Sculpture Sales Up, Up, Up
Loveland, Colorado, Home to 3 Big Outdoor Shows Report Increased Sculpture Sales
Sales were up all around for the big three art shows for 2017. Sculpture in the Park, Art in the Park, and the Fine Art and Wine Invitational all saw increased sales over the weekend of Aug. 11-13.
Funds raised at Sculpture in the Park, operated by the Loveland High Plains Arts Council, go to the maintenance and improvements to the park and to purchase more pieces for this growing public art collection.
Total sales this year surpassed $1.5 million. That’s up about 39% over last year. And the sales were pretty evenly spread across the artists–91% of the artists sold at least one piece. 77% of the artists at the show for the first time reported making sales.
When you include admission tickets, sales of catalogs and sponsorships, the total raised at the 2017 show was $1.7 million.
Artists retain 2/3 of their sales with the LHPAC getting 1/3.
CALL FOR ARTISTS TO SUBMIT PROPOSALS
LHPAC is accepting proposals for new pieces to be added to the sculpture garden. Artists do not have to have exhibited at the show to be considered. Sculptures must be life-sized or larger. If you are interested in having your work (up to 3 pieces) considered for inclusion in the park contact the Loveland High Plains Council at 970-663-2940
Art in the Park, held across the street, also saw an increase in sales this year. This show raises funds to support Thompson Valley Art League, a local non-profit, which also includes The Lincoln Gallery.
Vermillion Promotions operated the Loveland Fine Art Invitational just up the hill. They report that attendance was steady, but sales were up compared to last year.
With results like these, we’re sure there will be heightened competition to be an exhibitor at any of these shows in 2018! Artists: Build Your Portfolios
Photo credit: Friends Kinzie Graf, 8, and Keilana Surrett, 8, twist an aluminum and glass sculpture by artist Brian Schader of Fountain Hills, Ariz., on Aug. 12, during the Sculpture in the Park Show and Sale at Benson Sculpture Garden. (Reporter-Herald file)