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Steamboat’s art scene

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— With a burgeoning art community, Steamboat has become one of the state's premier arts destinations. Visitors can take in a broad range of local art — from paintings and photos of local wildlife and landscapes to bronzes, jewelry, ceramics, furniture and more — in an ever-growing array of venues. Visitors can also browse more acclaimed international work, from tribal hand-woven rugs to etchings from master printers.

"There's really a strong artist community here, from established artists to younger artists fostering their talent here," says Steamboat Springs Arts Council artistic director Park Myers.

For finding this wealth of talent, the options are as boundless as the resort's terrain.

"It's easy for visitors to tap into," Myers adds. "We have great events every month, from gallery tours and exhibits to foreign films, and a lot of it is interactive, with dinners and wine tastings."

One of the best venues is the First Friday Artwalk, a tour organized by local gallery owners from 5 to 8 p.m. on the first Friday of every month. Nearly 20 galleries, businesses and other venues participate in the monthly event, showcasing local art with drinks, appetizers and even live music.

"It's turned into a great community event," says local artist Ken Lee. "The art scene here is grown exponentially."

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First Friday Art Walk maps are available at downtown art galleries and the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association (1255 S. Lincoln Ave., 970-879-0880). Contact the Arts Council (970-879-9008, http://www.steamboatspringsarts.com) for more information.