May 5, 2023, marked the 32nd annual Colorado Governor’s Art Show Opening Night Gala at the Loveland Museum with a special guest in attendance. Gov. Jared Polis arrived early and greeted the 62 fine artists as they proudly displayed their work, then he took to the podium to address the crowd.
In his speech, he emphasized the economic impact of supporting local artists throughout the state and thanked those in attendance. He also applauded the talent in the room, noting that many of our local artists find inspiration from the beautiful landscapes around them, giving us the opportunity to bring pieces of the Colorado outdoors into our homes.
After his speech concluded, artists and attendees mingled and discussed the themes behind the pieces they presented. Various forms of art were displayed, including bold sculptures and intricate drawings and paintings. Their work spanned two floors, along with live acoustic guitar music and catered food and drinks for guests to enjoy as they admired the art.
This year’s Governor’s Art Show & Sale will run through Sunday, June 11, and will be open to the public during museum hours. Net proceeds will go to charitable causes sponsored by the Loveland and Thompson Valley Rotary Clubs, such as the Thompson Education Foundation and local youth art scholarships.
The following award winners have been announced:
Best of Show: Jen Starling, “Reboot” (Arvada)
Artist’s Choice: Crystal Despain, “Sisters at Rest” (Windsor)
Awards of Merit:
- Michael Baum, “Lonesome County” (Manitou Springs)
- Denise Dambrackas, “Impenetrable Princess” (Denver)
- Crystal Despain, “Ode to Chuck” (Windsor)
- Kay Juricek, “Late Spring Snowdrift” (Denver)
- Andrea Kemp, “How We Talk” (Golden)
- Stephen Landis, “Spirit Vessel” (Loveland)
- Jeremy Manyik, “Departure” (La Junta)
- Parker McDonald, “Desert Screeches” (Longmont)
- Desmond O’Hagan, “A View of Speer Neighborhood” (Denver)
- Tanner Steed, “The Next Chapter” (Denver)