September in Jackson, Wyoming, means Western art. The Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival reaches every corner of the town, and for its part of the celebration Mountain Trails Gallery will host a group show for its artists participating in the 23rd annual Jackson Hole Quick Draw Art Sale & Auction
on September 15, including Amy Lay, Chris Navarro, Dustin Payne, Lyn St. Clair and Troy Collins. Vic Payne will also be featured as an honorary artist.
Navarro will have rodeo-inspired bronzes including 90 Or Nothing and Turn and Burn
featured. “Rodeo has always been a passion and big part of my life and one of my favorite subjects to sculpt,” Navarro says. “Riding bulls and creating art are similar in nature. To give your very best you have to put your heart and soul into it.”
In Dustin Payne’s Mystery of the Riverbed,
a Native man crouches low to the ground, examining the land. The artist says the sculpture “was inspired by the thoughts of what it must have been like for the Natives of the Plains
coming across the strange remains of the creatures that roamed the lands before. This piece captures the moment and curiosity of this Native crossing paths with what is left of a Mammoth from times long gone.”
A fox perches on a rock, casting a long shadow and looking out at his surroundings in St. Clair’s I’m Batman. “This is a fox I’ve watched in Yellowstone for years,” St. Clair says. “I don’t paint anything I haven’t seen in the wild.”
One of Collins’ signature oils of aspen forests will be on view. Resonance captures the vibrant colors of the landscape even in the midst of winter. Lay’s Little Fire Fox depicts its subject in a whimsical light, walking the line between realism and abstraction. Mountain Trails Gallery’s September show will run throughout the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival, September 7 through 16.
Chris Navarro, 90 or Nothing, ed. of 50, bronze, 22 x 15 x 9”
Troy Collins, Resonance, oil, 24 x 72”
Lyn St. Clair, I’m Batman, oil, 24 x 36”
Dustin Payne, Mystery of the Riverbed, ed. of 17, bronze, 24 x 12 x 11”
Vic Payne, Far Side of the Mountain, ed. of 30, bronze, 40 x 38 x 14”