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ROW 1: David Grossmann, Tony Abeyta, Jared Sanders ROW 2: R. Tom Gilleon, September Vhay, Robert Townsend ROW 3: Simon Gudgeon, Fritz Scholder (1937-2005),Theodore Waddell ALSO REPRESENTING: Duke Beardsley, Ashley Collins, Don Coen, James Pringle Cook, Jivan Lee, Robert McCauley, Ed Mell, Howard Post, Mary Roberson, Thom Ross, Billy Schenck, Steve Seltzer, David Michael Slonim, Gary Ernest Smith, Travis Walker, Greg Woodard, Dennis Ziemienski.


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William R. Leigh (1866–1955), Dodging Lead, oil / canvas, 29 × 24 in., Est.: $600,000-900,000, Sold at Auction: $1,005,000



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28 — Natural Evolution

34 — Painting the Park

38 — State of the Art: Western

Three very different collections have one thing in common—evolution of collectors’ interests.

Exhibit at National Museum of Wildlife Art fetes Grand Teton National Park during National Park Service centennial.

Newer artists give traditional subjects mass appeal.

works 6 Welcome to Art Paradise

24 A Potter’s Process

Jackson Hole’s spectacular scenery is rivaled only by the array of art available.

Valerie Seaberg uses a variety of techniques for a stunning effect.

8 Hello, Bison In Greeting the Dawn, massive creature returns to Fall Arts poster.

12 Up and Coming Gallery directors keep spaces fresh by bringing in new talent.

16 Wild Spirit Artists work to capture the soul of animals in paint.

18 Jewelry Rising

42 Runnicles’ Tenth Grand Teton Music Festival celebrates a decade under acclaimed maestro.

44 Leaping Through Summer Resident and visiting dance companies present athletic, graceful work.

46 On Stage Four companies present live theater this summer.


The demand for wearable art continues to grow.

Galleries with staying power have enjoyed growing art market.

from the editor

Summer always seems to come and go too quickly. This year, soak it up by taking time to contemplate your favorite art forms, whether that’s symphony (page 42), dance (page 44), theater (page 46) or fine art (see the balance of this issue). This volume of Images West includes a nod to the galleries that have been in business the longest (page 20) as well as a glimpse at the freshest artists hanging in downtown galleries (page 12). Check out the always-popular review of private art collections (page 28). It’s fascinating to read about how a person’s art selections have been chosen and to see photographs of how the art is displayed in homes around the valley. This year writer Dina Mishev talks about the art in her home as well as the collections of two other families. Writer Erika Dahlby takes readers behind the


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ON THE COVER The National Museum of Wildlife Art celebrates the centenial of the National Park Service with the exhibit “Grand Teton National Park in Art.” Jackson painter Travis Walker’s Paragliders is part of the show.

scenes of Jackson potter Valerie Seaberg’s process, from molding clay to firing the vessels to weaving horsehair accents (page 24). In this, the 100th year of the National Park Service, the National Museum of Wildlife Art celebrates with “Grand Teton National Park in Art,” a collection of works that depict the park’s grandeur. Writer Richard Anderson interviews painters on capturing the soul of animals on canvas (page 16). Of course, we always profile the artist featured on the Fall Arts Festival poster (page 8) and give you ideas for art events to mark on your calendar (page 48). If you have the opportunity to watch an artist paint or sculpt, whether it’s during Fall Arts Festival or one of the many plein air events, don’t pass it up. Enjoying an artist translating their vision to canvas or clay is the next best thing to creating art. — JOHANNA LOVE AUDREY ROLL-PREISSLER

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Welcome to Art Paradise Jackson Hole’s spectacular scenery is rivaled only by the array of art available. — By Johanna Love


or one of the fastest-growing art markets in the country, Jackson Hole is remarkably down-to-earth. By forking over just $14, a person can see cohesively curated exhibits at the National Museum of Wildlife Art, getting a comprehensive education about man’s relationship with nature and its creatures. It’s free to wander the galleries around town and ask questions of well-educated staffers. And it’s virtually impossible to visit for more than a few days without encountering an artist at work, whether that’s in a gallery or out en plein air, capturing the magic of this place. “The area itself lacks pretension,” Jackson Hole Gallery Association President Kiera Wakeman said. “People can go to any gallery, and whether they are just starting to collect or are seasoned collectors, they will be treated with the same respect and dignity, regardless of who they are.”   Half a century ago, Trailside Galleries was the only commercial art gallery in town, but already Conrad Schwiering and friends were taking in students for their Outdoor Art School, and it was common to see artists painting around Town Square and up in Grand Teton National Park, chatting with visitors. Since those days of local landscape and wildlife offerings, artworks available in Jackson Hole have expanded exponentially in volume and variety. “What makes Jackson stand out,” said Wakeman, who works as sales manager at Diehl Gallery on Broadway, “is that you can find the contemporary Western and contemporary. Many of the artists in Jackson are also represented in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Miami. Our art market is no longer limited to artists in the mountain area but has expanded to include those who live all over the world.” Speaking of New York City, a study recently found that Jackson Hole has more art dealers per capita than the Big Apple, with more than thirty galleries. Whether you raise your bidder card on a masterpiece at Jackson Hole Art Auction on September 16 and 17 during Fall Arts Festival or you buy a handblown glass ball to hang on your Christmas tree, you’re participating in one of the most vibrant art scenes in the country, and the artists appreciate your investment.


Jackson Hole artist Jennifer Hoffman paints Flat Creek and the National Elk Refuge from a piece of conservation property donated to the Jackson Hole Land Trust by Spring Creek Ranch. Photograph by Bradly J. Boner

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Fall Arts Festival


Hello, Bison In Greeting the Dawn, massive creature returns to Fall Arts poster. — By Jennifer Dorsey


ometimes things just come together perfectly. Members of the Fall Arts Festival Committee selecting the image for the 2016 poster image were interested in a traditional style of painting in general and a bison in particular. After all, bison generally come to mind when you think “Jackson Hole wildlife,” but it’s been nearly twenty years since one was centerpiece of a Fall Arts Festival poster. You have to go back to 1998 and the blazing, contemporary image of Malcolm Furlow’s Galloping Bison. “We haven’t had a bison in a really long time,” said Maureen Murphy, director of special events for the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce. “And we’ve never had a traditional piece with a bison.” The assignment suited 2016 festival featured artist Edward “Ned” Aldrich to a T. Bison are a “fascinating creature” to paint, he said, for the texture and color subtleties of their coats and for the animals’ physical presence. “When you stand right by them it humbles you because of their power and their massiveness,” he said. Aldrich tried to capture all that in Greeting the Dawn, the painting selected as the 2016 Fall Arts Festival image. The focus of the painting is a bull—a “patriarch,” Aldrich said— standing in the foreground, staring at the viewer with a watchful expression while members of his herd graze peacefully in the background. “He’s got the potential of being threatening, but he’s not quite there yet,” Aldrich said. In contrast to Furlow’s 1998 poster art, in which a lone bison rendered in electric colors leaped off a red background, Aldrich’s piece is all warm glow, from the browns and rust of the bisons’ coats to the autumn-yellow cottonwoods and the sunlit expanse of Mount Moran in the background. Aldrich said he worked off a photo he took of the Tetons one morning last September. He loved the tonality of the early light, he


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Opposite: Edward Aldrich’s Greeting the Dawn, an oil painting measuring 52 by 64 inches, is the 2016 Fall Arts Festival poster image.

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Fall Arts Festival featured artist Edward Aldrich enjoys working on location. Meet him from 3 to 5 p.m. September 14 at Mountain Trails Gallery, where he’ll be signing posters with his featured painting, Greeting the Dawn.

Plan Your Fall Arts Festival // WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 Jewelry and Artisan Luncheon, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at The Inn at Jackson Hole Conference Center. See and purchase a broad mix of items. A percentage of sales benefits the National Museum of Wildlife Art. Tickets $135. wildlifeart.org. // THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 Western Design Conference Opening Preview Party and Fashion Show, 6-10 p.m. at Snow King Sports and Events Center. Get first looks at oneof-a-kind functional art, including furniture, jewelry, home accessories, and fashion. Tickets $50-$125. westerndesignconference.com. // FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 Western Design Conference Exhibit + Sale, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today and September 10-11 at Snow King Sports and Events Center. More than 130 artists present contemporary and traditional furniture, fashion, jewelry, and home décor. Tickets $15 at the door. westerndesignconference.com. Palates and Palettes Gallery Walk, 5-8 p.m. at various locations. More than thirty art galleries pair with restaurants for receptions. Free. // SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 Historic Ranch Tours, 2 p.m. at a selection of private properties. Visit working ranches, complete with cowboys, entertainment, and barbecue. Tickets $60. (307) 733-3316. // SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 17th annual Takin’ It to the Streets art fair, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Town Square. Art Association of Jackson Hole’s open-air juried fair features forty local artists. Free admission. Taste of the Tetons, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Town Square. Chefs offer bitesized morsels alongside the Rotary Supper Club’s wine tasting and silent auction. Howdy Pardners organize live music for Picking in the Park. Taste tickets cost $1 each. // WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 Poster signing with Edward Aldrich, 3-5 p.m. at Mountain Trails Gallery. 10

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// WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 Art walk, 5-8 p.m. at participating galleries, mostly downtown. Free. // THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 Western Visions Artist Party, 6-9 p.m. at National Museum of Wildlife Art. See more than 200 paintings, sculptures, and sketches in the musuem’s 28th annual show and sale, place bids and mingle with artists. $100. westernvisions.org. // FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 Jackson Hole Showcase of Homes is today and September 17. Two-day self-guided tour of some of the valley’s most spectacular homes. Meet professionals in architecture, construction, interior design, and more. Limited tickets available. jacksonholeshowcase.com. Jackson Hole Art Auction, noon today and September 17 at the Center for the Arts. Artworks by deceased masters and working artists are sold in two live bidding sessions. A juried Top Tier competition awards a $10,000 prize to one of these artists with the best artwork: William Acheff, Ken Carlson, Michael Coleman, Jenness Cortez, Logan Hagege, Z.S. Liang, Bonnie Marris, Mian Situ, and Tucker Smith. Find bidding information online. jacksonholeartauction.com. Western Visions 29th Show and Sale, 5:30-8:30 p.m. at National Museum of Wildlife Art. Final opportunity to place bids before drawings for artwork purchase. Works will remain on view through October 9. Tickets $150. westernvisions.org. // SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 21st annual QuickDraw Art Sale and Auction, 9 a.m. on Town Square. Artists paint and sculpt as spectators look on. Each fresh artwork is auctioned following the 90-minute session. Greeting the Dawn, Edward Aldrich’s featured painting, also will be auctioned. Free admission. // SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 Art Brunch Gallery Walk, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Join galleries for brunch, Bloody Marys, and artist mingling to close out the festival. Free admission.

said, and decided that Moran’s flattish top would frame the animals better than the Grand Teton. “I thought that pointed peak would be a bit much next to this bison,” he said. As for the style of the painting he uses the term “representational,” meaning “it looks like something but it’s not photorealistic.” He blurs edges and uses different brushes to create effects. Sometimes he wields a palette knife, as he did for the grass in the foreground of Greeting the Dawn. It makes the difference between a painting and a photograph. “I really enjoy that sense that there’s the hand of the artist in there,” he said.



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Aldrich lives and works in Golden, Colorado, but is no stranger to the Jackson Hole art world. He is a longtime participant in the Western Visions show at the National Museum of Wildlife Art and is represented locally by Mountain Trails Gallery, where he has plenty of fans. “He has this extraordinary ability to take a two-dimensional canvas and transform it into a world the viewer can engage and be a part of,” said Taryn Boals, the gallery’s creative director. Aldrich is “one of the painters who year after year produces the highest quality work,” gallery manager David Navratil said. “Time after time we hear comments about how alive and intimate his paintings are.” You can see for yourself at the gallery, in the Western Visions show and at the Wort Hotel, where Greeting the Dawn will hang until it is auctioned during Fall Arts Festival. Aldrich considers it a privilege to see his bison grace the festival poster and wine bottle labels. “I’m honored that I was chosen to be a part of this,” he said.


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Claire Brewster cuts maps into intricate birds as in Oh La La.


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Featuring original paintings from more than 60 outstanding plein air artists from across the country.


Up and Coming Gallery directors keep spaces fresh by bringing in new talent. — By Kelsey Dayton “Tetons” By Mary Ann Cherry


ariam Diehl, owner of Diehl Gallery, immediately contacted Claire Brewster when she saw her work— birds created from maps—in London last fall. “Her work is stunning,” Diehl said. “It is intricate and detailed and I’ve never seen anything quite like it.” “I’ve never seen anything quite like it” is the expression gallery directors use when talking about the new and emerging artists they represent. Brewster is just one of several new upand-comers you’ll see in galleries in Jackson this year whose work will likely elicit the same expression. Galleries are always trying to stay current and bring in new talent, said Maryvonne Leshe, an owner with Trailside Galleries. Last year her gallery introduced wildlife artist Ezra Tucker and collectors loved him. This year they’ll be promoting him in June showing six to eight of his paintings. The challenge is finding talented artists that aren’t similar to what a gallery already carries, said David Navratil, gallery manager with Mountain Trails. “We want someone who knows art, knows what they are doing, but also who is doing new and original work,” he said. At Mountain Trails this year that’s Amy Lay and Jeff Pugh. Lay’s work has been steadily growing in popularity. She handles oil paint like it’s watercolor in creating wildlife portraits, working in thin layers light to dark, leaving a feeling of motion, Navratil said.

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Pugh depicts rural landscapes using a palette knife, but in an unusual graphic way, opposite of work normally done with a palette knife. “I don’t see anybody else doing what he does,” Navratil said. Tayloe Piggott Gallery has represented Patrizio Travagli for several years, but will host his first solo exhibition at the gallery in August. “He’s super edgy, really contemporary,” said gallery staffer Alex Keenan. Travagli creates lightboxes. His work has inspired a clothing designer and is gaining traction internationally, Keenan said. “We hope to be on the forefront of that as he continues to explode,” she said. As for Brewster, who will show at Diehl Gallery, Diehl sent her a list of birds indigenous to Wyoming. She created birds from the list, using 1910 geological survey maps of Yellowstone National Park. She’ll show the colorful birds, many pinned to backboards to create shadows, during Fall Arts Festival in September.


Shows JUNE 1 - 30: Ezra Tucker will be featured in “Out of Africa” at Trailside Galleries AUGUST 18 - 25: Amy Lay hangs solo show at Mountain Trails Gallery, reception 5 to 8 p.m. August 18 SEPTEMBER 1 - OCTOBER 31: Claire Brewster at Diehl Gallery, “A Conference of Birds” AUGUST 16 - SEPTEMBER 30: Patrizio Travagli at Tayloe Piggott, “Mirror, Mirror on the Wall,” reception 6 to 8 p.m. August 16

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Wild Spirit Artists work to capture the soul of animals in paint. — By Richard Anderson


ters, inventorying the resources of the frontier. lot of people can sketch the form of an animal—its body, “The next wave of artists had a more romantic sensibility,” its legs, the features characteristic of a given species’ Harris said, “especially after the first wave of settlers had moved face—at least well enough to differentiate a pine marten across the landscape and many animals had been slaughtered from a buffalo. to near extinction. There’s a real mournful attitude about the Much more difficult, however, is capturing the wild spirit squandering of these creatures.” of an animal. That is what distinguishes draftsman from artist. The 1950s and ’60s saw art related to conservation—such as And it is what tells the tale of Anglo-Americans’ changing atduck stamps, with money raised going to preserving habitat— titude about the wild: from a resource to be exploited to an icon that gave rise to the modern view of valuing animals “because to be revered. it’s an important thing to do,” Harris said. “That’s when you Adam Harris, curator at the National Museum of Wildlife begin to see art that talks about it as an integral part of the landArt, uses two paintings to represent the dramatic transition. scape and the ecosystem.” The first is by George Catlin. The image from the 1830s, deThe art becomes about the animal itself and its own intrinsic picting a Plains Indian on horseback striking a blow on a fleeing value and how it embodies wildness. bison, is ethnographic. It captures a moment in life of pre-inSo how do artists capture that wild spirit in paint? Different dustrial man making use of the resources around him. artists take different approaches. The second image is Three Matriarchs, by Jackson Hole Turner grew up around wild and domesticated animals on painter Kathryn Mapes Turner. Nearly two hundred years afher family’s Triangle X Ranch. Her father, John Turner, had a ter Catlin she catches three cow elk crossing a river at dawn. habit of bringing home wounded raptors to rehabilitate and reThe creatures are barely visible, silhouettes against the silvery release. And she did 4-H for years and years. Her experience reflection of day’s first light on water, but their forms neverthewith a wide variety of creatures is firsthand and up-close. less communicate alertness, stealth, power. Their beauty and Turner calls herself a meticulous majesty, through the veil of shadow, is the draftsman who spent years studying anatosubject, their value as life understood. Kathryn Turner elicits a feeling of peace in my and musculature. She still does, paintEarly explorer artists, Harris said, were ing from life, photos, and video. Once she documentarians, even sort of quartermasThree Matriarchs. 16

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slowed down a YouTube video of a bird in flight. “I never knew … when a bird is flapping its wings, its head doesn’t really move,” she said. “The head is very still and peaceful.” “The other thing when depicting wildlife is to get a sense of their soul,” Turner said, “and that lays in the eyes. That’s always where I start. If I can’t get that right I might as well not even go with the rest of it.” Jackson painter Amy Ringholz has a knack for nailing the eyes of her wild subjects, Turner said. Her colorful palette gives her bears and owls and wolves an abstract, untamed look, but their eyes are always deep and penetrating.  Turner also praised September Vhay’s ability to capture these windows into an animal’s soul. Vhay’s skills also come from a lifetime around animals, especially horses. She mentioned a large charcoal drawing of one she had recently drawn from life.  “A couple of times it moved its head in a certain way,” she said, “and it was so much the essence of what horses do—a head tilt, something that’s so horse-like.” For her it is “ingrained” in her nature, she barely has to think about it. Which is why her “Red Horse” series is so successful: In just a few quick but perfect lines, placed by a hand that has drawn the shapes a thousand times or more, she captures the form, the mass, the muscle and character of a horse.  “If they are animals I know ... it’s

Top: Kathryn Turner captures the mating behavior of sandhill cranes in Grassland Dancers. Bottom: Horses are a favorite subject of September Vhay. Here is Sienna’s Promise.

even richer,” she said, “I paint the horse I ride, so there’s a personal connection.” Idaho painter Mary Roberson takes a different approach, tapping into her own wildness. “It’s actually kind of letting go of any control,” she said. “When I approach painting, I have to let go of control.” Part of her process of capturing wildness is creating abstract backgrounds, out of which her animal subjects emerge.  “I think creativity is magic, and I

think it’s something that shows up when it’s least expected,” she said. “I’ll go to my drafting table at night and sketch out what I think I want to do the next day, and then go to studio and get a canvas out and it’s never anything like what I sketched. Maybe it’s something I do to pretend I run it, but no one runs creativity. What I look forward to is that element of surprise, the unexpected.” Which, come to think of it, is practically the definition of “wild.”


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Jewelry Rising The demand for wearable art continues to grow. — By Kate Hull


diamond ring that signifies commitment, a belt buckle that represents heritage, or a one-of-a-kind arrowhead necklace that shows personal style—jewelry attracts a wide range of admirers. In Jackson Hole, galleries and stores feature notable collections and celebrated designers, representing a market on the rise. Dan Harrison, owner and jewelry designer at DanShelley Jewelers, has spent four decades in Gaslight Alley, a branch of Town Square now known for local artisan shops. For over forty years, he’s grown alongside the fine art jewelry market, watching visitors, galleries, and trends change and develop. “Jackson has a wonderful collection of designers expressing their own ideas,” he says. “It is a very rich community when you think about how many designer jewelry stores there are offering original designs versus other comparable [art communities].” Visitors and residents alike can take a piece of the art world home, to adorn only on special occasions or wear every day. Jewelry sales in the United States totaled $66.5 billion in 2015, according to Edahn Golan Diamond Research & Data’s state of the market report. Jackson represents a cross-section of the broad fine art jewelry market with a sampling of many varieties. There are fine pearls, Native American pieces, contemporary and abstract designs, and Western collections depicting both past and present. The items found in galleries and retail stores throughout town. DanShelley Jewelers offers collections ranging from Western bracelets with the Tetons etched in sterling silver to modern earrings with rare gems found in the Intermountain West. Thanks to a knack for business and a desire to create, Harrison added more contemporary collections over the years to reflect the ever-changing trends, as well as different price points 18

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DanShelley Jewelers creates one-of-a-kind wearable art. This is a sapphire ring with opal and diamond accents designed by Christopher Corbett.

From left to right: DanShelley Jewelers created this fantasy cut bicolor tourmaline necklace with pink sapphire accents. This Paiute arrowhead necklace with tsavorite garnets is part of the Ancient Treasures collection by DanShelley Jewelers. Elena Kriegner, of Native JH, enhances gemstones with unusual settings.

Native Jackson Hole was opened in 1983 by Safaa and Jim to provide a wider range of options for patrons. Darwiche under the name A Touch of Class. Native JH is the “We live in a global environment and people from all over western-focused sister shop to the original gallery that now feathe world visit Jackson,” Harrison said. His gallery features tures more contemporary-focused jewelry lines like Swarovski, different styles and prices to accommodate a visitor hoping to Pandora, and Ani. capture a scenic view of the Tetons or take home an interesting Inside, manager Kathy Morgan showcases artists and dedesign. “We try to acknowledge all our visitors to the area.” signers that capture the West, both past and present, with wearThe desire to adorn oneself gives fine art jewelry a unique able pieces “as unique as the person place in the art world. Admirers can wearing them,” she said. gravitate to what speaks to them and One of the gallery’s most popular then walk around in it. artists, Calvin Begay, designs jewelry “From a historical perspective, that is as intricate as a painting, with we look to jewelry for insight from “JEWELRY HAS THIS fine cut stones put together to create cultures that are ancient or already vibrant necklaces and earrings with a gone,” Harrison said. “Jewelry has this SPECIAL QUALITY Southwestern flair. special quality when you think of it as WHEN YOU THINK OF IT Morgan said patrons are always on an artwork with such longevity.” the lookout for a statement piece that Part gallery and part retail shop, AS AN ARTWORK WITH reflects their style. Pearls by Shari offers rare fine qual“Whether you’re known for wearity pearls fit for a gallery, as well SUCH LONGEVITY.” ing an unusual pendant or for wearas bracelets and necklaces perfect – DAN HARRISON ing big earrings, people tend to be for gifts and mementos, including attracted to the things that speak to the popular Teton Mountaineering them,” Morgan said. Bracelet with freshwater pearls ofA Calvin Begay statement penfered for less than $30. dant perfect for a special night out, Nearby, galleries like Native a DanShelley bracelet to remember Jackson Hole, Tayloe Piggott Jewelry, your time in the Tetons, or a string of rare pearls to compliment Horizon Fine Art Gallery, and many others keep their pulse on any occasion, fine art jewelry in Jackson is approachable and the jewelry market representing notable designers like Elena continuing to welcome new talent and exciting styles. Kriegner, Monique Péan, and Lilly Barrack, respectively.


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Still in the Game Galleries with staying power have enjoyed growing art market. — By Kelsey Dayton


orty years ago, when a new work came into Trailside Gallery that Maryvonne Leshe knew a certain collector would love, she’d take out her Kodak camera, snap a picture, develop it, put it in the mail and wait five days to hear the client’s opinion. A lot more than just how quickly collectors can view new pieces has changed since the gallery opened its doors in Jackson fifty-four years ago, said Leshe, a managing partner who started with the gallery forty years ago. There are more galleries in town, more contemporary art and the architecture has moved beyond big bison heads hanging everywhere in town, she said. What hasn’t changed are the names of a couple of galleries that have stayed in the game through the decades, weathering economic downturn, changes in trends, and staying open while competition popped up and disappeared. In 1970 Carolyn Hines opened Hines Goldsmiths, one of the first fine jewelry stores in Jackson. The biggest challenge for Hines and other jewelry stores has been competing with the Internet. Hines expanded her Teton collection, making it a fine jewelry line with diamonds and focused on offering jewelry that is not only high-quality, but represents Jackson. People buy from her, not just because of the quality, but because of their attachment to the place. She’s also added glass and crystal etched with the Tetons, bucking broncos and ani-

Jim Wilcox opened Wilcox Gallery in 1969 to show his own work. He soon expanded to show other artists. This is Tom Browning’s In the Clear.


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Left: The oldest art gallery in Jackson, Trailside Galleries, prides itself on timeless works like Reconnected, by Logan Maxwell Hagege. Bottom: Hines Goldsmiths has been depicting the Tetons in gold for more than forty years.

mals like elk and moose that represent Jackson. “And I can hardly keep it on the shelf,” she said. Jim Wilcox opened Wilcox Gallery in 1969 to show his own work. The first year the small building exhibited his one-man show, but by the next year he was already expanding. Now the gallery represents about forty artists. They’ve moved buildings and even expanded to two locations. They’ve worked hard to garner a reputation for taking care of both artists and clients, Wilcox said. Most of their customers are repeat buyers. While Wilcox and Trailside are two of the longest running galleries in town, the growth of the art scene in Jackson has helped them stay in business, Leshe said. When the National Museum of Wildlife Art opened in 1987, it brought more attention to Jackson as a wildlife art hub. More people started looking to Jackson for Western 22

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art for their homes, Leshe said. “Collectors are always looking for something new, and that enabled the community to bring in more art,” she said. Trailside capitalized on that with efforts like the Jackson Hole Art Auction, which its owners started ten years ago. This year’s dates are September 18 and 19. The gallery also has expanded its offerings to include more contemporary artists like Logan Maxwell Hagege or Dinah Worman. The key is to keep evolving, Leshe said. Gallery staff, many who have been with Trailside for more than thirty years, are always actively looking for new talent in western and landscape art. They look at trends, but focus on top quality. “We’re not just sitting back on our laurels,” Leshe said. “And we don’t intend to.”


Trailside Galleries represents a variety of styles, like Dinah Worman’s creative and richly textured landscapes.


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A Potter’s Process Valerie Seaberg uses a variety of techniques for a stunning effect. — By Erika Dahlby Photography by Ryan Dorgan


hen Valerie Seaberg finishes a piece of pottery she doesn’t send it out right away. She picks it up again, looks at in different lights and from different angles. And then she goes into one of her states of mind that she has while making pottery: mouse mind and eagle eye. While in mouse mind she’s hyper-focused on one thing: what’s right in front of her, smoothing clay, drilling holes, trimming frizzy horsehairs, or weaving. But then she sets the piece down, steps back about five feet and asks herself, “Is this the direction I want to go in for this piece?” After looking at the piece, whether it’s a crackled vase, a decorative wave, or a functional mug, she’ll return to that mouse mind to complete the next task. “I think it’s very important to be fluid in that way as an artist,” she said. “It’s easy to get lost in the fascination of the activity. You can get stuck on a certain idea and that can be suffering. It’s important to remain curious about what’s happening between me and the material.” Sometimes when she walks into the studio it’s completely clear what she’s going to make, and other times the piece will transition into something else during the process. 24

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The final step in finishing Valerie Seaberg’s pieces is the slow, careful weaving of horsehair around the rim of the fired ceramic work.

Seaberg sits for a portrait with one of her signature “wave” ceramic pieces. “I look at what I do with curiosity instead of with my opinion,” she said. “Because the pieces have their own opinions, too.”

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A top layer of wet clay hardens during the firing process and is then chipped off, creating a unique pattern that Seaberg describes as much like the surface of a dry, cracked salt flat.



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“I have my ideas about what’s going to happen,” she said, “and then I start to shape the clay, and the clay shapes me.” Wedging the clay like you would knead bread, Seaberg warms it up and smoothens out any bubbles while getting the feeling of the clay body she’s working with. She rolls it around and presses into the clay until it forms an orange-sized ball. Seaberg doesn’t use a pottery wheel, instead she uses her hands to make a hole in the center of the ball and pinches the sides to bring the walls up. She lets it sit, then repeats. “Because clay has its own time I might work on it for a few hours, then let it set up,” she said. “For me tracking the clay part of it is really impossible.” Once the piece is the right shape, look, and leather-hard she applies woodworking tools to give it texture. This may be a foottall vase with smooth sides or a sculptural bowl with wavy sides. If the piece is smooth, she will burnish it either using a highly polished stone or a gold spoon. Seaberg then applies a layer of terra sigillata, a super fine clay body that helps fill in microscopic irregularities in the surface. It also promotes carbon smoke effects, which she uses in some of her firing techniques. Before firing she will drill holes into the top of the piece for the weaving process.

Left: Seaberg stokes the fire as her ceramic pieces near completion. Bottom right: Seaberg’s pieces are home-fired on a bed of sawdust covered by a metal tub. The process blackens the white clay, and creates cracked patterns beneath the added layers of wet clay around the pieces’ rims. Bottom left: Depending on its placement and how the heat and sawdust base interacted with the clay, each piece comes out of the firing unique.

To make a piece with a black and white marbled look, she uses a naked raku technique. Seaberg applies another clay body, one that’s tighter than the original, to the outside of the piece. It’s fired and then once it reaches a certain temperature, is moved into a metal bucket filled with sawdust, newspaper, and needles. The smoke infuses the pot with carbon, creating a black color wherever the extra clay body isn’t and a white surface underneath. Once cooled, she will chip off the excess clay body, re-smooth it and then apply a sealant. For other pieces she will build a pit fire in her backyard to fire the pieces, which is usually a twenty-four-hour process, or use saggar firing, only an hour-long process. But it all uses a bit of alchemy. Some things will blow up and break, and other times the fire will have a mind of its own. “They’re all kind of eyebrow-singeing experiences,” she said. She wanted to use materials native to the area, and after attending the Mountain Man Rendezvous and seeing someone selling horsehair, she thought to herself, “I can weave that.” She also incorporates conchos, turquoise, buffalo nickels, beads, Kennedy half-dollars, and boot spurs into her pottery, in addition to the horsehair. After the piece is cooled and the clay part is finished,

she chooses the color of horsehair and any accessories to add. She then starts to weave the hair into the pre-drilled holes, just as she would a pine needle basket, her first foray into the art world. She had always been a crafter, carrying around a pocketknife to whittle sticks. But when she moved to northern California to attend the Heartwood Institute it was too far away to get materials. Then she signed up for a basket making class. “It really caught me,” she said. “I never consider myself a patient person, but the work of weaving baskets really captured me.” Her background in basket weaving translated easily into pottery, and then the pots turned into waves. “As I became more skilled at using tools and making tools, my work became much more sculptural,” she said. Her work is on display at the Ecce Gallery in Bozeman, Montana, and the Art Spirit Gallery in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. She will have more functional pieces for sale at the annual Mud Pots sale and will have her art featured at Art Fair Jackson Hole during the second weekends of July and August. Her collaborative pieces with painter Shannon Troxler Thal, with Thal’s paintings on Seaberg’s pottery, will be on display at Horizon Fine Art Gallery.


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Curating a Collection Series



Three very different collections have one thing in common—evolution of collectors’ interests. —

By Dina Mishev Photography by Bradly J. Boner


old grew under the carpet of the 600-square foot apartment I rented. Some of the drywall on the ceiling had crumbled, leaving the insulation above exposed. The linoleum floors were uneven. I didn’t see any of this though. All I saw was the painting—an oil of a bucolic rolling countryside done with rough brushstrokes and bold colors—hanging on a wall near the kitchen. It was the first painting I bought as an adult, if you count a twentytwo-year-old as an adult. It was the first piece of artwork I bought that wasn’t a reproduction of an Ansel Adams photo or of a Dali painting. The three years I lived in that apartment, it was the only piece of artwork. When I moved from the moldy apartment into a condo, this painting, by Rosa Kittsteiner, again hung prominently. Over the nearly twelve years I lived in


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that condo, I added other pieces. There was a watercolor of a bear from Wild Hands. A miniature from the Art Association’s annual Whodunnit, a silent auction of 6-by-6-inch pieces the artists don’t sign on the front. You don’t know “whodunnit” unless you’re the winning bidder. When traveling, a piece of local art always came home with me. Most often these were $5 paintings bought in a market. These pieces had absolutely nothing in common with each other—other than the fact I loved each of them and each had a story behind it or reminded me of a place—so I never thought of them as a collection. Also, “real” collectors didn’t display $3 paintings of a gazelle they bought on a beach in Mombasa, right? Wrong. “Foremost, a collection should contain works that the owner loves and connects to in some emotional, spiritual or intellectual way,” said Heather

ALSO, “REAL” COLLECTORS DIDN’T DISPLAY $3 PAINTINGS OF A GAZELLE THEY BOUGHT ON A BEACH IN MOMBASA, RIGHT? WRONG. Top: One of Monica Aiello’s large-scale conceptual landscapes adds panache to Dina Mishev’s dining room. It was inspired by the moons of Jupiter. Bottom: Superheroes on the Toilet, a series of funny drawings by James C. Strouse, are set in cheap Ikea frames and adorn Mishev’s powder room. Oppostite page: This bright landscape painting by Rosa Kittsteiner—the first one that Mishev collected—has traveled from a grungy condo to her new, modern home. 2016 I M A G E S W E S T


James owner and founder Jim Corona. “The art should be beautiful and significant to the collector and be pieces with which the collector wants to live.” One valley couple that has been collecting art together for 46 years began with a simple approach: “We just bought what appealed to us and what we could afford,” they said. “Our home town was Tulsa, Oklahoma, so we grew up in the shadow of the Gilcrease, Philbrook, and Woolarock art museums. We spent many hours there appreciating the art and learning about the American West. Due to the influence of those collections, we decided early in our marriage to begin collecting original Western art.” The first piece the couple bought was at a flea market, an Italian watercolor of a seated old man. “We loved the color palette and subject,” they said. “It cost more to frame than the art itself.” Today their collection includes pieces by Thomas Moran, Frank Tenney Johnson, Clark Kelly Price, Olaf Wieghorst, Carl Rungius, Conrad Schwiering and also numerous pieces of Thomas Molesworth furniture. They said the Italian watercolor “still hangs prominently” though. “What makes this collection so very interesting is the eclectic mix,” said Maryvonne Leshe, managing partner at Trailside Galleries, which the couple has worked with for

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decades. “The [couple] have collected some of the most popular contemporary Western and wildlife artists in the country and have also included works by various deceased western masters. The thread that runs throughout their collection is that they have a good eye for high quality, fine art.” The couple said, “Now we try to be very selective and only buy what we really love.” They said their current favorite subject matter is action—hunting, pack trains, camping, trail rides. “Although our tastes have evolved, we are still on the same page,” they said. “We can walk through a gallery or sit through an auction and invariably agree on the pluses or minuses of each work of art.” 2016 I M A G E S W E S T



They love their collection so much they had their house here designed around it. “The challenge was placing 1930s and ’40s furniture, rugs, pots, and Western art in a more contemporary log home,” they said. “Chris [Baxter, of Baxter Design Studio] was able to design the perfect backdrop for our collections and the house has become more than a place to showcase art. It is a work of art itself.” Another valley couple started collecting art sixteen years ago, when they bought an Art Deco apartment in Chicago. They began acquiring work to fit that space. “At first we were just looking for cool pieces,” they said. “But we fell in love with the art and the process and kept buying and learning.” This couple educated themselves early on by going to museums and art fairs. “And we did research,” they said. “We were autodidactic and explored the art world together. We chose not to work with an art advisor.” When the Chicago couple renovated and redecorated their Jackson Hole home, “we decided to focus [that collection] on the turn of the 20th century 32

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A couple originally from Chicago started collecting art just sixteen years ago. They educated themselves by going to museums and art fairs and conducting research. This is Mountain Landscape, a canvas by Ross Eugene Braught.

A Thomas Moran oil hangs in the West Bank living room of a couple originally from Chicago. It’s flanked by Carl Rungius’ Moose in the Woods on the left and Frank Tenney Johnson’s Reflections on the right with Native American pottery on a Molesworth table.

old West and the beauty of our surroundings,” they said. Their Western collection ranges from Remington to Rungius, Thomas Moran, Albert Bierstadt, Molesworth, and Stickley. “This collection skews Western for two people who began collecting Modern and European art,” Corona said. “But it includes ties to their beginnings as collectors and is completely earnest.” The couple said “quality and whether or not we both love the piece” are the most important factors in deciding to buy something new. “Our tastes have not really changed. We have expanded our interests, but remain true to our tastes.” Not that I ever thought about it before—

since I never thought of myself as a collector— but I can say the same for my tastes, even if my range has changed. (Recently I got my first abstract work, a mixed-media piece inspired by NASA photographs of the moons of Jupiter by Diehl Gallery artist Monica Aiello.) Most of the pieces in my collection exude energy and have a palette of bright, rich hues. “Gentle” does not describe a single thing on any of my walls. If the art has a sense of humor, all the better. A series of twelve drawings, Superheroes on the Toilet, is in the powder room. Each superhero hangs in its own IKEA frame. Down in the guestroom, that first painting of the countryside still hangs in its original frame.


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Painting the Park Exhibit at National Museum of Wildlife Art fetes Grand Teton National Park during National Park Service centennial.

— By Mark Huffman


hen Americans flooded westward in the first half of the 19th century to explore, to trap and hunt, to settle and build, people with other things in mind arrived right behind them. Those people came to draw and paint. They made images of a place that before then had been the home of indigenous Indian nations but had never been seen by most of the people of the United States. And among the places those early artists wanted to see and record, Wyoming was among the most impressive and popular. “It’s amazing how important Wyoming is in American art history,” said Adam Duncan Harris, the Petersen Curator of Art and Research and the National Museum of Wildlife Art. “And the role that the Tetons play is a very big part of that.” The museum is taking advantage this summer of the centennial of the National Park Service to note that importance by presenting “Grand Teton National Park in Art: Painting the Park from Thomas Moran to Today.” The show, to run from May through September 5, exhibits the work of artists who found inspiration and subjects in the Tetons, from the first who arrived with brush in hand to their artistic descendants who are still at work today.


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Spell of the High Country, by longtime Teton Range painter Conrad Schwiering (1916-1986), 1977, hangs in “Grand Teton National Park in Art.” The oil on board measures 36 by 48 inches and was a gift of Joffa and Bill Kerr.

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Contemporary works like Travis Walker’s Paragliders are also in “Grand Teton National Park in Art.” This acrylic on canvas measures 54 by 54 inches. Opposite: One of the earliest works in the museum’s show is The Tetons, by Thomas Moran. Dated 1879, this graphite, ink and watercolor on paper is on loan from the Grand Teton National Park art collection.

is perhaps the finest pictorial range in the United States “We’re celebrating the park and Jackson Hole,” or even North America.” Harris said, “and it’s a perfect time to bring out some “Moran’s work really kickstarted this whole genre,” those paintings.” Harris said, though the growth from that beginning was Work on “Painting the Park” began nearly three slow until after World War II, when the road trip became years ago. Curators looked at available art of the Tetons, part of American life and caused a surge of tourism and and from more than sixty possibilities chose thirty-five a “big rise in the number of people who might see all of pieces to display. Though the museum is devoted to wildlife art rather than landscapes, it has enough views of scenery that most the work is from the museum’s collection. The show is filled out with early paintings by Thomas YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK: THOUGH THE LENS OF TIME Moran and others on loan from // May 1—August 28 Grand Teton National Park’s collecJackson Hole News&Guide photographer Bradly J. Boner followed the trail taken by tion and individuals. William Henry Jackson through Yellowstone in 1871 to take photos from the same Moran was an Englishman vantages, showing how things have stayed the same, how they’ve changed and how drawn to the western United States the Park Service is trying to preserve the landscapes of the world’s first national park. and who was most famous for his early watercolors of Yellowstone. VINTAGE PARK POSTERS Work he did in the 1870s inspired // June 18—August 18 a Teton art rush, even though “he Among the millions of posters commissioned by the Depression-era Works Progress saw the Tetons only from the Idaho Administration’s Federal Art Project were a series designed to promote the national side,” Harris said. parks. This exhibit will feature some of the original posters and modern reproductions Moran had traveled all over the of others. An open studio related to this exhibit will give people of all ages a chance to West and around the world, but his try their hand at art. reaction to his visit to the Tetons showed for the first time that the YOSEMITE 1938: ON THE TRAIL WITH ANSEL ADAMS AND GEORGIA O’KEEFFE mountain range would quickly seize // June 10—August 28 the attention of artists. Adams is the godfather of 20th century nature photographers and O’Keeffe was among The Tetons “loomed up grandthe most avant garde of the century’s painters. The two friends, with others, including a ly against the sky,” he wrote in his couple of Rockefellers, took a 1937 camping trip in Yosemite National Park. This show diary after one day of scouting for features the 47 photos Adams took during the trip. scenes to paint. “From this point it

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this and then buy a Teton painting.” From the hundreds of artists who followed in Moran’s steps, the museum chose works that “cover the span from when he was in the area in 1879 until the artists working here today,” Harris said. After Moran was John Fery, the first to paint while in Jackson Hole and whose works set the stage for the traditional style of big views of the Tetons viewed over Jackson Lake. Fery, working for the Northern Pacific Railroad, also was a pioneer in the tradition of mixing art with tourism promotion. Another artist in the show is Conrad Schwiering, who lived at the base of Shadow Mountain and spent nearly forty years until his death in 1986 making semi-impressionistic Teton views that became the standard for his era. Among those who took the same artistic route were Greg McHuron, who was mentored early by Schwiering, and naturalist and writer Olaus Murie, the Hole’s most prominent environmentalist. The Teton tradition as it continues today will be represented in the show by Jim Wilcox, who works at a gallery just north

of town and who created the Teton image used on Wyoming’s centennial U.S. Postal Service stamp; Tucker Smith, who grew up in Pinedale and still lives and paints in the area; and Bill Sawczuk, a partner in Trio Fine Arts in Jackson with another represented artist, Kathryn Turner. The devotion to the Teton Range and its surroundings continues in odder ways, to be represented by modern day artistic outliers such as Annie Coe and Travis Walker. The art of the Tetons played an important role in letting people know what was here, even when photography was young—and in black and white—and a trip to Wyoming was for most Americans something like a trip to the moon. The paintings first showed the outside world the beauty of an area that relatively few could actually visit. In spreading those images, the art of the Tetons “really contributed to the idea that this was a place worth saving,” Harris said. Now that much of it has been preserved, the show will still appeal to many visitors, Harris said, giving them a chance “to experience and see the beauty here and then have a great chance to see really powerful representations of those things.”


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State of the Art: WESTERN Newer artists give traditional subjects mass appeal. — By Kate Hull


of early Native Americans. oted artists have celebrated the Western United Go in Shadows, a 30-by-40-inch oil on linen, showStates for centuries, capturing its stoic cowboys cases Hagege’s ability to blend figures with the landscape. and wide-open spaces. Early 19th-century masters A part of the 2015 auction, Hagege described the piece’s like Charles Russell and Frederic Remington set the style as “balancing all of the elements in the composition” standard and encapsulated the early frontier with Native to create “a sense of harmony.” American cultures, Old West cowboys, and rugged landIn contrast to the historical accuracy and photorealscapes depicted in striking detail. ism seen in traditional masters’ work, Hagege is part of Fast forward to 2016. The Western art genre is still a new group exploring Western art from a different angle. rooted in works of the masters, but a new crop of conLouis Cushman, a collector who splits his time betemporary artists is bringing a welcomed branch to the tween Texas and Jackson Hole, has been collecting Native already expansive genre. American antiques, along with cowboy and Western Jackson Hole bustles with galleries lining Town memorabilia, for more than thirSquare and enthusiastic art lovty years. Cushman worked on a ers visiting all year long, but in ranch in Montana as a teen and September, the art scene comes also owned a ranch with his twin alive during Fall Arts Festival. “THERE ARE SOME brother in Driggs, Idaho, allowing The spirited Jackson Hole Art GREAT LIVING the rich Western culture to resoAuction is one of the week’s clinate and come through in his art matic events and is celebrating its ARTISTS, HOWEVER, collection. A piece of Hagege’s tenth year September 16 and 17. WHO ARE DOING work hangs in his Houston home, The auction principals, alongside an eclectic collection Trailside Galleries and Gerald MORE OF A MODERN, of contemporary and abstract Peters Gallery, bring a wide variimpressionistic art. ety of genres, including wildlife, CONTEMPORARY TAKE “I was instantly drawn to the sporting, landscape, figurative, ON WESTERN ART THAT contemporary although certainly and Western to the event. In the not abstract Native American past few years, the Western genre IS REALLY APPEALING feel of Logan’s work,” he said. “I has welcomed contemporary artfound Logan’s style to be unlike ists as well. FOR THE YOUNGER any other Western artist I had “There is certainly a lot of COLLECTORS.” previously seen, and felt that it diversity within Western art,” would complement and contrast said Jill Callahan, auction coor– JILL CALLAHAN, with some of the more tradidinator. “Western masters such tional Western art I own, includas Remington and Russell who JACKSON HOLE ART AUCTION ing wildlife and landscape, along began the Western art movement COORDINATOR with antiques in general.” are still very much sought after. Beginning in 2015, the art … There are some great living auction adjusted to the changing artists, however, who are doing market by expanding the event more of a modern, contemporary into two days. The first day of the auction features artists take on Western art that is really appealing for the youngwhose work is very sought after, but at a lower price point er collectors.” hoping to reach a younger market of buyers. The first day One such artist, Logan Maxwell Hagege, is creatof the auction will showcase names like wildlife painters ing a new piece to be a part of the auction’s Top Tier Bob Kuhn and Ken Carlson, and Native American and Competition, in which a panel of museum curators will cowboy artist Frank McCarthy. judge the work and award a $10,000 cash prize. Inside Astoria Fine Art Gallery, owner Greg Fulton “Hagege is fairly young and a living artist who is taking has also watched the Western market shift in the ten years a really contemporary approach to Western art,” Callahan since he opened the gallery along Jackson’s Town Square. said. His work explores the American Southwest with an“What used to be mostly a traditional art market is gular images and captures sprawling, beautiful, and arid today, I think, a more half-traditional and half-contemlandscapes and harsh environments that engulfed the lives 2016 I M A G E S W E S T


Wildlife painter Mark Eberhard, represented at Astoria Fine Art, is an artist tackling traditional subject matter in a fresh way. This is his Waxwings, a 48-by-48inch oil.

porary market,” Fulton said. “Our gallery has followed suit.” The artists that Astoria represents now range from painters who grew up in the intermountain West to a global group of artists from Europe who depict Western culture and wildlife. “The traditional side has not died or gone away,” he said. “It has stayed strong, but we have added this other element and this new group of enthusiasts. Today’s Western art world has bright colors, contemporary motifs, and abstract designs.” Each Jackson gallery features a group of artists, from sculptors to painters, unique to the gallery’s individual style or niche, from the contemporary cubism style of David Jonason inside Mountain Trails Gallery to the impressionist wildlife work of Mary Roberson at Altamira Fine Art. “It isn’t trying to cut the pie into smaller slices. As a whole, the Western art ‘pie’ grew,” Fulton said. “There is still even more room for growth in those regards. More artists from throughout the world, far away from the West, are embracing Western subjects.” To celebrate Astoria’s ten-year anniversary, the gallery is hosting ten shows this summer, ranging from traditional Western to contemporary sculptures. Inside Astoria, the change in style is apparent. On 40

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one side of the gallery, bronze wildlife sculptures from celebrated artist Richard Loffler show visitors a leading traditional artist. Loffler’s large-scale sculptures depict wildlife in striking detail and are displayed at museums across the country, from the National Museum of Wildlife Art to New Jersey’s Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum. On the other side of the gallery, Joshua Tobey celebrates the whimsical side of wildlife sculpture with modern designs. “The people who come to our gallery to buy Tobey’s work are both traditional and contemporary collectors,” Fulton said. “Although his work features wildlife and animals, these people are not always wildlife art collectors. Tobey has popularized contemporary wildlife sculptor from coast to coast.” Tobey was named as a featured artist for the 2014 Fall Arts Festival, the first sculptor to receive the honor. Whether you’re a traditionalist looking to admire Remington or excited to see where the contemporary world of Hagege will take you, the growing Western art world seems here to stay. “Two years ago, I would say it was obviously not a fad,” Fulton said. “Now, I can say it is here to stay. Jackson is a place where you can find traditional and contemporary Western art, and it works quite harmoniously together.”


Top: Logan Maxwell Hagege adds contemporary flair to American Southwestern scenes as in Planet Earth Turns Slowly, a 40-by-60-inch canvas. He’ll be painting a new canvas for the Top Tier competition of the Jackson Hole Art Auction in mid-September. Right: Sculptor Joshua Tobey uses a rounded, playful style as in Dancing Bears, sculptures available in several sizes at Astoria Fine Art. Bottom: Popular Canadian sculptor Richard Loffler works in a traditional style but infuses his bronzes with fiery spirit, as in Topknots and Tails, a spinning bull available at Astoria Fine Art.

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Runnicles’ Tenth

Grand Teton Music Festival celebrates a decade under acclaimed maestro. — By Richard Anderson


he world’s greatest orchestras generally selves.” He attributed this to Runnicles’ “organhave the name of a great conductor as- ic authority” and “pure love of music and commitment to music that musicians respond to.” sociated with them. Second, Runnicles’ musical network is vast Sir Georg Solti, during his nearly thirty years with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and his reputation runs deep. This has allowed made it perhaps the best orchestra in the land him to personally invite such guest soloists as at the time, an international and recording Jonathan Biss, Jeremy Denk, James Ehnes, success. The Boston Symphony Orchestra had Renee Fleming, and Alisa Weilerstein. And Seiji Ozawa to steer it through some tumultu- there’s plenty more where they came from.  ous times from 1973 to 2002. And the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra still has James Levine, who first picked up the baton in the famed New York hall in 1973 and just now appears to be ready to pass CENTER FOR THE ARTS it on, due to health issues. The Center hosts big-name acts like Brandi Carlile in its 500Donald Runnicles’ decade-long tenseat theater two blocks from Town Square. ure with the Grand Teton Music Festival 265 S. Cache St., (307) 733-4900 might not rise to such a level of longevjhcenterforthearts.org ity and influence—not yet—but his constancy is surely behind the Teton orchesPINK GARTER THEATRE tra’s clear and connective music making. Up-and-coming talent and seasoned performers alike enjoy “The hallmark of Donald’s career,” performing at this intimate venue flanked by hot nightlife said Andrew Palmer Todd, the festival’s spot The Rose. executive director for going on four sea50 W. Broadway Ave., (307) 733-1500 sons, “is an established, long relationpinkgartertheatre.com ship with an organized group of musicians … and in that sense the festival fits MUSIC ON MAIN right in. It’s been a long and artistically On Thursday nights between June 23 and August 11 in Victor, rewarding relationship.” Idaho, bands entertain crowds outdoors in Victor City Park. He looks to three benchmarks. The This year’s headliners include the Shook Twins and James first is the still-raising quality of the enMcMurtry. Admission is free. semble. Given that the festival orchestra tetonvalleyfoundation.org is composed of principal members of groups from all over the United States, CONCERTS ON THE COMMONS the bar is already high. Summer Sunday evenings on the grassy commons in Teton “But one of Donald’s gifts,” said Village, free music flows, although the schedule had not Todd, “is his ability to raise this colbeen announced as of press time. lective group to really play above themconcertsonthecommons.com

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As promised back in late 2006, when Runnicles was named the festival’s third music director, he has raised the profile of the organization, making it not only better known across the land, but making it a not-to-be-missed classical music experience.  “You can only do that if both the organization and the person are committed to having a meaningful relationship over an extended period of time,” Todd reiterated. To celebrate the anniversary, the Grand Teton Music Festival will open with a week of concerts with special meaning to Runnicles. July 5 will feature a program titled “Ten Years in the Tetons”

with Runnicles at the piano, mezzo-soprano Kelley O’Connor singing and old friend Lynn Harrell playing cello. July 7 will bring the National Collegiate Chorale of Scotland to the Tetons, a bow to Runnicles’ Edinburgh roots, and exactly what one needs to pull off sufficiently rousing performances of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, as planned July 8 and 9. Also that weekend will see the world premiere of Aaron Jay Kernis’ “For Love of the Mountains,” a work commissioned by the festival for the occasion. Nearly four dozen more concerts round out the 2016 summer festival season. Visit gtmf.org for details and tickets.


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Leaping Through Summer Resident and visiting dance companies present athletic, graceful work. — By Kelsey Dayton


ne doesn’t necessarily think “Wyoming,” when thinking of where to see dance by cutting-edge companies and some of the top performers of the art form. But this summer Dancers’ Workshop is offering performances by companies that showcase the athleticism and breadth of the art form. Here is what’s planned for summer 2016.

Jackson boasts the state’s only modern dance company. Contemporary Dance Wyoming performs a highly athletic repertoire. Catch them June 16 and 17 at the Center for the Arts. Photograph by Bradly J. Boner

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CONTEMPORARY DANCE WYOMING dwjh.org Annual summer performance 8 p.m. June 16 and 17 at Center for the Arts Jackson’s resident professional modern dance company, known for its highly athletic repertoire, performs new dances this summer. Members’ resumes include companies like Gallim Dance and Elisa Monte. New work performed in June features choreography by artistic director Babs Case and dancer Kate Kosharek, as well as New York City-based Troy Ogilvie, formerly of Gallim Dance. Dancers will perform bold original work that showcases the strength of ensemble.

DAVID DORFMAN DANCE In residency the week of July 18 “Aroundtown” 6 p.m. July 21 in Dancers’ Workshop Studio 1 at Center for the Arts “COME, AND BACK AGAIN” 8 p.m. July 23, Center Theater, Center for the Arts David Dorfman’s mission is to get the whole world dancing. He brings his contemporary dance company to Jackson for a weeklong residency including open rehearsals and master classes. “Aroundtown” debuts next year and features impossible-seeming spins and unique partnerings. The company’s residency culminates in a performance of “Come, And Back Again.” It explores daily life, vulnerability and mortality and is driven by the charged poetry of the ’90s band Smoke.

STARS OF AMERICAN BALLET, FEATURING THE PRINCIPAL DANCERS OF NEW YORK CITY BALLET In residency the week of August 15 — Fundraising Gala Performance — 6 p.m. August 18, Center Theater at the Center for the Arts — Performance — 8 p.m. August 19 and August 20, Center Theater at the Center for the Arts People travel from all over the world to see the New York City Ballet. But this summer, principal dancers, the highest rank within a professional company, come to Jackson as part of Stars of American Ballet. The company is in residence at Dancers’ Workshop the week of August 15 offering open rehearsals, master classes and performances.


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On Stage Four companies present live theater this summer. — By Kelsey Dayton


rom campy musicals to farcical murder mysteries, comedy to classic Shakespeare, Jackson theater companies offer something for everyone’s taste. Four active theater companies provide stage entertainment throughout the year appealing to a variety of tastes and spanning the spectrum of genres. Here’s what’s coming up.

JACKSON HOLE COMMUNITY THEATER facebook.com/JacksonCommunityTheater “The Dixie Swim Club,” Oct. 24-29

RIOT ACT, INC. riotactinc.org “Rumors,” October 21-22 and October 28-29

Five Southern women meet for a weekend each August to catch up. “The Dixie Swim Club” is the story of four of those weekends over thirty-three years and shows how as life changes, the women increasingly rely on each other. Jackson Hole Community Theater, whose mission is to involve anyone interested in theater, presents the comedy about love, strength and long-term friendship this October. It will be directed by California resident Ronald Joseph, an Emmy award-winning actor.

A routine dinner party goes askew in Neil Simon’s “Rumors,” a murder-mystery farce. Riot Act, Jackson’s local alternative theater company, whose mission is to push artists and audiences intellectually, socially and emotionally, presents the play in October. The avant-garde theater company will also perform two other full-length productions during the year, not yet confirmed by press time. It also hosts a new play festival featuring original shorts each spring.

OFF SQUARE THEATRE COMPANY offsquare.org Thin Air Shakespeare, “Taming of the Shrew,” 7:30 p.m. July 8-10 and July 15-17, Center for the Arts lawn, free. “Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike,” a staged reading, 7 p.m. October 28 and 29, Black Box Theater, Center for the Arts. “Dogs in a Drift,” December 3, Center Theater at the Center for the Arts. Pack a picnic and enjoy a summer evening along with some Shakespeare on the Center lawn. Thin Air Shakespeare, produced by Off Square Theatre Company, performs “Taming of the Shrew,” outside this summer. In October the company performs a staged reading of “Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike,” a comedy about bickering middle-aged siblings. In December, Off Square presents “Dogs in a Drift,” an original show by Jackson resident Bob Berky. “It’s going to be perfect Bob Berky,” Off Square Executive Director Clare Payne Symmons said. “It will be entertaining for everyone.” 46

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JACKSON HOLE PLAYHOUSE jacksonplayhouse.com “The Ballad of Cat Ballou,” 6:30 p.m. dinner, 7:30 p.m. pre-show, 8 p.m. show, Mondays through Saturdays through Oct. 3. $65 for dinner and show for adults, $40 youth 13 and older, $40 child 5 to 12 year olds, $35 show only for adults, $25 youth, $20 child. This summer the historic Jackson Hole Playhouse presents its original “The Ballad of Cat Ballou,” based on the 1965 comedy movie where a woman hires a gunman to protect the family ranch and avenge her father’s death. The play features saloon and tap dancing and “good ol’ slapstick” humor, said Joel Duke, marketing manager with the company and a cast member. Playhouse actors also put on the Jackson Hole Shootout at 5:20 p.m. six days per week each summer on Town Square. It’s free.


The Jackson Hole Playhouse presents “The Ballad of Cat Ballou” six nights a week, Monday through Saturday at 8 p.m. throughout the summer, with an optional dinner served beforehand. Photograph by Bradly J. Boner


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The Plein Air Festival will be June 18 at the National Museum of Wildlife Art. More than fifty artists will create original works along the museum’s sculpture trail. Or watch painters on location during Plein Air for the Park July 4-17 in Grand Teton National Park. Photograph by Bradly J. Boner

Art All Summer THIRD THURSDAY ART WALKS: From 5 to 8 p.m. on Third Thursday of each month. Thirty or so members of Jackson Hole Gallery Association feature new exhibits, artist talks, snacks and more. For map, see page 47. NATIONAL MUSEUM OF WILDLIFE ART: Perched on a hillside just north of town overlooking the National Elk Refuge, the museum is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Walk the sculpture trail. Create in an open studio. Admission $14 adults, $12 seniors, $2-$6 children, free to kids younger than five. (307) 733-5771, wildlifeart.org ART ASSOCIATION OF JACKSON HOLE: Gallery and studios in the Center for the Arts offer exhibits and classes for all ages. artassociation.org JACKSON HOLE HISTORICAL SOCIETY AND MUSEUM: Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. MondaySaturday with exhibits on homesteading, American Indians, music, movies. Two blocks north of Town Square. Admission $5 adults, $4 students and seniors, free to kids younger than 12. (307) 733-2414, jacksonholehistory.org


Range. Event includes reception, auction and lots of open-air painting. pleinairforthepark.org ARTISTS IN THE ENVIRONMENT: On the second Saturday of each month in summer, a local author, artist and photographer hold court in Grand Teton National Park, sharing their craft with the public. Free. grandtetonpark.org OPEN-AIR ART FAIRS: At Jackson Hole People’s Market, 4 to 7 p.m. each Wednesday at the base of Snow King, local arts and crafts are sold alongside fresh fruits and vegetables. jhpeoplesmarket.org

MUSIC GRAND TETON MUSIC FESTIVAL: Symphony orchestra concerts five nights per week July 4-August 20 in Walk Festival Hall in Teton Village. Ticket prices $25-$55. Students get in free; rush tickets may be available; 10 a.m. orchestra rehearsals on Fridays cost $10. (307) 733-1128, gtmf.org JACKSON HOLE HOOTENANNY: Acoustic performances by resident and visiting musicians, 6 p.m. each Monday at Dornan’s in Moose. Free. See page 42 for more concert venues and dates.

The juried three-day Art Fair Jackson Hole is held July 8-10 and August 12-14 in Miller Park. jhartfair.org


Teton Village Art and Antique Show is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 8-10 and August 12-14 in the Village Commons. The same company presents Jackson Hole Art and Antique Show on August 19-21 in Miller Park. mcpresents.com


Teton Village Art Show is July 22-24 near the Mangy Moose. (208) 317-2575.

PLEIN AIR EVENTS: Plein Air Festival is June 18 at National Museum of Wildlife Art. More than fifty artists paint along the museum’s sculpture trail. wildlifeart.org

During Fall Arts Festival, catch Takin’ It to the Streets, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. September 11 on Town Square. artassociation.org

Plein Air for the Park is July 4-17 in Grand Teton National Park. Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters gather and work under the Teton

FALL ARTS FESTIVAL: This 10-day celebration of the arts is September 8-18. See page 10 for a schedule.

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THEATER See page 46 for productions, dates and venues.

DANCE Dancers’ Workshop offers dozens of adult drop-in classes and several professional productions from its home in the Center for the Arts. dwjh.org See page 44 for productions, dates and venues. ———————————————————————————————————— For many more specific events every week, please refer to the Stepping Out section of the Jackson Hole News&Guide or our online calendar: jhnewsandguide.com/calendar

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