Donation Helps PAX Purchase Pokey Park Sculpture
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‘LEO’ – The curled-up bronze lion cub by Ridgway sculptor Pokey Park fits right in as part of the City of Montrose’s Third Annual Public Art eXperience (PAX). (Courtesy photo)
‘LEO’ – The curled-up bronze lion cub by Ridgway sculptor Pokey Park fits right in as part of the City of Montrose’s Third Annual Public Art eXperience (PAX). (Courtesy photo)
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MONTROSE – From the moment he arrived in Montrose last year as part of the Third Annual Public Art eXperience (PAX) sculpture exhibit, the curled bronze lion cub “Leo” created by Ridgway sculptor Pokey Park looked like he felt right at home.

Now, he is.

Thanks to the help of an anonymous donor, PAX has purchased “Leo” (valued at $15,000) on behalf of the community, and the lighthearted bronze will now join seven other works of sculpture art in the city’s permanent collection.

Leo and another piece by Park, a tortoise entitled “Poco a Poco se va lejos,” tied each other for this year’s PAX People’s Choice Award in August. Park said she feels honored by the positive response that her work has received from the community.

“I am very excited,” Park said, “and flattered that the community appreciated my art so much. I am going to love having him there – this is just wonderful for me.”

The PAX Committee is very pleased to have acquired one of park’s popular and unusual pieces on behalf of the community, Committee Chair Carolyn Bellavance said.

“We are delighted to purchase Pokey Park's “Leo” sculpture for the city's permanent public art sculpture program,” Bellavance said. “Ms. Park is well known for her whimsical expression of creatures great and small, and “Leo” always looks like he is having a rollicking good time.”

To date, PAX has contributed $35,600 worth of sculptures to the city’s permanent sculpture collection. In addition to “Leo,” the committee has acquired Tracy Munson’s “Catching the Scent,” Lee Baxter’s “Colorado Trash Fish,” and Daphna Russell’s “Great Expectations.”

In 2008, Michelle and Warren Young purchased Paonia Sculptor Mary Zimmerman’s “Green Goat” for the collection, while Cedaredge Sculptor Carl Michael Short donated his bronze, “Tug of War,” to the city as well. In 2007, the Montrose Arts Council also purchased two pieces on behalf of the community, Julie Larusson’s “Way of the Pipe,” and Bill Noland’s “Takin’ a break.”

PAX is a subcommittee of the Montrose Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the City of Montrose. The organization aims to create a more pleasing visual environment, expand opportunities to experience quality works of art, and facilitate the development, acquisition and display of art in Montrose’s public spaces.

Major PAX Sponsors for 2009/2010 include the City of Montrose, Montrose Chamber of Commerce, Four Seasons Investment Advisors, Montrose Arts Council, Montrose Area Merchants Association. The Stupid Band, and the Montrose Daily Press.

To learn more about PAX, contact the Montrose Chamber of Commerce at 249-5000, or visit the web site at www.cityofmontrose.org/art.
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