View22: the Art of Jackson Hole’s Open Spaces seeks to unite art and conservation to cultivate a deeper sense of place in Jackson Hole. By pairing local artists with iconic and treasured Jackson Hole Land Trust protected properties – and sharing these experiences through an interactive online blog, artist demonstrations, and a fundraising art show – the View22 project raises awareness of the importance of open space protection for the valley’s wildlife, community, and artists. The View22 project has garnered community support and media attention, including coverage in the Jackson Hole News & Guide, Wyoming Public Radio, the Land Trust Alliance’s Saving Lands Magazine, Images West, and other publications and online art blogs.
Throughout the summer, View22 artists travel to Land Trust protected properties and create works of art inspired by these places. Our View22 blog shares their experiences and paintings through regular photo updates and posts. In addition, the Land Trust and View22 artists host artist demonstrations at several protected property locations. The project culminates each year with a fundraising art show that benefits the Land Trust’s future land protection projects in Jackson Hole in addition to supporting local artists.
In 2017, we are pleased to announce View22: Field Study, an immersive study of Jackson Hole Land Trust protected properties. Artists will have the opportunity to visit the same site on a number of occasions starting in late spring or early summer and throughout the summer season, and are responsible for creating three to four pieces of art over the course of the allotted months. The goal of View22: Field Study is to allow artists to form a deeper connection to the conservation land they are visiting and working on and to portray through their art the changes and cycles that take place on the landscape throughout the summer. Similar to 2016, View22: Field Study locations will be marked with green flags in late July, and will culminate with an exhibit and sale at the Jackson Hole Land Trust’s Annual Picnic on Sunday, August 13th.
Now in its fifth year, the View22 project was launched in 2013 together with local artists Kathryn Turner, Jennifer Hoffman, and Bill Sawczuk. Inspiration for this project originally came from Kathryn Turner of Trio Fine Art who was influenced by artist Thomas Moran, whose sketches, watercolors, and landscape paintings of the rugged beauty of the Yellowstone region captured the imagination of the country – and Congress – and played an important role in the establishment of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. An organic partnership, it was proposed to the Land Trust by the artists of Trio Fine Art out of recognition of the importance of open space protection in our valley for wildlife, for the community, and for themselves as landscape artists.
In 2014, Kay Northup, Lee Riddell, and Travis Walker joined the project. In 2015, we expanded the project in celebration of the Jackson Hole Land Trust’s 35th anniversary to showcase 35 local artists working in a variety of visual media. The 2016 View22: Open Studio Project included 19 local artists and explored easement-protected open access properties throughout Teton County.