Archie Teater created over 4,000 paintings that survive, the majority of them scenes of Jackson Hole and the town of Jackson, but also many depicting landscapes, cities and people around the world.
And at least one of the rear end of a buffalo, said creature being a resident of the Central Park Zoo. The bison butt image isn’t among those being shown at the Jackson Hole Historical Society’s “Painting the Town” show, which will feature 26 Teater paintings, mostly of Jackson and a few of the surrounding area.
The art is on loan from Lester Taylor, a Jackson Hole summer resident since the 1970s. Taylor met Teater by chance in 1957 and fell in love with his work. Taylor was washing dishes at Jackson Lake Lodge back then when Teater was brought up from Jackson by lodge management to educate and entertain the summer staff.
“Teater and his wife came up, and Archie put on a painting clinic for employees,” Taylor said last week. “That was my first contact with a live artist. I got hooked, I guess.”
Hooked indeed. After buying his first Teater painting in 1971, Taylor has since built a collection of about 200 of them. The lifelong professor and writer on economics also wrote the book on Teater, a 2015 work called “The Life and Art of Archie Boyd Teater.”
The historical society show of Teater paintings opens Thursday evening with a reception at which Taylor will deliver opening comments. Admission to the event, with refreshments and music, is free. It will run from 5:30 to 7 p.m. “Painting the Town” will hang as the society’s main show through Oct. 30.