The Jackson art community’s Black Friday has arrived.
On Thursday, Teton Artlab will put on its annual Wallpaper Show from 6 to 9 p.m. at its new downtown gallery space, West Weird, located at 105 E. Broadway.
“We have a bunch of new artists this year, which is cool,” Artlab founder Travis Walker said. “But other than that, it’s kind of the same deal” as previous years.
As always, the show will feature work from past Artlab residents and valley artists. All work is sold unframed and is displayed “salon-style,” Walker said: “asymmetrically and haphazardly, but tight, kind of like wallpaper.”
The show is set up like a shopping spree: When the doors open at 6 p.m. showgoers will have a few hours to claim their favorite pieces. Time is of the essence, as typically 90% of the work sells on opening night.
“It’s fun to see people hustling around trying to pick out their favorite stuff,” Walker said. “There’s a lot of really good work sold at a really good value.”
Most pieces go for under $100, and much of it is priced at between $20 and $50, making the Wallpaper Show an ideal place to find affordable art by favorite local artists to build an art collection. All proceeds from the show are split 50/50 between Artlab and the artists.
“It’s a mid-winter rent party for a lot of the artists,” Walker said. “We try to get as much affordable artwork out there on the market for people as possible. It’s hard to sell work a lot of the time in the winter, especially if you don’t have gallery representation.”
Thursday’s event will be Teton Artlab’s first Wallpaper Show since it moved from its funky Jackson Street digs to its new Town Square locale. The new location is a gallery space primarily reserved for the rotating cast of visiting artists the Artlab brings to Jackson through its residency program.
This winter’s Wallpaper Show will also be the last at 105. E. Broadway. The building that houses the Artlab and Visions West Contemporary is being sold this spring. Come May, the Artlab will be looking for its next home.
“We’ll find something else I’m sure,” Walker said.
West Weird was always meant to be a short-term endeavor.
“It’s been an experiment to see what kind of foot traffic we could get into an experimental art space. ... Could we sell any art? Could artists find contacts? It’s been really successful so far,” he said.
The Wallpaper Show will share an opening with Visions West Contemporary’s “Snow Show.”
If you can’t make it to Thursday’s opening, the Wallpaper Show will hang for one week, and the “Snow Show” will have another opening during next week’s Art Walk, organized by the Jackson Hole Gallery Association. ￼