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Cogswell to retire from Vail gallery

Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Daily

VAIL, Colorado – John Cogswell is announcing his retirement from the Cogswell Gallery at its Creekside location in Vail Village.

In love with Vail’s natural beauty, fishing, hunting, and blue-bird powder days, owners John and Patti Cogswell moved to Vail in 1976. Vail had also begun to attract a sophisticated clientele, but had not a single art gallery. The Cogswells found what seemed to be a perfect niche for their product, original art and jewelry.

They opened the Squash Blossom in 1972, and the Cogswell Gallery in 1980. The collection originally consisted of the finest in Southwestern paintings and sculpture, and over the years it grew into a mixture of the work of Western bronze artists, Impressionist and Western painters, Native American artifacts, and furniture from Tibet, Indonesia, and Mexico.

“As the Cogswell Gallery has grown, our artists have all matured and grown, and it’s been fun to watch that evolution,” John Cogswell said.

Now, over 30 years later, the face of Vail has changed. The Cogswell family is happy to narrow its focus to their other stores, The Squash Blossom in Vail and Colorado Springs and other worldly adventures.

Retiring from an establishment with such a long history will not be easy, the Cogwells say. The store has been a catalyst for relationships with amazing clients and loyal artists from all over the world. They have connected family heirlooms to excited owners and played an important part in decorating thousands of valley homes.

“The store has brought such great things to the community, our family, and my life,” John Cogswell said. “If someone is interested in purchasing the business, I would love see the gallery continue under new ownership. I would be happy to consult with the new owners as they take over this wonderful and fulfilling business.”

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