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Jan
20

 

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Seven-year Western Design Conference  (WDC) Events Manager Allison Merritt is now the conference’s owner; she purchased the event from Powder Horn Press and the Jackson Hole News and Guide, owners since the show moved to Jackson in 2007.

Merritt plans to expand 2014′s show and sale, she says. WDC will now include a home and interior design feature and “a larger fashion shopping experience.”  The annual, juried conference and show typically awards close to $16,000 in prize money to artisans working with Western genre works. This year’s conference, the big kickoff for Jackson’s annual Fall Arts Festival, takes place September 4-7, 2014.

“My vision is to build on the history of the show while creating an event that brings together every facet of design in the West, and to appeal to markets ranging from young, new customers to established collectors,” says Merritt. “From documented American craft to home design to fashion, we are expanding the show to encompass all aspects of the best of Western design.”

The Western Design Conference was founded 22 years ago in Cody, Wyoming, as a way to promote contemporary artists working with historical American craft methods. Contact Merritt at allison@westerndesignconference.com or phone  307-690-9719.

Photograph by Leine Stikkel

Photograph by Leine Stikkel

Oh Milky Way, what secrets of our galaxy do you hold in/ your spiraling Orion’s arm of comets and planets/and celestial beings…~Jackson Photographer Leine Stikkel. 

Jackson’s photographers are likely very familiar with Leine Stikkel’s photographs of all things natural, quixotic and wild. I’ve known Leine for a couple of years, but too rarely get to spend time with her. She’s a naturalist, a spotter, an adventurer and devoted to the art. Through her lens, she sees the world so uniquely—and I use “uniquely” in its best sense. Earlier this year she and filmmaker Jeff Hogan began a project filming beavers in Grand Teton National Park, but the project was cut short by the government shut down. The two continue working together; keep your eyes open for a new project.

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Happily, I ran into Leine on the west bank dike, along the Snake River just the other day. She spotted an avalanche, and we looked at it through her binoculars for a while. She’s launched a blog, “Lens to the World,” where you can view her work and read her close-to-the-heart responses to what her camera’s eye captures. It’s beautiful. Stikkel simply wants to get her photographs and thoughts about what she sees out to the world. Hope this helps.

Photograph by Leine Stikkel

Photograph by Leine Stikkel

“The beaver pond is icing up. Their food storage spreads away from the lodge through the pond water, looking as if a small, branchy tree has fallen from atop the lodge. It will be their food throughout the winter,” writes Stikkel. “All they have to do is dive out of the lodge and right there, under the ice, grab a branch and scoot back in, mmm water chilled alder, aspen or cottonwood tree.”

Were we all able to slow ourselves down and match words to image as she does. Thank you, Leine.  www.lenstotheworld.com

Oct
01
Sawdust Art Festival Chantuese

Sawdust Art Festival Chantuese

Returning to Laguna Beach’s Sawdust Art Festival today, a fair with all the elements of an artist-populated enchanted magic forest. How did Sawdust come into being? Here’s Part Two of my exchange with festival manager Tom Klingenmeier. A note: Just like Jackson, Laguna Beach experiences a high influx of visitors during summer; just like Jackson, Laguna’s citizens are disrupted by the crowds. They are also appreciative of art’s educational value and what they provide in sales taxes!

Tammy Christel: What are Sawdust’s origins? Forty-seven years is an amazing run, and you’re going strong.

Tom Klingenmeier: Laguna’s “Festival of Arts” began over eight decades ago. A splinter group of artists, objecting to a change in jurying procedures at that show (some called the rebellious group “hippies”) departed the FOA and eventually set up in a dirt lot. This ingenious group put sawdust on the dirt to keep the dust down. An L.A. Times reporter nicknamed their first show the “Sawdust Festival.” They moved to their current location the following year, securing a lease with local owners who had used the site for vacationing campers.

1240548_10201874892496188_32009045_nOur 501c3 corporation, established in 1968, bought the property in the early 80’s and quit paying rent. It’s free and clear property. If anything happened to the Festival the land would belong to the State of California. Affordable living/studio space is being studied by the city, with assistance from the local population, including artists.We celebrate our 50th Anniversary in 2016!

If we have a problem, it’s parking. And we need to find affordable studio-living space. We’re working on those issues, and we’ll soon have a “Village Entrance” dedicated to the arts and what they provide to our seaside community—and we’ll have a parking structure.

We constantly need to generate new, young artists. To that end we provide scholarships to the local high school and to other art shows. Everywhere K – 12 schools are dropping visual and performing arts from curriculums. Our art education programs are so important, and we are beginning to teach art education in nearby school districts. We need young artists to sustain our society as we know it. That’s why we do so much for artists here at the Sawdust Festival!

TC: Experiencing Sawdust expanded my understanding of what an art fair can be; wandering through, I felt as if I were in the middle of an unfolding flower, stepping from petal to petal. Art fairs and festivals take many forms, but Sawdust rang a big bell; it is its own Wonderland.  www.sawdustartfestival.org

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snowking-1Straight from the Wyoming Arts Alliance and Wyoming Arts Council’s Conference website – Information about the 2013 Conference, taking place in Jackson Hole, Wyoming at the Snow King Resort and the Jackson Hole Center for the Arts October 12th-14th! 

“You don’t need to be an artist or a presenter to have a place at this conference – If you are interested in preserving and promoting the Arts in Wyoming and the surrounding areas, this is where you will want to start!

This year’s conference is a fantastic collaboration between the Wyoming Arts Council and the Wyoming Arts Alliance. We are teaming up this year to bring you more of everything. The Conference will be taking place Saturday, October 12th through Monday, October 14th in the shadow of the Tetons – Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Features at this years’s conference include a three-track workshop series dedicated to individual artists, performing artists, and organizational development. The Visual Artists’ Gallery is to be held in the lobby of the Center for the Arts and will feature the works of artists around the state. Visual Artists will have another opportunity to share their work through a 20:20 presentation. Advance sign up is required.”

Sign ups are first-come, first-served, so visit the Conference’s website today!  http://wyomingarts.org/booking-conference

 

 

 

 

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
18
The Scream!!!

The Scream!!!

Jackson’s 2013 Fall Arts Festival is officially behind us; we spend so much time planning for those 10 days in September. When Fall Arts does come ’round, it seems to fly by. The newspapers publish countless pages of special sections focusing on Fall Arts. Everyone advertises, and everyone gets some space. I try to do the same here on the Blog. Spotlighting our truly exceptional arts scene is important for our town and for ourselves. We get a sense that this is what our efforts are all about. The word on the Festival has spread even further; Fall Arts enjoyed more on line publicity than ever before. Google alerts went nuts!

The local paper with the largest circulation and the thickest pile of stories related to Fall Arts also published, the week AFTER their their special Fall Arts sections appeared—in other words, at mid-Festival—an article entitled “Fall Arts effect fades for some. Certain gallery owners no longer count on annual festival to boost summer sales.”

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Hmmm. On so many levels! I sent a letter to the editor. In case it doesn’t appear, here’s what I wrote:

Jackson’s art scene has shifted dramatically; as one fine arts consultant commented to me, arts are now a year-round economic industry.

Each Fall Arts Festival culminates a year’s hard work. Fall Arts is a phenomenal marketing opportunity, as the Chamber of Commerce and the relatively new-to-town Design Conference know. Fall Arts is a tourism magnet, a boon for restaurants and lodging. The “Quick Draw” is a swirl of sheer joy, a manifestation of art’s incredible gifts enjoyed by visitors and locals alike.

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As wonderful a spotlight as it is, the Festival is not our entire arts season, and banking on it to make or break an arts enterprise has never been a sound plan. Strong annual sales are built upon the number of quality exhibitions a gallery, artist, arts group, museum, or any entity presents over time. Exhibitions and projects establish reputation; reputation is not built on Fall Arts. Fall Arts gets our attention, but collectors and arts enthusiasts keep their eyes peeled all year.

If things aren’t shaking out the way you’d like, don’t cast blame. Innovation and vision, the best artwork and exhibitions, great management, smart budgeting of assets, constancy of ethics, savvy, accountability, outstanding public relations and marketing, knowledge, grace and customer service are success’ building blocks. Those, and the magic of art being created.

Locals, not always comfortable visiting arts venues, feel more comfortable during Fall Arts. They see and enjoy. Word spreads. A friend of mine, highly connected in the arts and otherwise back East, came through Jackson’s galleries for the first time this year. That friend was impressed. Anyone could be walking through your door. Yes, free food attracts people, and you’ll feed them. That’s not news. All sides of a story should be presented—but the assumptions of that article are incorrect. And why place the story when Fall Arts has not concluded?

The point is, if visitors are here, seeing what our arts have going, that’s good. And more people buzz through during Fall Arts than any other time of year. In two years—even sooner!—you may get a fabulous sale. Approach your entire year with that in mind. You are here in Jackson. Most people can’t be here. It’s a choice.

176An info session happened last night, but Jackson artists still have the chance to submit qualifications to create “a site-specific art intervention (possibly the organizers mean “installation,” but I’m a little behind the times, jargon-wise!) at the Pink Garter Plaza, downtown Jackson. The artist whose work is selected must work with Pink Garter businesses on the design, which will  ”enhance public space and increase safety in and around the Pink Garter Theatre.”

Individuals or groups must submit their qualifications by 5:00 pm on October 4th. One to three finalists will be awarded $300 to create a project proposal. Winner gets $8,000 to create the work, due by May, 2014.  

“The Artist-Business Partnership is an incredible opportunity for a local artist (or artist team) on a myriad of levels: it will give the chosen artist and their work exposure to the high volume of visitors to the Pink Garter Plaza; it will guide them through the best-practices process of producing a piece of public art; it will help them build a working relationship with business owners; and most of all, it enables them to make a living locally as an artist,”  says J.H. Public Art’s Carrie Geraci. For information email Geraci at carrie@jhpublicart.org.  www.jhpublicart.org 

 

 

 

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

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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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