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


Jonathan Selkowitz


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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.

River Springs – Rendezvous Park Painting Session

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I joined Jennifer Hoffman for a plein air session out at the River Springs property – now called Rendezvous or “R” Park – just as fall was arriving in Jackson. The seasons changed quickly this year and that day we found ourselves all bundled up,not quite used to the cold air yet, and highly aware of the frosting of snow that covered the Tetons. The contrast of the bright orange and yellow foliage against the grey, blue, and white mountains and sky was almost eerie- a clear message from nature telling us that winter was well on its way. As Jennifer painted, I walked around the soon-to-be community park, curious about the progress that the development team had made on restoring the slow-moving waterways and ponds of the property as well as the gravel pit reclamation. With the Friends of Pathways bridge construction underway, and the presence of machinery required for the gravel pit reclamation process, admittedly my walk around the property felt more industrial than I anticipated.


Vision is a word that best describes this property. When the Land Trust was approached for the second time about this important community protection project in 2011, it was the vision of being able to transform an important public access point for the Snake River and valuable wildlife habitat from a commercially used gravel pit into a natural community park. With the potential for four home sites to be developed on the 40-acre property located on the west bank of the Snake River, the Land Trust and other community partners envisioned something greater for the land at River Springs- a community park adjacent to the river that provides families with areas for safe swimming, fishing and other water activities, as well as natural walking trails and access to the river.


When I joined back up with Jennifer after walking along the river to snap a few photos of the gorgeous mountains and the foliage reflecting in the ponds at the park, I knew she had seen the vision for “R” Park and had more than adequately encapsulated the magic of the place in her plein-air masterpiece that day. The colors of the leaves, the calmness of the water, and the majestic snow-covered Tetons looming over it all perfectly captured what the vision for River Springs is – a place where everyone can go to enjoy nature and appreciate the multi-faceted beauty of Jackson Hole.


Rendezvous Park is slated to open to the public in Spring 2014. For more information on the progress of the park, please visit


-Jenny Wolfrom