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Hoffman’s World; Far Afield with Bert


Enlightened, ©Jennifer L. Hoffman, 2015, oil and cold wax on linen, 24x18 in.

Enlightened, ©Jennifer L. Hoffman, 2015, oil and cold wax on linen, 24×18 in.

Trio Fine Art’s partners Kathryn Mapes Turner, Jennifer L. Hoffman and Bill Sawczuk have taken to sending out what amount to personal diaries that reveal their feelings and processes. I’m lucky to have been physically present when all three artists create work, and we always enjoy conversations that certainly help form my own soul’s perspective.

Jennifer Hoffman at work. Photo by Tammy Christel

Jennifer Hoffman at work. Photo by Tammy Christel

But there’s nothing like reading these “diaries.” Hoffman is a dear friend. When I first arrived in Jackson her work stood out. She’s climbed a lot of ladders, and her work is highly praised. It’s thrilling to see her venture into the abstract. Her work is cliché-free. Each stroke of her brush or pastel is laden with emotion. With memory. Hoffman’s thickly layered canvases are what plein air should be: our eyes roam each surface, seeking out details. We marvel at layered textures, a dream-like, hauntingly soft view of the world. She approaches nature as the mystery it is.

Jennifer Hoffman - "Winding Through."

Jennifer Hoffman – “Winding Through.”

A year ago I had the honor of standing in for Hoffman at New York’s Salmagundi Club. Her work received a prestigious award, one of many. It was a proud day for the artist, and a heady, exciting day for me.

Here’s an excerpt from Hoffman’s blog. In it, she describes a “Eureka!” moment shared with the late, great plein air painter Greg McHuron. That day, Hoffman was frustrated with her artistic efforts, and McHuron solved the dilemma:

“…So I drew a thumbnail of what I remembered as the composition.  “Look!” [Greg] said, pointing at the saguaro in front of the mountains that I’d sketched on the napkin. “You’ve already improved on your idea!” He was right: I had subtly shifted the main elements of my design into a better version of my original composition.  Without the distraction of a million compelling details in front of my eyes, that idea became my whole focus.”

Click here to read more about Jennifer Hoffman’s work. And click here to visit her gallery, Trio Fine Art.

Bert Raynes and Friend. Courtesy JenTen Productions.

Bert Raynes and Friend. Courtesy JenTen Productions.

TONIGHT, June 3rd, 6-7:30 pm, PLEASE join the JenTen film production team at the National Museum of Wildlife Art. Help crowd fund “Far Afield,” a documentary about one of this valley’s most beloved conservationists, Bert Raynes. I’ve contributed!

“Donate and Celebrate,” as the group says. You may also visit http://igg.me/at/BertFilmJH to contribute. Contact Jennifer Tennican at 307.690.2258 or jentennican@gmail.com for more info.  

22, You View, You! – Art Association Hat Trick

Jennifer Hoffman - Flat Creek Breakdown

Jennifer Hoffman – Flat Creek Breakdown

Bushwhacking through dense underbrush and tangled bunches of new and old-growth forest one afternoon with two of the three Trio Fine Art artists, I finally “got” what determination means when it comes to plain air painting. I’ve loved and been close to plain air for decades, but rarely get a chance to go with painters to protected, coveted painting sites. This day was different, and following the footsteps of Jennifer Hoffman and Bill Sawczuk as they marked a painting spot on protected land can be defined, without hesitation, as adventure.

When bellowing bull elk bear down on you, suggesting you’d be better off moving some yards to the south, you pick up your paint box and move it. Hoffman tells the story of that day much better than I; We ventured out on the Ladd property. You think you know what you’re doing, but this valley is always full of surprises…read the story here.

Kathryn Turner - Mead Ranch

Kathryn Turner – Mead Ranch

View22: Painting Jackson Hole’s Open Spaces is a collaboration and fundraiser art exhibition featuring the works of artists Kathryn Turner, Hoffman and Sawczuk. The exhibition’s opening reception takes place Friday, December 6th, at Trio Fine Art on North Cache. Time is 5-8 pm, with artists’ remarks beginning at 6pm. The exhibition remains up through December 21st. A portion of exhibition sales benefit the Jackson Hole Land Trust.

Drawing inspiration from Thomas Moran, the painter responsible for capturing Yellowstone’s rugged beauty so magnificently that Congress declared it and Grand Teton as national parks, View 22 celebrates the Jackson Hole Land Trust’s conservation efforts that have so dramatically affected our open spaces, and works to further cement the eternal bond between art and nature.

Bill Sawczuk - Hardeman Barn

Bill Sawczuk – Hardeman Barn

This past summer and early fall saw Turner, Hoffman and Sawczuk visiting an array of preserved open spaces, often not available to the public, and painting their landscapes, wildlife and historic valley structures. Besides benefitting the Land Trust, this show shines a light on special land tracts many of us don’t get a chance to see. Or, if you have had the luck to visit them, you may view each of these places anew. Eighteen protected properties were captured en plein air for the project; 23,000 acres have been protected by the Land Trust.

“As full-time landscape painters in Jackson Hole, we have a vital interest in the preservation of open space within our valley. It is the natural beauty found in wide open spaces that inspires our creativity. Through sharing our interpretations of the landscape, we hope to shine a spotlight on the importance of conservation efforts made possible by the Jackson Hole Land Trust,” said Turner, Hoffman, and Sawczuk.

A View 22 produced video of the artists, their activities and several locations they visited can be viewed here.

Land Trust Executive Director Laurie Andrews is thrilled with Trio Fine Art’s commitment. “Through Trio’s artists’ deep understanding of how the valley’s protected open spaces affect their daily lives, and [through] their talent and creativity, they’ve shown us all a very special view of [the Land Trust’s] work.”

For more information contact Trio Fine Art at 307.734.4444, or phone the Land Trust’s Leslie Steen at 307.733.4707. Email: leslie@jhlandtrust.org   www.triofineart.com  www.jhlandtrust.org  

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“All One Breath” at Trio Fine Art; John Turner at NMWA

Kathryn Mapes Turner - The Assurance of Togetherness - 30x30" Oil

Kathryn Mapes Turner – The Assurance of Togetherness – 30×30″ Oil

My connection with this land is even stronger, if that’s possible! Something about “One Nest” brought that home. I love this valley’s seasons, wildlife and landscapes. Everything else goes away, and I’m thoroughly in the moment.Kathryn Mapes Turner

Jackson Hole artist Kathryn Mapes Turner opens her new show, “All One Breath,” at Trio Fine Art with an artist’s reception Thursday, August 22nd, 5-8:00 pm. Turner will give a talk at 6:30 pm.  “All One Breath” is on exhibition August 21 – September 7, 2013. Works from Turner’s ongoing “One Nest” collaboration with her brother Mark will be part of the exhibition.

“All One Breath” is about Turner feeling she’s in a new place. The feeling has been building, she says, but she’s reached a fresh understanding of how this world is connected. We are together; but a heightened view of collaboration is part of a universal ‘one.’

“The gallery is a form of collaboration between the three of us and with our clients and collectors. The project, “One Nest,” that I just completed with Mark, had a profound affect. Working with him proved the most exciting show I’ve done and the most artistically fulfilling,” says Turner. “I believe it was because I wasn’t alone in the process. There was synergy that fed my art and creativity, and it raised the bar in a way I couldn’t have achieved solo. Now my connection with this land is even stronger, if that’s possible! Something about “One Nest” brought that home. I love this valley’s seasons, wildlife and landscapes. Everything else goes away, and I’m thoroughly in the moment.”

Kathryn Mapes Turner - In Humble Silence - 26x49 Oil

Kathryn Mapes Turner – In Humble Silence – 26×49 Oil

Turner’s new work also reflects the mentor-mentee relationship she enjoys with Michigan artist John Felsing. Felsing does not “teach” Turner painting in a technical way; rather he has encouraged her to take risks with her paintings—and that influence is apparent in Turner’s recent work.

“I’ve been drawn to more tonal landscapes and interpretive work. It’s more about a spiritual approach and risk. I’ve learned to look more at other artists’ works, contemporary and historic. I connected more deeply with the continuum of the world art movement. My work responds to all this; it’s “all one breath,” says Turner.

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Painter Bill Sawczuk’s Heart; Public Art Comings!

Bill Sawczuck - Moran in March

Bill Sawczuk – Moran in March

Bill Sawczuk cuts a great figure—who can miss that man’s towering stance, bright eyes and ever-present Western cowboy hat? Always impeccably dressed, he’s the very picture of Western spirit. When you see Bill, it’s also likely he’ll be carrying his easel, palette, and a host of plein air painting supplies. Well, if they’re not in hand, they’re somewhere quite close by. That’s because painting is Sawczuk’s heart and soul. He is a valley plein air fixture—and much more. Sawczuk’s work is part of the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s permanent collection.

“Heart and Soul” might be an alternative title for Sawczuk’s next show, opening at Trio Fine Art with an artists’ reception on Thursday, August 1st, 5-8:00 pm; Sawczuk will make remarks at 6:30 pm.  The exhibition is on display July 31st – August 17th. The true title for his new show, “From Heart and Hand,” is a literal description of the kind of art Sawczuk produces. The artist recently took part in the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters “Plein Air for the Park,” and there is one small landscape of his that, using a phrase coined by a friend, I will dream about for a long time.

Bill Sawczuck - Moon Over TV Ranch

Bill Sawczuk – Moon Over TV Ranch

“Everything in the show will be new work painted in and around Jackson Hole and Yellowstone,” says Sawczuk. “I hope to have a few surprises if the work turns out well. The show is titled [as it is] because heart and hand are the sources of these paintings. I have tried to make a connection with folks [through] the variation of subject matter, so I sure hope it works!”

I believe it will work.  A few weeks ago I witnessed a couple visiting Jackson purchase a fully abstract painting Sawczuk had painted. The scene was set near Mt. Moran, but those familiar with Sawczuk’s strong, vigorous representational style and palette would never have recognized the painting as a Sawczuk. It was such a surprising canvas I posted it on Facebook and asked people to guess whose work it was. Nobody succeeded. There are subtle shifts in Sawczuk’s painting style; he is flirting with abstraction, constructing skies, foliage and earth in a more interpretive fashion. He accomplishes these changes with confidence, the sign of a master painter.  www.triofineart.com 

Now may also be a good time to mention that Trio Fine Art has landed a big partnership fish: The Jackson Hole Land Trust. Together these two entities (one for-profit, the other non-profit) will host a series of events highlighting Trio’s artists works and extending a very long tradition of connecting art and landscape.  View22 is the project’s name, and you can see the list of events here

161True to the community ethos of her public art project, artist Bronwyn Minton’s creative process is collaborative.

Conceptually, Minton’s Cairn Project will engage passersby in the continual reconstruction of larger-than-life cairns inspired by the mounds that serve as trail markers or memorials. But even before the Cairn Project is installed in August on the Center for the Arts campus, many people will have pitched in to help make her vision a reality.  To aid in her construction of the smaller cairns – slated to encircle the central tower – Minton is recruiting local artists and friends to help carve interchangeable components out of balsa wood. Ever-inspired by nature, Minton has designed stackable organic shapes – smooth angles, sculptural surfaces – that ultimately will be finished in red or black stain. Artist Owen Ashley is lending his screenprinting skills and setup to help create limited-edition Cairn Project t-shirts.

Saw the t-shirts!  They’re selling at Skinny Skis—store display window, front n’ center, along with a mock up of Minton’s sculpture. These tees are all over town; keep your eyes open! Of course, this is all part of Jackson Hole Public Art’s ever-growing presence.  www.jhpublicart.org.


spot_r_clip_art_26500Public artist Randy Walker is coming to town, courtesy of the Center of Wonder, to install the new ArtSpot—and you can help him. Group installation hug!  Walker will be here July 29-August 1st. An artist’s reception and chat takes place at The Rose on Wednesday, July 31, 5:30 – 7:00 pm.  Meg Daly hosts!  Free and open to the public!

Walker, says the Center of Wonder, is a Minneapolis award winning public art artist. His installation, Passages, was selected by Americans for the Arts Year in Review as one of the 50 top public artworks in the United States in 2012. To schedule your 30 to 60 minutes of installation fame, contact jen@centerofwonder.org!

Portrait of Artist.Randy Walker




Cooke Sells Janis Joplin Memoir; Hirst & Friends at Heather James; Upcoming Events

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.  www.johnbyrnecooke.com

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.  www.heatherjames.com 

Robert Natkin - Untitled

Robert Natkin – Untitled

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