Trio Fine Art is transitioning, evolving.
September Vhay, an original founder of Trio Fine Art, has announced she will be leaving that gallery and joining Jackson’s Altamira Fine Art, effective May 3, 2012. At that time, Trio Fine Art will welcome Jackson-based painter Bill Sawczuk as that gallery’s new partner.
Focusing on painting while simultaneously running a gallery is more than a full time job, and after six successful years at Trio, Vhay says she “has come to a place in her life where she feels that her time is best spent painting.”
“Running Trio Fine Art has been an incredibly rewarding experience in regards to having the opportunity to work with, and create art alongside, the talent of Kathryn Turner, Molly Hirschfield, Lee Riddell, and Jennifer Hoffman,” says Vhay, who is known for her distinct renderings of horses and wildlife. “Trio also provided the unique experience for an artist to connect with collectors and witness the public enjoying the work first hand. Artists become attached to their paintings, and there is a certain solace in knowing where they go. I am proud of what the gallery has become and would like to extend a huge amount of gratitude to my amazing business partners, collectors, family and friends for their unwavering support. Neither Trio Fine Art nor my career would be where they are without it.”
Trio Fine Art is the only gallery model of its kind in Jackson. When its doors opened six years ago, the concept was revolutionary, even risky. But, it’s been a highly satisfying experience for all Trio’s artists, raising each painter’s profile and allowing them to control their own schedules, gallery hours and openings. Situated a few blocks north of the Town Square, it takes a bit of extra effort to visit Trio, but the gallery’s continued success proves artistic quality is what matters most to collectors.
Detroit, Michigan native Sawczuk earned degrees in mechanical engineering and architecture before transitioning to art in 1976 via Denver’s Rocky Mountain School of Art. He’s a familiar figure around Jackson’s arts scene, and his work is also part of the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s permanent collection. Sawczuk’s subject matter includes horses, cowboys, wildlife, buildings and the landscapes of Wyoming. He describes his work as “Impressionistic Realism” and often draws on his architectural background while capturing Jackson’s historic scenes. His work has been featured Southwest Art, and he is a two-time National Museum of Wildlife Art “Lanford Monroe Artist-in-Residence.” Sawczuk also teaches landscape painting techniques.
“All of us at the gallery will dearly miss September’s partnership but wish her the very best in her new move,” say Trio’s partners. “We look forward to furthering our work together in Jackson’s art community and have no doubt that her talent and bright spirit will continue to shine wherever she is! We are very excited to extend a warm welcome to our good friend, and very talented artist, Bill Sawczuk. Trio remains committed to our mission of being one of Jackson’s favorite galleries by creating a sense of community in a uniquely beautiful, serene, and joyful space where clients are inspired to visit, experience top quality art and learn about the creative process directly from the artists.”
Vhay invites everyone to visit her blog, at www.septembervhay.blogspot.com, and Sawczuk will have his work up at Trio Fine Art on May 3. All are invited to stop by and view his work.