Greg Woodard’s “Native Americana,” an exhibition of his new sculptural works, opens with an artist’s reception at Altamira Fine Art on Thursday, September 17, 2-4:00 pm. The show, currently on display, remains up through September 21.
Woodard is largely self-taught. I’ve chosen to share his portrayal of a wolf, “Last Stand,” carved from apricot wood, because the continued successful sustaining of our region’s wolf population is, currently, at the top of conservationist’s lists. But Woodard is widely known for keenly specific bird sculptures. A master falconer, Woodard has been a contender in the Ward World Competition in Ocean City, MD, recognized as the most prestigious bird carving competition in the world. That is big stuff.
The arts overlap with with conservation and conscientious hunting. We can all co-exist if we are mindful and creative. As Woodard notes, understanding environment, habits and characteristics of wildlife is crucial to us, crucial to survival. His love of the wild is present in his work.
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Chris Burch sends this headline:
“THESE ARE THE PEOPLE IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD: CENTER OF WONDER SHOW FOCUSES ON COMMUNITY DURING FALL ARTS FESTIVAL!”
Where: Lyndsay McCandless Contemporary, 130 South Jackson Street
When: September 11, 5-8 p.m. (Palates & Palettes Night!)
Sponsors: Center of Wonder, LMC, Art Association, Community Foundation, Rocky Mountain Bank, Wyoming Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts.
Many locals have a hidden–or not so hidden–creative side. You probably know some of them, but others come as a surprise. This exhibit, curated by Christian Burch, consists of 30 wooden silhouettes of these secret creative people.
Maybe they can be placed around downtown Jackson? Our version of NYC’s bronze, life-sized sculptures of businessmen and other citizens, sprinkled around that city. A nice echo of last winter’s cut-out wildlife figures spread around Wilson and its environs.
Says Burch, ” The show, … in collaboration with Bland Hoke and The Center of Wonder, consists of thirty wooden silhouettes of Jackson Hole citizens painted by an equal number of Jackson’s own local artists. The free-standing figures have been painted so that one side represents what is known of the person, while the other side is painted to reveal something that might not be known. ” Works will be auctioned off to benefit non-profits chosen by the artists.
Information about public art programs will be on display and computers will be available for people to comment on the Teton County Comprehensive Plan review.
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Teton Artlab spotlights favorite local artist Craig Spankie, on September 11. Jackson natives Mark and Wade Dunstan and Abbie Miller contribute, too. Mark and Wade are the children of Kaidi Dunstan and grandkids of Art Association founder Georgie Morgan. (Abbie is making a huge inflatable dress! Heck yes. – TW) The opening takes place during the FAF festivities that evening. But don’t call Travis, he has a new baby. Call Spankie, now an old hand with babies: 699-0687.
Came across a headline the other day about Scottsdale, Arizona’s Museum of Contemporary Art. Its attendance “surged” and grew by more than 6,000 visitors since the economic bomb fell, and the museum has enjoyed more than 40,000 visitors in the past fiscal year. That’s more than last year, but less than its 2005-2006 high, a 47,291 visitor count. The link to that article is here.