Chipeta Elementary getting new statue

Cedaredge artist Tracy Munson will create a 30-inch bronze statue depicting Ute leader Chipeta for the main entry of Chipeta Elementary School, 950 Chipeta Ave.

The statue will be finished in April. The piece will feature Chipeta, wife of Ute Chief Ouray, holding a boy with her right arm and stretching out her left arm in “a gesture of welcome,” Munson said.

“Chipeta loved children, and throughout her life she was very involved with them,” she said.

Munson’s depiction of an American Indian woman in the statue “Eagle’s Gift” helped the Grand Junction Commission on Arts and Culture select her to sculpt the piece, said Allison Sarmo, cultural arts coordinator.

Grand Junction’s 1 Percent For the Arts program, which sets aside money for art in or around city facilities, will pay for the statue. The city helped School District 51 expand Chipeta Elementary to allow for more community recreation.

Munson and her husband own Munson’s Main St. Gallery at 260 W. Main St. in Cedaredge.


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