Tuesday, February 5, 2013

February's Mix'd Media "Legends of Mythology and Love"

Arthur Wardle (United Kingdom, 1864 – 1949), 
The Enchantress, 1901.
 Oil on Canvas. 62 x 43 inches.
JKM Collection©, National Museum of Wildlife Art.
© Estate of Arthur Wardle
With a theme in the spirit of the Greek god associated with wine, passion, and revelry, the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s has their February Mix’d Media event scheduled for Valentine’s Day, from 6 – 9 p.m. The event takes as its artistic inspiration from the Arthur Wardle oil, “The Enchantress,” prominently displayed in the museum’s current exhibition “Human/Nature: Exploring Humanity’s Relationship with Wildlife.” In addition to the evening’s hands-on art projects, music, and Greek-themed food and drink, guests at the event will be greeted at the door with free raffle tickets, a glass of pink champagne and a chance to have their photos taken. Cover charge is $5 (free for museum members).

Amy Goicoechea, associate curator of education for the musuem, studied the painting’s rich symbolism. “I’m interpreting it as Dionysian,” she says, and selected the painting, along with another Dionysian artwork in the Human/Nature show, as “an easy Valentine’s Day theme.” To help her create an event worthy of a Greek god, she called on the design duo of Rush Jenkins and Klaus Baer of WRJ Design Associates and the Jackson Hole Flower Company.
Art projects for the February 14 Mix’d Media will include a chance for guests – provided with “cheat sheets” on symbolism related to Greek gods and goddesses – to design their own wine labels, as well as a station for creating valentines. For the evening’s food and drink, The Rising Sage will offer spanikopita and baklava – with ouzo as the themed libation. DJ Era will provide music, and those inspired by the evening’s more mystical elements can enjoy crystal readings by Daria and Power Animal Medicine readings by Teri Gilfilen.
An array of special prizes will be offered for the free raffle, including a pearl bracelet from Thoenig's, a Barker-Ewing float trip, gift certificates to The Boardroom of Jackson Hole, a cozy throw from WRJ Design Associates and roses from the Jackson Hole Flower Company. Guests must be present for the end-of-evening drawing to win.
In addition to its busy art exhibition schedule, the National Museum of Wildlife Art offers a full schedule of year-round community programming, with some 100 free events including art-making activities, films, lectures, “edutainment,” Art in Action guest artists workshops, cultural fun on the museum’s new Sculpture Trail and much more. The museum also provides free high-quality educational enrichment for school children, from online and onsite curriculum for teachers to student art contests and thematic school tours.
The museum was officially designated the National Museum of Wildlife Art of the United States by an act of Congress in 2008.  FMI on upcoming exhibitions and events go to www.wildlifeart.org; also on Facebook andTwitte @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.

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