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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.


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.”


“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.”


“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.”


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 



Photography, Climbing, Books & Painting ~ We’re Back Outdoors!

Image by Taylor Glenn

Image by Taylor Glenn

Happy Mother’s Day, Mom!

On Sunday, May 12th, National Geographic photographer Wade Davis makes an appearance at Jackson’s first annual Mountain Story Festival, courtesy of the Murie Center. There’s no getting away from the fact that climbing treacherous, challenging peaks here—and anywhere in the world—is a huge part of our culture. Climbers take in the outdoors in a mind-bending way. The closest I’ve come to being that high, with a few thousand feet between me and flat ground is the year I skydived, on a dare, at college. I’d do that again before I’d climb the Grand or any other giant, jagged, craggy mountain!

Others have infinitely more guts. These extreme personalities can’t keep themselves from climbing; they climb in their sleep. Which is why Davis’ talk on his new book “Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory, and the Conquest of Everest” should be packed. Mothers, be warned! Content may be nerve racking!  7:00 pm start, Pink Garter Theater, downtown Jackson.

Wednesday, May 15th, the Murie Center’s Mardy’s Conservation Collection Book Club meets to discuss the Murie’s book, Wapiti Wilderness.

“In this autobiographical tale…Olaus and Mardy describe their life together, raising a family in the mountainous wilderness of the Tetons, while Olaus worked for the U.S. Bureau of Biological Survey,” says the Center. The gathering takes place at the the Murie’s original home, Murie Ranch, in Moose, WY, at 6:30 pm. Lively discussion, reflection and inspiration are a promise.  www.muriecenter.org.

Tammy Callens, AIE 2012

The Grand Teton Association (GTA) has announced its line-up of plein air artists for this summer’s “Artists in the Environment”  (AIE) series, taking place the second Saturday of every month, June – September, in Grand Teton National Park(GTNP). Each of those weekends, regional plein air painters provide free painting demonstrations at locations throughout GTNP.  Founded by the late, great plein air artists Greg McHuron and Conrad Schwiering, the program has offered countless visitors and art lovers a free chance to see artists capturing the beauty surrounding us.

I have a personal passion for this program~~I believe the history of plein air painting in this valley, and in the Greater Yellowstone Region, is one of America’s most important art history stories. Its tradition is unbreakable; the artists’ bonds are like steel.

For fifty years, the GTA has celebrated GTNP via the arts. All proceeds realized by the GTA serve to broaden education, research and interpretation of GTNP.

Times and locations are TBA, but participating artists for 2013 are:  Dwayne Harty – June 15th;  Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters & Co., – July 13th; Wendell Field – August 10th;  and Fred Kingwill – September 14th.  More on all these artists as summer progresses!

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Honors for Timothy Mayhew; True Transparency

Wildlife painter Timothy Mayhew, whose work was featured in this year’s National Museum of Wildlife Art’s  Western Visions, Miniatures and More Show & Sale, writes that he has been invited to be part of the 2012 Beaux Arts, a fundraising auction of fine art donated by nationally recognized artists in support of the Scottsdale Artists School, in Scottsdale, Arizona. Funds raised support the continuation of instruction in the fine arts, and creates scholarships for aspiring artists from around the world. The exhibit, now on display, holds a grand celebration and auction on November 10, 2012.

Although he is a New Mexico resident, most of Mayhew’s field studies are done in the Jackson and Yellowstone region. “Reflecting,” shown above, depicts an adult Sandhill crane wading in the shallow water at its winter home at the Bosque del Apache wildlife reserve in southern New Mexico.

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Hoffman’s “Natural Intervals”; Big Shots at Brookover

Jennifer L. Hoffman opens her new show of works “Natural Intervals,” at Trio Fine Art on Thursday, August 23rd, with an artist’s reception 5-8:00 pm. Hoffman will give remarks at 6:00 pm.  “Natural Intervals” is on exhibition at Trio August 22 – September 8, 2012.

Nabokov (a Russian novelist) made this wonderful statement that it’s the spaces between the beats of a rhythm that actually create the rhythm; he called it the ‘tender interval,’ ” says Hoffman. “I think that my work dwells in that space, those silent moments between actions, and that feeling inspired the title for this show.”

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