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Dale Rogers, public artist, takes pleasure in creating art that inspires people to think about the world differently, by designing work that is thought-provoking, sophisticated and easily recognized. Rogers believes that by adding sculpture to the public landscape, communities are forever enhanced by the art, which reflects the qualities of their population. Thirty-six-year-old Rogers is most notable for the creation of huge dogs and other contemporary sculptures formed from long-lasting sheets of steel. His outdoor sculpture exhibit, “The Big Dog,” features 20 unique 8- by 10-foot American Dog sculptures, which he has displayed in communities throughout New England. Rogers began welding full time in 2002, but his interest in metal began years before, when he taught himself to repair metal equipment while growing up on his family farm. What started simply as a job grew into a passion for art. Rogers prefers working with stainless steel and Cor-ten steels utilizing the type of welding called Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG). Cor-ten and stainless metals offer flexibility to design creative, high quality and textural pieces that will last for many years.Rogers will exhibit his contemporary sculptures at the 27th Annual Breckenridge July Art Festival this weekend, July 2-4, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily in downtown Breckenridge, at Ridge and Washington Avenue. There won’t be 20 “Big Dogs” wagging their tails, but there will probably be large metal unique works of art that are sure to inspire. “Adding sculpture to public landscapes – or simply your front or back yard- can inspire people of all ages. I want my art to generate conversation and create a strong connection for people who view it,” Rogers said. Visit Rogers in Breckenridge this weekend, or on his website at http://www.dalerogersstudio.com.

Fredrick Prescott is a kinetic sculpture artist from Santa Fe, N.M., who had a gallery in Breckenridge in 1976. He’ll be returning, with his two sons, to Breckenridge to participate in the Breckenridge Arts Festival.Prescott’s sculptures are larger-than-life steel animals that are engineered to move in the wind. Their sheer size and vibrant colors make them crowd-pleasers, and when their heads start moving in the breeze, viewers are fascinated by the sight of giant steel animals, appearing to come alive before their eyes.Prescott has been creating steel sculpture for about 35 years and is in the process of creating new sculptures all the time. Among the pieces appearing at this show will be the New Magic Dragon, new zebras, free-range elephants, giraffes, rhinos, gators and even a life-size cow. For more information on the 27th Annual Breckenridge July Art Festival, visit http://www.mountainartfestivals.com.


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