It’s the end-of-August “take a beat” moment before Jackson’s Fall Arts Festival frenzy. Deep breaths, everyone! Om.
In the Teton Valley area the 2nd Annual Open Studios Tour is afoot. Afoot, because it’s self-guided and you walk in the door to half a dozen noted artists based in Tetonia, Alta, and Victor, Idaho. August 24th & 25th, 10 am – 5pm each day, you are invited to visit artists in their studios, enjoy refreshments, view their work and get to know them a little better. The tour is free and open to the public, a lovely way to spend a day in the area. All work is available for sale, and you’ll find everything from hyper-realism to California-influenced abstraction, to realistic impressionism, to steel sculptures and more. Participating artists include John Simms (2019’s Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival Featured Sculptor), Susan M. Rose, Alison Brush, Dave McNally, Michele E. Walters, and Mona Monroe.
A listing of artist phone contacts and addresses. Punch them into your GPS and go!
On what had once been concrete, they rolled out living grass, put up a bench, and placed a potted tree. Then they retreated across the street to observe the results, hoping their urban intervention was not an arrestable offense. Within minutes, a man sat down on the bench, took off his shoes, and began to eat lunch. – City Lab
So, I’ve been thinking about this PARKing Day thing. It happens once a year around the globe, and this year’s date is September 20th. On that day artists and placemakers and civic-minded people who also love parks set up a mini-park shop somewhere in their city or town and hang out all day. The original idea was, to quote Streets Without Cars, “to re-think the possibilities of the parking space as a public space which can be meaningfully used for social activities.” Rebar, a design group, originated the idea, and it caught fire.
At its core, PARKing Day reminds us that having parks accessible to all in any city is a good thing. But how often have real, city-sized permanent green spaces materialized because of PARKing Day?
Rebar gave everyone around the world freedom to pursue PARKing Day the way they wished. Most participants turned their concrete mini-pads into park-like settings with little lawn chairs, hammocks, water fountains, jump rope, mini libraries, a doggy hydrant, trees, Zen gardens, street galleries…and zillions of incredibly clever projects that clearly took weeks to design and produce.
PARKing Day became a handy venue for creatives to demonstrate their art and creativity to anyone walking by.
That’s what I think PARKing Day is now, at least in Jackson. At its core, PARKing Day reminds us that having fully accessible parks in any city is beneficial. But how often have real, city-sized permanent green spaces materialized because of PARKing Day?
It happened, says Beautiful Trouble, a “network of artist-activist trainers.” A parklet in San Francisco on on 9th Avenue “provides several benches so passersby and patrons of nearby bakeries and shops can stop, take a rest, and question how we use urban space.”
We question this a lot, but our answer always seems to be: More traffic. More buildings. Just. More. How about we have a PARKing Day with NOTHING in those spaces? NOTHING. A day about Nothing. Blow bubbles, maybe. Or just one pretty plant, then plant that plant somewhere. Kids selling lemonade always brings people together. A Greta Gretzinger pavement mural, maybe!? She’s been enhancing Jackson and Teton Valley for….decades!
Paint those spaces and let ’em stay painted. Otherwise these are “places of possibility” for one day. Then, done. Unless you get a gig out of it. If you do, Congratulations! Awesome work! We can paint Jackson’s streets one parking space at a time. But please make local government more aware of how over-crowded we already are.
To find out about PARKing Day in Jackson Hole, visit http://jhpublicart.org/exhibitions/parking-day/
Seriously? A 40 x 62″ Bill Schenck for $5,000? Where do I sign?
Well, to bid on “Sheep! Where?!!” I’d have to sign a bidding form at the offices of the Jackson Hole Art Auction (JHAA). This year’s event takes place September 13th and 14th in Jackson, a finale event to 2019’s Fall Arts Festival.
Five thousand dollars is not easy to come by, but the great thing about JHAA’s first auction session is that all works sell without reserve. That gives budding collectors and those for whom gallery prices are far out of reach a place on the playing field.
Thumbing through the offerings for this year’s Session I, you’ll find over 200 works by contemporary artists and deceased masters. Artists include Bob Kuhn, Bierstadt, Bonnie Marris, Dennis Doheny, Skip Whitcomb, Greg McHuron, Sonya Terpening, Matt Smith, Carl Oscar Borg, G. Russell Case, Charles Dayton, Donna Howell-Sickles, Bill Schenck and many more.
Session I of the Thirteenth Annual Jackson Hole Art Auction is held on Friday, September 13th (12:30 PM MDT) at the Center for the Arts in Jackson, Wyoming. Session I will feature lots 1-206. Previews will be held at Trailside Galleries (130 E Broadway, Jackson WY). To view any and all lots for this year’s auction, visit www.jacksonholeartauction.com