The Governor’s Art Show – an event that has showcased top work of various mediums for over three decades – returns to Loveland Museum on Saturday.
“The Governor’s Art Show is a beloved tradition,” said Ruth Scott, executive director. “Not many shows can say they’ve been around for 31 years. Visitors from all over make it a point to visit the show. They look forward to seeing this show year after year, which keeps them coming back. ”
On Friday, folks can get a sneak peek at this year’s offerings at the opening gala night from 5-8 pm Held at Loveland Museum, attendees can enjoy live music from TD and the Shakes. Tickets are $ 75.
“We have a long-standing reputation for bringing high-quality fine art to the Loveland Museum,” Scott said. “Visitors know they’re in for a treat.”
The show runs through May 22, allowing collectors and art enthusiasts plenty of time to peruse the vast collection. Pieces can be purchased both in person and online. Admission to view the exhibit is $ 7.
“Being a juried show, it keeps the show fresh each year, and this year’s show has layers of diversity,” Scott said. “We have artists who have not participated for a number of years and we also have 11 artists who have never participated in the show.”
There are also a fair amount of consistent show regulars who are once again displaying their latest art.
Returning to the show for the second time is Theresa Conklin, a creative whose vivid paintings have a potent narrative quality.
“I come from a large family of six siblings, and growing up I felt like my voice would get lost,” Conklin said. “Art was my way to use my voice and process my feelings and thoughts through stories and my imagination. I enjoyed that my art could make my family laugh and connect us all. ”
Much of the Denver native’s work features subjects that seem to take on an otherworldly essence. Whether clutching a violin, knitting or galloping with dear, the protagonists of her paintings seem to tell a larger story.
“The female characters always represent a bit of myself,” Conklin said. “I’m seeing from a woman’s perspective the heart of the story.”
In addition to these goddess-like subjects, Conking also crafts paintings that feature delicate heart-shaped nests and frogs atop spotted shrooms.
“The overall goal of my art is to tap into the human condition, and my process is very multi-faceted,” Conklin said. “I will see or experience something that will resonate with me on a human interaction level – something in the news, an interaction with family or friends, seeing something while I’m out in public, et cetera – and it will spark a painting for me.”
She has earned a dozen awards, including a couple from last year’s Governor’s Art Show for her work “Evermore.”
“I’ll do multiple sketches to figure out what I want the story to read like, and once I settle on that, I sketch it onto the canvas,” Conklin said. “The process is very intuitive, and things will change throughout every stage.”
Taking home this year’s Legacy Artist award is James Biggers, a longtime Governor’s Art Show participant based in Estes Park, known for his oil paintings that feature the beauty of nature.
“James Biggers’s work is coveted by many patrons and artists,” Scott said. “He manipulates his paint with layers of softness and texture. When you look at James’s work, you know he has put his heart into it. ”
From golden roses to snow-dusted scenes, Biggers captures details of the environment with grace and precision.
“He has been in all 31 shows,” Scott said. “James is not only respected by his peers, but he has mentored and shared his passion for art with so many. He’s an artist’s artist. ”
The Governor’s Art show also presents folks a chance to support worthy organizations.
One-third of net proceeds will go to the Thompson Education Foundation, an organization that provides support and assistance to students and families in homeless situations. Additional funds will go toward scholarships for local art students.
“We are hoping to sell $ 175,000 in art alone,” Scott said.
From Pollack-like abstracts to large-scale sculptures, the amount of original works up for sale is quite grand.
Buyers can visit with some of the featured artists at meet-and-greet events each Saturday from 2-4 pm, from April 23- May 21, at the Loveland Museum and Gallery.
After the Governor’s Art Show wraps, show presenters will host the Plein Art Festival and Auction on June 4 from 10 am to 5 pm Participating artists will paint outdoors across town from 10 am-3 pm, and the auction goes from 4-5 pm at The Foundry Plaza.
“The Governor’s Art Show allows me to witness people being drawn in by my art,” Conklin said. “It’s so rewarding when people stop and talk about my pieces. And to see what people pull out of my narrative paintings that I may not have even intended, I’m often moved by their interpretations. It’s pretty amazing. ”