What is your occupation?

My occupation: artist (and many different things.)

How long have you been a member of the Art Association? 

I have been a member since 1996. (I used to go to life drawing sessions when the Art Association was located next to the post office on Pearl St.)

What is your art background and why are you involved with the Art Association?

Traditional education: Fine Art School in Grenoble, France. Master’s degree, cum laude, in Art History, University of Grenoble, France. I breath art and love to be surrounded by its many forms.

Alces, Alces Gigas (2022) drift wood

Favorite Art Association event or class? 

My favorite class is life drawing and favorite events are various exhibits.

What is your biggest art mishap?

I was working on a small decorative mural, on a ladder. Getting tired, I came down the ladder with an open paint container in both hands. When I thought I was on the last rung,  I stepped down as if it the floor was the next stop. The floor was not there. I missed a rung: down I went, and up and down went the paint, splashing on the wall and floor. It was a mess. It took me a while to clean everything up.

Twirl (2023): Governor’s Capitol Art Exhibition 2024. Purchase Award
The Birth of Peace (2024), collage
Calling Spring (2020)
What is your occupation?

I am an emerging artist who moved to Jackson in December of 2021 with a desire to pursue fine art as a full-time career. I am currently working as a wildlife guide with Backcountry Safaris. 

How long have you been a member of the Art Association? 

I have been a member with A!A for just over two years now. 

What is your art background and why are you involved with the Art Association?

I graduated from Walla Walla University with a BA in Art in the spring of 2021. Since then, I have taken workshops with multiple artists I look up to and have pursued continuing education in fine art. I got involved with A!A because I like its mission and I thought it would be helpful for making good connections in the art world.

Favorite Art Association event or class? 

My favorite event so far has been the Whodunnit? event.

Fun Fact about yourself? 

My favorite hydrothermal feature in Yellowstone is Beehive Geyser.

What is your occupation?

I work part-time as a bookkeeper for Rendezvous Engineering, where my husband is a partner in the firm. For the past few years, I also volunteered and work at Teton County Public Health’s Vaccine Clinics. 

How long have you been a member of the Art Association? 

I first joined sometime in the mid-1990s. Over the years, I have taken numerous classes, but have especially enjoyed several watercolor classes from Fred Kingwill and a series of oil pastel classes with Lucinda Abbe.

What is your art background and why are you involved with the Art Association?

I grew up in a “crafty” family and have dabbled in various forms of art off and on most of my life. I took an art class or two in college, but felt I needed to pursue a more “practical” career and obtained a masters degree in business administration. Over the years, as time and life allowed, I enjoyed creating with various craft and art mediums, focusing primarily on oil pastels, acrylics, and watercolors. A few years ago, I found that I had the desire and time to begin again with watercolors. Now, I am trying to be more intentional about making time for art in my life. This is just one of the reasons I rejoined the Art Association. Taking classes helped revive some lost skills, and interacting and volunteering with the staff and other artists has inspired me to keep going. 

Favorite Art Association event or class? 

It’s hard to pick just one class or favorite event, but as an aspiring artist, and Art Association volunteer, Whodunnit? ranks high on my list. For an amateur artist, it is gratifying to see your work hanging in a gallery, and not nearly as intimidating to do it anonymously. As a volunteer, I loved seeing the joy and enthusiasm of the other artists…especially some of the younger participants who were so excited to have their art displayed and admired by others. 

Fun Fact about yourself? 

I won a Fire Prevention art poster contest in 4th grade. That may have been what sparked (pun intended) my interest in art.

On the evening of September 22, 2023, the Art Association of Jackson Hole celebrated 60 years of being the oldest visual arts nonprofit organization in Jackson, Wyoming. The guests entered through a festive archway made of balloons that of course followed the identifiable hot pink color scheme. The theme was the 60s, so many adorned bell bottom pants and nostalgic jewelry. DJ Crayon played era music, and as the night progressed, more folks congregated on the dance floor. Delicious 60s themed hors d’oeuvres from Knotty Apron were shared throughout the evening, and the champagne sparkled like the sequins dotting the tablecloths. Conversation flowed throughout the night among guests. Attendees included artists, board members, parents of art students, staff, art lovers, long time residents of the community, and so many more. What joined everyone together was an immense appreciation for the arts and more specifically a shared excitement in celebrating the legacy and future of the Art Association of Jackson Hole.

Thank you to everyone who made this night possible, especially our largest sponsor Jackson Hole Jewelry Company. Also special thanks to our additional sponsors including Taylor Piggott Gallery, First Interstate Bank, National Museum of Wildlife Art, Graze Garden and Home (for their beautiful floral arrangements), and of course the beautiful venue of the Virginian Lodge. To continue supporting the Art Association and get your holiday shopping done at the same time, shop at Jackson Hole Jewelry Company this October and 10% of your purchase will be donated to our nonprofit if you choose the Art Association online or in-person at checkout.

Thank you to our event attendees, many of whom fill our classrooms, use our studio spaces, and most importantly – make art with us! The Art Association thrives because of our supportive and incredibly creative community that we have worked to serve for the past 60 years. Together we can continue this legacy so that the Art Association of Jackson Hole remains a place where everyone can feel at home. Making art makes Jackson whole!

Jackson Hole is a town that draws countless outdoor recreation enthusiasts, naturalists, sight-seers, and artists! Some may be surprised to find that Jackson is a hub for the arts community, but many folks who have experienced this place know of the special power of both the environment and the community that makes Jackson a place of bountiful creation. 

This is the 58th year of the Art Fair Jackson Hole, and we’re incredibly excited about the artisans we have gathered to share and sell their work. In July we had the first Art Fair of the Summer, and we have our second and last Art Fair this weekend, August 18th-20th, where returning and new artists will share their work. Our staff at the Art Association of Jackson Hole has worked hard to curate a talented and diverse group of artists that residents and visitors of Jackson Hole will love. During the last Art Fair, we spoke with various artists about their work as well as their motives behind coming to our town of Jackson to share their craft.

The Alpine Studio was created by Ariel Rodriguez from Gardiner, Montana. This is her first time at Art Fair Jackson Hole. Rodriguez creates detailed scratchboard works of various animals found in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, and adds bursts of color using india ink. Living so close to Yellowstone, she finds herself constantly drawing inspiration from her surroundings. Rodriguez has been creating her scratchboards for the last three years, and has always loved being creative. Rodriguez hopes to succeed in “capturing the true magical yet fierce essence of Yellowstone wildlife through different mediums.”

Salvaged Sisters was started by stylish sisters Anne and Mary from Utah. A love of thrifting quickly turned into a creative business endeavor for the two. After over 40 years of working in corporate America, Anne and Mary decided to follow their passion and create one of a kind clothes from their thrifted finds. They had a very organic start giving their clothing creations to family, then friends, then eventually selling at farmers and art markets. Exploring their booth, you will find lots of cargo and camo styles with unique embellishments. They decided to come to the Art Fair Jackson Hole for the first time this year because of their love of the mountains.

J2 Antler Designs is the family run business of Jorge Meneses, Francisca Galicia, and Jorge Meneses Jr. The family has been living in Jackson for over 20 years. They make lamps, chandeliers, bottle openers, and much more from antlers found in the Jackson area. Jorge Jr. explains that they buy the antlers from boy scouts during the yearly antler auction in Jackson town square. It is important to them that they support the community of Jackson however they can. Community is a big reason why the family loves participating in the Art Fair Jackson Hole. Jorge Jr. says that it is fun to get to know fellow locals and become more integrated in the community. 

Acquainted with Butterflies are 4th time returnees of the Art Fair Jackson Hole. Visit their stand and you will be met with numerous displays of vibrant butterflies behind glass. The origin of these beautiful insects is a fascinating story. The couple that owns the business buys the butterflies from all over the world from places including Indonesia, the Philippines, the Amazon, and throughout the United States. Many of these butterfly farms use the profit they make from selling butterflies to make a living rather than clear-cutting forests for lumber. A large portion of these butterflies are released into the wild to support endangered and threatened butterfly species. One specific butterfly, the Birdwing, was displayed at the store’s booth. The owner explains how in the 70s this butterfly was close to extinction, but then the local people signed a treaty that allowed them to raise and revitalize the population. Acquainted with Butterflies displays the beauty of different butterfly species from around the world.

RK Artwork was started by Rachel Kozlowski from Utah. Her watercolor paintings of anthropomorphic animals are captivating and fun. She brings her love of painting, illustration, photography, and sewing to each and every product. RK Artwork focuses on designing and crafting items that are unique and one-of-a-kind which will bring a sense of whimsy into your home. Kozlowski explains that she wants to create art that is lighthearted and makes people happy. She is a long-time vendor of the Art Fair Jackson Hole, and she shares how she is drawn back every year to the community of kind and inspiring people she encounters while here. 

Authentic is run by certified herbalist Dawn Olsen. Olsen has a background in conventional pre-med, but had a change of heart when western medicine failed to work for her medical needs. She embarked on a journey of self-discovery with an emphasis on women’s health, and widened her reach to other people once she worked out her own health. Olsen found that it was incredibly hard to source quality ingredients, so she decided to start a garden. She is based out of the high Rockies in Colorado, and she explains how plants that grow in such tough conditions produce incredibly powerful medicinal properties. Her hemp is grown in the agricultural region on the Western Slope of Colorado. Fresh plants work, and that’s what she uses in all of her products in skincare including balms for pain, tinctures, and body oils. Olsen emphasizes that what she does is botanical art, and it is as much an artistic process as painting a canvas. 

Savannah Rose Wildlife was created by local wildlife photographer, Savannah Rose. She has a fine arts degree where she pursued drawing. She began taking photographs for reference pictures to draw from, then quickly realized that hiking and taking photographs was way more fun for her than working with pen and paper. Rose loves being outside, and explains how the switch to this more outdoorsy and physically adventurous art-form greatly helped her mental health. In her booth, a striking photograph of a mountain lion is displayed, a reward from a long day of tracking. 

Spruced Plume was created by a hunter who really disliked wasting parts of the animals that she couldn’t eat or use in other ways, so she found a use. Haley Fitzgerald has had her business for seven years, utilizing bird feathers to adorn different kinds of hats. Fitzgerald tries her best to be sustainable by buying local meat and fish, and hunting the rest of her food. She refuses to buy any feathers for her business, and so consequently her product production stops for the year when she has used all the feathers from her hunting. Fitzgerald also sells leather products such as a belt made from the hide of a mule deer. Whole-animal use is her mission, and she centers all of her work with Spruced Plume around this. 

From butterflies to balms, Art Fair Jackson Hole is a place where artisans of all kinds gather to share their products with the community. Whether you are buying for yourself or another, there is something for everyone. 

Art Fair Jackson Hole is our largest fundraising event of the year. All proceeds, including artist application, booth fees and admission, directly benefit the Art Association’s mission to provide art education for ages one to 100. Thank you so much for your support! The Art Fair Jackson Hole is worth attending both weeks, and if you’ve missed the first, come tomorrow and check out all the artisan made goods!

On August 1st, the Teton Plein Air Painters met at the Gros Ventre Cliffs in Kelly, WY to set up their easels and paint the diverse landscape surrounding them. The cliffs are depicted in oranges, tans, and reds, while the conifers inspire deep earthy greens. The river meanders through the landscape and the canvas, a refreshing body of blue that cools the artist while the brisk morning turns into a warm afternoon. Anne Newcomb and Mary Lohuis sit in camp chairs in the grassy clearing, catching up as old friends do after time apart. The two ladies have known each other since their children attended school together. Both have lived in Jackson since the early 60s, and are proud to call this beautiful place their home. Painting outdoors, or en plein air, is a passion of both of theirs. As we talk, the two stop and turn their attention to a dark bird flying high above us in the sky above us. They briefly discuss whether it is a raven or a crow, and mutually admire the soaring creature. Thus, the spontaneous magic of painting outside.

Anne Newcomb is an avid watercolor artist, and has had her work in three Teton Plein Air Showcases, including the one exhibiting right now in the Art Association of Jackson Hole’s Gallery. Newcomb loves seeing her fellow painting friends at every meet up, and she feels supported by the community of painters. Lately, her focus has been on patterns and values. She wants to capture the darks of the conifer trees and the lights of the cliffs.

Mary Lohuis explains that the Teton Plein Air group is an incentive for her to consistently paint. With weekly meetups in different locations and monthly critiques, the group is dedicated to growth and support. The group was formed around 11 years ago, and is continuously growing. 

June Nystrom used to teach elementary school art, and now paints with the Teton Plein Air Painters. Nystrom enjoys having people to talk to with similar interests, as well as the unpredictability of the landscape. A couple of boys jump off the cliffs she is painting which brings a smile to her face. 

A little ways away is Eliot Goss, a seasoned painter with a background in engineering. Goss also enjoys the community aspect of this group and the kindness that comes with it. The kindness is clear from the smiling faces the moment I arrive, to the offerings of water bottles and sun coverings as the day grows hotter. These folks care about each other, whether you have been a part of the group for 5 years or 5 minutes. 

Painting outside can be a mental and physical challenge. An artist must withstand the elements, transport their painting supplies to the site, while also minding the critters that live there. Some of the artists swat at mosquitoes that inhabit the riverbanks of the Gros Ventre. The mental challenge comes with attempting to create an art piece despite all the obstacles that come with painting on scene. Regardless of the mental and physical exertion, the immense pleasure and inspiration that comes with painting en plein air is what draws the painters back week after week.

Currently there is the annual Teton Plein Air exhibit in the Art Association of Jackson Hole’s main gallery. This year’s exhibition, Seasons in Plein Air, celebrates all the seasons of the Jackson Hole area as seen through the eyes of these artists. The show will remain on display through August 18th in the gallery. Stop by during store hours to view the hard work of the artists and even take home a piece of artwork! All of the work in the gallery is available for purchase and supports the Plein Air Painters.

 The Teton Plein Air Painters group is always looking for more creative individuals to join their community. To join the group, you must be a member at the Art Association of Jackson Hole, then you can request to be added to the email list for the Plein Air Painters. These artists paint in sun, rain, and snow. Take advantage of these final months of summer by painting under the sun with the Teton Plein Air Painters!

People of all ages, ethnicities, races, and sexualities engage with art daily. The beauty of the practice is that one can safely explore with uninhibited creation. Many people engage with different mediums as a way to dive deeper into understanding themselves, as well as making sense of the world around them.

This June we celebrated “Pride Month,” an occasion with historic roots, that focuses on acceptance, commemoration, and celebration of the LGBTQIA2S+ folks, also referred to as the queer community. The arts and the queer community have been intertwined since people first began to create art, and this is largely because art is a way to express oneself, and every human regardless of their identity works towards expressing themselves in one way or another.

Cara O’Connor, our awesome Studio Coordinator at the Art Association of Jackson Hole, studied printmaking in college and teaches many classes in the medium in addition to her duties of taking care of our studio spaces.

O’Connor speaks to the positivity that art has on people, “The process of putting something into the world in an intentional way helps one define their own values and their own voice. It helps them take pride in who they are.” O’Connor is excited about the celebrations this month, and agrees that art is a vital element in the queer community. 

“Art has always been trying to push boundaries. It’s essential that art is inclusive to all because in any knowledge-seeking endeavor, you never want to close it off to one populous, because then it wouldn’t be true. All voices and points of view need to be included in order for an accurate depiction of our world,” O’Connor says, her words ringing with awareness and validity. 

Through the exploration of diverse voices and visions, we are left with a beautiful collective mural of what it means to be a creative community. We are incredibly lucky and thankful to have a space where people with all different identities can come together to create. Artists are visual storytellers of the human experience, and the more voices we can include in our stories, the clearer we can see the world.

When asked how the community of Jackson can work towards making everyone feel safe and accepted, O’Connor says, “It’s the little things like putting up a Pride flag or respecting people’s pronouns that make a big difference.” O’Connor is excited about the Pride events that happen in the area, specifically the Victor Pride parade where she sold her T-shirts in support of Pride Month. 

At the Art Association of Jackson Hole, we are proud to be an organization that not only supports, but welcomes all individuals into our studios. We hope that you take a class with us or become a member and add to the diverse story we are telling of Jackson Hole through art!

Jackson is a community that has a global influence with a local focus. Teton ArtLab, a project transformed into a nonprofit, has been around since 2008 and was founded by Travis Walker and Tristan Greszko. The project emerged as a way to provide affordable studio and exhibition space for artists in one of the nation’s most expensive locations. Their focus is both on the local and global scale. Teton ArtLab continues to provide studio spaces for artists. The organization distributes over $50,000 in stipends to artists they host from 27 states and 5 countries. These artists are given a room at the local Anvil Hotel. The Art Association of Jackson Hole has been partnering with Teton ArtLab in efforts to assist visiting artists and also to utilize their visit to provide unique art education to our Jackson community. So far this year, we have welcomed five visiting artists into our studios to work on projects and share their vision and processes with the public through a capstone artist talk. We are thankful for the successful partnership between Teton ArtLab and the Art Association, and the strengthening of both of our missions by working in collaboration. If you haven’t attended an artist talk, keep your eyes peeled for them next year! For now, check out the Uncommon Artist highlights below from some of the really unique and interesting folks we’ve met so far. 

Katrin Schnabl perches on a stool wrapped in colorful fabrics and surveys the room behind light pink glasses. Behind her is a tall piece of fabric that moves ever so slightly from a mysterious undetectable breeze. Movement is key here. For Schnabl, movement is at the center of her work in visual arts and design. Schnabl grew up as a dancer in Frankfurt, Germany, then moved to New York where she honed her skills both on and off stage. She shifted her focus less towards the dancer themselves and more about what they wore, and how they wore it. It became imperative that the dancers’ movements were not inhibited by what they wore, but were enhanced. She took to designing elaborate outfits for performers that flowed with them rather than holding them back. Soon, she shifted towards fashion off the dance floor, and worked with renowned designers such as Jill Sanders and Caroline Herrera before launching her independent fashion label “Miche.Kimsa.” One of the most fascinating aspects of Schnabl’s work is that she doesn’t limit her designs to the body, she creates pieces that can stand alone as well as be worn. She motions to what she is wearing and explains that it hung as an art piece before she turned it into a wearable piece. Schnabl is fascinated with creating kinetic experiences, or experiences surrounding motion. She is enthralled with the intersectionality of everything, and views her textile art as being a “skin” of sorts. The human body is one of the inspirations for her work. Seeing the connections between different mediums and phenomena is a powerful insight for artists, and it is one that can open doors to new creative possibilities.

Nina Nichols is standing over a massive neon pink log in the middle of the studio. “It looks phallic, but I promise it’s not supposed to be,” she says half apologetically and half with a chuckle. Nichols fusses around the ambiguous object, pulling at the pink material that acts like a stretchy skin, revealing  earthy wood beneath it with flecks of bark and dirt sloughing off. “There is a spider nest inside this tree, but it’s supposed to eventually be a home for squirrels.” All the spectators seem to eye the log a little more closely, expecting to see spiders emerging and running around the studio. This bright pink log is not any random craft – it is a carefully thought out project with immense meaning behind it. Nichols is a mold maker, who has made everything from rubber knives, concrete busts of philosophers, to foam blocks of fake cocaine. She started out as a prop maker for films, and ended up on the journey of her own exploration where her craft became an artform that took on its own meaning. She now creates large installations that she often describes as “monuments.” Nichols’ work is focused on ecocentric art making; honoring plants, animals, rivers, and much more. Nichols is as much an artist as she is an environmental advocate. She serves on the committee in her town in North Carolina dedicated to environmental health, and feels passionate about the issues surrounding the land degradation that results from cattle grazing. Much of the land in her home state of North Carolina is deforested, causing a reduction in squirrel habitat, which was an inspiration for this pink log project. The pinkness is just a cast for the final tree which will stand in sturdy cement. Nichols explains how she is trying to get away from using cement because it is one of the most destructive building materials one can use. She used to like using resin, but the dangers of it were revealed when two people in New Orleans died from repetitive inhalation over time. Nichols is dedicated to “gardening” her way through the challenges of climate change. “Gardening,” she describes, is an all-encompassing term that involves working with nature, not leaving a negative mark on the land, and slowing down to listen to the environment. Nichols works to “unbuild” herself and the things she creates by creating structures that will eventually return back to the earth, or be reclaimed by nature such as being inhabited by animals and insects or taken over by lichen and moss. Western ideas of property ownership dictate that one can do whatever they want on their property, but Nichols argues that we must think of the repercussions. Fallen structures can leach harmful chemicals into the soil and waterways, which has a far greater impact on plants, wildlife, and eventually humans as well. Nichols bought a partially burnt down house that was left in North Carolina, and is now making it her project to restore it and build a flora-filled haven in the basement, sustained by a tall structure in the center covered with mirrors to reflect sunlight downwards. This project is symbolic of the meaning behind Nichols’ work – to create something out of what nature is already providing us or that humans left behind, that will benefit the environment, animals, and the perspective of humans. 

Alise Anderson perches on a stool, quietly waiting for everyone to settle into their seats. Behind her is a projection on a screen that looks like a scrapbook. Anderson moved to Salt Lake City, Utah during the start of the pandemic and never left. Her grandmother lived outside the city, and is a major influencer of her work. Anderson explains how her grandmother passed away in 2018, and left behind a whole collection of archives that include every movie her grandmother ever watched and journals of daily tasks she accomplished. Her grandmother also did countless needlepoint works, and left many as her “funeral gift” to loved ones after she passed away. Anderson was fascinated by her grandmother, and this translated into a collection of work in sculpture and other forms of art to try and share this very interesting life and the transition to death. The exhibit is called “my grandma is a meme,” aptly named because her grandmother is actually an internet sensation. Look up “grandmaflouge” to find a cute woman who is wearing the same color clothes as the chair she is sitting on. Anderson’s exploration of her grandmother’s life shows a unique perspective that wouldn’t normally be examined so closely and publicly. Her work shows us that curiosities, humor, and art can be found in surprising places.

Brian Foughy stands in front of the room with a projection of his face on the screen and “Who is this guy…” in a large font. This is a guy who loves the internet, words, and public restrooms. The internet is where he started his exploration of uninhibited creation. Originally from Massachusetts and now living in Denver, he has been working with code and design throughout his journeys. Foughy started off by creating websites where people could sign up to take him to the airport or to their family’s Thanksgiving when he couldn’t go home. He has built many websites such as an anonymous twitter website called “canttweetthis.com,” and a website for festival attendees that Brian says is “a venue for attendees and haters to vent about the happenings of the festival without having to own up to it.” He is currently working on projects in “collecting words,” where he takes photographs of signs or vandalism of words that stick out to him in a meaningful way. He found a French publisher who loved his idea, and together they created a book of these words and photographs. His greatest passion at the moment is urinals. He travels all around the country while working his remote advertising job, taking photographs of urinals that stand out to him. He says, “Urinals are beautiful and I want people to appreciate them.” What he really loves is the adventures that come with taking these photographs, such as the interesting conversations and connections with people at each location. In Denver, he started a project where he hung the photographs he took above each urinal. Next to the photographs is a QR code to invite men to share their experience while using that urinal, anonymously of course. Foughy explains that he loves showing work outside of galleries so that everyone can see it. Women may not be able to see his urinal photos or interact with them, but they can view a large collection in his book “occupied” which was also produced by the same French publisher. Foughy explains how he wants to show people how connected “human nature is with physical nature.” He says the forest draws us in just like the internet and food does. By taking photographs, he is trying to make these man made things more important and valued by people.

Joni Sternbach smiles at the front of the room as it fills with surfers. Yes, that’s right, surfers in the landlocked state of Wyoming who surf the various rivers around the Tetons. Sternbach is a photographer from the Bronx, New York who grew up trying to find her voice through the lens of a camera. She began by taking photos of her cousin Lana, then later her focus shifted to the ocean. The ocean has always felt like home to Sternbach, and she believes that drawing attention to our seas is becoming more important as global water issues increase. Her first emotions towards surfers was annoyance because they were invading her frame, but then she soon realized that she wanted them to totally encompass her shot. Her project called “Surfland” was born. She began taking photos of various surfers around the world using the collodion process, which results in a very striking image. Sternbach explains that this process of taking photographs has the “ability of capturing something essential” and leaves a lot up to “chance and spontaneity.” Since she develops all of her photos on site, she is exposed to the elements and has to take into consideration how the weather will impact her process. Sternbach took a surfing lesson or two, but she says that she is not a surfer. Sternbach might not regularly surf, but she is heavily involved in the surf culture and understands surfer’s needs to experience the sublime through this sometimes very extreme sport. Just like many people are obsessed with and romanticize the western cowboy culture, Sternbach claims that surfers are another identity that is exemplary of the idealism of a free and untamed life. Sternbach says that,“Living in the moment brings peace. I’m not sure if surfing brought me peace, but it brought purpose.”

Whether it is trying to save the planet through sculpture or finding beauty and laughter through the exploration of public restrooms, art is incredibly dynamic and each artist has their own unique vision. Through the Uncommon Artist residency program, we have met some incredible artists that each share their own fascinating perspective. Expanding perspective is the key to growth, and at the Art Association, we aim to foster an environment of growth and learning for our community. Thank you to the Teton ArtLab, all the fascinating visiting artists, and all members of our supportive artistic community here at the Art Association!

Are you wanting to get more involved with your local arts community? Well, look no further! Membership at the Art Association of Jackson Hole is a fantastic way to do just that, all the while supporting impactful work that is dedicated to bringing art education opportunities to everyone in our Jackson community. Our members enjoy a number of fantastic perks, and we’re excited to talk about how to get the most out of your membership (and if you’re not a member – why you should become one!

1. Discounts on classes

If you are an avid class-taker or would like to be, 10% off can make a huge difference! If you take more than one class a year, your family or individual membership usually pays for itself! The discount is also super helpful for parents that sign their kiddos up for multiple classes each year. Just make sure you use your code at checkout! We have a large variety of classes that change month to month, so always keep your eyes out for our newsletter or check our class pages.

2. Discounts on store purchases

We are proud to have the only art supply store in Jackson, and what’s better than shopping at your favorite local nonprofit? Be sure to inform the cashier of your membership at checkout to receive 10% off. The Art Supply Store has watercolor, oil, acrylic paints, and brushes. We also have a variety of pencils, calligraphy, pens, charcoal, printmaking, canvases, ceramics, india ink, coloring books, how-to books, kids supplies, and so much more! With new items constantly being stocked, be sure to come by to check in and also to say hello!

 

3. Access our Studios

Don’t have your own workplace or the necessary supplies at home? Want a change of scenery for inspiration? Well, you’re in luck! We have 5 studios that can be accessed during the duration of your class or with an open studio pass. Open studio passes are only available if you are a member, and trust us you’ll definitely want to spend some time outside of class in these spaces.

Linda McGregor Ceramics Studio: Located on the first floor at the south end of the Center for the Arts building. The 2,050 square foot studio is equipped with twelve wheels, a slab roller and an extruder. Our studio primarily fires to Cone 10 reduction in our two downdraft natural gas kilns and can also fire to Cone 6 oxidation in the electric kilns. Many clays are available for purchase in this studio!

Painting, Drawing and Printmaking Studio: Located on the third floor of the Center for the Arts building. This 1,750 square foot studio includes easels, drawing horses, and still life materials. Our printmaking area includes a Takach press, an exposure unit, a T-shirt screen printing station, and various other printmaking tools/materials. 

Multi-Purpose Studio: Located above the Ceramics Studio at the south end of the Art Association on South Glenwood. This 1,700 square foot studio is equipped with 4 large garage doors for moving large pieces through or for additional ventilation, a silversmithing area, a small woodworking area and a glass kiln.

Photography and Digital Arts Studio: Located on the third floor of the Center for the Arts building. The 450 square foot digital lab is equipped with a film/document scanner, inkjet photo printer, and iMac computers with industry standard software including Adobe Creative Suite. The 500 square foot traditional darkroom includes processing chemicals, use of enlargers, film developing room, and archival washers.

Borshell Children’s Studio: Located on the third floor of the Center for the Arts building directly next to the Art Association offices. This bright studio is equipped with youth focused supplies and materials.

 

4. Participation in the Annual Members’ Show & Sale

This annual show is one of the most exciting exhibitions of the year. We are proud of our talented member community and we love to showcase their work as well as making it available for sale. The Annual Members’ Show and Sale is only open to members of the Art Association, so take advantage of this great opportunity to share your work! This year’s show is currently on exhibition, so be sure to stop by. Thank you to everyone who contributed this year, and if you didn’t we hope you do next year!

5. Become listed in the Artist Directory

If you are an artist who wants your work easily accessed, you can have your profile listed on the Artist Directory for free! This page is a great place for folks to find you as well as your website, social media, Etsy, or any place where you show and sell your work.

6. Swanky Lounge Access

Did you know that we have a super cool lounge and Art Resource Library space on the second floor of our gallery? This space is amazing for getting in some reading, studying, or peace and quiet. We also usually have artwork on display, so you can sit and ponder the meaning of art or life while relaxing on an incredibly comfortable couch. The gallery is open from 10am-4pm daily!

 

7. Being a part of a dynamic creative community

The most wholesome perk of being a member of the Art Association of Jackson Hole is the community it creates. When people join something, they are showing their mutual support. Our community of members value the process of making art together and understands the importance of art education for all. This is a powerful message that binds us together and provides the dual benefits of supporting each other as artists as well as the philanthropic mission of providing art education to everyone in our community here in Jackson Hole.

If you are a member, we hope that you feel supported and informed. If you are not a member yet, we encourage you to join us in all of our fun! Membership is a fantastic way to be a part of a growing artistic community as well as supporting the Art Association of Jackson Hole. If you have any questions regarding membership, please contact Emma our Membership Coordinator at emma@artassociation.org!

Susan Marsh, Blacktail Ponds

Strong communities are vital. When people come together in shared purpose and joy, they not only feel their best, but also enrich the greater whole. Vibrant communities foster a social connection that improves mental health and inspires a mindset of growth and support. The Art Association of Jackson Hole is the oldest community in the valley for visual artists to gather and share, sell, and create art. During the month of May, we are celebrating our community of Art Association members that play a critical role in supporting our efforts to continue to bring art education to Jackson. Each member of our community brings their own unique talents and knowledge that adds to the richness of our collective whole. We had the opportunity to speak to a few special members that chose to weave themselves into our continuously growing story. Their special words speak to the power of gathering in shared passions.

Susan Marsh

Writer, musician, and visual artist Susan Marsh came to Jackson in 1988 and, like many of us, fell in love with the spectacular beauty of the forests and mountains. She worked for the Forest Service for many years before retiring and diving into more creative pursuits. Over the years, she has taken various classes in watercolor, acrylic, and oil painting. Marsh says that she is proud to be a member and sponsor of the Art Association. Marsh joined the partner of the Art Association, the Teton Plein Air Painters, in 2012, and finds great pleasure in gathering every week in the summer to paint. The community of artists is what Marsh values the most, and the encouragement of her peers and teachers. 

Teton Plein Air Painters Susan Marsh, June Nystrom and Sue Tyler
Patricia Griffin painting

Wildlife painter Patricia Griffin has been finding inspiration in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem for 30 years. Griffin has found immense pleasure and purpose in depicting wildlife in her paintings. “Wildlife art touches people on a spiritual level,” she says. She hopes that her art inspires people to care more about animals and see them in an individual way, worthy of not only our admiration, but consideration. Griffin became a member at the Art Association in 2021, and participated in many events prior. She is a strong believer that people should try all kinds of art, which is quite possible to do at the Art Association. Griffin loves to take ceramics, and appreciates the challenge of trying something new. As a strong proponent of Art Education and a teacher of art for over 30 years, she believes that learning about art “opens doors to the inner you and paves the path for self-realization and growth.”

Anne Newcomb, watercolor painting

Retired professional potter and current painter Anne Newcomb has been involved with the Art Association of Jackson Hole since we first began in 1963. She fondly remembers selling handmade plastic ornaments at some of the earliest art fairs where proceeds helped many artists get through tough winters in a Jackson that looked very different from today. Newcomb says that the Art Association has always been so supportive, and it is a community that depends on each other. “I wouldn’t still be doing art if not for the Art Association,” Newcomb says. She loves the watercolor classes here, and often joins the Plein Air Painters. When asked about the value of art education, Newcomb energetically explains that it is critical.

Anne Newcomb ceramic sculpture

She goes on to say that all forms of art draw attention to the world and give one the opportunity to express what may be difficult to say with words. Newcomb says that she loves beauty, and art gives you the opportunity to thoroughly appreciate the beauty of the world. Newcomb always contributes to the Member’s Show. This show takes place every Spring as an opportunity for our members to showcase and sell their work. This show is open right now and will be available for viewing until May 25th.

Here at the Art Association, we are incredibly thankful for our members who help to support us. In return, we aim to support them as well by creating a community and providing opportunities to enrich their artistic endeavors. Whether you call yourself an artist or not, the label does not affect art’s ability to heal and inspire. We encourage folks to join us by becoming a member this May. If you are already a member, thank you! We appreciate your support, and encourage you to inspire your friends to join. This month, all new members and anyone who gets a friend to join will receive a handmade spring-themed card created by artists who work here at the Art Association.

All are welcome to come view the Member’s Show, “Making Art Makes Us Whole” which will be on display until May 25th. Also, be sure to come to the Member’s Event on May 18th from 5-7pm. We hope to see you there!