Inspired by Yellowstone
To say that Yellowstone has inspired artists is an understatement. In many ways, the park owes its existence to the artists who found inspiration here.
In 1870, Wyoming was a territory and Yellowstone’s marvels were a mystery to Congress and most of the U.S. population. Back then — long before selfies, digital images, and Instagram — artists depicted the world’s wonders for a curious public. And in the case of Yellowstone, the photographers, illustrators, and painters who portrayed the area proved instrumental in its establishment as a national park: artist Thomas Moran, and photographers William Henry Jackson and Frank J. Haynes — played a seminal role in Yellowstone’s preservation.
These days, Yellowstone inspires artists from all over the world to try to capture the magic of ‘Wonderland’. That’s why we carry products from local artists in our gift shops. Almost 80% of our inventory is made in the USA and regularly seek out homegrown fare at local trade shows.
We’re proud of the work of these artists and that’s why throughout the summer we feature them across the park at our lodges in our ‘Inspired by Yellowstone’ artist series. We invite you to experience these incredible artists while they’re in the park. Please stop by to meet and talk with them. Learn more about the 2019 lineup and a few of the artists:
Lake Yellowstone Hotel
May 12-14: Scott Frazier
May 15-18: Kathy Burk
May 31-June 3: John Potter
June 4-6: DG House
June 9-11: Scott Frazier
June 12-15: Kathy Burk
June 21-24: Fort Omotse Creations
June 25-29: Peter Ray James
July 3-5: Tom Murphy
July 30-August 1: Tom Murphy
August 16-19: John Potter
September 11-14: Kathy Burk
September 18-21: Kathy Burk
Old Faithful Inn
June 5-8: Artist Kathy Burk
June 11-13: Photographer Tom Murphy
June 20-24: Artist Peter Ray James
June 25-27: Photographer Tom Murphy
June 26-30: Manny Rodriguez
July 16 & 18: Author Dennis Linnehan
June 30-August 1: Yellowstone Agate Jewelry
August 23-26 Fort Omotse Creations
September 2-4: Old Faithful Inn
September 9-12: Elizabeth Watry
September 16-19: Elizabeth Watry
September 25-28: Kathy Burk
September 30: Yellowstone Agate Jewelry
Mammoth Hot Springs
July 23-26: DG House
August 5-9: DG House
August 20-22: Yellowstone Agate Jewelry
Artist Kathy Burk
“Thermal Puddles” are a decorative kiln glass series that are inspired by the thermal pools found in
Yellowstone National Park. I am fascinated by the geology of “The Park”. Looking deep, down into the
earth the rings of bold color get hotter as the color changes. Microorganisms live in the shallow water
which help create the amazing color along with the presence of different minerals exposed to the heat
from the earth.
A reaction occurs when fusing sulfur and copper-bearing glass with silver foil. The reaction is very
much like what happens in the park with the same minerals and extreme heat present. Rings of bold
color form and no two are exactly alike.
Modern Relics Thermal Puddles are the thermal pools you can touch. The bowls are tactile and present;
they represent the change brought on by the processes that occur at the core of the park, the caldera.
Photographer Tom Murphy
The strength and vitality of Yellowstone’s wild character is unique and valuable. It gives hope to
everyone who experiences its beauty. The natural infinitely changing wonders captivated me as a little
kid on family vacations and inspired me to move here in 1978. I am more intrigued and drawn to this
place every passing year.
I hope to open people’s senses through my work and help them to recognize the beauty and value of
clean healthy landscapes and dynamic wild life stories.
I want people to experience the same sense of humility and wonder in the presence of life and vitality
that I had while making my photographs. By recognizing the value of Yellowstone, I hope my
photographs encourage others to tell their own stories, help inspire reverence, and encourage them to
help to preserve the place.
Painter DG House
Contemporary Native American Artist DG House of Bozeman, MT has had her work exhibited in the finest art museums including the Yellowstone Art Museum and the CM Russell Museum in Montana as well the Heard Museum in Phoenix, AZ, and the Eiteljorg Museum of Indians and Western Art in Indianapolis, IN. Her work is in permanent collections worldwide including rock stars Sir Elton John, Sir Paul McCartney, Michael McDonald, and the Smithsonian Institute’s Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC.
When asked about Yellowstone’s inspiration on her and her work, DG says, “Be careful, it can change you. Yellowstone completely inspires everything I do, including moving halfway across the country to be there.” It inspired her choice of career, first becoming a photographer and then a painter.
As DG explains it, Yellowstone is, “The essence of everything I do. Every painting I create is based on a story, a real story that happened in Yellowstone Park at some point.”
DG wants her work to, “give voice to the people and wildlife of Yellowstone that don’t have a voice in this culture” and “remind the viewer of what they felt when they were in the park.”
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