Heads up! The Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival (FAF) will be here before you know it! A smorgasbord of Jackson & Western-style representational, contemporary, landscape, wildlife and Native American arts—-not to mention all the food—-this 28th year of Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival-ing promises to be as jam packed as ever. Festival dates are September 6 – 16, 2012. The Festival’s official “opener” event, Palates & Palettes, a gallery walk supremo, happens September 7th; tours of Jackson Hole Historic Ranches roll out September 8th (I discovered the entrance to Bill Schenck’s former home, way up in the Park, a week or so ago—that was fun! He moved, so don’t go lookin’); and Taste of the Tetons,the event that turns Jackson’s Town Square into one giant gourmet restaurant, happens September 9th. The Western Design Conference, September 6-9th, offers great exhibits, sales, a fashion show (girls, let’s keep our pants on this year, okay?) and more.
The National Museum of Wildlife Art presents its 25th annual Western Visions® Wild West Artist Party and Miniatures and More Show & Sale on September 13th and 14th. FAF’s QuickDraw Art Sale takes over Jackson’s Town Square on September 15–and it’s always packed. Amy Ringholz is this year’s FAF Poster Artist, and the anticipation building around the auction of her poster painting “Dreamers Don’t Sleep,” is unprecedented. The painting has been visiting different art venues around town—Ringholz is represented by Altamira Fine Art. Altamira will hold an artist poster-signing event September 12th.
July 7th – July 11th, Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters will conduct painting demonstrations at the Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitors Center (CTDVC) and on the Jackson Lake Lodge Grand Room Deck, overlooking Mt. Moran. Demonstration times for both locations are 9-11 AM and 4-6 PM, with the exception of Sunday, July 15th, when only a morning demonstration is planned. Demonstrations are free and open to the public! You may just find a painting you can’t live without!
Thursday, July 12th, RMPAP’s Quick Draw takes place at CTDVC, 4-6:00 pm–beneath a Tetons summer sky. Free and open to the public, the Quick Draw will feature 32 of the event artists completing a painting, start-to-finish, in two hours. Paintings may be purchased at the Quick Draw. Quick Draw works may also be included in the exhibition and sale taking place at CTDVC July 13th – 15th. A portion of the proceeds benefit GTNP through the Grand Teton Association. For a full schedule of RMPAP events, log onto www.rmpap.org/national_show/