Wyoming Stargazing is hosting a kick-off event for the Save Our Night Skies Campaign on Thursday, February 19th, beginning at 5:30pm at the Center for the Arts. This event is part of a larger art show at the Center that is being co-sponsored by the Center of Wonder and Wyoming Stargazing. This Upyard Art Show will highlight the artwork of about a dozen local artists whose work depicts our Upyard, as opposed to our backyard, during the day time and night.
We are also going to have several local artists, including preschool kids from the Children’s Learning Center and Carrie Wild, each paint a Dobsonian telescopes with either a 6″ and 8″ primary mirror. Those fully-functional telescopes will be auctioned off with a silent auction during the Opening Night of the Upyard Art Show, also on Thursday, February 19th. The total auction price of each telescope will be split 50/50 between the artists and Wyoming Stargazing.
We’ll also have our Board Member Mike Cavaroc there to show and talk about his documentary film about the night skies over Jackson. There will be a table with plenty of information about light pollution in Jackson and about how you can get involved with our efforts to reduce it.
After the telescope auction, as long as the weather cooperates, we’ll go outside for some stargazing.
The Center of Wonder and Wyoming Stargazing will be providing hors d’oeuvres and wine. So, please join us for some food and drink, some amazing artwork, a chance to bid on a beautiful telescope, and to view the night sky through our new telescope with a 20″ primary mirror! No need to RSVP.