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Testimonies: Teton Photography Group; Jeremy Morgan & CSA

Photograph by Nelson

Photograph by Loren Nelson

“Basic Digital Photography: How to Make Better Photographs With Your Digital Camera” is the second public educational symposium being offered by the Teton Photography Group, a group that’s come to include roughly 220 members, a phenomenal membership for an arts group less than a year old or for ANY non-profit group in a town our size! Photography, plentiful as sagebrush and as venerable as plein air, will become an official part of summer arts programs for the first time during the 2014 season.

Photograph by Linsdau

Photograph by Aaron Linsdau

“Education, sharing and networking” are the methods Teton Photography uses to advance the art. The event takes place Saturday, March 22, 2014 in the Black Box Theater at the Center for the Arts in Jackson, Wyoming. A half-day in length, the session runs 8:30 am  – 1:30 pm.

Photographers (check links for more about each artist) Loren NelsonAaron Linsdau, Michael Cohen and Mike Cavaroc will speak on such topics as basic photography gear, improving focus and sharpness, obtaining the best exposure and composition techniques that work. Beginners and intermediates should enjoy this session, which is open to the public, interactive and hands-on.

I don’t have written testimonies handy, but I could count on four hands the number of times Teton Photography members have described their own positive experiences gained from the group. $25 donation for advance reservations and $30 at the door. Call 307.733.6379 to register. www.tetonphotographygroup.org


We mentioned this event a few weeks ago in a previous post on Alison Brush’s new arts ventures, but as it’s upon us, I’ll remind you all again that on Thursday, March 20th, 5-7 pm, noted San Francisco artist and visiting teacher Jeremy Morgan will give a talk at the Art Association.

Morgan has “created a following of dedicated artists that enjoy absorbing his knowledge and energy,” says the A.A. This public presentation offers an in-depth, personal account of Morganʼs personal artistic development, his influences and experiences.

Several of Morgan’s disciples say that one reason they love studying with him is that Morgan does not teach by insisting students emulate his own style. He encourages every artistic direction, warmly leading students towards their personal bests. For info: 307-733-6379. www.artassociation.org


Testimony: Many’s the day I go out in the world and hear how excited folks are about Alissa Davies’ Community Supported Arts project!  That’s revealing, redeeming and couldn’t happen to a better, more balanced and sincere arts contributor. Congratulations, Alissa!  Contact Davies by phoning 307.690.4757 or by emailing csajacksonhole@gmail.com.


Laramie Mural Project Campaign; Sidewalk Pottery; Raptor Workshop

Dan Toro - "Mural Artists Painting Fish"

Dan Toro – “Mural Artists Painting Fish”

Two weeks ago I traveled to Laramie, Wyoming to spend a day with the University of Wyoming’s Museum Director and Chief Curator Susan Moldenhauer. It’s shameful, but this was my inaugural visit to Laramie. Though I’ve read and heard stellar testimonials about the museum, and perused images that convince anyone of the museum’s scope and dedication to merging contemporary art with cultural arts, a visit is the only way to grasp its stunning collection and mission. A number of Wyoming arts representatives hope Laramie and Jackson’s arts communities will connect our creative cultures. Such an evolution could only enrich both communities; here’s a start. I am deeply grateful to Susan for sharing part of her busy schedule and leading me through the museum’s galleries.

Talal Cockar - "Tierra y Libertad"

Talal Cockar – “Tierra y Libertad”

A visit bonus was a tour of Laramie’s Mural Project, an ongoing arts community public art initiative conceived by the Laramie Main Street Alliance. The project took shape three years ago, during a discussion over coffee, and developed organically says one mural artist. Several murals are already completed, but now the Project needs the public’s help; and it’s helping itself by initiating a Kickstarter Campaign; you may view the project’s Kickstarter video here. This project will only be funded if at least $15,000 is pledged by Sunday July 21st, 2013, 10:00pm EDT. Though the project is underway, the Alliance must raise the Kickstarter funds or this will be the project’s last summer. 

Travis Ivey - detail from  "Hollyhock Haven"

Travis Ivey – detail from “Hollyhock Haven”

The murals reflect aspects of Laramie life the community holds dear, and the Project “utilizes local artists to create large scale murals downtown that reflect [the] area’s cultural assets.” Completed murals are nothing short of miraculous. Each is thoughtful, technically brilliant and enchanting. Connectively they draw visitors through Laramie, giving anyone who views them a powerful picture of what the town is all about. Each work is carefully conceived; each has a story to tell or a wish expressed. These participating artists energetically describe the project on YoutubeMeghan Meier, Travis Ivey, Dan Toro, Talal Cockar and Jeff Hubbell.

Meghan Meir - Detail from "Escape"

Meghan Meir – Detail from “Escape”

The Laramie Mural Project is a collaboration between the University of Wyoming Art Museum, local artists, BHP Imaging and the Laramie Main Street Alliance. Social change, cultural heritage, workers, making art of your own design, growing food, indigenous animals, hollyhocks, community roots, art everyone can “own”….these are some of the themes Laramie’s murals explore. In case you didn’t click on the project’s video link above, here’s your second chance: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1187018146/laramie-mural-project  

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David Mann at Legacy; Minis at Trailside; Art Fair!

Jackson Hole’s Legacy Gallery presents painter David Mann, in a One Man Show, July 19-29th. An opening reception for the artist takes place Thursday, July 19th, 6-8:00 pm. A dozen new works by Mann will be on exhibit. Mann, a chronicler of Native American culture, continues his focus on that subject matter with this show. Mann specifically portrays the lives of the Plains Indians, specifically, says the gallery, in the context of the mid to late 19th century.

Although Mann “does extensive research on the clothing and background objects of his subject matter,” he does not paint historical events. His biography notes that as a child, Mann was captivated by a book illustrated by Alfred Jacob Miller, a painter of Western subjects; Frank McCarthy’s magazine illustrations were another great influence. For a significant period in his life, Mann spent time on Southwest reservations, gaining a familiarity with his subject evident in his paintings today.

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Art Association’s News; Tumblr!; JH Art Auction 2012

Jenny Dowd sends the following information on classes and updates over at the Art Association:

Figure Drawing Class meets between Christmas and New Year’s, on December 28th. If you bring some tasty holiday goodies, class will be that much more festive!

The Art Association’s winter/spring class schedule will be available soon; be sure to check the website often for updates. Dowd is excited about classes coming in the New Year—she lists such offerings as Sketchbook & Journaling for Beginners; a new class devoted to trying out oil paints, acrylics, and learn about brushes, surfaces, mediums and color charts; study of human and animal anatomy with Dwayne Harty; Tammy Callens will teach a portrait workshop; Meredith Campbell will teach botanicals. And, there will be day-long printmaking workshops!

Who Am I? Portraits of Our Community remains on display at the Center for the Arts until January 2, 2012. The show includes work by several Portrait Drawing Class student artists. Check it out!  www.artassociation.org


Check out the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s Tumblr Blog post for December 20th, and read a little bit about one of the Museum’s most powerful works: Ron Kingswood’s large-scale oil painting “Thou Shall Not Reap the Corners of Thy Field.” Its title “reminds tillers of the fields to leave “a sheaf” behind, so that those less fortunate may be nourished. Here, Kingswood is thinking of wildlife’s winter challenges.” Blue magic.

“A sure sign that art enthusiasts are still looking to invest in quality works of art, we are pleased to report that the 2011 Jackson Hole Art Auction resulted in a record breaking sale in its fifth year,” says Auction Coordinator Lucy Grogan. “The auction held on Saturday, September 15, 2011, realized $9.5 million in sales with over 90% of the 250 lots offered selling well into and above their estimates.”

The auction is currently accepting consignments for next year’s auction, to be held Saturday, September 15,2012. To learn more about consigning to the J.H. Art Auction (an auction of past and present Masters of the American West), phone  866-549-9278, or visit www.jacksonholeartauction.com. Everyone is also welcome to stop by the auction office, upstairs in Trailside Galleries at 130 East Broadway in Jackson.




Happy NMWA Trail Nears Completion; Writing Arts & Scarecrows; Annie

And speaking of innovation, the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s (NMWA) new three-quarter mile sculpture trail, designed by Walter Hood, is due to open on schedule this month. The presence of the trail adds a whole new dimension to the museum. NMWA is literally merging the concept of wildlife art with the landscape wildlife inhabits. Not only will visitors be able to sit outside NMWA and take in those glorious Elk Refuge and Gros Ventre vistas, they will be able to walk the hillsides around NMWA. A new pathway links the Town of Jackson to NMWA–bike & walking paths lead you right to the Museum.  Hood has been tweaking trail details; it sounds like those grid pattern surface boulders will be a part of the design. If you’ve had a chance to look at Hood’s design for the trail, you would have noticed those boulders bracing and anchoring the trail’s fluid design. Good news!

Visiting the trail is free, and open to the public. “Pathway stones and the trail’s Hood-designed Douglas fir benches also are being engraved with names from museum donors, with a number of stones and several benches still available for ‘naming,’ ” NMWA says. “It’s a great way to recognize a loved one in a beautiful outdoor place.”

The trail’s official opening is scheduled for September 2012, when all sculptures are installed and completed. If you’d like to adopt and dedicate a piece of the trail, contact NMWA’s Ponteir Sackrey at 307.732.5444. www.wildlifeart.org

PS: Thinking about the Museum caused me to wonder about Jackson’s lodging statistics for September, 2011 Fall Arts Festival month. Downtown Jackson was 85% full, up 1% from 2010; Outlying Jackson lodging was 86%, up a whole 7% from 2010’s 79%. 2010’s lodging stats for Fall Arts set records, so 2011 looks like a new record! Still awaiting September 2011 sales tax stats.

Here’s that plus sign again!  It’s the new arts text symbol.

Literary + Visual Art, a collaboration between Heather James Fine Art and the Teton County Library’s Page to Podium Series, offers a chance to attend an in-person conversation with writer Michael Cunningham, author of “The Hours.” Local artist Pamela Gibson will interview Cunningham about his latest book, set in New York’s art scene; other topics include the status of art in America and the “art of living a writing life.”

(Hint: Get up early. Brush teeth. Make coffee. If you write in your jammies, lock front door! Sit down, and do it the Anne Lamott way: bird by bird.)

Cunningham’s talk begins at Heather James at 6:00 pm, on Friday, October 21. Tickets are $125 if purchased at the library; a little bit more if you use PayPal.  www.tclib.org/authorchat.

From 3:30-6:00 pm on October 21, peruse the scary scarecrows up for auction at the Center for the Arts. The auction is silent until 5:30 pm, then goes live. Food, drink, live performances–it’s free to attend! Arts educator Jane Lavino is building a scarecrow. “At various times during construction my cat scarecrow resembled a kangaroo, a squirrel and a large rat,” Lavino says. “I hope the balance is tipping more towards ‘cat’ right now! After wrestling over 100 square feet of chicken wire into some semblance of an animal, my hands look like they were attacked by all of the above!”

Buy a scarecrow–all one of a kind and made by local artists–and raise funds for the Center and JH Public Art Initiative.

The Art Association presents arts industry consultant Bruce Baker, conducting a two-day workshop: Thrive, Not Merely Survive, As a Studio Professional. Baker teaches the workshop November 5 & 6, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm both days. If you have great ideas, why be starving, artists? Baker will talk about how to effectively sell your art, particularly if you work the art fair circuit. Booth design, sales and customer service, tips on slides for juried shows and trends and product development will be discussed.

Many of Jackson’s artists are, by now, practiced art fair veterans–but maybe there’s much more to being successful than meets the eye. One gal who always hits it out of the park: Michelle Miller, of Magpie (Driggs, Idaho) fame. Miller nabs that corner booth, she can be found in the same space every year, her displays are chock full of goodies, she’s whimsically fun and makes jewelry on the spot. Merchandise it, baby!

Cost for Baker’s two-day workshop: $165 for A.A. members, $175 for non-members. www.artassociation.org









For Annie on Her 39th Birthday

Before I slept I asked

Where do we go when we leave?

Like Annie left,

She rode away one day.

A mountain lion came for her

And up the stairs they went.


Here’s what happened:

Sarah and I are on a plane

We fly over shimmering water

We fly over emerald grasses

Waving at us.

Sacred views, magic earth.

We fly into night sky,

Through stars.

My plane is a spaceship-

Now I am alone.

A Heavenly spirit,

Round, starry and warm

Floating in space

Asks, “How do I speak

To my friends on Earth?

They cannot hear me

And I have something to tell them.”

I say,

“Just be You.

Nothing fancy,

Just You,

And You will be heard.”


He smiles

And I fly

Further into the sky,


I see Annie’s house in the stars.

A tiny log cabin,

Windows aglow,

Wrapped round by tall firs

And twinkling lights.

That is where Annie

Is living, I know.


Thump! I land in a field

Boundless countryside

Rolling hills, sunshine,

Birds singing.


Annie’s flower,


Over and under me

In branches, spilling

Over fences

A periwinkle carpet.

A pony pulls his farmer

And wooden cart piled deep

With hydrangeas

High as the sky.


“Sarah, look! She is Everywhere!”