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Charles M. Russell (1864–1926) Menu (Cafe Noir) (ca. 1896) watercolor and pencil on paper 6 x 4 (sight) in  Estimate: $40,000–$60,000

Charles M. Russell (1864–1926)
Menu (Cafe Noir) (ca. 1896) watercolor and pencil on paper 6 x 4 (sight) in
Estimate: $40,000–$60,000

This year’s Jackson Hole Art Auction is two months away; time flies. After all, it’s summer and high art season in Jackson, Wyoming. Stay on your toes, keep a daily eye out for new auction lots! Get your consignments in on time~~2015’s deadline opportunity has likely evaporated. So many impressive consignments arrive at auction headquarters, upstairs at Trailside Gallery, that some must be put forward for your consideration.

Whether it’s market confidence or simply a new method of expanding their buying audience, the auction spreads itself over two days this year, with two separate buying events. The auction, a premier venue for Western masterworks, begins September 18th, 2015.

“The ninth annual Jackson Hole Art Auction will begin with Session I held on Friday, September 18th at Trailside Galleries in Jackson, WY. Session I will be a small well-curated sale of lots by highly desirable contemporary and deceased artists. Session II will be held on Saturday, September 19th at the Center for the Arts,” notes the auction. Both events include free, open-to-the-public preview opportunities.

E. Martin Hennings, Untitled. 18.5 x 15 1/4".  Oil $40,000 -$60,000

E. Martin Hennings, Untitled. 18.5 x 15 1/4″. Oil $40,000 -$60,000

So, what’s on the auction menu? It’s impossible to provide a full list in this space, but highlights include historic and contemporary works by Bierstadt, C.M. Russell, Bob Kuhn, Carl Rungius, Howard Terpning, Z.S. Liang, Remington, E. Martin Hennings, Clyde Aspevig, Richard Schmid, Harry JacksonEanger Irving Couse, T. Allen LawsonStanley Meltzoff and William Acheff.

Bob Kuhn (1920–2007) Winter Browse - Mule Deer (1995)

Bob Kuhn (1920–2007) Winter Browse – Mule Deer (1995) Acrylic on Board  14×18″ Estimate: $40,000 – $60,000

Lot estimates range anywhere from four digits to seven.

Though not an official part of Jackson Hole’s famed Fall Arts Festival, the auction is a heady and highly anticipated conclusion to Jackson’s official arts season. Live Western auctions cause attendees and staff to break out in goosebumps. This thing is full of adrenaline~~the auction has become one of the country’s top Western art auctions, each year offering up exquisite paintings, sculptures and artifacts. A co-production of Jackson’s Trailside Galleries and Santa Fe’s Gerald Peters Gallery, the auction is an upscale, professionally organized and thrilling event.

Visit for information, or phone Auction Coordinator Jill Callahan at (866)-549-9276.

Albert Bierstadt (1830–1902) Wind River Country Wyoming (ca. 1860) oil on canvas 28 1/4 x 39 1/2 in Estimate: $1,000,000–$2,000,000

Albert Bierstadt (1830–1902)
Wind River Country Wyoming (ca. 1860)
oil on canvas
28 1/4 x 39 1/2 in
Estimate: $1,000,000–$2,000,000





If you want your art to get noticed and sold here in Jackson, you have to work at it every day, every minute you can. Don’t sit around wasting time watching TV. Your art has to be the best, the highest caliber you can produce, it has to stand out.”  ~ Jackson Hole Artist 


“No animals died in the making of these mounts.” – Jennifer Lee, National Museum of Wildlife Art

Contests and competitions everywhere!  Jackson’s National Museum of Wildlife Art is putting out a national and regional call to artists–including amateurs–to submit “fun faux animal mounts” that will be part of the new Trophy Art Fundraiser. Artists must create fanciful examples of animal trophy heads and deliver them to the museum by February 7, 2014. All works will be on display February 12th – March 15th. All are available for sale on a first come, first serve basis beginning February 22nd, from 11 a.m – 2 p.m., during  “Trophy Art: Fun Forms for All.”


“We were hoping to inspire people’s creativity with this event by letting imaginations run wild,” says Associate Director of Programs and Events Jennifer Lee. “For years the museum has been asked, ‘Where is the taxidermy?’ This event offers a fun way of playing off that theme, including our tagline: “No animals died in the making of these mounts.”

Two works for sale are “Deer #5” by Kelly Vanderveer (above) and “The Lizard” crafted in silver and opal by Jackson Hole silversmith Joni Mack, top of the page.

Participating artists retain 30% of the purchase price they name as a commission for their time and efforts, with the rest of the proceeds going to the museum’s youth education programs. Images already received for the upcoming event include a lizard, mountain lion, elk, pronghorn and deer.

For more information, contact Jennifer Lee at or 307.732.5412.

Joshua Tobey -"Cotton Ball"  Cotton Tail Rabbit. Bronze, edition of 25 7" x 9" x 8"

Tim Cherry -“Cotton Ball” Cotton Tail Rabbit.
Bronze, edition of 25
7″ x 9″ x 8″

New paintings and sculptures are on view at Astoria Fine Art, in Jackson. In particular 2014’s Fall Arts Festival Sculptor Artist Joshua Tobey has some wonderful new wildlife sculptures. At this writing many Fall Arts fans are waiting to see the finished image of Tobey’s winning FAF work, one he hopes will initiate the new FAF tradition memorably.

Tim Cherry and Gerald Balciar also have new sculptures at the gallery; painters Ewoud deGroot, Robert Lougheed (1910 – 1982), Dean Mitchell, Tom Palmore, Al Agnew and Cole Johnson are all represented. Stop by the gallery, on the north side of Jackson’s Town Square. Who said winter was quiet?

Ewoud deGroot - "Snowy Owl"  39.5" x 25.5"  oil

Ewoud deGroot – “Snowy Owl” 39.5″ x 25.5″ oil

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Seven-year Western Design Conference  (WDC) Events Manager Allison Merritt is now the conference’s owner; she purchased the event from Powder Horn Press and the Jackson Hole News and Guide, owners since the show moved to Jackson in 2007.

Merritt plans to expand 2014’s show and sale, she says. WDC will now include a home and interior design feature and “a larger fashion shopping experience.”  The annual, juried conference and show typically awards close to $16,000 in prize money to artisans working with Western genre works. This year’s conference, the big kickoff for Jackson’s annual Fall Arts Festival, takes place September 4-7, 2014.

“My vision is to build on the history of the show while creating an event that brings together every facet of design in the West, and to appeal to markets ranging from young, new customers to established collectors,” says Merritt. “From documented American craft to home design to fashion, we are expanding the show to encompass all aspects of the best of Western design.”

The Western Design Conference was founded 22 years ago in Cody, Wyoming, as a way to promote contemporary artists working with historical American craft methods. Contact Merritt at or phone  307-690-9719.

Photograph by Leine Stikkel

Photograph by Leine Stikkel

Oh Milky Way, what secrets of our galaxy do you hold in/ your spiraling Orion’s arm of comets and planets/and celestial beings…~Jackson Photographer Leine Stikkel. 

Jackson’s photographers are likely very familiar with Leine Stikkel’s photographs of all things natural, quixotic and wild. I’ve known Leine for a couple of years, but too rarely get to spend time with her. She’s a naturalist, a spotter, an adventurer and devoted to the art. Through her lens, she sees the world so uniquely—and I use “uniquely” in its best sense. Earlier this year she and filmmaker Jeff Hogan began a project filming beavers in Grand Teton National Park, but the project was cut short by the government shut down. The two continue working together; keep your eyes open for a new project.


Happily, I ran into Leine on the west bank dike, along the Snake River just the other day. She spotted an avalanche, and we looked at it through her binoculars for a while. She’s launched a blog, “Lens to the World,” where you can view her work and read her close-to-the-heart responses to what her camera’s eye captures. It’s beautiful. Stikkel simply wants to get her photographs and thoughts about what she sees out to the world. Hope this helps.

Photograph by Leine Stikkel

Photograph by Leine Stikkel

“The beaver pond is icing up. Their food storage spreads away from the lodge through the pond water, looking as if a small, branchy tree has fallen from atop the lodge. It will be their food throughout the winter,” writes Stikkel. “All they have to do is dive out of the lodge and right there, under the ice, grab a branch and scoot back in, mmm water chilled alder, aspen or cottonwood tree.”

Were we all able to slow ourselves down and match words to image as she does. Thank you, Leine.

Jennifer Hoffman - Flat Creek Breakdown

Jennifer Hoffman – Flat Creek Breakdown

Bushwhacking through dense underbrush and tangled bunches of new and old-growth forest one afternoon with two of the three Trio Fine Art artists, I finally “got” what determination means when it comes to plain air painting. I’ve loved and been close to plain air for decades, but rarely get a chance to go with painters to protected, coveted painting sites. This day was different, and following the footsteps of Jennifer Hoffman and Bill Sawczuk as they marked a painting spot on protected land can be defined, without hesitation, as adventure.

When bellowing bull elk bear down on you, suggesting you’d be better off moving some yards to the south, you pick up your paint box and move it. Hoffman tells the story of that day much better than I; We ventured out on the Ladd property. You think you know what you’re doing, but this valley is always full of surprises…read the story here.

Kathryn Turner - Mead Ranch

Kathryn Turner – Mead Ranch

View22: Painting Jackson Hole’s Open Spaces is a collaboration and fundraiser art exhibition featuring the works of artists Kathryn Turner, Hoffman and Sawczuk. The exhibition’s opening reception takes place Friday, December 6th, at Trio Fine Art on North Cache. Time is 5-8 pm, with artists’ remarks beginning at 6pm. The exhibition remains up through December 21st. A portion of exhibition sales benefit the Jackson Hole Land Trust.

Drawing inspiration from Thomas Moran, the painter responsible for capturing Yellowstone’s rugged beauty so magnificently that Congress declared it and Grand Teton as national parks, View 22 celebrates the Jackson Hole Land Trust’s conservation efforts that have so dramatically affected our open spaces, and works to further cement the eternal bond between art and nature.

Bill Sawczuk - Hardeman Barn

Bill Sawczuk – Hardeman Barn

This past summer and early fall saw Turner, Hoffman and Sawczuk visiting an array of preserved open spaces, often not available to the public, and painting their landscapes, wildlife and historic valley structures. Besides benefitting the Land Trust, this show shines a light on special land tracts many of us don’t get a chance to see. Or, if you have had the luck to visit them, you may view each of these places anew. Eighteen protected properties were captured en plein air for the project; 23,000 acres have been protected by the Land Trust.

“As full-time landscape painters in Jackson Hole, we have a vital interest in the preservation of open space within our valley. It is the natural beauty found in wide open spaces that inspires our creativity. Through sharing our interpretations of the landscape, we hope to shine a spotlight on the importance of conservation efforts made possible by the Jackson Hole Land Trust,” said Turner, Hoffman, and Sawczuk.

A View 22 produced video of the artists, their activities and several locations they visited can be viewed here.

Land Trust Executive Director Laurie Andrews is thrilled with Trio Fine Art’s commitment. “Through Trio’s artists’ deep understanding of how the valley’s protected open spaces affect their daily lives, and [through] their talent and creativity, they’ve shown us all a very special view of [the Land Trust’s] work.”

For more information contact Trio Fine Art at 307.734.4444, or phone the Land Trust’s Leslie Steen at 307.733.4707. Email:  

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John Nieto - God's Dog (Coyote)

John Nieto – God’s Dog (Coyote) – Altamira Fine Art

Just for you, here’s the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival, Week Number Two!


Grand Teton Gallery: Meet the Artists.  4-8:00 pm. Stop into Grand Teton Gallery and meet artists Gary Keimig, Les LeFevre, Tom Lucas, Rip Caswell, Al Hone, Mike Rangner, Chuck Middlekauff, Deb Penk, and Jane Coleman. That’s a lot of artists! You can bet on good energy!  FREE. 130 West Broadway, 307.201.1172

Mountain Trails Gallery presents “Andrew Bolam: Icons of the American West.”  5-8:00 pm. New to the Western pop scene, Bolam introduces us to his newest works depicting wildlife and portraits of Native American Indian chiefs. Light refreshments. FREE.  155 Center Street, 307.734.8150

Kay Stratman - Mountain Lake Memory

Kay Stratman – Mountain Lake Memory

“New Horizons IV” Gallery Opening at Horizon Fine Art.  This group show opens today and runs through the end of Fall Arts, September 15th. This year’s group includes  Dean Bradshaw, Bregelle Whitworth Davis, Nicole Gaitan, Jill Hartley, Linda Israel, Monica Jansen, Mark Kelso, Jack Koonce, Sarah Rogers, Karen Sebesta, Kay Stratman, and Pete Zaluzec. Stratman and other local artists are featured in filmmaker Jennifer Tennican’s new short film focusing on the arts. FREE.  30 King Street, 307.739.1540,


Sharon Thomas

Art by Sharon Thomas

Fall Arts Festival Open Studio Tour ~ Jackson Hole Art Association. 5:30-7:30 pm. Art Association artists will be on hand to display their work and offer fun, family-friendly demonstrations and arts activities during tonight’s open studio. Wander through, enjoy music and refreshments, and meet noted local artists like Sharon Thomas and Fred Kingwill. Artists and works representing almost every conceivable form of media will be there. Raku firings, ceramics (pottery) throwing (Sam Dowd), painting and printmaking happen! FREE. All studios. Location: Jackson’s Center for the Arts, 240 S. Glenwood, downtown Jackson.

Grand Teton Gallery Artists in Residence. Deb Penk paints with acrylics and Al Hone sculpts on site, 11:00am-3:00pm. Jane Coleman paints and Rip Caswell returns to sculpt—Mike Rangner paints, using oils from 1:00-5:00pm. FREE. 130 West Broadway, 307.201.1172


Jewelry and Artisan Luncheon ~ 11:00am-4:00pm.  At the Four Seasons in Teton Village, this event is the first in a series of the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s annual Western Visions events, a Fall Arts Festival tradition. Ladies only at this one!  Lunch—really, you get to stay and enjoy yourself for five hours—is $100 per person. Proceeds benefit the museum’s Education Programming. Official registration ended September 4, but call 307.732.5411 for more information. 

John Nieto - Ring Thunder

John Nieto – Ring Thunder

Altamira Fine Art – Gallery Reception – John Nieto: Forces of Color and Spirit  5-8:00 pm.

“My art develops and changes as my vision changes,” says the great American expressionist artist John Nieto. “I put a lot of energy into the paintings, and I think people get that back. Whether it is a child or an 80-year-old, I want people to respond intuitively, because of their feelings. Art is my way of being a citizen of the universe. I felt as if I had spent my whole life learning a language, and finally I was fluent. I could see paintings in my mind and realize them on canvas more accurately than ever.”

Nieto, a  highly distinguished elder citizen of the universe, is miraculously more prolific than ever. His embrace is a full life embrace; each painting is a celebration–stunning and colorful–and created with powerful respect and profound love for his native roots, the earth and its inhabitants. Nieto established a painting style many attempt to emulate, but nobody can match. FREE. My favorites? Nieto’s Fancy Dancers. This exhibition remains on display through September 21st. Altamira Fine Art, 172 Center Street, 307.739.4700,

Ashley Tudor - Bronze Elk Mount

Ashley Tudor – Bronze Elk Mount

WRJ Associates Hosts Ashley Tudor. 6 pm – 8 pm. Tudor, a San Francisco-based artist, will showcase her “Trophies” series, works that explore “the intersection of the natural world and the human role in it.” Tudor works using mixed media, primarily creating sculpture. She is, writes WRJ, an avid outdoorsman, hunter and field-to-table chef. She must cut quite a figure in the San Francisco arts scene; she “loves any excuse to get into the mountains, valleys, and fields, especially to search out her own food.” Tudor has lectured at the California College of the Art, IDSA, and Stanford University.

“Civilized life has become too tame. In our comfort it is easy to be detached from the natural world. Food arrives at our table with little thought to its origin or life,” says Tudor. “The natural world has been sanitized, manicured, and separated from emotion. One forgets that our existence comes from the creative destruction of other life.” FREE. 

imagesArt Walk! 5-8:00 pm. Downtown Jackson. Join more than 30 Jackson art galleries for the “Third Thursdays Art Walk” — still happening on Wednesday this Fall Arts Festival Week. FREE. Look for participating gallery Art Walk banners! All galleries listed here as hosting events today, at this time, are participants.

Trio Fine Art – 5-8:00 pm. Opening reception for “In our Valley” Group exhibition, highlighting landscapes depicting the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem, created by Trio artists Bill Sawczuck, Kathryn Mapes Turner and Jennifer L. Hoffman. “There is so much more to this place than first meets the eye,” says Hoffman. “When you live here and absorb the surroundings, you begin to notice the subtlety and the grandeur, the history and the natural beauty.”  FREE.

Jennifer L. Hoffman - The Road Home

Jennifer L. Hoffman – The Road Home

Poster Signing with Jason Rich- Legacy Gallery. 3:00-5:00pm. Meet 2013’s Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival featured artist Jason Rich and receive a personally signed poster of his featured painting, “River Overlook: Gros Ventre River Ranch.” FREE to attend, but posters are $30 unsigned and $40 signed. Call the Jackson Chamber of Commerce for information: 307.733.3316 or email Legacy Gallery, 75 North Cache Street, 307.733.2353 

Grand Teton Gallery Artists in Residence. Deb Penk and Gayle Weisfield paint on site 11:00am-3:00pm. From 1-5:00 pm, Michael Orwick and Carrie Wild paint, and Rip Caswell will demonstrate sculpting. FREE.  307.201.1172.

Carrie Wild - Call of the Wild

Carrie Wild – Call of the Wild

Artists Reception and Trunk Show – Horizon Fine Art. 5-8:00 pm. Local jewelry craftsperson Monica Jensen hosts a trunk show of her creations, and the gallery’s featured artists will be on hand to lead an arts discussion. Demonstrations. FREE. 30 King Street, 307.739.1540

RARE Gallery Opening  – More jewelry! Jewelry craftsperson Petra Class shows her new work, noon-4:00 pm. Class’ jewelry is made with cut stones and 22K sets, says RARE. The gallery states that her work is all “personally made,” which may mean she does custom work or that her jewelry is hand made—or both. Come and find out! FREE. 60 E. Broadway 2nd Floor,


Veryl Goodnight - Born to Run

Veryl Goodnight – Born to Run

National Museum of Wildlife Art – “Going Wild” with Veryl Goodnight. The noted sculptor, one of two 2013 featured artists, gives a lecture and a workshop, 10 – 11:00 am. Tickets are $75 per person; and painter Mark Eberhard, whose brilliantly colored paintings of birds balance so impressively between realism and contemporary naturalism, gives a process workshop from 1:00-2:30 pm. Tickets are $75 per person. If you’d like to attend both events, a “bundle” ticket price of $100 gets you in! National Museum of Wildlife Art, 2820 Rungius Road, 307.733.5771, 

R. Tom Gilleon - End of Yellow Day

R. Tom Gilleon – End of Yellow Day

Altamira Fine Art: Meet the Artists: R. Tom Gilleon and Greg Woodard. 1:00-3:00pm. Montana artist Gilleon is renowned for his glowing paintings of tipis and his growing collection of portraits of Native Americans and interpretations of Western symbols. Woodard’s powerful sculptures seem to erupt from the earth—they’re artifacts uncovered. FREE. 172 Center Street, 307.739.4700,

By Kat Housemann

By Kat Housemann

MADE, in Gaslight Alley, holds an artist’s reception for painter Kat Housemann, MADE’s Fall Arts Festival featured artist. 5-8:00 pm. FREE. A Montana native, Houseman frequented the C.M. Russell Museum early in her art career. Her work is a punchy, colorful mix of the academic and Western, with a vivid contemporary flair. 

Grand Teton Gallery Artists in Residence – Jim Reid and Jody Kroeger. Reid paints on site and Kroeger will give a sculpture demonstration. Carrie Wild, known for her hot colors and contemporary Western themes, will demonstrate. 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. From 1-5:00 pm, Michael Orwick paints and Rip Caswell gives yet another a sculpture demonstration. FREE. 130 West Broadway,

Astoria Fine Art Gallery Reception with featured artist Josh Legg. 3-6:00 pm at Astoria, on the Town Square. FREE. 307.733.4016

RARE Gallery’s Rick Armstrong  will bring out some of his favorite works from his show “Through the Eyes.” These works were not included in the show of the same name earlier that took place earlier in the Festival. Additionally, sculptor Mark Yale Harris will be on hand to discuss his art. 2-5:00 pm. FREE.


Western Visions Miniatures and More Show & Sale’s “Wild West Artist Party” at the National Museum of Wildlife Art.  6:30-10:30 pm. A great party! Relaxed, and fully stocked with lots of good food, a full bar and live entertainment, this evening’s party gives artists, patrons and their guests an opportunity to view works to be auctioned off at the Sale. Lots of time to peruse the multitude of works included in this event. The Jewelry and Artisan Show & Sale, the Original Prints Show & Sale and the Sketch Show & Sale are open to the public during this event, and artists are on site. The museum notes everyone should have been registered by September 4th! If you have questions or would like to squeeze in, phone 307.732.5411. Tickets are $150 per person., 


September Vhay - Summer's Glance

September Vhay – Summer’s Glance

Altamira Fine Art: Meet the Artists – September Vhay and Mary Roberson will be at the gallery to talk with visitors. Relaxed, informal, fun! 1-3:00 pm.  172 Center Street, 307.739.4700,

E. Martin Hennings (1866-1956) Mountain Retreat

E. Martin Hennings (1866-1956) Mountain Retreat

Preview the 2013 Jackson Hole Art Auction! 10:oo am today AND 9:00 am – Noon on Saturday, September 14th. Stroll over to the Center for the Arts theater lobby, and the theater itself—AND backstage—to preview ALL works (some 280) that will be auctioned off at September 14th’s Jackson Hole Art Auction. An opportunity for EVERYONE to view great works of art, whether you are a collector or simply want a chance to view historic and contemporary Western masterpieces. Open to the public, FREE. The Jackson Hole Art Auction takes place Saturday, September 14th. You may register to bid right up until showtime! See details below! 

HomesteadMagazine2012The Jackson Hole Showcase of Homes–Today, 10:oo am – 4:00 pm; Tomorrow, September 14th, Noon-6pm. Large, expensive houses available for the public to see. This “Showcase of Homes” tour escorts you to a selection of custom Jackson Hole homes.Visit homes designed and decorated by many of the valley’s most sought-after architects, builders and designers. Contemporary, log–it’s all on the tour. SELF GUIDEDHosted by Homestead Magazine (Hey, I’ve written for them! Great magazine!). Many artisans will be on hand. Proceeds are donated to local charities. Ticket price: $75.

26th Annual Western Visions: Miniatures and More Show and Sale – National Museum of Wildlife Art.  3:30 – 8:00 pm. Yes, you should have been registered by September 4th, but do try calling 307.732.5411 for information. Tickets are $100 per person or $200 for a combo ticket for Thursday and Friday. Today is your last chance to place bids on Western Vision works; the evening includes sparkling festivities, but, most importantly, winning bidders are drawn. All Western Visions shows are on display., 

WV Featured Artist Mark Eberhard

WV Featured Artist Mark Eberhard

Legacy Gallery – Tim Shinabarger One Man Show. Artist’s reception, 2-4:00 pm. wildlife sculptor Tim Shinabarger has been working for two years preparing for this! Ten new works– depicting North American and African wildlife subjects–will be exhibited. Some works available for sale by draw.

Mountain Trails Gallery – Mark Gibson: Western Radiance. 5-8:00 pmGibson’s lit-from-within paintings of tipis and landscapes are contemporary in style, but have the sense they’ve been sprinkled with a fine bit of classical dust. FREE. Light refreshments.

Joshua Tobey & Friend

Joshua Tobey & Friend

Astoria Fine Art Reception – Greg Beecham and Joshua Tobey.  1-4:00 pm. That lighthearted sculptor of wildlife Joshua Tobey pairs up with wildlife artist Greg Beecham. Good match! Astoria’s collection of artists is highly evocative of the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s permanent collection. FREE. 307.733.4016 

Grand Teton Gallery Artists in Residence – Rip Caswell is working long hours this year! Caswell and artist Tammy Bality team up for sculpture demonstrations; the latter works 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, and the former is on deck 1-5:00 pm. Caswell will be joined by artists Bob Coonts, Kelly Singleton and Doug Monson. 307.201.1172

RARE Gallery – Gallery Artists Works on Exhibition. Noon-3:00 pm. In addition to works already featured, Kevin Box exhibits origami sculptures described as super stimulating when it comes to contemplating art’s physical space. FREE.


36297_4587744693870_688878886_n18th Annual Jackson Hole QuickDraw Art Sale and Auction – 9:00 am on the Jackson Town Square. Without a doubt, the annual QuickDraw is one of the Festival’s most exhuberant, signature events. Come to the Town Square and watch local and regional artists—all are represented by galleries and/or museums in our region—create art in a very fast 90-minute race to create!  That time is up from an hour, I believe; still VERY fast. Dozens of artists participate. Immediately following, works are auctioned off, including “River Outlook: Gros Ventre River Ranch” by Jason Rich, this year’s Festival Featured Artist. FREE. A Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce event.

Maynard Dixon (1875-1946) Remuda 1921-1945, oil on canvas 25x30"

Maynard Dixon (1875-1946) Remuda 1921-1945, oil on canvas 25×30″

Jackson Hole Art Auction at Jackson’s Center for the Arts – Sale begins at NOON. The Jackson Hole Art Auction, a live, rocket-paced Western art auction in every sense, is defined by the high standard of works offered for sale; lots include art by contemporary artists and deceased masters. The auction has established itself as one of the country’s premier Western art events, and collectors from around the world flock to bid. Bidding takes place at the auction, by phone, by pre-bid or on line.

During a visit to the auction offices, I received a tour of works on hand. “This is our wall of major players, and “Remuda” by Dixon is one of our stars,” noted Jackson Hole Art Auction coordinator Jill Callahan as we perused 2013′s Auction highlights. “Dixon’s been doing very, very well at auction; a recent major Western auction offered a number of Dixons, and they all sold far over estimate. We have Donald J. Hagerty, a Dixon expert, writing an entry for our catalog, and he considers this painting to be one of Dixon’s super works, completed completed just before his death. Dixon often kept what he considered his best works. He started “Remuda” in 1921 and hung onto it, finishing it in 1945. The painting is double-dated, very rare.”  The auction has also acquired at least two rare-to-the-market Farnys.

Henry Farny (1847-1916) - Indian Encampment, 1901

Henry Farny (1847-1916) – Indian Encampment, 1901

Henry Farny. Wilson Hurley. E. Martin Hennings. George Caitlin. Edgar Payne, Clyde Aspevig, Michael Coleman, Gerard Curtis Delano, Ken Riley, Henrietta Wyeth…the list of Great Masters in this year’s Jackson Hole Art Auction is mind boggling. An on-line catalog is available; you may view it by clicking here. You must register to attend. Approximately 280 lots will be up for sale; expect a solid five hour sale. To register, please contact the auction offices at 866.549.9278 or visit their website: Email: 

Duke Beardsley - Getting Choosy

Duke Beardsley – Getting Choosy

Altamira Fine Art: Meet the Artists –  1-3:00 pm. Jared Sanders, Amy Ringholz (2012’s Fall Arts Festival Featured Artist), and Duke Beardsley, whose latest pop-style paintings of cowboys are partially influenced Beardsley’s recent trip to China, will all be on hand to mingle with visitors and talk about their work. FREE. Altamira Fine Art, 172 Center Street, 307.739.4700,

Watercolor by Fred Kingwill

Watercolor by Fred Kingwill

Artists in the Environment – Fred Kingwill. Join one of Jackson’s most beloved plein air painters, watercolorists and teachers, Fred Kingwill, for the summer’s final “Artists in the Environment,” at String Lake, Grand Teton National Park, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. His snow scene, “Christmas in the Tetons,” won 2010’s Capitol Christmas Tree Contest, underscoring Kingwill’s national reputation as a noted watercolorist. Presented by the Grand Teton Association. FREE. 

Trailside Galleries’ Annual Fall Gold Exhibition: Artists Reception. 5-7:00 pm. Works are for sale; all paintings to be sold by draw at 6:30 pm. The exhibition focuses on nature, sporting art, and the wild’s beauties and mysteries. Many new artists; a show “nicely balanced to suit all tastes.” Take part in a tradition that goes back three decades. 

Mountain Trails: Quick Draw Artists Featured –  2-6:00 pm. The gallery welcomes a bundle of favorite artists, and all of them will be fresh off the morning’s Quick Draw. Visit with Dustin Payne, Amy Poor, Chris Navarro, Jeff Ham, Troy Collins, John Potter, and Nicholas Coleman. Light refreshments–that’s good, those artists will be hungry! Mountain Trails Gallery, 155 Center Street, 307.734.8150

Tom Mangelsen - A Summer Affair

Tom Mangelsen – A Summer Affair

Mangelsen – Images of Nature Gallery’s Fall Reception. 6:00-9:00pm. When you’ve finished bidding at the Jackson Hole Art Auction, head over to wildlife and landscape photographer Tom Mangelsen’s gallery on North Cache, next to Teton Mountaineering. A hip crowd attends, and Mangelsen will be on hand to enjoy your company and tell you about his latest photographs. He’s a great storyteller, and his quest to capture nature around the world forever excites us. Mangelsen and his co-author, noted biology professor Paul Johnsgard, will sign copies of  their new book “Yellowstone and Wildlife: Ecology and Natural History of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.” FREE. Images of Nature Gallery, 170 N. Cache, (307) 733-9752

Julie Jeppsen -  "Double Trouble"

Julie Jeppsen –
“Double Trouble”

Wilcox Gallery – Reception, Wildlife & Wildlands, at the downtown Wilcox Gallery location. 5-9:00 pm. An all-gallery artists reception featuring a host of Wilcox artists, several who are new to the gallery. Judy Kelley, who works with gourds and pine needles, is enchanted by nature’s textures and color. Other artists include Wilcox, Dave Wade, Julie Jeppsen, Sandy Scott, Rosetta, Tim Whitworth and more. 

Astoria Fine Art Gallery Reception – Mark Eberhard.  10:00am-1:00pm. Remember my remark about Astoria’s reflecting the museum’s art mission? Intentional or not (I think: intentional!), Mark Eberhard, the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s Western Visions featured painter, will be featured at Astoria; the gallery says over 25 artists will be on hand! FREE. 

Artwork by D. Lee

Artwork by D. Lee

Horizon Fine Art Quick Draw Artists Reception. 9am-Noon. Though this event apparently overlaps the Quick Draw, Horizon invites you to stop by and view Quickdraw artist D. Lee’s equine and wildlife art, along with the works of Dean Bradshaw and Kay Stratman. FREE.

RARE Gallery: Meet the Artist: Pat Flynn. Noon-5:00pm. Jewelry, made from diamonds and gold, created by Flynn, are center stage. FREE.

Grand Teton Gallery Artists’ Reception 4:00-8:00pm. Caswell again! Stop by the gallery to visit with Caswell, Doug Monson, Gayle Weisfield, Bob Coonts, Tammy Bality, Jim Reid, Kelly Singleton, Narrie Toole, Deb Penk, and Carrie Wild. FREE. 


One cowboy to another cowboy, lookin’ for something to do: “We could have a shoot-out, then brunch.”  

images-21Art Brunch Gallery Walk-All Around the Town. Approximately 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.  It’s Bloody Mary time! And time to unwind, de-brief and bid 2013’s Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival a fond adieu. Brunch is served along with vodka-enhanced tomato juice drinks, and you can expect to find champagne and coffee, too. Follow the crowds; many galleries participate. Linger, enjoy! Gallery artists are often in attendance, too. The Jackson Hole Chamber has a gallery map–visit their website: or phone 307.733.3316.  It’s Sunday, and in case the Chamber doesn’t pick up, phone ahead!  Here are a few participating galleries–all brunching is FREE!

Altamira Fine Art FAF Brunch: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm.  Stop in to Altamira to toast 2013′s Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival! 

Trailside Galleries: Starting off at 10:00 am! Join friends and fellow collectors – debrief about the Jackson Hole Art Auction and Fall Gold Exhibition and Sale. Not to mention 50 years in the Western Art business! 

Horizon Fine Art Champagne Brunch. 10:00am-3:00pm. Gallery artists will be working at Horizon, while YOU watch and sample yummy food and drink!

Grand Teton Gallery  11:00 – 3:00pm. Deb Penk and Rip Caswell (who must be awfully tired) will give demonstrations,as will Gayle

Diehl Gallery – 11:00 am – 3:00 pm.  Meet UK sculptor Simon Gudgeon & join the gallery for brunch. Gudgeon’s “Isis” is perhaps the most striking sculpture installed to date at the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s Sculpture Trail. FREE. 

Mountain Trails Collector’s Brunch 10:00am – 2:00pm. Brunch that toasts the gallery’s collectors and artists. And the public is welcome, too.