Downtown Jackson’s Mountain Trails Gallery, Diehl Gallery and Altamira Fine Art are running shows featuring Bryce Pettit, Helen Durant, Duke Beardsley and Ben Steele.

At Mountain Trails, “Bryce Pettit: One Man Show” runs until July 24.

Pettit is a biologist and wildlife bronze sculptor who’s a member of The Society of Animal Artists. The northern Utah native feels the pull of the outdoors with everything he does, whether it be studying aquatic ecosystems or forming one of his intricate sculptures. He studied biology, ecology and art at Brigham Young University.

“For Bryce, his art is the culmination of his knowledge, feeling and love of nature,” the gallery said in a press release.

At Diehl Gallery, “Helen Durant: Life Lines” will be on display until Aug. 10

Durant learned how to paint at the Atlanta School of Art, training at the museum school in Boston and vacationing in Cezanne’s chateau noir in Aix-en-Provence.

The Georgia artist’s multimedia approach uses collage materials, charcoal and acrylics to construct images of animals.

“Durant’s love of animals has been evident throughout her career,” a gallery press release said. “Her concern for the environment and its wildlife has deepened into a passion for conservation.”

Altamira Fine Art is featuring two painters in shows running until July 24: Duke Beardsley “In Without Knocking: Wanton Deliberations from the Lost Trail to Nowhere” and “Ben Steele: Discovery.”

Constantly searching for new meaning within the mythology of the Western cowboy, Beardsley lets his emotions and expression sit in the driver’s seat when creating his artwork.

“Where is the gripping going to get you? You can still have your hands on the reins and not really be in charge,” the Denver artist said in a press release. “I find it artistically liberating.”

Ben Steele is figuring out the West in his own way: by reconstructing Western iconography with modernity.

“The West is still being discovered,” the Utah artist said in a press release. “All of these themes from the 19th and early 20th century remain relevant.”

Jennifer Dorsey is chief copy editor for the News&Guide and one of the editors for local articles printed in the Jackson Hole Daily.

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