Three upcoming exhibitions at the Loveland Museum will feature Colorado artist James Disney

Pic of The Hague by James Disney.

Upcoming exhibitions in the main gallery at the Loveland Museum include James Disney and Erik Stensland: double vision as good as James Disney: Legacy. A free Dunning Gallery exhibition will feature Climbing Mountains: The Life and Work of James Disney.

About James Disney: Legacy

For over 50 years, James Disney’s paintings and photographs have explored various schools of artistic expression. His major work focused on the mountains and landscapes of the western United States, paintings he called “portraits of old friends”. Always growing as an artist, Jim also explored abstraction and conceptual art. Growth and transformation, a recognized part of the mountain world he loved, was a landmark for his career as an artist. His legacy of challenging, changing and defending freedom in artistic vision.

Disney has twice been Artist-in-Residence in Rocky Mountain National Park. He helped establish the Open Lands Visual Artists Program for Larimer County, Colorado, and was the program’s Artist of the Year in 2006 and 2007. From 1993 to 2001, Jim was elected to the Council of Larimer County Commissioners.

During his two terms, he was known for working on the establishment of the open land acquisition program, environmentally responsible land use planning and long-range transportation planning. In 1996, he received the Environmental Stewardship Award from Rocky Mountain National Park for his work with citizens and local, state and federal governments to permanently ban commercial tourist flights over the park.

This exhibition will open on September 17 and will continue until November 13. Admission to the exhibit is $7 for ages 13 and up and visitors are welcome to view the exhibit during opening hours (see below).

About James Disney and Erik Stensland: double vision

James Disney (1939-2021) continually and constantly sought ways to challenge himself as an artist and find new ways to express ideas and see the world. Jim had long promoted Erik’s vision as a photographer and over the years developed an idea for an exhibition that included them both. Kindred spirits in their knowledge of Rocky and the natural world, Jim could see the aesthetic potential of photography and painting side by side, the differences and similarities creating a fuller appreciation of artistic creativity and the wonders of nature.

This exhibition sees this idea come to fruition. Erik Stensland recalls: “It was his whole idea. Several times over about two years, Jim came to me and said, “Let’s do a show. Let’s do a big gallery show at the Loveland Museum. One of the things that Jim often mentioned was that people said his paintings looked like photographs and he saw people often commenting online that my work reminded them of paintings. There was this interesting overlap between our two forms of expression where it was sometimes hard to see which was which. Each form served the same purpose, to communicate a love for this remarkable world and to inspire that same love in others. Yet each of our approaches was very different.

This exhibition will open on September 17 and will continue until November 13. Admission to the exhibit is $7 for ages 13 and up and visitors are welcome to view the exhibit during opening hours (see below).

About Climbing Mountains: The Life and Work of James Disney

Disney’s love of the outdoors began when he grew up in Glen Haven near Rocky Mountain National Park. Jim has summited the park’s 14,259-foot Longs Peak 93 times, all of the park’s 128 named peaks at least once, and 1,000 peaks in his climbing career. He was proud to have scaled Denali, the highest peak in the United States at 20,320 feet, and donated his climbing boots to the Loveland Museum after his ascent.

Disney was a friend of Harold Dunning, the Museum’s founder. They shared a love for the outdoors and the history of the area. Jim has contributed to the Museum’s permanent history exhibits, using his artistic skills to create beautiful murals depicting scenes from early Loveland. These murals as well as his portrait of Harold Dunning are still on display. This exhibit explores James Disney’s life as an artist, conservationist and community member.

This exhibition will open on October 14, 2022 and will run until January 29, 2023. Admission to the exhibition is free and visitors are welcome to view the exhibition during opening hours (see below).

Public Opening Reception

Friday, October 14, 2022, 6-8 p.m. (free admission to the main gallery during Night on the Town and no registration required)

About the Loveland Museum

The Loveland Museum is an accredited art and history museum 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 houses a variety of historical exhibits, hosts world-class art exhibits, and hosts family events. courses for adults and young people; conferences; poetry readings; and other programming opportunities for the Loveland community and visitors from around the world.

The Loveland Museum is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. The Loveland Museum is located at 503 N Lincoln Avenue, corner of 5e and Lincoln, in Loveland, Colorado. For more information, visit thelovelandmuseum.org.

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Julia P. Cluff