Art Museum of Eastern Idaho Exhibit Honors Trio of Local Artists

IDAHO FALLS – The Art Museum of Eastern Idaho is currently hosting an exhibit dedicated to the work of three artists who have made significant contributions to the fabric of the local art community during their lifetime.

“A Tribute” highlights the work of Beth Griebenow, John Griffith and Roy Reynolds, three artists who have helped build and enrich the culture of eastern Idaho. The trio had very different individual styles and influenced many local artists who followed in their footsteps.

“John Griffith was really instrumental in building (the art museum),” museum executive director Miyai Abe Griggs told “Getting the funding and overseeing the construction of it and all that. So without John, we wouldn’t even have an art museum here.

The legacy of Griebenow and Reynolds also looms large in the eastern Idaho art community. Griebenow shared his knowledge by teaching other artists.

“(Griebenow) was more of a formal educator,” Griggs said. “She was teaching workshops and things like that, so a lot of our artists, especially our watercolorists, learned from Beth or became watercolorists because of Beth.”

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A cowboy and former artistic director of singer-songwriter Carole King, Roy Reynolds was known as an “artist’s artist” who left his mark on eastern Idaho artists although he did not teach formal classes.

“He came to open studios here where we had action figure models and the artists would partner with him and watch him and learn from him that way,” Griggs said. “He influenced this whole generation of artists in this way.”

“All three were so different,” she added. “But they contributed significantly to the artistic community and the artists who are active now. And the art museum and what it is today is thanks to them, and to many other artists.

Not only did Griebenow, Griffith and Reynolds help shape the eastern Idaho art community into what it is today, but they left behind works that will continue to impact artists. of all ages in the future.

“(Griebenow, Griffith and Reynolds) were such great artists, but they were also such nice people,” Griggs said. “They were so generous with their time and always willing to share a tip, their time or their supplies. I think that’s something that so many artists have taken advantage of.

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“I wish more of our young people could interact with them,” she added. “But in a way I guess they’ll be able to because there’s the generation of artists that Roy and Beth and John influenced and they’re another great group of artists who are generous with their So as young artists come to figure drawing lessons and stuff here, I think those lessons and the legacy of Roy, Beth and John will be passed on.

In addition to “A Tribute”, the art museum presents “Wings”, a performance by the local chapter of the Colored Pencil Society of America in their Corridor Gallery. “Wings” features selections from the society’s 25th juried exhibition.

For those looking for unique items to give as holiday gifts, the art museum also runs “Beaux Boutique”, a market featuring artwork made by local artists. “Beaux Boutique” takes place during the holiday season and features “Artisan Saturday”, where several artisans will be available for anyone to interact with.

“A Tribute” and “Wings” both run through December 31 at the Art Museum of Eastern Idaho. Visit the museum’s website or Facebook page for more information.

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