis, from Bent by Erin, a summer event such as Art on the Mountain creates a strong sense of community within the town.

"It's like people are coming out of the woodwork," Kreis said. "It's great that everyone gets out. It's one of my favorite aspects of the summer."

In comparison to events such as the Art in the Park, First Friday Artwalk or even the weekly Farmers Market, this eclectic gathering of artisans is on a smaller scale. The annual event allows about 25 vendors to showcase their work and chat with locals and visitors, all the while enjoying a pristine view of the mountain from the base area.

For the local jewelry artist, Kreis said she started making jewelry when her grandmother gave her supplies for a beginner's jewelry making kit. Cultivating her inner artist, Kreis went on to become an art teacher at Strawberry Park Elementary School and found a renewing sense of virtuosity from the new endeavor.

"I love having the ability to just be creative and let my mind go," she said about her passion for jewelry as a craft. "There is no set agenda, only what's in front of me. I have to just go with the flow."

Using only the most necessary essentials, Kreis uses mixed metals, recycled metals, beads, copper and sterling silver to create work inspired by Alexander Calder. Finding her artistic niche, she has developed a line of necklaces, earrings and bracelets for about seven years now.

At the event, she looks forward to sharing her craft and speaking with those interested in learning about the artistry that goes into jewelry creations.

List of vendors

Provided by the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp.

Ray Agenbroad from Baca St Ange in Lyons, CO

Category: Jewelry

Susan Baile from Moments that Matter in Boulder, CO

Category: Jewelry

Jack Bayles from Jack Bayles Photography in Larkspur, CO

Category: Photography

Melea Bayne from Melea's Impressions in Tuscan, AZ

Category: Painting

Geri Bruggink from Geri Bruggink Photography in Oak Creek, CO

Category: Photography

John & Barb Burnett from Burnetts Pottery in Howard, CO

Category: Ceramics

Richard Cayou from KU Designs in Denver, CO

Category: Scratchboard framed art

Randy Copsey from Randy Copsey Photography in Aurora, CO

Category: Photography

Karen Dworak from Petroglyphics & Golden Visions in Denver, CO

Category: Jewelry

Robert & Faye Boyce from Shooting Star in Phoenix, AZ

Category: Sculpture

Stacey Golden from Golden Designs in Denver, CO

Category: Clothing (tie dye)

Ben Foster from Ben Foster Bronze Sculpture in Lander, WY

Category:Sculpture

Carol Gregory from Moments In Time Photography in Louisville, CO

Category: Photography

Patrick Hayes from Laughing Bear Photography in Nederland, CO

Category: Photography

Jessica Kane from Luna Claire in Boulder, CO

Category: Clothing

Kelly Klawiter from Artys in Steamboat Springs, CO

Category: Sculpture and painting

Alayna Kidd

Category: jewelry, clothing, and purses

Erin Kreis from Bent by Erin in Steamboat Springs, CO

Category: Jewelry

Craig & Liza Liftee from Fusion in Pierce, CO

Category: Metals

Charlene Norvil from Norenwood in Cascade, CO

Category: Wood

Tinker Tiffany from Tinker Art Originals in Steamboat Springs, CO

Category: Painting

Autumn Warner from Autumn Teneyl Designs in Pagosa Springs, CO

Category: Clothing

Rene Williams from Laramie, WY

Category: Sculpture and jewelry

Cynthia White from Coyote Moon in Colorado Springs, CO

Category: Music instruments

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