View22: Field Study Works Now Available Online!

In 2017, we invited 21 local artists to create place-inspired art on 18 Jackson Hole Land Trust conservation properties in Teton, Fremont, and Sublette counties. The momentum for the project built over the summer as artists created their works and interacted with the community at artist demonstrations at the R Lazy S, and the Teton Food Tour.

View22: Field Study will culminate this Sunday, August 13th, 2017 with an exhibit and sale at the Jackson Hole Land Trust’s 37th Annual Picnic at the Hardeman North Meadow in Wilson.

The 80 finished works are now available for viewing and purchase through our downloadable e-catalog! The catalog will be updated periodically to reflect sales.

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

Bronwyn Minton

Tree Rubbings, Huidekoper Ranch, Summer 2017

These works are made using a variation of the traditional Chinese stone rubbings that have been used since approximately 100 A.D.

My method involves pressing wet rice paper into the bark of the tree and applying ink to the paper. I use encaustic to seal the paper and create transparency.

I have been using this technique to document trees for the past 12 years. Documenting a tree in this way creates a temporal work. A document of the tree, its growth and a moment in time as it continues to grow or deteriorate. There are many large trees on the Huidekoper Ranch – I spent a Sunday printing six of them. I was among wildflowers and I could hear Osprey in the distance.

– Bronwyn Minton

Elizabeth Cogburn Birnie – Rock Springs

 

My assigned property for this summer’s View22 project is a section of land just south of the Hobacks in Teton Village. I had hiked and skied through this Land Trust property countless time but had no idea it was one of the Land Trust properties until this spring! On my hikes up to Rock Springs, I have enjoyed the beautiful wild flowers, rushing streams and deep forests. I am working on painting one of the views from the property as well as some details of the wild flowers.

– Elizabeth Cogburn Birnie

Kay Stratman – Artistic License

I have been asked (by the inner me) to produce my “Artistic License”. It proves that I am an artist that is “entitled to stretch the truth, bend the rules and push the boundaries while while performing acts of creativity. Use with reckless abandon.” The unwritten assumption is that I also am allowed to change my mind – after sketching and painting hummingbirds, western tanagers, and other wetland birds to consider for inclusion in my collection for the Jackson Hole Land Trust’s View22: Field Study project, I completely switched gears today and painted this little study I will call “Hidden Treasure”. It may become a larger painting as well. I just love this little gem of a secluded wetland in Wilson, WY, particularly because this quiet little stream runs through it. The light glinting on the surface is what attracted me to it as a painting subject. This piece is painted on a silver board. I will try it on a gold board as well. Stay tuned…

 

– Kay Stratman

Kay Stratman – Wilson Wetlands Trail

I have been honored to join a group of artists asked by the Jackson Hole Land Trust to focus on various properties protected by the Land Trust. The project will culminate in an exhibition and sale at the annual JHLT picnic on August 13th. My assigned space is called the Wilson Wetlands, a small intimate wetland located right in the middle of Wilson, WY.

I never noticed it before when I drove by, but by spending some time there I understand its importance. Besides being a very lovely respite to wander through for humans, it hosts a number of critters and plants that rely on wetlands for survival. Wetlands are so often drained, altered, or covered over to create more land for us humans. Without these wetlands these critters, plants and birds would not be a part of our lives. Though I often paint vast expansive landscapes, my theme for this collection will be something much more close up – wetland birds. I made a recording of bird sounds on one visit so I could not only identify who made the sounds, but also to have something wonderful to listen to while painting.

– Kay Stratman

View22: Field Study!

Jackson Hole Land Trust Announces View22: Field Study

View22 seeks to unite art and conservation to cultivate a deeper sense of place in throughout Western Wyoming. By pairing local artists with iconic and treasured JHLT protected properties – and sharing these experiences with the public through blog posts, artist demonstrations, and a fundraising art show – the View22 project raises awareness for the importance of open space protection for the valley’s wildlife, community, and artists. The project was launched in 2013 together with local artists Kathryn Turner, Jennifer Hoffman, and Bill Sawczuk. In 2014, Kay Northup, Lee Riddell, and Travis Walker joined the project. In 2015, we expanded the project in celebration of the Jackson Hole Land Trust’s 35th anniversary to showcase 35 local artists working in a variety of visual media. The 2016 View22: Open Studio Project included 21 local artists and explored easement-protected open access properties throughout Teton County.

The fifth year of the View22 Project once again unites art and conservation with local artists creating place-based art on Jackson Hole Land Trust (JHLT) protected properties to raise awareness of the importance of open space protection in Jackson Hole. We are excited to announce that this year’s project is expanded to include artists and properties from our Green River Valley Program and Wind River Program areas. The concept for 2017 – View22: Field Study – is to give artists the opportunity to visit the same site on a number of occasions. This year’s artists are busy creating three to four pieces of art for the View22: Field Study Exhibit at the Annual Picnic on August 13th. The goal of View22: Field Study is to allow artists to form a deeper connection to the conservation land they are visiting and working on and to portray through their art the changes and cycles that take place on the landscape throughout the summer.

With the addition of artists and properties in our project areas we hope to continue the synthesis of art and land conservation throughout Western Wyoming. Bobbi Miller – a new artist painting in our Wind River Program area says, “I am thrilled to be participating in the View 22 Field Study Invitational and have fallen in love with a magnificent property in Dubois! The Three Spear Ranch exudes multifaceted natural beauty which lends itself to many artistic interpretations. I hope that mine will elicit feelings which will move others to thoughtfully engage in the Land Trust’s mission statement of preserving open spaces, scenic vistas and historic heritage.”

This year’s View22 artists represent a wonderfully diverse range of local fine art galleries, studios, and independent artists from Teton, Sublette, and Freemont Counties: Diane Benefiel, Emily Boespflug, Richard Burke, Lee Carlman Riddell, Elizabeth Cogburn Birnie, Katy Ann Fox, Nicole Gaitan, Alyssa Hartmann, Dwayne Harty, Gary Keimig, Laurie LaMere, Charmian McLellan, Kay Meeks, Bobbi, Miller, Bronwyn Minton, Erin O’Connor, Abby Paffrath, Jocelyn Slack, Kay Stratman, Carrie Wild, and Kathy Wipfler.

Lee Carlman Riddell – R Park

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The yellow flag on top of the little hill at R Park represents joy to me. The color is that of the sun.

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On a beautiful day in July, walking up and around the hill, I photographed the flag as it danced in the wind. I had so much fun trying to capture the playfulness I felt being there that day. From images of the flag at rest, to images of it curling into fantastic shapes against the sky, I was mesmerized.

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The painting I made for Open Studio 2016 is one that celebrates the choice between uplift and rest, like how being in R Park makes me feel.

-Lee Carlman Riddell

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Ben Roth – Spring Creek Ranch

I’ve always been intrigued by bonsai and their gnarled, twisted character and have wished that there were more around to paint and print. Unfortunately, I don’t think the Land Trust has any holdings in Japan, but while out hiking along the Snake River, I was struck by the abundance of our unaltered version to the stately bonsai – the exquisite sagebrush.

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Jenny Wolfrom recommended the Spring Creek Ranch easement on Spring Gulch Road for sagebrush observation and she was on point. It was fun to go up a new drainage in the valley and I really enjoyed the Dr. Seussian, spindly aspen trees and meandering trails. I was looking a picturesque sage bush with the elegance of bonsai and didn’t find the exact one but several that were close, so I studied them, did some sketches and created the shape I was envisioning.

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I’m in the process of painting the original and then will do a five color screen print next week. My hope is for an edition of 50. I’m painting the bush without background and treating it as a portrait.

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-Ben Roth

Craig Spankie – R Park

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.

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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

View22: Open Studio!

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Jackson Hole Land Trust Announces View22: Open Studio

The Jackson Hole Land Trust is excited to announce the fourth year of the View22 Project which once again unites art and conservation with local artists creating place-based art on JHLT protected properties to raise awareness of the importance of open space protection. The concept for 2016 – View22: Open Studio – is an exploration of Jackson Hole Land Trust properties that are open to the public and/or access friendly for artists as well as others to enjoy and experience. 20 local artists will be creating one or two pieces from these designated locations, accessing the Open Studio locations when the timing for conditions and schedule work for them. The artists will share their experiences painting on conservation land through stories and photos on our interactive View22 blog and the project will culminate with a final exhibit and art sale at the Land Trust’s 36th Annual Picnic on August 14th. Similar to 2015, View22: Open Studio locations will be marked with green flags in early August.

View22 seeks to unite art and conservation to cultivate a deeper sense of place in Jackson Hole. By pairing local artists with iconic and treasured Jackson Hole Land Trust protected properties – and sharing these experiences with the public through blog posts, artist demonstrations, and a fundraising art show – the View22 project raises awareness for the importance of open space protection for the valley’s wildlife, community, and artists. The View22 project was launched in 2013 together with local artists Kathryn Turner, Jennifer Hoffman, and Bill Sawczuk of Trio Fine Art Gallery. An organic partnership, it was proposed to the Land Trust by the Trio artists out of recognition for the invaluable role that open spaces play in their livelihoods as artists and to portray the beautiful, dynamic protected spaces in our valley through their paintbrushes.

Longtime Land Trust supporter and veteran View22 artist Lee Riddell said, “I love being a part of the View22 project – where the creation of art is both inspired by and contributes to the protection of wildlife habitat and open space for all to enjoy. As a landscape painter being out on these properties emphasizes for me the importance of preserving these land forever.”

This year’s View22 artists represent a wonderfully diverse range of local fine art galleries, studios, and independent artists: Joe Arnold, Diane Benefiel, Emily Boespflug, Elizabeth Cogburn, Scotty Craighead, Katy Ann Fox, Pamela Gibson, Eliot Goss, Dwayne Harty, Todd Kosharek, Bronwyn Minton, Erin O’Connor, Abby Paffrath, Mike Piggott, Lee Carlman Riddell, Ben Roth, Bill Sawczuk, Craig Spankie, Travis Walker, Carrie Wild, and Kathy Wipfler.