Tag Archives: Holidays

Christmas Bazaar; NMWA’s First Sunday; Peace, Not Pepper!


The Art Association’s 2011 CHRISTMAS BAZAAR is heeeeeeeeeerrrrrrrrrrreeeeeee (I am thinking of that crazy, wire-hanger-bodied Target 2-day Sale Lady….)! Saturday, December 3, at Snow King Center, make your way up to the 46th Annual Christmas Bazaar. Doors open at 9:30 am and close at 5:00 pm. Local and regional artists, foodies, jewelers, fabric specialists and creative people who know how to use a knitting needle will be on hand….as will those phenomenal holiday WREATHS.

I don’t see an entry fee listed on the Art Association website, but as their summer Art Fairs charge $3 cover, I’d count on having that amount handy to get in. Leave pepper spray at home, mind your manners, walk in an orderly way to and from the entrance, please!  Let’s show some holiday shopping class, Jackson Hole! Thank goodness we’re low on Walmarts!  www.jhartfair.org.

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Plein Air Artist Jen Hoffman Joins Trio Fine Art; More Holiday Notes

One of Jackson’s finest plein air and studio landscape painters, Jennifer L. Hoffman,will become a partner at Trio Fine Art. The new affiliation becomes official January 1, 2011.

Trio Fine Art represents the work of Jackson artists Lee Carlman Riddell, Kathryn Mapes Turner and September Vhay. Montana artist Russell Chatham is also represented at the gallery. And although there will now be four painting partners at the gallery, the gallery’s name will not change.

“I am thrilled and honored to have this amazing opportunity,” says Hoffman. “These three women are artists of the highest caliber and the utmost professionalism. I am excited to be a partner in an artist-run gallery, and to be inspired and motivated by the work of Lee, Kathryn, and September.” To introduce Hoffman as the gallery’s new partner, Trio will host a solo exhibition for Hoffman February 9-19, 2011.  An artist’s reception will be held on Thursday, February 10, 2011.

“I am so excited for Jen to join us at Trio! She will add a great deal, from the vibrancy and authenticity of her paintings, to her work ethic, to her joyful laugh,” says Riddell.

Hoffman is one of the region’s finest landscape painters. The Jackson Hole Art Blog has followed her career, and I’m proud to have written the introduction for Jen’s book featuring her work; we were also mentioned in an article on Hoffman’s work in Fine Art Connoisseur (see below).  The number of notices of Hoffman’s skill as an artist continually grow. In addition to her local participation and representation in such venues as the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival and the National Museum of Wildlife Art, her exhibitions include the Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils, Reflections in Pastel National Juried Exhibition, the Pastel 100, and Masters in Miniature at the CM Russell Museum.

Recent awards include an Award of Excellence at the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters’ 2010 National ExhibitionBest of Show in the First Annual International Autumn Arts Painting Challenge; and 3rd Place in Landscape in the 9th Annual Pastel 100 sponsored by the Pastel Journal.

Many national fine art magazines cover Hoffman. 2010’s May/June issue of Fine Art Connoisseur listed her in their feature “Artists Making Their Mark: Three to Watch”; and her work has been featured in Western Art Collector, The Pastel Journal, American Artist Magazine, and the Jackson Hole Magazine, among others. Hoffman is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America, and also holds memberships in the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters, the Oil Painters of America, and the American Impressionist Society.

Trio Fine Art is located at 545 N Cache St. and is open Thursdays from 12-6 during the winter season, with extended hours during Hoffman’s show.  www.triofineart.com

Astoria Fine Art has new works in by Netherlands artist Ewoud de Groot and Western artist Greg Beecham. Lots of new work coming into the gallery, says owner Greg Fulton. Check out the new works this holiday season!  Both artists tend to have new work sell quickly. Winter-themed paintings by such artists as Scott Christensen and Clyde Aspevig are available. The gallery hosts a Holiday Reception, with special guest Beecham, on December 30, 5-7 pm.   www.astoriafineart.com

Horizon Fine Art is highlighting the bright and joyous paintings of artist Sarah Rogers. Rogers has exhuberant, colorful portraits of wildlife on exhibit–cardinals, bison, and big Christmas bears. Stop by the (still pretty new!) gallery space on King Street, across from Shades Café.   307.739.1540   www.horizonfineartgallery.com

MADE, where artist John Frechette hangs his hat and fused glass, will donate 25% of all sales he rings up on Monday, Dec. 20, 5-8 pm to the Art Association. Check it out in Gaslight Alley; look for the canopy of festive holiday lights!

CIAO has extended its deadline to December 30, 2010 for artists interested in entering CIAO’s exhibition “New Year’s Resolution,” a show inspired by new beginnings, growth and promises to yourself or others.  Visit www.ciaogallery.com for more info.

Tom Mangelsen and Sue Cedarholm hold their Winter Solstice opening reception showcasing their new photographs and paintings on Tuesday, December 21—under that full, freshly eclipsed, moon. Images of Nature Gallery, 5-9 pm.

Stop by the Art Association Lobby on Tuesday, December 21, 4-6 pm, for a tea-and-cookies reception for ArtSpot artist (Charlie Brown shirt!) Suzanne Morlock. (I have enjoyed all ArtSpot installations, but this giant metallic t-shirt is the most successful to date. It’s unmistakable, stands up to weather, is highly visible, fits time and place, and is a universal symbol imbued with multiple messages. And, it has humor. Congrats!)   Info: 307.413.1800.

A Trunk Show from Kyrgyzstan featuring felt toys, hats, slippers and other gifts to warm the soul remains at the American Legion Hall through December 24th. Hours are 11 am  – 7 pm; located on the corner of Gill and North Cache. 307.733.3082. 

Altamira Fine Art Intros New Artists

620_580“Sunrise, sunrise…Looks like morning in your eyes…” -Norah Jones

Browsing through the works of landscape artist John Felsing, I find myself humming Norah Jones tunes.  Felsing’s paintings conjure up misty, purple views I enjoy here in New England, sunrise and sunset.  Quiet daybreaks slipping up the horizon, transforming to brighter colors of the day more slowly than those quick-rising Teton mornings.  Landscapes coming into focus.

Lucky you, Jackson Hole. Art lovers have a chance to see Felsing’s works at his new gallery venue, Altamira Fine Art. The gallery showcases Felsing and sculptor Steve Kestrel — also new to Altamira — during this Wednesday’s (December 30th) Gallery Walk.

Kestrel’s work, quite distinguishable, is poetry transmorgrified to sculpture.  Its 574_580nascent qualities — his sculptures, often egg-shaped and eliptic — suggest birth’s innocence and omniscience.   He is a favorite of mine.  Of his work it is written that the artist “….prefers to carve directly in granite, slate, limestone, and sandstone….His stone carvings forsake the use of a prior constructed model as…this method helps preserve “the soul of the stone”.

677_580Bregelle Whitworth Davis, Andree Hudson and John Greene will be featured as well.   Says Altamira, “Davis is a colorist whose style resembles the illusion of silk screening yet retains the textured surface of a painting. 668_580Andree Hudson’s art features large dramatic brush strokes that enliven her subjects while her use of contrasting light and dark colors create an intimacy between the viewer and the subject. John Greene’s landscapes depict imagined rather than actual realms that reveal new insights upon each viewing.”


Stop into Altamira for fresh art, and refreshments.    Phone: 307.739.4700.  email: econnect@altamiraart.com.

Happy New Year!  May Jackson Hole flourish, remain creative and nourished.   Keeping arts at our forefront is the best way, that’s sure-ish.

Good Things in Small Packages at Diehl Gallery; Ugly Christmas Sweaters

thomas_a_p___07_5377Nice and Small are what you will find this month and next (through January 7, 2010 ), at the Diehl Gallery, as it presents a holiday show, Small Works.

Now on display, an opening reception and holiday party for the exhibit takes place December 23, 5-8:00 pm. Diehl Gallery promises fine food and holiday spirits, and is honoring the Season by donating 10% of each sale to the Jackson Food Cupboard, Jackson’s non-profit providing food for members of the community in need.

Jackson Cupboard serves up to 400 individuals a week, a meaningful statistic.  In fact, if you’ve not already done so, please consider bringing your extra pantry items to the Cupboard’s offices, located on the St. John’s Episcopal Church Campus, in Jackson.

For more information, contact Diehl at 307.733.0905, or email info@diehlgallery.com.  Diehl’s address is 155 West Broadway.

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The Ugliest Christmas Sweaters

3082611058_347fbef59cThis holiday, don’t forget to donate to your nearest Ugly Christmas Sweaters Thrift Store. Economic recessions are tough on ugly sweater output, and as we make our fumbling, over-fed way through the holiday season, it’s easy to forget those whose lives could be cheerier, warmer–not to mention more fashionable–in your “softly used” sweater.

Get creative about your sweater collecting!  Start an annual neighborhood Ugly Sweater competition tradition.  Team up.  Each team (fun for couples!) knits or shops for the most god-awful reindeer, kitties, snowballs, Santas, Christmas Trees, cookies and fruit cakes assembled on wool (or a wool-acrylic mix).  Teams with the ugliest sweaters win! (Don’t forget bart_saucythe designated non-side-taking judge–your grammy is a good choice) Losing team cooks the goose.  (I am not delightfully saucy!)

And remember, ladies: Beware of snobbing off a man just because he’s got to wearfirth the ugly sweater his mum knit.  He might be a barrister, the kind of guy who posts bail in order to get you out of that Caribbean prison you were slung into, after being so wrongly accused of concealing controlled substances while struggling through security at that nasty, bug-infested, coconut-strewn  airport.

Who needs self-confidence when a larger-than-life appliqued reindeer sweater-wearing hunk is your date?



Two Galleries Joining & A Sculpture Book Under the Tree

bartow_blue_buckA poignant holiday note for Jackson Hole’s contemporary arts scene is that two of its best galleries, the Oswald and Lyndsay McCandless Contemporary, are closing their doors.   With them go venues for myriad contemporary artists – photographers, painters, sculptors, multi-media artists, crafts people, filmmakers – and the loss pries open, to a greater degree, a cultural chasm our community must strive to close.

Ever entrepreneurial, McCandless and the Oswalds are combining their artist rosters for one great contemporary art sale opportunity.  The two galleries offer up the works of more than 40 artists in a special series of Seasonal events, taking place at the Oswald Gallery, 165 North Center Street:

December 17 & 18, 6-8 pm:  “Art Cocktails”

December 26, 6-9 pm:  “Holiday Party”

December 28, 29 & 30, 6-8 pm:   “Art Talks”

Through the months of December and January, 2010, all proceeds will minton_leanprovide a percentage of art sales as donations to local arts non-profits.  Beneficiaries include the Center of Wonder, the Art Association, Teton ArtLab, Womentum and the National Museum of Wildlife Art.

Press materials feature images of works by Bronwyn Minton, Rick Bartow and Nine Francois.   Check both gallery websites for their complete artist lists, and phone 307.413.4331 for more information.


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getimageGalleries West sends word that a new hardcover coffee table book, “Sculpture of the Rockies,” has just been released by the editors of Southwest Art Magazine. The book “surveys the broad spectrum and spectacular variety of current sculpture being created in the Rocky Mountain region.”

“The Rocky Mountain region of the American West is renowned for its natural beauty – rugged, snow-capped peaks, sweeping valley vistas, towering pine trees, delicate wildflowers – as well as its artistic splendor, with many noted sculptors living and working in this area,” herald the book’s publishers.

As many as 97 sculptors have chosen favorite works to share; they also talk about their process and inspiration. The book includes both contemporary and traditional sculpture, even providing a sampling of purely abstract works.   Galleries West will have the books on sale, and suggest you call to reserve a copy. The gallery is offering some special deals on holiday getimage-1shopping, so jingle their telephone bells (307.733.4525) to find out more.

Galleries West is currently showcasing its annual holiday exhibit, the 7th Annual Little Jewels Holiday Miniature Show, running through January 15, 2010.   An opening reception takes place December 30, 3-8 pm.   In this miniatures show, paintings measure 11×14 inches and smaller; sculptures are 12x12x12 inches and smaller.   Chimney-sized gifts for all!