Santa Baby, stick a painting (or a sculpture or a photograph, protected wilderness and wildlife…you get the gist) under the tree for me….I’ve been an awful good girl! Save the many typos, bound to be here…..
December 11 & 12 (Saturday & Sunday) • 10am – 4pm • 1520 Fish Creek Road, Wilson. Check out Didi Thunder’s collection of rugs, cashmere scarves and hoodies, sweaters, soap, and brass imports. The annual local’s bazaar with an international flair. A good portion of proceeds benefit the Rotary Interact Library in Nepal. So many lovely things to choose from. Call Didi Thunder at 307.733.4124 or email her at: [email protected]
Greetings and Salutations from The Brookover Gallery! This holiday photographer David Brookover’s beautiful, archival new book, The Road, makes a thoughtful and gorgeous gift. Featuring 56 black and white and platinum/palladium images representing 25 years of work, this book is masterfully printed.
“The Road reveals David’s sensibility and artistic eye and his enduring quest to capture subject matter at its visual apex,” says the gallery. “In purchasing this wonderful book, you are collecting an important span of photographic history, …a visual journey of light, form, empty space and presence.” $125 for a signed copy, free shipping though December 15.
And man, if you haven’t checked out David’s new platinum Yellowstone wildlife series…get yourself over. Extraordinary work.
Astoria Fine Art’s White Christmas Show celebrates all things “winter.” Visit the gallery December 15 – January 5, 2011, to view dozens of works embracing winter’s special beauty. Many paintings and sculpture by gallery artists will be on display, as will works by “historical” artists.
Astoria is featuring work by Jeff Tobey, Greg Beecham and Ed Kucera; but a more complete list of artists can be found by visiting the gallery’s website. More than 50 new works are available to visit and consider during the holiday season. Actually, by now, that number may have shrunk—so hurry on in! www.astoriafineart.com
Kyrgyz clothing and fashion designer Aidai Asangulova is opening a new line of clothing with the help of Vista 360. December 9-13, 11:30 am to 7:30 pm daily, a “pop-up” (temporary) store showcasing her designs at 120 West Pearl Avenue (formerly home to Cloudveil), Jackson. December 9, an opening reception and fashion show takes place at that address, 7-9 pm. The new label, “AIDAI,” is best known for its “…stunning line of hand-rolled silk-and-felt scarves,…slippers, hats, bags and elaborate felt flower jewelry, as well as a contemporary home décor line.”
During store hours on December 10 – 13, from 4:30 to 6:00 daily, the AIDAI Pop-Up Store will offer tea, wine and discussion “focusing on and exploring themes of fashion, design and social action.Aidai will be on hand to demonstrate her design process. And, although I’m not sure who they would be, Vista 360 says Jackson “designers and style pacesetters” will also be on hand. The show marks the establishment of a new Jackson business, “High Design,” with a mission to promote work by designers from mountain regions around the world.
“When a customer buys one of AIDAI’s designs, he or she joins a global partnership of people who believe in reaching across boundaries, the power of people working together and the inspiration of beautiful things,” says Vista 360’s Candra Day. [email protected] 307.733.3082
Perhaps there’s no place nicer this time of year than our own Teton County Library. During December, make sure to visit The Refuge & the Muries: An Arctic Exploration, at the Library’s exhibit gallery. Olaus and Mardy Murie’s environmental heroism played a pivotal role in preserving the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Says the Library, “The Murie Center celebrates the Refuge’s 50th anniversary with an interactive exhibit of stunning photos and sound recordings. See artifacts from the 1956 Murie Arctic Expedition, which provided political momentum for preserving the Refuge’s millions of acres of pristine wildlife habitat. Read journal entries and view photos from local writer and adventurer Molly Loomis, who in 2010 retraced the expedition, following in the adventurous spirit of the Muries. The Murie Center presents this exhibit, on view through Jan. 12.”
And on Sunday, December 12, Session #2 of Hand Craft Nativity Figures takes place at the Library, 1-4:30 p.m. Ages 7 and up. Celebrate Christmas by completing nativity figures with corn husks during this 2-day workshop (Participants attend both Dec. 5 and Dec. 12 sessions). Craftsman Oton Baez demonstrates how to make these precious figures to feed the Christmas spirit. Registration required at the Youth Services Desk. Location: Ordway Auditorium. Free. Latino Programs Coordinator, Pati Rocha, 733-2164 ext. 237 or [email protected] In Spanish & English.
Galleries West Fine Art’s annual Little Jewels Holiday Miniature show opens Dec. 11, with a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception that evening, 3-7 pm.
“We couldn’t think of a more festive or better way to enjoy some art and get in the spirit!” says gallery owner and artist R. Scott Nickell.
“Little Jewels” are paintings measuring twelve inches square or smaller; sculptures have a maxium 1200 cubic inches mass. Nickell says price tags for these tiny artworks are little jewels themselves. For those collecting small works that often provide greater personal satisfaction, this show is a lovely opportunity. The show features works from almost all the gallery’s artists.
“I have a number of them myself. I love their intimacy,” says co-owner Debbie Bunch.”
For more information, phone 307.733.4412. (Hint, hint: I’d love an E.C. O’Connor!)
Heron Glass Open Studio & Holiday Sale takes place at the artist’s Driggs, Idaho glass shop — 240 North 5th Street — on Saturday, December 11, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Visit glass artists MaryMullaney and Ralph Mossman. See them design and make their signature glass pieces. Many pieces available for sale, and you can enjoy a holiday snack!
Visit the Heron Glass website here. Phone 208.354.2759.
Sunday, December 12, join artist Shannon Troxler at her home — 2160 Coyote Loop, Wilson, WY — for a Holiday Show of new and recent paintings. Time is 12-6:00 pm. Lots of good cheer and refreshments on hand! Especially chocolates…
www.shannontroxler.net; email Shannon at [email protected]