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On the first Friday of every month, the Salida SteamPlant Event Center, located at 220 W Sackett Ave., hosts their Artists Opening in the Paquette Gallery. This event features one or several local artists at a time, offering a free venue for artists to introduce their work in an enjoyable, lighthearted environment in a historic setting.

The evening of Friday June 7 SteamPlant Event Coordinator Toni Carpenter was on hand pouring complimentary glasses of wine and beer for the crowd while they enjoyed appetizers and chatting directly with the featured artists and other guests.

Michael Hoffman, and Jennifer Naylor, join featured artist Patti Vincent at the SteamPlant First Friday artists night.

Two local artists are featured this month at the Paquette Gallery, Patti Vincent and Steve Schmidt, both with a unique and playful style that reflects the summer to come in the artistic community of Salida.

Vincent, who has a studio in downtown Salida, dabbles in a wide variety of mediums which often include oils, printmaking and drawing. She works and teaches from her studio and takes inspiration from still life, and her two cats, Max and Carlos. She has an affinity for vibrant, striking colors. Patti was born in Michigan but was drawn to the sunshine of Colorado and now calls Salida home.

Schmidt is a new addition to the Salida artistic community, having come from Colorado Springs. Schmidt experimented with his art before settling in to using watercolors.

Schmidt says he is inspired by the medium of water color.

He enjoys the “unexpected element” of watercolor for when it dries, it always yields something interesting and unique. Steve says he is inspired by nature and the Colorado mountains and is thrilled to be a part of the community.

The SteamPlant is currently taking submissions for the 2020 season. Artist’s submissions should consist of a brief biography and samples of their work and can be made online at