With a classic fall weather mix, the event inspired local and visiting artists and infused the economy with excited art enthusiasts. The highlight of the festival was the QuickDraw Auction, which included the sale of the featured Fall Arts Festival Painting “Rise Above” by Mark Keathley. The painting sold for a record-setting $77,500.
President/CEO Anna Olson commented, “The Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival is an important event championed by the Chamber for more than three decades to raise the destination’s profile, attract visitors out of the summer months, and entertain locals with an amazing series of events that celebrate the best in visual, performance, and culinary arts.” Olson added, “I was especially impressed at the large number of volunteers we had this year. It was encouraging to see such strong community support.”
The opening weekend featured the traditional Palates & Palettes Gallery Walk that encourages creative pairings of galleries with restaurants to create a social celebration. Twenty-eight galleries participated and neighboring businesses and nonprofits joined the fun. Director of Special Events Maureen Murphy, IOM commented, “The Palates & Palettes Gallery Walk invites visitors and locals into our downtown businesses. A popular local favorite and buzzing social scene, it provides priceless exposure for the participants.”
Taste of the Tetons was held on a bright fall day in Jackson Hole. Fourteen restaurants lined the boardwalks and streets in and around Town Square. Restaurant sold creative bites to attendees who also enjoyed the Art Association of Jackson Hole’s Takin’ it to the Streets and the Rotary Supper Club’s Sips on the Square. Tasting ticket sales were brisk and proceeds will be split between the participating restaurants and the Chamber.
Mid-week celebrations continued with more opportunities for galleries and other businesses to welcome visitors and local residents with the special Wednesday ArtWalk preceded by the poster signing with Mark Keathley (held September 13). Approximately 100 art enthusiasts went to West Lives On Gallery to meet the artist and receive a personally signed art print of the featured painting “Rise Above.” Maureen noted, “Terry Ray and his team at West Lives on Gallery deserve special recognition for the time and effort they have invested in Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival.”
One of the closing highlights of the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival is the QuickDraw Auction. Thirty-eight artists, who were nominated by their representative galleries, battled the chilly conditions that infused each piece with the unique sense of place. Held on the final Saturday weekend of the festival (September 16th), the event was an alfresco adventure during which artists took 90 minutes to create works of art that were sold at the exciting live auction. The auction included the record-setting sale of “Rise Above.”
Maureen noted, “The artists were flexible and took on the challenge of the weather with humor and determination, collectors attended, the auctioneers were fun and excited as expected, and we had a great morning of art in the Tetons!”
The Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival is widely recognized as one of the premier cultural events in the Rocky Mountain West. Each year thousands of art enthusiasts are drawn here to experience the diverse artwork and breathtaking natural surroundings that make Jackson Hole a leading cultural center. Visitors appreciate the works of nationally and internationally acclaimed artists along with an exceptional array of events featuring music, cuisines, and wine. More than fifty events round out the festival. The 34th Annual Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival will be held September 5-16, 2018. Visit www.jacksonholechamber.com/events-calendar/fall-arts-festival.
For more information, please contact Director of Special Events Maureen Murphy, IOM, 307.201.2302 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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