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Art at rest – for now

Stew Mosberg

With fewer winter sports enthusiasts milling about, and it being vacation time for many Vail Valley locals, art galleries typically won’t schedule special events or exhibitions again until the July 4 weekend, albeit, the Vail Arts Festival will be held from June 25-27. The Lionshead festival includes over 100 national artists working in a variety of mediums.

As for the valley gallery scene, a couple of the planned events include the Masters Gallery show on July 17, when they will host the very much in vogue Carrie Fell. Fell’s exquisitely lyrical paintings of cowboys and horses are extremely popular, and have begun to show up in many venues outside Colorado.

On July 23-24, the featured artisan at Masters will be Sam Terakidis. Terakidis is a bronze wildlife sculptor whose patinas mimic the hides and fur of the animals he immortalizes.



Claggett/Rey has several shows scheduled for July and August. Each promises to be well-attended. On July 3, the gallery will be exhibiting the work of Wayne Wolf. Wolf is a plein-air practitioner who has mastered the painting of wildlife and the wilderness. On Aug. 7, Claggett/Rey will be presenting the oil paintings of James Reynolds. Reynolds is best known for superbly capturing the outdoors and authentic cowboy life on canvas.

Beginning Aug. 14, Claggett/Rey will be exhibiting Jim Norton’s mystical depictions of Native Americans in the natural and “untamed” West.



Be sure to check in with other galleries around the valley, since most have shows on tap for the holiday weekend, but as of this writing have not yet announced them.

For the art-starved during the down period, traveling to Denver is an option. The current exhibition “Painting a New World,” is the culmination of 10 years of curatorial perseverance. The display of Mexican Colonial art from the 16th to 19th century is the finest collection of its kind and is a veritable history lesson, not only of art in the new world, but the political and religious transition of Mexico. The show runs until July 25

In addition to Denver, art enthusiasts can visit the Loveland Museum to see the 13th annual Governor’s Invitational show. The show will remain on view until May 23, and includes more than fifty Colorado painters, woodworkers, sculptors, and potters, most of whom have established themselves in the national and international art world.



Stew Mosberg is a writer and journalist working out of Blue River. He holds a bachelor of design degree from the University of Florida, College of Fine Arts and Architecture, is author of two books on design and is the recipient of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. He can be reached by email at: WrtrF@aol.com.


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