“I paint in a lot of color.” Fitting first words for my conversation with local artist and Gallery owner, Carrie Wild. Her work, displaying on a nearby gallery wall, is bursting with reds and purples, and the studio we’re sitting in is filled with pieces from Gallery Wild artists that don’t lack their own unique hues. But Carrie’s passion for art and wild spaces is perhaps the most colorful thing in the building.
“My work conveys what it feels like, to me, to be in nature,” Wild continues, growing with excitement as she speaks. “I use reds and oranges and purples, colors of the sunset and sunrise, to replicate the heart-pounding feeling of that moment outside. And I use the gold leaf to add a glint of color and texture.”
Wild is one of 30 artists that will participate in this year’s Jackson Hole QuickDraw, a live art event that’s enough to get almost any artist’s heart pounding. In downtown Jackson on September 19, she and the other artists will have 90 minutes to create a masterpiece before it goes to auction just one hour later.
This will be Carrie’s 8th year participating in the Fall Arts Festival, and even still she expresses her gratitude and excitement when the topic turns to QuickDraw. “To be a part of the Jackson Hole QuickDraw is a big deal,” says Wild, “It’s something artists aspire to.” When asked what artist’s work she’s excited to see at this year’s QuickDraw, Wild laughed and said, “I’m intrigued to see what the heck I come up with!”.
Three additional Gallery Wild artists will be participating in the 2020 event – sculptors Rip & Alison Caswell, and painters Jennifer Johnson and Patricia Griffin. The Caswells, QuickDraw’s only husband-and-wife duo, will sculpt their piece 15 minutes at a time until it becomes a grizzly-themed vase depicting a mother bear and her cubs playing. Jennifer Johnson’s 24x24 canvas will become a bison named “Big Boy”. And Patricia Griffin’s work title will be released shortly, but is likely to be an animal portrait in her unique style. These works will go to auction on September 19 at 10:30 am MST, and anyone can participate in the auction worldwide on BidSquare.
Left to right: Carrie Wild, As the Sun Sets; Patricia A. Griffin, Adonis; Jennifer Johnson, Yellowstone National Park; Rip & Alison Caswell, Otter Table
It’s no surprise that all four of these pieces will pay some respect to local wildlife and landscapes. Aptly named, Gallery Wild seeks inspiration from its incredible surroundings and places a focus on protecting the same lands and creatures that their collection represents. “When people walk into the gallery, we want them to be inspired by the art itself… but we also want them to feel compelled to preserve and conserve nature.”
Throughout Fall Arts Festival, September 9-20, Gallery Wild will be a hub for live art, gallery receptions, and shows. It’s not uncommon, throughout the entire year, for the gallery to become a live studio, an artist meetup location, and a family gathering spot all in one day. But during the festival, they put an extra emphasis on bridging the gap between artist and buyer, between gallery and art lovers of all types. Fall Arts Festival events give spectators “the ability to come learn about each individual artist” and give the artists “the ability to see people’s reaction to their work.”
“It’s a celebration,” says Wild. A celebration of art, a celebration of nature, a celebration of color.