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South Suburban Public Art Committee celebrates new sculptures at Goodson Recreation Center

South Suburban Public Art Committee celebrates new sculptures at Goodson Recreation Center

Jun 14 2018

In June, South Suburban’s Public Art Committee (SSPAC) celebrated the installation of three new, temporary sculptures, which are part of South Suburban’s Art-on-Loan program at Goodson Recreation Center.

The sculptures, located in the center’s courtyard and main entrance, include a non-kinetic whimsical piece; a friendly bronze bear; and a sculpture depicting a meteorological phenomenon.

Meet the sculptors

Collette Pitcher

Collette Pitcher is a life-long artist whose creativity stems from an active lifestyle that includes birdwatching, traveling and automobile racing. Her bronze sculpture of a bear cub is entitled, Within Reach. It depicts a bear reaching for the stars to fulfill his dream.

Collette owns the Showcase Art Center, a creative mini-mall in Greeley. She is also the coordinator for the University of Northern Colorado’s Mari Michener Gallery, and is a member of the Greely Creative District Board. Collette is the author of “Watercolor Painting for Dummies” and “Acrylic Painting for Dummies.”

She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art from the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO; and a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Long Island, West Point, NY. She resides in Greeley, CO.

Justin Deister

His bronze sculpture is entitled Sandstorm and is comprised of metal, sandstone, plex, foam, fiberglass and paint. The sculpture depicts floating clouds above rain on a western geological landscape.

Justin lives in Louisville, CO and is the owner of Uppercase Design. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Art in Graphic Design from Missouri State University, and a Master’s of Fine Art in Communication Arts & Design from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA and completed an Independent Study at the Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO.

Patricia Aaron

Patricia Aaron's sculpture entitled, AirBnB, offers a colorful and whimsical accommodation for small feathered travelers looking for a safe haven and respite. The sculpture is powder coated steel with acrylic panels etched with flowers and birds from Colorado.

Patricia is an established Denver artist whose work has been featured in numerous museum, airport, university and gallery exhibitions. Her work is found among corporate collections of Delta Airlines in Atlanta; Sun City Corporation in Kobe, Japan; and Hogan Lovells in Denver. Patricia has also completed private commissions for Liberty Global, the Museum of Outdoor Arts, and a private residence in Chicago.

She earned a Master’s degree in Fine Art from University of Denver School of Art and Art History, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from the University of Maryland in Heidelberg, Germany. Patricia is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Denver.

The South Suburban Public Art Committee (SSPAC) recommends the installation of sculptures for a one-year temporary display at Goodson Recreation Center. The sculptures are selected by the SSPAC through a competitive process. South Suburban’s Board of Directors approves the SSPAC selections prior to installation. Goodson Recreation Center is located at 6315 S. University Blvd., Centennial. 

The requirements of the Art-on-Loan program are the artist must reside in Colorado, and the sculpture must meet site requirements and be for sale. The artist receives an honorarium for the display. The District receives a 20 percent commission for sculptures that are purchased through the program. For more information about South Suburban’s Art-on-Loan program contact Darcie LaScala at Darciel@ssprd.org, or 720.245.2602.