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On the evening of March 9, at 5:30 pm, the Art Association presents its popular fundraising sale, Whodunnit?, at the Jackson Hole Center for the Arts Theater Lobby.

An annual favorite, Whodunnit? is a one-night event, exhibiting and selling many dozens (that’s my best estimate) of small works (6 x 6 inches) that sell for $99 each at the close of the evening. The twist is two-fold: 1) Artist identities are unknown 2) Works are sold by lottery to one of the list of bidders listing their name as wanting to purchase the art. Artists’ identities are revealed at the end of the evening, once works are purchased. Bidders might go home with works by well-known local artists, or participating artists from around the country. Some of the finest works are created by folks not necessarily familiar to Jackson’s arts community.

Are you able to recognize many local artists’ styles? Well, you may guess correctly about who created what some of the time…but usually, there are many surprises. Artist names known, artists names not-so-known; it doesn’t matter, the talent and diversity of works speak for themselves. Check it out!



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Six Stories, a show curated by artist and educator Bronwyn Minton, is on exhibition at the Art Association February 17-March 30, 2012. An opening reception takes place at the Art Association’s Glenwood Lobby Gallery on February 17, 5:30 – 7:30 pm. Works in the show are inspired by favorite books read in childhood. Invited artists include Alissa Davies, Calla Grimes, Jenny Dowd, Rachel Kunkle Hartz and Suzanne Morlock. 

“I kept coming back to Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney, a wonderful book about a young girl who is told by her father that the one thing she must do in life is make the world more beautiful,” says Davies. “Combining the book’s essence with another favorite, Charlotte’s Web, was my inspiration. I hope to invoke beauty with my pod-piece, as well as a “web” that snakes up the gallery’s wall.”

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My sister went to Maui, and I got these cool pictures!

Sarah & Jeff had their belated wedding honeymoon in the Hawaiian Islands. A few cloudy days sent them exploring. These massive willow sculptures are installed on the grounds of Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center, in Maui’s Upcountry. If you’ve visited Maui, you know the island’s landscape changes dramatically, depending on where you are on the island. Upcountry reminds me of Scotland’s Highlands, with its rolling mists, farms, livestock and stone walls. Hard to believe you’re on the slopes of Haleakala volcano.

Hui No’eau’s art studios are the only public art studios on Maui. The facility offers year-round classes to island residents and visitors. It occupies an expansive historic estate, Kaluanui, designed in 1917, “by the distinguished architect C.W. Dickey for Harry Baldwin and his wife, Ethel, who founded Hui No‘eau in 1934. The late Colin Cameron, grandson of the Baldwins and former president of Maui Land & Pineapple Co., generously granted Hui No‘eau use of Kaluanui as a visual arts center in 1976.” The center’s website says classrooms, studios, exhibiton space and offices are in the main house, while an “in-house dairy serves as Maui’s only public photography darkroom space.”  Kaluanui’s former den is a gift shop and gallery.


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Craighead Beringia South has a Pottery Sale goin’ on–and all proceeds from this holiday gift fundraiser go to support the organization’s wildlife research and education programs. I believe some darn decent wholesale deals are available–a big, cheery pile of platters, bowls, cookie jars and mugs are in stock.

The sale is out in Kelly, Wyoming. Hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm.  Address is 6955 E. Third, in Kelly. Goods are available through Wednesday, November 23rd. Even with the aforementioned operational hours, please call 307.734.0581 if you’re planning a trip to the Beringia “store.” Remember our wildlife this holiday!

Got an email from a representative of the 2012 Democratic National Convention, to be held in Charlotte, North Carolina.

“Calling all artists, designers, and other creatives! We want YOU to be the designer behind one of the 2012 Democratic National Convention’s Official posters. Here’s what you have to do — create an original 18 x 24″ poster using the 2012 Democratic National Convention official logo and incorporating and interpreting one (or more) of the following themes:  1). Americans coming together;  2). Building a better future;  3). Opportunity and Empowerment

To register, download the logo, get more details, and to read the official rules, check out our website at

Deadline for submissions is December 31st, 2011, at 11:59 p.m. (EST). The winning poster will be sold in our online store, and the winner will receive a framed print of their poster (guess the Party thinks the artist won’t have one of those already…) and $1 of each poster sold.

I can’t wait to see what you come up with. (Nor can I!)~~~~Sincerely, Dr. Dan Murrey, Executive Director

Have fun with that, Jackson artists! I know many of you are worthy of the challenge.

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And speaking of innovation, the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s (NMWA) new three-quarter mile sculpture trail, designed by Walter Hood, is due to open on schedule this month. The presence of the trail adds a whole new dimension to the museum. NMWA is literally merging the concept of wildlife art with the landscape wildlife inhabits. Not only will visitors be able to sit outside NMWA and take in those glorious Elk Refuge and Gros Ventre vistas, they will be able to walk the hillsides around NMWA. A new pathway links the Town of Jackson to NMWA–bike & walking paths lead you right to the Museum.  Hood has been tweaking trail details; it sounds like those grid pattern surface boulders will be a part of the design. If you’ve had a chance to look at Hood’s design for the trail, you would have noticed those boulders bracing and anchoring the trail’s fluid design. Good news!

Visiting the trail is free, and open to the public. “Pathway stones and the trail’s Hood-designed Douglas fir benches also are being engraved with names from museum donors, with a number of stones and several benches still available for ‘naming,’ ” NMWA says. “It’s a great way to recognize a loved one in a beautiful outdoor place.”

The trail’s official opening is scheduled for September 2012, when all sculptures are installed and completed. If you’d like to adopt and dedicate a piece of the trail, contact NMWA’s Ponteir Sackrey at 307.732.5444.

PS: Thinking about the Museum caused me to wonder about Jackson’s lodging statistics for September, 2011 Fall Arts Festival month. Downtown Jackson was 85% full, up 1% from 2010; Outlying Jackson lodging was 86%, up a whole 7% from 2010’s 79%. 2010’s lodging stats for Fall Arts set records, so 2011 looks like a new record! Still awaiting September 2011 sales tax stats.

Here’s that plus sign again!  It’s the new arts text symbol.

Literary + Visual Art, a collaboration between Heather James Fine Art and the Teton County Library’s Page to Podium Series, offers a chance to attend an in-person conversation with writer Michael Cunningham, author of “The Hours.” Local artist Pamela Gibson will interview Cunningham about his latest book, set in New York’s art scene; other topics include the status of art in America and the “art of living a writing life.”

(Hint: Get up early. Brush teeth. Make coffee. If you write in your jammies, lock front door! Sit down, and do it the Anne Lamott way: bird by bird.)

Cunningham’s talk begins at Heather James at 6:00 pm, on Friday, October 21. Tickets are $125 if purchased at the library; a little bit more if you use PayPal.

From 3:30-6:00 pm on October 21, peruse the scary scarecrows up for auction at the Center for the Arts. The auction is silent until 5:30 pm, then goes live. Food, drink, live performances–it’s free to attend! Arts educator Jane Lavino is building a scarecrow. “At various times during construction my cat scarecrow resembled a kangaroo, a squirrel and a large rat,” Lavino says. “I hope the balance is tipping more towards ‘cat’ right now! After wrestling over 100 square feet of chicken wire into some semblance of an animal, my hands look like they were attacked by all of the above!”

Buy a scarecrow–all one of a kind and made by local artists–and raise funds for the Center and JH Public Art Initiative.

The Art Association presents arts industry consultant Bruce Baker, conducting a two-day workshop: Thrive, Not Merely Survive, As a Studio Professional. Baker teaches the workshop November 5 & 6, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm both days. If you have great ideas, why be starving, artists? Baker will talk about how to effectively sell your art, particularly if you work the art fair circuit. Booth design, sales and customer service, tips on slides for juried shows and trends and product development will be discussed.

Many of Jackson’s artists are, by now, practiced art fair veterans–but maybe there’s much more to being successful than meets the eye. One gal who always hits it out of the park: Michelle Miller, of Magpie (Driggs, Idaho) fame. Miller nabs that corner booth, she can be found in the same space every year, her displays are chock full of goodies, she’s whimsically fun and makes jewelry on the spot. Merchandise it, baby!

Cost for Baker’s two-day workshop: $165 for A.A. members, $175 for non-members.









For Annie on Her 39th Birthday

Before I slept I asked

Where do we go when we leave?

Like Annie left,

She rode away one day.

A mountain lion came for her

And up the stairs they went.


Here’s what happened:

Sarah and I are on a plane

We fly over shimmering water

We fly over emerald grasses

Waving at us.

Sacred views, magic earth.

We fly into night sky,

Through stars.

My plane is a spaceship-

Now I am alone.

A Heavenly spirit,

Round, starry and warm

Floating in space

Asks, “How do I speak

To my friends on Earth?

They cannot hear me

And I have something to tell them.”

I say,

“Just be You.

Nothing fancy,

Just You,

And You will be heard.”


He smiles

And I fly

Further into the sky,


I see Annie’s house in the stars.

A tiny log cabin,

Windows aglow,

Wrapped round by tall firs

And twinkling lights.

That is where Annie

Is living, I know.


Thump! I land in a field

Boundless countryside

Rolling hills, sunshine,

Birds singing.


Annie’s flower,


Over and under me

In branches, spilling

Over fences

A periwinkle carpet.

A pony pulls his farmer

And wooden cart piled deep

With hydrangeas

High as the sky.


“Sarah, look! She is Everywhere!”