Best of Vail: Best Art Gallery |

Best of Vail: Best Art Gallery

Tracey Flower | Vail Daily

Horton Fine Art gallery in Beaver Creek

1. Horton Fine Art

2. Alpine Arts Center

3. Cotter Gallery

When guests walk into Horton Fine Art, they smile, and that makes gallery owner Peggy Horton happy. It’s hard not to be delighted by the artwork on display, Horton said. That’s because so much of it has a whimsical side, especially that created by her family members, which much of it is.

Horton opened the gallery with her late husband, bronze sculptor Walt Horton, 10 years ago. Editions of Walt’s work are still available and on display in the gallery, alongside their son Jesse’s work. Jesse is a sculptor of note in his own right, carrying on his father’s legacy with pieces that make people grin — even laugh out loud — just as his father’s work has done.

Horton Fine Art is a family gallery, but guests will find work created by artists from around the globe, in addition to that created by the Hortons themselves. Regardless of where a piece came from, each one is there to create a connection. People come to Beaver Creek to experience the mountains, Peggy Horton said, and the art in the gallery helps guests connect deeper to the experiences they have outside of the gallery.

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