Film series continues

Jackson Hole’s Environmental Health Trust continues its virtual film series with two more documentaries.

“Death by Design,” available to view any time through Thursday, looks into the life cycle of the devices that feed our insatiable digital addiction: smartphones, tablets, personal computers and all the rest. Not only can these things be bad for us, their manufacturing wreaks environmental havoc, and the filmmakers say they are designed and built to become unusable every few years to keep the industry going full power. View the trailer at

From June 23-30 EHT makes “Overload: America’s Toxic Love Story” available to view any time. “Before starting a family,” producers write on the film’s website,, “Soozie Eastman, daughter of an industrial chemical distributor, embarks on a journey to find out the levels of toxins in her body and explores if there is anything she or anyone else can do to change them.” See the trailer at

Register to watch, and to join related discussions set for 7 p.m. Thursday and 7 p.m. June 30, by going to or

Afton art scene grows

Utah graphite artist Doug Monson has been visiting western Wyoming for decades to show his kids the area and to photograph the wildlife and way of life here.

On Saturday morning his presence here will become more substantial when he hosts the opening of Afton’s newest art gallery, Western Skies Fine Art, at 912 Washington Ave.

“We have a beautiful building with incredible original art,” he told the News&Guide, “including larger-than-life bronze sculptures and an incredible 3-D mural incorporated into our entrance that will be unveiled at our opening.”

Monson has participated in various art events in Jackson Hole over the past 20 years, including the Plein Air Fest put on by the National Museum of Wildlife Art, and currently is represented by Wilcox Galleries. In addition to his own work, Western Skies will represent Rose Collins, Margaret “Peggy” Judy, Brent Flory, Amanda Cowan, Jeff Wolf, Steve Johnson, Dan Gallaway, Richard Burke, Rick Kennington, Val Warner, Alpine Antlers and Josh Laben, of Star Valley. In July the gallery will host its first workshop with artist Cheryl Volts.

Monson cuts the ribbon on Western Skies at 10 a.m. Saturday. Call 435-660-0589 for information.

Drive-through picnic

Tuesday marks the official start of summer, but R Park isn’t waiting around any longer than necessary.

The Jackson Hole Land Trust and R Park custodians urge summer fanatics to sign up before noon Thursday for meal packages for the year’s “drive-through” Summer Solstice Celebration, set for 4-7 p.m. Friday.

Go to to order single, double or family-size packages. Each includes tacos from StreetFood and cider (for those 21 or older) from Highpoint Cider.

Then, on Friday, pick up picnics at the drive-through setup at the park entrance, designed to minimize contact as many approach the easing of coronavirus pandemic restrictions with care, and either head home to eat or find a spot in the park to listen to live music from Pat Chadwick. (Note: The R Park parking area will be closed, so those choosing to stay may park in the Stilson lot and walk over on the community pathway.)

“The Summer Solstice Celebration is a beloved annual gathering for our community,” Jr Rodriguez, associate director of community conservation and R Park director, said in a press release. ”

‘Feathers Day’ flies back

Teton Raptor Center adapts its annual Father’s Day RaptorFest for the times with drive/bike-through safari at the Stilson lot and transit center.

Raptor Center volunteers and staffers will provide truly astounding facts about the birds and answer questions, and visitors will have plenty of chances to take photos of the raptors.

The free event is set for 1-3 p.m. Sunday.

“RaptorFest has become a treasured community tradition, and we’re pleased to offer it again this year,” said Executive Director Amy Brennan McCarthy.

Sunday’s in-person event is a part of a five-day RaptorFest that starts June 16, when Teton Raptor Center starts posting on its social media channels (@tetonraptorcenter) info about five bird species from the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

Go to for more on RaptorFest events or the Raptor Center, or call 203-2551.

Scheibel’s vision at Astoria

Montana painter Greg Scheibel shares his “Scenic Visions” in a collection of small paintings (from 6 by 8 inches to 24 by 24) to be featured June 21-30 at Astoria Fine Art, on the north side of Town Square.

Growing up hiking, fishing, backpacking and closely observing his Rocky Mountain surroundings, Scheibel’s appreciation for the rugged and unspoiled beauty of the West has served as inspiration for his paintings. He paints on location as much as possible, trying to capture an honest record of the values, colors and feel of an area. His emotional connection to nature is the foundation for of his work.

Working as a drywall contractor for many years, he long dreamed of someday taking his love and talent for art to the next level. He finally did so in 2007 and been in a number of prestigious exhibitions, is represented by some of the region’s finest galleries and has been featured in Southwest Art and Western Art Collector. Scheibel has received awards for his work and scholarships from the Scottsdale Artist School and was given the Award of Excellence from the Oil Painters of America three times.

All of the work in “Scenic Values” is for sale and can be previewed online at

Climate and security

U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth, Jackson Mayor Hailey Morton Levinson, ski mountaineer Kit Deslauriers and climate ventures investor Chris Sacca are among the speakers enlisted for The Jackson Hole Global Forum: Climate Change and National Security.

Organized by the Jackson Hole Center for Global Affairs, the free online forum will start at 9 a.m. June 24.

In partnership with the Center for Climate and Security and Prime Movers Lab, the forum will bring U.S. and global military leaders, security professionals, business executives, entrepreneurs, investors, policy leaders and citizens together to advance understanding and action consistent with advice of recent Defense Secretary James Mattis, who argued for a “whole-of-government response” to climate change.

Register for free at

RARE Gallery hosts Newman

This week Rare Gallery, perched above Crabtree Corner on Town Square, will feature the Western pop art of Dave Newman. Mixed media and paint has been his style for three decades. Most of his canvases include icons of the American Southwest, “but can also include almost any other subject matter that I find interesting,” Newman said. “I try and put a humorous slant and sometimes an unrealistic feel to them.” Check out his showcase starting today.

Keen at the Center for the Arts

Singer-songwriter-folk philosopher Robert Earl Keen returns to Jackson Hole with two in-person and virtual shows July 20 and 21 at the Center for the Arts.

The center announced the shows and put tickets on sale Wednesday, and also announced that it plans to increase available seating for the performances to 300, or 60% of the theater’s capacity.

“We can no longer insure patrons will be seated socially distanced from other parties,” the center states online, “and recommend wearing a mask in the Center Theater.”

Admission costs $65 (plus $3 processing fee) to attend in-person, $15-$75 to livestream (pick a price to help support the nonprofit arts center) and are available at, 734-4900 or in person at the Center Box Office at 265 S. Cache.

Cowboy star comes out

Tickets are on sale for honky-tonk hero Tracy Lawrence’s June 30 debut at the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar.

With more than 13 million records sold, 18 No. 1 hits and a stack of accolades from the Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music, Lawrence has left his indelible impression on country music fans worldwide.

His 1991 Atlantic Records debut scored a No. 1 hit with “Sticks and Stone,” and 1993 sophomore album, “Alibis,” won him his second chart-topper plus the Top New Male Vocalist honor from the ACM. His career-defining hit, “Time Marches On,” went double-platinum, and Lawrence has stuck to his path as one of country music’s most dependable hit-makers ever since.

Lawrence visits Jackson Hole for the first time, his full touring band in tow, fresh from a performance at the Grand Ole Opry. General admission tickets and a limited number of VIP seats are on sale for $50-$150 at

Mudpots flock at Center for the Arts

If this past 16 months of coronavirus restrictions has cracked your crock, then the Art Association has an event for you.

The visual arts nonprofit’s popular Teton Mudpots Summer Sale is back for two days, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 23-24, in the Center for the Arts’ Glenwood Street parking area right outside the Ceramics Studio.

Many different clay forms will be available, including cups, mugs, bowls of various dimension, plates, platters, pitchers, jars, fermenting crock pots and sculptures. Prices start as low as $3.

And visual artists will have small works for sale, too, including original oil and acrylic paintings on canvas, watercolor, photographs and monotypes on paper. A selection of artist-inspired cards, printed hats and bags will also be available. Jewelry will tempt with enamel, silver and inset stone pieces.

A percentage of all sales will go to support Art Association studios, with the artists getting the rest. Cash, checks and credit cards are accepted.

Concerts on the Commons a go

It’s official: Teton Village Association, with support from Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and Teton Village businesses, will present its 11th year of Concerts on the Commons this summer.

After a year’s hiatus due to an infestation of man-eating chislers (that’s what I heard), the free series kick off over the July 4 weekend. Wyatt Lowe and the Mayhem Kings will shake things awake starting at 8 p.m. July 3 followed by the only Third of July fireworks show in the area at 10. The festivities will continue July 4 with the Jason Fritts Project at 4 p.m., a live audio feed of the Grand Teton Music Festival’s “Patriotic Pops” program at 6, and Jackson Hole’s own Afro-Cuban Salsa band Calle Mambo at 8. Fireworks will again start at 10.

Then, beginning July 18, seven more free concerts will start at 5 p.m. each Sunday: Jocelyn and Chris (July 18), The Burroughs (July 25), One Ton Pic (Aug. 1), Butcher Brown (Aug. 8), Judge Roughneck (Aug. 15), Yam Haus (Aug. 22) andIsrael Nash (Aug. 29).

Food and drink will be available for sale near the family-friendly outdoor venue at the center of Teton Village. State, local and CDC health precaution will be exercised throughout the series, planners said. For details, go to

Since moving to Jackson Hole in 1992, Richard has covered everything from local government and criminal justice to sports and features. He currently concentrates on arts and entertainment, heading up the Scene section.

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