Vail’s Claggett/Rey Gallery transforms into Trading Post for Presidents Day weekend |

Vail’s Claggett/Rey Gallery transforms into Trading Post for Presidents Day weekend

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"Northern Cheyenne War Shirt," by Cathy Smith.
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If you go …

What: The Trading Post.

When: 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, and Sunday, Feb. 14.

Where: Claggett/Rey Gallery, 100 E. Meadow Drive, No. 10, Vail Village.

Cost: Admission is complementary.

More information: Visit

VAIL — Claggett/Rey Gallery will be transformed into The Trading Post today and Sunday. The gallery will host four artists and their wares, along with new works from several gallery artists, from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day.

Among the artists showcased is Cathy Smith, owner of Nambe Trading Post, who has been described as an aesthetic genius when it comes to style, adornment, decor and creativity. Smith is an expert on native craft, and her knowledge of Native American culture and costume has made her a sought-after creator for projects and films such as “Dances With Wolves.”

Smith works side by side with her daughter Jennifer Jesse Smith, who also will be in the gallery Saturday. Jennifer Jesse Smith is a contemporary jeweler who refuses to create for “eye candy” alone, choosing to reflect a deeper meaning, myth and beauty in her work.

Giving Back

Claggett/Rey also will host Oreland and Bo Joe. Oreland Joe is a master creator who works in many mediums, all of which reflect his Ute and Navajo heritage. His sculpture, painting, jewelry and craft are all very personal creations. Oreland Joe is a member of the Cowboy Artists of America, and his work graces some of the finest museum collections in America. He uses his art as a platform to give back to the youth of today by inspiring and nurturing their creative passions.

Bo Joe’s contemporary creations are spiritual designs reflective of his native heritage. Using mainly Tufa stone, he carves his designs with a masterful touch. Bo Joe is a fifth-generation artist who has found a way to cross cultures and bring timeless beauty into the lives of his collectors. His broad life perspective in the music industry has now led him back to a centered life of art and cultural respect in a modern way.

Along with the artists, the gallery will be filled with antiquities, art, jewelry and goods of all types. Learn more at

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