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Plenty of Art in Action for Plein Air Festival and Mix’d Media Events April 9, 2012  |  Categories: 25th Anniversary

Jackson Hole, Wyoming – May 18, 2012 – The second week in June offers two fun, free-admission and interactive outdoor arts events in celebration of the grand opening of the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s new sculpture trail:

Thursday, June 14, 7 – 10 p.m.: The museum’s popular Mix’d Media event will move outside for the summer, embracing the theme “Inside Out” as it celebrates the sculpture trail’s first installation, Sandy Scott’s “Presidential Eagle” – with the artist in attendance. The museum joins Jackson Hole Public Art, the Fire Festival, Jackson Hole Community Pathways and Friends of Pathways to experience the beauty of a Jackson Hole summer evening complete with music by Screen Door Porch, a lively hands-on art activity, good food, drinks, and art with friends.  Admission is free.

Saturday, June 16, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Some 40 artists will create live at the museum’s Plein Air Festival, competing for a crowd-voted Best in Show award as they race to put the finishing touches on their masterpieces in a mere four hours.  In addition to watching artists work, the family-friendly event features live music, a chance for kids to get in on the creative action with an animal Pictionary game, and a BBQ cook-off with visitors sampling and voting for the cash prize-winning best BBQ.  Admission to the festival is free, and the artists’ freshly minted artworks will be available for purchase.  Tickets for the BBQ cook-off are $10 for 10 tastes, $25 for unlimited, and the museum’s Rising Sage Café will also offer hamburgers, hot dogs and drinks for sale.

A member of the Museums West consortium and accredited by the American Association of Museums, the National Museum of Wildlife Art of the United States provides an exciting calendar of exhibitions from its permanent collection and changing exhibitions from around the globe.  A complete schedule of museum exhibitions and events is available online at www.wildlifeart.org.  The museum is also active on Facebook at wildlifeartjh and on Twitter at @wildlifeartjh.

Media Contacts: Darla Worden, WordenGroup Strategic Public Relations, 307.734.5335, darla@wordenpr.com; Ponteir Sackrey, National Museum of Wildlife Art, 307.732.5444, psackrey@wildlifeart.org.

Image Credit: Left, a work in progress; the June festivities celebrate the museum’s new sculpture trail, right.

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