Back in catch-up mode thanks to that culprit, Spring Break. Very late breaking news, below:
Members Only, the Art Association’s 2011 exhibition of works by Art Association members of all ages, opens at the Artspace Main Gallery in the Center for the Arts Friday, April 15. A reception will be held 5:30-7:30 pm. Presented in memory of former Art Association board member Norman Shapiro, the show celebrates community creativity. Cash prizes and children’s class scholarships will be awarded.
Also opening April 15: Solidarity, featuring work by Amy Jurekovic and Amanda Sullivan in the Artspace Theater Gallery, is an exhibition about examining, celebrating, and defining self. 5:30-7:30 pm. www.artassociation.org
Artists have until April 22, 2011, to submit qualifications and concepts to create art that will “enhance” Jackson Hole Community Pathways System North 89 pathway underpass. The underpass, scheduled for construction this summer, will consist primarily of four concrete retaining walls. Those surfaces will act as canvas for the artist whose ideas for embellishing the walls best meet non-profit visions for the space. The underpass will be a connector and gateway to the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s new sculpture trail, designed by Oakland based landscape designer Walter Hood. It also provides bike and pedestrian access between the Town of Jackson and Grand Teton National Park, running parallel to the National Elk Refuge.
Budget for the project is $25,000. To find out more about the project—and learn more about budget fund allocations—contact the Jackson Hole Public Arts Initiative by logging on to their website here. 307-413-1474.
From the National Museum of Wildlife Art:
“Master wildlife artist Carl Rungius first visited Wyoming and Yellowstone in 1895, inspiring his life’s work of depicting Western animals. In a new exhibition, Above Timberline: Engravings by Carl Rungius, May 7 through October 2, 2011, the National Museum of Wildlife Art, which maintains the largest public collection of Rungius’s art in the U.S., will display its complete set of Rungius drypoints, featuring examples of many of his favorite subjects, the Rocky Mountains’ famous game animals in their natural habitat.
Also a big game hunter, Rungius used his anatomical knowledge of wildlife to create accurate portrayals. Equally accomplished as a painter of wildlife and landscapes, his work also serves as a valuable record of theanimals and their environment, while his reputation as a premier wildlife artist won him fans including President Theodore Roosevelt, whom Rungius worked with to help make positive changes in wilderness preservation and big game hunting.
The pieces on display in the museum’s new Above Timberline exhibition use an intaglio engraving technique known as drypoint etching, where lines are scratched directly into a cold metal plate, leaving ragged “burr” edges. While the burr is removed in copperplate engraving, in drypoint it is left intact to produce softer lines and a more painterly effect.” www.wildlifeart.org
Painter Scott Christensen has three new works available; all measure 10 x 12 inches and are fine choices for those starting plein air collections. You can find out more about Christensen and his work at www.christensenstudio.com. Email [email protected].
A certain local arts writer continues to display aggressive hostility towards Jackson gallery arts. Does he consider everyone but himself an establishment enemy? His alter ego is a cross between a Kennedy sailboating skipper and William F. Buckley, Jr.—-a Montauck Yacht Club member charicacture. And he sometimes goes out searching for his brother “Teddy.” Calling Dr. Freud! Therapists would opine that the excessive talk about his and others’ sex lives are distractions from ……….well, good luck with that.