Zoom in on Wyoming anthropology
It might be hard to believe, but mammoths roamed Wyoming’s plains over 10,000 years ago. The Geologists of Jackson Hole, in conjunction with Teton County Library, will host a public Zoom event to discuss these elephantine ancestors at 6 p.m. Monday. It’s entitled “The First People and Last Mammoths in Wyoming.”
Dr. Todd Surovell, professor of anthropology at the University of Wyoming, will talk about the interplay between Native Americans and mammoths in Wyoming. Dr. Surovell plans to cover everything from his work at Wyoming’s archaeological sites to the mammoths’ eventual extinction.
Because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic the talk will be held over Zoom to uphold social-distancing guidelines. Use Meeting ID 859 8062 1147 and Password 833307 to log on.
Green River Rendezvous lives on
Despite the coronavirus pandemic, people will be flocking to the Green River Rendezvous exactly like they did in 1935 — and 1835.
From July 9-12 the 85th annual Green River Rendezvous will resurrect the circa-1830s gatherings of mountain men and Native Americans. An ode to the early mountain man history of Wyoming, the Green River Rendezvous is always held in Pinedale on the second full weekend of July.
An art and wine auction, vendors, rodeo, parade and screening of the documentary “Women of the White Buffalo” are just a few of the attractions at this year’s Green River Rendezvous.
Although organizers anticipate business as usual, they encourage attendees to practice social-distancing and to wear a mask during the event.
Sea meets peaks in glass, pottery show
Thal Glass Studio, off Highway 390, will host a Fourth of July glass and ceramics show with guest Valerie Seaberg.
Award-winning glassblower Laurie Thal and glass-etching partner Dan Altweis will show new work, along with a wide variety of functional and art pieces from Wilson ceramicist Seaberg.
Seaberg’s organic forms fuse the curves and waves of the marine world with materials and tones from the mountains — her twin habitats. Her work is found throughout Jackson Hole as well as at major shows and exhibitions in the San Francisco Bay Area.
The studio show will be open 10 a.m to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 3800 Linn Drive. On Saturday from 3 to 6 p.m., veteran valley musician Christine Langdon will entertain.
Diehl’s annual Fete is still on
Diehl Gallery refuses to allow the coronavirus pandemic get in the way of its annual opening show of the summer.
Its 16th annual Fete, “a provocative exhibition featuring new works by gallery artists who are actively shaping the meaning of ‘contemporary art’ in the 21st Century,” opens Tuesday and runs through July 21.
Featured work includes Ted Gall’s bronze assemblages of wildlife, Western and whimsical subjects; Takefumi Hori’s abstract canvases in acrylic, oil and metal leaf; KOLLAB’s animal portraiture; and Amanda Wilner’s equine renderings.
Other artists on display include Helen Durant, Hung Lui, Udo Noger, Chris Reilly and Cyrus Walker.
Due to COVID-19 concerns the gallery on East Broadway will forgo its usual opening reception, but as of July 1 the gallery is open for no more than six people at a time from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, with private appointments available 9-10 a.m. and 5-6 p.m. Marks are required for all guests and will be provided for those who do not have them. The work also can be viewed at DiehlGallery.com as well as on Artsy.
As is customary at Diehl, a portion of each sale from Fete will benefit a regional nonprofit. This year the beneficiary is First in Family Jackson Hole, which provides scholarship money to graduates who are the first in their family to attend college.
Visit DiehlGallery.com for details, or call 733-0905.
Johnson’s ‘Icons’ at Gallery Wild
Gallery Wild on West Broadway welcomes Colorado painter Jennifer Johnson for a one-woman showcase titled “Icons.”
Growing up with a father who worked in the national parks, Johnson had plenty of exposure to them as a youngster, and their wildlife and landscapes continue to influence her work today. Her series “Beauty of Our National Parks” combines impressionistic scenes with realistic portraits of some of the characteristic figures and features of Grand Teton, Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Arches, Glacier, Yosemite and other jewels of the American landscape. And one of her paintings of Jackson Hole’s world-famous Million Dollar Cowboy Bar hangs at the Town Square landmark.
“Icons” will features some of Johnson’s latest original painting in her national park series as well as an assortment of giclee prints.
The show opens July 3, with Johnson in the gallery from 10 a.m. to noon and a reception set for 1 to 6 p.m.
Visit GalleryWild.com to view Johnson’s work, or call 203-2322 for information.
Waddell, Cook show at Altamira
Altamira Fine Art will showcase work by two of its stalwart artists, Theodore Waddell and James Pringle Cook, starting Monday.
Montana artist Waddell imbues his landscapes with the power of abstract expressionism, channeling the likes of Jackson Pollock and Robert Motherwell in his nevertheless bucolic scenes of Big Sky ranches and pastures.
“I try to translate the narratives of land, seasons, mortality, grandeur, and human-animal interdependence into our own context,” Waddell said of the work in “Natural Rhythms,” the title of his Altamira show. “I concentrate on the vagaries of colors and times, attempting to understand and capture what I see.”
In his spotlight, “The Painter Work,” Arizona painter Cook continues to contemplate water in his latest work, its movement, its effects on light, how it informs a scene or a landscape, and how to best depict it, not only as a physical presence but as an elemental force.
“They are complicated,” he said of his work, “because they involve my learning and understanding of the paint itself as a medium and how it informs the image I am working with. It’s not a photorealistic rendition of this subject. It’s about what I see, but also about how I paint the thing. It’s a painterly rendition of an image.”
The two artists’ disparate approaches of rendering the landscape — Waddell’s surrender to his process and Cook’s devoted study to observing and depicting — provide an expansive look at the creative mind engaged in its subject matter.
“Natural Rhythms” and “The Painted Work” both open Monday, with a reception set for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at 172 Center St. Visit AltamiraArt.com to view the work, and call 739-4700 for information.
One Ton Pig, live(stream) at the center
In the COVID-19 era the Center for the Arts continues to find new ways to engage with the Jackson Hole community and to give a spotlight to area musicians with its livestream series.
Since early May the valley arts institution has worked to fill the gap in entertainment created by coronavirus restrictions with a series of events streamed live from the Center Theater. To date, Jackson chanteuse Aspen Dawn, Woy folksters Michael Batdorf and the Brother Wolf, funk-soul unit Organa with Corey McCormick, acoustic rockers Inland Isle, cool funk combo Sneaky Pete, twang-funk five-piece Strumbucket and multitalented frontman Bo Elledge have all enjoyed the top-notch production standards of a Center Presents event sent out to the world via the center’s website and its Facebook page.
In July the series continues with country-rockers One Ton Pig, the long-time house band at the Silver Dollar Showroom, getting rowdy with tunes by the McCourys, the Wood Brothers, Old Crow Medicine Show and many other contemporary favorites as well as a robust setlist of originals. The Pig tunes up at 5 p.m. Wednesday.
Then, through the rest of the month, the center plays host to classical guitarist Byron Tomingas (July 9), DJ Rocky “Vert-One” Vertone (July 16), a “Prescribe: Poetry Apothecary” poetry reading assembled by Jackson writer Matt Daly (July 23) and bass-clef specialist Sheena Dhamsania’s mix of Hindu drones, Motown harmonies and all the genres she has explored through the years (July 30).
And more is expected on the way, as the center — and the world — continues to contend with social distancing restrictions. All livestreams can be viewed on the event pages at JHCenterForTheArts.org or Facebook.com/TheCenterJH.
Keeney’s art is at Piggott
Tayloe Piggott Gallery on South Glenwood shows 14 new oil-and-mixed-media paintings by LA artist Stephen Keeney through Aug. 8.
Keeney’s large-scale (up to 67 by 130 inches) abstract canvases fill three gallery rooms and capture Keeney’s ability to transport viewers. Layers of thick impasto make for cool and sparse environments as well as warm and pulsating compositions.
“Each of these paintings speaks to the viewer in its own clear voice,” the gallery said in its press about the show. “However, when presented together, the viewer quickly recognizes the same deep place of physical materiality and process-based experimentation that reverberates from piece to piece.”
A former professor of philosophy, Keeney prides himself on being a principled person and is incredibly wary of the egoism implicit in producing art. “I don’t purport to be anything but an amateur,” though there is scant evidence of Keeney as a self-proclaimed neophyte in his wall-size canvases.
Visit TayloePiggottGallery.com or call 733-0555 for information.
Pinedale pours it on for 4th
Pinedale’s Soundcheck Summer Music Series kicks off Saturday with Happy Valley, Utah, Americana act Timmy The Teeth, Nashville duo Sally & George and Ogden, Utah, singer/songwriter Branson Anderson.
Music will start at 4 p.m. at American Legion Park in downtown Pinedale, bookended by the town of Pinedale’s annual Fourth of July Picnic from 2 to 4 p.m. and Pinedale’s famous fireworks show after sundown. All events are free and organized to ensure social distancing and other coronavirus-safety measures.
Raised in a musical family, Timothy George (Timmy The Teeth) has been singing and playing music from an early age. Growing up, his home was filled with music from his sisters playing piano or his dad keeping rhythm with the butter knife in anticipation for his toast to pop out of the toaster.
Sally & George employ stomp percussion and a single mic to produce a retro surf rock sound that frames their captivating harmonies.
And Branson Anderson has toured the U.S. and parts of Europe, opening for Mattiel, Corb Lund, Charlie Parr, Brothers Comatose, Smooth Hound Smith, Little Hurricane, The Kolars and Joshua James.
Pinedale’s Soundcheck Summer Music Series is presented by the Pinedale Fine Arts Council and continues through the summer with Colorado band Whippoorwill (July 18), Kansas City “Cosmic Western” duo Jenna & Martin (Aug. 1), Denver’s Wildermiss (Aug. 7) and Lincoln, Nebraska, singer-songwriter Andrea Von Kampen (Aug. 15).
For details and information, visit PinedaleFineArts.com.