Assemble, the Competition, was the brainchild of Megan Tracy of Studio Bluebird and several other Loveland artists. The goal was for artists to create a piece of three-dimensional art in seven hours using only items from two trailer loads of “junk” provided by Mrs. Goodthift and Uncle Benny’s.
The ten teams of 22 artists had two hours to survey the junk pile before they could dive in and collect what they wanted for their piece. Five judges critiqued the competitors in six categories including form, function, fine art, conduct and style.
The event was held outside the historic Feed & Grain building during Loveland Loves BBQ, Band & Brews, and throughout the day festival goers wandered in to watch the sculptures taking shape and to vote on their favorite.
The People’s Choice Award went to Jade Windell of JADE Art, a Loveland-artist who works in a variety of mediums including metal, stone, wood and on canvas. He carved and painted a large two-sided wooden face complete with spikey metal hair.
Third place went to Loveland artist Robin Dodge, and her team, for their gigantic peacock figure. Second place went to Fort Collins’ artist Matt Kaufman for his welded creation.
Ryan Schlaefer, owner of Ryan Schlaefer Fine Furniture, and teammate Bob Lipinksi, took home first place with their table made from wood, scrap metal and hardware.
“Some really talented artists participated in this event and a lot of creative pieces were made,” said Schlaefer. “I think it’s the functionality category that won it for me, and the heart-shaped hardware my teammate discovered in the junk pile didn’t hurt either.”
Schlaefer and his teammate were awarded $300 for first place, and the piece was auctioned off the same day. Fifty percent of the auction proceeds went to Alternatives to Violence, and Schlaefer and Lipinski took home the remainder.
This is the first art show Schlaefer has competed in since attending the Art Institute of Colorado in the early 1990s. Schlaefer has been designing and manufacturing high-end furniture in his Loveland shop since 2004. His eye for design and attention to detail and functionality has garnered him attention from interior designers around the country. His work can be seen online at www.rtsfurnituredesign.com and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RSFurniture.
Assemble was so well received by the artists and the community that Tracy plans to make it an annual competition for Loveland and Fort Collins artists. You can visit the event online at www.assembleloveland.com.
For further information on the subject of this press release please email TheMayor@HeidiTown.com or call Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer at (970) 213-2354.