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On Scene for Oct. 28

Autumn Phillips

Dogs from the block

If you ever driven through Tree Haus, you’ve seen the herd of four yellow labs that seem to own the place. Next time you see them, stop for an autograph. They’re famous.

Said dogs, owned by Sarah and Sean O’Leary, are on the cover of “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Labrador Retrievers,” by Margaret H. Bonham.

Sadly, one of the four dogs (Maggie) passed away recently after struggling with autoimmune disease. A couple of days after she died, the O’Learys found out about the cover photo. Maggie is on the left; Laika and Mucho are on her right. The photo was taken in 2002 near Bond along the Colorado River.

The four O’Leary/Tree Haus labs also will be in the pages of a couple of Labrador calendars sold in Canada to raise money for pet charities.

Like I said, they’re famous.

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In the art scene

The art opening at the Depot Art Center on Friday night was full of the hippest and coolest art faces in Steamboat, as usual. Between discussions about Volvos and how much we loved the crackers, we enjoyed the wall-sized drawings of abstracted plant life by Karina Noel Hean. They were unframed, leaving the raw, toothy edges of the paper showing, which everyone loved. It looked more like stretched hide than paper.

Hean regaled us with stories about a drawing she recently completed that is so large she used a broom and dirt to create it.

Conrad to be in gallery

Across the room at Friday’s opening, I saw a woman wearing a funky and stylish flowered skirt and cowboy boots. The Steamboat frump had yet to descend on her, so I knew she was new to town.

She turned out to be Kimberly Conrad, a new arrival from Richmond, Va. She is the assistant director of Susan Schiesser’s new Studio Gallery 27 in Ski Time Square, scheduled to open Nov. 25 with 20 artists, local and otherwise.

New artists in town?

Rumors have it that the TEI Gallery in Torian Plum Plaza is reopening in November with a new group of artists.

— Autumn Phillips