New West Art

Jennifer Hoffman. "First Migration." 24x24" Oil Pastel
Jennifer Hoffman. “First Migration.” 24×24″ Pastel

There are so many arts events coming up in the next couple of weeks that today’s post includes several happening soon in Jackson Hole. Did you know that Jackson is the third largest Western Art market in the country? 

Photo of Jennifer Hoffman by Tammy Christel
Photo of Jennifer Hoffman by Tammy Christel

“Wonderment,” a new show of works by Trio Fine Art partner Jennifer L. Hoffman, opens at Trio on July 8th. An opening reception takes place on Thursday, July 23rd, from 5-8 PM. That evening Hoffman will talk about her work, and representatives from local wildlife non-profit, the Nature Mapping Projectwill be on hand, too. All events are free and open to the public. The show hangs through July 25th.

Jennifer Hoffman. "Flat Creek Glow." 16x12" Oil
Jennifer Hoffman. “Flat Creek Glow.” 16×12″ Oil and Cold Wax

Hoffman says that though she’s traditionally studied, photographed and sketched wildlife for years, she has rarely included their presence in her landscapes.

“In this show, expect to see a variety of creatures, many feathered, even some furry. My focus in this work has been to capture momentary wonders, recognizing how the creatures frequenting my back yard delight me,” says the artist. Of course, there are plenty of landscapes. For more info, visit


Every summer, Jackson’s Diehl Gallery opens its arts season with a Big Party, otherwise known as “The Fete.” Diehl doesn’t hold back; expect a crazy, bodacious display that includes works by every Diehl artist. The gallery specializes in…keeping us guessing! At Diehl you’ll find everything from contemporary wildlife art to forests of huge abstract sculptures, to multi-media works and wax paintings. Asian-inspired works are popular at Diehl, as are the very modern, geometric sculptures of local legend John SimmsOpening “Fete” Night: Friday, July 35-8 pm. Free, open to the public. 



Over at Altamira Fine Art, an artist’s reception takes place for the very Western contemporary artist Gary Ernest Smith on Thursday, July 2nd. “Into the West” is a bright, graphic exhibition of a variety of Western scenes. Smith, whose style at times reminds me of Bill Schenck’s–and at times emanates a bit of shimmering Pointalist quality, is new to the gallery, but not new to Western art circles. A “neo-regionalist,” say art historians. But Smith feels his work transcends such labels.

Gary Ernest Smith. "Into the West." 36x48". Oil.
Gary Ernest Smith. “Into the West.” 36×48″. Oil.

Finding and expressing a unique vision of the world is what artists seek for in their work,” says the artist.  “I look to the simple yet profound nature of things that is often passed over or overlooked. I want to leave a body of work that chronicles my life, and that has quality and vision.”

Smith’s works often feel spiritual, and just as often offer up Pop-Western friendly vibes. His breadth of style makes for a fascinating show. “Into the West” is on exhibition at Altamira Fine Art June 29th – July 11th….Altamira has recently broadened its price points; it’s now possible to buy beautiful works for reasonable cost, encouraging news for fledgling art collectors. 

Gary Ernest Smith. "Desert Night." Oil 16 x 24"
Gary Ernest Smith. “Desert Night.” Oil
16 x 24″

And don’t forget: Visit my website, the Jackson Hole Art Blog, to find out more about arts in Jackson Hole!