Plein Air Artist Jen Hoffman Joins Trio Fine Art; More Holiday Notes

One of Jackson’s finest plein air and studio landscape painters, Jennifer L. Hoffman,will become a partner at Trio Fine Art. The new affiliation becomes official January 1, 2011.

Trio Fine Art represents the work of Jackson artists Lee Carlman Riddell, Kathryn Mapes Turner and September Vhay. Montana artist Russell Chatham is also represented at the gallery. And although there will now be four painting partners at the gallery, the gallery’s name will not change.

“I am thrilled and honored to have this amazing opportunity,” says Hoffman. “These three women are artists of the highest caliber and the utmost professionalism. I am excited to be a partner in an artist-run gallery, and to be inspired and motivated by the work of Lee, Kathryn, and September.” To introduce Hoffman as the gallery’s new partner, Trio will host a solo exhibition for Hoffman February 9-19, 2011.  An artist’s reception will be held on Thursday, February 10, 2011.

“I am so excited for Jen to join us at Trio! She will add a great deal, from the vibrancy and authenticity of her paintings, to her work ethic, to her joyful laugh,” says Riddell.

Hoffman is one of the region’s finest landscape painters. The Jackson Hole Art Blog has followed her career, and I’m proud to have written the introduction for Jen’s book featuring her work; we were also mentioned in an article on Hoffman’s work in Fine Art Connoisseur (see below).  The number of notices of Hoffman’s skill as an artist continually grow. In addition to her local participation and representation in such venues as the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival and the National Museum of Wildlife Art, her exhibitions include the Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils, Reflections in Pastel National Juried Exhibition, the Pastel 100, and Masters in Miniature at the CM Russell Museum.

Recent awards include an Award of Excellence at the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters’ 2010 National ExhibitionBest of Show in the First Annual International Autumn Arts Painting Challenge; and 3rd Place in Landscape in the 9th Annual Pastel 100 sponsored by the Pastel Journal.

Many national fine art magazines cover Hoffman. 2010’s May/June issue of Fine Art Connoisseur listed her in their feature “Artists Making Their Mark: Three to Watch”; and her work has been featured in Western Art Collector, The Pastel Journal, American Artist Magazine, and the Jackson Hole Magazine, among others. Hoffman is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America, and also holds memberships in the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters, the Oil Painters of America, and the American Impressionist Society.

Trio Fine Art is located at 545 N Cache St. and is open Thursdays from 12-6 during the winter season, with extended hours during Hoffman’s show.

Astoria Fine Art has new works in by Netherlands artist Ewoud de Groot and Western artist Greg Beecham. Lots of new work coming into the gallery, says owner Greg Fulton. Check out the new works this holiday season!  Both artists tend to have new work sell quickly. Winter-themed paintings by such artists as Scott Christensen and Clyde Aspevig are available. The gallery hosts a Holiday Reception, with special guest Beecham, on December 30, 5-7 pm.

Horizon Fine Art is highlighting the bright and joyous paintings of artist Sarah Rogers. Rogers has exhuberant, colorful portraits of wildlife on exhibit–cardinals, bison, and big Christmas bears. Stop by the (still pretty new!) gallery space on King Street, across from Shades Café.   307.739.1540

MADE, where artist John Frechette hangs his hat and fused glass, will donate 25% of all sales he rings up on Monday, Dec. 20, 5-8 pm to the Art Association. Check it out in Gaslight Alley; look for the canopy of festive holiday lights!

CIAO has extended its deadline to December 30, 2010 for artists interested in entering CIAO’s exhibition “New Year’s Resolution,” a show inspired by new beginnings, growth and promises to yourself or others.  Visit for more info.

Tom Mangelsen and Sue Cedarholm hold their Winter Solstice opening reception showcasing their new photographs and paintings on Tuesday, December 21—under that full, freshly eclipsed, moon. Images of Nature Gallery, 5-9 pm.

Stop by the Art Association Lobby on Tuesday, December 21, 4-6 pm, for a tea-and-cookies reception for ArtSpot artist (Charlie Brown shirt!) Suzanne Morlock. (I have enjoyed all ArtSpot installations, but this giant metallic t-shirt is the most successful to date. It’s unmistakable, stands up to weather, is highly visible, fits time and place, and is a universal symbol imbued with multiple messages. And, it has humor. Congrats!)   Info: 307.413.1800.

A Trunk Show from Kyrgyzstan featuring felt toys, hats, slippers and other gifts to warm the soul remains at the American Legion Hall through December 24th. Hours are 11 am  – 7 pm; located on the corner of Gill and North Cache. 307.733.3082. 


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