Eclectic is the name of the game at Horizon Fine Art.
For over 20 years the gallery has featured painters and other artists who have brought an array of styles and subject matter to show. Four of those artists will take part in this year’s QuickDraw, representing the voices and talent of the gallery.
Gallery director Mary Rossington said the resumption of the Fall Arts Festival is welcome after a year during which the pandemic discouraged people from gathering.
“We are glad that it’s going to happen,” she said. “We are hoping our regulars want to come into town and be part of things.”
Though the COVID-19 year was tough on galleries, Rossington said some of the artists Horizon represents used the shutdown to work on new things.
“It was an interesting year,” she said. “We did get some great art out of it.”
Some of that great art includes new work from Jackson’s own Kay Stratman, who will represent Horizon at the QuickDraw. Stratman works in watercolor, ink, encaustics and other media — and sometimes combines those media. Her recent work includes iconic geological features of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem — think Mount Moran in the Tetons or the Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone park — rendered to feel mystical.
Stratman said she enjoys interacting with spectators at the QuickDraw.
“It is fun to hear a gasp from the crowd when I do something unexpected to my painting.”
Two more Horizon QuickDraw artists are Caleb Meyer and Dale Terbush, notable painters who live in the West. Meyer’s powerful, almost blocky style of rendering landscapes conveys the vibrancy of his city and mountain scenes. Terbush’s subject is light itself, whether streaming across the Tetons or falling diffusely over a valley.
Rossington is particularly excited to welcome painter Gleb Goloubetski, who will be traveling from his home in St. Petersburg, Russia, to participate in the Fall Arts Festival. It’s not every day an artist makes a trek like that. But Goloubetski is used to traveling around Europe for inspiration. His landscapes and paintings of gardens are by turns moody and vibrant.
“He’s quite a character,” she said. “We are excited that he will be here.”
She encourages viewers to join the four artists in the gallery after the QuickDraw to learn more about art-making. The following day Horizon will bubble over with champagne and treats during the Art Brunch, when even more of the gallery’s artists will join the fun.
Stratman said the in-person gallery event is a boon for artists and collectors alike. Horizon carries furniture and jewelry as well as visual art, and the gallery is staged much like a home. That “at home” feeling is something Stratman enjoys.
“I love meeting people in person at Horizon,” she said. “We often discover some shared interests that can only come from in-person conversations. The extra energy that comes from the special events gives me some momentum to carry forward into our slower seasons.” ￼
“It’s fun to hear
a gasp from the
crowd when I do something unexpected to my painting.” — Kay Stratman talking about the quickdraw