My Favorite Paintings of 2017

“Love Comes Quietly” 6 x 8 oil on linenEach year, I enjoy this opportunity to reflect on a year’s portfolio of paintings and drawings. In a very real sense, it is my visual journal of experiences. 2017 was an amazing year for me! A year full of natural beauty that inspired me and sparked a creative flow that felt dynamic and rich. The process of creating these paintings then connects me with the community and with people like you in a special way. These relationships are the best part of what I do, and mean so very much to me. Thank you for sharing in this wonderful journey! Each work is done with you in mind.It is a deep privilege to do what I do… and to do it all here in a place as beautiful as Jackson Hole.“Spring in the High Desert” 11 x 14 oil on linenDue to the deep snowfall last winter, the summer months in Jackson Hole were particularly stunning, so I made a point to get out to plein air paint regularly. A highlight was a weekly outing with fellow artist, Alissa Hartmann. Every Tuesday afternoon, we would pack a ‘picnic dinner’ and stay out […]

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What’s to come for Trio Fine Art

Dear Trio Fine Art Friends & Family,Well, it’s been one heck of a ride! 2017 marks thirteen summers together as Trio Fine Art. What started as three artists joining forces has morphed into a gallery experience we could have never predicted. Over the years, the Trio has included six artists who hosted over fifty exhibitions. In our simple space, thousands of paintings and drawings were shared with Jackson Hole and her visitors. We hosted the work of one of our heroes, Russell Chatham, and many of our other talented friends: Molly Hirschfield, September Vhay, Lee Riddell, Greg McHuron, Kay Stratman, Shannon Troxler Thal, Matt Montagne, Eliot Goss, and others. A fun community has grown up around this space that has been used for receptions, parties, dancing-with-the-stars practice, raptor bird demonstrations, filming, lectures, art lessons, cups of tea, and lots of smiles. For us, Trio Fine Art has been much more than a business. It had become a closely-knitted partnership where we celebrated and supported each other’s creativity. It has been a place to express our shared love for beauty, art, and a deep connection with the landscape. As everything changes over time, things at Trio Fine Art are too. Instead of remaining as a trio, we are all excited to […]

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My Ode to Wyoming, Opening & Exhibition

My Ode to Wyoming is a solo exhibition by Kathryn Mapes Turner. Personal in nature, this exhibit is a collection of work that demonstrates Turner’s plein air and fine art painting.In this exhibition, Turner visually expresses her appreciation for her beloved Wyoming. She paints to evoke emotion through the eloquent imagery of her native Jackson Hole. Her pieces are deeply steeped in her intimate relationship with this place she calls Home. A fleeting sunset, a grove of aspens, thundering horse hooves. They begin with moments that captivate her, then filtered through her creative lens, and edited by her artistic sensibility. In Turner’s work, Nature provides moments of inspiration that are distilled to their essential elements. The results are compositions that are crafted with a balance of disciplined refined technique and exploratory spontaneity that makes her work so unique. The public is invited to celebrate this work at the Artist’s Reception || Thursday, July 20th 5PM to 8 PM. Free & Open to All. The exhibition runs July 20th to August 5th. Show images will be posted on this website and at TrioFineArt.com after July 13th.  

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My Ode to Wyoming Open Mic Night

Jagged rock walls with cascading waterfalls, mushrooms springing up through a bed of pine needles and soot, wildlife on the move with their young, teaching them the ways of Nature. This beautiful Wyoming has so much to share with us. Let’s come together and celebrate it!Calling all Writers, Musicians, and Lover’s of Wyoming!Trio Fine Art is hosting an Open Mic Night, coinciding with Kathryn Turner’s solo exhibition My Ode to Wyoming. Surrounded by paintings inspired by our mountain land, passionate locals will share their original poems, verse, and music about our Wyoming.Event DetailsOpen mic night takes place Thursday, August 3rd. 5PM to 7PM.This event is FREE and open to the public!Hosted at Trio Fine Art gallery545 N Cache AveJackson, WY307.734.4444Gallery Hours | Wednesday through Saturday, Noon to 6PMMy Ode to Wyoming solo exhibition | July 19th to August 5th, Trio Fine Art GalleryThis is your Call to Action! We are looking for 10 locals to write and read their Odes to Wyoming at the open mic night. If you are interested, please click here for more information. Please email barbara@turnerfineart.com with any questions. This is a fun, casual event celebrating our love for Wyoming and our wonderful Western community. The […]

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Call to Action: My Ode to Wyoming Open Mic Night!

Calling all Writers, Musicians, and Lovers of Wyoming!Trio Fine Art is hosting an Open Mic Night, coinciding with Kathryn Turner’s solo exhibition My Ode to Wyoming. Surrounded by paintings inspired by our mountain land, we are looking for 10 locals to share their words and music with us.Submission details:The subject is My Ode to WyomingWritten or musical pieces, no longer than 5 minutes in lengthOriginal compositionsSubmission deadline is July 20th. Please email your submissions to barbara@turnerfineart.com. Email with any questions! This is a fun, casual event celebrating our love for Wyoming and our wonderful Western community. The gallery opens at noon, and the mic comes out at 5:00. Come for a little, or stay for awhile. We hope to see you.Click here for event details.Thank you! 

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“Lady” Accepted to Birds in Art, and a story…

I am honored to share that this painting was chosen by the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum to be included in their international juried Birds in Art exhibition.  “Lady,” a 30 x 24 oil painting (left), depicts a golden eagle he rehabilitated when I was a girl. It was impressionable and inspiring for me to have this gorgeous creature in our home when I was young, and now a thrill to be able to share her painting at this exhibition. I gave this painting as a gift to my dad. There’s a story of my dad and an eagle he called “Lady.”Dad was driving home after his meetings in Casper, WY when he noticed a golden eagle on the side of the road. When it didn’t fly away upon his car passing, he knew something must be wrong. He turned his car around, and tried to approach it. The eagle took off, but couldn’t fly far and made a crash landing. This happened several times.   Later, he found out her talons were paralyzed due to thallium poisoning. Dad said it is hard to catch an eagle, especially a feisty one like this one! Eventually he did and he wrapped her in his sport coat. […]

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When it comes to art, how much does size really matter?

Recently, I have a bigger range of sizes to my work than ever before. Currently in the gallery, I have one of my smallest paintings displayed at 5 x 7 inches, and one of the largest at nearly 5 feet by 5 feet. What is the difference between painting large and small? Is there really a difference… other than, well, size?When it comes to size, I feel that there is a difference in the both the creation of the painting and the experience of it.Creating.There is practicality to consider in creating paintings – smaller paintings are simply easier to manage. When I am working en plein air, small and mid-size paintings are easier to transport in my pack. With less surface area, they are also less susceptible to catching the wind like a sail and then taking off with my easel with it! Certainly, large paintings are possible on location, but to prepare for gusts, a series of stakes and ropes are usually employed to keep them tied down. Then, there is the issue of transport. When I was creating large paintings on location in Italy, I worked on stretched canvases that could be removed from its stretcher frame, then […]

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Turner Fine Art receives Best of Jackson Hole

Thank you for your patience, your inspiration, and your votes! Because of the amazing support of the Jackson community, Turner Fine Art received Best Local Artist in the 2017 Best of Jackson Hole contest, hosted by Planet Jackson Hole.For the full article and list of results, please click here.And a big congratulations to Trio Fine Art gallery for winning Bronze for Best Local Gallery!

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My favorite paintings of 2016, and why…

On this spectacular, albeit cold, winter’s day, I am reflecting back on such a happy 2016. My brushes were kept busy with a constant river of inspiration; I enjoyed a year marked with adventure, travel, and discovery. And thanks to good health and a wonderful energy, I was able to chase after the sublime beauty that I find in the natural world. I enjoyed a peace and contentment that I can only explain as grace. I feel humbled by the abundance of support that surrounds me and allows me to continue to work as an painter full time. Lastly, the love that I share with family and friends is, as the teaching says, the greatest gift of all!  As the year drew to a close, I felt truly and profoundly blessed.My favorite things about being an artist…#1. I GET TO GO ON ADVENTURES My summer started with a trip to my alma mater, the University of Notre Dame, who commissioned me to return to that impressive campus and paint the Golden Dome. I loved being around the students and working with the Notre Dame Magazine staff who made this image into 2500 prints for their donors.Next, I had the special opportunity to […]

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The face on the plate

An intense gut wrench.While riding a few weeks ago, a friend and I discovered a spike elk caught in the mud. She and I weren’t able to get it out by ourselves, so we went for help.Later, we returned with five big-hearted men and a long rope. My dad got the rope around its spike antlers, and then he and the men carefully and gently pulled it out of the bog. My dad has always had a special sense about animals. Throughout my life, his gentle nature transcends barriers with other species and accomplishes amazing things. This experience was one of those amazing things. I am so very grateful for his big, strong, gentle heart, and that of the other men who came to help. These men are wonderful heroes!The elk laid on the grass until it could regain feeling and strength in its legs. It knew we were close at hand, but it did not panic. After a short while, the elk found its way to wobbly legs and ran off into the woods where I hope he found a place to rest and recover from several days trapped in the bog. Needless to say, this was one of […]

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