The Jackson art community’s Black Friday has arrived.
On Thursday the Teton Artlab is putting on its annual Wallpaper Show from 6 to 9 p.m. at its new downtown gallery space, West Weird.
“We have a bunch of new artists this year, which is cool, but other than that it’s kind of the same deal [as previous years],” Artlab founder Travis Walker said.
As always the show will feature works from past Artlab residents and local artists (see sidebar for a full list of artists).
All works are sold unframed and hung “salon-style — asymmetrically and haphazardly, but tight kind of like wallpaper,” Walker said.
The show is set up like a shopping spree: When the doors open at 6 p.m. showgoers will have a few hours to claim their favorite pieces. Time is of the essence: 90% of the works usually sell on opening night.
“It’s fun to see people hustling around trying to pick out their favorite stuff,” Walker said. “There’s a lot of really good work sold at a really good value.”
Most works are sold for under $100, usually between $20 and $50, making the Wallpaper Show an ideal place to find affordable works from some of your favorite local artists to build an art collection. All proceeds from the show are split 50/50 between Artlab and the artists.
“It’s a mid-winter rent party for a lot of the artists,” Walker said. “We try to get as much affordable artwork out there on the market for people as possible. It’s hard to sell work a lot of the time in the winter, especially if you don’t have gallery representation.”
This is the Artlab’s first Wallpaper Show since it moved from its funky Jackson street digs to its Town Square locale. The new location is a gallery space primarily reserved for the rotating cast of visiting artists that Artlab brings to Jackson through its residency program.
This Wallpaper Show will also be the last at 105. E. Broadway. The building that houses the Artlab and Visions West Contemporary is being sold this spring. Come May the Artlab will be looking for its next home.
“We’ll find something else I’m sure,” Walker said.
West Weird was always meant to be a short-term endeavor.
“It’s been an experiment to see what kind of foot traffic we could get into an experimental art space, an experiment to see — could we sell any art? Could artists find contacts? It’s been really successful so far,” he said.
West Weird is the latest chapter in Artlab’s history, and it won’t be the last. Artlab was founded in 2007 to create opportunities for local artists through subsidized studio space and a stream of inspirational art residencies.
“We don’t have as much studio space right now, but the spaces that we created and the studios we created are still intact,” said Ryan Nourai, who became the head of the Teton Artlab’s board this winter.
Nourai, a local arts patron, also nine-to-fives at the Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance as a community organizer. When talking about the Artlab’s future, Nourai refocused the conversation to finding solutions to support local artists.
“How do we talk about housing for local artists? How do we make sure they are part of this conversation moving forward?” Nourai said.
The Wallpaper Show will share an opening with Visions West Contemporary’s “Snow Show.” If you can’t make it to Thursday’s opening, the Wallpaper Show will hang for one week, and the “Snow Show” will have an additional opening during next week’s Art Walk. ￼