Artwalk from 5 to 8 p.m. today in Steamboat |

Artwalk from 5 to 8 p.m. today in Steamboat

Free event showcases local and regional artists

Margaret Hair

— In May 2008, Chelsea Nix set out on a two-week trip to Haiti with herself, her camera and an open mind. She took photos of children and older residents, hoping to capture an essence of the place and its people.

"I was completely moved and changed by the experience," Nix said.

When a devastating earthquake hit Haiti in January, Nix — who moved to Steamboat Springs in the fall — decided to join local relief efforts through Wish for Haiti. After helping the Steamboat-based nonprofit group raise funds through a Day of Giving at the end of February, Nix wanted to do more, she said.

She contacted Chocolate Soup Pastry Café about displaying some of her photos depicting what Haiti was like before the earthquake. A collection of shots from Nix's travels in Haiti opens with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. today as part of First Friday Artwalk. Nix said she plans to give all proceeds from the show, which will be on display through the end of May, to Wish for Haiti.

Nix's show is one of 18 featured on First Friday Artwalk, a monthly celebration of visual arts in Steamboat Springs with receptions at galleries, museums and alternative venues.

❱❱ Artists' Gallery of Steamboat presents an all-gallery show, featuring work in various media by the gallery's more than 20 artist-owners. See work by the gallery's newest artist, photographer Jim Gmeiner. Guest artist Kevin Gallagher showcases contemporary paintings on unorthodox canvases. See samples of the work at Call 879-4744. 1009 Lincoln Ave.

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❱❱ Center for Visual Arts features work by 19 students in an annual display by Steamboat Springs High School's Advanced Placement studio art class. The display will be up through April 14. Work by Colorado Mountain College art students goes up April 15 and will be on display for the rest of the month. Call 846-5970. 906 Lincoln Ave.

❱❱ Chocolate Soup presents "Strength in H," photos from Haiti by Chelsea Nix. Call 870-0225. 737 Lincoln Ave.

❱❱ Colorado Group Realty presents oil paintings by Artists' Gallery of Steamboat artist-owners Dancy Gould St. John and Susan Gill Jackson. See their portfolios at Call 870-8800. 509 Lincoln Ave.

❱❱ Creekside Café presents paintings and found-paper collages by Keri Searls. Call 879-4925. 131 11th St.

❱❱ The Epicurean features images of exotic locales, with photos by Bruce Roemmich and watercolor paintings by Rebecca Pauvert. Call 875-0997. 825 Oak St.

❱❱ Gallery 11 features images of Steamboat, Colorado and the West by owner-photographer Ken Lee. See samples of Lee's work at Call 870-8887. 908 Lincoln Ave.

❱❱ High Mountain Sotheby's International Realty features paintings with elements of collage by Rebecca Hilley. Call 879-8101. 708 Lincoln Ave.

❱❱ Images of Nature features nature and wildlife photos by Thomas D. Mangelsen. See Mangelsen's work at Call 871-1822. 730 Lincoln Ave.

❱❱ Jim Steinberg Photography and The Portfolio Collection feature Steinberg's landscape photography. Learn more at Call 879-3718. 1016 Oak St.

❱❱ Off the Beaten Path Bookstore presents photography by Denver resident Linda Wilson. Learn more at Call 879-6830. 68 Ninth St.

❱❱ The Olympian sales office hosts K. Saari Gallery painter Nancy Jeffrey. Call 879-8100. The office is at Fifth and Yampa streets.

❱❱ Rustique Home & Garden Collection features silver jewelry and sculptural and functional pottery by Gail Holthausen. Call 870-2980. 624 Lincoln Ave.

❱❱ Sleeping Giant Gallery features paintings by Cully Kistler, wildlife and nature photography by Don Tudor and Raku-fired stoneware by Brown Cannon. Learn more at Call 879-7143. 601 Lincoln Ave.

❱❱ Steamboat Art Museum hosts the final Artwalk reception for its winter show featuring wildlife paintings by Ken Carlson. The show closes April 10. Learn more at Call 870-1755. 807 Lincoln Ave.

❱❱ The Steamboat Springs Arts Council at the Depot Art Center presents "An Artist's Journal," acrylic and oil paintings from a variety of perspectives by local artist Carol Jean. The show is on display through Monday. Learn more at Call 879-9008. 1001 13th St.

❱❱ Urbane presents the results of its call for artists show. DJs Pretty Ninja and Ricky Prime provide music for the reception, which goes until 9 p.m. Call 879-9169. 703 Lincoln Ave., Suite B101.

❱❱ Wild Horse Gallery presents its second annual spring art auction featuring Western-themed work by many gallery artists. Bids go live today. Auction artwork is on display at Wild Horse Gallery. For more information, go to and click the red button labeled "auction." Call 879-5515. 802 Lincoln Ave.

If you go

What: First Friday Artwalk

When: 5 to 8 p.m. today

Where: Downtown Steamboat Springs

Cost: Free