Cogswell Gallery announces special exhibit of assorted historical artwork |

Cogswell Gallery announces special exhibit of assorted historical artwork

Daily staff report

VAIL — Cogswell Gallery will present an assortment of historic artworks from several private collections being made available to the public for the first time. The show includes Native American artifacts, antique photographs and paintings by American Masters both contemporary and deceased.

Notable pieces include some of the most sought-after photogravures made by Edward S. Curtis 100 years ago; paintings by William Matthews, Gerry Metz, George Catlin and E.W. Deming; and an extensive collection of pottery, kachinas and pawn jewelry from the Southwest, and beaded Plains Indian artifacts.

The works by contemporary Western watercolor artist Willie Matthews include both originals and lithographs. His works can be found in private collections all over the world as well as numerous museums, including the Denver Art Museum.

Two paintings by Raphael Lillywhite (1891-1958) show the Southwest as it was more than 100 years ago. Born in what was to become Arizona, he was one of 15 children whose parents owned a trading post on the southwest frontier.

George Catlin (1796-1872) was one of the earliest painters to set out to document Native Americans, and he did so by taking trips into Indian Territory up the Mississippi, Missouri and Arkansas rivers. Two of the three hand colored lithographs by Catlin are from the rare first edition and printed on unusually heavy card stock.

Extensive collection

Featured in the show is beautiful American Indian pawn jewelry dating back to the 1940s alongside a great selection of contemporary silver and turquoise.

Also included is an extensive collection of black on black pueblo pottery from New Mexico. Artists include Carmelita Dunlap and Mida Tafoya, both renowned Santa Clara potters.

Cogswell Gallery and The Squash Blossom have been specializing in Western and Southwest arts and jewelry for more than 40 years. The Cogswell Gallery is located at 223 Gore Creek Drive in Vail.

For more information about this special exhibit, contact Cogswell Gallery at 970-476-1769 or

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