ART // Summer 2015

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vail valley gallery guide summer 2015


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rtists, artwork, vision, meaning — ART is always a fun publication to put together. But I wasn’t expecting the jolt I got when I came across a sentence about sculptor Woodrow Nash, written by Kimberly Nicoletti and tucked right into the middle of the page without warning or fanfare: “In employing various techniques with stoneware, terracotta and porcelain, it is as if Nash’s human forms have unearthed themselves to tell their stories.” And that gets at the heart of it. For so many of the people depicted on these pages, art is excavation. It’s exploration, creation. Yes, art tells stories. It also interprets and validates. Gives voice. Makes real. No matter how coy or playful we are, nor how scared and alone we might feel, we humans want to be known. We want to tell our stories. And artists help us do that. Welcome to ART, a look at the local art scene. Our galleries are filled with creations representing a wide range of mediums and styles. Read about some of them here.

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12 KARATS Featuring Dan Telleen

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18 ART ON A WHIM Featuring Tracy & Sushe Felix

20 CLAGGETT/REY GALLERY Featuring Quang Ho

22 GIB SINGLETON GALLERY Featuring Gib Singleton

24 GALERIE ZÜGER Featuring Bob Wilfong

26 J. COTTER GALLERY Featuring Jim Cotter

28 ART IN THE VALLEY GALLERY Featuring Various Artists

30 BATTLE MOUNTAIN TRADING POST Featuring Bill Reis

32 ALPEN ART & ANTIKS Featuring Various Artists

34 CARRIE FELL GALLERY Featuring Carrie Fell

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VAIL INTERNATIONAL GALLERY 100 east meadow drive, no. 17 | vail • 970.476.2525 • vailgallery.com featuring Mikael Olson and Michelle Torrez

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t’s not often on the local art scene one hears honor, friendship and support are behind an upcoming exhibit. But that’s the case this summer in the coveted “back room” at Vail International Gallery with works by Colorado painters Mikael Olson and Michelle Torrez, the Front Range artists themselves on premises for a joint showing on July 11. “Mikael and Michelle have a dialogue as artists. They’ve been friends for many years,” explains gallery co-owner Marc LeVarn, an aficionado of the two, whose works with oils on canvas both complement and contrast. Olson “is an artist’s artist, one of the

up-and-coming artists in Colorado,” says Torrez, an established name in the Denver art community and a member of the Art Institute of Colorado’s hall of fame since her induction in 2004. “She’s fantastic, a virtuoso, yet very supportive,” replies Olsen, a relative newcomer to the Colorado art scene, though he’s been drawing and painting longer than she has, as long as he can remember. “I’m quite honored to exhibit with her.” Olson, from Evergreen, concentrates on urban scenes in a style he calls “impressionistic toward slightly expressionistic.” Using muted tones but in a manner expansive in scope, vague

up close but impressively detailed at a distance, his works — a great example being “Midtown Reflections,” an image from a recent visit to New York City — are personal impressions of his favorite subjects, “single objects in bold still-life, human figures thoughtfully composed and cleanly rendered, and light-infused street scenes.” Olsen typically takes crude photos of cityscapes he finds interesting, he says, for their “combination of geometric and organic shapes,” then goes to work “in stages” filling in detail. “Every city has its own palette, a different range and feel to it.” Torrez, by contrast, paints close up in vibrant colors with deep, broad strokes, typically of the female form living life, sometimes nude, typically in motion, always very personal. “I think about about my experiences in my own life as a woman,” says Torrez, based in Denver. “I paint from life, but also from photos and from memory. Sometimes I just make things up.” A great example of her work is “I Refuse to Melt,” a work of female defiance. “Sometimes the meanings are vague,” Torrez says. “But I like to provide room for interpretation.” LeVarn, meanwhile, says Vail International Gallery is proud to present works from two great local artists who became friends practicing en pleine air. “Our shows are for living artists. They deserve the support,” LeVarn says. “It’s important to them; it’s very gratifying for us.” — by stephen lloyd wood

“Blue and Orange, San Francisco Street Scene #1” by Mikael Olson, oil on canvas, 24” by 30”


“Acacia (She Knows)” by Michelle Torrez, oil on canvas, 36” by 24”

“Indigo,” by Michelle Torrez, oil on canvas, 48” by 24”

“Midtown Reflections, NYC,” by Mikael Olson, oil on canvas, 36” by 48”


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“Sensitivity” by Britten, 40” by 40”, mixed media


C. A N T HON Y GA LL E RY 61 avondale lane, market square | beaver creek 970.845.8645 • canthony.gallery featuring Britten

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t is nearly impossible to speak about Britten’s artwork — those sweeping canvases of color layered upon color, light layered upon metals — without speaking about the artist herself. “I have found the unity of it all through vulnerability and authenticity,” she explains. “Nothing can remain hidden in my art; it’s all there whether I’m aware of it or not. It is through full exposure personally that I have found the full exposure — or endless possibilities — of creativity, and vice versa.” These are not simply words for the artist, but a mission, a commitment, an everlasting epiphany that drives her to create. Whether she is standing in front of a canvas, reaching for paints without noticing the colors, or speaking with strangers in the course of everyday living, Britten is both present

“Awaken” by Britten, 40” by 40”, mixed media

and exposed. “Through the years my paintings have been a perfect mirror of my internal life... the life that I thought most people “Everlasting” by Britten, 60” by 60”, mixed media would never see,” Intriguing. Her artwork is all of these, she says. “Deep emotions, dreams, and yet these words don’t get at the searching for some kind of meaning in experiences — all this has shown up like heart of those multi-colored canvases a reflection in the mirror on the canvas.” that seem to reach into the room and demand attention, sometimes with And when she realized what was an exclamatory shout, other times happening, she saw the “real” her: a seductive whisper. The abstract “I can’t possibly hide because I art might induce a memory of widelove to paint. It is me; I am it.” open skies or happiness, longing She’s always chasing the light, and manages to imbue her art with that light. or peace or sex or water. But at the heart of all of them is Britten. She believes a fascination with light is a “Each piece of art documents the universal quality shared by humanity. “Luminosity is important to me for this process of connecting a small piece into the bigger picture, or life,” she reason,” she says. “I use many layers says. “I know now that my purpose is to share this process with anyone of light-reflecting who wants to look. It may be my mediums and unique process but the end result is materials to allow universal, something that is beyond the light to be me, beyond the language barrier or seen from any cultural differences. It’s an invitation to direction at any look beyond what we think we know.” time of day from Britten doesn’t ask the viewer to any perspective. do anything she herself is unwilling I see light and to do. She’s not presenting answers our reflection of but celebrating the questions. light or luminosity “Trusting my path came with as the mystery the prerequisite that I trust myself of life, so I work and my intuition,” she says. “This with it, play with trust is an endless circle that it and am totally sustains itself. I just allow it to be fascinated by it.” present with me at all times.” Luscious. And so she is able to capture Beautiful. Textured. the light, capture the life. Unsettling. — by wren bova Layered.

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K A R AT S 122 east meadow drive | vail970.476.4760 • karatsvail.com featuring Dan Telleen

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o visit Karats is to revisit ourselves, our culture and our history as recreated through the eyes, hands and mind of not only a great artist, designer and craftsman of custom jewelry but a veritable curator to an impressive collection of jeweled artifacts. The cozy, two-level shop, open since 1970, at first seems like any other, with glass cases displaying a wide variety of interesting works. But spend a few minutes with its owner and designer, Dan Telleen, and you’ll soon appreciate the care he puts into every custom piece, as well as his detailed account of its place in our past. “Our theme has always been connecting history,” says Telleen, a lofty, rough-hewn Iowan whose work has been featured in selected exhibitions in museums and galleries around the world. To this artist, the glass cases represent themes on which he can design variations, his media ranging from diamonds and gems to opals and pearls, eternal symbols to wax seals, ivory to iron, fossils to bones, arrowheads and other “ancient things.” For every completed piece on display, however, there’s probably a thousand or more artifacts carefully catalogued, wrapped in wax paper and filed in one of a dozen or so drawers behind the main counter. The intent, Telleen says,

is a collection ready for and worthy of any customer’s desire, be it reusing metals and gems from their own family heirlooms or designing new, unique originals with Karats’ inventory. Up on the landing above the tiny gallery — on the way to the tiny “working studio” where Telleen and his “family” of gem setters and goldsmiths bring his designs to reality — is another array of file drawers reminiscent of an old library’s card catalog system. On handwritten index cards is a detailed record of every single piece Karats has created in its 45 years, numbering in the tens of thousands, he imagines. The result is a database from which information can be gleaned regarding every detail of a piece, from the size and shape of every stone to the makeup and style of its setting. If a Karats creation is lost or stolen, for example, an exact replica can be recreated. It’s this meticulous attention to detail — in addition to Telleen’s uncommon talent for placing historical artifacts into contemporary settings — that’s made Karats a favorite to Vail residents and visitors for decades. “People often stop being customers and become collectors,” Telleen says. “That’s part of being part of the Karats family. People who came here to ski, their grandchildren are now our customers. Some are third-generation.” — by stephen lloyd wood


clockwise from top left: 18K impression of an ancient seal set with an ancient arrowhead; earrings, tourmaline, extra-large slices, set in 14-karat gold; ancient Greek coin set in 22-karat gold and sterling silver; bracelet, coins of Roman women, set in 18-karat gold; rhodochrosite, 22-karat earrings; trilobites set in 18K gold. Center: sterling impression of ancient seal.


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“Rukia,” by Woodrow Nash, ceramic


M A S T ERS GA LL E RY 100 e. meadow drive, suite 27 | vail 970.477.0600 • mastersgalleryvail.com featuring Woodrow Nash

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ncountering a Woodrow Nash sculpture is like meeting an exquisite human being for the first time — one that “speaks” through posture, form, color, texture and adornment; one you can touch, and intimately connect to the power of. Nash’s life-size sculptures of tribal men and women portray the spirit, or soul, of people who have survived, and risen, before us. He infuses his African images with the more primitive, asymmetrical styles of 15th century Benin (a precolonial African empire) and the more refined 18th century Art Nouveau. It’s a perfect blend for Nash: with his ancestry steeped in African tradition — his was the first generation to migrate to the North after sharecropping in Alabama — and his formal art training focused upon Western aesthetics.

“Marika,”by Woodrow Nash, ceramic

Though he terms his work “African Nouveau,” he doesn’t limit his depictions to African history; it is tribal decorative art, which stretches beyond cultural boundaries. The sensuality of “Husani,” by Woodrow Nash, ceramic art nouveau comes across in the lines “I’m constantly trying to tweak and organic flow of tribal physique. and make different imagery, just to His pieces portray a sense of pride keep me on the edge,” Nash says. and mystery, while also revealing One of Nash’s recent projects involved delicacies, which make us all human. helping people viscerally understand the “I wanted to bring about a history of slavery through 63 ceramic sense of nobility and regalness,” heads, which the owner of Whitney he says of his pieces. Plantation (near New Orleans) posted In employing various techniques with on stakes to memorialize the revolt. stoneware, terracotta and porcelain, Nash also contributed about 40 lifeit is as if Nash’s human forms have sized slaves to the plantation-turnedunearthed themselves to tell their museum, which opened last year. stories. And each yearns to not “It’s very difficult to interpret feelings only be seen, but also touched, when you’re feeling something from and therefore “heard.” Nash has an inanimate object,” he says. “(People) corn-rolled his clay women’s hair, don’t know how to respond … (but) etched stylized scarification into they say that my work has persona. warriors, meticulously formed and I’ve had a lot of extreme reactions; strung clay beads into ceremonial it’s not for everybody … some say robes, and over-accentuated shoulders in efforts to meld human it’s too strong, and others love it.” He refers to his work as “the original expression, tribal symbolism form of communication,” one that allows and sophisticated aesthetics. him “to say what’s on my mind or what “People want to feel it, and I it is I am feeling without saying it.” say, ‘please touch,’” he says. Though he remains true to his creative He perceives the conception inspiration, he continuously listens to his of his figures as magical, or clients, building relationships with them to spiritual. He describes it as a design each unique piece — one they can force emerging from him; time ultimately develop their own relationship becomes suspended — what he experiences as an hour turns out to with, and, as they live with it, connect to its very own story, sensuality and soul. be an entire day — and afterward, — by kimberly nicoletti he feels drained, yet satisfied.

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M c R AE LIT T FINE A R T 141 e meadow drive, suite 205 | vail • 970.476.2787 • mcraelitt.com featuring Roger Hayden Johnson

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ocated in Vail’s Solaris, McRae Litt Fine Art features curated pieces from a select group of international artists. The gallery specializes in fine-art paintings and sculptures ranging from representational to abstract, with an emphasis on realism — an emphasis shared by painter Roger Hayden Johnson. Recently, the artist and his wife, Mary, traveled all over Europe to find “white wine, seafood and beautiful, beautiful harbors.” The oil painter has been stroking color onto canvas for over 50 years, focusing mainly on landscapes and architecture with striking angles of illumination. In the last several years, however, he has recreated scenes from the light-catching harbor scenes he has sought out on the European coasts — from the boats that radiate amidst vibrant reflections. “My favorite light is at dawn, and then about 20 to 30 minutes before the sun goes down,” the artist shares. “It’s when the light is coming in almost horizontal to what I am seeing, and the color is rich and casts beautiful, long, lush shadows across the landscapes, which contrast the color and the light. It’s very dramatic.” Johnson captures each museworthy moment with a photograph, which he says is a crucial and enjoyable aspect of his creative process.

“Aqua Marine,” by Roger Hayden Johnson, 26” by 50”, oil on canvas

“Outrageously Red,” by Roger Hayden Johnson, 25” by 36”, oil on canvas

“I really, really enjoy the photography part of it,” he explains. “It’s a little bit like treasure hunting — going out and seeing what I can find. And then I take all those home, and sort through them, and combine and change and get what I really want from the photos.” One of Johnson’s newest works, “Aqua Marine,” illustrates a light blue-green boat, sitting with grace on impeccably clear water. While most all of Johnson’s skiffs

are painted onto water, there’s something even more fluid that comes through with the piece. “I manipulated the color quite a bit to make it more clear, and sort of startling, actually,” he said of the liquid depicted in the painting. All of Johnson’s boat paintings in McRae Litt Fine Art this summer are from a small harbor he visited in the northwestern part of Spain, near the town of Santiago de Compostela. The boats have an authentic character Johnson relates to, and he hopes those who view his art enjoy the oil-crafted moments for the same reasons. He says he makes the contrasts of light and color a little bit more obvious than they come across in real life, so viewers can really dive in. “I like things that are handmade,” Johnson says, “that have imperfections, and show wear and show age … I just like seeing the way things are put together, both buildings and the boats. It’s the imperfections that I just find compelling — that just sort of interest me.” — by kim fuller


– 17 SUMMER 2015 “The Sky Below,” by Roger Hayden Johnson, 33” by 51”, oil on canvas

“Carnaval,” by Roger Hayden Johnson, 30” by 60”, oil on canvas


– 18 SUMMER 2015

“Moon Lake Reflection” by Sushe Felix, 36” by 36” acrylic on panel

“Mount Powell, Gore Range” by Tracy Felix, 36” by 48” oil on panel


A R T ON A W HIM 227 bridge street | vail 970.476.4883 • artonawhim.com featuring Tracy and Sushe Felix

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here’s a feeling one gets when viewing works by two featured painters at Art on a Whim this summer: Awe, something anyone who’s beheld personally the highest peaks of the Rocky Mountains and the wide-open spaces of the American Southwest can understand. For that reason — and perhaps, too, because he’s become one of the gallery’s most bountiful artists — the entire north wall at Art on a Whim is being dedicated to the work of Tracy Felix, whose animated mountain landscapes in oil on panel are simply awe inspiring. The gallery, for the first time, also will be displaying works by Felix’s wife,

Sushe, whose works in acrylic on panel are the perfect complement. “Yes, he works huge, but it’s the clouds and mountain shapes that separate his work from others. He likes storms, I think for the contrast. He is the quintessential Colorado artist,” says Ross Raitman, co-owner of Art on a Whim. “She works a little smaller, but not much, with more crisp lines; and she’s more diverse, with some urban scenes, wildlife, abstracts.” The Felixes, both Colorado natives now based in Denver — and both with works in a long list of museums, including the Denver Art Museum — are known to paint seven days a week. Prolific, yes,

“High Mountain Mist,” by Sushe Felix, 24” by 18”, acrylic on panel

but their work is scarce, nonetheless, as neither produces prints. So, if you want to see their work on the scales they intended, a personal visit to Art on a Whim, with galleries in Vail and Breckenridge, is definitely in order. And only that way can you truly feel their inspiration. “My whole life has been spent hiking and skiing in the mountains that I feel so much a part of,” says Tracy Felix, born in the San Luis Valley and raised “under the looming summit of Pikes Peak” in Colorado Springs. “My paintings are all about expressing my love for the Western landscape. The mountain peaks, wild cloud forms, the expansive sky and incredible geology are the ingredients I use to create a painting. “I want the viewer to draw his or her own perceptions about my work from the paintings themselves. Everyone sees and feels something different in them, just as in nature.” Sushe Felix, by contrast, says she finds inspiration in the American Regionalist and Modernist art movements from the 1930s and ‘40s, looking for new ways to depict nature’s rhythms and flow. “As a native of Colorado, I feel my work is all about the brilliant color, dramatic forms and shapes, and the intense lights and darks of the American Southwest,” she says. “I wish to instill in my work a sense of joy along with a feeling of mystery and playfulness and hope it brings the same to those who view it.” — stephen lloyd wood “Setting Crescent,” by Tracy Felix, 30” by 24”, oil on panel

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CL AGGE T T / R E Y GA LLERY 100 east meadow drive, no. 7 | vail • 970.476.9350 • claggettrey.com featuring Quang Ho

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uang Ho approaches life, and art, as an unending interconnection. His interest in philosophy and religion doesn’t visually appear as subjects in his paintings, but it subtly comes through, with every brush stroke, every color and line, and every texture and tone. Ho began drawing at age 4, but growing up in Vietnam, and later immigrating to the U.S., he didn’t benefit from much artistic guidance. Nevertheless, he has attained mastery, after 25 years of “struggling and learning.” When his family immigrated to the U.S. (Ho was 11), he began teaching himself how to be an artist. “I devoured books at the Denver Public Library,” he says. “As a little kid, I could hardly understand English, but I got all the arts books (I could).” One day, at age 16, he walked down his neighborhood block to buy some candy, which happened to sit next door to an art gallery. He had never visited

“Every Which Way” by Quang Ho, 48” by 70”, oil

a gallery, so he followed his curiosity and walked in. After chatting with the owner, the pair set up Ho’s first oneman show. Ho watched in awe as his drawings sold for $100 to $250, which was “a lot for me as a sophomore.” Tragedy could have derailed Ho’s artistic progress when his mother died in a car accident, leaving a 19-year-old Ho with the responsibility of raising his five younger siblings, but he remained committed to both family and art. He studied at the Colorado Institute of Art on a merit scholarship and graduated with the Best Portfolio Award in his class. Ho continued to study and practice painting rigorously and eventually distilled the technique down to six basic visual elements: shapes, value/tone, color, line, texture and edges. With a waiting list of over 300 people for his workshops, he finally created three DVDs teaching people how to paint “to save (them) years of going through what I had to.” His paintings, whether realistic

or abstract, reflect his expertise. Through both forms, he dialogues between the six visual elements, and as he does, “everything else follows, including light, form, concepts, personal beliefs and inspirations. “My philosophy is to push great beauty as far as I can and find new visual dialogues.” He responds to the beauty he sees everywhere he goes, he says, and he completely trusts “wordless intuition and inspiration.” “I’ve spent 30 years doing this, and I don’t have any more questions (about technique),” he says. “I’m following my impulses and exploring whatever I want, and in that sense, it’s really new … now I can invent and listen to color and tones and let them tell me what to do.” “Quang Ho is truly a master of his craft, and one of the finest painters of any genre in North America,” says gallery owner Bill Rey. “As his life unfolds we are honored to be a part of this great man’s legacy.” Bill Rey These days, he’s expanding, both in the size of his paintings (up to 5x10 feet) and in scope. “Where I’m going is big,” he says. “I feel like all the years I’ve learned, I’ve practiced and I’ve worked — it’s like practicing for a solo concert.” Though he’s going big as an artist, his ego remains Zen-like. “Everything is visually connected, but our brains name things,” he says. “Spiritually, I think that’s also true (beyond the visual). If I do a good job, what works in my paintings corresponds to what works in nature … in nature, everything’s unique, and yet it’s all connected at the same time.” — by kimberly nicoletti


“Mizuna Line” by Quang Ho, 24” by 48” , oil

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“Chesnut” by Quang Ho, 20” by 20” , oil

“Pomegrante 2” by Quang Ho, 16” by 16” , oil


Opening gate of the Via Dolorosa featuring Gib Singleton’s work at the Museum of Biblical Art in Dallas

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“Fallen Lamb,” by Gib Singleton, bronze

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“Judgement,” by Gib Singleton, bronze


GIB SINGLE T ON 1 willow bridge road, suite cs-5 | vail 970.476.4851 • gibsingletongallery.com featuring Gib Singleton

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rtists have produced works based on the Bible for centuries, but it’s rare to find an artist who interprets the death and resurrection of Jesus in a fresh, unique manner. Gib Singleton not only depicted the stations of the cross in a dynamic way, but he also made them globally accessible. The Museum of Biblical Art in Dallas debuted Singleton’s 14 life-size bronze sculptures May 15. Since then, the pieces have compelled people from all walks of life to pause. Scott Peck, curator of the museum, even watches nearby mall shoppers divert their route to walk the gardens, which host Singleton’s pieces. “It doesn’t matter what their background — religious and not religious, all colors of the rainbow in theology, atheists or Buddhists — they identify with the stories, and they’re emotionally involved,” he says. “It can be experienced as an art installation, or it can be experienced as spiritual.” Peck has asked culturally diverse

“Blessed Mother,” by Gib Singleton, bronze

kids on school tours what race they think Jesus is, according to Singleton’s interpretation. So far, everyone, from African Americans to Asians and Hispanics assign Jesus to their own culture. “No matter who you are, you feel like you’re included,” Peck says. “That’s really unique.” His elongated sculptures, which range from cowboys and Native Americans to Abraham Lincoln and Jesus, depict how “living life thins you out on the range, or as a saint,” says John Goekler, director of the Gib Singleton Museum of Fine Art. “(They portray) struggle, nobility, strength … fierce independence and courage.” Though his range of subject matter made some people curious, it always made perfect sense to Singleton, who described it like this: ““Saints, sheriffs, they’re all the same. They say, ‘Here I stand, and you can count on me.” His stations of the cross highlight the torment Jesus endured. Peck believes much of the physical and emotional pain Singleton withstood translated into his sculptures. Singleton lost a daughter, had a broken marriage and laid on his deathbed in 2004. After doctors told him he had a week to live, Singleton received his last rites from Father Julio at El Santuario de Chimayo in Santa Fe, N.M. But the priest also told him he must finish his sculptures of the 14 stations, of which he only had three completed. Singleton listened, and lived 10 more years. “Something miraculous happened at Chimayo — a mystical connection, a call of obedience to do these 14 stations,” Peck says. “Every time he completed one he got stronger,” says Paul Zueger, owner of Galerie Züger. “It was as amazing as you could believe.” Today, his stations regularly bring people to tears.

“Veronica’s Vision,” by Gib Singleton, bronze

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“Behold Your King,” by Gib Singleton, bronze

“He chose a style that is very textural and sensual,” Peck says. “His approach made Biblical art more accessible. When you see his art, you feel like you belong … You get to walk with Jesus and understand the message of the Gospel. “Now, more than ever, people are looking for comfort, looking for answers and positive emotions from artwork. Gib’s work does that … It becomes a kind of pilgrimage experience. His work is really inspirational … It breathes life into people who see it.” — by kimberly nicoletti


GA LE R IE Z ÜGER 141 e. meadow drive, #208 | vail • 970.476.5619 • galeriezugervail.com featuring Bob Wilfong

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ob Wilfong, seeking form, went from biologist to banker, penguin sculptor to philosopher. His bronze sculptures employ archetypal patterns to explore the nature of mankind and its higher level of consciousness. Wilfong’s appreciation for life — and all of its beauty — led him to a degree in biology, which resulted in a thorough knowledge of anatomy. So, when his wife randomly began collecting penguins about 20 years ago, it seemed logical for him to fashion a penguin out of metal, since they couldn’t find any commercially. He didn’t have any training in art or metallurgy, but he lived close to a foundry, so he checked it out. He spent his first year creating “very realistic” penguins, many of them life-size. Then he moved on to wildlife, mainly predators. Wilfong progressed from considering himself a skilled craftsperson, who mimicked what he understood anatomically and saw in the natural world, to an artist when he dropped the

idea of precise anatomy and formed a piece he calls “If I Could But Fly,” which depicts a person transforming into a bird. Though he couldn’t fly as a man, he began to take off as an artist. “I wanted to do something that really expressed who you were in the excitement and change of stepping out in the world without having all the support systems there,” he says. “It was so powerful. I feel like that’s when I really became an artist.” Wilfong often uses spheres to remind people, even if only unconsciously, that the soul is whole and complete. Lately, he’s been drawn to hearts — an archetypal form that “everybody responds to,” he says, because he wants “to create a visual expression of an emotion.” As Wilfong builds his pieces, he avoids rigid armatures. Instead, he uses aluminum wire to build a skeleton that “becomes very alive, so if I’m not going in the right

direction, I can loosen … and adjust and can bring the life out in the piece.” In working with flexible wires, “the purity of the thought starts to develop … (and) the pieces then tend to develop themselves,” he says. “I look internally to try to express emotions that are important to us. … I have more questions than when I started, and I think that’s the pursuit of an artist.” Wilfong titled one of his most recent sculptures “Embrace Your Heart.” Through the study of life science, art and philosophy, that is exactly what he has done — and it shows in every piece he designs. — by kimberly nicoletti

HEARTS AS ONE

To this world we each did come Seeking fulfillment of our lives. Embodied within our earthly form A new journey was begun. Our early years were consumed By lessons new in learning, Preparing us for the one For whom our heart was yearning. For in this world there is one soul For whom we’re special made, To whom we can give our heart Receiving same in kind. “Hearts as One,” by Bob Wilfong, 66” by 36” by 34”, bronze


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I placed my hands upon the Strings that then became my heart I wrapped my arms around The box that became my soul I touched my fingers to the pick That then became my voice Then from me I gave to You that special song of me

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“From Every Mountain,” by Bob Wilfong, bronze

FR O M E V E RY M O U N TA I N

Trumpets, they are beckoning, heralding the message of our time, awakening each and all to the importance of our land. Mother Earth provides us forests, wherein our souls abide, windswept prairies, rich farmland, wherein our sustenance is born. Her mountains, seas, waterways, play a very differnt role. These are where we wander feeding lifeblood of the soul. So from every mountain we, all must take a stand. Trumpet out in urgency. “Care Now For Our Mother Land” “Rock Star” by Bob Wilfong, 72” by 48” by 22”, bronze


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Spirit chaser, wood and feathers

Mask pendent, solid bronze

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Mask ring, sterling silver

Shield pendents, solid bronze


J. CO T T E R GA LLERY 234 east wall street | vail • 970.476.3131 market square, unit 5 | beaver creek • 970.949.8111 jcottergallery.com featuring Jim Cotter, Goldsmith, Sculptor & Installation Artist

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he J. Cotter Gallery is an internationally recognized gallery of contemporary designer jewelry, featuring one-of-a-kind designs by leading artists from the United States and Europe. Opened in 1970 with the premise that jewelry should be considered an art form, they have established a strong clientele who share their feeling that jewelry is a silent form of communication, which speaks of the wearer’s individual taste. Perhaps the most important element contributing to J. Cotter Gallery’s

success over the years is the quality of designers whose work is on display. J. Cotter Gallery seeks jewelry that has a strong and mature presence, where the designers have developed their own vocabulary and the work is distinctive. Other important elements of the J. Cotter Gallery are the design skills they have cultivated over the years. Jim Cotter has been an active member in the Vail art community since opening in 1970, as well as a creator of unique jewelry and sculpture known around the world. — by wren bova

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Spirit Chaser, wood and feathers

Mask ring, sterling silver, bronze & feathers


A R T OF T HE VA L L E Y GA LL E RY 240 chapel place suite b119, avon 970.390.2685 • artofthevalleygallery.com featuring Various artists

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here’s a lot to like at Art of the Valley Gallery. For those who venture off the beaten path of the Vail Valley art scene, its unlikely location in Avon’s Chapel Square makes the gallery feel like a discovery in the terra incognita of the art world. The gallery celebrated its grand opening in December, and while the paint has since dried, the lively energy of an up-and-coming art venue remains. The space is eclectic — part urban warehouse and minimalist white cube, part down-home American Western, complete with distressed wood panels and cowhide rugs. The design suits the theme of the gallery, which highlights the diversity of Colorado art. While there are certainly the ubiquitous Western

landscape paintings common to our galleries, there are also more abstract pieces. “When “New Direction,” by Carl Bork, 36” by 28,” oil on canvas people walk in the gallery, from a different medium, awardthey’re sure to find something that winning sculptress Felicia casts her fits they’re lifestyle and taste,” says female figures and intense portraits gallery director/artist Mason Torry. in bronze. There is a wide range of oil, Many of the artists represented at acrylic and watercolor paintings from Art of the Valley Gallery are locals. a variety of artists on the walls, as From studies of the nearby Gore well as photography by Mike Crabtree, Range to portraits of cowboys and Steve Chinn and Brett Forlano. horses, the plein air paintings of Mark Art of the Valley Gallery presents Lemon capture the essence of the its art and artists as active and West. Approaching the Southwest accessible, offering art classes and events like the Paint-Out series, in which artists participate in a day of outdoor painting judged that day by the public attending the event. “It’s a chance for spectators to see the painting process from beginning to end and interact with artists,” says Torry, who has painted live for various events. Those who visit Art of the Valley Gallery will be pleased to find a wide variety of quality art, a reasonable price point and a welcoming space to revel in the beauty of our Western landscape. The gallery is also available to host private events. — page mcclean

“Running With The Wind,” by Mark Lemon, 24” by 42,” oil on canvas


– “Nature’s Handiwork,” by Anita Winter, 29” by 34,” watercolor

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“Light in the Aspens,” by Mason Torry, 30” by 24,” acrylic on canvas

“With Mom,” by Felicia, 18” bronze


– 30 The Battle Mountain Trading Post houses one of the greatest collections of American memorabilia in the Rocky Mountains, including artworks by some very respectable artists. SUMMER 2015

photos by charles townsend besesnt

Bill Reis, seen here at the helm of the establishment he created in 1978, not only loves works of fine art — he’s a fine piece of work, himself.


BAT TLE MOUN TAIN TR ADING POS T 1031 main | minturn 970-827-4191 • battlemountaintrading.com battlemtntrading@gmail.com featuring Bill Reis

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riving through Minturn, who’d expect an art gallery behind that row of vintage cars obscuring what four decades ago used to be a gas station at the south end of town? Yeah, that funky old building with a massive bronze statue of a monarch elk on the porch roof — keeping a watchful eye on a collection that includes a ‘50 Cadillac, a ’55 Ford Crown Victoria, a ’57 Chevy pickup, a ’65 VW Bug convertible and an ‘89 Chrysler/Maserati TC, among others — is not only home to one of the greatest collections of American memorabilia in the Rocky Mountains, it’s an impressive gallery for some very fine art by some very respectable artists. And behind the front door, as he has been for since 1978, is Bill Reis,

This monumental bronze sculpture of a monarch elk guards the entrance to the Battle Mountain Trading Post, in Minturn.

performing his duties as owner, manager, trader, collector and curator with a list of customers and “clients” that includes some of the biggest movers and shakers ever to visit the Vail Valley. “Trouble here is, you focus on one thing and you completely miss other things,” Reis says, carefully stepping through dozens of sculptures, antique stoves, jukeboxes, lamps, furs, soda machines and the like carefully placed throughout the establishment’s three main rooms. The surrounding walls are adorned with paintings, rugs, signs, hunting trophies, even a 16-foot handcrafted wood canoe; glass cases in the corners feature vast collections of knives, antique weapons, jewelry and myriad other things. “Yep, it’s a treasure chest, the

Spring Snow,” by Jim Gilmore, 16” by 21,” bronze sculpture; and “Paint Rhythms,” by Charles Ewing, 39” by 50,” ink on scratchboard

Neiman-Marcus of the Rockies,” he says. “But everything’s for sale — and we do take credit cards.” Best not confuse any of this with junk, however, as prices reflect what Reis figures is fair market value: a flawless Black Forest grandfather clock, $35,000; a polished 1890s coal stove, $17,000; a fully-functional Rock-Ola jukebox, $8,200; an antique barber’s chair, circa 1920s, $5,500; a cast statue of a British suit of armor, $4,000; the list goes on and on. “I was going to sell the place and auction all this stuff away,” adds Reis, who recently remodeled the building inside and out. “But I realized I could only go fishing so many times a week.” Having found he loved his work too much to retire, Reis is careful to point out works by the handful of Western artists with whom he prefers to represent on a regular basis, particularly San Luis Valley, Colo.-based bronze sculptor Jim Gilmore, who crafted that elk out front — $55,000 — and painter Charles Ewing, with several works in oil and ink on the walls, including “Paint Rhythms,” $6,700. Other notable pieces on hand include bronze sculptures by Arizona-based sculptor David McGary and renowned American master painter, illustrator, sculptor and writer Frederic Remington. “I want people to know there’s still an art gallery in Minturn,” Reis says, lamenting the arrival and departure of others in town over the years. “These artists would get lost in other, bigger galleries up in Vail or Beaver Creek.” — stephen lloyd wood

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A LPE N A R T & A N T IKS 242 east meadow drive, vail alpenantiques.com • 970.476.3570 featuring Various artists

“On the Susquehanna, Autumn,” by Jasper Francis Cropsey, 25” by 35,” oil on canvas

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radbury Ketelhut is an art concierge. He’s the helpful creative liaison you never knew you needed for placing the perfect piece in the perfect place. “We have the ability to source work that is off market,” says Ketelhut, owner of Alpen Art & Antiks in Vail Village, “using the 20-plus years of connections we have garnered from doing business in Europe and across the U.S.” A seasoned art dealer, Ketelhut works with both contemporary art and antiques, saying he’s a fan of mixing the two categories. For example, he’s sold 18th century chests with abstract paintings to hang over them. “The gallery in Vail is an insight into all the various eclectic projects and collections I have worked on over the years and features many special one-off pieces,” he says. Most of Ketelhut’s work focuses

on assisting clients — from private individuals to major corporations — build their collections of one-ofa-kind works of art, over time. This past year, Alpen Art & Antiks has worked on major corporate installations of contemporary sculptor Jim Rennert; sourced important historical old master paintings for a collection in Mexico; placed 19th century Hudson River School works with East Coast clients; been featured in the Financial Times of London for their World War II nautical binoculars collection; discovered great Americana and folk art for a New York City client; and uncovered mid-century abstract paintings for a project in London. “I love what I do — it can be like being Indiana Jones, but without the bull whip and hat,” Ketelhut explains. “Every day leads down a new path and on to a new adventure.”

Stand-out pieces Ketelhut is working with in the gallery this summer carry this worldly tone, from important Hudson River Valley works, such as “On the Susquehanna, Autumn” by Jasper Cropsey, to a mid-century cubist work, “The Solo” by Morton Diamondstein. Standing vigil outside the gallery is the recently acquired monumental 10-foot bronze bear titled “Waiting for Sockeye,” by Kent Ullberg. A sold out piece from an edition of seven, two of which are in permanent museum collections While Alpen Art & Antiks holds true in Vail, it’s a small shop with a mighty reach. With Ketelhut’s connection and exchange of art, it is certainly true — the sky’s the limit. — by kim fuller

Japanese WWII Nautical Binoculars


– 33 WINTER 2015 “The Solo,” by Morton Diamondstein, 35” x 35,” oil on canvas

“Waiting for Sockeye,” by Kent Ullberg,10-foot monumental bronze statue


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“Silver Lining,” by Carrie Fell, 36” by 36”, acrylic/oil on canvas with resin

“Cool Cowboys,” by Carrie Fell, 30” by 30”, screen print revival editions on canvas


CARRIE FELL GALLERY solaris | 141 e. meadow dr. ste 209 | vail 970.476.4117 • carriefellgallery.com

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arrie Fell portrays bravery — both in her artwork and in her personal life. After courageously stepping away from traditional gallery showings to actually opening, and managing, her own gallery in 2011, Fell discovered a new strength — along with new subjects and approaches. Her success led the International Ski Federation to choose her as the official artist of the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. Throughout the winter, her bold colors and loose brush stokes translated the thrill, danger and fearlessness of ski racing into an immediate feeling for sidelined viewers; her precise, carving edges and angles of the faceless skiers symbolize what it takes to achieve a dream. “While the Competitors Series will forever be a statement of altitude and attitude, it also was a brief glimpse into the miracle of our humanity and into imagining how great we as individuals can become,” Fell says. “We all know being brave is a hard thing to do. It is an act that requires one to leap, without restraint, into what is unfamiliar.” After immersing herself in the world of bravery through breakneck speed, she now returns to her quintessential work: cowboys. Still, the message remains the same in her contrasting color series, entitled “B Cool.” “The cool cowboys buck their way back to the Carrie Fell Gallery, looking to relay the steady message of being

brave — pioneering opportunity and purpose through new ideas,” she says. Fell’s cowboys convey a sense of cheer, vitality and authenticity. “(They represent) something I can believe in,” she says. “I want those cowboys to be those heroes people look up to.” Fell also imbues her confident abstracts, called DESIGNLINE, with all of the bold movement and color that garnered her international acclaim. Complimenting color and composition, which answer to current and evolving trends in the market, inspire her DESIGNLINE. These luxury editions reflect Fell’s love for color. The line is a collaboration among Fell and production artists who excel in the fields of fine art reproduction, photography, master fine art printmaking, state-of-the-art color calibration and striking design. Each artist works in concert, melding hues of color and saturation with space, echoed light and the same pure, good intention Fell brings to all of her pieces. Her entire valiant collection speaks not only to the body — visually and viscerally — but also to the mind. She wants people to feel, and ponder, key qualities athletes, cowboys and she, herself, have had to muster — those of undying courage and bravery — because, as she points out, “you have to be brave if you’re going to do anything worthwhile.” — by kimberly nicoletti

“Fireside,” DESIGNLINE by Carrie Fell, 50” by 74” DL-Luxury Line

“Rejuvenation,” DESIGNLINE by Carrie Fell, 60” by 40” DL-Luxury Line

“Sapphire,” DESIGNLINE by Carrie Fell, 74” by 50”, DL-Luxury Line


COGSWELL GALLERY 223 gore creek drive | vail • 970.476.1769 • cogswellgallery.com featuring Dan Deuter, Jack Muir & Navajo Turquoise Jewelry

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t was more than 40 years ago the idea for The Squash Blossom was found in what some would consider an unlikely place: a trunk full of turquoise jewelry in Wilton Cogswell’s Cadillac. “Uncle Wilton gave me a turquoise necklace and I was hooked,” recalls Patrice “Patti” Cogswell, who in 1973, with her newlywed husband, John, went into business, opening their first store, The Squash Blossom, in Colorado Springs. That summer, they spent their honeymoon on the Navajo, Hopi, and Zuni reservations, returning home with a car full of turquoise jewelry, squash blossom necklaces, kachinas and pottery. The move to Vail three years later came from John, who had fallen in love with the valley and its surrounding mountains while hunting, fishing, and skiing here. The Cogswells acquired The Squash Blossom in Vail Village three years later. Over the years, John’s interest in painting and sculpture developed as his love of the Southwest grew. Then, in 1980, the Cogswells opened a Southwest fine art gallery, the first gallery in the Vail Valley. From the beginning, the Cogswell Gallery has housed some of the finest in Southwestern paintings and sculpture. Today, the gallery’s inventory includes a mixture of Western bronze artists, Impressionist and Western painters, a variety of furniture, Native American artifacts and jewelry and designer jewelry from around the world. Colorado painter, Dan Deuter,

“Cayuse Prairie,” by Jack Muir, 52” by 29,” bronze statue

for example, embodies the spirit of Western art and is a perfect fit with Cogswell Gallery’s past and present. Growing up on a ranch in South Dakota and developing a love of the history of the Old West, he knew from early on he wanted to be an artist and was inspired by the life he was living. His “Cold Medicine” is an action-packed painting capturing a traditional buffalo hunt in the late 1800s. Bronze sculptor, Jack Muir, was born and raised in Montana. His mother, also an artist, nurtured his love of art from a young age. Muir learned the entire casting process from start to finish before opening his own foundry, Kalispell Art Casting,

in 1978. Wildlife and Western themes — such as “Cayuse Prairie,” depicting a herd of galloping wild horses that look as though they may spring to life — dominate his body of work. Cogswell Gallery continues to offer an extensive collection of authentic Native American turquoise jewelry, as well, and many artists are creating jewelry using the traditional methods, but with a contemporary twist. The Cogswells, meanwhile, have always felt a great commitment to providing only the highest quality art and jewelry to their customers and clients; and, after 40 years, they’re still hooked. — by dana patterson


– 37 SUMMER Navajo sterling silver and turquoise necklaces

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“Cold Medicine,” by Dan Deuter, 30” by 48”


art e xhibitions

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July 1 Robert Pummil’s Texas

june 1-30 Nancy Linkin Jewelry design J. Cotter Gallery, Vail and Beaver Creek 970. 476. 3131, 970. 949. 8111 jcottergallery.com june 17-august 26 Vail Village Art Walks Wednesdays, 11a.m. Vail Village Welcome Center artinvail.com 970.479.2344 june 20 Summer Paint-Out & Art Show Art of the Valley Gallery, Avon Hosting the Vail Valley Art Guild artofthevalleygallery.com 9780.390.2685

june 26-28 Vail Arts Festival 80 artists; various media Lionshead Mall vailartsfestival.com 970.376.3756

july 1-31 Kevin O’ Dwyer Silversmith and sculptor J. Cotter Gallery, Vail and Beaver Creek 970. 476. 3131, 970. 949. 8111 jcottergallery.com

july 1 Robert Pummil’s Texas Historical West and contemporary paintings Claggett/Ray Gallery, Vail claggettrey.com 970.476.9350

july 3&4 ARA Collection Fine jewelry trunk show Cogswell Gallery, Vail cogswellgallery.com 970.476.1769

july 1-12 Miki Watercolor, mixed media Artful Sol, Vail artfulsol.com 970.476.1339

july 3-5 Britten Contemporary abstracts C. Anthony Gallery 970.845.8645 canthony.gallery

july 4&5 Randy Wix Abstract figurative Galerie Zuger, Vail galeriezugervail.com 970.476.5619 july 4&5 Father Moore Abstract spiritual Masters Gallery, Vail mastersgalleryvail.com 970.477.0600 july 4&5 Earl Biss Western landscape, realism, figurative Gib Singleton Gallery, Vail gibsingletongallery.com 970.476.4851


July 3&4 ARA Collection

July 11 Michelle Torrez (joint show with Mikael Olson)

july 10-12 Art on the Rockies Art Festival; silent auction; kids art zone Colorado Mountain College, Edwards vailartsfest.com 443.783.3959 july 10-12 Sandra Wompler Black & white photography Art of the Rockies festival Colorado Mountain College vailartsfest.com 443.783.3959 july 11 Tracy & Sushe Felix Western landscape abstract Art on a Whim, Vail artonawhim.com 970.476.4883 july 11 Michelle Torrez & Mikael Olson Contemporary painters Vail International Gallery vailgallery.com 970.476.2525

july 10&11 James Jensen Abstract realism, Pop art still life, Figurative Masters Gallery, Vail mastersgalleryvail.com 970.477.0600

July 4&5 Randy Wix

july 10&11 Dan Chen Western realism, Eastern expressionism Cogswell Gallery, Vail cogwellgallery.com 970.476.1769

july 17&18 Dennis Sheehan Contemporary realism Gib Singleton Gallery, Vail gibsingletongallery.com 970.476.4851

july 10&11 Eyvind Earl Landscape figurative Galerie Zuger, Vail galeriezugervail.com 970.476.5619

july 24&25 Annie Fensterstock & Rebecca Overmann Fine jewelry Cogswell Gallery, Vail cogswellgallery.com 970.476.1769

july 17&18 Anke Schofield Fine art paintings, mixed media on panel Galerie Zuger, Vail galeriezugervail.com 970.476.5619

july 24&25 Britten Abstract landscape artist Galerie Zuger, Vail galeriezugervail.com 970.476.5619

july 24-26 Colorado Metalsmithing Association Fine jewelry Karats, Vail karatsvail.com 970.476.4760 july 24-26 Carolyn Tyler Handmade custom jewelry Karats, Vail karatsvail.com 970.476.4760 july 24-26 Flavors of Colorado Food, music and art festival Nottingham Park, Avon flavorsofcolorado.com 970.476.6797


art e xhibitions

September 4-7 Leila Joy

july 25&26 Devon Contemporary pop artist Masters Gallery, Vail mastersgalleryvail.com 970.477.0600

august 1-12 Shawna Moore Encaustic painting Artful Sol, Vail artfulsol.com 970.476.1339

july 31-august 1 Darcie Peet Plein air, impressionistic landscapes, still life Cogswell Gallery, Vail cogswellgallery.com 970.476.1769

august 1-31 Sarah West and Bande des Quartes Jewelry design J. Cotter Gallery, Vail and Beaver Creek 970. 476. 3131, 970. 949. 8111 jcottergallery.com

july 31-august 2 Koji Handmade custom jewelry Karats, Vail karatsvail.com 970.476.4760 august 1&2 Beaver Creek Art Festival Beaver Creek Resort beavercreek.com 561.746.6615

august 7&8 Ray Phillips Abstract surrealism, figurative realism Galerie Zuger, Vail galeriezugervail.com 970.476.5619

august 12 David Jackson Landscape and wildlife impressionist paintings Workshop and demonstration Vail Fine Art Gallery, Vail vailfineart.com 970.476.2900 september 1-30 John Geldersma Sculpture J. Cotter Gallery, Vail and Beaver Creek 970. 476. 3131, 970. 949. 8111 jcottergallery.com september 4-7 Lelija Roy Wildlife impressionist paintings Art on a Whim, Vail artonawhim.com 970.476.4883

september 5-7 Anton Arkhipov Figurative sculpture, Surrealism, Realism Masters Gallery, Vail mastersgalleryvail.com 970.477.0600 september 5 through autumn Adam Stewart Abstract landscape sculpture Galerie Zuger, Vail galeriezugervail.com 970.476.5619


gallery listings AVON THE ART OF THE VALLEY Opened in celebration of Avon’s art-centric redevelopment, this Avon gallery carries Colorado artists who create in a wide array of styles. Head inside and talk art with gallery director — and the man behind Avon’s new murals — Mason Torry. 970.390.2685 • artofthevalleygallery.com

BE AVER CREEK BY NATURE GALLERY Museum-quality minerals, fossils, decor items and jewelry. From decorative butterflies to the bones of an ancient wooly mammoth, it’s a diverse collection. 970.949.1805 bynaturegallery.com C. ANTHONY GALLERY Paintings and sculpture in contemporary, impressionistic and classical genres. Elegant and eclectic. 970.845.8645 canthony.gallery GRAND BOHEMIAN GALLERY Part of a family of galleries located within the luxury hotels and resorts of The Kessler Collection, the gallery is eclectic. Oil paintings, glass, wood, contemporary jewelry, bronze sculptures and unique gift items are all found in the space. 970.845.9800 grandbohemiangallery.com HORTON FINE ART The gallery represents a variety of artists portraying various subjects and styles. Many artists in residence create in the gallery throughout the year. 970.949.1660 hortonfineart.com J. COTTER GALLERY BEAVER CREEK Contemporary jewelry, sculptures, installations and other art since 1970. Many local artists are represented, including the owner. 970.949.8111 jcottergallery.com KNOX GALLERIES OF BEAVER CREEK Featuring sculptures and paintings for the home, and monumental bronze sculptures for outdoor placement. 970.949.5564 knoxgalleries.com THE SPORTSMAN’S GALLERY and Paderewski Fine Art A wide array of sporting, wildlife and Western art. The two galleries are side by side. Located on the Plaza. 970.949.6036 sportsmansgallery.com

TONY NEWLIN GALLERY Nature and wildlife fine art photography highlighting images of scenic mountain ranges, bears of the Alaskan wilderness, to our beloved aspens of Colorado. 970.748.5001 tonynewlin.com

VAIL AND LIONSHE AD ALPEN ART & ANTIKS Headed by a second generation antique dealer, the gallery specializes in 19th and early 20th century paintings, furniture and accessories as well as contemporary art. alpenantiques.com 970.476.3570 ART ON A WHIM Bright and intrepid art in a colorful space, Art on a Whim is a comprehensive gallery with a large stable of emerging and mid-career artists. 970.476.4883 artonawhim.com CARRIE FELL GALLERY Local artist Carrie Fell’s bright canvases are a blur of movement. In addition to her work, the gallery also represents other innovative artists. 970.476.4117 carriefellgallery.com CLAGGETT /REY GALLERY Traditional American art, with subject matter ranging from historical Western and wildlife scenes to the classic European genre. 970.476.9350 claggettrey.com COGSWELL GALLERY Specializing in a variety of artwork including oil paintings, bronze sculptures, rugs and more. Located in Vail Village below the Children’s Fountain. 970.476.1769 cogswellgallery.com FORRÉ & CO. FINE ART GALLERY A diverse representation of paintings, glass art and sculpture. Specializing in museum-quality works from international artists as well as 19thand 20th-century masterworks. 970.476.0999 forrefineart.com GALERIE ZÜGER The painters, sculptors and collage artists represented at Galerie Züger. All share a freedom of expression. 970.476.5619 galeriezugervail.com GIB SINGLETON GALLERY Master sculptor Gib Singleton’s work is in collections around the globe. The Vail gallery is filled with his Western and Biblical sculptures which range in size from a few inches to several feet. 970.476.4851 gibsingletongallery.com

J. COTTER GALLERY VAIL VILLAGE Contemporary jewelry, sculptures, installations and other art since 1970. Many local artists are represented, including the owner. 970.476.3131 jcottergallery.com K ARATS A working studio gallery of fine art jewelry, accented with selected paintings, sculpture and ceramics. 970.476.4760 karatsvail.com LOUGHEED STUDIO AT CLAGGETT/REY Robert Lougheed, a Cowboy Artist of America member, passed away in 1982. The gallery space is exclusively dedicated to him. 970.476.9350 claggettrey.com MASTERS GALLERY Featuring contemporary, masters and collectible artists. Frequent receptions with artists present. 100 East Meadow Drive. 970.477.0600 mastersgalleryvail.com MATT INDEN PHOTOGRAPHY Nature photography that brings the outdoors in, Matt Inden uses a Deardorff 8x10 camera and doesn’t let the bulk and weight of it stop him from extensive hiking with it. 302.893.0703 mattinden.com

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McRAE LITT FINE ART McRae Litt Fine Art is a boutique gallery located in Solaris in the heart of Vail Village. They feature works from a carefully selected group of emerging and established artists. 970.476.2787 mcraelitt.com PIECE ART GALLERY Featuring contemporary glass artwork, including large-scale sculptures. pieceartgallery.com VAIL FINE ART GALLERY Specializing in museum-quality art, contemporary Impressionism, oil paintings and bronze statues ‹ especially from the Russian Soviet period. 970.476.2900 vailfineart.com VAIL INTERNATIONAL GALLERY Featuring art from Colorado and around the really cutting-edge artists, as well as classics. 970.476.2525 vailgallery.com VAIL VILLAGE ARTS Captivating wind sculptures outdoors with fine paintings and sculpture inside. 970.476.7150 vickerscollection.com


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John Lennon’s first full art exhibition was titled

“You Are Here.”

According to the National Visual Arts Standards, the standard principles of design are: REPE TITION

“Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do.” edgar dega s

BAL ANCE EMPHASIS CONTRAST

IM P R E S S I O N I S M

UNIT Y

WA S T H E F IR S T T O TA L A R T I S T I C R E V O LU T I O N S IN C E THE RENAIS SANCE.

T HE F IR S T P UBL IC A R T E X HIBI T ION

Ancient Egyptians invented

watercolor painting. In 1886, painter Thomas Eakins resigned from Philadelphia Academy of Art due to the controversial use of male nudes in a coed art class.

WA S IN

1667 AT PA L A IS R OYA L E IN PA R IS .

The word “cartoon” comes from painting terminology — a preliminar y, but fully worked, sketch from which the outlines could be transferred to be the basis of a design for a fresco or painting.

HE L IOGR A P H Y WA S T HE OR IGIN A L N A ME OF

P HO T OGR A PH Y

“A R T I S W H AT Y O U C A N G E T AWAY W I T H .” A N D Y WA R H O L


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