Kathy Wipfler

Kathy Wipfler’s “Colorado Gold – Dallas Divide,” a 30-by-40-inch oil on linen, is one of 18 paintings in her exhibit at Trailside Galleries. An open house is scheduled for Thursday afternoon.

Pure landscape

Kathy Wipfler doesn’t let the winter weather deter her. Even when snow is raging, she finds time to get outside and paint.

She keeps a paint box in her pickup so she’s never caught unprepared, and she knows to put the paint she needs most in her wool pants to keep it warm.

“I do snowshoe to some locations on the better days and paint fast to get the basics in,” Wipfler said. “By the time I’m done painting I’m cold again, so I put back on my snowshoes and hike back, and I’m warm again.”

The artist’s new exhibit at Trailside Galleries was in the works for over a year. It opened July 1 and will hang until Saturday, with an open house from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday.

Eighteen pieces in a variety of sizes are on display, including landscapes from Wyoming, Montana, Utah, Arizona, Colorado and California.

“The focus of the show is the variety of the Western landscape,” Wipfler said.

She came to Jackson nearly 40 years ago. After starting as Paul Von Gontard’s winter caretaker 24 years ago, she’s had the opportunity to live, work and paint on Melody Ranch, where she once hosted an art workshop. The artists who came were blown away that she got to live “in a log cabin on a guy’s ranch in Jackson Hole right by Flat Creek,” she said.

“It doesn’t get any better than that,” Wipfler said.

‘Skin a Cat’

Please don’t. At least, not literally.

Riot Act Inc. is hosting auditions for its September production of “Skin a Cat,” a play by Isley Linn that opened in 2016 in London. The play is about a young woman’s pursuit of losing her virginity, as well as the “sexual odyssey” — and conundrums — that ensue.

Auditions will be held on Aug. 1 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. and on Aug. 3 from 4 to 6 p.m. in Riot Act Inc.’s studio in Room 305 at the Center for the Arts. All are welcome to try out. For more information visit RiotActInc.org.

Saints are everywhere

While visiting Italy, Mary Lea Carroll made a resolution: to visit any shrine to a female saint she passed on her travels.

Now, a few trips later, Carroll has turned that resolution into a book, “Saint Everywhere,” that tells the story of the journeys she’s taken and the lessons she’s learned along the way.

Carroll will be in town for a free book signing and talk from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday at Teton County Library. For information visit TCLib.org.

— Kylie Mohr and Billy Arnold

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