“Moving on, to me, means exploration, experimentation and evolution. It means involving the viewer more in understanding the emotions I’m trying to convey.” ~Bill Sawczuk
You begin your artistic journey by first learning the fundamentals of painting.
That’s been Bill Sawczuk’s core message to artists and artists-in-training as long as I’ve known him. Learning the fundamentals in any craft is what allows the artist to expand and explore beyond those fundamentals and create a working, personal style.
Even Picasso did it.
Please join Bill Sawczuk and his partners Jennifer Hoffman and Kathryn Mapes Turner for Sawczuk’s show “Moving On,” opening this week at Trio Fine Art. On display June 28 – July 16th, an opening reception takes place the evening of June 28th, 5-8:00 pm, at the gallery. Sawczuk will give a brief talk at 6:30 pm.
“Moving On” can mean many things, but Sawczuk wants you to know that in order to move on as an artist you must learn to draw accurately.
“You draw and paint, you draw and paint,” counsels Sawczuk. “Over and over for years. You become better. With understanding and desire,…you can’t help but grow. You will eventually settle into a particular way that you work. Some call it a “style,” but I don’t like that term because it tends to pigeonhole artists.”
You may paint for years and become successful, which is a good thing, says Sawczuk. If you are successful, you can buy art supplies and keep working!
You also might decide to decide to “move on,” and make new decisions about your work. That’s where this show comes in.
“Moving on, to me, means exploration, experimentation and evolution. It means involving the viewer more in understanding the emotions I’m trying to convey….How can I do this by putting less information in a painting and requiring the viewer to do the larger part of interpretation?” asks Sawczuk. He hopes you will see that shift. “Moving On” includes pieces painted in a manner “consistent with previous work, pieces that are minimalistic and pieces that are moving towards his goal.” www.triofineart.com
Heather James Fine Art is pleased to offer 70 photogravure copper plates from Edward S. Curtis’ great anthropology The North American Indian. The email is a solicitation, but who can resist considering owning a piece of Native American history created by a man who wasn’t Native American, but was ultimately trusted. Curtis devoted his life to his Native American collection, and it can be said he gave his life for his dream.
The plates, notes the gallery, are multi-purposed; they are research tools, collectibles, and “a means for cultural revitalization for Native Americans.” Their value lies greatly in the fact that protecting them for the future will always leave us with a sense of the multi-dimensional complexity of the (W)estern American experience.”
A great new artist is joining Altamira Fine Art: Erica Vhay. If that name sounds familiar, well…it should! Erica is Jackson Hole artist September Vhay’s sister. At the latter’s opening earlier this week, a small selection of Erica’s paintings were on hand near the far end of the gallery to view.
Erica’s paintings are urban, structured and beautifully executed. She shared the strong composition gene her sister has always displayed, and the two make a dynamic pairing.
This December Altamira will fully debut Erica’s work in a show with her sister: “Vhay & Vhay.” www.altamiraart.com
Here’s a fun summer art opportunity for the kids in your family!
Tanya McDaniel is offering a series of children’s painting classes. Dates and prices are:
June 26-28 & July 12-14
Watercolor – (ages 6-10)
July 5-7 & 17-19
$100 for the 3 days,
1:00pm – 4:00pm
please bring a snack each day
Contact Lindsey to sign up or with questions, [email protected]
Looking for more fun and creative events in Jackson Hole? Check out the Center of Wonder’s “Daily Wonder” calendar here!