The Armory is located in downtown Loveland, a city that has long been known for the arts. Loveland was the first community in Colorado to start an Art in Public Places program, which has over 300 pieces of art scattered around the city.
Loveland is said to have inspired the book “100 Best Small Art Towns in America” by John Villani, published by in 1998. Loveland ranks #2 in the book, only behind Santa Fe, New Mexico.
One of the nation’s largest sculpture events happens in Loveland every August, and the city used to be home to three large foundries. Today, there are still two foundries and there seems to be a renewed spirit within the arts community.
Last summer, ASSEMBLE was a well-attended, public art show held in July during Loveland Loves BBQ, Bands & Brews. The one-day event involved artists from Northern Colorado creating works of art from junk. The enormous success of the event has resulted in a 2nd Annual ASSEMBLE being planned for this summer.
The historic Feed & Grain has become a mecca for the arts. The building, which the community worked to save from destruction, provides space for shows like ASSEMBLE and this past February’s 2nd Annual Love & Light art exhibition, which featured some amazing installations by local talent.
Much of this renewed interest in the Loveland art community and by the Loveland art community is because of The Artists Collective. Their mission is to draw together visual, performing, and literary artists to network, educate, elevate and activate the artists to succeed in a thriving creative community. Sound like a tall order? Well, these folks are doing it.
They get together monthly to energize one another and educate themselves on various topics. On March 25, The Artists Collective will host Anne Ferrell of A-Train Marketing. She will be speaking to the group about generation conversations and community through social media.
To learn more about this event and The Artists Collective visit them online at LovelandArtistsCollective.com.
Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer is a freelance writer and Mayor of HeidiTown.com, the place for Colorado festival, event and travel information. She blogs at HeidiTown.com, The Armory and Ryan Schlaefer Fine Furniture, Inc. She has been coworking since 2010.
Photos from recent Love & Light show at the Feed & Grain