Giving the ski legs a day off and want to spend the day in town? Swing by a few local galleries showcasing new art this holiday season.

Under normal circumstances, Jackson’s galleries host everything from parties to walk-in appointments, but the pandemic has forced galleries throughout the valley to reassess their interactions with clients to conform to local and state health regulations.

Here’s a brief roundup of what some of our local galleries are up to. If you want to ensure that you can browse some of the art around town, be sure to call your galleries of choice in advance and make an appointment.

Altamira Gallery will have a show with Robert Moore, an impressionist landscape artist, from Tuesday to Jan. 1. From Burley, Idaho, Moore draws inspiration from the Snake River when crafting his artwork. According to his website, he “prefers painting on location to best express the immediate impression of each subject.”

Mountain Trails Gallery has a show, “Icons of the West,” from Dec. 23 to Jan. 2, with a reception from 3 to 5 p.m. on the 26th. Andrew Bolam, Mark Gibson, Edward Aldrich, Amy Lay and Bryce Pettit will be featured.

Tayloe Piggott just rehung its entire gallery for an exhibition titled “Papestries” with artist Roland Poska, which will run from Thursday to Jan. 24. Poska is from Scotland and champions modern papermaking. His work is displayed in the Art Institute of Chicago and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

“With the textures and appearance of vibrantly hued felts, these pieces are as idiosyncratic as the process, some featuring pastoral scenery of houses and sunsets, others with abstractly radiating circles and organic shapes,” Tayloe Piggott’s gallery director, Maya Frodeman, said in a press release. “Poska’s work at once presents whimsicality and imaginative novelty with the gravitas of artistic rigor.”

Given the COVID-19 pandemic, Tayloe Piggott is focusing on more individualized client treatment and encouraging appointments, and, although the gallery won’t be doing its annual champagne party, it will host a small gathering in accordance with health regulations later in the season.

Diehl Gallery is open for appointment-only showings, but all exhibitions will also be displayed on its website. The show, “Bright & Beautiful IV: A Holiday Group Exhibition,” will run from Dec. 17 to Jan. 10.

“In light of COVID-19 and in an effort to keep our artists, staff and collectors safe, we will not host an opening reception,” Diehl’s website said. “Instead, we invite guests to schedule a private appointment to view the exhibition.”

Town health regulations require that patrons wear masks at all times inside all galleries. 

Contact Julia Hornstein via 732-7078 or entertainment@jhnewsandguide.com.

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