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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

Holey Pots & Groovy Shots Apre ART

Teton Arts in Teton Valley, Idaho is excited to feature the work of photographer Linda M Swope & potter Greg Meyers. The show and sale, entitled “Holey Pots & Groovy Shots”, runs from February 20 to April 30, 2019.

Teton Arts Gallery in Driggs City Center will launch this show with a Happy Hour Reception on Friday evening, February 22 from 5-8 pm. Enjoy light refreshments and good company as you view an exciting new body of slightly surreal work.

Cups for Kids! Mug sales will benefit children’s art. Free beer with a mug purchase! Enjoy a free raffle too.

Photographer Linda Swope uses fluid digital imagery to transform manmade elements and Mother Nature’s goodness into scenes of fascination. By giving energy to what isn’t really there, Swope investigates the world in her mind’s eye.

Late into a 40-year career as a professional photographer, Swope started having visions. “I saw finished artwork, but it wasn’t my traditional photography. These were complex composites. As vivid as they were in my mind, I didn’t know how to accomplish one!”

After a thousand hours of experimentation, Linda’s style emerged. There is a foundation in reality, but there is also magic that morphs and shape shifts between surreal and abstract. The elements of her compositions beckon us to come closer. We are rewarded if we linger, with much to discover up close or at a distance. Even buildings are alive when infused with the natural world.

Drawn to the nostalgia of rural Idaho, Swope then calls on the magnificence of nature to conceive images that transcend their origins. When you see a bison calf emerge from a tree trunk, you might ask “how?” Swope won’t answer the question how she does it. She belives that mystery is more moving than method.

Clay artist Greg Meyers tells us “Holey Pots embodies a joyful and experimental return to working and creating in the studio. Over the last couple years working as an art teacher and more recently as the Executive Director at Teton Arts, I have been surrounded by art and people creating, but was unable to have the focus or time to create my own art. Holey Pots marks my return to the joyful pursuit of creating and self-discovery.

Sitting at the wheel, throwing large pots, and carving holes are my favorite. So, I focused on that. Pushing my own limits and the limits of the clay, I tried to make pots as large and as delicate as I could. My hope was to create unique vases still capable of holding water and flower arrangements. I’m most excited to see these vases hold flowers.”

For more about Linda Swope, go to To learn more about the mission of Teton Arts in our community, please visit

Margaret Haydon Ceramics Workshop

Margaret Haydon Ceramics Workshop

To Enroll visit:

Hours: Saturday- Sunday: 10-12:30 1:30-4 



Pouring and pulling simple cast forms:

Demonstrate pouring and pulling simple cast forms. Have participants pour in pairs and pull several images, as well as work with pre-made leather hard casts.

Cleaning up casts and prep for construction.

Discuss various ways to combine cast images with thrown forms. Participants work until lunch.

12:30-1:30 Lunch?? Slides during lunch?


Brief slide lecture? (This can also happen the evening before if that is better. The Potters guild in Boulder does it that way and the lecture is free and open to the public, though the workshop costs $$)


Combining thrown forms with small cast images; and simple construction of cast image to cast image:

Demonstrate attachment of cast elements to thrown forms, and making odd construction combinations with cast images. Explain the importance of solid attachment construction and slow drying. Wrap completed constructions in plastic to set up for Sunday.

Demonstrate wax and sgraffito process on leatherhard forms.

Participants work to the end of the afternoon. Have them prepare a few leather hard pieces with wax for Sunday.


10-12:30 1:30 -4…5…(however long people stay to work)

Throwing and trimming:

Demonstrate various forms on the wheel; have several forms pre-made for trimming and construction. (medium-large bowl; slab platter to demo thrown foot ring; stem and bowl to demo goblet form construction.)

Quick Review of Saturday’s processes:

Talk about and demonstrate clean up of joints, and refining craft of previous day’s constructions. Use of paintbrushes, Mudtools white sponges and green scrubbies for clean up.

Demonstrate screen process with underglaze on leather hard and bisque.

Demonstrate Xerox image transfer process on leather hard.

Participants continue to work through the afternoon.

Workshop participants should have prepared beforehand:

*Several soft leather hard pieces, thrown or hand built. Preferably a mid-range white clay body

*Some small soft leather hard tiles also are helpful (though I will have some prepared as well. )

*I will also throw some forms the night before to have ready for demo and for others to play with.