Into the For­est

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Three-artist show

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”

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