Body acceptance is a huge issue right now in the news — models are dying from anorexia, childhood obesity is on the rise, and fashion designers are revamping their sizing structures to meet the ever-changing figures of clothing consumers. In the midst of all of this, fine artists have always explored the human figure as an object of artistic inspiration. In celebration of human figures of all sizes, Stoneheart Gallery is hosting a show titled “Every Body’s Beautiful: A Collection of All Nude Works,” opening on Feb. 4.
Mark Anthony King, owner and founder of Stoneheart, is excited to bring a diverse group of more than 20 artists together for this show focused on a common theme. King’s original motivation was to curate a show with a romantic theme that would fit into February’s Valentine’s Day spirit. The result was much more complex.
“I ultimately decided to take the show beyond romantic to something more intimate,” King says. “How much more intimate can you get than when you’re naked in front of your audience? The show is truly a celebration of the beauty of the human body.”
The show includes the work of artists regularly represented by Stoneheart, in addition to work from several invited artists.
One such artist is Adam Schultz, a sculptor who lives and works in Larimer County. Schultz has been sculpting in bronze for more than 20 years. Five years ago, he began exploring a series of sculptures that promotes size acceptance and seeing the beauty in curves.
“In our society, we are trained that skinny is the only body type that is acceptable,” Schultz says. “I wanted to create sculptures that celebrated the fullness of the human figure in a way that is beautiful and delightful.”
Schultz will have several pieces in the Stoneheart show, traditional bronze figures as well as some raku-fired pieces. “Every Body’s Beautiful” will show work in a variety of artistic media, including oil paintings, acrylic and mixed media work, and bronze and ceramic three-dimensional pieces.
Although galleries throughout Evergreen have shown nude works, King believes that Stoneheart is the first to curate a show based entirely on the idea of the nude human figure.
“I just felt that it was time for me as a gallerist to step out of the comfort zone and get a little more daring. Artists have been painting nudes for many years, and I felt it was time for us to have a show that celebrated the human figure,” King says.
King, along with at least 10 other artists, will attend the opening reception on Friday, Feb. 4, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the gallery. The reception is open to the public and kicks off the show, which is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Feb. 18. For more information, visit www.stoneheartgallery.com or call 303-670-0565.
Sara Miller, a freelance writer and a resident of Evergreen, lives with her husband, two children and a dog.