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Staff at the National Museum of Wildlife Art hang a “community web” for the exhibit “Woven Together.” Opening Saturday, the show includes arachnid renderings by professional artists as well as some 400 spiders made by area students.

The National Museum of Wildlife Art has spun together an exhibit that surely will please and surprise.

“Woven Together: Art and Arachnids” opens Saturday. Celebrating our eight-legged friends in the spider family, the new exhibit features incredible artwork by not only professional artists from around the region but also by budding K-12 masters from schools and children’s programs in the area.

“We have such a strong art community here that I wanted to showcase that work along with the almost 400 spiders that were made by kindergarten through 12th graders that are hanging on a giant community web,” said Sari Ann Platt, the museum’s associate curator of education and outreach. “We wanted to celebrate this sense of connectives, and what a great way to do that than with a web.”

“Woven Together” was inspired by and features “Beyond Beauty,” an episode from the museum’s Bisoncast video series that stars local spiders, including the recently discovered mason spider (Castianeira sp.), the museum’s website states. Platt said the video will be playing at the exhibit.

“This is a wonderful way of connecting art and science,” she said. “Spiders are feared, but as artists we want people to see the beauty and artwork of the spider.”

Museum members can catch a sneak peek of the show at 11:30 a.m. Friday, when ecologist Maggie Raboin will talk about her discovery of the mason spider.

The exhibition is part of the museum’s regular admission price. Those who have work hanging in the show are invited to tour it for free. There will also be a spider-inspired art and craft project for students to make while they are there.

Go to WildlifeArt.org for details. 

Contact Jeannette Boner via 732-7078 or entertainment@jhnewsandguide.com.

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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