A number of Jackson Hole area artists are experienced in working for our two parks, Grand Teton and Yellowstone. Ed Riddell, Greg McHuron, and Dan Burgette are three examples. Riddell and McHuron conduct workshops, often taking their students into the wilderness or abroad.
This month and next, sculptor Dan Burgette is the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s Lanford Monroe Memorial Artist-in-Residence. Burgette will be on hand in Johnson Hall on Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm through August 1. Demonstrations are free and open to the public.
Burgette’s artistry springs from his three decades as a Grand Teton National Park backcountry ranger. He is a sculptor inspired by wildlife, particularly by birds and the aerodynamics of flight. Burgette creates dynamic works depicting indigenous birds in flight; he visualizes spiraling air currents of beating wings, dissolving any separation of a bird and the air around it. In some instances, Burgette’s birds become the air. Burgette works primarily with wood, metal and stone–materials seemingly too weighty to produce a sense of flight. Seemingly. Burgette smashes barriers, suggesting speed, grace and space with every work. For information, visit www.wildlifeart.org.
Item #2: A New WSJ Culture Section?
Columnist Laura Collins-Hughes reports that the Wall Street Journal is working on a new NYC-only culture section. The new section would compete with the New York Times’ predominant arts coverage. Collins-Hughes reports that a budget is being worked up and the new section could debut as early as 2011. She quotes one WSJ staffer as saying that the new section will be “…arts-and-culture-oriented…The ad side thought they could sell ads on a local New York basis, given the Broadway scene and the arts scene overall.”
Arts sell ads, baby. By the way, did I tell you about the J.H. Art Blog’s incredible visitation stats?
Item #3 Altamira Fine Art Bends It
Altamira Fine Art has moved into its new, 172 Center Street (Suite 100) space. And it’s pretty cool. Altamira opened its doors with a Nieto ( check out the fancy dancer canvases, they are spectacular ) exhibit and now Amy Ringholz’s Storytellers is the gallery’s focus, through July 28. Ringholz’s opening reception night was pretty rockin; music on 172’s street front plaza brought the crowds in. Ringholz’s artwork kept them there, and Altamira’s relatively dark-hued interior creates a clubby atmosphere. Check it out.
Next up at Altamira: Mary Roberson’s “Nature is Life in the Dream” opens August 5. Info: 307.739.4700 & [email protected]
Artist Ashley Collins is the focus at the Diehl Gallery this week. See previous posts about her work, exhibit and resume. Wednesday evening a special opening benefitting the Community School takes place, 6-9:00 pm. 20% of all purchases go to the school, supporting educational initiatives for children. Call Karen Hodges at 307.733.5427 for more information on this special preview event.