Museum to offer free day on Dec. 16

As a special holiday gift to families in Pocatello and surrounding communities, the Idaho Museum of Natural History, with help from Old Town Embroidery, will offer a “Wild Winter Fun Family Free Day” on Saturday, Dec.  16. Museum admission will be free all day and a special family activity will take place at 1 p.m.

For this free day, the activity will center on snakes of Idaho, in conjunction with an exhibit the museum is planning to open next spring. Children will have the opportunity to see and pet live snakes and make their own snake holiday ornament. Come and learn more about these fascinating creatures that are often feared and misunderstood. [Read more…]

ISU students create outstanding art for Holiday card

Goodworth's winning painting.

A painting of a wintry scene looking through Idaho State University’s historic Swanson Arch is the winning entry in ISU’s new Holiday Greeting Card Contest.

The artwork depicts a wreath-covered arch in the foreground, with a snowman and a snow-covered tree on the Hutchinson Quadrangle, the ISU Administration Building and Red Hill in the background.Goodworth's winning painting.

Tim Goodworth, an ISU Master of Fine Arts student and native of Blackfoot, will receive a $1,000 scholarship for his winning artwork. Second place went to Jen Hawkins, a freshman English major, who will receive a $500 scholarship for her oil painting featuring the Pond Student Union Building clock/bell tower with snowy trees in the foreground.

“We had 23 entries and we were very impressed with the quality of the artwork that we received,” said Libby Howe, director of ISU University Relations, and one of five contest judges.

The quality of submissions was so good that the contest judges decided to acknowledge four other artists – Lucas Siems, Russell Wood, Danielle Feige (for two entries) and Chelsy Havlicak – with honorable-mention awards. [Read more…]

‘Thought and Memory’ art exhibit runs through Nov. 17

Bergeson painting on display.

An Idaho State University Department of Art and Pre-Architecture thesis exhibition by Gail A. Bergeson titled “Thought and Memory,” a collection of prints (collagraphs) and “intaglio type” paintings, will have an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 6 in the John B. Davis Gallery located on the lower level of the ISU Fine Arts Building on the Pocatello campus.

The exhibit runs through Nov. 17.Bergeson painting on display.

“The main idea of the imagery comes from my ancestral history, and attempts to speak to the connections between present and past,” Bergeson said. “The discovery of the Icelandic tales and northern mythologies aroused a passion to study ancient legends and mythologies. I am drawn to these stories, mesmerized by their influence on our history, my history, and my art. They are the core of my imagery.” [Read more…]

IMNH to offer pronghorn presentation on Nov. 8

Edson Fichter pronghorn drawing.

The Idaho Museum of Natural History will host a talk by wildlife biologist Carl Mitchell on pronghorn at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, in Classroom 204 of the Museum.The talk is being held in conjunction with the IMNH’s most recent exhibit that features the work of Edson Fichter.

Edson Fichter pronghorn drawing.Mitchell is currently employed as a wildlife biologist with the Southeast Idaho National Wildlife Refuge Complex, stationed at Grays Lake National Wildlife Refuge in Wayan. He has been a wildlife biologist since 1979 and has held research and management positions with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Park Service.

Mitchell has worked with pronghorn since 1991, studying and publishing papers on their behavior, ecology, evolution and management. Areas Mitchell will discuss include how various pronghorn forms and western environments evolved together; the ecological and behavioral adaptations and expressions in desert, grassland and shrub-steppe habitats pronghorn presently inhabit; and the current and projected impacts of people, land use and climate change on the future survival of pronghorn. [Read more…]

Museum begins fall enrollment for children’s educational academies

The Idaho Museum of Natural History is beginning the fall enrollment for their two educational academies for children.

The Natural History Academy is for children in elementary school and the Pint-Sized Science Academy is for children ages 4 and 5. Classes this year will feature information about planets and the nighttime sky, snowbirds, winter time survival, insects and geology. Both academies offer young scientists an exciting and fun learning experience.

Classes begin Oct. 17 and run through Nov. 15. With exception to the Edson's Legacy class, classes for the Natural History Academy are $15 and Pint-Sized Academy classes are $14. [Read more…]