Vail gallery revives painter Lougheed
March 16, 2010
VAIL – Several years ago, Vail’s Claggett/Rey Gallery set out to revive the legacy of painter Robert E. Lougheed, who fell into relative obscurity after his death in 1982.
Claggett/Rey Gallery’s effort entailed acquiring Lougheed’s estate, cataloguing his many works, researching his life and writings, launching an interactive Web site chronicling his life and career [www.robertlougheed.com] and in 2007, opening the doors to the Lougheed Studio Gallery/Museum adjacent to the current gallery in Vail.
The gallery will exhibit more than 100 paintings and drawings created during a half century of Lougheed’s life. Among the many works, will be pieces from Lougheed’s early career in Quebec in the 1940s and ’50s, from the Southwest and western Canada in 1960s and ’70s, and from his final years in Hawaii, France and England.
On exhibit all will be oil paintings by Wayne Wolfe, who studied with Lougheed in the 1970s. Wayne will be in attendance along with freelance writer and western historian Don Hedgpeth, author of “Robert Lougheed: Follow the Sun.”
“Contemporary western art owes a major debt of gratitude to Bob Lougheed,” Hedgpeth says.
“Follow the Sun,” with more than 300 full-color reproductions, is the first book to showcase the full breadth of Lougheed’s art.
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Who: Watercolor, oil, drawings by late artist Robert Lougheed, and new works by Wayne Wolfe.
Where: Claggett/Rey Gallery, 100 E. Meadow Drive, Vail.
When: 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. Wayne Wolfe will be in attendance.