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“The subject of my works is paint, the motif is the image, the illusions, the beauty of landscape. I never want to forget that what I am looking at is paint on canvas.” ~ Louisa McElwain

Altamira Fine Art opens its summer arts season with Louisa McElwain’s “A Painters Dream,” an exhibition of 19 new paintings by the renowned landscapist. The show runs May 23rd – June 5th, 2012; an artist’s reception takes place Friday, May 25th, 2012.

McElwain, a New Mexico native, describes herself as an abstract artist. This new show advances that claim; and it’s a correct claim. But, as I write this, and as I view her new canvases, I can’t help but think, “Damn, these are radically charged, super-painted works! And they remind me of Vincent Van Gogh’s foaming, tumultuous and emotive paintings.” One of my favorite reference books describes abstract painting as “having artistic content that depends on intrinsic form rather than on pictorial representation.”  McElwain is representing these landscapes; we can see them. But a vortex—must be that New Mexico magic—of energy churns up place, color and light in each of her works. In “Extraterrestrial,” pictured above, a supernatural form volcanically takes off from the earth–it’s in the sky, becoming the sky.

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Heartfelt and huge thanks to all Jackson Hole area artists, galleries and organizations donating time and art to February 19th’s V-Day Silent Auction, supporting Teton County’s victims of domestic violence.  We’re a rich county, in the first state to give women the right to vote.  Even so, the need to support women and girls in dire domestic crises is great.  Your efforts and talent are deeply appreciated.

Brookover Photography

Eliot Goss

Ed Lavino

Wyoming Gallery

A Horse of a Different Color Gallery

Mountain Trails Gallery

Crazy Horse

Trio Fine Art

Kathryn Mapes Turner

September Vhay

Lee Carlman Riddell

Kay Stratman

Valerie Seaberg

Laurie Thal

Miga Rosetti

Shannon Troxler Thal

Ben Roth

National Museum of Wildlife Art

Alissa Davies

Abbie Miller

Lisa Miller

David Swift

Troutwater Gallery

A.D. Maddox

Grand Teton Association

Your donations are even more meaningful, as we find ourselves in the trying times we do.  We are all being tested, but women with lives beset by the overwhelming circumstance of violence often find no exit.  Your gifts lend them a hand, providing greater chances for finding a new home, new work, new pride.  If you would like to participate, please email, or phone 307-690-1983, by end of the day February 4th.   Thank you.

Tammy Christel


Lyndsay is known as Jackson’s most influential person in the arts scene.  Her undimmed passion has enriched us for a decade and a half, beginning with her years at the Martin Harris Gallery.   As Kate Balog noted, Lyndsay has “…brought dialogue, philosophy, social commentary… and contemporary artists to the small mountain town known for its traditional Western art, and helped pave the way for the newer art venues.”

Lyndsay simultaneously honors our region’s rich art history, a history grounded in parks conservation, and pushes boundaries to discover and promote all manner of contemporary art.

She has overturned our traditional concept of art galleries by turning hers into a welcoming ‘home’ for countless worthy initiatives. Her energy and commitment are unmatched.  Through her exhibits and events Lyndsay provides venues for women’s initiatives, conservation, Latino resources, children and more.  Lyndsay McCandless Contemporary Gallery does so much more than support the arts; there are few concepts Lyndsay won’t consider.  Artists are activists, and Lyndsay’s personal brand of activism furthers and supports our ever-diversifying arts community.

To walk into Lyndsay McCandless Contemporary is to enter a place of wonder.  Through Lyndsay’s efforts we all have the opportunity to learn not only about art, but also about the ties that bind us as a community, and about our role as passengers on the boat, Planet Earth.

Tammy Christel, July 2008


“(Lanting’s) extraordinary collection of photographs, taken around the globe over a period of 20 years, is an impassioned endeavor to depict the “kaleidoscopic nature” of jungles.”


World Tibet Network News
Published by the Canada Tibet Committee
Wednesday, October 6, 2004

7. “Dreaming of Tibet”– Jackson Hole Film Festival

By Tammy Christel, Arts Columnist
Planet Jackson Hole
October 6, 2004

Jackson, Wyoming

Watching “Dreaming of Tibet” this past Sunday afternoon, I worried how I might sum up its gripping message. Still worried, I dive in.

Diving into the life of a refugee is what hundreds of thousands of Tibetans have done in the wake of their homeland becoming occupied by the Chinese government. Director Will Parrinello has skillfully intertwined the history of Tibet’s agony with the personal journeys of individual Tibetans relocated to Nepal and the U.S.

“Dreaming of Tibet” explores the spiritual strength and hardships of a people faced with impossible decisions: whether to stay in their beloved homeland, now overtaken by a repressive Chinese government, a government with an aim to obliterate Tibetan culture; or to take the desperate step of fleeing Tibet, splitting themselves off from family and traditions centuries old. The trek takes them over the frozen Himalayas; some traverse the passes in tennis shoes, some die of pulmonary edema, some lose body parts to frostbite.

Parrinello devotes much of the film to the Tibetan’s Buddhist wisdom; such strength is the only explanation for the Tibetan refugees survival and optimistic spirit. Despite towering obstacles the people portrayed in this educational, moving film believe their fate is divined by past failures; that their current plight is a result of that history, to be accepted and solved. Their exile has become their inspiration, the rock upon which to rebuild their traditions and families in foreign lands. “Dreaming of Tibet” is a clear and compelling account of one of our world’s most desperate dilemmas.

Upcoming Screenings

“Dreaming of Tibet” will screen at the 2004 Orinda Film Festival. The film will be shown on Sunday, October 17 at 12:00pm. The film screens with “Sipay Khorlo: The Wheel of Life,” directed by Liz Smith, USA, 8 minutes. For tickets contact: (Tel)-925-258-0758 or

Barcelona International Film Festival of Human Rights, October 20 at 9:30pm and October 24 at 12:00pm at Casa Asia, Palau Bar de Quadras, Av. Diagonal, 373 08008 Barcelona (Spain). For tickets contact: T +34 93 238 73 37.

Amnesty International Film Festival (Vancouver, Canada), Sunday, November 7 at 1pm at Pacific Cinematheque.
For tickets contact: