Artists showcased in Vail Valley galleries |

Artists showcased in Vail Valley galleries

Brenda Himelfarb
Vail CO, Colorado
Kristin Anderson/Vail DailyAnton Arkhipov works in one of his three Denver studios every day. He'll be at Beaver Creek's C. Anthony Gallery in 2007-08.

VAIL, Colorado ” Certainly, the Vail Valley is known best for its extraordinary skiing. But it’s much more. It’s home to many gourmet restaurants, theaters and a variety of recreational activities.

And art galleries. Galleries that, over this winter season, will play host to an array of artists of different cultures who work in every medium from oils to glass to gold.


DHYLAN SHERRI’S designs and handmade 24 karat gold jewelry are made on the island of Maui. Her pieces incorporate ancient symbols, styles and techniques in combination with gemstones, beads and pearls.

Says Sherri, “The first jewelers were multi-skilled craftsmen and metalsmiths. Each piece was made by hand, fabricated directly, shaped out of metal and stones. As time progressed the craft of the jeweler became more skill-specific and casting, rather than hand fabrication, became more common in the market. I make all of my jewelry myself, in 24 karat gold with natural stones. Synthetic stones are only used upon request of my clients. I hand-fabricate my work with the exceptional cast bead or found object.” KARATS, VAIL

Pearl lovers shouldn’t miss KOJI KAWAMOTO and his vast collection. Kawamoto’s family has harvested pearls for three generations and he lectures throughout the world about the origins and different types of pearls and how they are cultivated. Harvesting, however, is what Kawamoto enjoys most. “It’s the birth of a baby,” explains Kawamoto.

“Just one out of 100 pearls comes out beautiful.” Kawamoto’s designs may include Tahitian, South Sea, Golden or, perhaps, natural pearls. KARATS, VAIL

Faces in general and lips in particular are of special interest to LUCONG, who typically makes them a focal pint of his paintings. A self-taught artist, LuCong’s large-scale portraits are at once haunting and captivating. In an interview with Colorado Modern, he said, “I think the size of my paintings and all leads you to the eyes. A lot of artists avoid painting the figure looking straight at the viewer. That’s what I really like to do. The head and the face are the key for me.”

“LuCong seems content to capture moments not so clearly defined in their immediacy, but rather in their intimacy,” reviewer Troy Briere, noted. VAIL INTERNATIONAL GALLERY, VAIL

Inspired by the landscape surrounding him, CHRIS NELSON creates with acrylic on plexiglass. “For years I have experimented with the medium of acrylics and have developed many techniques to achieve a look in my work that is not only new and different, but stylish and bold,” says Nelson. “The landscape is always influential in my thought process.” VAIL VILLAGE ARTS, VAIL; THE VICKERS COLLECTION, BEAVER CREEK


With microphone in hand GRACE SLICK was front and center, for twenty years, as the high-energy lead female vocalist of the ’60s rock and roll band, Jefferson Airplane.

But in 1989 Slick put down her microphone and picked up a paintbrush and has since made a new name for herself as an accomplished artist. Creating a collection of sometimes whimsical, original paintings and limited editions, Slick’s subjects include portraits of legendary musicians Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Jerry Garcia and the Mad Hatter, to name a few. MASTERS GALLERY, VAIL


CARLO TROST lives and works in the Udine region of Italy where he sculpts exclusively in wood. An artist in the tradition of Brancusi and other moderns, Trost primarily uses organic forms and shapes to create simple, yet ingenious, images of nature and the unrefined world. His designs are effective, dramatic and original in concept, creating a unique blend of naturalism and modern design. VAIL INTERNATIONAL GALLERY, VAIL

The jewelry created by CAROLYN TYLER is inspired by the “magic and mystery of Nature’s most precious treasures: glowing, glittering gems and gleaming gold and silver.” Working in 18-14 karat gold, and using goldsmithing techniques from antiquity such as granulation, filigree and repousse (design in relief), Tyler creates pieces that are reminiscent of the fabled buried treasures of the Golden Age. “My true passion,” says Tyler, “is hunting for and finding a unique gem, pearl or artifact that commands me to transcend the merely ‘artful’ and create a design where beauty and meaning are forged into a piece with talismanic power for the wearer.” KARATS, VAIL VILLAGE

The world is literally fodder for the work of premiere watercolorist GERALD FRIZTLER who has traveled extensively from country to country to create. “Plein aire painting on location has helped me approach my watercolors in a very spontaneous and colorful way,” he says.

Essentially, Friztler translates painterly techniques used by master oil painters into a medium that many of the most gifted artists have found almost impossible to emulate. “Watercolors are either very experimental or very traditional,” Friztler goes on. “My approach is more of a painting response. Every brush stroke is for a reason. You don’t necessarily need to put all the defining elements in a painting.” CLAGGETT/REY GALLERY, VAIL VILLAGE

The Italian women who kept the home fires burning during the years preceding World War II are the inspiration for PINO DAENI, who was brought up in Bari, Italy. These Italian women infuse the soft, romantic canvases of his work. Pino’s paintings feature women found in states of emotion ranging from adoration to isolation, perhaps on a beach in a sensuous boudoir or dressing room in anticipation of her husband or lover. The use of light and shadow contrasted with explosive color in Pino’s work suggests a depth and mystery of not only how the artist feels, but what he sees as well. MASTERS GALLERY, VAIL VILLAGE

ANTAL C. GOLDFINGER is said to be “a master of the equilibrium achieved through combining classical balance of form and space with the spontaneous execution of color.” He is a marine and still life painter who begins his paintings by first drawing the essential object of his composition and then begins blocking in the main areas of color. Goldfinger then brings the painting to completion through subtle blends of tints and tones. His works are exhibited in museums in the United States and Europe as well as many important private collections. C. ANTHONY GALLERY, BEAVER CREEK

As a designer with a fine arts background, STEPHANIE TRENCHARD created designs for a wide variety of applications, from home furnishings to apparel, and learned a lot about manufacturing and translating imagery to material. In 2000 she began working in glass after she and her husband, artist Jeremy Popelka, built a hot glass facility. Her pieces are all sand cast with off-hand sculpted glass inclusions that she has either painted or colored with glass powders. Trenchard has explored issues that are tied to art history and literature. With the use of enamels, Trenchard sculpts and paints figuratively allowing for storytelling and narrative content to emerge through her work. PISMO GALLERY, VAIL


Born into a family of artists, ANTON ARKHIPOV knew at an early age that art was his calling. His paintings celebrate life. Large, round figures are portrayed in a variety of locations, all beautiful. Classic cars, wine, fine food, musical instruments: These are the building blocks of a day well lived. “For me, the mountains aren’t about skiing – they’re about apres ski: romance, food, wine,” he says. “When you’re going to the mountains, you’re lost in a strange world.” C. ANTHONY GALLERY, BEAVER CREEK

Founded in classical and traditional roots, the work of ROGER WILLIAMS takes an honest, painterly approach that could be described as impressionistic realism. Encounter his paintings and discover a distinctive feeling. Painting in oils and pastels, Williams’ intention is to engage the viewer emotionally through a painterly, yet poetic process. With his passion for plein aire painting, Williams has traveled and painted in more than thirty foreign countries. COGSWELL GALLERY, VAIL

Scott Adams the cartoonist once said, “Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.”

So we suggest that you suit up in your warmest apres ski clothes and have a look. You’ll find work from realism to pieces in which the artist has combined totally unrelated elements just to challenge the viewer. All the artworks on display are “keepers.”

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