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Vail Valley Gallery Guide | winter 2014




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Vail Valley Gallery Guide | winter 2014

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10 Art on a Whim

26 Karats Gallery

12 C. Anthony Gallery

28 Masters Gallery

Featuring Lelija Roy

Featuring Dan Telleen

Featuring Father Bill Moore

Featuring Britten

– 14 Claggett/Rey Gallery

30 The Shelton Smith Collection Featuring Various Artists

Featuring Wayne Wolfe

16 Cogswell Gallery

32 Vail International Gallery

18 Galerie Züger

34 Lunar Magic

Featuring Various Artists

Featuring Ray Phillips

20 Gib Singleton Gallery

Featuring Gib Singleton

22 Horton Fine Art Featuring Jesse Horton

24 J. Cotter Gallery Featuring Jim Cotter

Featuring Carlo Trost

Art in Public Places’ newest installation

36 Calendar of events 40 Artifacts

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Riva Bahn Expess Gopher Hill Lift

Golden Peak

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1. C. Anthony Gallery 2. J. Cotter Gallery 3. The Vickers Collection

Haymeadow Lift

Beaver Creek Village

4. By Nature Gallery


Park Hyatt

5. Horton Fine Art 6. The Sportsman’s Gallery Vail Nature Center & Paderewski Fine Art







Vilar Center




Strawberry Park

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10. Art on a Whim





Repentance Sculpture


Skier Bridge


Ice Rink

9. The Squash Blossom



7. Knox Gallery 8. J. Cotter Gallery

Centennial Lift









11. Cogswell Gallery



12. The Shelton Smith Gerald R. Ford CollectionAmphitheater

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14. PISMO Gallery

15. Vail Village Arts


13. Karats


To Avon

Betty Ford Alpine Gardens


16. Gib Singleton Gallery 17. Bogece of Vail 18. Sabbia Talenti 19. Vail International Gallery

Born Free Express Lift

20. MastersGerald Gallery R. Ford Park

Eagle Bahn Gondola

21. Claggett/Rey Gallery GO RE



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28. Inden Photography Vail Matt Golf Club 29. Lionshead Jewelers

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26. Betteridge Jewelers

DC R 27. Carrie Fell Gallery


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Vail Public Library 24. Forré & CO. Fine Art Gallery

25. Galerie Züger


Ice Arena

Ticket Office

23. Tony Newlin Gallery





Ice Rink

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Top Level Shopper Parking

Seibert Circle Pirate Ship Park

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Vista Bahn Lift


Vail Village



Children’s Fountain

Checkpoint Charlie





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Clock Tower


International Bridge



Covered Bridge CR GORE





Solaris Sculptures




Information Center

Vail Transportation Center


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Colorado Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame

Ice Rink



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10th Mountain Division Statue





Dobson Ice Arena Vail Public Library Lionshead Village Vail Medical Center Altitude Sports Club


Art on a Whim 227 Bridge Street | 970.476.4883 286 Bridge Street | 970.476.4883 featuring

Lelija Roy & Various Artists

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trees, not exactly a rare sight in local new addition to Vail, Art galleries or anywhere else in the on a Whim opens two Rockies. But Roy’s ability to bring locations near Bridge them to life using acrylic, rice paper, Street this winter — one silk, cotton, lace, pastels and a host of a comprehensive gallery other dry media, is one-of-a-kind. featuring highly eclectic painters and “What intrigues me about aspens mixed medium creators and the other is that when you are in a grove, you’re a showcase space hosting the works in the middle of a single organism,” of featured artists every month. Bright Roy says. “Each grove is a sisterhood and intrepid are the running themes unto itself.” at Art on a Whim, which launched in Roy believes that human beings have Breckenridge in 2007 and has since established itself as arguably the town’s not often enough treated themselves most contemporary purveyor of fine art. to the magic of being surrounding by aspen trees, but the energy of a “We do have a history. We have a grove is palpable in Roy’s work. She strong following,” says Brian Raitman captures the changing colors, shadow of Art on a Whim, a family-run and subtleties, managing to construct endeavor additionally comprised of Philadelphia transplants Dena, Michael a snapshot that goes beyond the complexity of what any camera or even and Ross Raitman. “We’re Coloradoyour own eyes could behold. centric; almost every artist we carry is With a backdrop of silk, trees and from Colorado or inspired by it.” trunks come to life through layers upon Such mediums include collections layers of rice paper. The paintings by Houston Llew, who specializes don’t replicate a scene or viewpoint in vitreous enamel: an ancient you would see in real life, but rather medium composed of molten glass a dreamscape of streams reflecting and copper featuring iconic, vibrant rainbows, peaks wrinkled with snow imagery of everything from vintage bicycles to pianos. There’s also mixed- and endless armies of aspen trunks within clouds of color and texture that media sculptor DeDe LaRue, whose make your fingertips tingle. dog-loving collection includes large “A lot of people have looked at pieces of canines leaning out of car my work and wondered, where was windows, the cars being actual doors from 1960s-era Beetles. Alex Gupton’s she standing? What they figure out is that it’s usually about 20 feet up design background is apparent in into the air,” she says. his intricate pen, ink and acrylic “The viewpoint is renditions of butterflies, music notes and more, while Ellen Woodbury has a actually very intuitive. truly uncanny ability to carve precious It’s intended to draw stone into both realistic and elegantly you between the trees, across the lake, down abstract horses, dogs and creatures that path … into the of the wild. next part of what the Perhaps Art on a Whim’s most wilderness will offer prominent artist is multilayer painter you.” Lelija Roy. The Denver-based earth lover’s primary subject is aspen — By Shauna Farnell

This page, from top: “Treble Clef”, by Alex Gupton, 21 inches by 17 inches, acrylic and pen and ink “Brown Dog in a VW Door,” by DeDe LaRue, 42 inches by 38 inches, mixed-media sculpture

Opposite page, clockwise from top: “Tickled Ivory,” by Houston Liew, 8 1/2 inches by 5 1/4 inches by 1 3/4 inches, vitreous enamel (glass fused to copper) “The Untypical Owl,” by Ellen Woodbury, 18 1/2 inches by 10 inches by 8 inches, amarillo negrais marble and mongolian imperial black marble on granite (stone sculpure) “Thundering Past,” by Alex Gupton, 12 inches by 36 inches, acrylic and pen and ink “Colorado Memories,” by Lelija Roy, 24 inches by 48 inches, mixed-media (primarily acrylic paints & hand-painted rice papers)

art on a whim A family-run gallery, Art on a Whim is exceedingly contemporary and vibrant. They started with a gallery in Breckenridge some years ago, and are expanding their concept to Vail with not one but two galleries this season. One will be a comprehensive representation of the gallery’s artists. The second space will showcase the work of special featured artists each month.

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C. Anthony Gallery

61 Avondale Lane, Market Square Beaver Creek | 970.845.8645 featuring


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ritten is creative in the purest sense of the word. When approaching her canvas (hand-stretched over a custom frame), there is never a plan. Her mental channel changes to a program of pure intuition and under its spell, she fills her palette and begins making strokes. The final piece is a festival of colors, possibly resembling a landscape, a flower bouquet, maybe birds taking flight. It is comprised of dozens of layers of water-based paint, oil, resin, metal and even sprinkled with vinegar, salt and champagne. The objective of all of these materials is luminosity. The overarching theme of Britten’s work, in her words, is “layers of light.” It’s only weeks later when a piece is dry and complete that she steps back and analyzes it, learning about the experience after she has enacted it. “I come back and look at them like you would look at them.” says the Edwards-based artist who was born and raised in San Francisco and was classically trained to paint in Italy. “I look and think about what am I feeling, about what I was feeling when I painted it,” she says. “I notice experiences that have led into a painting subconsciously. I like to think of it as a natural alignment. It’s not something that I force.” It is also only via afterthought that Britten determines names for each piece. “I surrender to it. I don’t try to make a statement in it,” she says. “It’s more something I allow to happen. A lot of times I’m really surprised.” Colors hold a lot of meaning to Britten, but their application is also not deliberate. She has recently taken to

writing about the colors that have dominated her palette each month – purple for September, apple green for August. The purple, for example, she equates to the idea of completion and opening doors to a new beginning. Ironically, she has indeed embarked on a new beginning. This winter will reveal her latest line of work involving live models. Although this presents a new approach for Britten — a focal point rather than a blank canvas and the vast engine of her imagination — her style is unmistakable and her use of color especially relevant, particularly as it applies to the space around the figure rather than the figure itself. “I’m really studying the dynamics of the energy around a body,” she says. “I do see colors around people — colors, patterns, vibrations. And they never stay in the same place very long. The painting is a memory I’m creating for myself and for other people.” This strategy of seeking color and energy — light — is the same Britten has used all along in her entire body of work, living or not, real or imagined. “Every object has energy,” she says. “Even if a figure is still, there is motion around it. There is a lot of energy moving around a sleeping person. There is so much energy and color bouncing off of a person … off of everything, really.” — By Shauna Farnell

This page, from top: “Venus....An Alliance of Beauty,” by Britten, 30 inches by 30 inches, mixed media “Wingspan.....The Texture of Light,” by Britten, 70 inches by 80 inches, mixed media

Opposite page, clockwise from top: “Theory....The Impression of Inspiration,” by Britten, 70 inches by 80 inches, mixed media “Creation,” by Britten, 60 inches by 40 inches, mixed media “Sakura.....Encouraging Transformation,” by Britten, 40 inches by 40 inches, mixed media

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– C. Anthony Gallery This Beaver Creek gallery is known for its diverse collection of fine art. The 4,000-square-foot exhibit space includes a slew of art genres from a plethora of artists: Expect new Western and wildlife bronzes and paintings, Colorado nature oil paintings, work from still life masters, French and Spanish impressionism, contemporary Italian realism, Russian artists; modern pieces and abstract art.

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Claggett/rey gallery The Claggett/Rey Gallery in Vail has been selling fine art since 1989. The gallery represents more than 40 artists, each with a national reputation for quality, which is what has given the gallery its staying power.

Claggett/Rey Gallery 100 East Meadow Drive, No. 10 Vail | 970.476.9350 featuring

Wayne Wolfe


hile standing in front of a landscape painting of merit, not only should you desire great composition, color and values but also the subtleties which the artist has laid down giving you an insight to the artist’s true connection with this land. In order to do this, an artist must go beyond the mere tourist passing through and spend time absorbing and studying — consciously and unconsciously — the environment. To capture the emotion of the land where your first response is the weakest and the work visually grows each time you view it is something only a master of the craft can do. Artist Wayne Wolfe has a true connection with the land. His passions were planted in his youth of the Colorado high country through annual family excursions from Kansas City to Colorado. This deep love of the region is evident in his created work. From small location studies to epic studio masterpieces, Wayne’s creative truth is rich with the exceptional. He is not satisfied with pedantic postcard visuals captured only by the camera so prevalent in today’s art world. He looks deeper and connects with the great artists he has studied and spent time with and carries their words on his shoulder every day while observing or painting, and those words are stronger now than ever. In his almost seven decades of being, Wayne has found a nostalgic freedom of chasing the high art in his mind’s eye. This world of constant digital distractions, which prevent many artists from truly being ‘in’ the moment, has not yet found Wayne

Wolfe. His home and studio have organizational high tech post-it notes which keep him organized and on task. There are inspirations written from some great artist biography Wayne admires to quirky sayings that make you giggle. They are lined up on the floor and inside the cabinet door and on the easel and of course in his wallet, but they don’t vibrate and chirp, ring or bugle and they can connect with him as he chooses. This departure from chasing technology allows Wayne to create through deep thought and execution. Collectors over the decades have acquired wonderful Wolfe masterpieces depicting the high peaks in summer, to laden winter aspen groves and the autumn splendor of the Rockies. Water is a large part, too, of many of Wayne’s paintings, from the majestic waterfall and rivers to the slow-moving trout water of a high mountain meadow. Animals and people will occasionally venture into a scene, but they are usually there for scale and add a bit of nostalgia to a work. Wayne does not consider himself a wildlife painter, but his masculine application of paint and great drawing abilities make him one of the finest alive today. The Claggett/Rey Gallery has represented the paintings of Wayne Wolfe for more than two decades and gallery visitors are always delighted with a number of great works on the walls. If you are lucky enough to own one or several you know that they change your life for the better. — By Bill Rey

This page: “Rapids Descending,” by Wayne Wolfe, 24 inches by 30 inches, oil

Opposite page, from top: “Wind on the Water,” by Wayne Wolfe, 20 inches by 40 inches, oil “Skyline Silhouettes,” by Wayne Wolfe, 30 inches by 40 inches, oil

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Cogswell Gallery Cogswell Gallery 223 Gore Creek Drive Vail | 970.476.1769 featuring

Various Artists

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ince its beginning more than 30 years ago, Cogswell Gallery has represented a vast variety of artists. The following four artists give a small taste of the diversity you will find in the gallery. Skiing enthusiast Jeff Desautels uses his paintings to bring the viewer into his favorite settings. He conveys the sense of movement, peace and solitude that a good ski run can offer by using painting knives to achieve rich texture and vibrant colors. After attending the U.S. Naval Academy and serving in nuclear submarines, Desautels attended Yale Law School. He spent 21 years practicing environmental law before devoting himself full time to art. It was skiing and the mountains that originally drew Desautels to Colorado more than 30 years ago. “Steep and Deep,” captures the energy of a day on the mountain. Commissions are available – Desautels can capture your perfect powder day moment. Growing up in the small town of Randolph, Utah, Darrell Thomas developed an appreciation for wilderness and rural landscapes that is evident in his serene oil paintings. After studying illustration at Utah State University, Thomas worked as a commercial artist for twenty years. He then realized he would rather devote his talent to painting what he loves. From a forest of aspens, to jagged mountain peaks, Thomas has a way of capturing the feeling of a particular moment surrounded by the beauty

of nature. “Spring Gulch Road” is a peaceful and inviting mountain farm with the soft light of the early morning. James Moore spent many summers throughout his childhood in rural environments with his grandparents and developed a love of wildlife. He began drawing the animals and birds he saw, and his drawing slowly evolved into painting, and eventually into sculpture. His longtime interest in wildlife and art eventually was enough for him to transition from a career in technology to a career as a sculptor. Moore’s mixed-media sculptures combine stone and bronze in a way that captures how most people view wildlife. The focus is on the animal and the surrounding background becomes abstract. The mix of pieces here shows how Moore is creating an entirely new style of art. Alexis Bittar’s bold jewelry designs have been turning heads since he first set up a booth on the streets of SoHo in the late ‘80s. Now, his jewelry can be found in more than 34 countries around the world. Bittar’s designs can be spotted on many of the hottest celebrities and on the runways of designers like Michael Kors and Burberry. He uses a combination of carved Lucite, Swarovski crystals, and semi precious stones with mixed metals to create boundary-pushing designs. The bangles shown here are just a hint of his amazing and innovative collection available at Cogswell Gallery. — By dana Patterson

This page: Bangle Stack, Alexis Bittar, carved lucite

Opposite page, clockwise from top: Various pieces, James Moore, stone and bronze “Steep and Deep,” Jeff Desautels, 36 inches by 18 inches, oil on canvas “Spring Gulch Road,” Darrell Thomas, 24 inches by 36 inches, oil on canvas

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Cogswell Gallery Located in the heart of Vail Village, both Cogswell Gallery and Squash Blossom represent the finest artwork. Gallery owner John Cogswell has created a collection of painters and sculptors whose common denominator in the visual arts is an unrequited love affair with the beauty of nature. Patti Cogswell’s Squash Blossom celebrates beautiful jewelry in diverse styles. Representing more than 40 acclaimed jewelers and designers, the cases in the shop are filled with wearable art — much of which is recognized around the world.

Galerie Züger The artists represented by Galerie Züger are featured because of their unique freedom of expression. The painters, sculptors and collage artists all express ethereal notions. The Züger family has been in the art business for more than four decades in Aspen, Beaver Creek, Vail, Denver, Santa Fe and Dallas.

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Galerie Züger 141 East Meadow Drive, No. 208 Vail | 970.476.5619 featuring

Ray Phillips


reating art is the center of my world,” he explains. “I’m using the studio 8 to 14 hours a day, and when I’m not in the studio I think about art, when I’m in the grocery store I think about art; something will happen anywhere, anytime, and damn, there’s an idea for a painting.” The random images that Phillips incorporates create his collaged style, and yet the abstract artist has a true method in developing his social surrealism. “There’s a lot of emotion, there’s humor, there’s mystery, there’s all kinds of things going on, and sometimes it’s just a cool painting,” he says. Stand alone words and full phrases are woven along drawings and cartoons, grayscale and color photography, melting into one another like sheets of damp tissue paper. “I always have to have a start,” explains Phillips, “this next, then that, then this, no wait—not that. Believe it or not there is a very specific order that everything has to happen in.” He says as a visual person, he typically creates in his mind first, and then brings the idea to life. “I actually think of a painting, I create the entire painting in my mind,” he explains. “And once it seems ok I’ll back it up and I’ll break it down into stages. “Outlaw Trail” is a piece that

combines shapshots of classic westerns, turning the movie dramas into a comic book-style clip; just as “Boxing Ballet” exhibits Muhammad Ali’s mastery alongside a pair of Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots. Phillips has a degree in graphic design, and he says he initially worked with ad design, followed by t-shirt design for ten years. It’s no wonder how marketing and advertising seem to have found their own promotion in his work. “Everyday I wake up and think: ‘Wow, could I be doing this without the previous things I did? Would it be different, would it be the same?” he shares. “And I have to think that all the roads lead here.” But it’s not until after creation when Phillips says he attains satisfaction—a fulfillment from those who appreciate the visions and expressions he has brought to life. “After six years of painting on canvas, I’m still honored,” says Phillips. “When somebody brings a piece into their home and brings it into their world, it motivates me to keep creating and keep producing works.” — BY Kim Fuller

This page, from top: “Boxing Ballet,” by Ray Phillips, 54 inches by 72 inches, mixed media on canvas. “Give a Girl the Right Shoe,” by Ray Phillips, 56 inches by 46 inches, mixed media on wood.

Opposite page, clockwise from top: “Face 86,” by Ray Phillips, 50 inches by 43 inches, mixed media on canvas. “Outlaw Trail,” by Ray Phillips, 48 inches by 78 inches, mixed media on canvas. “Bond Girl,” by Ray Phillips, 72 inches by 52 inches, mixed media on canvas.

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Gib Singleton Gallery 1 Willow Bridge Road, Suite 5 Vail | 970.476.4851 featuring

Gib Singleton

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braham Lincoln stands with his head glancing down, holding the 13th Amendment in his right hand. The sculpture, like the wide array of Gib Singleton’s work, is more than just art — it’s a cast of humanism. “When you look at this piece, you can see the weight of the world on Abe’s shoulders,” says Gib Singleton of his most recent sculpture. “The cost of putting a world together — and the loss of life, including his own — is too much for any one person to bear.” Singleton reveres Lincoln as a hero, says John Goekler, the head of the Gib Singleton Museum of Fine Art in Santa Fe, which signifies Singleton’s parallel relationship to the piece. “The recognition that Lincoln’s effort is going to cost him his life is tied to the increasing recognition that Gib’s end is in sight,” Goekler says. Singleton is in the late stage of a progressive lung disease, yet Goekler explains how art has been playing the role of a savior. “His work has been keeping him alive,” says Goekler. “Gib has stuff inside of him and he is not going away until he gets it out.” Singleton molds every piece from wax, using only his hands and a small handmade tool to create every expressive curve and emotion. His

work has been based mostly on western, biblical and mythological themes — every piece a reflection of what inspires the artist to keep creating. Goekler says Singleton holds a humble respect and deep honor toward his most recent subject—the man who ran a country, who was also just a man. “Lincoln knew he had to do what he did, and he knew he may not survive it,” Goekler explains. “On one level, there’s a burden to that.” The long and intricate marks left on Singleton’s internationally recognized art are a pleasure for the world to bear, however, while his evocative style and immeasurable talent is a gift given to all those who have a least a moment in its grace. As Lincoln could change the face of a nation, Singleton has no doubt already cast a legacy for this country. “Gib is driven right now to finish the work that is inside of him,” says Goekler. “When he has a piece in mind he just has to do it, and that’s how he is driven completely by his art.” — BY kim fuller

This page: “Texas Ranger,” by Gib Singleton, 79 inches by 21 inches by 23 inches, bronze Opposite page: “Lincoln,” by Gib Singleton, 33 inches by 8 inches by 9 inches, bronze

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gib singleton Gallery The Gib Singleton Gallery is dedicated to the work of the master bronze artist. With a focus on Western and spiritual pieces, the gallery is a carefully curated selection of the artist’s work. His bronzes can be found in museums around the world.

Horton Fine Art 154 Plaza Beaver Creek 970.949.1660 featuring

Jesse Horton & Various Artists

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can do that.”’ These were the words Jesse Horton said to himself, and then the world, when he looked at the commissioned sculptures his father hadn’t been able to complete before his unfortunate death. A submarine pilot and boat captain, Jesse grew up around sculpting and sculptures. His father, Walt Horton, had a dedicated following in the Vail Valley. Jesse appreciated what his father did, yet it was, ultimately, what his father did. Jesse had other paths to travel. But when he decided to take on his father’s unfinished work, he had to try to see with his father’s eyes. “And in the process of doing that, I discovered something in sculpting that I’d never seen before,” Jesse remembers. “I’d always been around it, done it, but never taken it seriously. When I tried to finish what my dad was doing, I found something that’s consumed me ever since.” Like his father, Jesse is drawn to the natural world for his subject matter. One of his most recent pieces captures two whales, one of them a baby, swimming through the air. The sculpture evokes a sense of otherness and distance: you can almost hear the quiet that must surround the creatures as they move along in the ocean’s depths. It’s a world away from the 1,400-pound grizzly bear that now resides in the middle of his studio, looking over his shoulder as a repentant Indian boy removes his wayward arrow from the bear’s backside. Jesse is finishing up a commission to translate three of his father’s smaller sculptures into life-sized pieces that will be placed in a private forest. Though the process of creating a monument is certainly different than making a work that will fit atop a table, Jesse’s goal is the same with both pieces.

“The better I know my subject, the better I’ll be able to sculpt it,” he says. “But at the end of the day, creating a sculpture is about understanding the emotion of it. One of the tools I have at my disposal is artistic license. I’m allowed a slight distortion of reality. And that’s what allows you to create magic.” And so he might make the paws a little longer, or the eyes bigger. In that way, he’s able to create the emotion he’s going for. Jesse is in good company at the gallery, which is filled with the work of all manner of artists who strive to communicate something visceral and integral to their audience. The gallery is often a place of creation. Painters and sculptors set up a traveling studio in the middle of the gallery where passersby can stop and watch artwork take shape. Amy Ringholz is a gallery favorite. Drawn to Western animals, she creates very modern paintings that are both bold and iconic. Carrie Fell also is drawn to Western subjects — horses, cowboys and cowgirls. She, too, offers modern, and very stylized, interpretations of her subjects. Utah landscape painter Douglas Aagard brings the vivid colors and sweeping motion of the natural world to life on his canvasses. Marie Channer, also a painter, has an affinity for horses. Her focus is both unusual and original, enabling her to capture the creatures in an entirely new way. Santiago Michelak finds his inspiration in the iconic Volkswagen Beetles and buses that helped define the ‘60s and ‘70s. His mastery of light enables him to imbue his oil canvasses with a detailed nostalgia that is both irresistible and poignant. “As humans, one of the strongest things we have in our existence is our feelings, our emotions,” Jesse explains. “That’s our essence: when you see something, when you feel something.” — By Wren Bova

This page: “Blue Split Dove,” by Santiago Michalek, 60 inches by 60 inches, oil on canvas

Opposite page, clockwise from top left: “Hobble Creek Maple,” by Douglas Aagard, 48 inches by 24 inches, oil on canvas “Spring Run Off,” by Sheri Farabaugh, 24 inches by 48 inches, oil on canvas “Whale’s Song,” by Jesse Horton, 85 inches, bronze “Road to ouray,” by George Cole, 11 inches by 14 inches, oil on canvas “Red Eared Amusement,” by Amy Ringholz, 30 inches by 60 inches, oil on canvas

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Horton Fine ArT At Horton Fine Art, visitors have the tendency to fall in love with art. Casual passersby and collectors alike find much to enjoy, whether it’s the beauty of nature or the antics of bronze bears. Representing a variety of artists, the sheer diversity of style, medium and subject matter is dizzying.

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– J. cotter gallery The J. Cotter Gallery is an internationally recognized gallery of contemporary designer jewelry and art, featuring designs by leading artists from the United States and Europe. Opened in 1970 with the premise that jewelry should be considered an art form, it’s established a clientele who share the feeling that jewelry is a silent form of communication which speaks of the wearer’s individual taste.

J. Cotter Gallery 234 East Wall Street Vail | 970.476.3131

Market Square, Unit 5 Beaver Creek | 970.949.8111 featuring

Jim Cotter, Goldsmith, Sculptor & Installation Artist


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

This page, clockwise from top: Mask Ring, silver, bronze and feathers

Mask Bracelet, bronze and leather

Mask Ring, silver and bronze

Mask Ring, 14 karat gold and bronze

Mask Ring, silver and bronze

Mask Ring, silver and bronze

Opposite page, clockwise from top left: Mask Ring, 14 karat gold and bronze

Mask Ring, silver

Mask Ring, silver, bronze and feathers Mask Ring, silver, bronze and feathers

Mask Ring, silver, bronze and 14 karat gold

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Mask Bracelet, silver and bronze Mask Pendent, bronze, feather and leather Mask Ring, 14 karat gold and bronze Mask Ring, 14 karat gold

Karats Karats is a working studio jewelry gallery accented with selected paintings, sculpture and ceramics. The gallery was named one of JCK’s Top 50 designer retailers in the country and the Vail Daily’s 2009 and 2010 top “Hands-On Jeweler.”

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122 East Meadow Drive Vail | 970.476.4760 featuring

Dan Telleen


hether it’s a sapphire or an arrowhead, the world and its creatures have produced beautiful artifacts over time. But as Dan Telleen sees it, many of these carefully wrought objects “have lost their place in the world.” So he takes it upon himself to find them homes. “At least that’s how I rationalize or justify it,” Telleen says of the gems, coins, fossils, arrowheads and even meteorites he discovers in antique stores and gem shows and then uses to create his own jewelry. “They are orphans. Sometimes I know they came from the Northwest Coast or Africa or Missouri. But that’s it. You could just take it back to Missouri and put it someplace. But when I make a piece of jewelry I’m giving them a new home, a new place to be.” One of Vail’s first jewelers, Telleen has been making rings, pendants, necklaces, earrings, cufflinks and bracelets in the valley for more than 40 years … and in so doing, creating a thread of timelessness and oneness between people and artifacts. Although he combs gem shows and coin shows multiple times a year seeking out precious items, several years ago, Telleen found an artifact on his very own property — a Native American arrowhead in the grass on his ranch near McCoy. Treasure that it was, Telleen took it to his studio and made a mold of it. Then he put it back exactly where he found it. “The next person that finds it might take it. You never know. There is a book called ‘Finders Keepers.’ It talks about the ethics of finding those things and how when you find it, it’s your decision what to do with it. It’s yours for a moment or not,” he says. In addition to giving new life to found objects, Telleen has put together

some customer orders that can only be described as enchanted — adding shape, dimension, sparkle and contour to make palpable his customers’ deepest pool of sentimentality. The theme of time and holding onto precious things comes into play with these, too. Take the “story rings” he created a couple of years ago. The idea was presented to him by a man who described to Telleen how he used to read bedtime stories to his daughters, always wearing a ring with a blue stone in the middle. It was a simple class ring, but his girls loved it because they would gaze into it and imagine so vividly the details of whatever story he was telling and that’s how they’d fall asleep. The man explained that the daughters are now both grown and married but he wanted to make each of them a “story ring” so they could pass the reading tradition along to their children. So Telleen set about using “a sort of magic blue stone with facets that sparkled from every direction.” The rings were shaped like castles and made of gold blocks that looked like bricks, complete with vines and windows. “It was such a sweet idea he had,” Telleen says. “It was just so incredibly sweet.” Another custom piece Telleen crafted was for a couple getting married who hoped to travel to every continent together. They wanted a ring with a gemstone from every continent. Telleen delivered, using a meteorite from the somewhat gem-deprived Antarctica. It is these projects that fulfill Telleen the most, even more than giving orphaned artifacts new homes. “The most satisfying part of the art is coming up with a really neat, unique idea,” he says. “ A lady just sent me a thank you note for a pendant. She said it was like I’d read her mind. It’s about listening. And connecting.” – By Shauna Farnell

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This page, top to bottom: Bracelet set with old Hawaiian quarter, 22-karat gold seashell details and coin silver chain. Authentic woodlands agate arrowhead hung from a $5.00 gold piece, 18-karat gold details and rose quartz beads.

Opposite page, clockwise from top: Authentic Greek coin set in 22-karat gold bezel with sterling and gold hanging feathers. Meteorite from Canyon Diablo, Arizona.  Pendant made with a South American meteorite set in 18-karat gold .  Basket of ancient African silver and bronze money bracelets with added 22-karat gold accents.  Sterling money clip with Roman Janiform coin set into 22-karat gold. 

Masters Gallery

100 East Meadow Drive Suite 27 Vail | 970.477.0600 featuring

Father Bill Moore

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ather Bill Moore says the tones he felt during his childhood visits to the desert were resonate of vibrant introspection. “Many people find the desert to be dry and riddled with death,” says Father Moore. “However, I found the colors to be more alive than any city I had ever visited.” His minimalist yet tactile pieces come from a more elemental space — from what Father Moore calls a “universal gravitation toward certain patterns and sequences.” “What I am after is essential colors,” he explains. “The textures that I think human beings can — and need to — respond to.” The California-based priest originally visited the sun-drenched meccas with his father following his combat service during World War II. “He was still a kind and gentle man,” says Father Moore. “However, after the war my father soon sought refuge in places that he found to be peaceful and beautiful.” The artist says the deserts of Southern California were those places, and he attributes the outings with his father as what shaped much of his art career. Father Moore’s mixed media piece, “Entering Into Pure Passion,” is an abstract color block representation of sharp reds and oranges, set against a black base and topped with soft hues of yellow. “There’s a warmth to this painting that I like very much,” he says. “People don’t always take the time to look — it’s not just white, red and black — there’s a lot going on in terms of the color and the texture. The painting’s movement from dark

to light could represent a desert sunrise, or a barren and thirsty tree standing on a floor of fiery dirt. Father Moore says his art requires time and contemplation, much like the process of creating his own childhood memories spent on a wise and wrinkled earth. “I want my art to slow people down so they take a moment and don’t rush through life,” he says. “I really hope that some people, even if it’s just once in a great while, will actually take time to slow down and take their time with a piece, instead of just a quick glance.” Father Moore says his love of found objects was also born in the desert, and has made its creative emergence amidst his art. “My use of collage elements isn’t about recycling, however vital that is,” he explains. “It’s about redemption: taking something with no value and honoring it in the painting.” It’s his way embracing imperfection — inherent in the natural world and in humankind — that offers a sense of depth, from his creative process to a completed canvas. “The finished piece is very contemplative and peaceful, even though the marks are made with violent hits and harsh strokes,” he says. “Just as the crashing of waves makes beautiful formations in rocks — destructive power can create beauty.” – By kim fuller

This page: “A Beautiful Blue Morning,” by Father Bill Moore, 48 inches by 36 inches, mixed media

Opposite page, Father Moore in studio “Gathering of Universal Elements,” by Father Bill Moore, 48 inches by 60 inches, mixed media

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Masters Gallery Masters Gallery may be located in the heart of Vail, but when you walk into the gallery you could be anywhere in the world.  The gallery offers an eclectic variety of international, local, traditional and contemporary works of art for both the serious collector and the first-time buyer. To feed the legacy of art, the gallery also represents traditional artists such as Earl Biss, Alvar, Pino, David DeVary and Frederick Hart.

The Shelton Smith Collection The Spirit of America 227 Bridge Street Vail | 970.476.0100 featuring

Masters of the American West

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ur Winter 2013-14 Masters Show features an outstanding selection of world-class Western Art. “On the Rustler’s Trail” is a great painting by Cowboy Artists of America member Clark Kelly Price. This dramatic painting portrays the legendary Texas Rangers on the trail of outlaws in the snowy Big Bend area of West Texas. “High Sierras” is by Robert Wood. (1889-1979) A painter of realistic landscapes reflecting a vanishing wilderness was a very popular artist in United States. He was born in England and entered art school at the age of 12. At 20, he came to America in the Royal Army extensively traveling all over America. In 1941, he went to California to live and paint numerous desert and mountainous landscapes and coastal scenes. “Chinle Wash” is by Kenny McKenna. Oklahoma artist Kenny McKenna is one of America’s finest 
landscape artists. Painting in oil, Kenny’s American 
landscapes are breathtaking in their majesty and beauty. His subject matter includes Big Bend, the Palo Duro Canyon, the Rocky Mountains, the Grand Canyon to the Arizona Desert. Each piece is a very special painting that captures in a moment the timeless beauty of our great nation. “Teton Summer” is a fabulous work of art by the late Douglas Ricks. (19542003) This beautiful painting depicts a Lakota Camp on the Snake River-a peaceful and serene place.

“Sweeping Views” is a beautiful and mystical work of art by the great master Americo Makk. This gem is undoubtedly one of the finest paintings we have ever been honored to offer our clients. These five paintings are only a few of the real 
treasures available this winter in our gallery. Each of them represent the real Spirit of America. — By Shelton Smith

This page, from top: “On the Rustler’s Trail,” by Clark Kelly Price CA, 24 inches by 36 inches, oil on canvas “High Sierras,” by Robert Wood, 25 inches by 30 inches, oil on canvas

Opposite page, from top: “Chinle Wash” by Kenny McKenna, 24 inches by 36 inches, oil on canvas, “Teton Summer” by Douglas Ricks , 36 inches by 60 inches, oil on canvas “Sweeping Views” by Americo Makk, 24 inches by 30 inches, oil on canvas

The shelton smith collection Located on the banks of Gore Creek at the Covered Bridge in beautiful Vail Village, The Shelton Smith Collection is proud to present fine art of the Great American West. Our collection includes paintings and sculpture by the past and present masters, Native American antiques and unique Western Americana. Here you will find the true Spirit of America.

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Vail international Gallery True to its name, Vail International Gallery has a worldly demeanor. From Russian Impressionist pieces by Nikolai Timkov to contemporary wood carvings from Italian master Carlo Trost and striking oil paintings by Chinese-American artist Lu Cong, one could easily spend an afternoon in this gallery just absorbing beautiful, cosmopolitan artwork.

Vail International Gallery

100 East Meadow Drive, No. 17 Vail | 970.476.2525 featuring

Carlo Trost


t first glance, the work of Carlo Trost might remind you of a colorful, intricate quilt. So colorful. So intricate. You stare and wonder how anyone had the patience to create such a magnificent, detailed piece. Yet, Trost did. And continues to do so in his Udine, Italy studio. Trost’s primary media is wood, often stained vibrant colors and then carved into blocks or cut into strips — and like a quilt, arranged in thought-provoking patterns and sequences. However, like all great artists, Trost continues to grow and amaze. “We’ve held three major exhibitions with Carlo: 2008, 2010 and 2012,” says gallery owner Marc LeVarn. “This spring we’ll hold our fourth exhibition and we really look at it almost as a bi-annual retrospective. For instance, in 2010 Carlo was working with resin and wood to create beautiful water themed pieces. “In the past two years his work has shifted and now focuses on custommade laminates of alternating colors which are then carved into various shapes and fitted like mosaics to create larger scale works. What will Carlo do for the exhibition this coming March? I don’t know yet, but I’m excited to see it.” Trost is known for his colorful, yet striking, simplistic pieces that have included large and small-scale wood

sculptures and paintings. To create resin pieces, he starts with sheets of composite wood that he intricately carves. Afterwards, he pours resin on top of the wood to complete the piece, which can take up to three weeks to create. “The way Trost is able to convey so many natural subjects — water, wind, stone — and in such succinct and satisfying ways, is what makes him a great artist, “ says LeVarn. For instance, if you stared at Trost’s resin piece, “Infintio,” which the gallery previously had on display, it was as though you were staring into an azure ocean. “I called the piece ‘Infinito,’ Trost explains, “because every day you can look at the piece from the same place, or maybe four feet way and it always looks different. The light changes or my mood changes and I see if differently.” And that is the beauty of this artist’s work. “I think people come here for the natural beauty, and Trost’s work ties into naturalism,” LeVarn explains. “Another thing I like is that his design concepts are so original and they summarize a natural subject very succinctly in a contemporary design.” — By Brenda Himelfarb

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This page: “Quadroto nel Quadrato,” by Carlo Trost, 80 inches by 80 inches, wood

Opposite page, clockwise from top: “Colori Rigati,” by Carlo Trost, 84 inches by 164 inches, wood “Onda Blu,” by Carlo Trost, 69 inches by 155 inches, wood “Colore Volante,” by Carlo Trost, 64 inches by 154 inches, wood

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Lunar Magic Wopo Holup’s Phases of the Moon illuminates Lionshead

By Molly Eppard

Art in Public Places (AIPP) was introduced to the artist Wopo Holup during the request for proposals for the Lionshead Welcome Center public art project in 2011. Holup was selected as one of three finalists for this public art call that attracted over 90 artists from around the country. The Art in Public Places Board was intrigued by the quality and breadth of her public art commissions throughout the country and the possibility of working with her.


oon thereafter, another public art opportunity arose with the redesign of the Lionshead Entry Plaza. Mary Hart Design, a land planning and landscape architecture firm, presented the existing wall of the original bus shelter as a possible location to integrate a public art element into the design for the new plaza. AIPP agreed to take on the challenge to incorporate art into this intimate space of the entry plaza. Integrating art into streetscape is not something new to AIPP. From the murals in both parking structures, to the pine cone sewer grates, and riddles on Wall Street, site-specific art has adorned many projects in Vail. This integration of art into the streetscape creates a unique sense of place and environment. AIPP decided to work with Holup to create a site-specific work for this

specific location. The task posed to Holup was to incorporate art into the five existing windows of the exterior wall of the former Lionshead bus shelter. Holup’s work Phases of the Moon provided the creative solution for the public art element. She used water-jet cut stainless steel, a new medium in the Town of Vail’s public art collection, to create the effect of the natural environment and the

passage of time in this installation. The durability of the material seems masked by the intricate cut-outs representing the a lace-like surface of the moon. “Our environment and systems of endless cycling in nature are of great interest to me. Colorado clear skies were the inspiration for Phases of the Moon. Midday moons on a blue sky were for me a surprise – a beautiful surprise. It was intriguing to see the moon shift from full to new over a blue

background. In Phases of the Moon, cut-outs representing the craters of the moon will allow us to see through the moon to spaces behind,” explains Holup. “I am excited to see the scene through these cut out spaces shift from clear to dark and with the seasons from green trees to snow.” Holup who splits her time between Lyons, Colorado and New York City is known for incorporating nature

in her public art projects. Tampa International Airport, Kansas City Police Academy Campus, Denver Rapid Transit, Battery Park in Manhattan, the Philadelphia Zoo, are just of few of the more than two dozen public art projects awarded to Holup. With a recent exhibition of her river drawings at CUE Art Foundation in New York City, there has been a surge of interest in these works which she has exhibited in museums around the country. Her river drawings are currently featured in exhibitions at the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, VA and the Washington Art Association in Connecticut. Luckily, Holup’s home sits high on a hill just five miles west of Lyons, so her home and studio were spared during the catastrophic flooding of Colorado in September. “As you know, I’ve been drawing rivers over the past years, probably inspired by the St. Vrain. Now I’m thinking about a drawing showing the redirection of the river - overlaying the new river shape over the old - both being “natural”. The river changed course here veering south and up hill, carving land into a new river bed. The bridge is in tack, but with no river going under. Maybe I’ll work on this when our emotions about the flood subside,” explains Holup. Holup dedicates this work to the memory of Jil Rosentrater who served as the Director of Art in Public Places for the State of Colorado since 2006. Rosentrater who passed away earlier this year, leaves a legacy of public art to be enjoyed throughout the state. She most recently facilitated the art installations in the new Colorado Justice Center and the Colorado History Museum. Molly Eppard is the Art in Public Places coordinator. Visit www.artinvail. com for more information about the Town of Vail’s public art collection and programs.

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ART Exhibitions November 15-April 20 Wood jewelry artists A comprehensive show J. Cotter Gallery, Vail

November 28 December 22 Private Collection Show featuring Edward

Curtis photographs, Western paintings & more Cogswell Gallery, Vail

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November 29-January 6 Lelija Roy

Richly textured mixed media Art on a Whim

– December, TBD Kevin O’Dwyer

December 10-January 10 Lonesome Dove 25th Anniversary show

Bill Wittliff’s photographs The Shelton Smith Collection

December 13 Don Hamilton

Colorado landscape artist Horton Fine Art, Beaver Creek

December 20 George Coll

Colorado painter Horton Fine Art, Beaver Creek

December - January 6 Ellen Woodbury Precious stone sculpture Art on a Whim

Metalsmith J. Cotter Gallery, Vail

December 21-24 Koji Kawamoto December 1end of season Rare antique Colt pistols

1840-through the Civil War The Shelton Smith Collection

December 7 Matthew Sievers

Oil and acrylic painter, impasto technique Horton Fine Art, Beaver Creek

Pearl master Karats, Vail

December 22 January 5 Alexis Bittar Holiday Show

Cogswell Gallery, Vail

December 30 Ingrid Dee Magidson December 25-27 Mauro Felter 

Figurative painter Galerie Züger, Vail

Italian jeweler Karats, Vail

December 30&31 Britten December 22-January 2 New works from gallery artists

Paintings & sculptures claggett/Rey Gallery, Vail

December 27&28 DeVon

Abstract landscapist C. Anthony Gallery, Beaver Creek

January, TBD Pat Flynn

Goldsmith J. Cotter Gallery, Vail

Pop art figurative artist Masters Gallery, Vail

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December 27&28 Randy Wix

Abstract figurative painter Galerie Züger, Vail

December 27- 30 Gary Holland

Oil painter Horton Fine Art, Beaver Creek

December 28-31 Carolyn Tyler
 Gold artist Karats, Vail

Contemporary Western artist Horton Fine Art, Beaver Creek

January 4 Margaretta Caesar

Landscape artist Horton Fine Art, Beaver Creek

January 10-12 Paul Stafford Wood turnings and sculptures Art on a Whim

winter 2014

ART Exhibitions January 10-February 2 Chris Lundy

February 13&14 Douglas Aagard

Landscape painter Horton Fine Art, Beaver Creek

Luminous mixed media Art on a Whim

February 14&15 James Jensen January 17&18 Shawndell

Western abstract landscapist Masters Gallery, Vail

January 17&18 Adam Stewart

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Abstract landscape painter & sculptor Galerie Züger, Vail


Abstract realism, pop art, still life & figurative artist Masters Gallery, Vail

February 14&15 Ray Phillips

Abstract & surreal figurative artist Galerie Züger, Vail

February 14&15 Mitch Baird

Cogswell Gallery, Vail

January 24&25 Anton Arkhipov Figurative sculpture and paintings C. Anthony Gallery, Beaver Creek

February, TBD John Geldersma

February 14&15 Antal Goldfinger European master painter C. Anthony Gallery, Beaver Creek

Sculptor J. Cotter Gallery, Vail

February 15 Bates Wilson February 7-23 Alex Gupton & Gary Vigen Acrylic with pen & ink detail (Alex Gupton) Fired paintings on hand-rolled glass (Gary Vigen) Art on a Whim

Sculptor Vail International Gallery, Vail

March 14&15 Maya

February 28 – March 1 Troy Collins

Impressionist painter Horton Fine Art, Beaver Creek

February 28-March 23 Tracy Felix

Landscape, floral & still life artist Masters Gallery, Vail

March 14&15 Britten

Abstract landscapist Galerie Züger, Vail

Stylized landscapes in oil Art on a Whim

March 15 Carlo Trost March, TBD John Bachman

Wood sculptor Vail International Gallery, Vail

Stone cutter J. Cotter Gallery, Vail

– 39 March 22 Marie Channer

March, TBD Jeff & Susan Wise

Colorado painter Horton Fine Art, Beaver Creek

Sculptors & jewelers J. Cotter Gallery, Vail

March 28-April 20 Cynthia Duff March 7&8 Robert Hagan

Contemporary Western artist C. Anthony Gallery, Beaver Creek

March 8 Sheri Farabaugh

Oil painter Horton Fine Art, Beaver Creek

Bent wood wall sculpture Art on a Whim

winter 2014


French painter Paul Gaugin worked as a laborer during the construction of the Panama Canal. He was fired after 2 weeks.

In 2001, Ai Weiwei and an army of 1,600 Chinese artisans created 100 million hand-painted porcelain sunflower seeds and scattered them over the floor of London’s Tate Museum.

Picasso is known as – 40 winter 2014

the father of collage.

In 1658 the first illustrated book for children was published in Germany.

Vincent Van Gogh sold only one painting: Red Vineyard at Arles.

“Bad artists

Leonardo Da Vinci invented high heels. always admire each other’s work.” Oscar Wilde

Though his sculptures were housed in heated museums throughout the country, the French government refused Rodin’s request for financial aid for a flat in 1917. He died of frostbite a few months later.

Renaissance artist Piero di Cosimo used to cook batches of hard-boiled eggs, 50 at a time, while cooking the glue-sizing for his paintings. Some weeks, that was all he ate.

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Bernard Buffet


“Poisson Naturalise”

Oil on Canvas 1958 25.5”H x 32”W

ART Winter 2014  

ART is a collection of photo-intensive stories about featured artists at Vail Valley’s finest galleries, as well as brief overviews of each...

ART Winter 2014  

ART is a collection of photo-intensive stories about featured artists at Vail Valley’s finest galleries, as well as brief overviews of each...