CREATIVE PEAKS: Diverse Pallettes

By on December 15, 2015

Vast array of artists hang for annual salon show.

 ‘Wolf Attack’ by Haley Badenhop (left), and ‘Ravens Spring’ by Kay Stratman are among local works hanging at the Jackson Hole Art Association’s annual Salon Show. (Photo: JH art association)

‘Wolf Attack’ by Haley Badenhop (left), and ‘Ravens Spring’ by Kay Stratman are among local works hanging at the Jackson Hole Art Association’s annual Salon Show. (Photo: JH art association)

Jackson Hole, WY – Several centuries ago, salons in Paris offered a chance for guests to view a variety of the latest creations from the who’s who of the art world. Art lovers gathered to look at work from a range of artists.

Today the tradition lives on in Jackson when members of the Jackson Hole Art Association are invited to showcase a piece of new work in the annual Jackson Salon Show.

The show usually features about 100 pieces of work — not every member opts to participate — ranging from glassware and belt buckles to large bronze sculptures, mixed media, videos and more traditional art like painting and drawing, explained Thomas Macker, gallery director at the Art Association. The work is eclectic and extensive.

“This is one of our most well-received and highly anticipated shows of the year,” Macker said.

There is always a lot of energy at the opening reception, which this year falls on Friday.

Many artists use this exhibition as a chance to show what they’ve learned or worked on in the last year. It’s a welcoming environment to debut work in new mediums or styles, Macker said.

For artists, it’s also a chance to see the work their colleagues have been creating and the ways they’ve experimented or progressed. They can support each other and gain inspiration.

Haley Badenhop will show a watercolor of a growling wolf. Badenhop only recently started working in watercolor after taking a class through the Art Association last year.

She participated in the show the first year she was in Jackson, three years ago. Originally from Ohio, she was drawn to Jackson for its dynamic art scene, which she saw while leading national tours through the area. She says she has been blown away by everything the Art Association offers once she moved to Jackson.

The salon show is the perfect place for Badenhop to share work in a medium that is still new to her. Before moving to Jackson, she mostly worked in graphite and colored pencils, but she started painting with acrylics before finding some watercolors. After playing with the paints, she took the Art Association class.

The show is one of her favorite art events of the year.

“You see the whole community,” she said.

The show is always a reminder of how much talent is in the valley, Badenhop continued, and you get to see a variety of arts representing a breadth of subject matter.

Living in Jackson also changed Sally Byrne’s work. Since moving to the valley she found herself painting landscapes. She moved to Jackson about 15 years ago from Houston, and one reason she picked the valley to retire in was the art offerings such as shows, classes and the art community that Jackson offers for artists to engage in.

A painter, she has primarily focused on watercolor for the past few years.

Every year at least one artist Byrne knows well surprises her at the show with new work that pushes boundaries or explores new technique.

This show is one of the most popular among the artists, but also patrons who use it as a chance to buy work from their friends, neighbors and favorite artists, Macker said. Much of the art varies in price range and is accessible to the masses too, with some pieces selling for about $30 while other works are going for several thousand.

The show is often held in January, but this year it’s closing out the year and doubling as the Art Association’s holiday party as a way to say thank you to members and the community, Macker said.

Each piece is displayed with its title, price and the artist’s name and years as an Art Association member.

Members range from full-time professional artists, to instructors, to those who take classes.

While the show offers heavy local representation, the Art Association’s reach extends regionally and even nationally, Macker said.

The salon show is a great reminder of that reach. And, of course, it’s a perfect place to buy holiday gifts. PJH

The Jackson Salon Show, JH  Art Association member’s exhibition and Christmas party, opening reception 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Friday at the Art Association inside the Center for the Arts. The show hangs through Jan. 15. 

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