By Sabina Dana Plasse

If you love art, Jackson Hole’s gallery scene is just what the doctor ordered. On and around the square, Jackson Hole galleries offer artists, collectors, and admirers an mélange of art from classic Western oil paintings and Native American pieces, and breathtaking scenic photographs to contemporary works that could be found in any major city. Emerging artists, modern masters, and mixed-media pioneers are features of Jackson Hole’s vibrant art scene. Considered the “Art Center of the Rockies,” the Jackson Hole Gallery Association is proud to host monthly art walks on the third Thursday of the month from 5 to 8 p.m. On display will be works from internationally known artists, nationally recognized painters, sculptors, photographers, jewelers, and several artists who live in Teton County, Wyoming. On occasion, artists visit Jackson Hole for their opening exhibitions. Check with your favorite galleries to see who’s on the rooster next.

“Neon Cowboy” by Dennis Ziemienski. Oil on canvas at Altamira Fine Art

“Neon Cowboy” by Dennis Ziemienski. Oil on canvas at Altamira Fine Art

“White Bull Portrait” by Frank J. Haynes. Photograph circa 1900 at Cayuse

“White Bull Portrait” by Frank J. Haynes. Photograph circa 1900 at Cayuse

“Deer 1” by Gwynn Murrill. Bronze at Diehl Gallery

“Deer 1” by Gwynn Murrill. Bronze at Diehl Gallery

“Eyes of the Grizzly” by Thomas D. Mangelsen. Photograph at Images of Nature Gallery

“Eyes of the Grizzly” by Thomas D. Mangelsen. Photograph at Images of Nature Gallery

“Cubism I...The Essence of Study” by Brent Key Young. Flame Borosilicate Glass at RARE Gallery

“Cubism I…The Essence of Study” by Brent Key Young. Flame Borosilicate Glass at RARE Gallery

“Grey Guston, 2013” by Jane Rosen. Kiln cast crystal and beach fossil stone at Tayloe Piggot

“Grey Guston, 2013” by Jane Rosen. Kiln cast crystal and beach fossil stone at Tayloe Piggot

“Monk Morandi, 2013” by Jane Rosen.  Limestone and kiln cast glass at Tayloe Piggot

“Monk Morandi, 2013” by Jane Rosen.
Limestone and kiln cast glass at Tayloe Piggot

“White Barn” by Dinah Worman Oil on canvas at Trailside Galleries

“White Barn” by Dinah Worman Oil on canvas at Trailside Galleries

Altamira Fine Art

Discover and celebrate Western contemporary art at Altamira Fine Art where a spacious gallery allows viewers and collectors an opportunity to absorb multiple exhibitions. Altamira Fine Art presents exceptional Western artists who are redefining images of the West while pushing the boundaries of traditional Western art. altamiraart.com

Cayuse

Cayuse Western Americana is more than a gallery, it also offers museum pieces and one-of-a-kind antiques, which owner and operator Mary Schmitt carefully selects with her expertise in historic and rare antiquities. The collection of cowboy, Native American, and National Park artifacts are a trip to the past and a lesson in history. Schmitt is also a skilled appraiser of her antiquities and collectible artifacts. Have a true Western art experience at Cayuse where locals and visitors enjoy this slice of Western Americana. cayusewa.com

Diehl Gallery

The Diehl Gallery presents fine art and professional art collecting services for new and established collectors including private and corporate. The gallery also specializes in the acquisition and sale of contemporary art with a focus on painting and sculpture. Gallery owner Mariam Diehl’s extensive experience and background as an art dealer has established Diehl Gallery as a premier resource for art collectors. Exhibitions this summer and fall include “Re-Buffed,” which explores the bison in contemporary art featuring new works with a connection—literal, abstract, or conceptual—to the North American bison, or as they are often referred to in the Wild West—buffalo. Diehl says, “We have some very exciting artists this summer. Three are making their U.S. debut for ‘The Fete,’—the annual, all-artist exhibition—which celebrates its tenth anniversary this summer. It’s fun, festive, and exciting.” Visit “The Fete” at Diehl Gallery from July 3 through July 22. The gallery will also have works by Gwynn Murrill for an exhibition “Selections from the Studio” July 24 through August 12, “New Works” by David Pirrie August 14 through September 3, and the “Re-buffed” show September 5 through October 18. diehlgallery.com

Heather James Fine Art

Heather James Fine Art specializes in cultural art and antiquities, Impressionist and Modern, Post-War and contemporary, American and Latin American masters, old masters, cutting-edge contemporary art, and photography. An enjoyable and alluring 3,600-square-foot gallery space designed by architect Dianna Wong offers five main exhibition spaces as well as five smaller gallery spaces. Featuring collectible works of art from China, Japan, Africa, Pre-Columbian, and Mexico as well as masterpieces by Picasso, Monet, Warhol, Wyeth, and others, Heather James Fine Art has art for a wide array of tastes and style. Heather James Fine Art’s unique exhibitions are often dynamic and, at times, influenced by the world that surrounds Jackson highlighting the light, landscape, and environment. heatherjames.com

Mangelsen – Images of Nature Gallery

Legendary nature photographer Thomas D. Mangelsen was heavily influenced by his youth spent along the Platte River in Nebraska observing the great flocks of ducks, geese, and cranes that migrate through the valley. From these adventures, Mangelsen learned important lessons for photographing in the field—most notably patience and understanding animal behavior. In the early 1970s, Tom and his brother David began selling limited edition prints of his images. In 1978, Mangelsen opened his first Mangelsen—Images of Nature Gallery in Jackson. From humble beginnings in Nebraska to becoming one of the most prolific and award-winning nature photographers of our time, Mangelsen has captured rare moments and vast panoramas during photographic adventures on all seven continents. In addition to many other honors, Mangelsen was also chosen as one of Dr. Jane Goodall’s Heroes of the Animal Planet, honored with Nikon’s “Legends Behind the Lens” and named one of the “40 Most Influential Nature Photographers” by Outdoor Photography. Mangelsen prints have been acquired by hundreds of thousands of collectors around the world. Increasing in value As much an artist as he is a conservationist, Mangelsen’s portfolio of natural history photography represents an historic record of what the natural world is and what wild places can still be through a commitment to stewardship. mangelsen.com

Rare Gallery of Jackson Hole

RARE Gallery of Jackson Hole offers you the opportunity to experience contemporary art, modern masters, museum-quality jewelry, and much more. RARE has a multi-room exhibit space to show paintings, mixed media, glass, sculpture, photography, and designer jewelry offer art collectors and aficionados. Visitors and fans of RARE can see new works like “Art of the New West,” with inspiring Western contemporary and Jackson Hole-inspired art. RARE also specializes in customer care and collection management with art consultation. Located next to Snake River Grill on Town Square, the gallery boasts 6,000-square feet of engaging works of art. RARE Gallery of Jackson Hole celebrates artists breathing and living art through their talents. Discover the galloping strokes of Carol Spielman, the edginess of Western painter Terry Meyer, or the bold oil paintings of Diane Whitehead—just to name a few. The range of work at RARE allows all discerning tastes to enjoy a variety of art mediums and subjects, which will fascinate and offer a broader connection to people, places, and things. raregalleryjacksonhole.com

Tayloe Piggott Gallery

Specializing in the exhibition and sale of post-war and contemporary art, Tayloe Piggott Gallery presents emerging, mid-career, and established artists. The gallery aims to enrich cultural dialogue and bring fresh vision to an already sophisticated arts community. This summer, Tayloe Piggott Gallery is pleased to present Jane Rosen’s “Pasture,” which will focus on an impressive new body of work including her hand-blown glass and stone sculptures and drawings. Rosen has the unique ability to evoke both enigma and precision with her work. Her chosen subjects, animals wild and tame, are used as vehicles to explore their instincts and natural intelligence. For Rosen, understanding animal nature is a key to understanding human nature. Much of her work concerns capturing a moment when an animal is caught in the act of looking or doing. In an essay written for the exhibition catalogue, arts editor and publisher David M. Roth wrote, “Jane Rosen works in an aviary of her own making, creating birds made of blown and cast glass. She shapes them as the Egyptians did into heraldic icons, leaving just enough information in her attenuated forms so that we can identify them as birds of prey. Most notable are their poses of nobility, typical of the sort raptors strike when perched.” The exhibition will be on view through August 10. tayloepiggottgallery.com

The Legacy Gallery

The Legacy Gallery represents over 100 nationally known artists offering the finest in representational and impressionistic art. The Legacy Gallery specializes in paintings and sculptures in a wide variety of subject matter including Western, figurative, wildlife, still life, and landscape scenarios. legacygallery.com

Trailside Galleries

Trailside Galleries is regarded as one of the top dealers in American representational art with a rich and varied collection of works by the leading Western, wildlife, figurative, impressionist, and landscape artists. Affiliations include members of the Cowboy Artists of America, National Academy of Design, Oil Painters of America, the Prix De West, Society of Animal Artists, National Sculpture Society, and Masters of the American West. Trailside’s staff of art consultants, known for their experience and high level of customer service, take genuine interest in assisting the discerning art collector, the beginning buyer, and the corporate patron. The 15,000 square-foot gallery in Jackson provides visitors and collectors with a stimulating and visually pleasing art experience as it showcases an impressive collection of paintings, sculpture, and unique Western furniture by many fine artists. Trailside presents several summer exhibitions including the High Country Summer Show, Masters In Miniature Invitational Show Ian Ramsay Showcase, Western Classics Show, the Fall Gold Show, and exhibitions by Tim Solliday, Logan Maxwell Hagege, Lindsay Scott, and John and Suzie Seerey-Lester. trailsidegalleries.com

Wild by Nature

Wild By Nature gallery is the showplace for Henry H. Holdsworth’s wildlife photography. Through his experience and ability to capture wildlife in their most intrinsic moments, Holdsworth’s images reveal color, composition, and light in a perfect situation. The heart of Holdsworth’s photography is focused on bringing about a greater appreciation of nature and its preservation. A biologist with a background in animal behavior and environmental education, Holdsworth has spent over 25 years photographing wildlife and wilderness landscapes. Much of his work is centered on the natural history of threatened species such as the grizzly bear, bald eagle, bison, and trumpeter swan all found in the Jackson area. His images are used regularly by leading publications including National Geographic, Nature’s Best, National Wildlife, and Wildlife Conservation. His work has also been displayed in galleries and museums including the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C. and The National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson. wildbynatureshop.com