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Lee Carlman Riddell’s Winter Wonders; Jivan Lee in Scottsdale

Lee Carlman Riddell, “Cold and Clearing”

“Truth be told, I do not paint outside in the winter. I tried it once, thinking that if Greg McHuron could do it, so could I.” ~ Lee Carlman Riddell 

Greg McHuron, you have no idea the shoes you’ve left to fill. How can we channel your inner snow beast and brave this snarling, ice-jamming winter? There is just one Gregory I. McHuron, and that’s you, dear friend. We miss you, and we are eternally grateful to Susan H. McGarry, who saw the publication of your book through.

Lee Carlman Riddell joyfully participates in countless plein air events in during warmer months. In the winter time she’s a studio girl. Carlman’s work is on constant exhibit at WRJ Associates  (as is her husband’s, photographer Edward Riddell) in downtown Jackson, and her gentle paintings, so elegant in their simplicity and color palette, are immediately identifiable.

Lee Carlman Riddell. “Cottonwoods For Monet.”

WRJ not only understands Riddell’s work; they treasure it. Step through their doors on King Street and her paintings, hung throughout the space, beckon like jewels. Softened jewels~~~colors that understand time and nature’s effects.

“Whenever she ventures outdoors, she sees something new, particularly on routes she knows well; a stand of cottonwoods, passed countless times before, suddenly appears as if plucked from Monet’s Rouen Cathedral paintings,” writes the design group. “Her paintings thus bear witness to her distinctly wide vision, her rare instinct for finding ephemeral beauty.”

As for winter…..after valiant efforts, Riddell prefers the warmth of studio work.

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A Book for the Ages: “Peace Is – Olive Trees Are”


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“I would argue that as we age Terry’s poem takes on more meaning. Each time I read it I’m struck by something new—the concept of stone-carved forgiveness, the concept of violence in memory—we are meant to love, we are meant to work, we are meant to eat. Life can be hard. Yet it’s pierced with beautiful moments. I am ever more and more impressed and moved.” ~ Edward Riddell

“What is Beauty but the soul stretched wide?” ~ Terry Tempest Williams

“In 2005 Terry Tempest Williams and I did a book together, “The Range of Memory.”  It was published by Russell Chatham’s publishing company, Clark City Press, and only a handful of those books are left,” says Jackson photographer Edward Riddell. “We had such a great experience we promised each other we’d collaborate again. Our close friendship goes back to meeting at the  Teton Science School in the ’70’s, though our roads have diverged; I established Riddell Advertising and Terry’s writing career has been phenomenal.”

Peace Is_0007Riddell’s and Williams’ new, very personal and exquisite book project combines Riddell’s photography with Tempest’s words. “Peace Is – Olive Trees Are” is a limited edition hand-made volume featuring Riddell’s images of Tuscany’s people, landscapes and architecture and Williams’ poem, “Peace Is – Olive Trees Are.”  The book is a labor of love, and its creators bypassed the usual publishing process to create art in the form of a hand-crafted book. Riddell has worked on his classic, black and white Tuscany images for five years.

Riddell, an Ansel Adams protegé, notes that now even Adams books are difficult to sell.

“It used to be, you bought a book.  That was the only way you could see Ansel Adams photographs, and now there are a thousand ways to see them,” says Riddell. “We consume millions of images via the Internet, we make pictures on our iPhones. That magical darkroom process has disappeared and isn’t appreciated enough as an art form. What I’ve tried to do is bring photographs back to people in that special way.”

Enter the letterpress.

“Over my life I’d always had this dream of owning a letterpress. Two years ago I suggested to Terry that instead of doing a traditional book we should do a short run, custom book, a very limited edition,” says Riddell. “I went to Berkeley and found an incredible letterpress printer. There’s a well-known group of them in the industry, a network of people doing these books. There’s a huge revival in letterpress printing and hand-made books. It’s a reaction, and this small run, hand-crafted movement is rising.”

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Cowboys & Hip Wildlife Art; Photograph Tuscany,Yellowstone with Edward Riddell

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Amy Ringholz – MOD

“Get your motor runnin’
Head out on the highway
Lookin’ for adventure
And whatever comes our way
Yeah Darlin’ go make it happen
Take the world in a love embrace
Fire all of your guns at once
And explode into space” – Steppenwolf

Whenever Amy Ringholz has a new show of works “Born to be Wild” revs up in my brain. Steppenwolf’s anthem has nothing to do with wildlife, but it has everything to do with fearless spirit and fire. And when contemporary cowboy artist Duke Beardsley rides into town, I hear this:

“Rollin’, rollin’, rollin’ / Though the streams are swollen / Keep them dogies rollin’ / Rawhide! / Rain and wind and weather / Hell-bent for leather /Wishin’ my gal was by my side….All the things I’m missin’, / Good vittles, love, and kissin’, / Are waiting at the end of my ride.

Duke Beardsley - Getting Choosy

Duke Beardsley – Getting Choosy

Ned Washington wrote the lyrics to “Rawhide,” and if you want a taste of the Wild, Wild West, contemporary style, saddle up your mount and ride on over to Altamira Fine Art, where Ringholz and Beardsley open a joint new show, “Squaring Off.”  The exhibit is on display July 29-August 10th, and an artists’ opening reception takes place Thursday, August 1, 5-7:00 pm.

Beardsley’s mysterious cowboys ride their steeds against graphic, brightly colored and undefined backgrounds; in at least one work he’s set a rider and horse against a spiraled, blue field that resembles curvilinear embossed saddle tack; I’m also reminded of Matisse’s whimsical interiors. He truly blends the contemporary with Western tradition, and he emphasizes line with boldened, fine strokes of black acrylic. To gain depth and rich texture Beardsley contrasts his shadowy foreground figures with their background, glazing the figure with oil. Temperatures are hot, cool, and everything in between. Stars in the Western skies are that way–flaming red, new blue, warm yellow.

Ringholz’s signature calligraphic wildlife images remain fully recognizable, but with each show she switches things up a little bit, keeping her audience surprised. Recently, says Altamira, the artist’s paintings have gained a narrative element, “combining images of several different animals into a single painting, which heightens the sense that even disparate elements of nature are connected and intertwined.”

In Ringholz’s works, the eyes have it. Those wild eyes, infinitely wiser and more cunning than ours, immediately draw viewers to Amy Ringholz’s myriad creatures. I particularly love her sapphire blue backgrounds. She’s a force to be reckoned with, and so are her expressionistic, bold paintings.  www.altamiraart.com 

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“Inspiring, well-scouted locations, thorough classroom sessions, and great group camaraderie made this [photography workshop] an unforgettable experience,” writes one Edward Riddell Photography Workshop student. “Ed Riddell is an outstanding instructor, photographer and leader, unmatched in his preparation and organization.”

Due to a last-minute cancellation, one space is now open in Edward Riddell’s extraordinary  “Secrets of Tuscany” workshop, taking place October 18-24th, 2013. Yes, you go to Tuscany!  Additionally, Riddell’s “Magic of Yellowstone” workshop, heading into that national park September 26-29th, has three spaces remaining. It’s important to contact Riddell immediately to speak to him about these workshops  — email him at ed@edwardriddell.com, leave your phone contact information, and he will respond to you with great alacrity.

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“Secrets of Tuscany” explores, as only Riddell can, the landscapes, architecture and people of Tuscany. The landscapes are iconic, the experience unforgettable. Riddell’s teaching groups are small, and Riddell has spent “thousands of hours over the last seven years exploring and photographing the hilltowns and landscapes of Tuscany, Italy in preparation for his next book,” discovering ‘undiscovered’ locations and views most tourists never see. Riddell is deeply immersed in Italian culture. His knowledge of the area is just about as thorough as a Tuscan native’s, and because he speaks the language, this workshop flows. Nothing is lost in translation.

Riddell’s October Yellowstone workshop takes place at a perfect time of year.

“Below-freezing mornings create frost and mist in the geyser basins that results in exquisite light. Grasses, aspens and other bushes turn beautiful shades of gold, red and orange,” says Riddell. “Our goal is to take advantage of these beautiful conditions.”

You can find out about BOTH workshops by clicking here. Workshops are intimate and, as another student has testified, “guide people back to themselves and to their love for taking pictures.” www.edwardriddell.com 

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Yellowstone Photography Workshop With Edward Riddell

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If you’re a nature photographer, passionate about the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and its myriad habitats, rivers and lakes, valleys, canyons, geysers~~~and Yellowstone’s quintessential light, you undoubtedly know the photography of Edward Riddell. This fall, Riddell will take a limited number of students to Yellowstone, America’s first national park, for four full days of shooting. Dates are September 26-29th, 2013; an optional fifth day is September 30th. Riddell’s fall “Magic of Yellowstone” photography expedition accepts no more than 16 students; the experience is personal, thorough, exciting~~and most importantly, professional.

Riddell’s co-instructor, Jon Stuart, was an assistant at the Ansel Adams workshops in Yosemite in the 70’s. Ed and Jon have been teaching workshops in Yellowstone and the Tetons together for more than 35 years. Most recently Jon was Director of Photography and Exhibits at the Art Association. Jon and Ed have different photographic styles enabling students to learn different ways of “seeing” the same scenes.

Riddell’s love of nature began when, as a college graduate, he landed a job as a ranger-naturalist in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. He began working on photography projects for the Park and developed an interpretive photography program. Over the years Riddell has garnered national and international recognition for his photography, and for his role as founder of Riddell Advertising. For 23 years he ran one of the region’s most successful agencies with his wife, graphic designer and painter Lee Carlman Riddell. He has never ceased photographing; his work is inspired by Adams, Strand, Weston, Bullock and Cunningham. Based in the Yellowstone region since he first arrived, Riddell is arguably the photographer closest to its grandeur and nuances.

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No experience is necessary to take part in this workshop; the only prerequisite is the desire to immerse yourself. Reservations are made on a first come-first serve basis. Tuition is $1,250 per student; an additional day is $250.

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Edward Riddell

Participants will meet in Jackson at a predetermined location and carpool into Yellowstone. Those not driving are encouraged to reimburse drivers for expenses. Students are responsible for their own meals and lodging in Yellowstone National Park; Riddell provides full information upon registration, enabling students to make reservations at Yellowstone lodgings. Rooms in Yellowstone fill quickly, and it is highly recommended you book your workshop reservation as soon as possible. 

A $625 non-refundable deposit reserves a spot in class; the balance is due by September 1st, 2013. If you opt for the additional fifth workshop day—and you may well wish to!—this fee must also be paid in advance.

Photo credits: All images of Yellowstone by Edward Riddell

For information, contact Ed Riddell via email:  ed@edwardriddell.com.  Telephone: 307-733-8093/ cell:  307-690-3980. Website: http://www.riddellphotoworkshops.com, where you can find further details—including daily itineraries—on Riddell’s workshops. Participants may register for the class on line.  To learn even more about Edward Riddell, visit http://www.edwardriddell.com .

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Ed Riddell’s “Le Fotographie”; Museum Arts “Passport”

Paul West, "Key West Pier," copyright 2007

“The Photography” is here, and Edward Riddell brought it. Riddell’s affinity for European flair — particularly Italy’s culture and language—inspired him to title his new collection of curated fine prints Le Fotographie.

Photographers represented on the site are long-standing friends of Riddell’s, and he’s taught the craft alongside many of them. Knowing Riddell’s penchant for professionalism and perfection, colleagues were more than willing to test the idea. A ringing response to a challenging economy and a boon to photography collectors challenged by high prices, Le Fotographie offers the opportunity to purchase great photographic prints. Riddell calls photography one of America’s truly original contributions to the art world, and it just seems appropriate to make photography—a medium that can be replicated almost infinitely—available to anyone.

At this writing, Riddell has just re-structured his pricing. Prints are available beginning at $24.95 plus shipping and handling. Periodically the new business will offer free shipping on purchases over a certain amount. Prints are delivered in special boxes containing an embossed portfolio folder for the print, and a transparent, embossed protective tissue.

If Riddell is successful, his new resource stands to create solid competition for galleries charging much higher prices for limited edition prints. Le Fotographie is the second major innovative Jackson-based arts marketing project in as many months.

(These dynamic initiatives are at the core of what the Town of Jackson needs to incorporate as we plan for the future. We need to be in the business of creating a distinct identity, instead of trying to replicate Teton Village and Shooting Star aprés ski ambience. We don’t have the location, and we need to diversify our economic base. If you had $500/night to spend at a ski resort, where would you stay? In town, or at Teton Village/Shooting Star/Amangani?)

Riddell says Ansel Adams’ Yosemite portfolio is really responsible for the creation of Le Fotographie. In 1958, Adams made affordable prints of some of his most famous images. His will stipulated that those prints would continue to be made

Matt Mallams, "Purse Snatcher," copyright 2006

after his death; he reserved the other negatives, which will never be available for sale.

“As Ansel told the story he believed tourists and visitors to Yosemite ought to be able to have a really beautiful souvenir, something other than “rubber tomahawks” sold in so many of the shops. So to this day the prints are available for only $225, which is incredibly inexpensive for a real Adams print,” explains Riddell. “They are unsigned and stamped ‘Ansel Adams Special Edition Print.’ A signed version of any of those prints would be worth many thousands of dollars.”

Limited supplies are pricier, but few editions of any photogrpaher’s work sell out.

“The concept of limited editions is inherently ‘unphotographic.’ After all, photography is virtually the only art form with the ability to produce infinite original prints from a single image,” explains Riddell.  Le Fotographie offers unlimited images of every image cataloged.

Riddell’s expertise, love of the medium and, frankly, exquisite taste, curated the collection; but he offers a “democratic” product. Riddell thinks Adams would have championed the concept, and he has stamped “Le Fotografie Authorized Special Edition Print” with a copyright notice for the photographer on each order.

Using the highest quality archival paper and pigment inks, each print is made after the photographer has approved a master print of each image on the site. Riddell will add more images–change things up–monthly.  The site offers a newsletter, reviews, and (GASP!) a blog that will cover topics relating to photography and the website.

“This way photographers can continue to sell signed editions of their prints to collectors willing to pay a premium for the signature. But for those who just enjoy a beautiful photograph they can afford to buy it and enjoy looking at a beautiful print every day,” says Riddell. Much more information is available on the website:  www.lefotographie.com.

Photo Credits:  Top, left:  Paul Adams, “Key West,” © 2006;  Middle, right:  Matt Mallams, “Purse Snatcher,” © 2006; Below, center:  Jon Stuart, “Backstop at la Taos Church,” © 2007.

Jon Stuart, "Backstop at la Taos Church," copyright 2007

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Buy five, get one free.  That’s the simple and sound model for a new brochure-ticket created by five regional museums in the Greater Yellowstone area. Wyoming’s Buffalo Bill Historical Center (BBHC) in Cody, WY; the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, WY; the Carbon County Historical Society and Museum in Red Lodge, MT; the Yellowstone Historic Center in West Yellowstone; and the Yellowstone Gateway Museum, Livingston, MT are offering families a chance at a free family membership.

All you have to do is visit each of these museums before December 31, 2011.  With each visit you will receive a passport-like “stamp.” Once the fifth and final museum is visited and your passport is full, a free family membership to the to the final museum is awarded. Hence, if you have a hankering for a BBHC family membership—good for a year—make that museum your fifth stop.

A query as to whether passport owners may request the reward of a family membership to be gifted to another family has not been answered;  but it seems a good way to get even more people to visit the great consortium of museums surrounding Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. For now, go with the assumption that the gift is non-transferable.

Questions?  Contact Marguerite House (307.578.4137/margueriteh@bbhc.org )   OR Lee Haines ( leeh@bbhc.org/ 307.578.4014)  at the BBHC.

The BBHC released the announcement, and you can visit their website at www.bbhc.org.