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First Friday Artwalk features fine art welding, friendships and road trips

by Staff

The First Friday Artwalk for March will extend some unique perspectives and mediums from artists working both in and out of the Yampa Valley. Participating galleries will host receptions from 5-8 p.m. Friday throughout Steamboat Springs.

The gallery at Pine Moon Fine Art is featuring the works of Susan Gill Jackson and Abby Jensen, both of whom are members of the collectively run establishment. Their show, “Open Road: Artwork from Around the Country,” seeks to capture the spirit of travel through photography and oil paintings. The show will open at 5 p.m. Friday with a reception at 117 Ninth St.

In the exhibit, Jackson and Jensen seek to capture the spirit and breadth of their travels together over recent years. The inspiration behind this show comes from locations such as Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Louisiana and their home state of Colorado. Featured locations range from the bayous of the south to the mountains of the Arkansas River Valley.

The trips that inspired “Open Road” were as much about taking a break as they were about focusing on different landscapes to inspire new levels of creativity.

“Open Road has as much to do with art as it does with travel and friendship,” Pine Moon Gallerist Amy Minotto said. “This trip was truly an adventure, no schedule, a roll by the seat of your pants kind of trip.”

The Pine Moon Artist Talk Series continues in March when Jackson and Jensen will share the background of their work while discussing the processes and inspirations that go into creating their pieces. That community forum will be from 5:30-6:30 p.m. March 7. For more information on Pine Moon Fine Art, go to PineMoonFineArt.com/.

The Schoonover Gallery of Fine Art and Jewelry at 929 Lincoln Ave. will be playing host to the work of Richard Bell Smith and Blanca Smith.

According to Ray Schoonover, both sculptors “strike a responsive chord among those who feel a special affinity for woodland, field and stream.” Their work, in bronze and copper, celebrates the lines and shapes of the natural world in intricate welded detail.

“Richard Bell Smith has contributed many important innovations in technique and materials to his medium, elevating it to the point where he is able to express the finest nuance of color, texture and form,” Schoonover said. “He eschews any means of reproduction in his work.”

A bronze sculpture atop a geode, by Richard Bell Smith, depicts a snow-covered tree with a skier beneath.
Schoonover Gallery/Courtesy photo

Richard Bell Smith marries his skills in welding with copper and bronze, creating what many see as some of the world’s finest examples of artwork within the medium. A reception will be from 5-8 p.m. Friday with select wall and table pieces on display. For more on the Schoonover Gallery, go to SchoonoverGallery.com/.

The Tread of Pioneers Museum at 800 Oak St. will continue its showing of “Lens on the River and The Yampa River.”

“Lens on the River” celebrates the work of the late John Fielder, who passed away in August. Fielder was renowned for his dedicated work promoting and protecting the ranches, open spaces and wildlands of the American West with his photographs and narratives. 

John Fielder’s iconic Yampa River photographs, on display at the Tread of Pioneers Museum, capture the river spirit.
Tread of Pioneers Museum/Courtesy photo

He was the recipient of the Sierra Club Ansel Adams Award, the Aldo Leopold Foundation’s Achievement Award and was also awarded an honorary degree in Sustainability Studies from Colorado Mountain College in 2017.

Fielder’s featured works at the Tread of Pioneers Museum are from his book “Colorado’s Yampa River: Free Flowing and Wild from the Flat Tops to the Green.” 

“The Yampa River” is an art-based collaboration between the Tread of Pioneers Museum and Friends of the Yampa. The exhibit presents the historical as well as the scientific features of the Yampa River, its tributaries and the ecosystems that surround it. 

More information on the Tread of Pioneers Museum is available at TreadOfPioneers.org/current-exhibits.

The Jace Romick Gallery will also be unveiling new works featuring wildlife taken by Romick himself. As part of its March First Friday Artwalk reception, the gallery will also host the band “The Neighbors,” who are a trio of musicians who hail from the Yampa Valley.

For more information on the First Friday Artwalk and its participating galleries, go to SteamboatCreates.org/events/steamboat-creates-events/first-friday-artwalk/.

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