Jackson, WY, June 18-30
The picturesque town of Jackson, WY, is blessed with an abundance of beauty and natural wonders and that’s what makes Trailside Galleries unique. The surrounding terrain boasts magnificent expanses of public land, such as the nearby Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. Over the years the area has also gained a reputation as a year-round playground. Outdoor enthusiasts from across the country flock here in the winter for world-class skiing and in the summer for fishing, camping, and canoeing. However, what many people don’t realize if they haven’t visited before is that Jackson is also home to a thriving art scene, with more than 20 galleries throughout the scenic town.
This month Trailside Galleries kicks off the summer art season in Jackson with an annual presentation that celebrates new works by gallery artists. The show, formerly called Salute to Summer, is now called High Country Summer, and it brings together a variety of genres, including landscape, figurative, western, and wildlife works. “It is a very popular show among our collectors since there is a little bit of everything for every taste,” says Maryvonne Leshe, the gallery’s managing partner.
Among the 35 participating artists are Jim Norton, Bruce Cheever, Jeff Segler, George Hallmark, Dustin Van Wechel, Joseph Sulkowski, Richard D. Thomas, Morgan Weistling, Bonnie Marris, and Cynthia Rigden. A reception for the sculptors and painters in the show takes place on June 21 from 5 to 8 p.m.
Leshe says the gallery is also pleased to present two additional exciting summer shows, including Masters in Miniature in July and a brand-new show, called It’s a Dog’s Life, in August. “Initial reaction to the August show from both artists and collectors has been wildly enthusiastic, particularly since the show serves as a fundraiser for the local animal shelter,” Leshe says.
Trailside Galleries specializes in works by some of the leading contemporary artists working in the West today. The gallery’s roster includes more than 100 painters and sculptors, many of whom are regularly juried into prestigious shows like the annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition and Sale at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, OK, and the Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition and Sale at the Autry National Center in Los Angeles, CA. —Bonnie Gangelhoff
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