Thank goodness this Jackson Hole artist can describe her feelings about the natural world by drawing and painting it.
Hoffman’s latest exhibition at Trio is the gallery’s final show of the summer. And it celebrates the undescribable inspiration Nature sends pulsing through Jennifer Hoffman’s veins. The show opens with an artist’s reception at Trio on Thursday, August 10, 5-8:00 pm, and is on display August 9-25th, 2017.
Hoffman has barely had time to breathe since this summer’s successful “Plein Air for the Park,” a plein air event executed in Grand Teton National Park by the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters, of which Hoffman is a card-carrying member. She had a fantastic show. To this viewer, something opened up in Hoffman’s work those two weeks in the field, and that opening, a fresh exploration of her surroundings and subject matter, is evident in this show.
Hoffman says she has difficulty finding the words to describe why she paints what she does; hence the show’s title.
“I find myself pulled to different subjects and often, I don’t know exactly why. I just know I am moved and want to share it,” Hoffman says.
As an artist, she’s often compelled to try and describe what it is she’s feeling when choosing a scene, a bird, an animal or any object to paint or pastel~~Hoffman’s pastel box is one of the most photographed artist boxes in Jackson. It has served as a prop in many a photograph, as there is something about her colors and the way her pastels are arranged that enhance the natural scene before her.
“Sometimes it is the light, or the color, or the mystery,” she writes. “Mostly it is just a feeling that I can’t shake.” As a member of the “Hoback Nation,” Hoffman finds subjects galore close to home; but as you’ll see in this show, her interests range farther than her own back yard.
A painting of her sister-in-law and daughter walking Chicago’s rainy city streets is an example.
“That painting is definitely out of my normal wheelhouse. But the reflection of them walking ahead of me on the wet sidewalk was just so beautiful,” Hoffman says.
“Ineffable” features approximately 24 new works and includes pastels, oils and drawings. Hoffman plans a brief talk at 6:30 pm during August 10th’s opening reception. This event is free and open to the public!
Trio Fine Art gallery hours are Wednesday-Saturday, 12-6. For more information, visit www.triofineart.com or call 307.734.4444.
“When visitors walk Park trails and experience surprise observations of a moose or black bear, or discover a calypso orchid, they are really gathering memories. When they encounter natural history literature or art at a visitor center, or have an opportunity to hear an interpretive presentation, their new memories together with this accompanying information begin to weave a fabric of conservation values.
I truly believe what others have said before me: A person loves what they know and they protect what they love.” ~ Jan Lynch, Former Executive Director, Grand Teton Association
It was 20 years ago today…
No, it wasn’t 20 years, it’s been 8-ish years since I first met Jan Lynch. Jan recently left her position at the Grand Teton Association (GTA) where she’s served as only the third Executive Director in the organization’s 80-year history. In that time Jan brought phenomenal growth to GTA. Under her leadership, the GTA grew from a tiny organization to a $4 million non-profit.
It was Jan who brought me into the great arts and literature programs supporting and promoting our Park.
I began as a volunteer “producer” and social media correspondent for GTA’s “Artists in the Environment” summer program, and continued on to my summer work with “Plein Air for the Park,” (PAFTP) a successful program everyone now joyfully anticipates! Jan ushered in that program, and we will miss her leadership terribly. I am forever grateful to her for entrusting me with spreading the good “Plein Air for the Park” word, and bringing two of my own great loves together: the arts and the environment.
“I very quickly came to appreciate Jan’s enthusiasm for and commitment to doing the show right,” writes Stephen C. Datz, who served as President of the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters for five years and partnered with Lynch in launching PAFTP.
“When I first met and spoke with Jan about having a Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters (RMPAP) show at GTNP, I had just closed out my first year as President and what had proved to be a really bad year for the group,” Datz recalls. “Two shows, both fraught with problems on the venue side of things and not good performers sales-wise, were in the books, negotiations with all our other possible 2012 host venues had fallen through, and we were a group without a home.
Not an auspicious beginning for the new President of RMPAP.
Jan’s enthusiasm for hosting us was immediate and obvious, and the fact that RMPAP brought a decade of experience in putting together art shows was an asset in her view. Almost every other venue we ever partnered with had imposed, or tried to impose, conditions on us that we had found burdensome, undesireable, and in some cases less than equitable. With Jan there was none of that. After one meeting, it was clear she was willing to let RMPAP do what it does best and run the show the way we wanted to within the limits imposed by the Park. And it was Jan who spearheaded the substantial investment in the display panel / light setup that makes it so easy for us to present a first class art show.
She was always easy to talk to, very supportive of new ideas brought to the show, and at the end of the day her priority always seemed to be a genuine concern for making the show experience the best it could be for artists, patrons, and the public at large. There was never a “good enough” attitude. She worked seamlessly with the Park, helping us cut through red tape and work better with Park personnel during the event, and she has worked hard to make our opening Gala a first-class evening to remember each year. And of course, she has put in a huge effort to staff the show with enthusiastic GTA volunteers, which, along with some stellar work by our artists, has resulted in consistently good sales each year.
As the show has changed and evolved during the first five years, Jan could be relied upon to be supportive of anything that would make the show better, and was open minded enough to listen to ideas from all sides. Many times in the past we had dealt with partners, be they museums or art galleries, who had a definite agenda that was not always beneficial to the best outcome for the group. With Jan there was none of that – no ulterior motives, no politics, no BS. She is easily the most straightforward partner I worked with during my six years as RMPAP president, and I cannot overstate how refreshing and fulfilling it was to have a partner like her.
She has helped create an event in Grand Teton that feels like a homecoming each year – or perhaps a family reunion.
I have been to dozens of plein-air shows all over the country, and it is safe to say that at many of these events the artists’ experience is of secondary importance to the show organizers. Often times as a participant one can feel like a glorified circus monkey. When I assumed leadership of RMPAP in 2010 one of my goals was to create an event that was 100% artist friendly – an event that an artist would want to return to even if they had not sold much work because the experience was just that good. I like to think we have largely succeeded in accomplishing that with Plein Air for the Park, and Jan has played a significant role in that success. She has helped create an event in Grand Teton that feels like a homecoming each year – or perhaps a family reunion.
And the fact that it helps keep GTNP and the visitor experience of the Park vital and fresh is just the icing on the cake. She will be missed.”
“Thanks to Jan Lynch we are fortunate that Plein Air for the Park has found its current home here with us in Grand Teton National Park. Six years ago, she was willing to take a risk and have the Grand Teton Association host this Rocky Mountain Plein Air painters exhibition,” writes Board member Kathryn Mapes Turner. “Today this celebrated event is one of the most prized and successful plein air art events in the America. Jan’s love of our public lands coupled with her leadership has been key to this success.”
Plein air artist and winner of this year’s PAFTP Greg McHuron Award Bill Sawczuk writes that “without Jan and her faith in us and in the quality of the work we would do, this event would not have found a home in Grand Teton Park. We owe her a GREAT BIG THANK YOU!!!!!!!!”
RMPAP President Jake Gaedtke is deeply grateful for Lynch’s leadership.
“I can’t overstate how grateful I am for Jan and her hard work starting and bringing to fruition Plein Air For the Park. With a wonderful cause…it is so worthwhile putting in the time and effort [it takes to execute] such a unique event. Thank you, Jan, for all you did for the artists, the public and for the Park.”
And, from Jennifer L. Hoffman, whose much anticipated show is described above, these words:
“I got to know Jan through the Plein Air for the Park event. Throughout the years of coordinating this massive venue, Jan’s main concerns were for the artists, her staff and the visitor experience. She wanted everyone involved to feel positive about the experience. She was totally hands on, always chipping in to make sure things went well. As a result, Plein Air for the Park has become a world class plein air event and an example of how art and public lands can be mutually beneficial. As an artist, I am grateful to Jan for her vision and hard work, and I will miss her wonderful smile.”
Big shoes to fill! Jan, we are all grateful. You are, in so many ways, part of the miraculous fabric we know as Grand Teton National Park. THANK YOU.