Brighton unveils new sculptures

Piece of art will be shown at sites across city

Belen Ward
bward@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 12/3/22

Four new sculptures were unveiled at Carmichael Park as part of the 2022-2023 City of Brighton's Eye 4 Art Sculpture on loan project program to expand the public art in the city.

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Brighton unveils new sculptures

Piece of art will be shown at sites across city

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Four new sculptures were unveiled at Carmichael Park as part of the 2022-2023 City of Brighton's Eye 4 Art Sculpture on loan project program to expand the public art in the city.

The artists' sculptures selected were “Bobcat “by Jan Rosetta, “Rainbow Point” Jodie Bliss, “Sun To Moon Rotation,” Mary Angers, and “Side by Each” Charlotte Zink.

Their sculptures will be on display for one year.

 Brighton's Eye 4 Art committee selects the sculptures and the artists receives a $500 honorarium when their sculpture is placed. One sculpture is also selected as the Brighton's Choice piece, earning a $1,000 award and a chance to be purchased by the public or the city.

The Sculpture on Loan Project kicked off in 2015 through the Eye 4 Art program, installing two pieces.

Since the program started, it has installed ten sculptures throughout the city with grants from the Scientific Cultural Facilities District, the City of Brighton Lodging Tax, and the City of Brighton, according to officials. 

Several volunteers and city departments have also contributed to the program, including the Brighton Parks and Recreation Department, the Eye 4 Art Committee, the Brighton Public Arts Committee, the Brighton Cultural Arts Commission, and the Office of Arts and Culture.

Jan Rosetta of Loveland created the Bobcat sculpture, which was selected and purchased by the city as Brighton's Choice.

"I'm excited, the City of Brighton has actually purchased the Bobcat for their permanent collection but I don't know where it will be displayed after the original one-year display is up," Rosetta said.

Rosetta grew up in Maryland and lived in California before moving to Colorado in 1992. She graduated with an art degree from the University of Delaware and also studied art at the Art Center of Design in Los Angeles.

"I had a 23-year career in graphic design before changing to sculpture. I have been a full-time sculptor now for 30 years," she said.

Rosetta went from a graphic designer to sculpting, having never studied sculpture, but she naturally developed a feel for the art as a child, carving animals out of soap. Her husband Mel helped her carve wood signs that she designed as part of her graphic design work.

Rosetta said back when she started, most of her work came from designing hand-drawn logos and packaging for clients from her San Francisco. After computers were and graphic design software became popular, she had a hard time competing.

"I discovered bronze casting when I did a portrait for a painter friend to trade for a large painting. After entering a few shows and winning awards with my first bronze animal sculpture, I realized that there was a career change for me there and was thrilled to be creating in 3-D again," Rosetta said.

Rosetta said she enjoyed the creative challenges of graphic design and meeting the client's visual needs professionally.

"I was ready to create art that spoke to my passion. I discovered that if I do work that pleases me, others will like it as well," Rosetta said.

Rosetta's inspiration to sculpt wildlife, especially cats, is her love for animals, the beauty deserving of respect, and the sentient of animals having feelings, showing awareness and responsiveness. 

"My sculpting style evolved naturally from my background in graphic design, reducing extraneous detail to bring out the essence of form and motion," Rosetta said.

Side by Each

Another artist on display, Charlotte Link, is from Berthoud and grew up in New Orleans.  Link’s sculpture is “Side by Each”. 

She came to Colorado in 1987 to study art and art education at Colorado University at Boulder. Link and her husband, Ben, live and work as a team creating metals in a 125-year-old home in the heart of the old town of Berthoud.

“I’ve enjoyed experimenting with many mediums over the years, always sketching, painting, paper making, clay and for the past 24 years, collaborating with my husband and partner Ben, creating with metals,” Link said.

Link said inspiration comes from nature, and second is humans with their funky, beautiful glory. She also loves architecture, Art Nouveau, and Picasso growing up.

“Teaching art pre-internet with stacks of books we’d check out of the local library, sharing art images with our students was always great fun. Years of pouring over children’s books’ illustrations, while teaching my own two children to read, was an amazing gift,” she said.

Link started metal work with Ben in 1998 and he learned welding at Ecocyle in Longmont.

She and Ben created Holiday gifts for fun with steel cutouts, and it took off with shows, galleries, and open studio tours.

“We have been blessed with loyal patrons over the years. Being a full-time artist has allowed me to raise my children and be in control of our schedules; it has been a truly inspiring, busy and challenging endeavor,”  Link said.

Link said they share designs with custom works and work on commission which has kept them ready for anything and learning something new, keeping it fresh and broadening skill sets.

What inspired Link to sculpt Side by Each, which is made of steel and outdoor sculpture clay, was a friend.

“A dear friend from Canada taught me this expression,  when you order your two eggs- side by each- face the sky,” Link said. “  I like my eggs sunny side up, and I love this expression. It implies way beyond our breakfast.  Individuals connected, living together, side by each, it’s something for us to strive for.”

Link said she was excited her sculpture was selected to engage and inspire the beautiful community of Brighton with its unique whimsical energy.

“I added just the right forms and color to compliment and celebrate the existing architecture and landscape,” she said.

“On sculpture installation days you feel like an art fairy dropping off a bit of joy for the community. Art has the power to touch and connect us, and it is a wonderful feeling to see our creations out in the world doing that for so many folks.”

For more information about the program, contact David Gallegos, Arts and Culture Coordinator, at dgallegos@brightonco.gov or 303-655-2176.

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