Reimagine ‘The Odyssey’
After 20 years of roaming in Homer’s “The Odyssey,” Odysseus returns home, kills his wife Penelope’s suitors and then, with almost no explanation, hangs her 12 handmaids, an event that’s gotten little notoriety in the larger classical canon.
Little notoriety, that is, until Margaret Atwood, the author of “The Handmaid’s Tale,” took note. She responded with “The Penelopiad” in 2005 and, now, almost 15 years later, Riot Act Inc. is set to take up the production with a Nov. 15 and 16 reading and discussion.
Tonight, Riot Act will host a meeting for interested readers, who will be able to have scripts in hand during the final performance, to do a first run through the piece and assign parts. Subsequent rehearsals will be held Tuesday and Nov. 6 and 14. Deborah Supowit will direct.
Tonight’s session will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. in Riot Act’s Studio 305 at the Center for the Arts.
Riot Act also announced last week that it canceled its production of Patrick Marber’s play “Closer.” The theater company was not able to find enough male actors.
If you’re a male who likes acting and has some time on your hands, drop in and help out, no experience necessary.
For information, visit RiotActInc.org.
Make a ‘found’ table
Love to recycle and looking for new furniture?
The Art Association of Jackson Hole is hosting a class on building tables from found objects: natural or man-made things collected for primarily artistic purposes.
Taught by interior designer Agnes Bourne and visual artist Sam Dowd, the class will meet for the first time from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday in the Art Association’s multipurpose studio. The first session will focus on idea generation and where to source materials. The group will reconvene from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 16 and 17 to put the tables together.
Supplies needed to join and fabricate parts of the tables will be provided. Registration costs $250 for Art Association members and $312 for others.
For information, visit ArtAssociation.org.
Pastel show closing
And with that, the 2019 Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival seems to have come to a close.
Jacob Aguiar, a pastel painter from Scarborough, Maine, first set up shop with a few paintings during Kathryn Mapes Turner’s “Along an Unseen Path” Fall Arts Festival exhibition. His portion of the show is set to close Friday.
Much of Aguiar’s work is inspired by the marshes and rocky coast near his Maine home. But he’s not just a painter. He’s also a naturopathic doctor who works to augment surgical or pharmacological treatment with natural remedies. In an interview with Turner Fine Art, Aguiar said he didn’t think he could be a naturopathic doctor “without having painting as a balancing force.
“Naturopathic medicine reinforces the benefits of painting outdoors and being in the natural environment as much as possible,” Aguiar said. He often paints en plein air.
Aguiar’s accolades include the Award of Excellence in the 2018 Pastel 100 and third place in the 2017 Annual Plein Air Salon. The Pastel Society of America International Exhibition in New York has also honored him.
Artist Michele Walters has a new gig and she’s looking for some help.
She recently purchased a home in Tetonia, Idaho, that came with 1,400 square feet of combined workshop and retail space. She is hoping to turn that into a shared studio space dubbed the Tribe Artist Collective and has started a Kickstarter campaign to raise $2,500 to make that a reality.
Walters’ goal is to have the space up and running by summer 2020, but she has to complete renovations, which the Kickstarter will support, before then. The finished space is planned to have a shared ceramics and printmaking area, as well as up to four individual artist studios.
For information and to contribute to the campaign, visit TinyURL.com/tribecollective.
— Billy Arnold