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Fall Arts Festival: Sept. 10 – 15


Teton Plein Air Painters: Watch them work on Saturday, September 10th. Free!

Teton Plein Air Painters: Watch them work on Saturday, September 10th. Free!

Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival, Part 2!


Triangle X

Triangle X

Historic Ranch Tours

Triangle X is one of the valley’s best-known family-run ranches. 2016 marks the ranch’s 90th anniversary, and it’s sharing the celebration with Fall Arts. Cowboys (we used to not have to mention cowboys; just 20 years ago, the presence of real cowboys was a given in and around Jackson), Western entertainment and a barbecue. Brought to you by Mountain Living Magazine. 

Cost: $60.  Getting There: Hop on a bus at the Home Ranch Parking Lot at 2:00 pm. Information: The Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce. 307.733.3316 or 

Teton Plein Air Painters in the field.

Teton Plein Air Painters in the field.

Artists in the Environment ~ Grand Teton National Park 

Gather to watch live plein air painting at Menor’s Ferry in Grand Teton National Park! Menor’s is located just past the Park entry, and across the Snake River from Dornan’s. Local artists will spend the morning painting “en plein air,” in the moment. The Teton Plein Air Painters merge with the Grand Teton Association’s monthly “Artists in the Environment” program for this event; expect as many as 20 artists painting in the area!  FREE and OPEN to the public!

Time: 9:00 am  – Noon. Bring your own art supplies and join in the fun! 

Rip Caswell at work.

Rip Caswell at work.

Grand Teton Gallery – Artists in Residence

Rip Caswell sculpts (his medium is bronze) and a pre-cast sale (cast for a to-be-completed bronze work) while FAF is taking place. Time: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm.

Also at the Grand Teton Gallery: Michelle Julene: Artist Reception, 4-7:00 pm. Fashion designer turned artist, Julene connects to her spiritual side. A horse enthusiast, she’s at work on two series:
Michelle Julene initially gained her reputation designing couture clothing. Michelle began painting several years ago to connect to a spiritual side. She’s at work on two series: “Into the Wild”and “Into the Mystic”. 

The Western Design Conference Exhibit + Sale
The really big Western Design show continues at the Snow King Center in Jackson. Doors are open 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and tickets are $15 at the door. Over 130 national artists present contemporary and traditional handcrafted, original creations of furniture, fashion, jewelry, and accessories for the home during the 24th Annual Exhibit + Sale. 


The Western Design Conference Exhibit + Sale continues at Snow King Center. $15 at the door, and hours are 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Have we mentioned “Retail Row?” It’s a Western mall, showcasing the latest fashion trends. Enjoy!

Jewelry, Art and Fine Cuisine are all part of "Takin' it to the Streets!"

Jewelry, Art and Fine Cuisine are all part of “Takin’ it to the Streets!”

17th Annual Takin’ It to the Streets & Taste of the Tetons
The open-air, juried art fair is presented by the Jackson Hole Art Association and features 40 local artists, including some of Jackson’s finest, selling an array of fine artwork.

Get there early, this is a community-wide social event! Everything happens on the Jackson Town Square, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. The Square’s lawn is chock full of chefs and the best food in town, Jackson’s Rotary Club hosts a wine tasting and silent auction, and “Pickin’ in the Park” provides live music to keep things hopping! A truly family-friendly event!

The Rotary Supper Club produces the Wine Tasting and Silent Auction, with proceeds benefitting “Honoring Our Veterans” therapeutic recreation programs and other community causes.

Entry is free, but foodies need to purchase tickets from Art Association ticket booths in order to taste. Each ticket is $1, and samples usually range from two to four tickets. So, approximately $3 a taste. Each artist has their own booth and sets their own prices.

There’s even finger painting for kids, presented by the Howdy Pardners Ambassador Club!


Repeat: Jackson Town Square from 10:00am-4:00pm, Tickets: Free Entry. Contact: Jackson Hole Art Association, 307.733.8792 or


Grand Teton Gallery – Artists in Residence day~~Do drop in! Hours: are 1-4:00 pm. The gallery will also be open tomorrow, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm.



Raptor Night at Diehl Gallery
Raptors and songbirds come together at Diehl Gallery. Teton Raptor Center brings some of its live residents~~rehabilitating wild raptors~~to the gallery. Claire Brester’s exhibition, “A Conference by Birds,” was in part inspired by these raptors, and proceeds from sales tonight help support the Center. Raptor experts will be on hand!  Diehl Gallery, 155 West Broadway. Time: 5:00-8:00pm Contact: 307.733.0905 or

Bart Walter's "Battle of Wills" during installation.

Bart Walter’s “Battle of Wills” during installation.


Jackson Hole Airport Ribbon Cutting
If you’ve flown in or out of Jackson Hole lately, you’ve seen this large-scale sculpture of an iconic Wyoming image at the airport’s entrance. Please join the Jackson Hole Airport and Jackson Hole Public Art in the ribbon cutting ceremony for the “Battle of the Wills” by Bart Walter.

Wyoming Governor Matt Mead will host the presentation. Time: 10:00 am. For information, contact or

Poster Signing with Edward Aldrich at Mountain Trails Gallery

Meet artist Edward Aldrich, this year’s FAF poster artist, and pick up a signed poster of his 2016 winning painting, “Greeting the Dawn.” It’s a much better reason to put a bison in your car~~you know what I’m talkin’ about. Each poster costs (an interesting) $31.80 unsigned, and $42.40 if you’d like yours signed by the artist.

Time: 3:00-5:00pm at Mountain Trails Gallery, 155 Center Street.

There will also be an opening reception at Mountain Trails, celebrating FAF and Aldrich. If you’ve not seen “Greeting the Dawn,” head over to the Wort Hotel. Aldrich’s oil painting is massive: at 64 x 52″ in size, he’s in it to win it. The painting will be auctioned off at the FAF “Quick Draw,” one of the festival’s best-loved events, at the Town Square.

Reception Time:  5:00-8:00pm. Contact: Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce, 307.733.3316 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
Please join Mountain Trails Gallery to celebrate the 2016 Fall Arts Festival featured artist Edward Aldrich.  Found in prominent collections and museums around the nation, Edward Aldrich is nationally known for his realistic wildlife pieces. Edward has been selected to create the featured piece to be auctioned off at the QuickDraw, the Fall Arts Festival’s signature event. The piece, “Greeting the Dawn” 64 x52, oil, is currently on display at the Wort Hotel. Refreshments will be served and a new body of work will be showcased.

Contact: 307.734.8150 or



There’s a map for that! 

The FAF “Third Thursdays Art Walk” is moved to Wednesday this month, especially for the festival. Approximately 30 galleries take part, and it’s a lovely, leisurely evening. Feel a little crowded during Palates & Palettes? Here’s a chance to get a second, good long look at art you love.  Enjoy fine art and be reminded of why Jackson has become one of the top Western art markets!

Look for the “Art Walk” banners!  Time: 5:00-8:00pm at Various Locations (See Gallery Map, linked above.).  Contact:

Participating galleries include, but are not limited to:

Cayuse Western Americana: Margaret Sullivan, Jeweler & Clint Orms

Margaret Sullivan

Margaret Sullivan

Don’t mess with the Boss. Cayuse Western Americana welcomes silversmiths Margaret Sullivan and Clint Orms. Sullivan’s work is inspired by her ranching life; a life made of horses, cattle, and wide, open space in the New Mexico mountains. She works with traditional western metals of gold, sterling, copper & brass.

A Clint Orms buckle.

A Clint Orms buckle.

Orms will also be on hand at Cayuse September 15th – 17th from 10 am to 6 pm. “Clint Orms Engravers return with their heirloom quality sterling, gold and gemstone buckles,” says Cayuse. “Come discuss your custom ideas, or choose from a fantastic selection of pieces from understated, to no-holds-barred!” There’s a whole lot going on at Cayuse this FAF, check their website every day!

Amy Ringholz returns!

Amy Ringholz returns!

Ringholz Studios Showcase
Ringholz, coming off of her summer show, BeautyStruggleLove, will be showcasing her work with thoughts of moving forward towards more urban and modern wildlife pieces. She is, she says, “transitioning from western wildlife and working on becoming an American wildlife painter.” Does that mean her signature style will change? We’ll have to wait and see.

Time:  5:00-8:00pm. Ringholz Studios 140 E. Broadway Suite 6 from 5:00-8:00pm
Contact: or 307.734.3964

Kathryn Mapes Turner “Duke,” 9 x 12 oil on linen

Kathryn Mapes Turner “Duke,” 9 x 12 oil on linen

Trio Fine Art – Artist Reception for “In Our Valley”
Trio Fine Art artists Kathryn Mapes Turner, Jennifer L. Hoffman, and Bill Sawczuk have a special relationship with the landscape and wildlife of Jackson Hole. Join them to discuss their work and this unique valley we all love.  “In Our Valley” is on display September 7-30, 2016.  Gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday.

Time: 5-8:00 pm Trio is located 4 Blocks North of the Town Square
Contact: 307.734.4444 or

Alex Katz, "Chance."

Alex Katz, “Chance.”

Tayloe PIggott Gallery ~ Alex Katz and Patrizio Travagli 

The Tayloe Piggott Gallery continues hosting the works of Alex Katz and Patrizio Travagli; a bit of the international art scene roosting in Jackson this fall! Mirror trickery and Katz’s parade of stylized people offer two distinct views of…you! 

Deb Fox. "Searcher." Watercolor.

Deb Fox. “Searcher.” Watercolor.

Grand Teton Gallery – Artists in Residence
Gallery artists will be painting and sculpting in the gallery, 11:00 am  – 5:00 pm.

Deb Fox paints large, vibrant  watercolors on canvas; Zach Babat divides his time between lives between Montana and Alaska. He works from memory, and his pieces are considered whimsical and highly detailed.  creating magnificent pieces that are both detailed and whimsical. Contact: 307.201.1172 or


Jill Soukup. "Paint & Red Scarf" 30" x 31.5" Oil

Jill Soukup. “Paint & Red Scarf” 30″ x 31.5″ Oil

Astoria Fine Art: Reception for Jill Soukup and Bart Walter. Astoria is sculptor Bart Walter’s Jackson Hole gallery home. Celebrate Walter’s amazing new Jackson Hole Airport sculpture and the work of Astoria’s Jill Soukup.

Soukup “initially pursued a career in graphic design. In 2002 she made the switch to painting full-time. Since then, her work continues to gain recognition as she receives awards,” says the gallery.

Time: 2-5:00 p.m.

Bobcat pauses from hunting in the snow in Yellowstone National Park.

Bobcat pauses from hunting in the snow in Yellowstone National Park. Tom Mangelsen.





At Every Level, Jackson & Wyoming Arts Show & Compete

If you want your art to get noticed and sold here in Jackson, you have to work at it every day, every minute you can. Don’t sit around wasting time watching TV. Your art has to be the best, the highest caliber you can produce, it has to stand out.”  ~ Jackson Hole Artist 


“No animals died in the making of these mounts.” – Jennifer Lee, National Museum of Wildlife Art

Contests and competitions everywhere!  Jackson’s National Museum of Wildlife Art is putting out a national and regional call to artists–including amateurs–to submit “fun faux animal mounts” that will be part of the new Trophy Art Fundraiser. Artists must create fanciful examples of animal trophy heads and deliver them to the museum by February 7, 2014. All works will be on display February 12th – March 15th. All are available for sale on a first come, first serve basis beginning February 22nd, from 11 a.m – 2 p.m., during  “Trophy Art: Fun Forms for All.”


“We were hoping to inspire people’s creativity with this event by letting imaginations run wild,” says Associate Director of Programs and Events Jennifer Lee. “For years the museum has been asked, ‘Where is the taxidermy?’ This event offers a fun way of playing off that theme, including our tagline: “No animals died in the making of these mounts.”

Two works for sale are “Deer #5” by Kelly Vanderveer (above) and “The Lizard” crafted in silver and opal by Jackson Hole silversmith Joni Mack, top of the page.

Participating artists retain 30% of the purchase price they name as a commission for their time and efforts, with the rest of the proceeds going to the museum’s youth education programs. Images already received for the upcoming event include a lizard, mountain lion, elk, pronghorn and deer.

For more information, contact Jennifer Lee at or 307.732.5412.

Joshua Tobey -"Cotton Ball"  Cotton Tail Rabbit. Bronze, edition of 25 7" x 9" x 8"

Tim Cherry -“Cotton Ball” Cotton Tail Rabbit.
Bronze, edition of 25
7″ x 9″ x 8″

New paintings and sculptures are on view at Astoria Fine Art, in Jackson. In particular 2014’s Fall Arts Festival Sculptor Artist Joshua Tobey has some wonderful new wildlife sculptures. At this writing many Fall Arts fans are waiting to see the finished image of Tobey’s winning FAF work, one he hopes will initiate the new FAF tradition memorably.

Tim Cherry and Gerald Balciar also have new sculptures at the gallery; painters Ewoud deGroot, Robert Lougheed (1910 – 1982), Dean Mitchell, Tom Palmore, Al Agnew and Cole Johnson are all represented. Stop by the gallery, on the north side of Jackson’s Town Square. Who said winter was quiet?

Ewoud deGroot - "Snowy Owl"  39.5" x 25.5"  oil

Ewoud deGroot – “Snowy Owl” 39.5″ x 25.5″ oil

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Design Conference Changes Hands; Leine Stikkel’s “Lens to the World”



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 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.


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.

Wilson Bazaar; Wyoming Arts Updates

wilson bazaar 2

The much-loved, “only-in-Wilson,Wyoming” annual Wilson Christmas Bazaar takes place at the warm and Tibetan blessed home of Brot and Didi Coburn on Saturday, December 7th and Sunday, December 8th, 10am – 4pm each day. Address: 1520 Fish Creek Road, Wilson, WY!  Look for the prayer flags…oh, wait, there are prayer flags everywhere around here, so look for the address. And lots of cars. And the scent of hot cider. Didi works the floor, and Brot mans the snack counter and coffee bar. Sometimes Brot gets pulled away to work the floor as well, and conviviality never lets up.

Didi Coburn’s special Mountain Culture Rugs feature iconic Teton images woven into whimsical patterns; a bright and meaningful match for any mountain home.

Imported from India are cashmere and wool throws, shawls, scarves, pillows, leather goods, Ganesh pendants and hand painted miniature works set in silver. Limited edition ikat print, hand woven silk pillows from Kashgar will be on hand….as well as Martha MacEachern’s jewelry, “Sweet Peony Designs.”

Everyone is welcome!  Bring a friend. For information call Didi at 307.733.4124 or email 



From Wyoming Arts: Updates!

WY Arts Council Board positions are available/open. WY Arts board members “determine grant awards and develop policy for the Council. The Board meets four times per year around the state. Between meetings, board members read grants and sometimes serve on committees as available. Travel expenses are reimbursed.”

To apply, visit the Governor’s Boards & Commissions website by clicking here. You may also contact Rita Basom at 307.733.7473 to find out more about being a board member. There’s a board info website, too —click here.


Governor’s Arts Awards will soon be announced, and this year’s gala takes place in Cheyenne on February 28, 2014. The venue? Little America, of course! …. I believe I’ve mentioned this in an earlier post, but applications for the Artist Roster are available at, under Wyoming Arts Council Artist Roster. Free to register, and to apply. Deadline is December 1, 2013. For more information on the roster, visit





Camellia El-Antably

Deputy Manager/Visual Arts/Special Events


Troxler’s Painted Pages; Scott Christensen’s New Works; Thal’s Glass “Spheres”

Shannon Troxler - Cobalt and Sapphires

Shannon Troxler – Cobalt and Sapphires

Jackson Hole artist Shannon Troxler has new encaustic paintings on display November 7 – December 27, 2013, at the Teton County Library.  The artist will participate in a free opening reception for her show, “Missing Pages,” on Thursday, November 14th, from  5-7 p.m. An artist’s talk takes place at 6 p.m.

“The title of the show came about because my family and friends would complain that books I lent them had missing pages,” says Troxler. “Each of my paintings will have a clue to a literary subject’s identity, such as a quote—the pages are part of the art—and I’ll have a table full of books I’ve used. The idea is to figure out which painting matches which book; some are very easy and some more difficult.”

Troxler’s project began six months ago when she painted a small work depicting Alice and the White Rabbit for the Art Association’s “Whodunnit.” Once under way, Troxler found it hard to stop.

“I have always had a passion for books, but now I was obsessed. I would wake up and think ‘Oh, I should do Jane Eyre!’ I’d find the book, reread it, decide which pages were relevant, and imagine how Jane would look and how I could capture her in paint and encaustic wax. For Jane, I ended up burning page edges, in reference to the book’s fire scenes. Something I like about this show are the paintings’ layers, meant to reflect each book’s layers of meaning. Some will enjoy these paintings as simple portraits or landscapes, and those who have read these books may pick up on more subtleties,” says the artist.

Shannon Troxler - Emma

Shannon Troxler – Emma

Troxler hopes to encourage discussion of the classics and their iconic characters, so much a part of our lexicon. As a subject, narrative is a departure for Troxler; many artists “shy away” from approaching literary stories in their work, she says. Though she studied art in the classical tradition and enjoys painting figures, she has never wanted to paint portraits and each of these works presented a challenge. Here, Troxler imagines how characters look and feel, a liberating experience. The combination of oil and wax creates lovely, translucent layers, allowing her to carve surfaces with subtle detail.

“I feel like I am just getting started, I can imagine so many more characters and series, musicians and sheet music for example. Cookbooks! I’m beginning to explore the concept of this being a traveling exhibit,” says Troxler.

Shannon Troxler - Twinkle, Twinkle

Shannon Troxler – Twinkle, Twinkle

It’s rather wonderful that book pages and journals, and how women manipulate or interpret the written word, are a reoccurring theme in recent weeks. This must mean something!

For information, contact Adult Humanities Coordinator Oona Doherty, 733-2164 ext. 135, or email The library notes that pARTners will also celebrate classic literature November 13-30th, with literary-inspired art by local high school students on display at the library.

Scott Christensen - I See a Pale Moon Rising - 24 x 30"

Scott Christensen – I See a Pale Moon Rising – 24 x 30″

Noted plein air painter Scott Christensen will host a November opening for a series of new works at his downtown Victor, Idaho studio. A reception and sale for “A Painter’s Travels”  takes place on Saturday, November 23rd, 3:00 pm, at 10 S. Main Street, in Victor. I will go out on a wintry limb and assume works shall continue to be for sale after that date and into the holidays.

A lovely time of year, and opportunity, to view Christensen’s latest works and meet the artist. For more information contact Casey at 208.787.5851, or email

Crafting glass at Laurie Thal's studio, 2012.

Crafting glass at Laurie Thal’s studio, 2012.

Glass blower Laurie Thal is opening up her studio again this holiday season—come blow your own glass balls! (Sorry, there’s just no getting around that joke!)  It’s a great time, Thal leads participants through each step of the process, and everyone goes home with a beautiful, hand made ornament.

Dates: November 12 – January 12, 2014. Groups of no less than four people can sign up, and the cost is $30/per person–$20 to make a second ornament.  Phone 307.733.5096 or email