Trio Fine Art’s next group exhibition, Flight, opens at the gallery on Thursday, December 8, 2011. An opening reception takes place 5-8:00 pm, and a percentage of all sales benefit the Teton Raptor Center, and Center director Roger Smith promises to bring along a raptor resident.
It’s the Trio artists’ affinity for birds that inspired the show. Trio’s four artists —Jennifer L. Hoffman, Lee Carlman Riddell, Kathryn Mapes Turner and September Vhay—all have lofty aspirations and feelings for good things that take wing.
“My love of birds,” says Riddell, “came from my parents. Dad planted the flowers that attracted the birds to our yard, and Mom taught me to recognize the bird’s songs. Recently a Calliope hummingbird nested outside my studio window and I was able to draw and paint the mother and two chicks.” It was a formative experience for Riddell. She adds that she and her husband Ed Riddell made contributions towards helping to rehabilitate injured raptors; the money paid for lots of frozen mice. The Raptor Center is one of Jackson’s great treasures, says Lee Riddell.
“In art, birds can represent so many things such as strength, lightness, grace, beauty,” Turner relates. “My passion for birds started at a very early age when my father, a trained ornithologist, was rehabilitating raptors in our backyard. In the 1970’s and early 1980’s, the Wyoming Game and Fish would send him bald and golden eagles poisoned or shot by ranchers; it was miraculous to see these magnificent birds reclaim their health and be released.”
Hoffman watched her grandfather build birdfeeders in his basement, identify birds at a family cabin and hike through the Hawai’ian rainforest in search of endangered native honeycreepers.”Birds have played an important role in my life for as long as I can remember,” says Hoffman. She and Riddell met at a Bert Raynes “bird sit.” Hoffman is “inspired by the grace, the gesture, the incredible strength and instinctual drive of birds.”
Vhay feels that the “very idea of birds is a symbol of the soul, representing a passage between the physical and the spiritual.” Her love for birds began when she was 15 years old. Driving an old truck along a stretch of alfalfa fields, she watched as an American Kestrel flew alongside the open driver’s window for about fifty yards.
“I was awestruck and hooked for life,” Vhay says.
Flight remains on exhibition through December 31, 2011. www.triofineart.com
The Art Association of Jackson Hole and Dancers’ Workshop present Magic Mirrors – The Fairest of Them All, on view now through January 2, 2012. Showcasing hand made, decorated mirrors that will be available for purchase, the exhibition “joins hands” with Who Am I? Portraits of Our Community, a show comprised of drawings created by participants in the Art Association’s weekly Portrait Drawing Group. Magic Mirrors sales help support Dancers’ Workshop’s holiday performance of Snow White.