Art Association Member Show

Jennifer L. Hoffman’s “Capriccio,” and oil and cold-wax work on mounted linen, is part of the 2021 Members Exhibition in the Art Association Gallery at the Center for the Arts. The show hangs through May 27.

Members expo

Spin by the Center for the Arts to check out work by 55 area artists — painters, sculptors, multi-media and textile artists, ceramicists and more — at the Art Association’s annual Members’ Show.

Work went up Monday and will hang through May 27, with a reception to be announced, Association Director of Communications Anika Youcha said.

“The annual Art Association Members’ Exhibition showcases the depth and breadth of talent and creativity our members possess,” the Art Association stated in a press release.

Children, amateurs, professionals, experimenters, students, teachers and other creative types submitted pieces for an “everything under the sun” panoply of artwork that celebrates the Teton area’s talent. Highlights include a polar bear made of cardboard, packaging materials and bubble mailers to tell the story of the great white bears’ plight in the warming climate; a rocket ship by 6-year-old Nieve Camino, who is willing to sell it for $100 that she will donate to the Living Center; and river stones painted with handmade oil colors from locally sourced pigments.

Know your Constitution

With many challenges facing the United States, our responsibilities as citizens are more important than ever, including the need to understand our constitutional government and its effect on our lives here in Wyoming.

Wyoming Humanities will explore the topic in “The Constitution: Why It Should Matter to You,” a live webinar starting at 2 p.m. Thursday featuring constitutional scholar Dr. David Adler and a panel of Wyoming students and professionals.

“Too often we think of the Constitution as having been written for the government, not the people,” said Wyoming Humanities Executive Director Shawn Reese. “We may see it as a distant, academic document removed from our everyday lives. Our goal is to reveal to the public, especially younger citizens, how and why the Constitution should matter to all of us.”

The webinar is free, but registration is required; go to ThinkWY.org/events.

People. Critters. In photos.

The Northern Rockies Conservation Cooperative invites photographers to participate in its Human-Wildlife Coexistence Photography Contest.

The theme asks photographers to submit work that captures the essence of what it means for humans to live in the natural world and how nature reflects the influence of human communities. What does your relationship with nature look like? How do you observe both human and natural processes? In what ways do you see social and ecological issues coincide?

The winning entry will be featured as the keynote photo of the symposium. The top five entries will be featured throughout the symposium and on other NRCC materials. Photographers can submit up to three photos by April 30 to jhws@nrccooperative.org.

Human-wildlife photos

Each year, kindergarten through 12th-grade students are challenged to write works of poetry, nonfiction and fiction. The best of these works are selected by grade level and then are judged at the county level.

Teton County School District No. 1 is looking for judges to pore over 300 or so entries to select winners. While the state level of the competition has been cancelled, as it was last year, the district is working to make sure young Teton County writers get an opportunity to publish their work for judging.

The contest will once again be judged virtually. Judges will be given access to Google Drive folders containing PDFs of student work. Each grade level and writing category has its own rubric to break down the elements of the writing into numerical levels. Judges will read a piece, compare it to the grading rubric and assign numbers for each category on a Google Spreadsheet. Rubric ratings are averaged to find grade-level winners and honorable mentions.

Judging will take place Monday, May 10, through Friday, May 21. Time commitment ranges from 15 minutes — enough to judge one grade level of one category (e.g., fourth-grade poetry) — to a few hours for multiple grade levels and/or categories. To volunteer or ask questions, contact Teton County Young Authors co-coordinators Mel Paradis (mparadis@tcsd.org) of Christine Jenkins (cjenkins@tcsd.org).

Blocks or spatters?

Is the Earth’s mantle more like a Piet Mondrian painting or a Jackson Pollock canvas?

Find out May 4 when the Geologists of Jackson Hole host the University of Utah’s Sarah Lambart for a Zoom talk about what we know and don’t know about 83% of the Earth.

Characterizing the nature of the upper mantle is crucial to understanding the formation and evolution of the Earth, but we have had more access to the moon than to the innards of our own planet. Two competing models use two 20th-century artists, Piet Mondrian and Jackson Pollock, to visualize the theories: The Mondrian-like mantle features large, well-delinated reservoirs of heterogeneous matter, while the “Pollock-like mantle” is characterized by small pockets scattered through the layer.

Lambart will review some of the tools that can be used to better understand the nature of the mantle and discriminate between the “Mondrian” and a “Pollock” models. Go to GeologistsOfJacksonHole.org to catch the Zoom, where you also can find an archive of past talks.

Old Bill’s! Old Bill’s! Old Bill’s!

Old Bill’s Fun Run 2021 — in pandemic or post-pandemic form — is just 126 days away. Organizations new to the philanthropic bacchanalia or that did not participate in 2020 must send a representative to the orientation meeting set for 1-2 p.m. Thursday via Zoom. Nonprofit staffers new to Old Bill’s philanthropic universe are also encouraged to register at CFJacksonHole.org.

Returning organizations are welcome but not required to attend, but all participating organizations are responsible for reading and adhering to Old Bill’s Rules and Procedures.

The Old Bill’s 2021 application will be available at, get this, OldBills.org at 9 a.m. Friday. Organizations that participated in 2020 will need to complete a grant report as part of their application. A sample application, including a grant report, will be emailed so organizations can prepare their responses in advance if desired.

Go to the Community Foundation’s website for more information or to ask questions.

Teton star power

As sure as the sun sets in the west, Wyoming Stargazing has a full week of astronomically cool virtual events and gatherings on tap.

At 6 p.m. Wednesday, Ryan DeGregorio will lead “Sci-Fi Explained,” taking the 2013 film “Europa Report” — a rip roaring adventure in which a team searches for life on Jupiter’s fourth largest moon — and gleaning the good science from the pure fiction.

Friday is Virtual Public Stargazing night, when the group hooks its video camera up to its telescopes and streams the footage live online. Tune in at 7 p.m. to check out star clusters, galaxies, comets and other cosmic stuff.

And 4 p.m. Tuesday brings Wyoming Stargazing founder Dr. Samuel Singer online for another installment of “Ask Dr. Sam,” a chance for anyone (students especially) to get ask about pretty much anything of an astrophysical nature.

All of the above events are free and open to all, though donations will be gladly accepted.

Also, from May 3-9, Wyoming Stargazing will be the beneficiary of Fine Dining Restaurant Group’s 2-for-$2 special. Buy one entree and get a second for $2, 100% of which will go directly to the astronomy group.

Finally, mark May 9 on your calendar and get ready to hear from Dr. Suzanne Ramsay, one of the lead astronomers in the development of the European Extremely Large Telescope. How extremely large? How about a mirror that’s more than 120 feet in diameter? In her Zoom talk, Ramsay will cover the scientific goals of the telescope, offer some jaw-dropping facts about the instrument and talk about the process bringing such new technology on line, from proposal to installation.

Get details, including Zoom links, about these and other astro-events online at WyomingStargazing.org.

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