Two-man show at Vail’s Cogswell Gallery |

Two-man show at Vail’s Cogswell Gallery

Daily staff report
VAIL CO, Colorado
Special to the Daily

Cogswell Gallery will host two artists for a reception and exhibition of new works Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. Paul Kethley, a painter from Buena Vista, and James Moore, a multimedia bronze artist from Santa Fe, New Mexico, will be in the gallery.

A passion for the natural world and the vast western landscapes is the common denominator and inspiring source for these two artists. They both left rewarding careers – Kethley was an illustrator and Moore was in information technology – to be fully dedicated to their art careers.

Kethley moved from Shreveport, Louisiana to Buena Vista, an area that “provides me with just about any western setting imaginable – from snow-covered peaks to rivers and even rocky desert terrain,” he said.

Although Kethley’s current focus is the historical west, he continues to paint local landscapes, especially ones depicting his backcountry adventures.

“I like to depict man interacting with the environment – campfires, cowboys, Native Americans, wildlife and fishermen,” he said. “I want to get viewers involved in the interaction with the figure, to tell a story, but I also give them the freedom to finish the story.”

Moore grew up in a rural environment in Texas where he spent most summers with his grandparents. As a young adult, he had the opportunity to observe wildlife in its natural environment and started drawing both wild and domestic animals.

His artistic talent also evolved from drawing to sculpting and now incorporates both. Living in the Southern Rockies provides plenty of opportunities to observe wildlife in its natural environment. When one is involved in that process, the focus is mostly on the animal, an eye-to-eye experience. The surrounding landscapes become blurred and abstract.

The goal of Moores’ work is to capture a blend of realism in the animals portrayed and keep the landscape more abstract. The result is a contemporary three-dimensional wall hanging. The environment is minimized to a stage setting of glass, travertine, or a marbelized structure and cast bronze or silver figures of bears, roaming elk and soaring eagles.

“I love sharing my passion for wildlife, nature and art and creating a window for the viewers to imagine themselves out in the wilderness, observing the miracle of creation,” Moore said.

Both artists will attend the reception at the Cogswell Gallery, located at 223 Gore Creek Drive, Saturday. Call 970-476-1769 or visit to learn more.

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