Category Archives: Contemporary Art

Wherever We Go, Art is the Heart

I was going to tell you that if I could live on art, I would. Then I realized I already do. And so do we all, in some way or another. Art is, literally, all around us. The keyboard I’m typing on is someone’s imaginiative creation. The lamp on my desk, the paintings on my wall, my books, the clothes I wear (though in my case I have to fall short of calling what I wear “wearable art.” It’s more like “wearable earrings and sweatshirts.”).

Outstanding in her field: Kathy Wipfler.

Recipes are art, the chairs we sit on. Loving one another and sticking by the Golden Rule is an art. That particular rule is, for some reason so difficult to follow. Why is that? It’s so simple to do the right thing. One of the most obvious “right things” is to respond to friends and colleagues when they reach out. When we don’t respond, the thing we remember IS the non-response. That’s not what you want people to remember, professionally or otherwise.

Todd Kosharek at work. Todd’s passion, work ethic and kindness are the best of Jackson Hole’s art heart.

My wish for us this year is to always try to do the right thing. Think it out. Be honest, but balanced. Who are your mentors? Who do you hold up as a hero amongst us? When trying to decide how to act, what choices to make, how to respond, how to walk this earth, I implore you: Do the right thing.

Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters’ Quick Draw” at the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitors Center in Grand Teton National Park.

One “compassion researcher” I know of says this: “We are taught that there is a right and wrong way to behave, to act and to think. Stepping outside this construct is a big shift. Non-judgmental acceptance of what it means to embrace all suffering on the planet takes development.”

Plein Air Cowboy Bar!

I’m not religious, but I try to find the good path, make choices that align my soul and help me towards peace and contentment. So often that effort winds up involving huge, ongoing struggles. Breaking things down to day-to-day triumphs is a better choice. Much of the time our thoughts are of the future, one dream after another. I can be guilty of spending more time dreaming than doing, especially during these challenging winter months.

Today my goal is to break that pattern up a little and re-start this blog! I will begin my book in earnest this year. I will work and produce positively to the benefit of arts here as they are related to the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem’s phenomenal beauty and the wealth of art in our galleries and superb new generation of artists.

Bronwyn Minton, for “View 22.” I purchased my first “Bronwyn” this year!

I will try to present all forms of Jackson’s visual arts to the best of my ability; none of us relates to EVERY SINGLE work of art, but we can appreciate every effort, love that it exists, discuss art and feel lucky our particular creative vortex is so powerful.

Borbay and Friend. Connecting with this guy was a highlight of the year! He’s really a softie.

And so this first post of 2017 contains some of my favorite images and moments from 2016’s Jackson Hole art offerings and events. Just a very few~~there were SO many! To see more images from the past year, visit my Art Blog Facebook Page .  If you enjoy those posts, please “Like” the page and tell your friends! 

Dean Cornwell (1892–1960)
Portrait,1929. The Jackson Hole Art Auction had some exquisite works.

As ever, my deepest gratitude to everyone who appreciates and reads The Jackson Hole Art Blog. I’m thankful and proud.

David Michael Slonim at Altamira Fine Art.

The Jackson Hole Art Blog’s new header image: Detail from David Michael Slonim’s “Bailando,” at Altamira Fine Art.  


Todd Kosharek’s Utopia

Todd Kosharek Utopian Vision - The Peach Blossom Spring Acrylic on Canvas 24 x 36 inches

Todd Kosharek, Utopian Vision – The Peach Blossom Spring – Acrylic on Canvas 24 x 36 inches

“As I get older, I see looking to the future, both as a society and as individuals, as an act of seeking the Utopians that exist in our romanticized memories of the past. Memory is both the greatest blessing and the greatest curse. The line between the difference is what I am so drawn to explore, to understand.”- Todd Kosharek

“Utopian Vision – The Peach Blossom Spring,” encapsulates artist Todd Kosharek’s view of the world. Utopia was an island said to be an intentional place of community, an ideal society. Kosharek’s painting “Peach Blossom” depicts what is thought to be the first sighting of Utopia.

The painting’s story concerns a fisherman who comes upon a society living in perfect harmony. The fisherman stays for one week, then departs to his former life. When he tries to return to Utopia, he perishes.

Todd Kosharek Neautrality Acrylic on Canvas 16 x 24 inches

Todd Kosharek, Neautrality, Acrylic on Canvas, 16 x 24 inches

TODD KOSHAREK | UTOPIAN VISION: THE HISTORY PROJECT, opens at Altamira Fine Art on October 3rd, runs through October 15th, and hosts an artist’s reception at Altamira on October 6, 5-8:00 pm in Jackson, Wyoming. A dance, themed to the exhibit, will be performed by Kosharek’s wife, Kate Kosharek.

Now a father of two, Kosharek’s growth as an artist is evident. That happens with parenthood, but in Kosharek’s case it’s really not a surprise; he began his own life journey~~or at least his visible Jackson Hole life journey~~on a higher plane. His perceptions of people, the way we live, his committment to truth and clear, balanced vision seem far above average.

Saturated in art history, Kosharek’s contemporary paintings have developed a highly focused and meditative style. He’s as meticulous and balanced in his artwork as poets are when  constructing great poetry.

Todd Kosharek Love Letter - Peace Within Acrylic on Canvas 12 x 20 inches

Todd Kosharek, Love Letter – Peace Within, Acrylic on Canvas, 12 x 20 inches

“I went seeking poetic verses on peace through (sic) and acceptance of love. I looked at Shakespeare, Wordsworth and Cummings….Then I re-read letters from my wife. “Love Letter” is the first one I ever received, 13 years ago. She wrote about a great peace within [regarding our] whole situation, the admitting of vulnerability toward another person. I thought this was a perfect summary of love: having a sense of peace to the unknown,” writes Kosharek.

This exhibition focuses on Kosharek’s ongoing Crane Series, and a sample of his landscape painting occupies the top of this page. With this new exhibit, Kosharek merges interior and exterior worlds.

Sebastian Junger’s book, “Tribe,” concludes society has grossly inverted our own utopia; from our earliest days on this continent, reports Junger, our industrial society “waged an ongoing campaign against a native population that had barely changed, technologically, in 15,000 years.”

Continue reading

As Art and Seasons Turn

"The Connoisseur," by Norman Rockwell.

“The Connoisseur,” by Norman Rockwell. The work appears on American Art Review’s October cover.

Ahhh. It’s Fall. Lovely.

Soon I’ll be returning to Jackson, and for almost everyone this season is a time of reflection. It’s also a time of “buckling down to work” and transition.

When I’m not reading or writing about Jackson Hole’s art scene, I’m often reading about art in other corners of the world, and quite a bit about art across the country. This entry, I’d like to offer up a few stories that recently caught my eye.

The first concerns plein air painting, and a show about a collection of artists, now deceased, whose works were, in their time, considered excellent. But as their lives came to an end, so did their visibility as artists. The show is “Variations on a Theme: American Painters (1850-2000), opening next month at the Rockport Art Association and Museum in Rockport, Massachusetts.

“It is an unfortunate fact that unless an artist has a gallery or family to keep their name in the forefront of the art world, the bulk of their work can be lost in the mists of time,” writes Judith A. Curtis in the latest edition of “American Art Review.” 

Alexander Bower (1875-1952), Cottage on the River

Alexander Bower (1875-1952), Cottage on the River

This is not currently a big problem for Jackson artists~~(housing is another matter)~~a number of artists who didn’t have representation or were faced with a gallery scene refusing to show their work are now front and center. This is incredible, and perhaps because we, collectively, are the polar opposite of the small New England town’s plight, the article spoke to me.

The Rockport’s mission is to feature local painters who are not only considered excellent, but have been “the mainstay of the Association in its fledgling days.” To sum up Curtis’ point, the museum would never have survived without intense dedication, talent, and a consistent “forward momentum.” Until last year, when the Rockport mounted an all-women’s art show  and expanded its reach, the museum was unable to produce a show like “Variations.” In the article about the show (if you can find a hard copy~~I can’t find the article on line) you can read about a number of New England plein air painters who, despite their great talents and breadth of subjects, faded from view. It’s a touching look from a knowing and careful perspective.

Stanley George, proprietor, closing a gate decorated by Jessica Blowers at Stanley’s Pharmacy on Ludlow Street. Credit Santiago Mejia/The New York Times

Stanley George, proprietor, closing a gate decorated by Jessica Blowers at Stanley’s Pharmacy on Ludlow Street. Credit Santiago Mejia/The New York Times

Don’t hurt me, NYT! I loved this article. And I hope that we in Jackson Hole can figure out something like the Lower East Side’s “100 Gates Project.” 

Tamara Best wrote about a street art project that’s transforming a part of Manhattan’s dingy Lower East Side. Although we in Jackson don’t pull down metal doors when we close up for the day, we could paint some fabulous large-scale works and use them as promotion for our local artists. What about that idea for the Public Art Spot, the snaggly “banner” space that juts out over West Broadway? That needs upgrading, up-thinking. 

Or, we could place art on the streets themselves. And create/paint/build/light up huge arrows pointing to the Art Association! Once visitors arrive at the Art Association, they’d find so much affordable local art that they couldn’t help but bring some back home.

Our public art is fabulous, but I feel more thoughtful placement of work is possible. Let’s not crowd small spaces without offering a place to rest, without offering nature and true assimilation of place and object.

I’m in favor of making the Art Association more “public,” a retail operation that draws more tourism dollars. Tourists rarely, if ever, visit and we need a fresh audience. I’m in favor of another project I recently read about, and Jackson has already started: displaying local art, with prices, in every lodging location possible, AND add an artist studio space directly into the lodging structure itself. The artist is always in residence.

Read Best’s article HERE. 

sothebys7-28-16My mom gets newsletters from the Hollis Taggart Gallery in NYC. The gallery sends out an Art Market Report much like our Jackson Hole Real Estate Report. A summation of the latest report says that there has been a “rising tide” of gallery sales and an “ebb in momentum” for auction houses. People are consigning, not selling, in an erratic market. Feels safer, more control.

As the gallery went to press with their newsletter, the SEC reported a 65% reduction in Steve Cohen’s Sotheby’s stockAlmost immediately a Chinese insurer “China Guardian” bought up a 13.5% position in Sotheby’s. And now it’s Sotheby’s largest shareholder…….

“No doubt China Guardian was quietly buying Steve Cohen’s stock position!” exclaims the Report.

Invest in, support and love your local artists. We are a family. An Association.


Because I do not wish to finish on a “corporate” note, I offer some these observations on the passing of time and transition:

We will be more successful in all our endeavors if we can let go of the habit of running all the time, and take little pauses to relax and re-center ourselves. And we’ll also have a lot more joy in living.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh

“The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once.” ~Albert Einstein

“Every breath we take, every step we make, can be filled with peace, joy and serenity.”~Thich Nhat Hanh

2016 Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival Finale!

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

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


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



Wild 100 Show & Sale Artist Party

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

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


Painting by Michelle Larsen.

Painting by Michelle Larsen.

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

Time: 4:00-7:00 pm. Contact: 307.201.1172 or


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

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

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

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

Joshua Tobey's "Dancing Bears."

Joshua Tobey’s “Dancing Bears.”

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Check the museum’s page for details.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

Todd Kosharek

Todd Kosharek at Altamira Fine Art

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

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


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

Time & Place: 9:00am on Jackson’s Town Square! 307.733.3316 or


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

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

Jackson Hole Art Auction- Session 2

The Big Kahuna.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Work by Brent Cotton

Work by Brent Cotton

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

Time: 5-8:00 pm.  Contact: 307.733.3186 or

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

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

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

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

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

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

Marie Yazzie works in section on her weaving.

Marie Yazzie works in section on her weaving.

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

Tiny purple house.

Tiny purple house.



Art Brunch Gallery Walk

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

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

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

Participating Galleries from 11:00am-3:00pm
Contact: Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce, 307.733.3316 or

Galleries in alphabetical order: 

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

Featured presentations:

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

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

Diehl Gallery – Western Visions Celebration Salon

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

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

Weaving by Mary H. Yazzi

Weaving by Mary H. Yazzie

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

110 E Broadway from 11:00am-3:00pm
Contact 307.733.2677 or

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

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


HOWL: Here Comes Fall Arts!

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

“Greeting the Dawn” by Edward Aldrich is this year’s Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival official image. Visit it at the historic Wort Hotel!

It’s September again! Time to present what we’ve all come to think of as Fall Arts Festival “gold.”  September 7-18, 2016  are the dates for 2016’s Jackson Hole’s annual Fall Arts Festival!

Quite seriously, the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival is one of the West’s premier arts events, an arts destination. Everybody gets in on the action, and there is a LOT of action! The Festival has something for everyone~~folks of all ages love “Taking it to the Streets” and the Town Square’s “Quick Draw.” Collectors come out for the Jackson Hole Art Auction. The whole town and then some are out during Palates & Palettes! There are paintings, photography, sculpture, installations, parties, food, design, fashion shows and showcases, jewelry, auctions, home and studio tours. There are prizes, there are reunions. And Jackson’s galleries roll out the red carpet.

Today we present calendar events for September 7 – 9th. 




The National Museum of Wildlife Art’s  “Jewelry and Artisan Luncheon” kicks off Fall Arts! Part of the museum’s FAF Western Visions series of events, the lunch at Four Seasons in Teton Village features a veritable feast of bling and wearable art. Attendees enjoy a luscious lunch. Sales help benefit NMWA’s educational programs.

Time: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Now here’s where I’m a little confused: Press info indicates two locations for this event, the Four Seasons and The Inn at Jackson Hole Conference Center. Check to make sure you’re right! Tickets are $135 each and tables of 10 go for $2,500. I believe that makes those tables official sponsors. For information phone 307.732.5445 or check


WRJ Associates – “Context: The Art of Life” 

WRJ Associates is at once a furnishings gallery, art gallery and design destination. During Fall Arts, it will be a gourmet destination! “Context: The Art of Life” offers a sumptuous Open House ALL DAY, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, at WRJ’s showroom, 30 S. King Street, in Jackson. The show features some of Jackson’s most distinguished artists using a variety of media. Persephone Bakery does the food. See “Context’s” artists here.


Western Design! Plus Fashion, Plus Preview Party!


Left to right: Runway couture by Anna Trzebinski (CO) at WDC Fashion Show; Custom gold-topped boots by Tomasso Arditti (TX); and wooden chair by artist Steve Henneford (MT)

The Western Design Conference Opening Preview affords ticket buyers a first look at all things new in Western design, fashion and furnishings. Meet artisans, enjoy a runway fashion show, take a walk through the Designer Show House, and take part in a live auction.  Café Genevieve provides cuisine.

Where: Snow King Center.  Time: 6-10pm. Tix: $125 VIP and $50 General Admission. In advance on line, or at the door.


Western Design Conference Exhibit + Sale opens to the public. Open 10:00 am  – 5:00 pm. $15 at the door.


PALATES & PALETTES GALLERY WALK!  5:00-8:00 pm, Town of Jackson.

Walk, don’t run! Plan your route. 30 + galleries open their doors to one and all! The evening is one of FAF’s most anticipated events. Each gallery provides yummy munchies from local eateries, wine and buckets of fine, fun art! A great way to get familiar with Jackson’s gallery scene if you’ve not been acquainted. A great reason to go see those artists and spaces you’ve been meaning to see!  You can get a P&P map at Jackson’s Chamber of Commerce and participating galleries. Here’s a sampling. FREE!!!!!

Fritz Scholder Mystery Woman with White Horse, 1994 Acrylic on Canvas 80 x 68 inches

Fritz Scholder, Mystery Woman with White Horse, 1994. Acrylic on Canvas,
80 x 68 inches.

Altamira Fine Art – Fritz Scholder. 

“I’m interested in someone reacting to the work. And I don’t much care if they react negatively or positively, as long as they react. I felt it to be a compliment when I was told that I had destroyed the traditional style of Indian art.” – Fritz Scholder

The show features over a dozen original paintings, including iconic, published works as well as never-before- shown paintings, which span the artists career from 1964-2004. The exhibition will also include lithographs, monotypes and bronze. Published works include important paintings from the 2008 Smithsonian retrospective, “Indian/Not Indian,” an unprecedented solo exhibition of Scholder’s work, shown at both the museum on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. as well as the George Gustav Heye Center in New York City,  a first for the National Museum of the American Indian, who had not previously had a show of that magnitude for any other native artist. 

Claire Brewster

Claire Brewster

Diehl Gallery – Claire Brewster:  A Conference of Birds

Using primarily old maps and atlases as her canvas, Claire Brewster carves remarkably intricate images into the landscapes of years passed, breathing movement and life into the two dimensional relics.  Of her work, Brewster says:  “My birds, insects and flowers transcend borders and pass freely between countries with scant regard for rules of immigration or the effects of biodiversity.”  This exhibition will support the Teton Raptor Center.  307.733.0905 or

Work by Tad Anderson

Work by Tad Anderson

Jackson Hole Art Association – Center for the Arts: Tad Anderson 

“Tad Anderson: A Journey.” This young man is an artistic genius; he also has schizophrenia. He’s an “outsider artist” who should be an “insider.” Art Association Director Mark Nowlin has known Tad all his life.

Of Tad’s work Nowlin says:  “Tad has been on and off medicines. Either situation, on or off, he has drawn. Continuously, for hours on any surface he could find, inside or out, towns or mountains, portraits or dumpsters, he made images. His vision is his own, of whatever strikes his eye, but always true to his vision of the world. A refreshing observation of [Western landscapes’ beauty,] life and truth.”

You can read two Jackson Hole Art Blog pieces on Tad Anderson’s art here and here.

Trio Fine Art: “In Our Valley” 

Three of Jackson’s best-loved plein air artists, Kathryn Mapes Turner, Jennifer L. Hoffman and Bill Sawczuk explore Jackson Hole’s extraordinary outdoor beauty and history in their very fine ways. Trio Fine Art is located four blocks north of the Town Square, at  545 N. Cache. 

Trio Fine Art artist Jennifer Hoffman at work. Photo by Tammy Christel

Trio Fine Art artist Jennifer Hoffman at work. Photo by Tammy Christel

Legacy Gallery – Luke Frazier, One Man Show

An earlier work by Luke Frazier ~ NOT included in this show.

An earlier work by Luke Frazier ~ NOT included in this show.

Sporting art is popular with outdoor enthusiasts coast-to-coast, and artist Luke Frazier is one of the most recognized names in the genre. Legacy Gallery presents a reception for the artist and his new work, emphasizing hunting dog paintings and wildlife. The Legacy Gallery is located on the southwest corner of Jackson’s Town Square.

Master Metalsmith and jeweler Susan Adams at Cayuse Western Americana Gallery

Master Metalsmith and jeweler Susan Adams at Cayuse Western Americana Gallery

Is this a photo or what??? Cayuse Western Americana welcomes Master Metalsmith and jeweler Susan Adams during Palates & Palettes. Adams designs Western-themed vessels hand-raised from sterling, and spurs! She’s won Best in Show at the FAF Western Design Conference. It’s always a good time at Cayuse!

Trailside Galleries and the Jackson Hole Art Auction 

Bert Geer Phillips (1868–1956) Fall Splendor oil on board 22 1/4 x 52 1/4 in Estimate: $300,000–$500,000

Bert Geer Phillips (1868–1956), Fall Splendor. Oil on board, 22 1/4 x 52 1/4 in. Estimate: $300,000–$500,000

Your wildest Western Art dreams come true when it comes to Trailside and Gerald Peters’ Gallery co-production, the Jackson Hole Art Auction. Trailside Gallery, on East Broadway, is showcasing the best of their artist roster during FAF, and upstairs you can preview works from this year’s auction, happening next week! 

Brent Cotton, at Trailside Galleries. March on the Upper Blackfoot, oil. 32 x 40"

Brent Cotton, at Trailside Galleries. March on the Upper Blackfoot, oil. 32 x 40″

Here’s all you need to know about Amy Ringholz and what she’s up to this year, including Palates and Palettes! She’s got it all on a board:



Astoria Fine Art – Featured Artist Greg Wilson 

Much of wildlife artist Greg Wilson’s time is spent in the mountains in pursuit of the animals around his home in Utah. It is not unusual for Greg to set off for days, with camera and sketchpad in hand, in search of that picturesque scene that he can bring to life in an oil painting. 

Greg Wilson, "Peeking Over the Other Side," 40x30" Oil

Greg Wilson, “Peeking Over the Other Side,” 40×30″ Oil

Thal Glass Studio – Open Studio

Thal Glass Studio is open by appointment September 7-18, 2016. Please call or email Laurie at to schedule your visit! Thal Glass Studio is located at 2800 Linn Drive, Wilson, Wyoming.

Lauri Thal Glass

Lauri Thal Glass

Other galleries to visit during Palates & Palettes: Heather James Fine Art, Mountain Trails, Tayloe Piggott Gallery, David Brookover Gallery, MADE, Wild By Nature, Images of Nature and The West Lives On. 


David Brookover. "Layers of Silence," at the David Brookover Gallery.

David Brookover. “Layers of Silence,” at the David Brookover Gallery.