One of the premier events of the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival typically draws thousands of people to Town Square.
This year, in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, festival organizers hope to attract at least as big a crowd with an early Saturday morning version of the Jackson Hole QuickDraw sale and auction that includes a major online component.
The QuickDraw, hosted by the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce, has over the years become one the highlights of the nearly two-week Fall Arts Festival. It brings artists from the valley’s galleries — local favorites like Amy Ringholz, Kathryn Turner and Katy Ann Fox as well as visitors like Lyn St. Clair. Nancy Cawdrey and Chad Poppleton — to Town Square to create a new, original work of art in 90 minutes, on the spot.
2020’s QuickDraw will take in Town Square, as usual, with videographers broadcasting the event online. Starting at 8 a.m. Saturday, artists will position themselves in front of a blank canvas and begin creating. A limited number of people will be able to mingle on the square, and other QuickDraw fans can tune in to the site BidSquare.com and navigate to livestreams of any artist or location.
“The QuickDraw is many locals’ and visitors’ favorite event of the year,” said Britney Magleby, events director for the chamber. “We’re excited to keep the magic of the event alive and expand to an audience that might not be able to make it to Jackson this year.”
Artists will finish their works by 9:30 a.m. and display them before the auction gets underway at 10:30 a.m.
A limited number of tickets for the in-person portion of the auction, which will be held in the Cowboy Bar, have already sold out, but everyone else will be able to stream the event and bid online.
Also as part of the event, at about 11 a.m. the Fall Arts Festival’s original artwork for its 2020 poster, “Hunter’s Watch” by Thomas Blackshear, will be auctioned. The festival’s featured work typically fetches more than $25,000.
Magleby said the chamber hopes the QuickDraw will reach a new audience with its online bidding.
“I, for example, love the artwork that is produced at the QuickDraw,” she said, “but would be nervous physically raising a paddle in the high-pressure live auction environment.
“However, I will absolutely participate online where I can bid confidently on works I can afford.”
For information, to register for bidding and to log in to see QuickDraw artists in action, visit JacksonHoleChamber.com/events-calendar/fall-arts-festival. ￼