Spotlight | Governor’s Art Show

Loveland, CO
Loveland Museum/Gallery, May 30-June 28

Nancy Rynes, Prince of the Valley, oil, 24 x 30.

Nancy Rynes, Prince of the Valley, oil, 24 x 30.

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On Sunday, May 31, the 24th annual Governor’s Art Show opens at the Loveland Museum/Gallery, featuring the works of 53 Colorado artists. “The show has really become a reflection of the state of the art world in Colorado,” says show director Pam Osborn. This year’s events begin with a ticketed Gala celebration from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, May 30, and continue on Sunday with a plein-air Quick Draw at  Osborn’s nearby historic farm, beginning at 8:30 a.m. At noon the artworks from the Quick Draw are auctioned, 
with sculptor George Lundeen serving as auctioneer. The show opens to the public at noon on Sunday and remains on display until June 28. Here we introduce a few of the artists participating in this year’s show.

Oil painter Heather Arenas spent more than 20 years in rigorous self-study devoted to painting. Her goal is to say more with her impressionistic landscapes, still lifes, and figurative works than could be communicated by a photograph. After devastating wildfires near her home, oil painter Deb Komitor says, “I lost the sense of permanence I felt in nature and gained a deep reverence.” In response, she has been re-cording her relationship with trees in forest landscapes depicting light sifting through the canopy, illuminating the world below.

For most of her life, Georgene McGonagle had little exposure to art, but in her mid-50s a chance encounter with clay turned her world around. Her bronze sculptures are inspired by the innocence of childhood and the beauty of animals in motion. Sculptor and oil painter Jon Paul Price is currently working on a series of steampunk-inspired mixed-media sculptures that feature humorous post-apocalyptic characters with steam-powered “retro-futuristic” machines.

Childhood trips spent among the canyons, deserts, and Native cultures of the West have had a lasting influence on oil painter Nancy Rynes. Her paintings are inspired by the freedom, energy, and movement of animals—particularly horses. In 2007, Sabrina Stiles took a workshop from a local artist and got hooked on art. Today, a prolific pastel landscape painter, Stiles continually looks for new ways to express herself and draws inspiration from her travels as well as the landscapes and sunsets of her Colorado home. —Laura Rintala

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