Loveland Museum to Host Free Family-Friendly Event and Seek Proposed Expansion Feedback on Saturday, January 28, 2017

sm-expansion-programs-buttonLOVELAND, COOn Saturday, January 28, the Loveland Museum invites the community to participate in Museum LIVE, a day of historical adventures, art
exploration, and participatory visioning activities for the proposed Museum expansion. This free, family-friendly event takes place from 10 am – 1 pm and is an opportunity to learn more about Loveland’s unique history, see the main gallery exhibition Richard Schilling: Passport to Painting free of charge, and give feedback on the Museum’s proposed 26,000 square-foot expansion and renovation.

As the only accredited museum in Northern Colorado, the Loveland Museum is among an elite 5% of museums nationwide and stands alongside the Getty, the Guggenheim, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art as one of the few institutions to receive this honor. In 2016, the Museum announced plans to broaden the scope of its activities and operations with a 26,000 square-foot expansion and remodel that would allow the Museum to accommodate the needs of a growing city while continuing to serve as a valued historical resource and the cornerstone of Loveland’s vibrant arts community. Attendees at Museum LIVE will have the unique opportunity to share their thoughts, ideas, and suggestions related to the proposed expansion plans with a participatory visioning activity that will take place in the Foote Gallery of the Museum for the duration of the event. Participants are encouraged to view displays highlighting various aspects of the proposed expansion and share their feedback via sticky notes that can be affixed to the display that best corresponds with their suggestions. Both children and adults are encouraged to participate in the process, and all comments will be taken into consideration by the Museum staff before moving forward with expansion plans.

While expansion-related aCtivities are taking place downstairs in the Foote Gallery, a variety of history- and art-related activities will take place upstairs on the main floor of the Museum.  Museum LIVE attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about Loveland’s history with a variety of engaging activities including an 1800s trade simulation, an Old West photo booth with souvenir prints, conversations with “live” historical figures, and fun arts and crafts activities.

Upon entering Museum LIVE, families will be given currency and goody bags to make “purchases” and “trades” along their 1800s Loveland stroll. Some things families may encounter on their trip through time include:

  • A mountain man trading at a rendezvous
  • The sheriff, looking for deputies to help out around town
  • Native Arapahoe looking to trade beads for other goods
  • A schoolmarm with school house lessons in the three R’s
  • Store, hotel, and shop keepers with goods to “sell”
  • A watercolor painting station

Museum LIVE attendees will additionally have the option to take a free self-guided tour of Richard Schilling: Passport to Painting on view in the Main Gallery exhibition space. This retrospective exhibit features more than 100 works of art including watercolor, oil, pastel and ink drawings, wood sculpture, a display of sketchbooks, and diary entries from Dr. Richard Schilling’s travels and charitable expeditions. Admission to the exhibition is regularly $5, but all admission fees are waived for the duration of the Museum LIVE event.

“Museum LIVE is a great way for members of our community to connect with Loveland’s past and learn more about what we do here at the Museum,” said Jenni Dobson, Curator of Education at the Loveland Museum. “A lot of people know that we are an art and history museum, but many visitors are floored when they hear the names of the artists we’ve exhibited here in the past ten years. It’s amazing to think that a young artists featured in our upcoming school district art show can see their work displayed on the same walls that held a famed Picasso print just a few months earlier.”

In addition to showcasing works by local and regional artists (including local students), the Museum has established a reputation for bringing works by well-known artists to Loveland on an annual basis. In the last three years alone, the Museum has exhibited works by Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Henri Matisse, Salvador Dali, Ansel Adams, Francisco Goya, and Christo and Jeanne-Claude. The proposed Museum expansion includes more gallery spaces to allow for an expanded exhibition schedule.

“We do so many amazing things here at the Museum and have many exciting projects in the works, but right now, we’re really focused on learning what the community wants to see from us in the future. Museum LIVE is a great way to tell us what you think of our programs and share your suggestions, no-matter how grand they might be,” said Dobson. “Plus, this is a great time to catch a sneak peek at our plans before we move forward to the next phase of the project.”

For more information about Museum LIVE on Saturday, January 28 or the proposed Museum expansion, please contact the Loveland Museum at (970) 962-2410.

About The Loveland Museum/Gallery

The Loveland Museum/Gallery is an accredited art and history museum that was founded in 1937 by local author, collector, curator, and mountain guide Harold Dunning. Dunning began collecting pioneer artifacts and stories as early as 1919, and today, the Loveland Museum/Gallery is home to a variety of history exhibits, hosts world-class art exhibitions, and provides family events; adult and youth classes; lectures; poetry readings; and other programming opportunities for the Loveland community and visitors from around the world.

The Loveland Museum/Gallery is open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm; Thursdays 10:00 am – 7:00 pm; Saturdays 10:00 am – 4:00 pm; Sundays 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm; Closed Mondays. For more information, please call the Loveland Museum/Gallery at 970-962-2410. The Loveland Museum/Gallery is located at 503 N Lincoln Avenue, the corner of 5th and Lincoln, in Loveland, Colorado.