Piece: Falling Dime
Dave Davis is a well-known painter and sculptor that originated the “Paint the
Piece” pubic art project in Grand Junction about five years ago. It features one 5 x 5
foot canvas that is continually painted and repainted by community groups and
individuals with something to say. So far, he counts 61 individuals and over 200
times that the canvas has been painted so far. He has an interesting request for the
piece; Davis would like it to be painted again and again throughout his life, then
when he is gone, he wants the piece to be mounted on the south side of a building in
direct sunlight so everyone can see the various layers and paintings wear through
with the passage of time… an interesting idea, for sure.
Davis was also one of the founders of the “Art on the Corner” in Grand Junction.
Piece: Smashed Garage Door Springs
Lyle Nichols is a well-known local artist, or at least a number of his pieces are well-
known… there is “Rusty’s Dream,” in the yard of the Colorado National Bank of
Palisade, the “Chardonnay Chicken” and galloping horse at the Plum Creek Winery,
and “Harley,” the large fish on display in Palisade’s Town Plaza, made from
Several of Lyle’s creations are also on display in downtown Grand Junction as part of
their “Art on the Corner” project. He also makes smaller pieces, such as granite
ashtrays known as ‘match-strikers’ due to a rough patch on the interior bowl of the
ashtray for lighting the match.
A Grand Valley native, Nichols takes pleasure in using local materials for his
projects, whether it be the giant granite countertop he shaped for Carlson’s
Vineyard or the old rusty tools and pieces of farm equipment that were welded into
Priscilla Walker’s horse. It’s so real, it almost looks like she could ride it!
Piece: Spring Herons
Steve Kentz is a resident of East Orchard Mesa, and you can tell when you pass his
place by the variety of sculpture in the yard and orchard. A lifelong Colorado
resident, Steve is also an avid rock-climber, and the influences of the native stone inspire his sculpture.
Steve spent his ‘work life’ as a stonemason and concrete finisher, adding to his
knowledge and skill at working with natural materials. He attended the first
Marble/Marble Symposium in 1989; working with world-class sculptors on the
beautiful white stone of Marble, Colorado.
Steve continues to study art, and currently has pieces in the Carbondale Public Art
Collection; “Hanging in Limbo,” a collaboration with glass artist Shannon Muse, and
a solo effort known as “Namaste.”
Piece: La Tortugita
Although Gary is North Dakota born, he grew up in Aspen and Denver. A childhood
illness required lots of quiet time indoors for a couple of years, and Gary took
advantage of the time to develop an interest in drawing. He studied art in college,
and also became involved in competitive swimming to improve his health. When
offered a position on the western slope that involved teaching art, and coaching
swimming, he figured it couldn’t be a more perfect fit.
Gary has since completed a master’s degree in visual art, and since 2010, has been
able to devote his time to art. His interests include sculpture, ceramics, printmaking,
painting and mixed media.
Gary’s painting done with different types of wine was chosen as the official poster of
the 2012 Colorado Winefest, and he has done a number of other paintings using
wine as the medium instead of paint.
Gary has pieces on display as part of the Broomfield Public Art Permanent
Collection, the Boulder City Public Art Scape, and the sculpture “Which Came First,
Dinosaur or Egg?” is currently on display at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Grand