Keeping spirits up

Ken Kobayashi helps his wife Sheila Tintera hang homemade hearts in hands from a tree in their front yard Monday in Kelly.

Just off the bike path, where Moose-Wilson Road meets Wild Rose Lane, a multi-level wooden display greets passersby.

Pinwheels and flowers made from old beer cans are planted in a pot on the top shelf, wild turkey tail feathers rest in another pot on the bottom shelf, and a Mary Oliver quote is painted on a wooden sign.

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” it reads.

Outdoor displays are often erected for wildlife, like feeders put out for hungry birds and the occasional squirrel. But during the COVID-19 crisis more outdoor displays — art, really — have been left to lift the spirits of the humans who see them.

Keeping spirits up

Kelly artist Sheila Tintera and her cat, Roland, peek out their cabin window April 6. Tintera made hands with hearts for her windows and hung dozens more from a tree in her front yard. “It’s a friendly gesture on my part,” she said. “It’s me reaching out to my little town.”

One display decorates windows and a tree in the yard of a Kelly home. Sheila Tintera, a landscape painter, made a drawing of a heart in hand, a motif that represents generosity in Amish folk art.

Then she enlisted her son, Carey Roberts, who owns Print Shop 22, to make weatherproof prints of the image to hang.

“I just wanted to make people smile,” Tintera said.

In East Jackson a house of roommates who have come to be known as “The Goose Boys” have been creating scenes in their yard with a flock of geese figurines and a single turtle sculpture. According to Josh Eavis, raft guide and one of the three scene stagers, the birds were in the house when they moved in and were relocated to the yard to serve as “powder meters.”

“We would just stick them in the snow, and when it got up to their necks, we knew it was going to be a powder day,” Eavis said.

Now the geese serve a higher purpose, playing scenes. The Goose Boys created the display when they noticed how many people walked the neighborhood.

Keeping spirits up

Roomates Jamie Stone, Josh Eavis and Zack Gresge’s changing front yard goose diorama has attracted quite a bit of attention to their home at Redmond and Hansen. The geese, which are now taking turns BASE jumping off the roof, have in past weeks gone rock climbing and played a concert as The Cure.

The geese started out at a dinner party but have become more adventurous. They had a beach day, played poker and have been in a rock band. For that scene the Goose Boys could remotely trigger a Bluetooth speaker when pedestrians passed.

As of Tuesday, the geese were BASE jumping off of the roof. Being figurines unable to open their wings, the Goose Boys fitted them with parachutes.

“We wanted to bring a little light in,” Eavis said. “One family comes by every night now.”

Contact Gabe Allen at 732-7062 or

Scene Editor Gabe Allen fell in love with the Tetons after spending a season guiding backpacking trips in Jackson Hole. When he is not working, he can be found rock climbing, backcountry skiing or playing music with his aspiring psychedelic pop outfit.

(1) comment

win ikins

These young men are my neighbors and they fill our community with joy. They also have the coolest feline in town!!!! ❤️🐈. Either that or the kitty chills at their place because they're so cool!

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