Christmas Bazaar; NMWA’s First Sunday; Peace, Not Pepper!


The Art Association’s 2011 CHRISTMAS BAZAAR is heeeeeeeeeerrrrrrrrrrreeeeeee (I am thinking of that crazy, wire-hanger-bodied Target 2-day Sale Lady….)! Saturday, December 3, at Snow King Center, make your way up to the 46th Annual Christmas Bazaar. Doors open at 9:30 am and close at 5:00 pm. Local and regional artists, foodies, jewelers, fabric specialists and creative people who know how to use a knitting needle will be on hand….as will those phenomenal holiday WREATHS.

I don’t see an entry fee listed on the Art Association website, but as their summer Art Fairs charge $3 cover, I’d count on having that amount handy to get in. Leave pepper spray at home, mind your manners, walk in an orderly way to and from the entrance, please!  Let’s show some holiday shopping class, Jackson Hole! Thank goodness we’re low on Walmarts!

The National Museum of Wildlife Art’s Holiday First Sunday Celebration takes place Sunday, December 4, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm, at the Museum. “Wild about the Season” will have something for everyone: Santa for the little ones, a book signing, a hands-on ornament-making project and beautiful holiday music and refreshments for the whole family,” says the Museum. It’s free for area locals, and this year’s schedule of activities is as fun as ever:

1:00PM – 3:00PM Felt Ornament Art Project

1:00PM – 3:00PM Lynn Friess signs her new book, “Carl and the Mysterious Nibbler”

1:00PM – 3:30PM Complimentary Refreshments

1:00PM – 3:30PM Festive Holiday Music

1:00PM – 3:30PM Pictures with Santa! (please bring your own camera)

Call NMWA’s main line for more information:  (307) 733-5771

And now for something slightly political!  Occupy.

Occupy’s original message is almost lost in the din of violence. I’m thinking a lot about Matthew Shepard as I watch these hateful reactionary incidents unfold. When Matthew was murdered in Laramie, more than a decade ago now, an East Coast acquaintance remarked, “Wyoming must be the most horrid place in the world. How can you stand to live there? It’s a backwards, sick state.” Well, Matthew’s death was not solely about Wyoming, and Occupy’s (so famous it’s recognizable by only one word) complexities are not solely about a bunch of bad cops in Oakland or Davis. It’s about our collective human shortcomings. This is just the latest violence we’ve inflicted upon ourselves; it happens all over the world. We watch “officers of the peace” shoot pepper spray into the faces of passive student protestors. Pepper spray: the new “must have” personal accessory. I find myself wondering if by chance any of the protesters are connected to victim’s of 911’s violence (only a few degrees of separation between any of us)—and if so, how bizarre is it to find themselves being accosted by the same public organization that rushed to rescue folks from all walks of life at Ground Zero.

I am proud of Jackson’s peaceful, smiling, energetic “Occupy” organizers and participants! Two friends recently visited NYC and spent a day with that city’s Occupy protestors. The experience was powerful, they report—and the intensity of the people’s sentiments potent. Where we will be with all this in a year’s time?  It will be interesting to find out.





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