Art shows, artist visits abound over holiday |

Art shows, artist visits abound over holiday

Melanie Wong and Caramie Schnell
Daily staff
"Crossing the Tundra" by Del Pettigrew
Jafe Parsons | Special to the Daily |

For art lovers, Independence Day weekend provides endless possibilities not only to view a variety of art, but to meet the artists behind the creations. Most shows and artist demonstrations are free to attend at Vail and Beaver Creek’s various galleries. Read on to plan an art-filled weekend.


From daybreak to day’s end, Dennis Sheehan’s moody landscape paintings capture sunlight in a way that’s striking, likely because it feels genuine, transporting the viewer directly to that rush of perfect golden light that happens just before the sun dips into the horizon on a warm July evening.

“My goal is to have the painting emanate light rather than be just a surface that records the reflections of light,” Sheehan said. Interestingly it’s the shadows within each piece that are most integral to the overall effect.

“For it is from (the shadows) that this emanation proceeds. The light areas are focal points of this effort, but the power comes from the shadows,” he said.

Regardless, the unspoiled scenes make you yearn for wide-open, unspoiled vistas. His work is in both major private (the White House!) and public collections. You can see his paintings at the Gib Singleton Gallery in Vail starting this weekend, and continuing throughout the summer and fall. Call 970-476-4851 or visit


Whereas “don’t touch” is a common phrase both spoken and posted in art galleries and museums around the globe, Father Bill Moore encourages viewers to reach out and feel his work.

“The oil of human hands makes the plastics in the acrylics that I use that much more human,” the California painter and priest writes on his website. “And when you can touch artwork, you develop a viewpoint rarely accessible in the modern art world.”

Moore graduated with degrees in both fine art and theology and has pursued both callings with passion. His artwork is abstract and ultra contemporary, characterized by interesting textures and vivid colors.

See the exhibit Saturday and Sunday at Masters Gallery in Vail Village. Call 970-477-0600 or visit for more information.

Britten at C. Anthony Gallery

The July Fourth weekend will mark the opening of a permanent new gallery space for multimedia artist Britten at C. Anthony Gallery in Beaver Creek. While Britten’s work has been a regular fixture at the gallery, her work will now be housed in one of the gallery’s five permanent studios. She will be displaying several new paintings, including a collection of lumispheres made of mixed media on canvas.

“Lumispheres are paintings of light reflecting from a central focus. They are a mesmerizing experience of color, texture, and luminosity, similar to looking through a kaleidoscope at the sun,” said Britten.

Also looked for her 3D cubes, six-sided sculptures that reflect and play off light like gemstones. The pieces are multilayered, even containing subtly hidden photos of the artist’s studio within the layers of paint, said Britten.

Meet the artist from July 3 to 5 from 4 to 8 p.m. Champagne and light appetizers will be served. See for more info.

Del and Martha Pettigrew at Knox Gallery

Visitors and residents to the Vail Valley may recognize the works of husband-and-wife duo Martha and Del Pettigrew before ever stepping foot into Knox Galleries, where their sculptures and paintings will be on display from now through Sunday. Martha Pettigrew is the artist behind renditions of indigenous women in bronze that are on display throughout the town of Avon.

Her bronzes are also in many other municipal, state, and private collections throughout North America and as far away as Dubai.

“If I have achieved my goal as a sculptor, the viewer will feel an emotional attachment and sense of pride, dignity and serenity with the subjects,” said Martha Pettigrew.

Her husband, Del, also has a bronze statue displayed in Avon called “Crossing the Tundra.” He is known for his larger wildlife bronzes, mostly of birds and bears, and his works reflect a lifelong love of wildlife. Pettigrew draws his inspiration from his experiences as a boy hunting, and fishing in Nebraska, and later just observing wildlife in nature. He is also a gifted oil painter and will be displaying a collection of paintings of barns and schoolhouses at Knox.

The public is invited to come watch the artists demonstrating their sculpting and oil painting skills through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Find out more at

Kevin O’Dwyer at J. Cotter Gallery

Designer and metalsmith Kevin O’Dwyer’s work spans from intricate jewelry to large sculptures, but all his works display unique textures and imaginative lines. For more than 30 years, O’Dwyer’s work has been displayed in galleries and museums across the globe, and he’s even been commissioned to create gifts for the likes of Nelson Mandela, the King of Sweden and the Japanese Imperial Family. O’Dwyer is currently working on a large-scale sculpture as the artist-in-residence in Lincoln, Montana, but some of his jewelry and silverware collections will be on display at J. Cotter Galleries beginning this week.

The silverware – some functional and some not – are hand-forged and sport playful, flowing lines. The jewelry has a unique reticulated texture, a technique developed in the Faberge workshops in turn-of-the-century Russia.

O’Dwyer splits his time between the United States and Ireland, where his studio still is. His influences, however, span different eras and continents.

“The flowing forms I incorporate are very influenced by Ireland and the artifacts there,” he said. “However, my architectural forms are very influenced by spending eight years studying art in Chicago and all the great architecture there. Both the new world and the old world plays out in my work.”

See O’Dwyer’s work at J. Cotter galleries at both Beaver Creek and Vail. See

Casey Horn and Don DeMott at Art on a Whim

New work by painter Sushe Felix, sculptor Don DeMott and bronze artist Don DeMott debut that Art on a Whim this weekend.

Sushe Felix will be showing her abstract landscapes and wildlife. The Denver-based artist’s work is highly influenced by the style of the 1930s and 1940s.

“Her work is incredible and captures, a subtle, playful side of landscapes and wildlife,” said Ross Raitman of Art on a Whim.

Two other Colorado sculptors will also be showing their works for the first time at Art on a Whim. Don DeMott, creates intricate three-dimensional aspen scenes out of steel and organic materials. Casey Horn, turns Chinese calligraphy characters into three-dimensional forms in bronze with expressive patinas. The gallery currently has “Fire,” “Water” and “Evening” on display in Vail. See for more info.


While vacationing in Turkey, the owners of Cogswell Gallery came across two brothers who create jewelry that captures the very heart of the region. John and Patti Cogswell were on a sailing trip with friends when they ducked into the small studio in Bodrum where Cuneyt and Ali Akdolu create pure gold jewelry that blends civilizations past and present. Ancient coins are incorporated into some pieces, capturing the rich history of the ancient Anatolian Civilizations and empires long gone. Precious gemstones, like deep blue opals, black diamonds, rubies and sleeping beauty turquoise are set in 24-karat gold that’s hand hammered. The Cogswells introduced the collection to their Vail Village gallery in November, where it’s been a staff and customer favorite since.

Cuneyt visits the gallery for a trunk show displaying the Ara Collection Saturday and Sunday at the gallery. Call 970-476-1769 or visit to learn more.


Inspired by 1940s rebel painters, artist Randy Wix creates abstract art with an industrial edge. The painter visits Galerie Zuger in Vail on Saturday, bringing with him a new body of intriguing work. When people view Wix’s pieces, they see something familiar that they can relate to from their everyday world, be it a number or a trowel mark, a tile or riveted steel, yet it appears new within the context of the artwork. Galerie Zuger is located at Solaris Plaza in Vail. Call 970-476-5619 or visit for more information.

Evolving West Art Show at Paderewski Fine Art

Paderewski Fine Art in Beaver Creek is featuring several influential contemporary artists beginning July Fourth weekend through Aug. 2. Patrick Matthews has enjoyed great popularity both in Beaver Creek and across the country, with his flag paintings being featured in the newly released book “Stars and Stripes; The American Flag in Contemporary Art.”

Maura Allen is the newest addition to the Paderewski collection. Her contemporary take on the western experience continues the traditions of 19th-century artists like Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell in depicting the core values of the West. Allen considers herself a part of the current movement to redefine the New West. “The New West in art celebrates a mix of styles, ranging from the traditional to the contemporary, all showcasing the West — its traditions, people, and the land they call home,” Allen said.

Find out more by calling 970-949-6036 or visiting

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