Mix’d Media: Asher Jay

image: Copyright © Asher Jay 2014 www.asherjay.com

Meet New York City based graphic designer, animal rights activist, and National Geographic Emerging Explorer ASHERJAY at a casual meet-n-greet at 10AM. Hear about her new exhibition Tusk, Horn, Flesh & Bone and her animal conservation work.

Later, from 6-9PM, party at a masquerade ball at the National Museum of Wildlife Art. Create your own endangered species mask with Asher or bring your own. Explore her new exhibit “Tusk, Horn, Flesh & Bone” while Nomadic Events and DJ Jefe deliver a lively evening with free food by the Rising Sage Café and a cash bar. 

At 7:30 PM Asher Jay will speak briefly about her awareness-raising designs which convey a strong message about the destructive nature of the illegal ivory trade and animal trafficking. As wildlife art, her designs are most closely related to something like Andy Warhol’s Endangered Species portfolio, which presents a clear social message in a visually arresting manner. And stick around, you won’t want to miss the special moment of the party!

Generously sponsored by Spring Creek Ranch and brought to you in partnership with SHIFTjh. For a full schedule of festival events, including a day-long nature symposium at the museum before Mix’d Media, visitwww.shiftjh.org

Fables, Feathers, and Fur returns

This summer, the National Museum of Wildlife Art introduced an education program called Fables, Feathers, and Fur. FF&F is encourages young museum visitors to actively engage with the collection through responding to works of art complimented by storytelling and hands-on activities. First, participants look deeply at a painting to build narrative facilitated by questions such as What is going on in this picture? What makes you think this? How does it make you feel?  These questions and answers are followed by a children’s story read by museum staff and volunteers. “Celebrity Readers” as they are called, utilize animation, animal sounds, and funny faces to inspire contribution from the audience. The program concludes in an art making activity. Over the summer we had bear origami, egg decorating, fox puppets and string throughout the galleries. We are excited to resume the program October 1 at 10:30 AM and every Wednesday through the end of May. Come join us!

A mother cow moose and her baby calf visited the National Museum of Wildlife Art this morning. Although we couldn’t let them in the front doors to see the art, they were able to walk the Sculpture Trail!

27th Annual Western Visions Show a Success

More than 400 people from around the world attended the National Museum of Wildlife Art 27th Annual Western Visions® fundraiser, including top contemporary and traditional wildlife artists and collectors.  The museum showcased a combination of well-established, top-selling artists, and emerging talents who are the next generation of leading wildlife artists.  Western Visions is a cornerstone of the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival.

This year’s event was a huge success with total gross art sales estimated to be more than $720,000. Top sellers include “Living on the Edge,” an oil on canvas painting of a gyrfalcon by Swedish artist Lars Jonsson, and a gorgeous bronze sculpture “Three Old Bull Elephants” by Rob Glen. Glen traveled from Tanzania to show his work at the National Museum of Wildlife Art.

“I’d like to thank all of our generous sponsors and gifted artists for helping make this year’s event a huge success,” says James C. McNutt, President and CEO, National Museum of Wildlife Art.  “I heard from many of our trustees, collectors and guests that the quality of this year’s show was the highest yet.  I know we have many happy owners of amazing wildlife art to start or add to their collections.  We thank all of them for their support of the National Museum of Wildlife Art.  We simply couldn’t do what we do without Western Visions.”

People are encouraged to shop online for a few remaining unsold works through Sunday, Oct. 26. To view the pieces, please visit www.westernvisions.org.
Becky Kimmel, Director of Programs and Events, is available to answer questions and help facilitate sales at bkimmel@wildlifeart.org, 307-732-5424.