Summer, season of the sagebrush, presents a fine opportunity to visit Trailside Galleries’ annual show Salute to Summer.
Salute to Summer is considered by many in Jackson’s arts community to be summer’s official arts scene opener. Opening June 6, the show runs through June 26; an artists’ reception will be held at Trailside on Thursday, June 23, 5-8:00 pm. Known for its exceptional roster of historical and contemporary Western artists, the gallery is also the Jackson home of the Fall Arts Festival season’s Jackson Hole Art Auction.
2011’s Salute to Summer showcases diverse new work by all gallery artists. A partial list of participating artists includes Bonnie Marris, Ralph Oberg, Robert Moore, Matt Smith, Dan Mieduch, Bill Anton, Kyle Sims, Jim Norton, Howard Rogers, Nicholas Coleman, Brent Cotton, and Z.S. Liang, among many others.
Trailside’s Managing Partner Maryvonne Leshe is featured in Southwest Art’s May 2011 issue, 40 Prominent People in the Western Art World. Leshe says that her proudest achievements include weathering tough economic times and developing successful careers for new artists, such as Kyle Sims. The biggest changes she’s seen in the art world are “the number of museums entering the market,” competing with galleries for artists’ work, and a growing group of younger collectors interested in buying more contemporary Western art.
For information, contact Dawn Meckem. 307.733.3186. www.trailsidegalleries.com
“I begin with a realistic focus—the photograph—and use this as a vehicle to express a mood or an aspect of the human condition. Then, by extending the colors and the textures found in the photograph, I can create a world from my own imagination, the results bordering on the surreal.” – Robin Winfield
I recently visited the storybook town of Carmel, California. The town has so many galleries that, in 2004, its council passed an ordinance dictating that no new galleries may open. The ratio of galleries to residents then was 1:34; Carmel has over 120 art galleries.
One artist whose work stands out is Robin Winfield. Her sunny gallery, just off Ocean Avenue and tucked down a whitewashed pathway, beckons. I’d estimate her shop is 200 square feet, and chock full of her architecture-inspired photograph/paintings. Winfield’s love of photography and archictecture meet in her portraits of buildings, doorways, signage, and interpretations of other works of art. A St. Louis native, Winfield has traveled the world and the U.S., documenting cities across Europe and Mexico. Her work does connote the surreal; Surrealism uses images from the subconcscious to create works depicting everyday objects in ways that challenge our sense of reality. Winfield’s manipulated paintings of city details and doorways remind me most of Giorgio de Chirico’s Metaphysical Town Squares series. Winfield’s works do not interpret the human form; she prefers transforming city buildings and streets.
Enigmatic and mystical, these paintings pay homage to the arches, doorways, paved streets, buildings and storehouses Winfield encounters. Palaces, porticos, power lines, Buddhas and trolley tracks are all re-imagined via the artist’s unique process.
From photographic slides Winfield makes “full frame, archival, laminated prints,” and adheres them to board. She treats the surrounding surfaces with a spackle-like material, preparing them for paint. “Usually I do not paint on the photograph, although there are exceptions,” notes Winfield. “I paint out from the photograph, creating a surreal or different reality [that surrounds] the photo, the focal point.”
Winfield’s works are evocative, beautiful, meditative.