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Art Association of Jackson Hole Presents the 2nd Annual Art & Design: Luck and Intention

Triangle X Ranch Grand Teton National Park January 17-19, 2014

We Hope You Join Us

for the Art Association of Jackson Hole’s second annual art weekend, Art & Design: Luck and Intention, at the spectacularly beautiful and historic Triangle X Ranch! The fundraising event was tremendously successful in its inaugural weekend January 2013, and we look forward to another wonderful, interesting and exciting weekend in 2014. Mark your calendar! On the following pages, you will find descriptions of the events taking shape for the course of the weekend, along with biographies on the distinguished special guests to help you understand just how very special this weekend is going to be. The ranch offers unsurpassed cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, photography, and wildlife viewing right out your cabin door. Have a look and prepare yourself for a truly sumptuous feast for the mind, body and spirit! Please don’t hesitate to contact Cathy Wikoff at the Art Association to reserve your spot and for questions regarding the weekend. 307.733.6379. We look forward to your participation! Warmest regards, Mariam Diehl and Agnes Bourne Co-Chairs, Triangle X Art Weekend


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Schedule Friday, January 17th 3:00 pm

Check-in at Triangle X

5:00 pm

Welcome, introductions and cocktails around the fire in the Library

6:00 pm

Dinner in the Great Room

Sumptuous gourmet dinner by chef Tom with specially selected wine pairings by premier Napa Valley sommelier Nicole Darracq.

Presentation by internationally renowned artist Hung Liu.

Saturday, January 18th Early morning

For early risers, please feel free to grab a set of cross country skiis or snowshoes and head out for a tour around the property!

8:30 - 9:30 am



10:00 am – noon

Sumi-e painting with Kay Stratman

12:00 – 1:00 pm


1:00 – 2:30 pm OR 1:30 – 3:00 pm

Cross country ski tour of the property with John Turner (moderate terrain) Painting with Kathryn Turner

Other optional activities: snow shoe, photography, hot tub, nap, explore, or just relax!


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3:00 – 4:00 pm

The Sommelier’s Guide to Wine and Food Pairing:

Join sommelier and wine educator Nicole Darracq for an introduction to the chemistry and concepts behind the matching of wine to food. Using simple, familiar ingredients and four basic “categories” of wine, Nicole demonstrates how fundamental flavors react both for and against each other in a fun, informative session that will leave you with all the science you need to start delighting your dinner guests! You’ll learn useful things like how to profile a wine (and a taster), how to read a menu for pairing hints, how to adjust a dish to improve a pairing and why the French invented hollandaise! No matter your experience level, Nicole has found that this seminar has something new for everyone, so bring a notepad and prepare to have a ball.

5:30 pm

Cocktails in the Library

6:30 pm


Presentation by Mark Robbins, Executive Director of the International Center of Photography in New York.


Sunday, January 19th 7:30 -8:20am

Sunrise Yoga for all levels with Inversion Yoga Yoga mats will be provided, or feel free to bring your own.

8:30 – 9:30am

Light Breakfast Buffet- Library

9:30-11:30 am Painting with XXXXXXXX OR Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, photography, nap, hot tub, or just relax! 12:00-2:00 pm

Gourmet Brunch - Great Room

Design presentation by Rush Jenkins and Klaus Baer of WRJ Associates The Eye of Truth, Beauty and Elegance

Check out following presentation


About Our Special Guests

Art & Design: Luck and Intention NICOLE DARRACQ

Nicole Darracq began her formal wine training as a Corporate Trainer for the Paragon Restaurant Group, where she developed educational seminars in wine and food pairing for restaurant personnel and consumers. After moving to the Napa Valley’s Beringer Wine Estates, she managed the marketing efforts for the company’s imported wine portfolio. At Beringer, Nicole served on Sensory Evaluation panels for the company’s research department and had the opportunity to work with Tim Hanni, America’s first Master of Wine and an innovative wine educator. It was during her tenure as Marketing Director for Wildhurst Vineyards that Nicole began to travel the country, conducting wine dinners and seminars for restaurants and wholesalers, charity events and consumer groups and continuing to train wait staff and kitchen crews in wine service and food pairing. Now the owner of Classical Impact Marketing, an agritourism development firm, Nicole works with small, family-owned estate wineries throughout California and with importers on the East Coast. She teaches Wine Sensory Evaluation at community colleges and through adult education centers, judges wine competitions, and continues to give seminars and dinners at resorts, charity galas and private events. In 2006, her annual stint as Guest Sommelier at the Triangle X Resort Winter Gala in Jackson Hole, Wyoming earned her an invitation to conduct a private wine dinner for Vice President Dick Cheney. She has been a featured session speaker at the Certified Wine Educators’ annual conference and taught classes on Spanish and Rhone varietal wines at UC Davis for the Alumni Association and the California Ag Leadership Foundation. Her direct, informative style is highly popular with both industry experts and wine hobbyists, successfully de-mystifying wine for hundreds of delighted consumers. Nicole lives in Jackson, California and when not swirling, sniffing and spitting, enjoys backpacking, kayaking, cross-country skiing and cooking up a storm with her husband Jeff


Born in Changchun, China, in 1948, a year before the creation of the People’s Republic of China, Hung Liu is one of the most prominent Chinese painters working in the United States today. Liu lived through Maoist China and experienced the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution. Trained as a social realist painter and muralist, she came to the United States in 1984 to attend the University of California, San Diego, where she received her MFA. One of the first people from mainland China to study abroad and pursue an art career, she moved to northern California to become a faculty member at Mills College in 1990, and has continued to live and work in the Bay Area. She has exhibited internationally at premier museums and galleries, and her work resides in prestigious private and institutional collections around the world. Hung Liu currently lives in Oakland and is a tenured professor in the Art Department at Mills College. The first major comprehensive survey of Hung Liu’s work, Summoning Ghosts: The Art of Hung Liu, opened in March, 2013 at the Oakland Museum of California. Liu has completed many public commissions and received numerous awards, including the National Endowment for the Arts, and the International Art Critic’s Award. Liu’s work is included in many museum collections, including The Metropolitan Museum of American Art in New York; The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York; the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC; the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMoMA); the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco; and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, Missouri; to name a few.


MARK ROBBINS Mark Robbins became the executive director of the International Center of Photography in New York in July 2012, after serving as dean of the Syracuse University School of Architecture since 2004. In 2005 he founded UPSTATE: A Center for Design, Research and Real Estate, an interdisciplinary resource for projecting urban futures. Robbins, an architect and artist, works across the disciplines of photography, installation, and sitespecific pieces to reflect the complex interaction of social and political forces within the built environment. His work focuses on the relationship between commercial and mainstream political representations and the actualities of daily life. Robbins has also served as director of design at the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), where he developed an aggressive program to strengthen the presence of innovative design across the country. From 1993 through 1999, he was the first curator of architecture at the Wexner Center for the Arts. Individually and in collaboration with institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, SFMoMA, MoCA, and the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA), he mounted exhibitions on work ranging from the architects Louis I. Kahn to Rem Koolhaas, and artists such as Dan Graham, Lorna Simpson, and Uta Barth. He has written numerous essays about art and architecture for journals, exhibition catalogues, and books, such as Evidence, Next Generation Architecture and Against Design, as well as monographs on the work of LOT-EK, Weiss/ Manfredi and Guillermo Kuitca. Robbins is a recipient of a Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome as well as a fellowship in the visual arts from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, as well as grants from the NEA, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Graham Foundation and the State Arts Councils of Ohio and New York. He has received two artist fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, in addition to holding residencies at the MacDowell Colony, the Ragdale Foundation, and the Chicago Institute for Architecture and Urbanism. Angles of Incidence, a monograph on his early work, was published by Princeton Architectural Press, and Households, a book of photographic portraits, was published by Monacelli Press.


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KAY STRATMAN Controlled spontaneity. This dynamic dichotomy originally drew Kay Stratman to Asian brush painting, an ancient art she has since translated into a style all her own, a mix of traditional technique and contemporary aesthetic. She describes her current work as “Asian influenced.” After majoring in graphic design in college, Kay spent 14 years at a commercial art studio in Minneapolis, but continued to search for her own artistic medium. In 1983, she met a “sumi-e” (Asian ink painting) artist and instantly knew she had found her visual voice. Asian paintings are simple in composition, yet full of harmony, balance and peace. Kay studied sumi-e full-time for four years, and still continues studying with master artists and teaches and demonstrates painting across the country. “An important element of my life and painting is simplicity. No matter how simple a painting may appear at first glance, I hope the viewer will notice something new each time they look at it, whether it is a gently shaded sky, a richly contrasting mountain, or a distant river created by meandering drips of watercolor. Each drip, splash and brushstroke exists to be studied, savored and enjoyed.” - Kay Stratman

Sumi-E – The Art of Asian Brush Painting Join master sumi-e painter Kay Stratman for a special sumi-e painting session. Refresh your skills or learn new ones! Sumi-e is a style of painting that is characteristically Asian, and has been practiced for well over a thousand years. Literally ink painting, it is an art form that strives to distill the essence of an object or scene in the fewest possible strokes. A few carefully placed broad strokes that fade off abruptly, a few thin lines and a dot, and a bird is clearly called into being on the paper. In the West, sumi-e is often called Chinese Brush Painting, although it has been a major art form in Japan and Korea as well. To paint with ink requires the use of the Four Treasures. This refers to the must-haves of sumi-e: an ink stone, an ink stick, a brush, and the appropriate kind of paper. The ink stone is a stone with a shallow depression carved into it; it is used to prepare and hold the ink for the painter. The ink stick is a black stick composed of pine soot, bound into a hardened form with resin. It is typically molded in cylinders or rectangles with a lavishly decorated bas relief, such as dragons, on the surface. The reliefs are often painted in gold or other colors, making the utilitarian stick of ink a work of art in itself. (If you have your own sumi-e kit, please bring it. Otherwise, we will provide supplies.)


JOHN F. TURNER Former Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans, International Environment & Scientific Affairs John Turner served for 19 years in the Wyoming State Legislature and is a past President of the State Senate. He has served as Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans, International Environment & Scientific Affairs, and was President and Chief Executive Officer of The Conservation Fund, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to public-private partnerships to protect land and water resources. During his tenure, the Fund protected more than 2.8 million acres of parks, wildlife habitat, and open space across America. Between 1989 and 1993, Mr. Turner served as the Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, where he was responsible for expanding collaborative approaches under the Endangered Species Act, increasing wetland protection and establishing 55 new National Wildlife Refuges, the most of any administration in the nation’s history. A native of Moose, Wyoming, Mr. Turner is a third-generation rancher who, with his brothers, operates the Triangle X Ranch in Grand Teton National Park.

KATHRYN MAPES TURNER The artwork of Kathryn Mapes Turner has unfolded from the mountain valley of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Here she was born as the fourth generation to be raised on the Triangle X Ranch in Grand Teton National Park. She grew up riding the trails of the valley, learning wilderness lore and gaining an eye for landscape amid what she believes to be the most spectacular scenery on earth. Turner began studying art in her teens from noted local painters. She then left Wyoming to attend the University of Notre Dame, majoring in Studio Arts. She spent an influential semester in Rome, Italy and then studied at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington D.C. Turner now has a master’s degree from the University of Virginia. Having been passionate about painting since childhood, Turner is now nationally recognized with top honors from the American Impressionist Society and the National Academy of Equine Art. Her work has been exhibited in the National Museum of Wildlife Art, the Charlie Russell Museum and the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum. Turner has been recognized as Wyoming Best Watercolor Artist in 2001 by the Wyoming Watercolor Society and was included in SouthwestArt Magazine’s “Annual Profile of Young Artists with Promising Careers.” Turner believes that growing up in Grand Teton National Park, a place with such dramatic light and dramatic natural composition, gave her an intimate appreciation for art. “I believe the valley of Jackson Hole evokes expression,” says Turner. She now travels all over the world to paint. With watercolors and oil paints, Turner responds to what she sees in hopes of sharing this love of the sublime with others through her work. Turner believes beauty, which can be found everywhere, is a true richness in life.


Art & Design: Luck and Intention WRJ Design Associaties WRJ Design Associates, LTD is a partnership between Rush Jenkins and Klaus Baer. Since its inception in 2003, the firm has attracted both private and corporate clients from across the United States, with projects ranging in scope from private residences, commercial spaces, auction houses, art galleries and museums. Having recently expanded from New York City to Jackson Hole, WRJ’s flagship design office and showroom includes a carefully edited mix of national and international luxury brands, as well as unique one-of-a-kind pieces. The firm’s approach to design is to create environments that are timeless, emotionally evocative and surpass expectations. It is through this philosophy that the firm has had the honor to design projects that range from exhibitions for Iconic Hollywood and Music Legends to former First Ladies to private residences and collections.

RUSH JENKINS, CEO A native of rural Idaho, at a young age Rush left farm life to pursue his dreams in the design business. He has worked in the creative design business for over 25 years. As the former Curator of Design at Sotheby’s New York, Rush holds a degree in Fine and Decorative Art from Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London and a Bachelor of Arts in Landscape Architecture from the School of Environmental Design at California Polytechnic. He brings his experience and inspiration to the conceptualization and planning stages of every project, while also supervising creative execution and ensuring collaboration with all team members and consultants. His objective is to always achieve an experience for the client that supersedes their expectations, yet reflects their lifestyle and stylistic preferences. Rush is a member of the Institute of Classical Architecture, The Center for the Arts, The Grand Teton Music Festival and the Wildlife Museum in Jackson. He guest lectures on design and fine arts throughout the United States.

KLAUS BAER, COO A native of rural Idaho, at a young age Rush left farm life to pursue his dreams in the design business. He has worked in the creative design business for over 25 years. As the former Curator of Design at Sotheby’s New York, Rush holds a degree in Fine and Decorative Art from Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London and a Bachelor of Arts in Landscape Architecture from the School of Environmental Design at California Polytechnic. He brings his experience and inspiration to the conceptualization and planning stages of every project, while also supervising creative execution and ensuring collaboration with all team members and consultants. His objective is to always achieve an experience for the client that supersedes their expectations, yet reflects their lifestyle and stylistic preferences. Rush is a member of the Institute of Classical Architecture, The Center for the Arts, The Grand Teton Music Festival and the Wildlife Museum in Jackson. He guest lectures on design and fine arts throughout the United States.


Last Year...


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Triangle X Dude Ranch History The 2014 season marks the 88th year of operation for the Triangle X Ranch. Four generations of Turners have called the ranch home. 1st Generation: John S. and Maytie Turner lived operated the Lost Creek Ranch outside of Morgan Utah, and occasionally during the early 1900’s they would take a fun vacation to Yellowstone National Park and a special place they loved, a relatively unknown valley called “Jackson Hole.” They would stay with some homesteading friends, the Meyers, who had a small ranch to the east side of the valley which a spectacular view of theTetons and overlooked the Snake River. During these early visits, the Turners’ love for Jackson Hole became stronger. One summer day John S. Turner once again walked to the river to fish from the Meyer homestead. As he came down a small draw carpeted with aspen trees and pines, he followed a small creek out into an open area the land sloped gently towards the river and the spectacular Teton Range. Nestled here was a small homestead owned by Bill Jump. Turner decided at that moment, at that spot, he wanted to move his family to Jackson Hole and build their home in this spot. On July 6, 1926, he bought the property where now sits the Triangle X Ranch by paying twice what the owner had asked. Treating a man fairly was an unwritten code of the mountain west. That summer Turner came to the valley with his two sons, John C. and Bert to begin building their new home. While the basement was being built, trees were felled and logs were pulled to the site. Upon completion of the basement the Turner men moved to the site to live in the underground room. That fall, the Triangle X Turners hosted their first guests, who were big game hunters. The hunters also stayed in the basement that first fall of service. In early winter, work continued and the large two story log home took shape. During these early decades, there were no plowed roads in this area of the valley, so winters were long and isolated at the ranch. A trip to town usually consumed several days, requiring four days of round-trip travel in a canvas covered sleigh pulled by teams of horses and heated inside with a small wood stove. Since the small town of Jackson was a long trip on dirt roads the ranch was quite self-sufficient. Vegetables came from a large garden. Milk cows supplied milk, cream, and butter. In fact, during these early days, the Turners had a considerable surplus of milk which they sold to neighbors up and down this side of the Valley. The milk was put into metal cans which were taken to customers by mailman who passed the ranch each day. In the winter, the mail was delivered on sleighs with strong horse teams or dogs. Because there was no electricity, wood supplied heat and kerosene lamps brought light to interiors. Refrigeration was provided by large chunks of ice that had been cut form nearby beaver ponds in the winter and stored in piles of sawdust to keep through the summer. A fresh meat supply was provided by the Turners’ cattle herd, chickens, and big game harvested in the fall. Surprisingly, most of these methods of supply continued through the 1940’s.


Art & Design: Luck and Intention Second Generation In the late 1920’s the ranch property was sold by the Turners to the Snake River Land Company. This company was represented to be a group of wealthy easterners who wanted to invest in the cattle and hunting business. Later it became known that this entity was representing the Rockefeller family who wanted to secretly buy up much of the valley of Jackson Hole for preservation purposes. This revelation began more than two decades of bitter controversy, stretching the valley to Washington D.C.. As his parents and siblings moved off the ranch and started other ranches around the valley, John C. Turner continued to operate the Triangle X as a working dude ranch. In 1931 he had the opportunity to guide a young lady on an elk hunt who had moved to Jackson Hole earlier with her father, a retired mining engineer, Harold T Mapes. John C. Turner and Louise Mapes were married in 1935. John and Louise had three sons: Harold, John, and Donald. Early guests came for long periods of time extending often for a month or more. Riding, fishing, square dancing, hiking and relaxing were as popular then as now. Most guests enjoyed helping with the ranch work such as roundups, branding cattle and cutting and putting up the hay for winter feed. Falls were as busy as summer and the Triangle X became well known for its excellent elk, moose, and deer hunting. This was all done from the ranch complex during these early days. Today, the ranch’s big game operation is conducted from wilderness hunting camps located northeast of the valley. In 1950, Congress included much of the valley floor into an expanded Grand Teton National Park, including the acreage of the Triangle X Ranch. Today, the Triangle X continues operation as a working dude ranch and as an authorized concession of the National Park Service - the last dude ranch concession within the nation’s entire National Park’s system. Third Generation Harold is the oldest of the three third generation Turner boys. John is the middle brother and Donald the youngest. Triangle X Ranch currently operates as a partnership between the three third generation brothers. Harold married Berniece and they have three sons; Matt, John and Robert. John married Mary Kay and they have two sons and a daughter; John (Tote), Kathy, and Mark. Donald married Anne Kelsey of Salt Lake City and they have a son and a daughter; Lucas and Elizabeth. All fourth generation Turners grew up on the ranch and at one point worked in one position or another at Triangle X. A couple of the fourth generation clan continue working at Triangle X, helping their fathers with the family way of life.


Fine Print Cost per person: $2,500 Deposit: $500 (refundable until October 31, 2013) Balance Due by December 1, 2013

Directions to the Ranch FROM DOWNTOWN JACKSON:


Head North on US-191 N Proceed 24 Miles Turn right onto Triangle X Ranch Road

Turn left onto US-191 N Proceed 15.2 miles Turn right onto Triangle X Ranch Road

What to bring: 1. Comfortable attire - this weekend is casual and relaxed; 2. Outdoor winter clothing for cross country skiing/snowshoeing; 3. Very basic cross country ski equipment and snowshoes will be provided by the ranch. You are welcome to bring your own equipment if you wish; 4. Sumi-e and basic painting materials will be provided. Please also bring any of your own supplies if you wish; 5. Yoga or other loose comfortable clothing if you plan to participate in yoga class; 6. Bathing suit for the hot tub; 7. Camera and/or other photographic equipment if you wish to participate in Mark Robbins photography session and/or photograph the ranch and wildlife; 8. Sunglasses; 9. Sunscreen; 10. Hairdryer- the ranch has some for loan, but you might prefer your own. 11. Wool socks and snow boots. The pathway between cabins and ranch buildings are snowy! 12. Flashlight and/or headlamp. The pathways between cabin and ranch buildings are semi-lit.


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+ January 17th - 19th, 2014 A winter weekend of ART, fabulous GOURMET FOOD and FINE WINE at the beautiful, historic Triangle X Ranch in Grand Teton National Park hosted by the Art Association of Jackson Hole.


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