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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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Lee Riddell at CTDC; Wendell Field Paints at Cunningham; Art is Life; Film

Lee Carlman Riddell

Lee Carlman Riddell

Lee Carlman Riddell has always loved drawing, painting and outdoor adventures. For 23 years she and her husband, photographer Ed Riddell, marketed outdoor adventure and tourism businesses in their former lives as the owners of Riddell Advertising where they produced countless books, trail guides and posters for the Grand Teton Association; they share similar histories with other great American national parks. Now, setting up her easel offers a time of concentration on shapes, textures and colors as Lee paints the landscapes she loves. Join her as she executes her second “Artist in Residency” in Grand Teton National Park, August 12-17 from 1-5 pm each day, at the Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center.

“I wanted my time there to be interactive with visitors, so we used some ‘How To Draw Animals’ books that the Grand Teton Association (GTA) offers for sale,” says Riddell. “We set up a table with six spaces for people of all ages to draw and paint watercolors in July. It was a huge success, and we plan on doing the same thing this month.” Kids can also sit on boulders outside the Center, she says, and she admires the GTA’s excellent selection of appropriate books and related items reflecting the Park’s beauty.

Grand Teton National Park and my connections to it have profoundly influenced my life. I met Ed because he loved the Park and managed to find a position as the first marketing director of Teton Science School in the fall of 1974. We met there.” says Riddell.

Lee Carlman Riddell - Buck Mountain

Lee Carlman Riddell – Buck Mountain

Spending time at the Visitors Center holds great meaning; board members for 12 years, she and Ed participated in the building’s site selection, the choice of an architect and exhibit design team, and multiple aspects of construction. Ed helped visualize the concept for the in-ground river videos inside the Center. The Riddells now serve on the Resource Council for the Foundation; Lee Riddell’s wish to “give back” to the park she loves so much continues.

A young artist at work - Courtesy Lee Carlman Riddell

A young artist at work – Courtesy Lee Carlman Riddell

“To now have the privilege of being the GTA Artist-in-Residence for two weeks this summer is like coming full circle,” says Riddell. “I have truly enjoyed spending time there, seeing how people engage with the Park staff, move through the exhibits and respond to the ambient sounds of bird calls during quieter moments at the Center. Visitors tell me that the Center is so cool!”

Riddell and visitors never tire of the Center’s streaming light and huge windows affording sweeping views of the Tetons, the tactile animal fur exhibits and quotes by writers, artists and philanthropists deeply connected to place. Riddell is a former partner in Trio Fine Art, teaches painting, and continues her work as one of the finest graphic designers in our region. Her beautiful paintings can be found at the exclusive showroom of WRJ Associates, in downtown Jackson. www.leeriddell.com    

Wendell Field

Wendell Field

When an elderly Laos physician observed painter Wendell Field at work, the doctor remarked: “Ah, an artist. The artist is never a prisoner of society.” The remark echoes Field’s artistic philosophy and path. Saturday, August 10th, Field becomes the latest “Artist in the Environment,” painting en plein air at the historic Cunningham Cabin in Grand Teton National Park. Field will paint 2:00-5:00 pm, and as always, “Artists in the Environment” is free and open to the public.  

Whether he interprets it this way, I’m not certain; but the view has been expressed that Field’s solitary yurt habitat lifestyle is similar to that of the pioneer J.Pierce Cunningham’s. His cabin—slowly sinking into the landscape, living out its natural life—is historically marked, and one of the few remaining homesteads in the valley that date from the 1880’s. Field is inspired by world cultures—he’s painted and created exquisite prints of Himalayan villages;  his views of Snow King and our town resemble his Tibetan paintings. The spirit never deserts him. And all the YOUNG single ladies love Wendell!

“A landscape translated through the painter’s hand may remind us of a stillness lost within ourselves,” says Field. Cunningham Cabin Historic Site is north of Jackson on highways 26/89/191; take the first turnout on the left just beyond Triangle X Ranch. “Artists in the Environment” is presented by the Grand Teton Association, always connecting people, art and the Park.  www.grandtetonpark.org 


Remy Milosky - Couch Man

Remy Milosky – Couch Man

Young Jackson contemporary artist (he’s alive, he’s painting and it’s new!) Remy Milosky hangs his first solo exhibition, featuring over 100 original oil paintings and drawings, at Intencións Gallery, Jackson, WY.  Here’s the catch: Milosky’s exhibition, “Art is Life,” literally showcases ALL the artist’s work created these past five years, and the show runs ONLY one night, August 10th, 6-10:00 pm. 

As a child the artist promised himself to create one piece of art a day—-I don’t know Milosky’s age, but if a life retrospective were at hand it would fill every nook and corner of Jackson! Enough work exists from the past five years for a very big show.

The artist’s goal is simple and straightforward: to give everyone who visits the opportunity to own original art. Reasonable prices, diversity of subject and style should mean that there is something for everyone. “I have always dreamt of [my first] solo show, and by allowing me my own terms, Intencións is helping me fulfill this dream,” says Milosky. For more information, email madelinef.ashley@gmail.com OR remymilosky@gmail.com.  Phone contacts:  307-690-2409 and 307-690-6545. Website:  www.remysart.com

Through December, filmmaker Valerie Schramm hosts “Movie Night at the Library,” 7-9:00 pm every second Friday of the month. Each film showcases a new release from the Film Movement, a curator and distributer for award-winning films from festivals around the world. Post-film discussions. Friday, August 9th, “Shun Li and the Poet,” a drama directed by Andrea Segre, will screen. Italian and Mandarin; not sure about subtitles!  Free.  www.tclib.org




Rapturous Raptor Art; Winter Yearnings

Boreal Owl III 10 x 8" oil on gessoboard - L. C. Riddell

Support in kind; a new kind.

Jackson painter Lee Carlman Riddell is fascinated with birds; she’s been painting her signature hummingbird paintings for some time, and more recently began showing her paintings of owls. Carlman, long a close observer and protector of wildlife, transmits her feelings about her subjects tenderly and distinctly. She knows a creature’s anatomy, spirit and biology. Now, a favorite subject and a cause dear to the artist’s heart have merged in an exhibit of Carlman’s paintings of Boreal Owls at Wilson, Wyoming’s Teton Raptor Center.

“Years ago Roger Smith and Margaret Creel Smith cared for injured raptors in their back yard, and Ed (Riddell) and I helped them check around for frozen mice to keep the birds fed,” says the artist.

Roger Smith went on to rehabilitate injured birds of prey at Three Creek Ranch; he phoned the Riddells, inviting them to come see the two Boreals he planned on releasing. Smith had been nursing the birds back to health since they’d fallen from their downed aspen tree nest as small chicks. Lee sketched, while Ed photographed the birds. Now, Lee Riddell’s early drawings have inspired paintings of the owls. The paintings are for sale, and half of sale proceeds benefit the Raptor Center.

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Art for Jackson Hole’s V-Day

Heartfelt and huge thanks to all Jackson Hole area artists, galleries and organizations donating time and art to February 19th’s V-Day Silent Auction, supporting Teton County’s victims of domestic violence.  We’re a rich county, in the first state to give women the right to vote.  Even so, the need to support women and girls in dire domestic crises is great.  Your efforts and talent are deeply appreciated.

Brookover Photography

Eliot Goss

Ed Lavino

Wyoming Gallery

A Horse of a Different Color Gallery

Mountain Trails Gallery

Crazy Horse

Trio Fine Art

Kathryn Mapes Turner

September Vhay

Lee Carlman Riddell

Kay Stratman

Valerie Seaberg

Laurie Thal

Miga Rosetti

Shannon Troxler Thal

Ben Roth

National Museum of Wildlife Art

Alissa Davies

Abbie Miller

Lisa Miller

David Swift

Troutwater Gallery

A.D. Maddox

Grand Teton Association

Your donations are even more meaningful, as we find ourselves in the trying times we do.  We are all being tested, but women with lives beset by the overwhelming circumstance of violence often find no exit.  Your gifts lend them a hand, providing greater chances for finding a new home, new work, new pride.  If you would like to participate, please email tammy@jacksonholearttours.com, or phone 307-690-1983, by end of the day February 4th.   Thank you.

Tammy Christel

Tea at Trio Fine Art

Trio Fine Art, home of works by artists Kathy Turner, Lee Carlman Riddell and September Vhay, has gone British.   Thursday afternoons, stop by the gallery between 4-6:00 p.m. to enjoy tea and conversation.   As the gallery says, “Thursday Tea at Trio” is a nice–and may I add civilized– way to gather with friends, talk about and view art, drink good tea and stay warm.

The gallery offers teas by Heather Bupp, of Dragon Lady Teas.   Teas vary week to week; all are “hand made” by Dragon Lady Teas.  The china is very nice, too.

Trio’s winter hours are limited, providing all three artists time to paint.   Visit Trio noon-6:00 p.m. each Thursday; call for special appointments.   Trio Gallery is located at 545 N. Cache, Jackson, just north of the Visitors’ Center.   Telephone:  307.734.4444        www.triofineart.com