Benson Sculpture Garden, Loveland, CO, August 11-12
This story was featured in the July 2012 issue of Southwest Art magazine. Order the Southwest Art magazine July 2012 print edition here, or purchase the Southwest Art magazine July 2012 digital download here. Or simply click here to subscribe to Southwest Art magazine and never miss a story!
Bronze, ceramic, glass, metal, stone, wood—Sculpture in the Park offers the perfect opportunity for sculpture aficionados to view pieces in a variety of materials by some of the best sculptors working today. With more than 170 participating artists hailing from across the country and beyond, the show features styles that range from representational to abstract.
The annual show takes place on Saturday and Sunday, August 11-12, in Loveland’s Benson Sculpture Garden against the backdrop of the majestic Rocky Mountains. Sculptors display their pieces under a series of festive white tents, and viewers have a rare opportunity to meet the artists in person and talk to them about their work.
Sculpture in the Park was founded in 1984 by five Loveland sculptors. The first show featured 50 local participants, and sales totaled $50,000. Since its founding, 1,570 different artists have participated in the event, and it is now considered one of the largest outdoor juried sculpture shows in the country, with annual sales totaling more than $1 million.
Satisfied participants return year after year. Arizona-based sculptor Merlin Cohen, who creates abstract pieces in stone, sums up the thoughts of many regulars: “When almost 200 of the finest three-dimensional artists are invited to show in a Colorado mountain venue supported by the most gracious, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic volunteers, who provide every imaginable amenity, then Sculpture in the Park is the place to be on the second weekend in August for both collectors and artists.”
In July, four new pieces are being permanently installed in Benson Sculpture Garden, including works by Carol Gold, Robert Brubaker, Adam Schultz, and Michele Moushey Dale. At the main event in August, about 50 maquettes and small editions depicting other works on display in the garden are for sale in a presentation entitled Take Home a Piece of the Park. To date, 163 pieces of sculpture have been installed at the park, which is open to the public throughout the year. Tickets for Sculpture in the Park are $7, and all proceeds go toward the purchase of sculpture and park improvements. —Bonnie Gangelhoff
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