Through February 25th, noted plein air painter Scott L. Christensen is offering to critique other artists’ work. He’s doing so for the benefit of Friends of the Teton River; critiques are $50 each, and all proceeds benefit the conservation non-profit. Artists may present up to ten paintings for review.
“Friends” executive director Adonia Ripple notes it is a great honor to have Christensen dedicating work to the organization. “As an angler, Scott understands the value of protecting the Teton River watershed, and the FTR mission of clean water, healthy streams, and abundant fisheries,” says Ripple. “As an artist, there is also support for conservation of wild things, simply because of their aesthetic value. Sometimes we protect things because of their singular beauty. A rare fish species, a perfectly aging cottonwood forest along the river, the sing of water over river cobbles in the spring. With each brush stroke over his landscapes, he is saying, ‘I value this, and this, and this part of this bit of light.’ That is also what we are doing here at FTR; there is the science behind what we are protecting, but there is also the soul.”
For his part, Christensen says working to protect healthy streams, clear water and abundant fisheries in the Teton River is an honor in itself. To find out more about arranging a critique, contact Debbie at Christensen’s studios by phoning 307.787.5851.
Glass blower Rob Hollis set up a workshop at the Factory Studio’s former space on Gregory Lane. I spoke with him during “Art on the Rocks,” a social gathering of artists hosted by Jackson’s Cultural Council. Hollis says that while there may have been better ways to maintain the Factory, it may not have been reasonable to expect to stay there forever.
Even though he’s out of a space, for Hollis the inconvenience is a temporary setback. “We will be blowing glass again soon; where is not certain,” says Hollis. “It would be naive to say we thought we could keep the Factory Studios at Gregory Lane forever, but short term leases don’t allow for big expenditures. We might not have done perfectly the first time, but the next time we’ll get it going in the right direction. We learned quite a bit. There’s a lot of good energy over there; and there are spaces in town that potentially need our help. We need a place for striving artists to make it all real. Working on new ideas and sculpture, going to the Factory—all that keeps me going, it keeps me from watching TV at night!”
“We will figure it out. I enjoy being entrepreneurial,” he says. “I know we’ll get our studio going again.”
Hollis has brought some big-time Seattle glass blowers to Jackson. And he says there is a lot of interest from those upper glass echelons in establishing a Jackson studio. “There are superb glass blowers from places like Seattle, Las Vegas and Idaho that really want to blow glass here,” Hollis says. “We have the contacts that could make it possible to take glass blowing to a very high teaching level in Jackson. The highest level of glass blowing.”