Trio Artists Take Flight in December Group Exhibition to Benefit Teton Raptor Center
Jackson, WY – Just in time for the holidays,Trio Fine Art will be hosting a show inspired by our fine feathered friends. Entitled “Flight,” the show came about as a result of all four gallery artists’ affinity for birds. The title reflects not only the subject of the exhibition but the artistic aspirations of the participants: Jennifer L. Hoffman, Lee Carlman Riddell, Kathryn Mapes Turner, and September Vhay.
The gallery will partner with the TetonRaptorCenter(www.tetonraptorcenter.org) for the exhibit; a percentage of all the sales from the exhibition will be donated to the center, and Roger Smith will be on hand at the reception to talk about the RaptorCenter’s activities. One of the center’s resident birds will also be in attendance. The show will open on December 8 with a reception from 5-8 PMand will hang through December 31.
From the Artists’ Perspective
Kathryn Mapes Turner: “My passion for birds started at a very early age when my father, a trained ornithologist, was rehabilitating raptors in our backyard. In the 1970’s and early 1980’s, the Wyoming Game and Fish would send him bald and golden eagles that had been poisoned or shot by ranchers and it was miraculous to see these magnificent birds reclaim their health over a period of time and then be released in flight. As a young girl, it gave me a unique opportunity to learn about these birds — study their form and behavior. In art, birds can represent so many things such as strength, lightness, grace, beauty. I enjoy incorporating the expressive quality of birds in my imagery.”
Jennifer L. Hoffman, “December”; conte & charcoal on davey board, 8×10″
Jennifer L. Hoffman: “From watching my grandfather building birdfeeders in his basement, to identifying birds at our family cabin, to hiking through the Hawai’ian rainforest in search of endangered native honeycreepers, birds have played an important role in my life for as long as I can remember. I even met Lee Riddell at a “bird sit” with naturalist Bert Raynes many years back. I am inspired by the grace, the gesture, the incredible strength and instinctual drive of birds. I have sketched their forms as long as I’ve been drawing, and they occasionally make appearances in my landscapes. I’m excited to put more focus on them for this show. I’m also delighted by the opportunity to support theTetonRaptorCenter. Not only do they do phenomenal work rehabilitating injured birds, but their dedication to education and community outreach is fantastic. What a special place to have right here in our little valley.”
Lee Carlman Riddell, “Calliope Hummingbirds, August 2″; oil on linen, 8×6”
Lee Carlman Riddell: Lee Carlman Riddell’s love of birds came from her parents … her Dad planted the flowers that attracted the birds to their yard, and her Mom taught her to recognize the bird’s songs. Recently a Calliope hummingbird nested outside Lee’s studio window and she was able to draw and paint the mother and two chicks as they grew up. She is forever grateful for this time spent with the hummingbird family. Lee is a long-time supporter of theTetonRaptorCenter. Years ago, when Roger Smith and Margaret Creel cared for injured raptors in their back yard, Lee and her husband Ed would make a contribution so they could buy frozen mice for the birds’ dinners. She is proud of Roger and Margaret and all those who helped make the official home for injured raptors a reality.
September Vhay, “Lavender Mist”; oil on linen, 7.5 x 12″
“The very idea of birds is a symbol of the soul, representing a passage between the physical and the spiritual. I have had a life long love affair with them which began one summer at the age of fifteen while driving an old truck along a stretch of alfalfa fields. A curious American Kestrel flew alongside the open drivers window for about fifty yards. I was awestruck and hooked for life.”
Trio Fine Art is located at 545 N Cache St., across the street from the visitors’ center. The gallery is open Thursday – Saturday from 12-6 during the run of the exhibition. For additional information, please visit www.triofineart.com and the artists’ individual websites: www.jlhoffmanfineart.com, www.leeriddell.com, www.turnerfineart.com, and www.vhay.com.
‘Til Next Time…
Kati Hime, Editor