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Make this stop on your Palates and Palettes Art Walk: Teton Artlab + Aspens Market.
Jackson Hole, Wyo. – On Friday night, take a walk on the avant garde side and visit Teton Artlab’s P&P celebration. From 7 to 9 p.m., eschew traditional Western art and the redundant upgraded wine and cheese parties elsewhere. Jackson Street is the place to be for a funkier experience. Plus, there’s a cool mystery involved.
The Aspens Market will cater the bash, coming all the way from the Westbank, and offering “Southern Charm” for the dining theme. Look for samplings of Snake River Farms ham, scratch biscuits, pimento cheese, and American Spoon preserves. Artlab director Travis Walker suggests that you “tour the entire space while stuffing your face.”
The Lab’s open studios include facilities for ceramics, glass, printmaking, textiles, painting and new media. Featured items for sale include work by Lisa Walker, Ben Roth, Scotty Craighead, Aaron Wallis, Travis Walker and Mike Piggott.
Walker also invites viewers to visit “Dunstan’s Hole.”
“What is it?” he said. “You’ll have to come and see.”
For visitors unfamiliar with Teton Artlab’s mission, the organization supports the work of artists by providing studio space and opportunities to exhibit, perform, and connect with other artists.
“The most important thing we do is create studios, but we also host occasional exhibitions and performances by international artists,” Walker said.
“Basically, we are an artists’ space, as opposed to an arts organization or art school, which are much more structured. Our spaces are composed of a bunch of different resident artist studios around a shared printmaking studio. Our residents are always changing, so the spaces are always changing, in an exciting way!”
The current regional residents include John Frechette (glass/mixed media),
Ben Blanton (ceramics), Thomas Macker and Andy Kincaid of ITP/In The Pines (new media/photography), and Aaron Wallis (studio manager, painter/printmaker).
Starting in January 2015, the Lab will host visiting artists for four weeks each, with a goal of 16 total visiting artists.
“With about a month to go, we have received 175 applications for 12 to 16 spots,” Walker said. “It’s not hard to imagine why. The residency is free, it’s in a beautiful place, and it’s an amazing opportunity to see the parks and work on your art without interruption.”