Category Archives: Western Contemporary Art

Wherever We Go, Art is the Heart

I was going to tell you that if I could live on art, I would. Then I realized I already do. And so do we all, in some way or another. Art is, literally, all around us. The keyboard I’m typing on is someone’s imaginiative creation. The lamp on my desk, the paintings on my wall, my books, the clothes I wear (though in my case I have to fall short of calling what I wear “wearable art.” It’s more like “wearable earrings and sweatshirts.”).

Outstanding in her field: Kathy Wipfler.

Recipes are art, the chairs we sit on. Loving one another and sticking by the Golden Rule is an art. That particular rule is, for some reason so difficult to follow. Why is that? It’s so simple to do the right thing. One of the most obvious “right things” is to respond to friends and colleagues when they reach out. When we don’t respond, the thing we remember IS the non-response. That’s not what you want people to remember, professionally or otherwise.

Todd Kosharek at work. Todd’s passion, work ethic and kindness are the best of Jackson Hole’s art heart.

My wish for us this year is to always try to do the right thing. Think it out. Be honest, but balanced. Who are your mentors? Who do you hold up as a hero amongst us? When trying to decide how to act, what choices to make, how to respond, how to walk this earth, I implore you: Do the right thing.

Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters’ Quick Draw” at the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitors Center in Grand Teton National Park.

One “compassion researcher” I know of says this: “We are taught that there is a right and wrong way to behave, to act and to think. Stepping outside this construct is a big shift. Non-judgmental acceptance of what it means to embrace all suffering on the planet takes development.”

Plein Air Cowboy Bar!

I’m not religious, but I try to find the good path, make choices that align my soul and help me towards peace and contentment. So often that effort winds up involving huge, ongoing struggles. Breaking things down to day-to-day triumphs is a better choice. Much of the time our thoughts are of the future, one dream after another. I can be guilty of spending more time dreaming than doing, especially during these challenging winter months.

Today my goal is to break that pattern up a little and re-start this blog! I will begin my book in earnest this year. I will work and produce positively to the benefit of arts here as they are related to the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem’s phenomenal beauty and the wealth of art in our galleries and superb new generation of artists.

Bronwyn Minton, for “View 22.” I purchased my first “Bronwyn” this year!

I will try to present all forms of Jackson’s visual arts to the best of my ability; none of us relates to EVERY SINGLE work of art, but we can appreciate every effort, love that it exists, discuss art and feel lucky our particular creative vortex is so powerful.

Borbay and Friend. Connecting with this guy was a highlight of the year! He’s really a softie.

And so this first post of 2017 contains some of my favorite images and moments from 2016’s Jackson Hole art offerings and events. Just a very few~~there were SO many! To see more images from the past year, visit my Art Blog Facebook Page .  If you enjoy those posts, please “Like” the page and tell your friends! 

Dean Cornwell (1892–1960)
Portrait,1929. The Jackson Hole Art Auction had some exquisite works.

As ever, my deepest gratitude to everyone who appreciates and reads The Jackson Hole Art Blog. I’m thankful and proud.

David Michael Slonim at Altamira Fine Art.

The Jackson Hole Art Blog’s new header image: Detail from David Michael Slonim’s “Bailando,” at Altamira Fine Art.  

 

HOWL: Here Comes Fall Arts!

“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 image. Visit it at the historic Wort Hotel!

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

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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

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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!

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Left to right: Runway couture by Anna Trzebinski (CO) at WDC Fashion Show; Custom gold-topped boots by Tomasso Arditti (TX); and wooden chair by artist Steve Henneford (MT)

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

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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!!!!!  info@jacksonholechamber.com

Fritz Scholder Mystery Woman with White Horse, 1994 Acrylic on Canvas 80 x 68 inches

Fritz Scholder, Mystery Woman with White Horse, 1994. Acrylic on Canvas,
80 x 68 inches.

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 

Claire Brewster

Claire Brewster

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

Work by Tad Anderson

Work by Tad Anderson

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.”

You can read two Jackson Hole Art Blog pieces on Tad Anderson’s art here and here.  www.jacksonholeartassociation.org

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 

Trio Fine Art artist Jennifer Hoffman at work. Photo by Tammy Christel

Trio Fine Art artist Jennifer Hoffman at work. Photo by Tammy Christel

Legacy Gallery – Luke Frazier, One Man Show

An earlier work by Luke Frazier ~ NOT included in this show.

An earlier work by Luke Frazier ~ NOT included in this 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

Master Metalsmith and jeweler Susan Adams at Cayuse Western Americana Gallery

Master Metalsmith and jeweler Susan Adams at Cayuse Western Americana Gallery

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 

Bert Geer Phillips (1868–1956) Fall Splendor oil on board 22 1/4 x 52 1/4 in Estimate: $300,000–$500,000

Bert Geer Phillips (1868–1956), Fall Splendor. Oil on board, 22 1/4 x 52 1/4 in. Estimate: $300,000–$500,000

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 

Brent Cotton, at Trailside Galleries. March on the Upper Blackfoot, oil. 32 x 40"

Brent Cotton, at Trailside Galleries. March on the Upper Blackfoot, oil. 32 x 40″

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

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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 

Greg Wilson, "Peeking Over the Other Side," 40x30" Oil

Greg Wilson, “Peeking Over the Other Side,” 40×30″ Oil

Thal Glass Studio – Open Studio

Thal Glass Studio is open by appointment September 7-18, 2016. Please call or email Laurie at thallaurie@gmail.com to schedule your visit! Thal Glass Studio is located at 2800 Linn Drive, Wilson, Wyoming.  www.thalglass.com

Lauri Thal Glass

Lauri Thal Glass

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. 

David Brookover. "Layers of Silence," at the David Brookover Gallery.

David Brookover. “Layers of Silence,” at the David Brookover Gallery.

 

Our Majestic Parks: Ziemienski at Altamira Fine Art

Dennis Ziemienski, Stone Bridge Over the Merced, Yosemite National Park. Oil on Canvas 40 x 30 "

Dennis Ziemienski, Stone Bridge Over the Merced, Yosemite National Park. Oil on Canvas. 40×30″

In Dennis Ziemienski’s new show “Celebrating Our National Parks” at Altamira Fine Art, our parks are monumental. Man’s presence, for the most part, is small and humbling. In every image, you’ll find homage and acknowledgement that they, the parks, were here before us; and they, not us, are Earth’s great achievements.

DENNIS ZIEMIENSKI: CELEBRATING OUR NATIONAL PARKS, is on exhibit at Altamira Fine Art in Jackson, Wyoming, August 15-27, with an opening reception on Thursday, August 18, 5-8:00 pm. 

Dennis Ziemienski Old Faithful Geyser, Yellowstone National Park Oil on Canvas 48 x 30 inches

Dennis Ziemienski
Old Faithful Geyser, Yellowstone National Park
Oil on Canvas
48 x 30 “

As I write, 11 works from the show are posted on Altamira’s website; two have already sold. Ziemienski’s painting has always been marked by an appreciation of all things vintage. At times I’ve felt his work can be a little too obvious, but in this show, being obvious about color, scale and our precious parks is the point. These are spectacular tributes to some of America’s greatest treasures: Yellowstone, Grand Teton National Park, Arches National Park, Glacier , Yosemite and Devil’s Tower National Monument. This year is the National Park Centennial, and if you are one of the millions whose lives are deeply affected by personal park experience; if these wild and gorgeous places have made their mark on your soul, then you are bound to be transported by this tremendous exhibit.

Works reflect National Parks grandeur and scale. Ziemienski’s smallest painting measures 18 x 24″, and the largest canvas is 36 x 48″.

“The stunning beauty, history and wildlife provides an unlimited source of inspiration and subject matter for my paintings.” ~ Dennis Ziemienski

Growing up near Yosemite, I spent many summers there. Two decades ago I moved to Jackson Hole and Grand Teton National Park; stepping off the plane here for the first time my pulse quickened, stunned by the Tetons’ visual impact. Those halcyon summer months spent at Yosemite’s lakes, beneath the waterfalls, hiking valleys, camping in the pines~~I can smell it. I thought I’d lost that sense memory forever. Thank goodness, I was wrong.

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Turner Lightens Up at Trio Fine Art; Trailside’s Western Spirit

2016 Light on the Land

Kathryn Mapes Turner, "Grace," 40 x 30" oil on linen.

Kathryn Mapes Turner, “Grace,” 40 x 30″ oil on linen.

“I believe that humans can learn from the example set by animals to live sustainably on the planet. In this way, they live life ‘light on the land.’” ~ Kathryn M. Turner 

Transluscent light plays a big role in the artist’s upcoming exhibition “Light on the Land,” going on exhibit August 17th at Trio Fine Art, in Jackson, Wyoming. An opening reception will be be held August 18th, 5-8:00 pm at the gallery.

Plein air painter Kathryn Mapes Turner’s work has taken on a sheer, misty quality. Subject matter is not quite attached to this earth. It floats. Turner wields her brush to create an airy, misty atmosphere, quite in contrast to this region’s massive solidity and sheer tonnage.

It’s a style of painting the artist has embraced for some time. Often, Turner’s brushstrokes are diluted, and canvas texture becomes part of a painting; oils are so sparingly used they can be mistaken for watercolors.

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Wildlife, Outside In

KOLLABS, Jake, 2016 Mixed Media, 12 x 12 in.

KOLLABS, Jake, 2016
Mixed Media, 12 x 12 in.

What if wildlife entered our homes, our environment and, well, got comfortable?

How would we react?

That’s the question artists Luis Garcia-Nerey and Anke Schofield, working together as “KOLLABS,” ask.

KOLLABS’ art, represented by Diehl Gallery  in a new show of KOLLABS (col’-lab-or-a-tive?) mixed media works depict wildlife in unnatural settings. These images bring fairytales and literary anthropomorphism to mind: Three Little Pigs, Red Riding Hood, Mr. Popper’s Penguins and Harvey. 

I’m “translating” here, but my reading is that KOLLABS believes society intentionally assigns objects to certain spaces because society is programmed to believe that’s where any given object belongs. KOLLABS hopes their art succeeds in helping us “flip the traditional way we view wildlife [by] placing them [in human] environments.”

KOLLABS: NEW WORKS’ opening reception takes place August 9th, 5-8:00 pm, at the Tram Club, base of the Teton Club, next to Walk Festival Hall in Teton Village In this Diehl satellite show, exhibition sales in part support the Grand Teton Music Festival.  From August 10 – September 6, viewings are by appointment only. 

Senses, surrounded.

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