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.

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: 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 roxanne@jhlandtrust.org or 307-733-4707.

Diane Benefiel – Wilson Wetlands Trail

I can see the Wilson Wetlands Trail from my deck. I walk or ride my bike along the wetlands boardwalk between Hungry Jacks and Owen-Bircher Park several times a week. I’ve experienced the wetlands in all seasons ever since Dodie and ‘Stearnie’ Stearns donated it to the Land Trust in 1995.

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One of the most accessible of the Land Trust locations, it’s a diamond hidden in plain sight of bustling downtown Wilson. Tucked into the lush grasses and willows is a diverse wetlands ecosystem including a creek fed by Edmiston Spring located to the south of Dick May’s welding shop.

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Anxious to get started on my View22 piece, this morning I got an early start as I needed shadows to help define the complex landscape of the wetlands. I carried my gouache paints and other supplies on my bike and in my backpack.

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Painting the Wetlands Trail is an exercise in “green.” Could it be possible every green in the universe appears in the Wetland Trails? It seems like it. I was happy with my first color study but I concede it’s going to be a challenge to capture the essence of the wetlands. Luckily it’s right in my backyard.

– Diane Benefiel