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Cogswell Gallery hosts art show with Western landscape artist Darcie Peet

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VAIL — Cogswell Gallery will present a solo show and reception with oil painter Darcie Peet from 1 to 5 p.m. today. No stranger to adventure and the outdoors, Peet is always willing to go the extra mile to capture nature's serenity in her paintings.

"So much of the exhilaration in painting is in the initial quest … the journey in finding those 'wild places,'" she said.

Whether it's a five-day pack trip into Canyon de Chelly, hiking to timberline to capture a painting of late-spring snow, braving the desert sun of Saguaro National Monument or tucked out of the wind behind scraggly, alpine evergreen high on Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park, the diversity of terrain, climate, seasons and light of the Rockies and desert provide Peet with never-ending sources of adventure and inspiration.

A love of the West

A love of horses and the West drew Peet to Colorado as a child, and again in the early '60s. Most recently, canoeing, kayaking, biking or hiking the Canadian Rockies, Alaska, Glacier National Park in Montana, California wine country and Sonoma Coast and winter in Monument Valley have offered raw material for the artist's future paintings.

Peet began drawing and painting in grade school, and exploring the Chicago Art Institute throughout childhood and traveling to Paris offered her the opportunity to be immersed in the art of the Impressionists. The teeming color, energy and light of the Impressionistic masterpieces remain vivid and enduring influences within her work, along with the directness and spontaneity of the plein air movement.

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Peet has had a multi-faceted business career in fine art and design. After more than two years in advertising and graphic arts, she returned to graduate school for a Master of Arts degree in interior design. The study of architecture, color, form, composition, scale, spatial relationships and speed drawing left an undeniable mark on her painting.

For more than 25 years, Peet has called Copper Mountain and Tucson, Arizona, home, and Cogswell Gallery has represented her work for more than a decade. Peet is a signature member of Oil Painters of America, has won countless awards for her work and has been featured in many publications such as Western Art Collector and Southwest Art.

If you go …

What: Darcie Peet art show.

When: 1-5 p.m. Saturday, July 23.

Where: Cogswell Gallery, 223 Gore Creek Drive, Vail Village.

Cost: Admission is complimentary.

More information: Call 970-476-1769, or visit http://www.cogswellgallery.com.