Vail Valley sculptor inspired by Native Americans |

Vail Valley sculptor inspired by Native Americans

Caramie Schnell
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Vail Daily"Cahuilla Seedgatherer and Water Girl, Harvest Time," by Vail Valley sculptor Felicia.

VAIL VALLEY, Colorado “-Twenty-six years ago, a trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico opened a new world to Felicia, a sculptor who lives in Edwards, Colorado. Felicia, who goes only by her first name, doesn’t have any Native American blood running through her veins, but when she saw the Indian art that’s plentiful in the Southwest, something inside of her began burning. It hasn’t stopped yet.

“I feel it’s a tribute, in a sense, to keep focusing on them,” Felicia said.

And focus, she does. She sculpts sometimes monumental-size bronze pieces depicting mainly Native American women and children. A bronze sculpture on display at Market Square in Beaver Creek depicts four generations of Navajo women “-a woman, a grandmother, a young child and a baby. Near the bridge in Beaver Creek is another of Felicia’s sculptures, titled “Water Girl.” A young woman wearing a bright, double-strand turqoise necklace, and carrying a large, round pot atop her head is on display next to the creek.

Felicia, who had a gallery in Denver for seven years before moving to the Vail Valley in March, is exhibiting her work at the Artist’s Collection Gallery in Riverwalk in Edwards. She’s hosting a show there Saturday through Monday and will be at the gallery each day molding clay for a new sculpture.

The artist: “Art is everything, its my life. (It’s) the creative way I express myself through my work. I knew I was going to be an artist when I was in my second year in high school. My mom was also an artist.”

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The process: “My style is contemporary southwest figurative bronze sculpture … anything from miniature to monumental.”

The medium: “I work in bronze. It’s beautiful, strong, lasting ” it’s a heirloom. And I love patinas, as you will see in my work, and that goes hand in hand with bronze.”

Artist inspiration: “I always admired sculptor Louise Nevelson, though I never met her. She lived in New York. She was from Russia, and was a woman that was persistent and believed in her work. She was a most original wood sculptor, and had a different style that I enjoyed, and she made history. We both belonged to the same organization, The National Association of Women Artists in New York.

“I am an art collector myself so I have many favorites ” work by Picasso, (R.C.) Gorman, (Guillaume) Azoulay, Jules Grun, Jean Richardson, Victor Martinez and Philip Glashoff, just to name a few.”

What: Sculpture exhibit by Felicia

Where: Artist’s Collection Gallery, 188 Main Street, Riverwalk in Edwards

When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday

More information: Call 970-569-3535. For more information on Felicia, visit

High Life Editor Caramie Schnell can be reached at 970-748-2984 or

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