I'm so excited to be finally working on the mural! It was commissioned by Friends of the Yampa to show the whole Yampa River, from its beginning in the Flat Tops mountain range of Colorado to the confluence with the Green River in Dinosaur National Monument. The river travels through different landscapes and towns in its 250 mile journey, including my town Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
The mural itself is being painted inside on polytab, a very strong paper that will then be attached to the Ambulance Barn on Yampa Street in downtown Steamboat. I'd like to thank Steve Shelesky for donating a workspace for us in the Clock Tower Building. If you take the first right off Burgess Creek Road into a parking lot, drive around the building toward the side or front and park. We are in the basement on the right side of the building. There is a sign up form online if you'd like to come and work on the mural!
My daughter, Tessa in the workspace standing in front of the roll of polytab.
First we rolled primer onto the polytab. Here are Jojo, Kent, and Sophie who came to help.
Then we projected the image onto the polytab and traced the outlines. Yuri, Cyndi, and Bina have made it to Steamboat Rock in Dinosaur National Monument!
And now we are painting! Here is Jennifer making great progress on the river landscape.
We are still fundraising for the last bit of money needed to finish the project. You can donate any amount at Friends of The Yampa. If you'd like to donate $2,000 you can get a framed original linocut of the mural design. You can also get a great quality poster reproduction of the linocut in my shop, at Lyon Drug, or at the Steamboat Art Museum Gift Shop.
If you are in town Friday, September 7, 2018 come to the Clock Tower workspace from 5-7 for a party and to see what we've been doing in person. It's exciting to see the progress!
Lastly I want to thank some very special people who have been a huge help in creating this mural- Kent Vertrees and Ben Beall of Friends of the Yampa, Kim Keith and Sylvie Piquet of the Steamboat Springs Arts Council, and Cyndi Marlowe and Jennifer Grathwol who have come to help me trace and paint so many days. We've had so many wonderful people coming to help create the mural- thank you, everyone!!