Six Stories; J.H. Art Auction Open for Business; Bits, Spurs at Cayuse

Six Stories, a show curated by artist and educator Bronwyn Minton, is on exhibition at the Art Association February 17-March 30, 2012. An opening reception takes place at the Art Association’s Glenwood Lobby Gallery on February 17, 5:30 – 7:30 pm. Works in the show are inspired by favorite books read in childhood. Invited artists include Alissa Davies, Calla Grimes, Jenny Dowd, Rachel Kunkle Hartz and Suzanne Morlock. 

“I kept coming back to Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney, a wonderful book about a young girl who is told by her father that the one thing she must do in life is make the world more beautiful,” says Davies. “Combining the book’s essence with another favorite, Charlotte’s Web, was my inspiration. I hope to invoke beauty with my pod-piece, as well as a “web” that snakes up the gallery’s wall.”

“I love the big tall space in the ArtSpace Gallery,” says Morlock. “So when Bronywn mentioned a group show with the theme of stories from childhood and the big tall space — it was very attractive. The piece I am exhibiting takes its magic from two books: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The Phantom Tollbooth, which I escaped into as a kid. And yes, it will be knitted!”

C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe inspired Dowd. “The wardrobe is more of an idea or suggestion, instead of being a 3D object, it emerges from the wall,” says Dowd. Children and young adult books are my favorite genre, I like the fantasy and imagination; plus the fun illustrations relating to the whimsy of the books. I’m so excited about this show and the idea that I’m coming in costume!”

Curator Minton says she collects children’s books, and her mother saved all Minton’s childhood favorites.”My childhood imagination and sense of wonder strongly influence my artistic practice. The works in the exhibit are individual statements, yet they create a stronger impact when seen together; they reveal more about our childhood experiences.”

The same evening, pARTners’ exhibition of student artwork also goes on display. The organization says visitors will be treated to artwork in a variety of mediums: printmaking, cartooning, bookmaking, painting, photography and batik are all explored. This show will be on display through February.

Jackson Hole Art Auction partners Trailside Galleries and the Gerald Peters Gallery will hold the sixth annual Jackson Hole Art Auction on Saturday, September 15, 2012, at Jackson’s Center for the Arts. The auction is in production; you may visit their Jackson offices upstairs at Trailside Galleries, on Broadway. It takes many months—a full year, actually—to plan and execute the auction. Consignments are now being accepted, and if you’ve got some American Western Masters works lying around, and think you might want to sell a piece or two, the auction is a good venue. In six years, its success has swept over most other established Western auctions, bringing in a stunning $9.5 million in sales last year. Over 90% of 250 lots sold at or well above estimates.

Already in, shown above, is Oscar Berninghaus’ (1874-1952) “Untitled,” a 16 x 20″ oil on board. Notable deceased and living Western artists are represented in the auction, as are such schools as the Taos Society of Artists and the Santa Fe Art Colony.

Quality, quality, quality!

To find out more about the consignment process, contact the Auction’s offices at 866-549-9278, stop by Trailside, or visit their website:

Cayuse Western Americana—housed in the historic North Glenwood brick building resembling Jackson’s very historic Wort Hotel—welcomes acclaimed bit and spur maker Ernie Marsh. An opening reception for Marsh will be held Thursday, February 16, 5-8:00 pm; the show runs through February.

For over 20 years, Marsh has been crafting exquisite silver mounted bridle bits and spurs. Marsh’s decorative style combines firearms engraving and traditional inlay techniques. Exceptional detail and the fact that Marsh’s artwork is functional adds value and timelessness; if you’re a serious horse person or collector of Western style silver and tack, you know his artistry. Marsh also designs buckles, saddle silver, bracelets and the like; he is a founding member of the Traditional Cowboy Arts Association.

For information, phone 307.739.1940.







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