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Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival

Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival

The 2019 Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival is September 4th - 15th. In its 35th year, this festival is widely recognized as one of the premier cultural events in the Rocky Mountain West.

Thousands of art enthusiasts are drawn each year to experience the diverse artwork and breathtaking natural surroundings that make Jackson Hole a leading cultural center. Visitors will appreciate the works of nationally and internationally acclaimed artists along with an exceptional array of events featuring music, cuisine, and wine. More than fifty events round out the entire festival. For a full schedule of events during the festival please click here.

Jackson Hole Featured Artists

To honor its 35 years of exceptional art and creative events, the Fall Arts Festival committee has selected two Jackson Hole artists, painter Kathryn Mapes Turner and sculptor John E. Simms, to be featured for this year’s event. Maureen Murphy, Director of Special Events for the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce, said, “We selected Kathryn’s majestic painting of a galloping horse with a moody Teton backdrop as our featured painting, capturing the independent spirit Jackson Hole is known for. And for our featured sculpture, John’s bison series offers a contemporary abstract form that strongly evokes that iconic symbol of the West. Animals are such an important and inspiring part of our Jackson Hole surroundings and these two artists beautifully depict these captivating creatures.”

Featured Painter: Kathryn Mapes Turner

Kathryn Mapes Turner is a fourth-generation Jackson native known for her exquisite work in oil and watercolor. Her longtime love of landscapes, mountains and wildlife are evident in her extraordinary body of award-winning work. Growing up on a ranch in Grand Teton National Park, surrounded by its dramatic light and remarkable natural composition, helped shape Turner’s aesthetic as well as an intimate appreciation for art from childhood. Turner has long admired and looked up to the Fall Arts Festival’s featured artists: “They were all my heroes. They were all people that I looked up to throughout my career. So this is a real coming-of-age honor,” Turner recently told Jackson Hole News & Guide

Turner’s work is represented by Turner Fine Art in Jackson. Turner credits her inspiration for “Of Earth and Wind” to one of her favorite sights at her family’s Triangle X Ranch. Each night in the summer, a herd of close to 100 horses gallop out to pasture beneath the clouds in a remarkable display that she set out to capture on her featured painting for the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival. The painting itself will be on display at Jackson’s historical Wort Hotel until it is auctioned off on Saturday, Sept. 14, following the QuickDraw event on Town Square.

Featured Sculptor: John E. Simmsjohn e simms sculpture

Local sculptor John Simms, represented by Jackson’s Diehl Gallery, will create an abstract series of eight geometric bison sculptures to be featured at the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival. As an artist, John E. Simms, also a Jackson Hole local, is known for his talent in creating contemporary metal works in very large – and, more recently, small – scales. His larger pieces are fabricated from steel or aluminum plate, while stainless steel, silicon bronze and copper are often used for smaller works. The free-standing metal sculptures will be roughly 28 inches wide, 16 inches tall and 2 inches deep. Simms was always intrigued by the possibilities inherent in the most basic of forms: circle, triangle and rectangle – and his mathematical engineering mind turned to sculpture in 1990 after a successful career as an inventor, businessman and inveterate outdoorsman. 

His large scale pieces have been featured as public art in Wyoming, Idaho, Washington and Oklahoma. Simms success as an artist is preceded by a remarkable history as an innovator, dating back to his early days as a ski bum, when Simms used his experience to turn entrepreneur, creating his industry-changing invention of the avalanche probe and shovel device called Life-Link, which helped save lives of backcountry skiers. And a later creation, Gravel Guards, evolved into the first neoprene waders for fly-fishing with Simms eventually going on to found Simms Fishing Products.

Why Stay With The Wort

With its centralized location and weekly live music, The Wort Hotel is the best lodging option during the Fall Arts Festival. The Wort is steps away from the finest art galleries, restaurants and shopping. Forbes Travel Guide also recommends The Wort Hotel during September because of its proximity to all of the festival activities and local art galleries. To see what else Jackson Hole has to offer in the fall, click here. There is limited availability around the Fall Arts Festival, so book your stay at The Wort Hotel today.