Heather James Fine Art knows it’s Spring, even if Northern Rockies denizens feel the jury’s still out. If you want a breath of fresh art air, a trip to your favorite gallery is a particularly renewing. Heather James director Lyndsay McCandless notes that Heather James’ Jackson Hole gallery is fully open. The gallery has provided images of works by Chagall, Deborah Butterfield, Hiromitsu Kuroo, Yuko Ueda, Kees Van Dongen, Penelope Gottlieb and Bruce Dorfman.
Themes of renewal, fertility, earth, spiritual and religious iconography — and the potential destruction of Nature mark the collection. Gottlieb’s heavily colored botanical prints and images are reminiscent of drapery and upholstery textile designs. Look again. Chains, jagged blade-like shapes, and invasive species threaten and choke Gottlieb’s natural landscapes and their avian populations.
McCandless can picture Butterfield’s horses “…out in a luscious field of green grass, providing some hope that I will see grass again soon.” And KeesVan Dongen’s Bouquet de Fleurs inspires thoughts of “rich perfumes [inhaled while] walking through royal gardens.”
The gallery’s Palm Desert location is currently exhibiting Color Speaks: Five Artists from the Art Students League of New York. “All of these artists have unique ways of exploring color and form,” says McCandless, and they “ultimately transport” viewers to a place of contemplation.
Friday, April 29, check out the Jackson Hole Review’s (JH Review) new inaugeral issue. The party starts at 6:00 pm at the Factory Studios, 1255 Gregory Lane, in Jackson. Published locally, the magazine features contributions from writers, poets, photographers and visual artists “from all over the country.” The new issue’s theme is “connect/disconnect” ….Hold the phone! Idaho writer Kim Barnes is featured in the issue.
Bring $10 and the money will buy you entry, get you a copy of the magazine (don’t know its usual newsstand price), refreshments and entertainment. Prizes, too. Special ones. For attendees.
The publishers wish to thank: Teton Library Foundation, the National Museum of Wildlife Art, Grand Teton Music Festival, Falls Printing, Valley Bookstore, Jackson Hole Writers’ Conference and the Jackson Hole Public Art Initiative.
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