Museum’s Sculpture Trail offers roundup of free activities June 26, 2013 | Categories: Events, Exhibits, Sculpture Trail
Left, outdoor summer Mix’d Media events include fun kid’s activities like face painting; center, Traveling Trout is one of two temporary sculpture exhibitions joining permanent installations on the trail this summer; and right, strike a pose at free Yoga on the Trail classes, Thursdays in July and August.
Summer Fun on the Trail in Jackson Hole
Jackson Hole, Wyoming – June 25, 2013 – Summer in Jackson is best enjoyed outside, and what better place to soak in all the grand views than the Sculpture Trail at the National Museum of Wildlife Art. The museum’s free outdoor art venue offers plenty of fun and family-friendly activities for locals and visitors, making it a perfect summer getaway destination for all ages – even if you’re only getting away for your lunch hour or an evening out with the kids. Scheduled summer activities on the museum’s Sculpture Trail include:
- Mix’d Media: Summer Mix’d Media events are free evening outdoor parties featuring hands-on art projects, live music, and specially themed food and drink. The July installment on the 11th, will take on an “Ancient Traditions” theme, including music by Native American Music Award-winners Gary Small and the Coyote Brothers. The August Mix’d Media on the 8th explores Fish & Fauna, plus a new brew from newly opened Roadhouse Brewing Company. Mix’d Media takes place from 6-9 p.m.; admission is free, $5 for dinner.
- Yoga on the Trail: Outdoor yoga is all the rage from New York to L.A. Why should Jackson Hole be an exception? Top local instructors donate their time to create free classes on Thursdays, 10-11 a.m. July 11 – August 29.
- Outdoor Exhibitions: With permanent installations now in place on the trail, the museum has begun hosting temporary sculpture exhibitions as well. The Lost Bird Project memorial sculptures, inviting connections to currently threatened species, are on display through November 10. Traveling Trout, the dynamic and colorful school of fish sculptures by Wyoming high school students, is on display through October 6.
- Art in Action: Free outdoor summer installments of these hands-on workshops with visiting artists include Kate Ferguson’s “Birds in Art: Connecting to the Lost Bird Project,” July 9 – 14, noon – 4 p.m., and Charles Bergen leading visitors in making their own fish sculptures inspired by the Traveling Trout.
- WindSync concerts: Connect with the arts and nature through music with complimentary live concerts offered by the local woodwind quintet WindSync. Fridays, July 5 – 26, 11:00 – 11:30 a.m.
- Running Wild, Dick Jennings Memorial Run: Held in memory of Dick Jennings, long time community member and museum trustee, this 10K run/ 5K walk or run will benefit the museum’s annual art leadership scholarship for a graduating high school senior. The race starts at 9:30 am on Saturday, August 10; kids’ race at 10:45 a.m.
Designed by renowned landscape architect Walter Hood and completed in 2012, the museum’s three-quarter-mile-long sculpture trail winds up and down hills and around the museum grounds with a panoramic view of the National Elk Refuge and surrounding mountains. Sculptures specially commissioned for the trail, as well temporary exhibitions, are on display year-round, with a range of family-friendly outdoor activities on offer, including the annual Plein Air Festival in June and a snowbound First Sunday on the trail in winter.
A member of the Association of Art Museum Directors and the Museums West consortium and accredited by the American Association of Museums, the museum, officially designated the National Museum of Wildlife Art of the United States by an act of Congress in 2008, provides an exciting calendar of exhibitions from its permanent collection and changing exhibitions from around the globe. A complete schedule of exhibitions and events is available online at www.wildlifeart.org. The museum is also active on Facebook and on Twitter at @WildlifeArtJH.