Governor’s Invitational Art Show/Sale
Paintings and sculptures by fifty-seven of Colorado’s best artists, like Lundeen, DeDecker, Walbye, Mosher, Hevron-Mahoney, and more internationally-known artists, appear in the Twenty-First Governor’s Invitational Art Show and Sale at the Loveland Museum/Gallery. The show opened Saturday, April 28, and runs through Sunday, June 10. Oil, watercolor, and acrylic paintings along
with sculptures, and scratchboard fill, not only the upstairs main gallery, but the downstairs gallery as well. The paintings and sculptures embody every genre from abstract and impressionism, to realism. Some use fine brushstrokes while others pile on paint with palette knives. The sculptures include bronze, wood, and stone. Every artistic taste is covered. The price for admission for Loveland Museum/Gallery non-members is $5. Otherwise, plan to visit on a free admission day: Sunday, May 13, or Sunday, June 2nd.
Charles Ewing’s painting, “Massive Motion” welcomes you into the Main Gallery. The life-sized buffalo oil painting stares at you in hues of browns, blue, and red. Beside it Ewing’s porcelain clay scratchboards display the tedious technique on his invention called Claybord. Each of the two pieces looks more like a photograph than a painting.
In the middle of the room, you’ll find Loveland sculptor Pedro Ramos’ “Deeds.” An old Indian warrior wears a feathered headdress – each feather symbolic of some past deed. He caresses another feather while seeming to remember its symbolism. He wears a hide with leather on the outside and fur on the inside. Ramos’ sculptures define realism. Check the website for a detailed view.
In that same area, check Kit Hevron-Mahoney’s “August View.” Her heavy palette knife strokes require one to stand back in order to see the abstract/realism images. Her work appears in Jack Nicholson’s collection as well as many corporations and other private collectors.
Nearby are wildlife scratchboards by Cathy Sheeter. They, like Ewing’s versions, look photographic. She scratches each animal’s hair by hand then adds naturalistic color.
In another gallery, compare the watercolor works of Rita Thornton and acrylics of Sophy Brown. Then turn to the sculpture of Greg Kelsey, reminiscent of works by Frederic Remington. A rider tries to stay on an airborne bucking horse. Kelsey creates an almost impossible balance of horse and cowboy riding a cloud of dust in “Tryin’ to Collect a Buck.” The price, although not listed on the website, is $13,000 at the museum.
Sculptor David Nittmann works in wood that looks like basket weaving. The plates are actually turned wood that he burns and dyes to give a visual illusion and tactile appearance.
These are but a few of the artists who are participating in the show. Make an “art day” of your visit to Loveland. Plan to stop by the Benson Sculpture Park at 29th and Taft, and the Chapungu African sculptures east of the Centerra Promenade shops. If you visit Loveland during “Night On The Town,” Friday, May 11, from 7 to 9 p.m., stop and say “Hello.” I’ll be signing my “How the West Was Drawn” books. But, no matter when you choose to visit, be sure and put the Governor’s Invitational Art Show and Sale on your calendar. You won’t be disappointed.