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Summer art festival season in Colorado kicks off May 6 with the esteemed annual Governor’s Art Show and Sale at the Loveland Museum. The 32nd-annual juried exhibition—endorsed by Governor Jared Polis—includes work by dozens of artists exclusively from the Centennial State. The featured pieces are widely varied: from bronze-sculpture Native American dancers to still-life sprinkle donuts. And for Front Range collectors, the month-long event is an opportunity to acquire new pieces from favorite creators or discover works by emerging talents. Each artist will show four pieces, and everything is for sale. So to help narrow down the hunt for new local treasures to display in your home’s art niche, we’ve highlighted a few of our favorites below.
More info: The Governor’s Art Show runs May 6 through June 11 at the Loveland Museum, 503 N. Lincoln Ave, Loveland. Tickets are $7 and can be purchased at the door; free admission for visitors 12 and under and museum members. Proceeds benefit Loveland and Thompson Valley Rotary Clubs’ charities. Open Sun 12–4 p.m., Tues–Wed 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Thurs 10 a.m.–7 p.m., Fri 10 a.m.–5 p.m. on, Sat 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; closed on Mondays. governorsartshow.org
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Michael Baum | Manitou Springs
Baum’s contemporary, representational paintings of Western and Southwestern landscapes feature big skies and red-rock cliffs—and would look great in any Colorado home. michaelbaum.com
Gregory Block | Denver
The artist specializes in elegant still-life paintings, but with a bit of levity, thanks to modern-day objects, like a half-eaten box of sprinkle donuts.
Jane DeDecker | Loveland
Last year, the in-demand monument sculptor was selected as one of USA Today’s “Women of the Year” for spearheading the forthcoming women’s suffrage movement monument in Washington, D.C. The artist’s smaller-scale figurative pieces show-off her painterly sculpture style. janededecker.com
Lincoln Fox | Western Slope
The nationally acclaimed Colorado sculptor returns to the show this year as one of the show’s two “Legacy Artists.” His celebrated bronze-cast figures depict Western Native Americans and early pioneers. lincolnfox.com
Quang Ho | Denver
The prolific painter’s decades-long career in Denver has produced pieces in a wide-range of styles—from still-life to abstraction—and have long been sought after by collectors. quangho.com
Andrea Kemp | Golden
Kemp categorizes her style as Naturalism, and her pieces beautifully depict slices of everyday life: houseplants in a sunny corner of a room, a cluttered desktop. andreakempart.com
Elaine St. Louis | Denver
The Denver painter’s ultra-realistic acrylic bird nests are a favorite of Colorado collectors for their elegant simplicity and universally appealing palette. elainestlouis.com
Rick Young | Castle Rock
Technicolor Southwest landscapes with Van Gogh-like brushstrokes are the hallmark of this retired-teacher-turned-painter. rickyoungfineart.com