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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.





One Nest ~ Many Fish!


It’s been in the Western winds: Jackson Hole artist Kathryn Mapes Turner and her brother, sustainable builder Mark Turner, have launched an innovative project. Though the siblings are Jackson-based, they’ve deep roots in the Washington D.C. area, owing to their family’s political legacy.

They’re smart, these two.

936841_531964873509082_141157465_nTheir “One Nest” collaborative project combines sustainable building design and broadly embraced aesthetic with art created in one of the West’s most prominent art markets. In “the heart of Virgina horse and wine country,” near Shenandoah National Park, is a home designed by Mark, filled with artwork by his sister Kathryn. On Saturday, May 18th, 4-8:00 pm, and Sunday, May 19th, 2-6:00 pm, the public is invited to tour the structure, survey the land and take in the art.

Mark’s company, Greenspur, Inc., is, says the builder, inspired in part by Wallace Stegner’s words: “There it was, there it is, the PLACE where during the best of our lives friendship had its home and happiness had its headquarters.” Kathryn’s plein air and studio paintings are inspired by the natural world, light and “wide open spaces.”

It’s a great concept, and how much more fulfilling could it be than to co-create such a complete project with family you love?

May’s open house is in fact the project’s Grand Opening, and though it is free reservations are necessary; if you wish to attend, I’d sign up quick!  The D.C. crowd will descend! The link to reserve a visit can be found here. Links:   “One Nest” address:  3322 Carrington Road, Delaplane, VA 20144.  

Pinedale's Winning Entry, "Time to Make Waves."

Pinedale’s Winning Entry, “Time to Make Waves.”

 “If children are a measure of our future, Wyoming’s future will follow a path of creativity and imagination.” ~ Wyoming Representative Tim Stubson, Casper. 

Imagination and creativity link all of us. Creativity bridges the often times daunting distances between Wyoming’s citizens, and it takes special care and effort to send the message to our children that those distances can be vaporized. Like a morning meditation zeroing in on awakening creativity and imagining our potential, we must strive to dissolve what we believe are our limits. And we must show the rest of the country what we are making here. What can we be to the big wide world? Hundreds, if  not thousands, of miles may lie between Wyoming’s creativity and other, larger arts centers and communities. Every reach counts.

Photo Courtesy Kevin Wittig and Mountain Pulse

Photo Courtesy Kevin Wittig and Mountain Pulse

Fifteen years ago a Chicago art exhibit, “Cows on Parade,” made history. The idea behind the exhibit was to get as many artists, celebrities, designers and other creative personalities to decorate fiberglass cows and spread them out across the city. The show was a great tourism draw and has been emulated many times over; all the cows were auctioned off for charity.

“Traveling Trout” is a big school of artistically designed fiberglass fish; 37 Wyoming schools took part in a fish-art competition, and winners were announced late last month. The entire exhibit is on display at the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s outdoor sculpture garden and trail through October 6, 2013. You can see them from the road, breaching and diving, snagging fireflies. Thousands of dollars in cash prizes were awarded to the winning students and schools, and that’s a great cause. Later this fall, the exhibit will travel around the rest of the state.


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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Keep Jackson’s Art Fires Burning

Courtesy Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council

Great news from J.H. Public Art came last week:  “On Monday, November 19th, the Town of Jackson approved the final draft of the public art guidelines, completing a two-year effort and securing a bright future for public art in Jackson Hole. A huge thank you to senior staff and the Mayor and Town Council.”  Yay!

Last week I wrote to Jackson’s elected officials regarding the Town of Jackson’s supporting of public art guidelines. I’m recreating the message here; while my message was meant to be positive, at least one town official interpreted it negatively. Remaining aware of chances we might miss, we’re less inclined to miss them.

Everyone is talking about change. The Snaz is changing-leaving. Jackson’s art is changing-diversifying. This sand castle will wash out to sea. The Jackson Hole News & Guide sent out an e-survey, reflecting the possibility they may change. Obama is staying, Teton County’s elected officials roster is changing.  At a the dinner party I attended last night, guests were well-stoked with wine and discussing changing their own lives. BTW, what’s good writing? It shines light on the obvious that, for whatever reason, has not crystallized in our consciousness.

Criticism is a form of patriotism, as well as a form of deep love. Did you hear Colleen Thompson speak about Wyoming’s health care on NPR last week? She keeps an eye on health issues because she cares about her family and community.

Here’s my letter, written prior to last week’s vote:

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Rugged Impressionism; Cirque Des Tetons!

Get a “Sneak Peek” at the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s (NMWA) upcoming exhibition, Rugged Impressionism: The Masterful Field Studies of Carl Rungius, on Monday, April 30, at 11:30 am. Adam Duncan Harris, NMWA’s Curator of Art, will be on hand for a special preview of this show that takes an in-depth look at Rungius’ intriguing artistic process. The talk takes place in the Museum’s Kuhn Gallery, and participants will get a first, special look at Rungius’ spectacular landscapes before the show opens to the public. NMWA is home to this country’s largest public collection of Rungius’ work.

The Museum’s artist biography tells us that “Rungius’ ability to capture the heart-stopping chance encounter between man and animal sets him apart from many of his talented colleagues. Equally accomplished as a painter of wildlife and landscapes, Rungius quickly developed an enthusiastic following among fellow artists and patrons.”  The talk is free for members, or with Museum admission.

Visiting artist Ricki Arno wants kids and parents to know that she will be teaching a special class at the Art Association this summer.  June 25 – 28, join Arno as she takes you on an artistic, humorous creative journey: Cirque Des Tetons Workshop!  The class is for kids in grades 6 and up, and parents, aunts, uncles, even grandparents are encouraged to sign up along with the kids.

The class will create a “dazzling mixed media CIRQUE DES TETONS, complete with weird side show characters, daring high wire and trapeze artists, a handsome or beautiful Ring Master, ferocious wild animals, amazing jugglers, a supernatural magician, colorful clowns, and whatever else tickles and delights our fancies,” says Arno. “A collaborative, ongoing “Circus Street Art Wall” will capture the excitement.”

To find out more, and to sign up, contact the Art Association at (307) 733-6379. Those interested in the class are also welcome to contact Arno at, or phone (917) 741-4834.