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James Balog – Photo: Jeff Orlowski/Extreme Ice Survey

“Happiness is the exercise of vital powers, along lines of excellence, in a life that affords them scope.” ~Aristotle

How many of us exercise life in a state of happiness Aristotle envisions? In our competitive, crowded, resource-stretched and shrinking world, exercising vital powers excellently, with scope, is a rareity. But oh, when attained, that life is sublime, and a person’s contributions spread to all souls open to receive it.

I imagine photographer/filmmaker James Balog’s life is like this. His exhibition of old growth forest photographs was one of the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s most mesmerizing shows. Now Balog returns to Jackson and will personally attend a public screening of his award-winning documentary “Chasing Ice.”  This special event takes place Thursday, March 21st, 2013, at the museum. Doors open at 6:30 pm; the film begins at 7:00 pm. A Q&A with Balog follows, and a book signing. Only 150 seats are available—I predict a sell-out, so get going, Balog fans!

“Nature is changing, right before our eyes,” says Balog. “Through my work, I am committed to bearing witness to these changes.”

James Balog/Extreme Ice Survey

Balog watchers and conservation documentary fans undoubtedly know that “Chasing Ice,” aside from its Academy Award Nomination for “Best Song,”  follows Balog’s hair-raising mission to “strategically plant time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic and capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers.” Balog’s cutting edge Extreme Ice Survey (EIS) merges art and science~~~which have never been inseparable~~~ and gives “visual voice” to the planet’s changing ecosystem. Screening proceeds benefit Balog’s Earth Vision Trust’s development of curriculum for grades k-12; its mission “educates and encourages the public through groundbreaking visual exploration of our changing environment.”

I’ve said this many times, in many ways, but will say it again: the diversity of artistic mediums and approaches exploring the natural world here in Jackson Hole is remarkable. If you make a living solely by selling your artwork, you’re living a life affording you scope. Our magic creative circle is tight; we benefit from emulating larger arts communities and cultures, but when we can’t do that we bring in people like Balog. Our arts non-profits offer up phenomenal opportunities to get intimately close to the best.

Tickets are (a very reasonable) $20, $15 for museum members, and may be purchased at the museum’s front desk, Valley Books, or by calling the museum at 307.732.5400. Check out the “Chasing Ice” trailer at






On the evening of March 9, at 5:30 pm, the Art Association presents its popular fundraising sale, Whodunnit?, at the Jackson Hole Center for the Arts Theater Lobby.

An annual favorite, Whodunnit? is a one-night event, exhibiting and selling many dozens (that’s my best estimate) of small works (6 x 6 inches) that sell for $99 each at the close of the evening. The twist is two-fold: 1) Artist identities are unknown 2) Works are sold by lottery to one of the list of bidders listing their name as wanting to purchase the art. Artists’ identities are revealed at the end of the evening, once works are purchased. Bidders might go home with works by well-known local artists, or participating artists from around the country. Some of the finest works are created by folks not necessarily familiar to Jackson’s arts community.

Are you able to recognize many local artists’ styles? Well, you may guess correctly about who created what some of the time…but usually, there are many surprises. Artist names known, artists names not-so-known; it doesn’t matter, the talent and diversity of works speak for themselves. Check it out!



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Judging by the window displays popping up around town, it’s not too early to start thinking about the holidays. Glass blower Laurie Thal is always thinking ahead. Thal is offering the chance to “friends and clients” a special opportunity to come on out to her Wilson studio and blow your own decorative glass ornaments. November 5 through December 18 2011, Thal is offering glass blowing parties. Her own “hot glass magic” provides families, office groups, or any collection of happy souls the chance to make some sparkling, one-of-a-kind gifts. Or, keep them yourself, you may feel a little Grinchy about your pretty ornaments!

Two-hour sessions are scheduled for groups of four to six people. Cost is $25 per person. Only groups of four to six; you bring your friends, and Thal will provide the materials. It’s like making a reservation at a restaurant, folks!  Additionally, Thal will take 25% off the cost of all studio purchases made during your session.  For more information, call 307.733.5096 or 307.690.2491.  email:

The National Museum of Wildlife Art’s fall “Harvest on the Hill” takes place Sunday, November 6, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. The popular, family friendly event is free to area residents and is part of the Musuem’s free First Sundays series. “Wild About Penguins” is the theme, after the Museum’s exhibit “The Last Ocean: Antarctica’s Ross Sea Photographs by John Weller.” All kinds of family activities are planned, and here they are:

• 1 – 4 p.m. (ongoing, allow 20-30 minutes for completion) – Scavenger Hunt! Dress for active fun, rain or shine, and meet in the amphitheater for an all-ages scavenger hunt to explore the sculpture trail – with clues, surprising discoveries and free entry in a raffle for great prizes. Win a “Weekend Warrior” Pass or the chance to have a stone engraved on the sculpture trail pathway. Raffle drawing at 4:10 p.m. in the amphitheater.

• 1 – 2:30 p.m. – Craft for Kids: Paint Your Penguin! Kids can explore John Weller’s photographs and learn about the different varieties of penguins that live in the Ross Sea ecosystem before painting their own unique model version of the Antarctic birds to take home.

• 2:30 p.m. – 20-minute film: Plunge of the Penguins. Follow Gentoo penguin chicks on the Antarctic Peninsula as they encounter sibling rivalry, food denial by parents, and extreme weather.

• 2:50 p.m. – 35-minute film: Return to Penguin City. An intriguing children’s film that explores how Adelie penguins cope with rapid climate change in the magical landscape of Antarctica.

Checking out “Harvest on the Hill” is a great way to explore the Museum, spend family time, learn about wildlife and wildlife art and, most importantly, HAVE FUN!  (Q: How do Penguins drink their cola? A: On the rocks!)

Jackson Hole Public Art has posted a reminder Request for Qualifications for proposals to create functional art for Redmond Street in Jackson, Wyoming. Deadline for submissions is Sunday, October 30, 2011.
Project budget: $15,000. Have a question or need more info? Contact Carrie Geraci at 307.413.1474.  To read the posting JH Public’s Art’s website, click here.

Momentum is building for the Plein Air Convention & Expo in Las Vegas from April 12-15, 2012 , with the announcement that Scott L. ChristensenJeremy Lipking, and Peter Adams will be giving lectures and demonstrations during the event.

“Of all the artists, whose work I admire, it is an honor to be selected as one of the top participants,” Christensen says. Check out the extraordinary  gathering of collectors, artists, and scholars: (


Anne Marie Schultz: Cityscapes, opens at the Art Association’s Artspace Main & Loft galleries Friday, October 7, 2011. An opening reception begins at 5:30 pm that evening.

Schultz’s Cibachrome prints document the city of Chicago’s myriad venues as they are at the turn of this century. As the changes that inevitably affect cities took place, Chicago’s citizens experienced the city’s demolition of racially segregated public housing, structures built in the 1930’s. Now, Millenium Park is a major Chicago landmark and liberated, diverse celebrations such as the city’s annual Gay Pride Parade are the norm. Schultz utilizes double exposures, solarization of old film and a Holga camera to create a provocative collection of enigmatic, moody cityscapes. Urban life is represented as a slice of fleeting cosmic time and space.

Two really good—and by “good” I mean expansive and, to my mind, balanced—articles on sustainable energy recently appeared in print. The first relates to global energy use; the second talks about the layers of possibilities and limitations surrounding Wyoming’s wind energy initiatives.

Article #1 is Fareed Zakaria’s review of Daniel Yergin’s new book, “The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World.” The review appeared in the New York Times Sunday Book Review section. Zakaria opens with a mention of Bill Gates’ TED Conference remarks on energy. At that conference Gates stated that if he had one wish that would improve the world’s prospects in the next 50 years, he’d wish for an “ ‘energy miracle’”: a new technology that produced energy at half the price of coal with no carbon dioxide emissions.” Yergin’s book, 804 pages, covers the history of oil beginning at the Persian War, going forward to today. The review is fabulous.

Zakaria sums up the book’s purpose. “This book is really trying to answer a question: What will the future of energy look like over the next 50 years?” Zakaria says. “In addressing that issue, Yergin takes on a myriad of other topical questions: Are we running out of oil? Is natural gas the answer? What about shale gas? Is global warming a real danger? Is solar power the answer? He addresses each one of these in a chapter or series of chapters that mix recent history and fair-minded analysis.”

A core assertion is that the United States should spend much more money on energy research, and much less on existing technologies. Al Gore is politely admonished for advancing the view that current technologies are close to pulling us out of the hole.

They are not, Yergin says. Zakaria sums up: “The reason Bill Gates wishes for a technology that creates energy at half the price of coal with no carbon dioxide emissions is that he wants a technology so compelling that it is adopted by poor countries as well as rich ones. Coal is plentiful worldwide, and unless the new technology is much cheaper, China and India will never adopt it. And if these two countries — which together are building four coal-fired power plants a week — don’t get off coal, nothing that happens in the West matters, since the levels of carbon dioxide they will pump into the atmosphere will be well above the danger mark. Half the price of coal and no carbon: That’s a tall order, which is why Gates is looking for a miracle. But what he means is a technological miracle of the kind that happens from time to time. The steam engine, the automobile, the computer, the Internet are all miracles. We need something on that order in energy — and fast.”

A few days after reading this review I had a really nice dream about Bill Gates!

To read Zakaria’s full review, click here. I’ll tell you about article #2 in my next post.


The National Museum of Wildlife Art’s (NMWA) 2011 “Western Visions” event was a success, bringing the Museum at least $600,000, funds that will benefit its education programs. This year, Tucker Smith’s oil painting East Fork Rams was the top-seller, going for $40,000 at the Museum’s September 16th’s finale sale. Awards were distributed to many notable and deserving Western artists; perhaps the highest honor went to painter Mark Eberhard, whose oil on board painting Snowy Owl won the Museum’s Trustee Purchase Award, making it part of the Museum’s permanent collection.

On October 6, 2011, award winning photographer John Weller will visit Jackson to present  The Last Ocean: Antartica’s Ross Sea Photographs by John Weller. After reading research and articles on enviromental threats to the Ross Sea, Weller took up his camera to document those waters, “one of the last pristine open ocean ecosystems on Earth.”  Weller’s photographs will be on display at NMWA October 1, 2011 – January 29, 2012.  An opening reception takes place at NMWA on October 6, 5:30 pm. Weller will speak at 7 pm, in Cook Auditorium.

“Through his remarkable images, award-winning photographer Weller takes viewers on a journey that celebrates the Ross Sea as one of Earth’s last healthy marine environments,” says the Museum. “Dramatic photos offer a glimpse into the lives of wildlife from Emperor penguins to silverfish inhabiting the remote region both above and below the Antarctic ocean’s surface.”

Cool news from the Art Association’s Jenny Dowd: NMWA is looking for artists to collaborate in its upcoming (Bronwyn Minton inspired) exhibition Exquisite Animal: A Community Art Exhibit. Curated by Minton, the artist “game” is played by several people asked to draw a part of an animal; head, front legs, tail, fins, etc. on a “huge sheet of paper,” creating giant animal composites. Each figure presents unlikely combinations, juxtaposed into fantastical creatures. Contact Minton at for more info!

More from Jenny: She has been in contact with Bonnie Laing-Malcolmson, Curator at the Portland Art Museum. In conjunction with Laing-Malcolmson’s interest in Northwest art, she is working to build a library of art by artists in this region.  Artists are invited to submit packets of work examples to be considered for future exhibitions—accepted works will not only be on display at Portland, but have the chance to travel to other museums in the area.

Very, very nice. Here’s what you do to apply:  Mail a disk with up to 20 images of your work, a resume and artist statement to:

Bonnie Laing-Malcolmson, Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Avenue, Portland, OR  97205.

From the Teton County Library:

Friday, October 7, from 5:30-6:30 pm, join the Library in the Center for the Arts Lobby for reception celebrating Renewal: Altered Book Exhibition. “Local artists have spun new creations from discarded books and library-inspired words for this exhibit, celebrating the library’s renewal through the addition and renovation now underway,” says the Library. “The opening reception will feature book art; appetizers provided by the Teton County Library Friends; and an opportunity to see our building model! Architects and library staff will be available to answer questions about our building project.”

You can also make origami!  And it’s free!

Through October 28, at the Center. Contact Adult Humanities Coordinator, Oona Doherty, 733-2164 ext. 135, To learn more about library programs or construction, visit