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Voters to weigh in on downtown Loveland sculptures

By Sarah Bultema, Loveland Reporter-Herald

Part of the Art Scene

Inspired by the Sculpture in the Park show, former Disney animator Ellen Woodbury moved to Loveland five years ago with the specific goal of becoming a sculptor. Last year, Woodbury officially became part of the city’s public art scene when her stone sculpture, See Through Other Eyes: Spotted Owl, was selected for The Arts Advocacy Project, or TAAP. The art-on-loan program, started in 2009 by the Loveland Visual Arts Commission, aims to give Colorado artists some extra exposure while displaying their work downtown for one year.

For Woodbury, the experience of having her marble owl sculpture on Fourth Street has made her feel more a part of the Sweetheart City. “It attaches me to the community in a way I haven’t been attached before,” Woodbury said, adding that she’s enjoyed a great response from people who’ve viewed her piece. “A lot of people told me it’s fun to drive by and see the owl,” Woodbury said.

Peoples’ Choice Poll

Now, community members can show their appreciation for these sculptures and pick which one they like best through the first-ever Peoples’ Choice poll. The Loveland Visual Arts Commission has teamed with the Reporter-Herald to create the online poll, where anyone can vote for the TAAP sculpture they like the most. “It’s a way of engaging the public directly with how they feel about individual artwork and the program in general,” said Suzanne Janssen, Loveland’s public art/business services manager. “It gives them a voice.”

Peoples’ Choice Award

And not only will members of the public get to share their opinions, but the winning artist will receive a $500 prize. Community members have through Feb. 28 to vote on their favorite TAAP sculpture. All five of this year’s pieces will remain on display on Fourth Street until May, when a new batch of sculptures will replace them. TAAP coordinators are asking artists to apply to the program for the opportunity to have their work selected and showcased during the next round. While any artist from Colorado can apply, organizers especially encourage creators from Northern Colorado to get involved. “It’s a great showcase for local talent,” said Janssen, adding that artists from all sculpture media should submit work (as long as the piece is durable enough to be displayed outside).

Woodbury agrees that local artists should apply to the program that’s done so much for her. “I don’t see why anyone wouldn’t participate,” she said. “It’s really fun to have your work out there. It’s wonderful exposure for your work and a way to participate in the community.”