Into the Forest
Naturalist and environmental philosopher John Muir once famously wrote, “And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul.” On July 22, Turner Fine Art in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, will take his words to heart with a three-artist show titled And Into the Forest I Go, featuring works from
painters Kathryn Mapes Turner and Shanna
Kunz and sculptor Paul Rhymer.
The gallery, which will host an artist reception on July 25 from 5 to 7 p.m., will present work from the gallery’s owner, Turner, including her piece Cottonwood Season,
which was created in plein air. “The feel is very painterly and the composition draws the viewer down the road and on a journey,” she says. “It is a high-key image with a richness of paint quality where the darker values have a rhythm to them.”
Much of Turner’s work for the show will be created in Brittany, France, in the weeks leading up to the show. “I am excited to get away in France to just focus on painting. I plan to focus on creating pieces that create a sense of a retreat for the viewer much like the intent of the trip for us artists. They will all be plein air paintings, a collection that results from focus and time away,” she adds. “When we came to [And Into the Forest I Go], we were all thinking of the value of getting away in the natural world and into a place of deep presence where creativity has the time and space to flourish. This is an important thread for all three of us.”
Kunz will be showing landscapes from Wyoming, Utah, Montana and national forests, as well as her winter landscape Enchanted.
“I love winter paintings! This location is of the Big Wood River in the Sun Valley area of Idaho. It is a place I am very familiar with as I visit and exhibit often there,” Kunz says. “Snow gives me the ability to play with gentle temperature shifts in the snow and the barn trees, a challenge to bring color to a very subtle landscape.”
Rhymer will be showing a number of wildlife bronzes, including depictions of mountain lions, fish leaping from the water, owls and bobcats. Some of his newest pieces, though, aren’t animals, but pieces of them. In his Birds of a Feather collection, the sculptor turns his attention to feathers of all varieties. “That series started out with the redtail tail feather. I liked it and thought I should do a set,” he says. “I picked the species and types of feathers from birds most people know, combined with a fun diversity of sizes, shapes and colors. I initially made a display [of nine feathers] as a way to market the sales of single feathers. But most people, including myself, preferred the whole set as a single piece. Marketing meets aesthetics. Sometimes they help each other.”
Kathryn Mapes Turner, Cottonwood Season, oil on linen, 6 x 8”
Paul Rhymer, Yawning of a New Day, bronze, 42 x 12 x 8”
Kathryn Mapes Turner, Kelly, oil on linen, 8 x 8”
Shanna Kunz, Enchanted, oil on linen, 26 x 38”