Carol Gold has participated for over 20 years in Sculpture in the Park. When asked about the show, Carol said, “I think there are many factors that contribute to the special quality of Sculpture in the Park. The setting is lovely. It's inspiring to be surrounded by the fine sculptures in Benson Sculpture Garden and the work of fellow sculptors. The show is well organized. I think it's the community involvement that makes Sculpture in the Park so very special.”
David Turner who has also been in the show for over 20 years says, "I live on the eastern coastal plains. Sculpture in the Park is a great western US venue and offers a lot of exposure. It’s helped me attract a great group of patrons and a couple new collectors each year. I’ve made life-long friends with the artists, show organizers, volunteers and staff. This community of sculptors has become my second home."
According to Merlin Cohen, who has participated over 10 years, "I do no other shows. I have searched for others, but have found none that can compare with Sculpture in the Park. I have been spoiled. This show is all about the art, the artist, the returning patrons and the first time visitors. The volunteers are knowledgeable, helpful, courteous, and gracious and pride themselves in making the show most successful for all. Checking in, checking out, and negotiating and finalizing sales could not be simpler. Through the jurying process, the LHPAC assures that all sculptures are of the highest quality and there is a representative selection of all media and styles."
Randy Mulder, a more recent participant says, "Sculpture in the Park has been quite successful for me. It is extremely well-organized and well-run, the jury process is professional and fair, and everyone associated with the show is exceptionally nice and very pleasant to deal with. With its high attendance, the exposure is phenomenal. More people will see my work in one hour than will see it all year in a gallery. After 30 years Sculpture in the Park is well established and an institution. It's the signature event in a city known worldwide for its sculpture."
Amongst the 132 returning artists are Linda Allyn and Richard Hornby. The dynamic duo met at a production glass studio and in 1996 they created Fire Ranch Glassworks. Based in Tucson, Arizona, Allyn describes this as “a life together in work and marriage.” The richly colored, flowing patterns of Richard Hornby's glasswork reflects the finest craftsmanship and a love of the natural beauty of the Southwest. Linda's work reflects the love of art and magic that she first felt as a child. Her stunning sandblasted images of landscapes and botanical elements are meticulous in their color and detail. Together they fulfilled a dream building one of Arizona's largest and most modern studios with stunning views of the Santa Catalina Mountains northwest of Tucson.
Additionally, Merlin Cohen is a returning artist. Broceliande is the mythical forest where Merlin the wizard was encased in stone. As in those legendary times, today Merlin Cohen strives to unlock magical power and beauty stored within the rock. His sculpture invites your touch to discover the cool soothing powers of the stone; and it invites your eye to enjoy the aesthetic design created by his deft hands.
Ella Buchholz, returning for her seventh consecutive year, says, “It is a great honor to be included in the Sculpture in the Park show again this year. This show brings me both joy and inspiration. I have been creating mosaics for over twenty years now. The advancement of the chemistry of the materials has accelerated this art form into, ‘You can glue almost anything to anything!' I love it and I hope you do as well. Enjoy the show.”