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Mar
17
Photograph by Nelson

Photograph by Loren Nelson

“Basic Digital Photography: How to Make Better Photographs With Your Digital Camera” is the second public educational symposium being offered by the Teton Photography Group, a group that’s come to include roughly 220 members, a phenomenal membership for an arts group less than a year old or for ANY non-profit group in a town our size! Photography, plentiful as sagebrush and as venerable as plein air, will become an official part of summer arts programs for the first time during the 2014 season.

Photograph by Linsdau

Photograph by Aaron Linsdau

“Education, sharing and networking” are the methods Teton Photography uses to advance the art. The event takes place Saturday, March 22, 2014 in the Black Box Theater at the Center for the Arts in Jackson, Wyoming. A half-day in length, the session runs 8:30 am  - 1:30 pm.

Photographers (check links for more about each artist) Loren NelsonAaron Linsdau, Michael Cohen and Mike Cavaroc will speak on such topics as basic photography gear, improving focus and sharpness, obtaining the best exposure and composition techniques that work. Beginners and intermediates should enjoy this session, which is open to the public, interactive and hands-on.

I don’t have written testimonies handy, but I could count on four hands the number of times Teton Photography members have described their own positive experiences gained from the group. $25 donation for advance reservations and $30 at the door. Call 307.733.6379 to register. www.tetonphotographygroup.org

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We mentioned this event a few weeks ago in a previous post on Alison Brush’s new arts ventures, but as it’s upon us, I’ll remind you all again that on Thursday, March 20th, 5-7 pm, noted San Francisco artist and visiting teacher Jeremy Morgan will give a talk at the Art Association.

Morgan has “created a following of dedicated artists that enjoy absorbing his knowledge and energy,” says the A.A. This public presentation offers an in-depth, personal account of Morganʼs personal artistic development, his influences and experiences.

Several of Morgan’s disciples say that one reason they love studying with him is that Morgan does not teach by insisting students emulate his own style. He encourages every artistic direction, warmly leading students towards their personal bests. For info: 307-733-6379. www.artassociation.org

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Testimony: Many’s the day I go out in the world and hear how excited folks are about Alissa Davies’ Community Supported Arts project!  That’s revealing, redeeming and couldn’t happen to a better, more balanced and sincere arts contributor. Congratulations, Alissa!  Contact Davies by phoning 307.690.4757 or by emailing csajacksonhole@gmail.com.

 

Sep
27

1235327_10201862646150037_273817503_n“All art shows….contribute to our creative sides.”  ~ Tom Klingenmeier, General Manager, Sawdust Art Festival

California Roll.

Thanks to good friends, I was recently lucky enough to visit the city of Laguna Beach, CA . It’s a wonderful arts city, crowded with tourists and locals alike, just as Jackson is during our high summer season. We went to an art fair I’ll never forget: the Sawdust Art & Craft Festival on Laguna Canyon Road. Set against a cliff in a eucalyptus grove, Sawdust is a world unto itself, wildly creative, funky and welcoming. A waterfall splashes off the cliff into a rocky pool.

Sawdust is open two full months during the summer, late June through early September. Participating artists must be from Laguna. Close to 200 artists build their own booths each year. Booths must be constructed of wood frame and roofs, built strictly to code, and they can be as imaginative as artists wish, resulting in a fair that feels like a pop-up fantasy art village. Booth spaces differ in size, so Sawdust artists must scale to fit. Artists are responsible for taking booths down and restoring the three acre grove to its original natural state. Booths come down after Sawdust’s Winter Fantasy Show; a holiday-themed show taking place the last two weekends in November and the first two in December. Offices, meeting rooms, a glass-blowing center and arts education “classrooms” remain up year-round.

A very broad array of price points means there’s affordable art for everyone.

Sawdust blew me away! From the moment I walked in (entry fees for adults are in the $7-$8 range) I wondered how Laguna pulls this fair off; it’s 47 years old. I made a note to contact Sawdust, ask pesky questions about its structure and history, and report to you! Tom Klingenmeier, Sawdust’s general manager sent a generous response. I’ve edited my questions and Tom’s replies for length.

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Tammy Christel: How did Laguna Beach galleries initially respond to Sawdust? Was there trepidation? How do galleries feel about Sawdust today?

Tom Klingenmeier:  When we began only about a third of  the galleries Laguna currently has existed, and there was some resentment. Soon, though, gallery owners, hotels and restaurants realized that Sawdust generated over a half-million visitors in a short time. They quickly adapted and embraced the shows. They now rely heavily on the traffic we generate. Some of our galleries collaborate, featuring local artists in Laguna’s three summer festivals. Some artists conduct co-ops, taking turns being in their space to cut down on sales personnel. It also affords the artists more time to share art experiences with visitors, leading to more affordable art and knowledge for the buyer.

TC: How is Sawdust paid for?

TK: We sell tickets, and if you saw all three shows you had the chance to buy our “Passport to the Arts” ticket for all those shows, all summer long; it includes one-time parking in a large lot served by free tram service that goes all over town. We charge very nominal booth fees, have a retail shop that sells only Sawdust T-shirts, sweatshirts and hats, and we charge rent for the five food concessions we lease. We have a saloon, selling wine and beer.

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Sep
08
John Nieto - God's Dog (Coyote)

John Nieto – God’s Dog (Coyote) – Altamira Fine Art

Just for you, here’s the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival, Week Number Two!

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9

Grand Teton Gallery: Meet the Artists.  4-8:00 pm. Stop into Grand Teton Gallery and meet artists Gary Keimig, Les LeFevre, Tom Lucas, Rip Caswell, Al Hone, Mike Rangner, Chuck Middlekauff, Deb Penk, and Jane Coleman. That’s a lot of artists! You can bet on good energy!  FREE. 130 West Broadway, 307.201.1172  www.grandtetongallery.com

Mountain Trails Gallery presents “Andrew Bolam: Icons of the American West.”  5-8:00 pm. New to the Western pop scene, Bolam introduces us to his newest works depicting wildlife and portraits of Native American Indian chiefs. Light refreshments. FREE.  155 Center Street, 307.734.8150 www.mtntrails.net

Kay Stratman - Mountain Lake Memory

Kay Stratman – Mountain Lake Memory

“New Horizons IV” Gallery Opening at Horizon Fine Art.  This group show opens today and runs through the end of Fall Arts, September 15th. This year’s group includes  Dean Bradshaw, Bregelle Whitworth Davis, Nicole Gaitan, Jill Hartley, Linda Israel, Monica Jansen, Mark Kelso, Jack Koonce, Sarah Rogers, Karen Sebesta, Kay Stratman, and Pete Zaluzec. Stratman and other local artists are featured in filmmaker Jennifer Tennican’s new short film focusing on the arts. FREE.  30 King Street, 307.739.1540, www.horizonfineartgallery.com

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10

Sharon Thomas

Art by Sharon Thomas

Fall Arts Festival Open Studio Tour ~ Jackson Hole Art Association. 5:30-7:30 pm. Art Association artists will be on hand to display their work and offer fun, family-friendly demonstrations and arts activities during tonight’s open studio. Wander through, enjoy music and refreshments, and meet noted local artists like Sharon Thomas and Fred Kingwill. Artists and works representing almost every conceivable form of media will be there. Raku firings, ceramics (pottery) throwing (Sam Dowd), painting and printmaking happen! FREE. All studios. Location: Jackson’s Center for the Arts, 240 S. Glenwood, downtown Jackson. www.artassociation.org

Grand Teton Gallery Artists in Residence. Deb Penk paints with acrylics and Al Hone sculpts on site, 11:00am-3:00pm. Jane Coleman paints and Rip Caswell returns to sculpt—Mike Rangner paints, using oils from 1:00-5:00pm. FREE. 130 West Broadway, 307.201.1172  www.grandtetongallery.com

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 – HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DAD! LOVE YOU!

Jewelry and Artisan Luncheon ~ 11:00am-4:00pm.  At the Four Seasons in Teton Village, this event is the first in a series of the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s annual Western Visions events, a Fall Arts Festival tradition. Ladies only at this one!  Lunch—really, you get to stay and enjoy yourself for five hours—is $100 per person. Proceeds benefit the museum’s Education Programming. Official registration ended September 4, but call 307.732.5411 for more information. www.WesternVisions.org 

John Nieto - Ring Thunder

John Nieto – Ring Thunder

Altamira Fine Art - Gallery Reception – John Nieto: Forces of Color and Spirit  5-8:00 pm.

“My art develops and changes as my vision changes,” says the great American expressionist artist John Nieto. “I put a lot of energy into the paintings, and I think people get that back. Whether it is a child or an 80-year-old, I want people to respond intuitively, because of their feelings. Art is my way of being a citizen of the universe. I felt as if I had spent my whole life learning a language, and finally I was fluent. I could see paintings in my mind and realize them on canvas more accurately than ever.”

Nieto, a  highly distinguished elder citizen of the universe, is miraculously more prolific than ever. His embrace is a full life embrace; each painting is a celebration–stunning and colorful–and created with powerful respect and profound love for his native roots, the earth and its inhabitants. Nieto established a painting style many attempt to emulate, but nobody can match. FREE. My favorites? Nieto’s Fancy Dancers. This exhibition remains on display through September 21st. Altamira Fine Art, 172 Center Street, 307.739.4700, www.altamiraart.com

Ashley Tudor - Bronze Elk Mount

Ashley Tudor – Bronze Elk Mount

WRJ Associates Hosts Ashley Tudor. 6 pm – 8 pm. Tudor, a San Francisco-based artist, will showcase her “Trophies” series, works that explore “the intersection of the natural world and the human role in it.” Tudor works using mixed media, primarily creating sculpture. She is, writes WRJ, an avid outdoorsman, hunter and field-to-table chef. She must cut quite a figure in the San Francisco arts scene; she “loves any excuse to get into the mountains, valleys, and fields, especially to search out her own food.” Tudor has lectured at the California College of the Art, IDSA, and Stanford University.

“Civilized life has become too tame. In our comfort it is easy to be detached from the natural world. Food arrives at our table with little thought to its origin or life,” says Tudor. “The natural world has been sanitized, manicured, and separated from emotion. One forgets that our existence comes from the creative destruction of other life.” FREE. www.wrjassociates.com 

imagesArt Walk! 5-8:00 pm. Downtown Jackson. Join more than 30 Jackson art galleries for the “Third Thursdays Art Walk” — still happening on Wednesday this Fall Arts Festival Week. FREE. Look for participating gallery Art Walk banners! All galleries listed here as hosting events today, at this time, are participants.

Trio Fine Art – 5-8:00 pm. Opening reception for “In our Valley” Group exhibition, highlighting landscapes depicting the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem, created by Trio artists Bill Sawczuck, Kathryn Mapes Turner and Jennifer L. Hoffman. “There is so much more to this place than first meets the eye,” says Hoffman. “When you live here and absorb the surroundings, you begin to notice the subtlety and the grandeur, the history and the natural beauty.”  FREE. www.triofineart.com

Jennifer L. Hoffman - The Road Home

Jennifer L. Hoffman – The Road Home

Poster Signing with Jason Rich- Legacy Gallery. 3:00-5:00pm. Meet 2013′s Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival featured artist Jason Rich and receive a personally signed poster of his featured painting, “River Overlook: Gros Ventre River Ranch.” FREE to attend, but posters are $30 unsigned and $40 signed. Call the Jackson Chamber of Commerce for information: 307.733.3316 or email info@jacksonholechamber.com. Legacy Gallery, 75 North Cache Street, 307.733.2353  www.legacygallery.com 

Grand Teton Gallery Artists in Residence. Deb Penk and Gayle Weisfield paint on site 11:00am-3:00pm. From 1-5:00 pm, Michael Orwick and Carrie Wild paint, and Rip Caswell will demonstrate sculpting. FREE.  307.201.1172. www.grandtetongallery.com

Carrie Wild - Call of the Wild

Carrie Wild – Call of the Wild

Artists Reception and Trunk Show – Horizon Fine Art. 5-8:00 pm. Local jewelry craftsperson Monica Jensen hosts a trunk show of her creations, and the gallery’s featured artists will be on hand to lead an arts discussion. Demonstrations. FREE. 30 King Street, 307.739.1540 www.horizonfineartgallery.com

RARE Gallery Opening  - More jewelry! Jewelry craftsperson Petra Class shows her new work, noon-4:00 pm. Class’ jewelry is made with cut stones and 22K sets, says RARE. The gallery states that her work is all “personally made,” which may mean she does custom work or that her jewelry is hand made—or both. Come and find out! FREE. 60 E. Broadway 2nd Floor, www.raregalleryjacksonhole.com

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12

Veryl Goodnight - Born to Run

Veryl Goodnight – Born to Run

National Museum of Wildlife Art – “Going Wild” with Veryl Goodnight. The noted sculptor, one of two 2013 featured artists, gives a lecture and a workshop, 10 – 11:00 am. Tickets are $75 per person; and painter Mark Eberhard, whose brilliantly colored paintings of birds balance so impressively between realism and contemporary naturalism, gives a process workshop from 1:00-2:30 pm. Tickets are $75 per person. If you’d like to attend both events, a “bundle” ticket price of $100 gets you in! National Museum of Wildlife Art, 2820 Rungius Road, 307.733.5771  www.wildlifeart.org, www.westernvisions.org 

R. Tom Gilleon - End of Yellow Day

R. Tom Gilleon – End of Yellow Day

Altamira Fine Art: Meet the Artists: R. Tom Gilleon and Greg Woodard. 1:00-3:00pm. Montana artist Gilleon is renowned for his glowing paintings of tipis and his growing collection of portraits of Native Americans and interpretations of Western symbols. Woodard’s powerful sculptures seem to erupt from the earth—they’re artifacts uncovered. FREE. 172 Center Street, 307.739.4700, www.altamiraart.com

By Kat Housemann

By Kat Housemann

MADE, in Gaslight Alley, holds an artist’s reception for painter Kat Housemann, MADE’s Fall Arts Festival featured artist. 5-8:00 pm. FREE. A Montana native, Houseman frequented the C.M. Russell Museum early in her art career. Her work is a punchy, colorful mix of the academic and Western, with a vivid contemporary flair. www.madejacksonhole.com 

Grand Teton Gallery Artists in Residence – Jim Reid and Jody Kroeger. Reid paints on site and Kroeger will give a sculpture demonstration. Carrie Wild, known for her hot colors and contemporary Western themes, will demonstrate. 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. From 1-5:00 pm, Michael Orwick paints and Rip Caswell gives yet another a sculpture demonstration. FREE. 130 West Broadway, www.grandtetongallery.com

Astoria Fine Art Gallery Reception with featured artist Josh Legg. 3-6:00 pm at Astoria, on the Town Square. FREE. 307.733.4016  www.astoriafineart.com

RARE Gallery’s Rick Armstrong  will bring out some of his favorite works from his show “Through the Eyes.” These works were not included in the show of the same name earlier that took place earlier in the Festival. Additionally, sculptor Mark Yale Harris will be on hand to discuss his art. 2-5:00 pm. FREE. www.raregalleryjacksonhole.com

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Western Visions Miniatures and More Show & Sale’s “Wild West Artist Party” at the National Museum of Wildlife Art.  6:30-10:30 pm. A great party! Relaxed, and fully stocked with lots of good food, a full bar and live entertainment, this evening’s party gives artists, patrons and their guests an opportunity to view works to be auctioned off at the Sale. Lots of time to peruse the multitude of works included in this event. The Jewelry and Artisan Show & Sale, the Original Prints Show & Sale and the Sketch Show & Sale are open to the public during this event, and artists are on site. The museum notes everyone should have been registered by September 4th! If you have questions or would like to squeeze in, phone 307.732.5411. Tickets are $150 per person. www.wildlifeart.org, www.westernvisions.org 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13

September Vhay - Summer's Glance

September Vhay – Summer’s Glance

Altamira Fine Art: Meet the Artists – September Vhay and Mary Roberson will be at the gallery to talk with visitors. Relaxed, informal, fun! 1-3:00 pm.  172 Center Street, 307.739.4700, www.altamiraart.com

E. Martin Hennings (1866-1956) Mountain Retreat

E. Martin Hennings (1866-1956) Mountain Retreat

Preview the 2013 Jackson Hole Art Auction! 10:oo am today AND 9:00 am – Noon on Saturday, September 14th. Stroll over to the Center for the Arts theater lobby, and the theater itself—AND backstage—to preview ALL works (some 280) that will be auctioned off at September 14th’s Jackson Hole Art Auction. An opportunity for EVERYONE to view great works of art, whether you are a collector or simply want a chance to view historic and contemporary Western masterpieces. Open to the public, FREE. The Jackson Hole Art Auction takes place Saturday, September 14th. You may register to bid right up until showtime! See details below! www.jacksonholeartauction.com 

HomesteadMagazine2012The Jackson Hole Showcase of Homes–Today, 10:oo am – 4:00 pm; Tomorrow, September 14th, Noon-6pm. Large, expensive houses available for the public to see. This “Showcase of Homes” tour escorts you to a selection of custom Jackson Hole homes.Visit homes designed and decorated by many of the valley’s most sought-after architects, builders and designers. Contemporary, log–it’s all on the tour. SELF GUIDEDHosted by Homestead Magazine (Hey, I’ve written for them! Great magazine!). Many artisans will be on hand. Proceeds are donated to local charities. Ticket price: $75. www.homesteadmag.com

26th Annual Western Visions: Miniatures and More Show and Sale – National Museum of Wildlife Art.  3:30 – 8:00 pm. Yes, you should have been registered by September 4th, but do try calling 307.732.5411 for information. Tickets are $100 per person or $200 for a combo ticket for Thursday and Friday. Today is your last chance to place bids on Western Vision works; the evening includes sparkling festivities, but, most importantly, winning bidders are drawn. All Western Visions shows are on display. www.westernvisions.org, www.wildlifeart.org 

WV Featured Artist Mark Eberhard

WV Featured Artist Mark Eberhard

Legacy Gallery – Tim Shinabarger One Man Show. Artist’s reception, 2-4:00 pm. wildlife sculptor Tim Shinabarger has been working for two years preparing for this! Ten new works– depicting North American and African wildlife subjects–will be exhibited. Some works available for sale by draw.  www.legacygallery.com

Mountain Trails Gallery – Mark Gibson: Western Radiance. 5-8:00 pmGibson’s lit-from-within paintings of tipis and landscapes are contemporary in style, but have the sense they’ve been sprinkled with a fine bit of classical dust. FREE. Light refreshments. www.mtntrails.net

Joshua Tobey & Friend

Joshua Tobey & Friend

Astoria Fine Art Reception – Greg Beecham and Joshua Tobey.  1-4:00 pm. That lighthearted sculptor of wildlife Joshua Tobey pairs up with wildlife artist Greg Beecham. Good match! Astoria’s collection of artists is highly evocative of the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s permanent collection. FREE. 307.733.4016  www.astoriafineart.com 

Grand Teton Gallery Artists in Residence – Rip Caswell is working long hours this year! Caswell and artist Tammy Bality team up for sculpture demonstrations; the latter works 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, and the former is on deck 1-5:00 pm. Caswell will be joined by artists Bob Coonts, Kelly Singleton and Doug Monson. 307.201.1172  www.grandtetongallery.com

RARE Gallery – Gallery Artists Works on Exhibition. Noon-3:00 pm. In addition to works already featured, Kevin Box exhibits origami sculptures described as super stimulating when it comes to contemplating art’s physical space. FREE. www.raregalleryjacksonhole.com

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14

36297_4587744693870_688878886_n18th Annual Jackson Hole QuickDraw Art Sale and Auction – 9:00 am on the Jackson Town Square. Without a doubt, the annual QuickDraw is one of the Festival’s most exhuberant, signature events. Come to the Town Square and watch local and regional artists—all are represented by galleries and/or museums in our region—create art in a very fast 90-minute race to create!  That time is up from an hour, I believe; still VERY fast. Dozens of artists participate. Immediately following, works are auctioned off, including “River Outlook: Gros Ventre River Ranch” by Jason Rich, this year’s Festival Featured Artist. FREE. A Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce event. www.jacksonholechamber.com

Maynard Dixon (1875-1946) Remuda 1921-1945, oil on canvas 25x30"

Maynard Dixon (1875-1946) Remuda 1921-1945, oil on canvas 25×30″

Jackson Hole Art Auction at Jackson’s Center for the Arts – Sale begins at NOON. The Jackson Hole Art Auction, a live, rocket-paced Western art auction in every sense, is defined by the high standard of works offered for sale; lots include art by contemporary artists and deceased masters. The auction has established itself as one of the country’s premier Western art events, and collectors from around the world flock to bid. Bidding takes place at the auction, by phone, by pre-bid or on line.

During a visit to the auction offices, I received a tour of works on hand. “This is our wall of major players, and “Remuda” by Dixon is one of our stars,” noted Jackson Hole Art Auction coordinator Jill Callahan as we perused 2013′s Auction highlights. “Dixon’s been doing very, very well at auction; a recent major Western auction offered a number of Dixons, and they all sold far over estimate. We have Donald J. Hagerty, a Dixon expert, writing an entry for our catalog, and he considers this painting to be one of Dixon’s super works, completed completed just before his death. Dixon often kept what he considered his best works. He started “Remuda” in 1921 and hung onto it, finishing it in 1945. The painting is double-dated, very rare.”  The auction has also acquired at least two rare-to-the-market Farnys.

Henry Farny (1847-1916) - Indian Encampment, 1901

Henry Farny (1847-1916) – Indian Encampment, 1901

Henry Farny. Wilson Hurley. E. Martin Hennings. George Caitlin. Edgar Payne, Clyde Aspevig, Michael Coleman, Gerard Curtis Delano, Ken Riley, Henrietta Wyeth…the list of Great Masters in this year’s Jackson Hole Art Auction is mind boggling. An on-line catalog is available; you may view it by clicking here. You must register to attend. Approximately 280 lots will be up for sale; expect a solid five hour sale. To register, please contact the auction offices at 866.549.9278 or visit their website: www.jacksonholeartauction.com. Email: coordinator@jacksonholeartauction.com. 

Duke Beardsley - Getting Choosy

Duke Beardsley – Getting Choosy

Altamira Fine Art: Meet the Artists –  1-3:00 pm. Jared Sanders, Amy Ringholz (2012′s Fall Arts Festival Featured Artist), and Duke Beardsley, whose latest pop-style paintings of cowboys are partially influenced Beardsley’s recent trip to China, will all be on hand to mingle with visitors and talk about their work. FREE. Altamira Fine Art, 172 Center Street, 307.739.4700, www.altamiraart.com

Watercolor by Fred Kingwill

Watercolor by Fred Kingwill

Artists in the Environment – Fred Kingwill. Join one of Jackson’s most beloved plein air painters, watercolorists and teachers, Fred Kingwill, for the summer’s final “Artists in the Environment,” at String Lake, Grand Teton National Park, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. His snow scene, “Christmas in the Tetons,” won 2010′s Capitol Christmas Tree Contest, underscoring Kingwill’s national reputation as a noted watercolorist. Presented by the Grand Teton Association. FREE. www.grandtetonpark.org 

Trailside Galleries’ Annual Fall Gold Exhibition: Artists Reception. 5-7:00 pm. Works are for sale; all paintings to be sold by draw at 6:30 pm. The exhibition focuses on nature, sporting art, and the wild’s beauties and mysteries. Many new artists; a show “nicely balanced to suit all tastes.” Take part in a tradition that goes back three decades. www.trailsidegalleries.com 

Mountain Trails: Quick Draw Artists Featured –  2-6:00 pm. The gallery welcomes a bundle of favorite artists, and all of them will be fresh off the morning’s Quick Draw. Visit with Dustin Payne, Amy Poor, Chris Navarro, Jeff Ham, Troy Collins, John Potter, and Nicholas Coleman. Light refreshments–that’s good, those artists will be hungry! Mountain Trails Gallery, 155 Center Street, 307.734.8150  www.mtntrails.net

Tom Mangelsen - A Summer Affair

Tom Mangelsen – A Summer Affair

Mangelsen – Images of Nature Gallery’s Fall Reception. 6:00-9:00pm. When you’ve finished bidding at the Jackson Hole Art Auction, head over to wildlife and landscape photographer Tom Mangelsen’s gallery on North Cache, next to Teton Mountaineering. A hip crowd attends, and Mangelsen will be on hand to enjoy your company and tell you about his latest photographs. He’s a great storyteller, and his quest to capture nature around the world forever excites us. Mangelsen and his co-author, noted biology professor Paul Johnsgard, will sign copies of  their new book “Yellowstone and Wildlife: Ecology and Natural History of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.” FREE. Images of Nature Gallery, 170 N. Cache, (307) 733-9752 www.mangelsen.com

Julie Jeppsen -  "Double Trouble"

Julie Jeppsen -
“Double Trouble”

Wilcox Gallery – Reception, Wildlife & Wildlands, at the downtown Wilcox Gallery location. 5-9:00 pm. An all-gallery artists reception featuring a host of Wilcox artists, several who are new to the gallery. Judy Kelley, who works with gourds and pine needles, is enchanted by nature’s textures and color. Other artists include Wilcox, Dave Wade, Julie Jeppsen, Sandy Scott, Rosetta, Tim Whitworth and more. www.wilcoxgallery.com 

Astoria Fine Art Gallery Reception – Mark Eberhard.  10:00am-1:00pm. Remember my remark about Astoria’s reflecting the museum’s art mission? Intentional or not (I think: intentional!), Mark Eberhard, the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s Western Visions featured painter, will be featured at Astoria; the gallery says over 25 artists will be on hand! FREE.  www.astoriafineart.com 

Artwork by D. Lee

Artwork by D. Lee

Horizon Fine Art Quick Draw Artists Reception. 9am-Noon. Though this event apparently overlaps the Quick Draw, Horizon invites you to stop by and view Quickdraw artist D. Lee’s equine and wildlife art, along with the works of Dean Bradshaw and Kay Stratman. FREE.  www.horizonfineartgallery.com

RARE Gallery: Meet the Artist: Pat Flynn. Noon-5:00pm. Jewelry, made from diamonds and gold, created by Flynn, are center stage. FREE. www.raregalleryjacksonhole.com

Grand Teton Gallery Artists’ Reception 4:00-8:00pm. Caswell again! Stop by the gallery to visit with Caswell, Doug Monson, Gayle Weisfield, Bob Coonts, Tammy Bality, Jim Reid, Kelly Singleton, Narrie Toole, Deb Penk, and Carrie Wild. FREE. www.grandtetongallery.com 

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15

One cowboy to another cowboy, lookin’ for something to do: “We could have a shoot-out, then brunch.”  

images-21Art Brunch Gallery Walk-All Around the Town. Approximately 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.  It’s Bloody Mary time! And time to unwind, de-brief and bid 2013′s Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival a fond adieu. Brunch is served along with vodka-enhanced tomato juice drinks, and you can expect to find champagne and coffee, too. Follow the crowds; many galleries participate. Linger, enjoy! Gallery artists are often in attendance, too. The Jackson Hole Chamber has a gallery map–visit their website: www.jacksonholechamber.com or phone 307.733.3316.  It’s Sunday, and in case the Chamber doesn’t pick up, phone ahead!  Here are a few participating galleries–all brunching is FREE!

Altamira Fine Art FAF Brunch: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm.  Stop in to Altamira to toast 2013′s Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival!  www.altamiraart.com 

Trailside Galleries: Starting off at 10:00 am! Join friends and fellow collectors – debrief about the Jackson Hole Art Auction and Fall Gold Exhibition and Sale. Not to mention 50 years in the Western Art business! www.trailsidegalleries.com 

Horizon Fine Art Champagne Brunch. 10:00am-3:00pm. Gallery artists will be working at Horizon, while YOU watch and sample yummy food and drink! www.horizonfineartgallery.com

Grand Teton Gallery  11:00 – 3:00pm. Deb Penk and Rip Caswell (who must be awfully tired) will give demonstrations,as will Gayle Weisfieldwww.grandtetongallery.com

Diehl Gallery – 11:00 am – 3:00 pm.  Meet UK sculptor Simon Gudgeon & join the gallery for brunch. Gudgeon’s “Isis” is perhaps the most striking sculpture installed to date at the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s Sculpture Trail. FREE. www.diehlgallery.com 

Mountain Trails Collector’s Brunch 10:00am – 2:00pm. Brunch that toasts the gallery’s collectors and artists. And the public is welcome, too.  www.mtntrails.net

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Sep
03
Jason Rich - "River Overlook"

Jason Rich – “River Overlook”

“We see art, and then it affects how we see.” ~ Poet Tami Haaland

Aspen leaves hint at their fall lemon yellows, grizzlies are on the Elk Refuge, the last of the hummingbirds are away, and all Jackson Hole arts entities are buzzing like bees to prepare for 2013′s Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival, taking place here in Jackson September 5-15, 2013.  This year our Festival is officially represented by artist Jason Rich, whose contemporary, yet traditional rendering of two wranglers on their horses during early fall is this year’s official Fall Arts Festival poster image.

Every year the Festival confirms Jackson’s solid top ranking as a Western arts center; and Jackson continues to grow as a town where young contemporary artists conveying non-traditional ideas have begun to flourish. When you think about it, said a gallery owner friend of mine, where else is there? Only two other Western cities are noted for their Western or Southwestern art.

Here is the annual Jackson Hole Art Blog Fall Arts Festival Calendar!

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5

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Western Design Conference Gala Fashion Jewelry Show: This glamour event has opened the Fall Arts Festival for many a year. The night’s festivities include a jewelry show, live auction, and champagne celebration, followed by a runway Western style fashion show featuring top of the line designs. It all takes place at the Jackson Hole Center for the Arts. Doors open at 6:00 pm, and the fashion show begins at 7:15 pm. A catered reception follows!

Those boots will be walking and flashing all over town! Big jewels, big hair, big color and big fun! Tickets are $125-$35 and seating is RESERVED. No general seating. Contact Center Box Office at 307.733.4900 or jhcenterforthearts.org.  

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Chen – Evergreen

Diehl Gallery presents Indonesia artist Chen. The artist, currently working in Indonesia, is noted for his remarkable stainless steel sculptures. If his work is as eye-catching as Natalie Clark’s towering, geometric forms this will be a show with real impact. His works, says the gallery, are simultaneously precise and lyrical. The show runs from September 7- November 15th, and an artist’s reception takes place tonight from 5-8:00 pm. FREE. 155 West Broadway.  www.diehlgallery.com  307.733.0905.

Trailside Galleries opens its Donny Finley Showcasewww.trailsidegalleries.com

Artists Pat Clayton and Troy Anderson will paint and sculpt for the public, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm ( a very lengthy demonstration—you have all day to stop by!) and Thomas Radoumis leads a wood carving discussion while Richard Mitchell sketches from 1:00-5:00pm. Grand Teton Gallery Artists in Residence – 130 West Broadway.  307.201.1172.  FREE. www.grandtetongallery.com

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The Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum kicks off its Fall Voices of the Valley program series at 7:00 p.m. at the 225 N. Cache museum gallery, with a presentation by local residents Marlene and Daniel Merrill on their book Up the Winds and Over the Tetons: Journal Entries and Images from the 1860 Raynolds Expedition. Free admission, limited seating. 733-2414.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6

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Palates & Palettes Gallery Walk!  5-8:00 pm, all over Town!  If there is a gallery NOT participating in this very popular event I don’t know about it. Go everywhere, see as much as you can! Don’t be a drag, but be mindful—almost every gallery offers alcoholic beverages and specially catered food; you might tip over and spill your shiraz if you’re not careful! It’s one of the Festival’s most popular and populous events—it’s FREE, save one special fundraiser—-and at least 30 galleries take part. Walk or ride your bike—even a bike can be tricky! Walking is safest. Park outside the Town Square if possible.

Mary Roberson - The Spring Marsh Celebration

Mary Roberson – The Spring Marsh Celebration

Altamira Fine Art presents legendary Western women artists Mary Roberson and Donna Howell-Sickles. Both artists open new shows with an artists’ reception at Altamira, 5-8:00 pm, during Palates & Palettes. FREE. Mary Roberson’s “The Nature of Contemporary Impressionism” will be featured with Donna Howell-Sickles’ “My Window Faces West.”  Read more about this exhibit here. Altamira Fine Art, 172 Center Street, 307.739.4700, www.altamiraart.com

David Brookover Gallery

David Brookover – 17 Hands of Presence

Brookover Gallery will, once again, host a special party benefitting the Teton Raptor Center during Palates & Palettes Gallery Walk.  $5 at the door, with Amangani and Four Seasons catering. All entry proceeds benefit the Raptor Center, and Brookover will be displaying his new photogravure, silver gelatin and color images. His new Andalusian photographs are so detailed, you’ll fight the urge to reach out and stroke them. Read more about Brookover’s trek to Andalusia here. Brookover will also showcase Taylor Glenn’s image, which won the Teton Photography Group’s first annual photography contest; the image will be available for sale. Brookover believes in helping local photographers get their work shown properly~~”It’s a good thing for the art community at large,” says Brookover. www.brookovergallery.com

Trailside Galleries showcases artists Donny Finley, Adam Smith and Dustin Van Wechel through September 15th. Artist’s Reception. Finley, says the gallery has spent time in the coal mining towns of West Virginia, swamps of Louisiana, the lush countryside of Ireland, cosmopolitan New York City, romantic Paris and other locations around the world; his art is affected by all he takes in. Van Wechel notes “Painting wildlife provides a well of opportunity to communicate not only my personal experiences and perceptions of my subjects, but also a window into understanding what moves me and who I am.”  Smith’s research and painting have taken him to Utah, Alaska, Africa, and countless national parks in his quest to realistically capture subjects and habitat. www.trailsidegalleries.com

D. Van Wechel - The Mentor

D. Van Wechel – The Mentor

Cayuse Western Americana will host author Kenneth Barrick, author of  the first comprehensive biography of Grand Teton National Park’s only official photographer, Harrison Crandall.  5-8:oo pm. “Known for his compositions capturing the Tetons with luminous skies, cowgirls and cowboys in action with their horses, Native Americans at their powwows and wildflowers in magnificent settings, Harrison Crandall was Jackson Hole’s first resident artist,” says Cayuse. The book is the first catalog raisonee of Crandall’s body of work. Historic works by Crandall are on exhibit. Book signings continue tomorrow, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Additionally, master silver designer Susan Adams is back in the shop! “Food, Fiddles & Fun” tonight at Cayuse! Note: ALL Cayuse events will take place at Cayuse; the gallery and Barrick will not have a presence at the Western Design Conference, as previously scheduled.  www.cayusewa.com 

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Trio Fine Art Gallery Demonstrations: Please note that Trio Fine Art’s plein air painting partners will be demonstrating BEFORE Palates & Palettes:  come and see Jennifer Hoffman, Bill Sawczuck and Kathryn Turner at their gallery, 545 N. Cache, 3-5:00 pm. FREE. Refreshments. 307.734.4444, www.triofineart.com

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By E. Boespflug

Emily Boespflug and Anika Youcha host an Art Opening, featuring their new works, at Cowboy Coffee, just north of the intersection of Cache and Deloney. Stop by during and after P&P! 6-8pm.

National Museum of Wildlife Art: Preview Western Visions Miniatures and More Show & Sale artworks, 3-5:00 pm. A nice place to stop in before you hit downtown Jackson’s P&P! FREE.Rising Sage refreshments. www.wildlifeart.org 

 

Fall Arts 2013

MADE, in Gaslight Alley, will offer free hand screened prints designed by local artist Eric Nelson to customers. Prints are limited editions and are available to anyone who spends $25 or more during Palates & Palettes. Hand made, repurposed and found: that’s MADE! www.madejacksonhole.com

Lee Carlman Riddell - Blue Flax

Lee Carlman Riddell – Blue Flax

WRJ Associates, that incredible King Street establishment, will feature artwork by artists Lee Carlman Riddell and Craig Spankie. WRJ has proved a phenomenal venue for artists. Riddell has always loved to draw and paint. As a little girl she was a tomboy who spent as much time as possible playing outside, which inspired an appreciation for the natural world and science. Her love of landscape painting is a natural extension of her interests in art and science. “I paint outside because that is where I want to be. Setting up my paint box begins a time of concentration on shapes, textures and colors in the landscape. It slows me down, and I see the world – animals, birds, plants, storms – better. I like that,” says Riddell.  A native New Zealander, Spankie refers to his homeland by its Maori name Aotearoa, Land of the Long White Cloud. Carpentry seeded an affinity for the tactile, and informed an isolated beauty that is Spankie’s hallmark. For Craig Spankie, working with found objects fulfills a quest to create transformative art. Raw, and by most standards spent, objects are reborn in Spankie’s contemplative environmental portraits. 30 King Street, in Jackson.  www.wrjassociates.com

Jason Rich

Jason Rich

Legacy Gallery One Man Show with Fall Arts Festival Artist Jason Rich! 5-8:00 pm, during P&P. Rich will have his signature work on hand, and be exhibiting 10- 20 new works. Legacy is a great Jackson tradition; don’t miss! “Rich’s love for the cowboy lifestyle led him to painting and living the life of a cowboy,” says the gallery. “He, like many artists, started drawing horses when he was young. His hard work and dedication has paid off with many accolades, including being elected into Cowboy Artists of America. On the southwest corner of the Town Square - 75 North Cache.  307.733.2353   www.legacygallery.com

Mountain Trails Gallery presents a Barbara and Glen Edwards Retrospective, 5-8:00 pm, during P&P.  The Edwards are noted for their historical depictions of Native Americans and mountain men, a storied part of Jackson Hole’s history. “Light refreshments.” Located on the north east corner of the Town Square. 155 Center Street, 307.734.8150, www.mtntrails.net

Tayloe Piggott Gallery: Michael Eastman’s “A Horse Show.”  Artist’s reception, 5-8:00 pm, during P&P.  Eastman, in case you’ve not seen his work, is pretty dang famous for his horse photography. 62 South Glenwood, 307-733-0555  www.tayloepiggottgallery.com

Christopher Owen Nelson at Horizon Fine Art

Christopher Owen Nelson at Horizon Fine Art

Horizon Fine Art presents Christopher Owen Nelson’s Solo Exhibition “The Fortune Teller.” Nelson’s forté is his “carved, painted and fired Plexiglass work.” Cool!  5-8:00 pm, during P&P. Horizon Fine Art, 30 King Street, 307.739.1540, www.horizonfineartgallery.com

172“As a community member, I appreciate what Jackson Hole Public Art has accomplished. As an artist, I am grateful for the chance to create a Jackson Hole Public Art installation for and with our community.” ~ Artist, Curator and Cultural Council Award-Winner Bronwyn Minton. Celebrate Minton’s Cairn Project, 5-7:00 pm, at the installation site, 265 S. Cache, at the Center for the Arts!

Grand Teton Gallery Artist Reception: The group may be trying to get a jump on P&P; their party time is listed as 4-8:00 pm. Check with the group to make sure!  Artists Pat Clayton, Troy Anderson, HR Kaiser, Sam Thiewes, Peggy Ann Thompson, Rip Caswell, and Richard Mitchell will be in the spotlight. Grand Teton Gallery, 130 West Broadway, 307.201.1172. www.grandtetongallery.com

Travis Walker - Saddle Butte (Blue)

Travis Walker – Saddle Butte (Blue)

The Art Association of Jackson Hole hosts two P&P events: “Jackson Rising,” 5:30-7:30 pm ( again, a slightly skewed time) and “Everest: An Exhibition of Aerial Photographs of Mt. Everest by William Thompson,” also 5:30-7:30 pm. So, if you arrive after 7:30, c’est dommage!  ”Jackson Rising” exhibits works by many local artists using a variety of media, and they include Remy Milosky, Houston Guy, Greg Broseus, Katy Fox, Karen Haynam, Jonathan Crosby, Travis Walker, Jeffery Kaphan, Anne Muller, Vanessa Sulzer and Mike Parillo. ”Everest” is a selection and presentation of William Thompson photographs taken in 1983 for National Geographic, “the first and ONLY complete aerial [images] ever taken of Mt. Everest.” Art Association Gallery, 240 S. Glenwood Street.  307.733.6379, www.artassociation.org

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RARE Gallery’s Rick Armstrong’s show “Through the Eyes” represents the artist’s work over the past year, and, he says, “will leave you satisfied intellectually and content visually.”  Mixed media. You will never have to use your eyes again! Or think! 5-8:00 pm, during P&P. RARE Gallery, 60 E. Broadway 2nd Floor, 307.733.8726, www.raregalleryjacksonhole.com

Andy Warhol (1928-1987) Marilyn #27

Andy Warhol (1928-1987)
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Though Heather James Fine Art (located on Center Street, next door to Altamira Fine Art) is not opening a specific exhibit during the Festival, the contemporary gallery with the big reach is highlighting new artists, and invites the public to stop in and see, among other rareties and gems, their Andy Warhols. “[Warhol's]position as a controversial character helped turn the fabric of American consumer culture into art and has cemented his position as one of the most popular artists of the twentieth century,” writes the gallery. www.heatherjames.com 

And while you’re out there, check out these long-time Palates & Palettes favorite gallery “destinations”:  West Lives On, across from the Wort Hotel in downtown Jackson and Henry Holdsworth’s “Wild By Nature” photography gallery, on the corner of Glenwood and Deloney.

WDC-merged.130859Western Design Conference Exhibit Sale. A giant exhibition of Western inspired furnishings, clothing and fashion, more jewelry (as my brother once said, it’s amazing what they can do with gems and rocks, ain’t it?) and usually lots of surprise creations. FUN. Not free: Tickets are $15 at the door, but you’ll get to see work by at least 100 artisans and exhibitors and you may return. Hosted by Teton Home and Living Magazine. Doors open at 10:00 am, with $22,000 in Design Excellence Awards being given out at 11:00 am. Open until 5:00 pm….and everyone runs to P&P! Location: Snow King Center, at the base of Snow King Mountain, Jackson.  westerndesignconference.com

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7

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Historic Ranch Tours. A taste of storied ranching life is yours for $50 per person. A tour of some of Jackson’s most historic ranches, complete with barbeque and Western style entertainment begins at 2:00 pm. Catch the ranch tour bus at Jackson’s Home Ranch Parking Lot (where you can leave your car all day for free) at the corner of Cache & Gill streets. For info, contact the J.H. Chamber at 307.733.3316.

Tammy Callens - Yellowstone Falls

Tammy Callens – Yellowstone Falls

Tammy Callens Showcase at Mountain Trails Gallery. She’s a friend and one of the area’s most in-demand artists. The girl is COOKING! I would not be surprised if, in a few years, she has one of the West’s highest profiles for plein air painting and as a female artist. Callens’ portraits and paintings of the region’s out-of-the-way places are special, and very personal. She’s also a former Grand Teton Association “Artist in the Environment.”  10:00 am -4:00 pm, light refreshments.  FREE.  Mountain Trails Gallery, 155 Center Street, 307.734.8150, www.mtntrails.net

Western Design Conference Exhibit Sale carries on! Open today 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, tix are still $15 at the door. Snow King Center. westerndesignconference.com

Image by Feresthe Faustini

Image by Feresthe Faustini

Outdoor Photography Symposium – Teton Photography Group. 11:00 am – 7:00 pm. While you won’t catch the morning’s first light, you’ll catch some beautiful wildlife and birds, learn techniques for photographing wild flowers indigenous to the area, work on composition and enjoy a lecture by Nat Geo photographer William Thompson. Coffee breaks and luncheon. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 the day of the event. The lecture series will include sponsored coffee breaks and luncheon. The Teton Photography Group is affiliated with the Art Association of Jackson Hole; contact them for details regarding meeting location, time specifics and more. Location: Black Box Theatre at the Center for the Arts, 240 S. Glenwood Street, 307.733.6379, www.artassociation.org

Artist: Dave McNally

Artist: Dave McNally

Brush Art Ventures, Alison Brush’s new arts enterprise, hosts an Open House today AND tomorrow at 1085 W. Broadway, #1123, in Jackson. “Venture beyond the downtown galleries for a new way to experience some of Jackson’s finest art,” says Brush. Hang out in the studio space and view works by Brush, Mary Armour, Dave McNally, Amy Unfried, Jeremy Morgan, Todd Kosharek, Tom Woodhouse and Rosanna Mitchell.  Noon -7:00 pm. FREE.  www.brushartventures.com

RARE Gallery: Conversation with the Artist(s). Dan Burgette (phenomenal bird sculptor, a naturalist–formerly represented by the Lyndsay McCandless Gallery) and Rick Armstrong will talk about their respective work—-and the vision of their artistry.  FREE. 2:00-5:00pm.  60 E. Broadway 2nd Floor, 307.733.8726, www.raregalleryjacksonhole.com

Dan Burgette - Shadowed Breezes

Dan Burgette – Shadowed Breezes

Grand Teton Gallery Artists in Residence: Painters Sam Thiewes and Peggy Ann Thompson will be demonstrating 11:00am-3:00pm. FREE. Rip Caswell and Richard Mitchell sculpt on site 1:00-5:00pm. Grand Teton Gallery, 130 West Broadway, 307.201.1172, www.grandtetongallery.com

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8

Western Design Conference Exhibit Sale, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. See description of event above; tickets are available at the door for $15. Snow King Center, Corner of Snow King and Willow, westerndesignconference.com

Sue Sommers - Book Art

Sue Sommers – Book Art

14th Annual “Takin’ It to the Streets!” This ever-popular street art fair gives local artists a chance to show off their work. I really wanted to list all the artists here—but my eyes/heart were bigger than this post’s capacity, so here are a few names: Stephanie Brennan, Jeff Diener, Sam & Jenny Dowd, Sue Sommers, Kelly Halpin, Fred & Rob Kingwill, Nancy Miller, Dean Stayner, Travis & Lisa Walker, Ray Polito, Nancy Carson, Joyce Batson, Sharon Rudd, Ben LaBrecque….and a whole lot more! Juried, and produced by the Art Association of Jackson Hole. Location: smack on the Town Square! FREE. Artist tents are open for business 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Contact Amy Fradley at 307.733.8792 or artistinfo@jhartfair.org

images-4Taste of the Tetons. Smack on the Town Square! Open air food schmooze!  Eat yummy samples from a huge cross section of eateries and chefs while you check out the art. Live music, general ecstasy! Each food ticket is $1–buy at least four tickets if you want a mouthful. 11:00am-4:00pm. Then, that other big tent? It’s the Rotary Supper Club’s Fall Arts Wine Tasting and Silent Auction. So go on over there, too, taste some mighty fine wines and bid on great donations. 11:00am-5:00pm. More taste tickets to buy, bring cash!

RARE Gallery’s Michael Swearngin has his “valuable collection of pieces with museum registry and provenance” on display. 5:00-8:00pm  FREE. 60 E. Broadway 2nd Floor, www.raregalleryjacksonhole.com

Grand Teton Gallery Artists in Residence present Gary Keimig, Tom Lucas, and Les LeFevre executing painting demonstrations, and Rip Caswell sculpts. 11:00am -4:00pm. Carol Santora demonstrates painting and Richard Mitchell gives a talk. The latter two events take place 1:00-5:00pm. FREE.  Grand Teton Gallery, 130 West Broadway, 307.201.1172, www.grandtetongallery.com

Rip Caswell

Rip Caswell

NEXT WEEK: The Jackson Hole Art Auction, Western Visions, John Nieto at Altamira Fine Art, Quick Draw, Gallery Walks, Artist Demonstrations, House Tours and more!

 

 

 

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Lee Carlman Riddell

Lee Carlman Riddell

Lee Carlman Riddell has always loved drawing, painting and outdoor adventures. For 23 years she and her husband, photographer Ed Riddell, marketed outdoor adventure and tourism businesses in their former lives as the owners of Riddell Advertising where they produced countless books, trail guides and posters for the Grand Teton Association; they share similar histories with other great American national parks. Now, setting up her easel offers a time of concentration on shapes, textures and colors as Lee paints the landscapes she loves. Join her as she executes her second “Artist in Residency” in Grand Teton National Park, August 12-17 from 1-5 pm each day, at the Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center.

“I wanted my time there to be interactive with visitors, so we used some ‘How To Draw Animals’ books that the Grand Teton Association (GTA) offers for sale,” says Riddell. “We set up a table with six spaces for people of all ages to draw and paint watercolors in July. It was a huge success, and we plan on doing the same thing this month.” Kids can also sit on boulders outside the Center, she says, and she admires the GTA’s excellent selection of appropriate books and related items reflecting the Park’s beauty.

Grand Teton National Park and my connections to it have profoundly influenced my life. I met Ed because he loved the Park and managed to find a position as the first marketing director of Teton Science School in the fall of 1974. We met there.” says Riddell.

Lee Carlman Riddell - Buck Mountain

Lee Carlman Riddell – Buck Mountain

Spending time at the Visitors Center holds great meaning; board members for 12 years, she and Ed participated in the building’s site selection, the choice of an architect and exhibit design team, and multiple aspects of construction. Ed helped visualize the concept for the in-ground river videos inside the Center. The Riddells now serve on the Resource Council for the Foundation; Lee Riddell’s wish to “give back” to the park she loves so much continues.

A young artist at work - Courtesy Lee Carlman Riddell

A young artist at work – Courtesy Lee Carlman Riddell

“To now have the privilege of being the GTA Artist-in-Residence for two weeks this summer is like coming full circle,” says Riddell. “I have truly enjoyed spending time there, seeing how people engage with the Park staff, move through the exhibits and respond to the ambient sounds of bird calls during quieter moments at the Center. Visitors tell me that the Center is so cool!”

Riddell and visitors never tire of the Center’s streaming light and huge windows affording sweeping views of the Tetons, the tactile animal fur exhibits and quotes by writers, artists and philanthropists deeply connected to place. Riddell is a former partner in Trio Fine Art, teaches painting, and continues her work as one of the finest graphic designers in our region. Her beautiful paintings can be found at the exclusive showroom of WRJ Associates, in downtown Jackson. www.leeriddell.com    

Wendell Field

Wendell Field

When an elderly Laos physician observed painter Wendell Field at work, the doctor remarked: “Ah, an artist. The artist is never a prisoner of society.” The remark echoes Field’s artistic philosophy and path. Saturday, August 10th, Field becomes the latest “Artist in the Environment,” painting en plein air at the historic Cunningham Cabin in Grand Teton National Park. Field will paint 2:00-5:00 pm, and as always, “Artists in the Environment” is free and open to the public.  

Whether he interprets it this way, I’m not certain; but the view has been expressed that Field’s solitary yurt habitat lifestyle is similar to that of the pioneer J.Pierce Cunningham’s. His cabin—slowly sinking into the landscape, living out its natural life—is historically marked, and one of the few remaining homesteads in the valley that date from the 1880′s. Field is inspired by world cultures—he’s painted and created exquisite prints of Himalayan villages;  his views of Snow King and our town resemble his Tibetan paintings. The spirit never deserts him. And all the YOUNG single ladies love Wendell!

“A landscape translated through the painter’s hand may remind us of a stillness lost within ourselves,” says Field. Cunningham Cabin Historic Site is north of Jackson on highways 26/89/191; take the first turnout on the left just beyond Triangle X Ranch. “Artists in the Environment” is presented by the Grand Teton Association, always connecting people, art and the Park.  www.grandtetonpark.org 

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Remy Milosky - Couch Man

Remy Milosky – Couch Man

Young Jackson contemporary artist (he’s alive, he’s painting and it’s new!) Remy Milosky hangs his first solo exhibition, featuring over 100 original oil paintings and drawings, at Intencións Gallery, Jackson, WY.  Here’s the catch: Milosky’s exhibition, “Art is Life,” literally showcases ALL the artist’s work created these past five years, and the show runs ONLY one night, August 10th, 6-10:00 pm. 

As a child the artist promised himself to create one piece of art a day—-I don’t know Milosky’s age, but if a life retrospective were at hand it would fill every nook and corner of Jackson! Enough work exists from the past five years for a very big show.

The artist’s goal is simple and straightforward: to give everyone who visits the opportunity to own original art. Reasonable prices, diversity of subject and style should mean that there is something for everyone. “I have always dreamt of [my first] solo show, and by allowing me my own terms, Intencións is helping me fulfill this dream,” says Milosky. For more information, email madelinef.ashley@gmail.com OR remymilosky@gmail.com.  Phone contacts:  307-690-2409 and 307-690-6545. Website:  www.remysart.com

Through December, filmmaker Valerie Schramm hosts “Movie Night at the Library,” 7-9:00 pm every second Friday of the month. Each film showcases a new release from the Film Movement, a curator and distributer for award-winning films from festivals around the world. Post-film discussions. Friday, August 9th, “Shun Li and the Poet,” a drama directed by Andrea Segre, will screen. Italian and Mandarin; not sure about subtitles!  Free.  www.tclib.org