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Well Done, “Wallpaper!”; Sanders and McCauley at Altamira-Scottsdale

Art by Travis Walker

After a long winter’s lull, Spring is around the corner. If you can’t feel it in the air, you can feel it in Jackson’s art scene. In the past two weeks, art happenings popped up like crocus in 50- degree weather!

Teton Art Lab’s “Wallpaper” show was extraordinary. The Lab’s combination gallery-and-artists’ work space packed up like sardines for the show, and by the time I arrived at least two-thirds of the art had sold.

You might as well call it “The Red Dot Show.”

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Community Supported Art Info at Brew Pub; Wild Wednesdays; Yellow Tulips

rocket-launchA Community Supported Arts informational meeting takes place at the Snake River Brewery (Brew Pub!) on Tuesday, December 17th, 5:30 – 6:30 pm.

“Having launched the Community Supported Art program a couple of weeks ago with a call for artists, CSA Jackson Hole is hosting an informational meeting for artists to learn more about the project,” says CSA founder Alissa Davies.

Currently, says Davies, CSA Jackson Hole is looking for local artists of all disciplines to apply to the new and innovative program. Nine artists will be featured during the summer of 2014, with names being announced in January. The deadline for artists to apply is January 13, 2014.

CSA Jackson Hole is modeled on Community Supported Agriculture programs, programs that are gaining popularity everywhere, every year.

Courtesy Philadelphia Generosity

Courtesy Philadelphia Generosity

Selected artists will receive a commission to create 40 “shares,” and potential collectors may purchase a share. In return they receive crates of locally produced artwork at three “pick-up parties” next summer. Each shareholder receives one piece from each of the nine CSA artists over the course of the summer. Pick-up parties take place at various local venues and will be festive occasions— enjoy music, food, and the chance to meet that evening’s featured artists and their work. For more information, contact Alissa Davies at 307.690.4757 or csajacksonhole@gmail.com.

Sculpture by Kent Ullberg

Sculpture by Kent Ullberg

Remember Tapas Tuesdays?

Now there’s “Wild Wednesdays,” a day of the week to visit the National Museum of Wildlife Art, enjoy the museum’s fine art collection, sit down to delicious food served up by Rising Sage Café and hear a little music. Piano music, to be precise, performed by Francis Koerber. Shop the gift store, open until 7:00 pm. Doors are open 5:30 – 8:00 pm. Reservations are strongly suggested; call (307) 732-5434, and view the winter dinner schedule online at www.WildlifeArt.org

Alex Katz - Yellow Tulips

Alex Katz – Yellow Tulips

On Friday, December 13th, the Tayloe Piggott Gallery opens its new show, an exhibition of works by Alex Katz. An opening reception takes place that evening, 5-8:00 pm, and the exhibition remains up through January 31, 2014.

Associated with the Pop Artists, Katz’s work blossomed once the artist began studying at Manhattan’s Cooper Union Art School. The rest is a long, successful, high-profile history: read Katz’s full bio here. Piggott is noted for her ability to corral internationally renowned artists and draw selections of their work to Jackson Hole.

I do love this bit, pulled from Katz’s bio:

“During his years at Cooper Union, Katz had been exposed primarily to modern art and was taught to paint from drawings. Skowhegan exposed him to painting from life, which would prove pivotal in his development as a painter and remains a staple of his practices today. Katz explains that Skowhegan’s plein air painting gave him ‘a reason to devote my life to painting.’ ”  www.tayloepiggottgallery.com 


CSA Jackson Hole = Community Supported Art; JHHS Time Off

alissa-davies-pods-02Check a map laying out national densities of community supported agricultural (CSA) gardens, and you’ll see our country’s East and Central regions blanketed in green. The West coast is catching up, as is the Intermountain West. Why are CSAs so in demand? Personal choice; control over what you are eating and the satisfaction of developing a relationship with growers.

Now, Jackson artist Alissa Davies has picked up the concept of communal support and linked it to local art. Community Supported Art (CSA), in its inaugural season, is looking for local (Teton County) artists working in all mediums to apply for CSA Jackson Hole. The project’s goal, says Davies, is to monetarily support artists creating new work AND to build a strong, interwoven community of supporters of art in Teton County. CSA “strives to connect local artists with collectors and to bring more visibility to the creative landscape of our community.”

How will it work?

“Selected artists will receive a commission to create 40 “shares” for the program. Interested collectors will purchase a share and in return receive crates of locally produced artwork at three ‘pick-up parties’ during the summer of 2014,” explains Davies. “Featured works could include anything from a run of screen-prints, a series of small tea cups, photographs, tickets to upcoming intimate performances or events, letterpress editions of a poem or small, original paintings. Each shareholder will receive one piece from each of the nine CSA artists over the course of the summer. Pick-up parties take place at local businesses and organizations and will feature music, food, and the opportunity to meet that evenings’ featured artists and view their work.”


Davies notes that Springboard for the Arts is the original program, affecting both urban and rural economies. A few years ago Davies read about CSA in a food and wine magazine, and the idea stayed in her head. With so many Jackson area artists, Davies imagined this program would be a great fit. Jackson arts peeps Carter Cox and Carrie Richer will help with marketing, producing short videos on the artists and remind the community about the project during off seasons. Davies hopes to schedule a Q&A session later this fall so artists can find out more about the project.

Davies is also a new mom. Her son, Sam, has helped many of Davies’ creative impulses surface.

“Sam is a huge catalyst for so many ideas; I want to the best person possible as an example for him,” says Davies. “I want to be as good a person as I can; as a mother, that’s of the utmost importance.”

Local artists can and should apply immediately. During the summer of 2014, nine artists will be chosen and their names announced in January, 2014. Seasonal member shares are priced at $350. Shares go on sale February 3, 2014. You may purchase shares directly from Alissa Davies. Contact Davies by phoning 307.690.4757 or by emailing csajacksonhole@gmail.com.

Go, Alissa! Something tells me you’ve done your homework on this one! Your idea is beautifully reflective of your own delicate, delightful artwork.

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Artist Mark Nowlin’s Road Trip Stops at TCLIB

Mark Nowlin - Landscape, Mixed Media on Paper

“These are all landscapes, I made them on the spot, off the highway, during my drive from Portland, Oregon to Jackson,” says Jackson Hole artist and purveyor of arts supplies Mark Nowlin. Last Sunday, Knowlin took his turn showing and creating art at the new Teton County Library, where—lest you live in a cave—you know that Filament Mind, the huge art installation by conceptual artist Brian Brush has just been completed.

Under the filament tent, a fine cross-section of Jackson’s local artists brought their work to the library. “Stumble on Art in the Afternoons” began by hosting Travis Walker, who blipped on his Facebook page that “the best art I’ve ever seen in Jackson is at the Teton County Library.” Catch any sass, Travis?  (I’m teasing…)

Nowlin, so well known in our arts community, is a great proponent of contemporary art. He owns and operates Master’s Studio, a Jackson arts supply and framing store.  His creativity and knowledge of art history, perspective on Jackson’s art scene and where it might be trending and the region’s arts influences, are topics you should talk to him about sometime.

Nowlin does not exhibit often, but he should. Each of his compositions I viewed last week were dynamic, swinging with motion, affected by place, and wholly recognizable even as they embraced abstraction. Nowlin lined up dozens of works, a visual diary of his travels.

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Art Heist; DIY Art Bazaar & Open Studio!

Friday, November 16th, Jackson’s Art Association will NOT hold its popular “Out of the Woods” silent auction. It WILL host the Jackson Hole Art Heist, a silent auction with a bit of a burglary twist.  Over 250 pieces of artwork by some of Jackson’s best-loved artists, as well as juried artists from around the country, will be up for sale. Ceramics, jewelry, furniture, and fashion–even multimedia works will be available. Security cameras are on, in case you’re thinking “cat burglar.”

I’m just kidding!

So what’s the twist?  Twenty-five “Heist” tickets will be sold at a price of $250 each. Purchase yours early when you arrive between 5-6:00 pm, and “steal away” with an auction item of your choice. That leaves 225 works of art available to folks with more modest budgets and big hearts. You can chip in, you can bring home some art! Noted artists from many of Jackson’s best galleries are contributing work; expect to find everything from landscapes to moccasins to science-inspired art.

Want to win something good? Raffle items include Jackson Hole Mountain Resort lift tickets, an overnight stay at Triangle X, Cowboy Up Hang Gliding certificates, dinner for two at the Snake River Grill and more. A very easy $5 admission gets you in the door to this altered and bunches-of-fun art event!  For more information, contact Amy Fradley at artistinfo@jhartfair.org; or phone 307-733-8792. www.artassociation.org

Analog Antidotes: Deer Drive Art Collective Sale and Open Studio, an open art sale and bazaar hosted by the creative folks sharing space at 535 Deer Drive, Unit 513 (south of town, take a left on Deer Road and wind your way to the top of the hill; “Enclosure” climbing gym is visible at the bottom of the hill). The date is Saturday, November 17th, 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm. The art bazaar is free, and open to the public!

Analog: A computer program that analyzes log files from web servers. Analogy: Comparison between subjects. Antidote: A remedy or other agent used to neutralize or counteract the effects of a poison. So—this gathering might be a cure for our pre-programmed, patterned lives, with a healthy dose of arts-comparing opportunity!  

Artists showcasing their wares (or who rent space at Unit 513, and MAY have artwork for sale) include Matt Asbel, Owen Ashley, Robin Dabney, Meg Daly, Alissa Davies, Jenny & Sam Dowd, John Frechette, Shane Lindsay, Abbie Miller, Emily Paul and Alex Schechter. Lisa Miller, of Shades Café fame, will be offering her fabulous cookies and treats!!!