Town Enclosure Pavilion (copy)

The Town Enclosure Pavilion, designed for and installed on the Center for the Arts south lawn, was named the winner of two architectural awards recently.

Greatest show above Earth

There’s something special about the night sky on the first Thursday of each month.

That’s because on the first Thursday of every month, Wyoming Stargazers hosts a free public stargazing event — so long as the temperature stays above zero degrees Fahrenheit.

This coming Thursday is one of those “first Thursdays,” so the astro-curious should make plans to gather at the far northwest corner of the Stilson parking lot — way out beyond the bus hut where there is minimal light — to check out planets, stars, nebulae, galaxies and aliens (maybe, though probably not) with the nonprofit’s large aperture telescopes.

Star guides will be on hand to point out celestial wonders, interpret what the ’scopes view and help folks use iPads loaded with the Star Walk application so they can explore the universe while others are glassing the heavens.

No need to reserve a spot — come and go as you please — but dress warmly, and check your favorite weather app to make sure the skies are clear enough for decent viewing.

Thursday night stargazing is free, though donations will help keep the operation running like a smoothly oiled solar system. Private stargazing programs also can be arranged.

Visit for more about programs offered by Jackson Hole’s celestial nonprofit, or email or call 844-996-7827 (that’s 844-WYO-STAR).

Mudpots host holiday sale

Those clever clay crafters are back, well ahead of the gift-giving season, with an assortment of additional artsy amigos for the Art Association’s annual Teton Mudpots Holiday Sale.

Sue Anderson, Christa Carson, Katy Ann Fox, Jack Henley, Theresa Lundquist, Dawn McKibbin, Sue Morriss, Cate Smith and Barb Wogoman will be among the artists and artisans offering their pottery, prints, paintings, ornaments, jewelry and more Nov. 17 and 18 at the Art Association’s gallery off Glenwood Street.

The Teton Mudpots are the valley’s loose guild of clay throwers — from learners to masters — who all year long make everything from cups and mugs, bowls and basins, plates, platters, pitchers, jars and fermenting crocks, and even some decorative sculptures. Some of their finest work (and some experiments) are sold each holiday season to rake in a few shekels for the artists and help pay to keep the Art Association’s various studios open and equipped for otherwise studio-less artists.

Price points start as low as $3 at the Mudpots’ show and sale. For the details contact Jen Hoffman, the Art Association’s retail and gallery coordination, at

Town Enclosure wins kudos

Town Enclosure, the art pavilion designed by CLB Architects for JH Public Art for the Jackson Hole Center for the Arts’ south lawn, received two regional honors recently: the 2021 Jacques Benedict Award from the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art, Rocky Mountain Chapter, and an Honor Award at the 2021 American Institute of Architects Western Mountain Region Design Awards program.

CLB Architects collected both awards this fall, adding to the recognition the project has already received since it was first unveiled in Jackson in 2018.

Born from a collaboration between JH Public Art, the Center for the Arts’ 2018 Creative-in-Residence program and CLB Architects, Town Enclosure functions as a flexible community and art space to be used in a variety of ways, formal and spontaneous, but always open to the public.

After its time at the Center for the Arts, Town Enclosure was relocated to its new home at the Story Mill Community Park in Bozeman, Montana.

At the Sept. 30 awards ceremony, Town Enclosure was awarded the Jacques Benedict Award in Architecture: Addition/Renovation/Folly. The award is named in honor of Jacques Benedict (1879-1947), an esteemed early 20th-century designer.

Also, at this year’s AIA Western Mountain Region Awards, Town Enclosure received an Honor Award in the Built Category, which recognizes excellence in design, planning, construction and significant achievements by AIA WMR members and allies who share the common cause of creating an excellent built environment.

Martinez on state board

The Wyoming Humanities Council announced for four new board members to its ranks recently, including Jackson Hole’s Wendy Martinez.

Martinez was born in Tlaxcala, Mexico, and raised in Jackson. She received her bachelor’s degree in political science and master’s in public administration from the University of Wyoming. She now works for Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Teton Area as the homeowner services manager and serves on the Teton Library Foundation board, the Immigrant Hopeboard and the Town of Jackson Planning Commission. She is also a member of Jackson Hole Diversity Equity and Inclusion Collective.

Others honored with Wyoming Humanities Council awards this week are Rock Springs’ Liisa Anselmi-Dalton, who served in the Wyoming Legislature as a state senator for four years and was appointed by the governor to the Wyoming Water Commission and the Wyoming Game and Fish Wildlife Task Force; Jeremy M. Johnston, of Powell, who is the Hal and Naoma Tate Endowed Chair of Western History, the Goppert Curator of the Buffalo Bill Museum and the managing editor of the papers of William F. Cody; and Michael Von Flatern, of Gillette, former president of Business Aviators Inc. president and founder of Von’s Welding Inc., principal in Guanxi LLC, which performed the reclamation of the Union 76 mine in Carbon and Sweetwater counties, and many other civic posts in his community and state.

Board members leaving are the Rev. Dr. Bernadine Craft, of Rock Springs, and Mary Guthrie, of Cheyenne.

Milward Simpson was elected chairman for the coming year, and Dr. Maggie Murdock assumed the role of vice chair. Go to for more details.

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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