Jackson Hole Western Visions Makes September an Art-Lover’s Dream

Art shows & sales, artist demos and Wild West party mark annual museum event

2011 Featured piece, Daniel Smith, "Silent Surveillance," Acrylic on Board, 22 x 34 inches

Jackson Hole, Wyoming – August 17, 2011 – From hands-on to high-tech, new offerings for the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s 24th annual Western Visions® in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, range from audience participation sculpting and painting demos with featured artists to Microsoft Tags for smartphones that unlock special content about some of the 1,000-plus artworks on display and for sale.  A month-long cultural tourism-draw to the Tetons in their autumn glory – and a cornerstone of the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival – the 2011 Western Visions combines workshops and fabulous artsy parties with the opportunity to see and purchase the best of Western contemporary art in a wide variety of mediums.

This year’s featured artists Daniel Smith and Bart Walter will be on hand to share their different yet equally passionate approaches to wildlife art.  Montana painter Daniel Smith, sometimes categorized as a “photo-realist” for his lifelike wildlife depictions, will lead a free “Miniature Masterpieces with the Artist” program with a chance to create your own mini-work on Sept. 13 from 5 – 7 p.m. And 25 art fans can participate in a hands-on workshop and luncheon with Maryland sculptor Bart Walter, whose work offers a unique and dynamic approach to surface, on Sept. 15, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. for $60; register by Sept. 7.

2011 Western Visions scheduled events include the Sketch Show & Sale and Original Prints Show & Sale, Aug. 20 – Sept. 25; and Palates & Palettes, with mini-quesadillas and margaritas accompanying the art on view, Sept. 9.  The Jewelry and Artisan Luncheon takes place Sept. 14, with the 24th Annual Wild West Artist Party offering live music and meet-the-artist opps the evening of Sept. 15.  Start placing your bids Sept. 3 for the drawing during the big event, the 24th Annual Miniatures and More Show & Sale, Sept. 16.  And on Sept. 28, a coffee-in-the-gallery Art A’ Brewin’ event allows a final chance to browse works still available for sale.

For a complete calendar of events, visit www.wildlifeart.org or contact Jennifer Lee at 307.732.5412.  An online catalog allows those who can’t attend in person to participate in the Miniatures and More Show & Sale auction with a new streamlined digital bidding system, as well as providing bios, interviews with the artists, and photos of them and their works.

A member of the Museums West consortium and accredited by the American Association of Museums, the National Museum of Wildlife Art of the United States provides an exciting calendar of exhibitions from its permanent collection and changing exhibitions from around the globe.  A complete schedule of museum exhibitions and events is available online at www.wildlifeart.org.  The museum is also active on Facebook at wildlifeartjh and on Twitter at @wildlifeartjh.

Media Contacts: Darla Worden, WordenGroup Strategic Public Relations, 307.734.5335, darla@wordenpr.com; Ponteir Sackrey, National Museum of Wildlife Art, 307.732.5444, psackrey@wildlifeart.org.

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