PLANET Picks: March 4-10

By on March 3, 2015

Artists anonymous

Jackson, Wyoming – The annual art show Whodunnit? allows us to judge works based solely on what we see, and not what’s etched on the bottom corner of a canvas. Artists’ names have vanished from all pieces for this popular show that illuminates a vast lineup. A fundraiser for the Art Association, Whodunnit? features the work of more than 200 renowned and burgeoning creative folk from near and afar.

Among the participating artists are Scotty Craighead, Sam Dowd, September Vhay, Carrie Wild, Tom Gilleon, Sam Ankeny, Nicole Gaitin, John Simms, Mary Roberson, Matthew Day Jackson, Jocelyn Slack, and Katherine Turner. “Everyone gets to see and share their art in a unique setting, where aspiring artists exhibit their work next to potentially notorious professional artists,” said Ben Carlson of the Art Association.

Ten dollars gets you in the door and includes wine, Roadhouse brews and hors d’oeuvres. Artists have donated 6-inch by 6-inch creations to hang in the show with a price tag of $99 each. Some 12-inch by 12-inch pieces also are available for $299. But not so fast – a bit of luck is involved in the acquisition process. When a piece summons you, sign your name to a numbered list. If your number is drawn, the unnamed art, which is revealed on the Art Association’s website after the show, goes home avec toi.


When: 5:30 p.m., Friday

Where: Art Association, Center for the Arts

Wallet: $10



The mind’s power to mend

Untitled-1Some of history’s most decorated athletes harnessed visualization to overcome Herculean feats.

Muhammad Ali was said to visualize his fights before they transpired, including knocking out George Foreman. Prior to making the final play on the court, Michael Jordan would sink the last shot of a game in his head. Olympic gold medalist Lindsay Vonn was observed eyes shut, swishing her hips, before winning gold in 2010. Vonn reports visualizing a race 100 times before she approaches the start gate.

Visualization can decidedly yield positive outcomes outside the athletic sphere as well, including when considering career and lifestyle changes. It can also be an antidote for physical injuries. Through his new workshops, Imagery for Injury, Nick Krauss will steer participants through a process called Interactive Guided Imagery, which channels the power of the mind to facilitate a path to recovery.

“Interactive Guided Imagery draws images from one’s own imagination by using passive language as a guide; allowing you to explore your own images as they come, with the belief that each image holds meaning and relevance,” Krauss explained. “Embodiment of a thought, emotion, or part of the body in need of attention bridges communication between the symbolic unconscious and the linguistic conscious. Therefore, it is using our own resources to make logical decisions towards emotional situations.”

The result, Krauss said, is participants glean new methods for pain-management, stress-reduction, gaining a sense of control and confidence, and a perception shift concerning injury; what felt like a negative experience at one time morphs to one of opportunity.

Krauss is a certified imagery guide and a heart rate variability trainer with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science. Growing up as a hockey goalie, (today he tends goal for the Jackson Hole Moose), he often was confronted with mental and physical obstacles and began focusing on how the two reticulated. Now, as he works on certifications as a neurofeedback practitioner and health and fitness specialist, Krauss’ interest in the synergism between mind and body fuels his work. “The mind-body connection is a beautifully complex system, with over 37 trillion cells that make up the body, all in communication with each other,” Krauss said. “We know now that emotional states directly affect physiologic responses through release of hormones, peptides, and neurotransmitters. That said, a person in a distressed state of injury releases certain hormones, peptides, and neurotransmitters that can weaken the healing process.”

Krauss noted, however, that the same rings true on the other end of the spectrum. “Basically, what we give attention to, grows,” he said. “We can choose to be helpless, or we can choose to actively participate in our injury recovery with an inner locus of control and strength.”

Imagery for Injury

When: 10 to 11:30 a.m., March 8, 15, 22 and 29

Where: Medicine Wheel Wellness

Wallet: $20 per class, $60 for four classes


Eat your (green) eggsdr_seuss_mgn

One of the most beloved authors of all time, Dr. Seuss has imparted enduring wisdom and a love for the whimsical on scores of readers.

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”

In celebration of Theodore Seuss Geisel’s 111th birthday, Teton County Library is hosting Seussical Celebration on Saturday. Bring the kids for a reading of Green Eggs and Ham and The Cat and the Hat, followed by crafts, games and a Dr. Seuss movie.

“Today is your day. Your mountain is waiting. So … get on your way.”

Seussical Celebration

When: 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday

Where: Teton County Library

Wallet: Free


About Robyn Vincent

Robyn is the editor of Planet Jackson Hole and Jackson Hole Snowboarder Magazine. When she's not sweating deadlines, she likes to travel the world with her notebook and camera in hand. Follow her on Twitter @TheNomadicHeart

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