First stop was Jenny Dowd's home studio in Alpine. Alpine is just down the road from Jackson on Hwy. 89, the site of the road-clogging avalanche in the spring. Quite a few Jackson commuters have moved to Lincoln County, which is served by Teton County's START Bus system. They had to take the long road to work via Idaho and Teton Pass during avalanche season.
Jenny's upstairs studio features samples of the work that led to a 2011 visual arts fellowship from the WAC. In the studio are ceramic tiles which make up furniture groupings. Over the her bedroom are the life-size sculptures of furniture complete with rows of ceramic teeth. Also on display are Jenny's fanciful "Tooth Fairy" ceramics that harken back to those childhood days when we all wondered what the Tooth Fairy did with all of those darn teeth, anyhow. You can also ask Jenny about her obsession with cicadas.
The WAC fellowship exhibit will be on display at the Art Association's main gallery at the Arts Center Nov. 4 through the end of December. As always, the Arts Center was abuzz with a number of summer workshops for children and adults.
When touring the Factory, Wyomingarts picked up waves of creative vibes from the many artists and artisans and sculptors and filmmakers who have found a home there. The big building once manufactured wooden skis (remember them?) and had fallen on some hard times before local young trailblazers moved in. Much of the equipment in the studios was donated by local organizations and businesses. The artists have put in some sweat equity to install walls for offices and studios. Plumbing, too. A repair crew was patching the roof.
While we were there, Travis said he had just heard that the Teton ArtLab, sponsor of Factory Studios, received its WAC Operating Support Grant. He seemed visibly relieved by the news. Congrats, Travis.
Act locally, create locally, live locally.
Photos (top to bottom):
1. Jenny Dowd shows off some of her "Tooth Fairy" ceramics to fellowship biennial curator Nancy Bowen of Brooklyn, N.Y.
2. Travis Walker (left), Teton ArtLab, Abbie Miller (center) and Nancy Bowen pose for a shot in one of the studios at The Factory in Jackson.
3. Poster for The Factory Festival held July 8 in Jackson.