Cowboy artists visit Vail gallery |

Cowboy artists visit Vail gallery

Vail Daily staff reportnewsroom@vaildaily.comVail, CO Colorado
Special to the Vail DailyScott Hardy, who will be in Vail Thursday, does some silversmithing in his studio.

VAIL, Colorado -A demonstration and question/answer session with Traditional Cowboy Arts Association founding members Scott Hardy and Cary Schwarz will take place at the Claggett/Rey Gallery in Vail at 4:30 p.m., Thursday. The Traditional Cowboy Arts Association works to preserves and promotes the skills of saddle-making, bit and spur making, silversmithing and rawhide braiding – and the role of these traditional crafts – in the cowboy culture of the American West.Hardy, a saddle-maker, and Schwarz, a silversmith, will both be speak about their crafts, while demonstrating techniques and processes used in crating their works of art. “‘You’re an artist’ – any craftsman who has taken it upon himself to refine his work has heard this statement, says Schwarz, “The comment usually implies that one is no longer ‘just a craftsman’ and has ascended to the rank of ‘artist.’ It is almost as if one goes to bed a craftsman and wakes up an artist. It is as though there is an invisible line, a threshold that exists between function and art.”Owner of Claggett/Rey Gallery, Bill Rey says he hopes that people who attend will come away with a deep appreciation for this time honored practice. “An artist must realize what influence they have on others,” Rey says. “They must be professional in their business and never be satisfied with their level of skill. Education and knowledge are everything, not only for the artist but for the collector and investor.”

Who: Silversmith Cary Schwarz and saddle-maker Scott HardyWhere: Claggett/Rey Gallery, 100 E. Meadow Drive, VailWhen: 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., ThursdayMore information: Call 970-476-9350 or visit,

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