Thursday, December 7, 2017

Fort Collins monuments (and the stories behind them)


Fort Collins monuments (and the stories behind them)
"Monuments are a great way to learn about your city, the people who have been there before," said Thomas Cauvin, a Colorado State University professor of public history and the mind behind a recent Northern Colorado monuments project. Fort Collins monuments (and the stories behind them)
3. "20% Chance of Flurries"
"20% Chance of Flurries" sits on the east side of CSU's Monfort Quad, reminding passersby of the perseverance of Colorado's farm and ranch families. Location: Colorado State University
Located on the east side of CSU's Monfort Quad — perched high above the sea of students trudging to class every day — is a frozen glimpse into frontier life.
The 16- by 11-foot bronze statue, named "20% Chance of Flurries," shows a cowboy clutching his horse's reins and holding a calf on his lap.
The statue, which was sculpted by Chris Navarro and dedicated in 2005, honors the farm and ranch families of Colorado. A plaque below the sculpture includes a poem of the same name, written by Jeff Anslinger.

20% Chance of Flurries
As we headed out to start the day
We noticed the sky was turnin' gray
A cold north wind had started to blow
and we knew that by noon there'd be snow
Now I'll admit its early spring
And a man never knows what the weather will bring
But most of the calves are already born
And just last week the sheep were shorn
Then the blizzard blew in like a demon from hell
How much snow we'd get was hard to tell
So towards the shelter we pushed the stock
But the snow was a driftin' by two o'clock
Then the sheep went to millin' and the cattle bunched tight
But like mad men against nature we kept up the fight
We were yellin' and whippin' with our catch ropes
But as the blizzard raged on, there sank our hopes
Across our saddles we carried calves to the shed
And prayed to God that by morning they all wouldn't be dead
We made it to the house, but our hopes they were gone
Then the blizzard blew out just before dawn
For we knew the battle we had lost
But then first light showed us the cost
My heart was sinkin' while I was on the saddle
Countin' dead sheep and draggin' frozen cattle
But in my mind some words still remain
This weatherman's little rhyming refrain
Stockmen and ranchers, you have no worries
It's only a 20% chance of flurries.

20% Chance of Flurries is a sculpture that won a national competition and was commissioned as a 15 ' tall monument by the Colorado Department of Agriculture. Placed at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado, the sculpture honors the dedication and hardships of the people who make their living ranching and farming. The image of a cowboy on a horse saving a young calf embodies the test of endurance that highlights the best qualities of the men who live in the West. They face hard conditions, and take life as it comes. This sculpture is available in a table top size. chrisnavarro.com

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Started a new sculpture looking for a good title I was thinking ''LAND OF THE FREE'' any friends have a good suggestion let me know thanks Chris

Started a new sculpture looking for a good title I was thinking ''LAND OF THE FREE'' any friends have a good suggestion let me know thanks Chris. Will be cast in bronze and offered as a wall hanging or free-standing sculpture H-15.5'' L-23'' W- 5

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

I have 2 new clay sculptures on display at Navarro Gallery in Sedona AZ that will be cast into bronze one is '' Flame Horse'' H-13'' price 900. come by the gallery and see it.

I have 2 new clay sculptures on display at Navarro Gallery in Sedona AZ that will be cast into bronze one is '' Flame Horse'' H-13'' price 900. come by the gallery and see it.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Monday, November 13, 2017

My annual Navarro studio newsletter brochure




My annual Navarro studio newsletter brochure to all my collectors is being mailed today. I mail one out every year to all my collectors to update them on new work and let them know I appreciate their support. Because without them I would not be able to make a living doing what I love thank you Chris Navarro!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

On Veterans day I think of my father who is a veteran of WWII, Korea and Vietnam and served in the military for 30 years. Thinking of you today dad.




On Veterans day I think of my father who is a veteran of WWII, Korea and Vietnam and served in the military for 30 years. Thinking of you today dad.
Lt. Col. Herbert Navarro born in Dell Rio Texas February 11, 1926. Was one in a family of 13 children and grew up in San Antonio Texas. In 1941 when he was 15 years old he started working for Western Union as a bicycle delivery boy to help support his family. He told me his most difficult deliveries were military death notice telegrams to the families of soldiers fighting in World War II. In February 1944 he enlisted at the age of 18 in the U.S. Army. After boot camp he was given the assignment of being a POW guard for German prisoners relocated to Louisiana. At the end of World War II, he went to college on the G.I. Bill as a ROTC cadet. He graduated in 1950 with a degree in physics and was sent to the Korean War as a second lieutenant in the US Army First Field artillery. After his tour in Korea he told me while he was in the Army he would see the planes flying above and thought he would rather be up in the sky than down here on the ground. He then proceeded to transfer into the Air Force in 1952. He was sent to flight navigation school and received a bachelor degree in electrical engineering. In 1970 he did a tour in Vietnam developing night vision imagery systems on the gunship Puff the Magic Dragon. In 1972 our family was transferred to Torrejon Air Base Madrid, Spain. My father fluent in Spanish and now a Lt. Col. was put in charge of Combat Grande the installation of the defense radar for Spain. My father joined the Army as a Pfc. in 1944 and retired with 30 years of military service in 1974 at the age of 48. He was a veteran of World War II, Korea and Vietnam. He was a master navigator with continuous flight status and qualified on the B- 25, C-119, B-47, B-52 and the KC-135.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Hank gave us a chance to win another buckle love that horse!

Do to the weather and work I have not been able to rope latley. Finaly got a chance to go up to the National Team Roping in Wright Wy and that good horse Hank gave us a chance to win another buckle love that horse!