Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival Announces “Teton Reflections” Cowgirl Painting as 2018 Featured Artwork for September Wyoming Event

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The 34th annual Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival announces the Dennis Ziemienski painting of a confident cowgirl on horseback in front of the Teton Mountain Range as featured artwork for this year’s event, Sept. 5-16, 2018. The oil on linen work by the renowned California artist will grace festival posters and be on display at the Wort Hotel until it is sold at auction on Sept. 15.

“Teton Reflections” by internationally known artist Dennis Ziemienski will be featured on the 2018 Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival posters, always a popular collectible from the annual event.

"As 2018 is increasingly being called ‘the year of the woman,’ we think the confident cowgirl featured in ‘Teton Reflections’ may resonate with festivalgoers."

A confident and captivating cowgirl riding her trusted steed, stops for a drink and gazes into the distance with Jackson Hole’s Grand Teton as her backdrop in the aptly titled “Teton Reflections,” just announced as the featured artwork for the 34th annual Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival. The 54-by-42-inch oil on linen painting by artist Dennis Ziemienski will appear on 2018 posters for the premier Rocky Mountain West cultural event set to take place Sept. 5 – 16, 2018, in Jackson, Wyoming. The painting itself will be on display at Jackson’s historical Wort Hotel until it is auctioned off on Saturday, Sept. 15, following the QuickDraw event on Town Square.

“We’re thrilled to announce Dennis Ziemienski’s ‘Teton Reflections’ as our featured artwork for the 2018 Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival,” says Maureen Murphy, Director of Special Events for the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce. “We love Dennis’s real yet somewhat nostalgic depiction of the West; and as 2018 is increasingly being called ‘the year of the woman,’ we think the confident cowgirl featured in ‘Teton Reflections’ may resonate with festivalgoers on that level as well.”

The 2018 featured artist Dennis Ziemienski is no stranger to his work being seen by the masses. A San Francisco native who lives and works in Glen Ellen, California, Ziemienski is known for his stylized modernist portrayal of classic Western themes. His poster-like images in oil have won numerous awards, graced book covers and been commissioned by clients from Levi-Strauss to The New York Times to Super Bowl XXIX.

Growing up in California in the 1950s, Ziemienski witnessed the West firsthand during a period in time he likes to call “the Old West after the Old West,” as railroads, automobiles, motels and rodeos began to dominate the Western landscape. Those juxtapositions of classic cowboy life with the increasing influence of Modernism fascinate Ziemienski. “You don’t see a lot of paintings of cowboys sitting in Model T Fords, but they did – and right alongside their horses,” he says. “I like that period of time because it hasn’t been well recorded.”

Featured artist Dennis Ziemienski will be on hand to sign 2018 Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival posters showcasing his “Teton Reflections” image on Wednesday, Sept. 12, at the Altamira Fine Art Gallery. The original oil painting will be available for purchase at auction following the QuickDraw event on Town Square, Saturday, Sept. 15.

The Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival posters are a popular commemoration of this unique event created 34 years ago to extend the summer season for travelers and to celebrate the spectacular artwork of nationally and internationally acclaimed artists inspired by the area’s history, wildlife and landscape. Though many have sold out, limited quantities of past iconic festival posters dating back to 1987 are available for sale on the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce website at https://www.jacksonholechamber.com/events-calendar/fall-arts-festival/fall-arts-festival-posters/.

From art walks, live auctions, gallery events, and food and wine tastings, to plein air painting and sculpting and remarkable home and ranch tours, the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival offers guests more than 50 culturally rich events to choose from over the course of 11 days in September, many of them free.

About the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival:
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 taking place Sept. 5 -16, 2018, may be found at https://www.jacksonholechamber.com/events-calendar/fall-arts-festival/ For additional information, contact Maureen Murphy at Jackson Hole Chamber, 307.733.3316.

Media Contact: Amy Stark, Word PR + Marketing, amy(at)wordprmarketing.com, 307.734.5335

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