fallartsfestival 2011 Jackson Hole
A special supplement to the Jackson Hole News&Guide
September 7, 2011
Urges to preserve valley, be a part of it or remember the old days come out in Tetons art.
Artists display the creative plethora within Horizon Fine Art.
Trailside Galleries sets the gold standard for autumnal art.
Grand Teton National Park as muse and art habitat.
Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival â€˘ September 8 to 18
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Note from the Editor The fabric of Fall Arts Festival reveals the close weave of the community in Jackson Hole. So, too, does tragedy: On Aug. 9, the valley lost Huntley Baldwin, an artist and writer who insightfully captured the colorful threads of the Tetons with wit and paint. He contributed mightily to the joy of life in Jackson — the joy so keenly felt during Fall Arts — and he continues to brighten our world through memories treasured by all who laughed with him and through the three beguiling books he left with us: “Local Color,” “Letters from Jackson Hole” and “The Provence Book.” Artists like Baldwin and the many others profiled in these pages make Jackson Hole a colorful place to enjoy a fall festival, a full life. — Katy Niner
Table of Contents 3 4 6 8 9 10 13 15 17 18 Horizon Fine Art Gallery West Lives On
Trailside Galleries Astoria Fine Art Legacy Gallery
Jackson Hole Art History Wilcox Gallery Art in the Park
Robert Dean Collection
Fall Arts Festival Calendar
COVER: Thomas Moran’s “The Tetons,” 1879. Graphite, ink, gouache on paper. Courtesy of Grand Teton National Park, National Museum of Wildlife Art.
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Creative fusion Horizon hosts painting demonstrations, eclectic array of art.
“Mountain Dawn Day” is by Kay Stratman, who will paint on-site at Horizon Fine Art Gallery on Sept. 10 and 11.
some brushwork for detail.” Stratman comes from a graphic design background. After years of searching for her perfect medium, she By Abbie Beane became fascinated with Asian brush painting, particularly the Chinese technique of ink painting on rice ay Stratman has found a way to combine two paper. She studied with several masters and found the seemingly disparate passions stemming from form fused the studied aspect of graphic design with opposite ends of the world: her backyard in the spontaneity of painting. Jackson Hole and her Asian-style artwork. “This style just clicked with me,” she said. “I While her technique flows from the ancient art of explored several mediums after college, but I just Asian brush painting using Japanese shikishi board, hadn’t found anything that was ‘me’ until this.” watercolor paints and bamboo-handle brushes, her Stratman feels painting runs in her blood. Even inspiration flows from local landscapes such as the in artistic lulls, her unconscious mind is always on Darwin Ranch in the Gros Ventre Wilderness. painting. Stratman will be one of two artists painting at At Horizon, Stratman will work alongside oil paintHorizon Fine Art Gallery during the first weekend of er Bateman, a juxtaposition of painterly technique. Fall Arts Festival. On Sept. 10 and 11, Stefan Bateman, Nowak described Bateman’s style as playing on the of Idaho, will also paint on-site. The second weekend, moody aspect of landscapes, on the contrast of dark Sept. 17 and 18, the gallery will showcase a group of and light areas. His subjects range from local terrain its artists’ paintings and dimensional work and host a and wildlife to models posing inside historic buildSunday brunch. ings in Montana. The second weekend’s show, “Stairwell to Fall,” “There will be a great variety of styles, price points, colors, abstract wildlife art pieces and award-win- will feature work from Bateman and Stratman as well as Lona Hymas-Smith, of ning artists,” gallery owner Barbara ––––––––––––––––––––– Idaho, Dan Stoklasa, of Idaho, Amy Nowak said. “It’s fun to do a big Horizon Fine Art Gallery Poor, of Oregon, Dean Bradshaw, of group show with different bodies of 30 King St. Utah, Marla Smith, of Arizona, Pete work. We’re not a Western art gal739-1540 Zaluzec, of Chicago, and locals Sarah lery. What I love is this eclectic variHorizonFineArtGallery.com Rogers, Jill Hartley and Daro Flood. ety of art.” Hymas-Smith creates detailed Stratman starts with blobs of ––––––––––––––––––––– carvings of birds native to the Tetons. watercolor, which she described as “It is one of my very favorite ever places and very having the consistency of melted ice cream. She drops them onto a partially wet background, and the paint dear to my heart,” she said. She primarily uses tupelo wood, which remains spreads to the moist areas. “It’s what I call ‘controlled spontaneity,’” she said. strong even when sliced thin. She occasionally carves “I juxtapose the colors, let the surface dry and then do oak and particle board into habitats for her birds, and
Sarah Rodgers’ “Hollywood” is in the “Stairwell to Fall” show.
she also forges, brazes and solders brass and steel for structural support. Hymas-Smith has wanted to be an artist for as long as she can remember. As a child, she carved marionettes out of driftwood with an unwieldy pocketknife. She still has a scar on her finger to prove it. “There is just something so organic and comforting about creating art from such a basic, nurturing thing as a tree,” she said. “It’s sort of like the tree and I get to collaborate and share our gifts together. “
Dean Mitchell Ewoud de Groot Bart Walter
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Wyoming light West Lives On stages annual show for Christie.
“Composition, design and lighting are integral in my work,” Christie wrote on his website. “I want my paintings to be never-ending symphonies through which By Dina Mishev the viewer’s eye keeps moving and never leaving.” or 11 years, painter Reid Christie has Although viewers’ eyes may keep movhad a show at West Lives On Gallery ing over one of Christie’s paintings, they during Fall Arts Festival. This year are never overwhelmed. His paintings are marks his 12th. not overdone with details. Speaking about Christie’s show opens at West Lives On Christie’s work two years ago (before during Palates & Palettes on Sept. 9. Of another Fall Arts show), Ray said, “So many course, the Cody-based artist will be here for artists crowd their paintings with activity. the reception in his honor. Terry Ray, West These get difficult to look at after a while. Lives On’s owner, has described Christie as Reid’s paintings are soothing. You want to a “crowd favorite.” be in the middle of one.” ––––––––––––––––––––– “He likes meeting Long one of West West Lives On Gallery collectors as much as Lives On’s most soughtthey like meeting him,” after artists, Christie 75 N. Glenwood Ray said. has seen his popular734-2888 That’s not all West ity continue to increase, WestLivesOn.com Lives On has planned particularly in the past ––––––––––––––––––––– for this Fall Arts Festival, few years. The National though. From 11 a.m. to 3 Cattlemen’s Association p.m. Sept. 18, the gallery is hosting an open named him Artist of the Year in 2006, ’07, house and brunch during the final art walk ’08 and ’09. In 2008, he also was the Artist of the festival. The Wort Hotel is providing of the Year of the Rocky Mountain Elk brunch fare as well as brunch-appropriate Foundation. In 2009, that same organizaadult beverages. tion selected a painting of his as its Cabela’s Christie has been one of Wyoming’s best Conservation Edition print. ambassadors for more than two decades. Christie’s work is in collections throughHaving grown up in the Cowboy State, out the U.S. Europe and Asia. He has several he paints the landscapes that have always paintings in the permanent collection of surrounded him: the Tetons, Yellowstone the Whitney Gallery of Western Art at the National Park, the Absarokas. Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody. His Strongly influenced by the Hudson pieces also are in the permanent collections River School of painters — Thomas Cole, of New York City’s Whitney Museum of Albert Bierstadt, William Hart, Washington American Art, the University of Wisconsin, Allston and Frederic Edwin Church helped Madison, and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, define this romantic art movement of the Minn. His work has been exhibited at the mid-19th century — Christie pays particu- Smithsonian and the U.S. Forest Service lar attention to light: how it reflects, refracts headquarters in Washington, D.C. and passes in and around. Christie’s show will remain up for the “The scenery in Reid’s paintings is beau- Sept. 18 brunch and gallery open house, tiful, but it is the light that really draws peo- when it will be joined by new pieces by ple to them,” Ray said. many of West Lives On’s other artists.
Friday, September 9
PAlATes & PAleTTes GAllery WAlk More than 30 galleries welcome you to town by opening their doors to showcase spectacular art, wine, cuisine and music. Spend the evening walking from gallery to gallery appreciating the culture of Jackson. This event is a great, casual way to start the Fall Arts Festival. Put on your walking shoes and join the crowd in a social and relaxing atmosphere. 5pm - 8pm. see gallery map for various locations.
WedneSday, September 14
POsTer siGninG WiTH DWAyne HArTy Meet artist Dwayne Harty, artist in residence at the Murie Center, and receive a personally signed poster of his featured painting, “Strength & Vulernability.” Learn about his journey in the last few years as he was involved in the “Yellowstone to Yukon: the Journey of Wildlife and Art.” Mountain Trails Gallery, 3 – 5pm. Open to the public. GAllery ArTWAlk 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! Various locations – see gallery map, 5 – 8pm. Open to the public.
Reid Christie pays particular attention to light, as here in “Heading for Pierre’s Hole, 1832.”
Saturday, September 17
QuickDrAW ArT sAle AnD 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 hour-long creative process, along with the sale of, “Strength & Vulnerability,” by Dwayne Harty, the featured artwork of the 2011 Fall Arts Festival. Jackson Town square, 9:30am. Open to the public.
Sunday, September 18
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! Various locations, see gallery map, 11am – 3pm. Open to the public. www.jacksonholegalleries.com
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Trailside Galleries will showcase Kyle Sims during Fall Arts Festival. “The August Social,” an oil, measures 32 by 80 inches.
Gallery gold Trailside adds a few twists to annual show.
cil portraits of dogs and cats are collected around the world. “We’ve now got every kind of wildlife, from domestic to truly wild ones,” said By Dina Mishev Maryvonne Leshe, the gallery’s managing partner. ust because it’s as much a “Fall Gold” hangs Sept. 12 through September tradition as the Fall Sept. 24. The artists reception is 4 to 6 Arts Festival itself doesn’t mean p.m. Sept. 17. Trailside Galleries’ annual “Fall “‘Fall Gold’ is a wonderful tradiGold” show is predictable. tion for the gallery,” Leshe said. “We’ve In addition to spotlighting new pieces found that, because of the show at the [National] Museum [of by important gallery ––––––––––––––––––––– artists with a focus on Wildlife Art], there are Trailside Galleries wildlife art, this year’s so many major wildlife 130 E. Broadway “Fall Gold” includes collectors in town. We 733-3186 a showcase of Kyle really enjoy presenting Sims’ paintings and a some of the top wildTrailsideGalleries.com retrospective of the life artists to them in a ––––––––––––––––––––– work of sculptor Veryl gallery setting. Many of Goodnight. the artists in our gallery are already in the Another change is in Trailside’s defini- collection of the museum.” tion of wildlife. This summer, the gallery Artists displaying new work in “Fall brought two new artists on board. Joseph Gold” include painters Tucker Smith, Dan Sulkowski, who mixes his own medi- Smith, Ralph Oberg, Bonnie Marris, Nancy ums and oils using recipes developed by Glazier and Adam Smith, and sculptors Rembrandt and Rubens, is considered Gerald Balciar, Sherry Salari Sander and one of the world’s top canine artists. And Kent Ullberg. In addition to Sulkowski Sueellen Ross’ mixed-media, colored-pen- and Ross, a third new artist is in the show:
Dustin Van Wechel. Sulkowski, Ross and Van Wechel all came to the gallery via its first miniatures show, held in July. Because of the success of last year’s show for Kyle Sims, the gallery is again showcasing his work. Due to the demand for his paintings, all of his pieces will be sold by draw. The draw is being held during the show’s reception at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 17. “His work is just so collectible,” Leshe said. Veryl Goodnight’s showcase is a bit different. This spring, the Colorado sculptor was honored at the Gilcrease Museum’s annual Rendezvous Artists’ Retrospective as the featured artist. The museum, in Tulsa, Okla., put together a 43-piece show of her work. This retrospective, with pieces dating as far back as 1979, will make its way to Trailside during “Fall Gold.” Goodnight is known for her sculptures of ranch women of the late 1800s and early 1900s, in addition to wildlife. “The collection showcases both wildlife and figurative pieces,” Leshe said. Beyond its esteemed roster of artists, Trailside features lauded leadership. In May, Leshe, who celebrates her 35th anniversary with the gallery this fall, was
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Watercolorist Dean Mitchell enjoys a showcase Sept. 17 at Astoria. Above is “Wintersunlight.”
The best for the fest Astoria fetes five artists, welcomes new work by 30 more.
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ive artists are sharing the Fall Arts Festival spotlight at Astoria Fine Art. Greg Beecham, Ewoud de Groot, Dean Mitchell, Bart Walter and Joshua Tobey are bringing their best new work to Jackson. “It’s pretty exciting,” Astoria owner Greg Fulton said. “These are some of the most popular artists working right now. It made sense for us to focus on our very best work during the busiest weekend of the year.” Then, to diffuse the limelight, Astoria is capping its Fall Arts festivities with a gallerywide celebration of its artists and their new works. On Sept. 17, the gallery hosts “The Best of Astoria” from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Many of the artists participating Bart Walter “Giraffe Trio” Bronze in the show will be present on the penultimate day of Fall Arts. A Dubois resident, Beecham won the To fete the five featured artists, Astoria prestigious Prix de West at the National is presenting them in pairs of different Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum mediums. The first reception, from 3 in 2008 and 2010, and was the Fall Arts to 5 p.m. Sept. 15, juxtaposes de Groot’s Festival featured artist in 2008. Walter’s creative career spans three paintings with Tobey’s sculptures. Fulton decades. With work describes both artists ––––––––––––––––––––– as young, contempoin notable public and Astoria Fine Art rary up-and-comers. private collections 35 E. Deloney Ave. De Groot, a native worldwide, he may 733-4016 of the Netherlands, be most well-known brings a series of his AstoriaFineArt.com locally for “Wapiti wildlife paintings, Trail,” the string of elk ––––––––––––––––––––– largely focused on at the entrance to the birds from the northern hemisphere — National Museum of Wildlife Art. Europe, Siberia and North America. He Walter travels extensively to study paints in layers of cold blue-greys and his subjects and to render honest interwarm brown-greys. pretations, from lions and chimpanzees Tobey, a New Mexico native, sculpts in Africa to wildlife in North American. animals and birds in midaction: stretch- After gathering extensive field research, he ing, scratching, soaring, sleeping, curled returns to his Maryland studio to sculpt. in a ball, wrestling a salmon or poised Astoria wraps its Fall Arts Festival to pounce. celebration with a Sept. 17 reception “We are going to see another 30 to 40 for Dean Mitchell alongside its “Best years production from these guys,” Fulton of ” show. “He’s one of the top watercolor artists said. “They really are at about the same place within their careers. They are both in the U.S.,” Fulton said. “He’s as big as established and successful, they’re young, they come.” Mitchell adds a unique dimension to and they have a contemporary edge.” On Sept. 16, Astoria pairs more estab- the festival. “Jackson seems a bit short on waterlished artists: Beecham and his wildlife oil paintings with Walter’s bronze sculp- colors,” Fulton said. “The market is domtures. Their reception runs from 2 to 4 inated by oils. This will be a great selection of watercolors that is really going to p.m. Sept. 16. “Bart is a top-tier sculptor, and Greg stand out.” Coinciding with the Mitchell show, is really the same as far as wildlife painting,” Fulton said. “The two pair perfectly. Astoria expects to welcome the best works Both are consistently the best within by 30 artists from its 50-strong stable. “The challenge we set to everybody their realm.” Beecham has been painting full time is to really have something unique and for 32 years. His vision is to “sculpt with special,” Fulton said. “Sometimes that paint,” or to paint in such a way that there means museum-scale, large-scale works. is not only the illusion of dimension but Or maybe that’s just a unique composiactual depth to the paint itself, according tion, something that is a little bit out of the norm.” to his artist statement.
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Sport and species Legacy gathers the best in sporting and wildlife art.
By Dina Mishev
ather than crowd its Fall Arts Festival schedule with a multitude of shows, Legacy Gallery is focusing on one this year. “Legacy of Nature” showcases the gallery’s top sporting and wildlife painters and sculptors. The show also marks the official debut of sculptor Walter Matia at the gallery. Jackson art aficionados may be familiar with his work in the National Museum of Wildlife Art. The life-size sculpture of turkeys outside the museum’s front doors is his. “We’ve been trying to bring him on board for some time,” said Legacy Gallery owner Brad Richardson. “His subjects are different from that of any artist we already represent, so we were looking to him to expand our offerings of sporting art and also to introduce our clients to yet another top-tier artist.” A fellow of the National Sculpture Society and named a master wildlife artist by the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wisconsin, Matia studied biology and art design in college. After, he went to work in the exhibits department of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. From there, he went to the Nature Conservancy, working as the nonprofit’s vice president in charge of land management. With a thorough understanding of both wildlife and their habitat, Matia began casting bronze sculptures in 1980.
Ken Carlson’s oil painting “September Sunset” measures 21 by 42 inches.
He started with bird life but has since Regardless, the gallery will feature expanded to sculpting sporting dogs and several of his pieces, including a paintother mammals. In 1989, one of his piec- ing of an elk that will be sold by draw es, a fountain, was placed in the formal during the show’s reception. garden of Blair House, the president’s Most wildlife artists know their guest house, in Washington, D.C. subjects inside and out. In the case of Matia will be on hand at the “Legacy sculptor Tim Shinabarger, that is literal. of Nature” reception, A native of Montana, ––––––––––––––––––––– scheduled for 1 to 4 Shinabarger took to Legacy Gallery p.m. Sept. 16. sculpting after an 75 N. Cache Drive He is only one of injury laid him in bed 733-2353 13 artists exhibiting in and away from him the “Legacy of Nature” taxidermy business LegacyGallery.com show. Other big names for several weeks. ––––––––––––––––––––– include Ken Carlson, Out of boredom, he Tim Shinabarger and painter Michael picked up a piece of clay left over from Coleman. a mount. He sculpted an elk head and, “Ken is considered by many to be on a whim, had it cast. Several weeks the dean of living wildlife painters,” later, a visiting friend asked to buy it. Richardson said. Shinabarger was soon sculpting fullBecause September is one of time. By 1993, he was winning awards; Carlson’s favorite months to be out in he hasn’t slowed down since. the field doing research, the gallery will “Tim started his career with us and not know until the last minute whether has continued to grow,” Richardson said. “He’s now recognized as one he will make it to the show or not.
Walter Matia “High Water” bronze
of the premier sculptors of wildlife.” Shinabarger will also attend the Legacy of Nature reception. The show isn’t exclusively made up of Legacy luminaries. “What’s most exiting about this show to us is that we have extremely well-established artists whose work is already placed in great museums across the West alongside younger, up-and-coming artists,” Richardson said. “Chad Poppleton, Brian Grimm, Luke Frazier — we believe in these guys, and they’re coming up strong.”
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Motifs and motives Conservation, promotion, mythology 3 currents that run through region’s art.
By Richard Anderson
he art of the Tetons seeks a connection with viewers on one or more of three levels: the urge to act and preserve the area, the desire to be in or to possess a part of it, and the yearning for the way things, maybe, once were. Throughout the course of Jackson Hole history, artists have created works to show people the wonders of the region and to implore them to help ensure these wonders survive for generations to come. They’ve created works to share these wonders with people far and wide, even to attract them here to see for themselves. And they’ve created works to help people remember wonders we have lost. Conservation. Desire. Nostalgia. Some artists have blurred the lines between categories, and individual motives may vary, but this trio of artistaudience dialogues holds up well across the past 140 years.
The history of art in Jackson Hole and Yellowstone began the same day as the history of conservation in the area — July 21, 1871 — when the 32-member party led by Ferdinand V. Hayden crossed the Gardner River and began to explore the realm that, nine months later, would become the world’s first national park. Among the team were 34-year-old painter Thomas Moran and 28-year-old photographer William Henry Jackson. Their images of the Yellowstone were instrumental in convincing Congress and President Ulysses S. Grant to set aside the region as the world’s first national park, and they also helped set the standard for a genre that has made Jackson Hole one of the top-selling art markets in the nation. Moran never made it to Jackson Hole, but he did travel to Teton Valley, Idaho, in 1879, where he painted the west faces of The Three Tetons a number of times. Another near miss was Carl Rungius, who did not paint in Jackson, but, starting in 1902, spent 10 summers in the Wind River Range where he camped, hunted, photographed and painted en plein air, turning out final works later in his New York studio. At roughly the time of Rungius, a guide named Stephen N. Leek had as a client George Eastman, founder of Kodak. Eastman gave Leek a camera, which he focused on the land, animals and people of still-exotic western Wyoming. This included, in 1909, the Jackson Hole Elk Herd and the toll harsh winters took on it. By documenting the death of thousands of elk and the widespread suffering of the entire herd, he helped convince Congress to allocate $5,000 to feed the animals, and, later, to purchase land north of the town of Jackson that eventually grew into the 25,000-acre National Elk Refuge. In 1927, Olaus Murie and his wife, Mardy, came to Jackson Hole to study the elk herd. Murie was a naturalist, and, like any good naturalist, he took copious field notes, including hundreds of sketches and watercolors. Keenly observed and full of character, his animal art served both as accurate visual notation and a hint at the affection he felt for the wild denizens of the area. Some of it ended up in his published works — like “Alaskan Bird Sketches” and “A Naturalist’s Portfolio of Field Sketches” — and in collections such as that of the National Museum of Wildlife Art and, of course, The Murie Center in Grand Teton National Park. Eventually, people began to make money off art in Jackson, and it became a commodity, but artists today are still motivated by conservation. Photographers Tom Mangelsen and Henry Holdsworth come to mind, as does Dwayne Harty, whose epic “Yellowstone to Yukon” project depicts the animals and land of North America’s largest, wildest intact (more or less) ecosystem.
In the late 1890s, Austrian-born painter John Fery ensconced himself and his family on the shore of Jackson Lake for a full year, during which time he painted the range 35 times, according to Adam Harris, curator at the National Museum of Wildlife Art. Fery later became a well-established artist painting scenes of the West for the
Western pop pioneer Bill Schenck created the image for the first Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival in 1985.
Northern Pacific Railroad, rendering the “wonderland” landscapes on huge canvases in what might have been the first marketing campaign targeted at East Coast adventurers. Twenty or 30 years later, Harrison Crandall visited Jackson Hole, inspired by the photographs of William Henry Jackson. After his first summer, in 1921, he moved his wife here and built a cabin on Jenny Lake. He earned his living, in part, by taking photographs at dude ranches of guests dolled up in Western regalia. He also lugged his gear high into the mountains to make some of the earliest images of the Teton backcountry and the men and women exploring there. His photos found their way all over the country and the world as postcard and souvenir prints. In 1929, Grand Teton National Park was created, and Crandall was “unofficial park photographer,” Karen Reinhart, curator of education and outreach at the Jackson Hole Historical Museum, said. The painter Archie Boyd Teater was a contemporary of Crandall’s. An oft-told tale describes his campsite and “gallery” on Jenny Lake, where he hung his airy, feathery work on the trees. When he was out in the field, he would leave a note for passers-by asking them to pin payment for whatever painting they wanted to a blanket. Teater extended his reputation — and helped to spread the reputation of the Tetons — in the 1930s, when he took up formal study with the Art Students League of New York. Conrad Schwiering’s arrival marks a turning point in Jackson arts. Born in Boulder, Colo., and raised in Laramie, where his father was a dean at the University of Wyoming, Schwiering studied art, including a stint at the Art Students League. Schwiering fell in love with the Tetons when he made his first visit with his father, and in 1947, at the age of 31, he and his wife, Mary Ethel, moved here and quickly went to work painting and selling art of the Tetons. “This was redneck Wyoming,” said Greg McHuron, a fellow Teton painter who was a close friend of Schwiering’s during the last dozen years of his life, “cowboy country, and here he’s married to the most gorgeous woman in Wyoming, and he’s out pushing paint around. He took static.” Today, Schwiering is perhaps the artist most closely associated with the region. His first painting sold for $35, McHuron said, but he sold hundreds more, and today his work fetches tens of thousands of dollars in auction. In addition to selling his paintings in Jackson Hole — his first show was held in The Wort Hotel — he came to be represented by galleries throughout the country, including the Grand Central Art Gallery in New York. “He made it cool and acceptable to be an artist in Jackson Hole,” Reinhart said. He also proved one could make a living at it. In his best paintings, one senses his love for the country. On the other hand, his mountain scenery can also feel ideal-
ized, nostalgic for a wildness that even in the ’50s and ’60s was in retreat. A few other notable names from those decades include Grant “Tiny” Hagen, a naturalist, teacher and artist, among other things. Also Paul Bransom, who was born and raised in Washington, D.C., worked as an illustrator and freelance artist New York City and, starting in 1947, spent more than a dozen summers in Jackson. In addition to producing some fine animal art, both are remembered for helping to create the Jackson Hole Fine Arts Festival, which, starting in 1962, put on classical music concerts (later to be known as the Grand Teton Music Festival) and organized art exhibitions and competitions. This fine art side of the festival spawned the Jackson Hole Art Association in the middle of the decade, which lives on as the valley’s visual arts nonprofit.
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Another key event at the time was the opening of Dick Flood’s Trailside Gallery. While a few artists had had studios into which visitors could come to watch and buy, Trailside was probably Jackson Hole’s first bona fine art gallery, according to Flood’s son, Daro Flood. Trailside originally opened in 1954 in Idaho Falls, but it moved to Jackson in the early ’60s, occupying a space on the Town Square that has since been absorbed by the retail store Wyoming Outfitters. Trailside represented “everyone,” Flood said. Grant Speed (a Texas cowboy and rodeo rider turned sculptor), John Hampton (one of the founders of the Cowboy Artists of America), Joe Beeler and Charlie Dye (two other CAA co-founders) and Olaf Wieghorst (a Danish artist known especially for his equine art) are among the artists Dick Flood had autograph a buffalo shoulder bone — referred to by Daro Flood as “The Bone,” one of myriad relics and art items in the family collection. The senior Flood also sold works by C.M. Russell, Frederick Remington and many other well-known Western artists. He sourced the gallery collection from estate sales and wherever else he could dig art up. “They thought he was out of his mind,” Daro Flood said of the town’s reaction to his father’s venture. But it turned out a lot of people liked the idea of bringing home a picture that reminded them of their Western travels. Flood sold Trailside in 1967, and it has been passed along to a number of owners since, but it remains a stalwart of the Town Square gallery scene. And it clearly started a trend. Painter Jim Wilcox opened his Wilcox Gallery in 1969. And Daro Flood’s brother, Dick Flood III, opened Main Trail Gallery in the early ’70s, where one of his star painters was Western pop phenom Bill Schenck. Jackson Hole was in a state of rapid change in the early ’70s, Flood said. Throughout the rise of
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ne of the first to make a living as a Teton painter. Above is “Sleeping Indian,” which is part of the Bank of Jackson Hole’s Schwiering Art Gallery. It lives upstairs at the bank’s main branch.
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Contrast Schenck’s ironic take on the Old and New West with the utter sincerity of John Clymer. Clymer, who moved to Teton Village in 1970, took great pains to research and document with as much historical accuracy as possible the Native Americans, mountain men and pioneers of the West. He and his wife, Doris, spent the summers traveling, conducting research and gathering sketches. Then, in the winters, they would hole up in the village where Clymer would paint. He died in 1989, and his family donated his studio to the wildlife art museum. In the early 1980s, Flood and Schenck struck upon an idea to push Schenck’s annual summer show later into the year. “We said, ‘Let’s do it after Labor Day, after the tourists and kids are back in school’” Schenck said. “We knew the moneyed people would come
Dwayne Harty’s epic “Yellowstone to Yukon” project included “Mountain Goats” above.
back in the fall after things settled down. … I think we took the rest of the gallery community by surprise, that we could do a show in September and actually have sales.” The brainstorm led to the first Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival in 1985, for which Schenck created the poster. Today, art depicting cowboys, Indians, wildlife and landscapes competes with contemporary takes on Western subjects at galleries like Martin Harris, Jackson Street Gallery (both now defunct) Diehl, Altamira and Tayloe Piggott (all alive and
well). Artists still are drawn to the Tetons, still inspired to create. “I’m glad there’s still traditional art here,” said Ben Roth, one of the new generation of artists creating in Jackson. “And I’m glad a variety of people come here and some of them gravitate to traditional art. It so reflects what this place was or is or used to be.” However, Roth prefers to look ahead. “There are things to learn from the past,” he said, “but there are issues in the present to be solved. That’s where I am and what I’m going to explore.”
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Art reunion Sculptor Sandy Scott shares showcase with gallery founder.
By Dina Mishev
alling Wilcox Gallery’s annual “Wildlife and Wildlands” event a show is a bit of a misnomer. At the gallery that prides itself on its family of artists and collectors, it’s more like a reunion. With nearly all of the gallery’s 40-some artists exhibiting new works, and perhaps a dozen stopping by, it’s no surprise collectors have learned it’s a good time to be in town. “It’s fun for everyone,” said gallery manager Jeff Wilcox. The show goes up the night before Palates & Palettes and hangs through the month, with a reception from 2 to 6 p.m. Sept. 17. In addition to featuring new work by all of the gallery’s artists, “Wildlife and Wildlands” also delves more deeply into the work of one or two artists. This year’s showcased artists are printmaker and sculptor Sandy Scott and painter Jim Wilcox, who founded the gallery in 1969 and in 1987 won the Prix de West Purchase Award. Scott, a former animation background artist for the Jim Wilcox founded Wilcox Gallery in 1969. Above is “Monarch of Willow Flats,” a 40-by-60-inch oil painting. motion picture industry, first turned to etching and printmaking in the 1970s and then sculpture in the early 1980s. Jeff Wilcox said. Today her bronzes of birds and other wildlife are in collecJim Wilcox is a former Fall Arts Festival poster artist and tions around the world: the National Museum of Wildlife a Top 100 artist in the annual Arts for the Parks international Art, the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tenn., the William J. competition nearly every year between 1987, the year the Clinton Presidential Library, and the private collections of competition was founded, and 2006, its last year. He won Margaret Thatcher and former President Arts for the Parks’ $50,000 grand prize ––––––––––––––––––––– and Mrs. George H.W. Bush. in 1994. A member of the National Wilcox Gallery Academy of Western Art, Wilcox also While Scott sculpts everything from won the Frederic Remington Award at 1975 N. Hwy. 89 horses to bears, pigs, African elephants, the annual Prix de West show in 2002 goats and dogs, the Wilcox showcase and 110 Center St. and 2007. The award is given for excepwill predominantly feature Wyoming 733-6450 big game. Wilcox said he expects about tional artistic merit. WilcoxGallery.com 20 new pieces from Scott, none of which Wilcox’s work — most of it done ––––––––––––––––––––– have been previously exhibited. en plein air, with the painting’s subject “At almost any given time, we have directly before him, rather than from a photo in a studio — Sandy Scott “Roosting Rooster” fragment bronze about 100 pieces of Sandy’s between our two locations,” is known for its ethereal light and dreamy realism. ping in and out, too.” Wilcox and Scott will both be at the show’s reception. Jeff Wilcox said. “Her new pieces will all be displayed at the Both of the gallery’s locations — at Center Street and “We’ll actually have about eight artists that will be in the downtown location, though.” Jim Wilcox has been working on a lot of plein air gallery demonstrating during the show’s reception,” Jeff on North Highway 89 — will have new work from their pieces that will hang in the gallery’s downtown space, Wilcox said. “Throughout the festival, we’ll have artists pop- stables of artists.
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Grand collection Jackson Hole art scene grew out of and into park.
Amanda H. Miller
oanne Hennes remembers Jackson and Grand Teton National Park before there were any art galleries. She traveled to the Tetons with her husband every summer, hiked and painted, and carted her work back to Chicago to sell it. Then, Ray and Vivian Lillie, who managed Jackson Lake Lodge in the 1960s, asked Hennes if she would like to sell her work there. That was the first semblance of a gallery in the park, Hennes said. The Lillies displayed and sold local artwork, almost always featuring the stunning scenery that surrounded the lodge. Hennes said the lodge was the first “gallery” in Jackson Hole to sell local work. Shortly after, in 1963, Trailside Gallery opened. Other galleries followed, until Jackson became known as the arts town it is today. Yet, despite the downtown density of galleries today, the valley arts culture grew largely from within the park. The grandeur of the Tetons attracted great talents like Archie Boyd Teater, Conrad Schwiering and Jim Wilcox, all famous for their timeless Tetonscapes. The mountains intoxicate artists eager to capture their multifaceted beauty on canvas. “It’s a different view from every place you go,” Hennes said. She has hiked nearly every trail and braved treacherous river crossings to see the stunning mountain range from new perspectives. She admits, though, she’ll never know all of its faces. The mountains have seasons and moods that change daily, hourly. Hennes never tires of exploring them. Considering how the Tetons enrapture artists, it was only a matter of time before Grand Teton started building a collection of indigenous inspiration. The park began buying and even commissioning artwork in the early 1970s, when it acquired a Hennes painting called “Granite Giants.” The federal Arts for the Parks program gained momentum in 2000. It invited artists who painted in national parks to compete in juried exhibitions. Winning pieces were purchased by the parks or their foundations. “It’s amazing what we have in the way of a fine arts collection,” park spokesperson Jackie Skaggs said. Well-known paintings now hang in lake lodges and visitor centers in the park. Several works by Harrison Crandall, the park’s first official photographer and its resident artist from the 1920s until the 1960s, hang in the Jenny Lake Visitor Center, and one is displayed at the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center in Moose. Jenny Lake Lodge is home to numerous works by local artists, including Hennes and Wilcox.
Hennes sold her 1971 painting “Granite Giants” to the park through the Grand Teton Natural History Association.
Hennes was commissioned to paint a series of local wildflowers for the themed cabins at Jackson Lake Lodge. Despite the ample array of art in Grand Teton facilities, what visitors see today is a fraction of what has been procured over the years, Skaggs said. The park owns so many pieces, it has developed a partnership with the National Museum of Wildlife Art through which the museum houses and protects a significant portion of its collection. Select works are brought out for special exhibitions or programs, like a Harrison Crandall presentation in July. In addition to works featuring the Tetons, Grand Teton National Park holds an extensive Indian art collection, In 1976, Laurence S. Rockefeller donated 1,500 items to establish an Indian arts museum at the Colter Bay Visitor Center. The David T. Vernon Collection features works created by Native Americans who traded their wares around Jackson Lake, said Dan Greenblatt, the Colter Bay district interpreter for the park. To complement the collection, the visitor center hosts an artist-in-residence program featuring Native American artists. “It goes back to when the museum first started,” Greenblatt said. “It’s evolved over the years, but the modernday artist-in-residence program is a way to show people
that these art forms are still being practiced.” During Fall Arts Festival, Shoshone tribe members Clyde Hall and Nancy Nacki will bead and do quill work through Sept. 11. From Sept. 12 to 18, Andrea Two Bulls of the Ogala Sioux tribe will demonstrate her beadwork and painting. This year, the festival falls during the final weeks of the museum’s operation in its current form. On Oct. 10, it closes for restoration of the collection. “These items have been on display for 40 years,” Greenblatt said, “and they’ve never been taken anywhere for restoration.” The collection is bound for the National Park Service Western Archeological and Conservation Center in Tuscon, Ariz., where each piece will be painstakingly examined and cleaned. “They’ll go over them stitch by stitch, bead by bead,” Greenblatt said. “They may not repair the items, but they’ll do what they need to do to prevent further damage.” The museum will reopen in May 2012 with an exhibit of Vernon Collection Indian artifacts that have never before been on display. “This fall is the last chance to experience the Colter Bay Indian Arts Museum as it has been open to the public for 40 years,” Greenblatt said.
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He got his start in Arizona and spent the early part of his career there. He moved to Jackson Hole in 1983. “I always had a good eye for things,” Gonzales said. “I’ve traveled a lot. I’ve read a lot.” He knows quality, and he works with only the top Indian jewelry artists, he said. He finds them or they find him. Regardless, he is a critical judge of their work. Some of his favorite artists are Marco Begaye, Cippy Crazyhorse, Larry Golsh, Patricia Bedonie and Edison Cummings. He features all of their work in his gallery, as well as the work of 20 or more others. He likes Navajo jewelry best, he said. “I like simple, elegant stuff,” he said. He holds up a Navajo piece by Cummings, a younger artists who brings a contemporary take to traditional styles. This piece features turquoise from the Lone Mountain turquoise mine in Esmerelda County, Nev. “This is hard, probably a 4,” he said. “A diamond is a 9. Only a diamond can cut a diamond.” Some turquoise stones are so soft they crumble when jewelers try to use grinders to shape them, he said. He held up another piece, a chunky silver bracelet featuring simple, elegant designs. It’s a tufa cast, Gonzales said. That means the artists carved a design into a soft white limestone called tufa (similar to Yellowstone’s travertine) and poured the molten silver into it to form the design. While mainstream jewelers experiment with new metals like titanium and platinum, Indian artists stick with the classic precious metals. “I only have two things in this shop,” Gonzales said. “Gold and silver.”
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Calendar of Events Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival
September 8 to 18
Photographer Brent McWhirter, of Jackson Hole, captured aspens in fall colors along Moose-Wilson Road last year. Peruse his photographs on www.jh-wildlife-photos.com
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$100 per person or $500 Western Visions package. 732-5412. WesternVisions.org.
Western Design Conference lecture, 2 p.m. at Center for the Arts. “Yellowstone to Yukon: The Journey of Wildlife and Art” with Fall Arts Festival artist Dwayne Harty. $15. WesternDesignConference.com.
Kay Stratman and Stefan Bateman paint all day at Horizon Fine Art Gallery. Through Sept. 11. HorizonFineArtGallery. com, 739-1540.
Poster signing with Dwayne Harty, 3 to 5 p.m. at Mountain Trails Gallery.
Western Design Conference Gala: Fashion and Jewelry Show, 6 p.m. doors open and 7:15 p.m. fashion show at the Center for the Arts. $125 box seats, $100 main floor, $75 balcony. 733-4900. Kathryn Mapes Turner “By the Light of the Sun” opening reception, 5 to 8 p.m. at Trio Fine Art. 734-4444. TrioFineArt.com. “Murder Rides Again,” 7:30 p.m. at the Elks Lodge. Through Sept. 9. $15 adults, $10 kids. “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,” 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays at the Jackson Hole Playhouse. Rowdy Western romance. JHPlayhouse.com.
Friday, Sept. 9 Western Design Conference Exhibition and Sale, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the pavilion at Snow King Resort. Western furniture, home accessories and fashion. Through Sunday, Sept. 11. $15. September Vhay, Lee Carlman Riddell, Jennifer Hoffman and Kathryn Mapes Turner give demonstrations, 3 to 5 p.m. at Trio Fine Art. Palates & Palettes Gallery Walk, 5 to 8 p.m. downtown. Fine food and fine art at more than 30 galleries. Free.
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“It Came from the Supervolcano,” 6 p.m. at the Factory Studios on Gregory Lane. FactoryStudios.org. Tom Lucas and Gary Keimig reception, 4 to 7:30 p.m. at Grand Teton Art Gallery. 201-1172, GrandTetonArtGallery.com. Erin O’Connor paints en plein air, 2 to 5 p.m. at String Lake in Grand Teton National Park. Part of the Artist in the Environment series. 739-3403. Travis Walker, Tristan Greszko, Aaron Wallis and more make art, all day in Gaslight Alley. Through Sept. 11.
Sunday, Sept. 11 Takin’ It to the Streets, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Juried art fair featuring 40 local artists. 733-8792, JHArtFair.org. Taste of the Tetons, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Culinary arts by alley chefs, restaurants, caters. $1 per ticket. Pickin’ in the Park, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Musical entertainment by the Jackson Hole Cowboy Jubilee. Rotary Wine Tasting and Auction, noon to 5 p.m. $5 commemorative cup.
Deb Penk and Sam Thiewes reception, 4 to 7:30 p.m. at Grand Teton Art Gallery. R. Tom Gilleon, Jared Sanders and Bill Schenck reception, 5 to 8 p.m. at Altamira Fine Art. 739-4700, AltamiraArt.com. Art Walk, 5 to 8 p.m. More than 30 galleries wave Art Walk banners. Free.
Thursday, Sept. 15 Western Visions Wild West Artist Party, 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the National Museum of Wildlife Art. $200 per person, $500 Western Visions package. D. Lee paints in the gallery, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Galleries West Fine Art, 733-4412, GalleriesWestJacksonHole.com. Dean Mitchell and Ewoud de Groot reception, 3 to 5 p.m. at Astoria Fine Art. 733-4016, AstoriaFineArt.com. Jim Reid and Gayle Weisfield reception, 4 to 7:30 p.m. at Grand Teton Art Gallery. “Organic Forms: Dale Chihuly and Tara Donovan” reception, 6 p.m. at Camille Obering’s home. 917-617-1207, camille@ camilleobering.com.
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Wednesday, Sept. 14
Western Visions Miniatures and More Show and Sale, 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the National Museum of Wildlife Art. $75.
Western Visions Jewelry and Artisan Luncheon, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Hotel Terra.
“Legacy of Nature” reception, 1 to 4 p.m. Wildlife and sporting art group show. 733-
2353, LegacyGallery.com. Greg Beecham and Bart Walter reception, 2 to 4 p.m. at Astoria Fine Art.
Saturday, Sept. 17 “A Family Legacy” reception for sculptors Vic and Dustin Payne, 1 to 5 p.m. at Mountain Trails Gallery. 734-8150, MtnTrails.net QuickDraw Art Sale and Auction, 9:30 a.m. on the Town Square. “Best of Astoria” reception, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Gallery artists in attendance. 7334016, AstoriaFineArt.com. Jackson Hole Art Auction, 1 p.m. at the Center for the Arts. Register to attend: 866549-9278, JacksonHoleArtAuction.com. Wilcox Gallery open house, 2 to 6 p.m. artists demonstrate at galleries north of town. 6 to 8 p.m. taco bar at downtown gallery, ice cream bar at north gallery. 7336450, WilcoxGallery.com. “Fall Gold” group show, 4 to 6 p.m. at Trailside Gallery. Wildlife, landscape, figurative and Western art. 733-3186, TrailsideGalleries.com. “Fall Round Up” reception, 5 to 9 p.m. at Galleries West Fine Art.
Sunday, Sept. 18 Art Brunch Gallery Walk, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at downtown galleries. Featured shows at West Lives On, West Lives On Contemporary and Horizon Fine Art Gallery. Joshua David Foundation Charity Auction, 2 p.m. at Turpin Gallery. 7337530, TurpinGallery.com.
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A special supplement to the Jackson Hole News&Guide
September 7, 2011
Holdsworthâ€™s new photography show focuses on predators and their prey.
Feast on fine art, local restaurant fare during the Palates & Palettes gallery walk.
Round Up at Galleries West lets people put faces to their favorite artists.
Poster art stars valley celebrity and her cubs.
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Teton mascot Canadian artist paints famous valley grizzlies for Fall Arts poster.
By Kelsey Dayton
year ago, artist Dwayne Harty was only “vaguely familiar” with the iconic grizzly bear named 399. The bear, named for her ear tag, had become a bit of a celebrity, often spotted in Grand Teton National Park with her cubs during the past few years. Then the poster committee for the Fall Arts Festival asked Harty, 54, to paint the marquee 2011 poster and specifically to incorporate the famous bear (see cover). As a classical landscape painter, Harty creates realistic and majestic paintings, said David Navratil, business manager at Mountain Trails Gallery, where Harty has shown his work in Jackson for about a year. Navratil also was a member of the poster committee. At first the group considered requesting an elk or a moose, but when the idea of a bear, specifically 399, was proposed, it seemed a perfect representation for the festival, he said. The group wanted something that would resonate with people and represent the valley. The famed sow has fascinated visitors and locals alike. Harty grew up in a farming and ranching community in Canada, where he spent his free time outdoors. As a kid, he drew the animals around the farms. When he was about 9 years old, he moved to Regina in Saskatchawan and started spending time at the natural history museum, studying the landscapes and the wildlife displays representing the province. He also met staff artists and realized people could actually make a living doing what he loved. Harty went on to study in New York City, where he discovered another muse: the American Museum of Natural History. While the city itself inspired Harty, he never lost his connection to nature. “It’s a matter of heart,” he said. “It’s a matter of soul. It’s, what do you love? What is it emotionally that stirs a person to a direction they find fulfilling? For me, it’s always been growing up on a farm — the animals and the land — and that’s never left.” Harty also found mentors who helped support and inspire him to stay true to his original vision and voice as a painter, to embrace the landscape/wildlife niche. Having attend several Fall Arts Festivals, Harty found the prospect of creating this year’s poster “nerve-racking,” but loved the
Dwayne Harty working en plein air on the painting below in Nahanni National Park in July 2010 © Harvey Locke.
idea of rendering a grizzly, both because of the subspecies itself, but also because of 399’s enduring impact on the valley. “Just the word ‘grizzly’ incites the imagination,” he said. “The opportunity to see a bear is fantastic, but the opportunity to see a bear in a reasonable, safe viewing distance, it’s just so rare. It’s partially the rarity of the opportunity that people don’t want to miss, and they want to be a part of it.” He realized incorporating the bear would attract attention but also would truly represent Jackson Hole. To create the 50-by-40-inch oil painting, Harty studied photos of 399 and watched nature videos, keen to capture the gestures
Dwayne Harty, “Dall Sheep, Rams: Gates of the Nahanni River, Nahanni National Park Reserve, Northwest Territories”
and the expressions unique to grizzlies. He worked in oil — his medium of choice, although he occasionally uses watercolors. Oil paint offers a broader range of applications and can therefore create more effects than watercolor, he said. Once Harty had come up with the concept, the painting took about a month to complete. The finished product, “Strength and Vulnerability,” imagines the grizzly and her three cubs in the Tetons. Harty will sign posters from 3 to 5 p.m. Sept. 14 at Mountain Trails Gallery. “Strength and Vulnerability” will be auctioned Sept. 17 during the QuickDraw Art Sale and Auction. For the past year, Harty has been an artist-in-residence at The Murie Center, with a studio in the Center for the Arts, working on the large body of paintings the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative commissioned him to create for “Yellowstone to Yukon: The Journey of Wildlife and Art.” The sweeping exhibition, which explores the relationship between art and conservation, spent most of the summer at the National Museum of Wildlife Art. Following in the footsteps of wildlife master Carl Rungius, Harty was charged with raising awareness, through his art, of the need to protect the continental corridor. At 2 p.m. Sept. 8 at the Center for the Arts, he will give a Western Design Conference lecture on his art and travels from Pinedale to the Arctic Circle. Harty hopes to make Jackson Hole home. He likes the art scene, the people and the opportunity for endless inspiration in nature. The other day, he watched from the road as a young grizzly bear tried to take down an elk, charging multiple times before accepting defeat. “That’s a game stopper,” he said, still marveling at the chance to safely watch bears up close. The ursus inhabitants of the valley have left a lasting impression on Harty. Although he might have only vaguely known of 399 a year ago, he is now working on a large painting of grizzly 610, daughter of 399, with her cubs.
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Predators and prey Holdsworth unveils new images of bears, wolves, elk and more.
By Jennifer Dorsey
verywhere nature photographer Henry Holdsworth has pointed his camera of late, large carnivores and the animals they eat have been there doing something interesting. It’s only fitting, then, that the Jackson Hole lensman will spotlight predators and prey at his Wild by Nature Gallery during Fall Arts Festival. “There have been lots of bears and wolves in the news this past year,” Holdsworth said. “I’m going to go with that.” His images include one of famed grizzly bear 399 nursing her three cubs (before she adopted one out to her daughter, bear 610) at Pilgrim Creek in Grand Teton National Park. A photograph from another part of the park captures the furry rumps of 399 and offspring in retreat. “It was her first venture that spring into Willow Flats,” Holdsworth said. “She smelled something she didn’t like and hightailed it out of there.” Of course, 399, 610 and their fellow predators were also the causes of plenty of anxiety out in the wild. Holdsworth has observed elk ganging up to push wolves away, following bears to keep an eye on them and clustering in an open meadow to monitor wolves on one side and a bear on another. Once, when 610 chased a group of elk at Oxbow Bend, the females herded their calves into the water and stood there, waiting out the hungry grizzly. Photographer Henry Holdsworth’s Fall Arts Festival show will feature images of predators and prey, including this bull elk. “Watching the hunt has been exciting,” Holdsworth said. “The behavior has been very interesting.” “I’d never seen one stand up before.” the Moose-Wilson Road, a swan preening a cygnet perched Yellowstone National Park has, as always, provided The epic 2010-11 snow year provided pleasant sur- on its back and a weasel at The Murie Center that hadn’t yet unforgettable moments for Holdsworth. prises, too. One morning, Holdsworth turned white for the cold season. He dreamed a black wolf jumped and some of his photography students “I’ve never caught a brown one in the winter before,” ––––––––––––––––––––– over his head. The next day, near trained their lenses on a group of bison Holdsworth said. Wild By Nature Gallery Lamar Valley, he spotted the alpha hunkered down in the snow. After half an Holdsworth’s Palates & Palettes reception will be 95 W. Deloney Ave. male of the Agate Pack — a black hour, what the humans had thought was catered, as always, by Nani’s. Visitors to Holdsworth’s 733-8877 wolf — chasing off another male. a large snowbank shifted and grunted as gallery then and throughout the festival will see tradiThe Agate alpha repeatedly reared WildByNatureGallery.com a buried bison turned to look at them. tional photo prints as well as prints on canvas, which ––––––––––––––––––––– up to peer over the snowbanks at Also in the show: great gray owls have a painterly quality. the retreating interloper. Whether on paper or canvas, Holdsworth’s photos are (predators, too) in flight and at rest, a “He looked like he was on a pogo stick,” Holdsworth said. black bear homing in on succulent hawthorne berries along wild by nature.
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IAO Gallery is Jackson’s only artist cooperative, but that’s not the only reason it stands out. It’s also the valley’s only gallery to have a Fall Arts Festival show in which participating artists are juried in. “Artists know Jackson is a wildlife art mecca,” said gallery director Michele Walters, “and this is a rare chance for many of them to be able to show here.” This year marks the fourth that CIAO has sought applications from wildlife artists across the country for its “Call of the Wild” show. After receiving some 50 applications, a jury selected about a dozen artists to participate. “We look for unique artists,” Walters said. “Artists could submit in any style and any medium, and we got applicants who did everything from representational to abstract. We’ve got painters, sculptors, photographers and even a printmaker. It really is a show in which anything goes. It just has to be the artist’s interpretation of wildlife.” The show goes up the evening of Sept. 8 and hangs through the month. The opening
Mary Blake “Owl” watercolor
reception is during Palates & Palettes, 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 9. In the jurying process, a winner was awarded as well as several honorable mentions. This year’s first-place award went to Mary Blake for her bold watercolors of birds of prey — so bold, in fact, they seem like prints rather than paintings. As the winner, her work will remain in the gallery after the exhibit. In second place, Cindy Walpole photographs hummingbirds in all their vivid glory. Third place recognized Dale Hietala and his singular medium: wall hangings and paintings made of leather. In years past, some juried artists have stuck around after the show. “Scott Fabritz was part of the ‘Call of the Wild’ two years ago and is now a member artist,” Walters said. Fabritz is based in Bozeman, Mont.
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“Bob Coonts is another member artist that first came to the gallery via this show.” Coonts lives in Fort Collins, Colo. Coonts’ work is “very [John] Nietostyle,” Walters said. “He uses bright colors, and there is a lot of energy in the pieces.” “The show has been a very good artistrecruitment method,” Walters said. “It’s not just the artists benefiting, but the gallery as a whole, too.” The pool of applicants this year was just as diverse as in the past, with submissions coming from all over the world. About onethird of this year’s applicants have submitted work for past shows. “This show, more than many others, really showcases different interpretations of an old-fashioned, traditional genre of art,” Walters said. Having celebrated its fourth anniversary this July, CIAO recently underwent a big change: The gallery has been granted nonprofit status under the auspices of New York-based Fractured Atlas, a nonprofit serving artists and arts organizations across the country. Acting as a fiscal sponsor for aspiring nonprofits is one way it helps artists and arts organizations function more effectively as businesses. One of the biggest benefits of its new nonprofit status is that CIAO can now participate in the annual Old Bill’s Fun Run For Charities. Held the morning after Palates & Palettes, Old Bill’s is a run and fundraiser. Money donated to CIAO through Old Bill’s will be matched by an as-yet-unknown percentage. The fundraiser is the largest source of annual donations for many of the valley’s nonprofits. “This is a huge step for us,” Walters said. “It really will help us survive and thrive.”
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Gourmet gallery walk Festival kick off pairs art and appetites.
Chamber of Commerce. Yes, there are people who come mainly for the free food. Most, however, do appreciate that they By Dina Mishev can catch the best that galleries have to offer all in one night. Diehl njoy food for the body and Gallery is one of many downtown soul — art is a feast for galleries hosting an artist recepthe eyes, after all — dur- tion or show opening to coincide ing Fall Arts Festival’s with Palates & Palettes. opening gallery walk, Palates & “With Jackson being amongst Palettes, on Sept. 9. More than 30 the premiere art destinations in galleries pair with eateries for an the country, Palates & Palettes evening of fine art and fine dining. kicks the festival off by featurThere are no tickets necessary ing all of the creative and diverse for the event and no one keeps galleries the valley has to offer,” tabs on where Murphy said. ––––––––––––––––––––– you’ve been or You can Palates & Palettes where you’re take in tradi5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 9 going. All you tional wildlife have to do to Downtown and Western enjoy the event ––––––––––––––––––––– art at Trailside, is wander from Legacy and gallery to gallery, keeping both West Lives On galleries, among eyes and stomach open. others, and then hit Diehl Gallery, It’s not surprising Palates & Tayloe Piggott Gallery and West Palettes is one of the festival’s Lives On Contemporary for conmost popular events. temporary work. Then there’s “Palates & Palettes has sales tied fine art photography at Images to it, and that is always wonderful, of Nature, Richter Photography, but we don’t head into it thinking Brookover Gallery and Wild By of it as a huge sale evening,” said Nature. Mariam Diehl, owner of Diehl And you enjoy all this while Gallery, where the reception for nibbling on bites provided by Canadian painter Sheila Norgate is the valley’s best restaurants. The the same night at Palates this year. gallery-to-restaurant pairings “We think of it more as a giant are creative and complementary social event and count on seeing (see sidebar). everyone we know in Jackson over If there’s a restaurant you’re the course of the evening.” dying to try, we suggest you start The evening appeals to all. your evening at its partner gallery. “Palates & Palettes has turned While an infinite number of peointo an event that locals and visi- ple can enjoy one painting, that tors both enjoy to the fullest,” said can’t be said for the Snake River Mo Murphy of the Jackson Hole Grill’s beef cheek ravioli.
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Creative crop Artists to practice their crafts at Fall Round Up.
By Tram Whitehurst
ust as the farmers market allows shoppers to learn where their food comes from, the Fall Round Up at Galleries West gives collectors the chance to see where art comes from. A Fall Arts Festival staple in its 10th year, the Round Up shows off some of the gallery’s most popular artists, many of whom will be working on paintings and sculptures out in the open. “It’s a great opportunity for everybody to come out and visit with the artists,” owner Debbie Bunch said. “It’s nice for people to be able to put a face and personality to a piece of artwork. Sometimes artists can start a painting in the morning, and by the end of the day it can be sold.”
––––––––––––––––––––– Galleries West Fine Art 70 S. Glenwood St. 733-4525 GalleriesWest JacksonHole.com ––––––––––––––––––––– The Round Up will run for the duration of the festival, with a reception from 5 to 9 p.m. Sept. 17. Featured artists include D. Lee, Mary Ann Cherry, Kim Casebeer, Brandon Bailey, Kelly Dangerfield and E.C. O’Connor. Lee, whose paintings focus on wildlife, horses and cattle, is one of the gallery’s longest-running and most popular artists. She’s been with Galleries West for nine years. “She’s a fun gal,” Bunch said. “If you want
“Alpha,” an oil painting measuring 24 by 36 inches, is by D. Lee, one of the featured artists in Galleries West’s Round Up.
a good time, visit us when she’s painting.” Lee is scheduled to work in the gallery on Sept. 15. Bailey, a much more recent addition to the gallery, will have several new pieces featured in the Round Up. He recently was voted the People’s Choice winner at Cheyenne Frontier Days. His painting “Sweethearts of the Rodeo” was selected for the poster for next year’s Frontier Days.
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Richard L. Biddinger “Teton Crossings” oil
Venture downstairs and find a Western art trove.
By Jennifer Dorsey
bull elk puts its nose in the air. The rut is on, and this male is on patrol for interlopers that might want to lure his females away. Nearby, a mountain man clad in fringed buckskin leads a team of horses across a stream, and a Native American and a Caucasian trader sit face to face for a bit of hard bargaining. Elsewhere, a paddler canoes through rippling waters, and a fisherman sits on a rock, gazing at the Tetons while waiting for something in the Snake River to bite. Scenes of the West — animal and human, modern and old-time, industrious and recreational — fill Shadow Mountain Gallery at 10 W. Broadway.
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––––––––––––––––––––– Shadow Mountain Gallery 10 W. Broadway 733-3162 ––––––––––––––––––––– The gallery has been part of the Jackson art scene since 1983. Located downstairs from A Touch of Class, it has a somewhat lower profile, literally, than its neighbors. “It’s a hidden treasure,” owner Safaa Darwiche said of Shadow Mountain. “Our prices are very affordable. It is unique art.” Among the artists whose work can be seen at the gallery is Aaron Yount, a wildlife painter who works in a realistic style. The aforementioned elk is one of his pieces, called “On Patrol,” as is “Pack Ice,” a portrait of three wolves tracking a scent on a frozen river. Yount finds some of his inspiration in Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks. He has a family connection to Harry Yount, Yellowstone’s first park ranger, and was recently chosen to be the Marijane Singer artist-in-residence at the Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum in Oradell, N.J. With its cozy setting, Shadow Mountain invites exploration. The canoer and angler were painted by watercolorist Jim Wilson, who has a batch of other paintings in the gallery, too. Wilma Potter’s “Tetons: Idaho Side,” a painting of the Grand framed by two aspen trees, Mar Evers’ “Westside Jenny Lake’ and Richard L. Biddinger’s “Teton Crossings” offer perspectives on the local landscape. Jack Lee McLean’s portrait of the two traders, “The Party,” and the mountain man portrayed by Floyd Drown in “Journey” open windows to the past. Shadow Mountain also represents sculptors working in wood and bronze, including William Holt and Gabe Gabels. Throughout Fall Arts Festival, the gallery will be serving refreshments and hosting artists for demonstrations. “It’s a festive time,” Darwiche said.
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Indigenous diversity Factory hosts mini-golf, art and bacon. side from their ties to Jackson, the three artists whose work will live at Factory Studios throughout Fall Arts Festival have little in common. But that’s the point. The show is the third installment of Teton ArtLab’s “It Came From the Supervolcano,” an exhibit of diverse work being produced by local artists. Travis Walker, the founder of Factory Studios and Teton ArtLab, said the ongoing series is meant to shed light on new work from valley artists. “We try to find artists that we haven’t shown during the course of the year,” Walker said. This iteration of “Supervolcano” will feature work from artists Kelly Halpin, Alexandra Rose Kornblum and Scotty Craighead. Halpin’s drawings share a signature style, a mix of street art, cartoons and animation. Kornblum, a student at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, Calif., has created a new body of work influenced by her urban surroundings. Her new series is a departure from her previous work, Walker said, which he described as pop landscapes. “She’s got the city all around her and you can start to see that creep into her
Kelly Halpin “Hand heart”
Since Alexandra Rose Kornblum moved to LA, her work has taken on an urban edge.
paintings,” he said. “The hard edges, planes and architectural elements.” Craighead’s contribution is more of a mystery. Walker said his work likely will involve bacon in some form or another as well as some glasswork. “We’ll have art inspired by and using bacon,” Walker said. “I don’t know what’s going to happen.”
The show is slated to open at 6 p.m. open Sept. 9 as part of a post-Palates & Sept. 10 at Factory Palettes party. Walker ––––––––––––––––––––– Studios. said the course has Factory Studios In addition to the been updated from last 1255-A Gregory Lane Factory show, ArtLab year with new features. is hosting “Different Beyond mini-golf, FactoryStudios.org Strokes,” a mini-golf the after-party also ––––––––––––––––––––– course staged at the will include a concert Pink Garter Theatre. The course will by a yet-to-be-announced musician.
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A special supplement to the Jackson Hole News&Guide
September 7, 2011
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Festivalâ€™s premier artists work fast at annual QuickDraw Art Sale and Auction. section
Dude ranch furniture recalls simpler times at Fighting Bear Antiques.
Photographer delights in historic techniques, fine papers.
Many local artists work in rooms with a view during studio tours.
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Nancy Dunlop Cawdrey, a stalwart at West Lives On Gallery, paints French dye on silk with rock salt at a previous QuickDraw.
Artists work fast before spectators at QuickDraw. By Brielle Schaeffer
rtists wielding paintbrushes and other tools will take over Town Square on Sept. 17 for the 16th annual Jackson Hole STEVE REMICH / NEWS&GUIDE File PHOTO QuickDraw Art Sale and Auction. The 32 artists in the creative Gerald Balciar adds final details. standoff will have 90 minutes to complete their masterpieces, because he feels the art comes which will then be auctioned off from a more natural place. “A lot more kind of goes by to spectators, Maureen Murphy, the Jackson Hole Chamber of feeling,” he said. “You don’t have Commerce’s events manager, said. time to get detail, but you have “I’m always in awe of what is time to put in form.” He’s not yet sure what he produced,” she said. “It’s as good will sculpt at as what is in ––––––––––––––––––––– the event, but the galleries.” QuickDraw Art Sale he might tackCo m p l e te d and Auction le two bison QuickDraw fighting. 9:30 a.m. Sept. 17 pieces sell for Payne grew $500 on up to Town Square up on a ranch, a $4,800, Murphy ––––––––––––––––––––– formative expesaid. Proceeds rience that has rooted his imagihelp pay for next year’s festival. Dwayne Harty’s original paint- nation in Western imagery. “For some reason, I’ve always ing for the Fall Arts Festival poster will also be auctioned at the been real interested in Western QuickDraw sale. “Strength and history,” he said. He comes from an esteemed Vulnerability” is currently on display at The Wort Hotel, awaiting line of sculptors: his grandfather, Ken Payne, and his father, its starring role at the event. Last year’s featured work, Vic Payne, founder of Mountain “Season of the Mountain Men,” Trails Gallery. Payne said he creates about 10 an oil painting by Joe Velazquez, sculptures a year. His pieces ususold for $34,000. While no theme is set for ally sell for $500 to $15,000, he the QuickDraw, most of the art- said. Some take him two months, ists choose landscape or wildlife others just a few days. But at the QuickDraw, he said, subjects. This year, 17 Jackson Hole gal- “you only have so much time.” While some spectators leries are represented by the 32 artists painting and sculpting on may pony up top dollar for the square. The field includes res- QuickDraw pieces, it costs nothident and visiting artists, veteran ing to watch the artists in action. The painters and sculptors start QuickDrawers and first-timers. Dustin Payne, a sculptor with working at the stroke of 9:30 Mountain Trails Gallery, is mak- a.m., and the auction begins almost immediately after they ing his QuickDraw debut. “I couldn’t be more excited stop painting. “It’s by far one of my favorite about it,” he said. Payne said he likes participat- events to plan,” Murphy said. “It’s ing in events like the QuickDraw just going to be a great day.”
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A rapt crowd watches Jim Wilcox paint at the 2007 QuickDraw.
Ready, Set, Create! Artist Gerald Balciar Nancy Dunlop Cawdrey Julie Chapman Mar Evers Carol Hagen Jeff Ham Dwayne Harty Jennifer Hoffman DG House John Hughes RC Jones Gary Keimig D. Lee Tom Mansanarez Matt Montagne Chris Navarro Dustin Payne John Poon Amy Poor Chad Poppleton John Potter Amy Ringholz Linda Tuma Robertson Jared Sanders Bill Sawczuk Ryan Skidmore Lyn St. Clair Carol Swinney Tim Tanner Kathy Turner Sarah Webber Jim Wilcox Albin Veselka
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The late Bob Kranenberg came to Jackson in 1933 and built some of the cabins and furnishings that define the golden age of the dude ranch.
Burled and burnished Fighting Bear preserves artifacts from the golden era of dude ranching. By Angus M. Thuermer Jr.
here was a simpler time in Jackson Hole, when the full-on vacation didn’t include a spa, a concierge and dining each night at a different restaurant. Vacationing families would stay at a dude ranch, bunk in a cabin, saddle up for a daily ride and get their feet wet fishing for trout. There were no air conditioners, plastic drift boats, bungee trampolines, alpine slides or rock-climbing walls for the kids. Some call it the golden era of dude ranches, a period in the ’20s, ’30s and just before the war that predated the panel station wagon, the motor court, the Griswolds’ “Summer Vacation.” About 30 dude ranches dotted the valley. They came in one style. Terry Winchell, co-owner of Fighting Bear Antiques, is enamored of the period. It was an authentic time when few put on airs. Jeans and Western wear replaced work-a-day attire and washed over the distinctions one might draw among guests. All were equal in the trail-horse saddle. Mosquitoes bit regardless of one’s place in the social strata. A ranch “constitutes a little world so different from the noisy and nervous agglomerations of the East that familiar problems drop away and one feels a new and tranquil personality beginning to assert itself,” a brochure advertising the JY Ranch once said. “In a very short time, one ceases to care what’s going on in the outer realm of business and politics, while simple, elementary things acquire a new importance.” Staying at a dude or guest ranch was an experience that
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Items such as this 1885 Collins and Morrison loop-seat saddle will be on display during the Fall Arts Festival
brought one as close to the land in the West — Native American as one could get while still having artifacts, bead work, Navajo rugs a roof overhead. Woodsmen built and weavings that mirrored the dude ranch cabins and lodges Western palette. from straight-growing lodgepole Winchell sometimes bemoans pine trees that stood nearby. They the changes that have befallen crafted furniture from that and Jackson Hole. Even some latterother indigenous material, making day Griswolds who amble into durable and his store on ––––––––––––––––––––– co m fo r ta bl e South Cache Fighting Bear Antiques pieces with every summer 375 S. Cache Dr. no pretenses grumble about of hiding their the modern 733-2669 ro u g h - h ew n buildings. FightingBear.com nature. Some “They’re ––––––––––––––––––––– hunted for exdisappointed pressive trunks and limbs twisted in our architecture,” he said. “A lot by wind and weather, gnarled by of people come to Jackson expectblight into burls and knots. ing the Old West. It might be fun to Cabin and lodge interiors remind people around here about reflected the life outside. Big-game our dude ranching heritage.” heads adorned the walls. For other So he will, titling his annual Fall decorations and material, ranch Arts Festival show “Recreating owners sought what was already the West.”
“Originally, what you would see typically is [discarded] furniture they brought from the East,” Winchell said of dude ranch furnishings. “Then they got the guy who built the cabin to build the furniture. They’d build the cabin, then, in the winter, they’d move inside and do the furniture.” One ranch boasted, “Our comfortable cabins are furnished with lodgepole pine furniture.” Families would return year after year, sometimes bunking in the same cabin every time. “It was a life away from their other life,” Winchell said. The cabin “doesn’t have to be modern like their other house.” Winchell and co-owner Claudia Winchell won’t be showing log cabins, though their store recalls the style. Instead, Fighting Bear will be the Ikea of the Old
West, displaying a collection that draws on the skills of famous Cody craftsman Thomas Molesworth and less well-known but equally talented furniture makers. Those include Decker Cedar, of Etna, a small town in Star Valley just south of Jackson Hole, and Bob and Jack Kranenberg, Jackson Hole carpenters who helped fashion the look of the valley with their fine, rustic but sturdy work. Photographer Harrison Crandall — who took Ansel Adams to the Snake River Overlook where he shot his iconic image “Tetons and the Snake River” — documented some of their work while running the trading post at Jenny Lake. The Kranenbergs’ work began when Jack worked at the Square G Ranch east of String Lake. Bob (his given name was Clyde) rode boxcars and hitchhiked into the valley from Michigan, enthralled by postcards on which Jack described the West. He arrived in 1933 with 75 cents in his pocket and spent his first winter making furniture with Jack in a cabin Jack built on the Geraldine Lucas homestead near Jenny Lake. Albert and Lidia Baggey hired Bob on at the Square G, to build cabins and furnishings down to the smallest details. The famous knotty pine Million Dollar Cowboy Bar on Town Square is Kranenberg craft. During World War II, Bob Kranenberg was a Sea Bee building docks in the Pacific for the Navy. He returned to become a Grand Teton National Park trailcrew foreman. In later life, he returned to making lodgepole pine lamps. He could have written a book about his life, except, he said, “I can read writing, but I can’t write reading.” As precious as his memories are the lasting pieces of furniture he crafted. Like those of Molesworth, Cedar and Jack Kranenberg, they represent the golden era, a time of simplicity, marked by earnestness, authenticity and durability with Western flair.
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Palates & Palettes Gallery Walk Featuring delectables from Four Seasons Resort Friday, September 9 from 5:00 - 8:00 PM Dave McNally, Storm Light, Oil, 36 X 48
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The sculpture gene Father and son to spend a week working at Mountain Trails.
By Dina Mishev
ic Payne grew up watching his father, Ken Payne, sculpt. And then Dustin Payne grew up watching dad Vic sculpt. The eldest Payne has retired, but his son and grandson are still hard at work. From September 12 to 18, they’ll be sculpting and answering questions at Mountain Trails Gallery during a showcase of their A 13,939 sq ft = $3,800,000** new pieces. The gallery, which Vic Payne founded, will host a reception in their B 9,583 sq ft = $2,200,000** honor from 1 to 5 p.m. Sept. 17. “The work of the three of us is just a C 18,260 sq ft = $3,000,000 hair different from each other,” said Dustin Payne, who turns 30 this year. “People can tell a piece is a Payne sculpture, but there $9,000,000 are some differences, although I can’t pin down exactly what they are.” Between the three of them, said Kevin Dustin Payne “Ties that Bind” bronze French, Mountain Trails’ director of sales, “they capture something unique about the ing on historical subjects. “Over the past few years, Vic has really American West.” begun to embed historical details and accu221687 The Paynes’ showing of new work at racy into his work,” French said. Mountain Trails is almost as much a part of A fairly new piece illustrates the story of Fall Arts Festival as Palettes & Palates. John Colter’s escape from Native Americans. “We do our best to get them here during Please proof and call Viki at 739-9539 or return via Fax at 733-2138. Thanks! PDF PROOF? “They’re not dry historical studies but, the festival,” French said. “They’ve earned it, rather, art with historically accurate details,” and collectors want it.” French said. Between Vic and Dustin Payne, expect There’s nothing dry 10 to 15 new works. ––––––––––––––––––––– about Dustin Payne’s Some will be cast, others Mountain Trails Gallery work either. He’ll be will still be in their clay unveiling “Bearing 155 Center St. form. Mountain Trails Down” during the doesn’t often exhibit and 734-8150 Mountain Trails show. sell precast pieces but MtnTrails.net “It’s a fun story,” he does so for the Paynes ––––––––––––––––––––– said. “A cowboy is leadbecause of the high qualing a pack horse, and a bear is coming up ity of their work. For collectors, precast pieces offer the the other side. All hell has broken loose. I opportunity to reserve the cast number like to use humor, for sure. I like to make they want. A fondness for the number eight people smile when I can.” Payne, tapped as one of Southwest Art could be translated into reserving the eighth magazine’s “21 Under 31” artists to watch piece cast in Dustin Payne’s edition of 30. Neither Payne does particularly small at the ripe age of 21 and invited to join the pieces. Vic Payne has done numerous prestigious Western Artists of America at monumental, life-and-a-half-size works age 26, also tackles more serious subjects. During the Fall Arts show, he’ll be that are on display around the country. The outdoor store Cabela’s is a particu- working on a piece in which two Native lar fan. Payne’s 20-foot-tall “When Eagles Americans are stealing five horses. Dare” welcomes shoppers to the chain’s “I don’t have a name for it yet,” Payne Take in the Old West in our rustic lodge Hershey, Penn., store. said, “but I’ll be working on it for some time Recently the sculptor has begun focus- to come, so I’m not in any hurry.” atmosphere while indulging in the valley’s
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Psychological as visual Artists consider the contours of subconscious landscapes.
ground atop short pedestals. The viewer must crouch down to observe them at eye level. To encourage inspection of Preheim’s immaculate, minute pencil drawings, the gallery provides vintage magnifying glasses. Tiny in scale and subtle in subBy Katy Niner ject, her drawings say as much with their ome artists respond to what they exquisite markings — inspired by vintage see around them. Think land- photographs and clipped currency — as scapes, cityscapes. Others turn they do with their vast expanse of blank within themselves. Like Raul paper. The terrain of isolation, such emptiness invites associations. Diaz, James Drake and Peggy Preheim. Meanwhile, video art by Drake is During Fall Arts Festival, Tayloe Piggott screened in such a way that the viewers Gallery introduces an ensemble of artists, all of whom express the psychological must stop and sit for an intimate viewing. through a variety of visual voices: sculp- A Texas native, Drake explores borders ture, drawing, mixed media and video art. — physical, national, socioeconomic. He Their work invites responses as personal inverts the trappings of privilege, such as the chandelier on as the artists’ offerings. ––––––––––––––––––––– paper at Tayloe Piggott Preheim’s immaculate Tayloe Piggott Gallery Gallery. The chandedrawings meld child62 S. Glenwood St. lier’s crystals are penhood and currency, ciled then sliced out. Drake confronts inter733-0555 nalized borders, and TayloePiggottGallery.com Its delicate design smudged and taped Diaz opens portals to ––––––––––––––––––––– together; its effect dreams. Private, fragile and transcendent, the simultaneously haunting and beautiful. Raul Diaz of Argentina carves woodwork arises from each artist’s inner well of memory and stirs a reciprocal rise in en vessels, roughly hewn boats or seed pods, suggesting passage to somewhere. viewers. “It’s art that forces you to interact with His bronze figures cower alone atop tall it,” said Carolyn Reeves, associate gallery pedestals or within his boats. His quiet drawings and watercolor paintings sheldirector. “Art Plus Communication with Space” ter figures, vessels, dreams. “As with all true visionaries, Diaz does opens Thursday and runs through Oct. 17. Reeves encouraged multiple visits. It not really live in the same world we do,” takes time to digest and dialogue with writes gallerist Jerald L. Melberg in the such work, she said. The show requires introduction to a Raul Diaz monograph. “But he gladly takes us through the portal time and intent to navigate. In the gallery, New York artist Peggy with him, to a particular point. He then Preheim’s twin sculptures “Peers” — two leaves us there, saying, ‘It is up to you, androgenous white clay busts with gold the individual viewer; bring your own set teeth and glass for eyes — sit low to the of experiences with you as you enter my
In his watercolor paintings, like “Rosa Azul,” Raul Diaz opens portals to dreams.
Diaz’s carved boats suggest passage to somewhere. This is “Bot Largo.”
world, then interpret it how you will.’” Melberg’s description of Diaz and the portal his art creates applies to all of the work chosen for “Art Plus Communication
with Space.” Less didactic, the work is about dialogue. “It’s not said for you,” Tayloe Piggott, gallery owner, said. “It’s about you.”
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Historic printing processes lend nuance, depth to Jackson Hole photographer’s work.
By Kevin Huelsmann
he choice of Japanese kozo paper or gampi or French cotton paper does not cross many collectors’ minds. But for David Brookover, a seemingly simple decision about paper can make or break photograph. It can bring out the texture of an image or highlight the hues embedded in a scene. The wrong selection can render scenes flat and lifeless. Whether thinking in practical terms — making sure the print will last — or brooding over the artistic impacts, Brookover goes to great lengths to get everything he can from each piece of the development process. By doing so, he is able to tease out the nuances of his subjects. “The negative is the written score and the print is the conductors’ performance,” Brookover said, quoting Ansel Adams. “You can nail the image, but it’s what you do after that really separates it.” To set apart his own work, Brookover relies on an array of printing techniques and materials. He uses the historic bromoil printing technique, creates platinum palladium prints, purchases some of his paper from a family in Japan and uses custom, handmade frames. All of these carefully-curated components help to evoke particular feelings and subtleties within Brookover’s photographs. They create rich tones and dramatic light. He knows what paper to use when he wants to draw out the effeminate quali-
David Brookover’s wildlife images have a painterly quality, as in “One with the Setting Sun.”
ties of a photo, a gender distinction the Japanese make. He understands which paper will absorb particular colors and what kind of materials will help convey the texture of a scene. “These are historically driven, not software driven,” Brookover said of the printing processes he uses. The bromoil process, which harks back to the 1860s, was a way to develop
photos that was popular with pictorialist photographers. The process, which employs a labor-intensive application of lithographic ink, creates photos with soft features that resemble a painting. “You’re not looking at something on the surface, it has a certain depth,” Brookover said. Some of the historical printing processes tap into a desire to reconnect with
the past, an urge Brookover has started to observe in viewers. “People want to experience something that goes way back in their genes,” he said. During Fall Arts Festival, Brookover expects to show off some of his new work from recent trips into Grand Teton National Park and other wildlife hotspots in the region. After spending years working with large-format cameras and shooting stunning landscapes, Brookover has switched to a digital camera and started focusing his lens on wildlife. “I wanted to do it, but not like everybody else,” he said of wildlife photography. Instead of the documentary-style of some wildlife photography, Brookover’s pictures more closely resemble paintings. The shift in his subject matter and technique has required some adjustment. “The 8-by-10 is so methodical,” he said, referring to the large format cameras he often uses. “You search for a day or two, set it all up and pray to God that it’s not going to be windy. You’re saying, ‘Please lay off the breeze, give me some clouds, please don’t let any light leak in the film holder.’ “Digital shooting is all about spontaneity,” Brookver said, adding that he feels like he is using a computer now, not a camera. Brookover plans to host a fundraiser at his gallery during Palates & Palettes that will benefit the Teton Raptor Center. During the fundraiser, photographer Irene Greenberg, of New York City, will be at the gallery to sign copies of her new, handprinted book.
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especially in sterling silver, by bringing in work by additional designers: Jennifer Bauser, David Tishbi, Holly Rittenhouse and Rebecca Overman. Case of late has also been working on expanding his line of ready-to-wear wedBy Jennifer Dorsey ding pieces in various styles, including n an old log cabin just off Town traditional and modern, ornate and simSquare, Jeter and Jan Case carry on ple, organic and classic. “I just get more in love with it,” he said. the artistic tradition of landscape and portrait painter Archie Boyd “If there’s such a thing as important jewelry, that’s it. I want to get more of a selecTeater, albeit in a different form. While Teater used the little building tion in my cases so you can get a one-ofon North Cache Street as his studio, turn- a-kind ring without having to get it built, ing out hangable art, the Cases operate JC although that process is fun, too.” Case also enjoys working with customJewelers, offering wearable art in the form ers who are “redoing” their wedding sets, of hand-crafted jewelry. Designer/goldsmith Jeter Case no lon- swapping out their original pieces for ones that better suit where ger uses the cabin’s back ––––––––––––––––––––– they are in life now. room as his shop — he JC Jewelers The new rings works off-site now, along “reflect their personwith local designers 132 N. Cache St. alities more than ever,” Jeffrey Kaphan and Sage 733-5933 he said. Craighead — but the JCJewelers.com As he crafts earcreative spirit lingers. ––––––––––––––––––––– rings, necklaces and “It’s got good ghosts,” rings, Case always Case said of the cabin. keeps in mind that Jackson Hole visitors “It’s done quite well by us.” For Palates & Palettes, JC Jewelers will and residents love their outdoors activiserve drinks and hors d’oeuvres, and the ties and don’t want their bling to break. “I always try to build with a focus on Jackson 6, a homegrown Dixieland jazz wearability and durability,” he said. “You band, will play. The jewelry shop’s Fall Arts theme this should be able to get your ski gloves on. year is “Fall Colors,” a nod both to the sea- And if you find yourself climbing with son and current tastes. Citrine, lemon and your ring on, it shouldn’t be a problem.” JC Jewelers has been in business nearly green quartz, the rainbow of sapphires, brown diamonds and more bright gems fea- 30 years, having started at a different location on Town Square. ture big in new pieces at JC Jewelers. While Case does the designing, Jan Yellow gold is also popular with jewelry buyers these days. With prices for the metal Case, his wife, is a certified gemologist soaring, Case sees an opportunity to build appraiser, one of only 400 in the country, lighter-weight, more intricate pieces that he said. use less of it. When they look for materials, he keeps “We’re doing a lot of fun things with col- an eye out for fun shapes and colors, while ors these days,” Case said. she focuses on clarity, quality and color. “It works quite well,” he said. JC Jewelers has expanded its offerings,
Art strolls Meet artists, chat with gallery owners, sip Bloody Marys.
By Cara Rank
isitors to Fall Arts Festival will have two opportunities to stroll through Jackson’s more than 30 galleries during an art walk and, later, a brunch. On Sept. 14, the monthly third Thursday Art Walk moves to Wednesday for the festival. From 5 to 8 p.m., patrons can view art and talk with artists and gallery owners in a more casual setting. “The galleries will open their doors, have food and wine,” said Maureen Murphy, events manager for the Jackson Hole
Chamber of Commerce. On Sept. 18, a second gallery stroll bids farewell to the festival on its final day. The art brunch, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., invites patrons to take a last look at galleries’ Fall Arts shows. During the event, galleries serve brunch and Bloody Marys. “It’s similar to Palates & Palettes,” Murphy said. “We just want to send off everybody who is leaving town. It’s one last chance to get into the galleries and buy art that you saw during the week.” The plethora of Jackson Hole galleries make the valley one of the top five art markets in the U.S., Murphy said. “This is your chance to be able to walk through and visit galleries and see work that’s amazing as well as take advantage of one of the many assets Jackson has to offer,” Murphy said.
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ists from Bozeman, Mont., has a fine arts degree, her own design firm, and a portfolio that includes projects in packaging, accessories, furniture and lighting, in addition to graphic design. For the show, she punched metal letter stamps into paper, then added color, transforming words into graphic symbols. Eddy, also of Bozeman, and of her “made by e.e.” line, stitches symbols on linen: a horseshoe for luck, a heart for love, an arrow for direction. She encapsulates her aesthetic as: “Love taking notice of objects and people. Love landscape. Her husband and daughters. Riding her horse Charlie. Making dinner for friends. All represented in her handiwork which celebrates life, love and tradition through symbols and wording.”
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Klein, co-owner of K Studio in Grand Rapids, Mich., distills dark moments in life into mixed-media collages on wood panels. Her art is “whimsical and endearing, but thought-provoking at the same time,” Fleming said. She is interested in sadness, according to her artist statement. “The only way to truly enjoy anything is to temporarily forget about any shame, heartbreak, guilt, regret or outrage associated with that thing,” she writes. “If we can ignore the sometimes unspeakable consequences of many of our actions, we can enjoy experiences as they happen. It’s a trade. It’s the way we buy happiness.” Although sadness is never far away, never forgotten. It creeps back in. In her collages, she mulls the many mutations sadness can take: a dark cloud hovering over a couple, a balloon-bemused child. “By exploring these themes visually, I hope to get closer to understanding where the balance should be,” she writes. “My goal is to connect with people about our shared and individual struggles with this heaviness.” Each artist echoes Workshop’s mission of multifaceted creativity. Simultaneously a studio and a store, Workshop is ever evolving. Fleming seized the opportunity of Fall Arts to do something different, “to present different artwork and use the space in a different way.” Fleming hopes to host more shows in the future —workshops, too.
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In the artist’s studio A dozen artists will open their work spaces. As a preview, step inside two of them here.
By Meg Daly
hether an open lightwashed layout or a design focused on display walls, the spaces surrounding valley artists give insight into their creative processes. During Fall Arts Festival, a dozen local artists working in a wide variety of mediums welcome visitors into their studios. In years past, artists have opened their studios on a designated weekend. This year, the artists leave their doors open all festival long to visitors who call in advance and make an appointment. A show of participating artists’ work, staged in the Lobby Gallery at the Art Association, features an accompanying list of contact information. The show and its local artists join in the Art Association’s festivities for Palates & Palettes on Sept. 9. To pique people’s curiosity, two artists led preview tours of their studios.
For a visitor to Amy Bright Unfried’s home studio, the light is entrancing. The partial rotunda faces south and east. Large windows and a set of glass French doors frame the surrounding woods. On the July day I visited, midmorning sunlight dappled the ground, and quaking aspens and pines stood at
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Artist-architect Eliot Goss enjoys the extra elbow room of his new, much larger studio.
attention like sentinels. But for the studio’s resident, functionality is the main attraction. An accomplished sculptor — her work is on permanent display at the Center for the Arts and at St. John’s Episcopal Church and is also part of an exhibit in the Art Association’s Theater Gallery — Unfried likes the no-nonsense practicality of her space. The light is lovely, yes, insomuch as it rakes across her works-in-process, revealing forms, giving feedback on her work. A huge metal post in the northeast corner — the hub of six stained beams fanning out, spokelike, to opposite walls — creates an
open floor plan that allows Unfried to move unfettered around her sculptures. The poured concrete floor, with in-floor heating, makes for quick cleanup and year-round comfort. “The main thing is to have a space where you don’t have to clean it up,” Unfried said. “At first, I was afraid to get it dirty, but now I don’t have any qualms.” This is Unfried’s 10th year in her studio, designed by Strout Architects along with the rest of the house she shares with her husband. “I can’t imagine wanting anything different,” she said.
Husband and wife Eliot and Natalie Goss share a studio on their west bank property. Such close proximity could be a recipe for disaster for some couples. Not the Gosses: Their shared space is harmonious. Even their paintings complement one another, with Natalie’s subtle watercolors lining one wall and Eliot’s bolder oils patterning the other. Their top priority when designing the studio: wall space to display their work. Eliot Goss, an architect as well as a painter, realized their studio plans three years ago. Before, the two artists had shared a 10-by-9-foot area that now serves as the foyer to the larger studio, whose layout, as Eliot described it, is a basic rectangle with a huge north window and a smaller east window. “North light doesn’t require controls and offers a cool light,” Goss said. He barely notices the view, striped by cottonwoods in the foreground and anchored by Rendezvous Mountain in the distance. What he does notice is how having more elbow room has changed his work. The walls are laden with 30-by40-inch landscapes, all completed since the studio was built. “It’s the best thing I’ve done,” he said. “I wouldn’t be doing these big paintings if I hadn’t built this studio.” Being surrounded by his work, he said, “gives me a sense of where I’ve been and where I’m going.” Natalie Goss concurs. “I like to be able to look at my paintings,” she said. “I’ve always wanted to have a dinner party in here, because people don’t usually sit in a place with this much art on the walls.”
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Flurry of festivities Turpin Gallery hosts string of events, including charitable auction and second, new space.
By Cara Rank
f Zachariah Turpin were to characterize Turpin Gallery’s shows during Fall Art Festival, he would simply say this. “We’ve got a lot going on.” Between receptions for four of its top artists, a charity auction featuring work by every artist Turpin represents, and the addition of a second gallery, Turpin & Co. at 30 Center St., Turpin is busy during Fall Arts Festival. “We represent many fabulous artists,” Turpin said. “We feel like we’ve pulled some of our very best to come and meet our clients and be available to visit in the galleries during the festival.” Turpin & Co. opened in August with a different roster of artists than those found at Turpin Gallery. The new gallery also features Zapotec rugs, custom-made Molesworth-inspired furniture, jewelry and giclee prints JD Challenger “Thunder Horse Nation” oil from Greenwich Workshop. “Both galleries showcase work by many of the best artists working today,” Turpin said in an email. known it. His painting — displayed in Turpin Gallery — “Having a second gallery location so close to our flag- graces the cover of the Jackson Hole phone book. Michael Orwick, slated to appear Sept. 17 and 18, will ship gallery allows us to bring an even more diverse and extensive collection of art to our clients in Jackson spend most of his time in the new gallery. Ordwick creates smaller pieces that attract collectors who want to take and around the world.” home a piece of Jackson Hole. On the first weekend of Fall Arts, ––––––––––––––––––––– Robert Tate will be on-site Sept. 9 and By featuring these four artists, 10 at Turpin Gallery. Then, on the sec- Turpin Gallery, Turpin & Co. Turpin Gallery showcases its breadth. ond weekend, artists Mitch Baird and JD 150 Center St., 30 Center St. “They are very diverse in subject Challenger will be on hand to talk about 733-7530 matter, everything from portraits to their new work and to meet gallery visilandscape,” Turpin said. “The quality TurpinGallery.com tors Sept. 16 and 17. of the art is phenomenal. It’s a great ––––––––––––––––––––– “I feel like Mitch is right on the cusp of opportunity to meet the artists and real greatness,” Turpin said. to talk to them about their work and their inspiration.” Baird paints en plein air and focuses on local subIn addition to hosting a separate reception for each of its ject matter, he said. featured artists, Turpin is also celebrating its entire stable Of Challenger, Turpin said, “He’s a huge artist. If you are on the final day of the festival, when it throws its 18th annual an aficionado in Indian subject matter, JD Challenger is on Joshua David Foundation Charity Auction. your radar.” “Almost every major artist in the gallery will particiMany Jacksonites have seen his work and not even pate,” Turpin said. “One hundred percent of the total
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An artist in flux Turner tunes in to natural world.
By Meg Daly
ost Tuesdays this summer, Kathryn Mapes Turner packed a picnic dinner, loaded up her easel, and drove into Grand Teton National Park to meet other plein air painters for the Tuesday Night Sack Dinner club. Turner, 39, led the charge of the ad hoc group by starting the evenings’ “yakking” and then turning their attention to the fluctuating moods of the Tetons at dusk. Turner’s career is in bloom. An awardwinning artist with national representation, her recent accolades include the 2010 Contemporary Art Award at the American Academy of Equine Art, an award of excellence at the 2010 American Impressionist Society show and the Air Float award at the 2010 Paint America national contest. Her current solo show, “By the Light of the Sun,” which runs from Sept. 7 through 24 at Trio Fine Art, features new impressionistic paintings of place and nature. “Lately I’ve been obsessed with trees,” Turner said during a recent visit at her studio. “The relationship trees have with the landscape and with each other is symbolic of my relationship to the land and my interpersonal relationships.” A personal vision is what Turner strives to bring to her paintings, particularly those set in her beloved home. As a Jackson Hole native, Turner feels it is her lifelong challenge to paint the Tetons in a way that is significant and unique. Her studio north of town looks out on the Teton Range. ws_ad_jackson 8/8/11 2:11 PM Page “They are my constant companions, in
September Vhay “Dreams of Midnight”
Watch artists work Trio Fine Art is now a foursome. All four artists will give demonstrations of their drawing and painting techniques at the gallery from 3 to 5 p.m. Sept. 9. Newest gallery member Jennifer L. Hoffman joins Trio founders Kathryn Mapes Turner, September Vhay and Lee Carlman Riddell for a free evening of on-site demos. Everyone is welcome. Kathryn Mapes Turner sees symbolism in trees, as in “Aspen Grove” 16 by 20 inches.
all seasons and all weather,” she said. “If I location, she is attuned to her surrounddidn’t paint the Tetons, I’d be denying a ings and mindful only of the moment. “The discipline of study and observahuge part of my life. The challenge is how tion is what art is about,” she said. to paint them without being trite.” Unlocking that vision unique to her Once back in her studio, Turner “sifts” through the informacomes through count––––––––––––––––––––– tion she has gathered less hours spent in the Trio Fine Art in her paintings and field. For Turner, plein 545 N. Cache St. sketches from the field. air painting is the seed 734-4444 Sometimes an entire of inspiration. painting is finished “When you are in TrioFineArt.com a spot for a long time, outside. As often, the ––––––––––––––––––––– your senses slow plein air piece becomes down,” she said. “You develop an intimate a springboard in the studio. relationship with the place you are in.” “Studio work is about distilling what Turner’s internal attitude to making the viewer will see on the canvas,” she 1 art is that of a Zen practitioner. Being in a said. “You look at all the data and ask
what will serve the end.” Turner recognizes that her expectations for her own work are rising. At the same time, she refuses to be pigeonholed into one particular, repetitive style. Instead, she takes a leap of faith every day and gives way to the unfolding process of her art-making. She refers to herself as a vessel for the paintings to come through. This feminine metaphor is deliberate. “Because I’m a woman, and women are always in flux, and because I’m from Jackson, and the landscape and seasons here are always in flux, my work necessarily is always changing,” she said. Trio Fine Art will host a reception for Turner from 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 8.
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Western facets Four artists explore the West of history, today and Hollywood.
By Richard Anderson
t Altamira Fine Art this fall, four artists celebrate, lament, honor, pay tribute to, mourn and apotheosize the West that was, the West that is and the West that really never existed. Montana painter R. Tom Gilleon paints tipis, a common subject among Western artists. Yet he imbues them with a magical sense of light, life and, oddly, the peaceful stillness of the museum or funeral home. Out on the open plain, alone or in groups of three, usually in the low-angle light of late day, his lodges may be occupied, or they may have been abandoned. It’s difficult to say. If they are empty, they have been vacated only recently. Or else time has stopped on that particular stretch of plains. Whatever the case, his tipis raise questions, pose mysteries and also respectfully demand privacy — no mean feat for a painting. Gilleon also paints grain elevators — tall, hulking structures whose forms are as iconic, in their own way, as tipis — as well as “nines,” which are sort of collages of (nine) related images. Both tropes suggest a similar museum-quality taxidermy that remarkably manages to keep their subjects alive while recognizing their passing. Gilleon, 70, has gone into semiretirement, according to Jared Sanders imbues rural landscapes with subtle illumination, as in “Summer in the Valley” 36 by 60 inches. Altamira owner Mark Tarrant. In fact, Altamira is his exclusive gallery these days. As a result, he paints fewer canvases increasingly rare as development razes such idylls. From was a key player in the genesis of the first Fall Arts Festival but devotes more time to each one, Tarrant said. a 21st-century perspective, one pauses to wonder if these in 1985. Schenck — who studied with Andy Warhol in the For the Fall Arts Festival exhibition, Gilleon has invited Edens ever really existed as we remember them. This early ’60s in New York City — brings a selection of his Lakota artist Daniel Long Soldier to join him. Long Soldier despite a bright palette and blocky, almost cubist brush- “captioned” paintings to Altamira. will show ledger drawings, contempowork that feels subversively contemBy taking stills from classic and obscure Western ––––––––––––––––––––– rary takes on a 19th-century adaptation porary, given the rustic subject matter. films, photos of the Southwest landscape and other Altamira Fine Art of a traditional narrative form of painting Admired as a finely tuned tonalist, captured material, some vintage, some contemporary, 172 Center St. depicting hunters’ and warriors’ feats. Sanders renders landscapes in muted Schenck, again, preserves a sense of the West’s past 739-4700 Utah painter Jared Sanders, who pigments, using a purposefully limited while highlighting its mythic aspects. He half embraces recently turned 40, paints the broad range of hues to experiment with, and the Hollywood image of the region, half defaces it with AltamiraArt.com sides of barns and farmhouses and ultimately achieve, singular effects captions that sometimes are ironic, sometimes build ten––––––––––––––––––––– other similarly square and humble of light, atmosphere and pleasantly sion, always suggest a story, like a comment you might structures, in addition to subtly illuminated landscapes. ambiguous emotions. hear from a stranger two stools down at the bar. Like Gilleon’s, his canvases, which have grown huge in The fourth artist featured at Altamira during the festiGilleon, Sanders, Schenck and other artists are the past couple years, capture and preserve a rustic ideal val is Western pop innovator Bill Schenck, who enjoyed a expected to attend an Altamira reception during the once common throughout the West and the country, yet one-man show earlier this season at the gallery and who Sept. 9 Palates & Palettes gallery walk.
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Jackson’s Erin O’Connor paints in Grand Teton National Park, and will again Sept. 10.
En plein park ‘Master talent’ to show how she does it.
will learn a lot from O’Connor, especially if they wait to chat or ask questions between bursts of activity. An experienced teacher as well as excellent painter, she has a By Richard Anderson way with words when it comes to talking about composition, color choices, how she ackson Hole art browsers and achieves illusions of depth, distance and buyers encounter a lot of plein air light, how the way we see affects the way paintings in their perambulations she paints. through our many art galleries, “The cool thing about teaching is you especially during Fall Arts Festival. have to verbalize all the things you normalBut if they wander up to String Lake ly do instinctively,” she said. “You have to in Grand Teton National Park on Sept. constantly remind yourself why you do the 10, they will have the things you do.” ––––––––––––––––––––– opportunity to actually String Lake is not watch a painter work- Artist in the Environment O’Connor’s first choice ing en plein air. Plein air demonstration for a place to set up her Erin O’Connor easels and paint box. with Erin O’Connor — whom Plein Air “I like secret places,” 2 to 5 p.m. Sept. 10 Magazine named a she said. Her patrons like String Lake, Grand Teton that about her work, too. “Master Talent” in its National Park spring 2011 issue and “There’s a certain sense who over the past seven ––––––––––––––––––––– of discovery in seeing a years or so has been painting of some place invited to paint at prestigious plein air events you’re never going to get to.” throughout the West — is the Grant Teton She has, therefore, lugged her equipment Association’s Artist in the Environment this high into the Rocky Mountains of Colorado month. She is the fourth and final artist in and Wyoming, far down the canyons of the summer series that also has brought the Southwest and deep into the deserts of Greg McHuron, Greta Gretzinger and Scott California. As expert as she is at rendering Christensen to the park to paint for whothe details of the landscape, her true talent ever wants to stop and watch. “I did this a few years ago,” said O’Connor, may be her ability to imbue her composiwho for the past decade has made her stu- tions with that sense of solitude and peace dio and her living quarters in a small log for which we venture into such wild places. O’Connor shows her work in Jackson cabin at the base of Teton Pass. “It’s kind of funny. You always get people saying, ‘My at Galleries West. Her website, www. Aunt Gertrude paints’ or ‘I paint.’ And then OConnorScapes.com, also displays a lot of there are those who catch you after you’ve her recent canvases. She will paint 2 to 5 p.m. Sept. 10 in the put, like, 14 marks down and are disappointpark. Call the Grand Teton Association at ed it’s not done. People crack me up.” A keen and patient observer, however, 739-3403 for information.
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Jackson Hole Gallery Association celebrates
FALL ARTS FESTIVAL
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2. Astoria Fine Art
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4. Diehl Gallery
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5. Fighting Bear Antiques & Fine Art
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6. Galleries West Fine Art
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7. Heather James Fine Art
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8. Hennes Studio & Gallery
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9. Horizon Fine Art
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11. Legacy Gallery
75 N. Cache St. • 307.733.2353
12. Mangelsen Images Of Nature Gallery
170 N. Cache St. • 307.733.9752
13. Mountain Trails Gallery
155 Center St. • 307.734.8150
14. National Museum of Wildlife Art
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15. Raindance Fine Art Gallery
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16. RARE Gallery
60 E. Broadway • 307.733.8726
17. Shadow Mountain Gallery
10 W. Broadway • 307.733.3162
18. Tayloe Piggott Gallery
62 S. Glenwood St. • 307.733.0555
19. Trailside Galleries
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20. Trio Fine Art
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21. Turpin Gallery
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24. West Lives On
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28. Wyoming Gallery
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Lessons from Russia Trip gives Christensen insight into harmony.
“I saw so many things, but the biggest thing I came back with was the careful balance the paintings struck between variety and harmony,” Christensen said. By Dina Mishev “The paintings I studied had so many layers in them, none were one-trick pieces. A es, Scott Christensen’s lot of work was done to make it look easy. 6,000-square-foot studio and “But too much variety causes chaos,” exhibition space is over Teton Christensen said. “It’s a fine line to walk.” Pass, but the drive is worth it. The other balancing act in the Russian The studio and exhibition space is paintings: harmony versus boredom. open by appointment throughout Fall “Harmony is another thing paintArts Festival, and ings need to have,” ––––––––––––––––––––– Christensen, who won Christensen said, “but Scott Christensen Studio too much of it makes a the Prix de West show’s 208-787-5851 piece boring. highest award in 2000 “The Russian maswhen he was only 38 ChristensenStudio.com years old, is making ters understood that ––––––––––––––––––––– himself as available as variety is everything, possible for collectors and visitors. but too much won’t work,” he said. “I On display in his craftsman-style stu- always knew this, but I didn’t really get it dio are several huge canvases inspired by a until I was there looking at the layers and 19-day trip he took to Russia last summer. layers of work put into each painting.” “The scale and size of the paintings I After coming back, Christensen saw there blew my mind,” Christensen started working on some 70-by-70-inch said. “They just painted as large as they paintings. “These are probably bigger than anywanted to. Looking at some of the pieces, I didn’t know there were studios that big one wants them to be, but I just couldn’t help myself,” he said. when these paintings were done.” “As he explained to me,” Grigg said, Christensen, who was born and raised in Lander and only took his first “it takes so much energy to paint that art class when a collegiate football inju- large. He said it’s like taking the bar ry sidelined him, spent time touring the exam every day, orchestrating that many Hermitage, the Russian Museum and the square inches.” These new large paintings are one part Russian Art Academy. “Scott throughout his career has stud- of Christensen’s wide oeuvre, on full view ied the Russian masters,” said the stu- during Fall Arts. As always, the subject matter is dio’s collector liaison Kristie Grigg, who accompanied Christensen to Russia. diverse: landscapes and wildlife from “This was a trip he had wanted to do Russia, Switzerland, the California coast, for a very long time. He came back very Sea Island, Ga., and closer to home. Call 208-787-5851 for an appointment at inspired and enthusiastic.” Christensen returned home with Christensen’s studio and exhibition space. a fresh perspective on balancing The compound is located one mile south of Victor, Idaho, at the base of Teton Pass. compositions.
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Western Americana presents
Friday, September 9 until the end of September Featuring early cowgirl items and images. The show is in recognition of the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, and their efforts to promote and preserve womenâ€™s contributions to the culture of the west. More information on the Museum will be available at the show.
Heavy split riding skirt of the type worn by performers and rodeo contestants, circa 1915-1920, along with period large-brimmed cowgirl's hat with beaded band, and beaded buckskin bolero vest. Rare silver mounted trophy spurs made by Wyoming spur maker Eddy Hulbert and won by Jonna Bennett for Barrel Racing at the Wyoming High School Rodeo championships, 1960.
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Christian Burch collects art rich with subjectivity and dichotomy.
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Judson Ball now collects Western art — fitting for a trustee of the National Museum of Wildlife Art.
Three Jackson Hole collectors talk about the artwork in their homes.
By Kevin Huelsmann
here is no set formula outlining how to collect art. Some seek investments while others rely on visceral reactions. Some collectors exhaustively research specific works, while others simply stumble upon them. Each collector has his or her own idiosyncratic approach to buying art, including what to buy, where to buy it and what to do with it when it’s back home. Below are profiles of three Jackson collectors — Judson Ball, Christian Burch and Babs Case — who opened up their homes to show off their collections and explain how they were assembled.
Ball has a simple, clearly articulated approach to buying art. Whether it is a Hopi kachina doll, a vintage wine opener or a painting of a landscape, the longtime collector is looking for one thing: excellence. “It’s thrilling to see the best that someone can do,” he said. The process of each artist is of the utmost importance to Ball, who said he will take months or even years to research an artist before buying his or her work. “When I look at art, I’m trying to see the emotion, the struggles, the originality and the personal message of the artist through the individual strokes and manipulation of sculp-
Babs Case adorns her studio with a wide array of art as both decoration and in
ture,” Ball said. When he and his wife, Sue, lived in Chicago, they collected works by Picasso and pieces by German expressionist painters and modernist artists in Chicago. The couple sold most of their collection when they moved to Jackson, starting aesthetically anew. Though some vestiges remain from their Chicago collection, the Balls’ home now contains work from some of the titans of Western art: Bob Kuhn, Carl Rungius, William R. Leigh, Thomas Moran, Albert Bierstadt and Wilhelm Kuhnert. Even when pursuing superlative Western pieces, Ball still looks for the struggle of the individual artist. In one room, he has a Bob Kuhn study of two elk, antlers locked, hanging above Kuhn’s completed painting of the same scene. The juxtaposition illustrates Ball’s drive to understand the process of the art in his home. “You can’t see who’s good and how they’re good unless you see how they got to be who they are, see their mistakes,” he said. Walking through the couple’s home, one can see the breadth of their collection, from Mexican and Guatemalan masks to a collection of wine openers that date to the 1700s and one of the largest collections of Hopi kachina dolls in the world. As clearly defined as his vision of what he looks for in art is Ball’s approach to collecting: First and foremost, he buys what he likes. “I look at them all the time,” he said of the pieces in his home. “I don’t just walk by. I’m not buying it for an investment. I’m not buying it for anyone else, for anyone else’s edification except my own and my wife’s and
my children’s.” He takes his time and researches each artist extensively before making a purchase. A common mistake of collectors, he said, is that they often buy on impulse, typically when bidding at an auction. “The biggest problems collectors have is that they get moved by the moment,” Ball said. “They feel like, if they don’t buy the piece at that moment, they’ll never have another chance. Nobody paints only one painting.” He also follows very practical guidelines. “Our rule is that if we can’t hang it, we don’t buy it.”
At the end of a hallway in Burch’s condo hangs a deceptively simple sculpture: a block of wood suspended on the wall with an egg dangling from a string below. Most often, the egg sits atop the piece of wood so guests walking to the bathroom don’t knock it from the string. “No one thinks it’s real,” said Burch, an author and art teacher at the Jackson Hole Community School. But it is. The egg is blown out, and inside the shell is a small note that reveals itself only when it is cracked open. One of the two eggs that have been broken — the sculpture came with replacements — contained a note that read: “We convinced her to stay.” Like many pieces in Burch’s collection, Kara Roschi’s sculpture reveals a deeper meaning after inspection. It’s playful, but there’s an underlying sense of melancholy and longing. The photographs and paintings — many of which were purchased at Jackson galleries and events — that adorn
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nspiration. Whether her own assemblages, piles of found objects or stacks of art books, it all evokes emotion. “I would make art all day, every day, if I could,” she said.
confidential Burch’s walls blur lines between fragility and beauty and the hint of depravity. Individual works can express vulnerability while at the same time conveying strength and power. In the center of Burch’s living room wall hangs a surreal photograph by Chip Simon of a man on an old BMW motorcycle. He’s wearing a bunny mask, a tuxedo coat with tails and tennis shoes. He is looking over his shoulder. “It’s masculine, with the old BMW, the top hat, but it looks like he’s being chased,” Burch said, adding the fairy tale element also appeals to him. Several photographs created by a friend, Henry Dombey, who has since left Jackson, are among Burch’s favorites. In one, the photographer focuses on what appears to be the mirror of a bathroom medicine cabinet. For Burch, the details of the shot are what set it apart. “I like the Golds foot powder and the stain on his shirt,” Burch said. “It makes him look kind of unstable. But I like his swarthiness, too.” Below the bank of photographs and paintings sits a sculpture of a large ball and chain attached to a hand formed from clear resin. The striking piece, purchased at an art fair in Kansas City, Mo., is another one of Burch’s favorites. “The artist produced it because he wanted to produce it,” Burch said, “and not because it’s what everyone wanted to buy.” Though many of the pieces in Burch’s collection have personal ties — some were created by students, some were given to him as gifts — the provenance of others are just as mysterious as the subject. Above his kitchen sink hangs a large painting he picked up at a thrift store. The canvas contains a swirling scene of a man
with headphones on, his surroundings morphing into different scenes. “I bought it for $35,” Burch said. “I know nothing about it. The woman told me I could paint on it.” In many of his purchases, Burch gravitates towards the unwanted, the discarded and the forgotten. The subject of the work is subjective. “I like the idea of the outsider, the person who doesn’t quite fit in,” he said. Taken as a whole, Burch said, his collection is an integral part of his home. “It’s something I’m proud of,” he said. “It makes my house, my house. Everything has a personal connection.”
A recent young visitor to Case’s home declared within minutes of entering, “This is one of the weirdest places I’ve been.” The child was looking around Case’s living room, taking in the mirrored, scrawling piece by Robert Rauschenberg, the bold strokes of two paintings by Antoni Tapies, the found objects that make up Case’s own collages and assemblages, the piles of rocks and feathers and the stacks of art books. “It’s kind of 3-D art,” Case, artistic director of Dancers’ Workshop, said of her home. Case’s approach to collecting art seems instinctual. Her collection, chaotic and overwhelming, still feels carefully curated. Cultural items, such as a Chinese raincoat or textiles from Chiapas, Mexico, hang next to work from world-renowned artists.
In her kitchen, a bust of Case as a child sculpted by her mother sits atop a curio that contains a bottle of hot sauce made by Rauschenberg. “He was from Texas,” Case said. The hot sauce was his yearly gift to friends and family. “It’s so hot that you can’t eat it.” For Case, the mix of styles and approaches is underpinned by a central theme: The work must evoke emotion. “I buy art that moves me,” Case said. One of Case’s favorite paintings hangs in her small office, just inside the front door: a print by Austrian painter Maria Lassnig of a naked, seated woman holding two guns — one pointed at her head and one pointed directly at the viewer. Its title, “Me or You,” makes the confrontation complete. “It succinctly expresses an emotion that we all have,” Case said. Another favorite artist of Case’s is Antoni Tapies, a Catalan painter whose work often incorporates mathematical equations and symbols. “I love the movement and the strength in his gestures,” Case said. Materials often jump out at Case — rocks and spoons, discarded wire. Pausing on a tour of her home, Case picked up a small clump of fur left behind by her hefty black Newfoundland, Zeppo, and set it aside for some future work. “This will be great,” she said, truly excited about the find. Though a dancer by trade, Case has spent her life around art, making art. “My mom used to tell me, ‘If you’re bored, it’s your own fault. The art supplies are in the corner.’ ”
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Jackson jewels Three long-standing stores specialize in Indian jewelry.
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merican Indian jewelry glimmers in Jackson. The downtown studios that feature fine examples of this variety of wearable art have been in business a long time. Here, each shares insights on the art market and the artful merchandise.
Terry Kennedy has found the beauty of Indian jewelry never goes out of style. Thatâ€™s why his business, Raindance Indian Arts, has thrived through good times and bad for 29 years in the same Broadway location, he said. A Wyoming native, Kennedy left the state as a teenager and went to Arizona, where he discovered silver and gold interwoven with colorful stones. â€œIt was the â€™70s,â€? â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“ he said. â€œTurquoise Raindance Indian Arts and Indian art were 105 E. Broadway really popular.â€? Kennedy forged RaindanceIndianArts.com relationships with â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“ some of the Native Crazy Horse American jewelry 125 N. Cache St. artists he liked best CrazyHorseJewelry.com and sold their work â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“ to stores across the country. Teton Art Gallery After five years, 47 W. Deloney Ave. he grew tired of TetonArtGallery.com being on the road â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“ and opened his shop in Jackson. Kennedy understands and appreciates the jewelry. â€œAfter 29 years, I know what sells and what doesnâ€™t,â€? he said.
Teton Art Gallery owner Gerard Kindt creates the jewelry he sells, including these Tetonscapes.
When Gisela Siwek immigrated to the U.S. from Germany 37 years ago, she fell in love with Indian jewelry. She vowed to one day open a store. â€œIt was the handicraft,â€? Siwek said. â€œI loved the craft, and it was the silver and the turquoise.â€? Several years later, she visited Jackson Hole and decided she wanted to live here. Fusing her existing love for Indian jewelry and her newfound attachment to the Tetons, she opened Crazy Horse in 1978 in Gaslight Alley. â€œIt was an adventure,â€? she said. Siwek finds her pieces at trade shows and buys from established artists and vendors who visit her shop. Artie Yellowhorse, one of Siwekâ€™s featured artists, will have a special show in the gallery during Fall Arts Festival. Yellowhorse, a respected Navajo jewelry artist, is known for her silver and turquoise designs. â€œShe uses high-quality stones,â€? Siwek said. â€œShe selects
Crazy Horseâ€™s collection is curated by owner Gisela Siwek.
Terry Kennedy of Raindance Indian Arts knows the market.
her stones very carefully.â€?
Kindt has owned the gallery for 17 years. In the beginning, he experimented with the tools he inherited and made some of his own designs, but stocked the store largely with pieces from vendors. Slowly, he discovered his own creativity and began clearing out displays for his own work. He now cuts and shapes the stones himself, and creates each setting. Today, the store is known for his turquoise and stone designs, as well as the soft metal Tetonscapes that Kindt makes into pendants and necklaces.
A real estate appraiser, Gerard Kindt didnâ€™t know much about jewelry when he bought Teton Art Gallery at the entrance to Gaslight Alley. He just knew the business was for sale at a bargain price. Today, most items in the tiny shop are his own creations. â€œI just started doing it,â€? he said. â€œItâ€™s been a big evolution. I started doing really crappy work, and now itâ€™s more refined.â€?
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Simms, who moved to Jackson Hole 45 years ago to ski and founded companies that revolutionized backcountry skiing and fly-fishing, said he was mostly bored in school, except for during two semesters of non-Euclidean geometry, a branch of mathematics that allows for twists and warps in space, probably most famous for the Mobius strip. “I’ve always been very mechanically inclined,” he said. “I can look at something and know how it was put together.” For the past 20 years or so, Simms has applied his mechanical and geometrical skills to metal sculpture. Most of his works are huge pieces that play with a mix of geometric and organic forms. Many are kinetic, spinning in the wind. Others are massive pieces of rolled steel disguised as weightless curved forms that look as if they might blow away. A few are stylized representations of wildlife, like “Ursine Arrangement,” a cluster of forms that mimic a few postures of bears. One of his best known pieces, called “Imploding Cube” — a three-dimensional representation of a four-dimensional cube, also known as a tesseract — was on display in the Shidoni Gallery and Foundry in Santa Fe, N.M., where Simms has displayed his work for the past two decades. “A fellow from Indianapolis saw it and loved it and said he had to have it,” Simms said.
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The piece has since found a permanent home at the Indianapolis Art Center, where it enjoys a prominent spot with its own reflection pool in the institution’s ArtsPark. Simms is best known around Jackson for “Bison Bison,” the cheery buffalo sculpture on the Moose-Wilson Road composed of a circle and seven mathematically related arcs. “I had purchased six pieces of 5-footradius semicircles of rolled channel iron from a scrap yard in Idaho Falls,” he said. “I had them all laid out in my driveway. I was envisioning all sorts of abstract forms.” He pulled out a 12-foot ladder to get a different perspective on the scraps of curved steel. “I got up on it and I looked down, and I could just see this bison form,” he said. “When I was inventing things, developing products, I always had a real strong confidence in what I was doing,” he said. “I could see the finished product and knew how to get there.” As a founder of Life-Link, Simms helped create the probe poles and rescue shovels backcountry winter athletes carry today — or should. He also created Simms Fishing Products, a company that has shaped the way people now fish around the world. He now concentrates on metal sculpture, which he does in a studio outside of Victor, Idaho. A recent arrangement made with Altamira Fine Art in Jackson is likely to result in more commissions and the need for more time in his workshop.
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Old masters Gallery features jewelry from established artists.
said. “We know our stuff.” Books describing Native American art and photos of the various processes are easily available for collectors curious about where and how the pieces are By Tram Whitehurst made. Most of the art comes from wo Grey Hills owner Gary communities of Native American Mattheis is hesitant to use artists, Mattheis said. His selection of jewelry — the the term “trunk show” to describe his plans for Fall most popular pieces in the gallery — includes bracelets, necklaces, Arts Festival. After all, he is bringing work earrings and pendants made from by many of the “old masters” of turquoise mined in the Southwest. Native American jewelry, some Although looks are important, of whom were practicing their when it comes to turquoise, it’s craft half a century ago. Their actually hardness that determines quality, pieces can sell ––––––––––––––––––––– for as much as Two Grey Hills Indian Art Mattheis said. The harder the $50,000. 110 E. Broadway piece, the highSo “trunk 733-2677 er the quality. show” just FineIndianArt.com “There’s a doesn’t seem big difference to do their ––––––––––––––––––––– in the pricwork justice. In partnership with the ing of turquoise,” he said. “If it’s Waddell Trading Company of inexpensive, it’s not good turArizona, supplier of the artworks, quoise. But we have a range of Two Grey Hills will host the show styles and prices.” Other popular items include Sept. 14 to 17. Mattheis has put on Pueblo pottery similar events in the past and has hand-coiled been encouraged by their success. from communities around New Two Grey Hills Indian Art, Mexico. Instead of throwing pieces on which has been in business for 35 years, takes its name from a a wheel and then firing them in trading post in the heart of the a kiln, the artists piece together Navajo Nation. Mattheis still vis- individual coils of clay. They then its the area and others around the surround the piece with blocks of Southwest several times a year. sheep manure, fire it over a primiThe gallery sells a range of tive pit and paint it with the tip of Native American art, from weav- a yucca leaf. ings to jewelry, pottery to baskets. The gallery also carries a vari“One of our big things is the ety of high-quality weavings, knowledge of our staff,” Mattheis some large, loosely woven and
Two Grey Hills Indian Art showcases pieces by the old masters of Native American jewelry from Sept. 14 to 17.
brightly colored, others small, tightly woven and naturally colored. Whatever the design, how-
ever, Mattheis worries that weaving is a dying art. “Weavings are time consum-
ing,” he said. “There just aren’t many weavers left out there doing high-quality work.”
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Expressions explored Painter Prugh embraces diversity, while sculptor Gaan imbues personality.
By Findley Merritt
ertical Peaks Fine Art is known for its eclectic mix. A ballerina stretches next to a portrait of a sun-stained cowboy, while a horse sculpture gallops beside an ammonite necklace. “It’s not all one genre,” co-owner Lynne Harrick said. “We put things in here that we like.” During Fall Arts Festival, the gallery will feature two artists. Jackson’s Peggy Prugh will share her paintings during Palates & Palettes, 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 9. And Vertical Peaks newcomer Tracey Gaan will bring her contemporary sculptures 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 10. Each will attend her reception. Prugh, a friend of Harrick’s, began her career as an artist after she retired from teaching English for 30 years at Jackson Hole High School. Immediately after teaching her last class, she drove to New Mexico to take a watercolor class. That experience set the stage for her exploration of art. While landscapes lure many valley artists, Prugh is drawn to a diversity of mediums and subjects. With opaque watercolor paints, she explores the many facets of the modern woman, from a Spanish Tracey Gaan is known for her contemporary wildlife sculptures. This bronze is called “Lone Bull.” dancer to a woman lost in thought. Pastels seem suited to quiet scenes, like a morning al competitions. “African Slippers,” a train of marching elephants. She in Provence, a gliding sailboat or birds speckling a However, her bronze casting took a back seat while endows her sculptures with humor by exaggerating she attended the University of certain characteristics of her subjects: an elongated shoreline. ––––––––––––––––––––– Washington and then began a fam- horse’s tail, a puppy’s pillowed feet. “It’s an oddity,” she said. “Not a Vertical Peaks Fine Art ily with her husband. lot of people do pastels in the val“If art is too serious, it feels stiff to me,” she said in 165 N. Center Street It wasn’t until she overcame a a statement. “Most animals have playful moments that ley because oil paint is king.” (307) 733-7744 battle with blindness — with the show their personality and humor.” In contrast, Gaan, a Washington help of artificial lens implants and VerticalPeaksFineArt.com native, began her creative journey At Vertical Peaks, Harrick considers Fall Arts an several surgeries — that her pas- opportunity to introduce new artists, thereby helping as a child. ––––––––––––––––––––– sion for art was restored. At 5 years old, she won an award them find their footing in the community. As such, Gaan is known for her contemporary wildlife the gallery will feature one or two additional artists at the Bellevue Art Fair for her two sculpture entries and continued on to win many local, state and nation- sculptures, like a hunter surveying with his dogs or alongside Gaan and Prugh.
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Gallery rides in 3 Fall Arts arenas.
By Dina Mishev
ike Cayuse Western Americana itself, the gallery’s Fall Arts Festival schedule is packed. Cayuse is participating in the Western Design Conference, hosting silversmith Susan Adams at the gallery and staging an exhibition that celebrates Women of the West. At the Western Design Conference, Cayuse will show work by Adams, Jack Walker, Clint Orms Engravers, Ricarda McCleary Clause and others. The conference runs Sept. 7 to Sept. 11. “I didn’t show at last year’s due to everyone’s schedule conflicts,” Cayuse owner Mary Schmitt said, “so it’s almost like we’re starting afresh this year.” Fresh start aside, Cayuse has Adams’ successful history to fall back on. Adams has won at least three awards at past conferences, including Best in Show in 2008. “Susan really ... knocks herself out to make a pedestal piece she’s proud of,” Schmitt said. “She’s been attending the conference since before it moved here from Cody.” Even though Adams loves attending the conference, “she doesn’t have it in her to shamelessly self-promote,” Schmitt said, “So I do it for her.” Clint Orms will likely have a pedestal piece, too, though he won’t attend the conference due to conflicts with another show. Adams’ pedestal piece this year is a sterling silver Martini shaker. Schmitt said she was partly inspired by a private commission. “The design came to her after a trip to an incredible junkyard near
Cayuse Western Americana’s “Women of the West” show will feature cowgirl artifacts like these vintage chaps.
her home in Virginia,” Schmitt said. “The place was sort of lost in time, with trees growing through cars. She went through it with friends and found some art deco hood ornaments,” which inspired the art deco Indian Chief’s profile incorporated into the shaker. While several pieces of Adams’
work will be on display at the conference, even more will be back at Cayuse. Schmitt has had a show for Adams at the gallery every year since it opened in the mid-1990s. In addition to larger silver pieces, Adams also makes jewelry, cleverly bridging traditional and contemporary. In the past, she has
done pieces based on spur rowels — the small, revolving wheel at the back of the spur. She researched vintage rowels, re-created them in silver and gold miniatures and then linked them together for distinctive pieces of jewelry. Lately, she has been experimenting with repousse, a raised
design made by hammering a thinner gauge of silver or gold from the back. Mexican silversmiths used this technique in the 1940s, and it can be seen in different eras in Europe and North Africa. Cayuse’s other show, Women of the West, “is a theme that comes up in my world quite a bit,” Schmitt said. The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in Fort Worth, Texas, where Schmitt is on the acquisitions committee, decided to bring its board of directors and others to Jackson for a “thank you” trip during the Fall Arts Festival. “I decided to honor them by putting together a small show of cowgirl artifacts for the public to see,” Schmitt said. Many of the 25 items will be for sale. The rest are from private collections. “The cowboy period of Western history was among one of the shortest cultural periods in history,” Schmitt said. Its golden age was 1860 to 1940. “There really weren’t all that many cowboys, and therefore not very much cowboy gear in the whole scheme of things. Cowgirls were even fewer. That said, putting together any size collection is quite a feat.” The show includes photos of Alberta Claire, a Wyoming girl who, in 1912, embarked on an 8,000-mile horseback journey — riding astride, rather than sidesaddle, no less! — to promote a women’s right to vote. There are also spurs, a bronc belt and cuffs, an early split riding skirt, beaded vest, hat and boots from the 1910rodeo era.
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A detail of John Mortensen’s “Albert the Bison,” a bronze sculpture suited to its surrounds.
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By Caitlin Clark n the fringe of the festive events adorning downtown Jackson lies an art opportunity in Wilson. At Mortensen Studios, John
Mortensen shares his art and works in progress that he hopes speak to everyone who has spent time in Jackson. Within his home/studio compound, his sculptures are set against an exquisite Fish Creek backdrop. Rarely is art displayed in situ — in the exact environment that inspired it. This singular symmetry is evident with one step onto the property. “The landscape is definitely the backdrop for the inspiration and creation of my work,” said Mortensen. “Without our peaks, forests, rivers and streams, our wildlife and ranch life would not exist.” Weaving through grazing buffalo and thirsty cranes crafted in bronze, the wildlife works seem poised to move. The intricate realism of Mortensen’s sculptures paired with the unadulterated nature that surrounds them blurs the boundary between imagination and reality. His art impresses as standalone works and when experienced as a whole.
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In addition to sculpture, Mortensen makes furnishings and lighting. His imaginative Western intepretations of household items, from nightstands to chandeliers, turn practicality into panache. His decorative works range in style from classic cowboy and wildlife accents to Native American flare. Each piece is a wholly different homage to an aesthetic current running through this part of the country. Mortensen imbues everything he makes, from a piece of furniture to a lifesize bronze, with its own individuality. “As an artist, one is always looking for that special gesture or antic of the subject that creates the most powerful work,” he said. His work is at once precise and universal. It elicits an understanding of the relationship between subject and artist that is both cohesive and mysterious. “I enjoy riding the trails under the Tetons and seeing wildlife from the back of a horse, quietly moving among them,” he said. “It is these intimate, momentary views of wildlife in their natural environs that spark the creation of new works.” Intimacy is exactly what Mortensen captures, and what a visit to his studio embodies. Visitors can see works in progress as well as a retrospective of over 30 years of equestrian and wildlife sculpture. Mortensen’s work lives in Jackson Lake Lodge, the Wilderness Lodge at Disney World and private homes and commercial buildings throughout the country.
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Day Break Moonset (detail), Louisa McElwain, 2011. Oil on canvas, 44" x 44". Courtesy of the artist.
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A special supplement to the Jackson Hole News&Guide
September 7, 2011
great and small
Western Visions introduces the artists behind wildlife art.
Self-taught artist Earl Cunningham now lauded as an American Fauve.
Public art sprouts in hightraffic sites around the valley.
The new West Lives On Contemporary celebrates its first fall.
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Artie Yellowhorse The navajo way of beauty designs of elegance & beauty
Susan Goldsmith “Brandy Creek Falls II.” See Diehl Gallery, page 4.
Table of Contents 3 4 6 8 11 12 13 14 Western Visions
Diehl Gallery, Mangelsen Images of Nature Heather James Fine Art Camille Obering Art Advisory Public Art
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Robert Kuhn’s “Bear, Sitting by Tree” — an 8-by-10-inch Conte on paper — epitomizes the charm of miniature art.
All things great and small Western Visions introduces the artists behind wildlife art.
By Sarah Reese
he bull elk in Bart Walter’s “Wapiti Trail” bugles from atop a boulder at the entrance to the National Museum of Wildlife Art, as if inviting passing travelers to stop and explore. For anyone who has ever answered the bronze elk’s call, explored the museum and left hungry for more, this year’s Western Visions will be the place to be during Fall Arts Festival. Western Vision introduces the artists behind the art, like Walter, this year’s featured sculptor. Visitors will have two chances to talk with Walter. On Sept. 15, he will give a workshop followed by a luncheon. Then, that night, Featured painter Daniel Smith brought “Silent Surveillance” to Western Visions. he will be on hand at the 24th annual “We really want to encourage young- artist and learn about how or why they Wild West Artist Party. Walker created three sculptures for er artists,” Harris said. “We hope that became an artist or their philosophy on the Miniatures and More Show and through our selection process we’re their type of medium,” she said. Artwork in the Miniatures and More Sale, the signature event of Western able to do that, so you have in the show Visions, which features more than 160 this great mix of experienced and up- Show and Sale is already on display. Admission to the show and sale on and-coming artists.” juried artists. The ––––––––––––––––––––– “Miniature” means Sept. 16 costs $75. show spans styles, Western Visions For the first time in its 24 years, paintings must be limfrom traditional to National Museum of ited to 9 by 12 inches. Western Visions is going digital, Lee contemporary, and About 50 artists have said. The museum will be using a digisizes, from miniature Wildlife Art been invited to create tal bidding system, and participants to “more.” 2820 Rungius Road paintings and sculp- can download Microsoft Tag Reader Some of the particWesternVisions.org tures that exceed the onto their smartphones to communiipating artists — such ––––––––––––––––––––– cate information about events. size limits, Lee said. as Walter and this Wild West Artist Party Before bidding, collectors can get Instead of providyear’s featured painter, Daniel Smith — enjoy 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Sept. 15 ing an artist state- to know artists in person at the Wild ––––––––––––––––––––– ment, each partici- West Party from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. the esteem of having pant answered three Sept. 15. The presale fete gives visitors work in the museum’s Miniatures and More questions asked by a chance to talk with Western Visions permanent collection. Show and Sale Others received invi3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 16 the museum: How artists in a more intimate setting than do you know when the Miniatures and More sale, Lee said. tations because they ––––––––––––––––––––– “It’s a really nice change to meet the a work of art is finare of the caliber to ished? What is your artists and ask them why they painted one day be in the collection, Jennifer Lee, Western Visions favorite art-making tool? What is your this piece,” Lee said. Admission Sept. 15 costs $200, which preferred subject to create? This is the and exhibitions manager, said. With a long list of established artists second year the museum has taken a includes dinner and wine. Jackson 6 who participate year after year, few spac- Q&A approach to connecting artists will play Dixieland jazz, and there will es remain for newcomers, Adam Harris, to their work. The change proved so be a cash bar. Register for the Wild West Party and curator of art, said. To fill those openings, popular last year, organizers brought it Miniatures and More Show and Sale by the selection committee seeks out works back, Lee said. “People really like to read about the Sept. 7 by calling 732-5412. that are new and exciting, he said.
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Bill Sawczuk takes in the Wild West Party.
Wide world of Western Visions Western Visions features a flurry of events leading up to the culminating Miniatures and More Show and Sale. New this year, the museum hosts a Palates & Palettes preparty from 3 to 5 p.m. Sept. 9, featuring mini quesadillas and margaritas prepared by the Rising Safe Cafe. The fifth annual Sketch Show and Sale and the second annual Original Prints Show and Sale opened in August and close Sept. 25. On Sept. 13, join this year’s featured painter, Daniel Smith, for a glass of wine and a workshop from 5 to 7 p.m. Those with an eye for sculpture can join featured sculptor Bart Walter for a workshop and luncheon Sept. 15. Women will have the first opportunity to view and purchase the wearable art in the Jewelry and Artisan Show and Sale during a luncheon Sept. 14 at Hotel Terra in Teton Village. The show then runs Sept. 15 and 16 at the museum. Visit www.westernvisions.org for a full schedule of events.
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Intuition flies free Back to a more ‘impulsive style,’ Norgate gets Diehl spotlight.
By Dina Mishev
he show is called “Risk Everything,” but, by featuring the work of Sheila Norgate, whose last two solo shows here have sold out, it’s not a risk. It’s Diehl Gallery’s major Fall Arts Festival show. “Risk Everything” hangs Sept. 9 through Sept. 30. Norgate will attend the opening reception from 5 to 9 p.m. Sept. 9 during Palates & Palettes. As always with Diehl Gallery, a portion of the proceeds from the show will benefit a local nonprofit, the Jackson Hole Land Trust. Norgate, a native of Canada, fills her work with humor Richard Painter, known for charred wood panel works like “Sleeper,” makes his Western Visions debut this year. and motifs. To Diehl, she brings not only a completely new body of work but also a renaissance of her early, more intu- said. “It’s about giving up the bonds or constraints, or itive style of painting. whatever metaphor you want to use, and letting go.” “My work the past few years got more conceptual,” Before, instead of flying, she plotted. she said. “For much of it, I had an idea about what I On the evening of Sept. 14, Norgate’s solo exhibition was going to do. I don’t sketch, but I arrived at the will share the gallery with new works by the five Diehl canvas with a rough idea of what I wanted. That wasn’t artists asked to participate in the National Museum of the way I had started painting. In this new work, I’m Wildlife Art’s 2011 Western Visions Miniatures and More returning to my old style — impulShow and Sale. ––––––––––––––––––––– sive, intuitive, freer.” Diehl’s “Western Visions Celebration Diehl Gallery By following her intuition, Norgate Salon” will spotlight Simon Gudgeon, 155 W. Broadway relinquishes control of the final Richard Painter, Les Thomas, Susan composition. 733-0905 Goldsmith and collaborating artists “It’s riskier,” she said. “Sometimes I Anke Schofield and Luis Garcia-Nerey. DiehlGallery.com get started, and it looks like I don’t know This year marks the first Western ––––––––––––––––––––– what I’m doing, and then out comes Visions show for all except Gudgeon, something I had no idea was there.” who was the event’s featured sculptor last year. Norgate said she has gotten “fabulous feedback” from “All of a sudden, we went from having one artist, those who have seen the work. Simon, in Western Visions to having five,” gallery owner “I found out that some people, including some of Mariam Diehl said. my dealers, had been quietly hoping I’d return to this “Historically, the gallery has always had artists in the more impulsive style,” she said. show, but as we’ve become more contemporary and The works are still a mix of Norgate painting around have fewer artists doing wildlife work, we’ve had fewer images clipped from posters or books. Rather than ani- artists participating,” Diehl said. “So this is our return to Shelia Norgate “Dog Whispers” mixed media mals though, the “Risk Everything” paintings feature vin- the show, and I feel we’re returning full force with five tage circus-poster images of women flying through the air amazing artists.” “Even though we have a full show up for Sheila, we still attached by wires or ropes. To celebrate this feat, the gallery will host the wanted to recognize these five artists, so we’re having a “For me, it’s about flying rather than hanging,” she Celebration Salon from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 14. one-evening celebration,” Diehl said.
Detailed discoveries Photographer captures rare moments in nature near home and far away.
By Kevin Huelsmann
resh from a trip watching wildebeests migrate across Kenya, globe-trotting photographer Tom Mangelsen will have a chance to kick up his feet and simply hang out during Fall Arts Festival. He is expected to be in his downtown gallery, Mangelsen Images of Nature, 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 10. The annual gallery walk during Fall Arts Festival affords the prolific photographer some time to chat with area residents and visitors who are interested in his work. The night, and the opportunity to connect with viewers, is something Mangelsen enjoys and looks forward to, gallery director Dana Turner said. “It’s always a wonderful party,” Turner said. The gallery plans to display new photographs from Mangelsen’s recent excursions in Grand Teton National Park. Images of the Tetons’ beloved grizzly 399 and her cubs will grace the walls. In “The Queen’s Legacy,” the famous bear is sniffing the air, a gesture mimicked by her offspring as they trail their mother. Another new picture, “Eyes of the Grizzly,” shows Mangelsen’s attention to detail and ability to pick up every last one. The photograph is a tight closeup of a large blond grizzly. Viewers can delve deep into every detail: the bear’s penetrating eyes, the blade of grass in its
Tom Mangelsen captures grizzly 399 and her cubs in “The Queen’s Legacy.”
Mangelsen “Eyes of the Grizzly”
mouth, the twig stuck in its fur. ed in the valley, the gallery also has new Early one morning in the park, images from his native Nebraska. The phoMangelsen captured a stunning scene: a tographer regularly returns home, somegrizzly walking across times taking time to ––––––––––––––––––––– the shallows of the visit with noted anthroMangelsen Images of Snake River, shrouded in pologist Jane Goodall. Nature Gallery early morning mist, on On one recent 170 N. Cache St. the trail of an elk carcass trip, Mangelsen phoon the opposite bank. tographed sandhill 733-9752 Mangelsen will also cranes. The image, Mangelsen.com share “Teton Gold,” slated to be on display ––––––––––––––––––––– a new photograph of during Fall Arts, shows vivid yellow flowers set against a Tetons several cranes taking flight from a larger backdrop. group roosting on the Platte River. The Though much of his recent work is root- scene is cast in soft grays, the product of
a late-spring snowstorm. Scenes from Mangelsen’s trip to Kenya last year also are bound for the gallery’s walls. Mangelsen visited Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. One image from the trip shows wildebeests migrating south toward the Serengeti. An acacia tree looms in the foreground as the day’s last light casts rays of gold against an expansive blue sky. The new photographs will be on display alongside Mangelsen’s vast body of work at his multistory gallery one block north of Town Square.
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Self-taught genius Heather James introduces the oeuvre of Earl Cunningham. By Katy Niner
elf-taught modernist Earl Cunningham realized in his art an American Eden that evaded him in life. Born in 1893 near Boothbay Harbor, Maine, Cunningham left home at age 13 to become an itinerant peddler. He made his first $5 by selling a painting on scrap wood. As an artist-tinker, he adventured to new places, acquired new skills and met new friends like Captain Foster, skipper of J.P. Morgan’s yacht. Thus began his lifelong love of sailing. He worked as a seaman on large schooners carrying coal and cargo up the Eastern seaboard. Wanderlust would forever tinge his perspective on the world and his place in it. In 1949, Cunningham settled in St. Augustine, Fla., and founded Open Fork Gallery, a curio shop and art gallery. A curmudgeonly storekeeper, he kept his paintings in a locked back room opened only for a select few. With age, Cunningham grew distrustful and paranoid, which drove The bright colors, flattened perspective and water elements of “Six Indians in Three Canoes” is typical of Cunningham’s work. him deeper into his creative Eden. Transcending the inner turmoil of his life, he achieved museum. Although unable to realize this plan in his lifetime harmony and hope in his art. Art historian Robert Hobbs, he imagined them to be. Cunningham painted on Masonite, which lends a pol- — he committed suicide in 1977, at age 84 — his dream is who has written extensively on Cunningham, likens his practice to Tibetan monks’ mandalas, ritual creations ished sheen to his paintings. He then worked the surface, now a reality at the Mennello Museum of American Art in that, in the making, mediate between the conscious and scratching through paint to underscore forms, combing in Orlando, Fla. shapes, laying on impasto for bark, inviting places for the In 1969, Marilyn Mennello purchased a marine paintthe unconscious, the self and the greater whole. ing from Cunningham himself. After his death, she and her Cunningham expressed emotion through strong color underpainting to peak through. His saturated palette and paint- husband Michael, set out to find and collect as many of his and skewed scale. A natural colorist, he ––––––––––––––––––––– erly technique earned him the title of paintings as they could. They now hold the majority of his choose vivid hues, often using commer“American Fauve” and a connection to 405 known works, a selection of which Heather James Fine Heather James Fine Art cial house paints. Through his art, he French Fauvists like Matisse. His color Art is hosting. presented history anew, albeit nostalgi172 Center St. mastery also recalls the post-impresHeather James Fine Art curator Chip Tom considers cally. Norse explorers, Native Americans 200-6090 sionist style of Van Gogh, the French Cunningham’s work quintessentially American and likens and birds figure prominently in his HeatherJames.com symbolist movement of artists like his genius to that of France’s Henri Rousseau. paintings. The sea pervades, symbolic of ––––––––––––––––––––– Gauguin and the tonalists, Hobbs wrote. On Sept. 8, the Jackson gallery opens “Earl Cunningham: freedom, and its harbors suggest safety. In 1961, Cunningham sent a paint- American Fauve,” a gathering of 30 of his pieces. A portion His long-planned but never-acquired ing to Jacqueline Kennedy. It now hangs in the John F. of the proceeds from the show will benefit the Mennello houseboat appears often. Carefully composed, his coastal landscapes explore Kennedy Library and Museum in Boston. Cunningham Museum of American Art endowment. The show remains symmetry and achieve balance by flattening elements — took great pride in the fact that “The Everglades” lived in in Jackson through Oct. 29 and then travels to gallery owners James Carona and Heather Sacre’s other gallery in Palm clouds, houses, trees — into patterns. His dreamscapes the Kennedys’ collection. thus became predictable, unfolding as the inevitable reality Cunningham hoped to house his Edenic oeuvre in a Desert, Calif.
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Illuminating exhibit Art advisor finds living with a show all summer opens new windows on important works.
By Katy Niner
amille Obering has spent the summer living with the work of two leading contemporary artists — Dale Chihuly and Tara Donovan — in her west bank condo. She knows each piece intimately now: the luminosity of Donovan’s paper-plate orbs, the translucent depths of Chihuly’s glass vessels. In building the show “Organic Forms: Dale Chihuly and Tara Donovan,” Obering tied the two artists’ work by the thread of nature. Now, she sees their dynamic interaction with light as an extension of that organic connection. These are forms that respond to rays as a living organism might. On Sept. 15, Obering is hosting a reception for the show, starting at 6 p.m. For her address, contact her at 917-617-1207 or email@example.com. Otherwise, “Organic Forms” is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week by appointment. The domestic staging of the show harks back to a time before the proliferation of galleries, when artists would show their work in apartments as an alternative to a formal exhibition space, Obering said. Gertrude Stein famously turned her Parisian apartment into a salon for work by Picasso, Matisse and Cezanne — art no gallery would show. Seeing the seven sculptures in Obering’s home gives collectors a better sense of what a piece might look like in
Dale Chihuly “Liqueur Green Persian Set with Chinese Red Lip Wraps” glass
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Camille Obering is showing Dale Chihuly’s glasswork and Tara Donovan’s sculptures.
their own space, how the nestled folds contemporaries and future generations of of Chihuly’s “Liqueur Green Persian Set glass artists.” with Chinese Red Lip Wraps” interacts Chihuly allows hot glass to find its own with a bookshelf beside it. A less con- shape through gravity. Thus, his vessels trolled environment, the domestic stag- channel the grace of organic life. “Norse ing offers a fuller expeBlue Macchia with ––––––––––––––––––––– rience of the art. Cheer Yellow Lip Wrap” Camille Obering Art Both artists work unfolds as a sea creature Advisory to understand and or flower would. Open by appointment honor nature. The work in “Organic Chihuly, leader of Forms” fuse influences 917-617-1207 the glass arts movespanning Chihuly’s illCamilleObering.com ment, has been using ustrious oeuvre. The ––––––––––––––––––––– blown glass to explore geometric markings color and form since the 1960s. and vivacious colors of “Jungle Green Soft “He is a pioneer, breaking down bound- Cylinder with Sulfur Yellow Lip Wrap” and aries between what is considered craft “Pine Green Soft Cylinder with Deep Blue and fine art,” Obering said. Lip Wrap” reflect his enduring interest in “He has transcended those stereotypes the baskets of the Northwest Coast Indians. and been extremely influential for his Donovan, recipient of a 2008 MacArthur
“Genius” Grant, takes commonplace materials — plastic buttons, paper plates, tape, toothpicks, disposable cups — and puts them together “en masse,” Obering said. Transcending their original state, the sculptures evoke biomorphic forms. “Donovan’s sculptures seduce viewers to take a closer look,” Obering said, “only to surprise them at how the object has transcended its medium.” In “Bluffs,” thousands of plastic buttons, stacked atop each other echo stalagmites or mountain bluffs. Donovan works with a material for a certain period of time and, once satisfied with her exploration of it, never returns to that material again. “Bluffs” is one of her last button pieces. Donovan sees in a simple paper plate — with its scalloped edges — a whisper of movement that can be amplified when amassed. Her “Untitled (Paper Plates)” gracefully grows in ways suggesting globular crystalline, cellular growth, even coral reefs. Living with the paper plates, Obering has delighted in their surprising response to light. She expected the buttons to shimmer, but not the plates, as they do at sunset. Night too, finds them radiating.
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Art meets place Jackson embraces public art, welcomes three new installations.
ublic art is popping up all over Jackson. Rather than just playful decor, many of the public art projects are evidence that we are part of a larger national phenomenon called “creative placemaking.” Cities across the country are leveraging the arts to help shape and revitalize their characters. As National Endowment for the Arts chairman Rocco Landesman says, “Art works across America to help shape communities where residents want to live, work and play.” In Jackson, where “sense of place” is already a strong value, public art has been warmly received. The next six months will see the installation of three significant public art projects: the new Home Ranch building, the North Highway 89 underpass retaining walls and the bike racks at the National Museum of Wildlife Art. Not surprisingly, all
Ben Roth fashioned animal silhouette bike racks for the National Museum of Wildlife Art.
three incorporate images of wildlife, albeit in inventive ways. All three also support nonmotorized transportation, by bike or by foot. “Public art is important on so many levels,” said Jane Lavino, curator of education at the National Museum of Wildlife Art. “It can serve as a unifying force in a community, and it definitely energizes public spaces. In a space vibrant with public art, people stop, question, interact, converse and become generally more ‘present’ in that space instead of just walking through it.” Colorado-based sculptor Don Rambadt created a three-part design for the new
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North Highway 89 pathway underpass that gives cyclists and pedestrians safe passage beneath the busy road and leads them up to the wildlife museum’s new sculpture trail. The tunnel gateway provides what Jackson Hole Public Art Initiative Director Carrie Geraci calls “the ‘wow’ element.” The underpass wings will feature an Aspen grove made from mirror-polished stainless steel, a surface so smooth it will literally reflect the surrounding scenery of the National Elk Refuge. As viewers exit the tunnel on the museum side, they will be greeted by a string of ravens in playful chase along the long northwest retaining wall. Ultimately, when visitors leave the museum and descend toward the underpass, they will pass a wall that depicts six major plant communities found on the refuge. Rambadt finds public art allows viewers to interact with art on their own terms. “One could contemplate a particular piece every day if they chose to,” he said, “and each experience would be a little different, depending on the surrounding atmosphere and their own frame of mind. There’s no set times to view it, no admission to pay, and the viewer can get as close to the work as they care to without fear of setting off an alarm or raising an eyebrow.” Geraci said Rambadt’s thoughtfulness impressed the selection panel. He immediately recognized the raven as “an iconic creature in our community,” she said. Already at the museum are six new bike racks designed by Jackson artist Ben Roth. The metal racks take the shape of a fox, a raven and a black bear — silhouettes he sketched while perusing the museum’s collection. “For an artist to go sketch from the museum’s collection and then create art from art is very witty,” Geraci said. “I’m excited to see young people pull up to the racks on their bikes. It will be a memorable, whimsical experience.” Jackson artist John Frechette has been working closely with Carney, Logan and Burke Architects on the public art component of the Home Ranch public restroom facility under construction at the corner of North Cache Street and East Gill Avenue. Frechette is creating colorful DNA “maps” of a grizzly bear and a bison from fused glass bricks that will be built into a metal screen wrapping around the facade of the building. “I’m still in a state of awe about John Frechette’s walls,” Geraci said. “The goal was to identify the building as different, and it will be. The colored light filtering through the glass and touching people will be amazing.” A smaller public art project, The Poetry Box, has been quietly dispensing free poems by local and regional poets this summer. Also designed by Frechette, the box travels between various local venues. It’s been in residence at Teton County Library, the Center for the Arts and Valley Bookstore, and now it resides at Shades Cafe. Frechette feels public art enhances community. “It’s important that people see art in their everyday lives, not just confined to galleries,” he said. The Jackson Hole Public Art Initiative administered all of the aforementioned projects. Geraci believes public art is an essential tool in telling the evolving story of Jackson Hole. “Public art is part of designing civic spaces that are interesting and memorable and that build community and educate visitors about our core values,” she said.
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New kid on the block Western fixture explores contemporary art.
By Dina Mishev
bastion of Western art, West Lives On saw collectors’ growing interest in the contemporary work it showed. So, when space in the new Wort Plaza opened up, the gallery seized the opportunity to explore contemporary Western art. West Lives On Contemporary opened in early July. “Our collectors had been showing interest in the few contemporary artists we carried in West Lives On,” said Terry Ray, owner of both galleries. “When the space next door to West Lives On opened up, we thought we’d expand our contemporary offerings. West Lives On has always been pretty traditional.” West Lives on Contemporary is making the most of its first Fall Arts Festival. On Sept. 18, it’s hosting an open One of West Lives On Contemporary’s artists is Nancy Dunlop Cawdrey. This is “Snake River Lodge,” French dye on silk. house with new work by all its artists and brunch proSelf-taught, Hagan discovered painting after her son vided by The Wort Hotel. was born in 1987. Already, the gallery has a strong stable of artists, several “I was searching for an occupation that would allow of whom moved from the original gallery into the extension. me to stay at home and raise my child and still make “Nancy Cawdrey was one of our top sellers [at the original gallery],” Ray said. He expects her to be the same ends meet,” she wrote on her website. Hagan, too, uses vibrant colors in her paintings of wildat the new gallery. life, horses and landscapes. Sculptor Robert Ball also moved ––––––––––––––––––––– “My paintings come from my heart,” into the new gallery. His wildlife are West Lives On she wrote. “They are a contemporary whimsical rather than scientific. Contemporary expression of my subject matter, both “I believe animals are similar to 55 N. Glenwood St. through my choices of vibrant color people in that each is an individual 734-2888 in their appearance and behavior,” and textures that I use.” he wrote in his artist statement. “I Foster’s paintings are primitive yet WestLivesOn.com try to bring that out in my work by contemporary. She describes them as ––––––––––––––––––––– focusing on their body attitude and “purposely reckless.” facial expression.” “Too much attention to the realistic aspects of the subCawdrey’s subjects are wide-ranging — from chick- ject takes away the energy and charm of my style,” she ens to bison to bears — but her palette is focused on wrote in her artist statement. “[My] goal is to create pieces bright colors. that speak to the heart immediately.” Oftentimes, Foster’s work makes people smile. Most of “Nancy’s style, from her colors to her doing so much of her painting on silk, is totally unique,” Ray said. her animals have spiderlike legs stretching across the canvas and are colored in ways you’d never find in nature: a “People have tried to imitate her, but no one has.” Other West Lives On Contemporary artists include purple pony, a turquoise duck. You wouldn’t be surprised to find a painting of Foster’s next to “joyful” in the dictionary. Carol Hagan “Swallowtails War Pony” oil Carol Hagan and Jenny Foster.
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eparting from its wildlife and landscape norm, Jack Dennis’ Wyoming Gallery will feature a figurative painter as its artist-inresidence during Fall Arts Festival. Albin Veselka, 31, of Rexburg, Idaho, will greet visitors during Palates & Palettes on Sept. 9 and also do an afternoon demonstration Sept. 10. “He’s extremely talented,” gallery director Corinne Elliott said. “He’s young and going places.” Despite his current focus on the figure, Veselka’s work cannot be confined to a specific genre. Early on, he gained recognition for his impressionist landscape and wildlife paintings. Since then, however, he has transitioned to figurative and expressionist art. “Composition is really important to me,” he said, “and I can do that more freely with models. I enjoy people and the process of getting to know the person.” Veselka originally intended to become an architect until a college trip to the National Museum of Wildlife Art. Being in the presence of paintings by Carl Rungius, Bob Kuhn, Ken Carlson and Thomas Moran proved life changing. After his epiphany at Albin Veselka “New Heights” oil the museum, he started his formal art training at Brigham Young University, Idaho. he paints. Last year at Wyoming Gallery, he Since, he has participated in many painted on the deck and welcomed quesWestern art shows. His art is for sale at The tions from spectators. Hole in the Wall Gallery in Montana and “He’s a lot of fun to have in here,” The Mountain House Gallery in Idaho. Elliott said. “I see something beautiful in my subFor Palates & Palettes, Veselka will bring ject, and that’s why I landscape and figurative ––––––––––––––––––––– paint them,” he said in pieces, but he will focus Jack Dennis’ a statement. “I strive on the figure for his Wyoming Gallery to communicate that demonstration. beauty to my audience, “It’s a little unortho50 E. Broadway, upstairs and when I achieve that dox,” he said, “but it gives 733-7548 goal, it creates a type of more fulfillment and JDWyomingGallery.com me visual music that makes freedom of expression.” ––––––––––––––––––––– life good.” The breadth of his Veselka likes to work surrounded by peo- work suits the gallery, which also embraces ple. His studio is always open to the public, a wide variety of styles and subjects. and he invites people to come through as “If you love art, you love it all,” Elliott said.
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Western couture Fashion, furniture designers find inspiration at annual conference.
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rom the Rhinestone Rembrandt to the woman voted best country chic designer by the editors of Vogue and Elle, fashion artists find fulfilment at the Western Design Conference. The conference’s annual Fashion and Jewelry Show encourages artists to experiment and evolve, said Celeste Sotola, whose Montana Dreamwear line of wearable art won Best Fashion Collection and Best Art to Wear at last year’s conference. “It’s not a trade show,” Sotola said of the conference. “It’s not a show about what’s the newest thing in style, what’s the new color for the fall, what’s the hot new finish for furniture. It’s none of that. “It’s the West, but it’s living and it’s relevant and it’s vibrant and it’s juicy and it’s full of love,” she said. “The people that do this, they have love. It’s not manufactured in another country and then shipped back here. ... You can’t get that anywhere else.” Such is the ethos of the Western Design Conference, known as the world’s pre-eminent exhibition of Western furniture, fashion and accessories. The conference stokes Western creativity by showcasing one-of-a-kind, museum-quality, functional art by top designers, artists, artisans and architects. Founded 19 years ago in Cody, the conference moved to Jackson in 2007 with its acquisition by Powder Mountain Press LLC. This year’s conference, staged Sept. 8 through 11, features more than 100 exhibition venues at the Exhibit and Sale, $22,000 in awards, lectures on aesthetic topics, and a glamorous gala kick-off Fashion and Jewelry Show at the Center for the Arts. The Sept. 8 gala begins with the live model jewelry show and champagne reception at 6 p.m. Then, the conference debuts its new Winners Circle Art Auction to support its awards fund, event manager Allison Merritt said. Five of the conference’s previous award winners have donated new works for the auction. Items include a rifleman’s frock by Supaya Gray Wolfe, a small side table by Lester Santos, a necklace by Susan Adams, a miniature love seat for children by John Gallis, and a man’s and a woman’s hat by Sotola. Also at the gala, the conference announces its Design Excellence Awards. After the auction and awards, the fashion show begins with music by Santos, a woodworker, and metalworkers JT Craft and R.C. Merrill, performing together for the first time, Merritt said. Having participated in past fashion shows, Sotola finds the atmosphere nurtures creativity. “I’ve been to the conference three times,” she said. “Every year, my design expands by more than double from the year before, and it’s because there’s a feeling of being told you have permission to create, to come up with whatever you can think of.” Her modern interpretations of Western fashion draw from her background in French couture and her research of early American and Native American clothing. Montana Dreamwear was recently named
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Supaya Gray Wolf’s rifleman’s frock is one of the items in the Winners Circle Art Auction, to be held Sept. 8.
best country chic designer at the 2011 Dressed mastery. Yet, he won’t take credit as a pioneer. to Kilt fashion show in New York City. “I’m sure rhinestones have existed for years While Sotola is relatively new to the con- and years,” he said, “but if you want to talk ference, Nashville, Tenn., designer Manuel will about a person that went bananas with it, that be returning for the first time since it moved was me. You can blame me for that one.” from Cody. He looks forward to rejoining the He recognizes they aren’t for everyone. He talented pool of designers. prefers to limit the embellishments on his own “You see the talent that is going up, and clothing to embroidery, he said. And he never when you look at me — I’m going up,” the sep- put Johnny Cash in rhinestones. tuagenarian designer said, joking. “His character is so different,” he said. “His With clients such as Johnny Cash, Elvis, the charisma was amazing. His nose was enough. Lone Ranger, Madonna and Jack White, Manuel He didn’t need a rhinestone on top of his nose. is often called the Rhinestone Rembrandt. He was the man. The man in black. I just To the Western Design Conference, Manuel dressed him in black.” brings his United States He’s humble about his ––––––––––––––––––––– collection of red-whitehigh-profile clients. Western Design and-blue-studded jackets, “If you have a candy Conference a project he began in the story, you get to know all ––––––––––––––––––––– mid-1990s as an expression the kids in town,” he said. Fashion and Jewelry Show of gratitude for the opporWhile the celebrity of tunities he has enjoyed. some of his clients might 6 p.m. Sept. 8 To suss out each state’s pique the public’s interest, Center for the Arts character, Manuel traveled the majority of the people ––––––––––––––––––––– the country and talked he makes clothes for are Exhibit and Sale to people, learning what private individuals from they found most interest- 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 9-11 all different walks of life, ing about their states and he said, from ranchers to Snow King Pavilion whether any iconic landlawyers. ––––––––––––––––––––– marks or people should When he sets out to be included in the jackets, his daughter, Jesse- create custom pieces for clients, he studies Justin Cuevas, said. their characters and observes their tastes as Like most of his creations, each of the 50 they browse his shop in Tennessee, he said. bolero-style jackets is handmade. He set every Manuel fell in love with tailoring when rhinestone by hand and hand-stitched all of his brother challenged him to make a pair of the embroidery, Cuevas said. jeans when he was 7 years old. He arrived in The collection will emerge from storage Los Angeles, Calif., in the 1950s, working for for the first time in several years during the tailors and costumers, he said. He opened his Western Design Conference. Fifty models own shop in West Hollywood, and relocated wearing the 50 jackets and 50 pairs of boots to Nashville in 1989. created by Tres Outlaws Boot Co. will walk the “I’m so thankful, and I feel so privileged that runway during the Fashion and Jewelry Show. so many wonderful people come and shop Manuel’s jackets also will be on display dur- here,” he said of his store. ing the Exhibit and Sale, which runs from 10 For those keen to learn more about Manuel, a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 9 to 11, at the Snow King he will hold a question-and-answer session at Pavilion. Visitors to his booth — shared with 1 p.m. Sept. 10 at Snow King. On Sept. 8, this Tres Outlaws — will find two racks of clothes year’s Fall Arts Festival artist, Dwayne Harty, for men and women and a bevy of clutches, will present a lecture titled “Yellowstone to wallets and belts, all as glitzed up as his Yukon” at 2 p.m. clothes, Cuevas said. Admission to the Exhibit and Sale costs $15 As the Rhinestone Rembrandt moniker and offers entrance into the talks with Hardy suggests, Manuel is revered for his rhinestone and Manuel.
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Savory square Restaurants, chefs serve small plates at Taste of the Tetons. By Mark Wilcox
he old saying goes, “The quickest way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.” If that’s true, Taste of the Tetons should enfold the valley in love Sept. 11. With 25 local restaurants and caterers putting out tapas-like miniature meals, there is a lot to love for the 8,000 to 10,000 people expected to attend the event. From savory to sweet, the small plates represent the culinary best of Jackson Hole. Tickets cost $1 each. Each vendor sets the price for its plates, with most in the two- to three-ticket range. Attendees then craft their own culinary adventure by flitting from vendor to vendor or setting up camp at their favorite booths. People often spot a tidbit carried around by another attendee and get excited about it, asking where to find it. A festive feeding frenzy ensues.
––––––––––––––––––––– Taste of the Tetons 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 11 Town Square ––––––––––––––––––––– Maureen Murphy, events manager for the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce, said Taste of the Tetons fits in well with Fall Arts Festival because cuisine is a well-represented and -respected art form in the valley. “We have good representation from all our local fine restaurants,” she said. The Sunday event coincides with Takin’ it to the Streets, a street art fair of local wares. It also overlaps with the Jackson Hole Rotary Supper Club’s Wine Festival and Auction, which applies the same taste-ticket system. On top of everything else, Pickin’ in the Park stages live country and western music throughout the day, an Old West tip of the 10-gallon hat. It all combines to create an artful, joyful day. “There’s stuff going on everywhere,” Murphy said. And that’s just the way the vendors like it. Last year, Executive Chef Steven Murphy of Gamefish at Snake River Lodge prepared 1,200 2- to 3-ounce mint-pestorubbed lamb chops and still managed to go home without a doggy bag. “Didn’t have a one [left over],” he said. Though the chamber splits the revenue with the vendors, Murphy said he and the other chefs don’t do it for the money but rather, for the exposure. He said many of the 400 or so people he served last year visited him at Gamefish soon after the event. Taste of the Tetons stokes the culinary and community love.
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Eric and Kathy Johnson sample corn chowder from The Wort Hotel during a past Taste of the Tetons.
Restaurants, caterers in Taste of the Tetons Bistro Q Roadhouse Il Villagio Osteria Bistro Catering Cascade at Teton Mountain Lodge Million Dollar Steakhouse The Mural Room — Grand Teton Lodge Company e.leaven Food Company Gamefish at Snake River Lodge & Spa Snake River Grill The Garage The Wort Hotel Couloir Cafe Genevieve Jackson Hole High School Spring Creek Ranch Events & Catering Dining In Catering White Buffalo Club Teton Bean Espresso Catering Chippy’s Catering Alpenhof Bistro Westbank Grill at the Four Seasons Lotus Cafe Snow King Rustic Inn
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Local players to strum, sing for Teton tasters. By Brielle Schaeffer
hile the Jackson Hole Cowboy Jubilee takes a year hiatus, people can still enjoy music amid the creative fare of the Fall Arts Festival at the free Pickin’ in the Park concert Sept. 11 on Town Square. The event, dovetailing Taste of the Tetons, features western music and poetry performed by favorite Jackson acts. The live entertainment will complement the hustle and bustle of the culinary event. “I consider us the glue that just sort of holds it all together,” said Kathy McCann, Pickin’ in the Park organizer and performer. People will be able to sit and listen at bistro tables set up around the square while savoring the small plates prepared by area chefs. “It’s just a wonderful day,” McCann said. Teton talents like the Miller Sisters, Mike Hurwitz, Tom and Melissa Georges and Mike Calabrese are slated to perform. Davy Gravy and the Biscuit, McCann’s band with her husband, will also play, as will Hootenanny favorite John Sidle. “He’s one of these guys that has a repertoire that will go around the world a
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Cowboy Crooner Mike Hurwitz, of Alta, is one of a half dozen soloists and ensembles booked to pick and sing during Taste of the Tetons on Sept. 11 in Town Square.
few times,” McCann said. The event excites listeners and performers alike. With the good food and western music, “you can’t really go wrong,” said Karee Miller Jaeger who plays with her sister, Candice, as the Miller Sisters. Their dad is a fiddle player, so they
grew up listening to old folk tunes, bluegrass and western music. “We thoroughly enjoy playing that stuff and listening to it,” she said. On Sept. 11, the sisters will play such classics along with their twangy, rockabilly originals. To add to the entertaining mix, several
cowboy poets will share their verse about “life on the range,” McCann said. “They’re not singers, but they have an authenticity about it,” she said, “authenticity about the land and the ranching and the lifestyle.” Many of the acts participating in Pickin’ in the Park have played past Jackson Hole Cowboy Jubilees. Staged nine Fall Arts Festivals in a row, the jubilee is taking a year off for lack of funding. McCann, also a board member of the Cowboy Jubilee, said the event became cost prohibitive this year without donor support to help offset the high rental price of the Center Theater. “We would have to raise the ticket price to cover it, and then we would lose the locals,” McCann said. “How many of us working stiffs can afford that just for a night of entertainment?” Undaunted, she plans to return next year. “We feel if we save our money this year and not do the big concert, people will still donate to the Cowboy Jubilee through Old Bill’s [Fun Run], build it up and have a concert next year.”
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Jackson Hole artists are intrepid. Rain or shine, they’ll encircle the square in creativity. “Get your Christmas shopping done early,” Fradley said.
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he Art Association of Jackson Hole is on a mission with its Takin’ it to the Streets art fair: to spotlight local creativity. “The goal is to expose the community to a wide variety of art,” said Amy Fradley, the nonprofit’s art fair director. “I’m providing venues to those artists.” For the 12th annual Takin’ it to the Streets, 48 artists from the area were chosen to display their fine art and crafts from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 11 on Town Square. The outdoor event coincides with Taste of the Tetons, a pairing that invites people to sample local chefs’ culinary creations while browsing local artists’ for-sale creations.
––––––––––––––––––––– Takin’ it to the Streets 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 11 Town Square ––––––––––––––––––––– “It’s an interactive and social event,” Fradley said. “The whole concept is that everybody sort of knows each other.” Returning artist and jewelry designer Susan Fleming said Takin’ it to the Streets is one of her favorite shows. “It gives locals and tourists a chance to see what’s happening in the valley during a time that’s focused on the arts,” she said. “It’s pretty much a handmade show.” This year features fresh talent, like Ben LaBrecque, a glass artist from Victor, Idaho. Edward Edmiston, of Jackson, is bringing his hand-turned wooden bowls, and Jason Williams, also of Jackson, is sharing his photography. Another addition: the Art Association’s fiber demonstration booth. Familiar faces are also part of the mix, including Sarah Tams of Route 13 jewelry. Joyce Batson of The Mad Hatter and Carey Ininns both create hat collections. Lisa Bishop makes Western interior accents under her home-based label, Wyoming Buckshot. Also fixtures of the September art fair: Fred Kingwill and his watercolor paintings and the Teton MudPots ceramic artists. “The artists are really well-supported by the community,” Fradley said. “They’re very happy to be in the fair.” Some are working artists, while others explore art as a hobby. Fradley crossed her fingers that Mother Nature will cooperate this year (not so in years past, when it snowed). Regardless,
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Contemplating Wyeth Has time tempered the controversy of Andrew Wyeth and his perspective?
By Richard Anderson
o the 21st-century eyes taking in the works by Andrew Wyeth at the Art Association, it is difficult to comprehend how the painter could have been considered “controversial” in his day. What’s so controversial, after all, about rural landscapes, weather-beaten farm buildings or inscrutable Yankee faces? Many of the Pennsylvania-born artist’s subjects are so humbly aloof, they almost ask to be passed over. What arrests are the emotions roiling just beneath the surface and the classical sense of composition, perspective and light as refined as any Vermeer. But it was exactly that classical brand of realism that critics of the time reacted to. Since the turn of the 20th century, art had been responding to the rapid changes of the modern age — the mechanization of everyday life, the dehumanization of the individual, the escalating horrors of two world wars. The times demanded that serious artists plumb the darkest corners of the human condition and psyche, and to do so required that they break with long-held conceptions of representation and beauty.
––––––––––––––––––––– Art Association 240 S. Glenwood St. 733-6379 ArtAssociation.org ––––––––––––––––––––– By the time Wyeth was in ascendance — in the 1940s and into the ’60s — much of representational art was dismissed as “illustration,” and generally anything that smacked of tradition was derided as hackneyed, out of step with the reality of the times, decadent. In the age of Gorky, Pollack, Bacon, Rothko, De Kooning and their abstract expressionist ilk, a painter like Wyeth was an anachronism and had no place in the New York gallery scene. The writer Robert Hughes — who in the 1970s and ’80s enjoyed a high profile as art critic for Time magazine — rarely missed a chance to dump on Wyeth or on the hordes of “midcult” appreciators who worshipped Wyeth and his “dream of vanishing moral rectitude” over others Hughes deemed more deserving of adulation, most notably “the other Andy,” Warhol. (He may have softened in his criticism, according to Peter Marcelle, who with Jackson native Camille Obering, co-curated the Art Associaton’s Wyeth show, and who was able to convince Hughes to write the forward to the catalog of a larger Wyeth exhibit staged this fall in Palm Springs, Calif.) Michael Kimmelman, writing in The New York Times on the occasion of Wyeth’s death, at the age of 91, in January 2006, rehashed the squabble succinctly: “Because of his popularity, a bad sign to many art world insiders, Wyeth came to represent middle-class values and ideals that modernism claimed to reject, so that arguments about his work extended beyond painting to societal splits along class, geographical and educational lines. One art historian, in response to a 1977 survey in Art News magazine about the most underrated and overrated artists of the century, nominated Wyeth for both categories.” Jackson Hole — with its galleries full of regional, rep-
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Andrew Wyeth “Sundown” watercolor on paper
resentational art — might be exactly the mid-culture audience Hughes was so clearly frustrated with when it came to Wyeth’s popularity. It also seems like a great place to revisit the “controversy” through a small sample of works by Wyeth — with a few paintings by his father, N.C. Wyeth, and two by his son, Jamie Wyeth — which hangs through Sept. 30 at the ArtSpace Main Gallery in the Center for the Arts. As soon as they enter the gallery, Anyone slightly familiar with Andrew Wyeth will recognize his style in the all-subsuming nature, the sparse Yankee economy, the whistful solitude. Those elements are apparent even in his pencil sketches. But close inspection reveals surprises. The first shock is how loose and free Wyeth could be, at least when it came to watercolor. Consider “Fording Place,” a farm across a stream, slightly obscured by branches in the foreground,
“Big Mac,” a busy work of an apple in the crook of a tree, or “Betsy,” which sneaks up on a woman sitting alone on a bench swing. In all of these paintings, the abstract strokes and speckles and lines resolve into a clear and fully composed image in a way that is nothing less than magical. And the power and expression of many of those strokes and speckles and lines is undeniable. Abstraction. Expressionism. Probably, Wyeth was better tuned to the artistic vibes of his time than some give him credit. What’s more, he seemed to get more in tune as the years passed. “Marshall Point Light,” from 1946, a Maine lighthouse on a craggy shore with winds crashing and wind gusting, is a pretty conventional painting. And “Dogwood at Valley Forge,” completed in 1941, is, frankly, fussy and hollow. But the watercolors from the 1960s on have wildness in them, even madness. Marcelle described how Wyeth would wander the woods of Chadds Ford, Pa., or the heath of Cushing, Maine, stalking the sublime, dowsing for some Thoreauvian truth, lost in his own visions of the world. Then, chancing upon something that resonated with him, he’d rush to commit it to paper in a frenzy of creation. These watercolors — “Fording Place,” especially — exemplify what the artist is all about, Marcelle said: design and abstraction, spontaneity and refined composition. “It’s not about subject,” he said, “it’s about emotion.” With just 21 images to take in and ponder, the Art Association manages to pique interest, whet appetites and suggest how much more of Wyeth’s world there is to explore. It’s an appropriately grand and ambitious show for the nonprofit to present during Fall Arts Festival, and it should attract a crowd for the Sept. 9 Palates & Palettes Gallery Walk. But be sure to go back for more after the mobs have gone away and spend some time with this small sampling from America’s most overrated and most underrated artist.
A line runs through it Two distinct Wyoming artists share space in Theater Gallery.
abstracted birds she loves to spot in nature: stellar jays, goldfinches, ravens, red-tailed hawks. Each sculpture, impressionistic in style, feels theatrical. One sculpture gestures as if lifted by a spring breeze. Working closely with a foundry in By Katy Niner Bozeman, Mont., she developed an adapine links the drawings of David tation of the lost-wax casting process that manages to preserve the Klaren and the knotted intricacies of the ––––––––––––––––––––– sculptures of wood armatures. Art Association Amy Unfried, After a career in distinct bodies of work Theater Gallery finance and economthat currently share Center for the Arts ics, Unfried set out to the Art Association’s ArtAssociation.org find a new vocation. An Theater Gallery at the aptitude test told her ––––––––––––––––––––– Center for the Arts. she must do something “Orchestrated Line,” up since August, closes Sept. 12. The Art in three dimensions, which sparked experiAssociation is hosting a reception for the ments that ultimately led her to sculpture. She spent several years studying sculpshow during Palates & Palettes on Sept. 9. Amy Bright Unfried, of Wilson, sculpts ture at State University of New York, bronze trees formed from sticks and Purchase, and several more at the National branches she finds on walks, topped with See LINE RUNS THROUGH IT on 15F
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ave you ever tasted a Meritage? If not, youâ€™re in luck. The blend of red grapes grown on U.S. soil is one type of wine that will be served in a large white tent Sept. 11 on Town Square. The Jackson Hole Rotary Supper Clubâ€™s 7th annual Wine Tasting and Auction is set for noon until 5 p.m. A commemorative tasting glass will cost $5, and tasting tickets cost $1 each. Those 21 and older can spend all afternoon sampling and selecting favorites from dozens of bottles. Local and regional wine purveyors will offer tastes of everything from Beaujolais to Zinfandel. â€œWhen we first partnered with the chamber six years ago,â€? Patty McDonald, Supper Club president, said, â€œwe thought it would be great fun to have a fundraiser during Fall Arts Festival. Little did we know weâ€™d be establishing a signature event that would continue to grow in popularity each year.â€? The event is held the same Sunday as Taste of the Tetons, so folks can wander from the wine tent to find gourmet food pairings, or shop for locally made items at the 12th annual Takinâ€™ It to the Streets art fair, juried by the Art Association. Tasting is just part of the experience at the event, said co-organizer Sandra DartusHorwitz. There also will be the opportunity to bid on unique excursions, collectibles, services, meals and more. Featured items will include a winter weekend stay for two at Triangle X, a set of Swarovski silver and diamond earrings and bracelet, a week in New Orleans at Hotel de la Monnaie, golf and snowmobile outings, dinners, fine art and photography. The wine tasting and auction are the Rotary Supper Clubâ€™s major fundraiser of
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Sample from dozens of wines at the Rotary Supper Clubâ€™s wine tasting and Auction.
the year, providing funds to help rebuild the elk antler arches on the Town Square and supporting the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerceâ€™s year-round marketing efforts. Proceeds also go back to the community to fund reading and literacy programs, the new Jackson Hole Childrenâ€™s Museum, Jackson Hole High School Interact Clubâ€™s international service project, and an international student exchange. It also allows the club to assist with Rotaryâ€™s continuing work to eradicate polio worldwide and to support the locally run Trailblazer Foundation, a nonprofit that builds wells, schools and irrigation systems in rural Cambodia. The wine tasting has served as a springboard for the Supper Clubâ€™s other ventures, such as WinterFest, McDonald said, which the club initiated in February, â€œan event that has great potential to stimulate winter tourism.â€?
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Real ranches Tours open window on working the land. By Brielle Schaeffer
t the heart of Jackson Hole’s history are the ranches and ranchers that wrangled the wild land. While operations have evolved with technology, cattle farms still play an important role in the vitality of the valley. The Sept. 10 tours of the Walton and Snake River ranches provide a glimpse into two of the area’s notable ranches, their histories and how they are maintained today. “It’s a behind-the-scenes opportunity to talk to people who operate ranches in Jackson Hole,” said Barbara Hauge of Snake River Ranch, established in 1929 by Stanley B. Resor, her grandfather. This year, for the first time, the tours start at the Walton Ranch near Wilson. TRAVIS J. GARNER / News&Guide file photo Never before have people been able to roam Lance Johnsen, Snake River Ranch manager, leads a past tour, explains the shipping process. that property, Hauge said. The Snake River Ranch tour will include stories about the days before electricity but feast at Snake River Ranch, with cocktails and live tunes by Jackson Hole Cowboy also will offer a look at modern ranching. “We’ll talk about innovations just in the Jubilee musicians. The Jackson Hole Cowbelles, a group of cattle women from last recent years,” Hauge said. Snake River Ranch is a yearling the area, will serve a beef dinner. For Hauge, being a steward of ranchoperation. The beef raised there is alling and its history is natural, with no hor––––––––––––––––––––– significant. mones and antibiotics, “The public likes the Historic Ranch Tours ranch manager Lance landscape, the animals Johnsen said. The 3 p.m. Sept. 10 need the open landranch also is certified ––––––––––––––––––––– scape, and the cattle are for its humane treatment of animals. uniquely suited to har“They have a good life,” he said of the vesting the grass themselves and offering cows. the public something it wants,” she said. Tour participants will see some of the Tour tickets cost $50 and are available at thousands of cows raised on the ranch and the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce in moved by real cowboys, Johnsen said. All of advance. the cattle moving is still done by horseback. Two buses will leave the Home Ranch PRICE CHAMBERS / NEWS&GUIDE File PHOTO Branding is still a part of cattle ranching. The tours will be followed by an outdoor parking lot at 3 p.m. Sept. 10.
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Auction ascent Rising Western art auction poised to top itself. By Dina Mishev
aryvonne Leshe says this year’s Jackson Hole Art Auction is shaping up to be the best one yet. “I say it every year, but this year I really mean it,” she said. The fifth annual Jackson Hole Art Auction — presented by Trailside Galleries of Jackson and Scottsdale, Ariz., and Gerald Peters Gallery of Santa Fe, N.M. — starts at 1 p.m., Sept. 17 at the Center for the Arts. The auction’s 249 lots can be previewed at the center the day before and the morning of the auction. The preview is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 16 and from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 17. “This year, we have a much greater number of important paintings by deceased masters,” said Leshe, managing partner of Trailside and the auction. Many of the lots represent “Going on a Visit,” an oil on board by R. Brownell McGrew (1916-1944), is expected to sell for between $250,000 and $350,000 at auction. the very best of artists’ work. “We have work by many of artists are expected to be the top the same artists as we have and people get tired.” There is little fear the auction sellers. “Marie Dorion — Winter had in the past, but the quality of each piece we have is very will drag this year, not with lots Refuge,” a 40-by-30-inch oil by exceptional,” auction coordina- like the 40 pieces from the estate John Clymer, is estimated to sell for of Emily Frew Oliver, including between $200,000 and $300,000. tor Lucy Grogan said. Since its founding in 2007, the sculptures, drawings, watercolors, Maynard Dixon’s “Cowpuncher” and Frederic Remington’s bronze Jackson Hole Art Auction has etchings and oil paintings. The Frew family owned the “Bronco Buster” are expected to been a success. In its first year, it surpassed expectations with 4 Lazy F Ranch in Moose from sell for $400,000 to $600,000 each. total sales of $8.4 million and 1927 until it was transferred to The auction isn’t all sky-high a standing-room-only crowd. the National Park Service in 2006. prices, though. Every year since has been similar. Frew married Henry Oliver and “A handful of pieces, including “While we’re still a young began operating the 4 Lazy F as a some from the Oliver Estate, will dude ranch in be sold without a reserve,” Grogan auction, we ––––––––––––––––––––– the 1950s. have estabsaid. “Those instances are really Jackson Hole Art Auction O l i v e r exciting and often allow new collished our 1 p.m. Sept. 17 was known lectors to start their collections event as one of the most Center for the Arts as a discern- and get their hands on pieces they important in JacksonHoleArtAuction.com ing collector. otherwise wouldn’t be able to.” the country, In Pittsburgh, Also exciting this year is the ––––––––––––––––––––– particularly in where she number of works on the marits offerings of contemporary also lived, she was president and ket for the first time. Brownell and historic Western art, as well founding member of the Women’s McGrew’s “Going on a Visit” was as wildlife,” Leshe said. Committee of the Carnegie purchased directly from the artist Grogan said Jackson’s auction Museum. Artists represented in over 50 years ago and has been in is smaller than the Coeur d’Alene her estate’s auction lots include the same family ever since. It will Art Auction, which takes place in Taos painters like Olaf Seltzer and be up for auction this year. Reno, Nev., and is the country’s Edward Borein and Montana icon In years past, the auction has largest Western fine art auction. Charles M. Russell. welcomed in-person and tele“But at this point, that’s our Major pieces outside the Oliver phone bids. New this year is the choice,” she said. “We have the Estate include works by living opportunity to watch and particiopportunity to get bigger, but artists William Acheff, Clyde pate online through Artfact.com. we like the size we’re at now. It’s Aspevig, Ken Carlson, Martin Even with the online option, howGrelle, G. Harvey, Kenneth Riley, ever, Grogan expects several hunaccessible and fun. “Our goal is to keep the actual Mian Situ, Howard Terpning, dred bidders to attend the auction. auction under four hours,” Grogan Morgan Weistling and Z.S. Liang. Auction organizers ask that said. “Otherwise, it starts to drag, However, works by deceased bidders register in advance. John Clymer (1907-1989) “Marie Dorion — Winter Refuge 1814” oil on board
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Stacia Hardy plays Milly, left, the lead bride in Jackson Hole Playhouse’s production of the romantic Western musical comedy “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.”
Playful festival Mystery, romance take to valley stages.
By Kelsey Dayton
olve a caper and find romance, all while staying seated. Two productions — a dessert theater show and a classic rowdy Western musical — are on town stages during Fall Arts Festival. Different themes and styles means there’s a show for everyone.
Murder Rides Again
Jackson Community Theater invites audiences to help catch the killer between bites of peach cobbler during its production of “Murder Rides Again” at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 7 to Sept. 9 at the Elks Lodge, 270 W. Broadway. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $10 for kids. The play, about 90-minutes long, appeals to all ages. “It’s funny, it’s silly, it’s slapstick,” said Jill Callaway of Jackson Community Theater. The show, a takeoff on the old “Gunsmoke” series, travels back to Wild West, when cattle ranchers and sheepherders feuded. A gunslinger arrives in town and starts shooting all things sheep-related. The marshal steps in, someone dies and another arrives to avenge the death. Who did it? That’s for you to find out. The saloon-set story stars a deputy, a
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schoolmarm, a gambler and other Western types. The cast invites audience members to offer their theories on who committed the murder. The soundtrack features music from popular TV Westerns like “Rawhide” and “Bonanza,” and it all takes place over dessert, which is included in the ticket price. “It’s wacky,” Callaway said. “It’s the Old West, and that’s what people come here to see.” Tickets are available at Valley Bookstore or at the door.
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This Broadway take on the ancient Roman tale the rape of the Sabine women has become the signature show of the Jackson Hole Playhouse. The historic theater first brought it to life in 1984 and has since reprised it multiple times. The story tells of grizzled woodsman Adam and his bride, Milly, who arrives at her new rustic home to find Adam’s six unruly brothers. At a dance, the brothers decide they, too, want to marry and abscond with townswomen. Appalled by their lawlessness, Milly detains the brothers in the shed while she and the young women wait in the cabin until the snow melts and a preacher can come and legitimize the marriages. The musical features rowdy dance numbers and lively Western brawls, but most important are the seven romances and the happy ending. The show takes place in the historic playhouse at 145 W. Deloney Ave. Audiences can enjoy dinner before the show in the adjoining Saddle Rock Saloon, where the cast doubles as servers and entertainers. The show begins at 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays through Oct. 1. Tickets range from $19 to $52, depending on age and if dinner is included. Tickets are available at the theater or at www.jhplayhouse.com.
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Nature as artist Treasures abound at By Nature Gallery. By Sarah Reese
alking into By Nature Gallery feels like entering a paleontology museum. The difference: Nothing is a cast and everything is for sale, gallery director Doug Bradstreet said. “Most museums show casts,” Bradstreet said. “We show originals.” Ever notice the dark lighting in museums? he asked. Most people don’t know they’re looking at a cast, which, in the case of a Tyrannosaurus rex, can cost millions of dollars less than an original. Inside the brightly lit By Nature Gallery, Bradstreet will answer questions about the fossils, minerals, meteorites and other treasures on display during Fall Arts Festival. “We hand-pick every single item, even in our kids area,” said Bradstreet, who has a master’s degree in gemology and has been collecting fossils for 30 years. Picking up a 1-inch ammonite, an extinct sea creature with a spiral shell, Bradstreet said he might sort through Plant fossils 10,000 fossils to find 400 or 500 for the gallery. He does this because he wants In another slab of limestone, fossils to make sure every item By Nature sells of mioplosus, diplomyst, knightia and is the best, he said. priscacava create a fish mural. Every specimen in a display of hand“This was a very tropical area,” picked megalodon Bradstreet said of ––––––––––––––––––––– teeth features intact Wyoming. “This is By Nature Gallery enamel, serration, where salt water met 86 E. Broadway roots and gumlines fresh water, and it front and back. The 200-6060 created a very unique megalodon, an extinct environment for these ByNatureGallery.com shark that lived from fish.” ––––––––––––––––––––– 28 million to 1.5 milOne of the store’s lion years ago, was the largest to ever most popular attractions is a geode swim the seas. splitter, a curious machine built by a Megalodons had five rows of teeth valley blacksmith. For $20 to $40, custhat ranged from 1 to 9 inches in size, tomers can buy a geode and turn the Bradstreet said. steering wheel to Bradstreet’s old 1977 The mineral vivianite created a blu- Corvette to put pressure on the rock ish-green hue on the fossilized teeth until it breaks into two halves. featured at By Nature, Bradstreet said. “There’s always a treasure inside,” “This is about as good as they come,” Bradstreet said. “You never know he said. “And it’s all natural. All we’ve what’s going to be there.” done is clean them.” From a $3 ammonite to a $400,000 The same goes for all the other items dinosaur skull, there’s something for in the store. everyone at By Nature Gallery, he said. During the festival and throughout Massive tables made from petrified the year, the gallery highlights fossils wood and crystals that weigh several that come from regional sources, he hundred pounds catch the eye, but said. the store also carries boxes made by A palm fossil and several fish murals Indiana artist Stephen Rapp, jewelry, from a quarry near Kemmerer might leaf art, bookends, paperweights, cryssell before the festival, he said, but he tal sculptures, stone carvings and highhopes to procure more. end minerals. Embedded in an 8-by-4-foot block of A wide selection of minerals and limestone, the palm lived 55 million to other items in the kids section is a 50 million years ago, Bradstreet said. must-see for budding geologists.
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“I enjoy exploring the tenuous balance between locking the image in a surface of heavily worked graphite or ink and its disintegration toward the edges of the paper or vellum,” Klaren wrote in his artist statement. By creating white silhouettes against black backgrounds, Klaren inverts perspective and subverts the images’ familiarity. Through this visual subversion, he comments on politics and history, as in “Cathedral” the silhouetted ruins of the World Trade Center. Klaren studied at Sheridan College and Montana State University and earned his from Master of Fine Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University. After co-owning a gallery in Delray Beach, Fla., he moved back to Pinedale in 1995.
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Fresh and fabled RARE welcomes work by promising young painter, also hosts show of modern masters.
By Brielle Schaeffer
juxtaposition of modern masterworks with paintings by an emerging Russian artist makes for a fascinating Fall Arts Festival at RARE Gallery. In collaboration with Rick Armstrong of RARE, Alexander Fedorov, 21, of Lesnoy, Russia, began painting watercolors of old buildings around Jackson. “I liked him and his passion for painting,” Armstrong said. “I felt like I wanted to do something to expose his work.” Fedorov’s vivid, realistic style seemed suited to a documentary series. And his academic interest in architecture — his focus of study at Ural State Academy of Visual Art and Architecture in Russia — made him uniquely suited to documentRussian painter Alexander Fedorov depicts Jackson landmarks, as in “Teton Theatre.” ing standout structures. “The whole idea behind this show is can’t be more pleased.” Other times, he bypasses pencil altogethdisappearing iconic images of Jackson Fedorov came to Jackson last summer er and goes straight to paintbrush. Hole and Wyoming,” Armstrong said. “As “It’s more interesting to paint without as a seasonal worker, time passes, there’s a washing dishes at pencil,” he said. ––––––––––––––––––––– chance [these buildFor RARE, he has made 18 paintings. Dornan’s. He fell in love RARE Gallery ings] won’t be there Armstrong expects most of the work to with the area. 60 E. Broadway anymore.” “We don’t have the sell before the show opens. 733-8726 Sites like the Million “I may end up with all those because I buildings and signs as Dollar Cowboy Bar, the RareGalleryJacksonHole.com pretty as here,” he said like them so much,” he said. Ranch Inn and the sadArmstrong believes Fedorov’s art ––––––––––––––––––––– of his native Russia. dlery are all immortalFedorov painted on career will take off in the coming years. ized in Fedorov’s highly detailed pieces. location, often sitting outside each edi- He has enough talent to become part of A perfect bluebird sky serves as a fice for hours studying the structures art history, Armstrong said. backdrop for each building. and translating them to paper. “I think this is going to be a long, Sometimes he starts by sketching. long story,” he said about Fedorov. “This “They’re beautiful,” Armstrong said. “I
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is just the start. ... It’s beautiful to see him at this age at the level he’s already painting.” As a counterpoint to Fedorov, RARE also will host a masters show of bluechip art by Picasso, Renoir, Rembrandt and Monet, among others. “I’m really trying to offer diversity that no one else has,” Armstrong said. “There will be pieces available that aren’t in any other parts of the world.” The show features seven works by Picasso — including original etchings, lithographs, color crayon drawings and mixed-media works — as well as pop art by Andy Warhol and a 1656 etching by Rembrandt. “Crazy, right?” Armstrong said. “They’re what I think will be museum pieces 100 years from now.”
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Duke Beardlsey, James Pringle Cook, Glenn Dean, John Felsing, R. Tom Gilleon, Logan Maxwell Hagege, Rocky Hawkins, Donna HowellSickles, Andrée Hudson, Steve Kestrel, Ted Knight, 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., firstname.lastname@example.org, 307-739-4700.
2 Art Advisor Recognized, independent art advisor, Robert Moeller, advises both beginning and experienced collectors in every aspect of the formation and maintenance or disposition of their art collections. Conducts all matters of research and connoisseurship, and oversees the acquisition, conservation, insurance, installation, valuation and sales of works of art. P.O. Box 4399, Jackson, WY 83001, 307-733-9143, 917-992-5839, email@example.com., www.theartadvisor.com.
3 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
4 ArtEffects / Heriz Rugs Extraordinary selection of fine, tribal, nomadic, western, silk/wool blends and antique rugs in the intermountain region. Beautiful exotic furniture selection. Our rugs are handmade by master weavers with natural dyes and one-of-a-kind pieces. We buy, sell, trade, clean & repair. Plenty of parking available. Complimentary shipping within the continental U.S. 120 W. Pearl St. 307-733-3388.
5 Astoria Fine Art Astoria Fine Art was created around three principles: Quality, Variety, and Service. Astoria showcases work by today’s top artists and tomorrow’s rising stars working in all genres. Astoria also offers consulting services to help you find that rare or special piece. For something new, something exciting, something better... Come to Astoria. 35 E. Deloney Ave. 307-733-4016. www.astoriafineart.com.
6 Asymbol Gallery (asymbolgallery.com) is an online gallery conceptualized by pro snowboarder Travis Rice and artist Mike Parillo. The asymbol gallery features a collection of iconic photographs and art pieces from the snow, surf and skate worlds. Each image is offered in a limited-edition run of archival-quality, signed and numbered prints exclusively worldwide through asymbolgallery.com. Most of Asymbol’s gallery pieces are on display at the Asymbol Imaging print shoppe, located in unit 514 behind Enclosure rock gym on Deer Drive, open Mon-Fri 10am-6pm!
7 Boyer’s Indian Arts Since 1962 Boyer’s has been supplying the discriminating buyer with quality Indian arts and crafts. We have an extensive collection of Navajo, Hopi and Zuni jewelry representing high quality craftsmanship and materials. You will also find very fine selections of Navajo sand paintings, Acoma and Santa Clara pottery from the Southwest, Hopi Kachinas and hand-woven Navajo rugs. Member of Indian Arts and Crafts Association. 30 W. Broadway. 307-733-3773.
8 By Nature Gallery Specializing in the finest quality fossil, mineral and meteorite specimens from around the world. We offer fossils from local Kemmerer as well as the very rare Tyrannosaurus Bataar from Mongolia 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.
9 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. 303-732-3988. www.brookovergallery.com.
10 Cayuse Western Americana Specializing in high quality cowboy and Indian antiques. Great selection of chaps, spurs, beadwork, textiles, and antique and new hitched
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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. 307-739-1940.
11 Christensen Studio Scott Christensen is a gifted painter with the curiosity of a scholar and an uncommon past. Raised in Wyoming, he was exposed to the great outdoors at a young age. After a football injury left him unable to compete and recalling his love of the outdoors; he then made the unlikely career choice to become a landscape painter. 208-787-5851 www.christensenstudio.com
12 Cowboy Artists of America /Phoenix Art Museum Mark your calendar for the 46th annual sale and exhibition at the Phoenix Art Museum October 21, 2011. The art event is the premier Western American art sale and exhibition in the country. See nearly 100 never-before-seen paintings, drawings and sculptures. Sale is a ticketed event. Call 602-252-8382, or visit www.thewestselect.com.
13 Crazy Horse Indian Jewelry Established in 1978. A magnificent selection of authentic Southwestern Indian jewelry. Additionally offering fetishes, rugs, baskets, pawn jewelry, and beadwork. Experienced and knowledgeable service. Open daily 10am - 6pm in Gaslight Alley, next to Valley Bookstore. 307-733-4028.
14 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.
15 Davies Reid 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.
16 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 on-site consultation. 155 W. Broadway Avenue. 307-733-0905. www.diehlgallery.com.
17 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 9:006:00, Sun by appointment only. 307-733-2669. www.fightingbear.com.
18 Galleries West Fine Art The home of resident sculptor R. Scott Nickell, Galleries West Fine Art offers fine representational works of art communicating unique views of the West and the broader American experience, including landscape, wildlife, Native American, and historical genres. The gallery represents established and nationally recognized artists along with carefully selected up-and-coming talent, info@gallerieswestjacksonhole. com www.gallerieswestjacksonhole.com, the gallery is open late during the summer. 70 S Glenwood St. 307-733-4412.
19 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, Guadalupe Barajas, DeMott, Rickards, Cooke, Lucas, Keimig, Middlekauff, and Penk. Located one block west of the town square, diagonally across 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
20 Heather James Fine Art Heather James Fine Art offers a rare look into art history’s past and present. Focusing on a wide breadth of genres, including cultural art and antiquities, Impressionist and Modern, Post-War and Contemporary, American and Latin American Masters, Old Masters, cutting-edge Contemporary and Photography. The gallery showcases blue chip and cutting-edge contemporary art, while still maintaining a respect for the integrity of antiquity and classical masterpieces. Heather James Fine Art, 172 Center St, 307-200-6090, www.heatherjames.com
21 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 MonSat, Sunday by appointment. View our work in town at Lila Lou’s corner of Glenwood & Pearl. 307-733-2593. www.joannehennes.com.
22 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.
23 Ingrid Weber Studio Ingrid has been creating custom jewelry since 1986. Specializing in reworking bead jewelry, creating new designs, and jewelry repair. Ingrid’s jewelry is featured in Jackson at Amangani, Thoenig’s Fine Jewelry and The Pendleton Shop; and in Driggs at Guchie Birds. Classes available. Please call Ingrid for an appointment. 307-733-0761.
24 Jackson Hole Art Auction Trailside Galleries and Gerald Peters Gallery will present the fifth annual Jackson Hole Art Auction in Jackson, Wyoming on Saturday, September 17, 2011. The much anticipated event 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. A portion of the proceeds from the auction will benefit the Center for the Arts. 130 East Broadway – 866-549-9278 – www.jacksonholeartauction.com
25 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
26 Jackson Hole Historical Society & Museum Explore the history museum’s inaugural exhibition, “Playing Hard: Labor and Leisure in Jackson Hole”. The museum captures the spirit of the early days of Jackson Hole, Teton and Yellowstone regions. The new exhibits highlight how yester years’ necessary activities have evolved into today’s recreation. 225 North Cache, 307-733-2414.
27 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 Killims, 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, Sun 11-4. One block off the Town Square. 140 E. Broadway. 307-739-8984.
28 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, 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.
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32 Mortensen Studios Local Jackson artist, John Mortensen, creates beautiful bronze sculpture and fine Western furnishings.Visit the studio and sculpture garden along Fish Creek. 5525 W. Main St. Wilson. 307-733-1519. www.mortensenstudios.com.
33 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.
34 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.
35 Raindance Gallery A specialty fine art gallery that features wildlife, landscape western and bronze art, created by world renowned artists. Featuring a variety of artists in each genre, including the Latham family, Scott Lennard and the Teton and Jackson Hole paintings of local artist, Dave NcNally. We also carry fine handcrafted Native American jewelry. 165 North Center Street. 307-732-2222.
36 Raindance Indian Arts Owner Terry Kennedy, a Wyoming native, has been in this same location for 31 years. Raindance specializes in fine Native American art, including jewelry, pottery, rugs, kachinas, and the largest selection of fetishes in the intermountain west. Fine handcrafted art from the Zuni, Navajo, Hopi, Santa Clara, Jemez, and Acoma pueblos is featured in our store. 105 East Broadway. 307-733-1081.
37 Rare Gallery Focused on bringing world renowned diversity in art to Jackson through paintings, sculptures, photography, multi medium, and designer jewelry, RARE Gallery is the place to satiate your thirst for the finest things in life. You will find the most prolific contemporary artists of the “New West” and important artists of 20th and 21st century alongside highly awarded jewelry designers. Experience a taste of what is cutting edge in the art market today! 60 E. Broadway 2nd floor - next to Snake River Grill, 307-733-8726. raregalleryjacksonhole.com
38 Richter Fine Art Photography Redefining Photography as Art! Acclaimed landscape photographer John Richter showcases a collection of large format images so colorful and vivid, one must experience them first hand. Using only the finest archival materials, even the discerning collector will enjoy theses photographs for a lifetime. Experience for yourself at 30 King St. Jackson WY. 307-733-8880 or online at www.johnrichterphoto.com
39 Robert Dean Collection For 27 years in Jackson having the highest quality of authentic American Indian jewelry. Representing renowned award-winning artists Cody Sanderson (2008 Grand Prize Winner of the Heard Museum Show), Ric Charlie (2007 Grand Prize Winner of Santa Fe
41 Shadow Mountain Gallery Since 1988, offering quality collectible art for the discerning client. Emerging and established artists both locally and nationally known who paint, sculpt, and make prints from realism to impressionism in landscapes, wildlife, Western and Indian art. We serve clients worldwide. Located below A Touch of Class, 10 W. Broadway at the Square. 307-733-3162. 800-726-1803. www.topgifts.com
42 Tayloe Piggott Gallery Specializing in contemporary painting, photography, sculpture and limited edition prints. We also showcase hand-blown 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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For 35 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
46 Vertical Peaks Fine Art This exceptional new gallery is pleased to present contemporary art and sculpture created by an exciting array of nationally and internationally recognized artists, as well as rising artists. We specialize in Western landscapes, wildlife, bronze, American impressionism and modernism, all in a variety of media. 165 North Center Street 307-733-7744.
47 West Lives on Gallery 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
48 Wild Hands Considered one of Jackson’s most unique galleries, Wild Hands is off the beaten track, but definitely worth the short stroll. Featuring an eclectic selection of fine art and hand-crafted furniture, the gallery also has an extensive collection of pottery, jewelry, blown glass and wrought iron accessories for the home. Whether decorating a new home or remodeling an older treasure, Wild Hands is worth a look-see. Located 3 blocks off the Town Square at 265 W. Pearl. Open every day. 307-733-4619. www.wildhands.com.
49 Wilcox Gallery & Wilcox II Jackson’s largest, now in its 41st year. Featuring original paintings, prints, sculpture, fine crafted wood, jewelry and pottery by nation-
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Trailside Galleries is the collector’s first choice for fine American art, specializing in works by leading contemporary Western artists. A hal mark 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 Mon-Sat 10:00-5:30. 307-733-3186. www.trailsidegalleries.com. If you are looking for a piece of original art that makes a spectacular statement you will want to visit Turpin Gallery, located at 150 Center Street. Turpin Gallery features a wide venue of original paintings, over one hundred bronze sculptures, a large selection of Molesworth inspired custom furniture, and hand carved wood sculptures. 307-733-7530.
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The Southwest’s largest auction of classic Western American art celebrates its 18th annual auction. Saturday, November 12, 2011, 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.
MerLo, An Artists’ Gallery is located in the beautiful Teton Valley at 175 North Main Street, Driggs Idaho. As a contemporary fine art gallery we showcase the exceptional talent of artists who draw their inspiration from the dramatic beauty of the Tetons. The current show “Rock – Paper – Scissors”brings together sculpture, ceramics, works on paper and fiber arts. 208-201-8812. merloart.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.
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Representing exclusively the work of acclaimed wildlife photographer Tom 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, screensavers, videos and note cards featuring his work. The #1 gallery in Jackson. 170 N. Cache, 307-733-9752. www.mangelsen.com
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Indian Market), Cippy Crazy Horse, Earnest & Veronica Benally, Larry Golsh & Edison Commings. Also custom leather belts & wallets by Bill Ford. 160C W. Broadway. Open Mon.-Sat. 10-6pm Sun. 11pm-5pm. 307-733-9290. www.robertdeancollection.com
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ally 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.
50 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 west of the Town Square. 307-733-8877. 888-494-5329. 95 West Deloney. www.wildbynaturegallery.com.
51 Wild West Designs 15,000 sq. ft. extravaganza on 3 floors comprising a stunning array of unique Western lodge and home furnishings. Specializing in world class “custom” antler lighting and furniture. Also, featuring Western furniture by regional artisans and Western memorabilia including original paintings, antique movie posters and cowboy autographs of Gene Autry & Roy Rogers. 140 W. Broadway (West of Mt. High Pizza), Jackson, WY 307-734-7600. Open daily www.wildwestdesignsinc.com.
52 WRJ Home WRJ Home offers a sophisticated selection of high quality furnishings, lighting, decorative objects and antiques from the 18th century to contemporary. Also offering selected works from local artists and items from the collections of Hollywood Legends and Music Icons. 57 South Main St., next to Sun Dog Café,Victor, ID. Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm, extended summer hours or by appt. 307-200-4881. www.wrjassociates.com.
52 Wyoming Gallery Offering the finest in landscape, wildlife and sporting art, we feature local and national artists in a variety of media. Our gift gallery offers home accessories including furniture, books, frames, crystal and much more. Located upstairs in Jack Dennis’ Sports on the Town Square. For more information, call 307733-7548 or visit www.jdwyominggallery.com.
A Fascinating Collection of jewelry, rare and unusual western relics, belt buckles, wall decor, paintings, photography and other one‐of‐a‐kind treasures.
Extensive selection of Navajo rugs, pottery, baskets, Navajo, Zuni and Hopi jewelry, Kachina dolls, sand paintings and beadwork.
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Mon-Sat. 9:30am-6:00pm • 307-733-3773 30 West Broadway adjacent to the Pink Garter Plaza P.O. Box 647, Jackson WY 83001 221170
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