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Fresh Lots at J.H. Art Auction; A Kansas Art Tale

Edgar Payne, Navajo Scouting Party, 24×38″ Oil. Estimate: $400,000 – $600,000

Fresh to the art market: no matter how important an artist’s work, if passed around the auction circuit too often, its value tarnishes. Flip city. That’s why the 2017 Jackson Hole Art Auction   elation over works new to the market is understandable: six oils by American illustrator W.H.D. Koerner. The works come straight from a private collection “with direct descent from the artist.”

W.H.D. Koerner (1878–1938) Citizens of the Law (1931) oil on canvas, 30 x 36″  Estimate: $75,000–$125,000

Koerner works include “Citizens of the Law,” shown above, and “New Horizons,” a “classic pioneer scene.” Both works estimate at $75,000 – $125,000. Koerner’s “Fly Fishing,” “The Bullring,” “The Price of the Old Northwest,” and “Indian Territory Demand for Tribute” round out the Koerner lots. Together these works comprise a vivid and compelling profile of the characters, times, challenges and passions of the Old West.

Edgar Payne, Carl Rungius, Robert Bateman, Tucker Smith; you’ll find works by all these iconic Western artists on the Jackson Hole Art Auction website.   No matter where they set up their easels, countless contemporary artists list the great Edgar Payne as a significant influence in their own work. 

The Jackson Hole Art Auction caps Jackson’s annual Fall Arts Festival, and is a co-production of the Gerald Peters and Trailside Galleries. A phenomenal Western Art market success, this will be the auction’s 11th year offering the finest works by living and deceased masters. The auction, now a destination in itself, continues to invite fine art consignments. Once again, the auction takes place over the course of two consecutive days: September 15th and 16th, 2017, at the Center for the Arts in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. For information, contact Auction Coordinator Madison Webb, via Tel: 866-549-9278 | Fax: 307-732-1600 or at www.jacksonholeartauction.com.  

Now, a brief “return from vacation” note. If you read the New York Times  Arts Section, you may have seen March 25th’s article “Arts Without Funding? It Can Be Done, Kansas Says.” 

Courtesy Hays Arts Council

Journalist Mitch Smith’s  article tells the story of Kansas’ Hays Arts Council. Its director, Brenda Meder, cuts corners wherever possible in order to save money and funnel cash into the arts. She scrubs the toilets, she makes the reception appetizers, she’s increased membership and organizes quarterly art walks “in the brick-paved downtown, where storefronts transform into makeshift galleries that draw hundreds of spectators from Hays and beyond.”

In Hays, support comes from Democrats and Republicans. It is, says one politically involved citizen, “part of our DNA here. And that’s hard to replicate in other communities.”

This is a story about a Midwest arts community making concessions, but their arts scene remains strong. It’s a great profile. And, man, look at this art! It’s fantastic! Read the story here.

Courtesy Hays Arts Council

Jackson Hole Art Auction: The Menu

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 www.jacksonholeartauction.com 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




Flora, Magic Moose Story, Newtown

Jackson, it’s nice to be back~~let’s see if we can beckon a January thaw, eh?  Yikes, I’m sleeping in my hat!  Here’s a warm-up first post for 2013.

Haven’t had the chance to stop by FLORA, a show of selected prints, paintings and sculpture at the Tayloe Piggott Gallery?   The show remains up through February 2, 2013 and is curated by Piggott.

“All five artists pair the vernacular of flora with primary colors; the exhibition strives to envelope visitors in a profound experience of bold natural forms,” says the gallery.

They had me at “primary colors.”

Featured art includes Donald Beecher’s large bronze sculpture and a selection of prints; three large silkscreen prints by Ross Bleckner, an artist acclaimed for his meditations on time and mortality; a duo of Donald Sultan prints; a Piggott favorite Squeak Carnwath has contributed mixed media works—collage and painting. Finally, the gallery debuts Andrew Millner, “an artist who ‘collects’ trees and plants by digitally drawing their contours, in infinite detail, from multiple perspectives, over long periods of time.”  www.tayloepiggottgallery.com

Here’s a dynamite story told to me about the focus of this week’s National Museum of Wildlife Art’s Mix’d Media event, Carl Rungius’ 1907 poster created for a Sportsmen’s Show held that year in New York City:

“When the museum opened in 1987 as the Wildlife of the American West Art Museum, the inaugural poster featured an image of a Brunswick moose painted by Carl Rungius. The image was taken not from a painting in the collection, but from an antique poster created for the 1907 Sportsmen’s Show put on by New York’s Forest, Fish, and Game Society. At the time no one knew where the original oil painting was.

Fast forward 25 years to last April. The museum received an email asking if it might be interested in a moose painting that had been found in an attic on Prince Edward Island. The painting was no other than the moose featured on the New York Sportsmen’s Show poster – and the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s inaugural poster!  105 years after Rungius painted it, and 25 years after the museum’s opening the original oil was purchased in June for the museum’s collection through a grant from the Robert S. and Grayce B. Kerr Foundation.”

Love it when art history comes together! Kismet! And more magic courtesy of the Kerr family.

This month’s Mix’d Media takes place Thursday, January 10th, 6-9:00 pm.  $5 cover, and lots of gaming and sportsman related activities planned…plus some tempting cocktails by Vom Fass. 

I was only 15 miles away from the Sandy Hook School the day so many of its children and teachers were gunned down. I am gratified to see that most of the initial, inappropriate commentary and speculation on that tragedy has died down. A locally based support fund has raised $6 million to date. If you would like to honor Newtown’s sacrifice and bravery, here’s some information on where you can send your support: Contact Info—Thanks to the Litchfield County Register Citizen:

Patrick Kinney E. Patricia Llodra
Phone: (203) 792-5330, X 248 Phone (203) 270-4201
85 West Street , Danbury CT 3 Primrose Street, Newtown CT

A toll-free number has been established by the Newtown Volunteer Task Force, an organization established by Newtown residents. The toll-free number – 855-364-6600 – has been set up to make it easier for people to call with offers of help to the community of Newtown. The phone line will be staffed by local Newtown volunteers and supported by United Way of Connecticut’s 2-1-1 Infoline.

pkinney@gbpr.com pat.llodra@newtown-ct.gov




Just the Jackson Hole Art Auction Facts, Please!

Can’t help it……must report Auction results…….must report……..(isn’t that how television’s “Lost in Space” robot talked?) I’m away, back East, land o’ lakes, rock walls, farms and the Atlantic coast. Wasn’t going to write a THING.

The sixth annual Jackson Hole Art Auction realized a cool $7,700,000 in sales. Held on Saturday, September 15th, 2012 at the Center for the Arts in Jackson, Wyoming, the auction is produced and hosted by Trailside Galleries and the Gerald Peters Gallery. More than 80% of the featured 300 lots sold—there were approximately 30 passes—and speaking from my own experience, working the auction from literally “behind the scenes,” off-stage, organizing the progression of works to be brought on stage for sale, “auction day” was extremely exciting!

Laurence, Sydney, (1865-1940), Mt. McKinley, oil on canvas laid on board

300 lots! It seemed a done deal we’d be running for six hours, but the auction concluded in a remarkable five. I and five able-bodied (young and cute!) handlers prepared paintings, bronzes and Indian artifacts (a great picture of us, page 20, in September 19th’s “Stepping Out” Section, J.H. News & Guide–article by Johanna Love, photo by Price Chambers). It’s hard, fast-paced work. After the auction, I bought a bottle of cabernet, drove home, poured a glass and unfurled my bod onto the grass, sunny side up. Submitted auction press materials state: an exquisite selection of paintings by wildlife artist Carl Rungius brought over…

Harvey, G. (1933-) Chancellorsville, oil on canvas

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National Museum of Wildlife Art’s 25th; Mix’d Media Celebrates Kuhn

Robert Kuhn, Flat Out, 1985. Acrylic on Board. 14 x 18 inches. JKM Collection®, National Museum of Wildlife Art.

Talk about a party! Here in Jackson, we’re proud to know our cultural treasure, the National Museum of Wildlife Art (NMWA), is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

“From a private collector’s dream and a rented Jackson Hole storefront to a landmark building, national museum designation, and more than 5,000 artworks boasting familiar names from Audubon to Warhol, the National Museum of Wildlife Art has come a long way in 25 years,” says the museum. “In addition to its quarter-century anniversary, 2012 also marks the fall completion of the museum’s new Walter Hood-designed Sculpture Trail and the spearheading of a national exhibition providing a visual record of the American West as seen through the eyes of National Geographic’s legendary photographers opening in October.”

The museum’s collection began inauspiciously in 1962 with a small painting titled “Favorite Panfish” by Les Kouba given to Bill Kerr by his wife, Joffa. Two years later the couple bought a Carl Rungius piece, “Wanderers Above Timberline” on layaway, and by 1987 they had amassed one of the finest collections of wildlife and sporting art in the country. Together with several others, on May 17, 1987, they opened the then “Wildlife of the American West Art Museum” in a 5,000-square-foot space on Jackson’s Town Square.

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