Saturday, June 18, 2011, the doors at Factory Studios open at 6:30 p.m. sharp. Doors will close at 7:30 p.m. and Art+Cloth+Street kicks off. If you show after 7:30, you don’t get in. The show is a fundraiser for the Factory Studios and tickets are $75 for front row seats and a limited edition Teton Art Lab print & four drink/raffle tokens; $20 for standing room and one token. Tickets are on sale at Valley Bookstore, Shades Café and via Factory Studios.
An “evening of art and fashion,” the show features exciting new work from three of Jackson’s most creative emerging clothing designers, Abbie Miller, Calla Grimes, and Owen Ashley.” Local arts specialists Lyndsay McCandless and Suzanne Morlock will discuss–perhaps debate–the intersection of clothing, art, and fashion. A runway show follows.
Abbie Miller/A.M. Renegade : “I’m working with the idea of geometry instead of drape,” she said. “I always like to see how far I can tip everything to the stage of bad proportion or ugliness, and then pull it back to a point where its flattering on the body. I like a play between natural and urban, earth tones and synthetic colors. It has to do with my fascination with cities and my weird romance with construction sites mixed with the experience of living here…” www.abbiesumiller.com
Calla Grimes: “My approach to designing clothing starts really with my own desire to wear easy everyday clothing that features the body’s best assets,” Grimes said. “I love to feel that I am in a wonderful piece of clothing that can be worn day into night, with a very strong element of the feminine. I use linen, linen blends, wool jerseys and fine knits, and silks of every kind.” [email protected]
Owen Ashley/Ashelter: Owen Ashley is a Jackson native and a founding designer for Anomoly Farm. His own label, Orson Ashelter, features functional outdoor-inspired fashion. “You can wear all of it outside and it won’t get ruined,” he said. “If it is meant to keep you warm it will; if it is supposed to keep you cool it will.” Ashley is currently working with shotgun-perforated vinyl faux leather, reclaimed from the Jackson Hole Airport. [email protected]
Altamira Fine Art presents Bill Schenck, Glenn Dean and Logan Hagege in a new show, Earth & Sky, opening Thursday, June 16, with an artists’ reception from 5-8pm. Works remain on exhibit through June 26.
Schenck is the West’s Roy Lichtenstein. A bold, flattened pop-art style is Schenck’s hallmark. A former Jackson Hole resident, the artist now lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. His work reflects his environs and their people. In his early paintings, a sense of ‘makin’ a bit of fun’ of Western cowboys and cowgirls was common. Though Schenck continues to paint in a bright comic book style, a new reverence for indigenous peoples is evident. Native Americans are depicted in softer romantic hues, horses are purple spirits set against vast Southwestern deserts. “His work is characterized by hot colors, surreal juxtapositions and patterning which explore clashes between wilderness and civilization, the individual and community, nature and culture, freedom and restriction,” notes the gallery.
Hagege was born in 1980; he’s a mere 31 years old. A biographical profile describes Logan as being influenced by diverse past masters: Gustav Klimpt, N.C. Wyeth, T.W. Dewing and Maynard Dixon. In Hagege’s works I see Klimpt’s sensuality of line; N.C. Wyeth’s dramatic, historic compositions; Dewing’s proud, emblematic portraits; and Dixon’s electrifying Southwestern vistas. I can’t help thinking that German painter Hans Holbein (1497-1543), the greatest portraitist of his day, has cast his spirit into Hagege’s paintings.
Dean is a landscapist. Maynard Dixon’s powerful influence reappears in Dean’s glowing Southwest mesas and endless skies. Clouds billow & morph, pulling us toward Heaven. Ranch hands and cowboys are tiny figures passing through great canyons and deserts. Nature is dominant. Western landscape painters of the early 1900’s “…emphasized the importance of seeing the color of light combined with interesting compositions and seemingly effortless designs, while carefully observing the simple and basic characteristics of a specific location,” says the artist. “It still feels like I’m at a magic show when I see work by those artists.”
Magic runs through it; and by “it,” I mean this show. www.altamiraart.com
9-10 a.m. — “The Oglala Lakota (Sioux) and the Modernization of American Culture, 1848-1890,” presented by Jeff Means, history assistant professor.
10:15-11:15 a.m. — “Public Art and Community: Building Partnerships through Art,” presented by Susan Moldenhauer, UW Art Museum director and chief curator. Why is public art important, and what can it do for a community? Moldenhauer discusses how the program “Sculpture, A Wyoming Invitational” was created and implemented.
For more details, or to register for college credit or Professional Teaching Standards Board (PTSB) credit, call Susan Thulin, CWC outreach coordinator, (307) 733-7425.