South Suburban temporary art program a ‘win-win’

Recreation center-featured artists talk benefits of display

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Over the years, Kim Kaminski raised her kids in South Suburban Parks and Recreation’s programs — swim lessons, archery, tennis activities — at places like Goodson Recreation Center in Centennial.

Now, she proudly looks upon her art in front of that building as part of South Suburban’s Art-on-Loan program, which features sculptures in a one-year temporary display at Goodson.

And although 70-year-old Wayne Bachus lives in Denver, he called it a “tremendous honor” to have his art featured.

“The beauty of the lending program is it gives the community the ability to see art without having to pay for it,” Bachus said. “We get exposure. It’s a win-win for everybody.”

The sculptures are for sale, and South Suburban receives a 20% commission when they are purchased. But beyond the financial benefits, the partnership gives artists like Kaminski the chance to deepen their roots in the community.

The Littleton resident, who would bike down the High Line Canal Trail near Goodson in Centennial with her children, has had a one-woman show at the Littleton Museum and was commissioned by that city to create bike racks on Main Street that reflect Littleton’s past and future, she said.

Today, she gets to share her messages with visitors to the rec center in Centennial with a bronze sculpture entitled “The Gift,” which depicts a person with a basket filled with gold hearts atop its head.

“It’s about giving and receiving,” Kaminski, 48, said of the figure, which wears an open cloak along with the basket. “I choose to put something in that vessel, which is love, which we can give endlessly and receive endlessly.”

Bachus, on the other hand, gets to share his love of kinetic sculptures — those that move — after a late-in-life turn to sculpture roughly a decade ago.

“I’ve been an avid gardener all my life, and I knew sculpture and gardening went together. I couldn’t afford my taste,” Bachus laughed, explaining why he took up sculpting.

His piece, “Spinning Wheels,” consists of two wheels that rotate in opposite directions, connected by a bar in the middle. The whole structure also spins horizontally.

“I just very much enjoy the whimsy of kinetic sculptures,” Bachus said.

Goodson rec center sits at 6315 S. University Blvd., near East Arapahoe Road. For more information about the program, call the recreation district at 303-483-7003.

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