Many internationally known and award-winning artists call Loveland home and showcase their artwork in galleries located throughout downtown, as well as in one new gallery located near Benson Sculpture Garden. Be sure to check out these Loveland galleries:
New Gallery: Paradox Fine Art
Loveland’s newest gallery, Paradox Fine Art (2683 N. Taft Ave.), is a combination art gallery, art bar and art venue. Paradox is focused on displaying, promoting and engaging in all mediums of art that explores the paradox of life – its highs and lows, struggles and triumphs and the complexity of human nature. The gallery is filled with photography, sculpture, paintings, and mixed-media art produced by local and regional artists.
The gallery opened in October in a two-story Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired building located near Benson Sculpture Garden. Along with being a gallery, the space is an event venue featuring a sculpture garden and multiple decks that overlook a private pond. The gallery will serve cocktails and charcuterie beginning in early 2024 and plans to offer classes and special art exhibits, including an upcoming Lego Art Show taking place Feb. 14-March 8. For more information, visit the website.
DOWNTOWN ART GALLERIES
Independence Gallery (233 East 4th St.) features paintings, sculpture, pottery, jewelry, woodwork, photography and more, all by Northern Colorado artists. Offering “original art for original people,” the gallery is owned by longtime artist and Loveland art supporter Billie J. Colson. Along with stunning art in a variety of mediums, the gallery also offers framing services. Meet some of the gallery’s artists during “A Night on the Town” when the gallery stays open late every second Friday of the month from 6-9 p.m.
Lincoln Gallery (429 N. Lincoln Ave.) is owned and operated by the Thompson Valley Art League and provides a venue for member artists to display their work. Voted the Best Gallery in 2023, this cooperative art gallery is now hosting the 2023 National Photography Show through Dec. 1, 2023. New classes and workshops are planned for 2024 so check the website for the latest updates.
MORE ART-CENTRIC EXPERIENCES
Loveland, Colo. is home to an abundance of art – from hundreds of bronze works nestled among two renowned sculpture parks – Benson Sculpture Garden and Chapungu Sculpture Park – and scattered across town, to two beloved Love Lock sculptures, to paintings and more in galleries and museums. Here are some additional art-centric experiences in Loveland:
Loveland Museum "2013 Flood" Exhibit
Loveland’s public art scene is thriving. Check out the following murals located throughout town:
- “Art Tools” by J.C. Milner (in the alley behind Artworks Loveland)
- Lovecraftian octopus mural (The actual title of this Mural is Unknown by HH Little Sky) (northside of Dark Heart Coffee)
- “Little Piece of My Heart” (The actual title of this Mural is Unknown by Mike McPuff) (eastside corner of 4th Street and Jefferson Ave.)
- “Ladyface” by Wildrose Hamilton (Alley-facing wall of The Gressiwick)
- “My Favorite Things” by DAAS (The Foundry parking structure exterior)
- “Beettown” by J.C. Milner (5th street; in-between Loveland Museum and Beet Education Center)
- “Lady Day” by Sofia Ramirez (423 N. Cleveland Avenue northside of Black and Blues Music and Brews)
- “Celebration of Music” by Morgan Gray (Alleyway E 4th Street)
- “Madre Natura” by Don Rimx (corner of 5th and Cleveland on the Beet Education Center)
- “Tree Swing at Chambers” Interactive Mural by Art2ya – Cindy Kittinger(119 E 5th Street – Chambers Plumbing and Heating)
- “Elsie the Cow” by Ines (Cleveland Station – 5th Street)
Visit Benson Sculpture Garden
Tour Benson Sculpture Garden (1125 W 29th St.): Loveland is truly an art destination; over 380 public works of art are designed for interactivity. Benson Sculpture Garden has provided a beautiful and unique outdoor setting for showcasing sculpture since 1985. Currently, there are 178 sculptures on permanent display by world renowned artists. This “public treasure” annually draws tens of thousands of visitors from around the globe and has been recognized as “one of the 200 most important modern and contemporary art sites around the world” and as “one of the 20 must-see contemporary art sites across the USA”.
Since 1984, the High Plains Arts Council (HPAC) has used revenues from its annual Sculpture in the Park show each August to purchase and donate pieces to Loveland’s Benson Sculpture Garden. Last summer’s show brought in $1.9 million in revenue and HPAC used just over $150,000 to purchase and donate four new sculptures and a new hand-forged iron gate at the park’s 29th Street and Aspen Drive entrance. The four new pieces were selected from 175 submissions and installed in July 2023. The new sculptures include: “Four Generations” by Felicia, depicting Native American women; “Roundbottomus Hippopotamus” by Tom Cherry, featuring a bronze hippo with a large round bottom; “Amazing Grace” by Shari Vines, featuring a large bird unfurling its wings; and “Sunset” by Adam Schultz, depicting a soaring eagle.