Horizon Fine Art Gallery is going retro this week.
While many of the town’s galleries are hosting virtual tours and openings, playing it safe as the coronavirus pandemic continues on its course, Horizon plans to host an in-person live demonstration to coincide with the opening of Caleb Meyer’s new show, “A Time and Place.”
The Montana artist, who studied under Robert Moore, has nearly 30 paintings to display. Most are impressionist landscapes, and the painter’s eye toward the sky, with light from the moon or clouds, makes the pieces stand out.
The gallery will also show some of Meyer’s studies — smaller pieces he used to generate larger, finished paintings — which can give viewers insights into his process.
“I am excited about the pieces for this show,” Meyer said, “because I think many of them have a sense of freedom and space, a theme that seems very inspirational during this difficult time.”
Mary Rossington, the gallery director, said this is Horizon’s first live event of the year. People will get to see how Mayer uses a palette knife and how he lays out his compositions.
“He has such a diverse way of painting, amazing landscapes to city scenes, abstract to still lifes,” she said. “We can’t keep his paintings in the gallery.”
She said his use of “very bright, vibrant colors” and the palette knife makes his work “come right off the canvas.”
“There’s no way a photo can capture the knife work,” she said. “You have to see his pieces in person.”
Meyer, 38, grew up in Hailey, Idaho, and was always drawn to wilderness. In college he thought of studying graphic design after being impressed by the work on snowboards and clothes. But sitting in front of a computer screen was frustrating for him, so he began oil painting.
Horizon will host a reception for Meyer from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Visitors are required to wear masks.
The event will not be a typical cocktail reception, something the gallery knows is disappointing. Meyer, too, said that life over the past few months has been difficult.
“During this time of isolation I realize how special places like Jackson are,” he said. “The galleries, restaurants and shops are an amazing display of passion, ingenuity and skillful expression. It is always amazing to walk around town and be inspired. The fact that I get to be a part of that collection is so much fun and a real honor.” ￼