nina palomba on jackson rising

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I asked Art Institute of Chicago student (and Jackson native) Nina Palomba to share her impressions of the “Jackson Rising” show at the Art Association. Nina was one of 15+ artists in the show. Here are her words and photos from the opening, September 7:

The gallery was filled with people from the moment the doors to the Center for the Arts opened, and they didn’t stop coming until the food ran out.

Despite a very enthused woman accidentally stepping on my big pencil (causing it to break) five minutes prior to the opening, a kind sir accidentally putting a glass of wine in my “Fluffy Whut…”

…and “Mr. Slaughter” being used as a arm rest, I would say that “Jackson Rising” was an extremely successful show. The gallery was filled with people from the moment the doors to the Center for the Arts opened, and they didn’t stop coming until the food ran out.

There were several familiar faces, and a lot of people who knew who I was, but not vice versa. The article in the weekly paper generated a lot of traffic, and many people who approached me said, that they “came just to see what I had been working on.” So that was very exciting! There was live music, great food, and everyone was very excited to see what the selected young artists of Jackson were creating.

I heard from a couple people that it was “nice to see something new,” and that the work in the show was “refreshing.” Jenny Dowd pulled together an extremely diverse group of young artists and each of them presented highly developed and inspiring works of art. I am proud to be a part of a show that is so different than what you traditionally see in Jackson Hole. There are many young artists in Jackson that are very deserving of exposure at any level, let alone within the Fall Arts Festival. “Jackson Rising” was a wonderful opportunity for us young artists to show Jackson what being a part of this creative community has inspired us to create.

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