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Preserving skiing’s roots in Vail

Daily staff reportnewsroom@vaildaily.comVail, CO Colorado
Special to the DailyArtist Erica Bannwart works on a painting titled "Wish You Were Here II, 2010."
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VAIL, Colorado – The Colorado Ski and Snowboard Museum, with the town of Vail’s Art in Public Places, will present a new selection of approximately 25 paintings by Erica Bannwart in Vail this holiday season. Bannwart’s inaugural U.S. exhibition at the museum is a complementary fit within the museum’s mission of preserving the history of the sport.The exhibit, called “Wish You Were Here,” was inspired by the common expression often scribed upon postcards, and is reminiscent of a bygone era.Bannwart paints her mountainous and ski-related works upon antique linens enhancing the texture and atmosphere of the compositions. Whether the skiers are in the midst of instruction, traversing the terrain, or relaxing atop the mountain peaks enjoying the vistas, her paintings capture the mystique and serenity of the sport. While her compositions are executed with a minimalist technique and palette, her paintings truly capture the essence of life and sport on the mountains. “My motivation to paint snow is highly emotional,” Bannwart said. “It’s the colors, the contrast, the purity and the drama of nature, which I like to transform into a story. A story that will evoke a feeling from you. The figures in my paintings have a nostalgic touch, adding poetry to the composition.”While this exhibition celebrates Bannwart’s premier solo-exhibition in the United States, she has an extensive exhibition history throughout Europe. Her paintings may be found in some of the most prestigious collections including: Jean the Duke of Luxembourg (Gstaad), Prince D’Arenberg (Gstaad), Georges Duffield, Gregor Von Oppel (St. Moritz), Helen Ringier (St. Moritz), Ernesto Bertarelli, Willy Bogner, and Giuseppe Veronesi, among others.Bannwart will be in Vail from Dec. 20 – 29. The artwork is available for purchase. There will be other events with this exhibition and the artist in residence. Call 970-479-2344 or 970-476-1876 to learn more.


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