“Despite being a full-time artist in Manhattan for seven years, I never established a meaningful relationship with an art organization. That changed completely when I moved to Victor, connected with Shari Brownfield, Todd Hanna, Chas Marsh, Mark Nowlin and The Art Association of Jackson Hole. They hosted my first show out West in the Summer of 2016, and since, I’ve witnessed the incredible impact they have made on our community. When the wonderful Jill Callahan mentioned the Whodunnit show, I was happy to contribute. I’m excited to see who ends up with my piece, and, from what I’ve heard, it’s one helluva party!”
“A new year is upon us, marking a time for reflection and anticipation. 2016 was a turbulent year, underscoring the important role art plays in encouraging dialogue between people and reflection upon ourselves.” ~ Art Advisor and Producer Camille Obering
A heads up: Viewer discretion advised. This clip contains images of a live butchering. I want to post this latest in Obering & Friends “Rural Violence” film-documented performance piece for the reasons Obering gives, and I’ve reached out to Obering with questions. At post time, the Jackson Hole Art Blog hasn’t received a response.
So I’ll put it to you, readers. The filmmakers wish to address many themes, and here’s the list, directly quoted:
– Death and destruction leading to life and enlightenment.
– Creating awareness that the luxuries many thoughtlessly consume often have a backstory (sic) many reproach (food production, electricity, transportation, cheap anything).
– Humanity’s animalistic (sic) instincts such as dominance, submission, struggle, proliferation, and acknowledging the grey area that exists separating humans from beasts.
– Persecution of the innocent.
– Tension created between what one considers natural verses amoral.
– How sanitized and curated our lives are, and how short our attention spans have become.
– Finding beauty in and meditating on what could be considered brutal.
These are themes we examine constantly; we’re a very aware generation or two; in Jackson alone we have two very fine organic food markets. That’s privilege, and we have a multitude of options when it comes to buying our food. We know that even organic meat gets butchered. How animals live their lives before butchering is most important: are they treated humanely or confined to horrific conditions? What were the circumstances for this animal? How did this creature end up as the “Rural Violence” star? Is it the “innocent?”
I’m not a vegetarian, but I do question my choices and often think about what took place before I pluck the sanitized package of meat I’ve just bought from the rack. Every day tensions between the haves and have-nots become more visible. We are a community packed with environmentalists, biologists, forestry experts, wildlife biologists, fishermen, ornithologists and conservation activists. Many hunt to feed their families.
Yet, for the touring public coming to visit Jackson Hole, any reference to how indigenous cultures survived and hunted are pretty smoothed over. Places you might find full-faced references are the J.H. Historical Society, the Yellowstone and Grand Teton Visitor Centers, the Library, the National Museum of Wildlife Art and National Geographic, just to name a few.
So what is new about these messages? I don’t think the themes are surprising; what’s new is how they’ve been treated in this piece of film. Rather than replicating, how about presenting a true indigenous group carrying out a routine life ritual? Would that get the point across? It’s the conversation I’d have. It’s a question, and raising questions is a primary goal here.
A Song Bird’s “Baby Ask”
A second locally produced video, “Baby Ask,” is in its final week of fundraising on Kickstarter, looking for dollars to offset costs of a ready-to-roll music video starring local songstress Maddy German. The video premiers at Jackson’s Center for the Arts at 6:00 pm, January 27th.
Inspired by emotional upheaval, personal growth and, as it turns out, upheaval within the film’s production group and the rupture of German’s relationship with a former beau, the flick has two goals: transferring to film the struggles we experience with our “other selves,” and help launch a larger musical career for German and her crew.
You can catch the “Baby Ask” trailer here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/497811323/baby-ask-a-music-video-from-wyoming
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.
ENERGY. TONS OF ENERGY! ENJOY!
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7
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 www.westernvisions.org
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. www.wrjdesign.com
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8
Western Design! Plus Fashion, Plus Preview Party!
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. westerndesignconference.com
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9
Western Design Conference Exhibit + Sale opens to the public. Open 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. $15 at the door. westerndesignconference.com
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!!!!! firstname.lastname@example.org
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. www.altamiraart.com
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 www.diehlgallery.com
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.”
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. www.triofineart.com
Legacy Gallery – Luke Frazier, One Man 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. www.legacygallery.com
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! www.cayusewa.com
Trailside Galleries and the Jackson Hole Art Auction
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! www.trailsidegalleries.com www.gpgallery.com www.jacksonholeartauction.com
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: www.ringholzstudios.com
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. www.astoriafineart.com
Thal Glass Studio – Open Studio
Thal Glass Studio is open by appointment September 7-18, 2016. Please call or email Laurie at email@example.com to schedule your visit! Thal Glass Studio is located at 2800 Linn Drive, Wilson, Wyoming. www.thalglass.com
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.
MORE FALL ARTS FESTIVAL CALENDAR IN THE NEXT JACKSON HOLE ART BLOG! COMING SOON.
“I love being a part of the View22 project – where the creation of art is both inspired by and contributes to the protection of wildlife habitat and open space for all to enjoy. As a landscape painter, being out on these properties emphasizes for me the importance of preserving these lands forever.” ~ View22 artist Lee Riddell
Since it’s inception, “View22,” an arts-inspired fundraiser for the Jackson Hole Land Trust, has been wildly successful. This is the second year local artists create works, sharing their own experiences outside, “open studio” style, at dedicated Land Trust locations to celebrate the organization’s 36th anniversary.
Green flags marking “open studio” locations are up now through August 14th. Locations include the Hardeman Barn, Hardeman North, Wilson Centennial Ponds, Wilson Wetlands Trail, R Park, Emily’s Pond, Spring Creek Ranch, Rock Springs at JHMR, Karns Meadow, Flat Creek Corridor, South Park Service Center, Hatchet Meadows, and the Indian Springs Swan Ponds. Look for these flags, and you’ll find View22 artists at work, and waiting to talk to any and all visitors about the heart-thumping experience of painting on conservation land.
The project concludes with an exhibit and sale at the Land Trust’s 36th Annual Picnic on August 14th, 4-8:00 pm at Fish Creek Ranch in Wilson, WY. Families are welcome, music will play! Tickets are $50 for adults; kids 12 and under are free.
THIS. BLOWS. MY. MIND.
Trio Fine Art’s partners Kathryn Mapes Turner, Jennifer L. Hoffman and Bill Sawczuk have taken to sending out what amount to personal diaries that reveal their feelings and processes. I’m lucky to have been physically present when all three artists create work, and we always enjoy conversations that certainly help form my own soul’s perspective.
But there’s nothing like reading these “diaries.” Hoffman is a dear friend. When I first arrived in Jackson her work stood out. She’s climbed a lot of ladders, and her work is highly praised. It’s thrilling to see her venture into the abstract. Her work is cliché-free. Each stroke of her brush or pastel is laden with emotion. With memory. Hoffman’s thickly layered canvases are what plein air should be: our eyes roam each surface, seeking out details. We marvel at layered textures, a dream-like, hauntingly soft view of the world. She approaches nature as the mystery it is.
A year ago I had the honor of standing in for Hoffman at New York’s Salmagundi Club. Her work received a prestigious award, one of many. It was a proud day for the artist, and a heady, exciting day for me.
Here’s an excerpt from Hoffman’s blog. In it, she describes a “Eureka!” moment shared with the late, great plein air painter Greg McHuron. That day, Hoffman was frustrated with her artistic efforts, and McHuron solved the dilemma:
“…So I drew a thumbnail of what I remembered as the composition. “Look!” [Greg] said, pointing at the saguaro in front of the mountains that I’d sketched on the napkin. “You’ve already improved on your idea!” He was right: I had subtly shifted the main elements of my design into a better version of my original composition. Without the distraction of a million compelling details in front of my eyes, that idea became my whole focus.”
TONIGHT, June 3rd, 6-7:30 pm, PLEASE join the JenTen film production team at the National Museum of Wildlife Art. Help crowd fund “Far Afield,” a documentary about one of this valley’s most beloved conservationists, Bert Raynes. I’ve contributed!
“Donate and Celebrate,” as the group says. You may also visit http://igg.me/at/BertFilmJH to contribute. Contact Jennifer Tennican at 307.690.2258 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.