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The 24th Annual Governor’s Art Show (formerly The Annual Governor’s Invitational Art Show and Sale) is pleased to announce the participating artists in this year’s show, which will be held May 31 through June 28, 2015 at the Loveland Museum & Gallery.
Fifty-three Colorado artists will display their sculpture, photography, mixed media, oil, watercolor and acrylic paintings at the Loveland Museum/Gallery. “Our jury really had a challenging job,” said Pam Osborn, show director. “With more than 300 entries from some of the most talented artists in the state, narrowing the field was extremely difficult.”
Featured among this year’s artists is an interesting story of an artist coming full circle and returning home. 2001 Rotary art scholarship winner Mark Bailey, who graduated from Thompson Valley High School and then attended the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California, now lives and works in Windsor as a professional artist. “I come from a family that appreciates art,” said Bailey. “I grew up attending the show and seeing the works of Quang Ho, Ron Hicks and Kim English, among many others, was definitely one of my early inspirations to pursue painting.”
“We are so pleased, as we approach our silver anniversary in 2016, that the show continues to grow and evolve, attracting young and established talents who are new to the show, others who enter every year, and seeing artists return who we haven’t seen recently,” said Osborn. “The show has really become a reflection of the state of the art world in Colorado.”
For almost a quarter century, The Loveland Rotary Club and The Thompson Valley Rotary Club have combined efforts to aid Colorado artists in earning more than $2 million over the term of the show.
In addition to Bailey, some of the Colorado artists participating in the show for the first time include plein air painter Rita Cirillo, painter Amelia Caruso, wildlife painter Ezra Tucker, and steampunk sculptor John Paul Price. Kim Mackey of Pueblo returns this year, along with Loveland sculptor Gary Alsum.
“As we celebrate our 24th year of the Governor’s Art Show, we are excited by the wide variety of art we get to share, and the growth in submissions over the last few years,” added Osborn. “The quality and variety of work will make this one of our most exciting shows in many years.”
For a complete list of artists in this year’s show as well as representations of their work or to purchase opening reception and special event tickets, please visit the GAS website, www.governorsartshow.org
2015 Show Sponsors Sought
Those interested in sponsoring the 2015 Governor’s Art Show should contact [email protected] for details.
The 2014 show was made possible by Platinum-level sponsors The Nanci Garnand Team; Gold-level sponsors Good Samaritan Society, KUNC, Loveland Ready-Mix Concreate, Medical Center of the Rockies, The WBO Company, and Shannon Marketing Communications; Silver-level sponsors Columbine Gallery, Dancing Pines Distillery, Embassy Suites, Kaiser Permanente, Osborn Farms, Spring 44 and Wilbur’s Total Beverage; dozens of Bronze-level sponsors; and many others, including Bronze and promotional sponsors and Patrons.
Sponsorships are now available for the 2015 show, and a complete list of sponsors will be posted at http://2015.governorsartshow.org/sponsorships-2/.
Beneficiaries of Sale Proceeds
This event is the largest fundraiser of the year for the Loveland and Thompson Valley Clubs. Funds raised through the sale of art at the show go to each club’s respective foundations. Throughout the year, funds are given to a wide variety of causes and groups, including; shelter boxes for Haiti; medical supplies for those in need around the world; clean water projects in Nicaragua and Burma; shoes for children in Thailand; Trees, Water, People; Rotary International’s “Stamp Out Polio” project; Project Self Sufficiency; House of Neighborly Service; art scholarships for local students’ and Rotary Youth Leadership Camp scholarships.
About the Governor’s Invitational Art Show & Sale
The Governor’s Art Show & Sale is the largest fundraiser and a capstone project of the Loveland and Thompson Valley Rotary Clubs. It stands out as one of the most prestigious exhibits of original art in the Western United States. For more information about the Governor’s Invitational Art Show & Sale, visit www.governorsartshow.org, call 970-663-0919, or email [email protected]. You can also learn more at the event’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/GovsArtShowandSale.