Category Archives: Kids’ Art

One Nest ~ Many Fish!


It’s been in the Western winds: Jackson Hole artist Kathryn Mapes Turner and her brother, sustainable builder Mark Turner, have launched an innovative project. Though the siblings are Jackson-based, they’ve deep roots in the Washington D.C. area, owing to their family’s political legacy.

They’re smart, these two.

936841_531964873509082_141157465_nTheir “One Nest” collaborative project combines sustainable building design and broadly embraced aesthetic with art created in one of the West’s most prominent art markets. In “the heart of Virgina horse and wine country,” near Shenandoah National Park, is a home designed by Mark, filled with artwork by his sister Kathryn. On Saturday, May 18th, 4-8:00 pm, and Sunday, May 19th, 2-6:00 pm, the public is invited to tour the structure, survey the land and take in the art.

Mark’s company, Greenspur, Inc., is, says the builder, inspired in part by Wallace Stegner’s words: “There it was, there it is, the PLACE where during the best of our lives friendship had its home and happiness had its headquarters.” Kathryn’s plein air and studio paintings are inspired by the natural world, light and “wide open spaces.”

It’s a great concept, and how much more fulfilling could it be than to co-create such a complete project with family you love?

May’s open house is in fact the project’s Grand Opening, and though it is free reservations are necessary; if you wish to attend, I’d sign up quick!  The D.C. crowd will descend! The link to reserve a visit can be found here. Links:   “One Nest” address:  3322 Carrington Road, Delaplane, VA 20144.  

Pinedale's Winning Entry, "Time to Make Waves."

Pinedale’s Winning Entry, “Time to Make Waves.”

 “If children are a measure of our future, Wyoming’s future will follow a path of creativity and imagination.” ~ Wyoming Representative Tim Stubson, Casper. 

Imagination and creativity link all of us. Creativity bridges the often times daunting distances between Wyoming’s citizens, and it takes special care and effort to send the message to our children that those distances can be vaporized. Like a morning meditation zeroing in on awakening creativity and imagining our potential, we must strive to dissolve what we believe are our limits. And we must show the rest of the country what we are making here. What can we be to the big wide world? Hundreds, if  not thousands, of miles may lie between Wyoming’s creativity and other, larger arts centers and communities. Every reach counts.

Photo Courtesy Kevin Wittig and Mountain Pulse

Photo Courtesy Kevin Wittig and Mountain Pulse

Fifteen years ago a Chicago art exhibit, “Cows on Parade,” made history. The idea behind the exhibit was to get as many artists, celebrities, designers and other creative personalities to decorate fiberglass cows and spread them out across the city. The show was a great tourism draw and has been emulated many times over; all the cows were auctioned off for charity.

“Traveling Trout” is a big school of artistically designed fiberglass fish; 37 Wyoming schools took part in a fish-art competition, and winners were announced late last month. The entire exhibit is on display at the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s outdoor sculpture garden and trail through October 6, 2013. You can see them from the road, breaching and diving, snagging fireflies. Thousands of dollars in cash prizes were awarded to the winning students and schools, and that’s a great cause. Later this fall, the exhibit will travel around the rest of the state.


Wild Season at NMWA; Heron Glass

Santa, wildlife art —and babies!— make the National Museum of Wildlife Art a real good time. This month’s “First Sunday” takes place December 2nd (Happy Birthday, MOM!!). Time:  11:00 am – 5:00 pm. What you can expect: Holiday music, food and family-user-friendly fun! Otherwise known as Wild About the Season, this celebration is free to locals and visitors.

“Although we do so many community outreach programs, Wild About the Season is always one of our favorites with all the kids and holiday fun,” says the museum’s Ponteir Sackrey. The free-to-all celebration takes place at the museum Sunday, December 2 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Activities include makin your own dreidel and snowflake scratch art from 1 – 4 p.m., a visit with Santa from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m., and a book-signing by local children’s book author Lynn Friess, also from 1:30 – 3:30. Live music will be provided by the Jackson Hole High School Orchestra from 1:15 – 2:15 p.m. and a Journeys School choral group from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Additional activities going on throughout the day include a scavenger hunt, a special mailbox for letters to Santa, a book drop to support Teton County Library and Children’s Learning Center, and screenings of the films Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

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Keep Jackson’s Art Fires Burning

Courtesy Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council

Great news from J.H. Public Art came last week:  “On Monday, November 19th, the Town of Jackson approved the final draft of the public art guidelines, completing a two-year effort and securing a bright future for public art in Jackson Hole. A huge thank you to senior staff and the Mayor and Town Council.”  Yay!

Last week I wrote to Jackson’s elected officials regarding the Town of Jackson’s supporting of public art guidelines. I’m recreating the message here; while my message was meant to be positive, at least one town official interpreted it negatively. Remaining aware of chances we might miss, we’re less inclined to miss them.

Everyone is talking about change. The Snaz is changing-leaving. Jackson’s art is changing-diversifying. This sand castle will wash out to sea. The Jackson Hole News & Guide sent out an e-survey, reflecting the possibility they may change. Obama is staying, Teton County’s elected officials roster is changing.  At a the dinner party I attended last night, guests were well-stoked with wine and discussing changing their own lives. BTW, what’s good writing? It shines light on the obvious that, for whatever reason, has not crystallized in our consciousness.

Criticism is a form of patriotism, as well as a form of deep love. Did you hear Colleen Thompson speak about Wyoming’s health care on NPR last week? She keeps an eye on health issues because she cares about her family and community.

Here’s my letter, written prior to last week’s vote:

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Rugged Impressionism; Cirque Des Tetons!

Get a “Sneak Peek” at the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s (NMWA) upcoming exhibition, Rugged Impressionism: The Masterful Field Studies of Carl Rungius, on Monday, April 30, at 11:30 am. Adam Duncan Harris, NMWA’s Curator of Art, will be on hand for a special preview of this show that takes an in-depth look at Rungius’ intriguing artistic process. The talk takes place in the Museum’s Kuhn Gallery, and participants will get a first, special look at Rungius’ spectacular landscapes before the show opens to the public. NMWA is home to this country’s largest public collection of Rungius’ work.

The Museum’s artist biography tells us that “Rungius’ ability to capture the heart-stopping chance encounter between man and animal sets him apart from many of his talented colleagues. Equally accomplished as a painter of wildlife and landscapes, Rungius quickly developed an enthusiastic following among fellow artists and patrons.”  The talk is free for members, or with Museum admission.

Visiting artist Ricki Arno wants kids and parents to know that she will be teaching a special class at the Art Association this summer.  June 25 – 28, join Arno as she takes you on an artistic, humorous creative journey: Cirque Des Tetons Workshop!  The class is for kids in grades 6 and up, and parents, aunts, uncles, even grandparents are encouraged to sign up along with the kids.

The class will create a “dazzling mixed media CIRQUE DES TETONS, complete with weird side show characters, daring high wire and trapeze artists, a handsome or beautiful Ring Master, ferocious wild animals, amazing jugglers, a supernatural magician, colorful clowns, and whatever else tickles and delights our fancies,” says Arno. “A collaborative, ongoing “Circus Street Art Wall” will capture the excitement.”

To find out more, and to sign up, contact the Art Association at (307) 733-6379. Those interested in the class are also welcome to contact Arno at, or phone (917) 741-4834.

Art Aids Recycling; Seeds of Green at J.H. History Museum

Remember the call to artists from the Democratic Party’s crusade to find an artist to design a new poster for the Dem’s 2012 convention in North Carolina? Well, local artists now have the chance to compete to have their art featured on 500 + reusable bags here in Jackson Hole.

Jackson Community Recycling (JCR) is launching its 6th Annual Reduce, Reuse, Recycle (RRR) Campaign, an effort to reduce plastic shopping bag use; a second purpose is served as the bags will become public artmobile public art.

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