140 Artists Gather for Favorite Summer Art Fair

JACKSON, WY – This weekend the Art Association of Jackson Hole presents the quintessential summer art event in the valley – Art Fair Jackson Hole. Come to the 53rd annual Art Fair this Friday, July 12 through Sunday, July 14 in Miller Park in downtown Jackson.

The July fair will host 140 local, regional, and national artists. New this year are 50 artists who have never before participated in the Art Fair.

Photo courtesy of Lina Collado

Fairgoers will enjoy fine art pieces in mediums such as painting, ceramics, sculpture, glass, woodworking, and photography. Additional vendors will bring jewelry, wearable fiber arts, mixed media works and more to the fair. Each artist is hand-selected by a professional jury of local and regional artists, curators, and gallery owners. See a complete list of the July artists.

Photo courtesy of Lina Collado

Throughout the weekend Art Fair Jackson Hole will also offer live entertainment and art-related youth activities and crafts, adding to the Festival atmosphere.

The Portland band, Micah and Me will hold a Live Dance Party at 10 am on Saturday, July 13, as well as a Ukelele Class at 10 am on Sunday, July 14. Both performances are great for families and music lovers of all ages.

The Art Association will host creative, hands-on activities such as dry clay sculpting and bead necklaces for children. Additional local nonprofits including Dancers’ Workshop, Teton Raptor Center, The National Museum of Wildlife Art, and Teton County Integrated Waste and Recycling will create activities and entertainment.

For a detailed activity and entertainment schedule, visit jhartfair.org.

Photo courtesy of John Springer

Art Fair 2019 Poster Artist John Springer
This year’s poster artist is John Springer of Jackson, Wyo. His painting “Schwabacher’s Landing” will be featured on the Art Fair poster and tote bag and other materials. In his artist statement, Springer says, “Through painting and drawing, I explore place identity and the personal experiences I associate with my surroundings. My work is a departure from visual accuracy. Just as nature is somewhat unpredictable so should be my brushstrokes and my colors.”

About John Springer
John Springer is a painter from the Southeast U.S. with a B.S. in Natural Resources from Sewanee: The University of the South. His career began in outdoor education based out of the Rocky Mountain West. Over time his recreational painting and drawing have become his main focus.

Traveling all over the United States as well as internationally, John paints both the iconic and places of personal significance. He has shown work in Wyoming, Colorado, Georgia, and North Carolina. John’s home base is Jackson Hole, Wyoming where he spends his time exploring the landscape and creating art. Learn more at springertheartist.com.

Photo courtesy of Emory Cooper

14th Annual July Emerging Artist Emory Cooper sponsored by The Wort Hotel
Every year the Association invites two emerging artists to exhibit in the Art Fair. The Emerging Artist category is designed specifically for artists who have limited or no experience exhibiting and selling their artwork as a way to encourage budding artists. The selection process began in
March, when a professional jury of local artists, curators, and gallery owners converged to hand-select artists to be featured at the 2019 Art Fair. This year’s Emerging Artist for July is Emory Cooper of Jackson, Wyo.

About Emory Cooper
Emory Cooper graduated from Keene State in Keene, New Hampshire in 2013 with a BFA in Fine Art and promptly moved to Jackson. She works in mixed media collage – collecting magazines quite literally from the Jackson Recycling Center, then sketching memories from her own photographs (vacations, the Tetons, camping trips, etc.) onto a blank canvas. From there, she goes through the recycled magazines and tears out colors and textures that match her color palette.

In her artist statement, Emory says, “I start to rip pieces as I see fit and slowly start to build my vision upon the canvas. Each piece is ripped and placed specifically where I mean it to, almost like color by numbers. I want to create work that embodies what it is like to live here; the beauty, and the chaos. Jackson is always evolving, and I feel as if my work embodies that. My work contains images and snapshots that create a whole image, just like our town of Jackson.” Learn more at emorycooper.com.

Proceeds benefit the Art Association’s art education and outreach programs all year long. Art Association members will receive free admission to fair. For non-members, the event costs $5 for a one-day pass or $10 for a three-day pass for adults. Kids 10 and under are free.

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