Monday, December 31, 2007
We won't offer any end-of-the-year wrap-ups. However, if you want to revisit 2007 arts highlights in the state, feel free to click away at any of the links in our helpful sidebar on the right side of the page.
See you in ought-eight.
FMI, go to:
Santa Fe Writers Project Literary Awards:
A prize of $2,000 will be given annually for a work of fiction or creative nonfiction. A second-place prize of $1,500 and a third-place prize of $1,000 will also be awarded. All entries will be considered for publication by SFWP Press. Robert Olen Butler will judge. Submit up to 25 pages of prose with a $30 entry fee, or $25 for students, by December 31. Call, e-mail, or visit the Web site for complete guidelines.
Santa Fe Writers Project Literary Awards
369 Montezuma Avenue, #350
Santa Fe, NM 87501
Kyle Semmel, Development Editor firstname.lastname@example.org
Ellen Meloy Fund Desert Writers Award
A prize of $2,000 is given annually to enable creative nonfiction writers to spend creative time in a desert environment. Using the online submission system, submit up to 10 pages of creative nonfiction, a project description, and a biography by December 31. There is no entry fee. Call or visit the Web site for complete guidelines.
Ellen Meloy Fund, Desert Writers Award
P.O. Box 484, Bluff, UT 84512.
(435) 669-5326. Greer Chesher, Contact.
FMI: Barb Oslie, 1221 12th St., Cody, WY, 82414 or call her at (307) 587-3217.
"Dancing at Lughnasa" will play Jan. 11, 12, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26 at 7:30 p.m. at the theatre located at 900 N. Center St. in Casper. There will be a matinee on Jan. 20 at 2 p.m.
Season ticket holders may call for reservations at 307-234-0946. Tickets will also be available at Metro Coffee Company, Cadillac Cowgirl, and Grant Street Grocery.
IN PHOTO ABOVE: During rehearsals for "Dancing at Lughnasa," sisters Aggie (Teresa Petrosky Wallace) and Kate (Janet Mackenzie) square off for an argument.
For more information, call 307-235-5247
Saturday, December 29, 2007
Juror will be Linda Frickman, director of the Colorado State University Art Museum in Fort Collins, Colo.
Cash awards offered: Ann Simpson and Family Award, Lisa Lewis Dubois Student Exhibition Award, the FMC Honors Award, Margaret Arth Award for Excellence, First Interstate Bank, the National Advisory Board, UW A&S Dean's Office, the UW Student Art League, and the University of Wyoming Art Museum Purchase awards: Joe C. Tull Memorial Purchase Award in Printmaking and Photography, UW President's Office, UW Office of Academic Affairs, Office of Student Affairs, UW Division of Administration, UW Libraries, UW College of Health Sciences, the UW Outreach School, and the Murdock/UW College of Law Purchase Award.
Awards will be announced on Friday, Feb. 1, at 6:30 p.m.
- Thursday-Friday, Jan. 17-18, deliver work to the Art Museum, 9 a.m.-noon, 1-4 p.m.
- Wednesday, Jan. 23, accepted work posted, 10 a.m. at the Art Museum and Art Department Office
- Thursday - Friday, Jan. 24-25, pick up unaccepted work at the Art Museum, 9 a.m.-noon, 1-4 p.m.
- Friday, Feb. 1, opening reception, 6-8 p.m. and awards ceremony at 6:30 p.m.
- Saturday, Feb. 2, 33rd Annual Juried Student Exhibition opens
- Saturday, March 1 33rd Annual Juried Student Exhibition closes
- Monday-Tuesday, March 3-4, pick up exhibited works at the Art Museum galleries, 9 a.m.-noon, 1-4 p.m. Arrangements for returning work can be made on a case-by-case basis.
Eligibility: Any undergraduate and graduate student enrolled at the University of Wyoming during the 2008 academic year.
Media: Original artwork including paintings, drawings, prints, photography, sculpture, graphic design, ceramics, and mixed media may be submitted. Two-dimensional works must be ready to hang (matted and framed under glass or plexiglass). Three-dimensional works must be stable. Bases will be provided by the UW Art Museum.
Procedure: A maximum of three (3) works per student may be submitted. Submitted works should have one (1) Identification Tag affixed to the back of each work in addition to a completed entry form.
FMI: Contact EK Kim, Collections Manager at 766-6634.
Friday, December 28, 2007
Here’s what the NEA had to say about Karen’s application:
"Thank you for applying and giving us the pleasure of reading your materials and meeting you on paper. Your writing demonstrated passion, conceptual depth, integrity and imagination - and, above all, an eagerness to learn more and stretch your approach to theater with brave and conscientious zeal.
"There were nearly 50 applicants from 28 states who work in arts journalism at daily newspapers, alternative weeklies, magazines, online, television and radio stations outside the country's largest media markets. The competition was stiff. You should be very proud."
Karen is a features and entertainment reporter from the Wyoming Tribune-Eagle in Cheyenne. In 2004, she received an Individual Artist Professional Development grant from the Wyoming Arts Council. She grew up in Green River and is a graduate of Western Wyoming Community College in Rock Springs and the University of Wyoming in Laramie.
The only psalm I had memorized was the 23rd
and now I find myself searching for the order
of the phrases knowing it ends with surely
goodness and mercy will follow me
all the days of my life and I will dwell
in the house of the Lord forever only I remember
seeing a new translation from the original Hebrew
and forever wasn't forever but a long time
which is different from forever although
even a long time today would be
good enough for me even a minute entering
the House would be good enough for me,
even a hand on the door or dropping today's
newspaper on the stoop or looking in the windows
that are reflecting this morning's clouds in first light.
Fellows may pursue field research in the Cody area (i.e., the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem or the Big Horn Basin and Mountains) or work in the collections of the McCracken Research Library, or one of the five museums of the Buffalo Bill Historical Center: the Buffalo Bill Museum, the Whitney Gallery of Western Art, the Plains Indian Museum, the Cody firearms Museum, of the Draper Museum of Natural History.
Research and collection strengths at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center include, but are not limited to, Western American art and artists; William F. Cody and Buffalo Bill's Wild West; western exploration and settlement; the rise of American Western Culture; Plains Indian cultures; history of firearms technology and use; Western American literature and music; and distribution, movements, and ecology of Greater Yellowstone Area wildlife in relation to environmental change and human dimensions of wildlife conservation and management in the American West. In addition to more than 300 manuscript collections, the McCracken Research Library also has an extensive image and photo archive.
Proposals (no more than three single-spaced pages) should outline the parameters of the project, describe what the fellow hopes to accomplish during his or her residence, and explain how the collections at the BBHC or field research in the Cody area will contribute to the ultimate success of the project. A current c.v. should also be included with the proposal.
Resident Fellows are expected to give one public talk while in residence and as a direct result of the fellowship, to prepare either a professional presentation or publication. Manuscripts of interest to the Buffalo Bill Historical Center may be offered financial support for publication.
Please submit a c.v. and a proposal by March 16, 2008 to:
Resident Fellowship Program
Attn: Dr. Robert B. Pickering, Director
Cody Institute for Western American Studies
Buffalo Bill Historical Center
720 Sheridan Avenue
Cody, WY 82414-3428
The BBHC hosts "Fourth Friday" events in January, February, and the public is invited to enjoy one of its five museums. BBHC stafffers present a gallery talk in the featured museum, offering visitors a new or different perspective on the collections.
Wyo companies encouraged to attend Denver Mart
Wyoming companies looking for new markets should apply to the Wyoming Business Council to attend the Denver Merchandise Mart's gift, jewelry and resort show Feb. 23-26. This show is considered the major market for souvenir and resort merchandise and includes one of the largest selections of Native American, rustic, lodge-style and western products in the country. Applications will be accepted through the end of December. Contact Annie Wood, 307-777-2844; email@example.com.
Thursday, December 27, 2007
FMI go to http://gf.state.wy.us/. Put your cursor on publications and art, then click on Conservation Stamp contest.
Jungle Fantasy is an all-new live theatrical adventure that takes audiences soaring into a magical forest through the air and on stage. An International cast of graceful aerialists, spine bending contortionists, vine swinging characters, strong men and balancers bring this jungle dream to life in a lush, Broadway setting filled with wildly unpredictable designs, special effects, inventive choreography, puppeteering and dazzling costumes. It's an exhilarating journey the entire family can experience together.
Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy plays The Buell Theatre for just five performances February 14-17, 2008.
Discounted rates are available for groups of 20 or more by phone at (303) 446-4829 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org Video preview available at www.myspace.com/cirquedreamsjunglefantasy
There are no requirements beyond the desire to write. Open to writers 21 and over.
Week-long workshops: $500-$525. Weekend workshops: $250. Housing is available in local hotels and B & B's.
For a complete catalog, contact: Iowa Summer Writing Festival, The University of Iowa, C215 Seashore Hall, Iowa City, Iowa, 52242-1402; phone (319) 335-4160; fax (319) 335-4743; email email@example.com. Go to http://www.uiowa.edu/, hold the cursor on Arts, then click on The Writing Program, and then on the Summer Writing Festival for much more information. The 2008 program catalog and webpage will be available in mid-February.
Ask about the Iowa Young Writers' Studio for high school students, or visit the webpage at www.uiowa.edu/youngwriters.
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Friday, December 21, 2007
Mike Shay and Linda Coatney
Here are the opening lines from Jenny's review:
"In his new novel, Moving Serafina, Wyoming writer Bob Cherry has woven the hot-button issues of illegal immigration and water rights in the West into his compelling plot without ever losing his focus on the simple human dramas at the heart of his story. Set in the West Texas town of Solitario on the Mexican border, Moving Serafina involves an entire community of characters who each have a unique and personal stake in these political questions."
To read entire review, go to http://www.newwest.net/city/article/good_grief_bob_cherrys_moving_serafina/C101/L101/
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) today announced a new program, the NEA New Play Development Project (NPDP), to help the nation's nonprofit theaters bring more new plays to full production. The national program will be administered by DC-based Arena Stage's American Voices New Play Program. Selecting and providing support for exceptional new plays and new play development models will be a key component of the program. The NEA New Play Development Project will support the development of seven new plays at theaters from across the country. Two projects selected as NEA Outstanding New American Plays will receive up to $90,000 each to support advanced development, including at least one full production. Five projects selected as NEA Distinguished New Play Development Projects will receive up to $20,000 each to support the early stages of development for a new play with strong potential to merit a full production. In both cases, the selected plays will be developed in close collaboration with the playwrights.For the complete release, please visit: http://www.arts.gov/news/news07/newplay.html.
Friday, January 11, 7:30 p.m. -- Strings and Piano, featuring festival musicians as the University of Utah Chamber Players -- Hasse Borup on violin; Roberta Zalkind on viola; Amy Leung on cello; Heather Connor on piano.
Friday, February 15, 7:30 p.m. -- Brass Quintet, featuring Festival Musicians from the Houston Symphony -- Mark Hughes on trumpet; Theresa Hanebury on trumpet; Nancy Goodearl on horn; Brad White on trombone; David Kirk on tuba.
Thursday, March 13, 7:30 p.m. -- Woodwind Quintet, featuring Festival Musicians from the Atlanta and Houston Symphonies -- Elizabeth Koch on oboe; John Thorne on flute; Laura Ardan on clarinet; Juan de Gomar on bassoon; Brice Andrus on horn.
Thursday, March 20, 7:30 p.m. -- Percussion featuring the Festival Orchestra's beloved percussions section -- Richard Brown, William Cahn, Brian Prechtl, Tom Sherwood, and Wiley Sykes.
Not only does the Grand Teton Music Festival bring its talented Festival Musicians to the stage at Walk Festival Hall, but these artists also play a vital role in the Festival's educational programming. Throughout the winter, the Festival brings its visiting musicains into local Jackson Hole classrooms to connect with students through in-school demonstrations, master classes, and mini-recitals.
FMI call (307) 733-1128 or go to http://www.gtmf.org/
The postmark deadline for the required entry components is January 18, 2008.
Notification of jury results (for 2-D and 3-D egg-themed art only) is February 1, 2008
Artwork is due to the Wyoming Arts Council February 21, 2008
Exhibit dates are March 3-May 9, 2008
Reception will be announced
FMI about entry requirements, go to the WAC website at http://www.wyoarts.state.wy.us/ or call us at (307) 777-7742.
FMI about the White House egg display go to http://www.whitehouse.gov/easter/2007/eggsbystate
Go to the library's blog at http://cwclib.blogspot.com.
There's that old business about the tree falling in the middle of the forest with no one to hear it: does it make a noise? Here Linda Gregg, of New York, offers us a look at an elegant beauty that can be presumed to exist and persist without an observer.
All that is uncared for.
Left alone in the stillness
in that pure silence married
to the stillness of nature.
A door off its hinges,
shade and shadows in an empty room.
Leaks for light. Raw where
the tin roof rusted through.
The rustle of weeds in their
different kinds of air in the mornings,
year after year.
A pecan tree, and the house
made out of mud bricks. Accurate
and unexpected beauty, rattling
and singing. If not to the sun,
then to nothing and to no one.
Tickets for The 2008 Alpinist Film Festival are $18 for the Snow, Surf and Stone nights and $20 for the People's Choice Ceremonies. Tickets and additional information can be found online at http://www.alpinist.com/film_festival.
Thursday, December 20, 2007
The Royal Institution is delighted to be working on a new partnership with the journal Nature on an unprecedented competition bringing together science and art. Initially inspired by the words of a former Director of the Ri, Lawrence Bragg, who said 'never talk about science, show it to them!' the Niche Prize will give entrants the chance to stretch their imaginations to the full in devising an arresting and inspiring installation.
In spring 2008, the Ri will reopen its doors following a £20 million refurbishment and this prize will provide the winners with the opportunity to fill a niche - both literally and metaphorically - for one year in this unique and iconic building. The prize will also provide the winners with a fabulous opportunity to identify with the global agenda and the democratization of science which the Ri is famous for.
Judges of the prize will include Susan Greenfield, Director of the Royal Institution, Philip Campbell, Editor-in-Chief of Nature and Lady Ritblat. Needless to say, the award provides a unique opportunity for the winners to become an integral part of a key moment in the Royal Institution's 208-year history of celebrating science.
Open to artists of any nationality.
Application deadline is Feb. 22, 2008
Find guidelines and an application form at http://www.rigb.org/events/awards.jsp
She came to Wyoming when she was just 24 years old to attend saddle making school. There she met and apprenticed with saddle maker Cliff Ketchum of Ralston. Working with him for a year, seven days a week, she eventually moved to Cody and opened the South Fork Saddle Shop, building saddles, making bridles, chaps, purses and all manner of tack for local residents and clients throughout the country.
She won many awards. In 2007 she won 1st place in the International Leathercraft Guild's Leather Carving Contest. In 2006, she was awarded the prestigious Al Stohlman Award for Lifetime Achievement in Leather Craft, when she also received additional recognition from Senator Mike Enzi and the Wyoming Arts Council. WAC also nominated her this past spring for the Ford Foundation's USA Artists Award. From 2002-2004, she taught at Spokane Falls Community College where she resurrected the last formal (degreed) school of saddle making in the country.
In 1998, she received local recognition as Best Artist in Leather at the Western Design Conference for her creative interpretation of a 1918 lady's astride saddle which toured the state for the third Wyoming Biennial. Her passion was studying historical saddles and leather work and creating fresh interpretations of these designs. She was also one of ten horse-related crafters in the WAC's The Well Dressed Horse exhibit in 1992
Verlane was a backbone of the Cody equestrian community, donating her time and expertise to the Heart Mountain Dressage Club, of which she was a founding member, and to Pony and 4-H clubs. At the time of her death, she was working with 4-H groups in Spokane to develop leather working programs for middle and high school students.
Here is Arizona poet Steve Orlen's lovely tribute to the great opera singer, Maria Callas. Most of us never saw her perform, or even knew what she looked like, but many of us listened to her on the radio or on our parents' record players, perhaps in a parlor like the one in this poem.
In the House of the Voice of Maria Callas
In the house of the voice of Maria Callas
We hear the baby's cries, and the after-supper
Rattle of silverware, and three clocks ticking
To different tunes, and ripe plums
Sleeping in their chipped bowl, and traffic sounds
Dissecting the avenues outside. We hear, like water
Pouring over time itself, the pure distillate arias
Of the numerous pampered queens who have reigned,
And the working girls who have suffered
The envious knives, and the breathless brides
With their horned helmets who have fallen in love
And gone crazy or fallen in love and died
On the grand stage at their appointed moments--
Who will sing of them now? Maria Callas is dead,
Although the full lips and the slanting eyes
And flared nostrils of her voice resurrect
Dramas we are able to imagine in this parlor
On evenings like this one, adding some color,
Adding some order. Of whom it was said:
She could imagine almost anything and give voice to it.
Postmark deadline for artists is Feb. 4, 2008.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Members Only Exhibition 2008 is held March 28-May 1, 2008. This year will be held in the Artspace Gallery. Not a member? Join today by calling (307) 733-6379 or visit http://www.artaxxociation.org/.
Entry deadline for Labor of Love is February 1; for Members Only Exhibition, March 14.
The Wyoming Art Council's Artscapes November newsletter issue is off the presses and being mailed as I write this. Begins with a great review by Mike Shay about the Arts Summit that took place in Casper in October, including Casper College's Literary Conference and assorted activities at the Nic and the Wyoming Arts Alliance Block-Booking Conference that featured Casper 's own Tremors, husband and wife duo Laughing Bird, who call Story home but travel the world, and Dayton's Dave Munsick, who performed solo, but whose sons and their instruments occasionally travel and sing on the road with him.
This issue also includes a profile of the arts in the small, but talented community of Cokeville. They held a year of art activities culminating in the very successful Minerva Teichert plein air art show and sale. Teichert is a fairly well-renowned early 20th century artist who lived and worked in Cokeville. A fine piece of her work is on the front cover.
Rita Basom, WAC manager used this issue to look back over the year and the amazing depth and breadth of what the WAC does. Another page features an advocacy column by the current board chair, Bruce Richardson, and a short history of the board. We spotlighted three artists: Ed Fowler, the bladesmith from Riverton; Martin (Mar-teen) Goicoechea (Guoy-ca-chay-a), the bertsolari from Rock Springs who has been honored with a National Heritage Fellowship Award; and Alyson Hagy, an English professor at UW, who has numerous publications, her most recent, Snow, Ashes. We also introduced a new WAC roster artist, Trio Dolce, from Evanston.
Sadly, Don King passed away this year, and we have an article about his life and work. Tim Evans, former folk arts director at the WAC, wrote Remembering the king of the western saddle. This issue seemed to revolve around folk arts. We also featured a story about the "Wyoming Folk Masters" exhibit going on in the WAC Gallery through February 22, 2008. Some wonderful folk artists and their craft are represented.
Our blog page lists several items, along with a photo of the WAC Literary Fellowship winners John Nesbitt and John Sutton, and judge Nick Flynn.
You can also read about the upcoming egg exhibit, VSA Wyoming, and get tips on how to fill out grant forms.
Please call us at the WAC to get on the mailing list -- (307) 777-7742 or go to the our website at http://wyoarts.state.wy.us/ for more information.
December hours at Margo's: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m.
Submit your original writing (a short story, poem, or song) between now and Monday, January 7, 2008 and you will be entered for a chance to win $5,000. A panel of HarperTeen judges will select the 10 most original and creative pieces. But it will be up to on-line readers to decide who wins. Check back after the deadline to cast a vote.
HarperTeen suggests that writers “keep it clean, short, and your own.”
For writing tips and advice from authors and editors, go to http://www.myspace.com/harperteen.
As proven by what seems like a million bands before, planning and executing a winter concert tour in the northwestern U.S. can be quite a challenge. This winter, three northwestern-based alt-rock groups plan to tackle that challenge one isolated snow-storm at a time.
Having just returned home from their first national headlining tour, Spokane, Washington, natives Paper Mache prepare to tackle even more U.S. cities only weeks after wrapping up work on their second studio album, "Easier to Lose." This time around; however; they'll be treating Wyoming to three fun-filled nights of music and stories in the best way they know how: live and in concert.
Joining Paper Mache on their northwestern winter escapade will be Missoula, Montana, rockers AutomaticBoy and Indianapolis natives Eyes Like Aster. With two band members who are Riverton natives; AutomaticBoy is proud and happy to be playing for their home-crowd again. The tour kicks off Feb. 5 in Helena, Mont., and will wrap up in Spokane on Feb. 13 with stops in Casper (Feb. 9), Laramie (Feb. 10) and Riverton (Feb. 11). Ticket info and pricing is available on www.MySpace.com/PaperMacheMusic or www.MySpace.com/AutomaticBoyMusic
New radio stations offering classical and jazz music can now be heard in Laramie 24 hours daily.
The Wyoming Public Radio (WPR) Network recently launched Classical Laramie KUWY 88.5 FM and Jazz Laramie KUWL 90.1 FM. Both stations feature Laramie weather forecasts and Wyoming Public Radio news, says Roger Adams, Wyoming Public Radio program director.
He says KUWY offers the same classical selection heard until recently on KVOD's Laramie translator.
"KUWY offers the greatest classical compositions, in their finest recorded performances, introduced by knowledgeable announcers," Adams says. "It also offers insightful commentary, special shows and features about the music and musicians."
KUWL showcases the finest performances of jazz, plus BBC World Service news updates at the top of each hour.
"The lineup features music by both renowned masters and exciting new artists, including Clifford Brown, Billie Holiday, John Coltrane and many more," Adams says.
Classical Laramie and Jazz Laramie are a service of the University of Wyoming and the Wyoming Public Radio Network, which also operate the statewide Wyoming Public Radio (WPR), the Classical Channel HD on KUWY-FM in Laramie and Cheyenne, KUWC-FM in Casper and KUWJ-FM in Jackson, as well as associated web sites, podcasts, and streaming Internet audio.
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Session Fee is $90 (AVA Members $80). Includes all clay and firing. Does not include glazes. Member discounts are not available online. If you would like to receive your member discount, please call AVA before your register online.
Monday, December 17, 2007
Here's an important announcement from the Wyoming Arts Council:
The Wyoming Arts Council is changing the Arts in Education grant program. The annual program will become a biennial application, due March 1, 2008, that allows grantees to request funding for two years. Starting July 1, 2008, there will also be an ongoing grant for programs not eligible for the biennial track.
Applicants will apply in only one of the categories described below. This change will provide greater access to arts education funding for more organizations and schools and help WAC accomplish the arts education goals in its long-range plan.
The Biennial AIE Grant provides grantees that demonstrate consistent arts education programming with-two year funding. This will stabilize organizations and allow staff to focus on planning and evaluation. Organizations who apply in this track must have successfully completed at least five WAC grants, including at least two AIE grants, and apply for multiple or year-long projects.
Successful applicants can plan on grant funding for two years, although amounts may vary. Rather than an outline for a future project, applicants will tell the story of activities and accomplishments from the past year, the results of their evaluation and planning for future activities.
The Ongoing AIE Grant, available for projects starting July 1, 2008, will serve grantees that are new to WAC or single projects. Applications will be accepted all year.
A mailing with more information was done in early December to all current and previous grantees. Applications will be accepted on-line only, unless special arrangements are made. For more information, see our web site or call 307-777-7742.
Critically acclaimed Wyoming mystery author C.J. Box is a special guest on this week's show. Known for his "Joe Pickett" series, his latest book "Free Fire," which takes place in the wilds of Yellowstone National Park, will be released in May 2008. Box is a recipient of a Wyoming Arts Council creative writing fellowship.
Bart Geerts, associate professor in the UW Department of Atmospheric Science, will discuss the "Cool Cities" initiative, in which individuals work at the local level to take action against the threat of climate change caused by carbon dioxide emissions.
Also on the program is a segment about 14,000 pounds of dinosaur fossils and rocks that are being cleaned, sorted and identified at the UW Geological Museum.
"Wyoming Signatures" is produced by UW Television. KCWC can be seen off-air or via cable in communities throughout Wyoming, including Casper, Cheyenne, Laramie, Riverton, Lander, Rock Springs, Green River, Powell, Cody, Sheridan, Gillette, Jackson, Pinedale and Big Piney. Check local listings for specific channel information.
The festival's 2008 dates are July 25-27.
See the video and find out more at http://www.oysterridgemusicfestival.com/.
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Russin, 93, was an art professor at the University of Wyoming for almost four decades, beginning in 1947, and produced numerous pieces which are on display throughout Wyoming and the world.
Russin's Lincoln bust has been called "the largest such depiction of the nation's 16th president ever done." It was placed on the highest point of old U.S. Highway 30 in 1959 and was moved to its present location when I-80 was built. Russin also sculpted three pieces on display in Casper: the "Prometheus" at the county library, "Energy Man" at the Chamber of Commerce and "Fountainhead" at City Hall.
Another "Energy Man" piece is on display at the Department of Energy in Washington, D.C. A work called "Wyoming Crystal" is housed in the State Capitol in Cheyenne. Just recently, two bas reliefs he carved for the entrance of the old law school building on the UW campus were removed before the building's demolition. They will be placed inside an addition planned for the current law school on the east end of campus. He also did the "Wyoming Family" piece which graces the center of Prexy's Pasture and the Benjamin Franklin statute nearby.
Susan Moldenhauer, director of the UW Art Museum, said Russin was known "as a prolific artist and a dedicated professor." She said he did much figurative work, mostly in bronze, while his works in marble and other stone materials "were more abstract." Moldenhauer said she was at an international art fair in Miami just last Sunday when she mentioned to an elderly woman sitting next to her that she was from Wyoming. The woman asked whether Susan knew of a man named Robert Russin, a teacher of hers at Cooper Union in the '40s. "She was remembering him very fondly and said how sad the students were when he left for Wyoming," Moldenhauer said.
During his long career at UW, Russin was granted a Ford Foundation Fellowship to work in Italy, and he returned there frequently to work on projects. When one of his children was born at the old Ivinson Hospital in Laramie, Russin was inspired to make a sculpture called "Fulfillment," depicting mother and child. He held onto that work until 2006, when he donated it to the present Ivinson Memorial Hospital on 30th Street.
Russin's works are also in the collection of the U.S. Navy at Abbott Laboratories, the Hyde Park Museum and his alma mater in New York.
Jack Rosenthal of Casper told the Casper Star-Tribune that Russin "had great depth to him, beyond his art. I'd sit and talk to him while he was chipping away on a piece. He had strong feelings about the world and about people, a great sense of values. He knew what was truly important."
Rosenthal said Russin's last request to him was that his ashes be buried up on Sherman Hill near his favorite work, the Lincoln bust.
For full obituary, go to http://www.trib.com/news/wyoming/.
Friday, December 14, 2007
Here are some of the web site's resources:
"You will find Founders Online, which includes audio clips, biographical essays, classroom activities, and videos on our nation's Founding Fathers; readings for your students on the Bill of Rights; free, complete lesson plans for middle and high school students; and enriching background information from Princeton University Professor Dr. Ken I. Kersch on First Amendment freedoms."
You can also subscribe to monthly e-lessons, such as "The Bill of Rights in the News" and "The Bill of Rights in Times of Crisis."
In October, the American Library Association named the Bill of Rights Institute the best free reference site of 2007. It was described as "an excellent resource for both teachers and high school students.”
Go to http://billofrightsinstitute.org/borday/.
The University of Wyoming's original production of "The 'M' Word" has been selected as one of five Region VII finalists for the 2008 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF).
Written by professor and playwright-in-residence William Missouri Downs (a 2005 Governor's Arts Awards recipient) and directed by professor Lee Hodgson, "The 'M' Word" is a darkly comic look at UW 10 years after Matthew Shepard's murder. The play examines the collision between perception and reality while also poking fun at campus politics.
"The 'M' Word was chosen as a KCACTF regional finalist from a pool of more than 30 productions. The regional event, which is part of the Kennedy Center's annual competition for student actors, directors and playwrights representing colleges and universities nationwide, is Feb. 18-22 at UW.
"Our selection for Region VII KCACTF is a nice recognition from our peers and colleagues," says Hodgson. "It's an honor to represent the University of Wyoming at the regional festival, especially since we will be hosting the festival. It will be wonderful to mount our production at home in such a supportive environment.
The winner of the regional competition will advance to the KCACTF National Festival in April at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
Four UW student playwrights have also been selected as regional finalists and will compete for a bid to the national festival. Casper's Leean Torske Stellingwerf, "The Problem With Apples," Laramie's Anna Austin Brownsted, "Niagara Fell," and Laramie's Amy Hollon, "Backyard Gene Pool," are finalists in the one-act play division. Nicholas Gene Terpstra-Schwab of Colfax, Iowa, "Sharing This Room With You," is a finalist in the 10-minute play division.
Also, 14 UW student actors -- the most in school history -- will participate in the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship competition. They are: Caleb Clark, John Byron Hill, JP Jaramillo, Nick Linn, Claudine Mboligikpelani and Ken Stellingwerf of Laramie; Harlan Post, Jake Staley and Dominic Syracuse of Cheyenne; Chris Egging of Gurley, Neb.; Rachel Rosenfeld of Aurora, Colo.; Katrina DeSpain of Loveland, Colo.; Kira Galindo of Goodyear, Ariz.; and Katie Herbert of Granby, Colo.
Region VII of the KCACTF comprises Wyoming, Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Oregon, Montana and Washington.
FMI: Go to the Web site at http://www.kcactf.org/7/festival/2008index.htm.
- Weeds and Pests of Carbon County, Larry Justesen (1/8/08)
- The History and Future of Agriculture in Carbon County, Colleen Stratton (1/15/08)
- Mining the Stories with Maps and Interviews, Ebba Stedille (1/22/08)
- The Rich Heritage of the Platte River Valley, Dick Perue (1/29/08)
- The Vibrant Political History of Carbon County, Bill Vasey (2/5/08)
- The Rich Heritage of the Little Snake River Valley, Linda Fleming (2/12/08)
- Where History is Made, Nancy Anderson and Marv Cronberg (2/19/08)
- Strong Women of Carbon County, Margaret Brown (3/4/08)
- The Legacy of Native Americans in Carbon County, Ms. Merle Haas and Alonso Moss (3/18/08)
- Final presentation: The History of Carbon County: A Celebration of our local historians and the legacies they have preserved for our future. *Co-sponsored by the Carbon County Museum, with Candy Moulton, Rans Baker, Dan Kinnaman, Dick Perue, Nancy Anderson and Linda Fleming (3/28 and 3/29)
FMI please call (307) 328-9274
The museum "is dedicated to following the late Jim Gatchell's vision of preserving the history of Johnson County, Wyoming, with emphasis on its Frontier Era, through the collection and conservation of related art, archives and artifacts. In the interest of educating museum visitors, the staff will continue to develop projects including interpretive exhibits, publications and programs which focus on the Powder River Country of Johnson County."
FMI: 307-684-9331, firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, December 13, 2007
KAB's 17-year old ballet boarding school program is one of the first in the U. S. to integrate the classic Baganova curriculum with academics and a rich resident life experience. Many of KAB's graduates have gone on to professional careers with companies such as San Francisco Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, The Joffrey, Royal Swedish Ballet, Boston Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, Colorado Ballet, and many others. Artistic Director Oleg Vinogradov, former artistic director of The Kirov Ballet, has assembled a team of ballet instructors who have danced and taught in the world's leading companies and schools. Summer students receive the same professional-level training as our year-round students; all of the summer ballet classes are taught by our acclaimed year-round instructors.
Cities included in the audition include Denver. Audition site is at the Colorado Ballet Academy at 1278 Lincoln Street from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. for 10-13 age group and 12:45 p.m.-2:00 p.m. for the 14-18 age group. Registration begins 30 minutes prior to each audition.
FMI go to http://www.kirovacademydc.org/ or call (202) 832-1087.
The Plains of Sweet Regret by Mary Lucier is an exhibit that was commissioned by the North Dakota Museum of Art. It combines photos and video of abandoned structures in the Western landscape.
The sixteenth annual Jackson Hole Writers Conference will be held June 26-29 in Jackson. The workshops and presentations are scheduled for the Jackson Hole Center for the Arts. Novelist Tim Sandlin and JHWC staffer Juli Smith are rounding out the line-up of writers and agents. FMI: http://www.jacksonholewritersconference.com.
Waiomina (Wyoming) - by Helen Parker
Kaulana Ikuwa me Ka`au`a, lä
Na `eu kïpuka `ili
Na äiwaiwa `o Eulopa, lä
Waimea e ka `eu
Ka ua Kïpu`upu`u
`Olua nä moho puna ke ao, lä
Na `eu kipuka `ili`
A`ohe kupu`eu nanä e a`e, lä
Waimea e ka `eu
Ka ua Kïpu`upu`u
Meke anu a`o Kaleponi
Na ke kelekalapa i ha`i mai, lä
Na `eu kïpuka `ili
Ikuwa e ka moho puni ke ao, lä
Waimea e ka `eu
Ka ua Kïpu`upu`u
Na kuahiwi `ekolu
Piha hau`oli ou mau kini, lä
Na `eu kïpuka `ili
Kaulana ka ua Kïpu`upu`u, lä
Waimea e ka `eu
Na kuahiwi `ekolu
Ha`ina hou mai ka puana, lä
Na `eu kïpuka `ili
Ke kaula `ili a`o kani ka uwepa, lä
Waimea e ka `eu
Na kuahiwi `ekolu
Waimea e ka `eu
Famous are Ikuwa and Ka`au`a
Both mischievous with the lariat
Both experts in Europe
Waimea full of gusto
The hard rain named Kipu`upu`u
To the stadium of Wyoming
Both are delegates to the world championship
Both mischievous with the lariat
No expert to excel you
Waimea full of gusto
The hard rain named Kipu`upu`u
To the cold of California
A telegraph brought us the word
Of your mischievous lariats
Ikuwa is the champion of the world
Waimea full of gusto
The hard rain named Kipu`upu`u
And the three mountains
Your people are full of happiness
Of your mischievous lariats
Famous is the Kipu`upu`u rain
Waimea full of gusto
The three mountains
The stadium of Wyoming
Tell the refrain
Of your mischievous lariats
The sound of the lariats
Waimea full of gusto
The three mountains
Waimea full of life
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Wyoming Governor Dave Freudenthal has announced the recipients of the 2007 Governor’s Arts Awards:
- Lander Community Concerts Association, Lander
- Tucker Smith, Pinedale
- Neil E. Hansen, Powell
- Michael McClure, Lander
The winners will be celebrated at the annual Governor’s Arts Awards ceremony on Feb. 22, 2008, in Cheyenne. For more information, call the WAC at 307-777-7742 or go to the web site at http://wyoarts.state.wy.us.
Look for profiles of the Governor's Arts Awards winners in the winter issue of WAC's Artscapes newsletter.
Florence teaches art at Western Wyoming Community College in Rock Springs. Her winning entry was #1 Cupcake (shown at right), from the series "Secrets of Little Red Riding Hood." It's chine colle, solar etch, 12" x 8.5".
The work will be part of the exhibition, 2008 Delta National Small Prints, held Jan. 17-Feb. 17 in the Bradbury Gallery at the ASU Fowler Art Center.
The National Endowment for the Arts, the nation’s largest annual funder of the arts, and the Poetry Foundation, the nation’s largest literary organization, have partnered together with the Wyoming Arts Council to bring Poetry Out Loud to high schools across America.
Poetry Out Loud builds on the recent resurgence of poetry as an oral art form, as demonstrated by the slam poetry movement and the immense popularity of rap music among our youth. The program encourages the nation’s youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance, which help students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and internalize our rich literary heritage.
The program materials are available now from the Wyoming Arts Council. The school contests will take place during the spring semester of this school year, culminating in the state finals in Cheyenne March 10-11. Many of the program materials are also available on the website at http://www.poetryoutloud.org/.
Last year, eight schools from across Wyoming participated in the program. Josh Schaberg from Buffalo High School, a second-time school winner, won the state finals and represented Wyoming at the national finals in Washington, D.C. In 2006, our first Wyoming POL winner was Kamaria Stephens of Cheyenne East High School.
This information may be shared with drama, speech and language arts teachers teaching grades 9-12. Please respond by Jan. 4, 2008. If a school is interested in participating in Wyoming’s Poetry Out Loud competition, or needs further information, please contact Mike Shay at (307) 777-5234 or email@example.com or Marcia Dunsmore, project coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The North Carolina Arts Council has teamed up with the University of North Carolina Press on a three-volume series, “Literary Trails of North Carolina.” The first one covers the mountain region, and was edited by Georgann Eubanks, one of the founders of the North Carolina Writers’ Network. It features 18 one-day tours (maps included) of the western part of the state that places you “in the middle of the communities, historic sites, and hangouts of notable writers of fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction and plays.”
I went right to the index to look up Thomas Wolfe, one of my favorites. His fellow citizens in Asheville didn’t take kindly to his thinly-veiled portraits of them in “Look Homeward, Angel.” His mother’s rooming house, referred to as “Dixieland” in the novel, was falling apart until a local group renovated it and opened it as the Thomas Wolfe Memorial. Wolfe’s mother, Julia, once told F. Scott Fitzgerald that she didn’t rent her rooms to drunks referring, we can assume, to F. Scott himself.
Another Wolfe in the book is contemporary writer Tom Wolfe, best known for “The Right Stuff” and “The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test.” This native of Virginia wrote about a character from Alleghany County in the remote western edge of N.C. in his latest novel, “I am Charlotte Simmons.”
Other writers in this volume: Anne Tyler, Romulus Linney, Sequoyah, Gail Godwin, Elizabeth Spencer, Nina Simone, and many others. For more info, go to http://www.uncpress.unc.edu. Or you can contact literature coordinator Debbie McGill at the N.C. Arts Council. We can look forward to the companion volumes, featuring the central part of the state and the coast.
The New York State Council on the Arts and Bright Hill Press teamed up for the state’s literary map. New York, of course, has a rich literary history. The color map includes Mark Twain, who lived for a time in his wife’s home town of Elmira; Willa Cather, who left Nebraska for Greenwich Village; James Baldwin of Harlem and Greenwich Village; Agha Shahid Ali, who taught in Binghampton, N.Y., and once was a judge for the WAC writing fellowships; and Herman Melville from, as they say here, upstate. On the flip side of the map is an index of the state’s “literary lives.” It includes county-by-county lists of writers, and a whole section of authors from New York City. There’s also a guide to literary sites. You can read more at the N.Y. State Literary Website at http://www.nyslittree.org.
The Illinois Arts Council, in cooperation with the Neighborhood Writing Alliance in Chicago, has compiled a booklet on “How to Get Published.” It’s a basic how-to guide for writers. Topics include “editing tips” (proofread!), “writing programs, conferences, workshops, and readings,” and “copyrights.” It’s very good for beginners but also has some reminders for established writers. Example: “Always investigate a contest’s reputation before sending money.”
The Illinois Arts Council may send you a copy if you ask nice. Contact the IAC at email@example.com.
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Just received this e-mail from Cheyenne author and actor Jim Rolf:
Every so often, I get an opportunity to do something that really moves me and that gives me great pride. This is one of those occasions. The Cheyenne Little Theatre Players are presenting "Tuesdays With Morrie" as a Readers Theater presentation at the Atlas Theatre on December 14. I have been selected to read the part of Morrie and I really hope those of you who can will come share the evening with me.
You all know the story - the author/playwright comes back to visit a former teacher who has been diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's Disease, and ends up renewing a friendship by spending every Tuesday with him. Andy Dennis reads the part of Mitch (the author) and does one of the finest jobs on stage I have ever heard him do. Rory Mack joins us on stage to help the audience understand the stage directions, and Carol Serelson has taken on the directing duties.
Readers Theater is a truly unique form of communication. With no sets, costumes, or technical effects to divert the attention of the audience members, they focus more on the script than they otherwise would. As an audience member, you hear words and feel emotions that are too often lost behind the smoke and mirrors of the stage. I seldom invite people to come watch me perform, but I feel so strongly about this production that I have to ask.
In concert Tuesday, February 5, 2008 at 7:30 p.m. in the John F. Welsh Auditorium at Natrona County High School, catch Australia's "The Idea of North." As a quartet of vocalists, their voices are their instruments: soprano, alto, tenor, and bass, with a little bit of vocal percussion thrown in. Their sound and style is distinct, yet they cross many musical genres: jazz, folk, gospel, pop, classical, even comedy, and so defy categorization. They are the first non-U.S. group to win The Harmony Sweepstakes, the largest and most prestigious international open acapella competition in the world. Tickets are $15.
High school and junior high/middle school ensembles perform in noncompetitive settings, with the option of receiving an assessment score and rating from adjudicators, who base their assessment on high, professional standards, which may not coincide with the standards of the Wyoming Music Educators Association.
Each ensemble is scheduled for a 30-minute public performance, which includes set up, a brief public clinic with an adjudicator, and a strike. Thereafter, each ensemble receives an additional 30-minute clinic with an adjudicator in a nonpublic setting. The ensemble receives the adjudicators’ written comments, rating scores (if required), and a digital video recording of the performance and clinic.
Robert Kleinschmidt, Executive Director 268-2246 firstname.lastname@example.org
Patrick Patton, Vocal Director268-2603 email@example.com
Tracy Pfau, Instrumental Director268-2629 firstname.lastname@example.org
Deanna Dyer, Coordinator268-2606 email@example.com
Jean Tichenor, College Audition Coordinator268-2607 firstname.lastname@example.org