‘The Lady Beckons’ – New Richard Swanson sculpture beckons visitors into The Myrna Loy

Marga Lincoln For the Independent Record

Helena artist Richard Swanson’s newest sculpture, “The Lady Beckons,” settles onto her pedestal first thing Friday morning at the entrance to The Myrna Loy.

Her arrival has been much-anticipated.

Long has The Myrna Loy struggled to gain more visibility for its unique jailhouse arts venue, tucked onto North Ewing Street, across from the Courthouse.

A rendering of Richard Swanson’s new sculpture “The Lady Beckons.”

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And the scarlet, willowy lady – with her graceful, dancing curves and bold Myrna Loy sign – definitely invites a closer admiring look.

A dedication of the sculpture is6 p.m. Thursday, April 27, at The Myrna Loy, 15 N. Ewing (before the jazz concert by the Brandon Goldberg Quintet at 7:30 p.m.)

She’s the latest of Swanson’s large public art sculptures in Helena.

And she’s a welcome addition at The Myrna Loy’s front door and the Rodney Street neighborhood.

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At 15 feet high, plus her 3-foot-high pedestal, the steel lady is not about to be ignored.

It’s no accident she

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