Jennifer L. Hoffman opens her new show of works “Natural Intervals,” at Trio Fine Art on Thursday, August 23rd, with an artist’s reception 5-8:00 pm. Hoffman will give remarks at 6:00 pm. “Natural Intervals” is on exhibition at Trio August 22 – September 8, 2012.
“Nabokov (a Russian novelist) made this wonderful statement that it’s the spaces between the beats of a rhythm that actually create the rhythm; he called it the ‘tender interval,’ ” says Hoffman. “I think that my work dwells in that space, those silent moments between actions, and that feeling inspired the title for this show.”
A new departure for Hoffman comes in the form of some small silverpoint drawings of a nest, and a faintly rendered avocet. Birds are a continued interest for the artist, and she’s been longing to try silverpoint. Hoffman revels in building up the material to register from dark to near ghostly, depending on the surface. The silver tarnishes as it ages, she says, giving the pieces a warm tone. Bathed in light, they shimmer.
It’s a wonder Hoffman has time for these tender intervals; she’s just come off almost two months of taking part in both the Rocky Mountain Plein Air National Paint Out here in Jackson Hole, traveling to Wisonsin to take part in another two-week paint-out and show involving 50 artists, then doubling back to Brea, California. There, at the International Association of Pastel Societies gallery exhibition, Hoffman was given the great honor and title “Judge of Awards.” In other words, she judged the best works in the most prestigious pastel competition in the world. Solo. HUGE! She’s juried into her second Salmagundi Non-Members’ show and the Bennington’s Laumeister exhibition. There are more honors, but suffice to say that Hoffman feels “it’s just amazing that all these things are happening—16 years ago I moved here in the hopes of maybe being a professional artist. If I get frustrated, I remember that what used to be a pipe dream IS my life now. How do we get to be so lucky?”
“Natural Intervals” primarily explores Munger Mountain and another unnamed, nearby peak near Hoffman’s home. “The side of Munger facing my house is a steep, sagebrush-covered expanse with little oases of aspen and willows,” says Hoffman of her natural muse. “It’s not the kind of scene that compels one to pull over and get out the camera. But I see a special beauty. Changes with the light, weather, seasons, and the mountain itself is solid and unyielding. It’s a steady companion, and our relationship has deepened over the years.”
The show also includes depictions of the Yellowstone River, South Park, and other locations. Gallery hours during the show will be 12-6 Wednesday through Saturday, with Hoffman in attendance daily throughout the exhibition. View works at www.triofineart.com & www.jlhoffmanfineart.com.
“Sold that platinum photograph The Diva right off the wall this week,” emailed an ecstatic David Brookover. Jackson’s newest wildlife photographer captures the greater Yellowstone ecosystem’s creatures like nobody else. Take a very close look at this image….closer, closer………..I know you see the bison, but what’s sitting across the creek, up on the hill, to the left?
Right. A wolf. HOW does he get these shots? When he says he sold it “right off the wall,” Brookover means he sold one of a very limited edition run of the work straight from the floor–no ordering. It also means the work is already beautifully framed. Brookover’s getting a replacement of Diva framed by Mark Spear, who happens to do the framing at Santa Fe’s Georgia O’Keeffe Museum.
Another platinum, Silent Storm, sold last week, too. Off the wall, again! A new, larger version arrives in the gallery September 3rd.
Brookover is planning a very special J.H. Fall Arts Festival “Palates & Palettes” event. The Teton Raptor Center will be on hand with live birds, and visitors will be able to have their photographs taken with the wildlife. $5 will get you in the door, and all proceeds benefit the Raptor Center. www.brookovergallery.com