Heather James Gallery has some new art. The gallery has been “reinstalled” with new works by contemporary artists, and the feeling is “global.” The gallery’s hours are cut back a bit during Jackson’s quiet season — stop by and visit Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10am – 5pm. November 11-29, the gallery is open by appointment only.
Fall is arguably the perfect time to visit our galleries and museums, precisely because Town is quiet, and viewing art at a slower pace is a lovely indulgence. Visitors are apt to “see” much more.
Gallery director Lyndsay McCandless says of a Nigerian mask, shown above, left:
“Among the Ijo people of Nigeria, masks represent ancestor or nature spirits and they are responsible for the well being of the community. This is an antelope forehead mask, with a classic combination of zoomorphic and abstract elements. The types of animals depicted in the masks are selected not for their economic importance but for their symbolic meanings and roles in Ijo myth and ritual. During the sowing and growing seasons the antelope mask represents the spirits of the forest and water, and assures fertility to the fields and to man.”
And of Bob Nugent’s work, “Inveja,” shown below, right, McCandless notes:
“Bob Nugent’s painting…is a rich, earthy abstract painting. Bob has spent the last 25 years traveling to Brazil and exploring the Amazon River Basin. I like what he says about his inspiration, “The Amazon River is an apt metaphor for the act of churning up remembered objects and sights, gathered while traveling along its rough course. In its flow, the river boils an object to the surface only to swallow it up again to resurface later. These impressions are a memory of the river bound on both sides by a high, dark jungle; foreboding and beautiful.”
The gallery’s website is www.heatherjames.com; phone the gallery at 307.200.6090.
Sculptor Simon Gudgeon, who, as you may remember, was the Featured Artist for the 2010 Western Visions exhibition at the National Museum of Wildlife Art, has joined Diehl Gallery’s roster of artists. His large scale work, Isis, will be part of the Museum’s new sculpture trail.
Diehl Gallery will debut Gudgeon’s newest work, Swan, on Thursday, December 16. The sculpture will be available in each patina, but only once in each patina, for a total of nine sculptures; seven (swans a swimmin’!) are depicted at left.