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First, a huge thanks to Teton Art Lab, Culture Front and now “STARTERS,” for their contributions to Jackson’s young contemporary art scene. These groups go it on their own, meaning they begin at a grass roots level, don’t ask us for crazy amounts of money (although generosity is welcome, of course!), and keep their products fun and accessible. A friend in the art world recently remarked that it’s not necessarily social status that makes someone an influential arts agent—often it’s those other enterprising folks, lifting up at least half the sky.

There is no greater joy than a job well done—and that’s Moose medicine power wisdom!

Teton Artlab & Culture Front have joined forces. Their new project, “STARTERS” takes the form of a recurring dinner party to help fund local arts projects. STARTERS kicks off Tuesday, September 10th (making it a Fall Arts Festival player, if not an “official” member) at 6:00 pm.  A $20 minimum donation gets you in, a greater donation is appreciated, and the first dinner location is TBA, once enough dinner tickets are purchased. The first event is limited in size—test run!


Dinners will be provided by Teton Artlab volunteers, and tickets are sold on a first-come, first-serve basis; no more than two reservations per person, please. To find out about tix, email Meg Daly at

At dinner, say STARTERS organizers, patrons will receive a ballot. Five pre-selected creative projects will be presented, and diners spend the evening conversing with project artists. At the end of dinner, patrons vote for the project they would like to see funded. The artist receiving the most votes is awarded a portion of funds collected at the door—ideally $500 or more. The other four receive $50 for creating and offering their proposals.

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Today’s post is a Jackson art quote quiz…..Fun! Leo d.V. ( NOT from Jackson) might have a quote here, but everyone else is anonymous. Enjoy! 

“I guess I feel wildflowers are worthy of sainthood.”

“process, engagement, collaboration, instigation~~This year is marked by unique collaborations which engage me on ambiguous terrain and with conceptual duality. I exploit the magical/practical, which brims with repetition and surprise. And I continue to work as a bricoleur!”

“Art is not being recycled from one house to the other. There’s a place for all of it, but it’s nice to see more confidence in people about buying art, other than what they think they should be buying because they live in Jackson.” 

“The colt sketch is so loose, but you know what it is; it’s more ethereal.” 

“The only good art is post-referential art!”

“To know what you’re painting, everyone can pick up a tube of paint and squeeze. But to know what you’re squeezing, that takes book learning.”

“If someone innocently pulls into town and parks in the parking lot, needs to use the public facilities, they find my art wrapped around the building!” 

“If I avoid painting the Tetons for fear of their being trite, it would be dishonest.”

“Castellazzo got a piece of all the french roast coffee trucked into town, and he is the main supplier of nudes for life drawing classes.”

“The West is industrialized, it’s not perfect and beautiful…but what is tragic, or could be tragic, you weave that into a beautiful pattern of the landscapes.” 

“Very few people know that those flowers were not there the day that painting was done. I know they weren’t there, and I know the reason Bob painted them in. But I can’t tell you, it’s a secret.” 

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Russell, Charles M., (1864-1926), Unbranded, ca. 1897, oil on canvas, 13.125 x 20.25

This year’s Jackson Hole Art Auction takes place Saturday, September 15, 2012 (the final full day of the 2012 Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival) at the Jackson Hole Center for the Arts. Presented by Trailside Galleries and Gerald Peters Gallery, the event is now realized as one of the West’s premier auctions of past and present masterworks of the American West. Last I heard, the number of lots at the 2012 auction was approaching 275. That means a six hour auction is possible! Last year’s auction realized well over $9 million in sales. Over 90% of the 250 lots offered soared over their estimates. Click here to see a catalog of 2011′s results.

In a previous post, this blog updated auction devotees that a coveted Terpning, as well as a Rungius, Remington and other works had already been consigned. A list of living artists with works in this year’s auction includes: William Acheff, Clyde Aspevig, Ken Carlson, Martin Grelle, G. Harvey, Z.S. Liang, Bill Owen, Kenneth Riley, Mian Situ, Howard Terpning, and Morgan Weistling.

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In neighboring Sublette County, the town of Pinedale has big plans for 2012. According to a recent edition of the Sublette Examiner, “Main Street Pinedale”—a group of Pinedale citizens working to promote its downtown by “capitalizing on its uniqueness and by using historic preservation to generate economic and entrepreneurial growth”— will host a series of conferences that will work to raise Sublette’s cultural profile.  

Events surrounding the conferences include “CLICK! A Weekend for Wyoming Visual Artists.” The Sublette Examiner writes:

“The name “CLICK!” suggests that thing that happens when you reconnect with colleagues and get inspired by new ideas, which occurs continually when Wyoming artists congregate,” said Sue Sommers, a local artist who helped organize the event, and is hoping to expand on the visibility and interconnectedness of Wyoming’s art community with those near and far – something she also tackled recently with the Pipeline Art Project….Like Pipeline, CLICK! is working alongside the Wyoming Arts Council (WAC) [sharing] a database of Wyoming artists and helps plan and partially fund the project.”

CLICK! takes place March 30 – April 1, 2012 at the Sublette County Libray, Pinedale. More registration info will be available soon. To read the Examiner’s full article, “click” here.


In case you live in a cave–and the only peeps I know doin’ that are Bears 399 & 610–you know wildlife painter Amy Ringholz is Jackson’s 2012 Fall Arts Festival (FAF) poster artist. At 34, Ringholz is the youngest FAF artist to date.

Her winning painting, “Dreamers Don’t Sleep,” a 72 x 60″ ink and oil on canvas, will be showcased in the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s lobby January 22 – March 23, 2012. A wonderous portrait of the region’s wildlife, its magnificent Teton Range, a sparkling night sky, the painting also includes 25 painted flowers, to in honor of NMWA’s 25th anniversary. The painting is set to be unveiled at the museum Sunday, January 22, at 3:00 pm

Inspired by Fritz Scholder and Egon Schiele, Ringholz is a contemporary painter—the first contemporary FAF artist in over a decade. As this year’s Festival artist, she joins some of the West’s most notable working artists: Russell Chatham, Bill Schenck, Donna Howell-Sickles and 2011′s Dwayne Harty.

Locally, Ringholz is represented by Altamira Fine Art. Her work has been exhibited at NMWA, the Rockwell Museum of Western Art and Desert Caballeros Museum. She’s been featured in Southwest Art, Western Art & Architecture, and Western Art Collector magazines. 


Altamira Fine Art also represents 2009′s Fall Arts Festival poster artist R. Tom Gilleon. Altamira has confirmed that prices for Gilleon’s works will “increase significantly” as of May 1, 2012.

Gilleon has a major museum exhibition January 28 – May 27, 2012, at the Booth Western Art Museum. He is planning a one man show at Altamira in July.  For more information, contact Altamira at 307.739.4700.



Here is the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival (FAF) calendar of events for Tuesday, September 13 – Sunday, September 18, 2011. Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 13~

Miniature Masterpieces with Artist Daniel Smith, at the National Museum of Wildlife Art. Join Western Visions Featured painter Daniel Smith, and get into the spirit of miniatures! Enjoy a glass of wine and explore the Western Visions Miniatures and More Show. Create your own miniature painting; materials provided. No registration necessary. Contact Amy St. Pierre or call 307-732-5438. 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM  Free.

Wednesday, September 14~

Jewelry and Artisan Luncheon Premiere artisans (jewelry, fiber and leather) preview and sell their stunning handmade goods. This ladies-only event  kicks-off the Jewelry and Artisan portion of the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s Western Visions® activities. Register by September 7, 2011 by calling 307-732-5412.

Location: Hotel Terra. 11:00 am – 4:00 pm.  $100 per person or $500 per person for a package including Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday plus other exclusive events.

Poster Signing with Dwayne Harty at Mountain Trails Gallery Meet FAF featured artist Dwayne Harty and receive a signed poster of his painting, “Strength & Vulernability.” Learn about his journey in the last few years as he was involved in the “Yellowstone to Yukon, a Journey of Wildlife and Art.” Mountain Trails Gallery, 3-5pm. Free.

The Art Association holds a Brown Bag Art Talk at 12:00 pm. Bring your own lunch to the ArtSpace Main Gallery. Topic TBA. Talk led by Todd Kosharek and Lyndsay McCandless. For information email Jenny Dowd:

Art Walk Join more than 30 Jackson art galleries for an evening Gallery Art Walk, and enjoy Jackson’s vibrant fine arts scene!  Look for participating gallery Art Walk banners! 5 – 8 pm. Free and open to the public!

Altamira Fine Art hosts an artists’ reception for R. Tom Gilleon, Jared Sanders, and Billy Schenck. Sunsets and Native American themes, architectually crafted contemplative landscapes, silos and barns…all the way to the best examples of the Western Pop Art Movement—“What? This isn’t my ranch?”— this eclectic exhibition of Western Contemporary works has something for everyone, collector or enthusiast!  The reception runs 5-8 pm; a 6 pm presentation features a short talk by each artist about  the place of Western Contemporary Art in modern art. Exhibits remain on display through September 19. Altamira Fine Art, 172 Center Street. (307) 739-4700,

Diehl Gallery hosts a special salon, featuring National Museum of Wildlife Art artists Simon Gudgeon, Richard Painter, Les Thomas and Susan Goldsmith; as well as gallery artists Anke Schofield & Luis Garcia-Nerey. 5-7:00 pm.

Thursday, September 15~

Wild West Artist Party

A preview to the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s 24th Annual Western Visions: Miniatures and More Show & Sale, artists and patrons have an opportunity to view the art, place their ballots, and mingle before the big sale. 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 the artisans are in residence. Delicious fare, a full bar and entertainment. Register by September 7, 2011 by calling 307-732-5412.

National Museum of Wildlife Art, 6:30 – 10:30 pm.  $200 per person or $500 per person for a package including Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday plus other exclusive events.,

Galleries West Fine Art features artist D. Lee, sharing her painting skills 10 am-5pm at Galleries West Fine Art. Stop by to meet the artist and watch as she produces her fine works live. You can see her again at the 16th Annual Jackson Hole Quick Draw on Saturday, Sept. 17 at 9am.  Galleries West Fine Art, 70 S. Glenwood, 10am-5pm, (307) 733-4412.

Astoria Fine Art Gallery Reception with featured works by Dean Mitchell & Ewoud de Groot. Astoria Fine Art, 35 E. Deloney, 4-6pm.  (307) 733-4016.

Friday, September 16~

National Museum of Wildlife Art’s 24th Annual Western Visions®: Miniatures and More Show and Sale. An evening of refreshments and beverage, and most importantly, the names of the winning bidders are drawn. The Jewelry and Artisan Show & Sale, the Original Prints Show & Sale, and the Sketch Show & Sale will be on display and guests are invited to make purchases.

National Museum of Wildlife Art, 3:30 – 7:30 pm.

Register by September 7, 2011. Call 307-732-5412.  $75 per person or $500 per person for a package including Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday Please view for a full listing of events.

Legacy Gallery, Wildlife and Sporting Art Group Show features new works from Ken Carlson, Michael Coleman, Luke Frazier, Chad Poppleton, Brian Grimm, Krystii Melaine, Dan Metz, Brett Smith, Ken Bunn, Tim Shinabarger, Walter Matia and Eugene Morelli. Legacy Gallery, 75 N.Cache, 1-4pm, (307) 733-2353,

Astoria Fine Art Gallery Reception. Featuring the 4th Annual Greg Beecham showcase and sale and hosting the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s 2011 Western Visions featured sculptor Bart Walter. Astoria Fine Art, on the Town Square, 3-5pm, (307) 733-4016,

Saturday, September 17~

16th Annual Jackson Hole QuickDraw Art Sale and Auction. Public demonstration of nationally, regionally, and locally recognized artists. One hour shotgun art-out! Artworks will be auctioned off, as will “Strength & Vulnerability,” by FAF Featured artist Dwayne Harty.  Jackson Town Square, 9:30 a.m.!  Free.

Best of Astoria Fine Art Gallery Reception featuring new works by gallery artists and over 30 artists in attendance. Joshua Tobey is spotlighted. Astoria Fine Art, 35 E. Deloney, 10am-1pm, (307) 733-4016,

Jackson Hole Art Auction Presented by Trailside Galleries of Jackson and Scottsdale, and the Gerald Peters Gallery of Santa Fe, this annual live Western style art auction is one of the premier western art events in the country, defined by the high standards of works offered by contemporary western artists and deceased masters. Of interest to those lucky enough to have visited the historic Four Lazy F guest ranchduring Emily Frew Oliver’s lifetime will want to know the results of sales of 40+ lots from that collection. Notable living artists as William Acheff, Clyde Aspevig, Ken Carlson, Martin Grelle, Bill Owen, G. Harvey, Kenneth Riley, Mian Situ, Howard Terpning, Morgan Weistling, and Z.S. Liang and more are represented. Collectors from around the country as well as from outside the United States attend the auction, which promises to provide a memorable, thrilling afternoon of  active bidding for some of the finest works of art offered anywhere in the country.

Please register to attend!

Center for the Arts, 1pm to Auction finish. Plan on five hours. 866-549-9278,

Wilcox Gallery and Wilcox Gallery II present a large roster of artists demonstrating from 2 – 6 p.m. The studio at Wilcox Gallery North will be open for visitors to visit Jim Wilcox’s studio, where he will be demonstrating. At 6:00 p.m – 8 belly up to a taco bar at Wilcox Gallery II and an Ice cream bar at the “North of Town” location.

Wilcox Gallery, 1975 N. Hwy 89, 2-6pm, (307) 733-6450.

Wilcox Gallery II, 110 Center Street, 6-8pm

Trailside Galleries annual “Fall Gold” Show “Fall Gold” features a wide selection of wildlife, landscape, figural and western art. On display throught September 24, the show features work by all gallery artists, including Kyle Sims, Veryl Goodnight, Tucker Smith, Bill Anton, Mian Situ, Z.S. Liang, amd Morgan Weistling, among many others. An artists’ reception takes place 4 – 6pm, where collectors and the public have the opportunity to meet many of their favorite artists!

Trailside Galleries, 130 East Broadway, (307) 733-3186,

Galleries West Fine Art, 9th Annual Fall Round Up This annual Fall Arts Festival group show features new works by the entire roster of Galleries West artists. Meet them at theArtist’s Reception today, 5-9 pm. Galleries West Fine Art, 70 S. Glenwood, 5-9pm, (307) 733-4412,

Mountain Trails Gallery Artists Reception. “A Family Legacy,” featuring father and son sculptors Vic Payne and Dustin Payne. Reception today, 2-5pm. Mountain Trails Gallery, 155 Center Street, 1-5pm, (307) 734-8150,

Sunday, September 18~

Top off your Fall Arts Festival experience with today’s Art Brunch Gallery Walk!  11am – 3pm. Over 30 galleries offer up brunch and festive beverages at this closing-day FAF celebration. Bloody Marys everywhere you look! Pay a leisurely visit to the galleries and purchase that special piece you really, really want. Art, brunch, and Bloody Marys (the drink, not the island trader character from Broadway’s South Pacific)! If you are driving home, please enjoy your bloody mary responsibly and have a designated driver at hand. Bring a sailor. We are a special island. Open to the public, free!