Loveland’s annual sculpture in the park returns Friday, through Sunday – Loveland Reporter-Herald
The Loveland High Plains Art Council will be bringing back its 37th annual Sculpture in the Park event starting this Friday after having to cancel last year due to the pandemic.
Doug Donahue, vice president of Loveland High Plains Arts Council, said having to shut down the show last year was a financial blow.
“Like all other companies, we had overheads and some costs that weren’t covered by the show’s revenue,” he said. “It was a financial hardship for the arts council to continue to wear everything that was heard for another year.”
But, with the final stages of the pandemic providing more opportunities for events to return, the show will return for another year.
The teams have been working this week on setting up the show, which Donahue says won’t be too different from previous years, even with the pandemic. He said he hopes those who are not vaccinated will wear masks. Donahue said masks are recommended, but not required for the show, but are required on the shuttle service provided from five outlying parking lots to the show.
Donahue said this year the event will feature around 160 artists, all of whom have around seven to nine pieces each.
“There (is) definitely something for everyone here,” he said. He added that the board is thrilled the community is going out and having fun.
The event kicks off Friday evening with the Patron Party; a limited number of paid tickets for the 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. event are available to the public and cost $ 75 each.
The show will be open to the general public from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday in the Benson Sculpture Garden, just north of Loveland Lake at 2908 Aspen Drive. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $ 10, and children 14 and under are admitted free.
A shuttle bus is available to take people to Art in the Park and Sculpture in the Park, with pickup from King of Glory Church, Wilson Avenue and 29th Street; Loveland Town Service Center, Wilson Entrance, north of First Street; The Forge campus (former Hewlett-Packard car park), Colo entrance. 402; Orchards Shopping Center, US 287 and 29th Street; and 1657 Rocky Mountain Ave. in Centerra. Masks will be required to take the shuttles.
Buses will leave these places regularly at 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, with the last buses leaving the shows to return to the lots at 7 p.m. on Saturday and 5.30 p.m. on Sunday.
Details are at sculptureinthepark.org/show-information#parking