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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.

What’s the summer buzz?

Here is a short list of events you don’t want to miss this summer at Teton Arts!

1.Free Family Workshops!


Bring out your family for an art project and a potluck dinner! Art is on us tonight, all you have to do is put your creativity caps and bring the gang on down to our studio space! Painting, clay, collaging, and more are on the docket. Bringing some food to share is a great way to ensure it’ll be a great party. No two nights will be the same!

Where: Teton Arts Council Studios

When: Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the months June, July, and August 5-7pm


2. Kids Wheel Throwing Class

Every Tuesday afternoon we are inviting kids ages 7+ into the ceramics studio to learn how to throw clay on the pottery wheels! A fun challenge for even the most coordinated of child masterminds, wheel throwing is a great way to get everybody’s creative juices flowing.  Let your kids get their hands in the mud and maybe add some handmade pottery to the kitchen cabinets!


When: Every Tuesday from 3:30-5:30 pm

Where: Teton Arts Council Studios.


3.Adult Intro to Clay Miniseries

If you’re curious about ceramics but don’t know where to start? Well look no further! We are hosting two-night sessions for adults who would like to try their hand at pottery making. Many people don’t have the time to commit to a 6-week class, but would really like to get active in the community studio somehow. All you need to bring is yourself, an open mind, and maybe a friend!

Where: Teton Arts Council Studios.

When: Session One will be July 16th & 17th,  Session Two will be on August 6th & 7th


4.Souper Bowl Creation Sessions

Show off your bowl-making skills and donate your time to Teton Arts by throwing bowls for our annual Souper Bowl Fundraiser! Local artists will be doing demonstrations on their favorite bowl-themed techniques as inspiration. We provide clay and entertainment for all people interested in bringing their style to the Souper Bowl table! If you share a love for clay, have some experience building, and are looking for a way to fill up on good karma then you should join us every 1st and 3rd Wednesday this summer.

Where: Teton Arts Council Studios.

When: Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the months June, July, and August. Demos                                  @ 7pm!

New face alert! “Who is that, who could it be?”

Hello! My name is Charlotte, I’m a new face around the Teton Arts Center and I am so excited to be here! I come from yonder Midwest, a beautiful place where the lakes are superior but the hills are very small. I am stoked to be here in the mountains to live, play and be inspired. This summer there are going to be a lot of things going on at Teton Arts and I would be overjoyed to share some of the details with you! I hope to meet all of the best characters in Teton Valley through our variety of Adult, Family, and kids workshops.


Call for Art!

The Garden Party Exhibition and Sale, June 8 – July 26, 2018

This Teton Arts Member Show celebrates the summer in Teton Valley with an exhibit of works of local artists. Seasoned artists, students and those who may be new to gallery exhibitions are encouraged to participate. The exhibition is titled “Garden Party”. Works may convey or evoke themes such as growth, renewal, nature or farm and garden. Let your imagination flourish with respect to the theme and the media of choice. From paint to pastel, clay to metal, realistic to whimsical, we encourage all artists to enjoy their process and take advantage of the Teton Arts Gallery space by participating in the Summer Member Show.

Requirements: 2D or 3D art in any medium; 2D art should be a minimum of 8*10 inches and framed with a wire hanger securely fastened across the back of the piece; 3 separate works per artist will be accepted.

Drop Off: May 28th to June 4th @ Teton Arts Studio in Driggs (please call ahead) and

Tuesday June 5th from 1-4pm @ Teton Arts Gallery.

Opening Reception on Friday evening, June 8th from 6-8 pm.

Enjoy goodies and refreshments. This family friendly event will feature live music by Lina Marquis.