Violinists perform Friday
The JH Music Academy’s annual spring Suzuki violin recital will move outside onto the grassy Center for the Arts amphitheater, where students will showcase their musical skills beginning at 5 p.m. Friday.
Families are invited and encouraged to bring a blanket and picnic basket. Thirteen violinists of all ages will perform, accompanied by David Wagner on the piano.
Michelle Quinn, a certified Suzuki instructor and longtime performer in regional orchestras, directs the JH Music Academy.
Resorts open for summer
Grand Targhee Resort and Jackson Hole Mountain Resort opened their summer operations last week, including their lifts for scenic rides and their bike parks.
Over on the west side of the Tetons, Grand Targhee’s award-winning bike park offers more than 70 miles of trails and 2,000-plus vertical feet for beginner, intermediate and advanced cyclists. Go to GrandTarghee.com for trail status, reservations and information.
Biking at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort includes Teewinot lift access to the downhill biking tracks. The resort also has its Via Ferrata, the Bridger Gondola and base area activities to offer. Go online to JacksonHole.com for details.
ArtMobile comes to you
The ArtMobile is back, with more creative activities than ever.
JH Public Art and its partners — including the Art Association, Hole Food Rescue, the Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum, the National Museum Wildlife Art, the Teton Literacy Center and Teton County Library — are ready to bring creative activities to kids throughout the valley on a weekly schedule.
All summer long the 5-year-old ArtMobile will visit the Blair Apartments, Powderhorn Park and Aspen Meadows each Wednesday, and the Timbers on Gregory Lane and Mike Yokel Park in East Jackson on Thursdays through Aug. 20.
The ArtMobile will pop up with Hole Food Rescue’s Sprout Mobile, which will distribute healthy lunches and offer take-home art kits and supplies. Partner organizations will offer prompts to encourage young artists to create, sketch and explore throughout the summer.
The JH Public ArtMobile is sponsored by an anonymous donor and the Wyoming Arts Council, the Teton County Recreation District and Friends of JH Public Art.
The ArtMobile schedule is:
Blair Apartments: Noon-12:30 p.m. July 1, 15 and 29 and Aug. 12.
Powderhorn Park: 11-11:30 a.m. June 24, July 8 and 22 and Aug. 5 and 19.
Aspen Meadow: Noon-12:30 p.m. June 24, July 8 and 22 and Aug. 5 and 19.
Timbers on Gregory Lane: 12:45-1:15 p.m., July 2, 16 and 30 and Aug. 13.
Mike Yokel Park: 10-10:30 a.m. June 25, July 9 and 23 and Aug. 6 and 20.
Tucker Smith spotlighted
The National Museum of Wildlife Art celebrates the work of Tucker Smith with the retrospective featuring more than 75 original oils, through Aug. 23.
“Tucker Smith: A Celebration of Nature” surveys his life’s work, with pieces ranging from early years as a professional artist to his most recent paintings — nearly 50 years of creativity.
The exhibit presents the breadth of subject matter Smith has tackled, including wildlife, camp and cowboy scenes, and stunning landscapes, including one of the museum’s signature images, “The Refuge,” which highlights this touring exhibition that features a full-color catalog.
“Nearly five decades of painting have not diminished Tucker Smith’s enthusiasm for the subject at hand,” says guest curator B. Byron Price, director of the Charles M. Russell Center for the Study of Art of the American West at the University of Oklahoma. “He still looks forward to taking the field in search of poetic moments and approaches each opportunity with open eyes and an open mind.”
Go to WildlifeArt.org for information.
Summer Reading book fair flies
Teton County Library reminds patrons that it is open, providing curbside and online services as well as a free summer book fair for valley kids on Saturday and Sunday.
For curbside service go to TCLib.org or call 733-2164, option 1, to place a volume on hold. When the item or items are ready, the library will contact the patron via email or phone. Patrons can then pull up outside the library, call or text the staff, and the item will be walked out to a cart near the gallery entrance on the north side of the building.
Teton County Library’s annual free book fair for kids typically kicks off its summer reading program, but this COVID year the library staff has delayed the fair to ensure safety.
Now that the weather has turned more dependable, an outdoor event in the yard next to the library’s youth wing will offer students up to grade eight who are signed up for the summer reading program the chance to choose a free book. Those who haven’t signed up for the summer program can do so at the book fair and choose a free book as well.
The Summer Fun Book Fair runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Families are asked to enter the side yard from the gate at the corner of Snow King Avenue and Virginian Lane. In case of a crowd, social distancing measures will be in place, and library staff asks all who attend to wear a mask.
Artwork blossoms at Turner Fine Art
Turner Fine Art is bursting with color as it bursts with excitement about the gradual opening of the post-COVID-19 summer season.
Guest curator Tim Newton has assembled work from more than a dozen artists, including the gallery’s namesake Kathryn Mapes Turner, for the show “While We Were Still … Flowers Bloomed,” which opened to the public June 16 and hangs through July 31. A July 10 reception is tentatively planned.
Turner Fine Art’s gallery on North Cache Street is festooned with colorful bloom, all painted within the past 12 weeks by Kathy Anderson, Stephanie Birdsall, Scott Conary, John Felsing, Quang Ho, Eric Jacobsen, Daniel Keys, Shanna Kunz, Sherrie McGraw, Paul Rhymer, Kathleen Speranza and Adrienne Stein.
“In challenging times there are few things that comfort us like beauty,” said Newton, former chairman of the board and CEO of the legendary Salmagundi Club in Manhattan. “This exhibition by some of the finest interpreters of nature is not to be missed.”
Visit TurnerFineArt.com for details on the gallery and the exhibit.
Meet John Colter over a beer
Keeping up with the COVID times, the Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum has taken its “Beers and Banter” discussion series online.
“Colter: A Legacy of Adventure,” by filmmaker/adventurers Sawyer Thomas and Riis Wilbrecht, will screen beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday followed by a Q&A.
Inspired by the story of John Colter — who in or around 1807 explored parts of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem with a set of snowshoes, a rifle and a 30-pound pack — Thomas and Wilbrecht follow the errant member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition through the Absaroka, Beartooth, Gros Ventre and Teton mountain ranges. During the winters of 2018 and 2019, the filmmakers toured those ranges to ski rarely frequented peaks. Over the following spring, Sawyer also solo-ran the route in a single month, all to show that there are still great adventures out of our backdoors.
View the 28-minute film, then partake in an online, BYOB happy hour. Check in at Bit.ly/colterfilm to attend the Zoom webinar. And consider making a $5 donation to the museum at JacksonHoleHistory.org/donate to support the event and history in Jackson Hole.
Prodigy Ma at Wilcox Gallery
Wilcox Gallery on the Town Square hosts its third one-man show for Kyle Ma — who turned 20 years old this year.
Ma enjoyed his first showcase at Wilcox at age 16, and his second when he was 18. Always popular, Ma has been the subject of articles in most of the major Western art magazines and received much attention since Wilcox Gallery started selling his art when he was just 15 years old.
There is no other way to say it, Wilcox Gallery’s Jeff Wilcox said: Kyle Ma was a child prodigy. At the age of 3, he already knew he was bound to be an artist. At the age of 10 his family moved from Taiwan to the U.S. to afford him the resources to become a professional artist.
Ma’s subjects vary greatly — from florals to wildlife to landscapes and seascapes. His Wilcox exhibition, “20 in 2020,” will feature almost 40 paintings.
The show opens Friday, and at 3 p.m. Saturday he will perform a painting demonstration at the gallery’s north location at 1975 N. Highway 89. It also will be streamed live over the internet.
Final Bisoncast premiere Thursday
The National Museum of Wildlife Art embarks on a new outreach initiative called Bisoncast, bringing to life compelling stories about the museum’s art and artists to life.
The third and final free, online Bisoncast premiere party is set for 4 p.m. Thursday and features Tammi Hanawalt, curator of art at the museum.
The museum calls Bisoncast “an online video series that provides free access to the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s world-class collection, set amongst the beauty of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Bisoncast shares stories the museum is uniquely positioned to tell — stories of the relationships between humanity, creative expression, and nature — to support new ways of seeing and understanding our world and ourselves.”
The online video series will ultimately allow a global community of art and nature lovers to connect with the museum anytime, anywhere, via the internet.
Through online viewing parties, participants will be able to view shows before they open to the general public, ask questions and learn about the making of Bisoncast episodes, and share thoughts about the future of Bisoncast.
Go to WildlifeArt.org/bisoncast to tune in Thursday.
— Richard Anderson