Alfredo Rodriguez, “Unaware,” oil on linen, 20 x 30 inches (Trailside Galleries)

The Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival is currently in full swing with auctions, exhibitions, luncheons, dinners, musical entertainment, and more. Whether you’re in attendance or not, we’ve got some details you’ll want to consider.

The 33rd annual Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival opened on September 6 and will continue through the 17th at the base of the Teton Mountains in Wyoming. Thousands of art enthusiasts are drawn each year to experience the diverse artwork and breathtaking natural surroundings that make Jackson Hole a leading cultural center in the United States.

Randal Dutra, “Winter Getaway,” oil on board, 50 x 36 inches (Western Visions Show & Sale)

There’s an incredible range of significant events that can be enjoyed in 2017, including the Western Visions Show & Sale at the National Museum of Wildlife Art (NMWA), which includes over 100 of the top wildlife artists in the world.  On the slate this year are several exciting events, including a Sculptor Panel Discussion with renowned sculptor Walter Matia, who will lecture on the history of animal sculpture from 1831 to 1975. Also hosted in 2017 will be a Benefactor Welcome Cocktail Party, an Artist Party, a Conversation with the Museum’s Curators Past & Present, and of course the Show & Sale.  “In honor of our 30th anniversary, the Show & Sale features artists whose work is in the Museum’s permanent collection,” the NMWA writes.

Glenn Dean, “She Gazed Upon the Setting Sun,” oil, 24 x 16 inches (Legacy Gallery)

All of the events will culminate in the Jackson Hole Art Auction on Friday, September 15. The auction is recognized as one of the premier art events in the country, defined by the high standard of works offered in a variety of genres including wildlife, sporting, figurative, landscape, and Western art by both renowned past masters and contemporary artists.

Mark Eberhard, “Red Tail Hawk,” oil, 40 x 40 inches (Astoria Fine Art)

Exciting for collectors is the fact that phone and absentee bidding is accepted. Registration for the auction is still open and may be found here.

Dustin van Wechel, “Winter Bonds,” oil on linen, 12 x 16 inches (Trailside Galleries)

There are also several significant exhibitions taking place at numerous world-class galleries in Jackson Hole. On September 15, Legacy Gallery will open a three-man exhibition of works by Josh Elliott, Glenn Dean, and Kyle Polzin. From September 8 through 18, Astoria Fine Art will present works by Mark Eberhard and Joshua Tobey. Through October, Trio Fine Art will be showcasing works by Michelle Decker. Running through September 30, Trailside Galleries will be showing works by Dustin Van Wechel, Bonnie Marris, Mian Situ, Alfredo Rodriguez, and John DeMott.

This article was featured in Fine Art Today, a weekly e-newsletter from Fine Art Connoisseur magazine. To start receiving Fine Art Today for free, click here.

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Andrew Webster
Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.

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