Artists team up with local coffee shop to raise money for wildlife crossings

JACKSON, Wyo. — Wyoming artists Jenny Reeves-Johnson and Noelle Wiemann of Lander teamed up this winter with Cowboy Coffee Co. in Jackson to raise money for wildlife crossings through an art show, named “Share The Road”.

The show had wildlife-themed paintings, ceramics, and many other pieces for wildlife lovers. Many art enthusiasts supported the art show, aiding wildlife and roadway safety in Wyoming through money raised for the Wyoming Wildlife Federation (WWF). The artists and coffee shop owners ended up sending a $1,175 check to the federation through the sale of art.

Artist Jenny Reeves-Johnson writes a check to the Wyoming Wildlife Federation to use for wildlife crossings. Photo: Wyoming Wildlife Federation

“Each of these artists put their heart and soul into the show from the get-go,” WWF said. “Jenny Reeves- Johnson spent months making a one-of-a-kind, 13-piece handcrafted mug collection based on critters Wyomingites could find hit alongside busy roadways for Share the Road.”

“Noelle Weimann is often kept busy with commissioned paintings, but was able to include some incredible pieces of her art in the show, as well. Her specialty is beautifully and brightly colored pieces of wildlife, including moose, bison, mule deer, and others,” said the federation.”

Housed at Cowboy Coffee Co. in Jackson, the show was able to garner great interest from locals and visitors to Wyoming-alike.

WWF said, “The show was set to run the month of December 2020, but Pete MacIlwaine, co-owner at Cowboy Coffee, felt the show could run another month in the shop due to the combination of restrictions on public traffic from COVID, the immense interest in the art pieces by those who came through, and the important wildlife conservation cause the show was going toward.”

Twenty percent of all proceeds of the art sold from the Share the Road Art Show went directly to the Wyoming Wildlife Federation for use on wildlife crossings projects, such as funding some of the 40 identified crucial hotspots for wildlife in Wyoming.

“The Federation cannot thank these two artists and Cowboy Coffee enough for taking a stand for safer roadways, and healthier wildlife populations long into Wyoming’s future,” WFF said.

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Jacob Gore was born and raised in Cheyenne, the capital city of Wyoming. As a proud Wyomingite, he loves to share his home with visitors from around the world. Spending years in Jackson and Alaska as an interpretive nature guide, he remains a photographer, traveler, storyteller, and avid hobbyist of all-things outdoors. Jacob enjoys bridging the connection between Jackson and the rest of the state.

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