Craig Spankie

I decided to check out River Springs, now known as Rendezvous Park (R Park) for my View22 project. I went there with my children a couple of weeks ago. Surprisingly there was a lot of activity at the park as the Jackson Hole Land Trust was hosting their annual FoundSpace art event in conjunction with R Park’s annual Summer Solstice party. We wandered about and the kids made pirate ships with the folks from Jackson Hole Public Art and floated them down  the stream.

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I was interested in the connection between the R Park and Emily’s Pond via the pathway bridge so I made another trip back a few mornings later to explore the area more thoroughly.


On my second visit I came over the bridge from the Emily’s Pond side into R Park. It was your classically stunning early summer morning in Jackson, with wildly contrasting colors and the Snake River rushing by I felt confident I had gathered enough inspiration to begin my piece for the View22 project…

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– Craig Spankie

Elizabeth Cogburn

A Painting Afternoon at R Park

A boy walking by with his family summed up the afternoon, “It is such a beautiful day!” On a sunny July afternoon Rendezvous Park was well used. Families picnicking by the pond, summer camp children paddle boarding on the water and walkers using the winding pathways.

This was my first time enjoying R Park, which is conveniently located across the street from the Stilson parking lot in Wilson. I thought I would walk down to the Snake River but there was a  nice flat spot of shade just off from the ponds. I set up my easel and for hours I enjoyed watching the park goers as I painted the scene with the backdrop of the Grand Teton.

-Elizabeth  Cogburn


Scotty Craighead


I chose the Rendezvous Park (R Park) as my property for the View 22 collaboration with the Jackson Hole Land Trust. This year the Land Trust chose properties that were easy to access and that artist could visit several times. It was really nice to be able to visit the property regularly and develop a better understanding of the land.  I enjoyed seeing it change over time. I visited the R Park five or six times and each time, I developed a stronger connection with the land. The first few visits I wandered around aimlessly, not knowing what I was looking for and hoping to find inspiration. After a few visits I noticed that not only were kids attracted to the several large ponds and creeks throughout, it was also a vital resource for the animals in the area. During my visits I saw deer drinking from the brooks, Great Blue Herons fishing the shallow waters of the ponds, and a family of ducks used the tall grasses around the creeks for shelter. The water of the R Park is a circulatory system and it creates a vibrant environment not only for humans but also for many species of plants and animals. After realizing the importance of the water, I knew that’s what I wanted to focus on for my art project.

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During some of my earlier visits I noticed cotton flying off the cottonwood trees and landing on the ponds surface. It was then blowing to one side of the pond where it would build up into a white fluffy blanket. I thought it was quite interesting and beautiful and attempted to get enough photos for a collage. After reviewing the photos I had taken I decided that they were not good enough and I needed more. I was unable to return to the ponds for a few days and by the time I returned the cotton blankets had dwindled and it was not the spectacular scene it had once been. I had missed my window of opportunity! Slightly devastated, I moped around the ponds for a few more days before something new caught my eye. The sun was reflecting off a Mullen leaf that was floating on a pond.  I don’t know whether it had died and fell into the ponds or a young child had been using it as a toy ship to sail the great seas of the R Park, but it had my attention. The soft, fuzzy leaves with strong venation (the pattern of the veins) looked like rivers or creeks flowing. The edge of the leaf created a nice strong contrast against the dark waters of the pond. I quickly found a few more leaves to photograph. After, I went home to check the photos, already knowing I had what I needed.

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-Scotty Craighead

View22: Open Studio Works Now Online!

View22 Collage

In 2016, we invited 19 local artists to create place-inspired art on 13 Jackson Hole Land Trust conservation properties. The momentum for the project built over the summer as artists created their works and interacted with the community at artist demonstrations at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and R Park. From August 1st -14th, the buzz continued building as the 13 View22 open-access locations were marked with green JHLT flags.

View22: Open Studio will culminate this Sunday, August 14th, 2016 with an exhibit and sale at the Jackson Hole Land Trust’s 36th Annual Picnic at the Fish Creek Ranch in Wilson.

The 31 finished works are now available for viewing and purchase online and through our downloadable e-catalog! The catalog will be updated periodically to reflect sales.

For inquiries regarding art sales please contact Roxanne Pierson at or 307-733-4707.

R Park Painting Session – September 21, 2014

The new Rendezvous Park, also known as R Park (note that it sounds a lot like “Our Park!”) is a special place indeed. Located on the west side of the Snake River near the Wilson Bridge, adjacent to the popular boat ramp and the newly opened Pathways pedestrian bridge, the park is one of a very few privately-owned public parks in the country. A collaboration between the Jackson Hole Land Trust and the LOR Foundation, the project reclaimed 40 acres of land that was a functioning gravel operation until 2012. With a lot of vision, planning, and sheer hard work, they have converted it into a natural park for use by the public. I actually painted in R Park last fall, when the work had begun in earnest, with dirt being moved and paths being formed. It was a beautiful spot even then, loaded with potential, but hard to picture in totality.

Finally this fall, on September 21, the site opened to the public, and what a celebration it was! A thousand-plus people, from babies to senior citizens, many with bikes, dogs, even unicycles, explored the cleverly considered grounds and discovered all sorts of surprises. There is a grove of cottonwoods strung with inviting hammocks, and a lagoon-like pond with a beach and an island, perfect for wading, swimming, kayaking, and paddleboarding. A wide open meadow that will be planted with native grasses and wildflowers, dotted with trees, just begs for summer picnics and kids playing tag. There are quiet corners for contemplation, and mounds with trails spiraling upwards for views over the park and across the cottonwoods to the Tetons beyond. Many visitors imagined sledding down those hills in the winter and ice skating on the pond, although on this day, the kids were skidding down the bare dirt and having a magnificent time doing it.

There were three artists with the View 22 project in attendance at the R Park celebration to add another dimension to the park experience: that of renewal and inspiration. Kay Northup and Lee Riddell set up their easels near the water. I got to paint from the top of the tallest mound. What a spectacular perspective! The spiral footpath to the top made it easy to haul my gear up and gave me constantly changing views on the way. From the apex, I could see across the whole park and get a sense of how everything connects. The fall colors were still blazing away that day, and though the skies had a thin cloud cover, the sun kept breaking through, making for some stunning views. I set up my easel facing the Tetons and the pond below, creating a quick impression in pastel. I had so much fun chatting with all the people, especially children, who had lots of great questions about art and about why I was there. I also had a fly-on-the-wall experience, since from this vantage point I was able to observe the sheer delight of the visitors as they climbed the hill, ran about the meadow, and splashed in the water.

After a while, I planned to move to another spot down along the river, but when I turned around to pack up, I was stopped dead by the deep blue of the water in another pond surrounded by golden cottonwood foliage. So I turned to the west and got right back to work. I am quite sure that I was not alone in being inspired from all directions in Rendezvous Park. I look forward to experiencing it in all the seasons, with paint and without, with my bike, on foot, with my daughter, husband, dog, and friends. The vision has definitely been realized!

—Jennifer Hoffman