August 10-11, 2013
Benson Sculpture Garden, Loveland, CO
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The annual Sculpture in the Park show and sale celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Artists and collectors from across the country converge in the small town of Loveland, which is located in the shadow of the scenic Rocky Mountains. Over the years, the city has gained a reputation as a sculpture mecca. This year’s event, presented by the Loveland High Plains Arts Council, includes 160 sculptors and approximately 2,000 works in bronze, wood, stone, ceramic, glass, and more.
Sculpture in the Park was founded by five Loveland sculptors, and what started as a show of primarily western bronzes has evolved to include a wide range of artistic styles and media. The weekend event is one of the largest outdoor sculpture shows in the country, with sales totaling more than $1 million.
This year 25 new artists are participating for the first time, joining regular participants such as Carol Gold, Diane Mason, Gerald Balciar, Wayne Salge, Jim Budish, and Tony Hochstetler. The sculptors are asked to bring pieces they have created within the past three years as well as pieces that have never been shown before.
Jeannine Young has participated in the show for 14 years and says her favorite memories are of watching children receive an early introduction to art. “It’s obvious that the community is a huge part of the show,” Young says. “Children who come with their parents get an appreciation for sculpture, the processes, and various media. These children grow up and buy art. It’s difficult to imagine a more educated and more appreciative community than the Loveland community.”
Proceeds from Sculpture in the Park go toward the purchase of art for Benson Sculpture Garden, which is now home to $4 million worth of sculpture. This year three new pieces will be installed: PELICAN AHOY by Jim Green, PAUSE FOR REFLECTION by Laurel Peterson Gregory, and GIRLY CURL by Harold Linke.
A patrons’ party takes place on Friday night, August 9, and then the show opens to the public on Saturday, August 10, from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, August 11, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. —Bonnie Gangelhoff
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