Unveiling Vail

A few weeks ago I escaped the city of New York for the village of Vail, Colorado. The elopement was part-liberation from The Heartbreak Diet and part-withdrawal from the realities of locomotion. Ironically, the veil of Vail revealed visions, nature and Trompe-l’oeil. Vail Farmer’s Market and Art Show serves as the weekend’s unrivaled destination, featuring a carnival of locally grown produce, pies, painted creations, musicians and more.

I walked past local artisans while sipping homemade cider from one of a number of smaller organic farms. I daydreamed of looking up at the sky from Swiss-Alp-like balconies. And, I discovered chimerical ideas.

Image Credit: jennybydesign
Image Credit: jennybydesign

Dreams are never what they appear to be. I always search for the deeper meaning. You can imagine my delight when I strolled into Bill Braun’s art, immediately upon absconding a message in a dream box. For the premise of Bill Braun’s work is Trompe-l’oeil painting. Literally French for ‘deceive the eye.’  This type of painting has a family tree of realist painters as well as a very long history in creating an optical illusion, often in murals. The mirage of Trompe-l’oeil has fascinated me since Art History 101, always perusing the works of Andrea Pozzo and Andrea Mantegna, until Bill Braun’s “Birdhouse Song” sung to me, unveiling a modern trick of the eye.

Image Credit: jennybydesign  Artwork: Bill Braun

Take to the mountains of Vail to revel in the unveiling of art, food and natural pleasures.

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