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A special supplement to the Jackson Hole News&Guide - september 5-15
Cowboy Culture 4 Palates & Palettes Traditional festival starter to draw thousands for fine art, food and drink.
Soft-spoken Utah painter Jason Rich is the 2013 Fall Arts Festival featured artist, 10.
6 Inside Views
Homesteadâ€™s Showcase of Homes offers peeks into some grand residences.
14 Art Auction
Works by deceased masters, contemporary stars on the block.
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3 Welcome to the
2013 Fall Arts Festival
4 Palates and Palettes 6 Showcase of Homes 8 Artists in the Environment 9 Takin’ it to the Streets 9 Taste of the Tetons 10 Featured Artist Jason Rich 11 Legacy Gallery 13 QuickDraw 14 Jackson Hole Art Auction 15 Art Walk / Art Brunch 17 Rotary Wine Tasting 18 Fall Arts Festival Calendar Martin Grelle’s “Scouts on the Buffalo Fork” (top) and Oscar E. ON THE COVER: Jason Rich’s “River Overlook — Berninghaus’ “Harvest Season” are two of the many works of art Gros Ventre River Ranch,” a 48-by-50-inch oil on waiting to be sold to the highest bidder at the seventh annual Jackson Hole Art Auction (see page 14). canvas, is the 2013 Fall Arts Festival featured work.
JACKSON HOLE STYLE, A LASTING LEGACY Fighting Bear Antique’s Fall Show will be a retrospective of the early dude ranch and summer home era before and during the establishment of Grand Teton National Park. We will display locally made furniture, photography and all of the decorative accruements that were contemporary to that time. We will also be honoring the Harrison Crandall family by having a book signing event of their new book, “Harrison Crandall, Creating a Vision of Grand Teton National Park”, by Kenneth Barrick
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Welcome Fall Arts Festival
he Fall Arts Festival was created in 1985 to extend Jackson Hole’s summer tourist season for a few weeks and to give businesses the chance to generate just a bit more income before the town shut down for the offseason. By all accounts, the festival has been a success. Galleries report that thousands of people come to Jackson during Fall Arts. Aside from staying in our hotels and eating at our restaurants, many even purchase fine art. But the success goes beyond the economic. On the brink of its 30th iteration, Fall Arts is a member of an esteemed club of arts institutions that includes the Grand Teton Music Festival (which just completed its 52nd season), the Art Association of Jackson Hole (which turns 50 this fall), Dancers’ Workshop (pushing 50 with a short stick) and the National Museum of Wildlife Art (26 years and counting). And it would be hard to imagine the creation of our Center for the Arts, which recently passed the 10-year milestone, without the broad shoulders of Fall Arts Festival to offer a boost. All of these organizations and efforts in turn have contributed to an environment in which the arts are a part of the social and cultural fabric of the valley. People come to Jackson Hole to experience one of the vastest vestiges of North American wilderness, yes, but they stay for the intellectual engagement, the emphasis on aesthetics, the relentless schedule of live music and art openings, dance performances and film premieres. Stick around long enough and they get to experience what the Jackson Hole arts community means for their children, as the next generation grows in a medium rich with cultural nutrients. For perhaps as long as a decade now — maybe longer — Jackson Hole schools have been sending their graduates out into a world where
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The palette of plein air painter Kathryn Mapes Turner, a Jackson Hole resident, presents a rainbow of colors in evening light.
arts and culture are still a frill, an amenity, sugary sprinkles atop the social muffin, as opposed to the main course we more often than not feast upon here. For years, movers and shakers in the arts community have dreamed of making Jackson Hole an arts destination. Fall Arts Festival has succeeded in doing that for a week and a half each September, and each
of the other above-mentioned institutions has made its contributions, too. But many have observed that we were still falling just a bit short of “arts destination” material, that we have not completely integrated the arts into our community matrix. It’s difficult to say if we’ve achieved that yet, but looking through this guide to the 29th annual Jackson Hole Fall Arts
Festival — with its previews of gallery exhibits and special events and its coverage of how the arts have tinted Teton society — it’s clear that this process is taking place, that the arts are becoming not just a sector of our economy, but part of our way of life and a reason to be here. — Richard Anderson
Reception Schedule JEFF LEGG T h u r s d a y, Se p t e m b e r 1 2 t h , 3 - 6 p.m. G R E G B E E C H A M & J O S H UA TOBEY Fr i d a y, Se p t e m b e r 1 3 t h , 1 - 4 p.m. Jeff Legg
T H E B E S T O F A S TO R I A F E AT U R I N G M A R K E B E R HARD Sa t u rd a y, Se p t e m b e r 1 4 t h , 1 0 a . m.-1 p.m. Mark Eberhard
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A night of art, and food
Palates and Palettes Gallery Walk 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 6 Downtown galleries Free –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
By Emma Breysse
he Fall Arts Festival opens by inviting all comers to eat, drink, be merry and look at some of the best work in Jackson Hole’s dozens of galleries. The Palates and Palettes Gallery Walk, the traditional opening of the annual autumn festival, teams fine art and fine dining to kick off the two-week fest. Galleries and restaurants partner to serve food, wine and beer, and in some cases there will be live music. Thousands of people flock downtown for a festive launch to the festival that gallery owners look forward to. “It’s a great way to show off new works, and there are definitely a lot of both locals and visitors,” said photographer Henry Holdsworth of Wild by Nature. “For me it’s a chance to see old friends I might not see any other day of the year.”
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Some downtown galleries have paired with the same valley chefs for years for the Palates and Palettes Gallery Walk. The walk this year is from 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 6.
Wild By Nature, which will feature Holdsworth’s latest work that night, has once again teamed up with his neighbor, Nani’s Cucina Italiana, for Palates and Palettes.
“It’s nice for us to do something together,” Holdsworth said. “It’s just a really fun way to kick off the arts festival.” Like Wild by Nature and Nani’s, several galleries and restaurants have been part-
ners for several years and have traditions as long as the partnership. Altamira Fine Art and Heather JamesFine Art will be joined in their traditional set-up by a Jackson dining newcomer. The two Center Street galleries will work with Bin 22, the latest venture of the Fine Dining Group. Food and wine will be set up in the courtyard the galleries share. Two of the artists displaying paintings at Altamira — Mary Roberson and Donna Howell-Sickels — will be inside to discuss their work with visitors. “It’s a very high-energy night,” said Altamira representative Andrea Walkup. “It’s art education, it’s a thank-you for the locals who recommend us during the year, and also we’re there for people who come and are collectors.” Along with the chance to try some of the valley’s restaurants and get out and about in downtown Jackson, Palates and Palettes also gives walkers a chance to sample the festival offerings of the roughly 30 participating galleries. “It’s just a fun event and everyone should come out and enjoy themselves,” Holdsworth said.
Providers of the feast As usual, the 2013 Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival gets swinging with Palates and Palettes. While the list of participating galleries and restaurants was still being finalized at press time, here’s a partial list: Galleries Altamira Fine Art Art Association of Jackson Hole Astoria Fine Art Brookover Gallery Cayuse Western Americana Diehl Gallery Fighting Bear Antiques
Grand Teton Gallery Horizon Fine Art ITP Space Mangelsen — Images of Nature Gallery Tayloe Piggott Gallery Kismet Legacy Gallery Lupine Gallery Heather James Gallery Mountain Trails Gallery RARE Gallery Turpin Gallery Trailside Galleries Trio Fine Art
Two Grey Hills West Lives On Gallery West Lives on Contemporary Wilcox Gallery Wild by Nature Wild Hands Vertical Peaks National Museum of Wildlife Art
Ignight MoMo Shack Moo’s Gourmet Nani’s Nikai Persephone Bakery Rising Sage Cafe Silver Dollar Grill Snake River Grill Sweetwater Town Square Tavern Trio American Bistro
Restaurants Amangani The Blue Lion Fine Dining Group Four Seasons
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Showcase of Homes 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 13 Noon-6 p.m. Sept. 14 $75 JacksonHoleShowcase.com ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
By Richard Anderson
ome of the best art in Jackson Hole doesn’t hang on the walls of museums, galleries or even homes. Some of the best art in Jackson Hole is the walls themselves. This year’s Fall Arts Festival shines a light on the architecture and interior design of a handful of private residences with a “Showcase of Homes.” Hosted by Homestead Magazine, the showcase will spotlight several custommade homes in the valley and the architects, interior designers and landscapers who helped turn each one into something spectacular. Some of us have been lucky enough to be in some of these homes. A few of us may even be lucky enough to live in such digs. But most of us, and certainly most visitors during Fall Arts Festival, have never before had the chance to step through the doorway of these prime properties. “It’s a shame nobody ever gets to see it,” said Latham Jenkins, president of Circ, which publishes Homestead, an annual magazine in which several of the homes have been featured. “These are beautiful
Showcase of Homes participants Altamira Fine Art Berlin Architects Brian Goff Interior Design Bontecou Construction Ellis Nunn & Associates Inc. Jacque Jenkins-Stireman Design Mill Iron Timberworks MountainScapes Inc. Stephen Dynia Architects Two Ocean Builders Willowcreek Design
pieces of art, and very few people get to experience them. The showcase is a platform to go and appreciate these works … and enable you to speak to the artists that created them, “There couldn’t be a better fit in time than Fall Arts Festival,” he said. “I view the design and craftsmanship that goes into these homes as its own art form, like what hangs on the walls. How great would it be if we could open up some of these homes for people to view?” The tour will be self-guided. Visitors go to JacksonHoleShowcase.com to purchase tickets — limited to just 250, with sales benefiting charities of the homeowners’ choices — then can pick up their program guides at Circ Inc., 215 W. Gill Ave.; Altamira Fine Art, 172 Center St.; Willowcreek Design, 115 E. Broadway; or the Jackson Hole Chamber of Com-
merce, 112 Center St. At each home principal designers will be present to greet visitors, show off highlights and answer questions. At most sites, light refreshments will be offered. “We’ve got a great base of committed people with homes,” Jenkins said, “and longtime valley professionals — architects, interior designers, contractors and landscapers. ... We approached the design community at large to include all those groups to see who has projects they could showcase.” So not only will a selection of fantastic Teton homes be on display, but the talent that created them will be, too — firms such as Jacque Jenkins-Stireman Design, Berlin Architects and Stephen Dynia Architects, MountainScapes Inc., and Bontecou Construction, Two Ocean Builders and Mill Iron Timberworks. “It’s a great way to be able to interact with possible new clients,” said John Walker of Mill Iron Timberworks, the general contractor of a showcase residence on North Gros Ventre Butte. Walker said his company does just about every kind of work, though this house, designed by Dynia, is quite contemporary. It was built just a year and a half ago, he said, and appeared on the cover of last year’s Homestead magazine. “We’ll be on hand, as will the interior designer” and architect Dynia, the builder said. “The stories behind the homes is best told by the architects that worked on them,” Jenkins said. “Attendees will have
the opportunity to talk to the professionals behind the projects in a meaningful setting. They won’t have 1,000 people coming through all trying to talk” to the designers. With just 250 tickets sold, buyers will have the luxury of spending time with the residences and professionals. “A lot of these homeowners really value the design community that came together to create this work of art that they live in,” Jenkins said. “We felt this is where the pairing with the Fall Arts Festival was really important.” The festival has over the past 28 years offered art patrons plenty of opportunities to come to galleries and meet the artists whose work hangs on the walls. The Showcase of Homes allows similar epicures the chance to see art on a different scale. “That’s the alignment we were trying to take,” Jenkins said, “to come view art in a different form and talk to the artists.” The 2013 Fall Arts Festival is the first year for Homestead’s Showcase of Homes, but Jenkins hopes the event will grow. “Out goal this year is to put on a quality event and to set the stage for the future,” he said. Showcase Event Guide and Map can be picked up at: Willowcreek Design, 115 E.Broadway Altamira Fine Art, 172 Center St. Circ Inc., 215 W. Gill Ave. Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce, 112 Center St.
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Fred Kingwill Artist in the Environment 9 a.m.-noon Sept. 14 String Lake Grand Teton National Park Free ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
Artist in action
By Brielle Schaeffer
aintings are supposed to communicate feelings, artist Fred Kingwill said, and there’s no better way to capture those emotions than by painting while experiencing them. Kingwill will be set up 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 14 at String Lake in Grand Teton National Park for the final installment of the nonprofit Grand Teton Association’s 2013 Artists in the Environment program.
“It’s very exciting for me as an artist to be able to share with the public my love for not only Grand Teton but for the arts.” – Fred Kingwill watercolorist
The well-known watercolorist and beloved art teacher will paint, answer questions and even offer tips on techniques if asked. “It’s very exciting for me as an artist to be able to share with the public my love for not only Grand Teton but for the arts,” Kingwill said. “Since Grand Teton is one of the most beauti-
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Watercolorist Fred Kingwill, standing, will spend the morning of Sept. 14 painting at String Lake and chatting with people who watch.
ful places in the world, there’s nothing like showing other people other opportunities to retain their feelings about what they’re seeing and enhance the person’s experience.” He has been involved with the Artists in the Environment program for years. Plein air painting — painting outdoors — is a special form of art, Kingwill said. Anything can happen: An elk
can wander into the scene, an animal could scurry underfoot, a sudden thunderstorm could change the complexion of the mountains in a minute. “Plein air really is an opportunity for the artist to capture the feelings that you can only get when you are on-site,” he said. “It’s not necessarily where artists can do their best work, but there is no better way to capture emotion. That’s a
good deal of what art is about anyway.” The public is invited to join Kingwill for this session — artists, art lovers and those who are exploring the park. People can watch Kingwill’s process or bring their own pieces to work on. Park hosts will monitor conversations between the artist and onlookers. Attendees are encouraged to bring chairs, hats, cameras and sunscreen.
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Miki Alexander looks at a collection of whistles by artist Sharon King at the 2009 Takin’ it to the Streets art fair presented at Town Square in conjuntion with Fall Arts Festival.
Takin’ it to the Streets 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 8 Town Square ArtAssociation.org –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
By Mike Koshmrl
ackson Hole’s painters, photographers, sculptors, jewelers, glassblowers and other artists and artisans sometimes get lost during the valley’s Fall Arts Festival, which has grown into an nationally renowned event. That’s where Takin’ it to the Streets — or just “Streets” as it’s sometimes called — comes in, said organizer Amy Fradley. “We have so many amazing artists in town,” Fradley said. “There was a need for a locals-only event, so the locals wouldn’t have to compete with people from Florida or Texas or California.” The juried outdoor art fair runs next to and at the same time as the popular Taste of the Tetons (see below). Put on by the Art Association of Jackson Hole, 40 artists from the area, including many of the valley’s best known, set up booths and show their wares on Town Square. Streets is partially geared toward the more novice art collector, with affordable
work offered at a wide variety of price ranges, Fradley said. “You’re going to find $35 earrings and $60 ceramic bowls and riveting paintings for as much as $2,750,” she said. And as always there is a wide mix of art forms, mediums and styles, Fradley said. “There’ll be some fiber painters, multimedia specialists, photographers,” she said, “a little bit of everything.” Creative participants include local fixtures in the arts community such as painter Jessi West Lundeen, ceramicists Sam and Jenny Dowd and jewelry artist Susan Fleming. Because artists must make it past a seven-person jury, composed of fellow artists and gallery owners, Streets presents the cream of the valley’s crop. Takin’ it the Streets, which is a spin off of the Art Association’s summer art fairs, is usually well attended because it runs during the same weekend as popular events such as Old Bill’s Fun Run and the 207-mile LaToJa bike race from Logan, Utah, to Teton Village. Though there have been snowy exceptions, the art fair usually lands on a beautiful fall day, Fradley said. “It’s a really fun vibe and a wonderful day,” Fradley said of Streets. “I always hope that people come out.”
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Foodies’ favorite Fall Arts Festival event is back, and it figures to once again draw the masses to Town Square. Organized by the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce, Taste of the Tetons is held alongside the Art Association of Jackson Hole’s juried art fair Takin’ it to the Streets. The small-plates culinary experience gives folks a chance to taste fare from an array of Jackson Hole restaurants, including the Fine Dining Restaurant Group and Jackson Hole High School’s culinary class. “You should come because you can get
a taste of all the different cuisines,” said Maureen Murphy, the chamber’s director of events. “We have restaurants from the village, from the park and from the town.” Tasters purchase tickets for $1 each and exchange them for chefs’ works. Most plates cost two to five tickets. At last year’s event participating restaurants included the Snake River Grill, the Wort’s Silver Dollar Grill, Cascade Grill and the late-night favorite Pinky G’s. In addition to all that food, the Jackson Hole Rotary Supper Club holds its annual wine tasting on Town Square. A silent auction and live music round out the Sunday gastronomic experience. Murphy encouraged the food-courageous and food-sheltered to come on out. “There will be all different kinds of food that you might have never thought of trying,” she said. “It’s a good time.”
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Taste of the Tetons 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 8 Town Square ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
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Fall Arts Festival featured artist Jason Rich has always been fascinated with the cowboy way of life. “When the Water’s Deep,” part of his one-man show opening at Legacy Gallery on Sept. 6, measure
Soft-spoken Utah painter Rich creates 2013 Fall Arts Festival featured work.
By Brielle Schaeffer
ver since he was a young boy, Jason Rich was fascinated with the Western way of life. He got inspiration from his family’s ranch in Southern Idaho, where he grew up riding horses and drawing pictures of them and their roughneck riders. “From the time I was really young that’s all I ever drew: horses and cowboys,” Rich said. “I’m fortunate I was able to carry on with that and keep it going,” he said. “I don’t know if I could consider myself a real cowboy, but I’ve been out in it enough to understand it and appreciate it. It’s a life I’ve always enjoyed and been fascinated with.” Rich, who lives in Logan, Utah, with his wife, Kari, and three children, is the featured artist for the 2013 Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival. His oil painting, “River Overlook — Gros Ventre River Ranch,” graces all promotional material — from posters to wine labels — for the 11-day festival. In the painting, a cowgirl and cowboy wearing hats and bandanas sit on their horses on a colorful hillside overlooking the Snake River. The instantly identifiable profile of the Teton range dominates the background. The 48-by-50-inch work went on display at the Wort Hotel on Memorial Day and will hang there through Sept. 14, when it will be sold to the highest bidder during the Jackson Hole QuickDraw Art Sale and Auction on Town Square. Rich, 43, knew from a young age that he wanted to be an artist. He studied art education at Utah State University and became a teacher. “I taught at the high school level for a year,” he
Rich in person Fall Arts featured artist Jason Rich will make several appearances during the festival. He will have a one-man show with eight to 10 new works at Legacy Gallery. A reception for the exhibit will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 6 during the Palates and Palettes gallery walk. He also will be on hand to sign posters of the featured festival artwork from 3 to 5 p.m. Sept. 11 at the gallery. Posters cost $30 unsigned, $40 signed. And Rich will be at the QuickDraw, which starts at 9 a.m. Sept. 14 on Town Square. His Fall Arts painting, “River Overlook — Gros Ventre River Ranch,” will be auctioned afterward.
said, “but I wasn’t having the time to paint I wanted.” So he went back and got his master’s degree in art from his alma mater and then began painting his favorite subject matter. “It’s been so long now it seemed like what I’ve always done,” Rich said about painting Western scenes. With some completed work, he approached some galleries. His career started in Jackson at the nowdefunct Silverthorne Gallery. “I was in there not [even] a year before they closed shop,” he said. But “I was up there long enough to get my foot in the door.” Rich is now represented in Jackson by Legacy Gallery, where he will enjoy a solo exhibit with a Sept. 6 reception, during Palates and Palettes, and a poster signing Sept. 11. Legacy has represented Rich for about 15 years, owner Brad Richardson said. “He’s got a great sense of color,” Richardson said. “He handles paint extremely well. He has a beautiful surface to his work.” Rich Rich is one of the newest members of a long-standing Cowboy Artists of America, Richardson said. His subject matter is something that appeals to Richardson and also fits his gallery, he said. “The working cowboy’s world has changed very little,” Richardson said. “In most cases it’s still done on horseback with ropes the way it has been done for hundreds of years. “In a world where everything seems to be so affected by technology, the cowboy’s world is still pretty old-school.” Rich was thrilled to be chosen as featured artist for the festival, he said. “We’re always excited for any excuse to come up to Jackson,” he said. “In some of the previous years [the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce] had some more contemporary pieces. They wanted to go back to their cowboy roots a little bit. I was excited about that. What would be more appropriate then featuring a ranch in the area?” Rich likes his artwork to be not only true-to-life but also to capture the whole experience of cowboys on the land. “If you hear it and smell it, it shows up in the paintings,” he said. Last September he headed out to the Gros Ventre River Ranch to get some ideas. “They gave me free rein out there on the ranch to photograph,” he said. With ranch hands as models Rich took photos and drew sketches of cowboys all over the property and got a feel for the seasons, the land and the colors.
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“I like to spend time in the area to study and observe,” he said. “There are so many beautiful locations, the hardest part was narrowing it down.” After he spent time on the ranch, he went back to his studio to work. He examined his sketches and looked through his photographs to start piecing things together. “I just wanted to depict that romance of being out West,” he said, “what people visualize in their minds when they think of coming out to an area like Jackson Hole.” Rich picks and chooses scenes and figures to compose each of his painting, he said. “The lighting is always really important,” he said. “I look for great lighting.” Then he looks at the gestures of his figures, poses
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and how to fit them into the scenery. “While photographing I was composing paintings, thinking of how the figures fit into that landscape, making sure everything was accurate,” he said. He often combines elements from several sketches or photos to create the ideal image. Then he will start working directly on the canvas with oil paint. The result of his visit to the Gros Ventre River Ranch is a stunning scene: detailed and realistic, tranquil and a little gauzy, capturing the essence of a bygone era. “I feel like I’m documenting history even though for the most part I’m painting the contemporary cowboy,” Rich said. “The paintings I’m painting now down the road will be historical pieces and an important part of the American culture.”
By Brielle Schaeffer
he Legacy Gallery will hold two one-man shows during Fall Arts Festival: the first of oil paintings and the second of bronze sculptures. Legacy represents Fall Arts Festival featured artist Jason Rich, who paints gorgeous scenes of cowboys and horses. His solo exhibit will showcase eight to 10 new canvases, including oil paintings of Gros Ventre River Ranch. The Logan, Utah, painter was in the area last fall collecting images at the ranch for what became this year’s featured festival image. A reception for his show will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 6 during the Palates and Palettes gallery walk. Then the gallery will host a show of new bronze sculptures by decorated artist Tim Shinabarger. “Tim and Legacy Gallery have decided to do this major one-man show,” gallery owner Brad Richardson said, “which is something rather unique to sculptors.” Shinabarger will unveil 10 new pieces. He has taken time off from his involvement with major exhibitions like the Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibit to prepare for the spotlight at Legacy, Richardson said. “We hope it could be a pattern for other artists,” he said of Shinabarger’s focus on Legacy. “We think it’s a model for creating great work.” One of Shinabarger’s new bronzes, “Big Itch,” of a bear scratching his back on a tree, is remarkable for its movement and character. Another piece was inspired by a safari he went on in Africa, Richardson said. “He’s kind of got a nice variety,” he said. “It’s not all wildlife.” In addition to the new pieces, the gallery will also display nine earlier Shinabarger works that have almost sold out. Legacy has held back one piece from each limited-edition bronze to be displayed and sold during the Fall Arts exhibit, Richardson said. One of the older works, “Clash of Thunder,” won the 2010 James Earle Fraser Sculpture Award at the Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition. The piece depicts two big horn rams fighting, their horns entwined. “It should add some excitement,” Richardson said about the last sculptures in the sold-out editions. “We’ve got names in the hat on several of them.” A reception for Shinabarger’s solo
Tim Shinabarger’s bronze sculptures include The Mountaineers, a wall hanging.
show will be 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 13. Also during the Fall Arts Festival, Legacy will have new work by many of its artists, including painters G. Harvey and Kyle Polzin, “two of the most sought-after artists in America,” Richardson said.
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18th annual Jackson Hole QuickDraw Art Sale and Auction Town Square 9 a.m. Sept. 14 307-733-3316 JacksonHoleChamber.com ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
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By Ben Graham
ackson’s Town Square will host an epic showdown in mid-September, one reminiscent of cowboys squaring off in the middle of a dusty Western street for a duel at high noon. But the protagonists in this saga will exchange six-shooters for paint brushes. More than 30 well-known artists from Jackson Hole and beyond will be brandishing their palettes and sculpting knives for a furious 90 minutes of art production at the 18th annual Jackson Hole QuickDraw. Every QuickDraw artist is sponsored by a Jackson gallery. Participants can paint or sculpt whatever they like. When time runs out, the artwork is auctioned, paint still wet. Proceeds are split between the artists and the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce, which uses the funds to support future Fall Arts Festivals. The competition is a tough one. Artists feel the minutes passing by like a weight bearing down on their creativity and talent. “It’s nerve-racking,” four-year QuickDraw veteran Jeff Ham said. “The time limit is a tough one.” Ham’s vibrantly colored paintings of wildlife and American Indians hang at Mountain Trails Gallery. Last year his painting of a bear was the top seller at the auction. “Once I get started I’m caught up in what I’m doing,” he said. “All my nerves settle down, and I’m fine.” For spectators, the experience is a little
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Dustin Payne sculpts a bison during the 2012 Jackson Hole QuickDraw, a Fall Arts Festival event that gathers artists on Town Square to create new paintings and sculptures in 90 minutes. The works, along with the festival’s featured painting, are auctioned afterward.
less stressful. In fact it’s thrilling. “People like to be involved with a piece,” said Chad Poppleton, a Legacy Gallery artist who has participated in 12 Fall Arts QuickDraws. “To see a piece come to life from a blank canvas is exciting to watch.” Indeed, it gives collectors and others a chance to see an artist’s creative process, even if it is in fast forward. Poppleton works with oil paints, which can be difficult to wield in the 90 minutes allowed in the QuickDraw because they take so long to dry. He has less time to get colors and values right. After 90 minutes, artists have 15 more to mount and frame their work before bringing them to the tent where the auction
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takes place. Anyone can sign up to bid. The lower end of the price range is about $750, with the higher end being $11,500. That was the record amount Ham achieved last year, tied with Jackson painter Amy Ringholz’s hammer price in 2011. The event has grown immensely in the last couple of years, said Maureen Murphy, direct of special events for the chamber. “This is my favorite event that we put on the entire year,” Murphy said. “It’s amazing to see what artists can create in a 90-minute time span.” The adrenaline gets pumping for the painters and sculptors as well as for those bidding on their work, she said. As for what the artists will create, that is
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usually kept secret. “I don’t tell anybody until the morning of,” Poppleton said. The QuickDraw is also where the featured Fall Arts Festival artwork gets auctioned. This year that’s “River Outlook — Gros Ventre River Ranch” by Jason Rich, also represented by Legacy Gallery.
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In only its seventh year, the Jackson Hole Art Auction has become known as an event at which some of the best wildlife and Western art comes on the market.
Masterworks for Sale
Seventh annual Jackson Hole Art Auction Noon Sept. 14 Center for the Arts 866-549-9278 JacksonHoleArtAuction.com ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
By Emma Breysse
chance to own a Maynard Dixon masterwork or a key John Clymer from a private collection doesn’t come along very often. But at the Jackson Hole Art Auction, such chances come along every year. Over the past six years, the auction has become known as an event at which some of the best wildlife and Western art around come to market. “Some of this work is really museum-quality,” auction coordinator Jill Callahan said. “I think just the access to excellent, historically significant artwork is something that draws collectors.” One of the highlights of the seventh annual auction is Dixon’s “Remuda,” an oil on canvas considered to be one of the California modernist’s best works. The painting depicts a herd of horses trotting over grassland in a slant of late-afternoon sunlight. It is listed at $250,000 to $450,000. Also featured is “Visitors at Fort Clatsop,” a John Clymer work that shows the Lewis and Clark Expedition arriving at the Oregon fort where they spent the winter of 1805-06 before heading back east. The oil on canvas is listed at $300,000 to $500,000. Another highlight, Callahan said, is Gerard Curtis Delano’s “Quiet Waters,” which she described as a “nocturne and evening piece.” The oil on board is done in dark colors and shows an American Indian with his dogs paddling a canoe at night on still waters. It is listed at $125,000 to $175,000. Those three, all by deceased artists, will join roughly 275 more pieces by living and dead painters and sculptors, including a selection of works by Bob Kuhn and Carl Rungius, both of whom are stalwarts of the Museum of National Wildlife Art. The auction also will feature new work, including Martin Grelle’s “Scouts on the Buffalo Fork,” an oil on linen that views two Crow Indians looking out over a bison herd on the Snake River. It is listed at $75,000 to $125,000. “We haven’t had a new piece from Martin Grelle in a while,” Callahan said, “so that one is very exciting.” Some featured works will be on display at Trailside
A highlight of this year’s auction catalog is “Remuda,” a 25-by-30-inch oil on canvas by Maynard Dixon (1875-1946).
Gallery up until the auction. Prospective buyers or any interested viewer can preview the entire collection from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 13 in the Center for the Arts theater lobby and from 9 a.m. to noon the day of the auction, Sept. 14. Registered bidders also are welcome at a barbecue luncheon beginning at 11 a.m. The auction then begins at noon in the Center Theater. For those whose tastes trend more to sculpture, the Jackson Hole Art Auction will include a selection of bronzes from artists such as Ken Bunn, Harry Jackson, Sherry Salari Sander, Joe Beeler and even Charles M. Russell. For people hoping to get away from Western scenes of moose, elk and cowboys, the auction has work by
artists who depict other subject matter, including landscapes and even a few cityscapes. For auction-goers lacking the deep pockets necessary to go for a Dixon or a Delano, several works in the catalogue are priced for the beginning collector: in the $5,000 range. And for those unable to make it to the Center for the Arts — preregistration is required due to limited seating — there is online, absentee and telephone bidding. “We’re really all-inclusive,” Callahan said. “There’s something for everyone who loves premier wildlife and Western art. We’ve really built that reputation, and we’re hoping to continue.”
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“It gives people a chance to check out what is going on and maybe see some pieces they might be interested in.”
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Participants should look for Art Walk banners that will direct them to the 30 or more galleries that will be part of the event. “All the doors are open to encourage people to come and check out the artwork,” said Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce Events Coordinator Rachel Eden Reich. “It gives people a chance to check out what is going on and maybe see some pieces they might be interested in. “We have such a vibrant arts community to Jackson,” she said. The Art Brunch gallery walk is the swan song of the festival. Many of the same galleries from the Sept. 11 art walk team up with Jackson
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The Jackson Hole Rotary Supper Club gets in on Fall Arts Festival action with its annual wine tasting. Held under a tent on Town Square alongside the Art Association’s Takin’ it to the Streets art fair and Taste of the Tetons, the event raises funds for Rotary programs, such as replacing the square’s elk antler arches, and helps fund future Fall Arts Fests.
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Jackson Hole Rotary Supper Club Wine Tasting 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 8 Town Square $5 per ticket or $20 for five ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
third-grader in the valley. “If you think about those elk antler arches, it’s probably the most photographed thing in the county after the Tetons,” Luff said of the 60-year-old Town Square landmarks. “They have become the symbol of Jackson,” he said. “Replacing them is Amanda H. Miller something we can do for the community that makes a lot of sense.” he Jackson Hole Rotary Supper But most of the money Rotary raises Club pours nearly 500 bottles of at the Fall Arts wine event comes from wine at its annual wine tasting the silent auction. Those funds are dion Town Square to raise more than vided between the club and the Jack$20,000 for comson Hole Chammunity events ber of Commerce and programs. to support future “This is our Fall Arts Festivals biggest fundraiser and other comof the year,” said munity events. Dave Luff, chairAuction ofman of the club’s ferings this year wine-tasting include meals at event. Jackson Hole resTasters sample taurants, stays at wine from Calihotels, and expefornia, Washing– Dave Luff riences such as ton and Oregon, golf, rafting and Wine-Tasting Event Chairman Luff said. skiing, club presi“We do pour dent Helen Bishsome wines imop said. ported from Italy,” he said. “There are also several nice items The wines are donated by liquor that people can take home with them,” stores and restaurants located around Bishop said. Jackson and beyond. Several businessThe wine tasting works well in cones in other parts of Wyoming donate junction with the silent auction, Luff said. cases, and there are even a few donors Everyone seems to have fun, and somefrom outside of the state. thing about wandering past silent auction The event is a good way to sample items with a glass of wine in hand makes new wines. the lots all the more enticing. “We have everything from dry cabMore than 1,000 people typically ernet sauvignon to the sweetest of the pass through the Rotary Supper Club’s sweet,” Luff said. “You just pay a nomi- giant tent on Town Square, held the nal amount. For $4 or $5 you can have a same Sunday as Taste of the Tetons and nice glass of wine.” Takin’ it to the Streets (see page A9). Ticket sales support club efforts, in“The atmosphere is very festive,” cluding replacing the elk antler arches Luff said. “Hundreds and thousands of on the square and promoting literacy people are passing through the square programs such as the reading corner in during the Fall Arts Festival. There’s a the Jackson Hole Children’s Museum lot of electricity, and the whole comand supplying dictionaries to every munity seems to turn out.”
“We have everything from dry cabernet sauvignon to the sweetest of the sweet.”
Fall Arts Festival Calendar
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September 5 to 15
Thursday, Sept. 5
the National Museum of Wildlife Art. $150. Delicious fare, a full bar and entertainment. Register at WesternVisions.org or call 7325411. See page D10.
Western Design Conference Fashion and Jewelry Show, 7:15 p.m. at the Center for the Arts. Western couture collections, live auction, champagne celebration and gala reception. $125 premium seating, $100 main floor, $35 balcony. JHCenterFortheArts.org or 733-4900. See page B3.
Friday, Sept. 13 The Jackson Hole Showcase of Homes, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, and noon to 6 p.m. Saturday. Self-guided tour of premier valley homes. $75. JacksonHoleShowcase.com. See page A6.
Chen: New Works, 5 to 8 p.m. at Diehl Gallery. Master Chen shows stainless steel sculptures through Nov. 15. Free. 733-0905 or DiehlGallery.com. See page C12.
Artists-in-residence Tammy Bality, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Rip Caswell, Bob Coonts, Kelly Singleton and Doug Monson, 1-5 p.m. at Grand Teton Gallery. Free. 201-1172 or GrandTetonGallery.com. See page B15.
Artists-in-residence Pat Clayton and Troy Anderson, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Thomas Radoumis and Richard Mitchell, 1 to 5 p.m. at Grand Teton Gallery. Free. 201-1172 or GrandTetonGallery.com. See page B15.
Friday, Sept. 6 Western Design Conference Exhibit Sale, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Sept. 8, at Snow King Sports and Events Center. Western furniture, fashion, jewelry, home accessories. Design Excellence Awards unveiling at 11 a.m. $15 at the door. WesternDesignConference.com. See page B3. Palates and Palettes Gallery Walk, 5 to 8 p.m. Food, wine and music at more than 30 galleries. Free. JacksonHoleChamber.com or 733-3316. See page A4. Jackson artist Bronwyn Minton opens her public art installation, Cairn, 5 p.m., on lawn of the Center for the Arts. JHPublicArt. org. See page D13. Reception for Rick Armstrong’s “Through the Eyes,” 5 to 8 p.m. at RARE Gallery. Free. RareGalleryJacksonHole.com or 733-8726. See page E6. Kathryn Mapes Turner, Jennifer L. Hoffman and Bill Sawczuk give demonstrations, 3 to 5 p.m. at Trio Fine Art. Free. 7344444 or TrioFineArt.com. See page B5. Artists reception, 4 to 8 p.m. at Grand Teton Gallery. Seven featured artists. Free. 201-1172 or GrandTetonGallery.com. See page B15. Gallery reception for Mary Roberson and Donna Howell-Sickles, 5 to 8 p.m. at Altamira Fine Art. Free. AltamiraArt.com or 739-4700. See page B4. Jason Rich, 5 to 8 p.m. at Legacy Gallery. Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival featured artist’s one-man show. Free. LegacyGallery. com or 733-2353. See page A10. “Jackson Rising,” 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Art Association Gallery. Showcase of emerging Jackson Hole talents. Free. 733-6379 or ArtAssociation.org. See page C5. “Everest: An Exhibition of Aerial Photographs of Mount Everest by William Thompson,” 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Art Association Theater Gallery. Free. 733-6379 or ArtAssociation.org. See page C5.
Saturday, Sept. 7 Artists-in-residence Sam Thiewes and Peggy Ann Thompson, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and Rip Caswell and Richard Mitchell, 1 to 5 p.m. Free. GrandTetonGallery.com or 2011172. See page B15. Historic Ranch Tours, 2 p.m. Buses leave Home Ranch parking lot. Western entertainment and barbecue. $50. 733-3316 or JacksonHoleChamber.com. See page B18. Talk with artists Rick Armstrong and Dan Burgette, 2 to 5 p.m. at RARE Gallery. Free. RareGalleryJacksonHole.com or 7338726. See page E6. Outdoor Photography Symposium, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Center for the Arts. $10 in advance and $15 the day of. 733-6379 or ArtAssociation.org. See page C5.
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Jennifer L Hoffman works on a pastel of the National Elk Refuge. Hoffman and her fellow artist-owners at Trio Fine Art — Kathryn Mapes Turner and Bill Sawczuk — will give painting demonstrations at the Cache Street gallery from 3 to 5 p.m. Sept. 6.
“Through the Eyes,” by Rick Armstrong; Mark Yale Harris and Kevin Box, noon to 3 p.m. at RARE Gallery. Free. 733-8726 or RareGalleryJacksonHole.com. See page E6. Meet the artists: September Vhay and Mary Roberson, 1 to 3 p.m. at Altamira Free. 739-4700 or AltamiraArt.com. See page B4.
Sunday, Sept. 8
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14th annual Takin’ It to the Streets, 10 a.m.4 p.m. Art fair with 40 local artists. 733-8792 or email@example.com. See page A9.
Shannon Troxler demonstrates encaustic technique, 2-5 p.m. at Lupine Gallery. 2006648. See page F7.
Taste of the Tetons, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Town Square with valley chefs, restaurants, and caterers. $1 per ticket; tastes range from two to four tickets. 733-3316 or JacksonHoleChamber.com. See page A9.
Artists-in-residence Deb Penk and Gayle Weisfield, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Michael Orwick, Rip Caswell and Carrie Wild, 1 to 5 p.m. at Grand Teton Gallery. Free. 201-1172 or GrandTetonGallery.com. See page B15.
Rotary Supper Club’s Wine Tasting and Silent Auction, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Town Square. $1 per ticket. See page A17.
Jewelry show by Petra Class, noon to 4 p.m. at RARE Gallery. Free. 733-8726 or RareGalleryJacksonHole.com. See page E6.
Artist reception for Tim Shinabarger’s one-man show, 2 to 4 p.m. at Legacy Gallery. Free. LegacyGallery.com or 733-2353. See page A11.
Kenneth Barrick, author of “Harrison Crandall: Creating a Vision of Grand Teton National Park,” signs his book, 4-6 p.m. at Fighting Bear Antiques. 733-2669, FightingBear.com.
Poster signing with Fall Arts Festival featured artist Jason Rich, 3 to 5 p.m. at Legacy Gallery. Free. LegacyGallery.com or 7332353. See page A10.
Saturday, Sept. 14
Artists-in-residence Gary Keimig, Tom Lucas and Les LeFevre, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Rip Caswell, Carol Santora and Richard Mitchell, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Grand Teton Gallery. Free. 201-1172 or GrandTetonGallery. com. See page B15. Reception for Michael Swearngin exhibit, 5 to 8 p.m. at RARE Gallery. Free. 733-8726 or RareGalleryJacksonHole.com. See page E6.
Monday, Sept. 9 Meet the artists: Gary Keimig, Les LeFevre, Tom Lucas, Rip Caswell, Al Hone, Mike Rangner, Chuck Middlekauff, Deb Penk and Jane Coleman, 4 to 8 p.m. at Grand Teton Gallery. Free. 201-1172 or GrandTetonGallery.com. See page B15.
Tuesday, Sept. 10 Art Association Open Studio Tour, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Art Association of Jackson Hole. Free. Ceramics, printmaking and painting demos with live music, food and beverages. ArtAssociation.org or 733-6379. See page C5. Artists-in-residence Deb Penk and Al Hone, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Jane Coleman, Rip Caswell and Mike Rangner, 1 to 5 p.m. at Grand Teton Gallery. Free. 201-1172 or GrandTetonGallery.com. See page B15. Culture Front and Teton Artlab host their first “Starters,” 6 p.m., location TBA. Artists pitch ideas to potential donors gathered for dinner and conversation. $20 minimum. JHCultureFront.org. See page D18.
Wednesday Sept. 11 Jewelry and Artisan Luncheon, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Four Seasons Jackson Hole. $100. Benefits education programming at the National Museum of Wildlife Art. Ladies only. Register at WesternVisions.org or call 732-
“Wildlife and Wildlands” show, at Wilcox Gallery. Free. At 110 Center St. and 1975 N. Hwy. 89. WilcoxGallery.com. See page E13. Reception for sculptor Ashley Tudor at WRJ Home. Free. 200-4881, WRJAssociates. com. See page F6. Reception for “John Nieto: Forces of Color and Spirit,” 5 to 8 p.m. at Altamira. Free. 739-4700 or AltamiraArt.com. See page B4. ArtWalk, 5 to 8 p.m. at downtown galleries. Free. Look for the ArtWalk banners at more than 30 participating galleries. See page A15.
Thursday, Sept. 12 “Going Wild”: lecture and workshop by Veryl Goodnight, 10 to 11:30 a.m., and workshop with Mark Eberhard, 1 to 2:30 p.m. at National Museum of Wildlife Art. $75 each; $100 for combo ticket for both workshops. 733-5771, WildlifeArt.org. See page D10. Artist reception for Shannon Troxler and other gallery artists, 5-8 p.m. at Lupine Gallery. 200-6648. See page F7. Artists-in-residence Jim Reid, Jody Kroeger and Carrie Wild, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Michael Orwick and Rip Caswell, 1 to 5 p.m. at Grand Teton Gallery. Free. 201-1172 or GrandTetonGallery.com. See page B15.
Gallery reception with works by Greg Beecham and Joshua Tobey, 1 to 4 p.m. 7334016 or AstoriaFineArt.com. See page D16. 26th annual Western Visions Miniatures and More Show and Sale, 3:30 to 8 p.m. at the National Museum of Wildlife Art. $100 per person, $200 for a combo ticket for Thursday and Friday. WesternVisions.org. or 732-5411. See page D10.
QuickDraw Art Sale and Auction, 9 a.m. on Town Square. Free. Artists have 90 minutes to make a masterpiece. Auction follows, including Jason Rich’s “River Outlook — Gros Ventre River Ranch.” 733-3316 or JacksonHoleChamber.com. See page A13. Jackson watercolorist Fred Kingwill paints en plein air by String Lake in Grand Teton National Park, 9 a.m.-noon, the final installment of the 2013 Artists in the Environment program. Free. Gallery reception for Mark Eberhard and featured artists, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Astoria Fine Art. Free. AstoriaFineArt.com or 7334016. See page D16. Meet the artists: Jared Sanders, Amy Ringholz and Duke Beardsley, 1 to 3 p.m. at Altamira Fine Art. Free. 739-4700 or AltamiraArt.com. See page B4. Jackson Hole Art Auction, 9 a.m.-noon preview, auction starts at noon at the Center for the Arts. Free to attent; register to bid. JacksonHoleArtAuction.com or 866-5499278. See page A14. Meet the artist: metalsmith and jeweler Pat Flynn, noon to 5 p.m. at RARE. 733-8726, RareGalleryJacksonHole.com. See page E6. Artists reception, 4 to 8 p.m. at Grand Teton Gallery. Nine featured artists. Free. 201-1172 or GrandTetonGallery.com. See page B15.
“Through the Eyes”: private unveiling by Rick Armstrong and discussion with sculptor Mark Yale Harris, 2-5 p.m. at RARE. 733-8726 or RareGalleryJacksonHole. com. See page E6.
Thomas D. Mangelsen, 6 to 9 p.m. at Images of Nature Gallery. Free. 733-9752 or Mangelsen.com. See page D3.
Meet the artists: R. Tom Gilleon and Greg Woodard, 1 to 3 p.m. at Altamira. Free. 7394700 or AltamiraArt.com. See page B4.
Art Brunch Gallery Walk, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at downtown galleries. Free. More than 30 galleries serve brunch and beverages. 7333316. See page A15.
Reception for Josh Legg, 3 to 6 p.m. at Astoria Fine Art. Free. AstoriaFineArt.com or 733-4016. See page D16. Wild West Artist Party, 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at
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Artists-in-residence Deb Penk, Rip Caswell and Gayle Weisfield, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Grand Teton Gallery. Free. 201-1172 or GrandTetonGallery.com. See page B15.
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Western Design Conference attracts best work by regionâ€™s finest functional artists, 3.
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12 Trailside Galleries Town Square stalwart marks 50th year with two featured realists.
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12 Trailside Galleries 13 Made Jackson Hole 15 Grand Teton Gallery 16 Turpin Gallery 17 Two Grey Hills
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Jessie Denny models Brit West jewelry at a Western Design Conference. The annual event spotlights big names and emerging artists.
Region’s functional artists bring their best to annual Western Design Conference.
Conference Schedule Thursday, Sept. 5 6 p.m. Jewelry Show and Champagne Reception 7:15 p.m. Art Auction and Fashion Show Center for the Arts, $35, $100, $125
By Amanda H. Miller
yder Gauteraux makes cowboy boots. But you’ve probably never seen boots like these. Jason Cleary works with wood. But you might not immediately recognize the material once he’s finished with it. They are just two of the artists among the scores who will attend the 2013 Western Design Conference at the Center for the Arts and Snow King. “The show was founded for artists who decided to forgo doing any kind of massproduced work,” said Allison Merritt, Western Design Conference event planner. “This is museum-quality work. Every piece is something you would pass down for generations.” Artists must be invited to participate in the show, which means it’s filled with some of the business’ biggest names and some of the most promising emerging talents in functional art. Because the show is juried and winners receive more than $22,000 in prizes, the artists bring their best. Many work on projects for a whole year to present to the six-person jury. “We have new artists every year,” Merritt said, “and we have so many return artists. For some of them this is the only show they do.” Artists make important connections at the Western Design Conference. The event’s reputation draws interior designers, decorators and collectors to buy and commission pieces. Gauteraux owns the Redmond, Ore., business Gauteraux & Company with his wife, Tracy, and partner Jade Robinson. He is known for his custom leather cowboy boots, though some of his more intricate furniture has won major awards at the conference in years past. He used to go to dozens of shows a year, but since he was first invited to the Western Design Conference four years ago he has scaled back and attends only the Jackson conference and a small event in Montana. That speaks to how many commissions he typically gets at the conference each year. He hand-delivered six pairs of custom boots to Jackson Hole this summer.
Cowboy boots by Ryder Gauteraux
A leather bed, also by Gauteraux
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“The first year I was in the show I was so excited,” Gauteraux said. “All my heroes in the art world had all been part of it.”
ity. The coveted pieces draw a lot of interest, Merritt said. The auction precedes the Sept. 5 fashion and jewelry gala at the Center for the Arts, the first major show of the conference. There will be one big change to the opening bash this year, Merritt said: Awards are usually given at the gala, but this year the awards ceremony will be a separate brunch event Sept. 6. The change gives judges more time to evaluate work, something they will need more than ever this year, as the structure of the juried show has changed, too. In the past the work had to stand on its own. This year artists will get 60 seconds to tell judges about their pieces. “We feel that the artists’ knowledge of their pieces, the materials they used and their inspiration should be shared,” Merritt said. “We’re really excited about this. It really levels the playing field.”
Gauteraux has donated a pair of his boots to the annual auction that supports the artist award fund. Artists who donate items get half the proceeds from the sale. The rest funds future design conference events and cash prizes. “I feel like that show has done so much for me,” Gauteraux said. “I know I’m responsible for my own artwork, but what they’ve done in portraying my work to the world — the quality and the hospitality — I want to do this for them.” His donated boots aren’t made yet. He will custom design them for whoever places the highest bid. And while Gauteraux’s handcrafted boots typically take eight to 12 months to finish, he promises the winner will have the first pair he makes in 2014 and will get the boots in time for Valentine’s Day. He takes clients alligator hunting in Florida every fall, so he should be able to get hides for alligator boots right after the conference and start working on them. There typically are six or seven items from established conference artists at the auction. They’re always of the highest qual-
Artists historically have had to choose a category based on the medium they use: woodworking, metal, leather. In last year’s show a lamp made of wood, barbed wire and leather was a challenge to place in one category. So this year the conference has added a new genre: mixed media. “We had so many artists that worked
with different mediums,” Merritt said. “We found that having to choose wood or metal was limiting some of our artisans. This year we made certain we could include them and new artists.” The new category has excited a lot of artists, old and new, Merritt said. Jason Cleary, who owns Rusty Nail Design in Bozeman, Mont., was enticed to participate in the show for the first time this year in part because of the new category. Cleary is known for his work shaping reclaimed wood on one of the world’s largest lathes. He will bring two beds and three chairs to the Western Design Conference. “They’re all using the capability with the lathe that I have,” he said. “They have a kind of rustic elegant finish.” One of his beds uses reclaimed 200-yearold hand-hewn elm polished on the lathe so it looks and feels almost like glass. It’s inlaid with a black resin and sits on structural concrete panels, blending rustic and contemporary looks. He will enter a similar piece in the woodworking category. But Cleary’s real passion these days is mixed-media work. He has built chairs with cushy leather seats out of hoods from a 1939 Ford and a 1960s GMC. “They’re not kitschy,” Cleary said. “They’re classy and sexy, somewhere between what you would see in a Victoria’s Secret ad and what you would find at Saks Fifth Avenue.” The new mixed-media work has reignited Cleary’s artistic fires, and he’s looking forward to sharing the new pieces.
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Altamira Fine Art 172 Center St. 307-739-4700 AltamiraArt.com –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
By Richard Anderson
ne of the best things about the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival is the chance to talk to artists. Not surprisingly, many are fascinating people: well-read, well-traveled, passionately pursuing what they love, deeply thoughtful and, when they aren’t holed up in their studios, generous with their time. Altamira Fine Arts has some of the most profound and interesting artists in its fold — men and women who have pushed traditional Western subject matter to artistic extremes and often are willing to talk about that process. This year Altamira welcomes stalwarts such as R. Tom Gilleon, Greg Woodard, September Vhay, Amy Ringholz, Duke Beardsley and Jared Sanders to talk about their work. It will display new acquisitions from Ed Mell, Fritz Scholder and Billy Schenck (who helped found the Fall Arts Festival in 1985). Also, the gallery will show the latest from favorite Southwestern painter John Nieto and will spotlight Santa Fe, N.M., star Donna Howell-Sickels and Sun Valley, Idaho, maverick Mary Roberson. Both women are especially loquacious
and friendly. If you approach them with questions, be prepared for answers. Last year, Howell-Sickels — famous for her indefatigable cowgirls cavorting with animals, domestic and wild, in bright primary colors — was incorporating targets into her works. The symbol was an acknowledgement that when you put yourself out there, you inevitably draw flak. But she thinks she’s moved on. “Suddenly it’s not pressingly important,” she said. “I’ve been enjoying the drawing aspect of what I do a lot more, so the pieces in this show are real heavy on the line, heavy on the drawing.” This past year Howell-Sickels added a studio to her gallery and moved from the old church where she had painted for many years into the new space. “When you move to a new place, a little bit of everything is new,” she said. “The light is new, what you see is different — it sort of shakes things up.” The first few pieces she made there used a lot more dark colors. “I suspect it was because I could see more,” she said. Roberson is always changing. But she also always stays gregarious, unedited, ready to reveal things in often unexpected ways — the way her animal subjects often seem to be in the act of revealing themselves in the textured, layered environments Roberson paints for them. “If I had to stick with one thing, one theme, one palette, I think I’d just go get a job,” she said. “I don’t see how it’s pos-
“Ring Thunder,” a 30-by-24-inch acrylic, will be in John Nieto’s new show at Altamira.
sible. That’s why I like the flexibility of the galleries that represent me, because I can do what I do. “I go to my studio and do my own thing and sometimes it’s crap,” she said. “There have been times in my life when it didn’t work and I didn’t know why and I’d struggle. … Sometimes I totally forget how to paint.” But other times, like now, she said, she feels awake and alive. “I could go out to the studio and do a 5-foot painting and do it right now,” she said. “It flickers,” she said of her recently found vigor, “but I’ve gotten to the point where I know the difference. … The key to waking up is knowing when you’re
not awake.” Two trips to Africa over the past two winters had a lot to do with that, she said. “Looking at the world and knowing that what’s going on around me is beyond me,” she said, “that I don’t run it — I don’t run any of the happenings in Africa — that opened my eyes. The suffering there, the suffering I witnessed by the people and the wildlife and some of the starving animals I saw, it made me tune into the truth that I don’t run it. It doesn’t mean I condone it … but accepting that I don’t run it has made my life simpler. I’ve uncluttered my head. I’m not burdened. … I don’t listen to the outer things, I listen to the inner me. That made it OK.”
Fall Arts happenings at Altamira
Fans of Donna Howell-Sickels’ indefatigable cowgirls can meet the artist during a reception Sept. 6. This mixed-media work, 60 by 40 inches, is “The Girls from Cottonwood Creek.”
Sept. 6 5 -8 p.m. — Palates and Palettes gallery walk: Reception for Mary Roberson and Donna Howell-Sickles. Sept. 11 5-8 p.m. — Opening reception for John Nieto’s “Forces of Color and Spirit”; Nieto’s new work hangs Sept. 9 through Sept. 21 Sept. 12 1-3 p.m. — Meet the artists: R. Tom Gilleon and Greg Woodard Sept. 13 1-3 p.m. — Meet the artists: Mary Roberson and September Vhay. Sept. 14 1-3 p.m. — Meet the artists: Amy Ringholz, Duke Beardsley and Jared Sanders. Sept. 15 11 a.m.-3 p.m. — Art Brunch gallery walk
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Trio Fine Art 545 N. Cache St. 307-734-4444 TrioFineArt.com ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– By Amanda H. Miller
or Fall Arts Festival fans looking for real local flare, Trio Fine Art is the gallery. As the name suggests, three of Jackson Hole’s finest artists own and manage the gallery: Kathryn Mapes Turner, Jennifer L. Hoffman and Bill Sawczuk. Renowned artists who live and work in Jackson Hole year-round, they have a special relationship with the valley that shows in their art. That connection will be the theme of Trio Fine Art’s two shows during the Fall Arts Festival: “In Our Valley,” which will feature work by all three artists, and “All In One Breath,” a solo show for Turner. For “In Our Valley,” Turner, Hoffman and Sawczuk will hang some of their favorite Jackson Hole works. The show will go up Sept. 11 with an artists reception and demonstration planned for 5 to 8 p.m. The artists will bring their easels and let visitors watch them paint. “There’s so much inspiration around the valley,” Hoffman said, “and we feel like we offer a special take on it because we all live here.” All three are known for their landscapes and wildlife art, but each illustrates the spirit of the valley in a unique way. “We have a special connection to the valley,” Hoffman said, “and we love to be able to share that with people.” The three artists of Trio take turns throughout the year hanging solo shows and stay busy preparing for them. This Fall Arts Festival it’s Turner’s turn. Her solo show, “All In One Breath,” will hang at the start of the festival and will be on display for the Palates and Palettes walk, for which Trio is partnering with another local favorite by the same name: Trio American Bistro. “I’m a sucker for beautiful things,” Turner said. “My work for ‘In Our Valley’ is really reflective of Jackson, but my [solo] show is more universal images of beauty.” Turner, a fourth-generation Jackson Hole native, grew up on the Triangle X Ranch. Try as she did when she was young to get away from Jackson Hole, it kept pulling her
Kathryn Mapes Turner painted “And the Wind Runs Wild,” an oil on canvas that measures 36 by 48 inches.
back and she found it in her art no matter what she painted. “My work always reflects my Jackson roots,” she said. “I can’t seem to get away from the influence this valley has on me. I try to express it through my own unique lens.” Her show will focus on connection. “I think this body of work really communicates my belief that we’re all connected to the land and to the wildlife,” Turner said.
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By Mark Huffman
photographer identified with early 20th-century Jackson Hole and a modern jeweler whose work is inspired by the West will be featured at Cayuse Western Americana, a gallery working to preserve the Old West. Photographer and painter Harrison Crandall, who died in 1970, strived to preserve the early-day feeling of the Tetons, working in Grand Teton National Park making images of the landscape and the cowboy life that began at the dawn of the 20th century. During Fall Arts Festival and at the Western Design Conference (see page B3), Cayuse owner Mary Schmitt will show her own and borrowed Crandall photos and offer appraisals for Crandall images that may have been hanging unnoticed for years. Highlighting the focus on Crandall will be a visit by professor Kenneth Barrick, author of “Harrison R. Crandall: Creating a Vision of Grand Teton National Park.” Schmitt calls it “the definitive book” on Crandall and his photography. Barrick will sell and sign his book Sept. 6 during the Western Design Conference at the Center for the Arts and also later, from 5 to 8 p.m., at Cayuse, during the Palettes and Palates gallery walk. Also at the design conference that day and at Cayuse that night will be jeweler Susan Adams, who won Best of Show honors at the 2008 conference for a silver water pitcher with a handle in the form of a leaping horse. Much of Adams’ silver and gold work incorporates motifs used to decorate saddles. “A lot of her jewelry has these really intricate blossoms that look like they’re about to explode,” Schmitt said. Adams’ work ranges from Western-style jewelry to spurs and even a martini set. Schmitt has been in her shop — an old cabin moved long ago from North Cache — since 1996. She had a career introducing new products for a high-tech firm, but
Silversmith and jeweler Susan Adams’ sterling silver cocktail shaker was a 2011 Western Design Conference award winner. In her jewelry she often incorporates cowboy motifs, like the rowels in these silver and gold cuffs.
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West Lives On 75 N. Glenwood St. 307-734-2888 WestLivesOn.com –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– By Kate Hull
ust when the summer months give way to the brighter colors and shorter days of fall, artists from all over the West head to Jackson Hole to celebrate their work and display new pieces in the region that has inspired so many of them. Terry Ray, the owner and founder of the galleries West Lives On and West Lives On Contemporary, welcomes an array of his nearly 70 artists for the 2013 Fall Arts Festival, showcasing work ranging from abstract Western landscapes to the lore of the mountain man era. Ray said the festival is the most anticipated time of the year for West Lives On and its artists. He will kick off this year’s festivities with a long-standing tradition, the Palates and Palettes gallery walk on Sept. 6 (see page 4A). The evening of fine wines, local restaurant fare and open houses at more than 30 galleries gives visitors a look at what many have to offer. The bread and butter of West Lives On, Ray said, is spotlighting the traditions of the West, making the gallery host to “the best selection of traditional Western artwork in town.” The traditionalist style is characterized by detailed brushstrokes, mainly in oils. The Teton peaks with the Snake River in the foreground beneath a wide-open sky is classic example of the subject matter. In a true testament to Ray’s commitment to his artists, many painters have been with his gallery since it opened 16 years ago. One is Robert Harper, who will be in town for the festival. Harper’s work is deepseated in the West, from his native Colorado to time spent in Montana and Wyoming. He captures the aweinspiring details of aspen trees in the fall and rugged mountain landscapes. Another longtime West Lives On artist, Roger Ore, will bring his latest oil paintings of the mountains he loves. “I’ve taken a real interest in trying to capture the
Roger Ore’s Tetons oil painting “Nature’s Finest” exemplifies the fine detail he’s known for. It measures 32 by 48 inches.
moods of the weather and the rugged beauty of the Rocky Mountains,” Ore said in his artist statement, “especially the Tetons.” One of his pieces, “Nature’s Finest,” a 32-by-48-inch oil, gives viewers a riverfront view of mountain peaks, vibrant trees and a cloud-filled sky. His work is requested by buyers from all over the world, Ray said, thanks to his photorealist style. “He is very detailed,” Ray said. “Roger Ore is the most realistic painter of the Tetons of anyone I have ever seen.” Another traditional Western motif, the mountain man era, homes in on a period of 19th-century America
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Bold and bright
By Kate Hull
oldness, bright colors and loose lines: The painters whose art hangs on the walls of West Lives On Contemporary know no boundaries when putting brush to canvas. As gallery owner and founder Terry Ray prepares the sister gallery of West Lives On for its third Fall Arts Festival, he said opening a contemporary Western art gallery was the right direction to take. “Contemporary Western art is still Western-oriented,” he said, “featuring Western landscapes and imagery. The styles of the paintings, however, are much more abstract with usually brighter colors.” Ray opened West Lives On 16 years ago across Glenwood Street from the historic Wort Hotel. Over the years he saw a growing interest in Western images with an interpretive feel that tested the boundaries of tradition. “We decided that if we wanted to expand our business, the only way was to get more space and to go in the contemporary direction,” he said.
Nancy Dunlop Cawdrey’s “This House of Sky,” French dye watercolor on silk, measures 38 by 61 inches.
When the Wort was remodeled in 2011, Ray was able to lease an additional 200 square feet in the adjacent Wort Plaza, which was a natural fit for a second gallery dedicated to contemporary artwork. With three contemporary artists already part of the original West Lives On family, the transition was seamless. One of those three artists, Nancy Dunlop Cawdrey, will be at this year’s festival, including at the closeout Art Brunch gallery walk on Sept. 15. Calling Cawdrey a leader in her craft, Ray is looking for-
ward to seeing her latest work. The international traveler who calls the West home paints on silk in a style that is all her own, using “German brushes to stroke French dyes across Chinese silk,” Ray said. “Painting on silk is not new,” Ray said, but Cawdrey’s style — using looser brush strokes and bright colors — is, and it has made her very popular. “This House of Sky,” a 38-by-61-inch French dye watercolor on silk, showcases Cawdrey’s vibrant use of blended colors in a sunset over tipis and mountains.
Cawdrey describes her artwork as giving the “refined tradition of silk painting a more rambunctious edge” while “perpetuating the symbolic power of the myth: cowboys and cowgirls, creatures from the forest and grand vistas from a mythology of the American West.” She calls her subjects “larger than life.” The work of artist and sculptor Jenny Foster also is bold and colorful, but she takes on imagery all her own with deeply abstract designs. Her 72-by-36-inch painting “Gentle Giant” — depicting
“Gentle Giant,” a 72-by-36-inch acrylic and oil, is by Jenny Foster.
a long-legged, brightly colored moose with whimsical patterns, shapes and detailing— shows how Foster gives character and life to Western staples. In her artist’s statement, Foster describes her style as “purposely reckless, primitive yet contemporary, gentle while being strong, bold but sweet, powerful, joyful and refreshing.” With a goal of creating pieces “that speak to the heart,” Foster’s work reflects the gamut of contemporary art Ray and his gallery represent.
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Gratitude. Of all the emotions stirred by celebrating their flagship showroom’s first anniversary, Rush Jenkins and Klaus Baer, principals of WRJ Design Associates, feel gratitude most profoundly. Gratitude for the community’s embrace of their aesthetic. Gratitude for their ever-growing family of clients. Gratitude for their talented and dedicated staff. Photo credit: David Swift
“We feel fortunate to have been embraced by the community in ways that have far surpassed our expectations,” Rush Jenkins said. Never could they have expected to build such a robust local portfolio in only 14 months. Through a plethora of design projects, WRJ Design Associates has explored every corner of Jackson Hole. Now their work spans the valley, from a slopeside Four Seasons residence to a downtown home in the Gil Addition, from new constructions in Jackson Hole Golf & Tennis and the West Bank to designing the interiors for the newly reopened Snake River Sporting Club. Beyond Jackson, WRJ has designed homes for clients across the country. Whether helping clients manifest their dream home to reimagining one room within a residence, WRJ Design Associates dives into a diversity of projects. Attune to every aspect of the design process, they work closely with architects, including Jonathan Foote Architects, Shawn Ankeny and Carney Logan Burke. “The talent pool of design expertise in this mountain region– from architects and designers to craftsman and artisans – is incredible,” Klaus said.
All the while, WRJ has remained WRJ has recently designed the a Steinhardt Judaica Collection – Robert M. Lee collection of cars best of industrial and fashion d generation.
Above all, Rush and Klaus feel b Hole while traveling elsewhere showroom and projects. To tha in charitable causes and event Wine Auction, and helped stage Center for the Arts. They are cu benefiting the Art Association, for Dancing with the Jackson H Center on Oct. 12. Their invo gratitude for the community tha
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mained involved in the international design world. For Sothebyâ€™s, ed the auction exhibitions for: the collection of Brooke Astor; the ction â€“ the largest collection of Judaica ever to go to auction; the of cars and firearms; and in September, the (RED) auction of the shion design benefiting the global fundâ€™s fight for an AIDS-free
us feel blessed to be able to base their design practice in Jackson sewhere for creative inspiration they can bring back to the To thank the community, they give back by getting involved d events. They have designed two galas for the Jackson Hole ed stage events at the National Museum of Wildlife Art and the y are currently working on Revelry, the Oct. 4 masquerade ball iation, and Rush is practicing with dance partner Erika Pearsall kson Hole Stars â€“ the lively benefit for the Childrenâ€™s Learning ir involvement in these events is one way they express their nity that has embraced WRJ with such affection and enthusiasm. - Interview conducted by Katy Niner
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Trailside Galleries 130 E. Broadway 307-733-3186 TrailsideGalleries.com –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
By Ben Graham
railside Galleries plans to ring in this year’s Fall Arts Festival by celebrating the old and the new. The old is the gallery itself: It turns 50 this year. The new is fresh paintings by two emerging artists: Adam Smith and Dustin Van Wechel. “They’re both young, doing exceptional work,” said Maryvonne Leshe, managing partner at Trailside. “I don’t see anything but greater things from them down the road.” Smith and Van Wechel had leading roles in the gallery’s Fall Arts showcase in 2012, but this year they will be front and center. Their work will hang through Sept. 15 alongside the gallery’s annual Fall Gold showcase. An artists reception is set for 4 to 7 p.m. Sept. 14. At 29, Smith is just scraping the surface of his painting capabilities, Leshe said, which focus on hyperrealism. “He’s a great stickler for detail,” she said. Smith is known for paintings that depict an array of big game animals and predators down to the point of a claw and the tip of a hair. That includes the 26-by36-inch “Closing In,” which portrays a mountain lion, perhaps stalking unseen prey, descending through shaded trees and snow cover. Leshe pointed out that the animal’s individual hairs are visible. With a childhood centered in Montana and a wildlife artist father, Smith seems to have been born and bred to create such paintings. He began sketch-
Adam Smith’s acrylic “Closing In” is so detailed you can see individual hairs on the cougar.
ing bears, wolves and waterfowl as a teenager, but it wasn’t until 2006 that he dipped his brush into oil paints. “The fact is his talent is innate,” his father, Daniel Smith, said in a biography of his son. “I did not teach him how to paint. Once he painted a small portrait of an African lion to see if he could paint fur. When he presented me with the finished work I was shocked, because it looked like I painted it.” Van Wechel brings a slightly different style to the table, but one that should be equally exciting to collectors, Leshe said. She called attention to his “unique” compositions, which often depict several animals interacting within the scene or reacting to something out of sight. “What’s exciting is you don’t see the same traditional scene,” Leshe said.
That includes antelope galloping through clouds of dust and bighorn sheep gazing upward at a ominous sky. All the while, light plays a large part in his work, Leshe said. An Arizona native, Van Wechel began his art career in 2002 after eight years in advertising. He has won multiple awards and had shows all over the country. Both artists will be in town for the September festivities. Their work will be sold by draw during the artists reception. “Because they are both young artists, the price range is great for beginning collectors,” Leshe said. Trailside’s annual Fall Gold show runs through September, giving collectors a chance to see new wildlife artwork from nearly all of the gallery’s artists, including Tucker Smith, Bonnie Marris, Nancy
Light plays an important role in Dustin Van Wechel’s work, as in “The Mentor,” an oil.
Glazier and sculptor Kent Ullberg. Also on display will be paintings and sculptures by Veryl Goodnight, a Trailside artist since 1972 and one of the two featured artists at this year’s Western Visions show (see Fall Arts Festival Section D). Another Fall Arts staple Trailside is involved in is the Jackson Hole Art Auction, which will take place Sept. 14. For more on the auction, see page 14A.
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himsical wildlife is the focus of the Fall Arts Festival featured artist at Made. Painter Kat Houseman, of Bellingham, Wash., will show about 30 pieces in the small downtown shop in Gaslight Alley, which features handmade art and gifts. The artist creates fanciful oil and acrylic depictions of birds, wolves, bears, bison and other wildlife in and around the Yellowstone area. “This is way more wildlife-ish than we have ever done before,” Made owner John Frechette said. “She has work that is more detailed and true to life. She also does stuff that’s wild and crazy, with added colors, a little bit looser work and bigger brushstrokes.” Besides liking Houseman’s artistic approach, Frechette likes that her work is reasonably priced. None of her pieces, from miniatures to large canvases, costs more than $600, he said. “We like to be a place where people can actually afford something,” Frechette said. Houseman is also a fresh face for the festival. With her arms sleeved with tattoos and with an aesthetic that’s more avant-garde than usual in Wyoming, she’s not the typical artist found in Jackson Hole, Frechette said. “We just love Kat,” he said. “We just started carrying some of her smaller stuff we’ll carry all the time in the shop.” Her work has been well-received by Made customers. Within 24 hours of bringing a few of her paintings into the store in July, two were snatched up. No stranger to the area, Houseman has exhibited and sold her work at the Art Association of Jackson Hole’s summer art fairs. She received her bachelor’s degree in studio fine arts with a focus in painting from Montana State University in 2000. She will be at Made for several festival events, including an opening reception for her show on Sept. 12. “We’ll have a big opening sort of blowout with as many paintings as we can fit,” Frechette said. The shop also plans to collaborate with the artists at Teton Artlab to create a limited-edition screen-printed poster, he said. The poster — which will highlight Houseman, Made and the whole Fall Arts Festival — will be given out to the first 100 Made customers at the Sept. 6 Palates and Palettes gallery walk. Teton Artlab has also been doing original posters for concerts at the Pink Garter Theatre, Frechette said. “It’ll be something that’s cool,” he said of the poster in the works for Made. While Made is not a traditional Jackson Hole gallery, Frechette likes to be involved in the Fall Arts Festival because
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Grand Teton Gallery 130 W. Broadway 307-201-1172 GrandTetonGallery.com ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
nstead of just a couple of openings during the 10-day Fall Arts Festival, Grand Teton Gallery will offer activities and artists every day. The gallery of traditional and contemporary works will have dozens of sculptors and painters in residence to give visitors a glimpse into how masterpieces are created. There will also be a number of meet-and-greet events and receptions for the artists (see the schedule below). “It’s such a premier time of the year for featuring your artists,” Grand Teton Gallery owner Ian McLennan said. “I wanted to try and get as many artists here as I possibly could. “If there are activities going on, it draws people’s interests and attention.” People say galleries don’t sell art, they sell the artists, McLennan said.
Chuck Middlekauff painted “Cowgirl Up” in acrylics on two panels, each 36 by 24 inches.
“It’s a combination of the two,” he said. “If the artist is talking about their inspiration, it really helps sell the piece.”
Sept. 5: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Pat Clayton oil painting demonstration; Troy Anderson sculpting demo 1 to 5 p.m. — Thomas Radoumis wood carving discussion; Richard Mitchell sketching with charcoal Sept. 6: 4 to 8 p.m. — Reception with Pat Clayton, Troy Anderson, HR Kaiser, Sam Thiewes, Peggy Ann Thompson, Rip Caswell, Richard Mitchell Sept. 7: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Sam Thiewes oil painting demo; Peggy Ann Thompson palette knife demo 1 to 5 p.m. — Sculpting demos by Rip Caswell and HR Kaiser Sept. 8: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Gary Keimig, Tom Lucas and Les LeFevre painting demos; Rip Caswell sculpting demo 1 to 5 p.m. — Carol Santora painting with pastels and acrylics;
At the gallery, visitors will be able to get to know the artists and learn about their backgrounds and the stories behind
Grand Teton Gallery schedule
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their works. Grand Teton Gallery boats a colorful collection of art that gives a “flavor of the West,” McLennan said. The gallery represents Jackson artists and acrylic painters Deb Penk and Carrie Wild, who will be in attendance during the festival, as well as Gayle Weisfield, Pat Clayton, Richard Mitchell, Thomas Radoumis and Sam Thiewes, among others. Bronze sculptors Troy Andersen, Rip Caswell, HR Kaiser, Jody Kroeger and Tammy Bality will also be working in the gallery. Bronze sculptor Al Hone was recently in the gallery sprucing up his piece “Weathering the Storm,” a bust of a horse’s head with a Native American mask. “The white beads around the eyes represent lightning,” McLennan said. “It’s all to intimidate the enemy in battle.” Hone, originally from Utah, does a lot of research and work on his pieces to make sure they’re historically accurate and original. He’ll be one of the artists at the festival talking in detail about what goes into his work — history lessons included. “I wanted to knock it out of the ballpark,” McLennan said about the gallery’s events during the festival.
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The feeling of the West
Turpin Gallery 150 Center St. 307-733-7530 TurpinGallery.com ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
By Mark Huffman
D Challenger paints big portraits of American Indians set against big Western landscapes. The subjects are big, and the oils are big. So is the New Mexico artist’s popularity. “He’s had a fine art career that spans three decades,” said Zachariah Turpin, who runs Turpin Gallery. “There’s not many artists who can do what JD does.” What Challenger does is capture the feeling of the American Indian and the wide-open West. Though his oils typically cost tens of thousands of dollars, when Challenger left Jackson after visiting last year, he had a lot less to carry. “JD went home with an empty truck,” Turpin said. Challenger will be at Turpin Gallery, painting and meeting the public, during the 2013 Falls Arts Festival. People who visit will also have a chance to see Turpin’s other offerings, including re-creations of works by another Western art giant: Howard Terpning. Terpning began as a commercial artist — among his work is the original poster for the movie “Lawrence of Arabia” — but he found himself tiring of that. By the 1970s he was shifting to fine art, chronicling the West. His paintings now sell for more than $1 million. That’s out of the range of most, but Turpin satisfies the urge of Terpning lovers with quality giclee prints that have the look of an original. “People love Terpning,” Turpin said, “but unless you’re a millionaire you’re never going to get close. “But you can take a million-dollar piece of art and with a giclee get into that for $10,000, $15,000,” he said. Another popular artist is Ron DiCianni, who produces glowing oils of biblical themes. The subject matter, Turpin said, “is what DiCianni has been called to do.” DiCianni’s “Resurrection Mural” at the Museum of Local History in Dallas measures 12 by 40 feet. His work
“Fire Body,” a 50-by-50-inch acrylic, is by JD Challenger, who will be painting in Turpin Gallery during Fall Arts Festival.
at Turpin is a little easier to transport. Other Turpin artists are Cynthia Fuestel, whose focus is often cowgirls; Ken Spencer, an Idaho painter of big landscapes who “is focusing on Teton themes for us,” Turpin said; and Jim Connelly, who has been featured on two Southwest Art magazine covers. Also Malcolm Furlow, Karla Mann and Mian Situ. When you enter the gallery, you meet a biggerthan-life bronze horse, an Arabian by Judy Norquist, whose work is in demand among horse lovers from the Middle East.
A bit smaller are the realistic bronzes of Scott Rogers. One is of two gunfighters caught in the instant of a quick draw. “There’s amazing life in his bronzes,” Turpin said. “I once sold a piece while unloading it into the gallery.” Turpin Gallery, a family business, opened about four years ago. The family also runs the nearby Turpin & Co. — which sells art, jewelry and furnishings — and Pearls by Shari at Crabtree Corner. On Palates and Palettes night, Sept. 6, Turpin Gallery will feature the creations of Moo’s Gourmet Ice Cream.
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Acoma potter Dorothy Torivio created this hand-painted pot, about 6 inches by 8 inches high.
Two Grey Hills 110. E. Broadway 307-733-2677 FineIndianArt.com ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
the high-end pottery we carry, the creme de la creme. “I still have a feeling,” he said, “a connection, with a lot of these things.” Many businesses are family affairs, and that’s true among Indian artists. Youngblood’s work sits beside that By Mark Huffman of her granddaughters, Margaret and Linda Tafoya, and also that of Daryl ike millions of German boys over Whitegeese, a grandson. the past 100 years or so, Gary Mat“Very sharp, very crisp,” Mattheis theis read the novels of Karl May said of the work of a Whitegeese pot and dreamed of the Wild West. he was showing, “with great color.” Unlike nearly every one of those Also represented at Two Grey Hills boys, Mattheis ended up in Jackson is the work of Hopi potter Steve LuHole, making his living not in the old cas, a traditionalist who makes his own style of the West, but in one of the clays and paints. Lucas has won the West’s new ways: dealing in Indian art. Best of Show award at the annual InNow in its dian Arts market in 37th year, his Sante Fe, N.M. Two Grey Hills Weavings at is an enduring Two Grey Hills part of Jackrange from Zaposon’s Western tec work, someart scene. And thing attractive but for Mattheis the at the low end of trek west — he the price range, to came with his some of the finest mom when he Navajo work availwas still young – Gary Mattheis able. — has been a Two Grey Hills Two Grey Hills owner success as he is a part of the Nalearned about vajo reservation Western art and that has given the name to a style of found his place in it. fine Navajo rugs — the kind of rugs It is work he still enjoys. Recently, you would never put on the floor, rugs surrounded by the art he handles every that cost tens of thousands of dollars. day, he was still fascinated showing Among the weavers is Ruth Teller, the work of American Indian artists now in her 80s. Teller prepares her who fill Two Grey Hills with jewelry, own yarn and dyes for her finely made weavings and pottery. weavings. He showed an elaborately painted “Look at the intricacy,” Mattheis pot by Nancy Youngblood of the Santa said. “You can tell a master.” Clara Pueblo in New Mexico. Holding it During Fall Arts Festival, Two Grey firmly — and reverently — in hand, he Hills will also welcome the Waddell pointed out the work and smiled with Trading Company of Scottsdale, Ariz., honest pleasure: “I love pottery,” he said. a third-generation firm that will bring “Jewelry has always been the back- Southwest Indian jewelry by the many bone, because jewelry sells even in artists it represents. hard times,” Mattheis said. “But more For Palates and Palettes night, Sept. and more over the years, the pottery 6, Mattheis’ two sons, who run Town has been something we do a lot of — Square Tavern, will provide the food.
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Historic Ranch Tours 2 to 7 p.m. Sept. 7 Snake River and Mead ranches $50; info: 307-733-3316 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
By Jennifer Dorsey
f you go on the Historic Ranch Tours on Sept. 7 and there’s something about ranch life you want to know, don’t be afraid to speak up. What’s the difference between a red Angus and a black Angus? Color. What do cows eat? Grass. Do they travel by train? Rarely. Mostly trucks are used. “There are no dumb questions,” said Lance Johnson, manager of Snake River Ranch, one of the two ranches on the tour. He and Barbara Hauge, a third-generation member of the family that owns Snake River Ranch, enjoy showing visitors around during the Fall Arts Festival tour. “It’s really fun from our standpoint,” Johnson said. Buses will leave from the Home Ranch parking lot in Jackson at 2 p.m. Saturday, take participants to Snake River Ranch and Mead Ranch, and return at about 7 p.m. During the afternoon there will be barbecue, musical entertainment and the opportunity to soak up ranch atmosphere and learn a few things about this integral side of Jackson Hole life. Historic ranch tours are a natural fit for Fall Arts Festival, Hauge said. Cowboys, horses and cattle are all elements of the genre of art we know as “Western.” The landscape and the wild animals that entice so many artists also have close ties with ranching. “Part of that landscape — many hundreds of thousands of acres, and the wildlife too — is ranches,” Hauge said. As tour participants get a sense of ranching Jackson Hole-style, they’ll see how it has evolved with the times. At Snake River Ranch, for example, the tour will start in the 1930s at a cluster of buildings from that era, including a potting shed, blacksmith’s shop, bunkhouse and barn. From there visitors will walk over to the modern era: electric scales, corrals and hayshed. “Ranching has evolved into a more humane method,”
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Historic Ranch Tours give Fall Arts festivalgoers a close-up look at a facet of life that has inspired many artists whose work is classified as “Western.” In 2008, Jim Lucas showed visitors around his family’s ranch, the Lazy AA.
Johnson said. Some of that method isn’t obvious to visitors. Snake River Ranch cattle are hormone- and antibiotic-free. The animals are handled with low-stress, humane methods. And the ranch practices intensive grazing, allowing the cattle to eat in one spot then to move to a fresh pasture. The cattle become quite willing to move, because they know they’re going to a better place.
“Two cowboys can move 1,400 in 30 minutes,” Johnson said. The opportunity to show ranching’s roots and how raising livestock has evolved is one reason the ranches like hosting visitors. “We encourage people to ask questions of any kind,” Hauge said. Tickets cost $50. Call 307-733-3316 for information.
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A special supplement to the Jackson Hole News&Guide
Golden Age of Art
After 50 years, Art Association of Jackson Hole remains true to its mission, 4. 3 Boyerâ€™s Indian Arts Changes at long-standing Town Square gallery echo changes in community.
7 Teton Artlab
Artists cooperative brings new life, new uses to 100-plus-year-old press.
10 A Century of Art It didnâ€™t take long for Jackson to establish itself as an art center.
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3 Boyer’s Indian Arts
4 Art Association
of Jackson Hole
5 Fall Arts at the
6 Tayloe Piggott
7 Teton Artlab 10 100 Years of Art
in Jackson Hole
12 Diehl Gallery 13 Intencions 14 Heather James
ON THE COVER: The Jackson Hole Fine Arts Guild presented its first art expo in 1963 in the gym of the old Jackson Hole High School. The guild soon after spun off several arts nonprofits, including the Art Association of Jackson Hole, which marks its 50th anniversary this year.
The wildlife art at Heather James Fine Art is often unconventional. This is Stephanie Wilde’s “Queen” (see page 14C).
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 Palates & Palettes Gallery Walk
More than 30 art galleries open their doors to showcase magnificent art with food, wine and music! 5-8pm | Various locations.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 Poster Signing with Jason Rich at Legacy Gallery
Meet artist, Jason Rich, and get a personally signed poster of his featured painting, “River Overlook: Gros Ventre River Ranch”. 3-5pm | Legacy Gallery.
Join more than 30 Jackson art galleries for the Third Thursdays Art Walk (moved to Wednesday evening for the week of the Fall Arts Festival). Enjoy fine art and experience the vibrant Jackson art scene. Look for the Art Walk banners! 5-8pm | Various locations.
FEAT U RED EVENT S SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 18th Annual Jackson Hole QuickDraw Art Sale & Auction
Nationally, regionally, and locally recognized artists paint and sculpt as spectators look on. The one-of a-kind artwork will be auctioned off following the 90-minute creative process, along with the sale of, “River Outlook: Gros Ventre River Ranch,” by Jason Rich, the featured artwork of the 2013 Fall Arts Festival. 9am | Jackson Town Square.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 Art Brunch Gallery Walk
Join Jackson’s 30 plus art galleries for brunch and festive beverages at this closing-day celebration of yet another superb Fall Arts Festival! Brunch, Bloody Marys and spectacular art…what an ending! 11-3pm | Various locations.
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A slice of history
Boyer ’s Indian Arts and Crafts 30 W. Broadway 307-733-3773 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
By Emma Breysse
or John Boyer, the store is part of his family. It’s been 51 years since Boyer’s Indian Arts and Crafts opened as the Rod and Reel. His father sold fishing gear and guided trips there, and his mother sold American Indian handicrafts. About 40 years ago the Broadway shop just off Town Square made its last significant change, getting rid of the fishing stuff and allowing the Indian art to take over. “We haven’t really changed a whole lot, and I think that’s what makes us successful,” Boyer said. “I think we’re probably the oldest business in town under the same ownership.” Among the jewelry, pottery and other items, made primarily by artisans from Southwestern tribes, there are hints of the store’s place in old-time Jackson Hole and of the changes the valley has undergone over the years. A plaque outside designates the building Boyer’s has called home for 51 years a historical site. Rather than a computer-screened cash register, John Boyer and his wife, Bonnie, ring up sales on a push-button machine. A black-and-white photo hanging behind the register shows Dick Boyer, the store founder and John Boyer’s father, using the same register. Another photo from the old Rod and Reel days shows Dick Boyer and his wife standing outside the building. Signs that used to hang outside or in the windows advertising fishing gear, guide services, Indian crafts and Kodak film now hang inside as mementos of those days. The store’s original eclectic offerings themselves reflect changes and constants in the valley, John Boyer said.
Boyer’s began as the Rod and Reel shop, selling fishing gear and guided trips as well as American Indian items.
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Bonnie and John Boyer, here with son Allen, far left, run Boyer’s Indian Arts and Crafts, which was started by John’s father.
His father was, in the grand Jackson Hole tradition, a fishing nut, which explains one aspect of the store. His mother was a Wort, a member of the family that built and for decades owned the downtown hotel that still bears its name. While working the front desk there she decided to display and sell some of the American Indian crafts she brought home from her frequent trips to Arizona. When her husband opened up his store, more or less across the street from the historic hotel, she joined him, bringing along her Indian jewelry to sell. The Kodak film and continued success of the business are signs of tourism’s long-standing place as the linchpin of the town’s economy. John Boyer said the fact that Kodak film stopped being a draw long before the rise of digital pictures suggests how many more places there are to shop now than there were during his childhood. Boyer was one of the first babies born in St. John’s Medical Center’s current East Broadway location. “People come into the store and ask me where I’m from, and I say, ‘About six blocks away,’” he said. “I’ve been here all my life.” Then, as now, the town drew hefty crowds of visitors to Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, but Jackson had very little in terms of a year-round population or economy, he said. Most staples, right down to clothing, had to come from outside, usually from Idaho Falls. “It was a pretty sleepy little town when I grew up
here in the 1960s,” Boyer said. “I remember about the same amount of tourists, but the rest of the town has really built up since then.” Starting in the early 1980s Boyer worked in the store with his parents. After he met and married Bonnie, who came to town in 1989 to ski for the winter, she joined him in the venture. The couple operate Boyer’s much as the senior Boyers did after phasing out fishing and film. They travel to Arizona to meet with Indian artisans and to buy wares to stock their shelves. The store carries a wide range of beaded and stone jewelry, including just about every possible setting for turquoise. Pottery painted in traditional colors and designs and woven blankets adorn the store’s back walls. During the summer, the store is rarely still. John and Bonnie Boyer do most of the work up front, trading shifts so one of them is usually there to help customers. Their three children — ages 18 to 22 — have worked in the store, too. Maybe one day one of them will fill their father’s and grandfather’s shoes. Even if they don’t, Boyer said, he has exactly the life he wants to have now. “We’ve been blessed by God,” Boyer said. “I can’t imagine doing anything else. I can’t imagine living anywhere else but the town I grew up in, the town I was born in. We’re thankful for every blessing we’ve received.”
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Art Association employee Abby Doria works at a potter’s wheel this June during Try Night at the Center for the Arts. In keeping with the association’s mission of providing opportunities for valley residents to learn about art, Try Night allows participants to experiment before committing to classes.
Golden Age of Art
Art Association celebrates 50 years by ‘reloading.’
By Josh Cooper
ew Jackson Hole arts nonprofits can boast a 50-year history. One that can is the Art Association of Jackson Hole. Founded in 1963, the Art Association from day one had a mission to provide opportunities for valley residents to learn about art. And that mission hasn’t changed, although the size and scope of the operation certainly has. “Every time there’s a change in leadership or something new, we look back at the core mission,” said Dave Muskat, chairman of the Art Association board, “and every time it holds up.” This year the organization is taking the occasion of its golden anniversary to survey its resources and, as Muskat says, “reload.” “We’ve been doing a round of donor meetings, and the whole point is to reload the organization for the future,” he said. “We’re sort of stretched with the resources we have, and if we’re all about being the community platform that we say we are, we need to effectively do an upgrade.” Muskat said that while the nonprofit has many resources, such as equipment and space, some of the equipment is broken down and the space is quickly becoming too small. “By hook or crook, we’ve got materials, supplies, equipment and some space,” he said. “But if you don’t have current software and working equipment, you’re obsolete. Our needs are to refresh our studios and to become more efficient with our spaces.”
The first 50 Years
Although these days 22,000 people interact annually with the organization, its beginnings were humble. In the 1960s, Georgie Morgan, Francie Corbett, Lee Vandewater, Fran Lang and Pam McCool identified what they saw was an absence of arts education in the public schools. They decided they wanted to supplement the curriculum using the resources of artistically minded people in the valley.
Painter Shannon Troxler has a long history as a teacher and exhibitor with the Art Association, which is marking 50 years of encouraging creation and love of art.
Many valley residents found it difficult to earn a living during the colder months. “It started out to help develop craft and art skills,” Morgan said, “which might supplement the summer’s wages, and to introduce art as an essential part of our lives.” The visual arts group was one of a number of programs of the Jackson Hole Fine Arts Guild, which in the early 1960s also put on a summer film festival and in 1962 produced the first concerts of what would later become the Grand Teton Music Festival. The visual arts committee of the guild featured such luminaries as Conrad Schwiering, Grant “Tiny” Hagen and New York artist-illustrator Paul Bransom, who in the 1940s through the early ’60s spent his summers in Jackson Hole. Several years later, the Community Visual Arts Association, as the nonprofit had come to be known, started holding its Art Fairs as a way for artists and crafters to sell their work. The fair continues to this day, now held in Miller Park. The group filed its first articles of incorporation in 1974. By 1979 it added its first paid administrator, Shari Johnson, and held its first exhibition: Virginia
Huidekoper’s historical photo series, “Wyoming in the Eye of Man.” During the early years, the organization bounced between locations, including across from where Sweetwater Restaurant now stands, in the basement of the American Legion building and in the basement of Summit High School, the block now occupied by the Center for the Arts. In 2005 the group moved into the Center for the Arts and has been there ever since. When the nationwide recession hit in 2008, the Art Association, like virtually every nonprofit, felt the pinch of decreased financial support from a cashstrapped community. “They struggled for a while,” said Karen Stewart, the Art Association’s executive director at that time. “They had to downsize their footprint in the center.” The organization is on much more stable financial footing now, Muskat said, with about one-third of its income coming from events like the summer art fairs, one-third from classes and one-third from grants and donations. Membership fees make up about 5 percent of its income. Grants come from the state of Wyoming, local nonprofits like the Com-
munity Foundation of Jackson Hole and private family foundations. At the end of this year, Muskat estimated, the organization will have around four months of operating reserves in addition to an $80,000-plus endowment, neither of which existed two years ago. Still, Muskat said, the organization wants to reduce the cost of classes, which he sees as prohibitively high for many in the community. “When we talk about accessibility,” he said, “going to a class that costs $150 to study art becomes pretty dang discretionary, and our goal would be to have the flexibility to allow people to experience and enjoy these classes at a lower cost.” One struggle it continues to face is ever-increasing rent charged by the Center for the Arts. Groups that occupy the center have seen annual increases of up to 6 percent for the past several years, he said. “Even in this economy, there aren’t too many environments where the rent increases have been what they’ve been here,” Muskat said. “It’s not sustainable. ... At some point we want to lower the cost of our classes, not pay more rent.”
The next 50 years
Muskat said that while this year the focus of the Art Association is on “reloading” and revitalizing its offerings, it also has an eye toward expanding. One problem is space. “All the organizations in the building want to do more and expand their programs,” he said. “The space is fully utilized. If we want to expand and run more events in our spaces, our options are somewhat limited, and we’ll have to get creative.” One area where the association is looking to expand, Development Director Cathy Wikoff said, is outreach to undeserved communities in Jackson Hole, such as the elderly and the Latino population. “We really need to reach elements of the population that aren’t served by the visual arts,” she said. In the fall the association plans to offer free family memberships and translation services to Spanish-speaking residents. It plans to work closely with the Latino Resource Center in this regard. “That’s what it’s about,” Stewart said, “reaching the community with art.”
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Art Association of Jackson Hole 240 S. Glenwood Ave. 307-733-6379 ArtAssociation.org –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
By Richard Anderson
ot surprisingly, the Art Association of Jackson Hole enthusiastically throws itself into the Fall Arts Festival each year. Ben Carlson, director of marketing for the nonprofit, said the focus this year is on local artists — who have been, after all, the target of the 50-year-old Art Association since it was founded. “With our ‘Spotlight on Local Artists’ theme,” he said in a statement, “we are proud to represent our community’s artists via our locals-only Takin’ it to the Streets art fair, our emerging artists exhibition, ‘Jackson Rising,’ and representing our valley’s art instructors and practicing artists in our studios during our Open Studio Tour.” Events get underway during the Palates and Palettes gallery walk, when the Art Association will pair up with the Gun Barrel Steak and Game House for a reception for “Jackson Rising” and “Everest.” The evening starts at 5:30 p.m. For the second year, “Jackson Rising” recognizes upand-coming Teton artists. Last year’s “Jackson Rising”
Katy Fox is one of the artists featured in “Jackson Rising.” Above are “The Owls are in the Next Barn Over” and “Bison.”
participants were nominated by Art Association staff; this year’s group was nominated by last year’s artists. The result is a cross section of talents working in a range of media, including Remy Milosky, Houston Guy, Greg Broseus, Katy Fox and Karen Haynam. Also opening will be “Everest: An Exhibition of Aerial Photographs of Mount Everest by William Thompson.” Thompson earned a doctorate in anthropology from the University of Oregon and for 11 years worked as a photographer for National Geographic, for which he photographed elephants, Bhutan, Nepal and Alaska. In 1983 he made what the Art Association called the
Sept. 6 5:30-7:30 p.m. — Palates and Palettes Gallery Walk and opening reception for “Jackson Rising” and “Everest: An Exhibition of Aerial Photographs of Mount Everest by William Thompson.” In the Art Association Gallery and Theater Gallery.
Sept. 8 10 a.m.-4 p.m. — “Takin it to the Streets” art fair: Forty local artists and artisans enjoy a street fair of their own on Town Square — conveniently located beside Taste of the Tetons and the Rotary Club’s Wine Tasting.
Sept. 7 11 a.m.-7 p.m. — Outdoor Photography Symposium: Seven 35-minute sessions take place in the Black Box Theatre, culminating in a lecture by Everest photographer William Thompson. $10 in advance, $15 day of.
Sept. 10 5:30-7:30 p.m. — Open Studio Tour: Artists such as Sharon Thomas and Fred Kingwill offer demos and activities in the Art Association’s Center for the Arts studios. Live music, food and drink included.
first and only complete aerial imagery of Mount Everest. A selection of those photos will be displayed in the association’s gallery in the Center Theater Lobby. The Art Association-sponsored Teton Photography Group offers a symposium Sept. 7, with seven 35-minute sessions on a variety of topics of interest to outdoor photographers: gear; intermediate techniques; photographing landscapes, flowers and plants, large mammals and birds; and perfecting outdoor composition. A lecture by Thompson wraps up the day. The symposium runs 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Black Box Theatre in the Center for the Arts. Tickets cost $10 in advance, $15 the day of. Local artists and artisans enjoy an art fair of their own at the 14th annual Takin’ it to the Streets event 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 8 on Town Square (see page 9A). And the Art Association concludes its Fall Arts activities with its Open Studio Tour. Starting at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 10, valley artists will hold demonstrations in the Art Association’s studios. Sharon Thomas will demonstrate printmaking, Fred Kingwill will share secrets of watercolor painting and others will offer raku firing and ceramic throwing demos. Live music, food and drinks round out the art-making session. For information about any of the group’s 2013 Fall Arts Festival activities, call 733-6379.
MICHAEL EASTMAN A H O R S E S H OW 29 august — 19 october 2013 artist reception friday 6 september
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Tayloe Piggott Gallery 62 S. Glenwood St. 307-733-0555 TayloePiggottGallery.com –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
By Josh Cooper
ayloe Piggott Gallery corrals new photos by St. Louis photographer Michael Eastman during the 2013 Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival. Fans of Eastman’s work will not be disappointed with this latest series, which highlights his signature style of close-up horse portraits — albeit with some new and unusual printing techniques. The exhibition opened Aug. 29 and hangs through Oct. 19. Eastman is returning to Jackson Hole for the second time, having worked here for two weeks last year and having had his work on display at Tayloe Piggott Gallery before. Some of the horses in this photo series are Jackson Hole horses. Eastman’s photographs have appeared in Time, Life and American Photographer, and they are in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the International Center of Photography, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, to name just a few. He also has spent four decades documenting interiors and facades in cities as diverse as Havana, Paris, Rome and New Orleans, focusing on the effects
These Michael Eastman photos are included in his new series, being shown at Tayloe Piggott Gallery. On the left is “HP Horse #29” and on the right is ”HP Horse #26.” The images, both 42 by 42 inches, are oil-glazed and hand-varnished pigment print photos on watercolor paper.
of urban decay and degradation. His passion for photography is matched by his passion for photographic printing and display, he said. This series of prints is the culmination of years of research into how the Dutch painter Rembrandt glazed and varnished his works with several thin layers of oil and four layers of lacquer. The result is that Eastman’s photos, printed on highly textured watercolor paper, don’t need to be behind glass. “Each of them is one-of-a-
kind, not to be repeated,” said Carolyn Reeve, associate director at Tayloe Piggott Gallery. “In the digital age with everyone taking photos, it’s an entirely different version of photography. You have to see them in person in order to really appreciate them.” Eastman said the techniques he employs give the photographs a feel reminiscent of paintings. “They’re as much a paintings as they are photos, in terms of the physical composition of them,” Eastman said. “They’re
shown without any glass in front of them, so they really become more like paintings. What I’m able to create is a palette of colors and depth of colors that I could never create in a conventional photograph format.” He said each coating can take up to a day to apply, which means the show represents weeks of work. Some of the horses that are the subjects of the photos were somewhat neglected, he said. “There was a couple places where I found the horses were
left alone,” he said, “and I became the big highlight of their day because they didn’t get a lot of human contact. So that’s why they look so curious and so expressive.” Reeve said the photos hark back to the earlier days of photography while also having a fresh feel. “It’s like a throwback to what photography used to be,” Reeve said. “That’s what excites him — consistently experimenting and playing and devising new techniques.”
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Built to last
Teton Artlab at Buzz Shop Studios 130 S. Jackson St. 307-699-0836 TetonArtLab.com ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
he gears of a century-old letterpress are now grinding away at Teton Artlab’s space on South Jackson Street. The 1907 Chandler & Price press will be on display for the Palates and Palettes gallery walk during this year’s Fall Arts Festival. A handful of the art collective’s resident artists will be producing woodcut prints using the cast-iron machine during a print-a-thon scheduled for 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 6. Participating artists include Artlab director Travis Walker, Aaron Wallis, Scottie Craighead and Mike Piggott, among others. Attendees will be able to take a print home for free. Artwork by other artists who work in the Artlab’s two subsidized studio spaces, Big Haus and Buzz Shop, will also be hanging at the show. Artists working with the revamped machine say the antique press gives a depth and richness to prints that you can’t get with other printing techniques, such as with the offset press used to make newspapers. “With letterpress,” Wallis said, “the thing you’re going to get that you’re not going to get from any other printing medium is the impact where the actual block strikes the paper.” You can actually feel the indentation left by the machine when you run your fingers across a poster or business card made with the press. Letterpress technology was used for centuries until newer forms of printing were introduced in the 1900s. “They’ve basically been cast aside,” said Walker. “Artists are finding new ways to use them. This gives an opportunity to use it as a boutique craft tool.” The debut of the press has been a long time coming. Those at the Artlab have spent nearly two years getting it functioning. “It’s been a lot of work to get it running,” said Wallis, “so it’s really satisfying to finally have it all come together.”
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Aaron Wallis operates the Teton Artlab’s 1907 Chandler & Price letterpress, which was acquired and restored by the nonprofit through a combination of grants and private donations.
The Artlab acquired it from Old West Press and then had a technician from San Diego get it operating again — after tracking down a few missing pieces. “It was like trying to find parts for a World War II tank,” Walker said. The restoration was funded by a grant from the Center of Wonder. The Artlab plans to print menus and business cards and
also do other business printing in addition to artwork. The press can be operated by hand, but it has also been hooked up to an electric motor. “It’s not any more dangerous than a table saw or something like that,” Walker said. “But you do have to respect it.” Artlab events have been scheduled early enough Sept. 6 so that revelers can head to Town Square Tavern afterward for performance by Alabama rocker Jason Isbell.
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Leading their Buffalo Horses
Teepee on the Plains, ca. 1895
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Close to Mom
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From cow town
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to arts center
Jackson Hole’s art scene has been 100 years in the making.
By Ben Graham
n the pre-World War II days of “Jackson’s Hole,” a young mountain guide and two fledgling painters made camp together along the shores of Jenny Lake, plying their trades among the tourists vacationing in the area. Archie Boyd Teater and Olaf Moller would lean their paintings against pine trees, pestering visitors to purchase mementos of their trips. A young Paul Petzoldt, the first mountain guide in Grand Teton National Park, would then convince the tourists they needed a guided trip up into the mountains. The three free spirits took up a communal lifestyle together during the summers just to get by. “If rations got low, the one with the money went to the store to buy more food,” Petzoldt wrote in his autobiography. “If they sold a painting, we ate. If I made a climb, we ate.” Petzoldt was particularly fond of Teater’s work back then, before either was well known. Teater, later known as “Teton Teater,” went on to have national and international followings as an artist during his lifetime, with shows at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and travels to Europe. “Archie was a self-taught painter whose paintings I loved,” Petzoldt wrote. “They were rugged and realistic, and I used to say Archie painted mountains I could climb.” Like those three young Teton pioneers, Jackson Hole’s art scene has grown up with the valley over the past century, alongside the explorers, homesteaders and other adventurers who settled here.
Painter Conrad Schwiering’s move to Jackson Hole in 1947 helped establish the valley as an arts destination.
In the 1930s, Archie Boyd Teater would show his paintings each summer by leaning them against trees at Jenny Lake.
The very first who came to paint and photograph the Tetons hauled their brushes and tripods over rugged terrain during the second half of the 19th century, battling the elements with little differentiation from the explorers they accompanied to survey untamed landscapes. Photographer William Henry Jackson documented the wonders of Yellowstone as part of the Hayden Geological Survey of 1871. Thomas Moran added color to Jackson’s black-and-white photos by painting what he saw. Their work helped convince those in Washington, D.C., that the region should be reserved as a national park, which happened the following year. Moran painted the Tetons, including his namesake mountain, but it’s probably he never actually made it to Jackson Hole. His work depicts scenes from the western side of the range, said Adam Harris, curator of art and research at the National Museum of Wildlife Art. In the days before World War II, before Jackson Hole tourism started to boom, artists began making the trek to the valley during the summer. They were frontiersmen and free spirits. These included Teater and Moller, but also famed painters William Leigh and Thomas Benton and prolific photographer Harrison Crandall, among others. They produced work during the summer, then headed off to the East Coast and other places for the rest of the year, looking to sell their paintings and photographs of the Tetons. Crandall, however, came and stayed, establishing himself on the shores of Jenny Lake and later becoming Grand Teton National Park’s first official photographer. It wasn’t until Jackson’s post-war tourism boom that entrepreneurial-minded people began establishing galleries around town. There was suddenly a plethora of people willing to buy art in and of Jackson Hole. Conrad Schwiering moved here in 1947 and went on to help establish Jackson as an arts destination. But
things weren’t easy at first. “There weren’t that many tourists then buying pictures,” said popular Jackson painter Bill Sawczuk. “I think he sold his first picture for $35. “He painted everything — ranch scenes, buildings, portraits of cowboys, horses, cattle and especially the mountains — at all times of the year,” Sawczuk said. That wasn’t as easy as it sounds, he said. Artists have always had to contend with the extreme weather, especially when attempting to paint winter scenes. “Once Conrad Schwiering came here and set up his shop,” Harris said, “others would come visit him.” Sawczuk never met Schwiering, but he did visit his studio on Antelope Flats in 1986, after the artist had died. He attributed his own commitment to plein air painting to Schwiering’s legacy. Since the beginning, it has always been the beauty and the wildness of the landscape that has drawn people to Jackson. The same things drew artists, said Jim Wilcox, a highly regarded 72-year-old painter with a studio and gallery north of town. “I think Connie said once, ‘There’s no way you can keep artists out of here. They just gravitate to beautiful places,’” Wilcox said, referring to Schwiering. Perhaps the greatest indicator of the valley’s coming of age as an arts town was historical painter John Clymer’s move to Teton Village in 1970. Clymer relocated here after a long career as a painter and illustrator, which included producing 80 covers for the Saturday Evening Post. “He was the sign of this place growing in stature as an art community,” Harris said. The rest has been history. “It was a cow town in the ’60s,” said Wilcox. “There was still a hitching post on Town Square. Galleries have been added and artists have been added. It’s become a more important place to show.”
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Diehl Gallery 155 W. Broadway 307-733-0905 DiehlGallery.com ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
Layers of history
By Ben Graham
nternationally renowned artist Hung Liu’s mixed media work, which often depicts ghostly images of her past life in communist China, may not seem the most natural fit for Jackson Hole’s annual Fall Arts Festival. It doesn’t contain moose, bison or bears. But that makes Hung Liu’s work more striking for those exploring Jackson Hole’s gallery scene this month. Mariam Diehl, owner of Diehl Gallery, first saw the 82-by-82inch centerpiece of Liu’s Fall Arts showcase at Trillium Graphics in Brisbane, Calif. It depicts a young girl staring out of the frame through layer upon layer of resin. “It just knocked the wind out of me,” Diehl said. “It’s haunting.” The work is part of the series titled “Layers” in which pieces are made using a combination of painting and printmaking. It will be on display at Diehl from Sept. 6 through Sept. 30. An opening reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 6 during the Palates and Palettes gallery walk. Each piece in Liu’s series is covered in layers of resin. In some layers she incorporates a combination of contemporary and traditional Chinese imagery. The base images in the works are prints of faces Liu has painted
Hung Liu’s work includes “Da Fan Che,” an 82-by-82-inch mixed-media portrait.
over the years. The paintings are based on old photographs from Liu’s experiences in China.
Born in Changchun, China, in 1948, Liu grew up under the Maoist regime. As a young woman
during China’s Cultural Revolution she was sent to work in a camp in the countryside. During
that time she photographed the regular people she met, which included peasants laborers and concubines, among others. She has been back to her homeland a number of times to collect similarly historic photos. Those anonymous faces serve as the basis for her “Layers” series. Liu eventually immigrated to the United States to study art at the University of California, San Diego, and now lives in Oakland, where she is a tenured professor in the art department at Mills College. This will be her second show in Jackson, but she has had exhibitions all over the world, including at the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Her work will be for sale at the Fall Arts showing. Diehl believes there are art collectors in Jackson who are interested in more than paintings of big game. “Jackson is truly a broad art market,” she said. “We have a lot to offer here in addition to the fantastic Western and wildlife artists. We have contemporary collectors who come to Jackson and who live in Jackson.” The gallery also will host a salon on the last day of the festival. Collectors will be able to see work by Simon Gudgeon, Susan Goldsmith, Les Thomas and Richard Painter — all of whom are participating in the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s 26th annual Western Visions show — and Anke Schofield and Luis Garcia-Nerey who worked together to create the series “Kollab.”
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“This is a space of co-creation, of seeing what incredible beauty can emerge out of people coming together.”
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has hosted Jackson extreme skier Lynsey Dyer for a weeklong session for girls from 11 to 15 called “She Shines.” And Botur leads a women’s circle in the bright but cozy meeting space behind the gallery. There’s also a small room intended to serve as a space that enerBy Richard Anderson gy practitioners can use for one-on-one treatments and consultations and, even n a hot sunny day in mid-July, further back in the expansive space, anan older couple from Oklahoma other room waiting to find its purpose. stood over a round table in the “We will be doing so many differdowntown gallery Intencions receiv- ent things here,” Botur said. “We’re ing a chakra tuning. looking to attract really great speakers They walked through seven colored from outside of Jackson as well as givcurtains, each deep hue corresponding ing a space for those here who haven’t to one of the seven energy centers — had a space.” chakras — of the human body, which Susan Russell Hall’s work fits Botur in turn correspond to an essential oil. and Marinaro’s intentions. On the walls Intencions “coare encaustics — creator” Daniela beeswax mixed Botur then set with deep hues four crystal bowls to make paintings ringing, running representing the a wooden baton essences of the around their rims seven chakras — like one runs a wet as well as larger fingertip around a pieces made from crystal wine glass. stained rice pa“I’d heard per. These latter about this,” the works, Botur ex– Daniela Botur plained, are actuwoman said of Intencions co-creator Botur’s process, ally assembled “but I didn’t know from the tea bags anything about it.” from pots of tea “I do this for everyone who comes in over which the artist had meaningful here,” Botur said after the couple had left. conversations with people. “It’s like a five-minute therapy. … I give “And then she put them together in people a pop to broaden their perspec- a way that’s very intentional,” she said. tive or just to receive for a moment.” “She’s taking a moment and a conversaAll of which supports Botur’s asser- tion and preserving it symbolically.” tion that Intencions is more than just Botur’s jewelry is similarly packed an art gallery. True, there is art on the with intention and significance. walls — currently and through at least “I am a crystal bowl artist as well as September, Seattle artist Susan Russell a flower essence/aromatherapy practiHall’s work as well as Botur’s jewelry tioner,” she said. “I combine it all with line Aromaje and Jackson artist Tim the gemstones, so these are really perJennings’ handmade wooden Native sonalized, meaningful pieces of jewelry American flutes. But Botur and her to enhance well being. … I will program partner, Frank Marinaro, have other that piece for them.” things in store for the 1,200-squareMarinaro described how he uses a foot space on West Broadway. silver and turquoise necklace Botur “This is a space of co-creation,” said made specifically for him. Botur, who has lived in the valley for “I get up in the morning,” he said, most of the past 25 years, “of seeing what “take five minutes to put on the necklace incredible beauty can emerge out of and then take a flower essence — just people coming together. … We created a drop under the tongue, a liquid that a container for programs and workshops come from flower — and that creates a for people whether they’re from Jackson focus for me. or we’re bringing them from outside.” “All the pieces for that process are Just since June 13, the date Inten- here,” he said. “We’ll help [clients] concions opened, that container has hosted nect with that and help them source some an imagination workshop of children. It of the products they need to do that.”
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Fresh take on wildlife
Heather James Fine Arts 172 Center St. 307-200-6090 HeatherJames.com ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
By Ben Graham
eather James Fine Art offers a slightly different take on Fall Arts Festival — a take designed to surprise and delight art oglers. Instead of a painting depicting a bugling elk or a lumbering moose, patrons entering the Center Street space are greeted by, among other pieces, a Salvador Dali horse sculpture with a melting clock draped across its back. Venture farther back into the gallery and you will come across a Damien Hirst piece, “Psalm 54: Deus, in nomine,” a mosaic of real butterfly wings arranged like a mandala. In the far right corner you can use a magnifying glass to examine miniscule paintings of bees, a product of the steady hand of Idaho artist Stephanie Wilde. And while you won’t find any grizzly bears, you will see a bronze horse by Deborah Butterfield, the appendages of which appear to be fashioned from wood but actually are cast bronze. That kind of variety in art, era and genre has become the hallmark of the gallery, and its full range will be displayed through September. “That’s the beauty of our
Sculptor Deborah Butterfield is known for horses that seem modern and rustic at the same time.
gallery,” said Shari Brownfield, the gallery’s director. “We get pieces in from all over the world. These things actually hang beautifully together.” Critter videos by artist Sam Easterson, which capture animals such as owls and armadillos in their homes, will play on a loop. Other pieces include a vibrantly colored 35-by-66-inch painting of a swimming zebra by Mexican artist Fernanda Brunet
and a bronze rooster by CubanAmerican artist Carlos Luna. “He tears up when he talks about his work,” Brownfield said of Luna. In addition to the contemporary take on animal life, which was curated by the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s curator of art and research, Adam Duncan Harris, the gallery will display other unique works, including two 500-year-old Japanese Shin-
to temple guard statues, which appear to be protecting two abstract expressionist works by Robert Neuman. Arranging a wall so that a centuries-old African mask fits in next to an Andy Warhol print was the work of internationally known curator Rush Jenkins, owner of WRJ Design Associates. Jenkins, an Idaho native, has helped design exhibitions all over the world. Heather James
hired him to hang the work now in the gallery. “What’s so great is, they’ve got such a diverse collection of artists,” Jenkins said. Though that also made hanging the art a challenge. For example, a giant 17thcentury wooden Buddha head from Myanmar (the country formally known as Burma) stares down a narrow corridor in the far right of the gallery. On the opposing wall, Jenkins hung work by two present-day Japanese artists, Kyoko Ibe and Kaoru Mansour, depicting earthy, abstract scenes. The seemingly unrelated pieces have a quieting effect on the viewer, Jenkins said, which was part of the goal of hanging them together. “There must be this calmness,” he said. He considers texture, negative space and the general feel of a piece when deciding how to arrange a space, he said. One of Jenkins’ goals is to curate so that “the design of the space doesn’t take away from the individual artwork.” The effect at Heather James provides Fall Arts Festival patrons with a remarkable combination of interesting wildlife art, treasures from antiquity and work from some of the art world’s rock stars of the past century. Indeed gallery walkers may feel as though they are visiting several different galleries when strolling through Heather James.
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A special supplement to the Jackson Hole News&Guide
Visions 3 Mangelsen
Latest work documents photographerâ€™s globetrotting at Images of Nature.
Miniature show at National Museum of Wildlife Art has become a big deal, 10.
8 Wild by Nature Well-known shooter of greater Yellowstone ventures farther afield.
13 The Cairn Project Bronwyn Minton marks the way with latest collaborative public art.
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3 Mangelsen — Images
4 By Nature Gallery 6 Brookover Gallery 7 Vertical Peaks Fine Art 8 Wild By Nature Gallery 9 Mountain Trails Gallery 10 National Museum of
Wildlife Art Western Visions
12 Horizon Fine Art 13 Bronwyn Minton’s ‘Cairns’ 15 Hennes Gallery 16 Astoria Fine Art 17 Scott Christensen 18 Culture Front’s ‘Starters’
Astoria Fine Art will host a reception for Jeff Legg on Sept. 6 (see page 16). “Sustenance,” an oil, measures 30 by 36 inches.
ON THE COVER: “Teton Elk” is by Western Visions featured painter Mark Eberhard (see page 10).
ART ASSOCIATION OF JACKSON HOLE FALL ARTS FESTIVAL EVENTS: SPOTLIGHT ON LOCAL ARTISTS FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 5:30 – 7:30pm
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 10:00am - 4:30pm
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Jackson Rising: The 2nd Annual Local’s Exhibition
Support the Jackson community’s quality, local artists for this 13th annual, one day fair. 40 Local Artists • Fine Art • Unique Gifts • Great Food
Food from The Gun Barrel Steak & Game House Art Association Gallery & Lobby • FREE Artists Include: Remy Milosky Houston Guy Greg Broseus
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Everest: An Exhibition of Aerial Photographs of Mt. Everest
Art Association Theater Gallery • FREE Featuring the work of William Thompson (former National Geographic photographer)
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OUTDOOR PHOTOGRAPHY SYMPOSIUM Black Box Theatre, Center for the Arts
This all-day photography symposium led by the Art Association supported Teton Photography Group will feature seven 35 minute sessions on topics including: gear for wildlife photography, photographing landscapes, flowers, plants, large mammals, birds, and perfecting outdoor composition. The symposium will culminate with a special guest lecture, The Art of Everest from William Thompson (former National Geographic photographer)
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THOMAS D. MANGELSEN
Whether he’s photographing bears or free-ranging horses, Tom Mangelsen captures the wild side. He shot “Wild Thunder” in Colorado.
Mangelsen — Images of Nature Gallery 170 N. Cache St. 307-733-9752 Mangelsen.com ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
By Mike Koshmrl
ildlife advocate Tom Mangelsen took to the air this spring in a quest to find bear 399, a grizzly mama now known around the world because of his camera. A plane Mangelsen chartered flew high above the Teton Wilderness, where he suspected 399 wintered. First he spotted 399’s tracks. Following them he then spotted her — and three tiny cubs of the year — on a remote ridge.
“We found her in a single day early this May,” Mangelsen said. “It was a great thrill, because she lost her two cubs last year.” Two weeks later, with cubs in tow, grizzly 399 wandered out of the high country toward her usual roadside haunts. In addition to portraits of the bears, Images of Nature has a host of other new wildlife photos Mangelsen has taken all around the world. The new art chronicles the gruff-voiced photographer’s travels. Kenya’s Amboseli National Park for elephants, the banks of the Platte River in Nebraska for sandhill cranes, the high meadows of Colorado for wild horses — Mangelsen certainly made the rounds this past year. Fall Arts Festival is Mangelsen’s and Images of Nature Gallery’s time for their annual reception, held this year from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 14. Mangelsen will be present
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at the catered gathering to meet his fans. Drinks will be served. A new coffee-table book, “Yellowstone Wildlife: Ecology and Natural History of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem,” also will be available. The 228-page paperback, Mangelsen’s “fourth or fifth” book he said, is a collaboration with University of Nebraska biology professor Paul Johnsgard, Mangelsen’s college professor. Johnsgard describes the lives of animal species that dwell in Grand Teton National Park and Jackson Hole. “It’s something I’ve been working on for four years with Paul,” Mangelsen said. Pairing once again with Nikai, Images of Nature also will be partaking in the Palates and Palettes gallery walk from 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 6. Beer, wine and sushi will be served, and new works will be unveiled. New landscape photographs include
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“Colorado Aspens,” taken in western Colorado’s White River National Forest, and “Snake River Maples,” which captures the bigtooth maples and aspens of the Snake River canyon. “Teton Triptych” is a threepanel landscape of the Teton range taken in Grand Teton National Park. Then, of course, there are the bear shots. Three new photos of 17-year-old 399 and her months-old cubs now adorn the walls of Images of Nature. In one, the triplets are hiding behind mom. In another, they’re scratching themselves on a pole. The cubs are wandering with their mother down Pilgrim Creek Road in the third. The grace and emotion captured in the new grizzly photos were born of hard work and long hours in the field. “I was looking for 399 and 610 all spring,” Mangelsen said. “A lot of my time is spent doing that.”
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Dead bones tell tales
By Nature Gallery 65 E. Broadway 307-200-6060 ByNatureGallery.com ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
By Jennifer Dorsey
ad he lived to be an adult, he would have grown to more than 20 feet long, nourished on the plants that grew 115 million or so years ago in what’s now the Bighorn Basin. But this dinosaur, a species called Tenontosaurus tilleti, was still a juvenile and only about 4 feet long when he died. His skeleton, found beneath his mother’s in Montana in the Cloverly Formation and now for sale at By Nature Gallery in Jackson, offers evidence that life wasn’t easy for herbivores back then. “We thought a piece of his foot was missing,” By Nature director Doug Bradstreet said, pointing to a small gap in bone structure, “but it was bitten off. You can see where the bone was starting to heal.” “Wow” is a word Bradstreet is accustomed to hearing from people who walk through his doors, and the Tenontosaurus isn’t the only reason. By Nature Gallery offers what is arguably the most unusual shopping experience in Jackson Hole. Some of its wares, like the fossils, are Mother Nature’s creations. Others are the work of jewelers, craftsmen and artists inspired by the natural world. Look one way and you’ll see real butterflies encased in plastic; look another and you’ll find brass-and-aragonite earrings crafted in butterfly shapes. A new sequoia table, 65 inches in diameter, is all natural. Jewelry boxes load-
A woolly rhinocerous skull and horns give an idea of how large the creature was.
This Tenontosaurus tilleti is one of the amazing sights at By Naure Gallery.
ed with small drawers, some hidden, are man-made, each fashioned from a single piece of aspen. These have been a big hit with customers, Bradstreet said, as have boxes, animal fetishes and vases made by North Carolina artist Larry Favorite from ironwood, turquoise and silver. Glittering minerals, including amethyst, quartz and citrine, are on display around the store. By Nature has doubled its selection of high-end minerals and also has expanded its selection of geodes — natural surprise packages that look like humdrum rocks on the outside but, when split, reveal treasure troves of sparkling crystals. At the gallery’s geode-splitting station, customers can buy one and break it open to find what’s inside. As many as 50 people a day take advantage of the opportunity. Other items in the gallery include
Tony Newlin photographs of animals that modern-day outdoor adventurers can see in the wild if they travel to the right places. The images hang not far from boxes displaying critters that folks would hate to find in their sleeping bags. A tarantula is one, a camel spider another. Though dead they look just like they would if alive. “It has four fangs,” Bradstreet said of the camel spider. “It just clamps on.” Kids tend to like the bugs, Bradstreet said. He teaches a program at Etna Elementary that culminates with the students coming to the gallery. Seeing insects, minerals and fossils offers a natural history lesson that’s better than textbooks, he said. It’s one thing to read about the extinct woolly rhinoceros, which weighed 6,000 to 7,000 pounds, but when students see a
massive skull-and-horn fossil found in Russia, Bradstreet said, they can say, “Yes, they were real. Yes, they were really big,” Trilobites, which flourished in great variety until being wiped out 250 million years ago, were the first animals with sophisticated visual systems. Bradstreet can make that point by showing students a fossilized asaphus trilobite with intact eye stalks. By Nature has been remodeled for a more open, airy feel. The kids space has been enlarged, and a new flatscreen TV on the wall plays movies like “Ice Age” and “Jurassic Park” on occasions when lots of youngsters are in the gallery. Other times the screen shows pictures of items for sale in the Jackson gallery and its counterpart in Beaver Creek, Colo. But the real things are better than any pictures. “Most museums don’t have specimens this good,” Bradstreet said.
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Photographer David Brookover calls this “Jen’s Boo” for the woman, Jen, who recommended the bamboo (boo) paper on which the image is printed.
The power of the print
Brookover Gallery 125 N. Cache 307-732-3988 BrookoverGallery.com ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
By Kelsey Dayton
f you walked into Brookover Gallery a few years ago, vibrant color landscapes would have greeted you: purple mountains and glowing orange canyons. Photographer David Brookover was known for shooting bright landscapes with his large-format camera. Back then 80 percent of the prints on the gallery’s walls were color, Brookover said, and about 20 percent was black-and-white. Today if you walk into the gallery, about 85 percent of the images are black-and-white, marking a dramatic change in Brookover’s work in recent years as he has shifted his focus from the image to the way he prints it. During Fall Arts Festival, Brookover Gallery will again partner with Amangani and Four Seasons resorts for “Mocha’s Bash for the Birds” — named in honor of the photographer’s dog — Sept. 6 during the Palates and Palettes gallery walk. The $5 entry fee goes to the Teton Raptor Center, whose feathered residents will be on display at the gallery along with a variety of new work from Brookover. The photographer will showcase “Stallions of Andalusia,” a series he shot this spring in Spain. The portraits capture the horses’ ferocity and beau-
ty, but the artistry doesn’t end with the images. The pictures are printed using traditional techniques such as photogravure, silver gelatin and platinum-palladium methods. Brookover became interested in traditional printing processes around 2006. Things were changing so fast in photography. Printing was becoming more and more software-driven, he said. He missed the art of traditional printing. Brookover also was tiring of the vibrantly colored prints inundating the market. It seemed everyone was shooting color landscapes. The coloring was becoming oversaturated, he felt, and he didn’t like the trend of printing on canvas. He wanted something to differentiate his work, but also to challenge him as an artist. Brookover discovered printers all around the world were specializing in platinum and palladium, bromoil and silver gelatins, and using handmade papers and archival materials. “The printing is just as important as the photography,” Brookover said. “Ansel Adams was probably a better printer than he was a photographer.” This year Brookover expanded his printing techniques to include photogravure, a process that is likely the closest thing left to using woodblocks for creating prints. The result is an almost silk-like finish that is slightly embossed. “I’ve just fallen in love with the older process,” Brookover said. “Photography became fine art because of these processes.” The processes can take decades to perfect, but when done correctly they result in prints that last for-
ever and attract high-end collectors. Brookover’s new images of the Andalusian horses are printed with photogravure and silver gelatins, depending on the personality of the stallion. The series is mostly portraits. Silver gelatin is perfect for capturing the fire of the stallions. The medium results in a striking effect that makes the images pop. Photogravure creates a softer scene. Brookover used that technique on a long-haired white horse with an old stable in the background. The image was printed on bamboo paper and is one of the first color images Brookover has shot in about five years. “It’s not that pow factor, but you can kinda breathe softly when you look at it,” he said. Brookover printed on bamboo paper several large images — 30 by 44 inches — which give people a sense of the size of the animals. They look almost like paintings, he said. Since Brookover switched to focusing on the printing process, he has expanded his fan base. It now includes high-end collectors drawn not just to the image but to how it’s printed. Some of his pieces are selling for $30,000. “There’s no more matching a print to the curtains,” he said. About a year ago a woman from the Museum of Modern Art in New York City visited Brookover’s gallery on North Cache and told a staff member she had never seen so many platinum prints hanging anywhere outside MoMA. That, Brookover said, is one of the best compliments he has received.
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Strong artistic voices
Vertical Peaks Fine Art 165 N. Center St. 307-733-7744 VerticalPeaksFineArt.com ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
By Kate Hull
or Terry and Joy Kennedy, the couple behind the longtime Jackson business Raindance Indian Arts, the decision to open a fine art gallery was an easy one. Now, more than a decade later, Vertical Peaks Fine Art remains a hub for the breadth of Western-inspired art, traditional and contemporary. Calling the work her gallery carried “accessible and affordable art for every taste,” Joy Kennedy is looking forward to this year’s Fall Arts Festival, when the gallery will showcase two female artists: Anita Lewis, appearing with crossover-country flutist Hally Loe on the festival’s opening night, Sept. 6, and artist Kate McCavitt at the closing brunch Sept. 15. Also the gallery’s resident sculptor, R. Scott Nickell, will be present throughout the festival, showcasing his art and working in the studio. “Our two featured painters are both strong women with strong artistic voices,” Kennedy said. “Both take aspects of everyday life and enhance and accentuate it in their art in a way that
Anita Lewis’ “Cowboy Clancy,” an oil on canvas, measures 48 by 30 inches.
makes you feel like you are looking at it through a new lens.” McCavitt is a trained sumi-e — Chinese brush — artist whose work is characterized by colorful, textured abstraction with nods to Asian traditions. The mountains of the West, however, have been inspiring her recent work,
and she has started to include more representational elements in her textured pieces. McCavitt’s work features her “signature transparent fluid acrylic washes to build color,” her artist statement reads, “and her metallic detail outlining to define intricate shapes for a cloisonne effect.” Lewis, a California native, seems to have always had a knack for the visually and texturally appealing. She cultivated an internationally renowned modern interior design career while living in Germany. Twenty years later she decided to move back to the United States, where she hung up her interior design hat and once again picked up a paintbrush, taking her back to where she started as a young girl: oil painting. “The art of Anita Lewis embraces the rare use of the classical medium of oils in abstract work,” her statement reads. “Lewis revels in the challenge of incorporating classical with modern, as she identifies strongly with modern art and architecture, as well as the classics.” Lewis’ work plays on a combination of textures and has been described as earthy with a loose freedom of brushstrokes and style. Hoping to get a little inspiration before her trip out West for Fall Arts Festival, Lewis stayed at the T-Cross Dude Ranch in Dubois. While there she came across a photo of a 20-year-old
cowboy, Guy “Clancey” Rinderknecht, atop his horse. Just 24 hours after the photo was taken, Rinderknecht was killed in a car accident that also injured his brother and grandmother. “I am an artist, and I paint with my feelings,” Lewis said in her statement. “This story grabbed me by the gut, as this was too young of a man to have to leave so suddenly. “But there was something about the photo that took my attention. His face was obscured; he looked almost ethereal. It was also said that this was his favorite picture, upon his favorite horse. I had to paint this photo.” Lewis painted the image and plans to auction it at Vertical Peaks, with the proceeds going to the family. Another artist with a striking style, resident sculptor Nickell, made the transition from the Texas oil and gas industry to sculpting just 10 years ago. His work is characterized by strong artistry, attention to detail and indepth historical accuracy. “Nickell is a holdover from the way Western men all were,” Kennedy said, “capable, polite and very good at what they do for a living. “His work has a feel to it of the Old West and it’s proud traditions that are still with us in many ways today,” she said. “I mention the character of the artists, because artists put a piece of their soul in their work, and these three have beautiful souls and beautiful art.”
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Bison, bears and wildebeests
Wild by Nature Gallery 95 W. Deloney Ave. 307-733-8877 WildByNatureGallery.com –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
By Kelsey Dayton
frica may be thousands of miles away, but Jackson Hole photographer Henry Holdsworth found something familiar there on his trip this year. “The mountains are a bonus here in Jackson Hole, but it’s the same thing,” said Holdsworth, who owns Wild by Nature Gallery on West Deloney. “It’s the vastness and it’s the incredible amounts of wildlife.” Holdsworth captured that wildlife while visiting the Serengeti. Images from his trip will be on display at his gallery during the Fall Arts Festival along with new photographs of winter scenes in Yellowstone National Park. “The focus is going to be bison, bears and wildebeests,” Holdsworth said. The gallery also will feature images of other animals, including giraffes, as well as plenty of landscapes. During the Sept. 6 Palates and Palettes Gallery Walk, Wild by Nature will partner with Nani’s Cucina Italiana for a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Holdsworth will be at the reception to meet those wanting to check out his new work and to sign books.
Henry Holdsworth looks for intimacy in his close-ups. This is “Snowed In.”
Holdsworth, who grew up in Massachusetts, first visited Yellowstone National Park as a seasonal employee. He was immediately taken by the landscape and wildlife. He studied wildlife biology and environmental education, which helps him understand wildlife behavior and what types of behaviors to look for while shooting in the field. Holdsworth also likes to capture the personality of the animals and the settings. He has been photographing them for
30 years, and for the past eight years he has taught photography workshops in the park. “In all that time,” he said, “I haven’t run out of things to photograph yet.” It’s hard to pinpoint exactly what it is about animals that fascinates Holdsworth. “Everything interests me,” he said, “being outside, watching them struggle to survive.” Every season — even every day — is a test for animals. Just to get through a winter can be a feat. Most creatures have at
37 years of inspiration at 6,000 feet
least one predator to avoid. At the same time they’re trying to scrape up enough food to make it through another day. “A lot of [the appeal] is the struggle for survival and seeing how everything is interconnected,” Holdsworth said. He has watched the ecosystem around Jackson change with the reintroduction of wolves and the growing populations of grizzly bears and mountain lions. Not only does he relish the opportunity to capture these predators with
his camera, he sees more of other animals he likes to photograph, such as foxes and beavers. He likes to create images where the animal is part of a larger scene and setting. “The artist in me is drawn to what is most interesting,” Holdsworth said. “Some days it’s the wide landscape, and sometimes it’s up close. It just depends on the weather.” In a community where there are dozens of wildlife and landscape photographers, Holdsworth sets himself apart by using the weather, which has the ability to change the light and mood of a scene. He likes to look for snow or thunderstorms or valley fog running across the horizon. He also tries to create images off the beaten path. When he does photograph in areas where people flock — like on the side of a park road where to grizzly bear 399 is foraging with her cubs — he puts in the time to connect with the subjects, something that shows in his images. “I look for an intimacy with my close-up images,” he said. It’s a style he took to Africa, too. In addition to noticing similarities with Wyoming’s landscape, the wildebeest migration intrigued him, reminding him of the bison migration in North America before the modern world encroached on the continent. Holdsworth will debut about 20 new images at Wild By Nature during Fall Arts Festival.
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Mountain Trails Gallery 155 N. Center St. 307-734-8150 MtnTrails.net –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
By Mike Koshmrl
ildflowers, American flags and aspen groves. They’re the go-to subjects for Mountain Trails Gallery featured artist Troy Collins, a contemporary impressionist who currently has a number of works on display at the gallery. “That’s what pays the bills for me,” Collins said. “A lot of aspen trees.” It’s for a good reason. His “Fearless,” a 4-by-8-foot oil landscape that’s being showcased at the gallery now, captures an impressive mosaic of bright-hued yellow-, orange- and red-leafed aspens. Set your eyes on it and the largescale work will leave an indelible impression. A Montanan, Collins learned the nuances of the aspen from Robert Moore, his mentor and a painter whose work can be seen at Trailside Galleries. Along with a handful of other Mountain Trails favorites, Collins is making the trek to the gallery’s 6,500-square-foot Center Street showroom for the Fall Arts Festival this year. On Sept. 14, after participating in the QuickDraw on Town Square, other featured Mountain Trails artists — such as Dustin Payne, Amy Poor, Chris Navarro, Jeff Ham and John Potter — will join Collins,
Aspen groves are one of Troy Collins’ favorite subjects. “Evidence of Faith,” an oil, measures 60 by 96 inches.
gallery patrons and staff members for a group show at the gallery. It’s Mountain Trail’s main event this year during Fall Arts Festival. “We’re going to be featuring all of the artists’ work,” said Alice Grant, Mountain Trails’ creative director. “It’s the most exciting time of the year in our gallery,” Grant said. “We showcase all of our best work and love the energy of the collectors being present as
Mountain Trails Fall Arts schedule Friday, Sept. 6 5 to 8 p.m. ‚ Barbara and Glen Edwards Retrospective with light refreshments. Saturday, Sept. 7 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Tammy Callens paints in the gallery Monday, Sept. 9 5 to 8 p.m. — Andrew Bolam: Icons of the American West
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Friday, Sept. 13 5 to 8 p.m. — Mark Gibson: Western Radiance Saturday, Sept. 14 9 a.m. — QuickDraw Art Sale and Auction on Town Square with many Mountain Trails featured artists Sunday, Sept. 15 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Mountain Trails Collectors Brunch
well as the artists.” During Fall Arts Festival there will be daily events at Mountain Trails. See the schedule below or, for a complete lineup of what’s in store, visit MtnTrails.net/events. Besides its staple Western, figurative, wildlife, still life and landscape paintings, Mountain Trails carries sculptures and antique reproductions. Nicholas Coleman’s classic Western scenes are an example of the variety of work the gallery carries. His 60-by-84-inch painting “Otter Camp at Chimney Rock” features a Native American village on the shores of the North Platte, with the landmark sandstone pillar as a backdrop. “We are excited for what will be a compelling series of shows,” Grant said, “culminating in our group show on Saturday.” Collins already has an idea of what he’ll paint for the popular Town Square QuickDraw competition. “I think I’m going with one of those red-yelloworange aspen trees,” he said. “I’m excited to be a part of it, and I’m looking forward to it.”
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National Museum of Wildlife Art’s miniature show has become a big deal.
By Richard Anderson
ne of the Fall Arts Festival’s biggest events each year is also one of the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s biggest fundraisers each year. Western Visions spans five weeks, encompasses five exhibitions and showcases work by more than 150 of the finest wildlife artists in the world. This year’s 26th annual installment also celebrates two longtime stalwarts of the wildlife art world: Colorado sculptor Veryl Goodnight and Ohio painter Mark Eberhard. Jennifer Lee, associate director of programs and events at the museum, said the process of selecting Western Visions featured artists involves name recognition, who’s “hot” and who has something important to say, among other criteria. “We also want to make sure we can build a program around them,” Lee said (see below for more about each artist). Around Goodnight and Eberhard the museum has put together a “Going Wild” theme that will include live animals, sketch and process workshops, lectures and, of course, a conservation message. On Sept. 12, Goodnight will lecture on a subject that has become dear to her since she took up dogsledding — the evolution of wolves to dogs — and also will sketch live canine models. That evening, Eberhard, who paints everything from Ohio chipmunks to Wyoming bison to African cheetahs, will lead a sketching workshop featuring birds from the Teton Raptor Center. But this year’s Western Visions started long before the 29th annual Fall Arts Festival got underway. The fourth annual Original Prints Show and Sale and the seventh annual Sketch Show and Sale opened Aug. 17 and hangs through Sept. 22. Woodcuts and aquatints, pencil sketches and field studies offer glimpses of the processes of many favorite Western Visions artists and give Wildlife Art Museum patrons another, often more affordable way to support the institution. And the annual Miniatures and More show was hung Aug. 31 and will remain up in one form or another through late October. Of course, things really begin to get wild during Fall Arts Festival, beginning with an early Palates and Palettes party Sept. 6. Starting at 3 p.m., museum visitors can enjoy mini margaritas and mini tacos provided by the museum’s Rising Sage Cafe while getting a look at the more than 200 paintings and sculptures in the Miniatures and More show. The early start means guests can easily make it back to Jackson for the downtown gallery walk that gets Fall Arts Festival swinging each year. For 16 years Western Visions has also featured a jewelry show and sale. This year the bling will be unveiled at an ar-
Western Visions sculptor Veryl Goodnight’s bronze Born to Run was inspired by a dogsledding experie
tisan luncheon at 11 a.m. Sept. 11 hosted by Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole in Teton Village. At the ladies-only feast for the eyes and the taste buds, guests will be able to preview and purchase wearable art — jewelry, fiber, leather and more — by Jill Duzan, John Elichai, Holst and Lee, Georgia Mayer, Daria Solus and many others. The show and sale continue at the museum, where oneof-a-kind and limited-edition works will be on display Sept. 12 and 13. And then, of course, there’s the 26th annual Wild West Artist Party, starting at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 12. Patrons get to view the art, bid on chances to purchase their favorite works and meet and mingle with artists like Mary Roberson, Thomas Quinn, Nancy Dunlop Cawdrey, Kathryn Mapes Turner, Ralph Oberg and many others. Typically, about 100 to 125 artists show up for the event. “That’s a really high number,” Lee said. “They love to come, because it’s so beautiful. They go out and paint and do a lot of
work while they are here.” Rising Sage is again in the spo there’s a full bar and live entertain Western Visions hits its stride Miniatures and More Show and S drawings to determine who goes pieces. Again, food, drink and artis are given to distinguished artists Red Smith Award, which the att award to their favorite work of art Remarkably, the events of W there. Art a’Brewin’, set for 10 a.m museum patrons back to enjoy a c fruit, pick up their new artwork a went unsold at the event. Those display through Oct. 27, and visit them at any time. That’s a lot of partying. But then
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By Richard Anderson
ark Eberhard brings high realism of a classical order to his wildlife paintings, yet he adds a contemporary touch that invariably strikes a chord. “I have a lot of people who say, ‘I don’t buy paintings of animals,’ but they buy Mark Eberhard,” said Astoria Fine Art owner Greg Fulton, Eberhard’s Jackson Hole gallery for the past four years. “There are only a few artists I’ve crossed paths with who appeal to just about every collector.” Eberhard is the featured painter in the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s 26th annual Western Visions show and sale, along with Colorado sculptor Veryl Goodnight. He will present three works at the event: a 12-by-16-inch painting of a barred owl at night — a nocturnal, after Frederic Remington — a larger work showing a member of the Jackson Hole Elk Herd posing in front of the Teton Range, and another large painting of a gathering of seven yellow-headed blackbirds called “Cattail Clowns.” “They really speak to me about Jackson,” the 63-year-old from Terrace Park, Ohio, outside of Cincinnati, said of the gregarious wetland dwellers. Eberhard’s interests in art and birds
date back to a young age. He applied his skills pragmatically, studying design at the University of Cincinnati and then earning a Master of Fine Arts at Yale University. Back home in Ohio (except for a few years, he has always lived and worked in or around Cincinnati and today lives in the house of a childhood friend), Eb-
erhard started a graphics design firm. He and his business partner were successful enough to require some administrative help. The woman they hired, Alice, eventually became Eberhard’s wife. They have three children. “I’m trained as a graphic designer,” he said in a phone interview. “When I approach a painting, it’s a very flat space that I’m working in.” Some people might fill that space with leaves and trees and landscaping, “but I’m not interested in that,” he said. He fills his backgrounds with color, usually a nuanced, slightly graduated shade. “It brings more attention to the subject matter.” Often the color relates to the birds. “Ravens and yellow-headed blackbirds have an iridescent quality,” he said, “so there may be lots of blues and reds and purples.” These days he uses a computer in the initial design of the painting. “That gives me lots of opportunities to look at color,” he said. “Living where I live,” he said, “when I look out the back door I see deer once in a while. I don’t see bison or elk or bears. I see chipmunks, I see birds. That’s what I focus on. There’s such a variety, size and coloring
and shapes — that’s what interested me.” Eberhard’s work has been seen in Jackson Hole since around 2006, when he first showed it at the National Museum of Wildlife Art. In Jackson Hole for that show, he went looking for a gallery to represent him and found Lyndsay McCandless’ now defunct contemporary gallery on South Jackson Street. When that closed, he switched to Fulton’s Astoria Fine Art, where he’s been for four years, he said. Eberhard has participated in the museum’s miniature show since, but his art has not been in its permanent collection. Until now. “It’s really a big honor,” he said of being selected to be a featured artist in this year’s Western Visions show. “There are lots and lots of people they could have chosen instead of me. … I’m extremely honored.” Also as part of his featured artist appearance, Eberhard will lecture and demonstrate his process and technique, during which he will work from live “models” supplied by the Teton Raptor Center. He also will be present for a show at Astoria Fine Art with Astoria stablemates Greg Beecham, Joshua Tobey and Jeff Legg (see page 16D).
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Yellow-headed blackbirds “really speak to me about Jackson,” painter Mark Eberhard said of “Cattail Clowns,” a 24-by-36-inch oil.
Visions to behold
The National Museum of Wildlife Art fills Fall Arts Festival with its Western Visions shows and sales. Events are free unless noted. Through Sept. 22 Fourth annual Original Prints Show and Sale Through Sept. 22 Seventh annual Sketch Show and Sale Aug. 31-Sept. 22 26th annual Paintings and Sculpture Show and Sale Sept. 6 3 to 5 p.m. — Palates and Palettes Sept. 11 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. — 16th annual Jewelry and Artisan Luncheon; $100 per person. Call 307-732-5412 for information and to register. Sept. 12 and 13 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. — Jewelry and Artisan Show and Sale
By Richard Anderson
eryl Goodnight’s life and work has explored the boundaries of wildness for decades. Descended from Western ranching stock, she is intimately familiar with the cattle and horses and dogs that are the usual denizens of the High Plains operation, as well as the coyotes, foxes, jackrabbits, assorted rodents and other critters that live on the fringes of civilization. But taking up dogsledding got her thinking about ancient relationships between the wild and the civilized — and a sculpture for the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s 2013 Western Visions show and sale. Goodnight, whose work has been on display in Jackson Hole since 1972 at Trailside Galleries, is with Mark Eberhard a featured artist at this year’s events at the museum. She will bring two sculptures and a painting. One sculpture is a bronze of a fox running with an apple in its mouth, a smaller version of Fall Harvest, which she presented at last year’s show. “Everybody loves foxes,” she said. “It’s one of the few animals you’ll find that has very little controversy about.”
Sept. 12 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. — Going Wild with Veryl Goodnight; $75 per person; $100 combo ticket for Goodnight and Eberhard. Call 307-732-5412 for information and to register. 1 to 2:30 p.m. — Going Wild with Mark Eberhard; $75 per person; $100 combo ticket for Goodnight and Eberhard. Call 307-7325412 for information. 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. — 26th annual Wild West Artist Party; $150 per person, includes catalog. Call 307-732-5412. Sept. 13 3:30 p.m. — 26th annual Miniatures and More Show and Sale; $100 per person includes catalog. Call 307-732-5412. Sept. 25 10 a.m.-4 p.m. — Art a’ Brewin’ Sept. 25 through Oct. 27 Still Available
The other bronze is titled Born to Run and depicts two sled dogs, tongues a-wagging and at a full-out run. The painting is “Dawn Patrol,” which shows two similarly posed wolves loping through snow in Yellowstone National Park. These two latter works are the focus of her new obsessions — dog sledding and
the evolutionary link between wolves and dogs — and the subject of the lecture she will deliver at 10 a.m. Sept. 12. Goodnight took up dogsledding five years ago. “I’ve always done sports with animals,” the 66-year-old from Mancos, Colo., said. “This is something I can do at my age. It’s still very physical. ... It’s fast, wonderful, exciting. ... I can’t believe that something that’s so low-tech, really, can be so complicated.” There’s the equipment to manage, of course, but also the personalities of the dogs and the ever-changing snow conditions and the physicality of the sport. “I’ve lost the whole team,” she said of her squad of three Alaskan huskies. “I’ve had to do the walk of shame.” But the experience that was the most exciting, sobering and eye-opening was what she called the “turkey hunt.” “It had a huge impact on me,” she said. One winter day not too long ago she was out with her dogs. “According to my GPS, we were flying along on good snow at about 17.5 mph,” she said. Suddenly a turkey ran out in front of the dogs. They went left; Goodnight went right, into waist-deep powder. She regained control of her dogs, but then one
got away, grabbed the turkey and broke the bird’s neck. “After the initial shock, the main feeling that flooded me was that instead of trying to hold back three powerful 50- to 60-pound dogs in prime condition and prime age I was holding back thousands of years of evolution,” she said. “And I couldn’t do it. I couldn’t overcome it.” Born to Run was born from that experience. Also born from the turkey hunt was a compulsion to explore the link between canines’ primal ancestors — wolves — and mankind’s domestic companion — dogs. Recognizing that domestic dogs were not typical work for the wildlife art museum, she contacted its president, Jim McNutt, and told him what she was working on and how it might tie into a program about evolution. “Something they’ve wanted to do at the museum is to work with the theme of evolution,” she said, “so Jim loved it.” Goodnight has had a long relationship with the arts in Jackson Hole and with the museum. Still, she said, she was honored to be featured in Western Visions this year. “They took a big leap of faith to let me deal with evolution,” she said. “It’s very complicated story.”
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hristopher Owen Nelson has an arboreal obsession. “I have a really deep relationship with trees,” the native Coloradan said. “When I look at a tree I feel that it deserves the same attention as a person’s portrait.” Nelson, whose signature work finds form in reverse paintings on Plexiglas, is Horizon Fine Art’s featured artist for the 2013 Fall Arts Festival. He will exhibit large-scale works in a solo show that kicks off the gallery’s festivities, joining a smattering of other Horizon stalwarts who work in media as diverse as watercolor and kinetic sculpture. Nelson’s technical epiphany occurred when he was 20 and working at a Denver snowboard shop using acrylic clamps to work on boards. He got into the habit of doing etchings on small sheets of acrylic. “One day I thought, ‘Oh man, it would be super cool if you could carve into it and flip it around and it would be a relief image,’” Nelson said. “I immediately just kind of fell in love with the immediate texture and dimensional quality.” A painter by training, he took to painting the grooves and experimenting with blowtorches. These days he also is experimenting with new materials such as paper and textiles to create collages with sculptural effects. “One of my goals with my collage work is to incorporate a human element,” Nelson said, “so that the work embodies this relationship between man and nature and that connectivity I feel with the trees.” In 2008, Nelson was named a “21 Under 31” emerging artist by Southwest Art magazine. He has ascended in the arts community since his days in the snowboard shop, scoring commissions from
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companies and private collectors while maintaining strong ties to the subject matter he finds meaningful. Nelson’s show, “The Fortune Tellers,” runs from Sept. 5-8. He will be in residence during the Palates and Palettes gallery walk Sept. 6. Nelson will show videos of his process at the reception, but he prefers to keep most of the details under wraps. “I think there’s something to be said for keeping something to yourself,” he said. Many of the gallery’s artists will participate in demonstrations at the annual show “New Horizons IV.” A range of styles and tastes will be on display, with opportunities to meet and mingle with the artists. Their work — interspersed with a selection of Nelson’s — will be on display from Sept. 9 through Sept. 15. The group show will include Dean Bradshaw, Jill Hartley, Kay Stratman, Karen Sebesta, Pete Zaluzec, Mark Kelso, Amos Robinson, Sarah Rogers, Jack Koonce, Dan Stoklasa, Monica Jansen, Nicole Gaitan and Bregelle Whitworth Davis. Gallery owner Barbara Nowak has always assembled a large and diverse lineup for Fall Arts, said Mary Rossington, director of Horizon Fine Art. “There is just so much talent out there that we want all of them to be showcased in some way,” Rossington said. A reception during the Sept. 11 Art Walk will feature artist demonstrations and a trunk show for local jeweler Monica Jansen from 5 to 8 p.m. Jansen’s signature work takes the form of long chains of pearls, turquoise and amber that can be wrapped into pieces of varying lengths and effects. Artists Dean Bradshaw and Kay Stratman will participate in the Sept. 14 QuickDraw on Town Square. Bradshaw is a landscape painter in Utah, and Stratman, a Jackson Hole painter, works in watercolor. Horizon says sayonara to the festival with a “Farewell to Fall” champagne brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 15. At least six artists will be demonstrating at the event, and more will be present to chat about their work with gallery visitors.
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Jackson artist Bronwyn Minton often imbues forms with a sense of mystery, as in this 2008 stoneware work titled “Case Pile.”
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By Claire Withycombe
ronwyn Minton’s new art installation should be easy to find. The Jackson Hole artist’s Cairn project will take over a stretch of Cache Street as the first installation in Jackson Hole Public Art’s “Earthbound” series. Minton’s proposal — the “unanimous pick” of Jackson Hole Public Art’s selection committee, the group’s director, Carrie Geraci, said in a statement — is for a series of large cairns: sculptures resembling piles of rocks built to guide travelers in alpine areas. Minton, who hikes, was inspired by the dual meaning of the pedestrian-constructed sculptures and their relevance to life in Jackson Hole. “They’re great things to have, especially in a mountain community,” Minton said. “People actually use them all over the world for way-finding and also for memorials.” The project proceeded naturally from her studio work. “I have been working with creating multiples with clay and wood in my studio,” Minton said. “It made perfect sense to
Minton’s Cairn project appeals to her love of materials and collaboration.
make a bigger piece that people can play with.” Minton responded to Jackson Hole Public Art’s call for a community public artist in December. The organization was seeking
a collaborative installation that would involve as many members of the community as possible. She began work on the project later that winter, experimenting with materials that would help
maximize involvement. When conceptualizing the project, Minton considered foam, which was light and mobile. But, she said, “I wanted to use something more natural. I wanted to use pretty basic kinds of things we can find here.” Ultimately she opted for concrete, steel and balsa wood. The central concrete-and-steel cairn will be 5 feet tall, stationary and surrounded by smaller, mobile cairns made of balsa wood that passers-by will be able to build and rebuild. Balsa is not found locally, but given the interactive aspect of the installation it ended up striking the right balance of sturdiness and transportability. It’s not so light that it will be blown away by a sudden gust of wind, but it’s not so hefty that a child couldn’t experiment with the installation’s arrangement. The sculptures are intended to reflect how communities reconfigure themselves. The project also builds on Minton’s history of spearheading collaborative art projects. “A couple of the things I’ve done more recently have led into this piece of art to be more inclusive,” Minton said. In 2007, she asked 50 artists to each illustrate one sentence from a short story by writers Nathaniel Minton and Shana Younghdahl. Entitled “In the Olden Days of Yore,” the multimedia project was displayed by the Art Association of Jackson Hole in the Center for the Arts.
These projects “evolved out of a need to involve and play with other artists,” she said. Part of the challenge of Cairn has come even before the central collaborative aspect: Minton has been recruiting others to help build the cairns. She hosted a carving party and determined how much work would be enjoyable and manageable for nonsculptors to undertake, laying down the foundation for a year of collective reimagining.
“People actually use them all over the world for way-finding and also for memorials.” – Bronwyn Minton Artist
“It was really fun to try to figure out how to get people involved in the construction of it,” Minton said. The installation will open Sept. 6, the night of the Palates and Palettes gallery walk. The cuisine at the opening will be “cairn-inspired,” public art’s Geraci said. In addition to the funding provided through Jackson Hole Public Art, the Cairn project will be supported by the sale of T-shirts screen-printed by artist Owen Ashley and by a limited number of miniature cairns.
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rtist Joanne Hennes has an energy and vigor that is contagious. Listening to her talk of her travels with her husband, Wayne, to the Swiss Alps, the deserts of the Middle East and the mountains of Italy, Austria and France, it is hard not to feel your own wanderlust ignite. But throughout all her travels, the Tetons have remained home. Hennes started coming to Jackson Hole as a little girl. After returning to her native Illinois, “it was like a dimension of myself was missing,” she said. The mountains were calling. Finally, on their honeymoon, Hennes and her husband returned to the Tetons for good. For 47 years the adventurous couple has set root and shop in the Jackson Hole Golf and Tennis Estates, with her gallery adjacent to the house. Shade from cottonwood trees growing along a spring keeps her gallery at a comfortable 80 degrees all summer long, and views of the towering Tetons give her ample inspiration to paint. Hennes’ art is characterized by lushly romantic realism, predominately in oils, that captures the landscapes she loves so dearly. “I think mine have a lot of depth,” she said. “I use a contrast of light against dark and dark against light. Sometimes I do black-and-white watercolor for sketches, and if there is enough contrast, it makes a great oil painting. I try to make it so you are looking into the distance of the mountains but leave something to the imagination.” Unless you have the opportunity
to visit her home and gallery, one key quality that makes Hennes’ work stand out could be easily overlooked: She knows each peak, trail and river bend better than most ever could. She has spent countless days walking in and exploring the area and learning every trail. She knows the terrain so well, in fact, that hikers can attest to the accuracy of her paintings, she said. “I like them to be realistic so the climbers can recognize the peaks and routes,” she said. “And I know all by name. People seem to enjoy that.” Her spirit for adventure is showcased in each piece. While her gallery may not be conveniently located on Town Square, visitors who make the trip north of town get the rare opportunity of looking at paintings then looking outside to see what inspired them. “You never run out of subjects,” Hennes said. “You move a few feet and you have an entirely different view. That is what is so inspiring, to look out the window and see the different moods when the storms are blowing over and the winter’s frost. I couldn’t be behind the view, I wanted to be where the subject was.” During Fall Arts Festival, Hennes will host a perpetual open house at her gallery, showcasing the breadth of her work and displaying a piece she recently created. On a 24-by-36-inch canvas, Hennes has captured the enormity of Cascade Canyon. “I wanted to get the depth of looking down on Cascade Canyon when you are near Lake Solitude,” she said. “There is a certain point when you are two-thirds of the way up and you can see a waterfall in the distance of the South Fork of Cascade Canyon.” Though in recent years she and Wayne have had less time to travel to their vacation house in Hawaii or to explore new mountain ranges, Hennes still has a love of seeing new terrain and hopes to never stop exploring.
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By Josh Cooper
uring the Fall Arts Festival, Astoria Fine Art owner Greg Fulton said he will turn the gallery into “reception central” as he hosts events for four of his most popular artists in three days. The gallery will be celebrating the work of Mark Eberhard, Joshua Tobey, Greg Beecham and Jeff Legg in receptions Thursday through Saturday. Fulton said Astoria’s Fall Arts Festival receptions have become quite popular in recent years. “Our gallery has been a gathering place for a lot of people who come to the Fall Arts Festival,” he said, “collectors and artists both. We have back-to-backto-back-to-back receptions.”
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The main event will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 14 and will highlight all of the artists Astoria represents. The gallery has approximately 50 artists in its fold; when Fulton held the gallerywide reception last year, more than 30 of them attended, he said. This year nearly all of the artists Astoria represents have new work in the gallery. In the spotlight Sept. 14 will be the work of Cincinnati painter Mark Eberhard, one of this year’s featured artists in the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s annual Western Visions Show and Sale. Eberhard will show eight new paintings, all of which feature wildlife as the subject matter: elk, bison, snowy owls, Steller’s jays, yellow-headed blackbirds and ravens. He earned his bachelor’s degree in graphic design from the University of Cincinnati and his master’s in graphic design from Yale. After his schooling, he
Mark Eberhard will bring eight new works to Astoria, including “Spring Romance.”
opened a graphic design business in Cincinnati while still pursuing painting. He has been represented at Astoria for five years and before that was with another downtown gallery for several years. He is also represented by galleries in Santa Fe, N.M., Sedona, Ariz., and Cincinnati. Eberhard says this area brings in great business for him. He chooses his subject matter to meet the desires of his patrons. “[Astoria] is my best gallery,” Eberhard said. “If any of my work is going out to Jackson, people love elk and bison and the ravens, so I’ll paint those.” On Sept. 13, the gallery will host receptions for sculptor Joshua Tobey and painter Greg Beecham from 1 to 4 p.m. Tobey, from Loveland, Colo., studied fine art in Colorado, began working with his father — also a highly esteemed sculptor — and eventually opened his own studio in 2001. His work mostly depicts wildlife as well. He is next year’s featured sculptor at the National Museum of Wildlife Art and is Astoria’s best seller, Fulton said. Beecham, of Dubois, has won numerous honors for his wildlife paintings. At the Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum’s annual Prix de West art competition, he has won three times in the past six years. From 3 to 6 p.m. Sept. 12, Jeff Legg will be honored at a reception. Born in Joplin, Mo., and now living in Colorado, Legg studied at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. He has won awards at the National Oil Painters of America Exhibition and Salon International, and his work has been featured in the Artists magazine, North Light books, Southwest Art, Art of the West, Western Art Collector and American Art Collector magazines. Many of his works are still life paintings, and he counts among his influences Chardin, Rembrandt and the Wyeths.
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Master and Student
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seen, finding yourself in front of one of his canvases is a new experience each time you step back in. “The why behind it is everything,” he said. “When I teach I teach on what makes it great. It understands how you’re going to have all of these elements together. It’s all about timing and deliverance.” And while Christensen continues to wrestles his lessons into his work, he continues to draw widespread fame, as recently demonstrated by an invitation to show at Russia’s Ilya Repin St. Petersburg State Academic Institute for Painting, Sculpture and Architecture. His work is in the permanent art collection of Grand Teton National Park at the Craig Thomas Visitor and Discovery Center. He has also been exhibited in museums and shows throughout the country, including the National Academy of Western Arts Prix de West Invitational at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. He was the 2006 Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival poster artist. But despite the recognitions and the honors, his greatest accomplishment remains the personal growth he finds through his brush. “Now I’m just trying to get better,” he said. “I’m learning to edit and learning what to say and what not to say. It’s not going to be easy, but it’s the most rewarding work you can do.”
By Jeannette Boner
t’s an unassuming studio just off Main Street in Victor, Idaho. The inside is neat but clearly representative of a mind always at work. Paint and color, canvases and sketches line the walls, work ready for frames, inspiration waiting to be captured in oil and brushstroke. As much as the internationally renowned artist Scott Christensen teaches, he also finds great satisfaction and growth in continuing to hone the craft he has always thought of as an extension of himself. Through travel, personal experiences and teaching, he said, this last year has been one of great personal and artistic growth. The lesson he is learning at the moment is patience. “It’s what Bach did with the Italian concerto,” Christensen said. “It took him 10 years to write one piece of music.” Christensen pauses. “OK, I better learn some patience,” he said, smiling from a seat in the middle of his studio, framed by the tangible outpouring of his thoughts on stretched canvases. “It’s not easy to communicate about art,” Christensen said.
Scott Christensen’s “I See a Pale Moon Rising” is a 24-by-30-inch oil on canvas.
“There is a balance between knowledge and enthusiasm. With just the knowledge, it will only look like values in a painting. To hold the structure, to get a closer relationship with the painting so you are not just painting leaves but just suggesting leaves ... I want that change. I want people to come back to the painting and not
just get bored with it.” Perhaps knowing that even a professional artist with three decades of blood, sweat and paint under his palette is open to growth and humbly seeks guidance from fellow artists is refreshing for students staring at an empty canvas. “Anytime I start, I have to start with an idea,” he said. “I do
not set out to copy an idea but to create an emotion. I’m trying to communicate, communicate to you a place. I’m not trying to replicate the scene but to create the scene.” Finding yourself swept into Christensen’s pieces demands an emotional response. Whether you have stood where he has stood and seen what he has
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hile Jackson Hole may be a great place to work for wildlife and Western painters represented by the many commercial galleries in town, artists involved with more conceptual and cerebral projects have a harder time finding display space and buyers. So Culture Front and Teton Artlab have joined forces in a venture they’re calling “Starters” — a way to get much-needed funds into the hands of artists. Starters plans to host quarterly dinner parties where five artists will give presentations on their creative projects to the guests. The diners will then decide which project to fund. It’s like a variation of the ABC television show “Shark Tank” but geared to-
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ward local art. The concept is based on a similar microgranting program called “The Soup Network,” which brings together artists and philanthropists in cities across the globe. Groups like Starters exist in Chicago, New York, Portland, Ore., Minneapolis, Detroit, Los Angeles, Boston and Washington, D.C. The first dinner party will take place during the Fall Arts Festival, at 6 p.m. Sept. 10 at a location to be determined. The dinners will be open to the public. Each guest will pay a minimum of $20 to attend. At the end of the five presentations, the attendees will vote on who gets the pooled money. If 30 dinner guests attend, the selected artist will get at least $600. Probably more. Culture Front and Teton Artlab put out a call for artists, asking them to describe the project for which they want funding and how they think the project is important. Artists of all media are encouraged to apply, not just visual artists. Meg Daly, founder of Culture Front, said the program could accomplish many goals: “Community building around art,” she said as an example, “giving artists a different opportunity to hone their presentation skills. And it engages the public in a conversation about contemporary art in a casual format.” Teton Artlab’s Travis Walker said the program is a way to make connections between artists and art lovers. “I really enjoy exploring new ways of connecting artists and patrons,” Walker said, “and also connecting artists and artists. And this was a way I felt we could do that. “Sharing a meal together is generally a bonding experience between people and a way to casually open up different avenues of conversations that maybe you don’t open up when you go to a gallery,” he said. Applications are sought only from artists who have a specific project in mind. “We want to fund specific projects,” Daly said, “so that we can have a sense of follow-through, so donors feel like they were part of making something happen.” Daly said the Starters project is a more personal way to achieve Culture Front’s mission, which is to provide forums for the community to discuss contemporary art in Jackson Hole. “I’m ready for it to become more intimate,” Daly said. “Some of the feedback I got over time was that it became a platform for different people in the audience to spout their opinions while other people didn’t get a chance to chime in. This hopefully will be a different environment.”
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A special supplement to the Jackson Hole News&Guide
CREATIVE learning Arts programs remain robust in Jackson Hole schools, 3.
4 Public Art
After a â€œsuper productiveâ€? year, public art group looks ahead.
5 Fighting Bear
Fine antique shop focuses on golden age of Jackson Hole dude ranching.
10 Living Art
Landscape architects prime their canvases, then let nature take over.
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Richard Biddinger’s serene Western landscapes, such as “Quiet Comes Autumn,” are on display at Shadow Mountain Gallery (see page 12).
3 Art in our Schools
4 What’s next for
12 Shadow Mountain Gallery
5 Fighting Bear Antiques 6 RARE Gallery 10 Landscape Architecture
13 Wilcox Galleries 14 JC Jewelers ON THE COVER: Eli Mosby works with Angela Nava and Jacob Fisher to complete “Highway Systems,” their art-covered chair, for the Be a Colt program last year (Price Chambers / News&Guide File photo).
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Jackson Hole High School students Cora Mitchell, Lindsay Jennings and Cassidy Ballard use a stencil to paint lettering on recycling bins last fall. The dumpster decorating was part of a project in their art class.
Arts programs remain robust in Jackson Hole schools.
C-Bar-V Ranch and Red Top Meadows. It also offers after-school activities and summer partnerships to budding artists of all ages and classes at the Center for the Arts. When visiting artists come to town to do programs with the organization, they are inevitably impressed by Jackson students’ artistic abilities and how easily they can grasp concepts, Boespflug said. “Arts programs here are so strong, it’s amazing,” she said. “The passion for the arts in Jackson comes through the schools. I think we could be a leader in the state if not the region.” Boespflug and Terrapin dream of taking Teton County’s art offerings to the rest of the Equality State. “Being from Wyoming, I’m blown away by how much art we have in the schools and community,” Boespflug said. “There are a lot of opportunities here that you don’t see across the state. One of my big visions and dreams is to expand across the state.”
By Brielle Schaeffer
he national news is full of reports of school districts cutting arts programs to save money. In Jackson Hole’s public schools, however, the story is different. Instead of a separate art class in which students make stand-alone projects, they integrate painting, drawing and other creative pursuits into lessons in Teton County School District No. 1. “Research has shown the positive impact art education has on the development of youth,” said district Superintendent Pam Shea. “It is imperative that public education has strong, vibrant art programs accessible to all youth.” The arts help children develop creativity, said Amelia Terrapin, a dancer who developed Mobius, which teaches scientific concepts — the differences between liquids and solids, planetary motion, the water cycle — through movement. “By exposing more kids to different art forms,” she said, “it gives them more opportunities to find their own mode of selfexpression.” Shannon Borrego, a Jackson Hole High School art teacher, said she has always enjoyed “a tremendous amount of support” from the district. “It’s an essential part of developing a whole person,” she said.
Not state mandates alone
The state of Wyoming mandates that schools fund fine and performing arts in what’s called its “basket of educational goods and services.” But strong arts programs don’t depend on state laws alone. Teton County schools benefit from organizations such as the Art Association of Jackson Hole and pARTners supplementing in-school and out-of-school learning. “Something that’s a little bit unique about Jackson is the support from the nonprofits,” Borrego said. “There are a lot of opportunities for students to become more involved in their community of artists outside of school.” Marylee White is the executive director for the nearly 20-year-old pARTners.
Ryan Angeloni executes a guitar solo as Makina Waatti belts out the lyrics to Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” during the 2013 Jackson Hole Rock Camp student showcase at the Pink Garter Theatre.
“A lot of people, no matter how many times I say it, they don’t understand that what pARTners does is very different than what is considered arts education in the schools,” White said. “What pARTners is trying to do is to teach creative thinking.” The mission of pARTners is to integrate the arts into every classroom: science, math, history and language arts. When students use their hands, “they’re actually creating something tangible,” White said. “It automatically creates critical thinking. It just happens, because basically an idea is being articulated and expressed through something you make with your hands. There’s this dialogue between eye, mind and hand.” Last year pARTners paid for artists to come into classrooms to teach students to dance the salsa, with instructions in Spanish. They explored nature and wrote poetry and even decorated a quilt to symbolize unity. Through pARTners artists spent an average of 65 hours a week in classrooms. “What we bring into the classroom is something tangible,” White said, “whether it’s an essay or poetry or it’s actually a visual 3-D object.” Such projects and methods also favor different types of learners, she said.
“It provides another way for some kids to shine who weren’t always the best students,” White said. Emily Boespflug, outreach and youth manager of the Art Association of Jackson Hole, echoed White’s sentiment. “You just have to exercise different parts of your brain,” she said. Art education “fills a void with people that have a different way of learning and understanding the world.”
A way of learning
Teaching concepts through the arts helps make both more accessible, she said. “Arts can be a release and a way of learning,” Boespflug said. “It’s easier to get a hold of for a lot of people. It makes more sense. Music, art, math are all really related in pretty interesting ways.” This summer the Art Association hosted Denver artists Monica and Tyler Aiello, who taught students about planetary science and engineering through art projects. The Aiellos have worked with NASA scientists to develop their curriculum. The Art Association doesn’t work directly in the public schools as much as pARTners does, but the organization helps fill the gaps and offers programs for the private Jackson Hole Community School,
Not limited to visual arts
Teton County’s school arts programs are not limited to visual arts. The district and the community also understand the importance of dance, music and theater in the development of well-rounded children who are capable of critical thinking and working together as a team. Other arts nonprofits such as Dancers’ Workshop, Off Square Theatre Company, the Grand Teton Music Festival and the Jackson Hole Music Experience have strong relationships with the schools that have helped to usher students from district classrooms to college and university programs and successful careers in the arts. And the commitment goes hand in hand with the latest trend the district is embracing: STEM, which stands for science, technology, engineering and math. Last year STEM programs — which include robotics and a new “fabrication lab” at Jackson Hole High School — added an “A” to the acronym: A for art. Now it’s called STEAM. “In science and math there is a certain kind of thinking that goes on,” White said. That thinking often is straightforward, she said: A plus B equals C. “What the arts brings in is divergent thinking,” White said. That type of thinking — creative and innovative — has always been central to progress in America, she said.
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for all Jackson Hole Public Art continues to build on a ‘super busy’ year.
By Josh Cooper
or an organization that has existed for only a little more than a year and has only one paid staffer, Jackson Hole Public Art has already left quite a mark. Carrie Geraci, the organization’s employee, said this past year has been one of huge growth for her organization. In 2010 Geraci left her post as director of the Center of Wonder and with its blessing created the project under the umbrella of the Cultural Council of Jackson Hole. The group received its nonprofit status in April 2012. Since then Geraci has jumped into many projects and has many more in the works for the coming year. “It’s been a super busy, productive year,” she said.
A busy, productive first year
In November the town of Jackson approved public art guidelines, a set of best practices for commissioning new work, maintaining existing work and decommissioning old work. The town signed a memorandum of understanding that Jackson Hole Public Art will be the service agency that helps it commission new art when and if it has the budget. As a part of that effort Jackson Hole Public Art put together a sort of “state of the public art” report for the town and county, including a database of what already exists. It was the first time all the public art in the area was cataloged. “It was a huge body of research and data that we collected,” Geraci said. The community is home to more than 20 works of public art. The list includes contemporary works — like Strands at the Home Ranch Welcome Center and Sky Play in the underpass from the Highway 89 pathway to the National Museum of Wildlife Art — and historic pieces, like the bronc rider that surmounts the valley’s war memorial in Town Square or the elk antler arches at the square’s corners. Public Art also launched a website, JHPublicArt.org, which offers detailed descriptions of each piece as well as its
Courtesy Photos / Jackson Hole Public Art
Wendell Field’s mural overlooking Snake River Brewing Company’s loading dock is one of the more conspicuous works of public art.
location. These two projects were funded in part by donations and with grants from the Wyoming Arts Council and the Cultural Trust Fund. At the start of the year Jackson Hole Public Art released a brochure for private developers, which Geraci uses to persuade them to include public art in their projects. It contains a list of local public artists who developers can contact. With Geraci’s coordination the brochure already has been responsible for two $30,000 public art projects: Bland Hoke, Barbara Gentry and Terry Chambers’ sculpture at the entrance of Snow King and Ben Roth’s installation at the future Walgreens site. Geraci said she hopes to announce two or three more projects later in the fall. “The economy is starting to feel better around here,” she said, “and as you start to see redevelopment happening, we hope that those developers will really consider working with the public art program, especially if they have significant public space.” Right now Geraci has to search out such development projects herself. She said she hopes to establish a closer relationship with the town so that officials will notify her when a likely candidate comes along. In February, Teton County Public Library hired Geraci to oversee the installation of Filament Mind in the library’s lobby. The piece was created by Brian Brush and Yong Ju Lee and features fiber-optic cables and LED lights to represent how
John Frechette’s Strands adorns the Homewood Ranch Welcome Center.
libraries and collected knowledge ignite the mind and connect us to each other. “In terms of professional development for me, that was huge,” Geraci said. “It was a major project with many thousands of pieces. And any time you have that many pieces and parts, it’s a lot of work.” Another major development for public art took place this spring when Mayor Mark Barron and the Town Council appointed Jackson’s first public art task force, a group of local professionals with an array of experience to oversee any public art that goes up in town. For any project they will review the call for artists, the finalists and the final proposal before the mayor and council see it in a public hearing. The task force consists of Adam Harris, curator at the Jackson Hole Museum of Wildlife Art; Jason Berning, project manager for GE Johnson Construction Company; Heidi Leeds, landscape architect; Tyler Sinclair, the town’s planning director; Sam Ankeney of CBL Architects; Catherine Brodie, a lawyer and Jackson Hole Public Art board member; and John Frechette, an artist and business owner.
“They have already started to elevate the level of professionalism and excellence in projects,” Geraci said. Berning said the diverse task force is a good model for making decisions about public art. “Art is subjective, and there are differing ideas on where and what art should be placed,” Berning said. “Public art plays a substantial role in identity in place and touches a wide range of audience.” One objective of the task force is to look at the town’s capital improvements budget and make recommendations to the mayor and Town Council about how they might include public art in infrastructure revitalization efforts. The group recommended three projects: expanding the pedestrian area on the town boardwalks, a “complete street” redesign of South Cache Street and in-
creasing pedestrian safety on Highway 22 from Spring Gulch Road to the intersection with Broadway and on to the fiveway intersection. The task force submitted the recommendations in August.
Jackson Hole Public Art’s three biggest upcoming projects are partially the result of grants secured last year. The first is Bronwyn Minton’s Cairn Project, which features a 5-foot-tall monument made of wood and concrete as well as smaller balsa wood elements that passers-by can assemble and reassemble (see page D13). The installation is set to be unveiled Sept. 6. The next project to be rolled out is called the Artist Business Partnership. Jackson Hole Public Art has been reaching out to businesses around the community and has identified a number that own space that is “a bit downtrodden,” as Geraci put it. She plans to work with the businesses and artists to renovate the spaces, incorporating public art and increased safety features. The third project is an art and transportation project. The idea is to work with transportation groups to highlight the town’s new bike network. Artists will create work to raise awareness of the network, help vehicles see pedestrians better and enhance the pedestrian experience, all the while incorporating public art. Geraci said this is the beginning of a journey for Jackson Hole Public Art. If her organization continues to have success with private developers, she would like to hire a second staffer to handle the workload. She hopes the community will see the value of the upcoming projects and support the organization’s objectives. “We’re very committed to increasing our work with private developers, supporting local artists by providing opportunities to create new work and to have professional development opportunities available,” Geraci said. “And we’re very interested in seeing artists being part of the fabric and design of building enjoyable, vital public spaces.”
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Relics from a golden age
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By Mike Koshmrl
arrison Crandall’s camera lens helped freeze Jackson Hole’s dude ranch era. Crandall, a photographer and a painter, captured timeless images of a day when most Americans flocked to the Teton Range to pretend to be cowboys rather than to ski or run the rapids on the Snake River. Plenty of relics from the dude ranching era still exist today. Parts of the old ranches still stand, and much of their contents, including furniture and other antiques, still float around the valley. Some of this memorabilia can now be found at Fighting Bear Antiques, which for the 2013 Fall Arts Festival is focusing on the dude ranching era that lasted from around 1925 to 1955. “What we’re really trying to do is re-create that time in our store,” said Terry Winchell, co-owner of Fighting Bear. Winchell, a local history buff, is leaning on Crandall to help complete that task. A new book about the Kansas photographer, “Harrison R. Crandall: Creating a Vision of Grand Teton National Park,” has been one of his primary guides, Winchell said. Kenneth Barrick, author of the book, will be at Fighting Bear 4 to 6 p.m. Sept. 8 to sign copies and speak with Crandall fans. “And we’ll have a bunch of vintage Crandall photos in the gallery,” Winchell said. Also at Fighting Bear, you can pick up some of those relics of the golden age of dude ranching. Furniture from the era, much of it made from local lodgepole pine, will fill the gallery. Some select pieces will be from the Whitegrass Ranch in Grand Teton National Park, Winchell said. Fighting Bear switches themes each year for Fall Arts. In the recent past, festival themes have focused on everything from Native American art to Thomas Molesworth furniture, Winchell said.
In the 1930s Harrison Crandall sold photographs of area wildflowers from his shop at Jenny Lake.
One event that departs from this year’s festival theme is a benefit for Native American Jump Start, a nonprofit that helps find employment for American Indian high schoolers. The Native American Jump Start event will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 11 at the gallery. Winchell invites younger folks and Jackson Hole newcomers to drop by and learn about the valley’s rich history this Fall Arts season. “One thing we want is for some of the young people to understand that there’s more to this valley than an
iPhone,” Winchell said. “They should come check it out. “The same cool stuff that’s going on now was going on back then,” he said. “Everybody pretty much came here for the same reason: love of the outdoors.” The former chairman of the Center for the Arts board of directors is insistent that Jackson Hole locals should not forget about the valley’s history. “I think a lot of times we forget our Western roots,” Winchell said. “This was, is and always will be a Western town.”
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Keeping it fresh RARE events Sept. 6 5 to 8 p.m. — Opening for Rick Armstrong’s “Through the Eyes” show Sept. 7 2 to 5 p.m. — Conversation with Rick Armstrong and Dan Burgette. Sept. 8 5 to 8 p.m. — Featured display by Michael Swearngin Sept. 11 Noon to 4 p.m. — Opening for jeweler Petra Class Sept. 12 2 to 5 p.m. — Private Unveiling of Rick Armstrong’s favorite pieces from “Through the Eyes” Sept. 13 Noon to 3 p.m. — Rick Armstrong’s “Through the Eyes,” Mark Yale Harris and Kevin Box Sept. 14 Noon to 5 p.m. — Meet master metalsmith, stone setter and jeweler Pat Flynn
By Brielle Schaeffer
hen RARE Gallery owner Rick Armstrong went to Africa last year, he was struck by what an important role animals play in the world. And out in the bush in Botswana, he thought about how much humans are ruining the Earth. “I realized how screwed up man is and how we’re trashing our planet,” he said, “and what an important role that animals play. ... Everything they do is about food and water. That’s how we should think too, but we’re into consumerism.” Working with that idea, he has created a series of mixedmedia works called “Through the Eyes.” Images from the series will be unveiled during the 2013 Fall Arts Festival. “It’s a visual narrative highlighting the relationship between animals and man,” Armstrong said. The work is based on photographs but also has paint and other materials and textures. One piece, “Relationships Are Not Always Black and White,” shows a zebra and a woman. But it’s hard to tell where the zebra ends and the blond hair begins. “It’s just interesting,” Armstrong said. “It’s a push for Jack-
Rick Armstrong calls this mixed-media piece “Relationships Are Not Always Black and White.”
son Hole. I’m trying to take my work deeper.” With a reception from 5 to 8 p.m., his show opens Sept. 6. Also planned is an event to spotlight some other work for a private unveiling 2 to 5 p.m. Sept. 12. Apart from Armstrong’s pieces, the gallery will host many of its artists throughout the festival. Wood carver Dan Burgette, for example, will be in the gal-
lery from 2 to 5 p.m. Sept. 7, discussing his work with Armstrong. The gallery will be showing eight of his new pieces. “He’s amazing,” Armstrong said. “He literally is one of the very best wood carvers in the world.” Burgette was a Grand Teton climbing ranger, but now he carves wood and also casts bronzes that he seamlessly incorporates into his sculptures. RARE also will show new work by Kevin Box, who makes
bronze casts from paper. ““It took two years of tireless experimentation for me to develop the process of casting paper into bronze,” Box wrote on this website, “another seven years to perfect, and it continues to evolve today.” Sculptor Mark Yale Harris will show his work, too, and he will be in Jackson to talk about it. Master metalsmith and jeweler Pat Flynn will be visiting, too. “He’s considered one of the
best jewelers in the U.S.,” Armstrong said.” Flynn will be in the gallery from noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 14 for a meet-the-artist event. “He’s a great guy to meet,” Armstrong said. Other events will be an opening for jeweler Petra Class and a featured display of work by artist Michael Swearngin. See box above for a full schedule. “We’re the most fun gallery in Jackson,” Armstrong said.
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Landscape architects prime canvases then let nature take over.
By Emma Breysse
hen Allison Fleury finishes with a piece of work, it’s rarely done. That could take as long as two or three years from the time she leaves it with a client, And it’s going to keep changing even after that. “What I leave a client with is the backbone,” Fleury said. “My job is to make sure that backbone has everything it needs to grow out into the vision I had during the work.” For a painter or sculptor, this would be an especially avant-garde portion of an artist’s statement. For Fleury, it’s a pretty basic part of her job description. Fleury is a landscape architect, making her job part craft, part artistic vision and part crazy amounts of attention to ever-shifting detail. A landscape architect works with a piece of land to create a visual effect that also suits the way the space is used and the way the client wants it to look. “You start with a concept and work from there,” Fleury said. “You’re always thinking about how to achieve that and still incorporate things like traffic patterns and ease of use.” Like a painter, Fleury uses color and texture to direct the eye and create the desired effect. Like a sculptor, she works with the natural shapes and properties of her medium to make her statement. And like an architect or textile artist, Fleury creates appealing visuals while considering function and structure. The difference is that she does it with plants, water, artificial features and the contours of the land. Unlike any other kind of artist, the landscape architect’s final product will make a different statement with each season. The statement will change as the plants grow and depending on the type of maintenance the owner chooses to apply. “I work usually with creating visual effects with the shape of plants and the contours of a piece of land,” said Meg Whitmer, a seasonal Jacksonite who works as a landscape architect. “It’s a very big-pic-
After sculpting the landscape, planting the flowers and trees, and designing the water features, landscape architects stand back and let nature take its course. Above shows a Jackson Hole project by Allison Fleury.
ture type of art.” Whitmer also volunteers in the costume shop for the nonprofit Dancers’ Workshop. She said it’s surprising how much the skills cross over. “It’s texture, it’s color, it’s overall visual effect, it’s hands-on,” she said. “So in some ways I can use my experience as a landscape architect when I’m doing that. But at the same time, it’s totally different. Cloth is a totally different medium.”
Color, texture, composition: A landscaping project can be similar to creating a painting or sculpture.
She also gets contracts for public artwork, which further blends the line between function and aesthetics. A look through the portfolios of the area’s landscape architects shows what they mean. Everything has to fit the scheme, from the curve of a driveway to the way an architect handles highwater spots in a yard. At least once, Fleury said, she has turned a place where water runs off a roof into a streambed that fills up during rain storms and then becomes an attractive stonework feature in dry weather. Even on land without distinguishing characteristics, like a ranch house yard, the possibilities are endless. One firm creates a flower bed with waisthigh flowering plants surrounding a young aspen tree. One stays low to the ground with bright flowers. One sets up a sitting area with flat paving stones that could almost have happened by natural accident. None of the yards will always look the way it does in the picture. Several years later the aspen tree will be much taller, making that flower bed all wrong for plants that need direct sunlight. The flowers are annuals, which means they’ll bloom for only one season and will need to be replaced. And the weather will change the look and feel of the stone. The art won’t last as it is; the idea is to choose a vision that will evolve with the land. Thinking that far ahead takes advanced training. Indeed it requires a special degree to be called a landscape architect, rather than a landscape contractor. A look through degree programs shows a curriculum that’s a cross between art school and trade school, which makes sense given the job description. “Sometimes it’s hard to explain what I do,” Fleury said. “With a painting, you’re done and that’s it, that’s how it looks. With landscapes, you’re working with live plants and real people, and that means you have to understand that it’s not really yours. “It can be hard to leave a project when you’re done,” she said, “because you do get attached to a concept and you want to see it change and keep working with it.”
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orkshop, a crafty little gallery on East Deloney Avenue, doesn’t plan to bring new artists in for Fall Arts
Susan Fleming’s jewelry includes rings made of semiprecious stones set in silver and gold.
and for her line of semiprecious stones set in hammered silver and gold. Workshop also is home to Daryl Peightal and Linda MacGregor’s custom embroidering business Dormouse Designs,
and also carries work by Ananda Khalsa, Tracey Tanner, Molly M. Designs, Poppy, Inklore and Delica. In addition to jewelry, ceramics and textiles, Workshop’s retail side offers wall art and children’s goods.
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Festival. Instead, the artists who share the space plan to renew the focus on the individuals and companies whose work has been in the shop for years. “We’re beefing up our collection,” said Susan Fleming, a jeweler who is one of the founding artists of Workshop and whose work is carried by the retail and studio space. Jill Zeidler, a ceramic artist, will bring new, large sculptural pieces to the shop, Fleming said. The Big Sky, Mont., artist is expected to have pieces on hand that explore new palettes and shapes. New “gourd bowls” likely will be in the studio. “People are definitely drawn to her work,” Fleming said. “It’s unique.” The Brooklyn, N.Y., company Coral and Tusk also is expected to have new work at the shop. Stephanie Housley and her husband, Chris Lacinak, who founded the company in 2007, will bring new floor cushions, Fleming said. The company’s products feature embroidered scenes of animals that are transferred to computers and printed on the cushions. Workshop has carried the line for the past few years, Fleming said. And Fleming will also have new work on display during Fall Arts Festival. She is known around Jackson for her pieces made from silk-screened Japanese paper coated in resin and set in silver,
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rom close-ups of buffalo to mountain ranges, Shadow Mountain Gallery carries works by artists who train their brushes on a spectrum of scales. This year painters Richard Miles, Marie Prescott Jenkins, Mar Evers, Ruth Nordstrom and Richard Biddinger will demonstrate their techniques at Shadow Mountain throughout the Fall Arts Festival. While a set schedule of events had yet to be determined by press time, artists will be in the gallery constantly for the duration of the 29th annual festival, said Kendra Rounding, a marketing consultant for Shadow Mountain. “Artists will be in and out,” she said. They will not only offer demonstrations but also talk with interested patrons about – their processes. “They are very receptive to chatting to people,” she said. Shadow Mountain, located in the basement of the Broadway shop A Touch of Class, carries primarily Western and wildlife art. These genres are represented in oil paintings, sculptures and Native American artifacts that appeal to the Jackson Hole sensibility, Rounding said. However, the artists who will be demonstrating for the Fall Arts Festival are all painters. Utah artist Richard Biddinger does landscape paintings and giclee prints. He will demonstrate oil painting in the gallery and plans to do a “bold” painting of the Tetons during the festival. “I am very inspired by the Tetons,” he said. “Seems every time I look at them I find something new.” Biddinger’s paintings depict impressive landscapes, zooming back to show several mountain peaks, tumbling cascades of water and snowy slopes dotted with pine trees. The painting he will do in the gallery will be based on sketches done on location outdoors. Biddinger uses photographs to fill in the details, he said.
“I am very inspired by the Tetons. Seems every time I look at them I see something new.”
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Durango, Colo., oil painter Mar Evers depicts a wide range of Western subjects. Her wildlife and landscape paintings make use of autumnal colors and present varied species against gentle backdrops. Her interest in painting developed when she moved into a log house in Pinedale years ago. “We didn’t have much money, and we had all those bare walls,” she said. So she picked up a new avocation. These days Evers backpacks throughout the West, taking only the bare necessities for painting to gather inspiration. She had the Wind River Range on her schedule this past August. “All that gorgeous country, it’s like you want to take a piece of it home,” she said. Marie Prescott Jenkins paints intimate, vibrant portraits and serene landscapes. Both are enhanced by a wideranging palette. The landscapes often are painted on a smaller scale, focusing on a particular feature, such as a mountain face or a cluster of trees. In one painting, logs rest on a small stretch of the shore of Jenny Lake, with delicate shades of pink in the trees contrasting with the bright Richard Biddinger aqua of the lake Utah painter water’s ripples. “I just love color,” Jenkins said. “Without that interplay you don’t get depth, you can’t get excitement.” At Shadow Mountain she will likely do a painting of the Tetons or an aspen scene, she said. “The aspens are my favorite thing to paint,” she said. These days her work is moving toward expressionism. She hopes to pursue her newfound style in the gallery. Richard Miles, also of Utah, paints sweeping landscape scenes and wildlife. His work has been selected for display in U.S. embassies around the world. Ruth Nordstrom works in pastels and does portraiture and landscapes. Bright colors accent dramatic figures: the red vest on an accordionist, a lime green shawl on a young girl. From drooping sunflowers to a bend in a river at wintertime, her landscape paintings cover a range of scales and subjects. In addition to the parade of artists throughout the festival, Shadow Mountain will host a reception Sept. 6 during the Palates and Palettes gallery walk, with refreshments and additional opportunities to meet and speak with artists.
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Wilcox Gallery 1975 N. Hwy. 89 307-733-6450
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Wilcox Gallery II 110 Center St. 307-733-3950 WilcoxGallery.com –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
By Claire Withycombe
t Wilcox Gallery, animals and landscapes take shape in bronze and plaster, oil and watercolor, inspired by what comes naturally. “Wildlife and Wildlands,” Wilcox’s annual Fall Arts Festival show, returns Sept. 11 with a host of artists who will be demonstrating their skills. The gallery — which has a downtown branch and location just north of town — specializes in Western and wildlife art. Each of the artists featured during festival events focuses on one or the other, said Jeff Wilcox, manager of the galleries and son of gallery founder and artist Jim Wilcox. The main reception for “Wildlife and Wildlands” will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Sept. 14. Artists will be working throughout the day in both galleries. “We try to bring in artists that are fun to watch,” Wilcox said. Oklahoma City artist Judy Kelley will be working at Wilcox Gallery II on Center Street. She embellishes the openings of gourds with woven pine needles. “I’m always influenced by what is already on the gourd,” Kelley said. “The natural coloration is just beautiful.” This will be her first year participating in the Fall Arts Festival, and she is especially looking forward to the opportunities for enlightenment that demonstrations afford. “I think people will be surprised when they come in the morning and come back in the afternoon and see the process,” Kelley said. “The pine needles enhance the piece so dramatically.” North of town, at Wilcox’s original location off Highway 89, artists Eddy Shorty and Jim Wilcox will be work-
Red Wing, by Judy Kelley, is a painted gourd with pineneedle trim that measures about 11 inches by 5 1/2 inches.
ing as the public observes. Shorty, a Navajo sculptor who works primarily in stone, will be creating pocket fetishes and will show several larger pieces, including a 3,000-pound bear. Another is of a dancing human figure clothed in flowing bearskin. Shorty encouraged people to see the artists in action, which gives them a sense of “how much work it is,” he said. For last year’s festival, he undertook a carving of a buffalo.
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Wilcox, founder and owner of the galleries, will be demonstrating his landscape painting. A prolific painter of Western scenes, he works in a studio in the North 89 gallery. “It’s not as much patience as love that keeps it going,” Wilcox said of his work. Jan Rosetta, another of Wilcox Gallery’s stable of sculptors, is influenced by what she calls the “fluid life force” of the animals she depicts in sleek bronze. Big cats are her muse, their attitudes and movements her inspiration. She makes artistic choices about what to depict about the animal, choosing to convey more of an impression than an anatomically correct figure. “Those decisions are based on what it is about that animal that I want to project,” Rosetta said. “If it’s speed or stealth or vigilance, I choose the pose and the shapes and the forms that I think best emphasize whatever that characteristic is.” While Rosetta will not be present during Fall Arts Festival, much of her work is already in place in the gallery for its Art of the National Parks show. In addition to enhancing natural beauty, it seems that all of the artists at Wilcox Gallery also look forward to their annual return to the Jackson Hole area and to the galleries too. Oil painter Julie Jeppsen, now making her home in Utah, lived in Jackson Hole for four years. The experience was instrumental in her artistic development. “It just jumped my art from where it was at to a whole new plateau,” she said. “When you’re around that gorgeous scenery all the time it has an impact.” Sculptor Tim Whitworth, who hopes to demonstrate with paper casts of his bronze pieces, has been with Wilcox since 1980. “They’re a lot like family for me,” he said of the Wilcoxes. “A more honest and more distinguished gallery I haven’t found.” The evening of Sept. 14 will feature an all-gallery artists reception at the town gallery on Center Street, highlighting pieces by Wilcox, Jeppsen, Tom Browning, Dave Wade, Sandy Scott, Rosetta, Don Weller, Joseph Bohler, David Drummond, Dwayne Brech, Christopher White, Tim Whitworth, Charles Dayton and others. The gallery will also participate in the Sept. 6 Palates and Palettes walk with light refreshments.
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o visit JC Jewelers is to step into a bit of Jackson Hole history: a 1940sera log cabin that was landscape painter Archie “Teton” Teater’s studio. But while the cabin is old, the way artist-goldsmith Jeter Case designs jewelry these days is anything but old-fashioned. Case’s newest tool is called computer-aided design, something his wife, Jan Case, and son Parker had an opportunity to explore in New York last winter at a renowned industry trade show called JA Jewelry. “We found a CAD program for jewelry based on a program architects use,” Jan Case said. “Jeter draws on a computer and generates a 3-D model. “The advantage is that it enables him to bring designs to life that he couldn’t do with traditional mediums. It helps him be more exact. It opens up a whole new world for one-ofa-kind pieces.” While the software is new for Jeter Case, one-of-kind pieces are not. For 30 years his unique designs have drawn people into the shop and kept them coming back — whether they’re locals shopping for engagement rings and wedding bands or out-of-towners looking for wearable mementos of their Jackson Hole stays. There are pendants, stud and drop earrings, bracelets and an array of rings beyond the matrimonial kind. Browsers will find gold, silver and platinum. Cuff bracelets are popular these days, as are
chain necklaces of platinum and yellow and white gold. “People stack them short and long,” Jan Case said. Color is another JC Jewelers forte. The shop’s display cases pop with sparkling tourmaline, tanzanite, peridot, garnet, hematite, amethyst, sapphire, blue topaz and citrine — a palette to rival Teton Teater’s. “We’re known for having a lot of colored gemstones,” Jan Case said. “Others don’t sell as much color as we do.” A certified gemologist appraiser, she selects the stones her husband works with, always looking for gem-quality. “Generally they’re not more expensive than those of lower quality,” she said, “and they’re much prettier.” In keeping with the store’s reputation for one-of-akind pieces, Case keeps an eye out for large gemquality stones that can be custom-cut for clients. “They’re re– Jan Case ally unusual,” she JC Jewelers said. “People love those.” Her gemology training and experience are particularly useful to couples looking for wedding pieces that suit their tastes and lifestyles and aren’t like anyone else’s. “I’ll have them come in, and I’ll show them the differences in color, clarity and cut,” she said. “They can decide what’s important to them.” During Fall Arts Festival, JC Jewelers will spotlight Jeter Case’s new pieces. For the Sept. 6 Palates and Palettes gallery walk that opens the festival, the shop will host the Jackson Six, a homegrown Dixieland jazz band, and serve refreshments. “We want people to come by and enjoy the jewelry and enjoy the new pieces of Jeter’s,” Jan Case said.
“The advantage is that it enables him to bring designs to life that he couldn’t do with traditional mediums.”
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13 Fall Arts Festival wines Jackson artist Craig Spankie will be one of three artists featured at WRJ Home during Fall Arts Festival. Above is “A Cow Getting Ready,” made of copper, factory finished steel and acrylic paint, 28 by 32.5 inches. Jackson painter Lee Riddell and LA sculptor Ashley Tudor also will show work (see page 6F). ON THE COVER: Those interested in the art of Wilson woodworkers Charlie Thomas and Mark DeOrsay are invited into Thomas’ home next to the woodshop, where virtually every piece of furniture, and most of the home itself, was constructed by Thomas. See page 3F for more (Bradly J. Boner / News&Guide).
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Dozens of decisions go into making furniture that lasts.
of four boards, also curly maple, await a future project. “They are works of art in and of themselves,” Trapp said. “They deserve to be used in a respectful way that honors the fact that they are rare boards.” Feuz likes the personality of old wood. “It’s a depth of character,” he said. Though not a smoker, he fondly recalls working with reclaimed wood from an old tobacco barn. “You can’t imagine the sweet tobacco smell that came out of it,” he said. Feuz hand-picks wood from suppliers in Utah, Colorado and Idaho. When he sees something unusual, like a board with striking knots or an interesting flow in the grain, he’ll buy it even with no particular project in mind. Someday that piece of wood could be the front of an item of furniture. “Some pieces sit in my shop for several years,” Feuz said. “All of a sudden I’ll be doing a piece or I’ll get an order and immediately a board will jump into my mind.
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or David Trapp it’s not just what people say about his custom furniture but something they do. “One of the biggest compliments I can get is to be at a party where people are talking about physics or politics or the local gossip and I notice someone massaging a piece of my furniture,” the Victor, Idaho, craftsman said. “I consider that success. Their body is saying, ‘That feels good.’” The “feel good” starts with Trapp’s dedication to sanding. It’s a matter of the right kind of sandpaper used the right way for the right length of time. In his shop, D.L. Trapp Woodworks, he opened a drawer in a lingerie and jewelry cabinet to show how the wood, even on the inside, had a satiny texture. “The tactile aspect of woodworking is the most important part,” he said. While many woodworkers quit sanding at a fairly coarse grid, “I take it to 600 grid. It’s really, really fine.” For Trapp, Charlie Thomas of Magpie Furniture in Wilson and Bert Feuz, a Jackson Hole native now living and working in Cokeville, turning out a beautiful and functional piece of furniture comes down to dozens of decisions like that. Rather than slapping on a coat of lacquer, for example, Thomas takes the time to varnish his pieces. Varnish, he said, is more durable; it doesn’t yellow. “A lot of what we do is not art,” he said. “It’s craft.” The craft is what separates custom furniture makers from the mass producers. Just as sculptors and painters envision their work hanging in a home or museum 25, 50 or 100 or more years from now, woodworkers see themselves as producing the heirlooms of the future. Factories churning out pieces en masse can’t make the same claim, they said. One popular big-box furniture store’s product, for example, is “just particle board at the core,” Thomas said. “It’s temporary furniture. It will be in the landfill in 15 years.” Feuz, too, sees a disposable mentality in mass-produced items. “Today’s modern furniture is designed like a plastic bottle or aluminum can,” he said. Feuz’s interest in foregoing nuts and bolts in favor of fitting individual pieces of wood together by old-style techniques was sparked when a friend in the antiques business showed him an old table-and-chair set. That furniture, the polar opposite of disposable, prompted
“The tactile aspect of woodworking is the most important part.” – David Trapp furniture maker
David Trapp is branching out into wood sculpture.
him to study joinery. “The whole thing was totally handmade, even before sawmills,” he said. “It dated back possibly to the 1700s. There was not one loose joint. I stood back and said to myself, ‘Wow.’” Before woodworking techniques come into play there’s the wood itself. All three furniture makers share an appreciation for their raw material.
Charlie Thomas’ table is mahogany, with the darker portion done in African wenge wood.
On a piece of curly walnut in his shop, Trapp pointed out lines created by a walnut farmer’s grafting. Like laugh lines on a face, the graft marks are a bit of the wood’s personality that ultimately will give a piece of furniture its own character. “I keep an eye out for things like that,” Trapp said. “I select for weirdness.” Elsewhere in the shop there sits a set
Bert Fuez looks for personality in his wood.
“When you work with wood you let the wood do the speaking,” he said. “The individual pieces of wood form the picture.” In July Thomas and partner Tom DeOrsay took a set of newly built cedar chairs and tables outside and charred their surfaces with a propane torch. It’s a Japanese technique called shou-sugi-ban that after a bit of scraping and oiling leaves outdoor furniture nearly impermeable to the elements. On the cedar pieces the flames added a ribbed texture as well. “The summer growth rings burn away and leave the winter growth raised,” DeOrsay said. That particular finishing technique was requested by a client. It’s hard to imagine an art collector out in a field telling a plein air painter which color paints to use, but people who buy custom furniture are involved in the creative process. Trapp starts the conversation with function, then gets into colors and styles. There’s a lot of back-and-forth with his customers. “What they don’t like is as important as what they do,” he said. “My job is to make it what they want.” And without functionality, it’s all for naught. “It doesn’t matter how nice it looks,” he said. “I’ve failed.” Functionality means making a piece of furniture that’s a pleasure to use, Thomas said. It’s a door that makes you feel welcome, he said, or a bed constructed so that pillows don’t slip between the headboard and mattress, or a kitchen table that makes you want to sit down and eat at it. One-of-a-kind pieces built to look good, to feel good and to last are the opposite of disposable. Feuz’s confidence that his own work can be appreciated for many years is one reason he signs it. “My mother told me, ‘Every artist, if you’re proud of your work you should sign it.’ It means something down through the ages.”
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Shadows and light
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By Amanda H. Miller
ocated at 130 S. Jackson St., ITP Space is on the fringe of gallery territory. Which makes perfect sense. ITP — which stands for “In The Pines” and connotes a sense of being lost in the woods more than playing golf at Teton Pines — is more than a gallery, it’s an artistrun space, a bookstore and a publisher. “A good place to be surprised and to engage in the experimental practice,” said Thomas Macker, who owns the enterprise with Andy Kincaid and Ben Carlson. “The artists we curate are emerging in the art world, and they’re doing very exciting and important work.” ITP hopes to show what it’s all about during Fall Arts Festival events with its first multi-artist exhibit. Since the space opened in February, Macker said, it has featured one artist at a time. But this fall’s show brings four artists hailing from Los Angeles, New York and the Netherlands together in an exhibition titled “After the Spectacle.” The exhibit began Aug. 30 and remains through Oct. 10. “The work in process and in final execution is very clinical and aesthetically pleasing,” Macker said. “It’s formal, but there’s a sense of humor to it. There’s a kind of clumsiness and awkward quirky charm to how they make you feel.” The featured artists are Gracie DeVito and Akina Cox, who are from LA and who are collaborating on a video project; Rachel de Joode, who is bringing one-of-a-kind sculpture from the Netherlands; and Ann Vieux, of New York, whose medium is light. De Joode, a rising star internationally, makes often Daliesque sculptures that are just as likely to horrify you as make you laugh. “It’s very controlled in the process of making it and the assemblage of materials,” Macker said, “but she uses these awkward surfaces and textures.” One sculpture of a tongue looks extremely lifelike. It’s made of papier-mache and illustrates de Joode’s playful spirit.
Rachel de Joode’s series Subject of Labor uses artificial raw materials like vinyl wood and marble plastic.
Vieux brings a complementary style to the exhibit, Macker said. She uses light and shapes in creative ways that evoke emotion and even tell a story. “Where the other three artists are kind of light and fluffy, she’s a little bit darker,” Macker said. “She uses a little more alien palette. It’s less bodily and less childlike.” Vieux’s work includes a lot of dark colors, glow-in-thedark paint and reflective and neon surfaces. In keeping with the space’s departure from the typical, ITP will host a Palates and Palettes after-party called Desserts and Flirts. Persephone Bakery will provide cupcakes and other goodies. The event will start at 8 p.m. and will
serve as an opening reception for the exhibition. “We’re going to create a kind of more relaxed, romantic atmosphere,” Macker said. Complete with lounge-y piano music, the space will be transformed in a laid-back artistic evening venue. “It’s a vibe that fits the space well,” Macker said. There’s something that feels important about being at the leading edge in the contemporary art world. Not everyone will love everything they see, but they will probably appreciate it and learn a lot in the process. “It’s a bit like reading a good critical essay on astrophysics or something,” Macker said. “It’s very mind-expanding.”
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culpted mounts burnished to a high sheen. Landscapes distilled into tones and shapes. Horizons grounded in textures. Three artists’ tactile interpretations of nature complement the layered aesthetic inside WRJ Home. During Fall Arts Festival, WRJ will feature the work of two beloved valley artists — Lee Riddell and Craig Spankie — and debut the sculptures of San Francisco artist Ashley Tudor. Each artist’s eye appealed to Rush Jenkins, principal of WRJ. Tudor’s series of bronze European mounts enticed Jenkins long before the artist introduced herself to him. Having seen her work at BDDW in New York, he marveled at the refinement of her contemporary mounts and is thrilled now to be only the third showroom representing her work. Tudor’s art is an extension of her nature-centric approach to life; the sculptures she makes honor the animals she hunts for food. Health and nutrition inform everything she does, from the adventures she plans to the field-to-table feasts she prepares and the books she publishes (her second, “Perfecting Paleo,” is due out soon). Tudor’s “Trophies” series began two years ago as a way to honor a bull elk she harvested in Idaho’s remote Frank Church Wilderness. To integrate the prized rack into the contemporary aesthetic of her urban loft, she sculpted the skull in bronze, making it more abstract and sleek. Using the ancient lost-wax casting method, Tudor’s bronzes start rough and scaly. Only through laborious hand-polishing do they shine. “The reflected light is a constant reminder of our human obligation to magnify what we have been given into something nobler,” Tudor wrote in her artist statement.
Bringing worlds together
Ultimately, the mounts juxtapose the two worlds Tudor lives in: the natural world and the world of contemporary design. “The art is the extension of the art of life,” she said. “For me, art isn’t just creating beautiful projects. Art comes from being in nature, taking from nature, understanding that my role in this world comes from this ecosystem, and we have to be grateful for it. It’s an aspect of the whole story.” Tudor considers the Trophies series a collaboration with nature. She pairs the rusticity of real horns with the polish of her bronze skulls, and the mounts juxtapose nature and refinement and explore the ideal of man working in harmony with nature. The series has grown to feature animals she finds through sustainable sources, including Teton-region outfitters. “Most trophies are a reminder of man’s dominance over nature,” she wrote. “This series seeks to emphasize man’s collaboration with nature. … It is the hope that man and nature are co-creators in something that is more beautiful, lasting, and ultimately magnifies both.” WRJ Design Associates will host a reception for Tudor on Sept. 11 while she is in town.
Ashley Tudor hunts, cooks her kills and then makes art. This bronze piece is called Impala.
Tudor’s sculptural approach to nature is echoed in Craig Spankie’s textural take on landscape. Often using scrap metal and board, he juxtaposes rough foregrounds with planar backgrounds. His use of materials appealed to Jenkins, as did the simplicity of his compositions. Spankie’s work is refreshingly edgy, Jenkins said. One large piece at WRJ incorporates pre-painted roofing steel, which Spankie used to create a glossy, shiny background. A bit wavy, the steel casts varying shadows depending on the light. He found the waste roll at the ReStore. “If I go looking for that stuff, I can never find it,” he said. “I pick up stuff as I go along.” Spankie lets the found materials inspire his paintings. “It tends to follow that anything that is relatively flat and smooth and almost has no depth becomes the background,” he said, “and then the material that is rougher or decomposing or falling apart is the foreground.” The way he sees scenes could be reversed, reimagined. “I see it as ground and sky but it doesn’t have to be,” he said. “It could be looking down from above. It could be water and ground” — an aesthetic inversion.
Lee Riddell’s approach to landscape is influenced by her work as a graphic designer and her travels abroad in regions such as Tuscany, Jenkins said. “Lee’s sensibility is astounding,” he said. Riddell relates her design work to her painting. “I am a designer,” she said. “I love thinking about design. I love the process of starting with a foundation of something. Building a painting is similar: You start with a foundation and you build it up from there.” For the foundation, Riddell tones her canvas a terra cotta color to give her paintings warmth. (Teton paintings can often feel grey and cold, she said.)
On top of that foundation, she begins to build, finding big shapes through thumbnail sketches and then layering on the details of the “house: the windows, the walls, the electric, the colors on your walls.” Whether designing a house or a painting, the same thinking applies, she said. Riddell paints in places she loves, and most of the time she works small so that she can capture what she sees before the light changes. In the field she dials down the design so that she can finish the piece back in her studio. Most of her work on display at WRJ is signature small — 6-by-8 or 8-by-10 — miniatures that can be nestled within the showroom, perched on tabletops, leaning against fabrics. Three are larger, 20-by-30 scenes she created last winter at Lazy Triple Creek in Idaho of barley rows set against the sky or the night sky lit by a silver moon. “Painting is a really great way to spend time in a place,” she said, to spend time in her place — Jackson Hole.
Watercolor paintings by Riddell. Mixed-media works by Spankie. Bronze mounts by Tudor. This eclectic gathering of art is indicative of the rich mix found yearround at WRJ Home and the layered aesthetic achieved by WRJ Design Associates in the interiors they create. It’s all about the juxtaposition, Jenkins said. Several interesting elements can anchor an entire room, said Klaus Baer of WRJ. Singular items from Baker, Loro Piano, Ralph Lauren and several Belgian furniture designers — lines for which WRJ is the exclusive representative in Jackson Hole — can be paired with more accessible pieces. “Everything doesn’t have to be custom,” Baer said. “The key is how they are designed and then styled.” WRJ curates interiors as livable exhibits. “By investing in WRJ, you are investing in an aesthetic experience,” Jenkins said.
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rt is art, and business is business, and a gallery is the place where the two come together. Lupine Gallery owner Elizabeth Wright combines the two: Some of the work she shows is her own. But the equation can be a tough one: After operating Center Street Gallery on Jackson Town Square for several years, she found the combination of high overhead and the recession too much to take, and she closed the gallery in 2010. “I loved the gallery and had a wonderful group of artists in there,” she said, “but financial times got so hard it just wasn’t feasible.” She and her husband felt the loss right away. “We really missed the business,” she said, “and we thought even back then about how to get back in, though with a different format.” Lupine is the result. Opened this spring, Lupine Gallery faces its first Fall Arts Festival with hope and with artists Wright admires and enjoys presenting to the public. Among her group is Shannon Troxler, a longtime Jackson Hole artist known for her oil and encaustic landscape and wildlife work. Troxler will be featured at the gallery during the festival. She will be present
Robert Deurloo’s bronze sculptures look like polished stone. This is King Thunder.
Lupine Gallery’s artists include Shannon Troxler. “Leda” is one of her encaustics.
to demonstrate encaustic techniques from 2 to 5 p.m. Sept. 11 and will be at a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 12. Lupine also represents Jackson painter Alissa Hartmann, drawn to the area in the search for landscapes “that were not completely flat,” and Idaho sculptor Robert Deurloo, whose cast bronze sculptures are finished with the look of smooth stone. Wright’s own impressionistic paintings grow directly from her love of the Tetons. After moving here in 2003, she was inspired to re-create the scenes she encountered while hiking, using contrasts of light and dark, layering clouds and mountains. Besides her Wyoming work — done ourdoors and in the studio — she also has painted scenes in Switzerland and Mexico. “I try to capture a sense of the area, places I really love being,” Wright said. “I’ve always been drawn to the beauty of the landscape here.” Looking to expand her base and also to offer something no one else does, Wright’s new gallery includes antique furniture gathered in the Alps. The 19th-century pieces, mostly from Switzerland, turn out to be a good match for many Rocky Mountain decorating schemes, she said. They’re rustic and attractive, often with painted finishes. “It’s great to look at and also functional,” she said of her tables, chairs and armoires. “It’s a different mountain region, but it’s still a mountain area, and the style seems to work “I really think these pieces complement the Western-style architectures and interior design you see here.”
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Many photographers, painters and sculptors in Jackson Hole practice their craft for more than making pretty pictures. Often it’s also about conservation. Renowned photographer and valley resident Thomas Mangelsen uses his work to help connect people with wildlife. “If people see a moment in nature, are able to witness it, it helps enlighten them about a species,” he said. That can be enough to spark interest and potentially lead someone to action, he said. Art for conservation’s sake is nothing new in Jackson Hole. The work of the first painters and photographers who lugged their equipment to the area helped preserve the ecosystem and vast swaths of wilderness. William Henry Jackson’s photographs and Thomas Moran’s paintings of the natural wonders of the Yellowstone region helped persuade Congress to establish the area as the country’s first national park in 1872. In the early 1900s homesteader and photographer Stephen Leek took pictures of the herds of starving elk that had lost their winter range to human development in and around Jackson Hole. Heavy snows during the winter of 1908-09 amplified the problem. Leek’s glass-plate photographs of the dying wapiti helped bring their plight to the nation’s attention. Congress set aside 1,000 acres in 1912 for what would become the National Elk Refuge. Today the refuge encompasses 25,000 acres and is home to an estimated 7,000 elk each winter, along with bison, wolves and other wildlife. Jackson Hole artists nowadays have different causes, but their outlooks are similar
to Leek’s and Jackson’s. Mangelsen is trying to do his part to help cougars, for example. It can be difficult to get people to care about something they have never seen, such as the elusive mountain lion, which doesn’t lumber along national park roads like our beloved grizzly bears. Photography can help with such an animal. To make sure, though, Mangelsen also started the Cougar Fund in 2001. The nonprofit seeks to protect cougars through education. “Everything needs a spokesperson or a champion,” he said. Sometimes that means an entire landscapes. Jackson artist Dwayne Harty has traveled the Rocky Mountains painting the same scenes depicted 100 years ago by famed painter Carl Rungius. The project was part of the Yellowstone-to-Yukon Conservation Initiative, which seeks to preserve and connect wilderness areas throughout the northern Rockies. When Harty’s canvases are displayed next to those of Rungius, art patrons can see the difference a century has had on the Western wilderness. In the Wind River Range, above 10,000 feet, the variation seen between the paintings is insignificant. “You could see that very little had changed at that altitude,” Harty said. But other places show dramatic changes, such as the Columbia icefield in the Canadian Rockies. “That glacier is retreating by about 7 feet every year,” Harty said. “The change is absolutely stark.” Such projects mirror the conservation ethos that has long been a part of the Jackson Hole community, he said. “In concrete terms, Moran brought the visual imagery of Yellowstone park to the public consciousness,” Harty said. And many other Jackson Hole artists continue to pick up the torch.
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Art fosters community
Teton Valley finds that art is a driving force for continued growth.
By Jeannette Boner
hen the national economy popped a few years ago, so did the housing bubble in Teton County, Idaho. Developers pulled out, subdivisions went to the weeds and residents were left with the stark understanding that to move forward again would require a new vision for the community. A few years later it’s the arts that have emerged as one of the driving forces rebuilding the valley culture just over Teton Pass. Behind the “Spud Curtain” a new sense of community and place is being established through an often unquantifiable measure. From growing public art projects such as the snow-sculpting events during the Great SnowFest to the Driggs Digs Plein Air Festival, Music on Main, the Driggs Art Walk and the recently designed Geotourism Plaza, Teton Valley is learning that painting the town is good for business and good for civic morale. “Artist can be like worms in compost,” said glassblower Ralph Mossman, who runs a busy Teton Valley studio with his wife, Mary Mullaney. “Artists can come in when a community is at its lowest and rebuild it and give a community a renewed sense of pride. When things go bad the first people to move in are the artists. And artists make a place more interesting, like Greenwich Village in the ’60s. “Mary and I came in on the ebb when things were super cheap in Teton Valley,” he said. “Back then, in 1987, it was really expensive to live in Jackson.” Mossman and Mullaney, who have earned a host of awards and fellowships during their three decades in Teton Valley, agreed that while it’s difficult to put a monetary figure on the significance of the role the arts plays in rural places, the one tangible measure can be found in how the arts can bring a sometimes fractured community together.
A place in the plan
As in any community, Teton Valley’s economic pains are felt in the hallways of government, where property rights are king and old-timers and newcomers struggle to find common ground. But even leaders in Teton County, Idaho, have recognized the value of the arts, going as far as writing about the “creative class” in the newly adopted Teton County Comprehensive Plan for Development. This special consideration in the 10-year planning document recognizes the need to make way for creative elements in community design as one more path toward economic prosperity. “The arts are a way in which we reinvent ourselves,” said Michelle Coleman, the community development director for the Idaho Commission for the Arts. “It’s so common for us to get enmeshed in our politics. But with the arts there is room for everyone. We can all move forward, and that’s what individual artists are doing.” Mullaney experienced the power
Bill Dow, of Billings, Mont., and Bert Adams, of Vancouver, Wash., created Phoenix for last year’s Great SnowFest snow sculpting event.
of the arts in community-building two winters ago when Teton Valley hosted the Great SnowFest. She and Mossman headed up the massive undertaking of the snow sculpting expo. “It was the largest art project I’ve been involved in,” she said from her kitchen in Driggs. “It was a very inclusive project. That was one of the coolest things that I have ever been involved in as an artist. There’s a place for everybody.” The event required heavy loading equipment to move mountains of snow for people to stomp into sculptures. Everyone showed up at the Driggs Community Center — children, Latinos, longtime residents and people here to ski for a season — and the three-day itinerary allowed the public to watch the snow creations come to life. “It’s important to bring people together,” she added. Coleman said that even the woman manning the gas station down the street knew exactly what the art project was and where to direct visitors in town. “That’s a sense of pride,”said Coleman. For Plein Air Festival director Julie Robinson, art and public art projects may not come with a price tag, but their impact can be measured in what she sees during her three-day event at the end of each July. “Plein air painting is a quiet recreation based on appreciating a place,” she said. “It doesn’t require anything from our community except services, which we have anyway. “Driggs Digs Plein Air had 66 artists par-
ticipate this year,” she said, “86 percent of whom came from over 100 miles away.” The artists stayed in Teton Valley motels, camped in Teton Valley campgrounds, shopped at Teton Valley shops and ate in Teton Valley restaurants. “You can live in a town for a long time and you might not be involved in your town,” said Cody DeLong, one of the artists who came. “When you have an art event, it brings people together in a prideful way, and they discover a new appreciation for the beauty of the area. Everyone is excited when we’re painting your area. This brings people together in a different way. Art gives a little different perspective.” “As this art festival gains momentum,” Robinson said, “more and more collectors and art lovers will come to Driggs and Teton Valley for an artistic experience. We have already attracted some very, very gifted and accomplished artists.”
Art Walk fills a need
Other key elements of Teton Valley’s growing arts community include the Driggs Art Walk. Founded by Teri Mclaren of the Local Yocals Art Emporium in downtown Driggs, it has over the last few years grown to the point where the nonprofit Teton Valley Foundation heads it up the first Friday of every month from April through December. “Art is what people are starving for now,” said Mclaren. “And I can tell you it’s what Driggs is starving for now too.” Nine core businesses participate — not all are galleries: Alpine Wines and
Colorado artist Susan Thiele’s watercolor “Teton Storm” was a third-place winner at this year’s Driggs Digs Plein Air Festival.
Cocoa Grove coffee shop play host, too — and a couple hundred people come to downtown Driggs to look at art, enjoy light refreshments and socialize. The Teton Valley Foundation has put on the Music on Main series first in Driggs and now at the Victor City Park, since 2006. The series has attracted thousands to the downtowns five, six or seven Thursday nights each summer with live music by local acts and national headliners such as James McMurtry, the Wailin’ Jennys, Greg Brown, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, and Melvin Seals and the Jerry Garcia Band.
A focal point for Main Street
While community members and visitors turn out in droves for arts events, the city of Driggs is looking forward to unveiling the Geotourism Center in July 2014 that it hopes will become the focal point of Main Street. This project has been in the works for several years and promises to be a centerpiece of the county seat, with a 24-hour visitor center, exhibits and an information desk. While the building and plaza tout function, it’s the form that will create a lasting impression as leaders seek to adorn the outside and inside of the 3,000-squarefoot space with photography, paintings and other art. Driggs officials are looking for artists to create significant works for the plaza and center. The city also wants to commission a central sculpture for the area between the plaza seating area and Main Street sidewalk. The public art component is funded through an Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. “Art isn’t something a person grows out of either as an artist or a collector,” said Robinson, the plein air festival director. “It expands the visitor demographics to an area because it’s not something someone gets too old to do. It expands awareness beyond oneself and stimulates imagination. “All human cultures have had art. It is bound to our history and is part of our nature. For this reason it’s especially important for children to be exposed to and involved in art. It nurtures ideas. The future creators of our world need to exercise their imaginations. That’s what art does for a community — and a civilization.”
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Wild Hands — Art for Living 265 W. Pearl Ave. 307-733-4619 WildHands.com –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
here’s a world of art and there’s a world of useful household stuff. And there’s Wild Hands, where worlds collide. The result is a shop on Pearl Avenue that’s filled with artistic creations high and low, big and little, simple and complex. Wild Hands attracts not just people looking for something in particular, but people just looking, in the sightseeing sense of the word. From the beginning, owner Sue Thomas said, “What I really wanted to do was sell American handcrafts.” Thomas has spent 15 years selling the work of artists whose creations range from paintings and sculptures to pottery and weavings to glass and jewelry — and then to place mats, butter dishes, coasters, greeting cards and other knickknacks that bring style and flair to ordinary life. “It’s a big space, but I fill it up nicely, I think,” Thomas said. “It’s the coolest shop in Jackson ... a place with an amazing amount of eclectic handmade things.” Thomas calls her business “a year-round art show.” The second part of the name of Wild Hands is “Art for Living,” which Thomas said emphasizes her goal of bringing aesthetics to the ordinary: “Basically, everything we sell is functional.” Much of the merchandise is locally created, because visitors like that. But it can be a challenge: “When tourists want local, they want Jackson,” Thomas said. “They don’t mean Victor [Idaho] and they don’t mean Casper.” Balancing art and business can be a strain. People walk in thinking “local,” but for some that means anything with a moose on it. And for a Jackson Hole artist, “even if you’re good, it’s hard to compete with a Chinese factory that makes stuff with moose on it.” But many do compete. Among the favorites is local watercolorist Fred Kingwill, whose views of the Rockies have been popular for more than 20 years. Another fine artist is Sarah Angst, of Bozeman, Mont., whose woodblock prints of landscapes
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and wildlife found their way to Wild Hands after years at the Art Association summer Art Fairs. And there’s Harriet Peck Taylor, of Boulder, Colo., who creates bright batiks (and reproductions) of wildlife and pets that radiate an exuberant vitality and happiness. Other painters are Eli Sorensen, Sharon Thomas and, mixing the artistic and the real, Christine Zimmer, whose paintings are framed with recycled window frames, the landscapes “outside” cut into the panes.
Wild Hands offers work by potters Carl Sheehan, of Bozeman, and Valerie Seaberg, of Jackson. And there is colorful fused glass by Arlyss Grosz, whose stained-glasslike views of Colorado combine impressionistic and abstract. There’s also furniture, tending toward the painted and the rustic. Among the painted, makers are W.T. Hawkins and Pine and Paints. The rustic style is epitomized by Jackson Hole native Bert Feuz (see page 3F), who lets the nearly natural wood decide what it wants to be.
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of the times
Festival pairs wine and featured art for special souvenirs.
By Brielle Schaeffer
omplex, vibrant and bold. No, those words don’t describing a painting, though they’re suitable. In this case though they describe the Fall Arts Festival wine, which is back on the market to commemorate the 29th annual fete. The Liquor Store has red and white varietals — a 2011 cabernet sauvignon and a 2010 chardonnay — bottled especially for the event. “Art and wine go well with each other,” the Liquor Store owner Stephen Abrams said. “It seemed like a natural transition to have a wine label for the Fall Arts Festival.” Each year the Fall Arts Festival featured artist gets his or her work printed on the wine label in miniature. This year, the bottles feature a picture of cowboys called “River Overlook — Gros Ventre River Ranch” by Utah oil painter Jason Rich. “I always love seeing how the art comes out on the wine label,” Abrams said. The wines are made by KDM Global Partners, a winery in Napa Valley, Calif., that is known for making good, affordable private labels. This year Abrams’ store received a shipment of 1,344 bottles — 672 of each. The wines will sell for $20 a bottle. “It gives other people another opportunity to buy something with the Fall Arts Festival image on it,” he said. “They make great gifts or collector items.” Last year was the most successful year the store has had with the wine, Abrams said. The label showed Amy Ringholz’s 2012 featured Fall Arts painting “Dreamers Don’t Sleep,” which depicts wild animals gathered in a dandelion field beneath a meteor shower. “I’m sure this year’s art work alone will help sell some of the line as well,”
said Abrams, who noted that some people enjoy collecting the labels. Wine profits support future Fall Arts Festivals. The store is happy to be a part of the festival that draws residents and visitors into the community to keep Jackson lively after the busy summer season, Abrams said. “Things used to really, really slow down when Labor Day came around, but now there’s still a lot happening here in town,” Abrams said. “When the Fall Arts Festival started,” he said, “that was really part of the idea: to have an event in the community that would bring people to our lovely town in one of the most beautiful times of year. “It’s cool at night, the leaves are changing and you can go into the park and hear the elk bugling,” he said. “It’s nice we can share that with other people.” Fall Arts Festival 2013 wines are on the shelves and will be for sale throughout September. They are also available online at JacksonHoleWine.com.
WILD by NATURE GALLERY Wildlife and Landscape Photography by
Henry H. Holdsworth Join us Friday, September 6th, 5-8pm as Henry signs his books on Jackson Hole and presents new works from the past year.
New Images Show continues through the Fall Arts Festival
95 West Deloney Avenue
Behind the Wort Hotel
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Fall Arts Festival feature artist Jason Rich’s “River Overlook — Gros Ventre River Ranch” is reproduced in miniature on the 2013 Fall Arts Festival wine label.
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Altamira Fine Art
Duke Beardlsey, James Pringle Cook, Glenn Dean, John Felsing, R. Tom Gilleon, Logan Maxwell Hagege, Rocky Hawkins, Donna Howell-Sickles, Andrée Hudson, Steve Kestrel, Ted Knight, September Vhay, Louisa McElwain, Arlo Namingha, Dan Namingha, John Nieto, Marshall Noice, Howard Post, Amy Ringholz, Mary Roberson, Mark Rohrig, Jared Sanders, Bill Schenck, Theodore Waddell, Greg Woodard, & Dennis Ziemienski. 172 Center St., email@example.com, 307-739-4700.
Art Association of Jackson Hole
Dedicated to shaping a vital, creative community by providing residents and visitors alike with a wide range of art experiences. Located in the heart of the Tetons, the Art Association is one of the leading community arts organizations in the American West. Our galleries present art for discussion, inspiration, and provide opportunities for hundreds of artists to exhibit, network, discuss and sell their work. 240 S Glenwood St, 307-733-6379, www.artassociation.org.
Astoria Fine Art
On the Town Square. A spectacular collection of award winning and museum-held artists, both living and deceased. Featuring both traditional and contemporary works, Astoria’s reputation for quality makes the gallery a highlight of the Jackson Hole art scene. Open 7 days a week. 35 E. Deloney Ave. (On the Town Square) PO Box 2397, Jackson, WY 83001, 307-733-4016, www.astoriafineart.com firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Brookover Gallery
Featuring over 60 platinum/palladium, silver gelatin and bromoil prints, the Brookover Gallery is steeped in tradition and is recognized by fine art collectors around the world as the definitive, must see photography gallery in Jackson Hole. In addition, we offer a limited selection of large format 8x10 color images. With historical, time honored printing methods and handmade paper formulas dating back to the 1st century, is it a museum or gallery? We’ll let you decide. 125 N. Cache St. 307-732-3988. www.brookovergallery.com.
Brush Art Ventures
Brush Art Ventures represents a selection of local fine artists whose work clearly reflects the exceptional beauty and inspiration of the unique environment in which we live, work, play and create. Venture beyond the downtown galleries to experience some of Jackson’s finest art in our private showroom. Be inspired by the views inside and out. www.brushartventures.com 307-690-2234. 1085 W. Broadway #1123.
By Nature Gallery
Specializing in the finest quality fossil, mineral and meteorite specimens from around the world. We offer fossils from local Kemmerer and a fun kids corner with fossils and minerals for all ages. Jewelry, gifts, and a broad variety of petrified wood is also available. Open daily. 86 East Broadway on the Town Square. 307-200-6060. www.bynaturegallery.com
Cayuse Western Americana
Specializing in high quality cowboy and Indian antiques. Great selection of chaps, spurs, beadwork, textiles, and antique and new hitched horsehair items. Vintage buckles, early western and Native American jewelry, old photography, art, prints, and lithos are featured and historic Jackson Hole, Teton Park and Yellowstone items. Exclusive local representative for Clint Orms buckles and Susan Adams cowgirl jewelry. 3 blocks north of the Wort Hotel (across from Nani’s). 255 N. Glenwood. Open Mon-Sat 9am-7pm, Sun 10am-4pm. 307-739-1940.
Dan Shelley Jewelry Originals
Wyoming’s Finest Jewelry experience since 1976! This extraordinary gallery features wearable works of art from contemporary expressions in precious metals & unique gems, pearls & elk ivory to distinctive wedding sets. Of course, skillfully detailed Teton & wildlife originals are another specialty of the talented duo, Dan Harrison & Shelley Elser. This designer team transcends the ordinary. A visit to their exceptional gallery should not be missed. Downtown Jackson, 125 North Cache St. - in Gaslight Alley. 307-733-2259. www.danshelley.com.
We are dedicated to creating beautiful one of a kind rugs. We make Western, Contemporary, and Traditional rugs, using only the best high mountain handspun wool, all organic dyes, and the most talented and creative weavers. We also carry exotic jewelry, architectural elements, home decor, textiles, and antique carpets. We are committed to quality of craftsmanship and ethical business practices both here and abroad. We are located on the town square and have stores in Sun Valley ID, Park City UT, Boise ID, and Paia Maui. 307-739-1009.
10 Daylite Stained Glass Studio Daylite Stained Glass Studio can create designs that enhance both architecture and interior design. All products are handmade start to finish with American-made Art Glass. Prices reflect the care and effort built into each item. The studio offers ideas for every taste and budget. Whether its a new building, remodeling, or redecorating, a handcrafted stained glass project can personalize every room of your home or business. 260 E. Howard Ave., Driggs, ID. 208-354-8219. www.daylitestainedglass.com.
11 Diehl Gallery Diehl Gallery is dedicated to the promotion of national and international contemporary art. We specialize in world-class contemporary painting and bronze sculpture. Gallery services include collection development and curation, and onsite consultation. 155 W. Broadway Avenue. 307-733-0905. www.diehlgallery.com.
12 Fighting Bear Antiques Established in 1981, specializing in quality 19th and early 20th century American furniture. The gallery is nationally recognized for its authentic Mission and Thomas Molesworth furniture, early Navajo rugs, Native American beadwork and Western Americana. Located 4 blocks south of the Town Square at 375 S. Cache. Open Mon-Sat 9:00-6:00, Sun by appointment only. 307-733-2669. www.fightingbear.com.
13 Grand Teton Gallery Bringing something new and exciting for Jackson Hole, Grand Teton Gallery offers the works of nationally and internationally known painters, sculptors, and photographers specializing in traditional and contemporary western art. A few artists include: Chester Fields, Rip Caswell, DeMott, Ottley, Lucas, Keimig, Middlekauff, Coonts, Weisfield, Oliver, and Penk. Located one block west of the town square, diagonally across from the Wort Plaza, Grand Teton Gallery provides a warm and friendly atmosphere for your viewing pleasure. 130 West Broadway. 307-201-1172 or Ian 307-413-8834. www.grandtetongallery.com.
14 Hennes Studio & Gallery Visit this beautiful gallery overlooking the Tetons, 7 miles north of Jackson at JH Golf & Tennis Estates, 5850 Larkspur
Dr. (see map). For over 40 years, internationally known artist Joanne Hennes has been capturing the rugged Tetons, native wildlflowers and wildlife in oils and watercolors. Also displayed are silk paintings, graphics and Hawaiian landscapes and seascapes. Meet the artist - open 9-6 Mon-Sat, Sunday by appointment. View our work in town at Lila Lou’s - corner of Glenwood & Pearl. 307-733-2593. www.joannehennes.com.
15 Horizon Fine Art Gallery We showcase the finest in Western, Contemporary and International art thus portraying all the facets of the West and beyond. From the stark beauty of the desert, to the calm of the coastline; from the bustling energy of the city; to the mystery of foreign lands, we offer collectors a unique visual festival of color and originality for the discerning eye. Horizon Fine Art: Enhancing the traditional introducing the innovative. 30 King St., Ste. 202, 307-739-1540.
16 Jackson Hole Art Auction Trailside Galleries and Gerald Peters Gallery will present the sixth annual Jackson Hole Art Auction in Jackson, Wyoming on Saturday, September 14, 2013. The much anticipated event featuring past and present masterworks of the American West will be held in the Center Theater at the Center for the Arts. The Jackson Hole Art Auction focuses on important works by the Taos Society of Artists, Contemporary Western Masters, as well as historically recognized artists of the American West. 130 East Broadway. 866-549-9278. www.jacksonholeartauction.com.
17 Jackson Hole Gallery Association The Jackson Hole Gallery Association is dedicated to supporting the artistic and cultural heritage of the greater Jackson Hole area. The local galleries proudly present a broad range of work from “old masters” such as Charles Russell and Frederic Remington to internationally and nationally know contemporary artists. Fine western, wildlife abstract and southwestern art; photography, sculpture, pottery, handcrafted furniture, weavings and exquisite Indian art collections, including rugs and handmade jewelry. Jackson Hole offers a selection of art rarely duplicated. www.jacksonholegalleries.com.
18 Jackson Hole Historical Society & Museum Explore the history, archaeology, and cultural traditions of Jackson Hole, Grand Teton National Park and the Greater Yellowstone Region. www.jacksonholehistory.org for current exhibits, calendar of events and photo gallery, as well as donation, membership and volunteer opportunities. The museum, gift and book store, and research center are located at 225 North Cache (parking available behind building). Please call 733-2414 for seasonal hours.
19 Kismet Rug Gallery Antiques to contemporary, small to oversize, soft pastels to vibrant jewel tones, modest to generous budgets- Kismet has a rug for you. We have an extensive collection of outstanding Herizes, Serapies, fine Kilims, Sultanabads, Gashgaies, Caucasions, Kashans, Kermans, Qum, Tabrizes, Sarouks, Bijars, turn of century tribal pieces as well as fine collectable pieces. Open Mon-Sat, 10-6. One block off the Town Square. 150 E. Broadway. 307-739-8984.
20 Legacy Gallery Specializing in fine quality original oil paintings, watercolors and bronze sculptures. Featuring impressionistic and traditional Western works as well as wildlife and landscapes by prominent contemporary and past masters. The gallery,
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23 Mountain Trails Gallery LEADING THE WEST-Mountain Trails Gallery has long been recognized as one of the premiere fine art galleries of the West. We proudly represent many of today’s most renowned contemporary and western artists. The gallery features a diverse mix of representational, impressionistic and contemporary paintings. We also offer a wide variety of sculpture, furniture and contemporary Native American artifacts. A wide variety of subject matter is offered, including Western, figurative, wildlife, still-life and landscapes. 155 Center Street, Jackson. 307.734.8150 mtntrails.net.
24 National Museum of Wildlife Art Overlooking the National Elk Refuge, this architecturally stunning building houses the nation’s premier collection of fine wildlife art. With more than 5,000 items in the collection and changing exhibitions, there’s always something new to discover. Featuring Robert Bateman, Albert Bierstadt, Rosa Bonheur, William Merritt Chase, Bob Kuhn, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Carl Rungius. Children’s gallery. Museum Shop. Rising Sage Café. Open Daily. 3 miles north of town. 307-733-5771. WildlifeArt.org.
25 Portraits by Alison Brush Professional portrait artist, Alison Brush, makes each portrait come to life in her highly detailed black and white classic drawings. She works with clients nationally, using photographs as reference. Consider a gift of a portrait of someone you love or a favorite pet. Call for a consultation and photo shoot if you don’t have a favorite picture already. 307-690-2234.
26 The Robert Dean collection After 30 years in Jackson Hole, The Robert Dean collection is closing! Retirement sale in progress! Dear friends, I would like to thank you for your support these past 30 years in Jackson Hole. The time has come to retire, so please stop by, say hello, and check out our incredible values during my retirement celebration. Featuring the highest quality, authentic American Indian jewelry, including award-winning artists Cody Sanderson, Jennifer Curtis, Cippy Crazy Horse, Larry Golsh, Allison Lee, and a private collection of quality American-Indian Jewelry. 160 C W. Broadway, open Mon-Sat 10-6pm, Sun 11-5pm. 307-733-9290. robertdeancollection.com
28 Tayloe Piggott Gallery
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Specializing in contemporary painting, photography, sculpture and limited edition prints. We also showcase handblown glass and unique designer jewelry. Our mission is to assist clients with the intricacies of buying contemporary art. Our staff has the knowledge and expertise to help facilitate acquiring art as an investment or finding the right piece for one’s home. It is our hope to bring fresh vision to an already sophisticated arts community and further the appreciation of contemporary art. Our curator is available for private home art consultations and art collection management. 62 S. Glenwood St. 307-733-0555. www.tayloepiggotgallery.com.
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Jackson’s largest supplier of antique prints and maps of the area featuring Moran, Remington, Audubon, Stanley, Carey and others. Offering museum quality custom framing at reasonable prices. Art supplies for the working artist, including Winsor & Newton, Sennelier, Grumbacher, Golden Arches, and Oriental papers. Open Mon-Fri 9:00-5:30 Sat 9:00-1:00. 984 W. Broadway. 307-733-9387.
The Southwest’s largest auction of classic Western American art celebrates its 18th annual auction. Saturday, November 17, 2012, at the Santa Fe Convention Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico. For auction inquiries please contact Santa Fe Art Auction Limited, Co. or visit www.santafeartauction.com. Santa Fe, NM, 505-954-5858.
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22 Master’s Studio
Representing exclusively the work of acclaimed wildlife photographer Thomas D. Mangelsen. Dedicated to the preservation of Nature and the respect of wildlife, Mangelsen has traveled all over the world to bring back unique portraits of wildlife and stunning sceneries. The gallery also offers posters, books, videos and note cards featuring his work. The #1 gallery in Jackson. 170 N. Cache, 307-733-9752. www.mangelsen.com
21 MANGELSEN - Images of Nature Gallery
27 Santa Fe Art Auction, Gerald Peters Gallery
whose heritage is one of personalized service and traditional values, provides exceptional assistance to both novice and seasoned collectors. 75 N. Cache St., on the NW side of the Square with another location in Scottsdale, AZ. Open daily. 307-733-2353.
29 Trailside Galleries Trailside Galleries is the collector’s first choice for fine American art, specializing in works by leading contemporary Western artists. A hallmark of excellence since 1963, the gallery actively represents the finest painters and sculptors in the United States and regularly features an impressive collection of Western, impressionist, landscape, still-life and wildlife art as well as works by deceased masters. Additionally, Trailside Galleries is home to the annual Jackson Hole Art Auction held in September. Located just east of the Town Square at 130 East Broadway. Open MondaySaturday 10am-6pm. Sunday 10am-5pm. 307.733.3186. www.trailsidegalleries.com.
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30 Two Grey Hills
For 37 years, Two Grey Hills Indian Arts has featured distinctive Southwest Native American jewelry by Navajo, Hopi, Zuni and Santo Domingan artists. Their museum quality Navajo rugs, Pueblo pottery and hand-made Southwest Indian baskets will please the most discriminating buyer. 110 E. Broadway 307.733.2677. www.fineindianart.com
31 West Lives On Galleries Traditional and Contemporary Both galleries have an impressive collection of fine art reflecting the rich heritage of the American West. Featuring Western, wildlife and landscape art in original oils, acrylics, watercolors and bronze. We represent over 100 regional and local artists. Our knowledgeable staff will work with you to locate that special piece for your home office. Both galleries are located across the street from the Wort Hotel. Traditional Gallery, 75 N. Glenwood - Contemporary Gallery, 55 N. Glenwood. 307-734-2888. www.westliveson.com.
32 Wilcox Gallery & Wilcox II Jackson’s largest, now in its 42nd year. Featuring original paintings, prints, sculpture, fine crafted wood, jewelry and pottery by nationally known artists. Two locations - the original, 2 miles north of the Town Square on Hwy 89, is spacious & exciting. 733-6450; Wilcox II is located at 110 Center St. Open 10-6 Mon-Sat. 307-733-3950. www.wilcoxgallery.com.
33 Wild By Nature Visit our gallery of fine art photography featuring local wildlife and landscape photographs by Henry H. Holdsworth. Nationally recognized for his work with publications such as National Geographic, Sierra, Birder’s World, National Wildlife, and Wildlife Conservation, Henry’s unique and striking images are available in limited edition prints, notecards, and books. Located 1 block
To Idaho Falls
west of the Town Square. 307-733-8877. 888-494-5329. 95 West Deloney. www.wildbynaturegallery.com.
34 Wild Hands A local’s favorite!! As one of Jackson’s most diverse galleries, Wild Hands showcases an eclectic selection of local, regional, and national art. You will find a large selection of art crafted for everyday living: painted/decorated furniture, pottery, jewelry, blown glass, clocks, mirrors, lamps, and wrought iron accessories. Whether decorating a home or looking for the perfect gift, Wild Hands is worth multiple visits! 3 blocks from Town Square, Across from the post office 265 W. Pearl Ave. Open daily. 307-733-4619. www.wildhands.com
35 Workshop hand. made. things. Offering unique and contemporary gifts including jewelry and accessories, ceramics and tabletop, children’s clothing and toys. Home of Susan Fleming Jewelry & Dormouse Designs. 180 E. Deloney Ave. 307-733-5520. www.workshopjh.com.
36 WRJ Home WRJ Home offers a sophisticated selection of high quality furnishings, lighting, decorative objects, and antiques from the 18th Century to contemporary. Included within our collection are fine fabrics and furnishings of Lora Piana, Ralph Lauren, Holly Hunt and local craftsman and artists. Our Design Studio within the showroom allows clients to refine their home’s style with the help of our interior design team. 30 S. King St., Jackson, WY, 83001. Mon-Sat 10am-6pm. 307.200.4881. www.wrjassociates.com
After you’ve purchased your Masterpiece... You must have a pied a terre in Jackson Hole. 125 W. Pearl Street
One level living, in this high ceiling spacious 1 bedroom apartment in Town. Elevator, top floor views of Flat Creek. Very Affordably priced at $322,500.
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Ranch Estate in Bar BC www.BarBCRanch.com
The setting of this 105 Bar BC Ranch Estate exceeds expectations with breathtaking views of the Grand Teton, Sleeping Indian and all of the surrounding mountains. This property is ideal for equestrian use and one of the few properties at the Bar BC Ranch where both horses and cattle can graze the open meadows of the pasture lands. With its 10+ acre pond and year-round stream, moose, elk, deer, Trumpeter Swans and Bald Eagles frequent the property providing wonderful wildlife viewing opportunities.
Tom Evans, Associate Broker 307-413-5101 TomEvansRE@jhsir.com
Nestled against the edge of the trees, the 6,200 square foot home has 4 bedrooms and 4 baths with 2 powder rooms. The home is move-in ready or it could serve as temporary living while building a new dream home on a different piece of the property. The 105 acres offers multiple development sites, which will be appealing to the buyer who is conservation minded or to the buyer looking for a perfect place to build a family compound. The Ranch Estate represents a unique opportunity to participate in the Bar BC traditions of the old and new. $21,000,000. #20841594.
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The most comprehensive coverage of the 2013 Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival. This six section supplement offers the most complete coverage,...
Published on Sep 4, 2013
The most comprehensive coverage of the 2013 Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival. This six section supplement offers the most complete coverage,...