Though artists Anthony Montcalm and Stan Morris have very different artistic mediums, they share a common vision – a gallery that’s open to all artists and their wares, be it copper wire woven dresses, glass blown jewelry or hand-forged iron tables.
Montcalm, a self-taught blacksmith and Morris, an art-school-trained glassblower, have spent the last three weeks putting together a gallery in Eagle. The showrooms (about 650 square feet of space) are attached to a large, garage-like studio where both artists do much of their work. Don’t expect a pristine gallery space like those in Beaver Creek. Instead, the gallery is a bit like the men themselves, not quite clean cut, and a little jumbled.
Don’t let that dissuade you – there are stunning pieces of art displayed at the new gallery. And more to come, both men insist.
The two artisans have only known each other six weeks. Morris read an ad in the paper looking for a metal sculptor and called Montcalm. The two started working together and discussed a common vision they’d each had of starting a gallery dedicated to showcasing their own pieces and those of other local artists. Over the past month the two men have been “running around like a couple of mad people,” according to Morris, trying to get the studio up and running before Christmas.
Even though Morris’ medium is technically glass, the two artists have started to cross their mediums and collaborate on pieces. Their first alliance is a foot-wide silver star-shaped tree topper that features a round glass globe in the middle.
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“We’re a brand new team to the valley here, and we’re putting two things together that no one else is doing,” Morris said. “We’re just two craftsman trying to make a living with a smile on our face.”
“We want to find the local artists that can’t get into the Vail galleries,” Morris said. Though some well-known names are attached to pieces on the walls now (Barb Bomier, Mike Crabtree, to name a few), both Morris and Montcalm hope to solicit the lesser-known, lesser-shown artists in the valley for pieces of their work to display, and at zero commission, as well.
“We’re not interested in showing just our own work, we want to provide a place for others to highlight theirs as well,” Montcalm said.
“We’d like to be the people that are helping discover the new talent in the valley, giving them an open door,” Morris added. “Both Anthony and I have traveled that road before and understand the frustrations of trying to become an artist, it’s something that we can relate to on a real basis.”
The gallery, which used to be a storage room, now holds a hodgepodge of artwork – from oil paintings and large canvas-mounted landscape photos, to iron forged elk antlers, and custom Macassar Ebony wood serving trays. Prices on the gallery pieces range from $5 up to $11,000, Morris said.
“That’s a huge gap – there’s something for everyone. Everything from high end to small and affordable and fun to own.”
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