An artist paints like mad during the Downtown QuickDraw in Driggs, Idaho.

An artist paints like mad during the Downtown QuickDraw in Driggs, Idaho.
Hundreds of paintings will be painted, hung and sold in Teton Valley, Idaho, over the next week during the 11th annual Driggs Plein Air Festival.
Competitions, workshops, quick draws, and many opportunities to appreciate and purchase art add up to one of the most popular outdoor, or “plein air,” painting events in the country, said Alison Brush, executive director of the Downtown Driggs Association, and the artwork changes every day.
“Art fans and everyone else should check in every day to see what’s new on the wall,” she said. “Some buyers make a point of coming every morning, monitoring their favorite pieces.”
The free-to-the-public event will bring 75 artists to Teton Valley through July 30. In addition to looking to sell the work they produce, artists will compete for awards, judged by this year’s workshop artists Kimball Geiler and Aimee Erickson, as well as the People’s Choice and Artists Choice award.
The busy week starts with a reception from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sunday in Driggs City Center. Artist events include Paint Outs on Sunday (4:30-6:30 p.m. at Driggs City Plaza during the Downtown Sounds concert) and Monday (10 a.m.-noon at Grand Targhee Resort); Quick Draws on Tuesday (7:30-10:30 a.m. in downtown Driggs) and Wednesday (7:30-10:30 a.m. on private properties); an open house as famed Teton Valley painter Scott Christensen studio (4-5:30 p.m. Tuesday); and exhibitions and sales all week long at the Driggs City Center Gallery.
Works for the competitions are due at 5 p.m. Tuesday, and Geiler and Erickson will determine winners at 9 a.m. Wednesday. People’s Choice voting runs 9 a.m.-4 p.m. that day, and Artists Choice voting runs 11 a.m.-4 p.m., with awards being presented at a ceremony that starts at 6 p.m. in Driggs City Center.
Exhibitions and sales continue through July 31, and are extended online through Sept. 9.
This year’s artists come from throughout the region, the Northern Rockies and even from across the country and the continent, with painters making pilgrimages from Nevada, Texas, Tennessee, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Maryland and Canada.
A lot of sales are made during Driggs Plein Air; in 2021, Brush said, over $53,000 in sales were recorded.
“Our artist commissions are one of the highest paybacks out there,” she said. Of sales, artists take 70%, while the remaining 30% goes to cover the costs of producing the festival.
Many artists try to return year after year, because the event’s reputation precedes itself: the high commission, the beautiful landscape to work in and an inspirational week of camaraderie.
Trijsten Leach, of Provo, Utah, won last year’s Best of Show award for his painting “Teton River Winding.” He said he comes back to Teton Valley for the people.
“It’s all about community,” he said, “and I am very much looking to seeing my artist friends. … The Driggs Plein Air competition does a great job of bringing everyone together.”
“In addition to being an amazing place of natural beauty and outdoor recreation,” he continued, “the community in Teton Valley is just as amazing. People from the community come together to throw this amazing event, they are volunteering to help, some of them are painting, they are buying paintings, they are letting us paint on their land, and after all that they are coming to the show to celebrate the participating artists.”
Eastern Idaho painter Blake Luther, another returning artist, agrees that the event is fastidiously organized. Plus, he said, Teton Valley is a great place to paint outdoors.
“You can drive anywhere and land on a great spot,” he said. “I like to paint open scenes with some type of man-made structure or element. There are tons of these opportunities.”
Every piece of art entered in Driggs Plein Air is required to be stamped and submitted as part of the competition, and whether that piece hangs in the sale tent sale or has been selected by the artist to hang in the gallery, each is part of the commission equation.
“Collectors want to meet the artists,” Brush said. “They stop them in the field while painting, and sometimes they buy them off the easel.”
For information, go to DowntownDriggs.org or DriggsPleinAir.org.
Contact Tibby Plasse via 732-7078 or entertainment@jhnewsandguide.com.
Since moving to Jackson Hole in 1992, Richard has covered everything from local government and criminal justice to sports and features. He currently concentrates on arts and entertainment, heading up the Scene section.
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