25th Annual Colorado Governor’s Art Show & Sale Announces Show Honors

Best of Show “In the Wings” is a collaborative piece by DeDecker and Kinkade


Loveland, CO – The Colorado Governor’s Art Show & Sale is pleased to announce the most outstanding works from this year’s show, including Best of Show, a special Award of Merit from show sponsor Western Art Collector magazine, and 10 other Awards of Merit. The work named Best In Show this year is “In the Wings,” a sculpture that was a collaborative effort between....


“The judges’ selection this year for our Best in Show award was unanimous,” reported John Kinkade, board member for the Show. “It was a surprise to have a sculpture win given that, for the last 24 years, all prior Best in Show honors have gone to painters.”


Jane DeDecker and Alyson Kinkade said of the award, “We are thrilled that ‘In the Wings’ won Best of Show this year. We feel the Arts are about connections, so it is exciting to us for a collaboration that celebrates sculpture and painting to have won because the Governor’s Art Show embraces both mediums and unites the community in an appreciation of Colorado’s great art so well.


“We set out to create a piece that embodies the synergy of collaboration; much like dance itself – the individual contributes their own part to the larger composition. The act of collaborating sets ego aside to utilize the greatest aspect of each to see the best resolution of the end product. The work is a departure for each but derivative of past works and, like all art; it is an extension of our entire history.


“What really sets this composition apart are the dualities throughout the piece; through color and the materials used, our method of creating, how the figures are both together and apart; the tension from these dualities draw the viewer in. It is radiant and explosive.”


The Western Art Collector’s Award of Merit was given to “The Nightmare,” by Nathan Solano.


The show also presented Awards of Merit to:


York commented, “I feel so fortunate to have been selected for this year’s exhibition, and to help celebrate the show’s 25-year commitment to Colorado art and artists. And of course the opportunity to share my work and talk about my process with such an engaging and supportive audience is always a joy.”


The 2016 Colorado Governor’s Art Show & Sale, presented by the Thompson Valley and Loveland Rotary Clubs, celebrates 25 years of supporting Colorado artists and fundraising for local and international charities.


Beneficiaries of Art Sales

Funds raised through the sale of art at the Show are given to a wide variety of causes and groups, both locally and internationally, and for art scholarships for local students and Rotary Youth Leadership Camp scholarships. Local charities that received funds in the last year include Loveland CreatorSpace, House of Neighborly Service, Food Bank for Larimer County, The Growing Project, Trailblazer Foundation, Loveland Youth Gardeners, and Live-Laugh-Love-Believe, Inc. International funding has been provided for 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, and Rotary International’s “Stamp Out Polio” project.


Further Information

For a complete list of artists in the 2016 Colorado Governor’s Art Show & Sale, including images of all the works for sale in this year’s show, to find more information on the Show’s slate of events, and to purchase tickets, please visit www.governorsartshow.org, call 970-670-0335 or email director@governorsartshow.org. Learn more at the event’s Facebook page.

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