Lyons Public Art and the heARTS of LYONS, An Art Collection All Over Town
Public Art in Lyons, Colorado
Art and History
"It's a weaving of people, food, community, nature. I believe art is not only about making beauty, it's about speaking our truth to empower and bring people together." Sally King
Creative Outlets brings beauty to unexpected places by selecting utility and power boxes in our parks and hiring talented artists to paint vibrant murals on them.
Creative Outlets is funded by the Lyons Community Foundation with the goal of adding vibrant artwork to our community.
Kirk Seese is a mural artist and public sculptor. He has installed works from the east coast to the west coast. See more of his work at https://www.bbmurals.com/
"Art is my way of capturing and honoring a vision of the survival of the endangered." -Eileen Coughlin Turnbull
The Phoenix by Sally Truitt and Kahlie Pinello
My sculptures and two-dimensional works engage users through blends of organic, geometric, and architectural forms. Positive and negative spaces interact via cut-outs, layered curved profiles, projected shadows, and transitions of light and color. My sculptures are approachable at human scale, inviting the viewer to move around the work to explore planes, edges and volumes accentuated by bold color. They evoke rather than faithfully reproduce natural forms and draw on diverse artistic references from Maurice Sendak (In the Night Kitchen) to Henri Matisse cutouts, Anthony Caro and Frank Stella sculptures, and paintings as diverse as those of Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Stuart Davis, or David Hockney.
Lyons, Colorado is widely considered the gateway to the Rockies and is the home of dozens of artists who draw their inspiration from the surrounding nature.
“For me, warm wood sculptures are a welcome relief from the frantic qualities of today’s world. I invite you to touch them as they touch you.” Anne Shutan
"My work runs the gamut from thematic to abstract. Metal, wood and almost any other material that can be manipulated or fabricated into my work is fair game." Martin Levin
"I try to bring out a certain unique aspect of the animal. Even with dogs, some are high energy, some are big and lumbering and the sweetest things in the world." Daniel Glanz
"Let's all dare to create. In this space, I want to share what I've learned along the way to hopefully spark creativity in you, whatever that may be. I believe that as each one of us finds our creative voice, together we will become a force for good." Sally King
Bobbie lives life to the fullest. She sees the positive in every situation and learns from it. Bobbie's inner strength, depth and intelligence are reflected in her bronze sculptures.
"I offer a fluid, feminine sense of design and form to the metal, and Ben works as our solid fabricator and engineer. Sometimes I’ve sketched and reflected on the subject matter before I begin drawing on the metal, and other times I enjoy letting my unconscious guide the images, shapes and forms that emerge." Charlotte Zink
"Collaborating on sculpture designs, layouts, finishing, and installation has taught us both so very much about the art process and ourselves. We’re proud to have created an extensive body of work these many years; both small and large scale pieces in private and public collections worldwide." Charlotte Zink
"Whether I'm using neon colors in digital space or spraypainting on the side of a building, I find purpose in making beautiful things that affect and inspire people." Julia, The Designosaur
"I am inspired by the beauty of the Rocky Mountains." Anita Miller
Pink Woman by Keith Stuart was donated to the Town of Lyons by the Tom and Melinda Wunder family.
"I have seen things in this life that I am incapable of translating into words. In my practice, I have visited realms where the imagination ends, and the terrifying beauty of infinity unfolds over and over again.If I could distill into words exactly what motivates me to create the art that I make then it would not be worth making it. Instead, I have chosen the Pen.Honestly, I don’t know why I make this art, or what compels me to keep creating it; it’s a mystery I intend to pursue for the rest of my life, and each image brings me closer to the Ultimate Truth.” -Android Jones, 2013
Farmer's Moon by Reven Marie Swanson was sponsored by Smokin Dave's BBQ & Brew, find out more about the sponsor here: https://smokindavesbbq.com/
Thomas Merton famously said, "Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time." Art in public spaces welcomes the community to experience the joys of art in their daily lives.
Lyons Mural; Past, Present, and Future is on the side of the Town of Lyons Visitor Center in Sandstone Park. The mural is the work of Cathy Rivers and Candace Shepard. They worked closely with the Lyons Golden Gang Seniors, Lyons Generationally Active People (GAP), and Lyons Middle/Senior High students to develop the core idea and images.
"Space Invader" by Mark H. S. Mathews 2019 based on the 1978 Arcade game designed by Tomohiro Nishikado. "I am a retired Aerospace Engineer who's hobbies are sculpture and building construction/remodeling."
Lyons Gecko by Jacob Leeuwenburgh
"To me, this alchemic transfer of energy is perhaps the most interesting aspect of my artistic endeavor. When present, this energy can be felt yet always remains intangible and mysterious. The viewer is invited to discover this dichotomy within the sculptures’ formal unity and come to realize a deeper resonance."-Emmett Culligan
Muse of Nature by Jodie BlissSee more of Jodie Bliss's work on her webpage Bliss Studio Custom Metalwork: http://www.forgeyourbliss.com/
The Clarifier Project involved the Lyons community. The project was started in 2006 and after the creation of the Lyons Mural 'Lyons Past Present and Future. In 2010, they began covering the entire 900 square foot surface of the structure.
"I believe that working in a single medium is restrictive to my artistic process. Each idea manifests in its own individual style." Eileen Coughlin Turnbull
In September of 2013, Lyons, Colorado was devastated by a historic flood. Anita Miller and James Moore worked with the Lyons Arts and Humanities Commission to create a work of art that embodied Lyons grit and resiliency.
"We build uniquely stunning and functional furniture with upcycled urban wood for environmentally conscious customers.Our mission is to inspire every person to do their part in eliminating deforestation, which can save old-growth forests, the rainforests, and the planet."BUBU was sourced and made in Boulder, CO using Red Oak (Quercus rubra).
"We build uniquely stunning and functional furniture with upcycled urban wood for environmentally conscious customers.Our mission is to inspire every person to do their part in eliminating deforestation, which can save old-growth forests, the rainforests, and the planet."Elyria was sourced and made in Boulder, CO from Plains Cottonwood and populous deltoids.
Creative Outlets is funded through the Lyons Community Foundation. The purpose is to take mundane community necessities, such as utility boxes, and turn them into works of art.
"Mr Toolman" is slightly mysterious, yet you know him. He's a friend out for a stroll. He's always ready to join you. He's had quite a history that you can read about at: www.justindeister.com. He met a mermaid at 20,000 leagues under the sea, swam with Claude Monet and danced on stage with Julie Andrews. Wow, what a life!Mr Toolman has exhibited in Greeley, Castle Rock, Evergreen, Northglenn, Longmont, Colorado Springs, Lafayette, Aurora."Follow Justin Deister on Instagram @justindeister