Diehl Gallery features works by artist Angie Renfro now through March 6. As they’ve been doing, Diehl is offering collectors a chance to deduct 10% of the cost of any art work towards a particular non-profit. This show benefits WomensTrust, an organization providing outreach to Ghana, via microfinancing, education and healthcare.
So who is Angie Renfro? Why are her works simultaneously so melancholy and strikingly beautiful? Looking at press images, I’m struck by Renfro’s split subjects. The birds, bees and spring’s new budding branches are here; so are abandoned industrial landscapes depicting rusted piles of pipeline, muddy fields, flat gray skies and blackened telephone poles.
Blackened telephone poles, crying rivers of red. Dripping red.
A Texas native now living in California, Renfro says she’s haunted by the vast landscapes of her home state. There’s overlooked beauty in desolate lots, deserted factories. She’s yet to be carried off by California’s blue tides, its sunshine, undulating mountains and deserts.
Renfro takes long drives across Texas, a state the size of a small planet. She believes placing the natural world on the same podium with broken down palaces of industry and farming will help viewers appreciate a shared “quiet, unassuming beauty.”
Along the lonesome Texas highway, there’s little obvious distraction, says Renfro. But, if you stop and sense the quiet, you’ll find quiet makes its own noise. Like Pompeii’s ruins, these Texas subjects are frozen in time.
Renfro’s landscapes are works one could live with for a long time.
Diehl Gallery phone: 307.733.0905.
Word has it that Center Street Gallery is closing. Timeline is unclear.
As long as I’ve lived in Jackson, Center Street Gallery has been there on Town Square’s east side, lighting up the boardwalk with its eclectic collection of contemporary art.
The gallery carries some very noted artists. That list includes: Thomas Batista, Lynn Berryhill, Kathy Bonnema-Leslie, Bruce Dean, Bill Drum, Robert Deurloo, Jeffrey Jon Gluck, Siri Hollander, E.H. Klink, Marshall Noice, Raymond Nordwall, Andrew Parent, Francine & Neil Prince, Stephen Rolfe Powell, Jean Richardson, Dennis Sohocki, Sari Staggs, Kay Stratman, Louis Von Koelnau, Joy Watson, Don Webster and Elizabeth Wright.
Center Street and the former Martin-Harris Gallery broke the contemporary art ice in Jackson Hole. Center Street’s art references in regional beauty interpreted by new, as well as practiced, modern day artists. Works are intimate, grand in scale, colorful, tonal, two and three-dimensional. A couple of decades ago, it was a brave act to open a contemporary gallery space in a traditionally representational Western culture. As Western art scholar Peter Hassrick has noted, we’ve yet to fully address the impact of humans on the remarkable landscapes and wilderness we inhabit. Without the continued health of contemporary arts in Jackson, we’ve less of a chance of approaching that still sensitive subject; it’s unmentionable, marketing-wise, to create content pointedly addressing human effect on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
The hope is that a good percentage of these artists will find alternate local gallery venues. Center Street Gallery, thank you for playing an important role in our arts history.