Steamboat’s own community sand painting

We now have our design for Steamboat’s community sand painting, which will coincide with the monks’ Mandala Sand Painting August 14-18!
Everyone will be invited to try their hand at sand painting, contributing to our group picture using colored sand the same tools the monks use!

Help create Steamboat's community sand painting designed by Debi Champlin, Aug. 14-18.

Gratitude goes out to local artist and interior designer Debi Champlin for her winning design and the hard work she put into making something everyone can participate to create it in sand. She has done a lovely job of  incorporating some beautiful design elements contributed by other local artists Gail Holthausen, Jeanne Richheimer and Dona Steele. This is truly a community sand painting design.

Debi’s design incorporates ten colors of sand surrounded by a red frame that reads “May our valley, our community, our spirit thrive in harmony here.” Look closely, as she has incorporated many elements near and dear to our local landscape: columbine, the Tree Haus trestle bridge, green and beetle-kill pines, trout in the Yampa River, Hahn’s Peak, aspen, Rabbit Ears Pass, Indian paintbrush and the moon and stars.

We need sand art aficionados to help manage the community sand painting during all five days of the program, August 14-18. Learn from the monks themselves about how to paint with sand, then be an on-site liaison to the community as everyone tries their hand at this ancient art. We need lead artist to help on-site in Library Hall for two to three hour shifts. If you’re interested in volunteering, please contact Adult Programs Coordinator Jennie Lay at 970-367-4971 or


~ by steamboatlibrary on July 10, 2010.

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