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“Coral Crisis,” a piece created by Dan Altwies and Laurie Thal, is being shown at the Smithsonian Institution during a craft show next week.

Thal shows at Smithsonian

Glass artist Laurie Thal is packing up some pieces and heading to Washington, D.C., for the Smithsonian Craft show.

The show, one of the biggest in the country, is by invite only. This is the second time Thal has received a coveted invitation.

One of the pieces Thal and co-artist Dan Altwies have created for the show is a coral-themed piece for the show’s Sustainability Contest, dubbed “Coral Crisis.”

“In our travels, we’ve witnessed the sad decline of beautiful coral reefs,” Thal said in a statement. “Here’s our version of live, vibrant coral and the dying coral.”

The show runs from April 25 to 29. Thal and Altwies will be traveling to New Jersey for another show in May.

To learn more about Thal’s work see

Arts benefit announced

The Center for the Arts has announced that its annual benefit will take place July 11. Bela Fleck and the Flecktones are scheduled to entertain.

The Center Benefit tickets go on sale today — Wednesday — and will cost between $175-$375.

For information about the event see

Riot Act gala

Riot Act Inc. is getting fancy.

The independent theater group is hosting a spring gala — the Black and White Gala — on April 28.

The event serves as a celebration of Riot Act’s 15th season, which is underway. Tickets cost $20 in advance or $25 dollars at the door. Elks Lodge No. 1713 is hosting the event.

Learn more about at

Talk at Artlab

This month’s Teton Artlab artist-in-resident Billy Joe Miller is holding an artist talk and open studio on Monday.

Miller, from New Mexico, is an interdisciplinary artist who works with installation, sculpture and sound.

In a previous News&Guide story the only hint Miller gave to his work at the Artlab is that one material would be rope.

“I’m not sure how much there is, but I have buckets of rope,” he said of his plans for the residency. “I love simple natural geometric forms.”

The talk is at 6 p.m. Monday at the Artlab. Learn more about him at

Raindance to close

Raindance Indian Arts’ run on Town Square has come to an end.

After 34 years the art shop, on Broadway under Terra, has lost its lease, according to a Facebook post.

“Going out of business. Everything Must Go” a sign outside the shop reads.

See Thursday’s issue of the Jackson Hole Daily for more information.


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