Heather James Fine Art, always eclectic, has new paintings by Penelope Gottlieb on exhibition; the show is up through September 30, 2011. In keeping with Jackson Hole’s arts and conservation “love affair” Gottlieb’s work documents “…a series of plants on the ‘confirmed extinction’ list that have no known visual reference by reconstructing them from botanists’ descriptions.”
Gottlieb paints directly on prints by John James Audubon (sharp intake of breath!). Though she could be said to be doing the same, Gottlieb is commenting on Audubon’s using natural beauty for commercial gain. Her images are lush and intriguing.
“Gottlieb envelops the wildlife in a tightly woven braid of plant leaves, tendrils and tentacles, so that what would normally be part of the creatures’ natural habitat has suddenly turned on them as a form of domestic colonization,” says Heather James’ Jim Carona. “The resulting visual “mash-up” of historical representation of nature with the consequences of non-native invasive species of plant life overpowering their environment create a form of contemporary historical discourse.” www.heatherjames.com
Gaslight Alley, in downtown Jackson, is going to be hopping the evening of Friday, September 9th–that’s the evening of the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival’s Palates & Palettes Art Walk. David Brookover will be serving up fine fare, and raising funds for the Teton Raptor Center. Teton Art Lab will hook up with MADE; Art Lab founders Travis Walker and Tristan Greszko lead a team of artists in a “group” art installation creation, “Heroes and Villians.” Even Gaslight’s Native American jewelry store, Crazy Horse, is getting in on P&P action this year! The shop will host contemporary Navajo silversmith Artie Yellowhorse, demonstrating on site. Yellowhorse will be on site through Sunday, September 11.
Palates & Palettes happens all around downtown Jackson on September 9; hours are 5-8 pm.
Still time to catch the Wyeths—Andrew, Jamie and N.C.—at the Art Association’s Main Space and Loft galleries. The works are for sale, and the collection will be showcased during September 9th’s Palates & Palettes gallery walk. Andrew Wyeth: A Survey is presented by the Art Association and the Gerald Peters Gallery. I know one N.C. Wyeth painting, the exhibit’s most exciting, has sold. In 2008, Skinner auctioned the work for $190,000.
Please note that 2011’s Fall Arts Festival Artist Studio Tours are being re-shaped. This year, an Artists’ Open Studio (currently on display) features works by local artists; see it at the Art Association. Contributing artists include Amy Bright Unfried, Shannon Troxler, Huntley Baldwin (we miss you, Huntley!), Charlie Olson, Natalie LaFarge Goss, Eliot Goss, Margaret Odell, Dee Parker and Laurie Thal. All artist contact info will available; arrange for your own visit to any artist’s studio. The Art Association’s Jenny Dowd is the contact (replacing Laurie Thal.) !
Also at the Art Association: David Klaren & Amy Unfried’s Orchestrated Line. Tree sculptures by Unfried and drawings by David Klaren.
Astoria Fine Art welcomes wildlife artist and painter Mark Eberhard. Check the gallery’s Fall Showcase of Eberhard’s exciting contemporary work, on display at Astoria through September 9, 2011. An artist’s reception will be held Saturday, September 3, 5-7:00 pm. Large compositions comprised of bright, expansive fields of color spotlight animal subjects. Usually associated with his paintings of birds, this show includes at least one portrayal of a line of buffalo, at leisure in a vast sage prairie, a familiar snow-topped mountain range in the distance. Eberhard captures the West’s sensation of endless space, and live-wire color of its inhabitants. www.astoriafineart.com