Save The Date: The 29th Annual Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival presented by the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce, September 5-15, 2013.

Western Design Conference Announces September Jackson Hole Events: Four days of furniture, fashion, jewelry, accessories and fun

New Jackson Hole Showcase of Homes Added to Fall Arts Festival Lineup

Event offers rare opportunity to tour the valley’s exquisite homes

Acclaimed cowboy artist Jason Rich has been chosen as featured artist for the 2013 Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival

The Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival is widely recognized as one of the premier cultural events in the Rocky Mountain West, with thousands of art enthusiasts drawn each year to experience the diverse artwork and breathtaking natural surroundings that make Jackson Hole a leading cultural center. The 2013 Festival will take place September 5-15. Experience the world-class installments of contemporary, culinary, landscape, Native American, wildlife, and Western, arts. Visitors will appreciate the works of nationally and internationally acclaimed artists along with an exceptional array of art, music, cuisine, and wine. More than fifty events round out our eleven-day festival. Click here to view the complete 2013 Fall Arts Festival Program online! Find the insert in the August 2013 edition of Mountain Living.

The 10-day Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival, from September 5 – 15, 2013, offers visitors more than 50 family-friendly FAF New ideaevents, many of them free. With a backdrop of the Teton Mountains in their autumn beauty, the festival revels in art and artists from around the world, with a chance to purchase original pieces from cowboy to contemporary. The 2013 roundup of artsy fun includes the Palates & Palettes gallery walk on September 6; tours of historic Jackson Hole ranches September 7; and the crowd-pleasing Taste of the Tetons where participants stroll historic downtown Jackson’s sidewalks sampling gourmet cuisines from area chefs on September 8.

As the 10-day event continues, featured artist for the 2013 Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival Jason Rich will do a meet-and-greet and sign the 2013 Fall Arts Festival poster featuring his original oil painting on September 11. The National Museum of Wildlife Art presents its 26th annual Western Visions® Wild West Artist Party and Miniatures and More Show & Sale on September 12 and 13, and artists create original works in a flash at the popular QuickDraw Art Sale and Auction in Jackson’s Town Square on September 14. Museum-quality contemporary Western style will be on display at the Western Design Conference, the unique exhibition of one-of-a-kind Western decorative arts and fashion sponsored by Teton Home and Living magazine, which runs from September 5 – 8 and includes an exhibit and sale, fashion show, lectures and more.

Each year the Jackson, Wyoming, arts event selects a featured artist, whose work graces the annual festival poster – which then becomes a collectible in its own right. This year’s choice, Jason Rich credits his Western roots as the inspiration behind his work, which draws on his experiences from riding beside cowboys in a corral to packing through the

Jason Rich

Jason Rich

mountains to create paintings, that reflect the authenticity of the cowboy way.

We are very excited to have Jason’s work on the 2013 official Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival poster,” says Murphy. “His love of Western life is demonstrated through his work.” Rich’s original large-scale oil painting “River Overlook – Gros Ventre River Ranch” has been on display at the Wort Hotel since Memorial Day weekend and will be until Saturday, September 14. Posters will be on sale at the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce and Rich will do a poster signing event at Legacy Gallery on Wednesday, September 11.

Jason Rich grew up riding, training and drawing horses on a small farm in southern Idaho. He spent many childhood summers on cattle drives with his uncle and couldn’t imagine a better place to be than on the back of a horse. He currently lives on a small horse ranch with his family in Utah’s Cache Valley.

Every painting starts with the horse for me – the way the light catches its gesture and movement,” says Rich.

Rich’s work has been featured in magazines including “Art of the West,” “Cowboys and Indians,” “Southwest Art,” “Western Art Collector,” and on the cover of “Western Horseman“. In October 2011, he was accepted into the prestigious Cowboy Artists of America (CAA).

His interest in art was fostered at a young age as well. His mother says, “He’s been drawing horses since he could pick up a pencil.” He studied art at Utah State University under Glen Edwards, a talented artist and instructor who encouraged traditional and representation art in a department that mostly emphasized contemporary and abstract applications. Upon completing his education, Jason dedicated himself to pursuing art full time. “My wife and I lived in a basement. Our first baby slept in a closet. But we knew art was what we wanted to do.”

2013 Fall Arts Festival poster image - 'River Overlook - Gros Ventre River Ranch' 48x50 oil by Jason Rich

2013 Fall Arts Festival poster image – ‘River Overlook – Gros Ventre River Ranch’ 48×50 oil by Jason Rich

In 2007 Rich was chosen as the featured cowboy artist and gave demonstrations, interviews, and workshops at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum for their National Day of the American Cowboy event celebrating the 100th birthday of John Wayne. At the Autry National Center’s 2008 Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition and Sale he was the recipient of the first annual Spirit of the West Award. Other honors include being selected the National Cattleman’s Beef Association poster artist in 2002 and receiving the Best New Auction Artist Award at the C. M. Russell Auction in 1998. The Arts for the Parks competition awarded Rich the Grand Prize in 1997 and the Founders Favorite Award in 1999. Rich has also been invited to participate in the Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition the past nine years.

Jason Rich currently lives in northern Utah with his wife, Kari, three children and three horses. “I live in the foothills now. I love that I can hop on my horse and be in the mountains in a matter of minutes.”  The Legacy Gallery in Jackson, WY and Scottsdale, AZ represents Jason’s artwork.

The First Annual Jackson Hole Showcase of Homes

The Jackson Hole Showcase of Homes will provide a one-of-a-kind opportunity for visitors to tour a selection of area homes during the September 2013 Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival. The new-for-2013 event, offered on Friday, September 13 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturday, September 14 from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., will include homes designed, built and decorated by premier architects, builders and designers, announced Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce Director of Special Events Maureen Murphy, who adds that the event will benefit community nonprofits.

It’s no secret that Jackson Hole boasts some of the country’s most spectacular homes,” says Murphy. “This year during the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival, visitors can see for themselves the reality of this well-deserved reputation. We’re so grateful for the designers and homeowners who have agreed to participate so we can share the art of home design as a new addition to our many arts offerings.”

Spectators will be able to view a selection of Jackson Hole homes designed in styles ranging from Western to contemporary. The two-day event is a self-guided tour allowing for personal contact with the designers, architects, builders and landscapers who are behind these unique projects.

Part of the First Annual Jackson Hole Showcase of Homes, this Custom log home by architects Ellis Nunn & Associates uses Old World construction methods (© Tuck Fauntleroy

Part of the First Annual Jackson Hole Showcase of Homes, this Custom log home by architects Ellis Nunn & Associates uses Old World construction methods (© Tuck Fauntleroy

Tickets for the Jackson Hole Showcase of Homes are $75 each and are available online at and event guides can be picked up at select retailers listed on the website. Only 250 tickets will be sold with all proceeds donated to local charities supported by the participating homeowners.  The event is hosted by Homestead magazine. Continue reading

British Installation Artist Bruce Munro to Exhibit Light-Based Works At Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Columbus, Ohio

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens to host,Bruce Munro: Light at Franklin Park Conservatory, by internationally renowned artist Bruce Munro, scheduled to open September 25.

 Exhibit of large-scale light installations is the British artist’s third exhibition in the United States.

Acclaimed British artist Bruce Munro will debut an exhibition of light-based installations and gallery works at Columbus, Ohio’s Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens on September 25, 2013. The exhibition, Bruce Munro: Light at Franklin Park Conservatory, will introduce work never before seen in the U.S.

British Artist Bruce Munro to Exhibit Light-Based Works At Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

British Artist Bruce Munro to Exhibit Light-Based Works At Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

This solo exhibition will be Munro’s third in the U.S. The first in 2012 at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pa. drew critical acclaim and hundreds of thousands of visitors. Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art in Nashville opened the second U.S. exhibition in May, 2013.

Munro’s Light will transform the Conservatory’s 83,000 square feet of indoor environments and three outdoor courtyards, creating a captivating nighttime experience. Ten large-scale site-specific installations will be displayed, four of them new works created uniquely for the Conservatory. Field of Light, perhaps one of Munro’s most iconic artworks, consists of nearly 3,000 lighted glass spheres springing from a courtyard garden. In the Bonsai Courtyard, Water-Towers, monumental structures made of plastic water bottles, glow and change color to synchronized music.

Bruce Munro’s Light is another exciting chapter in the Conservatory’s decade-long program of providing visually inspiring, world-class art that complements our unique spaces and plant collections,” said Bruce A. Harkey, Executive Director of Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. “We are privileged to be able to introduce these immersive artworks to Columbus, Central Ohio and the region. We are confident that Light will provide our visitors with a pleasurable, beautiful, engaging, and memorable experience.”

The exhibition will immerse visitors in a grand experience with nearly 60 miles of optical fiber used to illuminate the exhibition. In addition, more than 5,700 plastic bottles, nearly 3,000 glass spheres, and 48 light projectors are included in Light. More than 4,000 man hours went into creating Light in the U.K., and an additional 1,400 hours went into installing

Bruce Munro in front of one of his works at Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania.

Bruce Munro in front of one of his works at Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania.

the exhibition at the Conservatory.

Wiltshire-based Bruce Munro is an installation artist working with light in all of its forms. His work has been exhibited at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, the 13th century gothic Salisbury Cathedral, and in an annual exhibition residency at Waddesdon Manor, of the de Rothschild family estate. The Holburne Museum in Bath, Kensington Palace in London and the Guggenheim Museum in New York City have also exhibited his work. Munro is best known for immersive large-scale mixed-media installations based on his interest in the medium of light. Recording ideas and images in sketchbooks has been his practice for over 30 years; by this means he has captured his responses to stimuli such as music, literature, science and the world around him for reference, reflection and subject matter. This tendency has been combined with a liking for components and an inventive urge for reuse, coupled with career training in manufacture of light. As a result, Munro produces both monumental temporary experiential artworks as well as intimate story-pieces.

thCAWO19SLEvery garden has a unique feature,” Munro said. “This exhibition is more about a voyage around the garden rather than a series of stops and starts. It’s important that people take away the whole memory of their visit…the sum of the whole being greater than the individual parts.”

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens will offer this special evening experience from 5 until 11 pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and select Saturdays. Tickets are available for purchase online. Conservatory members will receive half-off admission for this special engagement. The Conservatory will maintain its regular daytime hours and seasonal exhibitions during the run of Light, which ends on February 8, 2014.

Franklin Park Conservatory - John F. Wolfe Palm House

Franklin Park Conservatory – John F. Wolfe Palm House

The Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens offers botanical collections, art and nature-based exhibitions, plant shows, and educational programs for all ages. Situated in an 88-acre urban park, the Conservatory features the historic 1895 John F. Wolfe Palm House and 83,000 square feet of glasshouses, classrooms, and meeting and event spaces. The Conservatory owns a signature collection of glass artwork by Dale Chihuly. Light Raiment II, a permanent installation by internationally recognized light artist James Turrell, illuminates the John F. Wolfe Palm House every evening from dusk until dawn. Continue reading

Beaches, Seafood and Rock ‘n’ Roll Legends

Foreigner, Loverboy to Headline Panama City Beach Seafood and Music Festival 2013

The Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce, the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association and the Panama City Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau are excited to announce the 2013 Panama City Beach Seafood and Music Festival (, which will take place October 17-20. Celebrating seafood, fishing, music, art and culture in Panama City Beach, this exceptionally fun-filled, four-day event features mouthwatering seafood, some of the world’s most beautiful beaches and nonstop music from some of the industry’s top performers and rising stars. Featured artists for the 2013 edition include Abigail Rose, Andy Velo Band, Ed Roland and the Sweet Tea Project, Collective Soul, Loverboy, Better Than Ezra and the multi-platinum band Foreigner.

2013 Panama City Beach Seafood & Music Festival.  (PRNewsFoto/Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce)

2013 Panama City Beach Seafood & Music Festival. (PRNewsFoto/Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce)

With unprecedented support from local fishing and seafood industries, local restaurants, local and state sponsors, local and regional business partners, local and state government, civic organizations, local schools and numerous volunteers, the 2013 Panama City Beach Seafood and Music Festival is community at its best,” said Derrick Bennett, chairman of the Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce.

The new Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater will play host this year, providing an exciting concert atmosphere and plenty of room to set up a lawn chair or get up and dance. The Big Tent will give VIP ticket holders unparalleled access and seating for all concerts, and lodging packages are in the works from some of Panama City Beach’s best hotels and resorts. Tent Village will also be on-site as your go-to stop for delicious seafood from the area’s best chefs, as well as great shopping from retail shops and arts and crafts vendors.

Tickets for this rockin’ event are on sale now, so check out the website at for details or information on how to become a vendor or sponsor.

Come to Panama City Beach, Florida, and discover the home of award-winning beaches, world-class accommodations and an authentic atmosphere that lives and breathes vacation any time of the year. With spectacular events, predictably sunny weather and sun-soaked excitement for all ages, the Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce always has the welcome mat extended! With 27 miles of shoreline bordering the emerald-green waters of the Gulf of Mexico and St. Andrews Bay, Panama City Beach provides a genuine vacation experience in a relaxed, inclusive setting, enticing visitors to come back time and time again. The mission for the Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce is to support, encourage and expand business development and tourism while enhancing the quality of life in the community. Visit or call (850) 235.1159 for more information.

Florida’s hospitality industry represents a $71.8 billion industry, which comprises 23% of Florida’s economy and $4.3 billion in sales tax revenue. The industry is Florida’s largest employer, with more than 1,000,000 employees. The Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association is among the most influential trade associations in Florida and was established in 1946 to represent the restaurant industry. Since that time, the scope of FRLA’s representation has expanded to include the entire hospitality industry including lodging establishments, restaurants and thousands of suppliers to the industry. The association counts among its members some of the largest businesses in each of these categories. The mission of FRLA is to Protect, Educate, and Promote Florida’s hospitality industry. The power and influence of FRLA is indisputable with a legislative track record to back it up. Led by CEO Carol Dover and an active Board of Directors, FLRA has been effective in influencing legislation that has saved the industry $1.2 billion in taxes and fees over the past 10 years. To learn more about FRLA or to find out how you can get involved, call 888-372-9119 or visit