Starting this weekend, contemporary art fiends in Jackson will have the opportunity to see some of the field’s best works all under one roof.

From Saturday to July 14, Diehl Gallery is hosting its 15th annual Fete, a celebration of artists who are pushing the contemporary art envelope. The annual exhibit gives people the chance to see the whole breadth of work and artists Diehl hosts.

On opening day of the exhibit, Saturday, the gallery is set to host a reception from 5 to 8 p.m.

“Most of our other exhibitions during the year focus on the work of one artist or a specific idea,” Kiera Wakeman, the sales manager for Diehl Gallery, wrote in an email. “The Fete, however, is when we ask our artists to show us in what new direction their work is going.”

Each year, before the exhibit, Diehl Gallery reaches out to the artists it works with to see what new work they have. Those new pieces become the basis for the exhibit.

The goal of each exhibit Diehl Gallery hosts is to showcase artists who are moving the contemporary art dialogue forward. The annual fete is no different.

This year Diehl Gallery will showcase 16 artists working a variety of mediums, including sculpture, painting and mixed media. This is the first year the gallery will be showing work by Takefumi Hori, a Brooklyn abstract painter who has developed a unique technique of incorporating gold leaf into his paintings. His method allows the edges of the squares of gold leaf to disappear, giving the impression of a unified layer of gold on his canvases.

Hori’s work with gold leaf was inspired by a visit to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, where he noticed art from a wide variety of mediums, cultures and time periods incorporating gold.

The exhibit also includes a new body of work from Curtis Olson, a former Jackson Hole architect. The pieces are part of his “Aerial Survey” series and evoke aerial views of rural landscapes.

Two original oil paintings by Hung Liu, depicting the Empress Dowager Cixi and Empress Wanrong of China are also new this year.

Each exhibit at Diehl Gallery benefits a nonprofit organization. Over the past 15 years the gallery has donated tens of thousands of dollars to local, regional, national and international organizations.

This year’s Fete will benefit Target ALS, a national organization seeking to advance the development of treatment options for people diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, which is also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

A good friend of the gallery, Pete Wales, died from ALS last year, prompting the gallery to choose this organization to benefit from the exhibition.

The show is one Wales always attended and enjoyed, Wakeman said.

“We are honored to have the opportunity to support such an important cause in his memory,” she wrote. 

Contact Frederica Kolwey via 732-7062 or entertainment@jhnewsandguide.com.

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