Loveland High School, August 7-9
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This month’s Loveland Fine Art Invitational Show and Sale offers three days filled with fine art, wine, and entertainment. About 150 artists are gathering here from around the country to showcase paintings, sculptures, etchings, batiks, jewelry, and home furnishings. The event unfolds daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Among the participating artists in this year’s inaugural show are Guadalupe Apodaca, Denny Wainscott, Myron Whitaker, and Randy Galloway.
The show and sale takes the place of the Loveland Sculpture Invitational, which, after more than 20 years, is not returning due to rising costs. Vermillion Promotions is presenting the new event. “We want to give art patrons more variety, and we believe that the addition of the Fine Art Invitational will be a nice complement to the popular sculpture weekend,” says event promoter Candy Vermillion, referring to the annual Sculpture in the Park show, which takes place across the street.
According to Vermillion, one goal is to give the new show a distinctive look, letting individual exhibitors display their own personalities. Thus, some of the artists are presenting their works under two large tents, while others display art- works in the open air or under canopies. “Sometimes the big tents don’t allow enough light to best show off the work,” Vermillion says.
Well-known sculptor Kim Seyesnem Obrzut is traveling to the invitational from Arizona and bringing with her an array of bronze works, including GREETING THE SUN. “In the morning is when the Hopis greet the sun,” Obrzut says, describing the inspiration and meaning of the sculpture. “We believe the sun carries our prayers to our ancestors. The figure is greeting the sun before her morning prayers. She has no face because she represents one people or one tribe, not one person. The Hopi way is one body, one spirit, one mind.”
In addition to viewing fine art, visitors can expect to sample tasty barbecue and dine on gourmet treats from local upscale eateries. Native American musicians, dancers, and storytellers are also on hand to provide spirited entertainment. —Bonnie Gangelhoff
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