Thal opens her glass studio

Thal Glass Studio, a mile north of the 390/22 highway intersection, will celebrate its win in this year’s Governor’s Arts Award during the Fall Arts Festival with an open studio 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Gregory Tegarden of Sul Ross State University, in Alpine, Texas, was the juror for this year’s exhibition. He selected “Lotus Bowl,” by Wilson glass artist Laurie Thal and glass etcher Dan Altwies, for the Bobby Hathaway juror’s choice award.

“Lotus Bowl is an incredible piece of glasswork that can be functional or sculptural,” Tegarden said of the piece in a press release. “The level of craftsmanship and the complexity of design made it stand out. Having worked with glass, I am aware of the complexities inherent in the medium and can fully appreciate the amount of work and skill that went into making such a piece. Lotus Bowl is a great example of form and function meeting beauty. It is an inspiration to me and a superb addition to the contemporary craft movement.”

Visit for details about this year’s open house, or call 690-2491 or 699 4349.

JH Writers go the distance

Old Bill’s Fun Run for Charities changed dramatically this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But Jackson Hole Writers is keeping up with the weird times with a “Fun Write.”

The weeklong virtual event started Tuesday, but runs through Saturday, to count down the days to the 2020 Old Bill’s event.

To participate, plan to write either a five-line poem or a five-sentence story each day throughout the five days. Work should focus on a theme related to Old Bill’s Fun Run: fun, action, innovation, generosity or community, for example. Look for prompts each day on Facebook @jhwriters or @JacksonHoleWritersConference.

Participants in the Fun Write should plan to post audio or video of themselves reading their writing with the hashtags #jhfunwrite2020 and #oldbills2020. Look for posts from the Jackson Hole Writers board and staff on our social media accounts.

“So many fun virtual events are celebrating Jackson Hole’s strong community spirit and generosity during this challenging time,” JH Writers organizers noted on the nonprofit’s website. “Help us make the Fun Write one of them.”

Riot Act ‘shorts’ to launch

Riot Act Inc. is looking for volunteers to help present its Annual Series of Short Plays next week.

Set to start at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 16-19 in the nonprofit theater gang’s space in the center’s Studio 305, the annual favorite will feature the three winning plays of this year’s annual New Play Festival:

“Temp,” by Nicholas Dunn of Salt Lake City and directed Michael Jerome Johnson, is “fun, absurdist, metaphorical,” Riot Act writes, taking place in the basement of a business where three coworkers labor over scanning in paper files.

“Two Goddesses Walk into a Cowboy Bar,” by Gregory L. Wright of Teton Village and directed by Samantha Kaufman, with assistance from Michael Jerome Johnson and Macey Mott, centers on four people who meet in a bar. Are the women really goddesses? A nod to “The Odyssey” gives this play a twist.

“When Nana Hit the Glass,” by Rebecca Ryland of Clancy, Montana, and directed by Charley Daveler, deals with grief, how we treat those around us and coming of age.

Riot Act will observe coronavirus-safe measures for all performances, with an audience limited to no more than 20 masked, socially distanced, well-sanitized theater fans. Masks and sanitizer will be provided for those who do not bring their own. The studio will be disinfected between performances. Actors will perform maskless; crew will wear masks and keep hands clean.

Tickets are available in advance online or at the door, and cost $15 for adults, $12 for students/seniors. Plays also will be livestreamed to watch at home for $10.

For info about the plays and for details about volunteer needs, visit or email

Ski Ball moves online

Frequently referred to as “the best party in Jackson Hole,” the Jackson Hole Ski and Snowboard Club’s annual Black Tie, Blue Jeans Ski Ball is a go. Sort of.

Sponsored by Melvin Brewing, the club’s largest fundraiser of the year, supports programming for some 500 are student-athletes. It will be a virtual event, set for Sept. 24.

But instead of taking place at Snow King or in Bridger Center atop the Bridger Gondola as it has in past years, this year it will be an online function, accessible from anywhere in the world, including the comfort and safety of your home.

Despite going online many of the traditional highlights will remain, with free beer from Melvin, a custom cocktail gift box from Jackson Hole Still Works, gourmet eats from Genevieve Catering, a silent auction and door prize raffle, and tunes spinning by DJ ERA. A “virtual gala” will include live and recorded content about the past, present and future of the storied nonprofit.

Visit for registration.

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