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Vail Valley Art Guild hosts ‘Art of the American West’ exhibit in Avon

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What: “Art of the American West” an exhibit of the Vail Valley Art Guild.

When: Reception is 5:30-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5.

Where: Art of the Valley Gallery, 240 Chapel Square, Avon.

Cost: Admission is free.

More information: Visit www.vailvalleyartguild.com.

Today, the Vail Valley Art Guild will host a reception for a new exhibit “Art of the American West.” More than 30 artists, photographers and ceramicists will have works on display. The exhibit will run through Sunday, Aug. 28, at Art of the Valley Gallery in Avon.

The Vail Valley Art Guild has more than 180 active members who are inspired by the beauty of the Vail Valley, and the “Art of the American West” exhibit features oil paintings, watercolors, photographs and ceramic works created by local artists. The appeal of Western landscapes and lifestyles are reflected in the paintings and photographs of local scenery, rodeo events and cowboy portraits.

Helping establish National Parks

Artists have been attracted to the American West for many years since explorers brought back tales of high mountain peaks, deserts, volcanic hot springs and large herds of buffalo, elk and antelope.

The Native American culture inspired George Catlin to depict many paintings of tribal ceremonies and to capture detailed portraits of important chiefs. Edward Curtis was an American photographer who assembled a comprehensive record of Native Americans and the Western landscape. Thomas Moran’s watercolors of Yellowstone were inspirational in the establishment of the nation’s first National Park.