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J. Cotter Gallery in Beaver Creek, Vail, hosting The Bracelet Show

Caramie Schnell
Vail CO, Colorado
Special to the Daily

VAIL ” In the jewelry world, there are two distinct ways of thinking. Some artists and galleries focus on innovation, crafting one-of-a-kind pieces, while others concentrate on branding, where an artist designs a a necklace, ring or bracelet and other people replicate that piece over and over.

J. Cotter Gallery, and the artists they represent, fall into the first category.

“We only deal in one-of-a-kind pieces,” said gallery owner Jim Cotter. “We don’t deal in mass produced, or what they like to call ‘branded’ pieces. That’s part of what we try to do “keep the originality.”

It’s with that thinking that Cotter is hosting his annual bracelet exhibit at both his Vail and Beaver Creek galleries. More than 30 bracelets crafted by six artists are on display through April and all are available for purchase.

Sydney Lynch, Pat Flynn, Sam Shaw, Todd Reed, and Susan and Jeff Wise are featured in this year’s show. They were each personally invited by Cotter to participate. Cotter has hosted a bracelet exhibit nearly every year for the past 10 to 15 years, he said, including different artists each year.

“This time the group is more internationally known,” Cotter said. “Each artist is really known in the United States as being innovators as far as the materials they use and their designs. Their designs are influencing a lot of people right now.”

Boulder artist Todd Reed has one bracelet on display that features an array of cut and uncut diamonds fit together almost like a jigsaw puzzle using 18-karat yellow gold.

Jeweler Pat Flynn uses iron, gold, platinum and diamonds together, juxtaposing disparate materials like sparkling diamonds or glittering gold with steel. The underlying tension that results is what intrigues him as an artist, Flynn said.

“These guys have come up with their own significant styles,” Cotter said. “They aren’t taken from historical styles. They’ve developed their own look and their way of designing.”

Bracelet prices range from “very reasonable to very expensive,” he said. And, as usual, all of the pieces are unique.

Customers can visit J. Cotter Gallery in Vail on Wall Street (970-476-3131) and in Beaver Creek Village on Market Square (970-949-8111).

High Life Editor Caramie Schnell can be reached at 970-748-2984 or cschnell@vaildaily.com.

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