By on December 1, 2015

Daly Projects moves into an artsy hood and celebrates with works by Mike Tierney.

Mike Tierney spray paint and stencil work on board, epoxy resin. (Photo: Mike Tierney)

Mike Tierney spray paint and stencil work on board, epoxy resin. (Photo: Mike Tierney)

Jackson Hole, WY – Meg Daly hadn’t planned on opening a physical gallery space so soon. It was a down-the-road dream for Daly, who’d recently started representing local contemporary artists. But last year when a space opened up on Pearl Street that fit what she wanted, Daly realized her dream of opening a contemporary art gallery in Jackson far sooner than she expected.

Since opening the doors to Daly Projects, Daly’s hosted a variety of shows featuring Jackson artists she represents, as well as guest artists. The gallery, tucked away on Pearl Street, was a bit of an experiment – as it turns out, a successful one.

On Friday, Daly Projects opens its doors in a new space, located in a central spot easier for visitors to find and surrounded by other creative people at Teton Artlab at 130 S. Jackson Street.

The new gallery opens its doors with a party from 5 to 8 p.m., Friday, where people can check out the new space, works by several of Daly’s artists, and new art by Mike Tierney. Folks can also pick up their art shares through the Community Support Art Jackson Hole program.

The new spot is the former site of ITP Space, a gallery that recently closed. It’s an accessible spot people already associate with art, Daly said. Before it was home to ITP Space, it was Lyndsay McCandless’ gallery, Lyndsay McCandless Contemporary.

Daily says she hopes the new locale will help collectors discover her artists. The gallery will be a residence of Teton Artlab, which many of her artists are also affiliated with, allowing cross-pollination and a chance for the gallery and nonprofit to support each other’s missions, she said.

“Teton Artlab is a perfect location for the gallery. Having working artists right next door reinforces the gallery’s mission to represent excellent regional artists,” Daly explained.

The space, with three different rooms, allows for multiple showings, and the tall ceilings offer opportunities for larger sculptures and installations.

The opening will feature Tierney’s work, which captures the beloved mountains and landscapes of the Jackson area, but with a gritty urban sensibility. He often works in spray paint and stenciling on panels and boards, coating the work with a high-gloss epoxy resin that gives his pieces a signature look, Daly said.

Recently Tierney has been experimenting more with texture, playing with used drywall and mud, repurposing it for design. Daly noted that Tierney’s background in house painting fuels his inventiveness in reusing everyday materials and playing across mediums.

Some of his images even glow in the dark. “His images are gorgeous in the light and gorgeous in the dark,” Daly said. “His work is so captivating.”

Tierney moved to Jackson in 1996 to paint skis for Igneous Skis, a local outfit creating and building hand-made custom skis. An accomplished skier, Tierney paints the places he loves to ski – images of Cody Peak, or Corbet’s Couloir at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, capturing these places with the eye of someone who not only appreciates the aesthetics, but from the perspective of someone who has intimiate experiences with the landscape. He hasn’t just seen the lines, he’s felt the rush from skiing them.

The resort selected Tierney as its 50th anniversary artist this year. He designed artwork it will use in marketing and celebrating the resort’s anniversary.

While you’ll be able to see Tierney’s work on Friday, Daly is hosting a reception specifically for him from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 15.

On display at the gallery opening Friday will also be works by other artists who have shown at Daly Projects this year, including Eleanor Anderson, David Buckley Borden, Scotty Craighead, Camille Davis, Mark Morgan Dunstan, Katy Ann Fox, Pamela Gibson, Kelly Halpin and Ed Lavino.

The opening party serves as the final pick-up party for Community Supported Art Jackson Hole, too. December artists include Craighead, Susan Fleming, Bronwyn Minton and Ben Roth; and they will be present at the party showing new work for purchase and offering brief talks about their CSA projects.

There will be drinks, snacks from Persephone, and plenty of new art.

The new gallery is open noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, or by appointment by calling 307-699-7933.

Opening celebration, pick-up party for CSA Jackson Hole and new work by Mike Tierney, 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Daly Projects at Teton ArtLab, 130 S. Jackson Street. PJH

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