Mix’d Media, a new once-monthly adult arts n’ media n’ mingling event, debuts at the National Museum of Wildlife Art on Tuesday, November 8. The inaugeral party, a “convergence of music, art-making, conversation, and delicious fare,” includes checking out Exquisite Animal: A Community Art Exhibit, an updated version of a Surrealist parlor game, “Exquisite Corpse.” Assistant Curator of Art Bronwyn Minton is the exhibit’s mastermind. Participating artists were given a piece of paper folded in thirds – and each artist drew either a head, body or legs on the top, middle, or bottom of the paper without looking at the parts drawn by other artists. When the paper unfolds, sublime fantasy characters make themselves known. Many local artists lent their talents to the show, on display through February 5, 2012.
“The nature of this game is that it is a surprise and a fast turnaround,” says Minton. “It’s exciting and suspenseful to let chance take a bit of control in this way. The artists don’t know who they are collaborating with, the animal will be imaginary – combining three parts of different animals – and the outcome is certain to be surprising, fantastical and delightful.”
Mix’d Media happens 6-9 pm, at the Museum. A $5 cover charge gets you in to meet the artists, make your own silk-screened artwork “inspired by exhibition artist DJ Vert-One,” enjoy comedy by Jackson’s Laff Staff, and check out a bar and great food from Rising Sage Café.
“Exquisite” artists include Dwayne Harty, Jennifer Hoffman, Jenny Dowd, Sharon Thomas, Kelly Halpin, Greta Gretzinger, Mark Nowlin, Amy Ringholz, and David Klaren. www.wildlifeart.org
Years ago I had the honor of interviewing the Community Safety Network’s former director, Cathy O’Connor. I was researching a story about the pervasiveness and patterns of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking in Teton County. I also spoke with other CSN staff members, volunteer advocates, counselors and former victims. Meeting these women, learning about their experiences and feeling first hand the dedication and focus of the Community Safety Network is something I’ll never forget. To this day, when I come across any of the women I spoke with, I get goosebumps.
I recently had occasion to call upon Jackson’s Victim Services . I was being stalked, and the man was a “repeater.” Luckily, I never feared for my physical safety, but I was being followed and harassed. The case almost went to court, but at the last hour an agreement was struck that included making a sizeable donation to the Community Safety Network through Old Bill’s Fun Run. A very good resolution to a nasty experience.
Saturday, November 5, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at the Wort Hotel, check out Handmade for Hope, an art sale benefitting the Community Safety Network. Textiles, wood carvings, jewelry, artwork, glass, pottery, candles and sculpture—made by local artisans—will be for sale. All proceeds benefit CSN. Admission is free, and attendees are eligible for a discounted lunch at the Silver Dollar Grill.
For more information, call CSN at 307.733.3711 www.communitysafetynetwork.org
The Wyoming Arts Council Biennial Fellowship Exhibition opens in the Art Association’s ArtSpace Main and Loft Galleries on November 4th. An opening reception takes place 5:30-7:30 pm. Vistors can view work by ten Wyoming artists who have received Visual Arts Fellowships in the past two years. Artists will be on hand. The opening reception happens Friday November 4, 5:30 – 7:30.
Thursday, November 3, exhibition curator Nancy Bowen gives a talk at 5:30 pm in the gallery. The public is welcome! Free. For more info: http://www.artassociation.org/exhibitions/future.html
The new Jackson Hole Children’s Museum’s Grand Opening is scheduled for 4-8:00 pm on Friday, November 4, 2011. The newly renovated facility is located at 174 North King Street, in Jackson.
“The Jackson Hole Children’s Museum strives to inspire imagination and creativity by encouraging families to examine their world together through interactive exhibits and programming,” says museum Managing Director Paige Byron. “The museum is excited to open the doors to its new facility, which will include a variety of exciting exhibits. Families can play in their very own pretend grocery store, “The Mountain Market,” sponsored by Jackson Whole Grocer; boys and girls alike can play together on our indoor “Climber,” sponsored by the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole. Families can learn about thermal air currents, simple machines, and light and shadow, returning time and time again to create new mazes and machines to further inquiry. Our youngest residents, under the age of three, will find developmentally appropriate sensory and motor activities in our “Backyard Tot Spot”….We are excited to be partnering with a number of local companies, organizations, and families, to offer the valley’s youngest residents a year-round place to play with their families.”
For more information, contact Byron at 307.733.3996 or 615.335.0283. email: Paige@jhchildrensmuseum.org www.jhchildrensmuseum.org