By Deborah Olsen
In 2011, artist and environmentalist Joan Hoffmann returned to
the Yampa Valley to host a 40-year retrospective of her work, an exhibit that
showcased her passion for the Steamboat Springs’ landscape. The solo show was especially meaningful
for her, as the community helped launch her career in the early ‘70s. “There
was just this energy,” she recalled. “Steamboat was so receptive.”
moved from California to Vermont three years ago, has given talks about the
symbiotic relationship between American painters who created iconic images of
the West and the preservation efforts that were inspired by those images.
returns to Steamboat this September for a month-long show at the Depot, “Wild
Landscapes – Wild Cranes.” One of the pieces in the exhibit serves as the
signature piece for the 2014 Yampa Valley Crane Festival, Sept. 12-14.
Hoffmann has also been asked to be a presenter at the National Wilderness Conference in Albuquerque, N.M., in October. "Landscapes are about connections,” Hoffmann says. “’Art of Wilderness,’ my program, shows these connections and visualizes and verbalizes that which makes us human."