Through this exhibition Diehl Gallery seeks to promote a continued dialogue about the place of art in modern society. ~Diehl Gallery
July is nigh, and now’s the time for Jackson’s Diehl Gallery to break out the bubbly for its summer opener, the Annual Fête. Fireworks are in the works, and that’s Diehl’s cue to make a few art fireworks of their own. This Jackson Hole July 4th holiday weekend, the public is invited to Diehl Gallery for an Opening Reception on Saturday, July 1st, 5-8:00 pm. It is, assures the gallery, an “all-artist” season opener.
“Since its beginning The Fete has aimed to show the best and newest work of our gallery artists. Each artist brings a unique story and point of view to the world of contemporary art,” says the gallery. “Through this exhibition Diehl Gallery seeks to promote a continued dialogue about the place of art in modern society. Is it merely for decoration? Or is there something more that art can give us if we look hard enough?”
Art gets inside our heads. That’s what it’s for, and that’s why, since the first pictures were painted and the first cairns piled high, we remain compelled to express ourselves. As a challenging winter gives way to a gently unfolding summer, we can’t help but be drawn to images of blossoming rebirth.
A popular artist here in the mountains, where aspen trees are the fairies of the forest, Anastasia Kimmett’s large-scale images of aspens turn up in local design magazines like crazy. She’s incorporated methods learned as a couture designer into her paintings. Kimmett paints a work, then cuts up finished paintings into pieces she blends into new works; the result are paintings that feel as alive as a quaking aspen.
Gallery artist Chris Reilly’s beeswax canvases are rich, decorative and dripping with life. “Pollinators 3,” a divine depiction of honeybees buzzing about nascent, flowering apple tree branches against a rich, textured blue sky can get you believing there’s honey on your lips.
The word “fête” conjours up fantasy. Diehl’s artists run the gamut from contemporary landscape painters to the likes of sculptor Ted Gall, whose complex, moveable heads are full of secrets, fully rooted in fantasy. At this year’s opening reception, Gall works on display include an Oz flying monkey head, a Dancing Bear collared with a giant white flower and “Alice Fantasy,” a take on “Alice in Wonderland’s” March Hare.
“Each has a theme,” says the artist. “The idea is to open the hinged sections to get inside the head.”
Paintings, sculptures, installations~~there’s a sense of the sublime at Diehl. www.diehlgallery.com.
“Eight interior design firms—from small-town Indiana to the mountains of Colorado—are collaborating on the 2017 Designer Show House, a life-size model home that takes center stage at the 25th annual Western Design Conference Exhibit + Sale(WDC Exhibit + Sale), opening in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, this September,” the Conference announced. “The six-room home exclusively designed for the WDC Exhibit + Sale will be unveiled during the Opening Preview Party + Fashion Show on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, at the Snow King Events Center. Guests are invited to peruse the home at their leisure throughout the four-day event ending Sunday, September 10, (2017).”
To learn more about this year’s Western Design Conference, contact Allison Merritt, [email protected]
The Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters and Grand Teton Association are back for “Plein Air for the Park,” arriving in Grand Teton National Park and the Greater Jackson area on July 5th! Dozens of artists will be in the area, painting on site, through July 16th, with a Gala and Sale at the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitors Center, open to the public, on July 12th! For a full schedule of events, visit https://www.grandtetonpark.org/our-work-for-the-park/plein-air-for-the-park/
The Jackson Hole Art Blog will be following the action! And so should you! This 10-day plein air event is open to all, and it’s a wonderful way to spend time in our park. Memories will be made, that’s a promise!
NEXT Wednesday, June 28th, Bill Sawczuk’s exhibition “Moving On” opens at Trio Fine Art! More on Bill’s show in our next post! www.triofineart.com
And finally, a note about subscribing to the Jackson Hole Art Blog: I’m thrilled so many of you are waiting to subscribe, and we are working on that issue now! As soon as that option is ready, I’ll give the word. Many thanks for your readership. ~ Tammy