Jackson Hole artist September Vhay revisits a familiar theme in a new show, All the Red Horses. On view beginning February 9, the show opens February 11, with a reception from 5-8 pm at Trio Fine Art. Vhay will talk about her art from 5-6 pm.
Horses are inextricably associated with Vhay; her portraits of these animals — nobody renders a horse’s body and flesh like Vhay– are ubiquitous. Rightly so. Vhay’s horses hold gentle strength, graceful form and lyric mystery.
These horses are red and reduced. Minimal, they are void of Vhay’s more representational anatomy and detail. She has explored using this red paint–I’m going to call it a Chinese red–in the past. Constructive circles and arcs are plain in these works, which remain ethereal.
A little research tells me that describing Vhay’s red as Chinese red is apt. In Chinese art, the horse is a symbol of power and virtue; a thousand years ago Asians considered the horse to be a luxury good, rivaling silk in its prestige. They are also a symbol of imperial power. And red, in China, is the color of Luck.
For more information, phone Trio Fine Art at 307.734.4444.
Naturally Nude, CIAO Gallery’s latest competitive exhibition, holds its opening reception at CIAO on Saturday, February 13, 6-9 pm. The party will be warmed up by jazz trumpeter Mark Memor and accompanying musicians providing music composed by CIAO artist Martin Hagen.
With more entries than ever–this is CIAO’s third annual Naturally Nude show– choosing just a few winning artists was difficult, says gallery manager Michele Walters. She notes that the juried show has caught on — artists from around the country submit work.
Judges ultimately bestowed first place to Michael McGrath’s delicate bronzes; second place to Rick Wheeler’s compositions rendered with oils, watercolors and pastels; and third prize was awarded to Armin Muhsam’s abstract intaglio prints.
An evening of jazz and art is romantic, but an evening with jazz, art and good food borders on the decadent. Wilson chef Piper Wright-Clark will be serving up tasty fare, inspired by Valentine’s Day.
What’s not to love about this party? Do drop in. CIAO’s address is 66 S. Glenwood, in Jackson. Contact Walters at 307.733.7833 for more information, and viva l’amour.