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Fresh Lots at J.H. Art Auction; A Kansas Art Tale

Edgar Payne, Navajo Scouting Party, 24×38″ Oil. Estimate: $400,000 – $600,000

Fresh to the art market: no matter how important an artist’s work, if passed around the auction circuit too often, its value tarnishes. Flip city. That’s why the 2017 Jackson Hole Art Auction   elation over works new to the market is understandable: six oils by American illustrator W.H.D. Koerner. The works come straight from a private collection “with direct descent from the artist.”

W.H.D. Koerner (1878–1938) Citizens of the Law (1931) oil on canvas, 30 x 36″  Estimate: $75,000–$125,000

Koerner works include “Citizens of the Law,” shown above, and “New Horizons,” a “classic pioneer scene.” Both works estimate at $75,000 – $125,000. Koerner’s “Fly Fishing,” “The Bullring,” “The Price of the Old Northwest,” and “Indian Territory Demand for Tribute” round out the Koerner lots. Together these works comprise a vivid and compelling profile of the characters, times, challenges and passions of the Old West.

Edgar Payne, Carl Rungius, Robert Bateman, Tucker Smith; you’ll find works by all these iconic Western artists on the Jackson Hole Art Auction website.   No matter where they set up their easels, countless contemporary artists list the great Edgar Payne as a significant influence in their own work. 

The Jackson Hole Art Auction caps Jackson’s annual Fall Arts Festival, and is a co-production of the Gerald Peters and Trailside Galleries. A phenomenal Western Art market success, this will be the auction’s 11th year offering the finest works by living and deceased masters. The auction, now a destination in itself, continues to invite fine art consignments. Once again, the auction takes place over the course of two consecutive days: September 15th and 16th, 2017, at the Center for the Arts in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. For information, contact Auction Coordinator Madison Webb, via Tel: 866-549-9278 | Fax: 307-732-1600 or at www.jacksonholeartauction.com.  

Now, a brief “return from vacation” note. If you read the New York Times  Arts Section, you may have seen March 25th’s article “Arts Without Funding? It Can Be Done, Kansas Says.” 

Courtesy Hays Arts Council

Journalist Mitch Smith’s  article tells the story of Kansas’ Hays Arts Council. Its director, Brenda Meder, cuts corners wherever possible in order to save money and funnel cash into the arts. She scrubs the toilets, she makes the reception appetizers, she’s increased membership and organizes quarterly art walks “in the brick-paved downtown, where storefronts transform into makeshift galleries that draw hundreds of spectators from Hays and beyond.”

In Hays, support comes from Democrats and Republicans. It is, says one politically involved citizen, “part of our DNA here. And that’s hard to replicate in other communities.”

This is a story about a Midwest arts community making concessions, but their arts scene remains strong. It’s a great profile. And, man, look at this art! It’s fantastic! Read the story here.

Courtesy Hays Arts Council

Borbay Ski Barre Pop-Up! ; A.A. Teams Up with Teton Photo Group

Borbay with “Carlos Danger.” He’s not cold, he’s cool.

Picture this: An art event at a dance and fitness studio on the West Bank, featuring a young artist who discovered Jackson Hole when a patron flew him out here, flipped the young artist’s heart over enough times that he pulled up his Manhattan stakes and moved to these here hills.

Teton hills, that is. Real mountains. Rockies. Snow.

These mountains swing! And that explains how our young art hero, Borbay, is mounting his own pop-up art show and party at the swank Ski Barre on the West Bank, in Wilson, Wyoming, on March 4th, 7-9:00 pm. 

On his very own blog, Borbay weaves the tale:

“It began as… the sun was setting behind the Teton Mountains. A late summer chill descended upon the crowd, patiently witnessing a gentleman exhume, skin and dismember a lamb.  Soon, the performance became a barbecue. Huddling around a large fire spit, I turned to my left, extended a hand and introduced myself to David and Michelle Quinn. We discussed art, life and promised to continue the conversation over dinner. As our friendship blossomed, our circle expanded to include Avi Kantor, David’s partner, and Rachel Kantor, the owner of Ski Barre. On a freezing night in Victor, Idaho — we decided to collaborate on something special — a happening of our own. And so…

Borbay, “Old Town Bar”

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Hats Off! It’s “Whodunnit” Number 10!

I know Whodunnit!

What’s so special and enduring about the Art Association’s annual “Whodunnit?” fundraiser? One participating artist, Borbay, immediately piped up with his take on the exhibition:

“Despite being a full-time artist in Manhattan for seven years, I never established a meaningful relationship with an art organization. That changed completely when I moved to Victor, connected with Shari Brownfield, Todd Hanna, Chas Marsh, Mark Nowlin and The Art Association of Jackson Hole. They hosted my first show out West in the Summer of 2016, and since, I’ve witnessed the incredible impact they have made on our community. When the wonderful Jill Callahan mentioned the Whodunnit show, I was happy to contribute. I’m excited to see who ends up with my piece, and, from what I’ve heard, it’s one helluva party!”

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Take Your Broken Heart and Make it Art

 

Sue Sommers’ “001-1111-16,” Watercolor pencil and crayon on Magnani Pescia paper, 11 x 11″. From Sommers’ “Sibling” series.

In this week’s Jackson Hole News & Guide, editors ran a short letter about “clowns” demonstrating on Jackson’s Town Square the afternoon of January 15th. The letter could be taken as a thinly veiled threat: get those “clowns” off the streets of Jackson, or we’ll take our business elsewhere. Presenting all points of view is important, but placing that particular letter ahead of all others is astounding.

It’s a new town, a new year. Luckily, we can take our broken hearts and still make art!

Wyoming’s Pipeline Art Project artist Sue Sommers recently wrote a great piece for Wyofile, and she’s also come out with lots of new art and a new website. Her art explores different subjects, all close to home. Two of my favorites are her “Sibling” and “Willows” series. Though Sommers doesn’t specifically say so, these works draw from the same well, a source of roots and connection.

Sue Sommers, “Willow 2.” Intaglio on Rives Cream, plate size 9 x 12″, edition of 6.

Think of a tree’s branches as fingers, reaching to the sky, beckoning sun, rain and wildlife to its limbs. Think of families — most of Sommers’ abstract “Siblings” resemble fingers — as hands connected by fingers.

She could, she says, use a word like “meditation” to describe the “Sibling Series'” origins. But the real origin is terror.

“I call them (the Sibling Series) because they look like related organisms moving around in a confined space – like a family,” writes Sommers. “Thinking about my own siblings while I draw liberates me. I know (but didn’t when I was growing up) that I have to let the shapes be what they want.”

Sue Sommers. A landscape, “Fenceline 0615″ Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas, 48 x 48 x 1.5”

Sommers writes about process rather than “content” or “meaning.”

She could, she says, use a word like “meditation” to describe the “Sibling Series'” origins. But the real origin is terror.

“This would be embarrassing if I didn’t know lots of other artists fighting messy tides of dread and self-doubt. Do I have anything interesting to say? Am I any good? Is there any point to the sacrifices I make? After nearly 40 years of valiant battle, I felt like the terror was winning. My way out was to make marks. Any marks.”

Sue Sommers. Stripes sketchbook green yellow. Watercolor and crayon in handmade sketchbook, 4 x 6 inches open. NFS

Sommers started with square pieces of scrap paper and a children’s watercolor set. Working slowly, she pressed her nose almost to the paper, her brush dragging incrementally across the paper’s tooth as pigment soaked in and spread.

“Every inch of every strip of color I laid down was my choice: I choose to make this now. And this. And this. I made dozens of these stripe pieces. Eventually they started changing, and I started changing.”

You can view Sommers’ new work and new website here

Duke Beardsley, Hangtown. Mixed Media on Collage 40 x 52.”  At Altamira Fine Art, Scottsdale.

Altamira Fine Art’s Scottsdale gallery welcomes a new solo show, “Range Monitor,” by contemporary Western artist Duke Beardsley. 

“A highly anticipated new body of work will be highlighted in this new show, which centers on the idea of transparencies and visual plays on overlapping realities and falsehoods,” writes the gallery.

Artist Reception & Opening: January 26, 6:30 – 9:00 pm, in Scottsdale. 

This appears to be an excellent show. Find out more about it by visiting Altamira’s exhibition description here.

2016 Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival Finale!

Curt Walters (1950–Present) April Study of Grand Canyon oil on board 12 x 9 in Estimate: $2,000–$3,000

Curt Walters (1950–Present), April Study of Grand Canyon, oil on board, 12 x 9 in.
Estimate: $2,000–$3,000

 

The final days of Jackson’s Fall Arts Festival are perhaps the most potent. We experience, in every way, the depth and breadth of Jackson’s phenomenal pool of artistic talent and resources. During these final few celebratory days, the town and its environs come alive in countless ways! Dig in. The best is yet to come.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15

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Wild 100 Show & Sale Artist Party

As part of the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s 29th Annual Western Visions: Wild 100 Show & Sale, artists and patrons have an opportunity to view the art, place bids, and mingle with artists before the big sale. Tonight’s event is the Wild 100 Artist Party, a fun night with music, great food provided by the on-site restaurant Rising Sage. Full bar~~Cash, I’m assuming.

Time: 5:30-8:30 pm. Tickets: $100, and you must be registered. Place: The National Museum of Wildlife Art. www.westernvisions.org

 

Painting by Michelle Larsen.

Painting by Michelle Larsen.

Grand Teton Gallery – Dynamic Texture Featuring Oil Painters Michelle Larsen and Peggy Ann Thompson
“Idaho’s Artist of the Year,” Larsen “builds a sculpture on the canvas and then brings it to life with bold colors.”  Thompson is a palette knife artists, creating rich, painterly landscapes.

Time: 4:00-7:00 pm. Contact: 307.201.1172 or www.grandtetongallery.com

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Two Grey Hills Indian Arts and Jewelry: Gallery Exhibition
Navajo Weaver Mary H. Yazzie will be demonstrating her amazing talents on the loom. Toadlena Trading Post owners Mark & Linda Winter will be talking about the history and traditions of the Trading Post Weavers. Gene Waddell will feature a stunning collection of Native American Artists work. Contact 307.733.2677 or www.fineindianart.com

September Vhay. The Leopard Chief, Oil on Belgian Linen. 20 x 30 in.

September Vhay. The Leopard Chief, Oil on Belgian Linen. 20 x 30 in.

Altamira Fine Art — Artist Demos
Stop by Altamira Fine Art for a casual art demo afternoon, featuring gallery aritists September Vhay, Jared Sanders, Travis Walker and Greg Woodard. Cookies and lemonade! Free. Time: 1:00-4:00pm www.altamiraart.com

Joshua Tobey's "Dancing Bears."

Joshua Tobey’s “Dancing Bears.”

Astoria Fine Art hosts a Reception for Greg Beecham and Joshua Tobey, 1-4:00 p.m.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16

Conrad Schwiering (1916–1986) Breaking Through oil on board 20 x 30 in Estimate: $7,000–$10,000

Conrad Schwiering (1916–1986), Breaking Through, oil on board. 20 x 30 in. Estimate: $7,000–$10,000

Jackson Hole Art Auction Session 1
One of the Fall Arts Festival’s great events is The Jackson Hole Art Auction, co-produced by Trailside and Gerald Peters galleries. Its profile has grown since it first appeared on the Western Art auction scene in 2007. Great art by deceased and living masters, sculpture, antiquties, Native American art, art depicting great moments and eras in the history of the West, wildlife and landscapes, the Tetons~~it’s all there. There are TWO sale days; today’s is Session 1. Price points for all collectors.  Please register to attend.

Center for the Arts, 265 S. Cache Street at 12:00pm
Contact: 866.549.9278 or www.jacksonholeartauction.com

THE BRAGGART Painting – Mixed mediums on handmade paper 28 x 14 inches Opening bid $9,500.00

T.R. Lawson ~ THE BRAGGART
Painting – Mixed mediums on handmade paper
28 x 14 inches
Opening bid $9,500.00

National Museum of Wildlife Art’s “Western Visions-Wild 100” Show & Sale. 

Tonight’s the night to bid on works by the country’s leading wildlife and landscape artists~~including many local artists~~and, as they say, “go home with a beautiful piece of art.”

This is a ticketed event, with prices ranging from $25 to $500. Entry to this event is $150. Registration required. Bidding closes at 7:00 pm. Place: National Museum of Wildlife Art. And good luck, everyone!

Check the museum’s page for details.

The Jackson Hole Showcase of Homes
If you can’t live there, but always wanted to visit, the the Jackson Hole Showcase of Homes may be just the thing. A two-day, self-guided fundraising tour takes you to some very impressive showcase homes, where you can meet artisans behind the homes’ creation, and, in a perfect world, see what they might be able to do for YOU. It’s architectural – design- craftsmanship-art (I can’t think of a description that doesn’t connote “desire”) wishes in the flesh. Hosted by Homestead Magazine, limited (of course!) tickets.

Again, this is a two-day event, so your opportunity to take your tour repeats tomorrow, on Saturday, September 17th. Visit  www.jacksonholeshowcase.com.

Super Cool House for Sale! Maybe it's on the Tour. But I'm not sure. Placeholder image!

Super Cool House for Sale! Maybe it’s on the Tour. But I’m not sure. Placeholder image!

Grand Teton Gallery – Dynamic Texture Featuring Oil Painters Michelle Larsen and Peggy Ann Thompson

Michelle Larsen was named “Idaho’s Artist of the Year”.  Michelle builds a sculpture on the canvas and then brings it to life with bold colors resulting in a very unique two-dimensional work of art. Peggy Ann Thompson paints with a palette knife.

Times are fluid, but materials suggest artists will be in attendance beginning 5:00 pm.
Contact: 307.201.1172 or www.grandtetongallery.com

 

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Two Grey Hills Indian Arts and Jewelry: Gallery Exhibition
Navajo Weaver Mary H. Yazzie will demonstrate her remarkable weaving abilities. Toadlena Trading Post owners Mark & Linda Winter will speak on the history and traditions of the Trading Post Weavers. Trading Post owner Gene Waddell will speak. Time: 11:00am-6:00pm Contact 307.733.2677 or www.fineindianart.com

Thumbnails from Glenn Dean's Legacy Show. Thanks, Glenn! Images from Facebook.

Thumbnails from Glenn Dean’s Legacy Show. Thanks, Glenn! Images from Facebook.

Legacy Gallery – Glenn Dean, One Man Show If you don’t know who Glenn Dean is by now, all I can say is you haven’t been reading any Western art magazines, visiting any galleries, checking Facebook, Instagram or ANYTHING! Dean is prolific, one of the best of the new Contemporary Western artists. And he happens to be a nice guy. The lone cowboys, those full moons, a sunset, a long trail ahead….So don’t miss Glenn Dean, One Man Show and Artist Reception, at Legacy Gallery.  Time: 3-5:00 pm. www.legacygallery.com

Todd Kosharek

Todd Kosharek at Altamira Fine Art

Altamira Fine Art — Artist Demos
Altamira invites you to join them for cookies, iced tea, lemonade and an artist demo. Local artist Todd Kosharek will be in attendance for the afternoon demo. One of Jackson’s most gracious and talented new artists making good!

Altamira Fine Art, 172 Center Street from 1:00-4:00pm
Contact: 307.739.4700 or www.altamiraart.com

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17

36297_4587744693870_688878886_n21st Annual Jackson Hole QuickDraw Art Sale and Auction. The Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce is pleased to present nationally, regionally and locally recognized artists demonstrating their skills at this super-fun, outside on the Town Square paint out! Each completed artwork will be auctioned off following the ninety-minute quick draw. Everyone is invited to watch, have fun, and take part in the auction following the draw. Included in the auction will be the 2015 Fall Arts Festival featured painting, “Greeting the Dawn” by Edward Aldrich. Free and open to the public!  

Time & Place: 9:00am on Jackson’s Town Square! 307.733.3316 or info@jacksonholechamber.com

 

Lot 278A - W. Herbert Dunton (1878–1936). Winter Camp of the Sioux, oil on canvas 15 x 12 in. Estimate: $60,000–$90,000

Lot 278A – W. Herbert Dunton (1878–1936).
Winter Camp of the Sioux, oil on canvas
15 x 12 in.
Estimate: $60,000–$90,000

Jackson Hole Art Auction- Session 2

The Big Kahuna.

Session 2 of the Jackson Hole Art Auction takes place today at Jackson’s Center for the Arts. The auction begins at 12:00 pm sharp, and attendees should plan on a four to five hour auction event. 

Since 2007, the Jackson Hole Art Auction has been recognized as one of the premier art events in the country, defined by the high standard of works offered in a variety of genres including wildlife, sporting, figurative, landscape and Western art by both renowned deceased masters and contemporary artists. This is the final JHAA session. Something for everyone!

Time: 12:00 pm. Place: Jackson Hole Center for the Arts, 265 S. Cache, Jackson, Wyoming. New lots are added right up to hammer time, so check the auction’s website regularly! I’ve been on both sides of that auction stage, and I know what I’m talking about. Trust the auction natives!  www.jacksonholeartauction.com

Grand Teton Gallery – Artists in Residence
Gallery artists will be painting and sculpting in the gallery. Artists will be listed in the festival online calendar. Time: 1-4:00 pm.  www.grandtetongallery.com

Rhododendron blooms on Roan Mountain as the sun sets on the summer solstice.

Rhododendron blooms on Roan Mountain as the sun sets on the summer solstice. Tom Mangelsen

MANGELSEN – Images of Nature Gallery Fall Reception
The annual fall reception at MANGELSEN – Images of Nature Gallery features world-renowned nature photographer Thomas D Mangelsen sharing his latest images at the event. All the coolest conservation creatives will be there, plus a whole lot of Mangelsen friends and fans. And it’s FREE. Come and see! It’s groovy, it’s hip!

Time: 5-9:00 pm.  Place: Images of Nature Gallery. Contact: 307.733.9752 or  www.mangelsen.com

Work by Brent Cotton

Work by Brent Cotton

Fall Gold ~ Four Artist Showcase
Trailside Galleries is pleased to present its Fall Gold Four Artist Showcase. Trailside’s traditional fall event features a huge selection of wildlife, landscape, and sporting art. An artists’ reception gives collectors the opportunity to meet and greet participating artists. Brent Cotton, Bonnie Morris, Adam Smith, and Dustin Van Wechel are featured. 

Time: 5-8:00 pm.  Contact: 307.733.3186 or www.trailsidegalleries.com

Astoria Fine Art – Annual Best of Astoria Show
Join Astoria Fine Art and 30 of their represented artists in attendance. It’s crowded! Sometimes they serve ice cream. Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.  307.733.4016 or www.astoriafineart.com

“Greeting the Dawn” by Edward Aldrich is this year's Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival official painting.

“Greeting the Dawn” by Edward Aldrich is this year’s Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival official painting.

Mountain Trails Gallery Artist Reception
Edward Aldrich’s featured piece “Greeting the Dawn” will be auctioned off during the signature QuickDraw event.  Aldrich will also visit Mountain Trails Gallery to meet collectors and sign posters.

A reception for all the participating QuickDraw artists from Mountain Trails follows. Mountain Trails Gallery, 155 Center Street, from 1:00-3:00pm www.mtntrails.net 

Two Grey Hills Indian Arts and Jewelry: Gallery Exhibition
Navajo Weaver Mary H. Yazzie will be demonstrating her amazing talents on the loom. Toadlena Trading Post owners Mark & Linda Winter will be talking about the history and traditions of the Trading Post Weavers. Waddell Trading’s owner, Gene Waddell displays the best in Native American weaving art. Contact 307.733.2677 or www.fineindianart.com

Marie Yazzie works in section on her weaving.

Marie Yazzie works in section on her weaving.

The Jackson Hole Showcase of Homes. See information on this event, above, under Friday, September 16. 

Tiny purple house.

Tiny purple house.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18

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Art Brunch Gallery Walk

The Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce brings on the big FAF farewell, a Sunday morning gallery walk. Enjoy brunch and festive beverages at this closing-day celebration for the 30th Annual Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival. Gallery maps will be available at a variety of locations including the Chamber’s offices (112 Center Street) and participating galleries.

Kay Stratman's beautiful watercolors are at Horizon Fine Art.

Kay Stratman’s beautiful watercolors are at Horizon Fine Art.

Participating Galleries from 11:00am-3:00pm
Contact: Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce, 307.733.3316 or info@jacksonholechamber.com.

Galleries in alphabetical order: 

Altamira Fine Art
Art Association of Jackson Hole
Astoria Fine Art
Cayuse Western Americana
Diehl Gallery
Grand Teton Gallery
Horizon Fine Art
Legacy Gallery
Mountain Trails Gallery
RARE Gallery
Ringholz Gallery
The Stable Gallery
Trailside Galleries
Trio Fine Art
West Lives On Gallery
West Lives On Contemporary Gallery
Wild by Nature Gallery

Featured presentations:

photo1-265x300Altamira Fine Art — Art Brunch Gallery Walk
Altamira Fine Art winds up 2016’s FAF with Contemporary Western Art, mimosas, bloody Marys, and brunch catered by e.leaven.

Altamira Fine Art, 172 Center Street from 11:00am-3:00pm Contact: 307.739.4700 or www.altamiraart.com

Diehl Gallery – Western Visions Celebration Salon

A light brunch and a celebration of the Diehl Gallery artists participating in the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s 29th Annual Western Visions Show & Sale. Diehl Gallery will display a special selection of works by Helen Durant and Les Thomas.

Diehl Gallery, 155 West Broadway from 11:00am-3:00pm
Contact: 307.733.0905 or www.diehlgallery.com

Weaving by Mary H. Yazzi

Weaving by Mary H. Yazzie

Two Grey Hills Indian Arts and Jewelry — Gallery Exhibition
Navajo Weaver Mary H. Yazzie will be demonstrating her amazing talents on the loom. Toadlena Trading Post owners Mark & Linda Winter will be talking about the history and traditions of the Trading Post Weavers. Waddell Trading’s owner, Gene Waddell, will feature their fabulous collection of Native American Artists Past and Present.

110 E Broadway from 11:00am-3:00pm
Contact 307.733.2677 or www.fineindianart.com

That's all, Folks! See you Soon! Thanks for reading. ~~Tammy

That’s all, Folks! See you Soon! Thanks for reading. ~~Tammy