FoundSpace is a chance for artists to shine like nature

JACKSON HOLE, WYO – The Jackson Hole Land Trust (JHLT), in partnership with Jackson Hole Public Art (JHPA), is announcing the fourth annual FoundSpace installation at Emily Steven’s Park in Wilson.

The event invites the community to interact with art installations and explore protected open spaces while celebrating the crossroads of art and conservation.

FoundSpace 3, June 2017, Wilson Centennial Pathway. (David J Swift)

The FoundSpace launch celebration on takes place Thursday, June 7, from 5-8pm. Meet the five local FoundSpace artists at Emily Steven’s Park leading to three miles of public access along the levee and the Wilson Bridge. The unveiling of the art installations will feature local food options from Café Genevieve truck for $2, free refreshments from Roadhouse Brewing, and live music from Jess Camilla O’Neal and the Neversweat Players.

The first 200 event attendees to visit all of the installations throughout the park will receive a custom, limited-edition FoundSpace printed bandana featuring artwork by Cal Brackin, and hand printed by Walt Gerald. The FoundSpace installations will remain in place until the day after the JHLT Annual Picnic on August 12.

FoundSpace 3, June 2017, Wilson Centennial Pathway. (David J Swift)

As the fourth iteration of FoundSpace, this year’s artists use natural ‘found’ objects that reflect on a playful spirit and gathered by the artists in Emily Steven’s Park.

The theme for this year’s installations is “Small Things, Big Impact.” It links together three-dimensional sculpture, poetry, and screen-printing. The artists—Matt Daly, Jenny Dowd, Brittany Hill, Bland Hoke, and Bronwyn Minton—will be onsite during the June 7 event to provide information and inspiration.

“FoundSpace allows me to create art that is inspired by the conservation property itself. My Looksees are tall, humorous characters that provide interactive ways of looking at and seeing the landscape through a spyglass hole,” said Bronwyn Minton, four-time FoundSpace artist. “You are encouraged to explore your surroundings out on this beautiful open space while keeping in mind the smaller pieces.”

FoundSpace 3, June 2017, Wilson Centennial Pathway. (David J Swift)

Emily Steven’s Park is a JHLT protected conservation property owned by Teton County, and managed by Teton County Parks and Recreation, located five miles from Jackson Town Square, and two miles from downtown Wilson. Emily Stevens gifted the property to Teton County in 1992, ensuring that the property would always be a place open to the public for quiet recreation and enjoyment.

In keeping with both Stevens’ wishes and the terms of the conservation easement, the Teton County Parks and Recreation Department has added simple parking, bathroom, and picnic facilities. In winter and spring they groom the ski track on the levee.

Hundreds of people visit the property each day, every season of the year, to walk, run, ski, or just enjoy the river and the great views north to the Tetons. When Stevens passed away in 2001, she left a legacy of conservation that ranged far and wide.

FoundSpace 3, June 2017, Wilson Centennial Pathway. (David J Swift)

“We are thrilled to have this year’s artists creating art on the protected land along the levee at Emily Steven’s Park, which is one of the best public-access places for outdoor recreation in our area, especially for dog owners,” said Jenn Sparks, JHLT board member. “The venue is an ideal place to engage the community through artistic experiences and bring awareness to the open spaces and accessible local pathway systems throughout the valley. We are grateful to partner with other organizations in Northwestern Wyoming which serve to create a high quality of life through art and conservation.”

Bland Hoke’s radical mini-treehouse village called “Treepoli” will be just one of the displays not to miss at this year’s FoundSpace. (Lucas Ayoub)

 FoundSpace is supported in part by funding from the Wyoming Arts Council, the Center of Wonder, and Arts For All.

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