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Italian woodworker visits Vail

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Contemporary Italian artist Carlo Trost returns to Vail International Gallery today from 4 to 6 p.m. for his third solo exhibition at the gallery. Trost’s primary media is wood, often stained vibrant colors and then carved into blocks, or cut into strips, which are then arranged in sequences and patterns that evoke water, sand or other natural motifs.

He began his career as a carpenter, woodworker and furniture designer in the north eastern Italian city of Udine, a noted furniture manufacturing area. Today, he is a full-time artist with exhibitions to his credit in Austria, Cortina and the United States.

Gallery owner Marc LeVarn believes Trost’s greatest artistic quality is the strength of his design.

“He’s a tremendous wood carver, but the way he’s able to convey so many natural subjects; water, wind, stone in such succinct and satisfying ways is what makes him a great artist,” LeVarn said.

The new work Trost will be featuring at the show is mainly created with custom made laminates using layers of dyed poplar wood, which are stacked to form different pallets of colors and then cut and carved to create vibrant wall panels.

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The work represents a natural evolution of Trost’s work, and those familiar with his art from past exhibitions will be pleased and surprised by the new pieces on display, LeVarn said.

For more information contact, Vail International Gallery at 970-476-2525 or email

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