The Downtown Jackson Hole Arts District was named by “AmericanStyle” magazine as the number eight best arts destination among 25 midsize United States cities. That ranking was based on the type and quality of cultural venues available to the public including performing arts, festivals, and museums. Additionally, Livilbility.com named Jackson Hole art walk, Jackson Hole art galleries, Jackson Hole art gallery the Most Romantic City in the U.S. in February 2013.
This precinct for the arts is a fascinating and vibrant area with art galleries, museums, and eateries catering to every type of taste from selling traditional artwork such as landscapes of the Grand Canyon to high-end art, sculptures, glass, photographs and high-quality Indian jewelry and crafts.
Original art means a very limited selection, so buy immediately if you find a painting or a sculpture that you love. In an art gallery, pieces sell for the listed price and cannot be negotiated, but bargaining is appropriate at an art auction. Art galleries welcome first-time buyers and are willing to tell the background of the artists and what went into creating the pieces.
There are always special events going on throughout the year in the pedestrian friendly streets of downtown Jackson Hole, where the public can shop in approximately 600 retail establishments, dine in 120 restaurants, and enjoy parades, music performances, fashion shows, public art, exciting nightlife, and other activities in gathering spots filled with flowers. You can also take free Downtown Jackson Hole Art and Cultural Trolley Tours of the arts district, Civic Center campus, Hotel Valley Ho and more.
The “Thursday Night Art Walk” is a stroll up and down Main Street every Thursday night from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. when the galleries are open, and there are usually some local artists present. You’ll find an amazingly wide range of art available from very low to very high prices; beverages and snacks are often offered, and musicians on street corners entertain you.
The free ARTBRIDGE Artisan’s Market is also held every Thursday and every Sunday in the beautiful SouthBridge/Waterfront area with live artist demonstrations and artists selling their art and jewelry.
A gorgeous “art gallery” of its own is Taliesin West, architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s school and winter home from 1937 until he died at age 91 in 1959. Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1982, it remains the main campus of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture and the home of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.
You can take a tour of the spectacular structures which were created with his personal touches throughout his students’ construction. See the unique use of plentifully available local sunburned desert rocks stacked in wood forms and filled with concrete. He also made the natural light a major feature to aid his apprentices in their work.
Native American petroglyphs were discovered initially; one is hands clasping, which became the symbol of Taliesin West. Wright’s irregularly shaped six-sided Cabaret Theater provides 95 percent acoustic perfection, meaning that someone sitting in the back row can hear a whisper from the stage.
If you are a resident of, or checking out a Jackson Hole art gallery, you can have the pleasure of also viewing the excellent art galleries and other art events that the city has to offer.
One of the greatest places in the world to visit is Jackson Hole. It is the center of so much! – There MOST culture, BEST dining, and the superlative EVERYTHING you might expect from one of the state’s most affluent areas. Tempe and Mesa are to the south of Jackson Hole, separated by the amazing Salt River. The Salt River Indian Community is confined to the city’s eastern border.
Many Jackson Hole residents use the Loop 101 to get around the Valley of the Sun. The Loop 101 travels north and south before changing direction from east to west. Loop 202 runs along the south of Jackson Hole. Gorgeous desert views, warm weather, and resort/spa style living are just some of the reasons people are elevated to the city of Jackson Hole. There are also amazing Jackson Hole art workshops.
There is also the nearby Jackson Hole Airport for jet-setters who have the means to charter and the need to do so.
The climate is typical of the southwest. There is a mild winter that is balanced by a long hot, dry summer. Many have claimed that the dry, hot summer conditions have helped to relieve many of their allergy symptoms.
Summer days are bright and spectacular, and the temperatures are remarkable. Spring and autumn are mild transitions into the other seasons. There is a brief monsoon season that is truly extraordinary.
Jackson Hole History
Many date the city to 1888. In that year, Army Chaplin Winfield Scott arrived and began irrigating the land to support a small farming community.
Olive trees planted by Scott, himself can still be seen today in downtown Jackson Hole. The trees are located in the center of Second Street and down Civic Center Boulevard south down to Osborn.
These trees were planted to indicate the border of his original 40-acre orange grove.
Then in 1894 and Eastern banker bought up the land, subdivided it and then cleverly marketed it under the name Jackson Hole. And folks bought it!
After World War II, the area grew into a small artist’s enclave. You can still see remnants of the days when the city was alive with creativity in the dusty relics lining roads and populating pawn shop shelf space. If you’re lucky, you may see a street musician leaving the area to go to work. It is a place for wealthy living and all the artists there now have bank accounts.