With Valentine’s Day lower than a month away, Loveland artist Scott Freeman is once more laying plans for the town’s collaborative downtown mural, this yr patterned off the U.S. Postal Service’s 2021 “Love” stamp.
The painter, illustrator and youngsters’s guide writer moved to Loveland from Kansas Metropolis along with his household in 2001, only a week earlier than 9/11.
“We moved right here to be close to some pals who reside on Third Avenue close to downtown,” Freeman wrote in an electronic mail. “We had all attended artwork school collectively and we used to go to them for our household holidays. Our children had been additionally pals. After I acquired downsized at Hallmark Playing cards, we leapt on the likelihood to maneuver right here, to pursue our high-quality artwork full-time.”
He’s since established his personal studio in central Loveland, and has been the person behind the town’s iconic mural for 4 years. The Reporter-Herald reached out to Freeman forward of the creation of this yr’s mural to be taught extra about Freeman and his ardour for “life-enhancing” paintings.
What motivated you to launch the collaborative mural in downtown Loveland?
After the 2016 election and even earlier than, I noticed that the nation had develop into terribly divided. I wished to do one thing to assist construct neighborhood, one thing enjoyable and artistic that everybody might work on collectively and that may lead to one thing past what one particular person might do on their very own. I conceived of the concept of a monumental-size mural that may be composed of a whole bunch of smaller particular person components, a metaphor for neighborhood in itself. I ran the concept previous the little church I attend, and the folks enthusiastically jumped on board to assist me make it occur!
How have you ever seen artwork carry folks collectively because the begin of the pandemic?
Truthfully, it’s been troublesome bringing folks collectively for any cause because the pandemic season began. I initially puzzled if the pandemic may unite the nation, however sadly it grew to become politicized and has divided our nation even additional. I believe it’s necessary for human beings to proceed to create, however the arts can solely accomplish that a lot. I believe the one factor that can actually carry folks collectively is that if we as people do the arduous work of attending to know our neighbor once more and search to know those that view issues otherwise than we do. I recurrently have interaction in respectful dialogue with folks “on the opposite aspect,” and it has been very therapeutic. Politicians can’t repair this.
How did you begin writing youngsters’s books?
Mollie and I raised 5 children collectively, and studying to them each night time was a part of our household tradition. I at all times beloved the concept of sometime serving to younger mother and father form the worldview of their very own children by way of nice storybooks. After I first moved to Colorado to color full-time, my id was wrapped up in being a “high-quality artist.” That’s nonetheless the case, however over time I spotted that perhaps what I actually am is a communicator who occurs to make use of visible means. Pondering that method feels much less limiting, enabling me to justify spending the various hours it takes to create fully-illustrated youngsters’s books.
How necessary do you are feeling artwork is to Loveland’s id as a metropolis?
It’s actually necessary to Loveland’s id in my eyes. I’ve discovered the town to be very supportive of artists when it comes to creating paying alternatives and investing in making artwork a part of the general public panorama. We even have an amazing museum. However there are non-public people and entrepreneurs making huge contributions as properly. This city is residence to superb artists, artisans, photographers, writers, poets, musicians, dancers and different creatives. It’s an enormous a part of what makes dwelling right here so gratifying. I hope in 2021 they’ll come out of hiding!
What evokes you as an artist?
That’s modified as I’ve gotten older. On a purely high-quality artwork stage, there are various artists whose work evokes me (lots of them are on my Pinterest). However in the case of what to color, on a imaginative and prescient stage, it’s now about human connection for me. I wish to attain by way of the white noise and contact one other particular person. I hope to have interaction the center with life-enhancing artwork. I intention to make religious truths come alive and to assist create a tradition of life vs. demise — connection vs. separation.
Occupation: Artist and writer.
Time in Loveland: About 19 years.
Household: Spouse Mollie and their 5 grownup youngsters Caleb, Lee, Sierra, Joel and Renee.
This yr’s mural
Abby Powell, occasions and partnerships supervisor for the Loveland Inventive District, stated these concerned about making a 9-inch sq. tile so as to add to this yr’s mural ought to join a 20-minute, socially-distanced portray session by way of the Loveland Museum’s web site.
Contributors can be invited to color their tiles on the new BEET Schooling Heart, positioned at 201 E. Fifth St. A complete of 336 tiles can be used to create the collaborative artwork piece.
Portray classes can be held at 1-4 p.m. on Jan. 30 and Feb. 6; 3-5 p.m. on Jan. 27, Feb. 3 and Feb. 10; and 4-6 p.m. on Jan. 28 and Feb. 4.
The sign-up web page can be obtainable by Wednesday at www.lovelandmuseumgallery.org and selecting courses, camps and workshops underneath the training tab. These with questions may contact the museum at 970-962-2562.
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