Grand Teton Gallery’s roster includes Teshia, a Montana painter who goes by a single name. She calls this acrylic “Moose Sighting.” Teshia and other artists will visit the gallery throughout the Fall Arts Festival.
A plethora of artists will visit Grand Teton Gallery during the Fall Arts Festival. Visitors can expect a variety of exhibits that focus on color and texture.
Rip Caswell will be sculpting in the gallery starting Saturday, Sept. 10. It will be a unique experience to watch because he will be creating what is called a “pre-cast,” working with clay to sculpt a piece that will later be cast in bronze.
Some of Caswell’s previous works include a mustang and a bison. Visitors will also have access to a pre-cast sale, at which sculptures will be available for a discounted price because buyers are investing without seeing the final product.
Caswell will be back in the studio along with fellow sculptor Al Hone on Tuesday, Sept. 13. They will answer questions about their techniques and subject matter on and off from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Artist Michelle Julene will also be in the studio from 4 to 7 p.m. on the first Saturday of the festival, Sept. 10. Gallery owner and director Mary Beth Warren describes Julene as “a more spiritual artist, with looser lines. She’s a real free spirit, and you can see that in her painting.”
Julene initially gained her reputation designing couture clothing for big-name clients. She grew up around horses, and several years ago she began painting them to connect to her roots. She is now working on two horse series: “Into the Wild” and “Into the Mystic.”
On Wednesday, Sept. 14, the gallery will host a reception for wildlife watercolor artists Deb Fox and Zach Babat.
Fox is a local artist known for her large and brightly colored watercolors. Warren said her work “achieves a vibrancy that is unparalleled.”
“I call it my happy art,” Warren said. “I’m a real color person.”
Babat, a former bush pilot, divides his time between Montana and Alaska. When he’s not painting he is a fishing guide, allowing him to paint fish from memory that are “detailed and whimsical,” Warren said.
“He gets the fish just right,” she said.
A reception on Friday, Sept. 16, will feature oil painters Michelle Larsen and Peggy Ann Thompson.
Larsen was named Idaho’s Artist of the Year. She builds a sculpture on the canvas with tissue and then brings it to life with bold colors, resulting in a two-dimensional work of art.
Thompson’s work is unique, too. She paints only with a palette knife, creating impressionist landscapes that rely heavily on texture and color.
“I love her work,” Warren said. “I think it’s beautiful.”
Artist Don DeMott is also supposed to come to Jackson at some point during the festival and do demos of his work, sculptures of Aspen tree groves.
“They’re mostly fall and winter pieces, and they’re admired for their uniqueness and beauty,” Warren said.
Artists Teshia and David Gonzales will also be in the gallery during the festival. Gonzales is creating the poster for the upcoming LATOJA, a bike race from Logan, Utah, to Jackson Hole.
Warren has even more on her plate than a packed festival schedule. Grand Teton Gallery is also hoping to acquire a new moniker.
“I don’t like the name,” Warren said. “Everything here is called Grand Teton something or other. We need to do something different to stand out among the 28 other galleries in Jackson.
“People will get into town, visit us, and come back in at the end of the day and tell me that I’m their favorite gallery,” Warren said. “But I’d like to be more recognizable before people get here, too.
“By the time kids get to the back they’re like, ‘Wow, this can actually be fun!’” she said.
For a complete, updated schedule of all the artists visiting Grand Teton Gallery, check online at GrandTetonGalley.myshopify.com. Warren said the plan is to have an artist in the studio every day of the festival, but specifics will firm up closer to the dates.
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