Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival Names Two Featured Artists in Honor of 30th Anniversary September Event

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The Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival, September 3 – 14, 2014, has named work by two accomplished Western artists, painter Nancy Dunlop Cawdrey and sculptor Joshua Tobey, as its featured art for this year’s event. Celebrating its 30th anniversary, the festival, held in Jackson, Wyo., will also include a reception for the artists on Jackson Town Square.

Nancy Dunlop Cawdrey with her dye on silk “Forever Jackson” painting (left) and Joshua Tobey’s bronze “Jackson Symphony,” featured artworks for the 2014 Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival

For this special 30th anniversary occasion, we have added a sculpture as a second featured artwork.

In honor of its 30th anniversary, the 12-day Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival held September 3 – 14, 2014, in Jackson, Wyo., has selected two pieces as featured art rather than the single artist’s honor of past years. Sculptor Joshua Tobey’s patinated bronze “Jackson Symphony” will join Nancy Dunlop Cawdrey’s large dye on silk painting “Forever Jackson” as the featured works for this year’s event. A reception for both featured artists will be held in the Jackson Town Square on Saturday evening, September 13. In addition, both artists will be present to sign Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival posters on September 10 at the West Lives On gallery and at the QuickDraw event in Town Square on September 13.

“In the past our featured art has typically been a painting, since that medium lends itself well to our annual Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival poster, which has become a favorite collector’s piece in its own right,” says Maureen Murphy, director of special events for the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce, organizer of the festival. “But the bigger our event becomes, the harder it is to choose a single artwork to represent the festival, so for this special 30th anniversary occasion, we have added a sculpture as a second featured artwork.”

Through a pursuit of texture and passion for color, featured Montana painter Nancy Dunlop Cawdrey discovered the spontaneity and brilliance of the thousands-of-years-old Chinese technique of painting on silk used in her “Forever Jackson” artwork created for the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival. The expansive landscape of Montana, where she’s lived for 22 years, serves as a primary inspiration for Cawdrey’s work, which is included in private and corporate art collections across the U.S. and Europe and featured in a book, "Sky’s the Limit: The Art of Nancy Dunlop Cawdrey" (Fox Creek Publishing, 2005). Cawdrey’s “Forever Jackson” painting of a moose is featured on the 2014 Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival poster, available for sale through the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce.

The son of Santa Fe ceramic and bronze sculptors, New Mexico sculptor Joshua Tobey began sculpting in clay and casting in bronze at six. Tobey is known for his bronze wildlife sculptures crafted with a contemporary patina, such as his featured piece created for the festival, “Jackson Symphony.” An elected member of the National Sculpture Society, he has had artwork appear in national magazines, including on the cover of Wildlife Art, and in numerous museum exhibitions, and his work is part of the permanent collection of the Booth Western Art Museum. Joshua Tobey’s Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival featured sculpture, “Jackson Symphony,” is available for purchase in a limited edition through the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce, which will hold an intent-to-purchase drawing for the 10 sculptures.

The 2014 Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival includes a varied combination of visual, contemporary, culinary, Western, landscape, wildlife and Native American arts on display in venues from galleries and museum to the Jackson Town Square in Jackson, Wyoming. The 30th annual festival will offer visitors more than 50 family-friendly events, many of them free, surrounded by the Teton Mountain Range in its autumn colors – with the opportunity to purchase original artworks from cowboy to cutting-edge contemporary.

Conveniently located just 20 minutes from the Jackson Hole Airport, Jackson, Wyo., is served by major airlines including Delta, United, American and SkyWest. Reservation information for Jackson’s numerous hotels, as well as a complete schedule of Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival events may be found at http://www.jacksonholechamber.com. For additional information, contact Maureen Murphy at Jackson Hole Chamber, 307.733.3316.

Darla Worden, WordenGroup Strategic Public Relations, darla(at)wordenpr(dot)com, 307.734.5335

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