VAIL - J. Cotter Gallery in Vail Colorado will be hosting a collection of work from visiting artist Bernd Munsteiner from through the July 26. A collection of Munsteiner's jewelry will be on display at the J.Cotter Gallery in Vail Village for the duration of his stay. The gallery will continue to hold a selection of his work into the winter.
Munsteiner was born in Germany in 1943 and is a third generation stone cutter. After learning lapidary skills from his father and attending the Arts and Crafts school of Pforzheim, he began creating his own stone cuts. This was the first time since the Renaissance that new stone cuts have been invented and stone cutting itself become an art. He cuts gems into sculptures, jewelry and other works of art. He has even polished the worlds largest aquamarine (10,3363 karats) into a piece he calls "Dom Pedro." He has won numerous awards for his work throughout his 40 year career and has been donned "the Picasso of gem cutting."
"This is an excellent opportunity to see work from one of the premier gem cutters of our time who has traveled all the way from Germany. His work is sure to amaze and inspire you," said gallery owner Jim Cotter.
The Munsteiner exhibition at the J. Cotter Gallery is in conjunction with his lecture for the Vail Symposium on July 24. The lecture will be held at The Grand View at the Lionshead Parking Structure at 6 p.m.
J. Cotter Gallery can be visited in Vail on Wall Street and in Beaver Creek Village on Market Square.