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Jason Rohlf, Navigate, 2013 Acrylic & Collage on Canvas, 24 x 90 in.

Jason Rohlf, Navigate, 2013 Acrylic & Collage on Canvas, 24 x 90 in.

He had me at “palimpsest.”

Jason Rohlf’s new exhibition at Diehl Gallery in Jackson, Wyoming looks to have what it takes to be a really fresh, exciting show. At least that’s what images suggest. So engaging are Rohlf’s pinwheel bright paintings they prompted me to read the man’s “biography.”

It isn’t a biography; it’s an artist’s statement. It’s wordy and needn’t be, but there’s “palimpsest!”

Jason Rohlf, Parted, 2013 Acrylic on Linen, 12 x 9 in.

Jason Rohlf, Parted, 2013
Acrylic on Linen, 12 x 9 in.

“Like an urban palimpsest many of the most thoughtful moments occur as these conflicting efforts achieve harmony and then begin to recede resulting in the melding of competing ideas,” says Rohlf.

What he means is that when he’s working, new ideas and “elements from the past” collide and layer. Hard fought details, he notes, likely “earn a swift opaque top coat as a result of each days [sic] fits and starts.”

Other works depict birds. Rolf’s birds are struck through with color, into a branch, and further. The hope, says Rohlf, is to express “intimacy shared between the activity and its effect on the environment it occupies.”

“Jason Rohlf: Views from Here” is on exhibition at Diehl Gallery through August 11th, 2015.


Logan Maxwell Hagege, Family Tradition, oil, 20 x 30"

Logan Maxwell Hagege, Family Tradition, oil, 20 x 30″

Trailside Galleries’ month-long “Masters in Miniature” invitational exhibition includes up to 200 small works by Trailside’s artists. In its fifth year, the Miniatures Show is ever more popular. The show provides quantity, quality, and economy for those getting a taste of Western style art. From “tightly painted” to impressionistic canvases, it’s easy to spend hours perusing. The exhibit is in its final days, so scoot!

Tim Solliday, Three Close Friends, 32 x 46.

Tim Solliday, Three Close Friends, 32 x 46.

Trailside never rests. At any given time during the summer the gallery offers a multitude of showcases and exhibitions. Works are available for straight purchase or by “draw.” An ISSUU catalog illustrates “A Western Convergence,” with masterful works by Bill Anton, Logan Maxwell Hagege, Z.S. Liang, Tim Solliday and Jim Norton. All with their own view of the West. 

Charles M. Russell (1864–1926) Menu (Cafe Noir) (ca. 1896) watercolor and pencil on paper 6 x 4 (sight) in  Estimate: $40,000–$60,000

Charles M. Russell (1864–1926)
Menu (Cafe Noir) (ca. 1896) watercolor and pencil on paper 6 x 4 (sight) in
Estimate: $40,000–$60,000

This year’s Jackson Hole Art Auction is two months away; time flies. After all, it’s summer and high art season in Jackson, Wyoming. Stay on your toes, keep a daily eye out for new auction lots! Get your consignments in on time~~2015’s deadline opportunity has likely evaporated. So many impressive consignments arrive at auction headquarters, upstairs at Trailside Gallery, that some must be put forward for your consideration.

Whether it’s market confidence or simply a new method of expanding their buying audience, the auction spreads itself over two days this year, with two separate buying events. The auction, a premier venue for Western masterworks, begins September 18th, 2015.

“The ninth annual Jackson Hole Art Auction will begin with Session I held on Friday, September 18th at Trailside Galleries in Jackson, WY. Session I will be a small well-curated sale of lots by highly desirable contemporary and deceased artists. Session II will be held on Saturday, September 19th at the Center for the Arts,” notes the auction. Both events include free, open-to-the-public preview opportunities.

E. Martin Hennings, Untitled. 18.5 x 15 1/4".  Oil $40,000 -$60,000

E. Martin Hennings, Untitled. 18.5 x 15 1/4″. Oil $40,000 -$60,000

So, what’s on the auction menu? It’s impossible to provide a full list in this space, but highlights include historic and contemporary works by Bierstadt, C.M. Russell, Bob Kuhn, Carl Rungius, Howard Terpning, Z.S. Liang, Remington, E. Martin Hennings, Clyde Aspevig, Richard Schmid, Harry JacksonEanger Irving Couse, T. Allen LawsonStanley Meltzoff and William Acheff.

Bob Kuhn (1920–2007) Winter Browse - Mule Deer (1995)

Bob Kuhn (1920–2007) Winter Browse – Mule Deer (1995) Acrylic on Board  14×18″ Estimate: $40,000 – $60,000

Lot estimates range anywhere from four digits to seven.

Though not an official part of Jackson Hole’s famed Fall Arts Festival, the auction is a heady and highly anticipated conclusion to Jackson’s official arts season. Live Western auctions cause attendees and staff to break out in goosebumps. This thing is full of adrenaline~~the auction has become one of the country’s top Western art auctions, each year offering up exquisite paintings, sculptures and artifacts. A co-production of Jackson’s Trailside Galleries and Santa Fe’s Gerald Peters Gallery, the auction is an upscale, professionally organized and thrilling event.

Visit for information, or phone Auction Coordinator Jill Callahan at (866)-549-9276.

Albert Bierstadt (1830–1902) Wind River Country Wyoming (ca. 1860) oil on canvas 28 1/4 x 39 1/2 in Estimate: $1,000,000–$2,000,000

Albert Bierstadt (1830–1902)
Wind River Country Wyoming (ca. 1860)
oil on canvas
28 1/4 x 39 1/2 in
Estimate: $1,000,000–$2,000,000





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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