Bid to Win a 8x10” oil painting of your pet + 10 magnets from the Happiness Is Series.
Online Auction begins October 14th. (Stay tuned for links)
HALO is an all-volunteer Havanese rescue group and our mission is to rescue and find good homes for Havanese in need. 100% of the funds we raise will be used to provide vet care for our rescues. Over our 21 year history, we have rescued over 1,500 Havanese. The online auction is our largest fundraiser each year and allows us to provide top quality vet care for our rescues. Thank you for supporting the Havanese Angel League Organization for Rescue.
Get ready to Bid on a 'Happiness Is' custom painting of your pet, plus 10 'Happiness Is' magnets that benefits the students of Lake Country School in MN.
Online bidding for the Great Great Gathering Fundraiser has started and goes until 6pm(CT) October 15th… click here
Lake Country School is a Montessori learning environment that fosters independence, critical thinking, and creativity within each child. We are a community that promotes diversity and inclusion, as well as respect and responsibility to self, to others, and to the earth.
Proceeds directly benefit students through enhanced programming, tuition assistance, and maintenance of the Urban and Rural Campuses.
I've signed up for the Loveland Art Studio Tour since it's my first year that I won't be working at the gallery for the first time in 30 years!
Take advantage of this occasion! It is rare for me to open my studio to the public (honestly, it's even rare for family and friends). The actual studio isn't large, but it is adjacent to my living room where I will have several finished pieces on display for sale. I'll have varied sizes and price points and I hope you find a painting that resonates with you well enough to want to live with it.
I look forward to showing you what I'm working on this Fall.
Bid on an Alyson Kinkade 'Happiness Is' custom painting of your pet
plus 10 'Happiness Is' magnets.
Winning Pet Portrait is 10x8" original oil.
Winner will contact the artist following the auction to provide a photo of your pet to start the commissioned artwork.
CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS
Thanks for bidding, you're helping animals get great care and find their people!
Join us for Larimer Humane Society's 25th Annual Top Cat & Tails Gala:
Caturday Night Fever!
Saturday, September 30, 2023
1970's attire is encouraged
Embassy Suites, Loveland, 4705 Clydesdale Parkway
Tickets are on sale now! Click here to purchase your tickets.
All ticket holders (with a valid email address on file) will receive a "welcome" message with custom link to access the online silent auction the week of the gala. Once you log in, you will have complete access to the mobile silent auction. While the silent auction will be held as part of the in-person event, all bidding will be done through your mobile device. Click on the "Online Bidding Instructions" tab to learn more.
5:00 p.m. - Silent Auction, Cocktail Hour, and Dancing
6:30 p.m. - Meal Service and Program Begins
8:30 p.m. - Program ends, Dancing Begins
9:15 p.m. - Event Concludes
I was honored to be selected to provide the Runner Up Award for this year's Foco Top Dog Event. The painting of Lily B. was a fun challenge to get to paint, and I'm proud to be part of raising funds and awareness for the Northern Colorado Wildlife Center
Because EVERY dog is Top Dog to their people - order a custom pet portrait and use code: WILDhappiness at checkout - you'll get 15% off and Noco Wildlife Center gets 15% from me...
Be sure to follow Foco Top Dog and enter next year's competition for a chance of having your dog's image on a can of Odell beer...
Big News Fort Collins! Not only does the Top Dog get to have their photo forever enshrined on the can of a specialty Odell beer, but 2nd Place at the 12 pm September 24th event at O'dell's Brewery will get a certificate for one Happiness Is Custom Pet Portrait painted by Alyson Kinkade Fine Art!
I'm happy to donate to this fun fundraiser because 100% of the donations go to the Northern Colorado Wildlife Center. They do incredible work for the community to help educate about and care for wildlife in need. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE
The donation period will close August 31, 2023 at midnight - CLICK HERE TO CONTRIBUTE TO YOUR FAVORITE DOG this is your chance to help pick Fort Collins' Top Dog!
The Top Dog will be selected from the top 16 contestants at the in-person event on September 24, 2023. There will be a series of fun mini-events to determine the winner. CLICK HERE FOR EVENT DETAILS
Happy #NationalDogDay !! 🐶 it's worth celebrating everyday, but today's it's official. Your dog needs extra treats today.
To make the day sweeter, you can get 10% off your next #HappinessIs purchase, enter DOGDAY23 at checkout on my site. 🐕🐩🦮
Grab a print or magnet, or order a custom pet portrait of your own… SHOP NOW
I'm pleased that my painting "Fiery" has been selected for Artworks Center for Contemporary Art's next National Group Exhibition: Engulfed. Opening: July 14th, 6-9pm - September 30th
An exhibition shedding light on the crisis of forest fires across the globe. Artists respond to the forest fires by developing work that focuses on global warming, resource destruction, property damage, loss of life, wilderness protection, sustainability, political issues, fire mitigation, first responders, or broadly conceptual work dealing with the interpretation of “engulfed”.
"The stark nature of the plains are exaggerated by fiery skies from nearby wildfires. It seems this is the future's appearance, as clear blue skies are replaced by smoke-filled orange; buildings and trees flatten into the horizon as wild fires increasingly rage. The image is beautiful and brutal all at once, brutiful."
Five Questions: Alyson Kinkade, a lifetime in the arts
Columbine Gallery closing June 1
By PAMELA JOHNSON
May 7, 2023 at 8:00 p.m.
Alyson Kinkade has been creating art for, as she said, “as long as I can remember.”
The painter, who runs Columbine Gallery in Loveland with her dad, John Kinkade, is one of 62 artists with pieces in the Colorado Governor’s Art Show underway at the Loveland Museum, and dips her paintbrush into many different colors of the art world.
With the National Sculptor’s Guild, she helps place large sculptures in public art collections.
With the gallery, which is closing in June and transitioning to online only, she has provided a place for artists to display and sell their work, and for people to view a variety of different types of art.
With her paints, she creates a unique world for people to enjoy.
1. How did you first start as an artist? What is your specialty?
I have enjoyed creating art for as long as I can remember, with great art teachers throughout my primary schools in Greeley and Loveland, and a supportive family with creative friends even before my family started the art gallery. I grew up with encouragement to try all methods and materials that art can take form in, going to the Creative Arts Center all through elementary school. … My (junior high) art teacher was Dan Augenstein — we called him Auggie — who I later got to represent as an artist in our gallery. He’s also in the Governor’s Art Show. He specialized in ceramics at the time, so I created a series of ceramic animals that I then sold at Arts Picnic. Connie Einfalt and Laurie White were my art teachers at Loveland High and they were wonderful for exploring photography, sculpture and jewelry making, rare mediums to find at public schools. An enthusiastic art teacher makes a huge impact for a young creative and I’ve remained in contact with them. My junior year of high school I was fortunate enough to spend a summer at Interlochen Arts Camp, which helped me develop a portfolio to get a scholarship to attend the Kansas City Art Institute where I honed in on painting as my primary medium. Following graduation, I lived in Santa Fe where we had a second gallery at the time that I managed for a few years while also creating artwork; then returned to Loveland where I currently live, work and create.
My specialty is oil painting. I have a couple series right now, abstract landscapes and representational custom pet portraits. It’s nice to have the freeing intuitive work of the landscapes balanced by the tighter animal paintings. I love doing both.
2. What is your inspiration, in life and in art?
I am inspired by nature. I love to visually take in the expansive plains of Colorado with ever changing skies. I’m equally inspired by animals and helping groups who advocate for them. Proceeds from my ‘Happiness Is’ pet portrait series help me contribute to animal welfare organizations. I love to give back through my art.
The use of stacked colors in my landscape paintings represent one’s goals and ambitions laid out before them; and the sky is the space to contemplate new ideas. The horizon is where dreams and aspirations meet.
3. Describe the Governor’s Art Show. What makes it special? What is the draw for residents?
I am very proud to be juried in for my 10th time. It is wonderful to be part of such a unique show that gives back to the community through its sales. The 32nd Colorado Governor’s Art Show and Sale is one of the largest juried fine art shows in the state. It runs through June 11th at the Loveland Museum. …
What makes it so special is that it is truly is an “Art with Heart” exhibit, the show benefits Loveland and Thompson Valley Rotary Clubs’ charitable projects and causes. One-third of the proceeds go to the Thompson Education Foundation’s Homeless Assistance Fund and additional funds go toward scholarships for local art students. Scholarship winners have a piece displayed in the show on the back wall. I have met them, and they are impressive young people with bright futures.
Since 2016, the Governor’s Art Show has had different jurors every year, and that makes each show so distinctive and shows off new artists purely by the aesthetic value of who juried. This makes the show fresh, diverse, and full of what Colorado artists are currently expressing. There are 62 artists on display. You will discover artists from all corners of the state, and there is something for everyone. … The caliber of artists in the show is unmatched. (https://governorsartshow.org)
4. What is the history of Columbine Gallery? I understand that the physical gallery will be closing. Why and what are the plans for transitioning online? What will become of the building?
Yes, this is our final month of being open to the public as Columbine Gallery. …
My father (John Kinkade) founded the National Sculptors’ Guild in 1992 with a dozen sculptors who wished to find thoughtful public applications for their work. JK Designs is the design team that promotes and provides consultation for the Guild. Columbine Gallery was opened as a space to show the artwork by members of the National Sculptors’ Guild when cities and companies would come out to meet on large-scale commissions. We started out in a small space at 1032 Lincoln Ave. The gallery walls were used to showcase regional painters, and after moving to our current location 2683 N. Taft Ave., Columbine grew into one of Northern Colorado’s largest fine art galleries housing over 50 artists at one time, and the adjacent National Sculptors’ Guild Sculpture Garden filled with 85-100 sculptures year-round.
After 30 years, we have elected to refocus our time and energy on the National Sculptors’ Guild and placing large-scale artwork in commercial and public spaces. Many Lovelanders may be unaware that we have a full-scale public art business, placing over 550 significant monuments across the nation over the years. While we have thoroughly enjoyed working with art appreciators of all levels, the true passion has always been in the design team approach it takes to place great public art. That is how we started, and we are feeling it is time to devote ourselves to the Guild once again.
We will continue to sell much of the artwork online, (nationalsculptorsguild.com), which has become a popular choice among art collectors. …
This transition to less show space also allows me to pursue more opportunities for my own artwork, and my father can continue to work on his philanthropic projects that often combine the arts and helping community. It has been a privilege to serve the community of Loveland and our amazing stable of artists over the years. We look forward to continuing to do so in a different capacity.
We are thrilled to see someone new take the space with new energy and ideas to make their own mark on this special art-filled city. The Taft Avenue gallery and garden will continue to showcase art as the new owner is currently working to open ‘par-a-dox fine arts’ this summer. There will be different artists and events that will renew the space with creative energy. It feels good that our legacy will continue in this way.
5. What are your favorite places to enjoy art in Loveland?
Columbine Gallery and Garden (through May), Benson Sculpture Garden, Loveland Museum, Artworks, Artspace, Downtown Loveland (rotating sculptures and the growing mural collection) some of the local restaurants have fun rotating artwork (Muse, Verboten, Henry’s, West End) and occasionally I grab a blizzard at the Dairy Queen and enjoy seeing sculptures on loan there too. Loveland is full of great art and artists everywhere you go.
Bonus: What advice would you give to aspiring artists?
Dream big, put in the hours, seek out those who support your efforts, and give back when you can.
Years in Loveland: 26
Occupation: Artist, Director at Columbine Gallery and the National Sculptors' Guild
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Very proud to be juried into the Colorado Governor's Art Show once again. I’m most proud to be part of a show that gives back to the community through its sales.
Celebrating 32 years of excellence. The Colorado Governor’s Art Show & Sale, one of the largest fine art shows to exclusively feature Colorado artists, introduces the public to 62 of Colorado’s top fine artists.
The 32nd Governor’s Art Show is Saturday, May 6th through June 11th, 2023 at the Loveland Museum. The Opening Night Gala is May 5, 2023 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm. buy your tickets now
Purchase Art with Heart – the show benefits Loveland and Thompson Valley Rotary Clubs charitable projects and causes. One-third of net proceeds will go to the Thompson Education Foundation’s Homeless Assistance Fund and additional funds will go toward scholarships for local art students.
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It's always good to start the New Year in happiness. The first pieces of the year are from my Happiness Is Custom Pet Portraits series. I've painted a few gifts for people I admire as a token of gratitude for what they have contributed to my life.
Since the start, I've donated a portion of every Happiness Is purchase to animal welfare non-profits and annually give at least one portrait to fundraising auctions. My best way to contribute to the greater good is through my art.
I am releasing prints of these happy pups with proceeds going to the non-profits of their owners. (I'm awaiting written permission before publishing any names.) Just know you're helping the world be a better place when you live with my artwork.
This year, my goal is to double what I gave last year. Thank you for your continued support of my art and my efforts to help others.
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