Cogswell features acclaimed sculptor |

Cogswell features acclaimed sculptor

Staff Reports

Those who return to Vail year after year are drawn not only by the ski mountain, but also by the village itself. For young and old alike, the sculptures of children at play that decorate the storefront of the Cogswell Gallery define that attraction to the village. For years, Marianne Caroselli’s bronze sculptures have captured the attention and hearts of Gore Creek’s passers-by. The Cogswell Gallery in Vail Village will host an exhibit of her work from now until the end of the ski season.These particular bronze sculptures are excellent representations of Caroselli’s work. She believes her artwork should be “peaceful, loving, and relaxing, so that it can be enjoyed for a lifetime.” Indeed, this comes through in the delight and simple pleasures portrayed in each of her pieces.Caroselli began her art career in 1972, just after she moved to Texas with her family. Early in her career, she was discovered by the prestigious Leanin Tree Card Company of Boulder and her work was reproduced in cards and posters.In 1979, she extended her creative talent to the world of sculpting, and she succeeded here as she had in oil painting. Caroselli took professional sculpting classes at the Cowboy Artists of America museum. Now a highly recognized and accomplished sculptor, her work includes depictions of children, cowboys, horses, and wildlife. Her sculptures range from table size to life size pieces, which can be found in galleries throughout the Southwest, and in the private collections of such notables as Burt Reynolds, Wayne Newton, and Bryon Nelson.People are taken by Caroselli’s lifelike portrayal of the simple joys of childhood. The Cogswell Gallery will have her work on display from now until the middle of April. The Cogswell Gallery is located just down the steps from the Children’s Fountain on Gore Creek Road in Vail Village. q Vail Trail staff report

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