“We see art, and then it affects how we see.” ~ Poet Tami Haaland
Aspen leaves hint at their fall lemon yellows, grizzlies are on the Elk Refuge, the last of the hummingbirds are away, and all Jackson Hole arts entities are buzzing like bees to prepare for 2013’s Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival, taking place here in Jackson September 5-15, 2013. This year our Festival is officially represented by artist Jason Rich, whose contemporary, yet traditional rendering of two wranglers on their horses during early fall is this year’s official Fall Arts Festival poster image.
Every year the Festival confirms Jackson’s solid top ranking as a Western arts center; and Jackson continues to grow as a town where young contemporary artists conveying non-traditional ideas have begun to flourish. When you think about it, said a gallery owner friend of mine, where else is there? Only two other Western cities are noted for their Western or Southwestern art.
Here is the annual Jackson Hole Art Blog Fall Arts Festival Calendar!
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5
Western Design Conference Gala Fashion Jewelry Show: This glamour event has opened the Fall Arts Festival for many a year. The night’s festivities include a jewelry show, live auction, and champagne celebration, followed by a runway Western style fashion show featuring top of the line designs. It all takes place at the Jackson Hole Center for the Arts. Doors open at 6:00 pm, and the fashion show begins at 7:15 pm. A catered reception follows!
Those boots will be walking and flashing all over town! Big jewels, big hair, big color and big fun! Tickets are $125-$35 and seating is RESERVED. No general seating. Contact Center Box Office at 307.733.4900 or jhcenterforthearts.org.
Diehl Gallery presents Indonesia artist Chen. The artist, currently working in Indonesia, is noted for his remarkable stainless steel sculptures. If his work is as eye-catching as Natalie Clark’s towering, geometric forms this will be a show with real impact. His works, says the gallery, are simultaneously precise and lyrical. The show runs from September 7- November 15th, and an artist’s reception takes place tonight from 5-8:00 pm. FREE. 155 West Broadway. www.diehlgallery.com 307.733.0905.
Trailside Galleries opens its Donny Finley Showcase! www.trailsidegalleries.com
Artists Pat Clayton and Troy Anderson will paint and sculpt for the public, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm ( a very lengthy demonstration—you have all day to stop by!) and Thomas Radoumis leads a wood carving discussion while Richard Mitchell sketches from 1:00-5:00pm. Grand Teton Gallery Artists in Residence — 130 West Broadway. 307.201.1172. FREE. www.grandtetongallery.com
The Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum kicks off its Fall Voices of the Valley program series at 7:00 p.m. at the 225 N. Cache museum gallery, with a presentation by local residents Marlene and Daniel Merrill on their book Up the Winds and Over the Tetons: Journal Entries and Images from the 1860 Raynolds Expedition. Free admission, limited seating. 733-2414.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6
Palates & Palettes Gallery Walk! 5-8:00 pm, all over Town! If there is a gallery NOT participating in this very popular event I don’t know about it. Go everywhere, see as much as you can! Don’t be a drag, but be mindful—almost every gallery offers alcoholic beverages and specially catered food; you might tip over and spill your shiraz if you’re not careful! It’s one of the Festival’s most popular and populous events—it’s FREE, save one special fundraiser—-and at least 30 galleries take part. Walk or ride your bike—even a bike can be tricky! Walking is safest. Park outside the Town Square if possible.
Altamira Fine Art presents legendary Western women artists Mary Roberson and Donna Howell-Sickles. Both artists open new shows with an artists’ reception at Altamira, 5-8:00 pm, during Palates & Palettes. FREE. Mary Roberson’s “The Nature of Contemporary Impressionism” will be featured with Donna Howell-Sickles’ “My Window Faces West.” Read more about this exhibit here. Altamira Fine Art, 172 Center Street, 307.739.4700, www.altamiraart.com
Brookover Gallery will, once again, host a special party benefitting the Teton Raptor Center during Palates & Palettes Gallery Walk. $5 at the door, with Amangani and Four Seasons catering. All entry proceeds benefit the Raptor Center, and Brookover will be displaying his new photogravure, silver gelatin and color images. His new Andalusian photographs are so detailed, you’ll fight the urge to reach out and stroke them. Read more about Brookover’s trek to Andalusia here. Brookover will also showcase Taylor Glenn’s image, which won the Teton Photography Group’s first annual photography contest; the image will be available for sale. Brookover believes in helping local photographers get their work shown properly~~”It’s a good thing for the art community at large,” says Brookover. www.brookovergallery.com
Trailside Galleries showcases artists Donny Finley, Adam Smith and Dustin Van Wechel through September 15th. Artist’s Reception. Finley, says the gallery has spent time in the coal mining towns of West Virginia, swamps of Louisiana, the lush countryside of Ireland, cosmopolitan New York City, romantic Paris and other locations around the world; his art is affected by all he takes in. Van Wechel notes “Painting wildlife provides a well of opportunity to communicate not only my personal experiences and perceptions of my subjects, but also a window into understanding what moves me and who I am.” Smith’s research and painting have taken him to Utah, Alaska, Africa, and countless national parks in his quest to realistically capture subjects and habitat. www.trailsidegalleries.com
Cayuse Western Americana will host author Kenneth Barrick, author of the first comprehensive biography of Grand Teton National Park’s only official photographer, Harrison Crandall. 5-8:oo pm. “Known for his compositions capturing the Tetons with luminous skies, cowgirls and cowboys in action with their horses, Native Americans at their powwows and wildflowers in magnificent settings, Harrison Crandall was Jackson Hole’s first resident artist,” says Cayuse. The book is the first catalog raisonee of Crandall’s body of work. Historic works by Crandall are on exhibit. Book signings continue tomorrow, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Additionally, master silver designer Susan Adams is back in the shop! “Food, Fiddles & Fun” tonight at Cayuse! Note: ALL Cayuse events will take place at Cayuse; the gallery and Barrick will not have a presence at the Western Design Conference, as previously scheduled. www.cayusewa.com
Trio Fine Art Gallery Demonstrations: Please note that Trio Fine Art’s plein air painting partners will be demonstrating BEFORE Palates & Palettes: come and see Jennifer Hoffman, Bill Sawczuck and Kathryn Turner at their gallery, 545 N. Cache, 3-5:00 pm. FREE. Refreshments. 307.734.4444, www.triofineart.com
Emily Boespflug and Anika Youcha host an Art Opening, featuring their new works, at Cowboy Coffee, just north of the intersection of Cache and Deloney. Stop by during and after P&P! 6-8pm.
National Museum of Wildlife Art: Preview Western Visions Miniatures and More Show & Sale artworks, 3-5:00 pm. A nice place to stop in before you hit downtown Jackson’s P&P! FREE.Rising Sage refreshments. www.wildlifeart.org
MADE, in Gaslight Alley, will offer free hand screened prints designed by local artist Eric Nelson to customers. Prints are limited editions and are available to anyone who spends $25 or more during Palates & Palettes. Hand made, repurposed and found: that’s MADE! www.madejacksonhole.com
WRJ Associates, that incredible King Street establishment, will feature artwork by artists Lee Carlman Riddell and Craig Spankie. WRJ has proved a phenomenal venue for artists. Riddell has always loved to draw and paint. As a little girl she was a tomboy who spent as much time as possible playing outside, which inspired an appreciation for the natural world and science. Her love of landscape painting is a natural extension of her interests in art and science. “I paint outside because that is where I want to be. Setting up my paint box begins a time of concentration on shapes, textures and colors in the landscape. It slows me down, and I see the world – animals, birds, plants, storms – better. I like that,” says Riddell. A native New Zealander, Spankie refers to his homeland by its Maori name Aotearoa, Land of the Long White Cloud. Carpentry seeded an affinity for the tactile, and informed an isolated beauty that is Spankie’s hallmark. For Craig Spankie, working with found objects fulfills a quest to create transformative art. Raw, and by most standards spent, objects are reborn in Spankie’s contemplative environmental portraits. 30 King Street, in Jackson. www.wrjassociates.com
Legacy Gallery One Man Show with Fall Arts Festival Artist Jason Rich! 5-8:00 pm, during P&P. Rich will have his signature work on hand, and be exhibiting 10- 20 new works. Legacy is a great Jackson tradition; don’t miss! “Rich’s love for the cowboy lifestyle led him to painting and living the life of a cowboy,” says the gallery. “He, like many artists, started drawing horses when he was young. His hard work and dedication has paid off with many accolades, including being elected into Cowboy Artists of America. On the southwest corner of the Town Square – 75 North Cache. 307.733.2353 www.legacygallery.com
Mountain Trails Gallery presents a Barbara and Glen Edwards Retrospective, 5-8:00 pm, during P&P. The Edwards are noted for their historical depictions of Native Americans and mountain men, a storied part of Jackson Hole’s history. “Light refreshments.” Located on the north east corner of the Town Square. 155 Center Street, 307.734.8150, www.mtntrails.net
Tayloe Piggott Gallery: Michael Eastman’s “A Horse Show.” Artist’s reception, 5-8:00 pm, during P&P. Eastman, in case you’ve not seen his work, is pretty dang famous for his horse photography. 62 South Glenwood, 307-733-0555 www.tayloepiggottgallery.com
Horizon Fine Art presents Christopher Owen Nelson’s Solo Exhibition “The Fortune Teller.” Nelson’s forté is his “carved, painted and fired Plexiglass work.” Cool! 5-8:00 pm, during P&P. Horizon Fine Art, 30 King Street, 307.739.1540, www.horizonfineartgallery.com
“As a community member, I appreciate what Jackson Hole Public Art has accomplished. As an artist, I am grateful for the chance to create a Jackson Hole Public Art installation for and with our community.” ~ Artist, Curator and Cultural Council Award-Winner Bronwyn Minton. Celebrate Minton’s Cairn Project, 5-7:00 pm, at the installation site, 265 S. Cache, at the Center for the Arts!
Grand Teton Gallery Artist Reception: The group may be trying to get a jump on P&P; their party time is listed as 4-8:00 pm. Check with the group to make sure! Artists Pat Clayton, Troy Anderson, HR Kaiser, Sam Thiewes, Peggy Ann Thompson, Rip Caswell, and Richard Mitchell will be in the spotlight. Grand Teton Gallery, 130 West Broadway, 307.201.1172. www.grandtetongallery.com
The Art Association of Jackson Hole hosts two P&P events: “Jackson Rising,” 5:30-7:30 pm ( again, a slightly skewed time) and “Everest: An Exhibition of Aerial Photographs of Mt. Everest by William Thompson,” also 5:30-7:30 pm. So, if you arrive after 7:30, c’est dommage! “Jackson Rising” exhibits works by many local artists using a variety of media, and they include Remy Milosky, Houston Guy, Greg Broseus, Katy Fox, Karen Haynam, Jonathan Crosby, Travis Walker, Jeffery Kaphan, Anne Muller, Vanessa Sulzer and Mike Parillo. “Everest” is a selection and presentation of William Thompson photographs taken in 1983 for National Geographic, “the first and ONLY complete aerial [images] ever taken of Mt. Everest.” Art Association Gallery, 240 S. Glenwood Street. 307.733.6379, www.artassociation.org
RARE Gallery’s Rick Armstrong’s show “Through the Eyes” represents the artist’s work over the past year, and, he says, “will leave you satisfied intellectually and content visually.” Mixed media. You will never have to use your eyes again! Or think! 5-8:00 pm, during P&P. RARE Gallery, 60 E. Broadway 2nd Floor, 307.733.8726, www.raregalleryjacksonhole.com
Though Heather James Fine Art (located on Center Street, next door to Altamira Fine Art) is not opening a specific exhibit during the Festival, the contemporary gallery with the big reach is highlighting new artists, and invites the public to stop in and see, among other rareties and gems, their Andy Warhols. “[Warhol’s]position as a controversial character helped turn the fabric of American consumer culture into art and has cemented his position as one of the most popular artists of the twentieth century,” writes the gallery. www.heatherjames.com
And while you’re out there, check out these long-time Palates & Palettes favorite gallery “destinations”: West Lives On, across from the Wort Hotel in downtown Jackson and Henry Holdsworth’s “Wild By Nature” photography gallery, on the corner of Glenwood and Deloney.
Western Design Conference Exhibit Sale. A giant exhibition of Western inspired furnishings, clothing and fashion, more jewelry (as my brother once said, it’s amazing what they can do with gems and rocks, ain’t it?) and usually lots of surprise creations. FUN. Not free: Tickets are $15 at the door, but you’ll get to see work by at least 100 artisans and exhibitors and you may return. Hosted by Teton Home and Living Magazine. Doors open at 10:00 am, with $22,000 in Design Excellence Awards being given out at 11:00 am. Open until 5:00 pm….and everyone runs to P&P! Location: Snow King Center, at the base of Snow King Mountain, Jackson. westerndesignconference.com
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7
Historic Ranch Tours. A taste of storied ranching life is yours for $50 per person. A tour of some of Jackson’s most historic ranches, complete with barbeque and Western style entertainment begins at 2:00 pm. Catch the ranch tour bus at Jackson’s Home Ranch Parking Lot (where you can leave your car all day for free) at the corner of Cache & Gill streets. For info, contact the J.H. Chamber at 307.733.3316.
Tammy Callens Showcase at Mountain Trails Gallery. She’s a friend and one of the area’s most in-demand artists. The girl is COOKING! I would not be surprised if, in a few years, she has one of the West’s highest profiles for plein air painting and as a female artist. Callens’ portraits and paintings of the region’s out-of-the-way places are special, and very personal. She’s also a former Grand Teton Association “Artist in the Environment.” 10:00 am -4:00 pm, light refreshments. FREE. Mountain Trails Gallery, 155 Center Street, 307.734.8150, www.mtntrails.net
Western Design Conference Exhibit Sale carries on! Open today 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, tix are still $15 at the door. Snow King Center. westerndesignconference.com
Outdoor Photography Symposium – Teton Photography Group. 11:00 am – 7:00 pm. While you won’t catch the morning’s first light, you’ll catch some beautiful wildlife and birds, learn techniques for photographing wild flowers indigenous to the area, work on composition and enjoy a lecture by Nat Geo photographer William Thompson. Coffee breaks and luncheon. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 the day of the event. The lecture series will include sponsored coffee breaks and luncheon. The Teton Photography Group is affiliated with the Art Association of Jackson Hole; contact them for details regarding meeting location, time specifics and more. Location: Black Box Theatre at the Center for the Arts, 240 S. Glenwood Street, 307.733.6379, www.artassociation.org
Brush Art Ventures, Alison Brush’s new arts enterprise, hosts an Open House today AND tomorrow at 1085 W. Broadway, #1123, in Jackson. “Venture beyond the downtown galleries for a new way to experience some of Jackson’s finest art,” says Brush. Hang out in the studio space and view works by Brush, Mary Armour, Dave McNally, Amy Unfried, Jeremy Morgan, Todd Kosharek, Tom Woodhouse and Rosanna Mitchell. Noon -7:00 pm. FREE. www.brushartventures.com
RARE Gallery: Conversation with the Artist(s). Dan Burgette (phenomenal bird sculptor, a naturalist–formerly represented by the Lyndsay McCandless Gallery) and Rick Armstrong will talk about their respective work—-and the vision of their artistry. FREE. 2:00-5:00pm. 60 E. Broadway 2nd Floor, 307.733.8726, www.raregalleryjacksonhole.com
Grand Teton Gallery Artists in Residence: Painters Sam Thiewes and Peggy Ann Thompson will be demonstrating 11:00am-3:00pm. FREE. Rip Caswell and Richard Mitchell sculpt on site 1:00-5:00pm. Grand Teton Gallery, 130 West Broadway, 307.201.1172, www.grandtetongallery.com
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8
Western Design Conference Exhibit Sale, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. See description of event above; tickets are available at the door for $15. Snow King Center, Corner of Snow King and Willow, westerndesignconference.com
14th Annual “Takin’ It to the Streets!” This ever-popular street art fair gives local artists a chance to show off their work. I really wanted to list all the artists here—but my eyes/heart were bigger than this post’s capacity, so here are a few names: Stephanie Brennan, Jeff Diener, Sam & Jenny Dowd, Sue Sommers, Kelly Halpin, Fred & Rob Kingwill, Nancy Miller, Dean Stayner, Travis & Lisa Walker, Ray Polito, Nancy Carson, Joyce Batson, Sharon Rudd, Ben LaBrecque….and a whole lot more! Juried, and produced by the Art Association of Jackson Hole. Location: smack on the Town Square! FREE. Artist tents are open for business 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Contact Amy Fradley at 307.733.8792 or [email protected]
Taste of the Tetons. Smack on the Town Square! Open air food schmooze! Eat yummy samples from a huge cross section of eateries and chefs while you check out the art. Live music, general ecstasy! Each food ticket is $1–buy at least four tickets if you want a mouthful. 11:00am-4:00pm. Then, that other big tent? It’s the Rotary Supper Club’s Fall Arts Wine Tasting and Silent Auction. So go on over there, too, taste some mighty fine wines and bid on great donations. 11:00am-5:00pm. More taste tickets to buy, bring cash!
RARE Gallery’s Michael Swearngin has his “valuable collection of pieces with museum registry and provenance” on display. 5:00-8:00pm FREE. 60 E. Broadway 2nd Floor, www.raregalleryjacksonhole.com
Grand Teton Gallery Artists in Residence present Gary Keimig, Tom Lucas, and Les LeFevre executing painting demonstrations, and Rip Caswell sculpts. 11:00am -4:00pm. Carol Santora demonstrates painting and Richard Mitchell gives a talk. The latter two events take place 1:00-5:00pm. FREE. Grand Teton Gallery, 130 West Broadway, 307.201.1172, www.grandtetongallery.com