SCULP­TURE IN THE PARK

The 35th an­nual Sculp­ture in the Park raises money for the Ben­son Park sculp­ture gar­den.

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This Au­gust, 160 sculp­tors will bring over 2,000 pieces of work to Ben­son Park in Love­land, Colorado. They gather for the Love­land High Plains Arts Coun­cil’s 35th an­nual Sculp­ture in the Park. The event be­gan in 1984, with a dream to turn Ben­son Park into a sculp­ture gar­den. Pro­ceeds from that first show—which at­tracted nearly 2,000 vis­i­tors who pur­chased $50,000 worth of sculp­ture—went to pur­chas­ing sculp­tures by Ge­orge Wal­bye and Dan Oster­miller for per­ma­nent place­ment in the park.

Over the years, the event has at­tracted 1,344 artists, and en­abled the Love­land High Plains Arts Coun­cil to pur­chase 164 sculp­tures. When it first be­gan, artists mainly of­fered rep­re­sen­ta­tional West­ern bronzes, but as new par­tic­i­pat­ing artists ar­rived, it has ex­panded into a more di­verse dis­play with a va­ri­ety of sizes and medi­ums of­fered. Among this year’s par­tic­i­pants are Karen Ehart, Sandy P. Graves and Yenny Cocq.

Seat­tle-based Ehart says that af­ter she first picked up a glass cut­ter in 1984, she “was ru­ined for any real job.” She con­tin­u­ously ex­per­i­ments with the sculp­tural pos­si­bil­i­ties of her glass work. She is drawn to color and is in­spired by na­ture, like sea life, mi­cro­scopic im­ages or a peb­ble-filled stream bed.

Graves, who will show bronze wildlife sculp­tures at the show, has par­tic­i­pated in the event for nine years now. She says, “Be­ing in­vited to show here is an im­por­tant feather in an artist’s cap. It is mean­ing­ful to col­lec­tors and gal­leries to see that an artist has the Sculp­ture in the Park stamp of ap­proval.”

The 2108 edi­tion of Sculp­ture in the Park kicks off with a Pa­tron Party on Fri­day, Au­gust 10, and the show is open to the pub­lic on Satur­day, Au­gust 11, from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sun­day, Au­gust 12, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Ad­mis­sion is $8 per per­son, while chil­dren un­der 14 are ad­mit­ted free. A show cat­a­log fea­tur­ing par­tic­i­pat­ing artists and their work will be avail­able for pur­chase, as well as a guide fea­tur­ing all the pieces on per­ma­nent dis­play at the Ben­son Sculp­ture Gar­den.

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