Nancy Lovendahl – Love and Art

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Art & Kansas is a place to call home!

I just returned from Kansas City and Lawrence last month, driving a sculpture there for inclusion in The Lawrence Arts Council Sculpture Show.  This big show was juried by gallerist Bill Haw and the town was ready for their annual show of 8 well-scaled sculptures.  The city works team helping me was experienced and fun, which made a big pick-up load a pleasure to install!  While making the delivery, I had the chance to visit Haw Contemporary, a beautiful Kansas City gallery in the warehouse district, The Nerman Museum, The Kemper Museum plus The Sherman Museum back in Lawrence.  I can’t express how much I enjoyed the hospitality from everyone.  My meetings were cordial and relaxed to show my work to new faces.  I do hope I get the chance to come back soon and work with some of these consummate professionals.

Part-time Aspenites and Kansas City friends Sharon and John Hoffman were fantastic hosts in getting me to the best of the arts in Kansas City.  I had lunch with long-time friend of Anderson Ranch Arts Center artist and board member Lee Lyons catching up on his move into a new house there.  His gorgeous collection looked great.  He showed me his favorite historic latin illuminated manuscript from his stash.  His collecting is a passion.  Everyone told me not to miss the new wing of The Nelson Adkins Museum and holy schmoly…just get into your car and GO NOW!  The sculpture of Judith Shea, Ursula Von Rydingsvaard and Roxy Payne are being shown off in the the best way I have ever seen.  Massive works on flowing green lawns amid the largest privately held Henry Moore collection in the U.S.  Kansas City is home to many of the long time philanthropists for a few centuries now.

I was corrected by the extraordinary collector, curator and fabulously humorous director of The Nerman, Bruce Hartman, that “Kansas City is the real gateway to the west.”  The contrary was said by me, a born Chicagoan, reflecting my own prejudices.  Kansas City feels like a mature grown-up to the young teenager that Denver is growing into.  I got a city-fix the likes of New York without the hassle and bump.  Its got Chicago-style friendliness, beauty and cultural sophistication but I might get corrected on that, too… very soon!  Kansas is a one of a kind home land. http://nancylovendahl.com

8” x 22” x 10” - 875 lbs White Yule Marble, Limestone, Blue Colored UV Balanced Epoxy Resin

8” x 22” x 10” – 875 lbs
White Yule Marble, Limestone, Blue Colored UV Balanced Epoxy Resin

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A Small Diversion…

I first began this blog to demystify the making of sculpture for any readers inspired to tune in!

Yes- that is the backbone here… however, how about a little pictorial story of the journey, as well??

Strap yourself in… here we go!

Back In The Saddle…Or Where Have I Been?

Show Installation

Looking at the 1-person show INTERCESSIONS I had this fall at Wm. Havu Gallery in Denver. Sold well. Was received warmly. 18 months of work displayed in 15 sculptures shown with Homare Ikeda’s 1 person painting show. Nick Ryan really works hard for Bill Havu. Terrific gallery manager. (Sept. 12- October 18, 2014)

Where have I been?  Nose down in the studio… here’s the evidence!

Here is an installation pic of the recent BIG event I’ve fulfilled this fall!  But the road getting there has been 18 months of 24/7 weeks as the exhibition was such an opportunity to show new sculptures, new materials and new paradigms in my thinking.  I’m still recovering, to be honest.  The crash after such a push always has a price!!  But I am not complaining.  The rest of this year has been equally a high point.  5 shows in 12 months… with the last opening for a group show Dec. 16 at Anderson Ranch Art Center, NOTHING IS EVER WHAT WE THINK curated and organized by Andrew Roberts-Gray.  Below are the review highlights from the rest of the year in pictures:

The Right side of the Wyly Art Center exhibition of the works I started in Beijing during the 2 month residency at The Red Gate Residency.  Working out of a 2-story studio in an historic pickle factory compound, now called Shangri-la began this journey of asking the question, "What is Here?  and What is There?".  Working over the 60th anniversary of The People's Republic of China, proved to me that people are people the world over.

The right half of my Wyly Art Center exhibition of artworks inspired by chinese scrolls begun in Beijing during a 2 month residency in 2009 at The Red Gate Gallery Residency Program. Working out of a 2-story studio in an historic pickle factory compound, now called Shangri-la, began this journey of asking the question, “What is Here? What is There?”. Observations during the 60th anniversary of The People’s Republic of China, proved to me that people are people the world over. It was wonderful to see the finished exhibition of these ideas on the American side of the questions!  (Jan, 2014- Basalt, CO)

Jessica Cerise curated this beautiful show BEING, which opened last June.  Mary Conover and myself share a conceptual connection for making art.  The current results were exhibited together in the Patton-Malott Gallery at ARAC in Snowmass Village, CO

Jessica Cerise curated this beautiful show BEING, which opened last June. Mary Conover and myself share a conceptual connection for making art. The current results were exhibited together in the Patton-Malott Gallery at ARAC in Snowmass Village, CO (June, 2014)

The Arvada Center for The Arts & Humanities opened SCULPTURE IN THE FIELD inviting me to add 2 installations.  Here is seen the beautiful girl herself planted in the earth for the first time.  I DO love cranes!  They are so helpful to lift 10,000 lbs.  Collin Parsons and his team are THE BEST!

The Arvada Center for The Arts & Humanities opened SCULPTURE IN THE FIELD inviting me to add 2 installations to a new 17 acre space on the grounds of this vital art center. Here is seen the beautiful girl herself planted in the earth for the first time. I DO love cranes! They are so helpful to lift 10,000 lbs. Collin Parsons and his team are THE BEST! (Arvada, CO June 26, 2014 – Sept, 2015)

The Denver Botanic Gardens commissioned me to create a new temporary public artwork and re-imagine a favorite classic piece, SPIRAL ECHO.  These pieces were part of a major undertaking called CATALYST.  This yearlong exhibition was comprised of all Colorado sculpture culminating into a book capturing the highlights.  Lisa Eldred and Kim Manajak made this the most special undertaking of my career.  It was also wild to install during one of the largest freak snow storms in recent memory!

The Denver Botanic Gardens commissioned me to create a new temporary public artwork FRACTAL ECHO and re-imagine a favorite classic piece, SPIRAL ECHO. These pieces were part of a major undertaking called CATALYST. This yearlong exhibition was comprised of all Colorado sculpture culminating into a book capturing the highlights. Lisa Eldred and Kim Manajak made this the most special undertaking of my career. (Respect goes a long way for me!)  It was also wild to install during one of the largest freak snow storms in recent memory!  Photos:  Courtesy Dressel-Martin for DBG (Seen installed in Potager Pond, April, 2013 – Jan 11, 2014)

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