Visual arts

Loveland Museum’s Beet Education Center serves as canvas for acclaimed artist – Loveland Reporter-Herald

For Don Rimx, art is about making connections – between people, their communities and their stories. Through vivid colors and interwoven symbology, his murals not only reflect their surroundings, but tell their stories in a new and dynamic way.

This week, the famous Rimx is in downtown Loveland for a new project at the city’s Beet Education Center, an annex of the museum at Fifth Street and Lincoln Avenue that hosts art classes, workshops and other programs. .

On Saturday and Sunday, Rimx hosted a workshop for aspiring muralists who then had the chance to assist him in the early stages of his latest piece, climbing up the west side of the building.

“It was fantastic,” the city’s public art officer, Suzanne Janssen, said of the class. “We were a maximum of eight students, so everyone had a lot of one-on-one time with the artist. And as you can see, they were super busy those two days.

The Beet Center project originated in a comment made to Janssen by a local artist who wanted to know more about creating murals. Janssen then took the idea to the city’s Visual Arts Commission, which put the idea into action and issued a call for artists.

Rimx was ultimately selected from a pool of over 50 applicants.

LOVELAND, CO – SEPTEMBER 19, 2022: After stepping back for a moment to look, artist Don Rimx looks back at his mural on Monday, September 19, 2022, while working on the west side of the Beet Education Center in downtown Loveland . (Jenny Sparks/Loveland Reporter-Herald)

He is currently putting the finishing touches on the mural, which still has no title. He expects that to be done by Thursday and has set a steady pace to get there.

Like his other pieces, the design of the Beet mural pays homage to Loveland’s past. Against a light green background, he combined colorful images of beets and farmland with the profile of a young Native American woman, which centers the piece.

“I wanted to put some energy into the mural,” he said. “Women will relate to it and a man will enjoy looking at it, but it’s also the beauty of the mother nation.”

Groupings of red and white beads are woven throughout the design, an element that appears in his murals around the world.

“I always try to keep adding a link to the big channel,” Rimx said. “I’ve travelled, but every piece I make in a different city is a link in a big necklace that everyone wears. It’s a connection.

Rimx grew up in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where his talent for art stood out from an early age. He then studied at the Escuela de Artes Plasticas on the island, then moved to Brooklyn, New York, where his murals began to be noticed.

The artist and his family now live in Florida. Over the years he has painted murals in Europe, Israel and all over the United States.

His process is the same in every place. Before even thinking about design, Rimx delves into local history and extracts relevant images to add to its mural.

In Loveland, that meant agriculture and indigenous peoples. In Ogden, Utah, where he painted five large parking garage murals in less than a month, he added imagery related to the city’s railroad past and its little-known history as a jazz mecca. American.

LOVELAND, CO - SEPTEMBER 19, 2022: Artist Don Rimx uses spray paint on his mural on Monday September 19, 2022 at the Beet Education Center in downtown Loveland.  (Jenny Sparks/Loveland Reporter-Herald)
Artist Don Rimx uses spray paint on his mural Monday at the Beet Education Center in downtown Loveland. (Jenny Sparks/Loveland Reporter-Herald)

“I research the culture of the city, because I want people to identify with themselves and be part of the piece,” he said. “I don’t want to impose myself, you know, I’m not from here. So I don’t want to be a stranger to come here and do what I want. And then no one knows.

Rimx has also donated its talents to causes around the world. Recently, he had the chance to honor his native Puerto Rico with a portrait of baseball star Roberto Clemente commemorating the 50th anniversary of his untimely death in a plane crash.

Once the Loveland project is complete, Rimx will be back in Florida for a project in Orlando, not far from his home. He also travels to Wisconsin for a mural project on an underpass in Green Bay. Later, he hopes to travel to Sierra Leone for the opportunity to work with local children.

“Having this opportunity to travel around the world painting gives me the inspiration to, when I see young people, I want to share the experience,” he said. “They can learn the techniques, and keep the art flowing and develop the movement.”

To learn more about Rimx’s work, visit donrimx.com. For more information about the Beet Education Center, including upcoming events, visit thelovelandmuseum.org/beet.