The Jackson Hole Land Trust invites you to follow our collaborative project that seeks to unite art and conservation to cultivate a deeper sense of place in Jackson Hole. Drawing inspiration from artist Thomas Moran, whose paintings of the Greater Yellowstone’s rugged beauty played an important role in the establishment of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, View22: the Art of Jackson Hole’s Open Spaces brings to light the role that land conservation has played in shaping our valley’s private lands.
By pairing local artists with iconic and treasured Jackson Hole Land Trust protected properties – and sharing these experiences through an interactive online blog, artist demonstrations, and a fundraising art show – the View22 Project raises awareness of the importance of open space protection for the valley’s wildlife, community, and artists. The View22 Project has garnered community support and media attention, including coverage in the Jackson Hole News & Guide, Wyoming Public Radio, the Land Trust Alliance’s Saving Lands Magazine, Images West, and other publications and online art blogs.
Throughout the summer, View22 artists travel to Land Trust protected properties and create works of art inspired by these places. The View22 blog shares their experiences and paintings through regular photo updates and posts. In addition, the Land Trust and View22 artists host artist demonstrations at several protected property locations. The project culminates each year with a fundraising art show that benefits the Land Trust’s future land protection projects in Jackson Hole in addition to supporting local artists.
The View22 Project was launched in 2013 together with Kathryn Turner, Jennifer Hoffman, and Bill Sawczuk of the Trio Fine Art Gallery. In 2014, Kay Northup, represented at Trailside Galleries; Lee Riddell, represented at WRJ Home; and Travis Walker, represented at Altamira Fine Art joined the project.
In 2016, we launched View22: Open Studio, an exploration of Jackson Hole Land Trust properties that are open to the public and/or access friendly for artists. Artists have created one or two pieces from these locations, accessing the Open Studio locations when the timing for conditions and schedule work for them. Similar to 2015, View22: Open Studio locations were marked with green flags in late July, and culminated with an exhibit and sale at the Jackson Hole Land Trust’s Annual Picnic on Sunday, August 14th.
“As full-time landscape painters in Jackson Hole, we have a vital interest in the preservation of open space within our valley. It is the natural beauty found in wide open spaces that inspires our creativity. Through sharing our interpretations of the landscape, we hope to shine a spotlight on the importance of conservation efforts made possible by the Jackson Hole Land Trust,” – Kathryn Turner, Jennifer Hoffman, and Bill Sawczuk of Trio Fine Art, founding View22 artists.
We hope that you will join us online in this place-based exploration of some of our valley’s most iconic and beloved open spaces. “Like” us on Facebook to receive the latest updates from the View22 project.
A catalog of available works from the View22: Open Studio Exhibit is available for download here.