“Bones, Antlers, Skulls” Opens at Daly Projects

 
There are few better final destinations for a treasure hunt than a bright room filled with art and possibility. Tucked on the lower level of a nondescript building accessed from Pearl Street, Daly Projects is just such a destination. Founded by Meg Daly, a frequent contributor to Homestead’s annual print edition, the gallery’s blonde wood, crisp white walls, and simple lighting lend a clean Scandinavian frame to the intriguing paintings and mixed media pieces on display.

The germ for Daly Projects lies somewhere in its credo of “Jackson Art Now.”

“With Daly Projects,” Daly says, “I wanted to create a space for new visions coming out of Jackson Hole. The artists I show engage with the Western landscape in fresh, innovative ways. In some cases, that’s a total departure from the iconic West. I’m still trying to put my finger on the styles I see emerging…is there such a thing as anti-regional regionalism? That’s what I’m seeing. Artists engaging with place without being stuck in place.”

“I wanted to create a space for new visions coming out of Jackson Hole.”

Daly Projects’ “Bones, Antlers, Skulls,” opening today, very much epitomizes this sense of “anti-regional regionalism.” Antlers festooned in garlands; a skull painted in a crux of modern geometry and watercolor: these pieces are very much of the west, but not confined to it. And for Jackson Hole art lovers, what better excuse to venture just a few steps from the main gallery drag and indulge in a bit of creative discovery? The show, featuring Kelly Halpin, Rebecca Mortensen, and Bronwyn Minton opens today, May 1, with an upcoming artists’ reception on the books for May 8. Mark your calendars and read on for more information about the artists and reception!

Kelly Halpin, “Elk Antlers on Red"
Kelly Halpin, “Elk Antlers on Red”
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Rebecca Bird Mortensen, “Fawn II”

Daly Projects is pleased to present an exhibit of new work by Jackson artists Kelly Halpin and Rebecca Bird Mortensen, May 1 – 30, 2015. Also on display will be several pieces by noted Jackson artist Bronwyn Minton. All work will explore the theme of animal bones and skulls, wildlife, and cycles of life.

Halpin will show acrylic paintings on board using her signature illustrative style. Painted on bold colored backgrounds, the images include a bear skull, a sheep skeleton, various antlers, a deer skull, and other animal bones.

Mortensen’s palette is comprised of muted greys and browns, with an occasional splash of turquoise, set off by strong black architectural elements. Her paintings with ink on canvas include skulls of Bighorn Sheep, owl, horse, deer, and bison, as well as several antler and horn paintings.

A reception for the artists will be held Friday, May 8, 5:00-8:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Daly Projects gallery is located at 125 E. Pearl Street, downstairs next to the Wyoming Revenue field office.

About the Artists

Kelly Halpin, 29, has lived the majority of her life in Jackson, Wyoming. After graduating from Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles with a BFA in film, she transferred her interests to illustration. Her favorite subject matter includes surrealist takes on biology, astronomy, and folklore, as well as quirky characters in everyday objects and animals.

Rebecca Bird Mortensen, 23, was born in Jackson, Wyoming, and spent much of her childhood on a ranch at the edge of Grand Teton National Park. She graduated from Westminster College in Salt Lake City with a BFA in drawing and painting. Working primarily in oils and ink, she is developing a series of drawings of animal skulls and antlers.

Complementing Halpin and Mortensen’s work will be several previously exhibited works by Bronwyn Minton. Minton’s most recent work includes the public art installation, The Cairn Project at the Center for the Arts. Her mixed media installation, Borderlands, was recently installed in the birth center at St. John’s Hospital. Bronwyn is the Associate Curator of Art and Research at the National Museum of Wildlife Art.

For more information, please contact Meg Daly, Daly Projects,307-699-7933. To view the artists’ work, visit dalyartistrep.com.

Daly Projects is located at 125 E. Pearl Street. The gallery can be accessed from Pearl Street by entering the building’s main entrance and going downstairs, or via the back of the building off of the alley between King and Willow. Gallery hours are Wednesday – Saturday, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

View22 Exhibition Opens This Week at Trio Fine Art!

Don’t miss the opening of View22 this Friday at Trio Fine Art! An opening reception for the show will be held from 5 to 8 pm on Friday, December 6th at Trio Fine Art, 545 North Cache, Jackson, WY (4 blocks north of the Town Square), with artists’ remarks at 6 pm.

The show will feature works from the View22: Painting Jackson Hole’s Open Spaces project, an inspired collaboration between the Jackson Hole Land Trust and Trio Fine Art launched this summer. The goal of View22 is to unite land conservation and the arts to cultivate a deeper sense of place in Jackson Hole. The project draws inspiration from artist Thomas Moran, whose paintings of the rugged beauty of the Yellowstone region captured the imagination of the country – and Congress – and played an important role in the establishment of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks.

“As full-time landscape painters in Jackson Hole, we have a vital interest in the preservation of open space within our valley. It is the natural beauty found in wide open spaces that inspires our creativity. Through sharing our interpretations of the landscape, we hope to shine a spotlight on the importance of conservation efforts made possible by the Jackson Hole Land Trust,” said Kathryn Turner, Jennifer Hoffman, and Bill Sawczuk, the artists of Trio Fine Art.

Throughout the summer and fall of 2013, Kathryn Turner, Jennifer Hoffman, and Bill Sawczuk visited an iconic Land Trust protected property in the valley each week to paint “en plein air” and raise awareness of the importance of open space protection for the valley’s wildlife, community, and landscape artists. These experiences have been shared on the interactive View22 blog along with photos and histories of the properties, and with the community through several plein air demonstrations.


“We continue to be honored by the incredible commitment that these artists have shown to the View22 project,” said Laurie Andrews, executive director of the Jackson Hole Land Trust. “Through their deep understanding of how the valley’s protected open spaces affect their daily lives, and their talent and creativity, they’ve shown us all a very special view of our work.”

Eighteen Land Trust protected properties have been painted on location as part of the project. Finished works from these painting sessions will be on display at the Trio Fine Art gallery from December 6th through the 21st and online at Trio Fine Art and at Jackson Hole Land Trust after December 4th.

A new opportunity for watching the View22 artists in action has been added for this December at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. The artists plan to paint the sweeping view from the top of the Bridger Gondola, from which over 20 Land Trust protected properties can be seen. Stay tuned for more details by early December.

A portion of the proceeds from the View22 show will benefit the Jackson Hole Land Trust. Please visit the View22 website or contact the Trio Fine Art Gallery at 307.734.4444 for more information about the show and opening reception.

About the Jackson Hole Land Trust
The Jackson Hole Land Trust is a private, non-profit organization that was established in 1980 to preserve open space and the critical wildlife habitat, magnificent scenic vistas, and historic ranching heritage of Jackson Hole. By working cooperatively with the owners of the area’s privately owned open lands, the Jackson Hole Land Trust has ensured the permanent protection of over 23,000 acres in and around Jackson Hole and the Greater Yellowstone Area.

About Trio Fine Art
Celebrating their seventh season, Trio Fine Art is a collaboration between three Jackson- based artists – Kathryn Mapes Turner, Jennifer L. Hoffman, and Bill Sawczuk. All three are deeply committed to depicting the landscape of the area through fine art. All three artists gain an intimate understanding of the land by working “en plein air” or on location all through the year. By working together, they have been able to earn the distinction of being one of Jackson’s most celebrated galleries specializing in landscape painting.