Jackson Hole contemporary art impresario Rocky Vertone holds an opening –excuse me, that’s “Art Extravaganza!!!”– for artist Benji Pierson this Friday, April 3. The party gets started 5:30 p.m. at Frameworks Art Gallery and rolls until 9:00 p.m.
Vertone describes Pierson as a one-of-a-kind artist, one who conquered epilepsy early in life, making the condition a boon to learning how to draw. Pierson is influenced by “Sci_Fi art geniuses” Joe Johnson and Ralph McQuarrie.
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I’m out of my element. The dude is a snowboarder, his nickname is “Ruckus,” and he’s studied graphic design; this is evident in the show’s flyer art, above. Pierson came to Jackson in 2002. Vertone notes the artist is Director for Storm Show Studios; he’s also “primary artist” at Rob Kingwill’s Avalon 7 snowboarding collective. A recent Brew Pub show is down, but Vertone’s exhibit gives the gang another chance to pick up a Pierson.
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“Who knows? Maybe some celebs will be there!” says Vertone. Here’s your contact data: