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Yampa River Fine Art Stroll returns with new location and wide variety of artwork this weekend

— The life of an artist requires an immense amount of dedication.

Not only for the art they create but a dedication for traveling and networking all across the country to showcase their work.

On Saturday and Sunday, Steamboat Springs will attract some of the finest artists in the country who have poured their time and energy into crafting pieces just for the Yampa Valley Fine Art Stroll.

With a new location this year, the art stroll will run from 12th Street to Yampa Street and along Yampa Street from 12th to 10th streets. As one of the All Arts Festival events, the art stroll will take place on both days from 10 to 4 p.m. Attendees have a chance to see bold and vibrant paintings, contemporary art, life-sized sculptures, photography, handcrafted jewelry and more.

"I think it's always very exciting when you get a group of fine artists with varied backgrounds together in one place for an event like this," said local artist Jan Maret Willman, who was also featured on the cover of the Yampa Valley Arts & Gallery Guide. "The variety of art is such that you can't see a lot of these pieces at any other venue at any other time of the year."

New to the Art Stroll is festival promoter Howard Alan Events, producer of numerous award-winning juried art fairs across the country. Artists from the promoter organization are juried by an independent panel of judges and are hand selected from hundreds of applicants based on quality and diversity.

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Working with the Steamboat Springs Arts Council to host this event, a combination of over 125 local and national artists will be featured at the event.

Although Howard Alan Events is new to Steamboat Springs, founder Howard Alan said the town has been of interest to him due to Steamboat's appreciation for the arts.

"In that area, people love and understand art," Alan said. "We have people from all over at our other shows and festivals say that we need to go to Steamboat."

Whether attendees hope to add artwork to their collections or to merely peruse the booths, it's an experience that allows artists to share the inspiration or stories behind their creations.

"Many artists don't always show their work in galleries, and you would never really see them, " said Maret Willman. "But with an event like this, the artists are present with their work, and it's an opportunity to meet that artist one on one to talk about their process or things that you may have in mind to ask."

Elevating the arts and making it accessible for everyone to enjoy is part of the SSAC mission to support and promote arts and culture in Steamboat. And this event does just that by bringing a whole new level of artistry to town.

"Steamboat is really community oriented, everyone is so supportive and positive and really connected with the arts," said Fred Prescott, an artist from Santa Fe, New Mexico, who takes his life-sized, moving animal sculptures, all over the U.S.

Prescott even turned down an opportunity to be at a show in New York and made the choice to be in Steamboat for the Art Stroll after his experience at Art in the Park a few weeks ago.

"It's amazing. Everybody comes to the show just to see the art," Prescott said about his first experience in Steamboat. "For this art stroll, people have a chance to see all of these artists creating different mediums, and they will be here in Steamboat, right along the river."

Festival-goers will have a chance to register to win the free art giveaway featuring the work of exhibiting artist Dan Goad. The prize is one of his 24-foot by 18-foot watercolor paintings titled "Honey Bear," which will be on display at his booth. The winner will be announced during the final hour of the stroll on Sunday.

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email adwyer@ExploreSteamboat.com or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1

If you go…

What: Yampa River Fine Art Stroll

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 15 and Sunday, Aug. 16

Where: 12th Street to Yampa Street and along Yampa Street from 12th to 10th streets