Sunday, May 1, 2011

A walk in the park

From now through July, our weekends will take on a familiar routine. Emily has started softball season and her team plays weekend tournaments pretty much every week.  Early on Saturday or Sunday mornings, I'll drop her at the ballpark for a two-hour warm up with her team and go look for a coffee shop.  I plan to do a lot of reading this summer:)

Yesterday and today we were in the town of Loveland, which is an hour north of us.  The community is an art lover's dream, a mecca of sorts for artists. Bronze sculpture is the most popular medium, and the city is rich with galleries and foundries.  Hundreds of pieces of sculpture are placed strategically throughout the town and in parks.

The morning was sunny and a bit on the cool side, but nonetheless, I got a coffee and enjoyed an hour or so walking through the Benson Sculpture Garden where more than a hundred pieces are displayed in a beautifully landscaped park. 

 A few of my favorites:
 Maude and Lottie by Cammie Lundeen

A child swinging on a rope.  It looks like it is attached to the tree, but it is free standing.
 Freedom of Youth by Rosie Sandifer


 Colorado Sun by Gerald Balciar

I just love this portly gentleman.
 The Actor by Dee Clements
(The plaque reads, "All the world's a stage. . . ")


 Great Blue Heron by Hollis Williford

I think this lady is delightful!
 Nocturne by Barbara Chen

 Best Friends by Linda Prokop

 
This piece is fittingly placed in the pond.
 Dragonflies in Composition by Jack Kreutzer

'Children' frolic in the Children's Garden.
 Circle of Peace by Gary Lee Price
 
This sprightly lad was another one of my favorites.
Keep the Ball Rolling by Jane DeDecker

When my kids were small my mom and I took them on a picnic to this park.  It was a perfect place for them to run and play.  I have such fond memories of that day.

6 comments:

Becky said...

I love all your pictures. I think my favorite sculpture is the dragonflies. And did you see my photo of the kids in Millennium Park in Chicago? Here is the link to that post. Very similar.

http://keystothecottage.blogspot.com/2011/04/all-season-weekend.html

Mari said...

What a great park! I love the pieces you shared and can't pick a favorite.

Judy said...

Wow. What a beautiful place!

Rizzi said...

OH KAREN, WHAT A LOVELY PARK.....THANK YOU FOR SHARING. THE SCUPTURE IS JUST MAGNIFICENT. WOW, SUMMER IS ALMOST HERE, ALL OF A SUDDEN
ITS HERE...BUT I WELCOME THE WARMER WEATHER........WELL, RIGHT NOW I DO.....ASK ME IN AUGUST... :) LOVE YA, AUNT RIZ

Mereknits said...

Hi Karen, thanks for showing these beautiful sculptures. i have been to Loveland only once for a quick visit. My husbands cousin is an artist there, mostly works with oils, but does some sculptures. It looks like a beautiful park.
Have a wonderfuld ay,
Meredith

Lisa Vella said...

I found your blog at The Writing Bug. What fantastic pictures these are! I really enjoyed walking through the Benson Sculpture Garden on your blog! It looks like a great place to visit some day when we travel to Colorado.

Thanks for sharing!