Mudpots host sale
Looking for some cereal bowls, mugs or clay knickknacks? Look no farther than the Teton Mudpots Summer Sale, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and Thursday in front of the Art Association of Jackson Hole’s clay studio on the Glenwood side of the Center for the Arts.
Many clay forms will be available, including plates, platters, pitchers, jars and sculptures. Both wheel-thrown and handbuilt. Prices start at $3.
Visual artists will have small works for sale, including original oils and acrylics on canvas; watercolor, photographs, and monotypes on paper. A selection of artist-inspired cards, printed hats, and bags will be available, and jewelry will tempt buyers with enamel, silver and inset stone pieces.
The event is also a fundraiser with 30% of sales supporting Art Association studios. Cash, checks and credit cards are accepted.
The Fair will go on
This year’s Teton County Fair will certainly look different from past years, but it will still offer many of its signature attraction such as 4-H events, the Blue Ribbon Exhibit Hall and the Open Class Horse Show — events meant to highlight local talent and give Teton County residents time to shine.
But if you want one of those big red-white-and-blue Best of Divisions ribbons you first have to submit your work, and the time to do so is now.
Entries for 4-H events should be submitted to the 4-H office at 255 W. Deloney Ave. in Jackson.
Fair officials are taking entries of artwork, flowers, baked goods, garden products and many other categories from people of all ages for the Blue Ribbon Exhibit Hall through 5 p.m. July 19, with items dropped off for judging on July 21 and July 22. The community will be able to check out all the winning entries when the Exhibit Hall opens from 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., July 23-26.
Other important deadlines to mark on your calendar include those for the Open Class Horse show: English and Western dressage entries are due by 5 p.m. July 16. The window for Team Ranch Sorting closes at 5 p.m. July 17. The deadline for Showmanship, Trail/Obstacle Course, Pleasure and Non-Pro Western, and Team Branding is 5 p.m. July 23.
To enter Exhibit Hall and Open Class Horse Show event, or to learn more about this year’s Teton County Fair, go online to TetonCountyFair.com.
Live, from the Center for the Arts to the entire internet-streaming universe, classical guitars Byron Tomingas is ready to play starting at 5 p.m. Thursday.
Continuing with its coronavirus-fighting precautions, the center’s next livestream concert stars the Jackson Hole-born plectrist performing tunes from across the many genres he has explored over his decades as a professional musician — from Celtic and country to classical and jazz.
Tomingas has performed with orchestras, chamber groups and as a soloist, onstage, on the radio and for many PBS television programs and several award-winning films. While his broad talents as a musician and a speaker have taken him around the globe, from Sydney, Australia, to Hungerford, England, he always returns to his hometown to play at valley venues like Dornan’s in Moose, the National Museum of Wildlife Art, the Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum, and many others.
Catch Tomingas’ livestream concert — fully produced with lights, cameras and other action — at JHCenterForTheArts.org or on the center’s Facebook page.
The series continues through the summer with DJ Rocky “Vert-One” Vertone (July 16), “Prescribe: Poetry Apothecary” (July 23) and bassist-singer-songwriter Sheena Dhamsania (July 30), with more artists in August to come.
Visit JHCenterForTheArts.com for more or to check in for future event.
Wyze goes big in Victor
The artwork of Jackson native Andrew “Wyze” Shorts is well-known to the area, but most of us probably have not experienced what he has in store for his latest show at Wildlife Brewing in Victor, Idaho.
Officially opening with a meet-and-greet starting at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, the exhibition offers a wide representation of all aspects of Wyze’s life: skiing, skateboarding, music, mountains and, on display for the first time in the Teton region, large-scale graffiti-style painting he will show on a 5-foot-6 wall set up in front of the restaurant.
“This is the first art show I have done that will also be showing an outdoor graffiti installation,” he wrote in a an email to the News&Guide, “an art form I love creating that doesn’t normally get shown at my art shows. It’s a super exciting feature to have at this event.”
Wyze, 24, was a promising competitive skiing and skateboarder as a kid and also built his name as an artist in Jackson’s arts scene. But in adolescence, anxiety, depression, and drugs and alcohol sidetracked him, leading to group homes, jail, homelessness, rehab and other such tenuous conditions. One last arrest and a stint in a rigorous program called Drug Court at last paid off, and today he is six years sober, living in Ogden, Utah, with his wife and daughter, and creating once again, full time, in a variety of media but specializing in spray paint depictions of nature, landscapes, wildlife and outdoor sports as well as hip-hop- and music-inspired art.
Wyze’s Wildlife Brewing show will respect social distancing guidelines, so bring your mask.
Art blossoms at Turner
A bit of rain, a few days of sunny weather and a little alone time away from spying eyes, and kaboom! The natural world all of a sudden explodes with colorful flowers and lush greenery.
The same, more or less, goes for Turner Fine Art on North Cache Street, where the winter and spring work of a baker’s dozen of artists from across the country has blossomed into a brilliant show of paintings of floral arrangements.
“In a time when the whole world was asked to stop,” Turner wrote on her gallery’s website, “it became clear that art and loveliness are especially necessary. This is why a select group of masterful artists have been working to create a special collection of paintings.”
Guest curator Tim Newton, who is the former chairman of the board and CEO of the Salmagundi Club of Manhattan, added: “In challenging times, there are few things that comfort us like beauty. And there are few things in all of Creation as beautiful as flowers.”
Work in the show includes classical still-lifes, quiet outdoor vignettes one might chance upon on a garden stroll, “portraits” of individual specimens and near-abstract floral patterns, rendered in oil, graphite and watercolor by Kathy Anderson, Stephanie Birdsall, Scott Conary, John Felsing, Quang Ho, Eric Jacobsen, Daniel Keys, Shanna Kunz, Sherrie McGraw, Paul Rhymer, Kathleen Speranza, Adrienne Stein and Turner.
For an online sneak peek go to TurnerFineArt.com, but for a fully immersive bath in all the vibrant, pulsating color, stop by 545 N. Cache St.
Virtual Western Design
The annual Western Design Conference Exhibit and Sale — originally scheduled to take place at the Snow King Sports and Events Center — will move online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The online replacement for the event, Western Design Conference Digital Sourcebook, is slated to launch on Sept. 10t, the conference’s original launch date.
Organizers are trying to find a silver lining to the cancellation: What once required collectors to flock to Jackson will now allow people around the world to shop and appreciate Western American crafts.
In a press release, Executive Director Allison Merritt said that “the decision to cancel the 2020 Western Design Conference Exhibit and Sale was not taken lightly.”
But, like everyone else, Merrit is making lemonade from lemons in the face of COVID-19. She and her team are excited about the new platform’s ability to connect people interested in Western design without stepping foot in the valley.
“It is our goal to continue to play matchmaker between our artisans and those who appreciate their work,” Merritt said.
The Digital Sourcebook will highlight both veteran and up-and-coming designers. Because of its online nature, the conference expects to feature more artists from the Old and New West than ever before. Check out the Western Design Conference’s Facebook and Instagram for a peek.
The Western Design Conference expects to once again open in person in September 2021. Visit WesternDesignConference.com to shop its digital marketplace.