If you’ve been up to Yellowstone National Park in the past week or so, you may have noticed a hint of yellow beginning to creep into the foliage.

In Jackson other signs of the season have arrived. If you’re a part of the art world in town, you know what that means: the 2019 Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival is here.

Back for its 35th year, the festival will begin today with a jewelry and arts showcase at the National Museum of Wildlife Art. The annual arts-focused extravaganza will kick into full swing Thursday with three days of the annual Western Design Conference and, on Friday, the annual Palates and Palettes Gallery Walk.

As it does every year, the News&Guide has put together a comprehensive special section covering the Fall Arts Festival, complete with a calendar, articles about participating galleries and events and six cover stories with topics ranging from the history of the festival to the experiences of contemporary Native American artists represented in Jackson. You can find a copy of the section tucked in the Sept. 4 edition.

It’s worth noting that articles about some Fall Arts Festival events — the Historic and Western Ranch Tours, Sips on the Square, which was taken over by the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce, and Fighting Bear Antique’s offerings among them — have been included in this week’s Scene, rather than the special section.

Make sure to pick both up, give them a read and figure out what suits your fancy. There’s something for everyone, whether you’re looking to casually check out art with a free drink and tapas in hand (suggestion: Palates and Palettes), or buy a piece of fine art made right before your eyes (give the 25th annual Jackson Hole QuickDraw Art Sale and Auction a look).

Have fun out there, pray that sweater weather doesn’t come all too soon and go out and enjoy some of the best arts-focused events Jackson has to offer.

Billy Arnold, Scene Editor

Contact Billy Arnold at 732-7062 or entertainment@jhnewsandguide.com.

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