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Amy Ringholz's "Dreamers Don't Sleep"

Heads up! The Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival (FAF) will be here before you know it!  A smorgasbord  of  Jackson & Western-style representational, contemporary, landscape, wildlife and Native American arts—-not to mention all the food—-this 28th year of Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival-ing promises to be as jam packed as ever. Festival dates are September 6 – 16, 2012. The Festival’s official “opener” event, Palates & Palettes, a gallery walk supremo, happens September 7th; tours of Jackson Hole Historic Ranches roll out September 8th (I discovered the entrance to Bill Schenck’s former home, way up in the Park, a week or so ago—that was fun! He moved, so don’t go lookin’); and Taste of the Tetons,the event that turns Jackson’s Town Square into one giant gourmet restaurant, happens September 9th. The Western Design Conference, September 6-9th, offers great exhibits, sales, a fashion show (girls, let’s keep our pants on this year, okay?) and more.

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Trio Fine Art is transitioning, evolving.

September Vhay, an original founder of Trio Fine Art, has announced she will be leaving that gallery and joining Jackson’s Altamira Fine Art, effective May 3, 2012. At that time, Trio Fine Art will welcome Jackson-based painter Bill Sawczuk as that gallery’s new partner.

Focusing on painting while simultaneously running a gallery is more than a full time job, and after six successful years at Trio, Vhay says she “has come to a place in her life where she feels that her time is best spent painting.”

“Running Trio Fine Art has been an incredibly rewarding experience in regards to having the opportunity to work with, and create art alongside, the talent of Kathryn Turner, Molly Hirschfield, Lee Riddell, and Jennifer Hoffman,” says Vhay, who is known for her distinct renderings of horses and wildlife. “Trio also provided the unique experience for an artist to connect with collectors and witness the public enjoying the work first hand. Artists become attached to their paintings, and there is a certain solace in knowing where they go. I am proud of what the gallery has become and would like to extend a huge amount of gratitude to my amazing business partners, collectors, family and friends for their unwavering support. Neither Trio Fine Art nor my career would be where they are without it.”

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I hope Spring Break is being good to everyone here in Jackson Hole!

As noted in a previous post, this summer Grand Teton National Park (GTNP) plays host to the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters (RMPAP); the nationally acclaimed group arrives in the Park to paint July 1 – 12th. July 13-15, a fine art show and sale, benefitting GTNP, will be held at the Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitors Center in Moose, Wyoming. A gala opening reception takes place there on Friday, July 13, at 7:00 pm. Thursday, July 12, artists will participate in a Quick Draw, 4:00 – 6:00 pm.  Please note: Quick Draw paintings will be included for sale in the show at the artist’s discretion. There will NOT be a sale or silent auction following the Quick Draw. The show concludes Sunday, July 15th, at 4:00 pm. 

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Trio Fine Art’s next group exhibition, Flight, opens at the gallery on Thursday, December 8, 2011. An opening reception takes place 5-8:00 pm, and a percentage of all sales benefit the Teton Raptor Center, and Center director Roger Smith promises to bring along a raptor resident.

It’s the Trio artists’ affinity for birds that inspired the show. Trio’s four artists —Jennifer L. Hoffman, Lee Carlman Riddell, Kathryn Mapes Turner and September Vhay—all have lofty aspirations and feelings for good things that take wing.

“My love of birds,” says Riddell, “came from my parents. Dad planted the flowers that attracted the birds to our yard, and Mom taught me to recognize the bird’s songs. Recently a Calliope hummingbird nested outside my studio window and I was able to draw and paint the mother and two chicks.” It was a formative experience for Riddell. She adds that she and her husband Ed Riddell made contributions towards helping to rehabilitate injured raptors; the money paid for lots of frozen mice. The Raptor Center is one of Jackson’s great treasures, says Lee Riddell.

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Here is the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival (FAF) calendar of events for Tuesday, September 13 – Sunday, September 18, 2011. Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 13~

Miniature Masterpieces with Artist Daniel Smith, at the National Museum of Wildlife Art. Join Western Visions Featured painter Daniel Smith, and get into the spirit of miniatures! Enjoy a glass of wine and explore the Western Visions Miniatures and More Show. Create your own miniature painting; materials provided. No registration necessary. Contact Amy St. Pierre or call 307-732-5438. 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM  Free.

Wednesday, September 14~

Jewelry and Artisan Luncheon Premiere artisans (jewelry, fiber and leather) preview and sell their stunning handmade goods. This ladies-only event  kicks-off the Jewelry and Artisan portion of the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s Western Visions® activities. Register by September 7, 2011 by calling 307-732-5412.

Location: Hotel Terra. 11:00 am – 4:00 pm.  $100 per person or $500 per person for a package including Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday plus other exclusive events.

Poster Signing with Dwayne Harty at Mountain Trails Gallery Meet FAF featured artist Dwayne Harty and receive a signed poster of his painting, “Strength & Vulernability.” Learn about his journey in the last few years as he was involved in the “Yellowstone to Yukon, a Journey of Wildlife and Art.” Mountain Trails Gallery, 3-5pm. Free.

The Art Association holds a Brown Bag Art Talk at 12:00 pm. Bring your own lunch to the ArtSpace Main Gallery. Topic TBA. Talk led by Todd Kosharek and Lyndsay McCandless. For information email Jenny Dowd:

Art Walk Join more than 30 Jackson art galleries for an evening Gallery Art Walk, and enjoy Jackson’s vibrant fine arts scene!  Look for participating gallery Art Walk banners! 5 – 8 pm. Free and open to the public!

Altamira Fine Art hosts an artists’ reception for R. Tom Gilleon, Jared Sanders, and Billy Schenck. Sunsets and Native American themes, architectually crafted contemplative landscapes, silos and barns…all the way to the best examples of the Western Pop Art Movement—“What? This isn’t my ranch?”— this eclectic exhibition of Western Contemporary works has something for everyone, collector or enthusiast!  The reception runs 5-8 pm; a 6 pm presentation features a short talk by each artist about  the place of Western Contemporary Art in modern art. Exhibits remain on display through September 19. Altamira Fine Art, 172 Center Street. (307) 739-4700,

Diehl Gallery hosts a special salon, featuring National Museum of Wildlife Art artists Simon Gudgeon, Richard Painter, Les Thomas and Susan Goldsmith; as well as gallery artists Anke Schofield & Luis Garcia-Nerey. 5-7:00 pm.

Thursday, September 15~

Wild West Artist Party

A preview to the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s 24th Annual Western Visions: Miniatures and More Show & Sale, artists and patrons have an opportunity to view the art, place their ballots, and mingle before the big sale. 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 the artisans are in residence. Delicious fare, a full bar and entertainment. Register by September 7, 2011 by calling 307-732-5412.

National Museum of Wildlife Art, 6:30 – 10:30 pm.  $200 per person or $500 per person for a package including Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday plus other exclusive events.,

Galleries West Fine Art features artist D. Lee, sharing her painting skills 10 am-5pm at Galleries West Fine Art. Stop by to meet the artist and watch as she produces her fine works live. You can see her again at the 16th Annual Jackson Hole Quick Draw on Saturday, Sept. 17 at 9am.  Galleries West Fine Art, 70 S. Glenwood, 10am-5pm, (307) 733-4412.

Astoria Fine Art Gallery Reception with featured works by Dean Mitchell & Ewoud de Groot. Astoria Fine Art, 35 E. Deloney, 4-6pm.  (307) 733-4016.

Friday, September 16~

National Museum of Wildlife Art’s 24th Annual Western Visions®: Miniatures and More Show and Sale. An evening of refreshments and beverage, and most importantly, the names of the winning bidders are drawn. The Jewelry and Artisan Show & Sale, the Original Prints Show & Sale, and the Sketch Show & Sale will be on display and guests are invited to make purchases.

National Museum of Wildlife Art, 3:30 – 7:30 pm.

Register by September 7, 2011. Call 307-732-5412.  $75 per person or $500 per person for a package including Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday Please view for a full listing of events.

Legacy Gallery, Wildlife and Sporting Art Group Show features new works from Ken Carlson, Michael Coleman, Luke Frazier, Chad Poppleton, Brian Grimm, Krystii Melaine, Dan Metz, Brett Smith, Ken Bunn, Tim Shinabarger, Walter Matia and Eugene Morelli. Legacy Gallery, 75 N.Cache, 1-4pm, (307) 733-2353,

Astoria Fine Art Gallery Reception. Featuring the 4th Annual Greg Beecham showcase and sale and hosting the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s 2011 Western Visions featured sculptor Bart Walter. Astoria Fine Art, on the Town Square, 3-5pm, (307) 733-4016,

Saturday, September 17~

16th Annual Jackson Hole QuickDraw Art Sale and Auction. Public demonstration of nationally, regionally, and locally recognized artists. One hour shotgun art-out! Artworks will be auctioned off, as will “Strength & Vulnerability,” by FAF Featured artist Dwayne Harty.  Jackson Town Square, 9:30 a.m.!  Free.

Best of Astoria Fine Art Gallery Reception featuring new works by gallery artists and over 30 artists in attendance. Joshua Tobey is spotlighted. Astoria Fine Art, 35 E. Deloney, 10am-1pm, (307) 733-4016,

Jackson Hole Art Auction Presented by Trailside Galleries of Jackson and Scottsdale, and the Gerald Peters Gallery of Santa Fe, this annual live Western style art auction is one of the premier western art events in the country, defined by the high standards of works offered by contemporary western artists and deceased masters. Of interest to those lucky enough to have visited the historic Four Lazy F guest ranchduring Emily Frew Oliver’s lifetime will want to know the results of sales of 40+ lots from that collection. Notable living artists as William Acheff, Clyde Aspevig, Ken Carlson, Martin Grelle, Bill Owen, G. Harvey, Kenneth Riley, Mian Situ, Howard Terpning, Morgan Weistling, and Z.S. Liang and more are represented. Collectors from around the country as well as from outside the United States attend the auction, which promises to provide a memorable, thrilling afternoon of  active bidding for some of the finest works of art offered anywhere in the country.

Please register to attend!

Center for the Arts, 1pm to Auction finish. Plan on five hours. 866-549-9278,

Wilcox Gallery and Wilcox Gallery II present a large roster of artists demonstrating from 2 – 6 p.m. The studio at Wilcox Gallery North will be open for visitors to visit Jim Wilcox’s studio, where he will be demonstrating. At 6:00 p.m – 8 belly up to a taco bar at Wilcox Gallery II and an Ice cream bar at the “North of Town” location.

Wilcox Gallery, 1975 N. Hwy 89, 2-6pm, (307) 733-6450.

Wilcox Gallery II, 110 Center Street, 6-8pm

Trailside Galleries annual “Fall Gold” Show “Fall Gold” features a wide selection of wildlife, landscape, figural and western art. On display throught September 24, the show features work by all gallery artists, including Kyle Sims, Veryl Goodnight, Tucker Smith, Bill Anton, Mian Situ, Z.S. Liang, amd Morgan Weistling, among many others. An artists’ reception takes place 4 – 6pm, where collectors and the public have the opportunity to meet many of their favorite artists!

Trailside Galleries, 130 East Broadway, (307) 733-3186,

Galleries West Fine Art, 9th Annual Fall Round Up This annual Fall Arts Festival group show features new works by the entire roster of Galleries West artists. Meet them at theArtist’s Reception today, 5-9 pm. Galleries West Fine Art, 70 S. Glenwood, 5-9pm, (307) 733-4412,

Mountain Trails Gallery Artists Reception. “A Family Legacy,” featuring father and son sculptors Vic Payne and Dustin Payne. Reception today, 2-5pm. Mountain Trails Gallery, 155 Center Street, 1-5pm, (307) 734-8150,

Sunday, September 18~

Top off your Fall Arts Festival experience with today’s Art Brunch Gallery Walk!  11am – 3pm. Over 30 galleries offer up brunch and festive beverages at this closing-day FAF celebration. Bloody Marys everywhere you look! Pay a leisurely visit to the galleries and purchase that special piece you really, really want. Art, brunch, and Bloody Marys (the drink, not the island trader character from Broadway’s South Pacific)! If you are driving home, please enjoy your bloody mary responsibly and have a designated driver at hand. Bring a sailor. We are a special island. Open to the public, free!