LONG on LIGHT Gallery Reception

Long on Light


Teton Arts Gallery in Teton Valley, Idaho is excited to feature the work of painters Cheryl Joan Askegreen, Natalie Connell and Helen Seay. The show and sale, entitled “Long on Light”, runs from

May 27, 2019 to July 23,2019.


Teton Arts Gallery in Driggs City Center will launch this show with an Opening Reception on the Summer Solstice, Friday evening, June 21 from 5-7 pm. Enjoy light refreshments and good company as you view this fresh exhibit of paintings.


Cheryl Joan Askegreen is originally from Chicago. Cheryl earned a Bachelor of Fine Art in Painting in 2007, and a Master’s in Art Education in 2010. After moving to Jackson in 2016, her paintings were showcased at the 2017 Jackson Hole Art Fair. Cheryl has also been featured in American Artwork 2018, CreativPaper’s Best New Artists of 2017, and in the upcoming 2019 issue of Studio Visit Magazine. Cheryl works as a graphic designer and teaches yoga, ski patrols, and whitewater kayaks.


Cheryl tells us “this body of work, The Ecology of Memories, is created by combining and contrasting memories of specific places, blending scenes that blur perspectives. I find myself influenced by my ecology, appreciating the structures of civilization as much as the flow of water and eroding rocks found in the natural landscape. Just like old memories that fade together over time, these paintings induce an eerie sense of place that borders on surreal.”


Helen Seay is an artist living in Teton valley Idaho. She attended the University of Georgia in Athens focusing on Graphic Design and Scientific/Medical Illustration, eventually migrating West in the early 2000’s to Glacier National Park where she was Artist-in-Residence for two summers. Her love of mountains and clean air landed her in Teton Valley in 2007. Much of her artistic inspiration is drawn from the natural world and her background in scientific illustration.  She enjoys painting animals and making beautiful, awe inspiring images that tie nature and the spirit of fauna and flora to a powerful scene.  Recently, Helen has been doing mural projects around Teton Valley for Idaho Fish and Game and Friends of the Teton River. You can view some of her work at HelenSeayArt.com.


Helen feels “there is a spirit, a medicine in the images I paint.  I begin with a vision or an emotion of this spirit, translate it to canvas, then allow the freedom of creative expression to guide me.  My work is a compilation of perceptions of the animal spirit and interpretations of visions I have while meditating, creating a mixture of subtle reality with an unseen, imaginative world.  Eyes gazing intently at the viewer beg their consciousness into the divine realities and interconnectedness of nature, which in turn allows us to view the essential nature of our own being.  My work encourages the stimulation of spirituality through recognizing or at least hinting at the cosmic energy within all beings and the oneness within the universe.”


Natalie Connell says “my mother tells a story that when I was three years old I told her I would draw a picture every day so that when I grew up, I would be an artist. Turns out, I stuck to that for years. With a father who was an US Air Force pilot, I was raised across much of the United States and elsewhere, moving often.  Upon finishing high school, I did not pursue formal art training, believing that it was impossible to make a living being creative. So I went to college and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in counseling, afterwards choosing to move to beautiful Jackson, WY. After a few years of stringing together ski bum jobs and never being able to shirk my creative itch, I decided to teach myself graphic design. It took a few years, but I finally landed design jobs and was able to turn my creative free time elsewhere.


In the fall of 2015, I fell in love with painting and began developing as an artist. In May 2016, I had my first art show at a local coffee shop and sold over half of my pieces. Since then, I have had several successful local shows, and was chosen by the Art Association of Jackson Hole as the 2017 Emerging Artist for the Jackson Hole Art Fair. When I am not creating art, I work as a graphic designer for Stio, a local outdoor apparel company. I love spending time in the mountains, with rock climbing and backcountry snowboarding being my activities of choice.

From this time outdoors I derive much of my inspiration, being particularly drawn to conveying the experience and magic found deep within the mountains and desert. However, whether you are miles back in the wilderness or walking to your car early in the morning, there is astounding beauty and color if you slow down to observe it. It is easy to rush through life and miss these quiet everyday moments. Though I may focus on the experiences found far in nature, in my daily creative practice I try to bring out the simple beauty of day to day life. It is my hope that through interacting with my art, viewers may be inspired to slow down and have the world they experience everyday re-enchanted – whether it’s the hundred-year-old trees they pass on their daily commute or majestic mountain views.”


To learn more about the mission of Teton Arts in our community, please visit www.tetonartsouncil.com.