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Most Important Landscape Photographer I Never Heard Of; Heron Holiday Glass

Robert Adams, Nehalem Bay State Park, from This Day, 2009

Robert Adams, Nehalem Bay State Park, from This Day, 2009

As I write this, it’s blowing, snowy and not fit weather for much, save reflection. So I thought I’d tell you about Robert Adams. 

A week ago a friend gifted me a copy of a Barry Lopez essay, “Learning to See.” Lopez’s subject is American landscape photographer Robert Adams, and the essay can be found in Lopez’s book About This Life: Journeys on the Threshold of Memory.

When I read something this powerful, it’s hard to take in. I read slowly, bit by bit, over a period of days. Then I re-read it. Knowing less about photography than I do painting and other art mediums–at least photography’s technical aspects–I’m no doubt embarrassing myself here. I’d not heard of  Robert Adams. Looking at his work on line I discovered a collection at the Yale Art Museum’s collection, and I hope to visit it this holiday season.

Can’t hold a candle to Lopez, so I’ll share a bit of his writing about Adams.

41E3YB4B4DL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_“His black and white images are intelligently composed and morally engaged. They’re also hopeful, despite their sometimes depressing subject matter—-brutalized landscapes and the venality of the American Dream as revealed in suburban life….He photographs with compassion and he doesn’t scold….His pictures are also accessible, to such a degree that many of them seem casual….If there is such a thing as an ideal of stance, technique, vision and social contribution toward which young photographers might aspire, it’s embodied in this man.”

Seems a fine thing for young photographers, and everyone, to contemplate heading into this season. Here is a link to a New York Times review of Adams’ book BEAUTY IN PHOTOGRAPHY: Essays in Defense of Traditional Values.

Heron Glass

Heron Glass

Over snowy Teton Pass, Driggs, Idaho’s Heron Glass holds its annual holiday open house and studio sale on Saturday, December 14th, 10am – 5pm, at their shop on 240 North 5th Street.  All are welcome to stop by and, if you are a glass lover, take your time feeling like a kid in a candy shop.

Heron Glass also wants you to know that  on the same day, in Driggs, Guchiebird’s, The Local Galleria, The Back 40 and Rick’s will “be hopping,” and TAC ceramics and print-making studios will be doing demos and open houses. AND, the Craft Attack show happens at the Driggs City Center, while Santa’s Workshop debuts at Tony’s Pizza and Pasta. Shop, eat, be merry!

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 





Andoe at Diehl; Cairn Caper; Glass Artists

Diehl Gallery sends out announcements by the bushel; wisely, they’re letting the public know about artists new to the gallery as we move towards our busy summer season…YES, we are moving towards summer!

Artist Joe Andoe caught my eye. He paints horses (doesn’t he) among other subject matter, but what’s fascinating is his biography. He’s a wild man! He’s lucky to be alive!  At least his press materials intimate as much.

New York Times columnist Janet Maslin wrote that Andoe lived a life “straight out of Chuck Palahniuk’s twisted imagination (the dude wrote Fight Club.) Mama was a gum-popping cutie. Little Joe was “a big slug of a baby.” Maslin writes Andoe’s mom rarely saw him during his younger years, and Andoe says his only explanation is that he “tried to stay the hell out of the way.” Popeye, the cartoon character, inspired Andoe to draw Popeye-like tattoos on his grandfather, and eventually Andoe became a “cowboy artist”. What an apt addition to Jackson Hole’s arts scene!

NPR’s All Things Considered said Andoe “talks the way he paints–in simple, direct phrases. He’s no horseman. He’s always preferred fast cars and motorcycles.”

There’s a cairn in the world!

When children and free-spirited adults come across interactive public art happenings, it’s magic. It is STRONG medicine. Creating art-on-the-spot, coupled with the sense of leaving your own mark, forms indelible positive memories and connection. With luck, this is exactly what will occur when Jackson artist Bronwyn Minton unveils her Open Air Cairn exhibition project in downtown Jackson this summer.

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Wild Season at NMWA; Heron Glass

Santa, wildlife art —and babies!— make the National Museum of Wildlife Art a real good time. This month’s “First Sunday” takes place December 2nd (Happy Birthday, MOM!!). Time:  11:00 am – 5:00 pm. What you can expect: Holiday music, food and family-user-friendly fun! Otherwise known as Wild About the Season, this celebration is free to locals and visitors.

“Although we do so many community outreach programs, Wild About the Season is always one of our favorites with all the kids and holiday fun,” says the museum’s Ponteir Sackrey. The free-to-all celebration takes place at the museum Sunday, December 2 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Activities include makin your own dreidel and snowflake scratch art from 1 – 4 p.m., a visit with Santa from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m., and a book-signing by local children’s book author Lynn Friess, also from 1:30 – 3:30. Live music will be provided by the Jackson Hole High School Orchestra from 1:15 – 2:15 p.m. and a Journeys School choral group from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Additional activities going on throughout the day include a scavenger hunt, a special mailbox for letters to Santa, a book drop to support Teton County Library and Children’s Learning Center, and screenings of the films Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

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Art Heist; DIY Art Bazaar & Open Studio!

Friday, November 16th, Jackson’s Art Association will NOT hold its popular “Out of the Woods” silent auction. It WILL host the Jackson Hole Art Heist, a silent auction with a bit of a burglary twist.  Over 250 pieces of artwork by some of Jackson’s best-loved artists, as well as juried artists from around the country, will be up for sale. Ceramics, jewelry, furniture, and fashion–even multimedia works will be available. Security cameras are on, in case you’re thinking “cat burglar.”

I’m just kidding!

So what’s the twist?  Twenty-five “Heist” tickets will be sold at a price of $250 each. Purchase yours early when you arrive between 5-6:00 pm, and “steal away” with an auction item of your choice. That leaves 225 works of art available to folks with more modest budgets and big hearts. You can chip in, you can bring home some art! Noted artists from many of Jackson’s best galleries are contributing work; expect to find everything from landscapes to moccasins to science-inspired art.

Want to win something good? Raffle items include Jackson Hole Mountain Resort lift tickets, an overnight stay at Triangle X, Cowboy Up Hang Gliding certificates, dinner for two at the Snake River Grill and more. A very easy $5 admission gets you in the door to this altered and bunches-of-fun art event!  For more information, contact Amy Fradley at; or phone 307-733-8792.

Analog Antidotes: Deer Drive Art Collective Sale and Open Studio, an open art sale and bazaar hosted by the creative folks sharing space at 535 Deer Drive, Unit 513 (south of town, take a left on Deer Road and wind your way to the top of the hill; “Enclosure” climbing gym is visible at the bottom of the hill). The date is Saturday, November 17th, 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm. The art bazaar is free, and open to the public!

Analog: A computer program that analyzes log files from web servers. Analogy: Comparison between subjects. Antidote: A remedy or other agent used to neutralize or counteract the effects of a poison. So—this gathering might be a cure for our pre-programmed, patterned lives, with a healthy dose of arts-comparing opportunity!  

Artists showcasing their wares (or who rent space at Unit 513, and MAY have artwork for sale) include Matt Asbel, Owen Ashley, Robin Dabney, Meg Daly, Alissa Davies, Jenny & Sam Dowd, John Frechette, Shane Lindsay, Abbie Miller, Emily Paul and Alex Schechter. Lisa Miller, of Shades Café fame, will be offering her fabulous cookies and treats!!!