Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Ski by day, watch wildlife films by night during December in Jackson Hole

Pronghorns travel winter range from documentary “Out of Yellowstone.” © Scott Copeland

Four films screening at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in December will explore environmental challenges facing a variety of species as part of the museum’s returning “Art After Hours” series.

Art After Hours is offered Tuesday nights from 5-9 p.m. throughout the winter, combining intriguing programming -- like the December 28 premiere of Out of Yellowstone -- with a chance to explore the museum’s galleries, all for free. Visitors also can enjoy a tapas dinner before or after the film in the Rising Sage Café; reservations for this option are recommended by calling 307.732.5434.

December films, presented at 7:30 p.m., are scheduled as follows:

December 7 – Polar Bears: Living on Thin Ice: Filmmaker Thomas Behrend follows two polar bear families over the course of a year. 45 minutes; provided by Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival.
December 14 – Yellowstone: Battle for Life: One of the most beautiful wildernesses, Yellowstone also is one of the harshest. 87 minutes; provided by Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival.
December 21 – Expedition Grizzly: Join naturalist Casey Anderson – and the grizzly he raised from birth – in a look at Yellowstone bears. 50 minutes; provided by Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival.
December 28 – Out of Yellowstone: Worldwide premiere explores Greater Yellowstone’s iconic wildlife – elk, deer, and pronghorn – as critical winter range is threatened by development. Produced by The Nature Conservancy in collaboration with Phlogiston Media with the support of Deborah and David MacKenzie.

Art After Hours is sponsored by the Dragicevich Foundation and Dr. Christine Laughery/Home Health for Pets. Check the museum web site for information on weekly programming.

A complete schedule of exhibitions and events is available online at The museum is also active on Facebook at wildlifeartjh and on Twitter at @wildlifeartjh