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New Steamboat Smokehouse mural unveiled at First Friday Artwalk this weekend

Art has an uncanny ability of creating unexpected connections.

Katie Moore, Sierra Fallon and Fernando Maldonado all grew up in Steamboat Springs but their paths never crossed nor had they ever collaborated on a piece of art.

Last month, Kyle Love, owner of Steamboat Smokehouse, approached Young Bloods Collective, the local nonprofit serving the next generation of creatives in Routt County, about creating a mural for the restaurant's new backyard space.

Within one week – 40 hours to be exact – Moore, Fallon and Maldonado worked together to create the mystical Alice in Wonderland dreamscape mural, which will be officials unveiled Friday in conjunction with Steamboat’s First Friday Artwalk.

"Art brings people together," Moore said. "We ran into a few challenges, but we had really great communication and used our sketch book to make sure we were on the same page when discussing ideas."

With a backyard BBQ type of ambiance, the mural encompasses vibrant hues that transform into scenes and characters of pigs dressed in suits. The artists had the idea, first presented to them by Love, to create something that included a reference to the concrete, brightly painted pig that graces the front of Smokehouse on Lincoln Avenue.

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"I think murals are a lot more powerful because it's subject matter that's on a much larger scale than a painting," said Maldonado, who also created the outside mural at Mambo Italiano and the inside mural for Townies, which is opening soon in west Steamboat. "It brings a different environment or a personality to the space."

Inside Steamboat Smokehouse, Young Blood Collective’s co-founder and president Brie Kole will be the featured artist.

Her body of work will showcase mixed media paintings, a graphic T-shirt and paintings on canvas. With a background that ranges from traditional arts, painting and drawing to stints as a fashion designer, Kole’s creative style is uniquely her own.

“Being able to re-purpose or recycle has always motivated my creativity,” Kole said. “It might look like borderline hoarding, but it’s all part of my process.”

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email @Audrey_Dwyer1

If you go:

What: Young Bloods Collective First Friday Artwalk opening

When: 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 7

Where: Steamboat Smokehouse, 912 Lincoln Ave.