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Fal l arts festival 2012 A spe c i a l s u p p l em ent to the Jac ks on Hole Ne w s&Guid e • Septe mb er 6 to 16


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On your marks Artists race the clock on Town Square.


Fall Arts Festival featured artist Amy Ringholz fulfills hers, inspires those of others.

Mountain man Trailside shares Ralph Oberg’s elevated oeuvre.

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Datebook Fill your days with Fall Arts events.

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Amy Ringholz has practically been living in her studio south of town.

QuickDraw Legacy Gallery Mangelsen – Images of Nature Robert Dean Collection Partners in Health Wildest Dreams: Amy Ringholz Trailside Galleries “The Stagecoach Bar: An American Crossroads” Artists in the Environment: Sharon Thomas Camille Obering Art Advisory Fall Arts Festival calendar

On the cover: Amy Ringholz works on “Dreamers Don’t Sleep,” in a photograph by Amanda White.



TERRY & CLAUDIA WINCHELL 375 South Cache Drive PO Box 3790 Jackson,WY 83001 307-733-2669 866-690-2669

Saturday, September 15th, 10:00 -12:00

Collector and author Alan Hirschfield will discuss his extensive collection of American Indian art and his perspectives on collecting. Selected for their value as artworks, this collection of American Indian art is one of the finest in private hands and represents numerous regional styles and object types. The new book, Living with American Indian Art: The Hirschfield Collection, will be for sale and the author will be available for signings. 240985

Fastest brush in the West

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QuickDraw Art Sale and Auction 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15 Town Square –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– By Amanda H. Miller


n the Wild West, the quickest draw was always the last man standing. On Saturday, Sept. 15, the artist who draws the quickest wins a pretty penny for the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce and Fall Arts Festival. Dozens of artists will fill Town Square with their easels and create finished works of art in only 90 minutes. The QuickDraw begins at 9 a.m. on the dot, and the pieces will be sold immediately after — paint still wet — at a live auction beside the square. “You have to work fast,” painter Jeff Ham said. Ham, who lives in Chicago and paints colorful, inky animals and Western characters in an Andy Warhol style, said he was drawn to the event because of his background in advertising. The QuickDraw is the biggest Fall Arts Festival fundraiser, said Maureen Murphy, events manager for the chamber. All proceeds from the auction go to the chamber to support future Fall Arts Festivals. While daunting, the QuickDraw is alluring to artists. “I stood on the sidelines and watched for a couple years,” Ham said. “Then I decided I could probably do it.” In advertising and filmmaking, he had to rapidly produce storyboards with as many as 75 frames. He often was given only one night to work. “I wasn’t intimidated,” he said of the QuickDraw. Mountain Trails Gallery sponsors Ham. Every QuickDraw artist is sponsored by a Jackson gallery. “There are some really impressive artists, and it’s amazing to see what they can do in a short time,” Ham said. All of the artists push themselves. “You have check your ego at the door,” said Kathryn Mapes Turner, who will paint landscapes at the QuickDraw for Trio Fine Art. “You need nerves of steel or blinders.” Some artists work quickly all the time, but no one normally works that fast, Ham said. Turner said the QuickDraw approach is wildly different from her usual time-intensive process. Accordingly, her QuickDraw pieces always differ from the paintings she

STEVE REMICH / news&guide file photo

Jim Wilcox, of Jackson Hole, works on his painting for a rapt crowd at the 2007 QuickDraw on Town Square. The year’s QuickDraw starts at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15; artists will have 90 minutes to complete a new masterpiece.

completes over months in the studio. “I have paintings in my studio now that I’ve been working on for six months,” she said. As long as people can appreciate the difference between the two kinds of paintings, the experience can be exciting and fulfilling for the artists. “I have to let go of a lot of things,” Turner said. “I have to be looser and have different expectations for myself. But it’s 90 minutes to do what I love, and it’s spectacular.” Even though Ham has a history of working rapidly, it’s a major challenge for him. “I still push the limits a bit,” he said. “I tend to work a

bit bigger than most.” His first year, he did a 48-by-48-inch painting. Last year, he tackled a 35-by-40-inch canvas. He’s comfortable working that big, yet the QuickDraw always leaves him feeling he could have done better. He usually talks to the buyer after the auction and asks if he can put some finishing touches on the work and a protective lacquer. The buyers have always obliged. To try to banish that unfinished feeling, he plans to work on a slightly smaller scale this year. “I’d like to see if I can get it a little more finished,” Ham said.

Reception Schedule G . RU S S E L L C A S E & J O S H UA TOBEY T h u r s d a y, Se p t e m b e r 1 3 t h , 3 - 6 p.m. G R E G B E E C H A M & T I M C H E RRY Fr i d a y, Se p t e m b e r 1 4 t h , 1 - 4 p. m.

G. Russell Case

Richard Loffler

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Tim Cherry

Greg Beecham

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Joshua Tobey

T H E B E S T O F A S TO R I A F E AT U R I N G R I C H A R D LO F F LER Sa t u rd a y, Se p t e m b e r 1 5 t h , 1 0 a . m . - 1 p.m.

A painting legacy

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Legacy Gallery 75 N. Cache St. 733-2353 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––


By Dina Mishev

wo Fall Arts Festivals ago, painter Kyle Polzin saw up close, at the National Museum of Wildlife Art, the camera and the rifle Carl Rungius used to track wildlife in the wilderness. “I’ve always been fascinated with Rungius’ spirit of being outdoors — of hiking up into the mountains, tracking down animals and tying all these elements together into a painting,” Polzin said. “I wanted to do this painting to pay tribute to that.” Polzin spent two years researching and working on the painting that he will unveil at Legacy Gallery during Fall Arts. Polzin’s one-man show is one of several major events Legacy has planned for Fall Arts. The gallery, which also has a location in Scottsdale, Ariz., is staging a showcase of works by members of the Traditional Cowboy Arts Association as well as its annual Legacy of Nature show. Already, anticipation is building among collectors for the array in store at Legacy. “I’m anticipating a great crowd,” said Legacy’s general manager, Scott Jones. “We’ve already had lots of clients contacting us to tell us they’re coming,” Jones said back in July.

Luke Frazier’s “Momma’s Little Helpers” will be part of Legacy Gallery’s annual Legacy of Nature exhibit.

The Kyle Polzin one-man show is the first to open at the gallery the night of Palates and Palettes on Friday, Sept. 7. “I’m anticipating a sellout,” Jones said. “His last one-man show, which was two years ago, sold out. Because of demand, we have to sell all his paintings by draw or minimum bid.” Jones is expecting to get about a new dozen pieces from Polzin, including the painting that pays tribute to Carl Rungius. “When I was up here for my last one-man show [in September 2010], I went to the

National Museum of Wildlife Art, and they were kind enough to give me a tour of all of Rungius’ things that they have— a camera, his rifle,” Polzin said. “That began to help me solidify my idea for the painting.” From there, Polzin continued his research, tracking down other items that Rungius used in his work. “So the rifle and the skull in the painting weren’t painted directly from the ones Rungius used, but that is the rifle model he used and the type of camera he used,” Polzin said.

SIGNATURE EVENTS FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 PALATES & PALETTES GALLERY WALK Thirty 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, in a social and relaxing atmosphere.

Earlier this year, at the Autry National Center’s Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition and Sale, Polzin received the Don B. Huntley Sprit of the West Award given in recognition of the most outstanding work in cowboy subject matter. His winning painting was “Top Hand,” a still life of cowboy trappings. While Polzin is best-known for his wildlife, Jones said the benefit of a one-man show is the opportunity to “showcase talents outside of core Western themes.” “Kyle can paint just about

anything,” Jones said. “We have an entire list of collectors waiting for his next hydrangeas piece. This show will feature his versatility.” During the first weekend of Fall Arts, Legacy will showcase work by nearly a dozen Traditional Cowboy Arts Association artists. “We wanted to do something a little different this first Fall Arts Festival weekend,” Jones said. “These men and women are true artists and we think collectors will appreciate the opportunity to see the bits and spurs, braided rawhide, saddles, and silver pieces made by them.” The Traditional Cowboy Arts Association artists will be in the gallery from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8 and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9. Saving the biggest show for last, Legacy of Nature opens Friday, Sept. 14. An artist reception follows on Saturday, Sept. 15, with participating artists milling about the gallery from 4 to 6 p.m. Legacy has invited 15 of its wildlife and sporting artists to participate in this annual show. Artists contributing new work include Ken Carlson, Michael Coleman, Chad Poppleton, Luke Frazier and Tim Shinabarger. “People visiting Jackson are so excited about the wildlife they see up in the parks,” Jones said. “Putting on this kind of show allows that same sort of excitement to happen in the gallery.” Legacy of Nature hangs until Sept. 23.

28TH ANNUAL JACKSON HOLE FALL ARTS FESTIVAL A Visual, Performing & Culinary Arts Celebration

SEPTEMBER 6 -16, 2012

5pm – 8pm. See gallery map for various locations.


WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 POSTER SIGNING WITH AMY RINGHOLZ Meet artist Amy Ringholz and receive a personally signed poster of her featured painting, “Dreamers Don’t Sleep.” Amy and the characters in this special piece are kindred spirits, happy to explore, to evolve, to excite, to engage and to enliven whomever they touch. Altamira Fine Art, 3 – 5pm. Open to the public.

GALLERY ARTWALK Join 30 Jackson art galleries for the Third Thursdays ARTWalk (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 ARTWalk banners! Various locations – see gallery map, 5 – 8pm. Open to the public.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 17TH ANNUAL JACKSON HOLE 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 90 minute creative process, along with the sale of, “Dreamers Don’t Sleep,” the featured artwork of the 2012 Fall Arts Festival. Jackson Town Square, 9am. Open to the public.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 ART BRUNCH GALLERY WALK Join Jackson’s 30 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.

The Historic Wort Hotel: Official host of the 2012 Fall Arts Festival information booth.

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Palates & Palettes Gallery Walk Featuring delectables from Four Seasons Resort Friday, September 9 from 5:00 - 8:00 PM

Rebecca Latham, Free Spirits, Watercolor, 12 x 16

Karen Niederhut, Young Colt, Oil, 24 x 24 Dave McNally, Storm Light, Oil, 36 X 48

Palates & Palettes Gallery Walk

Fine Art Gallery

Featuring delectables from 43 North Friday, September 7 from 5:00 - 8:00 PM

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R. Scott Nickell, Cheyenne Honor, Bronze, 2/3 life size

Peggy Prugh, Olé, Gouache, 16 X 20

Peggy Prugh Reception

“New Works” Open house

Friday, September 9 from 5:00 - 8:00 PM

Sunday, September 18 from 12:00 - 3:00 PM

Show hangs September 8 - 18

C. C. Opiela, Companions, Acrylic, 30 X 30

Kate McCavitt, Evening Reflections, Acrylic, 24 x 36

Gary Holland, Prima Ballerina, Oil, 20 X 16

Randy VanBeek, Sentinel of The Rockies, Oil, 24 x 36


Indian Arts 105 E. Broadway 733-1081

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Navajo n Hopi n Zuni

Hopi Kachina Dolls n Pottery n Fetishes n Oils n Sculptures n


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Thomas Mangelsen photographed “Catnap” in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in Tanzania.

A humane lens

Mangelsen – Images of Nature Gallery 170 N. Cache 733-9752 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– By Richard Anderson


frica in the winter and then again in the spring. Alaska in the summer. Seminars and workshops year round — including one set for Nov. 9 to 11 with Frans Lanting and Art Wolfe.  Photographer Tom Mangelsen is one busy guy. And yet the Nebraska native and nearly 35-year Jackson resident never fails to make time to be in his Images of Nature Gallery for Fall Arts Festival. “It’s one of the great arts festivals in America,” Mangelsen said earlier this summer. “We have great art here, and we have and have had great galleries that are recognized throughout the West. “I get a lot of joy from looking at the other art, and I get inspired by the people,” he said of his own enjoyment of the arts festival. “I like being part of that community and recognized in that community, not just as a photographer but as an artist.” Images of Nature will, of course, participate in the annual Palates and Palettes gallery walk on Friday, Sept. 7, pairing up with Nikai. On

Grizzly 399 with her two cubs in Grand Teton National Park.

Saturday, Sept. 8, Mangelsen will be in the gallery to preside over an evening of wine, hors d’oeuvres and stunning photographs from around the world. This year, the artist-documentarian-conservationist continues to highlight images from his spring trip to East Africa. He also will present new shots made in his own backyard, Grand Teton National Park. The gallery also will show off its recent remodel, with new paint, a new LED lighting system and new carpet, all of which casts the work in an even better light. The new lighting, in particular, “really shows off the natural coloring,” gallery director Dana

Turner said. The lighting brings out the warmth of Mangelsen’s rich colors and comes across as more diffused, more natural, not coming directly from a siingle glaring source. Mangelsen unveiled this year’s African work earlier this summer — lions, cheetahs, zebras and some frolicking elephant calves from the Amboseli Research Project — but he also spent a ton of time this spring and summer in Grand Teton National Park. Until Fall Arts, those images are under wraps, but Mangelsen said he had been up and about pretty much every day since spring documenting grizzly bears 610 and 399 and their families.

“I’ve been getting up at 6, 6:30, near sunrise or before” to venture out and track down Grand Teton ’s most famous bears. “But every day I get distracted. Yesterday it was a huge rain cloud, right before sunrise. … I spent 30 minutes photographing the light as it changed in the cloud movement. By the time I finally got up to Two Ocean Lake, my friend said, ‘You should have been here half an hour ago.’” He had, of course, just missed his target bears. For such an avid documentarian of the Tetons, Mangelsen said he resisted shooting the iconic range for the first 10 years or so that he lived here, back in the late 1970s. “I thought they had been overdone,” he said. But visitors kept popping by his tiny gallery, then in Gaslight Alley, to look around. Seeing no Teton shots, they would leave. They were searching for images they’d already seen in a hundred cigarette and automobile advertisements. “I said, ‘I think I’m late, this place has already been discovered.’” Even so, Mangelsen went on to create some of the most stunning portraits of the ever-changing western Wyoming landscape. “I look at something somewhat holistically,” he said about creating an artistic image. “I look at it from more of a painterly aspect, to capture in one frame that says a lot

of things. ... If you painted that, it wouldn’t have the impact as if you knew this is real, the real moment. In some ways, a photograph can be more powerful.” At the same time, documenting the character of the creature or a moment is of the greatest urgency, to help viewers make a connection with the landscape or animal. “It goes back a long way to my upbringing with my father,” he said. “He was a hunter and a fisherman on the Platte River. They didn’t have word for conservationist at the time, but the Platte was being dewatered, it was going to die. For 20 years, he was fighting the irrigators, the water diversion people. … This is what you do. You’ve got to save what you love, what you see, what you believe in.” Mangelsen inherited his father’s love of the Platte — he’s made gorgeous photos of sandhill cranes swarming the heartland waterway — and that love has extended far and wide, from Alaska to Africa. “I’m a hunter’s son,” he said. “I know what good sportsmanship is, what ethics are, what’s humane and not humane. I grew up with a father who believes strongly that if you shoot something, you shoot it clean, you don’t waste it, you don’t do it cruelly, you do it as humanely as possible.” Those same rules apply as much to photography as they do to hunting.

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Quality is paramount

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Robert Dean Collection Gallery 180 W. Broadway 733-9290 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

ob Gonzales connects with quality. He knows it when he sees it, as do the collectors who visit his Robert Dean Collection Gallery. Since 1983, Gonzales has showcased exquisite jewelry by the top Native American jewelry artists, all of whom hail from the Southwest. Gonzales represents artists like Marco Begaye and Jennifer and Thomas Curtis. Every artist in the collection has been celebrated with awards and in publications. Gonzales is in awe of handmade art. “The idea that people can create these pieces with their hands” continues to fuel his business and his desire to find new artists, he said. The collection, named after Gonzales’ full name, Robert Dean Gonzales, features a full array of Native American artistry from necklaces to rings, bracelets to belts and buckles, bola ties and earrings. Gonzales began his professional life as a steward with United, work that exposed him to cities the world over. New York City continues to enchant him most. He thrives at discerning high culture: theater, cuisine, architecture and art.

Navajo silversmith Jennifer Curtis learned her art from her father, world-famous artist Thomas Curtis.

Aviation finally landed him in Arizona, a relaxed, pleasing counterpoint to the fast pace he maintained for so long. Ever attuned to culture, Gonzales grew close to Native American jewelry artists in and around Arizona. He continues to work directly with the artists themselves. In 1974, he opened his first gallery in Scottsdale. Then, a friend called him with space

available in Jackson Hole. He opened his second site in 1983. Ever since, he has spent summers in Jackson and winters in Phoenix. Five years ago, he moved his Jackson gallery to 180 W. Broadway. Robert Dean Collection attracts collectors who seek out quality in all aspects of their lives, from fine restaurants to fine art. High-quality pieces are versatile and can

travel with you wherever you go, from Manhattan to Jackson, Gonzales said. They never wear out. Gonzales takes pride in treating his customers with the upmost respect and builds relationships based on honesty, integrity and trust. Collectors can commission pieces as well by communicating their aesthetic to Gonzales who then works with the art-

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ists. Gonzales owns a collection of rare stones — all waiting for artistic settings. A 144karat piece of Lander blue spiderweb turquoise is extremely rare, considering the Lander County, Nev., mine closed in the 1930s. Each piece of jewelry in the gallery tells the story of its maker, like Allison Snowhawk Lee, a Navajo artist who started studying silversmithing at age 12 and now makes his own mellon beads. Strongly influenced by his artist father and brothers, Marco Begaye grew up on the Navajo reservation in Arizona and studied under master jeweler Lee Yazzie. Fusing a modern aesthetic with traditional craftsmanship, he uses silver and only the finest coral and turquoise. Jennifer Curtis continues in the footsteps of her father, famous silversmith Thomas Curtis. They both work in heavy-gauge silver, a difficult metal that requires time-intensive techniques. Norbert Peshlakai, a Navajo master goldsmith who also works in silver and set stones, began his career as a painter, an aesthetic that informs his wearable art. Similarly, Larry Golsh’s creativity spans multiple genres, from art to jewelry, sculpture to architectural design. He makes his jewelry entirely by hand using gold, silver and rare stones.

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Paul Farmer and Ophelia Dahl, pictured here on a recent home visit with a community health worker in Cange, Haiti, will speak in Jackson.

Global insight

Paul Farmer and Ophelia Dahl 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6 Walk Festival Hall, Teton Village $20 (proceeds benefit Partners in Health) –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––


By Amanda H. Miller

ver multifaceted, Jackson Hole plays host to two global health luminaries during the creative cacophony of Fall Arts Festival. On Thursday, Sept. 6, at Walk Festival Hall in Teton Village, Partners In Health founders Paul Farmer and Ophelia Dahl will give a presentation about medical care in poor countries. The presentation and discussion, put on by InterConnections21, will be moderated by bestselling author Alexandra Fuller. Open to the public, the event begins at 8 p.m. and costs $20 to attend, with all proceeds benefitting Partners in Health. Farmer was the subject of Pulitzer Prizewinner Traci Kidder’s book, “Mountains Beyond Mountains.” In 1987, Farmer and Dahl founded, with three other experts, Partners In Health, a global organization committed to bringing quality medical care to the world’s poorest populations. InterConnections21, a Jackson nonprofit, strives to bring a high-profile global leader to the valley once a year, program associate Evan Huggins said. “We’re a pretty insulated community, and people want to know how they can effect change on a large scale,” Huggins said. “Partners In Health is a great example of how a humanitarian organization can impact global change.” Twenty-five years ago, Partners In Health began in rural Haiti with the mission of providing care for people living in extreme poverty who had treatable and

preventable diseases such as tuberculosis. Since then, the organization has grown its operations into 10 countries around the world. Its focus has broadened as well, said Jennie Rile, a Partners In Health project coordinator who is in charge of efforts in Lesotho to reduce maternal mortality rates. The organization is opening a cancer treatment facility in Rwanda, the first center of its kind in Africa, Riley said. While people might not think of cancer as a primary threat in some of these impoverished communities, it’s still a significant problem, Riley said. “We use our established projects to show countries what can be done,” Riley said. Partners In Health works to create systems and partnerships that help communities and countries become self-sustaining and develop lasting health care solutions. Only about 150 of the organization’s 150,000 employees are Americans. “The thing that stood out for me when I started working here, and still does, is the focus on solidarity and accompaniment,” Riley said. “There’s a sense of not doing something for someone else, but in partnership with them.” People undergoing treatment must change the way they think about health care, she said. She has witnessed this firsthand in Lesotho. “People ask me if the mothers are grateful,” Riley said, “but it’s not so much about gratitude.” She knew she was accomplishing what Partners In Health set out to do when the vitamin supply ran out one day because of a delayed delivery. The mothers became angry and demanded the vitamins for their children. “These are women who never had access to health care before,” Riley said.

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Out standing in their field, a half-dozen completed canvases by Amy Ringholz appear to be stampeding toward the viewer. The Fall Arts Festival featured artist plans to hang 34 new works for he

dreams By Richard Anderson


reamers Don’t Sleep” is more than the title of Amy Ringholz’ painting for the 2012 Fall Arts Festival. It’s her credo, her call to arms, her modus operandi — particularly during the weeks leading up to the festival, during which Ringholz will open a show at Altamira Fine Arts, host a circus of a party and attend many other signings, lectures, toasts and events. “I live here, like, 20 hours a day,” she said of her dream-factory studio in an old log building south of town. It was a scene of cozy chaos, with bookshelves, a couch and a couple of comfy chairs, horizontal surfaces cluttered with notebooks and

Ringholz’ “Dreamers Don’t Sleep”

art supplies and tchotchkes that, one imagines, are steeped in significance for the artist. Canvases — some finished, some just charcoal sketches, most of them large — hung from every wall, leaned on easels, were stacked in a room off the north end of the work space. Other objets d’art lay about in various states of completion. About two dozen lamps — no two the same, Ringholz’ father’s handiwork — hung from the rafters, each of them glowing softly, even though it was broad daylight. One had the definite sense that stepping into the log enclosure was stepping into Ringholz’s mind. “I have two goals throughout the festival,” the 34-year-old painter said, sitting on the couch and getting down to business. “First, I want to take it up a notch. I want more people, different age groups, to take it to the level as far as the excitement and creativity and fun goes. And second, I want to bring more awareness into each event.” Those aren’t empty words. Ringholz is all action. For more than a year — since June 2011, when she was picked by the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce to be the featured artists of the 2012 festival — she has been thinking, plotting, dreaming. While most featured artists present sketches to the festival committee in November, so it can pick a concept for the poster image, Ringholz turned in complete or nearly complete paintings. She has been planning her Fall Arts Festival show at Altamira since last year. “It’s going to be a phenomenal show,” she promised. “People will come back over and over.” The art on the studio walls backed up her words. Wolves and swans and ungulates and owls — most any species you can think of that calls Jackson Hole home — were represented in either her classic inkand-oil canvases or her “urban wildlife” work, a more stylized take on her subject matter. “It will be about half and half,” she said of the work she plans to hang at Altamira. “Different pieces for different people.” All told, she had 34 canvases finished or in the works. More than an exhibition, she is planning an installation, with paintings hanging on the walls,

Ringholz’ studio occupies an old log garage near Rafter J. Art and art objects are ev

hanging from the ceiling, a veritable stampede of wildlife. That was, in fact, an early idea for the name of the exhibition. It’s more than just a show for her; she’s got something to prove. “It’s going to be an experience,” she said. “You, the viewer, will be part of the art. You’re going to be blown away by the emotion, the vision, the stimulation, the excitement and fun.” Mark Tarrant, director of Altamira, has been working with Ringholz since 2006. He ticked off the shows he has hosted at his Center Street gallery: “The Zoo,” which featured beasts from around the world; “Storytellers,” inspired by a trip to Africa; “Residents,” which, he said, had a heavy art nouveau look, as influenced by Czech painter Alphonse Mucha, one of Ringholz’ favorites. “Then last year she introduced a series she calls solos,” Tarrant said, “ink drawings on wood panels, and her urban wildlife,” in which she dropped the color out of the background, leaving it white. “It’s edgier, more graphically designed.

“Every year, she has e work with new ideas,” he driven. … Typically, she has a lot of restless nights” on h ‘Dreamers Don’t Sleep.’ … T ist, she wanted to do somet While the Altamira sho Ringholz’ Fall Arts schedul she will be involved in. Sh a poster signing from 3 to 12, at the gallery. The re Don’t Sleep” will follow fro day, she will host an artist t Garter Theatre. “I’d like to invite the hig show them what it’s taken On Saturday, Sept. 15, QuickDraw from 9 a.m. Square, where she will sign original of “Dreamers Don’t “That’s the scariest part

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er solo exhibition at Altamira Fine Art this month. More than a show, Ringholz said, the display will be an “experience.”

Wild Fete Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, artists and dreamers: Come one, come all to the Center for the Arts Lawn for what may be the greatest show of any Fall Arts Festival. Step right up to “Something Wild This Way Comes,” Fall Arts featured artist Amy Ringholz’ end-of-the-festival extravaganza. Live music, vintage cocktails, a veritable menagerie of wonders and surprises, and western Wyoming’s largest herd of free-roaming artists await all who attend this carnival of creativity. More than a party, “Something Wild” is Ringholz’ thank-you to Jackson Hole — its human and wild residents — for helping to make her career. People will enjoy the drinks, art and camaraderie; animals will benefit from donations to the Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance, the Teton Raptor Center, The Murie Center and the Center of Wonder. Ringholz has organized the blowout as a three-ring circus. One ring or “act” will be about

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verywhere, such as the two dozen electric lanterns made by her father.

evolved, she pushes the e said. “She’s incredibly spent a lot of energy and her Fall Arts show. “Thus This year, as featured artthing equal to the honor.” ow is the big event on le, it is not the only thing he’ll start the week with 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. eception for “Dreamers om 5 to 7 p.m. The next talk at 4 p.m. in the Pink

gh school,” she said, “to n to get here.” she’ll preside over the to 12:30 p.m. on Town posters and watch as the t Sleep” is auctioned off. of the week,” she said. “I

dreams, a nod to her festival poster image, “Dreamer’s Don’t Sleep,” and to the magical realm of creativity and inspiration within us all. The second ring will be about “girls,” a reference to the fact that Ringholz is the first female Fall Arts artist in 13 years, and a “shoutout” to the women “who run this town.” And in the main ring will be the artist herself and 50 close collaborators presenting sculptures, paintings and other creations, some of which have been in the works for months. The theme is vintage circus, and attendees are urged to dress accordingly: suspenders, derby hats and bow ties for men; ruffles, sequins and feathers for the ladies. Tickets cost $20 in advance at, or $25 at the door. Bring a stack of $5 bills for period cocktails, and be prepared for “creativity that ... will blow everyone away,” Ringholz said. The wild time starts at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15.

have no idea what will happen. I’ll have two minutes to introduce the piece. To me, that will be a really important moment, to capture everything I’m going for, everything that’s behind it.” And that night, from 6 to 10 p.m., she’ll host one more party, a huge bash she’s titled “Something Wild This Way Comes” (see top sidebar). “That party is a thank-you from me to Jackson,” she said. “The creativity that will happen there will blow everyone away.” If you’ve hear a note of confidence in everything Ringholz says and does, you’re not mistaken. “I decided a long time ago that what I do best is make art,” so that’s where she has put all her energy. “If you don’t believe in yourself, no one else will.” At the same time, she said, she’s “humbled” by being the festival poster artist and by her artistic pursuits in general. She hopes to be a trailblazer, not only in bringing fire and heart to the festival, but in showing young, female, contemporary artists what they can accomplish.

As Amy Ringholz has observed, it has been 13 years since the Fall Arts Festival featured artist was a woman. The previous female artist was Beth Loftin way back in 1999. Her painting — her interpretation of a vintage photo of a cowgirl doing a rope trick while balanced atop a horse — came during a string of feature artists who also share something with Ringholz: an expressionistic flair. Every artist pours a little of his or her self into each work. But the past decade of Fall Arts Festival poster images has tended toward more straightforward representation. Ringholz’ “Dreamers Don’t Sleep” breaks this run. In her characteristic ink-and-oil style, she offers an updated iteration of the “Peaceable Kingdom” trope, a menagerie of beasts sharing a star-festooned sky in a monumental 72-by-60-inch canvas. Deftly composed and full of nuanced gestures, it feels like a dream of totemic messengers delivering good news. But the title tells us that this is no dream. Given that, one must conclude that this is Ringholz’ waking vision of the world, full of animal heralds, where an ultimate order waits to be discerned by a nimble, awakened mind. “I made it my personal endeavor to make

a piece that embodies the whole town,” Ringholz said. “It’s very personal, but it also inspires everyone who sees the pieces, and it also describes Jackson.” There’s no way an artist can depict that, but she can express it — and leave plenty of room for the viewer to move into and inhabit it. Some lucky bidder will walk away with “Dreamers Don’t Sleep” when it is auctioned off during the Jackson Hole Quick Draw Art Sale and Auction. The event runs 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, on Town Square. But everyone will have a chance to see the work in person: It will be on display in the lobby of The Wort Hotel throughout the festival. And everyone has the chance to bring home a reproduction. The 2012 Fall Arts Festival poster will be sold around town before, during and even after the festival. If you’d like Ringholz to sign it, you’ll have plenty of opportunities, including 3 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 12, at Altamira Fine Art; at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, at the Pink Garter Theatre, where she will give an art talk; at the aforementioned Quick Draw; and at her “Something Wild This Way Comes” party, 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at the Center for the Arts. Or purchase it, signed or unsigned, online at

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or more than a decade, Trailside Galleries has celebrated Fall Arts Festival by hosting Fall Gold, an annual showcase of new wildlife work by the galleries’ stable of prestigious artists. Trailside’s other Fall Arts show this year — Ralph Oberg’s “The Mountain World: From the Himalaya to the Rockies” — has been in the works for nearly as long. Both shows hang from Monday, Sept. 10, to Thursday, Sept. 23, with an artist reception staged Saturday, Sept. 15, from 4 to 7 p.m. “Two years ago, Ralph and I sat down to start planning the biggest, most important event thus far in his painting career: a one-man show inspired by his travels in Nepal, Switzerland, Alaska, Canada and the Western U.S.,” said Maryvonne Leshe, managing partner at Trailside. That conversation planted the seed for “The Mountain World,” an exhibit of nearly 30 new paintings. “From the beginning, Ralph made it very clear he wanted this show to represent a body of work that not only captured the breathtaking mountain landscapes he had visited but also the people of these mountains, the culture, the wildlife and the interesting architectural features found throughout these lofty heights,” Leshe said. Raised in Colorado, Oberg started his fine-art career painting wildlife, but he changed direction to paint plein air landscapes in the late 1980s. Only recently did

“Above Chamonix” is in Ralph Oberg’s “Mountain World” show at Trailside Galleries.

wildlife subjects begin to reappear in his work. “The Mountain World” includes a monumental 68-by-48-inch painting, “Hall of the Mountain King,” of a snow leopard, an endangered large cat native to Central Asia’s mountainous regions. While only some of Oberg’s new paintings are of wildlife, Fall Gold highlights fresh work by all of Trailside’s wildlife artists. Within the show, the work of Adam Smith will be highlighted. Smith has been at Trailside for sev-

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eral years, which itself is a remarkable accomplishment considering he only began painting seriously in 2006 and has minimal formal training. The son of wildlife artist Daniel Smith, Adam Smith is known for his hyper-realism. “Many people assume that I taught Adam how to paint or that he picked it up by watching me work,” Daniel Smith said. “The fact is his talent is innate. I did not teach him how to paint. [Several years ago], he painted a small portrait of

an African lion to see if he could paint fur. When he presented me with the finished work, I was shocked, because it looked like I painted it. Adam has a gift.” This year, Leshe said, Fall Gold is “focusing primarily on the animals of the Yellowstone region.” In addition to showcasing a larger body of Smith’s work, the show also serves as an introduction for Dustin Van Wechel, who recently joined Trailside. Based in Arizona, Wechel left a career in advertising in 2002 to focus full time on fine art. He has quickly built a reputation and a following of collectors. In June and July, his work was included in the exhibit “Artists for the New Century” at the Bennington (Vt.) Center for the Arts. Artists were selected to participate in this show by editors and staff at the country’s top art magazines. Thirty to 40 of Trailside’s artists will be at the Sept. 15 reception. “It’s a fabulous time for collectors to mix and mingle with the artists while seeing their new work,” Leshe said. The two shows aren’t Trailside’s only Fall Arts events. Sept. 15 also marks the sixth annual Jackson Hole Art Auction. Presented by Trailside Galleries and Gerald Peters Gallery of Santa Fe, N.M., the Jackson Hole Art Auction has already established itself as a major auction for wildlife and Western art by living and deceased masters. This year’s auction includes nearly 300 lots. Howard Terpning’s “The Sound of Buffalo” is estimated to sell for between $750,000 and $1 million, but Leshe stresses that the show is not just for established collectors. “We try to find some excellent-quality pieces that are also very reasonable in price,” Leshe said. “It is a great auction for people just starting their collections.”

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Jackson Hole artist Anika Youcha painted a vivid portrait of the Stagecoach Bar.

A prism of personalities

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n lieu of a church, the Stagecoach Bar has become the community hub in Wilson. It’s this community that filmmaker Jennifer Tennican documented in “The Stagecoach Bar: An American Crossroads.” It’s this community that sold out the pre-


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miere of the film back in June. And it’s this community that consoled Tennican after her mother’s recent death. The importance of community — the core tenet of the film — resonates with the filmmaker. This community, as well as visitors in town for Fall Arts Festival, are invited to the second screening of the hourlong film on Saturday, Sept. 8. This time, “The Stagecoach Bar” will alight at Walk Festival Hall, home to the Grand Teton Music Festival. Tennican likes the juxtaposition of the scrappy Stagecoach with the refined music hall. It’s a pairing that reflects the eclectic clientele at the Wilson watering hole, as depicted in her film. More than the story of a saloon, the documentary profiles the prism of personalities found at the Stagecoach, from cowboys, dudes and old-timers to hippies, hipsters and second-home owners. “A place like the Stagecoach offers the opportunity every Sunday night to put aside our differences and find those commonalities,” historian Sherry Smith says in the film. “If we lose those places, we lose that opportunity to find community.” To chronicle the Coach, Tennican wove archival footage and photography with new interviews and fresh film. Spanning the last century, the film paints the Coach as an enduring symbol — and site — of the Teton melting pot. Befitting the documentary’s cast of characters and content, the second screening will surely be a quintessentially Teton affair. On Saturday, Walk Festival Hall’s doors open at 7:30 p.m., and the screening begins at 8. General admission tickets cost $10 each and are available in advance at the Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum, the Stagecoach Bar and the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce. Day of, tickets go on sale at 4 p.m. at the Walk Festival Hall box office (cash or check only). The evening, presented in partnership with the Grand Teton Musical Festival, will close with a question-andanswer session with Tennican and moderator Emy diGrappa of the Wyoming Humanities Council. At the event, people can purchase copies of the “The Stagecoach Bar” DVD, which includes interview outtakes, production commentary and “Highway 22 Revisited,” Tennican’s short film that captured the humor of collecting Coach stories and won the Wyoming Short Film Contest grand prize. Filmgoers can also take home one of the few remaining limited-edition prints of the Stagecoach Bar painting Anika Youcha created for the film. Proceeds from the film screening and DVD sales benefit the Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum.

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Sharon Thomas paints birds, wildlife and wildflowers in oils and acrylics.

Artist en situ

Artist in the Environment Sharon Thomas 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Sept. 8 Menor’s Ferry, Grand Teton National Park ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– By Kelsey Dayton


hen approaching some artists, seeing their work in a gallery or witnessing them create in a studio offers a glimpse into their process. To connect with painter Sharon Thomas, it helps to see her stand in front of the subjects she finds in nature (although, admiring her art on the walls of Jack Dennis’ Wyoming Gallery also delights). Only in the outdoors can you truly understand the singular way Thomas renders fish, wildlife, wildflowers and birds in oil and acrylic paints. On Saturday, Sept. 8, people will have a chance to do just that when they visit Menor’s Ferry in Grand Teton National Park, where Thomas will give a painting demonstration from 9 a.m. to noon. Away from the bustle of town, Thomas will paint and answer questions about her process and style during the free demonstration. Thomas is known for focusing on minute details, said Tammy Christel, curator of the Artist in the Environment program. Thomas approaches micro-members of the natural world — a small bird, for instance — as conduits of space, dimension and intimacy.  Small, too, are her canvases; some measure only 4 inches by 4 inches. “You really feel the vulnerability of those little birds,” Christel said. “It’s a reminder of the fragility of the outdoors. I love the way she treats those small creatures in her art. To me, that’s what makes her art special.” Thomas’ work often feels “naive,” Christel said, a painting term that describes the effect of seeming simplicity. It has an innocence about it that channels the awe of a novice but requires an expert’s brush.

Thomas puts a contemporary spin on classic plein air painting.

The Artists in the Environment program runs throughout the summer, thanks to its sponsor, the Grand Teton Association. Thomas seemed like a perfect artist to feature during Fall Arts Festival, Christel said. The festival is beginning to highlight people — like poster artist Amy Ringholz — who create distinctive pieces, she said. Thomas’ work brings an interesting mix of classic en plein air painting with a contemporary twist, Christel said. “She’s contemporary in that she’s doing something a little different,” she said. Thomas paints on metal leaf bases — gold, copper and aluminum — an extremely difficult technique that originated during the Renaissance. Thomas translates the historic technique in a modern way. Adeptly manipulating the materials, her paintings exude a striking glow. They seem to shimmer. “Her work,” Christel said, “comes to life.”


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Camille Obering Art Advisory 101 E. Pearl St. 917-617-1207 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––


By Katy Niner

or the past four years, Camille Obering has brought top-tier art to Jackson by curating exhibits and programs in collaboration with multiple nonprofits and businesses. Through Camille Obering Art Advisory, she has hosted work by Helen Frankenthaler, Milton Avery, Wolf Kahn, Andrew Wyeth, Tara Donovan, Dale Chihuly and, most recently, Michele Oka Doner. Always scouting spaces to exhibit art, Obering has opened a pop-up gallery for August and September at 101 E. Pearl St. (on the corner of King Street, across from Sweetwater Restaurant). In the pop-up gallery, Obering presents bronze sculptures by Kiki Smith and a steel-rock installation by Lee Ufan. –––––––––––––––––––––––––– For the pop-up gallery, Kiki Smith shared two sculptures from her expansive and evocative oeuvre: Dreaming with Bear and Girl with Stars. In both works, Smith continues her career exploration of “the body as a receptacle for knowledge, beliefs and stories,” Obering said. In Dreaming with Bear, a girl curls up on the back of a bear. The bruin references the Big Dipper or Ursa Major (Big Bear), the most identifiable of all constellations. As such, the bear cradles the human desire to create celestial stories as a way to navigate and relate to the universe. Girl with Stars depicts a crawling child trailed by stars. Looking back at the stars, hands outstretched, she seems in awe of the celestial cloud that surrounds her, Obering said.

Kiki’s Smith’s sculpture Dreaming with Bear references Ursa Major.

Lee Ufan’s Marking Infinity evokes the relationship between the man-made and the natural.

Smith is interested in life, death and resurrection, themes at play in both sculptures in the pop-up gallery. Born in 1954 in Nuremberg, Germany, Smith grew up helping her father, seminal American sculptor Tony Smith, make cardboard models for his geometric sculptures. This formalist training paired with her Catholic upbringing continues to resonate in her work. In the 1980s, Smith literally turned the figurative tradition inside out by creating work based on organs, cellular forms and the central nervous system. Her work is at the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and the Museum of Contemporary Art in

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Los Angeles, among other collections. –––––––––––––––––––––––––– An artist and philosopher, Lee Ufan has been exploring visual, conceptual and theoretical terrain since the 1960s. Through painting and sculpture, he renders encounters with “the world as it is.” “Whether brush marks on canvas or stones placed just so on the ground, his markings in space elicit momentary, openended situations that engage the viewer viscerally,” Obering wrote in a release. By distilling existence into simplified gestures, he creates an engaging emptiness. Marking Infinity, the work on exhibit at Obering’s pop-up gallery, employs his signature materials of late: steel and stone. Two stones create the apexes of two bows of steel. By his spatial and conceptual jux-

taposition, the materials evoke the relationship between the man-made and the natural, the material and the immaterial, the built environment and the organic otherworld, a dichotomy Obering believed would resonate in Jackson. His eloquent sculpture explores how simplicity and discretion can have a large, lasting impact. Marking Infinity, part of Ufan’s Relatum series, was exhibited as part of the Guggenheim Museum’s Ufan retrospective last year. The series, begun in 1968, presents site-specific work as an invitation for the viewer to enter the scene and became a co-creator in the piece and the poetic conversation it sparks. In the office adjacent to the pop-up gallery, Obering has installed two figurative relief prints and bronze candelabras by Michelle Oka Doner, a Robert Motherwell collage and two paintings by Mary Obering, who merges egg tempura and gold leaf — techniques that hark back to the Byzantine era — with minimalist, geometric compositions. Obering’s pop-up gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday or by appointment. It will also be open during Palates and Palettes, Sept. 7.

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September 6 to 16 THURSDAY, SEPT. 6 Western Design Conference lecture, noon at the Center for the Arts. “From Prairie Skirts to Cowboy Boots” with cowboy boot maker Lisa Sorrell. Free. Visit or call 690-9719. Artist-in-Residence Deb Penk, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Grand Teton Gallery. Artist reception follows, 4 to 8 p.m., with Penk, Shawndell Oliver, Chuck Middlekauff, Sam Thiewes. or 201-1172. Western Design Conference Gala: Fashion and Jewelry Show, 6 p.m. doors open, 7:15 p.m. fashion show at the Center for the Arts. Live-model jewelry show, champagne celebration, Winners Circle art auction and Western couture collections. $125 box seats, $100 main floor, $35 balcony. or call 733-4900. Partners In Health founders Paul Farmer and Ophelia Dahl, 8 p.m. in Walk Festival Hall, Teton Village. $20. “The Ballad of Cat Ballou,” 8 p.m. every night except Sunday through September at Jackson Hole Playhouse. Pre-show 7:30 p.m. Dinner 5 and 6:30 p.m. Show tickets $27 adults, $19 children; dinner and the show $55 adults, $38 children., 733-6994.

FRIDAY, SEPT. 7 20th annual Western Design Conference Exhibit Sale, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Sunday, Sept. 9 at the Snow King Sports and Event Center. Pre-eminent exhibition of Western furniture, home accessories and fashion. $15 at the door. 690-9719 or Artists-in-Residence Deb Penk, Rip Caswell and Evan Davies, 2 to 5 p.m. at Grand Teton Gallery. Kathryn Mapes Turner, Jennifer L. Hoffman and Bill Sawczuk give demonstrations 3 to 5 p.m. at Trio Fine Art. Free. or 734-4444. Palates and Palettes gallery walk, 5 to 8 p.m. Fine food and fine art at more than 30 galleries. Feted exhibitions include “Natalie Clark: New Works” at Diehl Gallery, “Alight” at Tayloe Piggott Gallery, “Wildlife and Wildlands” at Wilcox Galleries and the Kyle Pozin one-man show at Legacy Gallery. Free. Riot Act Inc. presents “The Frogs,” 7:30 p.m. at the National Museum of Wildlife Art amphitheater. Free.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 8 Painter Sharon Thomas works en plein air, 9 a.m. to noon at Menor’s Ferry, Grand Teton National Park. The September installment of the Artist in the Environment series. Wilson studio tours, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at seven artists’ studios: Susan Thulin, Charlie Thomas, Margie Odell, Amy Bright Unfried, Terry Chambers, Meredith Campbell, Laurie Thal and Lia Kass.


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Annual fall reception, 6 to 9 p.m. at Mangelsen — Images of Nature Gallery. Mangelsen will mingle, tell stories and sign books and limited-edition prints. 733-9752 or

ArtWalk, 5 to 8 p.m. at downtown galleries. Look for the ArtWalk banners at more than 30 participating galleries. Feted exhibitions include “In Our Valley” at Trio Fine Art, “Dreamers Don’t Sleep” at Altamira Fine Art, “All Colored In” at Horizon Fine Art and “Portrait of a Kingdom” at Diehl Gallery. Free.

Reception for Michael Swearngin exhibit, 4 to 8 p.m. today and Sunday at RARE Gallery. or 733-8726. “The Stagecoach Bar: An American Crossroads” film screening, 7:30 p.m. doors open, 8 p.m. film begins at Walk Festival Hall in Teton Village. Documentary on the Wilson watering hole by local filmmaker Jennifer Tennican. $10.

SUNDAY, SEPT. 9 Takin’ It to the Streets, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Town Square. Juried art fair presented by the Art Association of Jackson Hole featuring 40 local artists. Taste of the Tetons, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Town Square with valley chefs, restaurants and caterers. $1 per ticket; plates range from three to five tickets. Plus a wine tasting, silent auction and live music by the Jackson Hole Cowboy Jubilee.

MONDAY, SEPT. 10 “Deconstructing the Beatles” with Scott Freiman, 7:30 p.m. at Center for the Arts. $15 adults, $10 students. 733-4900 or

TUESDAY, SEPT. 11 Pat Flynn Jewelry Trunk Show, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. through Wednesday at RARE Gallery. Artist-in-Residence Deb Penk, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Rip Caswell, 2 to 5 p.m. at Grand Teton Gallery.

Traditional Cowboy Art Association Show, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Sunday at Legacy Gallery. Featuring bit and spur makers, rawhide braiders and silversmiths. 733-2353,

Art Association Open Studios, 5 to 8 p.m. at the Jackson Hole Art Association, Center for the Arts. Free. 7336379 or

Artists-in-Residence Gary Keimig, Tom Lucas, Les LeFever, Rip Caswell and Evan Davies, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Grand Teton Gallery. Reception follows, 4 to 8 p.m. 201-1172 or

Poster signing with Amy Ringholz, 3 to 5 p.m. at Altamira Fine Art. AltamiraArt. com or 739-4700.

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 13 The Buffalo Trail unveiling, 10 a.m. at the Sculpture Trail, National Museum of Wildlife Art. Monumental bronze by Richard Loffler. 733-5771 or Artists-in-Residence Gayle Weisfield, Rip Caswell and Pat Clayton, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Grand Teton Gallery. Artist reception follows, 4 to 8 p.m. 2011172 or Reception for Josh Tobey and G. Edward Case, 4 to 6 p.m. at Astoria Fine Art. 7334016 or Reception for Tomas Lasansky, 4 to 8 p.m. at RARE Gallery. Icons and muses poised to embark on a museum tour; these are the last pieces available until 2014. “All Colored In” reception, 5 to 9 p.m. at Horizon Fine Art. New work by Jamie Tobey. or 739-1540. Western Visions Wild West Artist Party, 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the National Museum of Wildlife Art. Artists and patrons mingle on the eve of Miniatures and More. $150 or $500 for Western Visions package. or 733-5771.

FRIDAY, SEPT. 14 Wilcox Gallery artist demonstrations, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 110 Center St. and 1975 N. Hwy. 89 galleries. 733-6450, 7333950 or Legacy of Nature Wildlife and Sporting Art Show, 1 to 4 p.m. at Legacy Gallery. New paintings by more than a dozen prominent artists. Reception for Greg Beecham and Tim Cherry, 2 to 4 p.m. at Astoria Fine Art. 733-4016 or Artists-in-Residence Deb Penk, Rip Caswell, James Reid and Gayle Weisfield, 2 to 5 p.m. at Grand Teton Gallery.

25th annual Western Visions Miniatures and More Show and Sale, 3:30 to 8 p.m. at the National Museum of Wildlife Art. More than 150 artists participate. $100 or $500 for Western Visions package. 7335771 or

SATURDAY, SEPT. 15 QuickDraw Art Sale and Auction, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Town Square. Participating artists have 90 minutes to make a masterpiece. Auction follows, including sale of “Dreamers Don’t Sleep” by Amy Ringholz. Reception for Richard Loffler and Best of Astoria, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Astoria Fine Art. Featuring Western Visions sculptor and new work by gallery stalwarts. 7334016 or Artists-in-Residence Deb Penk, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Rip Caswell and Gayle Weisfield, 2 to 5 p.m. at Grand Teton Gallery. 201-1172 or QuickDraw artist Debbie Sturges, 12 to 4 p.m. at RARE Gallery. Discussion of new work and upcoming travels. 733-8726. Jackson Hole Art Auction, noon in the Center for the Arts. Featuring work by contemporary western artists and deceased masters. 866-549-9278 or Reception for Western sculptors Vic and Dustin Payne, 3 to 6 p.m. at Mountain Trails Gallery. or 734-8150. Artist demonstrations, all day, and receptions, 6 to 8 p.m. at both Wilcox galleries. Food and drink served downtown, ice cream north of town. Visit Something Wild This Way Comes, 6:30 to 10 p.m. on the Center for the Arts Lawn. Amy Ringholz and more than 50 artists friends curate a creative benefit and celebration of, from and for Jackson Hole. $25 at the door, $20 in advance. Tickets available at

SUNDAY, SEPT. 16 Art Brunch gallery walk, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at downtown galleries. More than 30 galleries participate and serve brunch and beverages. Exhibitions include Diehl Gallery’s Western Visions Celebration Salon, RARE Gallery’s jewelry trunk show, West Lives On’s allgallery open house and “Farewell to Fall” at Horizon Fine Art.

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Western Design Conference Thursday, Sept. 6 through Sunday, Sept. 9 Center for the Arts and Snow King Sports and Events Center $15 for exhibit and sale ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––


Events abound The four-day Western Design Conference kicks off Thursday, Sept. 6, at noon with a free lecture, “From Prairie Skirts to Cowboy Boots,” by bootmaker Lisa Sorrell at the Center for the Arts. That evening, the conference continues with a live-model jewelry and runway fashion show, design awards and the Winners’ Circle art auction. The auction features work donated by the five winners of last year’s conference, pieces that will be auctioned off before the fashion show, Merritt said. “All the funds that are raised from the auction go to support the Western Design Conference artist cash awards fund,” she said. The exhibit and sale, held at the Snow King Sports and Events Center, runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, to Sunday, Sept. 9. Tickets cost $15 at the door.

By Brielle Schaeffer

wenty years ago, Western artisans tried to cobble together an industry by organizing the first Western Design Conference in Cody. They wanted to be at the forefront of the nascent market for Western design. “It wasn’t really just a fad anymore,” said Jim Covert, a Cody furniture maker who helped found the conference and returns this year as a judge. “There was a lot of interest with designers and buyers and all kinds of people were looking for great Western design.” And yet, “there was really no organized market show to satisfy that need.” In the early 1990s, Western design was starting to come back to national attention, Covert said. In 1993, he joined 30 other artisans and exhibited his wood furniture in the first-ever conference, held in the old Cody auditorium. “The purpose was to develop a marketplace to sell our products, and we decided to form a group of craftsmen and have a craftsmen-run show,” he said. Furniture-maker Mike Patrick, also of Cody, was the driving force behind the conference, Covert said. “He said, ‘If we didn’t do something soon somebody else would,’” Covert said. Terry Winchell, owner of Fighting Bear Antiques in Jackson and a conference judge, has attended the event since it began. “At the very first one, it was kind of a bunch of guys trying to cobble some stuff together that they thought looked cool,” he said. “What it has really evolved to now is a whole industry of people that make a living.” Now, 20 years on, the conference remains the definitive event in the industry. “There aren’t really any other shows like this,” event manager Allison Merritt said. As it as evolved, so too has the field of Western design. “The medium has changed to where it’s not all copies of something,” Winchell said. “The design conference is the reason that all that

A Western Design Conference poster from 1993, the conference’s first year.

happened. It allowed them a gathering place, saw something to compete against, gave them a reason to do something better and come back next year and win.” In 2007, the conference was pur-

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Western woodwork, wears and furniture created by various artisans were shown at a previous Western Design Conference exhibition and sale at the Snow King Center.

chased by Teton Home and Living Magazine and moved to Jackson. “It got so huge, Jackson was a good place for it,” Covert said. “There are more hotels, more restaurants, a bigger airport. It’s a perfect match for it.” Now the show garners more than 100 juried exhibitor booths of one-of-a-kind functional art created using many different mediums, from leatherworks to jewelry, furniture to fashion, metalwork to home decor. Every year welcomes a new batch of artists, Merritt said. “I just love to see the revival of this whole industry, all these craftsmen and cabinet-makers finding a venue for their goods and becoming entrepreneurs,” Winchell said. “The artists who have been accepted this year are definitely a more skilled group,” he said. “Every year it gets a little bit better. And the diversity is amazing. It really brings to Jackson an opportunity to see in one weekend what they would have to travel for weeks to be exposed to that same kind of merchandise.” Many items in the exhibit hall cannot be found in stores, he said. “And you get the pleasure to buy it from the person who made it,” Winchell said. “In a world where most

things are made in China, it’s a rare experience.” Judges seek out authentic yet fresh expressions of Western design. “A lot of people try to fake stuff, they try to fake an appearance,” Covert said. “It’s like a woman with too much makeup on.” Agnes Bourne, a Jackson Hole interior designer and longtime conference judge, said judges look for innovation, quality, truth of materials, a high-level of craftsmanship and a depth of knowledge of the particular field of work. “As I do the jury, I have great respect for historical or historically related pieces,” she said. “At the same time, I’m very enthusiastic about seeing how the artists are using contemporary ideas.” Most importantly, the conference makes the artworks physically available for education and purchase, Bourne said. “There’s nothing like actually touching and being close to craftsmanship and artistry,” she said. “Looking at it in a picture only gives you an idea ... it doesn’t give you the reality of it.” As the conference has scaled new heights of craftsmanship, the judging panel has had to climb higher along with it. This year, Lloyd E. Herman, a longtime crafts specialist at the Smithsonian Institute, will be judging the conference, Merritt said. The presence of such a knowledgeable judge is a testament to the quality of work in the show, she said. Herman spent 20 years working for the Smithsonian Institute, serving from 1971 through 1986 as founding director of the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. “He has been cited by the University of Washington Press as one of the foremost authorities on America’s contemporary craft movement,” Merritt said. The categories for entry and judging are: accents, art to wear–fashion, art to wear–jewelry, leather, metal and woodworking. About $22,000 is awarded in prize money during the conference. In the future, to help artisans and craftsmen become better at what they do, the Western Design Conference is considering establishing a training program, Winchell said. “Rather than giving them a cash prize, [the conference would be] sending them off to some fellowship,” he said. “That also inspires the artists and takes them to the next level.”

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Carl Rungius’ “Grizzly Bear and Cubs” is expected to sell for $250,000 to $350,000 at this year’s Jackson Hole Art Auction.

Masterpieces at market Jackson Hole Art Auction Noon Saturday, Sept. 15 Center for the Arts ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––


By Katy Niner

any major works are making their market debut at this year’s Jackson Hole Art Auction, like “Grizzly Bear and Cubs” by Carl Rungius. A private commission, the oil has remained in the family’s collection until now. It will appear in the Jackson Hole Art Auction with an estimate of $250,000 to $350,000 on Saturday, Sept. 15, at the Center for the Arts. The study for “Grizzly Bear and Cubs” — an immaculate plein air piece titled “Canadian Rockies” — will be sold immediately after. “It’s unique and exciting to be able to offer them together,” Lucy Grogan, auction coordinator, said. Also new to market is “Unbranded,” an important early oil painting by C.M. Russell that bears an auction estimate of $500,000 to $700,000. “We are excited to be offering pieces that are new to the market, that have been in single, private collections for nearly a century,” Grogan said. This year, the auction features 290 lots

— up from last year’s 250 — a bounty that speaks to collectors’ renewed confidence in the market. “It’s a good time to sell,” Grogan said. “People are finally feeling confident again that they can part with their art.” Collectors also have confidence in the event. “We have made a name for ourselves.” With so many lots, the auction will start at noon, earlier than in the past. Collectors can preview lots from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday in the Center for the Arts, with wine and hors d’oeuvres served from 5 to 7 p.m. On Saturday, the exhibition will open at 9 a.m. and run until bidding begins. To attend the auction, collectors must purchase a catalog. They are available online and at the auction office at Trailside Galleries. With five auctions under its belt, the Jackson Hole Art Auction has become known as a leader in wildlife and contemporary Western art. Thanks to its relationship with its presenters — Trailside Galleries of Jackson and Scottsdale, Ariz., and Gerald Peters Gallery in Sante Fe, N.M. — the auction has developed close ties to contemporary artists, Grogan said. This year’s top lot is Howard Terpning’s “The Sound of Buffalo,” which won the Cowboy Artists of America 2000 gold medal. An imposing work, the painting is estimated to sell for between $750,000 and $1 million.

Dedicated to accurately rendering American Indian narratives, Terpning enjoyed a retrospective in May at the Autry National Center. Since then, his paintings have achieved banner prices at auction, Grogan said. The auction acknowledges the National Museum of Wildlife Art with works by Carl Rungius and Bob Kuhn. The stalwarts of the museum’s collection will be well represented. Contemporary standouts include a painting by Mian Situ, “The 49ers.” Such subject matter appeals to collectors who want to achieve the full scope of Western history in their collections, Grogan said. Acclaimed contemporary wildlife artists are well represented as well. Robert Bateman’s “Cries of Courtship,” a 58-by-94inch oil painting, features two cranes rendered in a muted palette (estimate: $150,000 to $200,000). “Yellowstone Excursion” by Ken Carlson captures a momma grizzly and her two cubs ($35,000 to $45,000). The auction also commissions artists to paint new works. About 25 artists answered the call this year, including William Acheff and Morgan Weisling. Andy Thomas, an indemand Western artist, offered a nocturnal painting of a cowboy on horseback driving steer through the brush — an action piece characteristic of his large, narrative scenes. Even though the auction has estab-

lished a contemporary specialty, it remains comprehensive. “While our niche is wildlife and contemporary art, we have a well-rounded collection,” Grogan said. As such, this year’s offerings include a strong showing of work by deceased artists, Grogan said. Among these, William R. Leigh’s “Bucking Bronco with Cowboy” is a top lot. Carrying an estimate of $300,000 and $500,000, the piece captures in a vivid palette the iconic dynamic of a cowboy atop a bucking bronco. The auction also includes American Indian artifacts, from moccasins to pipe bags and a Navajo silver bridle. Mintcondition prints by John James Audubon detail Rocky Mountain quadrupeds. Bronzes on the block include a trio of sculptures by Harry Jackson and Panther Attacking a Stag by Antoine-Louis Barye. Also featured is the bronze study Richard Loffler did of The Buffalo Trail, the monumental sculpture that will be installed on the wildlife museum’s Sculpture Trail on Thursday, Sept. 13. Beyond the breadth of genre and subject matter, the Jackson Hole Art Auction welcomes a wide range of prices, including a lot of pieces under $5,000, Grogan said. “First-time buyers will find wonderful opportunities to begin a fine art collection,” she said.

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Mountain Trails 155 N. Center St. 734-8150 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––


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ortunate to have a long-standing relationship with one of the most well-known families sculpting western and wildlife pieces, Mountain Trails Gallery will feature Vic and Dustin Payne during Fall Arts Festival. Although they no longer have a stake in the gallery, the Payne family founded Mountain Trails in 1991. Fall Arts finds Vic and Dustin both unveiling new bronzes and pre-cast pieces, as well as working inside the gallery. On Saturday, Sept. 15, Dustin will be competing in the QuickDraw, and a reception for both father and son will coincide with the Town Square event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Many of the gallery’s other artists have created new work to be exhibited during the festival. Two new artists will enjoy spotlights during the festival. Although it starts before Fall Arts, painter Nicholas Coleman’s one-man show hangs through Friday, Sept. 7. The showcase marks his first at Mountain Trails. Coleman has been drawing and painting for as long as he can remember. Born in Provo, Utah, he is the son of painter Michael Coleman. The younger Coleman has been inspired by his father and also by Winslow Homer, Bruno Liljefors, Carl Rungius. John Singer Sargeant, Anders Zorn, Philip R. Goodwin, and Frank Tenney Johnson.

“Circle the Wagons” is by Vic Payne, who will share the spotlight with son Dustin.

Nicholas Coleman’s solo show, his first at Mountain Trails, features new works like “Brothers of the Deer.” His use of light is key, gallery manager David Navratil said.

“[Nicholas Coleman’s] use of light in his beautiful landscapes is key,” gallery manager David Navrati said. “We’ve been trying to get him in the gallery for several years now.” Krystii Melaine is another new artist. “We’ve always represented her in our Park City gallery and have been anxious to get her into the Jackson gallery,” Navratil said. “Now we have.” Melaine will be at the gallery for much of the festival. Born in Australia and now a resident

of Spokane, Wash., Melaine announced at age 4 that she was going to be an artist. She won her first art competition at 7 (with a portrait of a mermaid). By age 14, Melaine was selling paintings and taking commissions. She has been concentrating on painting the people of the American West since a 1998 trip to the area. Since then, Melaine has been invited to participate in the Autry Museum’s “Masters of the American West” exhibition and “Night of the Artists” at the

Briscoe Museum. “She is an exceptional representative artist,” Navratil said. In spite of the attention paid to Coleman and Melaine, Mountain Trails’ main attraction for Fall Arts is the Paynes. It’s an honor they enjoyed last year as well. Vic Payne has monumental-size works on display throughout the country. Cabela’s, the outdoor superstore, is a particular fan of his work. Nationwide, the company has commissioned him to create a half-a-dozen pieces for its stores. Payne’s 20-foot-tall “When Eagles Dare” welcomes shoppers to the Cabela’s in Hershey, Penn.



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Horizon Fine Art 30 King St. 739-1540 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––


By Dina Mishev

one-woman show for a new artist, an all-gallery show and a “Farewell to Fall” event with strawberries, chocolate and champagne: Horizon Fine Art’s Fall Arts Festival line-up is as eclectic and interesting as its roster of artists. “I’m always bringing something new into the gallery to keep things fresh and interesting,” said Horizon Fine Art proprietor Barbara Nowak. While other galleries in the valley can be easily classified as contemporary or Western, Horizon Fine Art has contemporary and Western artists as well as artists who defy classification. The painter featured in the onewoman show, Jami Tobey, is one of those artists whose work is difficult to describe. “I just don’t know what to label her work,” Nowak said. “It is kind of pop, kind of folksy, and sometimes her subjects are wildlife. Her style is utterly unique.” Nowak has been “keeping an eye” on Tobey for some time. In 2006, Southwest Art magazine named Tobey its “Artist to Watch.” Now living in California, Tobey was raised in Santa Fe, N.M., and is the daughter of acclaimed sculptor Gene Tobey. Nowak recently brought her into the gallery. “She’s just extraordinary,” Nowak said. Tobey’s show, “All Colored In,” will take place Wednesday, Sept. 12, and Thursday, Sept. 13. There is a recep-

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Kay Stratman will join “Farewell to Fall” with her paintings like “Just Passing Through.”

New to Horizon Fine Art, Rick Fleury submitted “Elements” for New Horizons III show.

tion both days from 5 to 9 p.m. Nowak is expecting a dozen paintings and also several pottery pieces. “It is unusual for us to do a one-artist show for a new artist during the Fall Arts Festival,” Nowak said, “but Jami was going to be here, and I’m just so excited about her.” Horizon’s annual group show, New Horizons III, follows suit the following weekend, Saturday, Sept. 15, and Sunday, Sept. 16. “I’ve got about 10 artists that not only are giving me new work, but who also will be in and out of the gallery those two days,” Nowak said. Some of the artists in New Horizons


III are wildlife painters Amy Poor and Pete Zaluzec, segmented wood turner Marilyn Endres and landscape painters Rick Fleury, Steve Larsen and Paula Holtzclaw. This year, both Poor and Zaluzec were invited to participate in the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s Western Visions Miniatures and More Show and Sale for the first time. Fleury, Larsen and Holtzclaw are all new to the gallery in the last year. Born and raised in Massachusetts, Fleury often paints his coastal New England landscapes on copper. “Get them in a light that allows the copper to shine through and they’re

brilliant,” Nowak said. Horizon Fine Art is Steve Larsen’s first major gallery representation. Larsen has taken workshops with Jackson’s Jim Wilcox and also with John Poon at the Scottsdale Art Institute. While Larsen lives in Utah, he spends significant time in the Tetons; many of his landscapes are of local scenes. Both of Holtzclaw’s grandmothers were artists. Holtzclaw herself had a 20-plus-year career in medicine before pursuing art full time. In 2009 and 2010, she was a finalist in American Art Collector magazine’s cover competition. In November 2010, Southwest Art magazine named her one of “21 over 31” artists to watch. She paints landscapes untouched by industrialization. The last Sunday of the Fall Arts Festival, Sept. 16, is one of Horizon’s most popular events of the year, “Farewell to Fall.” The gallery sends the festival out with an elegant reception with champagne, chocolate and strawberries. “How can that not be a good way to end the festival?” Nowak said.

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By Dina Mishev

eptember brings a flood of new work to West Lives On, which enables the gallery to host a Fall Arts Festival open house featuring almost all of its 50 artists. “Our artists load us up with new works this time of year,” said Terry Ray, owner and founder of West Lives On and West Lives On Contemporary and former chairman of the Fall Arts Festival. “We really have no choice but to have a gallerywide open house.” Many of the gallery’s artists will be at West Lives On on Sunday, Sept. 16, for the Farewell to Fall brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. “I’m expecting about 20 of them,” Ray said. The open house will include new works by West Lives On perennial favorites like Ray McCarty, Nancy Dunlop Cawdrey and Joe Velazquez, and also work by new artists like Val Warner and Kelly Dangerfield. Warner finds inspiration in the natural world surrounding her northern California home, nestled between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe. “Living creatures are so full of bounced light,” she said. “It is a never-ending challenge to put that in my paintings.” Warner paints in oils because “they lend themselves to the luminosity and depth I need to show in my work.” Instead of striving for photorealism, Warner tries to “show my subjects in a way that causes the viewer to stop and take notice.” She succeeds. “I’ve been told that my work has a certain radiance that transcends the canvas,” Warner said. Radiance also defines Kelly Dan-gerfield’s paintings of wildlife and landscapes. “I’ll paint almost anything you can find in nature,” he said, “but primarily I like wildlife and landscapes.” Growing up in Utah, Dangerfield spent much of his youth exploring the area’s wildest places. He now lives with his family in Bozeman, Mont., and spends much of his time exploring the mountains, trails and rivers of Yellowstone, Glacier, and Grand Teton national parks, searching for ideas

West Lives On artists contribute new work, such as “Cloud Makers,” an oil by Reid Christie.

for paintings. “Both Val and Kelly have caught on quickly with collectors,” Ray said. “Kelly brings such a nice, soft touch to his wildlife, and Val’s work reminds me so much of Vivi Crandall’s. Vivi died years ago but was our No. 1 artist before her death.” One of West Lives On’s top artists today (and for many years) is Ray McCarty. Inspired by his family’s outlaw ancestry — the McCarty Gang ran with the likes of Butch Cassidy — his earliest paintings and sketches were of the American West. McCarty is now known for his paintings of women in Victorian settings. Obviously influenced by the likes of Amedeo Modigliani, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, McCarty uses line and color dramatically to capture a vari-

ety of emotions in his portraits: proud and haughty, sensual and sexually confident, shy and humble, reflective and contemplative. A former Fall Arts Festival poster artist, Joe Velazquez reflects on the fur-trade era encompassing the mountain men, voyageurs and northern American Indian cultures. He meticulously renders with historical accuracy every detail in his paintings, from weapons to beadwork, spending hours on research before setting brush to canvas. Inspired by masters like Harvey Dunn, Frederic Remington, and C.M. Russell, Velazquez wants each piece to not only tell a story, but to “serve as a reminder of the fragility of the world and its people we treasure,” he wrote in his artist statement. “When a painting is complete, [I] judge its success by the emotion it evokes from the viewer.”

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est Lives On Contemporary is a quick study. This is only its second Fall Arts Festival, and yet the gallery — a sister business to the longestablished West Lives On — has recruited nearly two dozen artists to appear over the course of the festival and has gathered new pieces from almost all of its more than 40 artists. West Lives On Contemporary is having an all-gallery open house for the duration of Fall Arts. Artists will be coming and going throughout the festival, but the greatest concentration will be in the gallery the night of Palates and Palettes on Friday, Sept. 7, and for the Farewell to Fall brunch on Sunday, Sept. 16 Gallery founder and owner Terry Ray is especially excited to show Rolinda Stotts’ new pieces. She thinks of herself “as a poet whose words are expressed in images and color,” she writes in her artist statement. While Ray has a talent for finding new and up-and-coming artists, Rolinda (as an artist she uses just her first name) came to him. “She showed up with a truckload of paintings,” Ray said. “We got them all out and set up alongside the building. It looked like we were having a street fair.” Ray said that between his

Visual poet Rolinda will share new works like “Pristine” at West Lives On Contemporary.

two galleries he gets one to five artists a day looking for gallery representation. “Rolinda was an easy ‘yes,’

though,” he said. Rolinda tries to capture the essence of nature, rather than a literal representation of it.

“It’s the emotion that a stand of aspen stirs inside her that she’s trying to capture,” says her artist statement.






Like Rolinda, painter James Moore focuses on the impressionistic elements of nature. “I paint only those elements that strike me,” he said. Fine art painting is a second career for Moore. At age 47, he switched from business to art, apprenticing himself to other artists whose work he admired. Whitney Hall, 25, has also joined West Lives On Contemporary. Although her subject matter is wildlife, she considers her work figurative. Her oils focus on the personality and attitude of a subject that just happens to have four legs instead of two. Hall’s work has been juried into the 2011 and 2012 Western Masters Art Auction and the 2010 C.M. Russell Art Auction, and she was selected for the 2012 Western Masters Art Show Quick Finish. In 2011, Southwest Art magazine named her one of “21 Under 31: Young Artists to Collect Now.” Contemporary Native American artist DG House is also new to West Lives On Contemporary. The Bozeman, Mont., resident, a member of the Cherokee tribe of northeast Alabama, has work in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institute’s Museum of the American Indian. She has been an artist-in-residence at the Colter Bay Indian Arts Museum in Grand Teton National Park and at Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park. “She was another easy decision to welcome into the gallery,” Ray said. “Her work is just spectacular.”












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By Laurel Wicks

ulinary is one of the arts, an art that not only sustains us but inspires us. Taste of the Tetons is an inspiring event of culinary pleasure provided by some of Jackson Hole’s stellar food professionals. The foodie festivities fill Town Square from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, as chefs, restaurants and caterers provide tantalizing small plates. Tickets cost $1 each, and each plate requires several tickets, with most tastes costing three to five tickets. Some of the favorite tastes last year were the Ahi tuna taco from the White Buffalo Club and the Caribbean jerked beef sliders from chef Kevin Gries’ Million Dollar Steakhouse. Word on the street included a big buzz for the dusted venison loin with mascarone polenta cake served by the Mural Room of Jackson Lake Lodge and the awardwinning smoked pheasant soup with firecracker roasted corn from chef Scott Rutter of The Wort Hotel. E. Leaven served the most tastes in 2011. The chamber of commerce, sponsor of the fun event, suggested that the Center Street spot prepare more tastes this year — 700 — to keep its booth supplied for the duration of the five-hour event. E. Leaven’s tastes will showcase small treasures from its bakery and daily menu, including tarragon chicken salad, barbecue brisket and braised short rib sandwiches on challah buns. To satisfy cravings for sweets, E. Leaven will feature its carrot and

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Pat Hatfield feeds her husband, Kevin, a sample of barbecue pork and onions from Trio during the Taste of the Tetons, part of the Fall Arts Festival.

triple chocolate cakes. Taste of the Tetons falls on the busiest weekend of the year for E. Leaven; for the fourth year running, the cafe will supply 175 box lunches both weekend days for the One Fly fishing competition, according to owner Molly Froboeck. E. Leaven also will host a booth stocked with breakfast and lunch fare at the Western Design Conference on Friday, Sept. 7, and Saturday, Sept. 8. In past years, Nani’s Cucina Italiana has offered a delicate ricotta ravioli with pomodora sauce plus tiramisu. This year chef Steven Murphy will bring mini meatballs to please the crowds. Alex Demmon, the celebrated new chef at

Giovanni’s Medi-Italian Restaurant, will be included but has yet to announce his culinary offerings. Last September, Tom Fay of Pinky G’s Pizzeria jumped right in just a few months after he opened and served pulled pork sliders and several kinds of pizzas. Fay and his crew will be back this year to showcase some of their specialty pizzas. Jackson Hole Fine Dining Group will be represented by Rendezvous Bistro, which will offer Thai apple pork belly salad with cabbage, cucumber, cashews and chili lime vinaigrette plus ice creams created by pastry chef Chad Horton. Cascade Grill in Teton Mountain

Lodge will return with Lomo Saltado, a play on Peruvian street food made from seared hanger steak, a sauce with two types of chiles and fingerling chips by chef Kevin Humphreys and Jaclyn Bernard, Cascade���s pastry chef. Jackson Hole High School’s culinary program, led by Joni Upsher, will join in the celebration, too. The glorious September Sunday is filled with promise. An established success, Taste of the Tetons is still a marvel: Locals and tourists mingle under turquoise autumn skies as the leaves slide on toward golden. Chefs display the best they have to offer. Mouth-watering aromas will fill the air, wafting from the jewel-like morsels savored by all. To add to the festivities, there will be music from the Howdy Pardners’ “Pickin’ in the Park,” and the Art Association will hold its juried fair for local artists, “Takin’ it to the Streets.” An afternoon wine tasting and silent auction will round out the festivities.

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Takin’ it to the Streets presents diverse fare. One booth might feature blown-glass stars, as here, while others display silver belt buckles, watercolor paintings or wood bowls.

Creative currents

Takin’ it to the Streets 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9 Town Square ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––


By Katy Niner

reativity courses through the valley and funnels into a variety of forms. During Fall Arts Festival, one event in particular celebrates the panoply of creative people in Jackson Hole. For 13 years running, the Art Association has juried 40 artists from the valley and its surroundings into an outdoor art fair, Takin’ it to the Streets. Ringing two sides of Town Square with booths, the fair coincides with and complements the culinary creativity of Taste of the Tetons. This year, the fair runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9. “Streets,” as it is dubbed, features a plethora of art forms — from jewelry to ceramics, fine art to home decor — a variety representative of the wide array of artistic interests people pursue in and around the valley. Venerated valley artists turn out for the fair including glassblower Laurie Thal; ceramicists Valerie Seaberg, Dean Stayner and Sam and Jenny Dowd; local watercolor legend Fred Kingwill; and jewelry artists Annie Band, Sarah Tams

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and Susan Fleming. Lisa Bishop makes bedding, while Edward Edmington shapes turned bowls. Elisa Davies creates original artwork on tile. Some are framed, some are sold as trivets or coasters. Her subject matter spans trout, wildlife, wildflowers and mountains. New to Streets, architect Francesca Howell will share her jewelry. Jessica Freed and Katharine Donan will share a Streets booth, as well as a trunk show at Habits. After studying silversmithing in Mexico, Freed now creates an eclectic array of intricate pieces, including custom belt buckles and jewelry with opal and turquoise in cabochon settings. Freed teaches beginner silversmithing at the Art Association and has helped create an open studio for jewelry artists at the arts organization. Having such a space has encouraged collaboration between the community of jewelers in Jackson, Freed said. Streets is an expression of the Art Association’s commitment to providing local artists with opportunities to nurture their creativity, whether through classes, open studios, exhibitions or art fairs. It grew out of the association’s summer Art Fairs, according to Amy Fradley, art fair director. While local artists do pepper the two summer shows, Takin’ it to the Streets focuses the spotlight solely on them.

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Historic Ranch Tours 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8 Walton and Snake River ranches ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––


By Kelsey Dayton

eople come to Fall Arts Festival expecting to see sweeping mountainscapes, elusive wildlife and scenes of historic Jackson Hole. Often, these elements are experienced in galleries as panoramas and creatures come together on canvas. One annual event — the Historic Ranch Tours — brings these features to life, illuminating the way ranching and art have blended in the valley. This year the tour will visit the Snake River Ranch and Walton Ranch on Saturday, Sept. 8.. The tours “give people a chance to get out into the landscape that is often painted by people who show in the galleries,” said Barbara Hauge of Snake River Ranch. When people visit the ranches, they become part of the landscape, she said. “It’s another side of the scenery they are looking at. You get into the habitat of the animals that are hanging in two dimensions on the gallery walls,” she said. “We understand the wood vegetation needed for elk. We protect the riparian areas for the fish and wildlife. We maintain the scenic vistas the public enjoys.” Fall Arts Festival is meant to showcase the creative spirit in Jackson, which also encompasses the intrepid ways people have cultivated the land for generations, said Kate Wolitarsky, events coordinator at the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce. Last year, Wolitarsky went on the tour for the first time. She delighted in the behind-the-scenes look at what life is really like on the ranches she drives by


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Snake River Ranch co-owner Barbara Hauge shares the history of the ranch during a past Historic Ranch Tour, an annual Fall Arts event that gives visitors a chance to taste the real ranching life.

Colter Lucas, 9, marks a piece of wood with his family's cattle brand at the Lazy AA Ranch.

regularly. She was impressed by the passion of the people who still work the land, and also learned more about the ranching business and how it has evolved. Ranches are intertwined with the history of the valley. “They have an authentic story to tell about operating a business on the landscape of Teton County,” Hauge said. Snake River Ranch started in the fall of 1929 with 408 acres. Now the large spread has enough room for 3,800 steers and about 150 horses. The tour gives a glimpse into what life was like years ago on the ranch. The old barn still stands, the site of the milk cows that once fed the ranch crews with milk and cream. In the winter, ranch workers traveled

The ranch also sells cattle to a grassfinishing beef company in Tetonia. “It’s a new arrow in our quiver,” Hauge said of grass-finishing requests. It’s another way the ranch is responding to a changing market while also holding on to the traditions on which it was founded. It’s those types of stories that people find most interesting on the tours, she said. Other people are just excited to see “real” cowboys. The tour, which costs $50, leaves from the Home Ranch parking lot at 2 p.m. and finishes by about 7 p.m. It includes a stop at Walton Ranch, and a barbecue dinner and live Western music at Snake River Ranch. For tickets and information, call 7333316 or 699-3868.

to Jackson Lake, cut ice and brought it back by sled to store in the icehouse to keep meat cool in the summer. The tour will share the history of the ranch, but also will tell how the business of ranching is changing. Ranchers “have an authentic story to tell about operating a business on the landscape of Teton County,” Hauge said. The tour is “a chance to go behind-the scenes, which you don’t have a lot of access to” and to “hear about it and how ranching has changed and what we’re doing now,” she said. One way the ranch has changed in recent years is in response to consumer demand for hormone- and antibiotic-free meat. Snake River cows are never exposed to such substances, even in utero.

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Cayuse Western Americana 255 N. Glenwood St. 739-1940 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––


By Dina Mishev

ayuse Western Americana is taking the year off from the Western Design Conference. That’s given gallery founder Mary Schmitt more time to focus on the Fall Arts Festival. And it shows. Cayuse has three Fall Arts shows this year: “Two Little Owls,” then a one-woman show for jeweler and metalsmith Susan Adams and a show of Clint Orms belt buckles and cuff links. “Two Little Owls” and the Susan Adams show open Friday, Sept. 7. Clint Orms opens Wednesday, Sept. 12. All shows will remain up through the “Farewell to Fall” brunch on Sunday, Sept. 16. “Little owl” is an American Indian term of endearment for a child. Cayuse did a show of collectible Native American children’s pieces three years ago, hence “Two Little Owls” as the title for this year’s show. “Kids’ items are eagerly collected,” Schmitt said, “and they’re not easy to come by. Collectors realize how hard it is to gather together children’s item like this. I’m expecting it to be very popular show.” The first “Little Owl” show drew collectors from across the country. Schmitt scoured the West for the finest Native American children’s items available. She ended up with quite a variety. “Many of the items are coming straight out of collections that have been put together over a period of years,” Schmitt said. Most date from the 1870s to the 1920s and come from Plains, Montane and Plateau tribes. There are several reasons American Indian children’s items are so collectible. “Most of them were actually used by kids,” Schmitt said, “so they are viewed as more meaningful than some of the adult items. Adult items were sometimes made to be traded to white trappers and traders — they were novelties to be collected as souvenirs and sent back East — so some of them were not actually ever used by a Native American. Many serious collectors would rather collect things that have the added history and evidence of intended use.” Children’s items were made to be used,

Master silversmith Susan Adams will bring new pieces like this sterling daisy necklace with 18K gold centers.

eral small dresses and moccasins, a Sioux belt bag with a split flap, a child’s breastplate, beaded wrist cuffs with American flag images, and a little Crow saddle. The same night as “Two Little Owls” opens, master jeweler and metalsmith Susan Adams will be at the gallery showing new work. Adams, who won Best in Show at the Western Design Conference in 2008, has been focusing on repousse recently. “She introduced repousse pieces last year and people loved them,” Schmitt said. Repousse is an old form of metalworking first used by Europeans and later adopted by Colonial American and Mexican silversmiths. Repousse involves working a flat sheet of silver from the back. “The designs then stand out on the front,” Schmitt said. “It’s very technical to know [how] each strike on the back ... will show up on the front.” This year, Adams has been breaking out of the floral repousse tradition and has been using early Mexican spur designs as inspiration to create figural vignettes with butterflies, rabbits and other animals. On Wednesday, Sept. 12, a representative from Clint Orms will visit with belt buckles and cuff links featuring new designs and new finishes “They’re doing more hammered finishes and also satin finishes that almost make a piece look like it’s pewter,” Schmitt said. “But it’s still silver.”

Cayuse will feature, as part of "Two Little Owls," a Sioux toy tipi circa 1870, a Cheyenne male doll with shield circa 1880, and a pair of Sioux toy tipi bags circa 1890.

The most common collectible in the Indian children’s category is the doll. “It is not uncommon to pay five figures for a doll that shows specific clothing and accessories for a given group and period,” Schmitt said. “Two Little Owls” features about 10 dolls, including a female figure with a cradleboard. Other items are an early Sioux toy tipi, a tiny pair of Cheyenne saddle bags, several toy cradleboards, a Kiowa boy’s shirt, sev-

not traded. Another reason kids’ items are collectible is that they illustrate the cultural path to adulthood. “Children’s versions of tools that parents used are often found,” Schmitt said. The smaller items — clothing or moccasins, for example — were sometimes made by an older sister learning basic construction principles on a small piece to become proficient on a larger project.

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Vertical Peaks Gallery 165 Center St. 733-7744 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––


By Abbie Beane

ertical Peaks has broadened its scope as well as raised its profile over the past year, setting the stage for a more pronounced presence at the 2012 Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival. This year, owners Joy and Terry Kennedy, longtime Jackson residents and business owners, will showcase two artists new to the gallery: Kate

McCavitt and D. Lee. On Friday, Sept. 14, Lee will paint in-house as well as create quick-draw works (one hour allotted to each). On the same day, artist-in-residence Scott Nickell and McCavitt will be sculpting and painting in-house. The artist demonstrations will run from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. “We’ve broadened our scope, adding a dozen new artists over the last year,” Joy Kennedy said. “We’ve also increased our pieces of art. We have a lot of high-end, one-of-a-kind Native American jewelry, ancient replica pottery and contemporary and Western landscape art.” Lee, a longtime professional horse trainer and com-

Kate McCavitt, new to Vertical Peaks, will share her Teton Series — which includes “The Sound of Resting Water” — with Fall Arts patrons.

petitor who started painting at 30, is most drawn to animal subjects, whether wildlife or domestic. She has studied with noted artists such as Morgan Weistling, Greg Beecham and Tom Browning. “My paintings get more personal to me every year,” Lee said. “For example, the painting ‘Mother Nature’ was a beautiful moment I caught between an elk cow and her calf last fall.  It’s not a typical elk painting, but it’s a real moment, and I love that.  “I immerse myself in the lives of animals as much as possible, their behaviors and expressions,” she said. “It’s fascinating and brings me great joy.“ Lee calls her artwork a “journey” that has helped her learn and improve technique, taught her to interpret scenes in unexpected ways and earned her friends as well as funding, which she often gives back to charity. During the sculpting event, Nickell will focus on bronze works distinguished by their intricate detail. Nickell is well known for his American Indian and cowboy and cowgirl subjects as well as his replications of Indian beadwork. He spends weeks studying to prepare his sculptures, focusing on the artifacts in private collections and museums. McCavitt, originally from New York, will join Nickell in the gallery and demonstrate her sumi-e Asian painting style

D. Lee, known for her intimate paintings of animals like “Mother Nature,” will enjoy the Fall Arts limelight at Vertical Peaks.

using fluid acrylics. McCavitt’s work is distinguished by her use of bold color, intricate detailing and textural elements. Her paintings hang in private collections in the U.S. and abroad, and in galleries across the western U.S. and in Florida. “I consider myself a mixedmedia artist, as I use a lot of foils, gold leaf, metallic gesso and pearlescent acrylic ink in my art,” she said. “My artwork has been described as having visual qualities of oil paintings, lacquer work, and cloisonne. I am bold and not afraid to break rules to create brilliant combinations of pigment, with stainlike effects.”

McCavitt’s most recent series features dramatic mountain vistas in California, Colorado, Montana, Wyoming and New Zealand. For Fall Arts, she is creating six pieces that are part of her Teton series.  “I hope the Fall Arts Festivalgoers will feel like they are looking in a mirror when they stand in front of my works, seeing and feeling themselves within the place depicted on the canvas,” McCavitt said. “This particular Teton series is all about why people are drawn to Jackson Hole again and again: its grandeur and the stunning vistas and its quiet reflective places.”

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Wine pairing Red and white wines commemorate Fall Arts. By Brielle Schaeffer


ine and art pair well together, particularly when the art is by Amy Ringholz. Her Fall Arts Festival painting graces the bottles of wine The Liquor Store commissions a Napa Valley, Calif., winery to produce for the September fest — striking labels that have sparked a retail rush for the commemorative crush. The Liquor Store originally ordered a pallet of the red and white varietals — about 1,300 bottles total — but due to the attractiveness of the label, the wine is selling fast, said David Erickson, manager of The Liquor Store. The shop is going to order another pallet of the red wine, he said. “The wine seems to be more popular this year primarily due to the really cool label,” Erickson said. This year’s wine selections are a crisp cabernet sauvignon and a sweet chardonnay. “They’re the two most popular varietals for white and red,” Erickson said. Other varietals can vary in quality. “Pinot noir is really hard to get, particularly at a price level and a quality level that we want for this wine, so we went for a cab,” he said. The wine is made by KDM Global Partners of Napa Valley, Calif., which makes good yet affordable wines, Erickson said. There is not a lot of wine made in Wyoming until recently and it can be pricey, Erickson said. Each year, the Fall Arts Festival featured artist shares his or her piece, in miniature, on the label. In keeping with the zeal she has shown the entire festival, Ringholz paid special attention to the bottle design and its adaptation of her Fall Arts Festival featured painting, “Dreamers Don’t Sleep.” “I was interested in designing a bottle with Jackson Hole on it,” Ringholz said. “I thought it would make a really interesting souvenir for the festival ... like all the wonderfulness of Jackson Hole bottled up.” In July, Ringholz hosted a Fall Arts Festival launch party outside The Liquor Store replete with music, drinks and even a corn hole game. For the occasion, she decorated a corn hole set to raffle off. “We sold 300 bottles of wine that night,” she said. The design of the label channels the spir-

it of pairing wine with art and friends. “I hope that the bottle captures the mood of a night scene hanging out with friends and enjoying a bottle of wine, just coming together and enjoying art,” Ringholz said. The pairing of fine wine with fine art makes great sense, particularly for the Fall Arts Festival, Erickson said. “We end up serving it at a lot of the events associated with the Fall Arts Festival,” he said. The wine will be available for sale through September at The Liquor Store and on its website, Wine profits support future Fall Arts Festivals. The wines are priced between $15 and $16, and occasionally will go on sale, Erickson said. “We’ve got a lot of it,” he said. “It’s on the shelf and ready to go.”


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rom her house and gallery at Jackson Hole Golf and Tennis, artist Joanne Hennes can see the Tetons she loves and that she has been painting for decades. The view is often framed by mature trees that she and her husband, Wayne, planted as cuttings in the 1970s, when they bought the second lot sold at the golf course. “It was just an alfalfa field when we got here,” Hennes said recently. Now the grounds are lush, and inside her gallery it’s shaded and cool, with fountains murmuring and the walls covered with her work. It’s where Hennes’ career has flowered, starting long before Jackson became an art center. “I’ve been painting the Tetons for 50 years,” she said. “When I first came here there were no art galleries ... no real art scene. “And now I’ve been here longer than anybody who’s still alive.” Hennes estimates she has painted more than 3,000 original works. She’s worked in the Alps, in Egypt, and in Hawaii, Tahiti and New Zealand, three places where she found inspiration in jungles and rugged seacoasts. But it’s the Tetons, Jackson Hole and Yellowstone that Hennes keeps painting. And she hasn’t tired of the scenery, despite her years of work. “I just keep seeing things I want to paint,” she said.

Though plein air painting has a romantic image, Hennes prefers to sketch and photograph on site, then do the real work in her studio, removed from sun and bugs. “I do a better job under controlled conditions,” she said. Hennes calls her style “realistic, with a lot of depth.” Besides the Tetons, the other peaks in the area are represented, along with rivers and waterfalls, forest scenes, wildlife and views of the ranch life. Most of Hennes’ work is in oil, her favorite medium, which she applies with a palette knife rather than a brush to build up the paint and achieve a feeling of depth. But while oil is her first choice, Hennes also works with watercolors and pastels. For people who can’t afford original art, her work is available in lithographs and giclees prints. Her husband has a shop adjacent to her studio, and mats and frames her work. Hennes has found many fans. One husband and wife have bought 52 of her paintings over the years, decorating their home with some and giving others to friends. One of her most recent commissions was a 4-by-5-foot mountain scene for the Florida home of some Jackson visitors. Over the years, Hennes’ work has been shown at the Grand Teton National Park visitors center, the National Museum of Wildlife Art and at Jenny Lake Lodge in Grand Teton, where each of the 37 tourist cabins is decorated with and named after one of her wildflower watercolors. The Hennes Gallery is usually open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, but because it’s 7 miles north of town, you might want to call first.

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The Brookover Gallery 125 N. Cache St. 732-3988  ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––


By Kelsey Dayton

t’s been four years since photographer David Brookover last took color photographs. His gallery used to be alight with the purples of the Tetons and the burnt sienna of desert landscapes. At one point, he had more than 105 color prints hanging. Now, about 90 percent of his work on display is blackand-white, platinum or bromoil prints. “I like the traditional processes,” he said. Brookover worked in black-and-white early in his career, but when he started working for Fuji Film in the ’90s, color dominated. Even though he continued to see in black and white, he shot in color. But in recent years, too many photographers have overused color, he said. “To me, color has sort of been hijacked.” Whether printed on canvas or digitally altered, color saturates the market. Color can distract from the scenes captured. “I got tired of the visual caffeine look,” Brookover said. “I wanted it to be more of an elemental basic, and it doesn’t get more simplified than black-and-white.” So Brookover decided to move in a more minimalist direction, shifting his focus away from the “pow factor” of a bright palette toward the integrity of the image. He began to experiment by taking photographs in color and converting them to black-and-white. Those pictures’ success encouraged him to return to playing with black-andwhite film. Unfettered by color, he found the essence of his subjects. “There’s just a sophistication of black-and-white,” he said. Not only have his followers supported the transition, Brookover has expanded his client base by shifting to black and white. In spite of his change in palette, Brookover continues use an 8-by-10 camera. He took a short hiatus to photograph wildlife with a 35mm camera, but has since returned to the 8-by-10, especially for his landscapes. “I just like the Zen approach of the large-format camera,” he said. “You spend more time with the subject matter. You feel the wind. You aren’t just set up the tripod, click, click, move on.” A large-format camera means fewer frames, so each one must count. While it’s an experience many find frustrating, Brookover relishes waiting for the perfect picture. “It’s a full-circle adventure when you are there talking to the landscape, begging the light,” he said. “It humbles you. I like the process, where you don’t come in and take a picture, but you are part of the environment. You melt into the environment.” His approach to photography is about finding the

David Brookover’s “Conversations Over Three Decades” is an example of his silver-gelatin prints.

decisive moment. Some photography is like fast food — lots of shots quickly taken. A large format is like a slowcooked French meal, he said. You have to wait for it, but it’s worth it. Moving to black-and-white isn’t the only change Brookover has undergone as an artist in recent years. He also has ventured into more abstract, softer realms, like a large sand dune or snowfield, scenes that are more subtle than the majestic Tetonscapes that once filled the gallery. Brookover also has focused on expanding his collection of platinum-palladium work. Platinum-palladium is a printing process known for its depth, detail and tonality. The images are scanned and printed on handmade papers from China, Japan and Korea. Brookover started with about seven platinum prints a few years ago. Now he has more than 70 hanging in the gallery. “Without a doubt, we have one of the largest hanging collections of platinums in the country,” he said. While the prints are more expensive, they are growing in popularity. “It’s more than just a photograph,” he said. “It’s more about the process after [the photo is taken].” Brookover’s focus on the finished product has expanded to framing. He’s recently started working with Randolph Laub, who creates individual custom frames tailored to specific images.

The frame itself is a piece of art, Brookover said. “All this stuff comes together, and then you have this Bentley hanging on the wall, and you know you won’t find that somewhere else,” he said. All of Brookover’s new work will be displayed in the gallery during Fall Arts Festival. During Palates and Palettes on Friday, Sept. 7, Brookover will host a fundraiser for the Teton Raptor Center. “Mocha’s Bash for the Birds,” named after Brookover’s beloved dog, will be catered by the Four Seasons and Amangani and cost $5, all of which will be donated to the raptor center. It’s been a tradition for the past years for Brookover to raise money for a nonprofit. Palates and Palettes has become such a popular event in and of itself, it’s less about selling art, he said. This is a way to give back to the community while gathering people in the gallery, he said. The fundraiser usually raises more than $2,000. This is the second year the raptor center has been the beneficiary of the gallery’s party. The raptor center is expected to bring a few birds to the party that people will have a chance to take photos with, he said. Mocha, of course, will attend the fete in her honor, though last year, she had a run-in with an eagle, which scared her to a corner on the other side of the gallery, far away from the birds.

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Heroic bronze The Buffalo Trail unveiling 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 13 National Museum of Wildlife Art –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– By Jennifer Dorsey


hen Richard Loffler envisions the unveiling of his heroic-size bronze buffalo group on the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s Sculpture Trail, his thoughts are more about people than about the piece itself. In his mind’s eye are the family, friends, fellow artists and museum employees and patrons who will be there with him at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, as the parachute coverings are lifted to reveal The Buffalo Trail, a piece that he has worked on for four years and that the museum will give to itself and the public as a 25th anniversary present. “I don’t think I’ve ever had an audience like that,” he said. His imagination also travels beyond that day through the years to come and the millions of people who will see Buffalo Trail in its new home on a bench of land about halfway between the southern extension of the trail and the highway. Museum visitors will see the bronze from the trail above and be able to take a crushed limestone path or metal stairway to get a closer look. Other people will drive past the museum on Highway 89 and see the group of five adult buffalo and two calves on the hillside above. It’s easy for an artist to get wrapped up in the transitory details of day-to-day work, Loffler said. He is no stranger to awards and honors. This year alone he won the Prix de West’s James Earle Fraser Sculpture Award, and he is the featured sculpture at Western Visions, the wildlife museum’s weeklong Fall Arts Festival celebration. But to have The Buffalo Trail installed at a museum that, in his words, brings “the best of the best wildlife artists,” gives him a true sense of his place in posterity. “All in all,” he said of the unveiling, “it’s a bouquet of happiness.” The arranging of that bouquet started about 10 years ago, when Loffler traveled north from his home in Regina, Saskatchewan, to use the buffalo at a friend’s ranch as models for a sculpture. “I work from life,” he said. “I tried to find gestures not done before, to find ‘snapshots,’ moments in time of the buffalo herd.” For six days, he sat with the animals from 7:30 in the morning to 7:30 at night, picking up his easel and clay every 20 minutes to follow them as they moved. Back in his studio, he spent about a month choreographing his characters into what was to become The Buffalo Trail. The monumental sculpture features a lead bull followed by two cows, a single cow and a younger bull, with a calf on each side of the group. It’s an intimate scene, as evidenced by the way one cow rests her head on the hindquarters of another. “They’re not just heads-down march-

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ing,” Loffler said of the seven individuals. “Each animal has its own personality.” Adam Harris, curator of art for the museum, said Loffler’s devotion to detailing the distinctive traits of individuals is what places him “in the upper echelon of sculptors working today.” More than simply creating realistic representations of animals, he “imbues his subjects with character, mood, attitude and style.” The original sculpture, measuring 9-by-11-by-65 inches, is in the museum’s collection. When the bronze premiered about five years ago, “it sparked the creative juices of a number of friends of the museum, and conversations soon began about the possibility of commissioning him to enlarge the work to add to our outdoor sculpture collection,” Harris said. “Thanks to the Robert S. and Grayce B. Kerr Foundation, those conversations turned into concrete plans, and Rich got the go-ahead to start the massive project of scaling-up his sculpture. “The buffalo is such an iconic Western

creature. It seemed more than fitting as the subject of this heroic-sized work.” Heroic indeed. The outdoors Buffalo Trail, the largest sculpture Loffler has done and is ever likely to do, is 1.5 times the size of life. It stretches 66 feet long, stands 10.5 feet tall at its highest point and weighs 7 tons. Though the original had six animals, Loffler added a second baby for the Sculpture Trail, he said, “in order to see a calf from either side.” The sculpture will travel to Jackson on two semis outfitted with lowboy trailers from Art Castings of Montana, a foundry in Belgrade. Loffler will direct the installation, and from then until perpetuity, the museum will be the home where the buffalo roam. The sculptor describes the commission as “a great blessing” and said he hopes the piece helps shine further attention on the museum. “It benefits everyone,” he said of The Buffalo Trail. “I was just the benefactor allowed to do it.”

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ith close to three dozen artists in its stable and with almost every one of them bringing new pieces for the annual Wildlife and Wildlands show, it’s a good thing Wilcox Gallery has two locations. There’s the Wilcox Gallery a couple of miles north of town and Wilcox II downtown. Wildlife and Wildlands, which hangs at both locations and opens during Palates and Palettes on Friday, Sept. 7, has been Wilcox Gallery’s Fall Arts Festival show for more than a decade. The show actually goes back further, however, “We finally gave it its current name about 10 years ago,” said Narda Wilcox, who owns the galleries with her husband, painter Jim Wilcox. Almost all of the gallery’s artists — oil and watercolor painters, sculptors, mixed-media artists — create at least one new piece for the show. Even Elisabeth Robbins, an artist new to the gallery, sent a new still-life painting for the gathering. Other artists participating in Wildlife and Wildlands for the first time this year include Y.S. Liu and Jim Day. While Wildlife and Wildlands opens the night of Palates and Palettes, its artists’ reception is Saturday, Sept. 15. “That day just has such great energy,” Wilcox

Tom Browning will contribute new work like “Wide Open” to Wildlife and Wildlands.

said. The galleries will host a reception from 6 until 8 p.m. Artists will be at both locations to talk about their work. “Our artists are like family,” Wilcox said. “Some of them have been with us since the beginning; most have been with us for at least a couple of decades.” The Wilcoxes opened their gallery in 1969. While Wilcox is excited to introduce the gallery’s new artists, she is equally excited to showcase fresh pieces by longtime favorites such as Sandy Scott, Don Weller and Tom Browning. Scott, a sculptor from Lander, Wyo., made news earlier this summer when her piece “Presidential Eagle” was the first to be unveiled at the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s new Sculpture Trail. “She’s been a favorite with our collectors for years,” Wilcox said. In 2009, Arizona resident Browning won the prestigious Prix de West Award at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum for his painting

“Dawn of a New Day.” That same year, he installed a mural, “The Adoration of the Christ Child,” at St. Mary’s in Boise, Idaho. Browning is also a member of the Cowboy Artists of America. Weller had a decades-long career in graphic design and illustration, creating covers and posters for Time Magazine, the Rose Bowl and the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. He will show new watercolors in Wildlife and Wildlands, and also be at the gallery working on new paintings. Weller won’t be the only artist doing demonstrations at the galleries. The afternoon of the Wildlife and Wildlands reception, Sept. 15, several artists will be working in the galleries. At Wilcox I, Jim Wilcox will sit out the QuickDraw for the first time in memory — “It has always been such a hectic day for us; this year he decided to take a break,” Narda said — and instead will open his studio to the public. Wildlife and Wildlands will, of course,

Gallery founder Jim Wilcox recently completed “Togwotee’s Spring.”

include new paintings by Wilcox, the 2003 FAF poster artist, the grand prize winner of the 1994 Arts for the Parks international competition, a member of the National Academy of Western Art and winner of the Prix de West Award in 1987. He won the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum’s Frederic Remington Award in 2002 and 2007. Wilcox has spent nearly 40 years painting around Jackson Hole. Many of his paintings are done en plein air — out in nature, with the painting’s subject directly before you — and are known for their ephemeral light and dreamy realism. While Wilcox is taking a break from the QuickDraw, the gallery will still be represented at the event by wildlife painter Tom Mansanarez. Mansanarez, who lives in Idaho Falls, strives to “capture reality without idealizing it.”

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agged mountains, diamond mines and urban forests inspired Diehl Gallery’s two shows during Fall Arts Festival. The first, “Crystalline Spires, Faceted Gems” a show of new sculptures by Natalie Clark, will be celebrated with a reception during Palates and Palettes from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 7. The gallery had planned to feature new works by Indonesian artist Master Chen, but his sculptures literally missed the boat, gallery owner Mariam Diehl said. The artist will enjoy a reception after Fall Arts Festival. Clark’s series of tiny and larger-than-life pieces draw on two sources of inspiration: a trip to the diamond mines of South Africa and the Tetons, the gallery said. The series “represents an integration of nature and culture, of facets and colors, of form and emotion,” Clark said in her artist statement. Clark is a British-American artist who splits her time between traveling the world, Washington, D.C., and Teton Village, Diehl said. She is the only artist represented by the gallery who has roots in the valley. Clark earned her bachelor’s degree in fine arts, majoring in sculpture, from Brighton University in England. She came to the United States on a full-merit scholarship and received a Masters of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her colored steel crystalline polyhedrons range in size from two to 20 cubic feet. The sculptures are painted vivid hues of red, orange and yellow. Inspiration for the colors comes from Tibetan and Bhutanese prayer flags, Clark said in her statement. “Fall Arts Festival has always been a celebration of the arts, and her works are so vibrant they beg to be celebrated,” Diehl said. “They lend themselves well to the whole concept of Fall Arts being a celebration of the arts in Jackson.” –––––––––––––––––––––––––– “Portrait of a Kingdom,” the second Fall Arts Festival offering at Diehl Gallery, features the collaborative work of mixed-media artists Luis GarciaNerey and Anke Schofield. While they enjoy distinct careers as artists, GarciaNerey and Schofield, friends for 12 years, travel between

“Conversation” is typical of the “Kollabs” or collaborative work by Luis Garcia-Nerey and Anke Schofield.

Garcia-Nerey’s studio in Miami, Fla., and Schofield’s in Atlanta, Ga., to create work they call “Kollabs.” “We still do our own work, but for the past five years we’ve been really concentrating on our collaborative work,” Schofield said. The works grow from a multilayered process using photographs, roofing tar stain, oil, charcoal pencil, acrylic and oil paints. Some pieces are resin-finished, and others are not, giving the works different textures, Diehl said. Together, Garcia-Nerey and Schofield have mastered the meaning of mixed-media, Diehl said. One piece, “Conversation,” depicts a flapper-like woman gazing at a miniature bear sitting on a blue chair. The photographs are set on a background with a black and white chevron pattern. This work begs questions, like, “Who is looking at whom as the subject and the royalty?” Diehl said. “It’s

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‘kingdom’ in the broadest aspect.” Other works are of a queen and a king, deer, moose and bison. The Kollabs channel a vintage and whimsical aesthetic. “We decided it would be interesting to both of us to compare forest life to human life and how they interact with one another,” Garcia-Nerey said. “For this particular show, ‘Portrait of a Kingdom,’ we’re doing a comparison between the hierarchies of human life as opposed to animal life.” A reception for the show will coincide with the ArtWalk, which runs from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 12. Garcia-Nerey and Schofield also were invited to participate in Western Visions at the National Museum of Wildlife Art for the second year running. For the Miniatures and More Show and Sale, they created two paintings, “Peter (Bear)” and “Flight (527).”

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An Auction of Past & Present M



Left to Right: Lanford Monroe, Reverie | Kenneth Riley, Wolf Spirit | William Acheff, Come Inside

Left to Right: Carl Rungius, Grizzly Bear and Cubs | Bob Kuhn, Caribou Pair | Richard Schmid, Brattleboro Winter, Vermont

Left to Right: Mian Situ, The Forty-Niners, South Fork, American River | Bill Anton, Glacier Fed | William Leigh, Bucking Bronco with Cowboy | Jim Norton, The War Pony

Left to Right: Z.S. Liang, Blackfeet on the Upper Musselshell River Valley | Martin Grelle, In the Grip of Winter | Joseph Sharp, Crow Encampment


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Masterworks of the American West



Herbert Dunton, Trail Boss | Morgan Weistling, End of Harvest | G. Harvey, Jingle Bells and Powder Snow

Frank Tenney Johnson, North Fork, Shoshone River, Wyoming | Ken Carlson, Yellowstone Excursion | E. William Gollings, Returning to Camp | John Clymer, Topping the Ridge

Charles Russell, Unbranded | Frank McCarthy, Warriors Return | Bob Kuhn, Bringing Down the Old Bull

Ray Swanson, Beading the Pipe Bag | Robert Bateman, Relics of the Old Days - Whitetailed Deer


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“Light’s Dance” by Kathryn Mapes Turner is in Trio Fine Art’s “In Our Valley” show.

“Past Impressions” and other works by Jennifer L. Hoffman are also in the show.

Valley voices

Trio Fine Art 545 N. Cache Drive 734-4444 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––


By Richard Anderson

ainter Bill Sawczuk pointed to one of his Teton canvases and recalled how difficult it was to create just the right shade of green for the sagebrush in the foreground. “Sagebrush is so tricky,” said Sawczuk, the newest artist at Trio Fine Art, the painter-owned gallery on North Cache Drive. “It is hard,” said Kathryn Mapes Turner, another of the triumvirate and the only original owner of the cozy, immaculate showroom. Elsewhere, Sawczuk — at the time enjoying his first solo show with his new gallery — talked about a small canvas he had reworked considerably, painting over details in the foreground and background and leaving the rustic cabin floating in a

field of off-white. Another large painting is one he made on his last plein air session with his friend and mentor, the late Greg McHuron. More than almost anything else, art patrons love to make connections with artists. They love the behind-the-scenes stories of the creation, the inspiration for the main character, the precise details of the when and where and how of a painting. And at Trio Fine Art, art patrons make that connection every day. “That access in both ways is so special,” said oil pastel artist Jennifer L. Hoffman, the third member who owns, runs and fills the walls of Trio Fine Art. “People seem to seek us out, and they stay, chatting, enjoying the art, asking questions. … It’s such a treat for me, and our visitors really seem to enjoy the chance to spend time with the artists who create the work.” Usually, just one of the three artist owners tends the gallery. But near the end of a summer in which each of them will have enjoyed a solo show, all three will celebrate Fall Arts Festival with demonstrations on Friday, Sept. 7, a reception

— catered, of course, by Trio American Bistro — during Palates and Palettes, and a group show titled “In Our Valley.” “It will be a reflection of our impressions of Jackson Hole,” Turner said, “and a celebration of this particular valley and how it inspired our work.” All three also will be participating, once again, in the Western Visions Miniatures and More Show and Sale at the National Museum of Wildlife Art, the institution through which they met. While the valley brought them together — Turner was born in Jackson Hole, Hoffman came from Pennsylvania, and Sawczuk hails from Wisconsin — each naturally brings her or his own perspective and artistic approach to rendering it. Turner is an award-winning watercolorist who lately has been focusing on oils. Past work has been characterized by light and the way it interacts with water, air and earth. Recent canvases that made up her August solo exhibition “Between Heart and Place,” include more shadows and darkness, especially the drama of storms approaching and passing, which, really, is just a different

flavor of light. Hoffman works primarily in oil pastel, though she also paints in oils. Her mostly small-scale works look at the other view: not the grand Teton landscape but the softer sagebrush plain or more transient passing of colors in the sky. She says she is exploring “everyday beauty.” “The kind of moments that can grab you anywhere and make you stop for a second,” she wrote in an email. “I joke that when everyone is setting up their easels to paint the Tetons, I’m turned the other way painting the sagebrush.” Like his cohorts, Sawczuk paints outdoors. He leans toward an old-school style and subject that brings to mind Conrad Schwiering and Charlie Russell. “Charlie Russell was my first big influence,” said Sawczuk, who started out in architecture and mechanical engineering. “There were Russell calendars hanging all over in barns — even in Michigan.” His earlier profession, however, gives him a particularly acute eye for form and structure, which tends to bring a sense of mass to his subject matter and order to his compositions.

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Bold and powerful

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Turpin Gallery 150 Center St. 733-7530 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––


By Katy Niner

onnie Turpin embraces the market shift toward bold, powerful Western art and responds by making bold, powerful moves in his Turpin Gallery. “People are looking for something different,” Turpin said. They are looking for impressive pictures, bold and big. They are looking for color, he said. All summer into September, Turpin Gallery has celebrated this new frontier with a gallerywide theme: “The Spirit of the New West.” This spirit suffuses the Center Street space. Bronze sculptures, set on wood bases, rise through glass tabletops. One-of-a-kind pieces of furniture made by American Indian artists fuse Molesworth style with antler detailing. The spirit of the New West is personified by J.D. Challenger, who has been painting inside Turpin Gallery since mid-July. Ronnie Turpin invited the New Mexico artist to spend the summer exploring the concept of the spirit of the New West by painting in the back gallery turned studio, an invitation he accepted with gusto. Considering his immediate surroundings, Challenger has set iconic figures against dramatic Tetonscapes. His painting “Thunderhorse Nation” hangs over the front fireplace. (It also graces the 2011-12 Jackson Hole telephone book.) The dramatic ethos Challenger channels into his art reverberates throughout Turpin’s collection in the works of Bill Moomey, Daniel Parker and Rob Dicianni. Turpin, a sculptor himself, creates bronzes from prize mounts like the largest Dall sheep ever recorded in Yellowstone National Park. The mounts themselves grace the gallery, as do the sculptures he makes from them. He often carves reliefs into his bronze replicas, creating a graceful brow of Teton tropes. Throughout Fall Arts, Turpin will be working on a 10.5-foot-tall


J.D. Challenger, of New Mexico, is the artist-in-residence at Turpin Gallery, painting in a studio installed in the back. Turpin is spotlighting bold, Western art with the gallerywide theme “The Spirit of the New West.”

bear sculpture inside the gallery. Turpin has found that collectors the world over connect with the concept of the spirit of the New West. In particular, Chinese collectors gravitate toward his collection of bold Western art, and Turpin frequently sends shipments of art to China. “The China market right now is so open to new ideas,” Turpin said. Chinese collectors have an appetite for the new interpretations of the Western aesthetic, he said. Abstract, stylized renditions of Western imagery

appeal to his clients in China. Turpin approaches Jackson Hole as a launching pad for a host of global creative enterprises, from Turpin Gallery to Turpin & Co. and Pearls By Shari. He sees the potential for harnessing Jackson as an aesthetic powerhouse. Downtown’s high concentration of stellar art galleries makes it truly unique, he said. “Where else can you go and find 25 great galleries? It’s one of the greatest art markets in the world,” he said. This aesthetic integrity makes Jackson “a powerful town,” he said.

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Turpin & Co. 30 Center Street 733-7424 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––


By Katy Niner

or artist Allan Mardon, a painting isn’t complete until someone identifies with it. American Indian legends, Western iconography and seminal battles all inspire his immaculately rendered, historically accurate, richly layered paintings. Mardon will spend September in Jackson, visiting with collectors at Turpin & Co. He will bring to the Tetons a collection of paintings and prints. Zachariah Turpin, owner of Turpin & Co., traces the power of Mardon’s paintings to his background as an illustrator. After studying art in Toronto, Edinburgh and London, Mardon spent 25 years working as an illustrator in New York City for the likes of Time and Sports Illustrated magazines. “It is so much more difficult when you have to bring someone else’s reality to life,” Turpin said. Having accomplished that, illustrators-turned-artists can achieve greater profundity in their work, Turpin said. Which is certainly the case with Mardon. Two decades ago, he moved to Tucson, Ariz., and discovered the subject he wanted to pursue personally: painting the graphic beauty and rich history that surrounded him in the Southwest. He set out to make historical narratives accessible and affecting to wide audiences. Mardon’s oeuvre shows the influence of several art traditions, according to Mindy A. Besaw, curator of the Whitney Gallery at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, home to his most famous painting, “The Battle of Greasy Grass,” a massive rendition of the Battle of Little Big Horn. Mardon’s

Allan Mardon’s ‘Pegasus,’ a 58-inch by 58-inch oil, shows his stylized view of horses.

colors recall the vivid palette of the Fauves; his flattening of space channels cubist compression; his imagery borrows from Native American hide paintings and ledger art. “Beneath the delightful surface of the painting, ‘The Battle of Greasy Grass’ is rich with layers of meaning,” Besaw wrote in a letter written for Mardon’s artist book. “[It] asks us as viewers to rethink the age-old stories and myths about the battle and even

learn something new in the process.” His art also presents new perspectives on Western iconography. In his horse paintings, he shares the equine stories told by Native Americans; however, instead of referencing North American depications of horses, he turns to the stylized stallions imagined by the Etruscans. By fusing New and Old World imagery, he channels horses’ significance across cultures. A painting like

“Stampede,” which hangs at Turpin & Co., features 17 barreling horses, with lightning bolts igniting the charge. “Mardon’s paintings have a pulse,” said Jeff Mitchell, owner of Mitchell/Brown Fine Art in Santa Fe, N.M., in Mardon’s book. “You can view them repeatedly and always find new life and new perspective in their stories. “The paintings of Allan Mardon are highly sophisticated and personal interpretations of historic events,” Mitchell continued. “Masterful in color and design, Mardon’s fresh and exciting paintings are unlike any other contemporary works I have seen.” Besides Mardon, Turpin & Co. will also feature three more artists during Fall Arts Festival. R.B. Smith creates three-dimensional aspen stands, which he makes by taking molten bronze and dripping it on an anvil. The splatters become the aspen leaves. The result is a one-of-a-kind interpretation of the Western groves, made even more distinctive with Smith’s array of patinas. The aspen hang from the wall, jutting out no more than a painting frame, which Turpin has found appeals to fans of his work. When hung, they can tie together a diverse art collection. Alexandra Alvis sculpts spirited bronze horses, replete with elongated legs and bright patinas. “For Alex, horses symbolize the important qualities of confidence, strength, courage and freedom, peace and beauty,” her artist bio reads. “Horses are naturally emotionally wise, empathic and sensitive. Often we find that in their presence we become more self-aware.” Alvis hopes to channel horses’ essence in her art. Lane Phillips, one of the top wood turners in North America, sent a rare, large aspen burl to Jackson, among other fine specimens. The gallery also carries a selection of handwoven rugs and fine jewelry.

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ithin the whirlwind of Fall Arts Festival, two events invite art lovers to stroll between downtown galleries. For September, the monthly Third Thursday ArtWalk moves to Wednesday to give attendees a chance to meander through galleries’ Fall Arts shows. Walkers should look for the “ArtWalk” banners waving outside the 30-some galleries participating. The walk is a more casual way to enjoy the galleries and festival. The ArtWalk “is a great way to get locals and visitors out to explore all of the wonderful galleries that we have in Jackson,” said Katie Wolitarsky of the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce. Participating galleries usually have wine and light fare. The ArtWalk begins at 5 p.m. and ends at 8. It is free and open to the public. Then, as a festival finale, the chamber hosts the Art Brunch on Sunday, Sept. 16. The event, more low-key than the Palates and Palettes Art Walk, serves to close out the festival on its final day, Wolitarsky said. Like Palates and Palettes, brunch fare from area restaurants is available for sampling. “Each gallery has the option to pair up with a restaurant or caterer in town and showcase their foods at the gallery,” she said. Of course, a brunch would not be a proper brunch without some cocktails. The Liquor Store donates the fixings for mimosas and Bloody Marys for Sunday morning’s art walk, Wolitarsky said. The Art Brunch runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Like the ArtWalk, it is free and open to the public too. “Not every gallery is open on Sundays, and therefore not every single one is a part of the Sunday brunch,” Wolitarsky said, “but it has definitely gained popularity in the past few years and more galleries are staying open on Sunday for this particular event.”

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As recession rippled through Jackson Hole, the local art world proved surprisingly buoyant.


By Richard Anderson

t may sound like a Polyanna cliche, but the Great Recession ended up being a great opportunity for some in the Jackson Hole arts community. Nonprofits had to operate at maximum efficiency. Galleries had to identify and focus on their strengths. And many strapped consumers looking for good value found it close to home in classes, community concerts and locally made art. “Ultimately, the downturn motivated us to mature,” said Dave Muscat, board president and acting executive director of the 49-year-old Art Association of Jackson Hole. The group maintained its full staff of 10, but each employee now bears the responsibility of department head. The board streamlined from 21 members to 15. From governance and fundraising to the delivery of services, the Art Association revamped and fine-tuned almost every aspect of its operation. “We look at ourselves almost like a community utility,” Muskat said, “a place where parents send their kids to do art, a place where artists can find wall space. … Like a utility, we need to be reliable and predictable, always there, always open. “It was the economy that lit the fire to do all the right things,” he said. Similarly, Off Square Theatre Company felt the pinch and responded with some belt-tightening that will serve the organization well long into the future. In years past, Jackson’s only fulltime professional theater company staged many of its shows in the 525-seat Center Theater in the Center for the Arts at a cost of $1,100 a day. Way too many of those seats went empty for way too many performances, however. In August 2010, the company made a change and committed to using the 115-seat Black Box Theatre for nearly all its productions. Not only were the smaller productions less expensive, the Black Box is part of the space


Jackson galleries weathered the Great Recession pretty well, thanks to enduring interest in quality art.

already included in the nonprofit’s monthly rent. “I think the model that preceded the current model was ambitious even in a healthy economy,” Caryn Flanagan, Off Square’s artistic director, said. “Under the new model, we’re smaller, leaner, meaner, and we’re actually having a lot of fun.” The smaller productions not only are less expensive — Center Theater shows could cost up to $75,000 to put on; the most lavish black box shows these days cost half that, Flanagan said — but they tend to force the company to focus on craft and character, as opposed to “big, flashy sets.” Also, while the company hasn’t stopped trying to attract tourists to its shows, it has recognized that its base audience is valley residents. Dancers’ Workshop has always been lean and mean, artistic

director Babs Case said. “We didn’t need to cut back,” she said. But by being responsive to the needs of its base — families looking for children’s and adult dance and exercise classes — it actually grew its membership. “We cut the costs of some classes so more people could participate,” Case said. “Our programs have continued to grow” through the past three years. Sharing costs, sharing workloads, sharing personnel also helped economize. Case and Dancers’ Workshop reached out and form new alliances, collaborating with fellow artists and groups like pianist Keith Phillips — who wrote and performed original music to which members of Contemporary Dance Wyoming performed — and the Jackson Hole Fire Festival. “We help keep them working and help keep us going,” Case

said, “and we bring something different to the community.” Another positive result of the recession, Case said, is that “people appreciate us more. They’ve found a refuge in the arts, found meaning in the arts that we haven’t seen before.” In the for-profit world, galleries certainly felt the pinch. Mark Tarrant, director of Altamira Fine Art, said the construction bust meant fewer new walls in need of new art. But, he said, Jackson probably didn’t suffer as much as larger art towns like Santa Fe, N.M., and Scottsdale, Ariz. Surprisingly, however, most galleries contacted said they weathered the storm pretty well, usually by recognizing a niche and occupying it. Greg Fulton, owner of Astoria Fine Art on Town Square, said he employed a strategy that helped him sustain good sales through

the lean years: dealing in namebrand artists that people want to buy. “We increased our collection of historic works and living artists recognized in major exhibitions and galleries,” Fulton said. “The market has been hot in that area. “I’ve been able to make relationships with people, getting pieces on consignment and pursuing private collectors,” he said. “The results have been good. Deceased artists, historic artists … that kind of thing is easy to sell, rain or shine, economy-wise. People will search a lifetime to own one. They want it, you’ve got it, that comes easy.” Heather James Fine Art also did well working by the same principal. “Typically, we deal with the ‘blue chip’ painters, sculptors and photographers,” Heather James’ Shari Brownfeld said, “such as Chagall, Warhol, Wesselmann and Monet. Sales of these artists’ work are escalating despite the news we read regarding unemployment and stagnant housing sales. If you take a look at the last year of important impressionist, modern and contemporary sales at Sotheby’s and Christie’s, it is rife with new records for artists’ prices, including the incredible $119 million for a version of Munch’s ‘The Scream.’” Lucy Grogan, coordinator of the Jackson Hole Art Auction, confirmed that that was the trend with Western and wildlife art, too. Last year’s auction set a record, grossing $9.5 million with 90 percent of the auction lots sold. “A Frederic Remington oil was the top lot that sold,” she said. It went for $1.6 million. “He has not lost value.” But even living artists have avid fans willing to pay top dollar. A floral canvas by New England painter Richard Schmid was expected to bring in $15,000 to $20,000. When the hammer fell, it had sold for $69,000. “Collectors are still looking to invest in quality Western art,” Grogan said. “There’s a desire to invest in material things that have proven to hold their value. Much of the art we handle is exactly that.”

Arts and culture mean business in Jackson Hole According to a national study released in June, Teton County arts and culture organizations are economic engines, not siphons, even when facing recessional headwinds. In fiscal year 2010, nonprofit arts and culture delivered a total economic contribution in Teton County of more than $49.2 million, according to the Arts & Economic Prosperity IV study recently released by Americans for the Arts. The economic impact of arts in the county eclipsed the national median — $9.1 million — for similar-size regions, defined as fewer than 50,000 residents. It even nosed past the national median of $49.1 million, which includes major cities. The numbers put the Teton County arts community among the ranks of small metropolitan areas such as Portland, Maine. The nonprofit arts and culture industry supports 1,011 jobs in Teton County, and generates $4.7 million in revenue for local and state government, the study found. The Arts & Economic Prosperity IV study, the

fourth of its kind conducted by the nonprofit Americans for the Arts, examined 182 rural and urban communities and regions from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The study considered nonprofit arts and culture organizations and excluded for-profit businesses as well as individual artists. Overall, the study found the arts and culture sector weathered the recession well (for a description of the national study’s methodology, visit In Teton County, 15 of the approximately 28 eligible nonprofits took part in the study for an overall participation rate of 54 percent. Surveyed organizations included the Center for the Arts, the National Museum of Wildlife Art, Off Square Theatre Company and the Grand Teton Music Festival. The local arts and culture organizations surveyed contributed $17.9 million in expenditures, an overall tally of their contributions as employers, producers and consumers. Meanwhile, their event-related audiences spent an additional $31.3 million at valley res-

taurants, hotels, retail stores and other businesses. Ticket sales were not factored into audiences’ event-related spending. Data were gathered through short surveys distributed to people attending events hosted by participating organizations. In Teton County, 1,349 valid surveys were filled out during 2011. Researchers estimate that 55.7 percent of the 585,786 nonprofit arts attendees were valley residents and 44.3 percent nonresidents. As a result of going to an event, nonresident attendees spent almost five times more per person than local attendees ($93.49 versus $21.20), a difference attributed to higher spending on lodging, meals and transportation. Arts and culture attractions drew people to Teton County, the study reports. Nearly half of visitors’ surveys — 45.7 percent — said the primary reason for their trip was “specifically to attend this arts/cultural event.” Like Fall Arts Festival. – Katy Niner

A hub of fine art

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Astoria Fine Art 35 E. Deloney Ave. 733-4016 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– By Jennifer Dorsey


ith its Deloney Avenue location facing Town Square, Astoria Fine Art is a natural locus for people attending Fall Arts Festival events, including its own. Astoria is a central meeting spot for friends attending the popular Palates and Palettes gallery walk at the beginning of the festival, and it’s the “front door,” as the gallery’s managing partner Greg Fulton puts it, to the QuickDraw sale and auction toward the end of the festival. Astoria brings people to its doors throughout Fall Arts with events that spotlight its artists. But, of course, the real magnet is the art itself: works by awardwinning, highly sought-after painters and sculptors. “During Fall Arts Festival, our receptions are just packed wall to wall,” Fulton said. This year, Astoria will host two receptions that each spotlights a sculptor-painter pairing and a third reception that celebrates all the painters and sculptors on its roster and includes as a special guest Canadian sculptor Richard Loffler. The gallery will close out the festival with a Farewell to Fall Arts brunch 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, featur-

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ing Bloody Marys prepared by Josephine Tobey, wife of sculptor Joshua Tobey. From 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, a reception at Astoria will focus on landscape artist G. Russell Case and Tobey, known for infusing a bit of human personality in his wildlife bronzes. Case “is an artist who paints in the classic Southwestern

style of Maynard Dixon,” Fulton said. “Josh is also known for intense color. Spend some time with Russell Case, and you’re bound to find elements of Josh’s work you’re attracted to.” A reception from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, honors animal sculptor Tim Cherry and wildlife painter Greg Beecham, who for the fifth year will be

featured in a Greg Beecham showcase at the gallery. “Greg is the cornerstone of our Fall Arts Festival lineup,” Fulton said. “His show is a sellout or near-sellout every year.” As is usual with Astoria’s Fall Arts Beecham show, the painter’s works will be sold by draw, this year at noon Saturday, Sept. 15. What’s new this year is that Case’s paint-

ings also will be sold by draw, an acknowledgement of the high demand for his work. Sculptors will get the full spotlight, too. Fulton said he was working with Tobey and Cherry to bring as many pieces in their portfolios as possible to Fall Arts so patrons can get a full appreciation of their styles and versatility. Jackson Hole gallery-goers may know, for example, that Tobey sculpts bears and moose, but they might be unaware of his puffins and sea lions. “If you only see half of a person’s portfolio, you’re missing out on their depth as an artist,” Fulton said. The Best of Astoria show, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, is an opportunity to soak up the full variety of the gallery’s artists and to meet Loffler, fresh off having seen his monumental bronze The Buffalo Trail installed on the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s Sculpture Trail. “To say his career is at a peak right now is an understatement,” Fulton said. One of Loffler’s pieces for sale at Astoria is Old Shiras, a bronze moose sculpture from the same mold as one in the The National Museum of Wildlife Art collection. “The most discerning eyes on the planet have given it a thumbs-up,” Fulton said. “Giving people an opportunity to buy something they also see in the museum collection is what I want for this gallery.


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aurie Thal often opens her studio to visitors, but during those times, rarely does she blow glass. Talking with people can be challenging when tending to a 2,000-degree furnace. However for Fall Arts Festival, she will rise to the challenge and open her doors and herself to conversation. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, Thal will fire up her furnace and work while also chatting with visitors about her painstaking art. Six other artists who work in the Wilson area will also invite people to see their art in action. During the annual self-guided studio tours, people can peak into artists’ processes and witness the moment when creativity and hard work culminate in art. “We have found that people just really enjoy coming into the artist’s personal space, where you create,” Thal said. The event is shorter and more geographically focused than in previous years. The studios will be open for one day only, but all seven are in Wilson, making travel easy. The tours cover a breadth of mediums, such as Charlie Thomas’ fine woodwork-

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ing, Terry Chambers’ custom iron design, Margie Odell’s and Susan Thulin’s painting, Amy Bright Unfried’s bronze sculpture, Meredith Campbell’s oil painting, and Thal’s glassblowing with Lia Kass. There is a unique satisfaction in sharing art with people, Thal said. When art is sold at a gallery, artists don’t often have the opportunity to interact and meet people, to explain their work and get feedback. The studio tours open a two-way channel for visitors and artists alike. People come to understand the work that goes into a piece of art, while artists seize the chance to share their process. “I think people are surprised at what a choreographed dance I do,” Thal said. “The movements are really precise.” The work is also surprisingly physical and takes intense concentration, she said. People want not only to see artists at work but also to ask them questions as the process unfolds, said Thulin, whose studio is part of the tour. In person, she delights in tracing the commonalities within her diverse oeuvre, which spans a wide array of media. Thulin finds she learns something about herself and her art through the questions people ask. The studio tours give insight into what it’s like to be an artist and to create, she said. She hopes people leave with a better understanding of what she does and maybe feeling a little bit creatively inspired.

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Deborah Supowit, Marius Hanford and Mary Ann Castellano are among the actors in Riot Act Inc.’s production of the Aristophanes comedy “The Frogs.”

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he dramatic arts are well represented during Fall Arts Festival with two high-quality productions on the valley playbill. The two shows will transport viewers to a different time and place: the Wild West, where singing and dancing outlaws run free, and ancient Greece, site of a mythical comedy. The Ballad of Cat Ballou Gunslingers and gut laughs take center stage in the musical farce “The Ballad of Cat Ballou,” a professional production put on by Jackson Hole Playhouse. The show runs Mondays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. The preshow, with a musical introduction of the cast and chock-full of information about the playhouse building, begins at 7:30 p.m. The story follows Cat Ballou, an aspiring teacher who returns home to Wolf City, Wyo., and learns a gunman is after her father, intent on stealing his land. Ballou, “who has a face of an angel,” takes it upon herself to help him and becomes an outlaw along the way. The show is rich with a supporting cast of Western characters including a trio of cancan-dancing saloon girls, town drunk Kid Shaleen and a tin-nosed oddball, Black Jack Strange. Based on the book by Roy Chanslor, “The Ballad of Cat Ballou” also was a 1965 movie starring Jane Fonda, Lee Marvin and Nat King Cole. In 2004, the playhouse bought the rights to “The Ballad of Cat Ballou” as a way to avoid costly royalties, said Vicki Garnick, playhouse owner and Cat Ballou director. The playhouse made the show its own and presented its version in 2008. To flesh out the story, the current production includes even more rewrites. Patrons have the option of eating dinner before the show: New York strip steak, blackened catfish, pulled-pork fajitas and chicken breast. Meals are served at 5 and 6:30 p.m. Actors play double duty as the playhouse’s gun-slinging and singing waiters and waitresses. Show-only tickets cost $27 for adults and $19 for children. For dinner and the show, tickets cost $55 for adults, $38 for children. Tickets can be purchased at or by calling 733-6994 The Frogs Befitting ancient Greece, Riot Act Inc. presents “The Frogs,” a comedy by Aristophanes, at the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s new amphitheater. The free show plays Friday, Sept. 7, at 7:30 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets or pillows to sit on. Picnic dinners


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are available for purchase at 6 p.m. The play follows Dionysus and Xanthias in their quest to visit the underworld to find the best tragic playwright and bring him back to the world of the living. Their adventure introduces other famous Greek characters such as Hercules, who has been to the underworld and back and offers the duo advice. Each of the seven cast members plays multiple characters in the hourlong show. There are competitions, monsters, even singing frogs. “The play is colorful, creative, and super funny,” director Macey Mott said. In classical style, the actors wear masks, which will be auctioned via an online auction, she said. The Sept. 7 performance — the final one of the season — will end with a masquerade party outside the museum. Auction winners are welcome to wear the masks they purchased online. The show is a collaboration between the National Museum of Wildlife Art and Riot Act Inc., said Jane Lavino, the museum’s curator of education. The performance celebrates the museum’s 25th anniversary and the theater troupe’s 10th. The amphitheater is part of the museum’s new sculpture trail. The show is free. Shades Cafe prepares Greek-style picnic dinners for purchase before the show. Those who walk or bike to the show receive a discount on dinner.

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even Marie Swanson learned how to ride by grabbing the manes and hoisting herself up on the backs of horses running loose on the ranch bordering her home south of Denver. She would ride bareback until she was bucked off. Her ArtSpot sculpture channels the exuberance of those childhood rides and her lifelong love for animals into a nearly life-size flying horse. The steel sculpture, outfitted with tapestry wings, leaps through the frame of the public art venue. It soars with spirit in homage to Swanson’s Uncle Carl, who died about a year ago at age 86. He was the quintessential cowboy, and she shared her love of horses with him. When reading the prospectus for the ArtSpot, Swanson immediately saw an opportunity to memorialize her uncle by creating a transcendent horse. Her affinity for horses has not found its way into her art until now. Despite her early escapades, she didn’t start seriously riding until age 30. Now, she helps at her family’s boarding and training facility, and regularly rides a horse named Rogan, one of the last horses her Uncle Carl broke. Rogan served as her model for the flying horse. The ArtSpot sculpture is made entirely of recycled materials: steel from former jobs, horse blankets given to her by owners of horses she cared for in their dying days. Horsehair from these deceased friends binds the wool into wings. Swanson originally imagined the horse in wire, but after seeing photos of the ArtSpot site, she decided it needed to stand out more. The solution: steel. To begin, she took photographs of Rogan and made profile line drawings from the pictures. After digitally transferring the drawings, she made prints and broke the form down into geometric pieces. She cut those shapes from steel and bent them to make the two profiles threedimensional. She painted the inside of the horse dark blue to suggest movement. Optical effects aside, the horse will indeed move. A bearing at the top allows

ArtSpot was the brainchild of Jackson artist Bland Hoke Jr., who served as the Center of Wonder’s public art ambassador from 2008 to 2010. The original ArtSpot sheathed an old Chevron sign in art installations, a concept that evolved into ArtSpot 2.0, Hoke’s repurposing of a decommissioned chairlift tower from Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. The leaf motif Hoke lasercut into the tower makes it a stand-alone art piece, and the mechanical hinge he designed facilitates installation. ArtSpot alumni artists include Sam Dowd, Clint Green, Suzanne Morlock and, most recently, Tom Woodhouse. the horse to rock back and forth. For the horse’s colorful coat, Swanson used a process she has been working out for a while. She adds color with leaded enamel paint — red and yellow — and then her powder coater puts a clear coat on top. The two layers chemically react and create a ceramic glaze effect. The flying horse has been a diversion from Swanson’s abstract and figurative sculptures. “It’s been a fun creative process for me,” she said. “It’s one that I can let go creatively and have a lot of fun.” Swanson studied journalism at the University of Colorado, Boulder. In her art pursuits, she originally worked in stone and carved figures. College found her entirely focused on the figure. In 1993, she learned how to weld from sculptor Robert Mangold, whom she apprenticed under for 15 years. “He taught me how to use a tool and get the most out of it,” she said. “He taught me all about materials. He taught me how to weld. ... He was very generous with his thoughts and ideas.” She remains awed by Mangold’s meticulously finished metalwork, but she embraces a more organic aesthetic in her sculptures. “You have to be a little different than your dad,” she said. “I’ll leave my welds to say, ‘There was an artist here.’” The flying horse will remain aloft at ArtSpot through March.

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A real triceratops fossil, shown at By Nature Gallery with a $450,000 price tag, is about 60 million years old. It dates from the late Cretaceous Period.

Nature as artist


By Kelsey Dayton

he centerpiece at By Nature Gallery has been 10 years in the making ... or 60 million years. A decade ago, diggers unearthed — from deep beneath the clay and sandstone of the fossil-rich Hell Creek Formation in Montana — a triceratops fossilized skull. It arrived in Jackson weighing about 1,500 pounds and will sell for about $700,000, said Doug Bradstreet, one of the principal owners of By Nature Gallery. After its discovery, the skull spent years in a lab, where its pieces were removed from rock, cleaned and put together like a large three-dimensional puzzle and then mounted. It was so heavy the gallery needed to build a special mount on wheels. By Nature Gallery decided about a year ago to showcase the skull, Bradstreet said. With partners all over the world, the gallery often has opportunities to show items like dinosaur skulls, he said. Bradstreet once had a tyrannosaurus skull in the gallery. The triceratops skull is the perfect piece for By Nature Gallery, embodying its mission of exhibiting nature’s art. The frill, or neck collar, makes it instantly recognizable. It’s also large and impressive — about 7 1/2 feet long from the back to the tip of the nose and 4 1/2 feet wide across the frill. “It’s about as big as I can go without it being cumbersome,” Bradstreet said. The skull joins other natural art ranging from woolly mammoth tusks to velociraptor claws and the skull of a mosasaurus, a crocodile-like animal that made prehistoric swimming a thrill. “This though,” Bradstreet said of the triceratops skull, “is the Mona Lisa of the group.” Since opening the Jackson gallery four years ago, Bradstreet has seen a trend: more people investing in prized pieces of art from nature. “What we’re finding is people are kind of tired of putting big money into canvas and paint,” he said. “This is the new art. It’s natural history. It’s something very rare. You get to touch history. You get to be around stuff that most people don’t even know exists.” Items like the skull appeal to people from all walks of life. Big pieces, such as the triceratops skull, are only for collectors with a big budget, Bradstreet said. But those people come from a variety of backgrounds. And most people do a double-take when they walk by the gallery and see a dinosaur skull in the window. To appeal to all, the gallery features

items for as little as $3, such as a fossilized ammonite from Madagascar. “People are so intrigued with this kind of history,” Bradstreet said. The gallery encourages children to come and check out the merchandise. “We’re all about giving them an experience they’ll never get to have,” he said. “If you go to any other museum, try to touch a triceratops skull and see what happens. Here, I encourage it.” But that doesn’t mean they can give the dinosaur a name, Bradstreet said. “We let the folks who buy it name it,”


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“Fable” ( left) pairs Villinski’s passion for music and flight in a scene that combines a cello with butterflies. “Passage (Study)” was built from a NYC police barrier and found cans.

A Flight of Fancy

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By Kelsey Dayton

hey start as trash. Discarded cans, littering the streets of New York City. Paul Villinski collects them. And then he transforms them. From soda and beer cans he coaxes butterflies. From garbage he elicits art. Villinski’s work explores flight and transformation, using the ultimate symbol for both, the butterfly. His work debuts in Jackson at Tayloe Piggott Gallery in a solo show called “Alight” that hangs through Oct. 16. “That’s basically what is happening, the butterflies are alighting on different objects,” Villinski said. The show, which will feature about 12 pieces of new work and two older pieces, will transform the space, said Carolyn Reeves, associate gallery director. The sculptural work will take over the gallery. There is a movement and lightness to Villinski’s art,

Reeves said. And he uses a variety of colors. “There is a real initial visceral appeal to this that all ages will appreciate,” she said. Villinski used old police barriers to create one sculpture of a plane with an 8-foot wingspan. Two hundred orange and yellow butterflies trail behind the plane and across the wall. It’s cheerful and optimistic, Villinski said. For all of the levity, some pieces explore darkness. “Sage” takes a weathered wooden chair from the 1940s and sets it teetering on one leg. A large flock of black butterflies seem to pull the torqued chair skyward, levitating it in a dark cloud. In addition to his large sculptural installations, Villinski collaborates with artist Amy Park, who creates large abstract watercolor paintings to which he adds butterflies. They are “lush and beautiful” pieces, he said. All of the pieces in the show feature butterflies, a trope that has run through his work for 20 years. Butterflies amaze him, their beauty and also their tenacity. The winter migration of Monarch butterflies to warmer climates more than 2,000 miles away in Mexico is one of the world’s great mysteries, he said. “They are really astonishing little flying creatures,” he said.

Butterflies also represent a central theme in Villinski’s work — transformation. “They are a wonderful metaphor for human beings,” he said. Flight inspires his art, but also his life. Villinski loves to fly. He is a paraglider and a glider pilot who identifies with flying creatures. When he’s in the air, he’s able to think of nothing but the task at hand. For him, flying is about being in the moment. He likes the sense of looking below and seeing the world as a puzzle, how the pieces fit together. The feeling of floating also fascinates him. He appreciates the aesthetic value of objects that can fly. His sail plane is a machine engineered to fly, but its form is also beautiful from a sculptural standpoint, he said. In a way, such engineered beauty is what he emulates in his work. To create his butterflies, Villinski collects littered aluminum cans. He flattens and snips the tin into butterflies that he then paints. “All of my work revolves around transformation or is an exercise in possibility,” Villinski said.  “If we can take discarded aluminum cans off the streets of New York City and turn them into beautiful butterflies, what else is possible?”

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Scott Freiman will discuss the Beatles’ album “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.”

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while also talking about what made The Beatles so innovative. “They were doing things musically no one else was doing,” he said. “They were leaders.”


Deconstructing the Beatles 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10 Center for the Arts $15 adults, $10 students –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– By Kelsey Dayton

cott Freiman grew up studying piano, but when he was 11, his world changed when his uncle handed him the Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” and “The White Album.” Freiman listed to both albums and then listened again. And again. And again — fascinated by the music and the lyrics and the characteristics of each album. The classically trained pianist from Baltimore had discovered rock ’n’ roll. “I wondered what that sound was, or I wondered what he was saying or who were those different singers,” Freiman said. “Even at a young age, I was very curious about what was in the music. I would listen to it very intensely.” Freiman’s passion for the Beatles never waned, even as he went on to Yale University to study music and computer science, even as he ran a software company and then got involved in music, producing, composing and sound-mixing. Several years ago, he invited several fellow musicians to come together and talk informally about the Beatles. As an avid fan, he put together a “fairly elaborate” presentation, considering it was for friends. They were so impressed they suggested he take the presentation on the road to colleges and towns. This fall, he is teaching a class on the Beatles at Yale. But before he brings the Fab Four to academia, he will visit Jackson with his multimedia presentation, “Deconstructing the Beatles: Sgt. Pepper.” His talk begins at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10, in Center Theater. Tickets costs $15 for adults and $10 for students. The presentation, one of several Freiman offers, will walk through the 1967 album, discussing the songs, the inspiration of the music and the studio techniques the band used to produce it. Freiman also breaks down the music, isolating instruments to explain how different pieces came together. “Everyone loves the Beatles,” he said. His presentation sheds light on what made the group so loved and how John, Paul George and Ringo worked in the studio. He includes rare tracks and reference materials from the group. Freiman’s interest in the Beatles hinges on their innovation. They influenced every type of genre of music today, from country to heavy metal to pop, he said. Their music has spanned generations — Freiman often welcomes kids as well as senior citizens at his presentations. “There’s this constant question that people have: ‘What is it about their music that made it so timeless?’” he said. Freiman aims to answer that question


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Mike Tierney often finds his subjects while skiing, as in this view of a stormy Cody, which is from the collection of David A. Gonzales.

Creative conditions

Three valley artists paint a picture of the conditions that inspire them most.


By Kevin Huelsmann

ennifer Hoffman paints in a tiny cabin that used to be her husband’s tool shed. For years, she has been gradually taking over the space, though she still has to share. “He still has tools in there,” she said. Before she started staking a claim to the cabin, she painted in her kitchen. She’s no stranger to working in cramped spaces. A hatchback, however, proved too small. In July, Hoffman participated in the Door County Plein Air Festival in Wisconsin. She was supposed to paint on a conservation property as part of a series of scheduled events where festival-goers could watch artists at work. Thunderstorms rolled in and forced Hoffman to take cover in her car. “If you haven’t been in the back of a Scion, it’s about the size of a breadbox,” Hoffman said. She ducked into the car to stay dry. Hunched over, she ended up painting the shadow cast by a willow tree. It was one of the worst “studios” Hoffman has ever used. The places where artists work can have a tremendous effect on what they produce. A breathtaking sunset over South Park can introduce a new palette. The symmetry of farm land in eastern Idaho can present

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Jennifer Hoffman by the Snake. She often returns to places to see how they have changed.

interesting patterns. A studio can help strip away distractions and allow artists to home in on their ideas. In Jackson, the places and conditions that inspire artists vary wildly. Some artists gravitate toward the jagged peaks of the Tetons, while others seek out the subtle beauty of the area. Hoffman spends a lot of time painting at the feedgrounds in South Park. Munger Mountain, just across the Snake River from her home, is another favorite. “I look at it every day,” she said of Munger

Mountain. “It’s constantly changing, on full moon nights or stormy days, in the snow, during sunrise or sunset.” That constant observation also allows Hoffman to find inspiration in aspects of the mountain that others might pass over. “When you live in a place you develop a relationship with the things around you,” she said. “There are little places that other people might overlook, where they might not notice the beauty.” For Mike Piggott, his studio — inside Big Haus — is a place to dig into his psyche,

his ideas. Painting outdoors affords him an expanse of inspirations. “Outside, the book is open,” he said. He often looks at the landscapes he paints as puzzle pieces that need to be arranged. He can set up in South Park and paint a realistic sunset, delving into the colors and the light. Back in the studio, he starts rearranging. shifting the horizon, moving a tree, adding emphasis to certain features. The indoor result is a stark, abstract painting based on the representational landscape study. Piggott often drives to eastern Idaho to paint. He’ll climb to the top of a hill and search for patterns in the rolling farm fields that surround him. “The landscape is similar to a puzzle,” he said. “It’s all about how you put it together.” The symmetry and patterns Piggott finds in eastern Idaho, Jackson artist Mike Tierney finds in the places he skis. “I’m looking for subtle symmetry, a repeating angle, symmetrical shapes,” said Tierney, who works with spray paint. Skiing or still, he’s always scanning the mountains, trying to figure out how a landscape might break down into a painting. He looks for the way light catches ridges at dusk, how it ricochets in and out of valleys, the purplish hue of shadows cast on fresh snow. For Tierney, it’s important to create a personal connection. “I want to look at a painting and be able to say, ‘I want to go down that way,’ or ‘I want to go off that rock,’” Tierney said. “I want to dream about the lines in the painting.”

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aint on a canvas is easily recognizable as art, but the artfulness of jewelry takes a keen collector to recognize. “People have no problem thinking of paintings as art, but I think most people don’t know enough about handmade jewelry to appreciate it as the same,” said Jan Case, a certified gemologistappraiser and owner, with jeweler husband Jeter Case, of JC Jewelers. Those wandering into JC Jewelers the night of Palates and Palettes — Friday, Sept. 7 — shouldn’t have any problems appreciating jewelry as art, though. The gallery is bringing in JeanNoel Soni, of San Francisco, who is known worldwide — in the realm of gems and jewelry — for his customcut colored gemstones. Soni will bring some of his most spectacular pieces with him to Jackson Hole. “A gemstone can be art just as much as the one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry it is in,” Jan Case said. The idea is for Soni and Jeter Case to collaborate on creating one-of-a-kind pieces. “We have bought a couple of [Soni’s] gemstones before, but he and Jeter have never worked directly together,” Jan Case said. “It should be very interesting.”

During Fall Arts, the gallery will also feature many one-of-a-kind pieces Case has already created. Case designs everything from engagement and wedding rings to pendants and bracelets with precious and semiprecious stones. Bridal pieces are his favorite though. “Jeter really likes making wedding rings,” Jan Case said. “He has a portfolio of hundreds and hundreds of projects. People love flipping through it.” While many jewelry galleries have their products mass-produced overseas, JC Jewelers, which opened in Jackson 24 years ago, does everything in-house. “We create each piece of jewelry from start to finish — designing it, casting it, setting the stones ... nothing is sent out,” Jan Case said. That doesn’t mean everything in JC Jewelers is expensive. The gallery’s Teton line has pieces starting at $50. The line features profiles of the Tetons on rings, pendants and earrings. Right now, the couple’s son Parker, who is a student at Columbia University when not working in the gallery in the summer, designs and makes the line. The gallery also exhibits earrings at all price points. “Angela, the gallery manager, and myself travel the U.S. looking for earring artists,” Jan Case said. “We can’t keep up with making all of our own earrings. The earring artists we find make everything from sterling silver earrings that start at $50 up to the really high end.” JC Jewelers will have some of Soni’s gemstones for the duration of the festival.

On the Rise

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By Katy Niner

ina Palomba has been thinking a lot lately about whether her work has a place in Jackson. “It’s not traditionally what you would see there,” she said of her hometown. More akin to street art than wildlife, her stark, incisive drawings and installations delve into the comic characters she invented years ago and only recently returned to after exploring myriad other mediums and subject matter at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Mr. Slaughter, a character based on the stern security guard at her sister’s building, carries a big knife, which Palomba split in two with a splat as a sculpture. “As much as Jackson is a very big artist community,” Palmomba said, “I would say for people doing street art or what I am doing, it doesn’t have a place there, because there isn’t an audience who knows as much about that scene or culture. It’s not LA and New York City.” Her art does have a place in Jackson during Fall Arts Festival: at the Art Association, where she will join 15 other distinct valley voices in the inaugural “Jackson Rising: The First Annual Selective Index of Local Artists.” The exhibit grew out of the Art Association’s desire “to show local artists who are not represented,” gallery curator Jenny Dowd said, “to give them a space and a voice. How do we get these underrepresented, great artists more visibility at a time of year when there’s already a built-in spotlight?” Fall Arts Festival gives featured artists an opportunity to connect with residents as well as visitors. “Jackson Rising” makes up for its short run in the Main and Loft galleries with high impact. It opens on Friday, Sept. 7, during Palates and Palettes and runs through Monday, Sept. 17. On the evening of Tuesday, Sept. 11, the Art Association will host an open studio throughout its art spaces, and the galleries will be open late as well (box on 18D). Dowd described “Jackson Rising” as not only an opportunity for the artists

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Nina Palomba, seen here installing “With Love” at a Chicago exhibition, is one of 16 artists in the inaugural “Jackson Rising” show.

but also a rare moment for the community when different audiences connected to different artists will converge on the galleries. To curate Jackson Rising, the Art Association staff brainstormed a list of emerging artists, which they defined as “artists who are starting to get some traction and visibility before they have gallery representation,” Dowd said. “We shot for a breadth,” she said. “We started out with a big list and narrowed it down,” gauging which artists needed the visibility most and whose work would help create a far-reaching show. The 16 artists work in nearly every medium, from sculpture to ceramics, photography to painting and video art. Each artist was invited to send up to five pieces. One work by each artist will

live in the lobby, a curated teaser that will outlast the show and stay up until the end of September. The Art Association hopes to evolve Jackson Rising into an annual event during Fall Arts Festival. The selection process may change; feedback is welcome. Dowd envisioned the exhibition’s potential ripple effect: “Wouldn’t it be great if, after this show, they have the confidence to go after gallery representation? Or if a gallery director sees the show and contacts them?” With only a semester left of school, Palomba hopes to move to New York City in the spring and explore her plan of opening a pop-up shop/gallery/toy store. She embraces the fact that her concept See ON THE RISE on 18D



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The emerging artists in “Jackson Rising” include Brian McGeogh. This is “Desert Boats (Lake Powell, 2011).”

“Violas” is by Camille Davis, another of the 16 artists to be spotlighted in the inaugural “Jackson Rising.”

Open opportunity

Todd Kosharek’s “Veneer” can be seen in the “Jackson Rising” show.

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veers from the New York art landscape. She wants to “break the walls in fine art,” she said. She feels she has finally landed on something true to herself as an artist. After trying out many styles in school, she had a breakthrough almost exactly a year ago: She rediscovered the quirky characters she had been doodling since she was 10 or 11. “I got caught up in learning

all of this other stuff at school,” she said. “I lost my love for characters and comics.” In the intervening years, artist and art have undergone character development. “Now I’m turning them into objects,” she said. “This stuff is more true to me and what I want to make. I consider it my artwork. It’s cool to see my hand carry through no matter what medium it is. … It was a pretty remarkable breakthrough.” For Jackson, too.

This year, the Art Association is forging a fresh approach to Fall Arts Festival that builds on the ethos of its longstanding outdoor fair for local artists, Takin’ it to the Streets (Sunday, Sept. 9). The arts nonprofit is shining the spotlight on local artists. “Jackson Rising” grew out of this idea, as did the Open Studio, an association-wide reception and demonstration from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11. A bevvy of artists will set up shop in the Art Association’s studios and demonstrate their creative processes. In years past, the association helped organize a self-guided tour of Jackson Hole artists’ studios. This year, the association decided to adapt the tour. To concentrate traffic and amplify exposure, the association invited a bevy of artists — many of whom regularly use the creative spaces — to work on-site. Wildlife painter Dwayne Harty will paint upstairs in the Painting Studio, where Tom Woodhouse will also work on drawings and woodcuts. Jenna Reineking will demonstrate screenprinting, and Emily Boespflug will show her acrylic techniques. Watercolor guru Fred Kingwill will paint as well. Eliot Goss, a mainstay of the association’s regular portrait sessions, will

display the portraits he has done over the years, and if visitors recognize their own visages, they can take the portrait he did of them home. His show is aptly titled, “If It’s You, It’s Yours.” In the Photography Studio, Thomas Macker will do darkroom demos and screen some of the films his students have created. Taylor Glenn will stop by with his infinity screen and portrait lighting setup, a demonstration that allows people to walk away with a professional digital portrait of themselves. In the Ceramics Studio, ceramic artists will explore a variety of techniques including hand-building and raku firing. The Multipurpose Studio will become a silversmithing hub, a reflection of the thriving metal artist community in Jackson Hole. The studio will feature teacher demos and a create-your-own-pendant station. The multipurpose space also will welcome blacksmithing and basketry. In each studio, participating artists will exhibit work for sale. “We are making sure that the Fall Arts Festival has local talent represented,” marketing director Ben Carlson said. “We want to take local artists out of the woodwork of working in their studios.”

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By Amanda H. Miller

very memorable event needs a kickoff party. And for Fall Arts Festival, that’s the Palates and Palettes gallery walk, a party pairing fi ne artwork with artistic food. On the first Friday — Sept. 7 — of the two-week celebration of art, more than 30 galleries will partner with restaurants and serve beer and wine. Some galleries will even entertain visitors with live music. Palates and Palettes draws droves of people. “It’s crazy,” said Corinne Elliott, sales executive at Jack Dennis’ Wyoming Galleries. “People come in with their forks and plates ready.” They go especially crazy for the stuffed mushrooms from The Blue Lion that Wyoming Galleries always serves. “We’ve partnered with them forever,” she said. Katie Wolitarsky, coordinator of Palates and Palettes for the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce, said the event is a good opportunity for restaurants to showcase their cuisines. “It’s good for the galleries, too” she said. “A lot of people come out who don’t always go into the galleries. There are a lot of younger people.” While they might not be buying art at the event, those young people — as well as everyone else who attends — enjoy the opportunity to see what the galleries represent in a festive atmosphere. They can go back later, and they’ll know where to direct visiting family. “It’s not a good event for selling art,” Elliott said, “but it does bring people out, and it’s a lot of fun.” There’s an energy surrounding Palates and Palettes that gets people excited both about good art and good food, Wolitarsky said. The evening sets the tone for the entire festival. Palates and Palettes is certainly one of the busiest days of the year inside Mangelsen – Images of Nature Gallery, said Dana Turner, director of the gallery that showcases wildlife photographer Tom Mangelsen’s work. “We have a line through the gallery,” she said. “People love Tom’s art and they love Nikai’s food.” The gallery has partnered with Nikai Sushi for several years, and the combination always lures locals. It also draws plenty of visitors who are in town for the festival or to experience fall in Jackson Hole, Turner said. Wolitarsky said Palates and Palettes is one of her favorite events of all the Fall Arts festivities. “I definitely recommend everyone get there right as it’s beginning, though,” she said. “The food goes fast.”


Mountain Trails Gallery visitors enjoy the food and art during a Palates and Palettes gallery walk.

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For his painting “Wildlflower Overlook,” Timothy Tomkins fused several panoramas, added brush and new flower species and shifted the view of the mountains.

Fantasy landscapes

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os Angeleno Timothy Tompkins visited the Tetons four times in two summers, amassing a library of scenic photographs. “I really wanted to make landscape paintings, but I didn’t know what I wanted to do or how to do it,” he said. He didn’t want to paint the expected landscape scene; it seemed foolhardy to compete with the natural scenery and reproduce what visitors could see for themselves. He wanted to create a doorway for people to see and enter the landscape in a new way. Back in LA, he let the information gestate and ignored the photographs for months. Distance afforded him separation from specifics. “I was able to separate myself,” he said, “and not be so intimidated by the surroundings.” In the meantime, Tompkins sought inspiration and found it in David Hockney’s paintings of the Yorkshire landscape. The British artist had spent years out in the wild, painting interpretations of his native landscape in his signature electric palette. “To me, they were very liberating,” Tompkins said. “Sometimes you have to let the paintings be what they want to be and not really force something into it.” Then, he encountered a theory in Simon Schama’s tome, “Landscapes from Bruegel to Kandinsky”: Landscape is a product of culture. Using that idea, he let himself explore how his interpretations, his cultural influences — “all the things that I see” — impact the landscape.

Painting directly on a photo for this piece created the effect of a “grove of painted trees in the landscape,” Tomkins said.

Tompkins considered his past approaches to landscape. For the 2008 series “Interstate Sublime,” hosted by the Museo De Las Americas in Denver, he mounted a camera on the hood of his car, drove on the highway and took photographs of the horizon, the “new American landscape,” as he calls it, the blurry borderline between natural and built environments. Other series found him mining the front pages of newspapers for scenes that encompassed landscape and humanity, recontextualizing “disposable” media images in classical themes of art history. He wanted to build on these foundations and reimagine the sublime of Jackson Hole. Still, the question remained: How? Eighteenth century Venetian master Canaletto offered an answer. In his series of paintings called “Capriccios,” Canaletto created fantasy landscapes, idealized views of Rome and Venice in which he pieced together elements plucked from actual places. “They represented a place, but they weren’t actually of a

place,” Tompkins said. Digging into his Teton photographs, Tompkins began imagining his own Capriccios. He fused panoramic scenes taken from the flats into “Wildflower Overlook” and made enhancements: new species of flowers and a shifted view of the mountains. For depth and dimension, he painted brush in filler areas. The result evokes a Teton overlook, without actually reference to one place. “Sometimes I let my imagination run wild: It would be nice to see some extra flowers here, a bush there,” he said. “If the mountains were shifted over a bit more, it would make a nicer composition.” Tompkins shares his seven Capriccios through a show so titled at Heather James Fine Art, which opens with a Palates and Palettes reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7. The exhibit also features photographs Tompkins altered by painting directly on the prints. “I wanted the photographs to look like the landscape was in the process of a becoming a painting,” he said. A cluster of trees stand in glossy relief against the alpine forest and mountain backdrop, as if “you come across this grove of painted trees in the landscape.” To pick his palette, Tompkins digitally breaks down the image into its core, hyper-real colors and then projects the image onto his painting surface. For this series, Tompkins worked on linen rather than his usual aluminum panel. To achieve a similar feel, he spent a lot of time preparing the surface with layers of sanded-down gesso, then coated with varnish. He also strayed from his standard paint — commercial enamels — using acrylic paints he doctored. Thick patches of paint produce a contour effect, and the gloss makes the paint feel wet, as if the scene is fluid, transient. “All of my paintings represent memories of places,” he said. “If you take a copy of a copy of a copy, it slowly changes and shifts, and you get this end result that is still in the process of becoming.”

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WRJ Design Associates 30 S. King St. 200-4881 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––


By Katy Niner

hether designing a room to show a beloved work from a family collection or creating an exhibition to feature Edvard Munch’s “The Scream,” WRJ Design Associates approaches art as an integral part of interior design. In May, WRJ principals Rush Jenkins and Klaus Baer opened their flagship showroom at 30 S. King St., a space that speaks to the curated lifestyle they create for their residential and corporate clients. “For us, so much care and thought is given to how we create a room to house art,” Jenkins said. They enjoy working with clients from the inception of a project, which allows them to consider crucial elements of their clients’ lives, such as their art collections. An important piece of art can be the keystone of an interior plan, influencing the architecture, the lighting, the textures. “Art, architecture and interior design come together in a seamlessly beautiful home,” Jenkins said. WRJ works with clients to help place their art and integrate it into the overall interior design. One client had an extensive collection of 19th-century paintings of Pekingese dogs. To incorporate the collection in a fresh, meaningful way, they placed the paintings in contemporary frames and arranged them in groups. The goal is to “tell a story with the interior,” Jenkins said. Jenkins traced the story of the foyer vignette at the WRJ showroom. Striving for impact as visitors arrived, or as people strolled by at night, Jenkins chose to build the room around a painting from his own collection, a striking piece featuring a dramatic swirl of alabaster cloth set against an onyx background. Everything else in the room relates to the artwork: The color and texture of the contemporary oak console complements it; a white peacock atop a black base reflects the palette of the painting, while its soft feathers echo the soft folds of the fabric; the gold light fixtures, equally elegant, bring out the gold of the frame; the crystal lamp does not compete with color; the cream chairs create a golden triangle in the room, with the painting as the apex. “The whole room contributes to ultimately showcasing

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Klaus Baer and Rush Jenkins of WRJ Design Associates design rooms to feature their clients’ art.

the art,” he said. Rich with layers, each element adds interest to the room, he said. “The object is to create a beautiful environment,” while achieving balance throughout, he said. “I thrive on the eclectic mix of furnishings and textiles and then achieving a harmony,” he said. “A mix is far more interesting.” Every vignette within the showroom features interesting art, from a sculpture by Kate Hunt to “Art is Nature Adjusted” by Neil Jenney and “Pientre and Modele Au Fauteuil A Bascule,” a 1965 linoleum cut by Pablo Picasso. WRJ exhibits artists represented by Jackson galleries including Altamira Fine Art, Diehl Gallery, Heather James Fine Art and Camille Obering Art Advisory. To

celebrate the work on display, WRJ Design Associates will host a Palates and Palettes reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7. In addition to working with residential and corporate clients, WRJ Associates specializes in exhibition design for premier galleries and auction houses including Sotheby’s. On Monday, Sept. 10, Sotheby’s will hold the auction of Brooke Astor’s two households, an exhibition Jenkins designed. Past projects included the collections of Bill Blass, Katherine Hepburn and the Hermitage Museum. In the spring, Jenkins designed the exhibition for Edvard Munch’s “The Scream,” which set a world-record for the most expensive artwork sold at auction when the Sotheby’s hammer fell at $119.9 million.


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Wild By Nature 95 W. Deloney Ave. 733-8877 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– By Kelsey Dayton


ast year, snow lingered in the mountains long past what should have been the start of summer. Photographer Henry Holdsworth didn’t relish the thought of postholing through the Teton, Gros Ventre and Absaroka mountains seeking light and scenes to capture with his camera for his gallery, Wild By Nature. Instead, he asked a friend to fly him above the mountains he has photographed for three decades. While Holdsworth is always looking for new perspectives and angles on the area’s famous landscapes, the view from the air offered something truly different. Wild By Nature will feature some of these new aerial shots during Fall Arts Festival. From the sky, Holdsworth spotted high-elevation turquoise lakes beginning to thaw, encircled by watermelon snow — snow tinged pink by algae — that seemed to creep from the shore like arteries. The photographs he took of such snowy scenes, like “Heart of the Mountains,” feel abstract and elemental. Holdsworth loved looking for patterns and staring straight down at the mountains he has photographed so often from the ground. “It gives you a whole different vantage point,” he said. The west side of the Tetons yielded snowfields climbing up the landscape to the Grand Teton and Mount Owen. Photographing from the air posed new challenges. Instead of picking a scene, setting up the tripod and looking at various angles, Holdsworth had to act quickly and on instinct. “You have a split second to decide if this is the composition I like or not,” he said. “It’s very spontaneous in that regard. And kinda fun. You can never really get that same shot twice. You have to go with the flow, which is kind of refreshing in a way.” Holdsworth is always looking for a different per-

Henry Holdsworth’s new aerial photos, such as “Heart of the Mountains,” are a departure from his traditional work.

spective on the landscape. While he doesn’t shy away from traditional spots, he’s drawn to dramatic lighting: a storm, fog, sunrise. “Something that will make that day look unique compared to the average day out there,” he said. “Lighting is key. I’m definitely drawn to light more than I’m drawn to any particular subject matter. It’s the key ingredient.” In addition to the aerials, Holdsworth also will show for the first time during Fall Arts new images of grizzly bears 399 and 610, two of Grand Teton National Park’s most famous bruins. Holdsworth has watched the bears mature over the years. “We almost think of them as friends, because we’ve seen them grow up,” he said.

It’s rare to regularly photograph grizzlies in the Tetons, he said. And the backdrop makes for beautiful and unique photographs. “There’s something about bears in your backyard,” Holdsworth said. In addition to the bear photographs and the aerials, Holdsworth will have new black-and-white work. Early in his career, he began by photographing in black and white, but in recent years he has focused on color. His gallery will feature about 20 new images Friday, Sept. 7, during the Palates and Palettes gallery walk. Also that evening, Holdsworth will sign copies of his acclaimed photography books, which feature landscapes and wildlife of the valley and beyond.

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1 - Evolution Sisters Nora, Meghan and Kathleen Hanson had never worked together on a public art installation before they were commissioned to make a piece for the pathway system. The three sisters thought the project’s purpose — to create science-based, educational installations along the pathways — was perfectly suited to their respective skills. Nora is a marine biologist. Kathleen is an architect who studied forest resource management. And Meghan studied environmental design and teaches with the Artemis Institute. Kathleen and Meghan run Evolution offers a tour through geologic time. Hanson Illustration. The piece they designed, Evolution, traces Earth’s evolution, expressed in willow structures that represent geologic milestones, starting with the Cambrian explosion. The structures are laid out sequentially to show how humans fit into the larger timeline of the planet. The sisters also installed hundreds of pounds of cast-concrete prints, human and nonhuman, to raise questions about human encroachment and habitat loss. A ceramic Wyoming toad, a missing species, is hidden within the installation and invites keen eyes to search for it.


By Kevin Huelsmann


he Hanson sisters drew quite a crowd in June when they installed their artwork on the Wilson Centennial Pathway. Curious after seeing the sisters hauling bales of willows, people wanted to know what they were doing. Were they building blinds to take photographs? How did the concrete footprints relate to the willow structures? “One little girl came along while we were installing the piece and put her foot in the grizzly bear print,” Nora Hanson said. “It was really neat to have kids out there. I was trying to explain to her how long the claws are, and she’s got her teeny-weeny little pink Crocs in there.” With family and friends, the Nora Hanson, of Victor, Mont., and Meghan and Kathleen Hanson, of Driggs, Idaho, installed Evolution over several days, one of three temporary

installations commissioned by Jackson Hole Public Art as part of its Rolling Gallery on the valley’s pathway system. The project is funded in part by 1 Percent for the Tetons. Designing an installation for a pathway requires one to take into account all the ways someone could experience the artwork on the pathway, a concern that doesn’t crop up too often for galleries and museums. Some people will zoom by the piece on their way to work. Others will linger while strolling along the pathway. Children and adults use the system, families amble along them, and elite athletes use them to train. “You have a sense of movement and a lot of space within which to work,” Nora Hanson said. “It’s not an indoor gallery. You have people moving through space, which is how we got the idea to explore geological time.” For Jackson Hole Public Art and Jackson Hole Community Pathways, the project represented a partnership that has helped enrich

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3 - Endangered School The latest installation in Jackson Hole Public Art’s Rolling Gallery pays homage to endangered fish of Wyoming. The installation consists of a cluster of seven custommade wind socks perched atop poles along the Indian Springs section of the valley’s pathway system. Each wind sock is aciddyed with images of endangered minnows. One side features an external image of the fish while the other shows an X-ray of one of the original specimens scientists used to describe the species in 1937. The images are scaled up 30 to 60 times their normal size to focus more attention on these small — they typically measure about two inches in length — oft-overlooked Each wind sock shows a fish outside and in. fish. The windsocks are de-signed to swim on wind currents, mimicking how fish move in water. The installation was created by SJK Artlab LLC, a team of scientists and artists. A mailbox, installed near the wind socks, is filled with education materials, a placard explains the project, and a notebook invites people to leave a fish drawing or favorite fish tale.


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Murals designed and painted by Jackson Hole High School students and artists Mike Tierney and Abby Paffrath transformed the graffiti-laced walls of two pathway underpasses into art

eries the existing pathway system. “It engages the user in a different way,’ Pathways Coordinator Brian Schilling said. “It adds an element of discovery and visual interest, and we can use it in ways that complements the beautiful views that are there and teach people about that.” For people travelling along the pathways, finding a new installation can cultivate a connection between them and the pathways system or the valley itself, said Carrie Geraci, director of Jackson Hole Public Art. “When you discover something, you feel more ownership,” Geraci said. “That means caring for it. I think it builds civic values. It helps people buy into the community.” Public art on the pathways predates the fall 2010 creation of Jackson Hole Public Art, but those earlier projects often were haphazard. People typically would approach Schilling with a proposal, and he would help out in any way he could, donating paint or time.

Nearly two years ago, Geraci started working with Schilling and pARTners on a project to deal with graffiti in pathway underpasses. Last spring, artists Mike Tierney and Abby Paffrath worked with high school students. Together, they turned the tagged walls of the Hidden Ranch and Smith’s tunnels into murals rich with hope and inspiration. The project addressed a maintenance problem for Schilling and gave Geraci the chance to get students involved in public art. “It was a nuisance that we were spending thousands of dollars a year to clean up,” Schilling said of the graffiti. Since their initial project, the two organizations have worked on an installation at the National Museum of Wildlife Art and launched the Rolling Gallery commissions. As the partnership grows, the two groups are trying to make sure they have a clear, streamlined process that helps integrate art into the pathway system.


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Fallen uses a real whitebark pine to tell the tale of the species’ plight.

2 - Fallen Jackson artist Ben Roth used his Rolling Gallery commission to call attention to the plight of the whitebark pine. The tree, a keystone species in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, is being threatened by pine bark beetles and white pine blister rust. Roth and Brad Watsabaugh transformed a dead whitebark pine that they found atop Jackson Hole Mountain Resort into an elegant, incisive installation along the road to Teton Village from Highway 390. Resort trail crew employees dislodged the tree by cutting its massive branches using climbing gear. They used trucks to haul the branches to the base of the mountain. Roth, Watsabaugh and the Mountain Resort trail crew then installed the 20-foot high, 60-foot long sculpture in three days. The branches were installed in a formation meant to depict the sweeping nature of the whitebark pine. Each branch is carved to show its inner layers, which often are marred by the beetle infestation that has affected so many trees.

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twork addressing social problems like pollution and discrimination.

Artist Don Rambadt was tapped to work on the high retaining walls that funnel pathway users from North Highway 89 to the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s new sculpture trail. The Wisconsin artist sculpted a flock of ravens at play on Aspen Gateway welcomes pathway users to the museum. one of the concrete retaining walls. The birds, created out of carbon steel and mounted on Corten steel plates, fan out behind a winged leader toting a stick in its beak. The stick references ravens’ intelligence and use of tools. They are the only birds known to fashion and keep favorite “toys.” On the east side of the underpass, pathway users are welcomed by a large view of an aspen grove, titled Aspen Gateway. Rambadt’s stylized sculpture, made from mirror-polished stainless steel, is mounted on a black background that accentuates the trees’ shining silhouettes. The trees are meant to evoke the sweeping scenery of the National Elk Refuge, which sits directly east of the pathway. In August, Rambadt installed the final piece of the three-part underpass project, Communities — steel silhouettes of the five plant communities indigenous to the area. To the west of the museum pathway underpass, a trio of wildlife bike racks by Ben Roth invite cyclists to park their rides and visit the museum.

5 - Community Murals Jackson Hole Public Art, Jackson Hole Community Pathways and pARTners teamed up to create an artistic solution to the graffiti inside the Garaman underpass along the Hidden Ranch pathway. They recruited local artists Mike Tierney and Abby Paffrath to lead a team of high school art students. After an inspirational session with visiting performance poetry artists Climbing PoeTree — an experience that encouraged students to consider poetic ways to address contemporary plights — some 80 students worked with Tierney and Paffrath to paint murals that represented their solutions for the problems of contemporary society. Rich with symbols of hopes and inspiration, the murals employ street art techniques — spray paint, stencils — to express the students’ thoughts. Painted on wood panels, the murals were installed in the tunnels in June.

An eye for skill

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Two Grey Hills 110 E. Broadway 733-2677 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––


By Mark Huffman

wo Grey Hills owner Gary Mattheis could be the only dealer of fine American Indian art who came to the business through dry cleaning. In the 1970s, Mattheis and his mother, Elfriede Jourdan, had a dry-cleaning shop at East Broadway and King Street, complete with a drive-up window, in what has since become the heart of Jackson’s downtown tourist area. Then Mattheis saw a better way to make a living. “I got my start by dry-cleaning Navajo weavings,” he said. “A lot of the dude ranches had Navajo rugs and brought them to be cleaned.” In 1976, it was good-bye cleaning, hello art. Mattheis and his mother, now retired at age 92, have 36 years in the Indian art business. Mattheis admits he had more enthusiasm than skill when he started, but he says the years have educated him. “After years of looking and studying, you can tell a really great artist from somebody who just makes pottery,” he said. The years haven’t dulled his appreciation of the things he sells. “I love it all,” he said. “I think I still have that feeling, that connection. ... I still get goosebumps when I see some of these things.” Two Grey Hills is a comfortable and quiet break from downtown, a cool place filled with pottery in the Pueblo, Hopi

The American Indian art at Two Grey Hills includes pottery in the Pueblo, Hopi and Navajo styles.

and Navajo styles, weavings ranging from “utilitarian” Zapotec work to the finest Navajo rugs, fetishes and a big assortment of jewelry, mostly in the traditional silver-and-turquoise style. “Jewelry is the mainstay of our business,” Mattheis said. Two Grey Hills aims high: “It’s the best of the best,” Mattheis said of his merchandise. “We try to have high-end things — not try, we do.”

Knowing that art takes a fine eye. Mattheis takes out two Navajo rugs, each about 24 by 30 inches. Both look good, but one is priced at around $3,900, the other four times as much. “It’s the preparation,” Mattheis said, indicating the more expensive rug. “The weaving is finer, more intricate. And it’s the preparation. This woman, Ruth Teller, she cards and spins the wool, mixes it. It’s a huge difference. Half the work is in pre-

paring the wool.” Noting that “collectors evolve,” Mattheis said many customers come back year after year not just to add to their collections, but often to trade up as their aesthetic eye learns to tell good from best. Mattheis said the casual buyer of jewelry can find something at Two Grey Hills, but so can that collector who wants to move up.

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Amy Jurekovic’s works on paper and canvas reference her tattoo artistry and vice versa. She will be the featured artist at Big Haus’ open house, 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14.

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hether painting on paper, canvas or skin, Amy Jurekovic focuses on compelling, contemporary details. On Friday, Sept. 14, she will share her works on paper with people who visit Big Haus, the artists collective on Cache Street. A Jackson native, Jurekovic works full time as a tattoo artist at Twenty Two Tattoo. She describes her tattoo aesthetic as neotraditionalist, a blending of Sailor Jerry’s strong outlines with vivid details. At Twenty Two Tattoo, she does mostly custom work. Her tattoo art has informed her fine art and vice versa. “It has made me a lot more detail-oriented,” she said. “It is pretty incredible that someone puts that much trust in you.” Likewise, her fine art funneled her into the tattoo profession, which she always considered a dream job. An art major at the University of Wyoming, Jurekovic returned home with her paintings and the desire to pursue art professionally. During the opening for a show of her portraits at the now-shuttered Lines Gallery, a lot of people approached her and asked if she tattooed. Their interest “lit a fire for me to look into it more,” she said. She approached Mike Zimmer at Twenty Two Tattoo and became his apprentice about two years ago. As the featured artist at Big Haus’ open house, Jurekovic will line the main gallery with a mixture of works on paper and canvas, pieces she describes as very different from the paintings on canvas and wood

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panel she has shown in the past. The Big Haus event runs from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 14. In honor of the site’s former glory as a jail, there will be a “jailhouse” barbecue and beverages. The open house invites people to visit artists in their studios, see pieces in progress and work finished within the walls. There are eight studios on three floors. Residents are Abby Paffrath, Brooke Kemmerer, Aaron Wallis, Tristan Greszko, Travis Walker, Wendell Field, Mike Piggott, Tommie Williams of Dedicate Brand and XOWYO Paper and Press. Wallis plans to hang the latest print in his Street Bible series — a tribute to the ’80s kingpin Rick Ross. Big Haus — the name is a fusion of big house, a reference to the shuttered jail that shares the lot, and Bauhaus, the seminal German arts and crafts movement — reinvented a 1970s office building as artist studios and shared workspaces. A Teton Artlab project, the collective shares the nonprofit’s mission to provide artists with educational opportunities.

American dream, awry

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Travis Walker Cowboy Coffee Bar 111 N. Cache St. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––


By Katy Niner

hen Travis Walker imagines the perfect town, he still sees Jackson Hole, even though time has taught him trauma can afflict even people living in paradise. In art school and in the doldrums after graduation, Walker painted somber scenes. Daring to do something different, he headed west. Driving through Jackson Hole, he felt struck by place. “I had never seen anything like this,” Walker said. “The view from Snow King, how town is tucked into the valley. It’s perfect looking. I cannot think of anything I would change about it.” Now though, Walker sees paradise through a different lens. A father of two boys, shouldering responsibility, he has had to deal with life’s blows. He has found that reality can feel doubly harsh when set against the natural beauty of Jackson. Walker has internalized this jarring juxtaposition in his art. The recognizable tropes of his “American Dream” series — RVs, rooflines, tourists, neighborhoods, ski runs — are now unsettlingly askew. In one, a trailer floats in an ocean ringed by cliffs, a strange scene that raises myriad questions: Did the trailer careen off the cliff? Where are the people who were traveling in it? What happens to a drowned dream? “The absence of people is striking,” Walker said. “There’s no one swimming. There’s no one helping.” This painting and 14 others hang this month at Cowboy Coffee Bar. Though Walker is ever active in the Jackson arts scene as the executive director of Teton Artlab (last month, he was recognized with

“Sunset Cruise,” oil on wood, is from Travis Walker’s “American Dream” series.

the Cultural Council of Jackson Hole’s inaugural Rising Star Award), Cowboy Coffee marks his first solo show in four years. The new coffee shop off Town Square will host a reception for Walker during Palates and Palettes on Friday, Sept. 7. Ever since Walker moved to Jackson, RVs have been a muse, a metaphor for the American Dream gone awry. Young families’ ambitions to tour the country become inert with time. Ultimately, most RVs grow into rusty talismans of faded adventures. “There is a story behind those trailers sitting in people’s backyards,” he said. “The trailer is a metaphor for life in general for me,” he said. “I feel like I have a pretty free life. I don’t have a desk job. I can get up and go wherever I want.” And yet, Walker knows if he bought a RV — as

he and his wife, Lisa, have been discussing — he would regret it, as he did when they bought a house. “I think that’s a lot of how our dreams are: Once you acquire them, you realize you don’t even want them.” Walker considers himself a regionalist in the vein of Edward Hopper, taking what he sees around him and distilling it. “The RVs and the trailers are more a part of our experience here than anything else,” he said. “I see more RVs than wildlife.” His newest work incorporates still bodies of water and the mystery they signify. Having recently spent a lot of time in California, he has funneled the ocean into his regional panorama. Water and the mountains offer a similar sort of horizon line, “the same thing to dwell on,” he said. Another element has made its way into

his recent work: fire. A house burns in the middle of a blue expanse while in another painting flames fly from a trailer — “the road trip gone wrong,” Walker said. “The fires in Colorado got me thinking about loss,” Walker said. “All these neighborhoods getting destroyed, dreams vanquished.” He thinks with horror about losing his art, his sketchbooks. Walker knows the landscape of his life would be different if hadn’t packed his car and driven west. Instead, he hit the road and found a place with lakes and mountains. “That’s one of the few things that hasn’t faded from my dreams: the place,” he said. “You stop and feel lucky.” Hieronymus Bosch’s “The Garden of Earthly Delights” inspires allegorical scenes that are at once beautiful and disturbing. “If you look at those paintings and take out everything besides the landscape, they are these beautiful landscapes,” he said. One night recently, while dining outside and ranting about something, Walker found himself face-to-beak with a hummingbird. The buzzing bird hovered in front of his nose for a moment. “That’s how I want my paintings to be for people: I want people to think my paintings are beautiful to look at” even if one subtle aspect is askew. Not all of his work at Cowboy Coffee laces paradise with darkness. “I want to juxtapose the jarring images with the more traditional stuff so that people can see where I am coming from,” he said. One painting explores Walker’s idea of living on the perfect street (Redmond) in the perfect neighborhood (East Jackson) at the perfect time of day (morning light). The Tetons preside over the streetscape. Mundane and mountains coexist. “It’s our backyard,” Walker said. “It’s a neighborhood. It’s a completely sublime thing.”




A show of one’s own

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RARE Gallery 60 E. Broadway 733-8726 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––


By Emma Breysse

all Arts Festival is always a big deal for a gallery owner, but Rick Armstrong has a special reason to look forward to this year’s event. During the festival, he will debut his own work at RARE Gallery, which he owns with his wife, Hollee. “It’s just a really exciting thing to be doing your first show at your gallery,” he said. “This is the culmination of 30 years of work.” Armstrong describes his work as “mixed media with a photographic influence.” More specifically, his pieces are based on the images he has taken over the course of his lifetime as a photographer. “I spent several years as a professional photographer,” he said. “Then, when digital really started exploding, it became a lot of sitting and staring at a computer screen, so I quit, because I didn’t want to do that.” For a while, he focused on other things — like opening RARE — but he never stopped taking pictures. This year, he had enough time to devote to his own work after displaying that of others. He mined his wealth of photographs from his travels around the world and his life in Jackson Hole. The 24 or so images in the show are his favorites, he said. It makes sense that a man whose gallery tries to live up to its name by choosing unique pieces would strive for the same attributes in his own art. “I try to make my images really capture the unique feel of a moment,” he said. “The stillness and tranquility or the motion and energy. They’re different from anything I’ve seen anyone else doing. I think people won’t have seen the same thing anywhere else.” Even when approaching iconic imagery, Armstrong tries to capture a fresh perspective. “Even in my Teton shots, they’re different from what you see a lot,” he said. “I’m always looking for that new angle, that new perspective, the thing you don’t usually notice or see.” For his Fall Arts show, Armstrong transferred each photo

RARE Gallery owner Rick Armstrong says “Contemplation Chaos” is one of his favorite images in his debut show.

onto wood and then used various materials and techniques to enhance the aspect of the image he liked best. Two pictures in the collection stand out as his favorites. In one, a man stands in a roaring waterfall, a composition that contrasts the motion and scale of the water with the small, still man, Armstrong said. In the second picture, a Galapagos Island shark

swims toward him out of murky water. Armstrong appreciates the stillness of that moment. While RARE is hosting a full schedule of Fall Arts events, Armstrong’s show has particular resonance for him. “It’s almost hard to believe,” he said. “Finally, my own show.”


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This war shirt, made out of leather, porcupine quills, glass beads, wool and cotton cloth, human hair, horsehair and ermine, belonged to Sioux warrior Long Dog, who fought alongside Sitting Bull against Custer at the Battle of Little Bighorn.

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or more than 30 years, Alan and Berte Hirschfield have lived amid their collection of American Indian art. A war shirt worn by a seasoned Sioux warrior who fought in the Battle of Little Bighorn hangs in the breakfast room. An exquisite beaded valise sits atop a table in the great room. The art lives in arrangements as carefully curated as a museum’s. Connections come to life between works. As they do in a new book, “Living with American Indian Art: The Hirschfield Collection,” which presents 160 works from the Jackson family’s collection, most of which have never before been exhibited or published. Four years ago, Alan J. Hirschfield, Terry Winchell — owner of Fighting Bear Antiques and Hirschfield’s art advisor for more than a decade — and publisher Gibbs Smith set out to record the collection. The original concept for the book changed in the intervening years, lengthened by the recession and the collaborators’ busy lives. It evolved into a personal portrait of a man and the art he loves. “Living with American Indian Art” is peppered with personal anecdotes, starting with the preface Hirschfield penned about his extraordinary career as an investment banker and entertainment executive at Columbia Pictures and 20th Century Fox, and continuing with the stories he shares about specific pieces. Photographer W. Garth Dowling not only honed in on the beauty and artistry of each piece within the collection but also captured the interior aesthetic of the Hirschfields’ home. For the book, every piece was vetted. Editor Marjorie Alexander cataloged the collection and edited the content. Gaylord Torrence, senior curator of American Indian art at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, wrote the preface, lending gravitas to the project. Winchell introduces each chapter with historic and cultural context. Within weeks of its release, “Living with American Indian Art” will be feted with a talk and book signing from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 15, at Fighting Bear Antiques. Hirschfield will discuss his collection, and select pieces will be on display. The book costs $75, with proceeds benefitting the Intertribal Education and Community Center at Central

“Living with American Indian Art” presents works from the collection of Jackson Hole’s Alan and Berte Hirschfield.

Wyoming College, adjacent to the Wind River Reservation. –––––––––––––––––––– Growing up in Oklahoma, Hirschfield was acquainted with American Indians and their art, but it wasn’t until he enrolled at the University of Oklahoma — home to the University of Oklahoma Press, the leading publisher of books on American Indians — that he dove into their history and culture. A lifelong collector, Hirschfield was a philatelist as a boy and an aficionado of American contemporary paintings and Japanese baskets as an adult. His first piece of American Indian art was a contemporary katsina doll, a gift from his parents to mark Alan and Berte’s first trip to Sante Fe, N.M., in the late 1960s. Years later, his collector instinct took hold when his friend Charles Diker encouraged him to buy an Apache basket. While baskets initially lured him, beadwork ultimately enthralled him. In the American Indian art market, “Hirschfield” has become an adjective describing the personal aesthetic Alan and Berte Hirschfield have used to build their collection, Torrence says in the preface. “The Hirschfields collect from an intensely personal

vision, guided by their own inclinations and preferences and by a sustaining passion. The resulting collection is a superbly remarkable achievement that reflects enormous commitment. It stands among the greatest private collections of Plains and Plateau Indian art in the world.” –––––––––––––––––––– For the cover image, the predictable pick would have been a war shirt. Instead, Hirschfield chose a dress from the Warm Springs Reservation in north central Oregon, a decision that speaks to his eye for beauty. “This elaborate and exquisitely designed dress is one of our most beautiful objects and one of the most visually stunning American Indian works of art I have ever encountered in any form,” Hirschfield writes in the book. The Hirschfield collection contains many remarkable works, including the valise by Nellie Gates, an artist famous for he beadwork. One of four valises documented in the Gates family papers, it was made for her daughter, Josephine Gates Kelly, an advocate for Indian rights and the first female delegate to the Republican National Convention. Winchell purchased the piece from the family. Also notable is the war shirt worn by Long Dog, documented in a 1876 photograph found after Winchell sold the piece to Hirschfield. “To buy a war shirt that is battleworn by a major Sioux chief is incredible,” Winchell said. In 2014, several pieces from the Hirschfield collection will be featured in an exhibition of American Indian art, curated by Torrance and bound for the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Musee de Quai Branly in Paris. –––––––––––––––––––– When the Hirschfields began building their Wyoming house, they discovered the site was once a Shoshone and Gros Ventre summer campsite, fitting roots for a home already designed after a hogan to exhibit objects representing the original land dwellers’ way of life. American Indian art anchors the Hirschfields’ home in much the same way as it did for early ranchers. For them, decorating their homes with American Indian artifacts and artwork spoke to their connection with Indian people and the history of the region, to “a profound and shared sense of place,” Torrence writes. Long ago, Hirschfield recognized his collection as art, not just American Indian art, Winchell said. He considers it the true American art form, unfettered by European influences, and hopes the book will so educate a wide audience. “It’s important that people beyond this small group of collectors… recognize that this is the real American art,” Hirschfield said. “One of the purposes of this book and collection is to glorify the beauty and the artistic nature of these people as a counterpoint to all of the oppression.”

Taste of everything

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Grand Teton Gallery 130 W. Broadway 201-1172 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––


Grand Teton Gallery: a festival full of events Thursday, Sept. 6 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Artist-in-residence Deb Penk (acrylic painting) 4-8 p.m. Artist reception with Shawndell Oliver, Chuck Middlekauff, Sam Thiewes and Deb Penk

By Amanda H. Miller

rand Teton Gallery will join the flurry of Fall Arts Festival by hosting three artist receptions and several artists-inresidence every day for 10 days. Reflecting the diversity on its walls, the gallery will celebrate diverse artists and art forms during the festival. The gallery will give visitors a taste of everything the Jackson Hole arts scene has to offer, all in one location. The gallery’s offerings range from bright pop-art acrylics to soft watercolors, oil paintings to photographs, pencil drawings to bronze sculptures. “One of the comments we always hear is that we have a really refreshing diversity of work,” said Ian McLennan, who opened the gallery just over a year ago. McLennan is holding nothing back for Fall Arts. The gallery’s festivities begin Thursday, Sept. 6, with artist Deb Penk painting on-site. Penk lives in Jackson during the summer and follows her audience to Arizona in the winter, she said. Known for her cowgirls and cowboys, she paints with bright acrylics to achieve a style that blends Andy Warhol with Norman Rockwell. “I always tell a story,” Penk said. Her work often features people of Jackson Hole living their everyday lives in the rugged West. “My friends make cheap models,” she said. Penk also paints motorcycles, although they appeal more to her winter audiences in Arizona and California. She’s been working on a large motorcycle piece the past couple of months. “I love the challenge of the chrome,” she said. As a break from the big piece and a nod to her Jackson friends and fans, Penk plans to paint a small cowgirl in McLennan’s gallery during the festival. Penk will be joined in the gallery by emerging artist Evan Davies. A full-time art student in Seattle, Davies specializes in pencil and graphite drawings, usually featuring Western characters. McLennan came upon Davies’ work in an unusual way. The artist’s parents were visiting Jackson last summer, and his mom pitched his portfolio to McLennan. When she first started talking about her son’s drawings, McLennan didn’t have high expectations — every mother thinks her children are brilliant — but it didn’t take long to convince

Friday, Sept. 7 2-5 p.m. Artists-in-residence Rip Caswell (sculpture), Evan Davies (Native American portraiture in pencil) and Deb Penk Saturday, Sept. 8 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Artists-in-residence Gary Keiming, Tom Lucas and Les LeFever (all painting) 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Artists-in-residence Rip Caswell and Evan Davies 4 to 8 p.m. Artist reception with Gary Keimig, Les LeFever, Tom Lucas, Rip Caswell and Evan Davies Sunday, Sept. 9 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Artist-in-residence Evan Davies 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Artist-in-residence Deb Penk 2 to 5 p.m. Artist-in-residence Rip Caswell Tuesday, Sept. 11 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Artist-in-residence Deb Penk 2-5 p.m. Artist-in-residence Rip Caswell Wednesday, Sept. 12 2 to 4 p.m. Artists-in-residence Deb Penk, Rip Caswell and Gayle Weisfield (watercolor painting)

“Howdy Partner” is by summer Jackson Hole resident Deb Penk. She will be one of the artists-in-residence at Grand Teton Gallery during Fall Arts Festival.

McLennan that this was different. “She showed me an image of his work,” he said. “I said, ‘Oh, I’ll give it a go.’ ” The piece arrived and immediately impressed. It sold right away, just like everything else Davies has sent Grand Teton Gallery in the past year. Davies’ work draws people to it, McLennan said. And it’s exciting that he’s so young and on the cusp of his career as an artist. During Fall Arts, the contemporary

Western art gallery will host a legion of other talented and well-known artists, including watercolor painter Gayle Weisfield. “People often comment that they’ve never seen watercolor so deep,” McLennan said. Pat Clayton and James Reid will give oil painting demonstrations; Doug Monson, Deb Fox and others will appear at McLennan’s artist receptions. “We really have a variety,” McLennan said. “There’s something for everyone.”

Thursday, Sept. 13 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Artists-in-residence Gayle Weisfield, Rip Caswell and Pat Clayton (oil painting) 4 to 8 p.m. Artist reception with Rip Caswell, James Reid, Gayle Weisfield, Pat Clayton, Doug Monson, Deb Fox Friday, Sept. 14 2-5 p.m. Artists-in-residence Deb Penk, Rip Caswell, Gayle Weisfield and James Reid (oil painting) Saturday, Sept. 15 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Artist-in-residence Deb Penk 2-5 p.m. Artists-in-residence Rip Caswell and Gayle Weisfield

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en years ago, Ben Roth set off as an artist, leaving behind previous lives as a restaurateur and hospitality manager. Technically, it was 11 years ago — on Sept. 11, 2001, the opening day of his first solo exhibition as a professional artist, which he canceled. But Roth discounts a year for the days he has spent outdoors in the powder and on the river. To celebrate the milestone, Roth is staging a Fall Arts Festival exhibition aptly titled “The First 10,000 Hours,” after Malcolm Gladwell’s rule for success that says mastery of a task requires 10,000 hours of practice. Roth estimates he has spent at least 10,000 hours on his art. During Fall Arts, he will share the fruits of those labors with an exhibition of some 23 pieces in the Rose at the Pink Garter Theatre. The show will span the length of his art career with select early output and a strong emphasis on his new work. To toast the exhibition, Roth is hosting two receptions. The first, a Palates and Palettes after-party geared toward friends, runs from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9. The second, an artist reception and talk, runs from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 11 — the exact anniversary of the start of his art career. Before 2001, Roth had dabbled in art, but he hadn’t found his ideal medium.


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When he set out to open a restaurant with partners, he imagined the space at 45 S. Glenwood St. transformed by metalwork. Not knowing the first thing about blacksmithing, he asked revered valley sculptor John Simms for help. Simms showed him how to weld, and Roth spent several months in Simms’ studio creating the metal sheath, canopy and alcohol alcove for his restaurant Terroir. Much of it remains today at Trio. Finally, he had found his medium. All he wanted to do after that was work with metal, so when the opportunity to be bought out of the restaurant came along, he leaped into life as a professional artist. The first few years were difficult as the world and economy reeled from 9/11. Over the years, he has explored a wide range of work, from custom furniture pieces to aspen screenprints. With a banner decade under his belt — in spite of the economic ebbs and flows — he now focuses on sculptures. New work includes a massive hammered bronze shark jaw, which Roth modeled after a more modest, real jawbone borrowed from a friend. Three rows of inches-tall bottom teeth make for an imposing maw. In another sculpture, a pair of rattlesnakes curl as one. He sculpted both from fireplace screen, topping their tails off with articulated hammered copper that really rattles. Recalling an iconic Richard Avedon photo of a boa constrictor snaking along a naked Nastassja Kinski to give her ear a lick,

he may add a tongue. Roth comes up with ideas and then teaches himself the techniques to realize them. Google and instructional videos have helped immensely. To make the snakes’ rattles, for example, he watched a video about how to make extreme curves in metal by using a pitch pot. The hitch, he said, is that once you’ve figured it out, you almost always should do everything twice: once to practice, the second time in earnest. The ears he made for his mermaid are a good example. The experimental first — the first ear he had ever sculpted in hardware cloth — paved the way for the perfect second. The mermaid — “maid to no one,” he said — features a torso sculpted from screen atop the fin of a boat engine. He named her Seahorse Johnson, after the engine brand. Spoons shape much of his new work. A jade tree sports teaspoons for leaves. A whirlpool-slash-cyclone chandelier is made out of a swirling hive of spoons. Roth’s show at the Rose also includes pieces that have not been widely displayed, such as “Burka,” the car hood into which he carved women’s eyes years ago. Other cherry-picked early work includes a pine bark beetle, a bronze figure of a pregnant woman with an Afro, and an oil pastel of a shark. Steel stingrays recall the ones he made for the Teton County/Jackson Recreation Center. An painting of an aspen stand that recalls a bar code may make it in, as might a compound curve barnwood lens. Time alone stands between Roth and his fulfillment of his ideas.

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Growing up on the Triangle X Ranch gave Kathryn Mapes Turner intimate familiarty with horse anatomy, as evinced in “Folgers.”

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eptember Vhay spent much of her childhood astride a horse. She grew up with horses on her family ranch in Nevada and spent summers with her grandparents and their ponies in the Pacific Northwest. Every morning, she and her sister would saddle up and set off, riding for hours. To rest, they would sprawl across the ponies’ backs. “My grandpa finally had to tell us that, ‘You can’t ride them all day, you have to give them a break,’ ” Vhay said. The Jackson artist rode less as she got older, devoting her time to painting, studying architecture and traveling a bit. Though she doesn’t have a horse of her own now, Vhay still rides as much as possible. “It brings me so much happiness,” she said. “The smell of them, the barn, the tack: There’s something about it that brings me back to being a kid. It’s a visceral thing.” Though she grew up on a ranch and has shown her work at the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in Fort Worth, Texas, Vhay doesn’t consider herself a cowgirl. (Locally, she is represented by Altamira Fine Art.) The cowgirl may be an easy image to conjure, but it’s not easy to define. While some ascribe the term to people who work cattle and land, others say it

Riding horses brings September Vhay immense happ

has more to do with an underlying spirit. Kathryn Mapes Turner, who grew up on the historic Trian horses with her parents before she could walk. She can descri a horse, bone by bone. But she doesn’t consider herself a cow Turner spent much of her youth sketching the hundreds of that lived on her family’s ranch, which sits about 25 miles nor was the first girl to be born in her family in 60 years, which her male relatives were doing manual labor, she could sometim sitting on a fence post sketching. While still a young girl, Turner trained a fiery Arabian named for his beautiful gait. “He really was a handful,” she sai catch him, a feat that took the entire summer, and eventually t close she could command him with a series of clicks. “Every day after school, I would run home from the bus, d we would ride as far as we could go,” Turner said. She memorized the contours of his face from countless h She knew how he held his tail when he loped. Building on this understanding of horses, Turner began their anatomy in college. One teacher stressed the need to underlying bone structure. “He insisted that I get a horse skull and draw it every d that’s what I did.” Now, she can give an entire anatomy lesson about the sk detailing nearly every bone. Her knowledge also draws from She can describe what certain bones feel like from the saddle help hold the rider in place, how others anchor the animal’s m that looks like when the animal is in action. The artist in her d tions of a horse with the precision of da Vinci’s “Vitruvian M “The same elegance and grace you find in humans, yo she said. For Turner and Vhay, the time they’ve spent exploring wid horseback has allowed them to forge deep connections with the landscapes they paint. When Vhay was developing the concept for her beloved re she drew from a wide array of influences: a Deborah Butterfi side a hospital in Seattle that she sketched while visiting a sic she played with another friend who was a sumi-e painter. But one source lay deep within her unconscious: When sh red weaving of a horse hung above her bed, a gift from her pa ally gave it to a friend’s daughter. Now, she recognizes that sh been recreating the weaving in her red paint horses. For other artists, the experience of growing up on a r directs their creativity. Raised on a ranch in Sivell’s Bend, Texas, Donna Howell-

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piness. But she can’t ride all day, so she paints them as well. Above is “Dreamwalkers Dream.”

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Turner’s “A Great Ascent of Silence” shows the vista she grew up with.

self surrounded by strong female role models, however she didn’t see such women in Western art. “In the Western art genre of the 1960s, women were viewed only in a domestic environment,” said Howell-Sickles, whose work will be a part of the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s Western Visions Miniatures and More Show and Sale. “Those women didn���t strike me as the women I grew up around. The women who settled the West were, by necessity, quite resourceful.” Howell-Sickles’ parents had horses, cows and some crops, but she didn’t ride much after a work horse kicked her in the head when she was 3 years old. Her mother kept her away from the stables. Instead, she describes her young self as a “farm kid.” While in art school, Howell-Sickles came across an old postcard of a cowgirl. The image entranced her and has ever since. She continues to paint cowgirls, a trope that allows her to champion women. “The idea of portraying women as strong, positive, happy, active, involved, engaged — all of that still appeals to me for many of the same reasons it has appealed to me,” Howell-Sickles said. “Those are the kinds of stories that need to be told over and over again.”

Donna Howell-Sickles paints cowgirls, as in “Shelter From A Storm.”

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s many people as possible should be able to enjoy Falls Arts Festival. That idea sparked John Frechette to host a print show and sale by artists in the Jackson area. Frechette is the owner of Made, a Gaslight Alley boutique that specializes in handmade items. For Fall Arts, Frechette is featuring affordable artwork by Teton Artlab artists as a way of overcoming that feeling people experience when they spend a lot of time looking at art they can’t afford to take home. “So much of Fall Arts Festival prices out most of the community,” Frechette said. “This show is all prints, so it’s all under $100.” A range of artists will donate prints for the show, which will raise money for Teton Artlab’s classes and school programs. Eight artists will be featured. Travis Walker, one of the featured artists, creates large oil and acrylic paintings, some of which are on display all month at Cowboy Coffee. Printmaking lets him to share his art with more people. “Prints allow people to start their collection in a way that’s accessible, probably more acces-

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John Frechette, of Made, has invited Artlab to make and sell reasonably priced prints at his gallery.

Artlab print-makers will explain their processes and make prints while the public watches.

sible than a painting,” Walker said. “That’s kind of a neat thing about a show like this.” Walker is the director and founder of Teton Artlab, a nonprofit committed to providing education opportunities for valley artists through residencies, performances, exhibitions and workshops. Made’s location in Gaslight Alley complemens Artlab’s seldom-seen activities, he said. It’s a good place for people to wander in and out. Along with having their work

The prints created during Palates and Palettes will be for sale that night and for the rest of the festival at Made. If last year’s event is any indication, they’ll go fast. The classes the print show will help fund offer instruction on some of the same techniques employed during the Made demo, Walker said. “It’s just a good chance to get out there and help people see our work,” he said, “and maybe get interested in owning or creating art themselves.”

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on display and sale, the featured artists will make prints on-site, on the spot during Palates and Palettes on Friday, Sept. 7. Every 30 minutes, another artist will step into the spotlight, demonstrate a printing technique and create a new print, Walker said. “We’ll have some etching, some woodblock, some monotype, some screen printing,” he said. “Sort of give people a chance to see the process up close.” Walker said he plans to cre-


ate a new print based on the American Dreams series he’s now working on, featuring images of RVs and trailer parks. Other artists’ content will be totally different, he said. “We don’t really limit people as to what they want to create,” he said. “There will be some landscape work but also some more contemporary, edgier stuff too.” Along with Walker, the featured artists include local notables like Tristan Greszko, Aaron Wallis, Ben Roth and Wendell Field.







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Molly Stratton's new works-on-paper series, “Lightweight,” features embossed, gilded cairns juxtaposed with colorful stitching, as seen above in “Hope is the Thing.” Her art will be featured at Workshop throughout Fall Arts Festival. Office: 307-739-8027 Cell: 307-690-5532


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Charitable cheers A wide variety of varietals will be poured at the Jackson Hole Rotary Supper Club’s eighth annual Wine Tasting and Auction, set for noon until 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9. The annual event, staged under the large white tent on Town Square, offers a refreshing complement to Taste of the Tetons and Takin’ it to the Streets. People can wander from the wine tent to the gourmet food booths peppering the square or shop for locally made items at the outdoor art fair. A commemorative tasting glass costs $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 offer tastes of everything from Beaujolais to Zinfandel. The event also includes an auction featuring excursions, collectibles, services, meals and more. The wine tasting and auction are the Rotary Supper Club’s major fundraiser of the year, providing funds that go back into the community through myriad charitable channels.


Paper art During Fall Arts Festival, Workshop


will feature new paper works by Molly Stratton. Stratton is pushing her works on paper for Fall Arts Festival. Truly multifaceted, the artist 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. Her new series, “Lightweight,” explores lightness and weight as a metaphor for the variety of roles people play in relationships. The pieces feature embossed cairns colored by gold leaf (symbolic of weight) and colored stitching (light). Stitching into paper is challenging, as you can only get the holes so close together before the paper tears, Stratton said. The work becomes an interplay of trying to increase the detail while pushing the limits of what the paper can bare. Beyond Stratton’s collection, Workshop stocks handmade items by independent artists, from sculptural ceramic bowls to lambswool scarves and Workshop owner Susan Fleming’s signature jewelry line. Workshop is located at 180 E. Deloney Ave.

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“Butterfly” is also part of Stratton’s “Lightweight” series. Stitching into paper poses a challenge, because the paper tears if the holes get too close together.

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Altamira Fine Art

Duke Beardlsey, James Pringle Cook, Glenn Dean, John Felsing, R. Tom Gilleon, Logan Maxwell Hagege, Rocky Hawkins, Donna Howell-Sickles, Andrée Hudson, Steve Kestrel, Ted Knight, September Vhay, Louisa McElwain, Arlo Namingha, Dan Namingha, John Nieto, Marshall Noice, Howard Post, Amy Ringholz, Mary Roberson, Mark Rohrig, Jared Sanders, Bill Schenck, Theodore Waddell, Greg Woodard, & Dennis Ziemienski. 172 Center St.,, 307-739-4700.


Art Association of Jackson Hole

Dedicated to shaping a vital, creative community by providing residents and visitors alike with a wide range of art experiences. Located in the heart of the Tetons, the Art Association is one of the leading community arts organizations in the American West. Our galleries present art for discussion, inspiration, and provide opportunities for hundreds of artists to exhibit, network, discuss and sell their work. 240 S Glenwood St, 307-733-6379,


Astoria Fine Art

On the Town Square. A spectacular collection of award winning and museum-held artists, both living and deceased.  Featuring both traditional and contemporary works, Astoria’s reputation for quality makes the gallery a highlight of the Jackson Hole art scene.  Open 7 days a week. 35 E. Deloney Ave. (On the Town Square) PO Box 2397, Jackson, WY  83001, 307-733-4016,


Ben Roth Designs

“First 10,000 hours” show will be on display for three weeks in the lobby of the Rose and Pink Garter Theater. Join us for a cocktail party at the Rose on September 7th after the art walk. Artist reception and opening on September 11th, 11 years after Ben’s first show.


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.


The Brookover Gallery

Featuring over 60 platinum/palladium, silver gelatin and bromoil prints, the Brookover Gallery is steeped in tradition and is recognized by fine art collectors around the world as the definitive, must see photography gallery in Jackson Hole. In addition, we offer a limited selection of large format 8x10 color images. With historical, time honored printing methods and handmade paper formulas dating back to the 1st century, is it a museum or gallery? We’ll let you decide. 125 N. Cache St. 307-732-3988.


By Nature Gallery

Specializing in the finest quality fossil, mineral and meteorite specimens from around the world.  We offer fossils from local Kemmerer and a fun kids corner with fossils and minerals for all ages.  Jewelry, gifts, and a broad variety of petrified wood is also available. Open daily. 86 East Broadway on the Town Square. 307-200-6060.


Cayuse Western Americana

Specializing in high quality cowboy and Indian antiques. Great selection of chaps, spurs, beadwork, textiles, and antique and new hitched horsehair items. Vintage buckles, early western and Native American jewelry, old photography, art, prints, and lithos are featured and historic Jackson Hole, Teton Park and Yellowstone items. Exclusive local representative for Clint Orms buckles and Susan Adams cowgirl jewelry. 3 blocks north of the Wort Hotel (across from Nani’s). 255 N. Glenwood. Open Mon-Sat 9am-7pm, Sun 10am-4pm. 307-739-1940.


Dan Shelley Jewelry Originals

Wyoming’s Finest Jewelry experience since 1976! This extraordinary gallery features wearable works of art from contemporary expressions in precious metals & unique gems, pearls & elk ivory to distinctive wedding sets. Of course, skillfully detailed Teton & wildlife originals are another specialty of the talented duo, Dan Harrison & Shelley Elser. This designer team transcends the ordinary. A visit to their exceptional gallery should not be missed. Downtown Jackson, 125 North Cache St. - in Gaslight Alley. 307-733-2259.

10 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.

11 Daylite Stained Glass Studio

Daylite Stained Glass Studio can create designs that enhance both architecture and interior design. All products are handmade start to finish with American-made Art Glass. Prices reflect the care and effort built into each item. The studio offers ideas for every taste and budget. Whether its a new building, remodeling, or redecorating, a handcrafted stained glass project can personalize every room of your home or business. 260 E. Howard Ave., Driggs, ID. 208-354-8219.

12 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.

13 Fighting Bear Antiques

Established in 1981, specializing in quality 19th and early 20th century American furniture. The gallery is nationally recognized for its authentic Mission and Thomas Molesworth furniture, early Navajo rugs, Native American beadwork and Western Americana. Located 4 blocks south of the Town Square at 375 S. Cache. Open Mon-Sat 9:00-6:00, Sun by appointment only. 307-733-2669.

14 Grand Teton Gallery

Bringing something new and exciting for Jackson Hole, Grand Teton Gallery offers the works of nationally and internationally known painters, sculptors, and photographers specializing in traditional and contemporary western art. A few artists include: Chester Fields, Rip Caswell, DeMott, Ottley, Lucas, Keimig, Middlekauff, Coonts, Weisfield, Oliver, and Penk. Located one block west of the town square, diagonally across from the Wort Plaza, Grand Teton Gallery provides a warm and friendly atmosphere for your viewing pleasure. 130 West Broadway. 307-2011172 or Ian 307-413-8834.

15 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 wildflowers and wildlife in oils and watercolors. Also displayed are silk paintings, graphics and Hawaiian landscapes and seascapes. Meet the artist - open 9-6 Mon-Sat, Sunday by appointment. View our work in town at Lila Lou’s - corner of Glenwood & Pearl. 307-733-2593.

16 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


17 Huey’s Fine Art

Huey’s Fine Art opened in Jackson Hole in the spring of 2003 showing the work of artist Keith A. Huey and relocated to Downtown Santa Fe in 2005, now representing 30 artists. The gallery focus is directed towards American paintings and sculptures. Offering the discriminating collector fine choices in western bronze, wildlife and landscapes. See our web-site for more information about our gallery of fine quality artist. 129 West Palace, Santa Fe, NM 87501. 505-820-6063.

18 Jackson Hole Art Auction

Trailside Galleries and Gerald Peters Gallery will present the sixth annual Jackson Hole Art Auction in Jackson, Wyoming on Saturday, September 15, 2012. The much anticipated event featuring past and present masterworks of the American West will be held in the Center Theater at the Center for the Arts. The Jackson Hole Art Auction focuses on important works by the Taos Society of Artists, Contemporary Western Masters, as well as historically recognized artists of the American West. 130 East Broadway. 866-549-9278.

19 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.

20 Jackson Hole Historical Society & Museum

The Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum’s exhibit, “Playing Hard: Labor and Leisure in Jackson Hole” includes trophy heads, snowplane, artists, dude ranches, rodeo, Hollywood in the Hole. New Eastern Shoshone and Shoshone-Bannock exhibit displays culture from tribal perspective. Online exhibit chronicles 100-year history of National Elk Refuge. Museum store offers unique gifts, regional books. Museum hours: Mon.Sat. 10-6; Sun. 12-5. Research Center hours: Tue.-Sat. 2-6; historic photos available. 225 N. Cache, just 1.5 blocks north of town square, 307-733-2414.

21 Kismet Rug Gallery

Antiques to contemporary, small to oversize, soft pastels to vibrant jewel tones, modest to generous budgets- Kismet has a rug for you. We have an extensive collection of outstanding Herizes, Serapies, fine Kilims, Sultanabads, Gashgaies, Caucasions, Kashans, Kermans, Qum, Tabrizes, Sarouks, Bijars, turn of century tribal pieces as well as fine collectable pieces. Open Mon-Sat, 10-6. One block off the Town Square. 140 E. Broadway. 307-739-8984.

22 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.

23 MANGELSEN- Images of Nature Gallery

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27 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.

28 Raindance Indian Arts

Owner Terry Kennedy, a Wyoming native, has been in this same location for 32 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.

29 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.

30 Robert Dean Collection

For 29 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 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.

31 Santa Fe Art Auction, Gerald Peters Gallery

The Southwest’s largest auction of classic Western American art celebrates its 18th annual auction. Saturday, November 17, 2012, at the Santa Fe Convention Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico. For auction inquiries please contact Santa Fe Art Auction Limited, Co. or visit Santa Fe, NM, 505-954-5858.


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38 Wilcox Gallery & Wilcox II

Jackson’s largest, now in its 42nd year. Featuring original paintings, prints, sculpture, fine crafted wood, jewelry and pottery by nationally known artists. Two locations - the original, 2 miles north of the Town Square on Hwy 89, is spacious & exciting. 733-6450; Wilcox II is located at 110 Center St. Open 10-6 Mon-Sat. 307-733-3950.

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. 888494-5329. 95 West Deloney.


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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.

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For 36 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.

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35 Two Grey Hills

This exceptional new gallery is pleased to present contemporary art and sculptures 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.


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Proudly representing the work of acclaimed artists, Jennifer L. Hoffman, Bill Sawczuk and Kathryn Mapes Turner, Trio Fine Art is a destination gallery with a national reputation for its top-quality artwork. Come visit one of Jackson’s most celebrated galleries and meet these Jackson-based artists directly. Open Wed-Sat noon-6pm 545 N. Cache Avenue. Across from the Visitor Center. 307-734-4444.

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40 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.

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hand. made. things. Offering unique and contemporary gifts including jewelry and accessories, ceramics and tabletop, children’s clothing and toys. Home of Susan Fleming Jewelry & Dormouse Designs. 180 E. Deloney Ave. 307-733-5520.

42 WRJ Home

WRJ Home offers a sophisticated selection of high quality furnishings, lighting, decorative objects, and antiques from the 18th Century to contemporary. Included within our collection are fine fabrics and furnishings of Lora Piana, Ralph Lauren, Holly Hunt and local craftsman and artists. Our Design Studio within the showroom allows clients to refine their home’s style with the help of our interior design team. 30 S. King St., Jackson, WY, 83001. Mon-Sat 10am-6pm. 307-200-4881.

43 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 307-733-7548 or visit

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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 hallmark of excellence since 1963, the gallery actively represents the finest painters and sculptors in the United States and regularly features an impressive collection of Western, impressionist, landscape, still-life and wildlife art as well as works by deceased masters. Additionally, Trailside Galleries is home to the annual Jackson Hole Art Auction held in September. Located just east of the Town Square at 130 East Broadway. Open Mon-Sat 10:00-6:00, Sunday 10:00-5:00. 307-733-3186.




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Leading The West-Mountain Trails Gallery has long been recognized as one of the premier fine art galleries of the West. We proudly represent many of today’s most renowned contemporary and western artists. The gallery features a diverse mix of representational, impressionistic and contemporary paintings. We also offer a wide variety of sculpture, furniture and contemporary Native American artifacts. A wide variety of subject matter is offered, including Western, figurative, wildlife, still-life and landscapes. 155 Center St. 307-734-8150.





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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.



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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.


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.


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Nature and the respect of wildlife, Mangelsen has traveled all over the world to bring back unique portraits of wildlife and stunning sceneries. The gallery also offers posters, books, videos and note cards featuring his work. The #1 gallery in Jackson. 170 N. Cache, 307-733-9752.

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