Enamel exhibit on display at J. Cotter galleries in Vail and Beaver Creek | VailDaily.com

Enamel exhibit on display at J. Cotter galleries in Vail and Beaver Creek

This necklace by Kat Cole, titled “Distance Necklace,” is made of steel and enamel.
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VAIL and BEAVER CREEK — “Couleur: An Exhibition of Contemporary Enameling” focuses on works from six different artists working with a range of enameling techniques and processes in today’s art jewelry field. Couleur is on display at the J. Cotter Gallery locations in both Vail and Beaver Creek now through March.

Enameling is the process of melting glass onto metal. Although enameled objects have been discovered from as far back as ancient Egyptian times, the artists chosen for this exhibition are expanding the possibilities of the medium. The featured artists include Kathleen Browne, Harlan Butt, Kat Cole, Mi-Sook Hur, Marissa Saneholtz and Jessica Turrell. These artists are recognized as leaders and pioneers in the enameling field and their work can be found in museum collections around the world.

It is one of J. Cotter Galleries’ missions to share materials and techniques that are not commonly seen in jewelry galleries. Owner Jim Cotter is known for his use of non-traditional materials, including steel, rocks, wood, cement, found objects, feathers and powder coat.

“Enamel has come leaps and bounds from the point at where it had first started to be used in the contemporary jewelry field,” said Cotter, who curated the exhibit. “I really respect what all of the selected artists are making.”

The work is highlighted in both galleries and gallery visitors are welcome to try on pieces. The bright colors used in the pieces are eye-catching and are especially interesting to those who usually enjoy the allure of colorful gemstones but are looking for something new and exciting.

Couleur showcases the variety of work that is achievable using enamel. The galleries have a range of aesthetics, finishes, techniques, applications and formats to help people get a full understanding of innovation occurring within the enameling medium. This exhibition is just more proof that there are no limitations of what metals and jewelry artists are able to create.

Visit either gallery location to view the art; 234 Wall Street in Vail Village and 5 Market Square, 61 Avondale Lane in Beaver Creek. For questions, call 970-476-3131 or email vail@jcottergallery.com.

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