“Despite being a full-time artist in Manhattan for seven years, I never established a meaningful relationship with an art organization. That changed completely when I moved to Victor, connected with Shari Brownfield, Todd Hanna, Chas Marsh, Mark Nowlin and The Art Association of Jackson Hole. They hosted my first show out West in the Summer of 2016, and since, I’ve witnessed the incredible impact they have made on our community. When the wonderful Jill Callahan mentioned the Whodunnit show, I was happy to contribute. I’m excited to see who ends up with my piece, and, from what I’ve heard, it’s one helluva party!”
“A new year is upon us, marking a time for reflection and anticipation. 2016 was a turbulent year, underscoring the important role art plays in encouraging dialogue between people and reflection upon ourselves.” ~ Art Advisor and Producer Camille Obering
A heads up: Viewer discretion advised. This clip contains images of a live butchering. I want to post this latest in Obering & Friends “Rural Violence” film-documented performance piece for the reasons Obering gives, and I’ve reached out to Obering with questions. At post time, the Jackson Hole Art Blog hasn’t received a response.
So I’ll put it to you, readers. The filmmakers wish to address many themes, and here’s the list, directly quoted:
– Death and destruction leading to life and enlightenment.
– Creating awareness that the luxuries many thoughtlessly consume often have a backstory (sic) many reproach (food production, electricity, transportation, cheap anything).
– Humanity’s animalistic (sic) instincts such as dominance, submission, struggle, proliferation, and acknowledging the grey area that exists separating humans from beasts.
– Persecution of the innocent.
– Tension created between what one considers natural verses amoral.
– How sanitized and curated our lives are, and how short our attention spans have become.
– Finding beauty in and meditating on what could be considered brutal.
These are themes we examine constantly; we’re a very aware generation or two; in Jackson alone we have two very fine organic food markets. That’s privilege, and we have a multitude of options when it comes to buying our food. We know that even organic meat gets butchered. How animals live their lives before butchering is most important: are they treated humanely or confined to horrific conditions? What were the circumstances for this animal? How did this creature end up as the “Rural Violence” star? Is it the “innocent?”
I’m not a vegetarian, but I do question my choices and often think about what took place before I pluck the sanitized package of meat I’ve just bought from the rack. Every day tensions between the haves and have-nots become more visible. We are a community packed with environmentalists, biologists, forestry experts, wildlife biologists, fishermen, ornithologists and conservation activists. Many hunt to feed their families.
Yet, for the touring public coming to visit Jackson Hole, any reference to how indigenous cultures survived and hunted are pretty smoothed over. Places you might find full-faced references are the J.H. Historical Society, the Yellowstone and Grand Teton Visitor Centers, the Library, the National Museum of Wildlife Art and National Geographic, just to name a few.
So what is new about these messages? I don’t think the themes are surprising; what’s new is how they’ve been treated in this piece of film. Rather than replicating, how about presenting a true indigenous group carrying out a routine life ritual? Would that get the point across? It’s the conversation I’d have. It’s a question, and raising questions is a primary goal here.
A Song Bird’s “Baby Ask”
A second locally produced video, “Baby Ask,” is in its final week of fundraising on Kickstarter, looking for dollars to offset costs of a ready-to-roll music video starring local songstress Maddy German. The video premiers at Jackson’s Center for the Arts at 6:00 pm, January 27th.
Inspired by emotional upheaval, personal growth and, as it turns out, upheaval within the film’s production group and the rupture of German’s relationship with a former beau, the flick has two goals: transferring to film the struggles we experience with our “other selves,” and help launch a larger musical career for German and her crew.
You can catch the “Baby Ask” trailer here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/497811323/baby-ask-a-music-video-from-wyoming
Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival, Part 2!
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10
Historic Ranch Tours
Triangle X is one of the valley’s best-known family-run ranches. 2016 marks the ranch’s 90th anniversary, and it’s sharing the celebration with Fall Arts. Cowboys (we used to not have to mention cowboys; just 20 years ago, the presence of real cowboys was a given in and around Jackson), Western entertainment and a barbecue. Brought to you by Mountain Living Magazine.
Cost: $60. Getting There: Hop on a bus at the Home Ranch Parking Lot at 2:00 pm. Information: The Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce. 307.733.3316 or email@example.com
Artists in the Environment ~ Grand Teton National Park
Gather to watch live plein air painting at Menor’s Ferry in Grand Teton National Park! Menor’s is located just past the Park entry, and across the Snake River from Dornan’s. Local artists will spend the morning painting “en plein air,” in the moment. The Teton Plein Air Painters merge with the Grand Teton Association’s monthly “Artists in the Environment” program for this event; expect as many as 20 artists painting in the area! FREE and OPEN to the public!
Time: 9:00 am – Noon. Bring your own art supplies and join in the fun!
Grand Teton Gallery – Artists in Residence
Rip Caswell sculpts (his medium is bronze) and a pre-cast sale (cast for a to-be-completed bronze work) while FAF is taking place. Time: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm.
Also at the Grand Teton Gallery: Michelle Julene: Artist Reception, 4-7:00 pm. Fashion designer turned artist, Julene connects to her spiritual side. A horse enthusiast, she’s at work on two series:
Michelle Julene initially gained her reputation designing couture clothing. Michelle began painting several years ago to connect to a spiritual side. She’s at work on two series: “Into the Wild”and “Into the Mystic”. www.grandtetongallery.com
The Western Design Conference Exhibit + Sale
The really big Western Design show continues at the Snow King Center in Jackson. Doors are open 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and tickets are $15 at the door. Over 130 national artists present contemporary and traditional handcrafted, original creations of furniture, fashion, jewelry, and accessories for the home during the 24th Annual Exhibit + Sale. www.westerndesignconference.com
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11
The Western Design Conference Exhibit + Sale continues at Snow King Center. $15 at the door, and hours are 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Have we mentioned “Retail Row?” It’s a Western mall, showcasing the latest fashion trends. Enjoy! www.westerndesignconference.com
17th Annual Takin’ It to the Streets & Taste of the Tetons
The open-air, juried art fair is presented by the Jackson Hole Art Association and features 40 local artists, including some of Jackson’s finest, selling an array of fine artwork.
Get there early, this is a community-wide social event! Everything happens on the Jackson Town Square, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. The Square’s lawn is chock full of chefs and the best food in town, Jackson’s Rotary Club hosts a wine tasting and silent auction, and “Pickin’ in the Park” provides live music to keep things hopping! A truly family-friendly event!
The Rotary Supper Club produces the Wine Tasting and Silent Auction, with proceeds benefitting “Honoring Our Veterans” therapeutic recreation programs and other community causes.
Entry is free, but foodies need to purchase tickets from Art Association ticket booths in order to taste. Each ticket is $1, and samples usually range from two to four tickets. So, approximately $3 a taste. Each artist has their own booth and sets their own prices.
There’s even finger painting for kids, presented by the Howdy Pardners Ambassador Club!
Repeat: Jackson Town Square from 10:00am-4:00pm, Tickets: Free Entry. Contact: Jackson Hole Art Association, 307.733.8792 or firstname.lastname@example.org www.artassociation.org
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12
Grand Teton Gallery – Artists in Residence day~~Do drop in! Hours: are 1-4:00 pm. The gallery will also be open tomorrow, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. www.grandtetongallery.com
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13
Raptor Night at Diehl Gallery
Raptors and songbirds come together at Diehl Gallery. Teton Raptor Center brings some of its live residents~~rehabilitating wild raptors~~to the gallery. Claire Brester’s exhibition, “A Conference by Birds,” was in part inspired by these raptors, and proceeds from sales tonight help support the Center. Raptor experts will be on hand! Diehl Gallery, 155 West Broadway. Time: 5:00-8:00pm Contact: 307.733.0905 or www.diehlgallery.com
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14
Jackson Hole Airport Ribbon Cutting
If you’ve flown in or out of Jackson Hole lately, you’ve seen this large-scale sculpture of an iconic Wyoming image at the airport’s entrance. Please join the Jackson Hole Airport and Jackson Hole Public Art in the ribbon cutting ceremony for the “Battle of the Wills” by Bart Walter.
Poster Signing with Edward Aldrich at Mountain Trails Gallery
Meet artist Edward Aldrich, this year’s FAF poster artist, and pick up a signed poster of his 2016 winning painting, “Greeting the Dawn.” It’s a much better reason to put a bison in your car~~you know what I’m talkin’ about. Each poster costs (an interesting) $31.80 unsigned, and $42.40 if you’d like yours signed by the artist.
Time: 3:00-5:00pm at Mountain Trails Gallery, 155 Center Street. http://www.mtntrails.net
There will also be an opening reception at Mountain Trails, celebrating FAF and Aldrich. If you’ve not seen “Greeting the Dawn,” head over to the Wort Hotel. Aldrich’s oil painting is massive: at 64 x 52″ in size, he’s in it to win it. The painting will be auctioned off at the FAF “Quick Draw,” one of the festival’s best-loved events, at the Town Square.
Reception Time: 5:00-8:00pm. Contact: Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce, 307.733.3316 or email@example.com
Mountain Trails Gallery Artist Reception – Edward Aldrich
Please join Mountain Trails Gallery to celebrate the 2016 Fall Arts Festival featured artist Edward Aldrich. Found in prominent collections and museums around the nation, Edward Aldrich is nationally known for his realistic wildlife pieces. Edward has been selected to create the featured piece to be auctioned off at the QuickDraw, the Fall Arts Festival’s signature event. The piece, “Greeting the Dawn” 64 x52, oil, is currently on display at the Wort Hotel. Refreshments will be served and a new body of work will be showcased.
Contact: 307.734.8150 or www.mtntrails.net
The FAF “Third Thursdays Art Walk” is moved to Wednesday this month, especially for the festival. Approximately 30 galleries take part, and it’s a lovely, leisurely evening. Feel a little crowded during Palates & Palettes? Here’s a chance to get a second, good long look at art you love. Enjoy fine art and be reminded of why Jackson has become one of the top Western art markets!
Look for the “Art Walk” banners! Time: 5:00-8:00pm at Various Locations (See Gallery Map, linked above.). Contact: jacksonholegalleryassociation.com
Participating galleries include, but are not limited to:
Cayuse Western Americana: Margaret Sullivan, Jeweler & Clint Orms
Don’t mess with the Boss. Cayuse Western Americana welcomes silversmiths Margaret Sullivan and Clint Orms. Sullivan’s work is inspired by her ranching life; a life made of horses, cattle, and wide, open space in the New Mexico mountains. She works with traditional western metals of gold, sterling, copper & brass.
Orms will also be on hand at Cayuse September 15th – 17th from 10 am to 6 pm. “Clint Orms Engravers return with their heirloom quality sterling, gold and gemstone buckles,” says Cayuse. “Come discuss your custom ideas, or choose from a fantastic selection of pieces from understated, to no-holds-barred!” There’s a whole lot going on at Cayuse this FAF, check their website every day! www.cayusewa.com
Ringholz Studios Showcase
Ringholz, coming off of her summer show, BeautyStruggleLove, will be showcasing her work with thoughts of moving forward towards more urban and modern wildlife pieces. She is, she says, “transitioning from western wildlife and working on becoming an American wildlife painter.” Does that mean her signature style will change? We’ll have to wait and see.
Time: 5:00-8:00pm. Ringholz Studios 140 E. Broadway Suite 6 from 5:00-8:00pm
Contact: ringholzstudios.com or 307.734.3964
Trio Fine Art – Artist Reception for “In Our Valley”
Trio Fine Art artists Kathryn Mapes Turner, Jennifer L. Hoffman, and Bill Sawczuk have a special relationship with the landscape and wildlife of Jackson Hole. Join them to discuss their work and this unique valley we all love. “In Our Valley” is on display September 7-30, 2016. Gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday.
Time: 5-8:00 pm Trio is located 4 Blocks North of the Town Square
Contact: 307.734.4444 or www.triofineart.com
Tayloe PIggott Gallery ~ Alex Katz and Patrizio Travagli
The Tayloe Piggott Gallery continues hosting the works of Alex Katz and Patrizio Travagli; a bit of the international art scene roosting in Jackson this fall! Mirror trickery and Katz’s parade of stylized people offer two distinct views of…you! www.tayloepiggottgallery.com
Grand Teton Gallery – Artists in Residence
Gallery artists will be painting and sculpting in the gallery, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm.
Deb Fox paints large, vibrant watercolors on canvas; Zach Babat divides his time between lives between Montana and Alaska. He works from memory, and his pieces are considered whimsical and highly detailed. creating magnificent pieces that are both detailed and whimsical. Contact: 307.201.1172 or www.grandtetongallery.com
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15
Astoria Fine Art: Reception for Jill Soukup and Bart Walter. Astoria is sculptor Bart Walter’s Jackson Hole gallery home. Celebrate Walter’s amazing new Jackson Hole Airport sculpture and the work of Astoria’s Jill Soukup.
Soukup “initially pursued a career in graphic design. In 2002 she made the switch to painting full-time. Since then, her work continues to gain recognition as she receives awards,” says the gallery.
Time: 2-5:00 p.m. www.astoriafineart.com
What percentage of artists working in Jackson Hole have pierced their immediate circle of collectors and taken their art to a new level? Branding happens when you’ve “arrived,” and nobody is a brand before that leap. Jackson’s art market is one of the strongest in the nation, recognized primarily for its historical and contemporary Western Art.
What if you’re not a native Westerner? What if you’ve moved here looking for answers, searching for a supportive venue? Perhaps you’ve been here forever, respected and recognized. Still, the art world at large doesn’t quite know it, and you’re not a household name. You’re selling, but you want to sell more. No sugar daddies (or mommies) around, no private plane connections, no trust fund….Maybe you’re shy.
Just as an improved diet and better sleep will elevate health… so too can artists empower themselves by embracing necessary entrepreneurial techniques. Competition between artists for collectors is unnecessary. ~ Borbay
Borbay and Friends to the resue!
On Friday, July 29th, 1:30 – 3:00 pm at the Art Association’s Gallery, Borbay, Ben Roth and Claudia Bueno will talk on the topic “How to Get Your Work Beyond Jackson Hole.” The session is free. Heck, I wish I could be there!
“Susan Vecsey: A Selection of Paintings” opens at the Tayloe Piggott Gallery on August 20th. An opening reception will be held that evening, 6-8:00pm, and the show remains on display through October 10th, 2015.
American artist Susan Vecsey was born in 1971 (so young!) and during her (to we “boomers”) short time on earth she’s developed a gorgeous liquid painting style. In this show, only one painting I can recall contains hard color field delineations. A person could gaze at Vecsey’s work a long, peaceful while.
These works are the sort we used to see at Piggott’s Gallery on a regular basis, in its former life as the J.H. Muse Gallery. We’re back in the land of exciting color, color, color! Hooray!
Helen Frankenthaler immediately comes to mind. It turns out she’s on Vecsey’s mind, too.
“The reflection of the 1960s New York art movement of Color Field painting is very present in her work. In particular, the work of Helen Frankenthaler is a major influence and inspiration,” writes Piggott. “Color Field painters apply color in large one dimensional swaths across a large canvas, or ‘field’…. (Her) work takes a cue from “Lyrical Abstraction”, which situates abstraction in a landscape context. The allusion of landscape—hills, fields, horizon lines, seas and skies is suggested in the abstract form of her work.”
The works feel “large scale”~~however, Vescey’s paintings vary in size.
Richly pigmented, Vescey’s paintings emerge one at a time, “single file.” Interesting linen textures are allowed to emerge. And although her paintings are a compilation of small selections of color, Vecsey makes extreme effort to reach the intensity of color she wants.
Enchanting. We are thirsty for this level of work, and like a mirage it will disappear. Walk towards it. www.tayloepiggottgallery.com
A very different kind of landscape show is on exhibit, beginning this week at Trio Fine Art. Please visit my author’s page, https://funthingstodoinjacksonhole.wordpress.com/2015/08/17/bill-sawczuks-big-country/ to read about Bill Sawczuk’s new show, “The Way I See It.”