Vicki Sher

“Evergreen” is part Vicki Sher’s exhibition of geometric acrylic on canvas paintings at Tayloe Piggott Gallery.

‘Beside Myself’ simplifies

The paintings in Vicki Sher’s latest exhibition, “Beside Myself,” are decidedly abstract and geometric, but they are also full of life.

“The artist distills organic, botanical forms into pure color panes, reveling in the interplay between the neutral tones of the raw canvas and her unique use of pigment,” Tayloe Piggott Gallery sales associate and preparator Katie Franklin wrote in a press release.

The exhibition will hang at the gallery until June 7. It is available to view on Tayloe Piggott’s website,, or in person by appointment.

Sher is a Brooklyn artist who has drawn from post-painterly abstraction to create a unique and intuitive style over a long career.

“I make paintings as I imagine one would make music, layering melodies and harmonizing, to elicit a feeling of connection to something outside of circumstance,” Sher said in a statement.

Her paintings join W. Tucker’s work in the gallery this month.

Playwrights to compete

With everyone stuck at home on the weekends, creative projects are coming out of the woodwork.

While the Wyoming Singer Songwriter Contest is already keeping songwriters busy, this week Riot Act Inc. announced a new opportunity for aspiring playwrights.

Writers must submit an original 20- to 30-minute one-act play that requires minimal set design and no more than six actors. Contestants will receive a short critique from a panel of writing and theater professionals, and the first-place winner will receive $200 and the Marius P. Hanford IV Award, named after an influential stage combat choreographer. Second place will win $100 and third place $50. Submissions cost $20.

For those who would like to participate but lack a background in writing for theater, Riot Act is hosting a playwriting workshop with Charley Daveler.

The workshop will run weekly for six weeks starting Tuesday, costs $100 and will cover topics pertinent to creating a play from start to finish along the same timeline as the class.

Find information at

More writing talks

The Jackson Hole Writers Conference has released yet another slew of online offerings this week.

When the organization announced it would forgo an in-person conference this year, organizers immediately pivoted their efforts toward a steady stream of virtual classes and talks.

The newly scheduled events are a series of discussions and lectures from writers of various ilks. They include “How to Write, Soar and Work” with Mayce Maher, “Poetry of Witness: Process, Community, and Activist Poetics” with poets Juan Morales, Jonathan Fink and Matt Daly, and “Ask the Experts” with children’s authors Melanie Crowder and Nanci Turner Steveson.

Visit to register for the free talks.

– Gabe Allen

Scene Editor Gabe Allen fell in love with the Tetons after spending a season guiding backpacking trips in Jackson Hole. When he is not working, he can be found rock climbing, backcountry skiing or playing music with his aspiring psychedelic pop outfit.

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