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Nature is That “Nameless Thing”

Jennifer Hoffman Gessler, Morning Glory. 8x10"

Jennifer Hoffman, Morning Glory. 8 x10″ Oil

“There is something beyond explanation when an artist is drawn to a subject,” writes Jackson Hole artist Jennifer Hoffman. “Maybe it’s a bit of light or some familiar memory that is stirred, or some emotion the scene recalls. I’ve heard other artists refer to it as a sense of mystery or magic. My desire to paint the landscape around us (or any subject) goes beyond just copying its visual qualities.”

“That Nameless Thing” is the title of Hoffman’s newest show at Trio Fine Art, located just north of the Town Square in Jackson, Wyoming. She took the title from the writings of the deceased artist Emily Carr, an artist working in the early 1900’s associated with Canada’s “Group of Seven.”  Carr’s book “Hundreds and Thousands: the journals of Emily Carr” is Hoffman’s source.

While a variety of subjects, sizes and mediums fill the show, Hoffman has one ultimate goal: “I hope to catch something of that ‘nameless thing’,” she says. Hoffman was recently quite successful at capturing nature~~her serene, mirror-like painting of Flat Creek won “Honorable Mention” at the recent “Plein Air for the Park” Show and Sale.

“I love the patterns, colors, and textures of the mineral deposits, the steam, the reflective quality of the water.  I love the abstractness of the forms.” ~ Jennifer Hoffman

Jennifer Hoffman, "From Within." 12 x 16" Oil Pastel

Jennifer Hoffman, “From Within.” 12 x 16″ Oil Pastel

I’ve followed Hoffman closely over the years, and over those years she has consistently demonstrated her great gift for delving ever deeper into a scene. She is able to “translate” a landscape, wild creatures and still lifes into surprising, yet evocative works of art. Her draftsmanship is nothing short of impeccable, but she’s able to keep us from thinking of composition in its most basic terms because we are carried away by the poetry in her paintings.  One 30 x 30″ pastel of a thawing Hoback River is Hoffman’s largest pastel work to date.

Jennifer Hoffman at work.

The artist at Flat Creek

I’d go so far as to say Hoffman is channeling a bit of Abstract Expressionism. Helen Frankenthaler, are you in the air?

Yellowstone’s thermal areas are obviously beautiful.  Of course they draw many, many visitors because of their drama and unique physicality,” Hoffman observes. “I love the patterns, colors, and textures of the mineral deposits, the steam, the reflective quality of the water.  I love the abstraction of form.”

Jennifer Hoffman, "Transition," 16 x 20" Pastel

Jennifer Hoffman, “Transition,” 16 x 20″ Pastel

In this show you’ll find the fantastic, the sweet secrets of nature, a commanding use of color and light, and fall in love.

“That Nameless Thing” opens at Trio Fine Art on July 27th, and remains on exhibition through August 13th. An Opening Reception takes place Thursday, July 28th, 5-8:00 pm. Hoffman will give a talk at 6:00 pm. All work will be viewable online by July 25th. Visit www.triofineart.com ,  and contact the gallery at 307-734-4444. Email:   jen@jlholhoffmanfineart.com 

 

 

 

Powder Girls with Power at Horizon Fine Art

Artwork by Holly Manneck

Holly Manneck – Meet You at the Bottom – Mixed Media

All around town, vintage-style poster art, large scale murals and paintings are gaining presence. Could we be missing the alpine spirit of the 50’s? And really short swing skirts? A few weeks ago as I browsed a local gift shop, a staffer commented that a Philadelphia couple had, upon seeing a replica of a national park poster on the wall, exclaimed to each other “That’s it!”  The couple paid about $35 for the print, and the storekeeper was surprised, as she didn’t think the poster would be a big seller. She wondered out loud why the print would appeal, and I offered that it depicted a nostalgic vision of a wintry Greater Yellowstone region. It was a classic.

“In my art I try to capture the universal human spirit from a female’s point of view. Everyone should be able to achieve their hopes and dreams no matter their gender, race or religious background,” says artist Holly Manneck, whose work can now be found at Horizon Fine Art, on King Street.

People, says Manneck, all want and deserve the same things: a sense of belonging, security, the ability to make choices and realize dreams, to grow and act with compassion. Judging from her work, I believe there’s another spiritual element Manneck values: Joy.

Our dreams often merge what we wish for and what is with pure imagination. Manneck illustrates the elation of “ordinary” experiences—-bike riding, skiing, swimming, a walk, celebrity crushes—-by overlapping them with specific physical place, layering texture, her own photography, color and humor into each piece.

Holly Manneck - Wildcats

Holly Manneck – Wildcats – Mixed Media

The world moves like greased lightning, technology has changed us as a society, and it’s a constant effort to keep up. Manneck hopes her art reflects simpler times, allows a moment to slow down, allows the luxury of reflection and sense of pure fun. No checking your messages, no texting from the car. Pas de “tweet.”

“Holly’s works are so perfect for our area and are such a different take on vintage images,” says Horizon Fine Art’s Mary Rossington. “They captured my interest immediately, and we are thrilled to welcome Holly as one of our artists.”

Manneck recreates these women in part to give them a greater voice than they may have had during their lifetimes…outside of sports, I’d say! Plenty of exceptional athletes here!  She wishes  to convey the strengths women openly enjoy and employ today…and will tomorrow. Go see them.  www.horizonfineartgallery.co

Holly Mannek

Holly Mannek- The Mermaids of Yellowstone – Mixed Media

 

 

 

 

 

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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Brookover Wows Crowd; Teton Photography Group

995898_10201453924609936_325872173_n “It took half a day or longer just to make the plate, and if you have a spot or any kind of blemish on that plate, you’ve got to make a new one,” explained Jackson photographer David Brookover.

A few weeks back, Brookover described his lengthy, painstaking photogravure process to a rapt group of gallery visitors. The photographer is introducing the public to his latest set of photographs, images that include his new Andalusian horses series and fresh wildlife photographs taken in the Yellowstone region. Visitors were awed.

Working with large photographic plates, exposures, rinsing, transfering negatives—it all takes time. Brookover’s newest works have kept him out of his gallery a bit more than usual. He’s traveled extensively to capture the normally reticent breed of horse, and as this is a new direction for Brookover (he’s also created his first new color photograph in years) he’s honing each image to perfection. Consummate tone, color, texture and detail—and the highest archival quality distinguish his work.

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In the old days, Brookover told his audience, copper plates were the norm; those plates were capable of turning out high numbers of editions. But Brookover only makes editions of 10, using metal polymer plates. And besides, he says, there are so many chemicals needed to transfer images onto a copper plate that “it wouldn’t be good for a lot of fish in the rivers, it’s nasty stuff.”  The biggest plate size Brookover is using measures 20 x 30″.

Brookover’s images are bright, yet soft. In the quietest light they are piercingly lovely.

Spanish Andalusians weren’t easy to capture in the way Brookover had imagined they would be—when he wasn’t shooting them galloping across ranch land, he and ranch owners had to find ways to distract the horses. Brookover had to deal with how the horses looked; but also, as he found out, how they moved. Eyes constantly blink, and horses’ ears move back and forth. Lighting conditions were a challenge.. A goat and an Andalusian housed in a 15th Century stable, constant companions, stayed that way for Brookover’s camera. Andalusion stallions don’t mix well with other stallions—too much fighting—so other animals often become Andalusians’ “roomates.”

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“The horses don’t want to be alone or sleep alone, and we brought this one horse into the stable, and of course his goat buddy was there,” recalled Brookover. “Let’s get a shot of the stallion by himself,” he thought; but the task proved difficult. “The goat was not going to leave,” laughed Brookover. “So we put another stallion outside the stable window to get the stabled stallion’s attention, and we got some wonderful shots of the horse and goat looking out the window. I’d called the best image “Harold and Maude,” but I’m thinking of changing the title to “The Inseparables.”

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“Big Gus,” a massive buffalo pumping along in the Yellowstone region’s deep, clinging snows, found itself a Brookover subject last winter. I have said this before, but Brookover’s platinum wildlife images stand apart in their delicate beauty, minimalist composition and spiritual sensibility. Big Gus never let Brookover’s presence disturb the moment.

“I was hiding behind a snowcoach, and this guy was walking down the road,” said Brookover. “He was BIG. I kind of snuck out and got a little close as he walked on by, and luckily he just kept walking.”  www.brookovergallery.com 

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Jackson in Wonderland; Awards for Creativity; Mystery Artist!

lwtis17lAn extraordinary exhibition of vintage 1871 William Henry Jackson albertypes, the first printed depictions the territory that would become Yellowstone National Park, are now on exhibition at the Teton County Library. Albertypes are an engraving process invented in 1868, notable for their distinctive, gentle gray tones. They were, says the Library, hailed as “closely approaching the fidelity of a silver-based albumen photograph.” Jackson was the official photographer for Ferdinand Hayden’s heralded 1871 exploration of the Yellowstone Plateau.

Edward Bierstadt (brother of Albert Bierstadt), was entrusted with nearly half of Jackson’s valuable negatives, which were produced in quantity, and used in the congressional effort to establish Yellowstone as our first national park.

“However, for unknown reasons Hayden abandoned using the alberttype process and had Mr. Jackson continue to make his albumen photographs instead,” says the Library. “The total number of sets produced in Bierstadt’s project is not definitively known, but a Jackson scholar knows of only seven experimental sets in existence. This exhibit’s sequential views begin at the railhead in Utah, progress north into Montana, document numerous features in Yellowstone, and then conclude with the return to Utah.”

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Lee Silliman, a large format photographer of Yellowstone National Park, curated the exhibit. Silliman is a true Yellowstone scholar, and he will give a talk on this rare and special collection on Monday, July 15th, 6-7:30 pm, at the library’s Ordway Auditorium. This event is free. For information contact Adult Humanities Coordinator, Oona Doherty, 733-2164 ext. 135, odoherty@tclib.org.

I’m writing this post with one  hand, and making a note in my calendar with the other!

oscar_059It’s time to nominate your favorite arts supporter for 2013’s “Award for Creativity.” Presented by the Cultural Council of Jackson Hole, the award recognizes individuals enhancing Jackson’s creativity. Nominees can be, and have included, professionals, volunteers, artists, writers, non-profit staffers, and arts patrons.

“The Award for Creativity is a heartfelt award given to those that exhibit dedication and extraordinary contributions to our artistic and cultural community,” says the Cultural Council.

Two awards are given. The “Creative Legacy Award” goes to an individual who has shown a life-long dedication to the arts in our community, “one whose impact has resonated repeatedly through the years.”  The “Creative Pulse Award” recognizes an “inspirational and invigorating trendsetter, introducing fresh programs and projects.”

NOTE: The nomination process has changed. Phone interviews will now be conducted with recommending individuals. Submit your nomination by Friday, June 28 to culturalcounciljh@gmail.com. Include your name, phone number, email, and the name of the person you are nominating. The Cultural Council of Jackson Hole Coordinator will contact you to obtain more information. www.culturalcounciljh.org

Artist: Unknown!

Artist: Unknown!

I have this work on Facebook, and quizzed my connections as to who painted it—by the time this post goes up, the artist’s identity may have been revealed. The artist is from Jackson, and this work deviates VERY much from the painter’s usual style. Even so, the work was sold while I was visiting with the artist.

This abstract scene, created near Mt. Moran, was painted by plein air painter and Trio Fine Art artist Bill Sawczuck!  Very cool, Bill!  You really stumped them!   www.triofineart.com