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Feb
28

In a few months I will be moving back to the east coast. Family calls. The length of time I’ll be away is temporary and open-ended. I’m grateful, more than I can express, for the loving, caring and supportive messages I’ve received from so many of you. I carry you all in my heart. Posts may “spread out” for a while as I manage logistics, and the Blog may change its focus or form ~~~ but it’s not disappearing. We’re joined, and we’ll remain joined!  Okay, I might write a poem if I keep on. It wouldn’t be a good poem, so time to write about what’s happening in Jackson!

Clymer, John, (1907-1989), Buffalo Chase, oil on canvas, 10 x 20 inches

Clymer, John, (1907-1989), Buffalo Chase, oil on canvas, 10 x 20 inches

The Jackson Hole Art Auction is rapidly receiving an inventory of fine masterworks to  be auctioned off Saturday, September 14, 2014.  This John Clymer is remarkable! Something about it quickens my pulse. Important artists already represented in this year’s auction: Oscar Berninghaus, John Clymer, Bob Kuhn, Ken Riley and Richard Schmid. Schmid’s diminutive painting of carnations was the surprise star of last year’s auction, selling many times over its estimate. Kuhn’s “Resting Cat”, a 22 x 42 acrylic on board, is estimated at $250,000-$300,000.

“The painting was the last Prix de West entry the artist completed in his lifetime, and was awarded the Major General and Mrs. Don Pittman Wildlife Award,” notes the auction.

Kuhn, Bob, (1920-2007), Resting Cat, acrylic on board, 22 x 42"

Kuhn, Bob, (1920-2007), Resting Cat, acrylic on board, 22 x 42″

Auction Coordinator Jill Callahan emphasizes that the public is welcome to stop by the auction offices to learn more about this year’s event. As always, the auction is seeking fine art consignments; I expect offerings to be welcomed into the summer season. For a complimentary, confidential evaluation please call 866-549-9278, visit www.jacksonholeartauction.com or stop by the offices in Trailside Galleries at 130 East Broadway, Jackson, WY — or 7330 Scottsdale Mall, Scottsdale, AZ. www.jacksonholeartauction.com

Book cover art by Jane Lavino

Book cover art by Jane Lavino

“The Straw That Broke” is an “environmental thriller” written by Jackson’s Gregory Zeigler; the same author who brought us his recreated tale of Steinbeck’s “Travels with Charlie.” It’s Steinbeck’s 112th birthday as I write this. The National Museum of Wildlife Art’s own Jane Lavino created the cover art, and it’s awesome! What up, girl?  We need a Lavino exhibition! Promotional copy for Zeigler’s book sums up the plot: “A young scientist and free spirit, Lyn Burke, gets caught up in a battle between ecoterrorists and corrupt public officials over water in the drought-stricken desert Southwest. Lyn’s disappearance causes police officer Susan Brand and private investigator Jake Goddard to rush to her aid. Abduction, deceit, and murder threaten a cataclysm that places the entire region in jeopardy.” 

Wow, I’m thinking “Longmire!” If the book is as good as that TV series, it’s going to have you on the edge of your seat. Congrats to Greg and Jane! Check it out: www.gzeiglerbooks.com

Tammy Callens - Through the Aspen Grove - 36x18" Oil

Tammy Callens – Through the Aspen Grove – 36×18″ Oil

Plein air painter and portraitist Tammy Callens has a show of new works at Mountain Trails Gallery, in Jackson. Callens feels these paintings break new ground for her as an artist. I’ve always been a fan. Her work is romantic, impressionistic, marked by realism and personal. Callens has another quality: she’s humble about her work. I feel her intimate landscapes are some of the most captivating in town.

Callens sparked the idea of  pro-actively inviting children to participate in plein air painting demonstrations. She did this unwittingly, two summers ago during one of our “Artists in the Environment” events in Grand Teton National Park. Callens painted a difficult scene with great skill, and her most ardent admirers were young people visiting the Park, making their own memories by painting the wilderness explored on their summer vacations. It doesn’t get better than that! www.tammycallens.com 

Jan
27

If you want your art to get noticed and sold here in Jackson, you have to work at it every day, every minute you can. Don’t sit around wasting time watching TV. Your art has to be the best, the highest caliber you can produce, it has to stand out.”  ~ Jackson Hole Artist 

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“No animals died in the making of these mounts.” - Jennifer Lee, National Museum of Wildlife Art

Contests and competitions everywhere!  Jackson’s National Museum of Wildlife Art is putting out a national and regional call to artists–including amateurs–to submit “fun faux animal mounts” that will be part of the new Trophy Art Fundraiser. Artists must create fanciful examples of animal trophy heads and deliver them to the museum by February 7, 2014. All works will be on display February 12th – March 15th. All are available for sale on a first come, first serve basis beginning February 22nd, from 11 a.m – 2 p.m., during  ”Trophy Art: Fun Forms for All.”

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“We were hoping to inspire people’s creativity with this event by letting imaginations run wild,” says Associate Director of Programs and Events Jennifer Lee. “For years the museum has been asked, ‘Where is the taxidermy?’ This event offers a fun way of playing off that theme, including our tagline: “No animals died in the making of these mounts.”

Two works for sale are “Deer #5” by Kelly Vanderveer (above) and “The Lizard” crafted in silver and opal by Jackson Hole silversmith Joni Mack, top of the page.

Participating artists retain 30% of the purchase price they name as a commission for their time and efforts, with the rest of the proceeds going to the museum’s youth education programs. Images already received for the upcoming event include a lizard, mountain lion, elk, pronghorn and deer.

For more information, contact Jennifer Lee at jlee@wildlifeart.org or 307.732.5412. www.wildlifeart.org

Joshua Tobey -"Cotton Ball"  Cotton Tail Rabbit. Bronze, edition of 25 7" x 9" x 8"

Tim Cherry -”Cotton Ball” Cotton Tail Rabbit.
Bronze, edition of 25
7″ x 9″ x 8″

New paintings and sculptures are on view at Astoria Fine Art, in Jackson. In particular 2014′s Fall Arts Festival Sculptor Artist Joshua Tobey has some wonderful new wildlife sculptures. At this writing many Fall Arts fans are waiting to see the finished image of Tobey’s winning FAF work, one he hopes will initiate the new FAF tradition memorably.

Tim Cherry and Gerald Balciar also have new sculptures at the gallery; painters Ewoud deGroot, Robert Lougheed (1910 – 1982), Dean Mitchell, Tom Palmore, Al Agnew and Cole Johnson are all represented. Stop by the gallery, on the north side of Jackson’s Town Square. Who said winter was quiet?

Ewoud deGroot - "Snowy Owl"  39.5" x 25.5"  oil

Ewoud deGroot – “Snowy Owl” 39.5″ x 25.5″ oil

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Nov
26
Ed Belbruno - Cosmic Orbit

Ed Belbruno – Cosmic Orbit

“That’s one thing that’s always, like, been a difference between…the performing arts, and being a painter….A painter does a painting, and he paints it, and that’s it, you know. He has the joy of creating it, it hangs on a wall, and somebody buys it, and maybe somebody buys it again….But he never, you know, nobody ever said to Van Gogh, ‘Paint a Starry Night again, man!’ You know? He painted it, and that was it.” - Joni Mitchell

Have you been repeatedly fired? Gotten dumped? Run over an animal? It hasn’t been your day, your week, your month or even your year…but don’t panic! Do the opposite of panicking: channel Vincent Van Gogh, grab some paints and all will be well. The universe is in charge and wants to take care of you.

Ed Belbruno

Ed Belbruno

It does seem to be taking care of painter Ed Belbruno, a recent presenter at TEDx Jackson HoleBelbruno told his story, a tale involving a long series of personal trajectories (the path followed by a projectile flying or an object moving under the action of given forces) plotting spacial trajectories. He landed himself on art’s moon. Oh, and through his painting, he plotted the first chaos route (see Stanford’s Encyclopedia of Philosophy explanation of chaos theory here) to the moon, a route ultimately used to rescue an off-course Japanese spacecraft. “Doing the opposite” of what people normally do in times of crisis saved a space mission as well as his own career, Belbruno told his audience.

Belbruno began working with oils at the age of seven, and later in life submersed himself in art training at New London, Connecticut’s Mitchell College.

“My training is a combination of being self-taught and [formal] art classes. I took a number of classes in Paris in the 80′s at the Artists al la Bastille organization, in particular under the direction of the French artist Alan Schenck. I gave art classes, on painting, at New York University in the late 70′s; now I am just too busy making paintings. I would say my [art education] is 50% self-taught, 50% formal training,” says Belbruno.

Belbruno is returning to Jackson and opening an exhibition of new works at Intencions Gallery. Promoting “Cosmically Conscious Art,” Belbruno’s kick-off reception takes place Thursday, December 5, 5-8 pm. The exhibition runs through the end of December; the public is invited to attend the opening and welcomed to visit and view the artist’s work during the exhibition’s course.

Ed Belbruno - Teton Forest in the Fall - Triptych - 8x30"

Ed Belbruno – Teton Forest in the Fall – Triptych – 8×30″

“Painting allows me to tap into a very intuitive and non-rational part of my brain,” says Belbruno. “It’s the opposite of math and enables great bursts of counter-intuition. Intencions Gallery is the perfect space for my art. When you open yourself up to the Universe and ask for help, great things happen.” Belbruno’s TEDx talk is available on line; click here.

Belbruno is drawn to Van Gogh’s work; I have not seen Belbruno’s art first hand, but his paintings appear to be created very quickly, and are abstract in that what we are seeing, or asked to see, is often not immediately apparent. His story helps us understand why he paints in the style he does, a style marked by intense energy and zeal for discovery. A documentary on Belbruno has been submitted to Sundance; we’ll see what the universe has in store for the film!  www.belbrunoart.com   www.Intencions.com

Olaf Wieghorst -  Bronc Rider. Sold: $128,700

Olaf Wieghorst – Bronc Rider. Sold: $128,700

The Jackson Hole Art Auction is already actively seeking consignments for 2014′s auction event! It takes a year to produce one of these auctions; the amount of expertise, curatorial work, cataloging, pre-producing, marketing, research, communications and sheer physical effort is truly unimaginable to those unfamiliar with the world of major auctions. The Jackson Hole Art Auction has quickly risen to become one of the most important Western Art auctions in Jackson Hole, the most important Western Art market.   

High quality Western, Wildlife and Sporting Art are sought, and interested consigners may contact the auction for a “no obligation” auction estimate; the staff is happy to assist with shipping and logistics. To find out more, simply email coordinator@jacksonholeartauction.com or  phone the auction offices at 866.549.9278.  www.jacksonholeartauction.com 

 

 

 

 

Sep
23
Travis Walker - Ski Fence

Travis Walker – Ski Fence

I’ve been rooting for Travis Walker and Altamira Fine Art to find each other on “ArtMatch.com” and now they have!

Walker is the latest Jackson artist to have a show at Altamira. His exhibition of new works, “In Such an Hour: New Views of Jackson Hole,” runs September 23 – October 6, 2013, and an Opening Reception takes place at Altamira on Friday, September 27th, 5-7:00 pm.

Walker not only makes art; he’s an arts force. If Walker had not landed in Jackson a decade ago, it’s my belief many grass roots arts initiatives would not exist. Artists don’t often take on community leadership roles, but Walker has, and now he’s reaping extraordinary rewards.

“A common subject in my work is the road, which represents our journey through life. We start off staring down the lines of a road, and our entire lives we continue to follow the road to new places. My fascination with roads led me to another symbol in my work: the trailer home,” says Walker. “I have found so many trailers scattered throughout the West that I have come to view them as representations of the American Dream, full of hope, uncertainty, and memory.”

Travis Walker - Saddle Butte (Pink)

Travis Walker – Saddle Butte (Pink)

From the moment he arrived in Jackson Walker began painting it. Most on-location artists (I think we can go ahead and list Walker as a plein air painter—he’s in the “Artists in the Environment” hall of fame and was the first truly non-traditional artist to take part in that program) can be found out in Grand Teton National Park, or anywhere out in nature –and Walker can be found there too. But he also spends much of his time painting the Town of Jackson, essentially creating new iconic images of Jackson. All these subjects entice the artist: an old salon (the former Gai Mode), a decaying house with a fence made of skis (so many have lived there!) and a vintage trailer park.

Walker’s work, notes the gallery, is influenced by American regionalists Edward Hopper and Grant Wood (“American Gothic”), and by Japanese printmaking and German Expressionism.

It often takes years of hard, consistent work to make it in the art world; it’s a challenging, competitive and sometimes heartbreaking life pursuit. But, as we’ve said, arts enthusiasts constantly keep their eyes open, and Altamira director Mark Tarrant has been tracking Walker.

Travis Walker

Travis Walker

“Travis creates very interesting interpretations of local scenes, from his views of Snow King to sweeping views of Flat Creek and the Elk Refuge,” Tarrant observes. “He is a sophisticated painter with a fresh, contemporary palette. We are pleased to present an exhibition of Walker’s work here at the gallery.”

Years ago I wrote a forward for a book about his art that Walker published. Revisiting it, it still feels relevant:

“Walker is a satellite, zooming in and out of our landscapes, freezing vast spaces and solitary formations. We’re light years away from a moment just captured. Flaxen parachutes float forever. Still purple evening shadows never give way to night. These landscapes are our ideal; they’re uninhabited, but histories are embedded. Deserted cabins hold the energy and sadness of generations. Blank windows and headlights, eyes of the universe. Beneath Walker’s surfaces is an extraterrestrial glow he never quite paints down, a light peeking out from behind closed doors.”

Born in Tokyo, Japan and a child of the military, Walker is well acquainted with transience. Place is crucial. Now, at age 37, he’s settled in Jackson with a family of his own. He received his BFA in Painting and Printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University, and he’s had numerous shows and exhibits over the years. Walker is founder of  Teton Artlab, a non-profit providing studio space for artists. As we’ve reported, Walker was a 2013 panelist for the National Endowment for the Art’ Artists Communities Grant and a 2013 Artist in Residence at the National Museum of Wildlife Art. In 2012, he won the “Rising Star Award” from the Cultural Council of Jackson Hole.

And risen he has. www.altamiraart.com 

Martin Grelle - Scouts on the Buffalo Fork, 2013

Martin Grelle – Scouts on the Buffalo Fork, 2013

$8.39 million…

…is the official total sales amount of this year’s Jackson Hole Art Auction (produced by Trailside Galleries and Santa Fe’s Gerald Peters Gallery), held September 14th, in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. 85% of 284 lots were sold, with 200 phone bidders vigorously participating. The estate of James Grisebaum contributed many important works, and all but one of the 32 works from his estate were sold.

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Sep
08
John Nieto - God's Dog (Coyote)

John Nieto – God’s Dog (Coyote) – Altamira Fine Art

Just for you, here’s the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival, Week Number Two!

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9

Grand Teton Gallery: Meet the Artists.  4-8:00 pm. Stop into Grand Teton Gallery and meet artists Gary Keimig, Les LeFevre, Tom Lucas, Rip Caswell, Al Hone, Mike Rangner, Chuck Middlekauff, Deb Penk, and Jane Coleman. That’s a lot of artists! You can bet on good energy!  FREE. 130 West Broadway, 307.201.1172  www.grandtetongallery.com

Mountain Trails Gallery presents “Andrew Bolam: Icons of the American West.”  5-8:00 pm. New to the Western pop scene, Bolam introduces us to his newest works depicting wildlife and portraits of Native American Indian chiefs. Light refreshments. FREE.  155 Center Street, 307.734.8150 www.mtntrails.net

Kay Stratman - Mountain Lake Memory

Kay Stratman – Mountain Lake Memory

“New Horizons IV” Gallery Opening at Horizon Fine Art.  This group show opens today and runs through the end of Fall Arts, September 15th. This year’s group includes  Dean Bradshaw, Bregelle Whitworth Davis, Nicole Gaitan, Jill Hartley, Linda Israel, Monica Jansen, Mark Kelso, Jack Koonce, Sarah Rogers, Karen Sebesta, Kay Stratman, and Pete Zaluzec. Stratman and other local artists are featured in filmmaker Jennifer Tennican’s new short film focusing on the arts. FREE.  30 King Street, 307.739.1540, www.horizonfineartgallery.com

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10

Sharon Thomas

Art by Sharon Thomas

Fall Arts Festival Open Studio Tour ~ Jackson Hole Art Association. 5:30-7:30 pm. Art Association artists will be on hand to display their work and offer fun, family-friendly demonstrations and arts activities during tonight’s open studio. Wander through, enjoy music and refreshments, and meet noted local artists like Sharon Thomas and Fred Kingwill. Artists and works representing almost every conceivable form of media will be there. Raku firings, ceramics (pottery) throwing (Sam Dowd), painting and printmaking happen! FREE. All studios. Location: Jackson’s Center for the Arts, 240 S. Glenwood, downtown Jackson. www.artassociation.org

Grand Teton Gallery Artists in Residence. Deb Penk paints with acrylics and Al Hone sculpts on site, 11:00am-3:00pm. Jane Coleman paints and Rip Caswell returns to sculpt—Mike Rangner paints, using oils from 1:00-5:00pm. FREE. 130 West Broadway, 307.201.1172  www.grandtetongallery.com

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 – HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DAD! LOVE YOU!

Jewelry and Artisan Luncheon ~ 11:00am-4:00pm.  At the Four Seasons in Teton Village, this event is the first in a series of the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s annual Western Visions events, a Fall Arts Festival tradition. Ladies only at this one!  Lunch—really, you get to stay and enjoy yourself for five hours—is $100 per person. Proceeds benefit the museum’s Education Programming. Official registration ended September 4, but call 307.732.5411 for more information. www.WesternVisions.org 

John Nieto - Ring Thunder

John Nieto – Ring Thunder

Altamira Fine Art - Gallery Reception – John Nieto: Forces of Color and Spirit  5-8:00 pm.

“My art develops and changes as my vision changes,” says the great American expressionist artist John Nieto. “I put a lot of energy into the paintings, and I think people get that back. Whether it is a child or an 80-year-old, I want people to respond intuitively, because of their feelings. Art is my way of being a citizen of the universe. I felt as if I had spent my whole life learning a language, and finally I was fluent. I could see paintings in my mind and realize them on canvas more accurately than ever.”

Nieto, a  highly distinguished elder citizen of the universe, is miraculously more prolific than ever. His embrace is a full life embrace; each painting is a celebration–stunning and colorful–and created with powerful respect and profound love for his native roots, the earth and its inhabitants. Nieto established a painting style many attempt to emulate, but nobody can match. FREE. My favorites? Nieto’s Fancy Dancers. This exhibition remains on display through September 21st. Altamira Fine Art, 172 Center Street, 307.739.4700, www.altamiraart.com

Ashley Tudor - Bronze Elk Mount

Ashley Tudor – Bronze Elk Mount

WRJ Associates Hosts Ashley Tudor. 6 pm – 8 pm. Tudor, a San Francisco-based artist, will showcase her “Trophies” series, works that explore “the intersection of the natural world and the human role in it.” Tudor works using mixed media, primarily creating sculpture. She is, writes WRJ, an avid outdoorsman, hunter and field-to-table chef. She must cut quite a figure in the San Francisco arts scene; she “loves any excuse to get into the mountains, valleys, and fields, especially to search out her own food.” Tudor has lectured at the California College of the Art, IDSA, and Stanford University.

“Civilized life has become too tame. In our comfort it is easy to be detached from the natural world. Food arrives at our table with little thought to its origin or life,” says Tudor. “The natural world has been sanitized, manicured, and separated from emotion. One forgets that our existence comes from the creative destruction of other life.” FREE. www.wrjassociates.com 

imagesArt Walk! 5-8:00 pm. Downtown Jackson. Join more than 30 Jackson art galleries for the “Third Thursdays Art Walk” — still happening on Wednesday this Fall Arts Festival Week. FREE. Look for participating gallery Art Walk banners! All galleries listed here as hosting events today, at this time, are participants.

Trio Fine Art – 5-8:00 pm. Opening reception for “In our Valley” Group exhibition, highlighting landscapes depicting the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem, created by Trio artists Bill Sawczuck, Kathryn Mapes Turner and Jennifer L. Hoffman. “There is so much more to this place than first meets the eye,” says Hoffman. “When you live here and absorb the surroundings, you begin to notice the subtlety and the grandeur, the history and the natural beauty.”  FREE. www.triofineart.com

Jennifer L. Hoffman - The Road Home

Jennifer L. Hoffman – The Road Home

Poster Signing with Jason Rich- Legacy Gallery. 3:00-5:00pm. Meet 2013′s Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival featured artist Jason Rich and receive a personally signed poster of his featured painting, “River Overlook: Gros Ventre River Ranch.” FREE to attend, but posters are $30 unsigned and $40 signed. Call the Jackson Chamber of Commerce for information: 307.733.3316 or email info@jacksonholechamber.com. Legacy Gallery, 75 North Cache Street, 307.733.2353  www.legacygallery.com 

Grand Teton Gallery Artists in Residence. Deb Penk and Gayle Weisfield paint on site 11:00am-3:00pm. From 1-5:00 pm, Michael Orwick and Carrie Wild paint, and Rip Caswell will demonstrate sculpting. FREE.  307.201.1172. www.grandtetongallery.com

Carrie Wild - Call of the Wild

Carrie Wild – Call of the Wild

Artists Reception and Trunk Show – Horizon Fine Art. 5-8:00 pm. Local jewelry craftsperson Monica Jensen hosts a trunk show of her creations, and the gallery’s featured artists will be on hand to lead an arts discussion. Demonstrations. FREE. 30 King Street, 307.739.1540 www.horizonfineartgallery.com

RARE Gallery Opening  - More jewelry! Jewelry craftsperson Petra Class shows her new work, noon-4:00 pm. Class’ jewelry is made with cut stones and 22K sets, says RARE. The gallery states that her work is all “personally made,” which may mean she does custom work or that her jewelry is hand made—or both. Come and find out! FREE. 60 E. Broadway 2nd Floor, www.raregalleryjacksonhole.com

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12

Veryl Goodnight - Born to Run

Veryl Goodnight – Born to Run

National Museum of Wildlife Art – “Going Wild” with Veryl Goodnight. The noted sculptor, one of two 2013 featured artists, gives a lecture and a workshop, 10 – 11:00 am. Tickets are $75 per person; and painter Mark Eberhard, whose brilliantly colored paintings of birds balance so impressively between realism and contemporary naturalism, gives a process workshop from 1:00-2:30 pm. Tickets are $75 per person. If you’d like to attend both events, a “bundle” ticket price of $100 gets you in! National Museum of Wildlife Art, 2820 Rungius Road, 307.733.5771  www.wildlifeart.org, www.westernvisions.org 

R. Tom Gilleon - End of Yellow Day

R. Tom Gilleon – End of Yellow Day

Altamira Fine Art: Meet the Artists: R. Tom Gilleon and Greg Woodard. 1:00-3:00pm. Montana artist Gilleon is renowned for his glowing paintings of tipis and his growing collection of portraits of Native Americans and interpretations of Western symbols. Woodard’s powerful sculptures seem to erupt from the earth—they’re artifacts uncovered. FREE. 172 Center Street, 307.739.4700, www.altamiraart.com

By Kat Housemann

By Kat Housemann

MADE, in Gaslight Alley, holds an artist’s reception for painter Kat Housemann, MADE’s Fall Arts Festival featured artist. 5-8:00 pm. FREE. A Montana native, Houseman frequented the C.M. Russell Museum early in her art career. Her work is a punchy, colorful mix of the academic and Western, with a vivid contemporary flair. www.madejacksonhole.com 

Grand Teton Gallery Artists in Residence – Jim Reid and Jody Kroeger. Reid paints on site and Kroeger will give a sculpture demonstration. Carrie Wild, known for her hot colors and contemporary Western themes, will demonstrate. 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. From 1-5:00 pm, Michael Orwick paints and Rip Caswell gives yet another a sculpture demonstration. FREE. 130 West Broadway, www.grandtetongallery.com

Astoria Fine Art Gallery Reception with featured artist Josh Legg. 3-6:00 pm at Astoria, on the Town Square. FREE. 307.733.4016  www.astoriafineart.com

RARE Gallery’s Rick Armstrong  will bring out some of his favorite works from his show “Through the Eyes.” These works were not included in the show of the same name earlier that took place earlier in the Festival. Additionally, sculptor Mark Yale Harris will be on hand to discuss his art. 2-5:00 pm. FREE. www.raregalleryjacksonhole.com

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Western Visions Miniatures and More Show & Sale’s “Wild West Artist Party” at the National Museum of Wildlife Art.  6:30-10:30 pm. A great party! Relaxed, and fully stocked with lots of good food, a full bar and live entertainment, this evening’s party gives artists, patrons and their guests an opportunity to view works to be auctioned off at the Sale. Lots of time to peruse the multitude of works included in this event. The Jewelry and Artisan Show & Sale, the Original Prints Show & Sale and the Sketch Show & Sale are open to the public during this event, and artists are on site. The museum notes everyone should have been registered by September 4th! If you have questions or would like to squeeze in, phone 307.732.5411. Tickets are $150 per person. www.wildlifeart.org, www.westernvisions.org 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13

September Vhay - Summer's Glance

September Vhay – Summer’s Glance

Altamira Fine Art: Meet the Artists – September Vhay and Mary Roberson will be at the gallery to talk with visitors. Relaxed, informal, fun! 1-3:00 pm.  172 Center Street, 307.739.4700, www.altamiraart.com

E. Martin Hennings (1866-1956) Mountain Retreat

E. Martin Hennings (1866-1956) Mountain Retreat

Preview the 2013 Jackson Hole Art Auction! 10:oo am today AND 9:00 am – Noon on Saturday, September 14th. Stroll over to the Center for the Arts theater lobby, and the theater itself—AND backstage—to preview ALL works (some 280) that will be auctioned off at September 14th’s Jackson Hole Art Auction. An opportunity for EVERYONE to view great works of art, whether you are a collector or simply want a chance to view historic and contemporary Western masterpieces. Open to the public, FREE. The Jackson Hole Art Auction takes place Saturday, September 14th. You may register to bid right up until showtime! See details below! www.jacksonholeartauction.com 

HomesteadMagazine2012The Jackson Hole Showcase of Homes–Today, 10:oo am – 4:00 pm; Tomorrow, September 14th, Noon-6pm. Large, expensive houses available for the public to see. This “Showcase of Homes” tour escorts you to a selection of custom Jackson Hole homes.Visit homes designed and decorated by many of the valley’s most sought-after architects, builders and designers. Contemporary, log–it’s all on the tour. SELF GUIDEDHosted by Homestead Magazine (Hey, I’ve written for them! Great magazine!). Many artisans will be on hand. Proceeds are donated to local charities. Ticket price: $75. www.homesteadmag.com

26th Annual Western Visions: Miniatures and More Show and Sale – National Museum of Wildlife Art.  3:30 – 8:00 pm. Yes, you should have been registered by September 4th, but do try calling 307.732.5411 for information. Tickets are $100 per person or $200 for a combo ticket for Thursday and Friday. Today is your last chance to place bids on Western Vision works; the evening includes sparkling festivities, but, most importantly, winning bidders are drawn. All Western Visions shows are on display. www.westernvisions.org, www.wildlifeart.org 

WV Featured Artist Mark Eberhard

WV Featured Artist Mark Eberhard

Legacy Gallery – Tim Shinabarger One Man Show. Artist’s reception, 2-4:00 pm. wildlife sculptor Tim Shinabarger has been working for two years preparing for this! Ten new works– depicting North American and African wildlife subjects–will be exhibited. Some works available for sale by draw.  www.legacygallery.com

Mountain Trails Gallery – Mark Gibson: Western Radiance. 5-8:00 pmGibson’s lit-from-within paintings of tipis and landscapes are contemporary in style, but have the sense they’ve been sprinkled with a fine bit of classical dust. FREE. Light refreshments. www.mtntrails.net

Joshua Tobey & Friend

Joshua Tobey & Friend

Astoria Fine Art Reception – Greg Beecham and Joshua Tobey.  1-4:00 pm. That lighthearted sculptor of wildlife Joshua Tobey pairs up with wildlife artist Greg Beecham. Good match! Astoria’s collection of artists is highly evocative of the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s permanent collection. FREE. 307.733.4016  www.astoriafineart.com 

Grand Teton Gallery Artists in Residence – Rip Caswell is working long hours this year! Caswell and artist Tammy Bality team up for sculpture demonstrations; the latter works 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, and the former is on deck 1-5:00 pm. Caswell will be joined by artists Bob Coonts, Kelly Singleton and Doug Monson. 307.201.1172  www.grandtetongallery.com

RARE Gallery – Gallery Artists Works on Exhibition. Noon-3:00 pm. In addition to works already featured, Kevin Box exhibits origami sculptures described as super stimulating when it comes to contemplating art’s physical space. FREE. www.raregalleryjacksonhole.com

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14

36297_4587744693870_688878886_n18th Annual Jackson Hole QuickDraw Art Sale and Auction – 9:00 am on the Jackson Town Square. Without a doubt, the annual QuickDraw is one of the Festival’s most exhuberant, signature events. Come to the Town Square and watch local and regional artists—all are represented by galleries and/or museums in our region—create art in a very fast 90-minute race to create!  That time is up from an hour, I believe; still VERY fast. Dozens of artists participate. Immediately following, works are auctioned off, including “River Outlook: Gros Ventre River Ranch” by Jason Rich, this year’s Festival Featured Artist. FREE. A Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce event. www.jacksonholechamber.com

Maynard Dixon (1875-1946) Remuda 1921-1945, oil on canvas 25x30"

Maynard Dixon (1875-1946) Remuda 1921-1945, oil on canvas 25×30″

Jackson Hole Art Auction at Jackson’s Center for the Arts – Sale begins at NOON. The Jackson Hole Art Auction, a live, rocket-paced Western art auction in every sense, is defined by the high standard of works offered for sale; lots include art by contemporary artists and deceased masters. The auction has established itself as one of the country’s premier Western art events, and collectors from around the world flock to bid. Bidding takes place at the auction, by phone, by pre-bid or on line.

During a visit to the auction offices, I received a tour of works on hand. “This is our wall of major players, and “Remuda” by Dixon is one of our stars,” noted Jackson Hole Art Auction coordinator Jill Callahan as we perused 2013′s Auction highlights. “Dixon’s been doing very, very well at auction; a recent major Western auction offered a number of Dixons, and they all sold far over estimate. We have Donald J. Hagerty, a Dixon expert, writing an entry for our catalog, and he considers this painting to be one of Dixon’s super works, completed completed just before his death. Dixon often kept what he considered his best works. He started “Remuda” in 1921 and hung onto it, finishing it in 1945. The painting is double-dated, very rare.”  The auction has also acquired at least two rare-to-the-market Farnys.

Henry Farny (1847-1916) - Indian Encampment, 1901

Henry Farny (1847-1916) – Indian Encampment, 1901

Henry Farny. Wilson Hurley. E. Martin Hennings. George Caitlin. Edgar Payne, Clyde Aspevig, Michael Coleman, Gerard Curtis Delano, Ken Riley, Henrietta Wyeth…the list of Great Masters in this year’s Jackson Hole Art Auction is mind boggling. An on-line catalog is available; you may view it by clicking here. You must register to attend. Approximately 280 lots will be up for sale; expect a solid five hour sale. To register, please contact the auction offices at 866.549.9278 or visit their website: www.jacksonholeartauction.com. Email: coordinator@jacksonholeartauction.com. 

Duke Beardsley - Getting Choosy

Duke Beardsley – Getting Choosy

Altamira Fine Art: Meet the Artists –  1-3:00 pm. Jared Sanders, Amy Ringholz (2012′s Fall Arts Festival Featured Artist), and Duke Beardsley, whose latest pop-style paintings of cowboys are partially influenced Beardsley’s recent trip to China, will all be on hand to mingle with visitors and talk about their work. FREE. Altamira Fine Art, 172 Center Street, 307.739.4700, www.altamiraart.com

Watercolor by Fred Kingwill

Watercolor by Fred Kingwill

Artists in the Environment – Fred Kingwill. Join one of Jackson’s most beloved plein air painters, watercolorists and teachers, Fred Kingwill, for the summer’s final “Artists in the Environment,” at String Lake, Grand Teton National Park, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. His snow scene, “Christmas in the Tetons,” won 2010′s Capitol Christmas Tree Contest, underscoring Kingwill’s national reputation as a noted watercolorist. Presented by the Grand Teton Association. FREE. www.grandtetonpark.org 

Trailside Galleries’ Annual Fall Gold Exhibition: Artists Reception. 5-7:00 pm. Works are for sale; all paintings to be sold by draw at 6:30 pm. The exhibition focuses on nature, sporting art, and the wild’s beauties and mysteries. Many new artists; a show “nicely balanced to suit all tastes.” Take part in a tradition that goes back three decades. www.trailsidegalleries.com 

Mountain Trails: Quick Draw Artists Featured –  2-6:00 pm. The gallery welcomes a bundle of favorite artists, and all of them will be fresh off the morning’s Quick Draw. Visit with Dustin Payne, Amy Poor, Chris Navarro, Jeff Ham, Troy Collins, John Potter, and Nicholas Coleman. Light refreshments–that’s good, those artists will be hungry! Mountain Trails Gallery, 155 Center Street, 307.734.8150  www.mtntrails.net

Tom Mangelsen - A Summer Affair

Tom Mangelsen – A Summer Affair

Mangelsen – Images of Nature Gallery’s Fall Reception. 6:00-9:00pm. When you’ve finished bidding at the Jackson Hole Art Auction, head over to wildlife and landscape photographer Tom Mangelsen’s gallery on North Cache, next to Teton Mountaineering. A hip crowd attends, and Mangelsen will be on hand to enjoy your company and tell you about his latest photographs. He’s a great storyteller, and his quest to capture nature around the world forever excites us. Mangelsen and his co-author, noted biology professor Paul Johnsgard, will sign copies of  their new book “Yellowstone and Wildlife: Ecology and Natural History of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.” FREE. Images of Nature Gallery, 170 N. Cache, (307) 733-9752 www.mangelsen.com

Julie Jeppsen -  "Double Trouble"

Julie Jeppsen -
“Double Trouble”

Wilcox Gallery – Reception, Wildlife & Wildlands, at the downtown Wilcox Gallery location. 5-9:00 pm. An all-gallery artists reception featuring a host of Wilcox artists, several who are new to the gallery. Judy Kelley, who works with gourds and pine needles, is enchanted by nature’s textures and color. Other artists include Wilcox, Dave Wade, Julie Jeppsen, Sandy Scott, Rosetta, Tim Whitworth and more. www.wilcoxgallery.com 

Astoria Fine Art Gallery Reception – Mark Eberhard.  10:00am-1:00pm. Remember my remark about Astoria’s reflecting the museum’s art mission? Intentional or not (I think: intentional!), Mark Eberhard, the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s Western Visions featured painter, will be featured at Astoria; the gallery says over 25 artists will be on hand! FREE.  www.astoriafineart.com 

Artwork by D. Lee

Artwork by D. Lee

Horizon Fine Art Quick Draw Artists Reception. 9am-Noon. Though this event apparently overlaps the Quick Draw, Horizon invites you to stop by and view Quickdraw artist D. Lee’s equine and wildlife art, along with the works of Dean Bradshaw and Kay Stratman. FREE.  www.horizonfineartgallery.com

RARE Gallery: Meet the Artist: Pat Flynn. Noon-5:00pm. Jewelry, made from diamonds and gold, created by Flynn, are center stage. FREE. www.raregalleryjacksonhole.com

Grand Teton Gallery Artists’ Reception 4:00-8:00pm. Caswell again! Stop by the gallery to visit with Caswell, Doug Monson, Gayle Weisfield, Bob Coonts, Tammy Bality, Jim Reid, Kelly Singleton, Narrie Toole, Deb Penk, and Carrie Wild. FREE. www.grandtetongallery.com 

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15

One cowboy to another cowboy, lookin’ for something to do: “We could have a shoot-out, then brunch.”  

images-21Art Brunch Gallery Walk-All Around the Town. Approximately 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.  It’s Bloody Mary time! And time to unwind, de-brief and bid 2013′s Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival a fond adieu. Brunch is served along with vodka-enhanced tomato juice drinks, and you can expect to find champagne and coffee, too. Follow the crowds; many galleries participate. Linger, enjoy! Gallery artists are often in attendance, too. The Jackson Hole Chamber has a gallery map–visit their website: www.jacksonholechamber.com or phone 307.733.3316.  It’s Sunday, and in case the Chamber doesn’t pick up, phone ahead!  Here are a few participating galleries–all brunching is FREE!

Altamira Fine Art FAF Brunch: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm.  Stop in to Altamira to toast 2013′s Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival!  www.altamiraart.com 

Trailside Galleries: Starting off at 10:00 am! Join friends and fellow collectors – debrief about the Jackson Hole Art Auction and Fall Gold Exhibition and Sale. Not to mention 50 years in the Western Art business! www.trailsidegalleries.com 

Horizon Fine Art Champagne Brunch. 10:00am-3:00pm. Gallery artists will be working at Horizon, while YOU watch and sample yummy food and drink! www.horizonfineartgallery.com

Grand Teton Gallery  11:00 – 3:00pm. Deb Penk and Rip Caswell (who must be awfully tired) will give demonstrations,as will Gayle Weisfieldwww.grandtetongallery.com

Diehl Gallery – 11:00 am – 3:00 pm.  Meet UK sculptor Simon Gudgeon & join the gallery for brunch. Gudgeon’s “Isis” is perhaps the most striking sculpture installed to date at the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s Sculpture Trail. FREE. www.diehlgallery.com 

Mountain Trails Collector’s Brunch 10:00am – 2:00pm. Brunch that toasts the gallery’s collectors and artists. And the public is welcome, too.  www.mtntrails.net

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