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Creativity in the time of COVID

Help Us Keep Creating!

To engage as many community members in creative experiences as possible this summer we are offering

-Pop-Up Art lessons in community parks,

-sending art supplies home with families,

-Zoom Interactive on-line classes,

Slowly opening the studio.


Thank you for supporting our efforts to make art experiences affordable and accessible for everyone in Teton Valley.


Opening Open Studio


Open Studio

We are attempting to open our studio up for one user per slot.  If you are socially distancing in a household multiple members of a household can share the same slot.


Here are the rules and expectations for open studio users

-Must have taken a class or be completely familiar with Teton Arts Studio.

-Must Be a Member.

-Must sign up for time slot

-Must purchase a punch card, and punch after each visit.

Open Studio users are only permitted to sign up for two slots per week.

Open Studio is for those who are currently enrolled in a class, have previously taken ceramics classes, or are already familiar with the Ceramics Arts. If you are new to the studio please bare with us as we wait to set up orientations for new studio users till July.

To Sign Up, Click Here:

To Buy Clay, click here:



Teton Arts Studio Opening Guidelines:  Phase 1

  • One person or family (quarenteam) unit per open studio session
  • All users must be Teton Arts members  Become a member.
  • All users must have taken a pottery class at TA or be familiar with studio use and safety (New user orientation and use in Phase 2)
  • Sign up for no more than 2 sessions a week per person or family unit
  • All users must have a punch card, or us end of class credit!  (Buy punch cards) 
  • Please purchase clay on website.  Checks only.  $25/bag


Teton Arts Studio Use Guidelines:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water or put on gloves upon entry to studio
  • Punch your card and date it each session. Cards locate in black box.
  • Clay will be available for purchase on-line, or with check.  $25 / bag.
  • Avoid touching another’s pieces, station, or  tools.
  • Begin clean up so you are ready to leave at the end of session
  • Before you leave clean your tools, buckets, brushes, station with soap and water.
  • Put clay scraps in the large slurry bucket, rinse your tools etc in the bucket then wash them with soap and water.  Wash studio sponges with soap and water and leave to air dry.
  • Before you leave put your clay, tools, etc. away.
  • Use disinfectant (spray bottle provided) to wash down stations, seats, anything touched.  spray alcohol and let air dry.
  • Have fun.  Respect the studio and other user by maintaining a clean space

Sign Up to Be a Volunteer

Sign up to hear about our super fun and engaging ways to volunteer with Teton Arts!

Your time can be your greatest gift. Donate some of your time to help us make creative experiences affordable and accessible for everyone in Teton Valley.

Give us a little info and choose “YES” under Active volunteer, so we can include you in our volunteer mailing list.

HANDLE IT! Intermediate pottery workshop with Margaret Haydon

Join us for this hands on Two Day pottery making workshop.  Focusing on wheel thrown and altered forms to be used in the kitchen.  Practice making handles, fitting lids and considering the little details that make a HUGE difference when you start using your pottery creations at home.

space is limited, Sign up today!


This Giving Tuesday, December 3rd, support art experiences in Teton Valley.  With your support we will continue to offer affordable and accessible art experiences for everyone in our community.  

“A child without the ability to imagine and express their creativity is destine to get into trouble.”

Through our sliding-scale scholarship fund we have provided more than $7500 in tuition assistance to more than 75 students in 2019.   We regularly offer free community art workshops, art experiences for seniors as well as in-school art classes and field trips.  As our outreach continues to grow we need your help to make ART FOR ALL a reality in Teton Valley! 

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


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