The Circle of Jackson Hole Life has brought us back around to our annual Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival! Little by little I’ll post information about 2015’s swirl of events~~this Festival is officially epic. Do a rudimentary Google search, and you’ll find references to Fall Arts all around the country. It’s a marathon, it’s a party, it’s a 10-day celebration and proud procession of the best Western arts have to offer. Even some not-so-Western art is creeping in. That’s a good thing. Paintings, parties, sculpture, music, food, dancing, wine, fashion shows, design, auctions and competitions. It’s all here. Enjoy!…and on a personal note: Welcome Home, Jane Lavino!
Wednesday, September 9
The National Museum of Wildlife Art’s grouping of events are ticketed all together or separately. Each posting relating to the museum will affect attendees differently. You’ll know which events you’re scheduled for by the packet you’ve purchased under the Western Visions “umbrella.”
Today, the museum (NMWA) holds its Jewelry and Artisan Luncheon. Wearable art galore! Shop ’til you drop, eat divine food. I think the location is secret to anyone who had NOT bought a ticket to this event. 40% of sales benefit NMWA’s educational programs, overseen by JANE! 11:00am-4:00 pm. www.westernvisions.org
Trailside Galleries’ annual en masse exhibition brings out all that’s Western: sporting arts are included, as well as heavy emphasis on wildlife and landscape art. The show runs through September 20th, with an artists’ reception on Saturday, September 9, 5-7:00 pm. Are you a fan of a Trailside artist? This is your chance to meet up with a whole passel of artists, and Kyle Sims showcases a major show of new works. 307.733.3186 or www.trailsidegalleries.com
Thursday, September 10
The first Christmas catalog to arrive every year, without fail, belongs to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The first Fall Arts p.r. to arrive every year, without fail, is the Western Design package.
The Western Design Conference Opening Preview Party takes place at the Snow King Center, 6-10:00 pm. This is a preview of the annual open-to-the-public show. Tonight’s party includes a tour, a flashy fashion show featuring local models, a live auction. Hot stuff! Always packed. $125 or $50 in advance, on line, and at the door. www.WesternDesignConference.com
Two Grey Hills ~ A quieter, academic and wondrous opportunity to learn about Navajo weavers and their history. Mark Winters will speak, and a Master Weaver from the Toadlena/Two Grey Hills region will demonstrate this fine cultural, indigenous art. 11:00 am – 5:00 pm at Two Grey Hills, on the corner of Broadway and King Streets. 307.733.2677 or www.fineindianart.com
WRJ Associates, “inspired by the natural world, informed by the rest of it,” invites you to enter their exquisite space during P&P. Embracing the group’s fabulous collection of furnishings is equally fabulous art. Taylor Glenn, Lee & Edward Riddell, Heidi Jung and others are spotlighted. It’s gorgeous, darling. On King Street. www.wrjdesign.com
Noted Jackson landscape painter Jim Wilcox opens his galleries for his annual Wildlife and Wildlands (sic) Annual Show; although slated to be on display today, p.r. says the show officially opens tomorrow night during Palates and Palettes, 5-8:00 pm. It remains up through September 30th. This show opening begins the night of Palates & Palettes (Friday, September 11 from 5:00-8:00pm) and will hang through Wednesday, September 30. Wilcox Gallery, 110 Center Street, 307.733.6450 or www.wilcoxgallery.com
Artists Kay Stratman and Mark Kelso are the guest artists at Horizon Fine Art, giving live demonstrations in the gallery through Festival week. Note: Horizon’s “Farewell to Fall Brunch” takes place Sunday, September 20th, the Festival’s final day….otherwise known as “Bloody Mary Sunday.” Horizon Fine Art, 30 King Street 307.739.1540 or www.horizonfineartgallery.com
Friday, September 11
Happy 90th Birthday, Dad!!!!!!!
Besides my dad’s birthday, two major Festival events comprise the day: the official opening of the Western Design Conference Exhibit Sale and this evening’s famed “Palates and Palettes” city-wide Art Walk. Crazy time! If you make plans to meet someone at a gallery tonight, just forget about it. You’ll never find them. Go it alone and roll, baby, roll!
Over 130 national artists present contemporary and traditional handcrafted, original creations of furniture, fashion, jewelry, and accessories for the home during at the Western Design Show. Plan to spend at least an hour wandering the booths showcasing top designers of fashion, jewelry, sculpture and more. There’s a special interior design in a home environment. “Retail Row” that sounds like a mini-mall set up of retailers. 10:00am – 5:00 pm. $15 at the Snow King Center door. www.WesternDesignConference.com
Palates & Palettes!
So many galleries take part in this favorite evening of fun art and foodie fests; but keep your eye out for artisans who are not officially part of the Chamber list. They’re doing their things, too. Everyone is welcome, visitors criss-cross downtown Jackson, and gallery maps are available almost anywhere you go. 5-8:00 pm….but people tend to start early! Here’s a short list of P&P gallery events:
I LOVE my Altamira Fine Art! Read write ups on tonight’s guest artists, R. Tom Gilleon and Greg Woodard. Gilleon’s “Confluence of Culture” exhibition will be on display along with Woodard’s show “Break Through.” 5:00-8:00pm. Altamira Fine Art, 172 Center Street. 307.739.4700 or www.altamiraart.com
It’s embarrassing, but I’ve never ventured up the stairs to RARE Gallery during P&P. The line’s just too long. Maybe you’ll do better than I~~it’s a one-of-a-kind art experience, and, I hear, a good party. I have no clue what they’re exhibiting, but you can bet it’s not like any other art you’re likely to see in Jackson. 5:00-8:00pm. RARE Gallery, 60 E. Broadway, 2nd Floor. 307.733.8726 or www.raregalleryjacksonhole.com
It’s a Diehl! Enjoy a gallery reception for artist Jeri Eisenberg and (omg, is Jeri a guy or a girl?) the artist’s exhibition “After Equinox.” 5-8:00 pm. Diehl Gallery, 155 West Broadway. www.diehlgallery.com
OTHER PEOPLE & PLACES: The Art Association will be having an overflowing party, one of P&P’s most popular….David Brookover’s Gallery, on the corner of Cache and Deloney, often throws a great fundraising event for the Teton Raptor Center or another deserving non-profit. Oh, and you get to meet David and see his amazing images. There’s none like them…..and somewhere, somehow, Wendell Field is having a show of new prints. His significant other will likely attend, but pay attention to the work! I’d rather find images of YOU, Wendell, than her and her family when I Google you! (HEART.)…Visit MADE, visit the Daly Project, visit Astoria Fine Art, Legacy and Mountain Trails!
Two Grey Hills continues its program focusing on Navajo weavers and traditions. Fine rugs. NOTE: the shop will close at 5:00 pm. 307.733.2677 or www.fineindianart.com
That’s all for today~~~keep tuning in! Happy Fall Arts Festival, Jackson Hole!