Jackson-based artist Kathryn Mapes Turner, owner of Turner Fine Art, is this year's featured artist for the 35th annual Fall Arts Festival. We're excited to share with you a solo exhibition of Turner's work during this time and host a number of not-to-be-missed events! Discover the featured painting, Kathryn's journey to finish it while injured, preview her solo show, and save the date on all of our events.

"For me, horses have the essential qualities of power, strength, agility and also gracefulness. This is what I was trying to capture in this featured painting for this year’s Fall Arts Festival. My love for horses started as far back as I can remember because I was blessed to have been born and raised on the Triangle X Ranch, my family’s historic dude ranch in what is now Grand Teton National Park. This image was inspired by a special event that happens twice each day on the ranch when we wrangle our herd of horses to and from their pastures. There’s nothing quite like seeing these horses running with the Tetons in the background. The thundering hooves of the horses kick up dust that diffuses the light and softens everything. I tried to capture these veils in my painting." —Kathryn Mapes Turner

Of Earth & Wind will be available for auction on Saturday, September 14th, 2019 during the QuickDraw Art Sale and Auction. For details on this event and others during the Fall Arts Festival, click here to check out the Chamber of Commerce's website >>


Kathryn's solo exhibition, Along an Unseen Path, will be on view at the gallery from August 26th to September 27th, 2019. Be sure join us for exciting events at Turner Fine Art leading up to and during the Fall Arts Festival. Every event is free and open to all!


August 14, 2019 • 5:00-6:30pm
The Wort hosts a champagne celebration for the unveiling of the featured painting! Check out the Chamber of Commerce's website for more information


Friday, September 6th, 2019 • 5-8pm
Be sure to stop by the gallery during this event and public reception of Kathryn's new show. Enjoy the catering of a local restaurant.


Monday, September 9th & Tuesday, September 10th, 2019 • 1pm
Join us either day to see Kathryn Mapes Turner do a live demonstration!


Wednesday, September 11th, 2019 • 1pm
Get your Fall Arts Festival signed by the featured artist!


Sunday, September 15th, 2019 • 10am
Don't miss the chance to catch Kathryn's solo exhibition. Mimosas and lox bar provided.


A Winter at Rest

It was one of the first powder days of the year and I was having a glorious time skiing...until...well...I heard that dreaded ‘pop' and everything changed. Just like that, a severed ACL, meniscus tear, surgery and off my leg for two months.As someone who lives to be active outside, it was a real struggle to feel so disconnected to the natural world.

On the Canvas

Despite all this, I wasn’t permitted to just focus on recovery because I had an important job to do! I had to find a way to paint the featured piece for the 35th Anniversary of the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival. (The due date was the day before I got off crutches!) With dimensions of 48 x 60 it was a formidable task that I knew I couldn’t do alone. Because of the critical support of family and friends who delivered meals, helped with house chores, and studio tasks, the painting project was absolutely a collaboration. I could not have done this without their help.

Movement through Art

In my immobility, I chose to paint this running horse as a way to experience movement vicariously, through its stride. In my physical therapy sessions, I gained a whole new appreciation for the complexities of body mechanics and translated what I was learning about human physiology to what makes movement possible in horses. I revisited my studies of their tendons, bones and musculature.

In the imposed time of hibernation, I often felt isolated from the greater community. This is when my art books saved me! Pouring over masterful artworks newly inspired me and kept me company during my long days working in the studio.

Spring Awakening

With the arrival of spring, I am reflecting on my unexpected winter with a new lens and can see how it was a gift blessed with a great deal of grace.I now report that my recovery is going remarkably well and recently I got outside to draw the elk, moose, and bison in their spring migration. I now have the sweet blessing of not taking privileges like this for granted.
This season everything feels new and the promise of spring has never meant so much to me. I watch seeds that have laid dormant send up small shoots, trusting in the unseen force that beckons them to grow. I have learned so much and gratitude for my abundant blessings makes my heart flower. Like the birdsong, thank you for the loveliness your friendship and support bring to my life.


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