Western Heritage-The Legacy Work of Jerry Kencke
June 4, 2021-June 26, 2021
The late Jerry Kencke of Mountain Home, Idaho, was one of the premier photographers of the Western Landscape. He passed away in 2019 at the age of 82, and his wife, Cindy, maintains his photographic legacy. In June, Crossroads will host a retrospective of Jerry’s work, many in the frames he constructed himself.
Jerry was very proud of this photograph, “The Belgian Stud,” a stunning image of beauty, strength and the wildness in this beautiful Belgian horse. Jerry printed this image on a large scale, 4 feet by 5 ½ feet, and built a custom frame for this photograph.
It was chosen to be displayed in the office of Governor Butch Otter at the Idaho State Capital from January 2007 to December of 2009. Cindy has donated this piece to Crossroads to raffle off to support our ArtSpeak Program, with a percentage going to Jerry’s estate and a percentage going to ArtSpeak.
ArtSpeak was created over 30 years ago to support at-risk Baker County youth to receive free after-school art classes. Today we continue to fulfill that mission, and we have expanded our offerings, as funding allows, helping other specific groups of people who are at risk of isolation, loneliness, and despair.
Crossroads will sell only 250 tickets at $20.00 apiece. This beautiful work is valued at over $5,000. When we have sold the 250 tickets, the raffle will automatically close. If by July 31, 2021—the end of Jerry’s Retrospective show, Crossroads has not sold all 250 tickets, the raffle will be extended until all tickets are sold or October 17, 2021, at 9:00 pm. If we have not sold all 250 tickets, we will return the funds to you as we are required by Oregon Law.
The Raffle winner will be notified, and if this piece needs to be shipped, Crossroads will contact the new owner to cover the costs of packing and shipping.
About the Artist
Jerry Kencke (1936-2019) was born in Great Falls, Montana but raised in Idaho and grew up an avid outdoorsman. Jerry’s primary profession was as a Master Electrician, and he volunteered as a fireman in Mountain Home.
He was a self-taught photographer and roamed near and far for over 50 years earning critical acclaim for his style, subject matter and composition. He had invitational or juried shows in over 15 galleries and was represented by four galleries, including Crossroads. His work has been part of numerous group shows, including the Wallowa Valley Festival of the Arts. He served as a juror for Crossroads “Cascadia” photography exhibition and won numerous awards for his photography around the Western United States.
He was select as a “Western Master Artists” in 2013 by Western Masters Artists of Great Falls, Montana, being the first and only photographer ever accepted in this fine art organization’s 40+ year history and partnership with the Charles M. Russell Museum in Great Falls, Montana. He was the proudest of this award as it was from his hometown but honored his clear western vision in his photography.