Donations Help PAX Acquire ‘Red Fox’ and ‘Buddies’
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MONTROSE – The generosity of local artists has made it possible for Public Art eXperience to acquire two new sculptures this season, including Ridgway artist Michael McCullough’s breathtaking bronze, “Red Fox,” and the excellent metal cut-out “Buddies,” by Montrose artist Jerry Dunbar.

PAX was able to purchase “Red Fox,” valued at $6,250 thanks to a generous contribution from McCullough, a longtime local resident who is pleased to see his work loved and appreciated in downtown Montrose.

“Buddies,” based on a drawing by Gunnison Artist Kim Nesbit, is currently on display at Demoret Park, valued at $5,000. The piece has been donated by Dunbar to the city’s permanent sculpture collection.

“When I first saw Kim's drawing, ‘A Cowboy and His Two Best Friends,’ I could feel the warmth, love and companionship,” Dunbar said. “In ‘Buddies,’ I have attempted to recreate those feelings in my style of metal artwork.”

Nesbit, a Gunnison native, is well known for her drawings of horses and for her perfect proportions, perspective and razor-sharp attention to detail.

“Jerry’s metal sculpture, “Buddies,” is based on a pencil drawing that has extra special meaning to me,” Nesbit said. He did a wonderful job of capturing the detail and feeling of the original picture and I am very proud to have it as part of the PAX permanent collection.”
“We are extremely pleased with the generous contributions these artists have made toward our city’s outdoor sculpture program,” 2010 PAX Chair Carolyn Bellavance said. “‘Red Fox’ has been on display in Montrose for the past three years, and was our People’s Choice Award Winner in 2007. ‘Buddies’ is an interesting and unusual sculpture that reflects both our community and the creativity and diversity of our Western Slope artists.”

PAX is a subcommittee of the Montrose Association of Commerce and Tourism in partnership with the City of Montrose, and has contributed $46,350 worth of sculptures to the City’s permanent sculpture collection to date. All works of sculpture on loan through PAX are offered for sale to the public.

PAX patrons for 20010/2011 include the City of Montrose, Four Seasons Investment Advisors, Montrose Association of Commerce and Tourism, Around the Corner Art Gallery, and Wells Fargo Bank. Sponsors include Montrose Arts Council, Montrose Daily Press and Mountain Valley Fish and Oyster, Inc. For more information contact PAX Co-Chair Caroline Lescroart at 970/209-3191, or visit the web site at www.cityofmontrose.org/art.
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