148 artists gather for 52nd Art Fair Jackson Hole

JACKSON, WY— Art Fair Jackson Hole has added color to the valley for 52 years now. 

The 52nd iteration will look comfortingly familiar, but this year, the Art Association of Jackson Hole has partnered with Center of Wonder as the two organizations move forward toward becoming one nonprofit. Join them Friday, July 13 through Sunday, July 15 in Miller Park in downtown Jackson for the 52nd annual Art Fair.

Also new this year are 41 artists who have never before participated in the Art Fair. The brings the tally to 148 artists from 18 states, including many from right here in Jackson.

Fair goers will enjoy fine art pieces in mediums such as jewelry, ceramics, painting, photography, sculpture, and metalwork. Each artist is hand-selected by a professional jury of local artists, curators, and gallery owners.

The weekend will also feature interdisciplinary activities for all ages. At the youth creation station, the Art Association and local non-profits including Wyoming Stargazing, The Journeys School, Teton Raptor Center, The National Museum of Wildlife Art & Teton County Integrated Solid Waste and Recycling will host creative and hands-on activities for children. Food vendors, located on the corner of Gill and Millward include POP, Momo Shack, Jessica’s Tamales, Little Red Cafe, Jackson Hole Still Works, and Dancers Workshop Lemonade. As always, there will be a variety of live music including Grand Teton Music Festival, BDubz, Aspen Dawn Music, Rob Bass, and Judith Weikle.

Poster Art

“Where the Buffalo Roam” by Arturo Garcia

This year’s poster artist is Arturo Garcia of Denver, CO. His piece “Where the Buffalo Roam” is an original oil (on canvas) painting will be featured on the Art Fair poster and tote bag. The source of inspiration is the Lamar Valley Region of the Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming where Arturo photographs and sketches bison in their natural habitat. The technique used in this painting is a pallet knife relief technique where thick layers of oil paint were applied to create a 3D effect in parts of the painting.

About the Artist

Arturo Garcia is a full time artist. His love for color gives his style a unique perspective on both the subject and his media of preference. In the last four years, Arturo has been working on a series of bison paintings where the American Buffalo is the main character in a story about the biggest land mammal of the Americas, and the importance it had to the Native American Peoples throughout history. He believes in storytelling through art; in narrating with paint strokes a visual tale coherent to both the mind and the spirit. Arturo will be exhibiting at both the July and the August fair

Party in the Park

On July 12 the Art Association and Center of Wonder will host the second annual Party in the Park from 6:00 to 9:00pm under the big white tent in Miller Park. Guests will enjoy a VIP preview and shopping experience of the Art Fair before it opens too the public. This event is a fundraiser for art education and outreach programs. Tickets are $100 each and available at http://artassociation.org/events/upcoming-events/event-party-in-the-park-85/ or by calling 307-733-6379.

For more information, please visit ArtAssociation.org/art-fair.

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