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44th annual Art in the Park brings culture park-side

The 44th annual Art in the Park will take place this weekend at the West Lincoln Park in Steamboat Springs.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS – Beyond the gallery, beyond the boundaries of what art can be applied to, artisans from across the U.S. will gather in Steamboat Springs for a weekend of creativity.

"We're seeing a trend of these artists really pushing the boundaries of what they are applying their art to," said Steamboat Springs Arts Council Executive Director Kim Keith.

The 44th annualArt in the Park, the Arts Council’s biggest fundraiser, will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in West Lincoln Park. Funds raised from this event will help support the Art Council’s visual arts programs as well as the Young at Art summer arts camps.

A festival of all things art and entertainment, Art in the Park is free to the public and will showcase nearly 160 artist vendors, live entertainers, food vendors and an interactive children's art area.

"We were more selective this year in choosing the artisan vendors," Keith said. "We wanted to make sure everything is unique, handmade and one of a kind. And let me tell you, we have some incredible new artists using a wide variety of techniques this year."

Susan Schiesser's donated "ButterMoose" painting inspired the event’s overarching butterfly theme.

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"There will be popup art and entertainment throughout both days, including winged creatures or little butterflies running around too," Keith said.

Another main attraction of the full-sensory event are live performances featuring a circus troupe, dancers from Forty 106 Dance Project and musicians, including Randy Kelley, Tera Johnson, Steve Jones, Callie Bradley and more.

"What you will find is accessible art, collectible art — things that are artful, that you can use, like pottery and wooden spoons or bowls, band-saw boxes, handmade items, repurposed items like aspen bark that survived a forest fire, or where you will find turquoise inlaid into the wood for some pieces – things we use, but made in an artistic and creative way."

Be on the lookout for: 

Heartwood Artist

Think tree art meets mixed media, Sue Elliot is a visiting artist who uses paints, inks, found items and pen on reclaimed wood panels to create textured pieces decorated with quotes or lyrics that branch out with each piece.

Kids area

There will be Honest Tea samplings, henna, face painting and visiting raptors along with pop-up style entertainment all around the park this year.

Art from bark

Visiting artist Jeremy Kaiser’s art is created from aspen bark that has survived a forest fire. The fire naturally tempers the bark making it a sturdy material to work with. The pictures are hand-cut into the bark using a scroll saw. A light coat of polyurethane is applied to the bark to bring out the natural color.

Wire Sculptures

Gary Chaffin’s spontaneous wire sculptures are created freehand, sometimes from a continuous wire, and take on a personality of their own. "I start with a loose image in my mind," said the artist from New Mexico. "Then, as I develop the idea in wire, the finished design takes on its own personality."

Spice Traders Music

Spice Traders specializes in handmade musical instruments like drums and didgeridoos, strands of bells to create hand-drums, hand percussion instruments and related accessories

Katheryn Hill bike art 

This artist from Texas creates bicycle wheel art by upcycling items such as semi-precious stones, glass, acrylic, wood, wire and light. She creates beaded bicycle wheels with "LED fairy lights" as décor for the wall or window.

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