Fall fes­ti­val

Works from five artists

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Each Septem­ber Jack­son Hole, Wy­oming, turns into a mecca for the arts with its an­nual Jack­son Hole Fall Arts Fes­ti­val that in­cludes a num­ber of city­wide events for col­lec­tors to en­joy. Dur­ing the famed cul­tural con­ver­gence, Moun­tain Trails Gallery hosts an ex­hi­bi­tion fea­tur­ing new paint­ings by five of its gallery artists who will par­tic­i­pate in the fes­ti­val’s Quick Draw. This year’s show, hap­pen­ing Septem­ber 13 and 14, will in­clude works by Troy Collins, Jeff Pugh, Lyn St. Clair, Bryce Pet­tit and Chris Navarro.

Rec­og­nized for his aspen tree scenes, Collins’ paint­ing Bud­ding Wis­dom is bit of a de­par­ture for the artist. “I have al­ways loved paint­ing wildlife but found my­self com­par­ing my work to other well-known wildlife artists,” he says. “I soon re­al­ized that paint­ing them in my more ‘loose and im­pres­sion­is­tic’ style was com­pletely ful­fill­ing and the re­sponse from my col­lec­tors has been in­cred­i­ble. I paint each an­i­mal the same way I paint my aspen land­scapes: by ap­ply­ing the paint layer by layer and us­ing har­mo­nious value, light and shad­ows to cre­ate each piece.”

In Pugh’s art­work, such as the paint­ing Traf­fic Jam, view­ers will no­tice re­peat­ing de­signs and pat­terns. De­scrib­ing this piece, he shares, “While

there are two bi­son in the fore­ground and more as they move fur­ther away from the fore­ground, the sky is re­peat­ing the sim­i­lar pat­tern in re­verse with mul­ti­ples clouds close to the hori­zon and end­ing with two at the top of the piece.”

Mourn­ing Doves, by Navarro, are life­size bronzes that hang flush to the wall. “I have cre­ated the doves to look like they are sus­pended in the air and fly­ing by the wall,” he says. “The unique as­pect of these sculp­tures is they will give col­lec­tors the abil­ity to ad­just the com­po­si­tion be­cause they can be in­di­vid­u­ally placed and cus­tom de­signed in a va­ri­ety of po­si­tions and heights.”

Chris Navarro, Mourn­ing Doves, bronze, life-size

Troy Collins, Bud­ding Wis­dom, oil, 24 x 72"

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