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Colorado painter Stacey Peterson displays a collection of Teton-area oils — including “Day’s End” — at Turner Fine Art. The exhibit starts Monday.

In the end perhaps the greatest grace of having survived, and even thrived, through the pandemic of 2020 is our ability to connect and reconnect to the natural world.

That’s what motivated Colorado artist Stacey Peterson, who will present her connections to nature in her upcoming solo show, “Solitude Echoes Back,” opening Monday at Turner Fine Art.

“As an artist, 2020 was a very difficult year,” Peterson said. “I’m a very introverted person, and the work that I do is personal, so you would think, ‘Oh, hey, I have so much time to paint while I’m sheltering in place because of a pandemic.’ But I kind of felt the opposite.”

Like so many of us, Peterson found that the loss of the regular hum of life affected her work. And, despite her introverted nature, she found what she missed the most was the energy she gained from connecting with people, other artists and collectors.

“I’m just so excited to get this much work out in front of people,” she said of her Turner Fine Art show. “There is a human connection to art that is so important.”

Peterson’s “Last Light, Cathedral Group” appears on the program book and other materials for this summer’s 60th season of Grand Teton Music Festival. She works with oil and canvas to move her audience beyond a landscape and into a feeling that is gained or earned along the rough edges of the Rocky Mountains and found in the soft paths lined with bright foliage.

“I love being outdoors — it’s where I feel at home,” Peterson said. “I find peace out there, and so my goal with my landscapes has been, ‘Can I put paint on a canvas for other people to see and feel what I see and feel?’ That’s my big overarching goal. And what I arrived at last year was that I wanted to be more intentional about bringing that peaceful, grounded feeling into my paintings.”

All of Peterson’s work at Turner Fine Art will be of the Jackson area, with many views of classic Teton peaks. Her show will hang June 28 through the end of July. A reception with Peterson at the gallery is set for 5-7 p.m. July 15.

“I’m excited to do this show,” she said. “I love painting mountains, and I’m really excited to immerse myself in Tetons while I’m in Jackson.” 

Contact Jeannette Boner at 732-7078 or entertainment@jhnewsandguide.com.

Since moving to Jackson Hole in 1992, Richard has covered everything from local government and criminal justice to sports and features. He currently concentrates on arts and entertainment, heading up the Scene section.

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