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Howdy! I’m back. The Jackson Hole Art Blog is up again! We’ll be writing brief (up to 500 words) weekly posts about Jackson Hole Arts. Summer traffic is turning up early this year, so let’s get going! Send me your news! Email me at OR  


One of Jackson’s most eclectic, sophisticated galleries, Heather James Fine Art, has two locations. Their home gallery is in Palm Springs, California, and its second gallery is here in Jackson. Currently featured is “Arts of Asia,” a stunning artifacts collection.

“Antiquities loaded with historical, ritual, and cultural richness weave an intricate story of centuries of dynasties and eras in Arts of Asia,” says the gallery. “Spanning 2,000 years, the objects in the show are organized by geography: China, Japan, and India & Southeast Asia.”

Heather James’ new series of online catalogs are beautifully composed. View catalogs of this and other Heather James collections at 

Brent Cotton VALLEY EVENING oil on linen 20 x 24 in

Brent Cotton
oil on linen
20 x 24 in

Jackson’s Trailside Galleries presents “Fleeting Effects of Light,” a show of new works by Brent Cotton. Light is the thing in our valley. Our light wears infinite guises, an artist’s eternal muse.

“Raised on his family’s cattle ranch in Idaho, Brent’s first lessons in art were taught by his grandmother, a talented watercolorist. He grew up sketching the cowboys and horses he observed every day. In high school an influential instructor encouraged him to pursue a career in art,” says Trailside. “Cotton attended workshops and studied with some of the best known names in wildlife and Western art, including world-renowned Western artist Howard Terpning.”

“Fleeting Effects of Light” runs June 1 – June 30, 2015 at Trailside. An Open House and ArtWalk (which includes many galleries around town) takes place June 18, 5-7 pm. 



The year 2013 is a triumphant year for Trailside Galleries—it is the gallery’s 50th anniversary, a great milestone, and to mark the occasion Trailside will hold a Gala Reception on Friday, August 23rd, 6-8:00 pm, at its location on East Broadway. A major exhibition of works by Trailside’s phenomenal roster of artists will set the stage, and the show runs August 19th – August 31st.

The celebratory group show will also include special works by artists Ken Carlson, Carl Brenders, and Francois Koch. Works in the show will be sold by draw during the reception.

Jenness Cortez - Vanished Reality - Acrylic 15 x 20"

Jenness Cortez – Vanished Reality – Acrylic 15 x 20″

Managing Partner Maryvonne Leshe notes that if you attended Trailside’s 40th anniversary party, you’ll find it hard to believe that this year’s celebration will top last decade’s. Many gallery artists will be on hand, along with some “specially invited guests,” and I bet it’s tough getting through the doors.

Longtime Trailside artist and Jackson resident Kathy Wipfler  frequented all Jackson’s galleries back in the ’80’s, to learn from the top artists of the day. Her goal was being onTrailside’s artist roster. Wipfler watched former owner Christine Mollring and was “amazed by her stellar salesmanship and good taste.” Leshe, says Wipfler, has seen the business through strong markets and tough times with a steady hand. Trailside is still “the top of the heap,” says the artist.

Kathy Wipfler - Ahead of the Storm - 40 x 40"

Kathy Wipfler – Ahead of the Storm – 40 x 40″

Fifty years ago, Dick Flood founded the gallery in Idaho. Not an easy time for Western art, and Trailside “helped birth the enthusiasm for quality Western art at a time when representational art received little respect from critics across the country.”  But Flood and all Trailside’s subsequent owners and managers knew that Western art was a genre that would not only endure, it would flourish. The gallery prides itself on representing the best Western artists, be they deceased, legendary masters or “new talent” bursting on to the Western art scene. Seven years ago Trailside Galleries partnered up with Santa Fe’s prestigious Gerald Peters Gallery to establish what is now one of the West’s gigantic arts events: The Jackson Hole Art Auction.

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Maynard Dixon (1875-1946) Remuda 1921-1945, oil on canvas 25x30"

Maynard Dixon (1875-1946) Remuda 1921-1945, oil on canvas 25×30″

“This is our wall of major players, and “Remuda” by Dixon is one of our stars,” noted Jackson Hole Art Auction coordinator Jill Callahan as we perused 2013’s Auction highlights. “Dixon’s been doing very, very well at auction; a recent major Western auction offered a number of Dixons, and they all sold far over estimate. We have Donald J. Hagerty, a Dixon expert, writing an entry for our catalog, and he considers this painting to be one of Dixon’s super works, completed completed just before his death. Dixon often kept what he considered his best works. He started “Remuda” in 1921 and hung onto it, finishing it in 1945. The painting is double-dated, very rare.”

“Remuda” is estimated to sell between $250,000 – $450,000.

Dixon’s “Remuda” is one of hundreds of paintings we looked at during my recent visit to the Jackson Hole Art Auction showroom and offices, upstairs at Trailside Galleries, in Jackson. The prestigious annual Western art auction is produced by Trailside and Santa Fe’s Gerald Peters Gallery.  The 2013 auction takes place Saturday, September 14th, at Jackson Hole’s Center for the ArtsThis year’s auction includes works with a wide range of sales estimates, offering opportunities for all levels of collectors. A full day preview takes place Friday, September 13th, at the Center for the Arts, 10:00 am – 7:00 pm. All are welcome! 

Another rare work to be auctioned is Taos painter Henry Farny’s “Untitled” work, estimated to sell between $350,000 to $550,000. The painting will grace the cover of this year’s auction catalog, available mid-August.

Henry Farny (1847-1916), Untitled, gouache on paper 13.25 x 20.375"

Henry Farny (1847-1916), Untitled, gouache on paper
13.25 x 20.375″

“The Farny is a very high value piece, a gouache on paper, dated 1889, in mint condition,” Callahan says. “Farny does not come on the market often, and this work comes to us from a Wyoming resident whose collection is especially valuable; that estate has contributed a number of works to this year’s auction.”

The aforementioned collector also consigned a superb grouping of  watercolors by Charlie Russell, and five Olaf Wieghorsts are especially attractive and exciting, ranging in estimate sales price from $15,000 to $60,000.

Carl Brenders’ hyper realistic “Tundra Summit,” a mixed media on board, has been chosen by Western Art Collector Magazine for its September 2013 cover. Hard to believe this is a painting—Brenders’ wolves look as if they’re in the room; one can feel their breath. Of Brenders’ work the auction has said that it has an especially “tactile reality, giving us the sense of having been where even the most intrepid of field guides have not ventured.”

Carl Brenders (1937-) Tundra Summit, mixed media on board, 7.5 x 40"

Carl Brenders (1937-) Tundra Summit, mixed media on board, 7.5 x 40″

A significant John Clymer work—Clymer, of course, is a Jackson Hole legend—depicts an historic moment in time during the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Titled “Visitors at Fort Clatsop,” the 24 x 48″ oil on canvas is estimated at $300,000 – $500,000. The work is an accurate portrayal of the figures and the event, says Callahan.

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John Byrne Cooke

John Byrne Cooke

Jackson Hole’s own John Byrne Cooke knows this blog has a certain “tone.” Upon learning of writer/filmmaker/musician Cooke’s publication of his Janis Joplin memoir I asked if I could post the great news. His answer was “yes,” on condition that he do the writing.

Take it away, John!

“Longtime Jackson resident and musician (the Stagecoach Band, the Hoot) John Byrne Cooke was Janis Joplin’s road manager from December 1967 — six months after Joplin gained overnight stardom for her appearance at the Monterey Pop Festival — until her death in October 1970. In the 1990s, John wrote two different versions of the story of his time with Joplin, but he didn’t find the right form for the story until he returned to it two years ago. Recently, John’s agent sold the memoir to Berkley Books. John expects that it will be published sometime in 2014.

John will also be consulting on a documentary film about Joplin that her estate is co-producing. John showed his own films about Joplin at the Center for the Arts in 2011, as a benefit for the Jackson Hole Writers Conference. He hopes he will be able to show them again in Jackson when his book comes out.”

JBC, congratulations! A worthy, rich story composed by one of Jackson’s most recognized writers.

Janis Joplin - 1970

Janis Joplin – 1970

Damien Hirst - Psalm 65: Te decet hymnus  2008

Damien Hirst – Psalm 65: Te decet hymnus 2008

At Heather James Fine Art, in Jackson Hole, a major reinstallation has taken place. Gallery space is newly configured and filled with natural light, and eminent artists like Damien Hirst, Alexander Calder, Warhol, Fernando Botero, Thiebaud, Fonseca, Monet and sculptures–as well as prints—by Salvador Dali are on view. Heather James always provides surprises, and I was gratified to have the recent chance to take a gallery tour.

Several of Hirst’s famous Spot painting series are there; they’ve been in the news quite a bit. According to the New York Times, up until now the exact number of Spot (or “Dot,” as many people refer to them) paintings in existence has been unknown, but this fall a catalogue raisonné is to be released that determines Hirst’s Spot paintings number 1,365.

Of the Spot paintings — that seem impossible to balance with respect to color— Hirst has said, “To create that structure, to do those colours, and do nothing. I suddenly got what I wanted. It was just a way of pinning down the joy of colour.”  Beside the Spots, Heather James is showcasing colorful Hirst paintings—spinning colors—that, if you look closely, reveal one of Hirsts’ signature images.

Mary Anne Turley-Emett -  Hare

Mary Anne Turley-Emett –

But my favorite Hirsts are a pair of butterfly wing panels; when I viewed them the two works were arranged with cast resin sculptures of horses and hares by Mary Anne Turley-Emett. Emett’s sculptures are transluscent, each a different color, and grouped together are works are true eye candy. Perusing the gallery I returned several times to these works.

You will stroll past Hockneys, Korean ceramic sculptures, and in the “Impressionist Room” two unusually hued Monet paintings—one a study of towering sea cliffs and surf in painted in deep blues, the other a version of his fisherman’s cottage on a cliff; the latter is washed over in a soft pink hue.  Don’t miss the water lilies fragment!

A wall of Calders, a massive, explosively colored abstract Robert Natkin painting, canvases by Carlos Luna and “the closest thing to a realistic painting of a tipi you’ll ever see at Heather James,” a terrific piece by Robert Neuman, are amongst my faves. There are almost too many mind-blowing works at Heather James to mention— so visit! This summer, the gallery is alight with delectible art. 

Robert Natkin - Untitled

Robert Natkin – Untitled

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Nelson Boren - "Circa 1923"

Nelson Boren – “Circa 1923″

Nelson Boren’s big life story is reflected in his big, bold watercolor depictions of cowboy boots, chaps, rodeo gear, cowboy kids on fences and well-worn Western hats. From what I’ve read, Boren was a tad repressed as a young artist, and, though clearly talented, was kept from hanging his artwork anywhere in the house except his bedroom. In college, he studied architecture, only to be drawn to watercolors~~but gave it up, thinking he wasn’t so good.

Back to architecture he went; but when that environment proved too restrictive Boren turned back to painting watercolors, this time taking it seriously. He ended up moving his wife and, by then, seven children, to Idaho. He started selling work door-to-door…and now he’s a featured artist at Legacy Gallery.

Terry Donahue - "Mule Deer Study"

Terry Donahue – “Mule Deer Study”

He and pastel artist Terry Donahue share floor space at Legacy’s Jackson Gallery, in a two-artist show opening July 5th; a reception takes place 4-6:00 pm.

Donahue’s works are, by contrast, gentle. However, his works are also filled with dynamic movement and he chooses to depict a wide variety of wildlife. Some works have a minimalist presence, but are as exciting as any of his works that fill his canvas with paint. Donahue experiments well with space, and his colors are bold, rich. The artist’s emotion is apparent.


Timothy Mayhew - "Chukar Center"

Timothy Mayhew – “Chukar Center”

Trailside Galleries presents their third annual “Masters in Miniature Exhibition & Sale,” showcasing over 250 small work-of-art treasures by Trailside artists. “Home” gallery artists will be featured as are many specially invited artists, Timothy Mayhew among them. Mayhew was kind enough to write and let the Art Blog know how pleased he is to be included in this year’s special, juried event. The show runs July 15-28th, 2013, with an opening reception on Thursday, July 18th, 5-8:00 pm.  All works will be sold by draw at 7:30 pm. The gallery’s roster includes members of the Cowboy Artists of America and the Prix de West.

This is Trailside’s 50th Anniversary year, and the gallery has just recently added a collection of exquisite area rugs crafted in the Middle East to its collections. Stop by and view them any day~~it’s very nice to consider the “big picture” when it comes to presenting your art to the world!  Beautiful, hand made carpets set the tone. Trailside is also a partner in the annual Jackson Hole Art Auction, being held this year on September 14th, at the Center for the Arts in Jackson, WY.

Morgan Weistling - "The Daydreamer"

Morgan Weistling – “The Daydreamer”

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