JACKSON, WY – St. John’s Hospital Foundation Board Member Patrick Trucco came to the team at the Foundation with an idea to support Sage Living, the new long-term care community at St. John’s Medical Center. He wanted to partner with local artists who could design and paint one-of-a-kind Adirondack Rocking Chairs for display at prominent businesses throughout Jackson Hole.
The hope was that these chairs do two important things for Sage Living: raise the awareness of the project and the benefit to seniors and their families and also raise funds to ensure the success of the campaign. Patrick’s vision became a reality this spring as one artist after the next enthusiastically accepted the invitation to paint a rocking chair. Businesses also jumped at the opportunity to participate by sponsoring chairs for the summer. Thanks to the incredible support of 25 artists and the sponsoring businesses, the community has a unique opportunity to bid on the chairs and help the campaign for Sage Living reach its greatest level of success.
On Thursday, August 22, artist Katy Ann Fox will be giving an Artist Talk at the St. John’s Professional Office Building Suite 206 Innovation Center. The talk will run from 12 – 1 and lunch will be provided. Please RSVP if you plan to attend by emailing [email protected] or calling 307-739-7529.
Fox’s chairs will be on display at Persephone until September 15. Her oil paintings host a feeling of peace and respect for her subject as she focuses on texture and color harmony. She wanders through the West witnessing windblown mountains and sunlight to gather emotion and imagery for her paintings. She grew up in northern Idaho, moved to San Francisco, California for her Masters in Fine Art Painting degree at the Academy of Art University and now makes her art in the town of Jackson, Wyoming.
Artist Statements for her two chairs:
The Throne of Glory
After delightfully coating this chair with a radiant gold, I took this chair to a favorite spot on the Snake River and painted the lovely Glory Peak. In this rocking chair, I playfully allude to the gold frames of Plein air paintings and our community’s recreational staple of Glory Peak to form a throne that ensures meditative rocking, pride, and smiles.
A Window Seat
It is the coveted position on an airplane as you approach an anticipated destination, but in the world of rocking chairs, it seems a window seat should be the destination of comfort and familiarity. Representing a place I feel peace and acceptance of time passing, I painted a library window with books inside and cheerful sunshine.
More about the auction:
The chairs are available for purchase through an online auction. The auction is live until September 15. Check out all of the chairs online and bid on your favorite! A Roaring 20’s Rocking Sage Living Community Celebration will be hosted at Teton Pines on September 19th. In honor of the Hospital Foundation’s 20th Anniversary, tickets are only $20!
Sage Living is located on the northwest corner of the St. John’s Campus. Construction crews broke ground in July and anticipate the total project to take 24 months to complete. The services offered will include skilled nursing, memory care, short-term acute rehabilitation, and hospice.