Vail Daily obituary: Marguerite Bernet, 1956-2014 |

Vail Daily obituary: Marguerite Bernet, 1956-2014

Marguerite "Meg" Bernet, a long-time Vail resident, passed away unexpectedly on Feb. 9, in Cleveland, Ohio. She was 57 years old. She was born on June 11, 1956, to Antoinette and John J. Bernet and had spent the last few years caring for her aging parents in the family home in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. She attended The Rhode Island School of Design and received a Bachelor's of Fine Arts from The Cleveland Institute of Art, where she majored in drawing and minored in printmaking. She did postgraduate work in printmaking at Yale. She was an accomplished painter, drawer and printmaker and used a variety of techniques and mediums to create work that was "beautiful to the point of being cathartic." Meg was a partner and resident artist at Olla Podrida Gallery and later at Vickers Gallery in Vail for many years and a dynamic presence in the local art community. She later split her time between Vail and Woody Creek, where she had many close friends. She loved her new adventures in the Roaring Fork Valley and was involved in the organic farming community and was an art teacher to developmentally disabled young adults. She was a devoted daughter and cherished sister, aunt, friend and mentor. She was kind, honest and intelligent and touched many peoples' lives with her warmth, humor, creativity and beauty. She is survived by: Her sister, Mikey (and Bo) Cutting, of Amherst, Mass.; brothers Josh (and Beth) Bernet, of Anna Maria, Fla. and Chopper (and Carrie) Bernet, of Topanga Canyon, Calif.; and her many nieces and nephews, who are dearly missing their "unkle Meggie". Her family suggests that those who wish can make a donation in her name to: Carbondale Community School, 1505 Satank Rd., Carbondale, CO 81623, or to Wyly Community Art Center, 99 Midland Spur, Basalt, CO 81621, A celebration of Meg's life is being planned for June in the Vail area.

‘Locations of consciousness’: three artists’ visions

STEAMBOAT – Three valley artists and printmakers explore the experience of place, in themselves and in relation to their surrounding environment, for an art exhibition called “Locations of Consciousness” at the Eleanor Bliss Center for the Arts at The Depot in Steamboat Springs. The exhibit runs until March 12 with a gallery talk with the artists from 9-10:30 a.m. today.Using a variety of print media and techniques, Susan Mackin Dolan, Joyce Wimer and Meg Bernet explore the interrelationship between the psyche and the natural world. For the project, the artists asked themselves, “how does the landscape orient an individual to the place in which she dwells both perceptually and emotionally?” Mackin Dolan’s reduction linocuts on handmade kozo papers continue a recent theme about wildfires around Colorado. Trees that are blackened by fire or are newly grown sprouts become a metaphor of change and impermanence. These images encourage an appreciation of the beauty that occurs at all levels of existence, in life or in death.Wimer’s collograph and mixed media prints explore the ability of a “place” to connect with the viewers’ inner experiences. Her “Portal” series, inspired by travels to India, enframes and separates the observer from the scene, but at the same time creates a doorway for entrance into this other world.Bernet’s etchings are a means of recording or documenting images that she recognizes with absolute certainty to be familiar and essential. And by selecting, collecting and assembling them, she trusts they will tell her where she has been and where she may be headed next. For more information, call the gallery at 970-879-9008.Steamboat exhibition “Locations of Consciousness,” exhibition running now through March 12Gallery talk with the artists today from 9-10:30 a.m.Eleanor Bliss Center for the Arts at The Depot, located at 1001 13th Street Steamboat Springs Gallery hours are Tuesdat-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon-4 p.m.Vail, Colorado

Online bidding open for Vail Symposium art auction

Plucked from the Valley’s creative nests and private collections, the Vail Symposium has collected an array of art for a fundraising auction. From paintings and drawings, to mixed media and handmade paper, to jewelry, sculpture and metalwork, the auction items express variety and expression. All proceeds from the auction will benefit the Vail Symposium. The contributing artists are: Carol Anthony, Meg Bernet, Ian Clark, Lynn Cohagen, Susan Mackin Dolan, Helen Gillespie, Randy Milhoan, Joan Norris, Myrna Sigman, Woody Stockwell, Humberto Trejo and Joyce Wimer. These artists have exhibited nationally and internationally and their works are collected privately and publicly. Pieces were donated by Susan Mackin-Dolan and Lynn Mackechnie. The art auction is currently available online at Electronic (on-line) bidding will close at midnight on Aug. 16. Silent bids will continue to be accepted on-site at Vista at Arrowhead on Aug. 16, where the Vail Symposium is hosting an art appreciation dinner with Dean Sobel. Sobel is the director of the Clyfford Still Museum (opening in Denver 2009), and will be speaking about Clyfford Still and his fellow Abstract Expressionists. The auction will close at 8:30 p.m. For those not attending the art dinner, proxy bids will be accepted. For a private preview or additional information call 476-0954. The Vail Symposium’s Dinner with Dean Sobel and the conclusion of the Benefit Auction will be held on Thursday, Aug. 16 at Vista at Arrowhead. Space is limited, and reservations are required. Tickets to the Art Dinner and Auction are $100 or $85 for Vail Symposium contributors. Call 476-0954 or purchase tickets online at

Bumping and grinding in Minturn

You can get some idea of Harry Gray’s personality from the name of his new venture in Minturn: Harry’s Bump and Grind Coffeehouse and Art Gallery. It’s at 291 Main Street and Gray hopes to have it open early in December offering coffees, teas, breakfast and lunch items. “We’ll have grab and go breakfast items – burritos, biscuits and gravy and baked goods, and lunch items like chili and soups” Gray says. “We’ll offer coffee from mellow to wild and wooly.” Gray will be using coffee and tea from nearby Minturn-based Vail Mountain Coffee Roasters and expects to be open from 6:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. “I didn’t think there was that much difference in getting fresh roasted beans,” Gray said. “We’ll get unbelievably fresh product. It makes a big difference when it’s right out of a roaster.” The new shop will have about 1,200 square-feet of coffeehouse, capable of seating 32, and about 500 square feet of art gallery, which will feature the work of local and other artists. For Gray, 47, a contractor since 1984, the new venture is a fork in his career. He’s built plenty of luxury homes all over Eagle County, but now the game has changed. “Construction has pretty well petered out,” he said, and added only half tongue-in-cheek: “I’m grateful to have something to do.” But he hasn’t completely dropped his tool belt in favor of an apron – he’s remodeling the space for his new venture himself. A self-professed “liberal Republican” Gray, who is rarely without an opinion, said you’ll likely be able to listen to National Public Radio as you enjoy a cup, and that occasionally there may be some local musicians performing. He sees opportunity in the numbers of people traveling to Minturn for its antique shops and galleries. “Minturn has charm,” Gray says. “It’s becoming much more of a destination.” The art gallery will feature the works of local artists Meg Bernet, Anna Houglan, Santa Fe artist and former local artist Laurie Deane as well as the wood work of Dr. Mark Blickenstaff and the sculptures of Red Cliff’s Don Wilson. In summer there will be patio seating with log furniture supplied by Colorado Log and Timber of Bond. Gray will likely be the first to enjoy a fresh cup of coffee at his new shop and also plans to spend plenty of time behind the counter. He and his family live in an apartment above the new shop. Cliff Thompson can be reached at 970-949-0555 x450 or

Community art

Logans give major gift to Denver museum

VAIL – Vail Town Councilman Kent Logan and his wife, Vicki, have pledged a $60 million gift to the Denver Art Museum, the museum announced Tuesday. It’s the largest planned gift ever given to the 113-year-old museum. “My hope is that this will act as a catalyst to really galvanize the continued interest in the visual arts community in Denver,” Kent Logan said. Dianne Vanderlip, curator of modern and contemporary art at the Denver Art Museum, said the gift is a huge boost for contemporary art at the museum. “We were already pretty good, but this is just, ‘Oh my God, the lights are really on,’” Vanderlip said. The Logans wanted to continue the momentum the Denver Art Museum has been building with the opening of a new addition and a growing endowment, Logan said. The bequest also includes the donation of the Logans’ 15,000-square-foot home and gallery on Potato Patch Road in Vail. “The attempt here is to create a close working relationship between the Vail Valley and Denver and hopefully promote a joint collaboration,” he said. The gallery wouldn’t become a public museum, Logan said. It would stay a private gallery and could host smaller, private shows, he said. The home could also be a retreat for art scholars, Vanderlip said. The home and gallery are worth about $15 million. The Logans also gave an additional $5 million for the maintenance of the house and gallery. Almost all of the $60 million pledge will be given to the museum after the Logans die. The gift should increase Vail’s presence in the arts scene, Vanderlip said. “This story is going to be picked up by the national and international press,” she said. “It’s going to say Vail, Vail, Vail.” Susan Mackin Dolan, an Edwards artist, agreed the gift could help for the Vail arts scene. “We could get to see some great art up here and maybe have artists-in-residence, curators-in-residence,” she said. “We definitely could use that boost.” ‘The complete story’ The gift also includes all of the art in the couple’s private collection that has not already been promised to the Denver museum. That brings the total amount promised to the museum to over 550 artworks, including paintings, sculptures, photographs, drawings and installations. The latest bequest of art is worth about $30 million. The artists include Andy Warhol, Ed Ruscha, Cindy Sherman, Jeff Koons, Franz Ackermann, Katharina Fritsch, Takashi Murakami and Damien Hirst. “When we have our permanent collection on view, we will be able to tell the complete story of 20th- and 21st-century art because of this collection,” Vanderlip said. The Logans gave 213 artworks to the museum in 2003. The bequest also includes a $10 million endowment for the department of modern and contemporary art. The gift adds to the momentum that is growing in Denver’s cultural community, Vanderlip said. “There’s not a another city in the U.S. that can boast the same focus and energy that is going on in Denver right now with regard to its cultural institutions,” she said. ‘Defines the period’ Logan said he collects art because it makes an important statement about the period it was made in. “The art defines the period,” he said. Kent, 62, and Vicki, 59, were married on Vail Mountain in 1985. Kent Logan retired from his career as an investment banker in 2000. He was director of the Equity Division of Bank of America Securities, and previously was an executive with Goldman Sachs, Paine Webber, Barclays and Montgomery Securities. They moved to Vail full-time in 2000 after 10 years in San Francisco. Logan was elected to the Vail Town Council in 2003. The Logans have been collecting for 14 years. An exhibit of the Logans’ work called “Radar: Selections from the Collection of Kent and Vicki Logan” had already been planned to be on exhibit at the opening of the new Denver Art Museum addition this fall. In 2003 and 2004, the Logans’ artwork was also on display at the museum during a special exhibit of Asian art. Staff Writer Edward Stoner can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14623, or Vail Colorado

Peek inside a private Vail gallery

VAIL, Colorado “-Good art won’t match your sofa, says Vail resident Vicki Logan. It will, however, make you think. It can arouse wonder, amusement, shock, sadness or even disgust. Really great art can be so provocative you might cycle through each of those emotions within a few minutes as you study. On a recent snowy morning, Vail residents Kent and Vicki Logan opened their home and adjoining gallery ” which is filled with just part of their art collection ” to 36 fortunate Vail Symposium participants. While the gallery is private, the Logans ” who are well known in the art world for their contemporary collection ” open their doors to community organizations and groups. The Logan’s have given most of the art away ” they donated a significant portion of the collection to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in the late ’90s and, in 2006, they promised $60 million in art and assets to the Denver Art Museum, the single largest gift in the museum’s 113-year history. As the group gathered in the Logan’s bright living room, Kent, a former Vail town councilman and investment banker, explained their beloved art collection ” its origins, scope and what’s been happening in the contemporary art scene since the economy tanked. Long story short, the bubble has burst. “Imagine everything that happened in the housing market and multiply that by 10 times and that’s really what was going on in the art world,” Kent said. “The whole art world was caught in a very commercial cycle. (Artists) churned it out, just repeated themselves because they could sell it for astronomical sums. The silver lining of a break in the market, such as the period we’re in today, is maybe they go back to the studio. I’m hopeful in a few years we’ll see another wave of creativity and interesting art.” Though the Logans spent most of their adult lives in New York, they didn’t begin collecting art until they moved to San Francisco in the early ’90s. “There’s really no interesting story about why we began (collecting),” Kent said. “It was very spontaneous. One of my new partners invited us for a walk amongst the galleries and we bought our first piece that day and it went straight down hill from there.” The collection, which spans four decades, contains nearly 900 pieces created by 200 artists. The collection is anchored with recognized masters from the ’60s and ’70s who heavily influenced subsequent generations ” Andy Warhol, Ed Ruscha and Richard Diebenkorn to name a few. Warhol’s self portrait (1986) is the centerpiece of the Logan’s living room. The other two thirds of the collection represent artists who are living and working today, including contemporary Asian artists and many YBAs ” young British artists from the ’90s, like Damien Hirst. The Logan’s personally know most of the artists, he said. And unlike some art collectors who hire a consultant or an advisor, Kent and Vicki bought every piece in the collection, and never for investment purposes, because “ultimately you’re the one that lives with it,” Kent said. “We don’t expect everyone to like the art. You’ll probably dislike a lot of it, but for better or worse, it’s our aesthetic,” he said. With that, the group was free to wander around the home, taking in the drawings, paintings, sculptures and more tucked in every corner of the Logans’ home ” the kitchen, hallways, bathrooms and even on the decks ” before walking next door to the gallery. Taking in nearly 250 pieces of art in a little over an hour is a little overwhelming, but in a good way. “When I see great art, it just fills me with awe at what we can accomplish as human beings,” said Vicky Lee, the communications director for the Vail Symposium. Rounding a corner in the gallery, Lee gasped at the sight of one floor-to-ceiling painting of what she believed to be a dismembered monster. An hour later, over lunch, she mused how interesting it was that she found the painting startling without being offensive. “It’s interesting because when I looked at the pieces, I learned more about myself by finding how I reacted to them,” Lee said a few days later. “Some contemporary art can be so provocative ” you really gauge where you are in life when you keep looking at art and see how you react. You find that your reactions can change over time.” High Life Editor Caramie Schnell can be reached at 970-748-2984 or

Housing developer to host open house Monday in Vail

VAIL — The Harp Group, the developers of the proposed Marriott Residence Inn and an affordable housing project in West Vail will host an informational open house Monday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Sonnenalp Hotel in Vail.  The proposed project includes a 170-room Marriott Residence Inn and 113 deed-restricted apartments, as well as 328 below-grade parking spaces located on the former Roost Lodge property in West Vail. It was first submitted to the town of Vail on Aug. 15 and is currently under review by the town's Planning and Environmental Commission.  "We want to give community members and our neighbors in West Vail an opportunity to meet the development and design teams and ask questions about the project outside of the more formal town meetings," said Peter Dumon, founder and president of The Harp Group, a real estate and hospitality investment corporation headquartered in suburban Chicago. "It's an important project for Vail and all of Eagle County and we want to make sure people fully understand it. We've personally invited our immediate neighbors to the open house via email, but anyone with an interest in the project is welcome to stop by." The town of Vail has adopted a housing plan to purchase 1,000 deed restrictions on homes and apartments in the next decade. "With our proposed 113 apartments, Vail will be more than 10 percent on its way to its goal of 1,000 deed-restricted units within town limits by 2027," Dumon said.

Two community art days

Council to postpone Crossroads decision

VAIL The Vail Town Council Tuesday will hold off on a final decision on the Crossroads renovation proposal. Final approval from the Town Council could come at the March 7 meeting, said Russ Forrest, the towns chief planner.The issue must be postponed because notice about a proposed ordinance allowing the project didnt appear soon enough as a legal notice in the Vail Daily, Forrest said.Town officials are hammering out details of the development improvement agreement, which outlines landscaping, public art, the public plaza, employee housing and road improvements. Developer Peter Knobel wants to build between 65 and 73 condos, a 10-lane bowling alley with an arcade, a three-screen movie theater, stores, restaurants and a public plaza/skating rink. The council gave preliminary approval to the project Feb. 7 with a 4-3 vote. Edward StonerVail rec district seeks candidatesVAIL There are three open seats this spring on the five-member Vail Recreation District board of directors. The election, which also includes voting for the Eagle River Water and Sanitation Districts board, is May 2. Rec district candidates can pick up nominating petitions at the rec district office next to the Ford Park softball fields on South Frontage Road. The office is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.Candidates must get the signature of one registered Colorado voter and turn the petition into the rec district by Friday. The board seats up for election are held by Nino Licciardi, Peter Cook and Julie Hansen, all of whom are eligible to run for re-election.To run in the election, candidates must be registered voters and a resident or property owner within the Vail Recreation District or married to a property owner within the district. For additional election information, contact Amy Ludke with the Vail Recreation District at 479-2279. Daily staff reportAdvisory boards have openingsEAGLE Eagle County has openings on its Planning Commission, the Zoning Board of Adjustments, the Building Board of Appeals and the Roaring Fork Valley Regional Planning Commission.Heres a chance to participate in the shaping and implementation of a vision for your community, said Keith Montag, the countys community development director. These commissions and boards are actively involved in the Eagle County land-use decision-making process.To apply for any of these boards, send a letter of interest to the Eagle County Community Development Department, P.O. Box 179, Eagle, CO 81631. Applications can be downloaded from Applications must be received by March 1. Daily staff reportDownvalley rec district electionEAGLE COUNTY The Western Eagle County Metropolitan Recreation District will hold an election for two positions on its board of directors on May 2.Nomination forms are available from Lanie Martin, the districts election official, at the agencys office at 113 E. Fourth St., Eagle, CO 81631. Forms must be returned by Friday. For additional information, contact the rec district at 328-6909 or Daily staff reportVail, Colorado