WildWalls come alive

Following the fun of its latest troll initiative, JH Public Art is decking Jackson’s outdoor halls with a suite of WildWalls murals.

The two permanent installations and nine temporary wheatpasted murals, hiding mostly in east Jackson alleys, are paired with augmented reality technology that transforms the static image into live animation, giving spectators a rich look at conservation efforts in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

“My WildWalls mural is truly a community effort,” said artist Katy Ann Fox, who transformed the Trio bistro facade into a string of vibrant wildflower paintings on a bold purple background.

The work has already earned accolades on social media from fans and fellow artists such as Emily Boespflug who called Ann Fox a “badass.”

“The conversations I had with strangers walking by or appreciative community members were so positive and invigorating,” Fox told Public Art after completing the mural. “This project really felt like a great awakening — something to shake up my days and push my artistic process but stay true to my voice.”

That 80-foot painting is paired with augmented reality stories highlighting the state of pikas, wildflowers and glaciers and explaining fire ecology, based on information provided by The Nature Conservancy and Grand Teton National Park scientists.

The stories are accessible via the Hoverlay app.

Public Art will host a free, outdoor mural walk Tuesday with the dozen-plus participating artists: Julia Brady and Lida Steves, Natalie Connell, Ryan Dee, Nicole Gaitan, Katy Ann Fox, Ava Reynolds, Helen Seay, Shannon Troxler, Drew Yerkovich, Dan Toro and folks from the University of Wyoming Migration Initiative.

The walk starts at the Center for the Arts Glenwood Street parking area at 5:30 p.m. and will also feature a live wheatpaste demo and tunes from KHOL community radio DJs. Community members are encouraged to wrap up their tour at the Anvil Hotel for complimentary Glorietta Trattoria gelato.

A full map of the WildWalls Murals can be found at JHPublicArt.org.

— Evan Robinson-Johnson

GOP hosts radio’s Habeeb

Teton County Republicans welcome talk radio host and writer Lee Habeeb, creator of the syndicated “Our American Stories” radio show, as the first guest in its new speaker series.

“An Evening with Lee Habeeb” will start at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Jackson Room of The Wort Hotel, where Habeeb will discuss “Why Storytelling Matters More: How America’s Future is Tied to Our Understanding of Our Past.”

Ticket prices start at $10 and go up to $250 donations to Teton County Republicans. You can buy them online at Eventbrite.com/e/an-evening-with-lee-habeeb-tickets. Email info@tetongop for information.

Harlow Seminar Series is back

University of Wyoming’s much anticipated Harlow Summer Seminar Series kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Geology professor Bryan Shuman will present the first seminar of the season, “Past, Present and Future Climate Change in Greater Yellowstone’s Watersheds: The 2021 Greater Yellowstone Climate Assessment.”

A professor of geology and geophysics at UW, Shuman is also the current director of the UW-NPS Research Station at the AMK Ranch in Grand Teton National Park.

Instead of holding this summer’s seminars at the AMK Ranch, the series will take place at the UW extension office at 255 W. Deloney.

Seminars are open to the public, but seating is limited to 100 people, and mask wearing is strongly encouraged. Food will be provided before each seminar, starting at 5:30 p.m., with a suggested minimum donation of $5.

Find details at UWNPS.org/uwnps-events.

Artistic banter

With a nod to the past masters and the current summer exhibit “Painting the Town: Archie Boyd Teater in Jackson Hole,” the Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum hosts a “Beers and Banter” get together with contemporary valley artists Katy Ann Fox, Greta Gretzinger, Maggie Moore and Lester Taylor.

“Painting Jackson Hole Over Time” — the society’s first in-person Beers and Banter event since the start of the coronavirus pandemic — starts at 7 p.m. Thursday at 225 N. Cache St. Fox, Gretzinger, Moore and Taylor will talk about their experiences painting in the valley over time, and then field questions from attendees.

Beer and seltzer are available for a donation. The banter, however, is free. Go to JacksonHoleHistory.org for info.

So long, Dowds ...

Say “thank you” and “fare thee well” to longtime Art Association staffers, teachers and artists Sam and Jenny Dowd as they depart Jackson Hole for new adventures in Arkansas.

The Art Association hosts the bittersweet send-off at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Center for the Arts.

Community Jam at the Center

Teton Music School is hosting the all-ages Community Jam at 4:30 p.m. Friday in the Center Amphitheater.

Learners of all ages and all abilities are invited to bring their guitars, ukes, noisemakers and rhythm shakers to sing and play along with Teton Music School outside the Center Theater. Register in advance to receive song charts in advance (for tunes everybody knows: “This Land is Your Land,” “Three Little Birds,” “Rockin’ Robin,” to name a few), and beloved veteran songster Susan Jones (of Music Together) will lead the charge on her guitar, sharing key concepts of playing live music as a group.

Grandparents, kids, friends, parents … all ages and all abilities are welcome to make music as a collective act of humanity. $10 for individuals, $25 for families. Space is limited; register at TetonMusicSchool.org/summer-2021.

Cosmic broadcast

Have you ever wanted to talk to an astronaut? Pick the brain of a doctor specializing in space medicine? Learn about the cosmos and ask all your burning astronomy-related questions?

Wyoming Stargazing has got just the place for you: The Cosmos Show debuted June 15 and airs every other Tuesday at 6 p.m. on the astro nonprofit’s YouTube and Twitch channels.

Samuel Singer, executive director and founder of Wyoming Stargazing, hosts the show, starting with a video of something cool from the night sky for viewers to identify for the chance to win prizes. Then he welcomes guests and co-stars — experts like space medicine researcher Dani Carroll, Lauren Corlies of the Vera C. Rubin Observatory in the Chilean Andes, “Nora’s Guide to the Galaxy” YouTube star Nora Bailey and San Diego State University astronomy professor Doug Leonard — to field questions, talk about the latest observations and discoveries, even geek out about the science of popular sci-fi movies. Each episode wraps up with a sing-along of an astronomically themed song (requests welcomed).

Tune into the next episode, set for this Tuesday, and catch up with past episodes of probably the coolest Jackson Hole-produced astronomy program in the universe. Check out WyomingStargazing.org for details and for info about the group’s other Zoom events like “Ask Dr. Sam,” “Astro-BS,” “Sci-Fi Explained” and the “World Above the Tetons” speaker series.

New views of Earth’s innards

How well do we understand the Earth’s interior? How have we been we able to gather data to develop that understanding?

Dr. Zach Spica of the University of Michigan leads a tour of new technology that looks likely to greatly enhance our ability to collect critical data about our planet and the processes that continue to form and modify it.

The Geologists of Jackson Hole host Spica for “Distributed Acoustic Sensing: Game Changing for Seismology?” at 6 p.m. Tuesday in a live Zoom event.

Go to GeologistsOfJacksonHole.org for the Zoom link as well the group’s archive of past speakers.

Plein Air painters come indoors

The Teton Plein Air Painters are featured in the newest exhibition at the Art Association Gallery at the Center for the Arts, hanging through July 22.

This group of artists has been meeting since 2012, growing to a list of over 170 artists by 2017, when the Art Association began managing communications for the large group. Painters meet weekly to paint at various locations around Teton County, sometimes venturing as far as Teton Valley, Idaho, and Dubois.

From beginner to professional, longtime locals, part-time residents and even visitors, the artists share their singular love of painting landscapes on location outdoors.

This year’s showcase includes both plein air studies and studio works created from plein air expeditions, and represents about one-quarter of the group’s membership.

Stop by the gallery any time from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday for a tour.

Concerts on the Commons

It’s official: The Teton Village Association, with support from Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and Teton Village businesses, will present its 11th year of Concerts on the Commons this summer.

After a year’s hiatus due to an infestation of man-eating chislers (that’s what I heard), the free series kicks off over the Fourth of July weekend. Wyatt Lowe and the Mayhem Kings will shake things awake starting at 8 p.m. July 3 followed by the only Third of July fireworks show in the area at 10. The festivities will continue July 4 with the Jason Fritts Project at 4 p.m., a live audio feed of the Grand Teton Music Festival’s “Patriotic Pops” program at 6, and Jackson Hole’s own Afro-Cuban Salsa band Calle Mambo at 8. Fireworks will again start at 10.

Then, beginning July 18, seven more free concerts will start at 5 p.m. each Sunday: Jocelyn and Chris (July 18), The Burroughs (July 25), One Ton Pig (Aug. 1), Butcher Brown (Aug. 8), Judge Roughneck (Aug. 15), Yam Haus (Aug. 22) and Israel Nash (Aug. 29).

Sing a song of Old Bill

If Old Bill’s Fun Run fills your heart with a joyful melody, here’s your chance to share it.

To mark this year’s 25th annual running of the Bills, the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole is holding an Old Bill’s Song Writing Contest.

Cash prizes and donations to winners’ Old Bill’s nonprofit of their choice will be awarded in adult and youth (younger than 18) categories. Entries must have original music and lyrics and not exceed three minutes, and should “capture the history, spirit, impact and/or legacy of Old Bill’s,” according to the Community Foundation’s contest rules.

Winning entries will be easily shortened to 60 seconds to work with other marketing products like movie theater ads. Don’t refer to any specific nonprofit or anything that would reveal the identities of Mr. and Mrs. Old Bill, and do not reference the 25th anniversary so the material can be used into the future.

Record your entry — Teton Music School in the Center for the Arts has offered free use of its music rooms for the purpose — and submit it by 5 p.m. July 23 to Suzanne Rees at srees@cfjacksonhole.org or deliver it to Rees at 245 E. Simpson Ave. A panel of judges will select three finalists,; then community members will determine winners via online voting from Aug. 13-20, and winners will be announced at Old Bill’s Fun Run, set for Sept. 11, where they will get to perform their opuses.

Got to CFJacksonHole.org for complete rules, and contact Rees with questions at the above email address or 739-1026.

Rockin’ the County Fair

Is it time to start thinking about the 2021 Teton County Fair yet? You bet it is.

This year’s fair runs July 24 to Aug. 1, and just like in the days of yore (i.e., pre-pandemic times) there will be 4-H livestock showings and project displays, equestrian competitions, clowns and carnivals, plenty to eat and drink, the Blue Ribbon Exhibit Hall (entries are being accepted now; get ’em in by July 23) and nighttime events like a rodeo, pig wrestling, Figure 8 races and a kickoff concert with two national bands.

Gates to the Rodeo Arena will open at 6 p.m. July 28 and the music will start at 6:30 p.m. with Mipso, known for combining a traditional string band format with close harmony. Then Jamestown Revival — the American folk duo made up of childhood friends from Texas who combine vocal harmonies with Southern country, Americana and Western rock — will take the stage.

Tickets cost $20 per person and go on sale July 1.

Go to TetonCountyFair.com for info.

Chill at Astoria

Astoria Hot Springs is welcoming folks looking for a nice relaxing soak. And it’s also diving into its next project: a cold plunge pool.

A cold plunge is a cold pool to immerse in before or after a hot springs soak. The chilled water instantly numbs the nerves around joints and muscles, causing the release of hormones and endorphins and relieving muscle pain, joint pain inflammation and stress.

Astoria has launched a crowdfunding campaign. Gifts of all sizes are welcome, and the first 50 to donate $100 or more will receive a complimentary beanie featuring campaign mascot Polar Pete.

For information and to donate go online to AstoriaHotSpringsPark.org.

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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