Joan Didion wrote that an artist’s creations reveal telling information about his or her identity.
“Every brush stroke laid or not laid down — betrayed one’s character,” she wrote in an essay on Georgia O’Keeffe.
The Art Association of Jackson Hole’s annual “Whodunnit? Anonymous Art Show and Sale” puts Didion’s theory to the test.
Small works of art are hung without their makers’ names, leaving the audience to match the pieces to their creators.
This year’s event is up for daily viewing at the Center for the Arts from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Thursday. For those who have health concerns or are out of town, the works can also be seen online.
“In the past the patrons have been 99% locals because we haven’t had an online presence before,” Art Association Director of Communications Anika Youcha, one of the Whodunnit artists herself, said. “This will be the first time that it is open to a wider audience.”
The end of the viewing period will be marked with a virtual event at 5 p.m. Thursday, when people will be able to buy meals from Genevieve Catering and donated wine from Vine Connections.
Once the digital gathering ends at 6 p.m., bidding and buying will begin.
For the first time, people will be able to purchase works over several days. The small and medium pieces will be sold via a first-come, first-served basis.
Winners of the auctions will be announced at the end of the bidding period March 4. Prices start at $49. Proceeds go directly to the Art Association.