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A Wolf Walked Into a Bar: Photographer David Yarrow at WRJ

David Yarrow, The Wolf of Main Street  Hahnemühle photo rag Baryta paper

“I have worked a great deal in two ghost towns in Montana. The result has been conceptual staged shots which have proved hugely popular in America. I wanted to capture the visual feast represented by the old Wild West. The images require a double take in terms of the proximity of man and animal. I love to tell stories that ask questions with no consensual answer.” ~ David Yarrow

There are wolves in Yellowstone. There are wolves in Grand Teton National Park, on the National Elk Refuge, and in Rafter J!

And now there’s a wolf walking down a bar, looking for you.

David Yarrow, Hello 56 x 91″  Hahnemühle Photo Rag Baryta Paper

Wildly popular European photographer David Yarrow has a new exhibition opening at WRJ Design in Jackson, Wyoming. Dramatic and startling, Yarrow’s “The Most Amazing View” will be on view, open to the public, at WRJ’s King Street showroom February 20 – March 4, 2017. Visions West, Jackson’s newest art venue, partnered with WRJ to bring Yarrow’s internationally raved-about photography to our region.

My premonition: Visitors, prepare for goosebumps. You will walk into surprisingly wild and engulfing new territory. Around every corner, in front of you and behind you, animals of the world feel within reach.

Yarrow believes what his muse, the war photographer Robert Capa felt: If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.”

This exhibit goes hand-in-hand with WRJ’s acclaimed history of mounting some of the world’s most stunning exhibits; the count includes more than 40 just for Sotheby’s New York. WRJ plans on transforming their showroom, pairing Yarrow’s photographs with carefully selected furniture, fabrics and lighting to showcase Yarrow’s work. Plan on learning a thing or two about the juxtaposition of good interior design and large-scale artwork.

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Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival Begins

Billy Schenck. 13 Minutes to Eternity. 2015's Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival Poster.

Billy Schenck. 13 Minutes to Eternity. 2015’s Jackson Hole Fall          Arts Festival Poster.

The Circle of Jackson Hole Life has brought us back around to our annual Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival! Little by little I’ll post information about 2015’s swirl of events~~this Festival is officially epic. Do a rudimentary Google search, and you’ll find references to Fall Arts all around the country. It’s a marathon, it’s a party, it’s a 10-day celebration and proud procession of the best Western arts have to offer. Even some not-so-Western art is creeping in. That’s a good thing. Paintings, parties, sculpture, music, food, dancing, wine, fashion shows, design, auctions and competitions. It’s all here. Enjoy!…and on a personal note: Welcome Home, Jane Lavino! 


Wednesday, September 9

Jane Lavino, Education Director, National Museum of Wildlife Art

Jane Lavino

The National Museum of Wildlife Art’s  grouping of events are ticketed all together or separately. Each posting relating to the museum will affect attendees differently. You’ll know which events you’re scheduled for by the packet you’ve purchased under the Western Visions “umbrella.”

Today, the museum (NMWA) holds its Jewelry and Artisan Luncheon. Wearable art galore! Shop ’til you drop, eat divine food. I think the location is secret to anyone who had NOT bought a ticket to this event. 40% of sales benefit NMWA’s educational programs, overseen by JANE!  11:00am-4:00 pm.  www.westernvisions.org

Jenness Cortez at Trailside's Fall Gold Exhibition

Jenness Cortez at Trailside’s Fall Gold Exhibition

Trailside Galleries’ annual en masse exhibition brings out all that’s Western: sporting arts are included, as well as heavy emphasis on wildlife and landscape art. The show runs through September 20th, with an artists’ reception on Saturday, September 9, 5-7:00 pm. Are you a fan of a Trailside artist? This is your chance to meet up with a whole passel of artists, and Kyle Sims showcases a major show of new works.   307.733.3186 or www.trailsidegalleries.com

Thursday, September 10

The first Christmas catalog to arrive every year, without fail, belongs to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The first Fall Arts p.r. to arrive every year, without fail, is the Western Design package.

The Western Design Conference Opening Preview Party takes place at the Snow King Center, 6-10:00 pm.  This is a preview of the annual open-to-the-public show. Tonight’s party includes a tour, a flashy fashion show featuring local models, a live auction. Hot stuff! Always packed. $125 or $50 in advance, on line, and at the door.  www.WesternDesignConference.com


Two Grey Hills A quieter, academic and wondrous opportunity to learn about Navajo weavers and their history. Mark Winters will speak, and a Master Weaver from the Toadlena/Two Grey Hills region will demonstrate this fine cultural, indigenous art. 11:00 am  – 5:00 pm at Two Grey Hills, on the corner of Broadway and King Streets. 307.733.2677 or www.fineindianart.com

Taylor Glenn at WRJ Associates

Taylor Glenn at WRJ Associates

WRJ Associates, “inspired by the natural world, informed by the rest of it,” invites you to enter their exquisite space during P&P. Embracing the group’s fabulous collection of furnishings is equally fabulous art. Taylor Glenn, Lee & Edward Riddell, Heidi Jung and others are spotlighted. It’s gorgeous, darling. On King Street. www.wrjdesign.com 

Noted Jackson landscape painter Jim Wilcox opens his galleries for his annual Wildlife and Wildlands (sic) Annual Show; although slated to be on display today, p.r. says the show officially opens tomorrow night during Palates and Palettes, 5-8:00 pm. It remains up through September 30th.  This show opening begins the night of Palates & Palettes (Friday, September 11 from 5:00-8:00pm) and will hang through Wednesday, September 30. Wilcox Gallery, 110 Center Street, 307.733.6450 or www.wilcoxgallery.com

Kay Stratman. Early Season Snowfall. At Horizon Fine Art.

Kay Stratman. Early Season Snowfall. At Horizon Fine Art.

Artists Kay Stratman and Mark Kelso are the guest artists at Horizon Fine Art, giving live demonstrations in the gallery through Festival week. Note: Horizon’s “Farewell to Fall Brunch” takes place Sunday, September 20th, the Festival’s final day….otherwise known as Bloody Mary Sunday.”  Horizon Fine Art, 30 King Street 307.739.1540 or www.horizonfineartgallery.com

Friday, September 11 



Happy 90th Birthday, Dad!!!!!!!

Besides my dad’s birthday, two major Festival events comprise the day: the official opening of the Western Design Conference Exhibit Sale and this evening’s famed “Palates and Palettes” city-wide Art Walk. Crazy time! If you make plans to meet someone at a gallery tonight, just forget about it. You’ll never find them. Go it alone and roll, baby, roll!

Over 130 national artists present contemporary and traditional handcrafted, original creations of furniture, fashion, jewelry, and accessories for the home during at the Western Design Show. Plan to spend at least an hour wandering the booths showcasing top designers of fashion, jewelry, sculpture and more. There’s a special interior design in a home environment. “Retail Row” that sounds like a mini-mall set up of retailers. 10:00am – 5:00 pm. $15 at the Snow King Center door. www.WesternDesignConference.com

Palates & Palettes!

So many galleries take part in this favorite evening of fun art and foodie fests; but keep your eye out for artisans who are not officially part of the Chamber list. They’re doing their things, too. Everyone is welcome, visitors criss-cross downtown Jackson, and gallery maps are available almost anywhere you go. 5-8:00 pm….but people tend to start early! Here’s a short list of P&P gallery events:

R. Tom Gilleon - Freudian Sleep. At Altamira Fine Art.

R. Tom Gilleon – Freudian Sleep. At Altamira Fine Art.

I LOVE my Altamira Fine Art! Read write ups on tonight’s guest artists, R. Tom Gilleon and Greg Woodard. Gilleon’s “Confluence of Culture” exhibition will be on display along with Woodard’s show “Break Through.” 5:00-8:00pm. Altamira Fine Art, 172 Center Street. 307.739.4700 or www.altamiraart.com

Inside "RARE."

Inside “RARE.”

It’s embarrassing, but I’ve never ventured up the stairs to RARE Gallery during P&P. The line’s just too long. Maybe you’ll do better than I~~it’s a one-of-a-kind art experience, and, I hear, a good party. I have no clue what they’re exhibiting, but you can bet it’s not like any other art you’re likely to see in Jackson. 5:00-8:00pm. RARE Gallery, 60 E. Broadway, 2nd Floor. 307.733.8726 or www.raregalleryjacksonhole.com

Jeri Eisenberg at Diehl Gallery

Jeri Eisenberg at Diehl Gallery

It’s a Diehl! Enjoy a gallery reception for artist Jeri Eisenberg and (omg, is Jeri a guy or a girl?) the artist’s exhibition “After Equinox.” 5-8:00 pm. Diehl Gallery, 155 West Broadway.  www.diehlgallery.com

David Brookover and Mocha

David Brookover and Mocha

OTHER PEOPLE & PLACES:  The Art Association will be having an overflowing party, one of P&P’s most popular….David Brookover’s Gallery, on the corner of Cache and Deloney, often throws a great fundraising event for the Teton Raptor Center or another deserving non-profit. Oh, and you get to meet David and see his amazing images. There’s none like them…..and somewhere, somehow, Wendell Field is having a show of new prints. His significant other will likely attend, but pay attention to the work! I’d rather find images of YOU, Wendell, than her and her family when I Google you! (HEART.)…Visit MADE, visit the Daly Project, visit Astoria Fine ArtLegacy and Mountain Trails! 

Two Grey Hills continues its program focusing on Navajo weavers and traditions. Fine rugs. NOTE: the shop will close at 5:00 pm. 307.733.2677 or www.fineindianart.com

That’s all for today~~~keep tuning in! Happy Fall Arts Festival, Jackson Hole! 


Mobile Design Studio Trailer; Pop Up Shop!


I can’t claim this is a “trailer,” because it’s not. But that’s a trailer, up there. The former “trailer” would be a preview of what the trailer (up there) is all about, and you may already know because you’ve read about it in the papers, in press releases, etc. The trailer (up there) is one of Jackson Hole Public Art’s new ventures.

Because both trailers are out there I can offer only the remaining dates the trailer (up there) will be making stops around Jackson Hole. They are:

August 1 & 2: Jackson Hole Land Trust’s FoundSpace, Karns Meadow
August 8: Jackson Hole Farmers Market, Town Square 
August 20: POP, North Park on North Cache
Ben Roth's Public Art bike racks engaged this boy's creative spirit.

Ben Roth’s Public Art bike racks engaged this child’s creative spirit.

“The Mobile Design Studio is designed to engage the community in the public art process. It’s an on-the-move, imaginative placemaking kit of parts – including café seating, planters, and temporary art – that transforms the space around it through improvisational, creative interventions,” writes JHPA in its release.

After reading this information a few times my impression is that the trailer (up there) is a roving hangout with café style seating on board. Just as art exhibits at Pearl Street Bagels or the Brew Pub rotate, so does the trailer’s (up there) art.
Public Art is always free!

Public Art is always free! Yay!

It’s unclear why the phrase “creative intervention” is used. The word “intervention” forcefully connotes “inserting-yourself-in-the-middle-of-something” or “encouraging-an-addict-to-get-help.”

I think what the trailer (up there) really wants to accomplish is to connect people with creativity. That’s a nice thing. Good luck, trailer (up there)! www.jhpublicart.org


All kinds of Pop Up Art!

All kinds of Pop Up Art!

Friday, July 24th,  5:00pm – 8:00pm, go check out a groovy pop-up shop, with hand made art by some of Jackson’s favorite young artists. So terrific, these pop-ups! Relatively inexpensive to produce, I would think. It’s happening at Teton Art Lab , 130 S. Jackson Street, in Jackson. Artists include: Lisa Walker Handmade, Eleanor Anderson , Ben Blandon, Rob Hollis, Valerie Seaberg and more. I don’t have contact info, but Seaberg and Walker are the gals to call. Or text, or email, or fb message……Have fun! www.tetonartlab.com 

Sandbox Center for the Arts; Traveling Tintype Studio

Walter Hood

Walter Hood outlines the Sandbox Project at Jackson’s Center for the Arts. ~ T. Christel

“We’ll talk about its capacity, trees, theaters, animals, water, earth, habitat, the mountains and about the community, all within this setting.”  ~~ Walter Hood

Launching February 14th, 2014: www.sandbox.jhcenterforthearts.org! That’s where the public gets the chance to chime in on how the Center for the Arts’ ambitious back lawn landscape design project might evolve. Nationally noted urban landscape designer Walter Hood, overseeing the project in partnership with Steve Dynia, gave Jacksonites a chance to play in the sand three nights in a row; participants used specially constructed sandboxes and props to define what they envision for the open space.

“We’ll look primarily at the expanded architectural program with Steve Dynia; the sandboxes are about the landscape,” said Hood. “This is a landscape, not a park, or a garden. It’s open. We also understand that the cadence, how you move through Jackson, is a grid. This is a very urban place. We have a lot of houses, a lot of cars, a lot of parking, a lot of these issues. One of the things we hope we can do…is make the space more successful for people moving through the neighborhood. We do think Snow King can come down to us by taking back the streets and the alleys. The alleys are really important. As you move north and south through the alleys, they are beautiful. As you can see here, the alleys have been largely erased. So how can we bring back a lot of this (structural) morphology?”

Hood asked the group to consider a long list of factors as they went about their designs. The first was that this space is NOT Jackson’s Town Square, and duplicating the Square is not on the agenda. But what kind of a landscape can this open space become?

A detail of Walter Hood's landscape design for the deYoung Museum - photo by T. Christel

A detail of Walter Hood’s landscape design for the deYoung Museum – photo by T. Christel

“The Center really needs to think about its building program, its architecture. It would be great to have artists come here 24/7, to have studios where they can make art. Where would you put the building?  If I put it out there in the landscape, it’s going to have a consequence on the landscape. We’ll see how we can use architecture to make something really powerful. Some ideas are a clubhouse where people can meet, an exhibition space, a multipurpose place. We think this will be a hybrid place, with things nested in one another,” said Hood. “Cafes, other permanent and temporal spaces within the building envelope. [In the West and Jackson] there exist successful pieces of architecture that elucidate the landscape. Steve is very talented — just being down one story, look how that mountain comes out and the middle ground disappears, a beautiful thing.  How can we expand upon that?”

Ideally, artists (who aren’t already) would be inspired to make work here. Sculptural landscape is a “yes.” Programmed landscape, a “no.”  Building upon the idea of an outdoor theater, Greek or Roman, embracing or inscribing, are interesting. Multi-purpose uses that might change with the seasons, be temporary or permanent, should be considered; Hood recalled Candra Day’s constructing yurts on the lawn.

photo-2One could look at a land form and see a lot of things, Hood remarked. A child may see a playhouse, an artist a place to bang steel, a dancer a natural stage. Forms can inspire and begin to say something about the landscape—inspiring, even in mud season.

“Can we do things like add trees, and then take them away, like a clear-cut,” Hood  asked. “Think about when the snow is here, when it’s not here. Can you do something in the wintertime? It might be ice skating, it might be mud wrestling! But whatever it is, it should embrace the landscape. We also know there are residential areas on our perimeter, and when events happen some elements may have to be mitigated, like noise. Do we want to make walls, edges?”

Lastly, said Hood, how do we bring our urban grid into this space? Again, the alleys are important, as they allow possible connections to the nearby church, the mountain, and other points immediately around the Center.

In a brief Q&A, it was confirmed that the Town of Jackson owns the land and is providing the Center a long-term lease; the Town, said one representative, is “very open” to this project. When asked about how the Center might draw people from Jackson’s Town Square to the new Center space, Hood responded that the idea is in the hopper, and brainstorming was the point of these workshops.

“We’re not looking for scheme A, B or C; we simply want to draw on ideas, so we can begin to think about the space and the Center,” emphasized Hood. All ideas are great ideas!”  www.jhcenterforthearts.org

(PS: I hope Mark Berry is smiling!)

Snake River Reverse Project, adjacent to J.H. Center for the Arts Lawn - photo & art courtesy Bland Hoke

Snake River Reverse Project, adjacent to J.H. Center for the Arts Lawn – photo & art courtesy Bland Hoke

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Event: Lindsey Ross’s Traveling Tintype Studio

Place: The Rose/Pink Garter Theatre

Date: Thursday Jan 23, 5-10pm

Bonus: Family portraits: 5-7pm

From Lyndsay McCandless: Lindsey Ross singular, tintype portraits are the real deal: 19th century technology wet plate collodion, a photographic process popular from 1850’s-1880’s, that documented the American Civil War and America’s Western expansion. Ross uses raw materials to create the photographic emulsion on an aluminum plate. While the emulsion is still wet, Ross exposes the plate to the subject using a century old camera and prolonged exposure times. Ross develops the image in a darkroom on site; portraits appear within a minute.

Tintypes are archivally stable, so they create an instant heirloom and art object. Because the exposures are long, subjects are encouraged to relax, be still and be present as their image is made,” says McCandless. “The slow process often brings out subtle, expressive similarities between family members. Come experience this historic and beautiful process!”  For information on print prices, email lyndsayrowan@gmail.com.

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Public Arts Department; Africa at NMWA; Hood is Back

musical_notesAn opening note: Many visual arts events are posted on Facebook; I love seeing those, but if you would like to submit your project or event to the Jackson Hole Art Blog, emailing me directly works MUCH better. I’ll definitely see your announcement, and it won’t get lost in the Facebook shuffle. I’ll remember it. Don’t be shy, email me at: tammy@jacksonholearttours.com. Include all relevant details. I’m a one-person gig, and can’t get every event listed—but I want everyone to have the best chance possible. And don’t forget to send those nice, big images too. Superb.

197If you receive the Community Foundation’s emails via their Listserve, you may have noticed an individual misusing that venue to comment on J.H. Public Art projects. Whatever that person’s goal, he was going at it inappropriately, and that pretty much nulls and voids his input.

There is quite a bit going on in the world of public art here in Jackson. The 5-way project is on, and there are other new projects: the South Cache Street Custom Pavers and Street Painting Project, and another bike-related job.

South Cache first: The project’s total budget is $18,000, to be divided between pavers and painters; $15K for the former, $3,000 for the latter. There are more than a couple of definitions of “paver.” One is a paving vehicle, another is actual concrete used alongside highways and streets. Pavers can also be decorative brick drive and street surfaces. That’s what we’re talkin’ about!

J.H. Public Art writes that “selected artists will fabricate custom pavers designed to integrate into the overall paving pattern. The artist will replicate the theme and key imagery used in the pavers into two, one-color street paintings designed to highlight new crosswalks along the corridor. The budget supports design and fabrication of custom pavers and the street painting.”

Artists will work with Public Works, and Public Works will install what the artist creates. There are several ways it can work, but to make sure you’ve got the drill right, contact J.H. Public Art, or visit their website, where specs are provided.

The “Town Bike Network Education Icons Project” is essentially sign design. Budget: $4,500.

Design an “iconic” sign design series for Jackson’s signposts marking the town’s bike network. Graphics, says J.H. Public Art, “will be designed to print on 12 x 18” standard street signs using 2-4 color process. Final artwork should be submitted as vector files. The artist will design a series of 5-7 bold images that are easy to read from a distance or [while the viewer is] in motion. Graphics should identify safe practices, particular bike routes, unique features of the routes and promote educational messages sponsored by the Pathways department. School children, visitors and residents of all ages use the bike network and imagery should be easy to understand, family-friendly and promote community values.”

In other words, these signs need to be understood immediately by anyone; sign language must be universal.

Applications are due by February 3, 2014.  The web sign-in spot is www.callforentry.org.  Learn more here: http://www.jhpublicart.org/opportunities-2/


ELEPHANT WITH EXPLODING DUST © Nick Brandt, 2012, Courtesy of Hasted Kraeutler Gallery, New York

ELEPHANT WITH EXPLODING DUST © Nick Brandt, 2012, Courtesy of Hasted Kraeutler Gallery, New York

“Nick’s exquisite photographs arouse deep emotions. They inspire a sense of awe at the beauty of creation and the sacredness of life. It is almost impossible to look through his work without sensing the personalities of the beings whom he has photographed.” ~ Jane Goodall

Just when you think wildlife photography can’t get any more powerful, along comes an exhibition like “Elegy: The African Photography of Nick Brandt, 2001-2008.” Opening at the National Museum of Wildlife Art January 18th, it remains on display through August 10, 2014.

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