Not What I am Doing, How I am Feeling, a show of new works by Alissa Davies, opens Wednesday, November 16, 6-9:00 pm, at Elevated Grounds, Wilson, Wyoming. “Come enjoy drinks and nibbles and Alissa’s new artwork,” says Davies’ Facebook page. The munchies will no doubt be yummy, but the real treat will be Davies’ art.
I know, because I have some of her paintings. Though Davies is most often identified as Dancers’ Workshop’s communications director, she’s been painting for years. Think back, and you’ll recall Davies’ amorphous, abstract paintings hanging from tree branches, fastened with clothespins, floating on a gentle breeze in DW’s Executive Director Babs Case’s back yard. Ah, those were the days….our first pop-up art shows (pssst: that link to Chicago’s Pop Up Art Loop was inadvertent, but ain’t it cool? Store windows, people! Store windows!) happened at Harpo’s Art Fair, a summertime event Case generously hosted at her home. My little Alissa paintings are pretty tiny—maybe 4 x 8″, the size of a postcard. Davies is also an Art Fair alumni. I’ve bought from her there, too. Her little paintings make great gifts, but it’s damn hard to give them away.
The title of this show,” says Davies, “is an overall mantra for my life. I want to feel myself moving through the days, the months, the years. Simply, I am striving to be more present to experiences that make me happy, expose me to beauty, challenge me and make me assertive. I want my artistic process to be the same, a discovery.”
Davies’ paintings are organic, and they’re really collages. Bleached corrugated paper, colored strips, paint and graphite pencil are arranged like pebbles in a little tidal pool, or a child’s collection of special objects. It feels like invisible river currents nudge Davies’ shapes around, and once those shapes and objects are perfectly placed, the water is still. It gives me great joy to look at my Alissa paintings.
Did you know the National Museum of Wildlife Art has a new Tumblr Blog? They do! “Call of the Wild” is its name, and it is hosted and written by Museum staff, plus some guest bloggers. Like, moi! The Museum is really changing things up–new sculpture trail, tumblr blogging, exquisite parties……..November 8th’s kick-off Mix’d Media was a great success. Felt like a big city party, Wyoming style. Excellent crowd. Those who came, stayed. And it worked as it should have–my (40 and 50-something) friends arrived on the early side; and at 8:00 or so, when I departed, the 20-somethings were all arriving. The 30-somethings came, too.
It’s long been NMWA’s hope that the Town of Jackson would establish a START bus route to run between downtown Jackson and NMWA. That wish is fulfilled. The new, free, north Jackson START Bus route to the National Museum of Wildlife Art debuts Saturday, November 26. The winter route will make 10 runs a day with departures from Deloney and King, the Home Ranch Parking Lot, the Jackson Hole and Greater Yellowstone Visitor’s Center on North Cache Avenue, and the Flat Creek and Rustic inns, for arrival at the museum. The first bus north departs at 9:10 a.m. from Deloney and King, with the last return bus leaving the museum for town at 4:50 p.m. www.wildlifeart.org
The Tayloe Piggott Gallery is excited to have a work by photo realist painter great Robert Cottingham in its Fall Exhibit. Cottingham’s paintings depict New York City; his canvases are painted from photographs of the city. Like Woody Allen, Cottingham has pure devotion and love for the Big Apple.
Radio City Deli, an oil on canvas, is a graphically sharp rendering of the famous deli’s awning, overhead billboards and lettered building glass windows. Large, cubic air conditioners squeezed against the glass and city walls hint of New York’s crowded, hot summer streets. But the painting is also filled with a buzzing affection for the city’s proud and venerable establishments—street lights, Coca Cola, scorching light against deep shadows make New York, New York. The painting is a brilliant mix of geometric and undulating line. www.tayloepiggottgallery.com