Vail trunk show features art inspired by vintage treasures
VAIL, Colorado The Squash Blossom will host a trunk show for artist Monica Rich Kosann today through Friday. Some years ago, Kosann began visiting flea markets and antique shops in the United States and Europe, where she collected vintage, sterling silver cigarette cases and compacts. She not only restored these fine pieces, but also then turned them into image cases used to hold favorite family photos.
The demand for these items inspired Kosann to develop her own line of sterling silver and gold image cases and jewelry. These cases, photo pendants, lockets and charm bracelets are designed to become precious heirlooms that hold close to us the images that mean so much. Each of Kosanns sterling silver image cases is inspired by vintage accessory pieces from the past that once served a variety of purposes in everyday life. Kosann saw in these shapes a new generation of possibilities: modern day image cases of the finest materials that hold something precious to all of us the images of our friends, family and those we love. Whether for the purse or briefcase, the desktop or dressing table, the home or office, Kosann designed these image cases to become treasured family heirlooms.Kosann is a museum and gallery exhibited fine art photographer specializing in creative, black and white portraiture. She studied photography at the International Academy for Art in Salzburg, Austria, at the Sorbonne in Paris and at the International Center of Photography in New York. Her work has been exhibited extensively in the U.S. as well as in Europe.My photographs are black and white, which gives them a true fine art, timeless quality, Kosann said. When creatively displayed, they become a familys personal art form. They work anywhere within the home. Often, I suggest incorporating some vintage, family photographs to mix with mine for a true historical perspective. It is a wonderful way to give context to these captured moments, to integrate the past with the present as a constant reminder of the joy of family.The Squash Blossom in Vail will be exhibiting some of Kosanns new pieces, including hand enameled image cases in rich jeweled tones. Special collection items and an artist representative in attendance each afternoon from March 13 through 15.
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