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At Every Level, Jackson & Wyoming Arts Show & Compete

If you want your art to get noticed and sold here in Jackson, you have to work at it every day, every minute you can. Don’t sit around wasting time watching TV. Your art has to be the best, the highest caliber you can produce, it has to stand out.”  ~ Jackson Hole Artist 

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“No animals died in the making of these mounts.” – Jennifer Lee, National Museum of Wildlife Art

Contests and competitions everywhere!  Jackson’s National Museum of Wildlife Art is putting out a national and regional call to artists–including amateurs–to submit “fun faux animal mounts” that will be part of the new Trophy Art Fundraiser. Artists must create fanciful examples of animal trophy heads and deliver them to the museum by February 7, 2014. All works will be on display February 12th – March 15th. All are available for sale on a first come, first serve basis beginning February 22nd, from 11 a.m – 2 p.m., during  “Trophy Art: Fun Forms for All.”

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“We were hoping to inspire people’s creativity with this event by letting imaginations run wild,” says Associate Director of Programs and Events Jennifer Lee. “For years the museum has been asked, ‘Where is the taxidermy?’ This event offers a fun way of playing off that theme, including our tagline: “No animals died in the making of these mounts.”

Two works for sale are “Deer #5” by Kelly Vanderveer (above) and “The Lizard” crafted in silver and opal by Jackson Hole silversmith Joni Mack, top of the page.

Participating artists retain 30% of the purchase price they name as a commission for their time and efforts, with the rest of the proceeds going to the museum’s youth education programs. Images already received for the upcoming event include a lizard, mountain lion, elk, pronghorn and deer.

For more information, contact Jennifer Lee at jlee@wildlifeart.org or 307.732.5412. www.wildlifeart.org

Joshua Tobey -"Cotton Ball"  Cotton Tail Rabbit. Bronze, edition of 25 7" x 9" x 8"

Tim Cherry -“Cotton Ball” Cotton Tail Rabbit.
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New paintings and sculptures are on view at Astoria Fine Art, in Jackson. In particular 2014’s Fall Arts Festival Sculptor Artist Joshua Tobey has some wonderful new wildlife sculptures. At this writing many Fall Arts fans are waiting to see the finished image of Tobey’s winning FAF work, one he hopes will initiate the new FAF tradition memorably.

Tim Cherry and Gerald Balciar also have new sculptures at the gallery; painters Ewoud deGroot, Robert Lougheed (1910 – 1982), Dean Mitchell, Tom Palmore, Al Agnew and Cole Johnson are all represented. Stop by the gallery, on the north side of Jackson’s Town Square. Who said winter was quiet?

Ewoud deGroot - "Snowy Owl"  39.5" x 25.5"  oil

Ewoud deGroot – “Snowy Owl” 39.5″ x 25.5″ oil

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Eye On Jackson Hole Art: What’s Happening?

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Eye, yai yai~~~Happy New Year, Jackson!  It’s nice to see you again. Been visiting family and taking in the views offered up by rosy winter lake sunsets, frozen, wind-whipped pines, friends, the Yale Art Museum (try closing your eyes in there!), tasting good soul food—and now it’s time to catch up around here.

Today’s post is a warm-up, so I’ll list items from my “in box” that many of you may already know about. Or maybe, like me, you’ve been away. Here goes:

Altamira Fine Art is headed to the L.A. Art Show, 2014, January 15-19, 2014 Booth 240. Altamira artists “Billy” Schenck, Ed Mell (they got him!), R. Tom Gilleon, Glenn Dean, Rocky Hawkins and selected paintings from Fritz Scholder (1937-2005). Opening night party: 1/15/14, 8-11:00 pm.  www.altamiraart.com

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David Swift is artfully photographing high-octane performers swinging through the theater doors at the J.H.Center for the Arts. He is clearly enjoying himself! “Giddy” is the word I’d use. BTW, the New York Times recently ran a travel article on Jackson’s ski scene.  Paper edition photo captions were way off~~the scenes did not depict what the captions described, and the captions were out of order. Still, great coverage for J.H. A source tells me that story was in the NYT hopper last summer, and one special gallery they mentioned was Cayuse Western Americana. Good get. 

The National Museum of Wildlife Art’s next “Mix’d Media – Darwin’s Legacy” takes place at the museum on Thursday, January 9th, 6-9 pm. Additionally, Director of Education Jane Lavino has posted a new NMWA job opening — Part-Time Assistant Curator of Education. Check it out at   http://www.wildlifeart.org/about/employment/

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Jackson artist Todd Kosharek opens a show of new works — the first to be hosted by the Center for the Arts — at the Center Theater Gallery. An Exhibit Opening takes place on Friday, January 17th, 5:30-7:30pm. “Interiors/Exteriors” explores the artist’s two painting styles, both highly developed. The show remains up January 13-29th, 2013. Love the promotional image, it’s like a 60’s record cover –twist and shout! More on Kosharek’s show in our next post.

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Direct from Wyoming Arts (verbatim):  The Visual Arts Fellowship application is now open! Deadline: March 10. Applications will be accepted on CaFE only (www.callforentry.com). Visual artists of all kinds, including film and video, are invited to apply. More information available in the call on CaFE or at http://wyoarts.state.wy.us/wac-grant/fellowship-for-visual-artists/. Juror information in included on the webpage. Additionally, CLICK! is coming together! Save the date for April 4-5 in Fort Washakie/Lander. Information and registration will be available mid-January. Want to know more about Wyoming Visual Arts happenings? Sign up for their list serve:  http://www.openvistas.net/sign_up.html

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Some dude is publicly persistent in his queries about  J.H. Public Art  project press releases on our community list serve. Anyone know this guy? Whatever is going on there, I’ll include that arts non-profit’s new “call for entries” information in my next post, too.

For you at this New Year, Jackson, a tiny excerpt from “All the Hemispheres,” by Sufi Poet Hafiz: Leave the familiar for a while/Let your senses and bodies stretch out/Like a welcomed season/Onto the meadows and shores and hills./Open up the roof.

 

 

 

Wilson Bazaar; Wyoming Arts Updates

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The much-loved, “only-in-Wilson,Wyoming” annual Wilson Christmas Bazaar takes place at the warm and Tibetan blessed home of Brot and Didi Coburn on Saturday, December 7th and Sunday, December 8th, 10am – 4pm each day. Address: 1520 Fish Creek Road, Wilson, WY!  Look for the prayer flags…oh, wait, there are prayer flags everywhere around here, so look for the address. And lots of cars. And the scent of hot cider. Didi works the floor, and Brot mans the snack counter and coffee bar. Sometimes Brot gets pulled away to work the floor as well, and conviviality never lets up.

Didi Coburn’s special Mountain Culture Rugs feature iconic Teton images woven into whimsical patterns; a bright and meaningful match for any mountain home.

Imported from India are cashmere and wool throws, shawls, scarves, pillows, leather goods, Ganesh pendants and hand painted miniature works set in silver. Limited edition ikat print, hand woven silk pillows from Kashgar will be on hand….as well as Martha MacEachern’s jewelry, “Sweet Peony Designs.”

Everyone is welcome!  Bring a friend. For information call Didi at 307.733.4124 or email didi@wyoming.com 

Namasté!

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From Wyoming Arts: Updates!

WY Arts Council Board positions are available/open. WY Arts board members “determine grant awards and develop policy for the Council. The Board meets four times per year around the state. Between meetings, board members read grants and sometimes serve on committees as available. Travel expenses are reimbursed.”

To apply, visit the Governor’s Boards & Commissions website by clicking here. You may also contact Rita Basom at 307.733.7473 to find out more about being a board member. There’s a board info website, too —click here.

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Governor’s Arts Awards will soon be announced, and this year’s gala takes place in Cheyenne on February 28, 2014. The venue? Little America, of course! …. I believe I’ve mentioned this in an earlier post, but applications for the Artist Roster are available at www.callforentry.org, under Wyoming Arts Council Artist Roster. Free to register, and to apply. Deadline is December 1, 2013. For more information on the roster, visit http://governor.wy.gov/resources/pages/boardsandcommissions.aspx

 

 

 

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Camellia El-Antably

Deputy Manager/Visual Arts/Special Events

307-777-5305

Altamira’s Scottsdale Gallery; Bright Wyoming Arts; New Shows At A.A.

Altamira's Mark Tarrant - Courtesy Southwest Art

Altamira’s Mark Tarrant – Courtesy Southwest Art

Is there any doubt that Altamira Fine Art changes things up as fast as humanly possible?  The gallery is a powerhouse, turning its artists into big stars. This summer Altamira opened a new show every two weeks, and each, save Nieto’s, featured two to three artists.

Now Altamira Fine Art is opening a second gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona. A Grand Opening is scheduled for Thursday, November 7th, 7-9:00 pm (taking advantage of Scottsdale’s “Fall for the Arts” ArtWalk). Location: 7038 E. Main Street, Scottsdale, AZ, in the Downtown Arts District. Artists Glenn Dean and R. Tom Gilleon will be featured at the opening.

The new gallery will provide a unique presence in Scottsdale. A boutique gallery, Scottsdale’s Altamira is being designed at a scale of approximately 1800 square feet.

“Our Arizona clients have been asking when we might open a Scottsdale gallery,” Altamira director Mark Tarrant said. “Now we can serve important markets in two locations.” Tarrant founded Jackson’s gallery in 2009, immediately capturing the best of the Western Contemporary art market. Scottsdale’s Altamira Fine Art will focus on the secondary art market—artwork being sold after its initial sale.

Congratulations, Mark! Success breeds success! However: please don’t be a stranger and get to likin’ Scottsdale TOO much!

For more information, phone 307.739.4700. www.altamiraart.com 

Lovell, Wyoming's Hyart Theater

Lovell, Wyoming’s Hyart Theater

A highlight of last week’s Wyoming Arts Council (WAC) annual conference was listening to stories and presentations by artists around the state able to realize projects and gain audiences with the help of WAC. It’s so difficult for us all to be together, and e-communications and conferences offer connectivity and provide perspective. Two WAC state “Bright Spots” are Lovell’s Hyart Film Festival and Wyoming Fiber Trails.

Just over 2,000 people populate Lovell, Wyoming, but that didn’t stop Lovell resident Jason Zeller from founding the Hyart Film Festival. Lovell’s Hyart Theater, the festival’s home, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Built in the 1950’s, it’s an awesome piece of period architecture, a location scout’s dream. Zeller, a film buff,  has accomplished a feat; he spoke about his festival with infectious passion and humor. Having attended countless film festivals, he found he didn’t like a lot of them. Existing festivals were either overpriced, pretentious, or focused on themes Zeller deemed over-exposed and predictable.

So, he fixed his sights on building his own film festival. Zeller wasn’t interested in exploring other locations; Lovell was it.  There was this really cool theater, after all!  Film-goers love it—-they post testimonials expressing how much the revitalized theater means to them—read those testimonials here. Zeller has shown cultural films produced in Afghanistan and Australia; film categories also include horror, children’s films and dramatic entries. He’d love to see more Wyoming films submit to the Festival, so log on to Hyart’s website here, and get in touch with Zeller.

Lakota Ceremonial Shield, 1880-1900

Lakota Ceremonial Shield, 1880-1900

Everyone enjoy a good trail, but there’s an especially creative, historic trail winding its way around Wyoming. Wyoming’s citizens are mostly separated by big spaces; when you’re alone in a big space creativity reaffirms personal narrative.

Wyoming Fiber Trails is “a treasure trove of individuals who do everything from horsehair hitching to rug braiding, spinning, felting, dolls, horse gear, leather work and a host of unusual activities,” says founder Sue Blakely. Blakely and her partners are chronicling fiber artisans around the state; each artisan, gallery and shop they uncover possess distinct Wyoming voices manifested in fiber.

“How many people knew we had a yak farm in Wyoming and that they had gathered yak fiber and had it commercially spun last year? ” asks Blakely. “A lot of us know about the sheep ranchers, even llama, alpaca and buffalo. But not yak!”

Renee Brown "Azure Lichenite Sun Cluster, Margaretite"

Renee Brown “Azure Lichenite Sun Cluster, Margaretite”

Two new Art Association exhibitions open this week. “Rendezvous: Ceramics Contemporary Invitational” and “Printegrated” share an opening reception at the Art Association on Friday, October 25th, 5:30-7:30 pm.  Both shows remain on exhibit through November 29th, 2013.

Ceramicist Sam Dowd is co-curator for “Ceramics Contemporary,” along with University of Montana associate professor Trey Hill. The show hones in on the themes of utilitarian and sculptural ceramics, and is comprised of selected works from around the country. Hill and Dowd will give a talk on November 22nd, 5:30 – 6:30 pm, at the Art Association Gallery, and a clay demonstration on Saturday, November 23rd, 10am – 5pm in the Art Association’s Clay Studio.

For information, email sam@artassociation.org, or phone 307.733.6379.

“Printegrated,” says the Art Association, “is a local survey of artists making handmade 2-D print work. Pieces include: block prints, lithographs, screen prints, intaglio, posters, books, zines and other printed ephemera.”  Contact Thomas Macker, Art Association Gallery Director, at thomas@artassociation.org, or phone (310) 428.4860 for info.  www.artassociation.org 

 Stephen Wolochowicz "Dots Inflation: Orange Over Lime"

Stephen Wolochowicz “Dots Inflation: Orange Over Lime”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sawdust II; Jackson Hole Hosts Wyoming Arts Conference

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Sawdust Art Festival Chantuese

Returning to Laguna Beach’s Sawdust Art Festival today, a fair with all the elements of an artist-populated enchanted magic forest. How did Sawdust come into being? Here’s Part Two of my exchange with festival manager Tom Klingenmeier. A note: Just like Jackson, Laguna Beach experiences a high influx of visitors during summer; just like Jackson, Laguna’s citizens are disrupted by the crowds. They are also appreciative of art’s educational value and what they provide in sales taxes!

Tammy Christel: What are Sawdust’s origins? Forty-seven years is an amazing run, and you’re going strong.

Tom Klingenmeier: Laguna’s “Festival of Arts” began over eight decades ago. A splinter group of artists, objecting to a change in jurying procedures at that show (some called the rebellious group “hippies”) departed the FOA and eventually set up in a dirt lot. This ingenious group put sawdust on the dirt to keep the dust down. An L.A. Times reporter nicknamed their first show the “Sawdust Festival.” They moved to their current location the following year, securing a lease with local owners who had used the site for vacationing campers.

1240548_10201874892496188_32009045_nOur 501c3 corporation, established in 1968, bought the property in the early 80’s and quit paying rent. It’s free and clear property. If anything happened to the Festival the land would belong to the State of California. Affordable living/studio space is being studied by the city, with assistance from the local population, including artists.We celebrate our 50th Anniversary in 2016!

If we have a problem, it’s parking. And we need to find affordable studio-living space. We’re working on those issues, and we’ll soon have a “Village Entrance” dedicated to the arts and what they provide to our seaside community—and we’ll have a parking structure.

We constantly need to generate new, young artists. To that end we provide scholarships to the local high school and to other art shows. Everywhere K – 12 schools are dropping visual and performing arts from curriculums. Our art education programs are so important, and we are beginning to teach art education in nearby school districts. We need young artists to sustain our society as we know it. That’s why we do so much for artists here at the Sawdust Festival!

TC: Experiencing Sawdust expanded my understanding of what an art fair can be; wandering through, I felt as if I were in the middle of an unfolding flower, stepping from petal to petal. Art fairs and festivals take many forms, but Sawdust rang a big bell; it is its own Wonderland.  www.sawdustartfestival.org

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snowking-1Straight from the Wyoming Arts Alliance and Wyoming Arts Council’s Conference website – Information about the 2013 Conference, taking place in Jackson Hole, Wyoming at the Snow King Resort and the Jackson Hole Center for the Arts October 12th-14th! 

“You don’t need to be an artist or a presenter to have a place at this conference – If you are interested in preserving and promoting the Arts in Wyoming and the surrounding areas, this is where you will want to start!

This year’s conference is a fantastic collaboration between the Wyoming Arts Council and the Wyoming Arts Alliance. We are teaming up this year to bring you more of everything. The Conference will be taking place Saturday, October 12th through Monday, October 14th in the shadow of the Tetons – Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Features at this years’s conference include a three-track workshop series dedicated to individual artists, performing artists, and organizational development. The Visual Artists’ Gallery is to be held in the lobby of the Center for the Arts and will feature the works of artists around the state. Visual Artists will have another opportunity to share their work through a 20:20 presentation. Advance sign up is required.”

Sign ups are first-come, first-served, so visit the Conference’s website today!  http://wyomingarts.org/booking-conference