Slowly but surely winter is coming, and with it a new art installation capturing its austere beauty.
Turner Fine Art will be showcasing works by two local artists, Bobbi Miller and Pamela Gibson, through Jan. 10. Kathryn Mapes Turner, owner of Turner Fine Art, has worked with both artists, who she asked to show together.
“These two particular artists are of a special caliber when it comes to their professionalism and the quality of their work,” Turner said. “They stand out as truly fine artists.”
The opening reception for the exhibition, which includes Miller’s “Winter Soliloquy” and Gibson’s “Something Worth Remembering,” will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the North Cache Street gallery. Laura Turner will provide live music that’s planned to work in harmony with the art installation.
Gibson and Miller work with abstract landscape paintings. Gibson uses encaustic painting methods, which require heating wax, while Miller’s paintings in this series are a result of experiments with cold wax.
“I had seen Pamela’s work and admired it,” Miller said. “The two styles complement each other nicely.”
Miller moved to Moran in 2005 and founded Teton Plein Air Painters in 2012.
“Bobbi is a really special person in our community because of how much she gives of herself,” Turner said.
The artist remains active with and dedicated to the group, which has continued to expand.
“I enjoy the community, camaraderie and friendship aspect of art making the most,” Miller said.
Miller is excited to share “Winter Soliloquy,” which is inspired by hazardous winter weather. It’s made up of two parts: “That Winter Day” and “Incessant Ice.”
The inspiration for “Winter Soliloquy” struck Miller on a car ride between Salt Lake City and Jackson during a blizzard.
“As I was looking out the window, I was seeing these beautiful shapes and textures and began photographing and sketching in the car,” Miller said.
In the past she has experimented with many mediums. She said her experimentation led to an “a-ha moment” with cold wax and oil, which she used to create these works.
“The cold wax was a way of expressing what I was really seeing and feeling looking out there,” Miller said.
This series is different from the representational work Miller is known for. It includes more than 30 small pieces, one of which was chosen by Southwest Art Magazine as a runner up in its latest Artistic Excellence Art Competition.
All of the works by Miller and Gibson in this exhibit will be for sale.
“We are really excited about the show,” Turner said. “This is a very beautiful body of work. It is great for viewers to experience this level abstraction. The result is something very lyrical.” ￼