Love Letter: Feeling Fortunate

I write as a gentle reminder to your readers (and myself) as to how fortunate we are to live in a relatively small city with remarkable opportunities in the arts and the creative side of life. Engaging with the arts is one of my favorite ways to #liveloveland.

There are so many examples; here are a few that are in my thoughts today:

•The Loveland Museum and Gallery always has wonderful shows on display. The current “Renascence” is a series of 22 black-and-white fine art silver gelatin photographs by Bob Campagna which are interpreted by Sylvia Eichman as colorful intaglio prints. Beautiful.
•Artworks Loveland on Railroad Avenue is home to 30 artist studios and gallery space featuring contemporary art. There are always thought provoking exhibits. Currently showing is Timelines, an exhibition of contemporary bronze sculpture and 60 unique drawings. Artworks also has frequent classes focusing on contemporary art led by artists themselves.
•If you haven’t been to the Rialto Theater recently, check it out. It is even better than before with live performances, classic movies and so much more. The Rialto is a Loveland gem.
•The Rialto is home to Loveland Opera Theater, with beautiful, professional, approachable opera. “Cosi Fan Tutte” is on tap starting Feb. 22.
•The Loveland Choral Society led by Cliff Schultz also performs at the Rialto. It has brought Loveland beautiful music for almost 40 years.
•Loveland is home to three wonderful outdoor art shows every August; and to Benson Park, small town America’s best sculpture garden. Loveland has more than 400 publicly owned works of art.
•Studies have shown that children exposed to the arts do better in virtually all academic pursuits. Check out all the school art and music programs including the LISA programs at Garfield, Bill Reed and Mountain View. Take your children and grandchildren with you when you explore arts in Loveland.
Thanks for listening.

–Roger Clark, (Love) Letter to Editor, Reporter Herald, February 15, 2019

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