Annual picnic fetes land and art Sunday | Local

Since 1980, the second Sunday in August has been the day of the annual picnic of the Jackson Hole Land Trust.

In recent years, the nonprofit has celebrated the community’s conservation achievements with food, music, fellowship — and art.

Jenny Wolfrom, director of development and communications at the Land Trust, said the picnic is a chance to connect with the community in a significant place the organization has worked to protect.

This year’s picnic will start at 4 p.m. with an art show on the Hardeman North meadow, just across Hwy. 22 from the historic Hardeman Barns.

The Land Trust acquired the meadow in 1995 to protect the parcel’s agricultural and scenic conservation value. The property is leased to local ranchers during the summer for grazing cattle and growing hay.

Hardeman North has special meaning to the Land Trust: This year the Hardeman Barns sold to the Teton Raptor Center, which will show off some of its ambassador birds of prey.

Art plays a major role in this year’s party. Attendees will be able to visit FoundSpace, the interactive art exhibitions set up along the Centennial Pathway between the Stilson lot and Wilson Elementary School.

Also, 21 artists who have created about 80 paintings of protected Land Trust areas will display their work with “View22: Field Study exhibit.”

One of the artists is Lee Carlman Riddell. This is her fourth year participating in View22. Her oil-on-linen paintings were inspired by the Mead Ranch, a view that had already been dear to her.

“Driving up and down Spring Gulch Road has always been my favorite way to get up to the park,” she said.

Riddell first visited the ranch to work on her paintings in late May, when the sun was already shining on the Tetons but plenty of snow was still visible on the mountains. She returned later in the summer on a stormy day, which allowed her to see the ranch under the light of a thunderous dark sky.

“It’s just been great to keep going back to the same place rather than randomly driving around and stopping because a particular place looks good,” she said.

It was her first time painting cattle and hay bales, and she has yet to exhaust her inspiration.

“There are so many paintings I’d still like to make,” she said.

Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. with speakers starting at 6 p.m. Booths will provide information about the Land Trust and its…

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