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Colorado Governor's Art Show to host 30th annual exhibit, Plein Air Festival and Auction

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Steven Bonifazi
Steven Bonifazi
Governor's Art Show(Photo courtesy of the Colorado Governor's Art Show)

By Steven Bonifazi

(LOVELAND, Colo.) One of the biggest fine art shows solely featuring Colorado artists, the Colorado Governor's Art Show, will be held from May 22 through June 27 at the Loveland Museum, with its annual Plein Air Festival and Auction being held June 5.

This year's art show will feature a total of 60 artists from Colorado, including two Legacy Artists that have previously taken part in past Governor's Art Show and Sale and have advocated for the arts greatly.

"If you love art, there are so many wonderful and diverse pieces in this show," said Ruth Scott, director for the Governor's Art Show. "Some of these pieces move people and especially now more than ever, we need beautiful things in our lives to make us feel better."

Admission to the exhibit costs $7, with children under age 12 and museum members receiving free entry. The show is presented by Loveland and Thompson Valley Rotary Clubs and is endorsed by the Governor of Colorado.

The Thompson Education Foundation's Homeless Assistance Fund will receive approximately one-third of the net proceeds that are made from the art show and auction, with additional funds going towards scholarships for art students within the surrounding area. Art sales will be managed online throughout the show's entirety.
2020 Colorado Governor's Art Show(Photo courtesy of the Colorado Governor's Art Show)
Maya Angelou by Jane DeDecker, from the 2020 Colorado Governor's Art Show.(Photo courtesy of the Colorado Governor's Art Show)

The art show will feature pieces ranging from sculptures and mixed media to oil, pastel, watercolor and acrylic paintings. The show will additionally spotlight four contrasting works of art from each artist, with the majority of the artwork being unique, available for purchase throughout the show.

"I think what really appeals to me is being able to connect the artists with the collectors because generally the way it traditionally worked, most the time you don’t meet the people who buy your work, so what’s so great about the Governor's Art Show is you are face to face with people who are curious and want to know more about your work," said Desmond O'Hagan, an artist who works mainly with pastel and oils. "An art career is a very solitary type of business, you’re most productive when you’re in your studio alone creating and it's nice to get out of the studio."

The schedule for the Plein Air Festival and Auction is as follows:

  • Artists participating in the art show will be painting at River’s Edge Natural Area located at 960 W. 1st St. and downtown Loveland from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Live entertainment at Loveland's downtown Foundry from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Live art auction being held at Loveland's downtown Foundry Plaza from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information regarding the Governor's Art Show and Plein Air, including tickets, click here