A Snug Place in Which to Rest
CHRISTIE GINANNI STEPAN
The Steamboat Springs Arts Council will host local artist and renaissance woman Christie Ginanni Stepan at the Eleanor Bliss Center for the Arts at the Depot throughout the month of February. The show, entitled “A Snug Place in which to Rest,” will be open to the public Tuesdays through Fridays, from 12 pm to 5 pm, and Saturdays from 12 pm to 4 pm. The artist will be present to discuss her works with the public at a reception at the Depot on Saturday, February 12, 2011 from 5 pm to 8 pm.
Drawing from her experience as a printmaker – she owns downtown’s Fancy Ink Press and has worked at Steamboat’s prestigious Riverhouse Editions – Ginanni Stepan renders intertwining themes of domesticity, relationships, coincidence, and growth in mixed media pieces. The thirteen works to be displayed in the show focus on the topic of interiority, of home and nests. The pieces share what the artist refers to as a “collage aesthetic,” describing layered elements of ink, paint and paper.
This effect is achieved primarily through print media, such as etching and monotype, but is also combined with acrylic paint, spray paint, and collage. “Through printmaking, the interwoven layers of my life are alternately and cyclically revealed and concealed,” said Ginanni Stepan. “I facilitate the creative interaction between my analytical self and visceral self.”
The Steamboat Springs Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to promote and support the arts in the Yampa Valley. It is located at 1001 13th Street in Steamboat Springs in the Eleanor Bliss Center for the Arts at the Depot. For more information, please visit steamboatspringsarts.com or call (970) 879-9008.