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Cogswell hosts local painter and sculptor this weekend

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Special to the Daily "Golden Glow of September," by Lanny Grant.
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VAIL – Cogswell Gallery hosts local landscape painter Lanny Grant and Colorado bronze sculptor Melissa Cooper this weekend for an artists’ reception.At an early age, bronze sculptor Melissa Cooper was instilled with an appreciation for both wildlife and fine art. Born and raised in Colorado, both of Cooper’s parents are artists. At 17, Cooper became her father’s apprentice for ten years and was fortunate enough to work in the foundry where his work was cast. After her apprenticeship, Cooper began to sculpt on her own.

When asked about her unique style, Cooper explains that the sculpture’s face is the most important part of the piece. It is the place where she can most express herself. It is also the most detailed area of her sculptures. The patina is another one of Cooper’s favorite steps in the bronze creative process. Cooper’s unique stone-style patina has become a hallmark of this Colorado bronze sculptor.During Cooper’s reception at Cogswell Gallery, she will be demonstrating the art clay sculpting and will be available to answer any questions about the entire bronze process.

A deep respect and love for nature developed at an early age for native Colorado artist Lanny Grant. Born in 1953, Grant grew up on this father’s ranch near the small Western Slope town of Silt. Fishing trips that became sketching trips are fond memories of early artistic efforts by this painter.”Painting in the mountains requires study of a wide variety of landscape forms and elements. Daily experience with the many moods of a subject is vital to an artist. The changing seasons provide a never ending source of inspiration for painting,” Grant said.

Grant is a plein-aire painter, often working in remote areas on small oil studies, which he brings back to his studio for reference in larger paintings. The result of his dedicated fieldwork has been a fresh and accurate portrayal of the many moods of the Rockies. Vail, Colorado


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