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“I asked the earth. I asked the sea and the deeps, among the living animals, the things that creep. I asked the winds that blow. I asked the heavens, the sun, the moon, the stars, and to all things that stand at the doors of my flesh…My question was the gaze I turned to them. Their answer was their beauty.” ~ St. Augustine


Public Art is thriving here in Jackson Hole. Installations spring up all over town. But what about non-public arts initiatives?  To an extent all art is public; people can go see it or hear it.  True public art is free for us to enjoy—by definition a public service. But other art projects and exhibitions, theatrical plays, music experiences, children’s art projects and even arts curriculum rely in part — sometimes fully—on turnstile dollars and funding. Art access is not always free, and arts groups need money to make projects happen: to create costumes, rent space, purchase materials, advertise, provide refreshments, update websites, create curriculum, pay talent, staff and travel costs….the list goes on.

The Jackson Hole Cultural Council’s “Arts for All” program has received limited funding dollars from the Town and County. How the amount is arrived at is unclear. I assume the amount would be part of a budget request from the Town and County, available in pubic records. Given the number of non-profit arts groups and individuals requesting grants, it stands to reason that amounts the Cultural Council receives from a limited fund would leave arts organizations a bit hog-tied.

WSAnyone requesting grant money from any source must be aware grants are evaluated in multiple ways. Usually there are clear rules about submission processes. Hence, all requests should be submitted only when they are as polished and thorough as possible. We do have an astounding number of arts organizations for a town our size. The message of how much the Town of Jackson’s arts scene means to its profile is clearer each year.

The Cultural Council of Jackson Hole plans to go before Town and County officials on Tuesday, May 14, at 9:40 am, to defend this year’s “Arts for All” funding application.  Whatever amount the Council is requesting (I don’t have that number) your voice (here is mine!) matters. Attend the meeting that day and help the Council get their message across. The meeting takes place at County Commissioner Chambers on Simpson Street. For information contact Alissa Davies at    

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Pinedale is a Wyoming town working hard to infuse art into its veins; the movement is growing. A blooming flower, its seeds are sewn by local artists, Sue Sommers among them.

Her mural, seen here, is one of two completed in the past two years as part of Pinedale’s public art program. Sommers’ large-scale, whirling, arcing and bright painting, “Our Glittering World,”  will remain at its current site for two years.

Pinedale’s public art initiative, IN|SITE EX|SITE, hosts an artists reception on Friday, February 8th, 6:30-8:30 pm at the Sublette County Library. Artists contributing work to Pinedale’s community, also to be honored, include Bronwyn Minton, JB Bond, Kirsten and Palmer Klarén, and Sommers.

I asked Sommers about the world she was considering as she created her mural.

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Jackson, it’s nice to be back~~let’s see if we can beckon a January thaw, eh?  Yikes, I’m sleeping in my hat!  Here’s a warm-up first post for 2013.

Haven’t had the chance to stop by FLORA, a show of selected prints, paintings and sculpture at the Tayloe Piggott Gallery?   The show remains up through February 2, 2013 and is curated by Piggott.

“All five artists pair the vernacular of flora with primary colors; the exhibition strives to envelope visitors in a profound experience of bold natural forms,” says the gallery.

They had me at “primary colors.”

Featured art includes Donald Beecher’s large bronze sculpture and a selection of prints; three large silkscreen prints by Ross Bleckner, an artist acclaimed for his meditations on time and mortality; a duo of Donald Sultan prints; a Piggott favorite Squeak Carnwath has contributed mixed media works—collage and painting. Finally, the gallery debuts Andrew Millner, “an artist who ‘collects’ trees and plants by digitally drawing their contours, in infinite detail, from multiple perspectives, over long periods of time.”

Here’s a dynamite story told to me about the focus of this week’s National Museum of Wildlife Art’s Mix’d Media event, Carl Rungius’ 1907 poster created for a Sportsmen’s Show held that year in New York City:

“When the museum opened in 1987 as the Wildlife of the American West Art Museum, the inaugural poster featured an image of a Brunswick moose painted by Carl Rungius. The image was taken not from a painting in the collection, but from an antique poster created for the 1907 Sportsmen’s Show put on by New York’s Forest, Fish, and Game Society. At the time no one knew where the original oil painting was.

Fast forward 25 years to last April. The museum received an email asking if it might be interested in a moose painting that had been found in an attic on Prince Edward Island. The painting was no other than the moose featured on the New York Sportsmen’s Show poster – and the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s inaugural poster!  105 years after Rungius painted it, and 25 years after the museum’s opening the original oil was purchased in June for the museum’s collection through a grant from the Robert S. and Grayce B. Kerr Foundation.”

Love it when art history comes together! Kismet! And more magic courtesy of the Kerr family.

This month’s Mix’d Media takes place Thursday, January 10th, 6-9:00 pm.  $5 cover, and lots of gaming and sportsman related activities planned…plus some tempting cocktails by Vom Fass. 

I was only 15 miles away from the Sandy Hook School the day so many of its children and teachers were gunned down. I am gratified to see that most of the initial, inappropriate commentary and speculation on that tragedy has died down. A locally based support fund has raised $6 million to date. If you would like to honor Newtown’s sacrifice and bravery, here’s some information on where you can send your support: Contact Info—Thanks to the Litchfield County Register Citizen:

Patrick Kinney E. Patricia Llodra
Phone: (203) 792-5330, X 248 Phone (203) 270-4201
85 West Street , Danbury CT 3 Primrose Street, Newtown CT

A toll-free number has been established by the Newtown Volunteer Task Force, an organization established by Newtown residents. The toll-free number – 855-364-6600 – has been set up to make it easier for people to call with offers of help to the community of Newtown. The phone line will be staffed by local Newtown volunteers and supported by United Way of Connecticut’s 2-1-1 Infoline.





P. Villinski - Guide. 2012, Wood, aluminum, wire steel

“Alight,” a buoyant and engaging show by internationally acclaimed artist Paul Villinski, opens at Tayloe Piggott Gallery August 30th. It remains on display through October 16th, and an opening reception takes place Friday, September 7th, 5-8:00 pm, during the Fall Arts Festival Palates & Palettes Gallery Walk. This is Villinski’s Jackson début. The artist “lovingly guides mundane materials into flight–such items as flattened beer cans become butterflies or birds, soaring on their own, or in and around other objects. He often explores flight–as a glider pilot, he sails the skies.”  I had to talk to this guy! 

Tammy Christel: Your work has been described as a manifestation of a “child inside who tinkers.”  When did the young child grow up, and realize his dreams and toys were art?

Paul Villinski: This took a very long time, and involved a circuitous path away from, and then back to the things that fascinated me as a child. I went to study art and immediately disregarded my natural inclination toward object-making and settled on painting – that’s what “real” artists do, right? Two decades later, I began to build furniture objects that stood in front of my large paintings and extended the imagery of the painting out into the viewer’s space. With some help from my friends, I realized that the objects were way more compelling than the paintings, and decided to focus on the objects and lose the painting. That decision was instantly followed by the realization that anything could be a sculpture material, and I found myself drawn to debris littering the streets of New York. I was interested in the pathos of lost gloves and crushed beer cans and discarded shipping pallets, and the possibility of transforming these “worthless” things into objects of meaning and hope. That search for transformation somehow led me back to my childhood passion for flight and things that fly, and lead to much of my imagery, as well as to actually learning to fly. Now my “hobby” of flying sailplanes and paragliders and airplanes converses freely with my work in the studio. As a 13-year-old, I built a hang glider from plans ordered from Popular Mechanics, (which, once complete, was too heavy for me to carry). Last year, I built a sailplane with a 33’ wingspan, made from wood salvaged from the streets of New York, with 1000 butterflies, each made from a discarded aluminum can, alighting on it. As I grow older, my work seems increasingly rooted in my childhood.

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Photo Swiped from Cary Tijerina

Travis Walker’s got the local artists’ trumpet sounding again! He’s found a new home for Teton Art Lab, “Big Haus,” and that home is located at 160 South Cache, in Jackson, WY. An opening romp takes place Friday, June 22, 2012,beginning at 6:00 pm. 160 S. Cache is south of Pearl Avenue, and methinks it’s the green-ish building on the street’s east side, near the Center for the Arts. Lots of little businesses have been housed in there, and it’s historically been the meeting place for Teton County Dems.

So there’s space again for Jackson’s young artists! No wonder I see Wendell Field bicycling so happily around town, just smiling away. Private studio space will house the likes of Jackson artists XOWYO, Dedicate, Brooke KemmererField, Mike Piggot, Aaron Wallis, Abbie Paffrath, Travis Walker, Tristan Greszko, Camille Davis, Jenny Francis and Cara Rank. Recent work by Craig Spankie and Scotty Craighead will be on exhibit.

Walker says that spaces for printmaking and exhibitions will enjoy devoted space as well.

Big Haus’ opening reception is free, and there will be refreshments. A fundraising silent art auction will be held—monies raised go to support another Walker project, this summer’s Caldera Festival. Pica’s Taco Truck will be on hand—I wish they’d park their truck permanently in the middle of town somewhere, then I’d get more Pica’s!



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