The western US is loaded with rich art communities, many of which are pure vacation worthy. Right now, the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival is about to go into full swing. Well known as a breathtakingly beautiful part of the country, Jackson Hole is also known for its abundance of Western, Native American and wildlife art by some of the country’s most talented artists. Along with art, there will be music, culinary, open studio, and cowboy poetry events at this acclaimed arts festival.

Located a short distance from the entrance to Grand Teton National Park, Jackson Hole (or just plain ‘Jackson’, as it is often called) is the perfect stop on the way into or out of the park. A little further north is the south entrance of the iconic Yellowstone National Park. Be assured the scenery is magnificent along every mile of this mountain range. There are few places in this country where you can see almost every species of North American wildlife and habitat, and Wyoming is one of them.

Originally called Jackson’s Hole, it is believed the town was named after fur trapper David Jackson in the 1820s. Jackson Hole was part of the Oregon Trail route of Lewis and Clark. Fur trappers hunted beaver in this area starting around 1810. The industry declined after about thirty years and few accounts of life in Jackson Hole were evident until twenty more years. It was around this time that the first homesteaders arrived.

If you’re planning a visit to Jackson Hole, lots of information can be found here. The 2012 Fall Arts Festival will take place September 6-16, 2012. If you’re in the Jackson Hole area, be sure to stop by Grand Teton Gallery. Rip is represented by this fine gallery and will be showing several new pieces. In addition, many of his most poplular pieces available here. Rip will also be on site over the next week or two.

Image by Jackson Hole festival poster artist Amy Ringholz, Dreamers Don’t Sleep”.