BEAVER CREEK — Knox Gallery in Beaver Creek Plaza hosts renowned sculptor, painter and jewelry designer Vala Ola along with her husband, Don Clapper, who is also a well-known painter, in the gallery during the Beaver Creek Arts Festival, taking place Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Ola, a professional member of the National Sculpture Society, passionately and relentlessly seeks to create artworks that show her excellence. She is a native of Iceland and her classical training in Europe is reflected in her art. Her figurative bronze sculptures are noted for their depth of expression and emotion. A reverence for the technique of the old masters has earned her great recognition, museum shows and awards.
Ola recently unveiled sculpture commissions for Hoffmann Commercial Real Estate in Avon, including “Victory” and “Lost Tribes.” These monuments give tribute to the lost tribes of the Americas.
“The bronze gives me an opportunity to mold the sense of life into an everlasting form,” Ola said. “From the force of a muscle in motion to a tender human emotion expressed. That, along with the abstract quality of composition, is what inspires me. When painting I get to play with colors as well as composition.”
As well as her sculptures, Ola has also created a line of exquisite jewelry of miniature sculptures. Inspired by her figurative bronzes in sterling silver, gold and gemstones, they are exclusive wearable fine art pieces for the distinctive woman. She won the Icelandic Design Excellence Award, had two entries at the Smithsonian Young Illustrator’s competition and became the sole representative for her country at the Nordic Graphic Design & Illustration awards. She is also a portrait artist for families and dignitaries. Winner of the Best Figurative Award 2006 at the annual International Guild of Realism show, she currently lives in the U.S.
Clapper created a new figurative style, “dramatic realism,” paintings that illuminate the figure in breathtaking form. A member of the International Guild of Realism, an exclusive group of today’s finest artists dedicated to classical and contemporary realism, Clapper has received national and international recognition, awards and museum shows.
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