JACKSON, Wyo. — Jackson Hole’s active arts community can be found everywhere — from the Center for the Arts to galleries around the Town Square to vibrant exhibits in local cafes. But what was the art scene like in the 1930s, ’60s or ’90s?

Join Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum (JHHSM) for an in-person Beers and Banter conversation on Thursday, June 24 at 6 p.m. with local painters and art historians: Katy Ann Fox, Greta Gretzinger, Maggie Moore, and Lester D. Taylor. The event is free with seltzer and beer available for a Museum donation. Doors open at 5:30 pm.

From depicting local scenes to researching and writing about Jackson Hole art, our guest speakers will talk about their experiences with painting in the valley over time.

Beers and Banter will be moderated by JHHSM Executive Director Morgan Jaouen, following an informal, conversational format. At the end, an audience Q&A will complete the evening. The summer exhibit “Painting the Town: Archie Boyd Teater in Jackson Hole, Selections from the Lester D. Taylor Collection” will also be on view in the museum during the program.

“The art scene of Jackson Hole has and continues to be an important part of our community. We’ll dive into its past, present, and future through these panelists’ stories. We’re looking forward to kicking off our summer season of events with this fun conversation,” says Jaouen.

Local speakers will bring a variety of personal perspectives from working as artists, to art researchers and appraisers, and artist biographers.

Katy Ann Fox
Katy Ann Fox wanders through the West witnessing windblown mountains and sunlight to gather emotion and imagery for her landscape paintings. Her oil paintings host a feeling of peace and respect for her subject as she focuses on texture and color harmony. She grew up in northern Idaho, moved to San Francisco, California for her MFA degree at the Academy of Art University and now makes her art in the town of Jackson, Wyoming. In addition to painting, she does woodblock printing and hand thrown pottery and some sewing.

Greta Gretzinger
Greta has been working as an artist in the Jackson Hole and Driggs area since 1988. She is known primarily as a muralist but also does a variety of other custom painting and portraits as well as graphic design and illustration. Her work is whimsical, colorful and fun. Using local characters, humor and situations are trademarks of her art. She has been known to paint in a variety of styles and on many non-traditional surfaces. She has embellished trailers, boats, garage doors, vehicles, and appliances.

Greta’s murals can be seen in Jackson at the New York City Sub Shop, The Merry Piglets, The Rocky Mountain Oyster, Pearl Street Bagels and the biggest one, in the alley beside the Sundance Inn. In addition to work in the school district, she has illustrated two children’s books “How the Elephants Saved Christmas” and “The Ugly Mooseling,” both written by Linda L. Olson.

Maggie Moore
Maggie is the founder of Artemis Art Advisory, an art appraisal and collection management service in Jackson Hole. She is passionate about art, research, and local history.

Book cover “The Life and Art of Archie Boyd Teater” by Lester D. Taylor. Courtesy Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum

Lester D. Taylor
Lester holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University and taught economics at Harvard, the University of Michigan, and the University of Arizona for 42 years. He is the author of more than 80 technical papers in economics and more than a dozen books on the subject. He first became aware of painter Archie Teater in the summer of 1957 while working a summer job at Jackson Lake Lodge in Jackson Hole and has since accumulated a large personal collection of Teater paintings and is the author of “The Life and Art of Archie Boyd Teater.”