Community Sand Painting

Local artist Jill Bergman has designed a new Steamboat Springs Mandala for 2022!
Steamboat Springs Mandala

The tradition continues.

Everyone is invited to work on Steamboat's new Community Sand Painting.

Throughout the Drepung Loseling monk's residency in Library Hall, the entire community is invited to participate in a hands-on Community Sand Painting. It will be located in Library Hall, opposite the monks’ mandala sand painting. Chakpurs, the monks' authentic sand painting tools, will be available for everyone to try this ancient art form. A chakpur is a metal funnel with a grated surface, along which the artist runs a metal rod. The vibration causes sand to flow like liquid onto the platform. A team of volunteer docents will be on hand to help the community learn and experience the process.

About the 2022 Community Sand Painting image

Local artist Jill Bergman has drawn the lines for a big, beautiful Steamboat Springs Mandala. The community is invited to help fill in her design with colorful sand throughout the monks' residency.

Steamboat Mandala by Jill Bergman
Steamboat Mandala by Jill Bergman

Live Print at Ohana!

Ohana is hosting two of their legendary Ohana Live Print events to custom silk screen the Steamboat Mandala on t-shirts during the monks' visit in Steamboat.

  • Wednesday, Aug. 10: 4 p.m.-7 p.m.
  • Friday, August 12: 4 p.m.-7 p.m.

They'll be firing up their live press at Ohana, located at 843 Lincoln Ave., and $10 from each shirt purchase goes toward supporting the Library's Mandala on the Yampa residency.

Buy an artist's print!

Love the Steamboat Mandala and want to keep a reminder of Mandala on the Yampa live in your home all year long? Jill Bergman has signed color prints of the Steamboat Mandala for sale at her downtown Steamboat gallery, Pine Moon Fine Art, located at 117 Ninth St.

Volunteer to be a Community Sand Painting Docent!

Bud Werner Library is seeking volunteer artists to help lead artists of all ages at the community sand painting table from Aug. 10-14, 2022 during all hours. Learn some techniques from the monks, then share your knowledge with friends and neighbors as we manage the flow of artists of all ages working on the community sand painting. Interested volunteers in helping lead this five-day effort should contact Jennie Lay at

Steamboat Mandala in process by Jill Bergman
Steamboat Mandala in process by Jill Bergman

2022 Community Sand Painting Schedule

Wednesday, Aug. 10 | 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. in Library Hall

Thursday, Aug. 11 | 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. in Library Hall

Friday, Aug. 12 | 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. in Library Hall

Saturday, Aug. 13  | 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. in Library Hall

Sunday, Aug. 14 | 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. in Library Hall