Monday, March 31, 2008
The University of Northern Colorado is proud to offer Wyoming musicians a FREE master class with Cajun fiddler DOUG KERSHAW on Thursday, April 3 at 7 p.m. The workshop will take place in the LCSD1 Administration Building Auditorium, 2810 House Ave., Cheyenne.
Known to his fans worldwide as "The Ragin’ Cajun," Kershaw is considered to be the king of fiddlers. Many of his peers have said he is the best musician, performer and singer/songwriter to come out of southwest Louisiana.
Kershaw is holding this masterclass in support of "A Classical Cajun Gumbo," his April 5 performance in Greeley, Colo., with the UNC Symphony Orchestra. Kershaw will be joined at the workshop by UNC violin professor, Dr. Richard Fuchs.
All regional music students and teachers, community players and working professional musicians are invited. String players from all music fields are welcome: Cajun, Western, folk fiddling, bluegrass, Celtic and classical music, etc. Fiddlers, violinists, guita rists, banjo and mandolin players are especially encouraged to attend. Individuals, small ensembles and bands will be invited to perform as time allows. The session is "unplugged and acoustic;" no amplification will be allowed. The goal of the class is to improve individual performing skills.
Musicians should bring their own instruments and come ready to perform before their peers. Kershaw will work with both classical and non-classical musicians on technique and musicianship. Fuchs will work with classically trained players. All ages and skill levels are welcome.
String players interested in performing during the workshop are asked to contact Elisabet de Vallee, project coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org. E-mails should include name and contact information as well as details such as musical area(s) of interest, instruments and selection to be performed. Every effort will be made to schedule those who express an interest in performing, but no guarantees will be made. Musicians are encouraged to express their interest early.
The masterclass is a working session, not a public performance. The public is encouraged to attend Kershaw’s concert 8 p.m., Saturday, April 5 at the Union Colony Civic Center, 701 10th Ave., in Greeley, Colo. The performance will be an historic occasion for the veteran performer: it is his "orchestral debut" – the first time he has ever performed a full concert of his original music with a symphony orchestra.
For details about "A Classical Cajun Gumbo," Doug Kershaw or Cajun music, log on to www.arts.unco.edu/news/gumbo. A fundraiser for the 25th Annual Western States Honors Orchestra Festival, a 3-day workshop for high school string players to be held at the University of Northern Colorado in November, tickets for "A Classical Cajun Gumbo " are $32, $30 and $25. Student tickets are $15 each. For tickets, call 970-351-2200 or 800-315-ARTS. Concert tickets may be purchased online at www.ucstars.com.
Doug Kershaw’s masterclass in Cheyenne for Wyoming-based musicians is FREE and open to all musicians in the state, regardless of age or skill level. Tickets are not required to attend. For more information, call 771-2105 or write email@example.com.
Friday, March 28, 2008
She also reminds all roster artists who wish to remain on the 2008-2009 WAC Artist Roster to mail their signed renewal form no later than Monday, March 31. Artists wishing to make changes and/or updates to their bios or photos need to e-mail those changes to Karen by the 3/31/08 deadline.
We will assume that artists who do not return the renewal form are no longer interested in being on next year's roster.
Mail applications and renewals/updates to:
Karen Merklin, Grants Manager
Wyoming Arts Council
2320 Capitol Avenue,
Cheyenne, WY 82002
FMI: 307-777-7743 (voice), 777-5499 (fax) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Earth Day is in April and as a part of our celebration we are inviting you, your friends and/or class to participate in the Miniature Rock Creek Wild Art Show and Silent Auction. Finished and framed miniature art pieces should be dropped off between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 10, at the center for Vital Community, 171 North St. Sheridan. They will be displayed at a pre-showing the week of April 12-19. On Saturday, April 19, beginning at 6:30 p.m., they will be auctioned off as a part of the Rock Creek Wild Concert and Art Auction. Proceeds from the silent auction will benefit the Wyoming Wilderness Association’s campaign for protecting public wild lands.
The concert at the Elks Lodge will feature Jalan Crossland along with Doug Andrews, Kyle Williams and other local musicians and artists with a passion for the mountains and wild nature.
As a participant in the Miniature Art Show, artists are requested to create artwork in miniature of your own materials and to donate the piece to the Silent Art Auction. The artwork may be 2D or 3D, but we ask you keep it within the dimensions 5" x 7" x 7", and should be ready to hang or display.
Because this is an Earth Day event, artwork should focus on what wilderness or nature mean to you. Some fun suggestions are using recycled materials or materials directly from the earth. Otherwise, artistic freedom is yours. Fun earth-friendly prizes will be awarded to the top three favorite artists, decided by a panel of judges.
If you have any more questions please call Liz Howell at 307-672-2751 Wyoming Wilderness Association or email her at email@example.com.
Hansen is a dedicated arts educator, mentoring music students at Northwest College in Powell since 1982. He teaches hundreds of Big Horn Basin secondary school students each June at the Yellowstone Summer Music Camp in Powell and at the Yellowstone Jazz Camp each July in the mountains above Cody.
Hansen founded the annual Northwest Jazz Festival, celebrating its 25th year, which has featured jazz legends such as Maynard Ferguson and Benny Carter. He later launched the Yellowstone Jazz Festival with a full slate of concerts every summer in Powell and Cody.
He has received numerous awards, including a 2007 Wyoming Governor’s Arts Award, Music Educator of the Year in 2000 and 2004 from the North Big Horn Basin Music Educators, and "jazz educator" honors at Iowa’s Jim Coffin Jazz Festival. He was keynote speaker for the 2005 Texas Association of Music Schools Conference.
When Hansen isn’t teaching, he plays the trumpet with local and regional bands and orchestras.
As noted in Hansen’s Governor’s Arts Award proclamation in February: "His passion for music education and performance has had a valuable impact on the Big Horn Basin, the State of Wyoming and the region."
The University of Wyoming’s Creative Writing Master of Fine Arts program is an intensive 40-hour studio degree in poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction. Special features include opportunities for interdisciplinary study, supported by a wide range of university departments, and a required professional internship on campus, in the community, or farther afield, ensuring the acquisition or polishing of “real-life” writing skills. The UW MFA program is “where art and practicality meet.”
Ed describes it this way: There will be words and music of original and favorite poems and poetry and quotes from The Bard himself. Along with special readings, we will have coffee, punch, and cake, and an open microphone as well. Tim Stark, president of Serendipity Poets, will be our master of ceremonies with support from our attending members."
"Shakespeare fans and poetry lovers and the general public are all invited to attend and participate in this annual event."
The Grand Teton Music Festival in Wilson opens it summer season with a tribute, "Bernstein at 90," on Thursday, July 3, and Saturday, July 5. Traditionally, the GTMF opens its season on a Friday but this year the Fourth of July holiday claims that day instead.
Donald Runnicles will conduct and Norman Krieger will be on the piano to celebrate what would have been Leonard Bernstein's 90th birthday. This GTMF concert replicates his final public performance 20 years ago at Tanglewood. Other GTMF summer 2008 programs will invoke "the adventurous spirit of this imaginative composer, conductor, pianist, teacher, humanitarian, thinker, and entertainer."
On the stage at Walk Festival Hall in Teton Village for July 3 and 5:
"Four Sea Interludes," Britten; "Symphony No. 2," Bernstein; and "Symphony No. 7," Beethoven.
FMI: 307-733-1128 or http://www.gtmf.org/.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
An evening of hip-hop, poetry and audience interaction, "Two Voices: Gender and Social Justice Through the Prism of Poetry," will be held Saturday, March 29, at 7 p.m. in the University of Wyoming College of Education auditorium as part of Women's History Month.
The event, free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Women's Action Network (WAN). Donations will be accepted to benefit Laramie Reproductive Health.
The evening, which celebrates the connection between art and social justice movements, will feature artists Adrian Molina and Day Acoli. It will also include spoken word poetry that reflects on issues of gender, race and social justice.
The arts council has just received two of our newly redesigned brochures: the Arts Advocacy Tips brochure, a do's and don'ts guide for advocating, and the Wyoming Arts Council overview brochure that lists all of our grant categories, agency programs and opportunities for organizations, schools, and individual artists. If you would like a copy of either of these, contact us as (307) 777-7742 and we'll get one in the mail for you.
For more on Andrew, go to http://www.geocities.com/redearthrecords/andrew_vasquez.htm
For registration info on the expo, go to http://www.wrdf.org/expo.php
Casper, Wyoming. Registration is $30 before March 31st and includes a critique of one poem byDawn Trask. After 3/31, the fee will be $35 and does NOT include a critique. All registration fees include refreshments, breaks and lunch.
The workshop will be held at the Hampton Inn, 400 West F St., Casper, WY, 82601, in the conference room. Ph. (307) 235-6668. From I-25 take the Poplar Street Exit. On the north side of the interstate between the Holiday Inn and El Jarro Restaurant, you’ll see the Hampton Inn.
The Hampton Inn is saving a block of rooms for those coming from out of town, at $84/night and this includes breakfast.
Download the BROCHURE (.PDF format)
or send registration: Nancy Gerlock, workshop chair, 736 East 16th Street, Casper WY 82601. Make check payable to WyoPoets.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
The work was choreographed by Jodi Youmans-Jones.
Ulrich Adelt, the University of Wyoming's 2007-08 visiting assistant professor in African American Studies, will lecture Tuesday, April 1, on the politics of blues music.
Adelt's presentation, titled "Just Play the Blues: African-Americans, Afro-Germans, white Germans and the Politics of Primitivism," begins at 6 p.m. in Room 142 of the UW Classroom Building. A reception follows. The event is free and open to the public.
"Professor Adelt's lecture includes components of his research and teaching that focus on the politics of blues music," says Gracie Lawson-Borders, director of African American Studies at UW. "The lecture should afford us an opportunity to hear the social and political discourse surrounding blues music during the folk festival in 1962 and the continuing research on the music's aesthetic and political relevance in the U.S. and abroad."
Adelt's lecture is built around the story of Horst Lippmann, a Jew persecuted by the Nazis, and Fritz Rau, a former member of the Hitler Youth, a pair of white German concert promoters who organized the American Folk Blues Festival in East and West Germany and other European countries in the early 1960s.
Adelt received his M.A. in American studies from the University of Hamburg in Germany in 2000 and his Ph.D. in American studies from the University of Iowa in 2007. He has published articles in the Journal of Popular Music Studies, Popular Music and Society and the Journal of Popular Culture, and is working on a book project tentatively titled "Black, White and Blue: Racial Politics of Blues Music in the 1960s."
For more information, call Carol Robillard at (307) 766-2481 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alexandra will be one of the faculty members for the 16th annual Jackson Hole Writers Conference June 26-29 at the Jackson Hole Center for the Arts. She'll be making other appearances in Wyoming -- we'll update you when we get more info.
Kirkus Reviews featured a starred review of the book in its March 15 issue. Here’s an excerpt:
A lyrical paean to an unsung...well, not exactly hero, but one of life’s unsung people. If this book were a country song, it would be by Merle Haggard. Whether British-born Fuller (Scribbling the Cat: Travels with an African Soldier, 2004, etc.) knows from Haggard is a matter of speculation, but what is clear is that she has an unfailing eye for common people caught up in uncommon events. This story of a young Wyomingite named Colton H. Bryant is also that of the oil and gas boom wrought by deregulation in these rapacious years of Bush, “a tragedy before it even starts because there was never a way for anyone to win against all the odds out here.”
Alternately bullied and ignored — “Retard” is a slur-cum-nickname that figures often in these pages — Colton did most of the things a young man in the heavily Mormon southwestern corner of the state is supposed to do: ride and rope, fish and hunt, cruise around in pickup trucks. Moreover, like young men in Evanston, Colton “was born with horses and oil in his blood like his father before him and his grandfather before that and maybe his grandfather’s father before that.” Having endured adolescence thanks to a good friend named Jake and a slightly misquoted creed borrowed from television (“Mind over matter”), Colton followed the second birthright to the oil patch, where he quickly found work as a roughneck, an unforgiving job.
“They have to keep drilling hour-after-hour — storm, heat, sleet, ice, sun — no matter what,” writes Fuller. “They’ll slap another beating heart on the rig to take your place if you’re so much as five minutes late.” Diligent and aware of the dangers, but needing to support a wife and baby, he fell into the well, as so many others have, just one of 35 Wyomingites to die on the rigs between 2000 and 2006. The petroleum company, in the meanwhile, boasted record profits—while Colton’s family “received no compensation for his loss.”
A latter-day Silkwood, quiet and understated, beautifully written, speaking volumes about the priorities of the age.
Here are the 2008 conference faculty members:
- Screenwriting: Robert Ben Garant, screenwriter for A Night at the Museum, and Comedy Central's hit show, Reno911!
- Poetry: Ray Gonzalez (pictured above), author of 10 books of poetry and former poetry editor of The Bloomsbury Review.
- Fiction: Masha Hamilton, author of three novels, including two Book Sense picks, Hamilton served as a foreign correspondent for the Associated Press in the Middle East and Moscow.
- Literary agents: Rita Rosenkranz, founded the Rita Rosenkranz Literary Agency in 1990 after a career as an editor with major New York houses; and Katharine Sands, agent and author of Making the Perfect Pitch: How to Catch a Literary Agent's Eye, a collection of pitching wisdom from leading literary agents.
Read more about this year's conference faculty here.
Get a FREE critique and one-on-one meeting with one of our 2008 conference faculty with your conference registration. Selection is first-come, first-served; six slots per genre will be accepted. Submissions must be postmarked between March 1 and April 10. Critique cost without conference registration is $25. Ray Gonzalez, poetry, will critique a one-page cover letter plus five poems, not to exceed 10 pages total. R. Ben Garant, screenwriter: one-page cover letter plus 20 pages of a screenplay. Masha Hamilton, fiction/nonfiction panelist: one-page cover letter plus 10 pages of prose. Send submissions to: WW Inc. Critique, Jeanne Rogers, P.O. Box 501, Sundance, WY 82729-0501. Please note genre on the envelope.
Are you ready for a literary agent? Bring your proposals and find out what you are doing right, and what needs fixing. Pitch your project to Rita Rosenkranz or Katharine Sands, literary agents looking for good writers marketing good work. Rosenkranz will have 20 one-on-one slots and Sands 15 slots on a first-come, first-served basis, with a sign-up sheet at the registration table.
A limited number of conference scholarships are available. Application deadline: postmark by April 25, 2008. For more details, contact Scholarship Chair Nancy Wall at 208-238-8079 or email@example.com.
Request a conference brochure from firstname.lastname@example.org or 307-283-2813.
Monday, March 24, 2008
"The bird not only meant a lot to me, but also to my parents and a lot of other folks, people that came and visited. It gave a lot of people a lot of hope," said Yabu in a story by Ruffin Prevost in today’s Billings Gazette.
A few years ago, Tabo began to transform his childhood memories into a book. To illustrate it, he asked a friend and former Disney animator, Willie Ito. Ito was interned during World War II in Topaz, Utah.
“Hello Maggie!” was published last year, the first project of the duo’s imprint, Yabitoon Books.
Yabu is a director of the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation, a group working to finance and build a $5.5 million learning center at the site of the internment camp. He is donating proceeds of the book to the facility.
To view photos of the 33 eggs submitted by eggcellent Wyoming artists for the WAC's "Eggstraordinary Eggxhibit, " go to the on-line display at http://wyoarts.state.wy.us/eggexhibitpics.htm. One of these eggs will be selected for the 2009 White House Easter Egg Contest, co-sponsored by the National Egg Board. Wyoming's 2008 winner was designed by Jules Webb of Cheyenne.
FMI: Call the WAC in Cheyenne at 307-777-7742.
PHOTO: "Moose" by BJ Durr of Wheatland
Here's additional information from the ARTCORE web site about Janet and her performance:
Janet Ahlquist has performed in numerous solo and chamber music recitals in such venues as Lincoln Center, Carnegie Recital Hall, Library of Congress, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Rockefeller Mansion, and the French Embassy. Internationally, she has performed in Russia, Norway, France, and Portugal.
Ahlquist is an adjunct faculty member at Immaculata University, performs as a soloist, and frequently joins musicians of the Bryn Mawr Chamber Music Society. She recently presented lecture-recitals at Temple University and Duquesne University. She performed to a standing-room only crowd in a concert sponsored by Steinway of New York and Philadelphia.
For the twenty-fifth birthday of the Casper Chamber Music Society, for which Janet Ahlquist was the artistic director for ten years, she looks forward to collaborating with local musicians for the Beethoven Piano Quintet in E-Flat and to performing Chopin's Twenty-four Preludes. She performed them at the French Embassy with the resulting review, "A large audience at the French Embassy in Washington D.C. was thrilled by Ahlquist's sensitive, brilliant performance of Chopin's 24 Preludes." She is performing and recording them Sept. 21 at Immaculata University, and they will be on a new CD with Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue with the Symphony and the Gershwin 3 Preludes. She is also playing Rachmaninoff for the Scriabin Society of America in New York City at Steinway Hall in October.
The Teton County Alta Branch Library presents "The Alta Cowboy Jamboree," an evening of music and poetry at 7 p.m. Friday, April 4, at the Alta Elementary Gym.
This family-style entertainment begins with music by Pop Wagner and Michael Hurwitz and the Aimless Drifters. The cowboy music will be interspersed with original and classic cowboy poetry from local poets. The Friends of Alta Branch Library will further sweeten the evening by serving Dutch oven apple cobbler, ice cream and coffee or tea. The event is free and open to the public, and suitable for families with kids of all ages.
"Cowboy music is the highlight of our little Jamboree, this year, with a performance by Pop Wagner of Prairie Home Companion fame," said Gretchen Notzold, Alta Branch Library Manager. "He is not just a musician but literally a poet-lariat. You should see him twirl that rope while he poetizes!"
Wagner's cowboy anthems crackle with the warmth of a prairie campfire and his old-time fiddle tunes set toes a tappin' while he serves up spellbinding rope tricks and tall stories, all with a good dose of friendly humor.
Wagner also will be performing at local schools in the community and at the Teton County Library in Jackson at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 3. Michael Hurwitz and the Aimless Drifters, a local cowboy band gaining national attention, will perform original songs from Hurwitz's most recent CD, "Cowboy Fandango," as well as other CDs.
"Pop and I are old friends and we're both looking forward to playing together again," said Hurwitz, who's a Wyoming Arts Council roster artist.
Hurwitz provides a sometimes edgy and always interesting ride, according to Notzold. His songs are peopled by a cast of characters as diverse as the landscape they inhabit from the prairies, mountains and plains of Wyoming to the ranches, dance-halls and honky-tonks. There are cowboys and cowgirls, outlaws and bankers, bartenders and beauty queens, quirky horses, dancing badgers, ghosts and aliens.
Hurwitz's "Cowboy Fandango" was chosen as one of the top 20 country and bluegrass albums of 2007 by Jerome Clark, country and bluegrass editor of the roots music website http://www.rambles.net/.
For information on the upcoming jamboree, contact the Alta Branch Library at 307-353-2505 or visit online at www.TCLib.org/alta. The Alta School Elementary Gym is located in the Alta Elementary School, 15 Alta School Road, off Ski Hill Road in Alta.
Sunday, March 23, 2008
It will be held Friday, March 28, 6 p.m.-whenever. Free and open to the public.
FMI: Contact Amy Larkin at the Art Association at (307) 733-6379 or email@example.com.
Here's the schedule:
April 28: Pinedale auditions at 3:30 p.m. in the Wrangler Gym.
April 29-May 2: Pinedale rehearsals at 3:30 p.m. in the Wrangler Gym.
May 2: Evening performance at 7:30 p.m. in Wrangler Gym.
May 3: Afternoon matinee performance 1 p.m. in the Wrangler Gym.
Friday, March 14, 2008
See you March 24.
For WAC info, call 307-777-7742.
Call (307) 766-5000 for updates on UW events and activities or go to www.uwyo.edu/calendar.
The Artists' Gallery showcases the work of hundreds of artists listed in Who's Who in American Art, one of the Marquis Who's Who family of publications which features the biographies of the country's most prominent artists. First published in December as a glossy, full-color section in the 2008 (28th) Edition of Who's Who in American Art, the Artists' Gallery is now also an interactive online gallery that is available to the public, free of charge.
Be one of the first to view this impressive collection by visiting http://www.whoswhogallery.com/
We are very excited about this initial launch of the gallery, and plan to expand it later this year by adding the work of many new artists.
In addition to Who's Who in American Art, Marquis Who's Who publishes The Official Museum Directory and the American Art Directory under sister division, National Register Publishing. The Who's Who in American Art biographical database is also available online to libraries and research institutions around the world. Click here for more information:
If you have any questions or suggestions regarding the Artists' Gallery, call Marketing director Michael Noerr at 1-800-473-7020 ext.1037 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, March 13, 2008
The 12th annual Shepard Symposium on Social Justice, "Life at the Margins: Gender, Race and Class in the Global Era," will be held March 25-28, at the University of Wyoming.
The Shepard Symposium has grown from a local grassroots event to a nationally-recognized conference, says one of the event's organizers. Originally named "The Symposium for the Eradication of Social Inequality," the event honors the work of the Shepard family and the memory of their son, Matthew Shepard, a UW student who was murdered in 1998. The symposium steering committee unanimously agreed to change the name to the Shepard Symposium for Social Justice to honor his memory.
This year's symposium keynote speaker is Barbara Martinez Jitner, a nationally-known writer and director who will give a free public talk Thursday, March 27, at 7 p.m., in the College of Arts and Sciences auditorium. She is an executive producer of "American Family," a series that made history as the first Latino family drama on broadcast television when it debuted on PBS in January 2002. As president of El Norte Productions, Jitner is now developing several feature films for Gregory Nava, including Nava's "Bordertown," "Zapata" for Disney, and "Tattooed Soldier" for HBO.
Martinez Jitner began her career as an award-winning director of commercials and documentaries, and produced the Showtime millennium documentary, "An American Tapestry." She is the inspiration behind the coming Jennifer Lopez film, "Bordertown," based on her research of the Mexican town of Juarez, where more than 400 women have been murdered.
A variety of concurrent sessions will be held throughout the symposium. For a list of complete event and registration information, visit the symposium's Web site at http://www.shepardsymposium.org/.
Among other highlights of the four-day event are:
- Wednesday, March 26, 7-10 p.m., in the Wyoming Union Ballroom -- A hip hop event featuring Adrian Molina, Flobots and student performances. Visit http://www.flobots.com/ for more information.
- Friday, March 28, 5:30 p.m., in the Wyoming Union ballroom -- Cesar Chavez Dinner.
- Saturday, March 29, noon and 7 p.m. and Sunday, March 30, 10 a.m., in the UW Fieldhouse -- UW Keeper of the Fire Spring Powwow.
For more information, contact Kate Welsh, Shepard Symposium chairman, at (307) 766-2013 or e-mail email@example.com
Here's info on the visit from the CWC web site:
Jordan, the author of the acclaimed memoir "Riding the White Horse Home" and the classic study of women on ranches and in the rodeo, "Cowgirls: Women of the American West," gives a free public presentation in the Little Theatre, located in the Student Center, at 6:30 p.m. Following the address, there will be a reception and the author will sign copies of her book.
Her upcoming book: "Learning the Language: My Extraterrestrial Taxista and Other Mid-life Adventures in Spanish" is the subject of her presentation.
"Learning the Language" is a cultural memoir in the tradition of Peter Mayle's "A Year in Provence," where Jordan weaves personal stories around meditations on broader topics such as language acquisition, the aging brain, and the intense desire of humankind to communicate across barriers of language and culture.
The author, raised in the Iron Mountain country of southeast Wyoming, is the recipient of the Western Heritage Award from the Cowboy Hall of Fame for scriptwriting. She also won a literary fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts as well as many other literary awards. Her most recent book is "Fieldnotes from Yosemite," the second volume in her series of "Sketchbook Expeditions."
After 20 years as an author, Teresa Jordan turned to visual art as part of a "mid-life expansion." She has had one- and two-woman shows in Salt Lake City at both the Phillips Gallery and Finch Lane Gallery, at the University of Denver, and at the Lewis and Clark Center for the Arts and History in Lewistown, Idaho, and has exhibited in group shows in several Western states.
A frequent public speaker, Teresa has presented keynote addresses to such various organizations and conferences as the Oregon School of Arts and Crafts, the Fife Folklore Conference, the Center of the American West, and the Rocky Mountain Book Publisher's Association. She has served as writer in residence at the University of Nebraska and the University of Utah, and has taught writing at colleges, universities, and workshops throughout the West.
Teresa and her husband, folklorist and public radio producer Hal Cannon, live in Salt Lake City.
FMI: Call the library at 307-855-2141.
Here are the dates:
March 15: GTO grant deadline
March 31: Application deadline for Artist Roster
April 7: Community Arts Partners deadline
April 30: Visual Arts Fellowships deadline
May 15: Deadline to apply for events happening before June 30 in Arts Access, Folk Arts and Technology in the Arts
June 10: Deadline for Open Door and Arts Across Wyoming grants for projects ending June 30
For more info: Call the WAC at 307-777-7742 or go to the web site at http://wyoarts.state.wy.us.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
The jazz band will begin the evening with six selections including a Dave Barduhn arrangement (featuring the saxophones) of Jerome Richardson’s “Groove Merchant,” Dave Wolpe’s arrangement of “How High the Moon” by Morgan Lewis which features the trombone section, and Mark Taylor’s trumpet section feature “Brass Machine.” Gary Mcknight will also be a featured soloist on tenor saxophone as he performs a Mark Taylor arrangement of Jerome Kern’s “Yesterdays.”
After a brief intermission, the symphonic band will take the stage and perform four challenging works including W. Francis McBeth’s “Masque,” the three-movement “Incidental Suite” by Claude T. Smith, and a relatively new work by Brian Balmages aptly titled “When Spirits Soar.” The concert is free to the public.
FMI: Dr. Knutson at 307-674-6446, ext. 3009.
The Western States Honors Orchestra Festival (or Weekend for Strings) brings top high school string players from across the Rocky Mountain West to UNC for three days of intense training, workshops and music-making. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the festival's founding. This year's festival will be held in early November. Cajun fiddler Doug Kershaw got wind of all this and offered to help UNC raise money by performing with the orchestra. He's been enormously successful in his career, but most people don't know Kershaw can't read or write music. He's totally self taught! And he plays more than 25 instruments! His interest in learning how to read and write music is what brought him to UNC.
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Christopher Merrill, one of the most respected poets and teachers in the U.S., "will add a wonderful dimension to an already great conference,” said JHWC co-coordinator Tim Sandlin. Local cowboy poet David Kornblum is sponsoring the new poetry track.
Merrill has published four collections of poetry, including “Brilliant Water” and “Watch Fire,” for which he received the Peter I. B. Lavan Younger Poets Award from the Academy of American Poets; translations of Aleš Debeljak’s “Anxious Moments” and “The City and the Child”; several edited volumes, among them “The Forgotten Language: Contemporary Poets and Nature” and “From the Faraway Nearby: Georgia O’Keeffe as Icon;" and four books of nonfiction. He directs the International Writing Program at The University of Iowa.
Other poets joining the faculty this year are Leah Shlachter. whose poetry has appeared in “The Owen Wister Review,” “Bamboo Ridge” and the Jackson Hole News and Guide; and Cecily Parks, author of “Field Folly Snow,” soon to be published by the University of Georgia Press, and “Cold Work,” winner the 2005 Poetry Society of America New York Chapbook Fellowship. Parks' work also has appeared in “Best New Poets 2007.”
The University of Wyoming singing group, The Centennial Singers, will perform Saturday, March 15, at 7:30 p.m., in the College of Arts and Sciences auditorium. Tickets cost $8 for adults and $5 for students, senior citizens and children under 17.
The Centennial Singers will present director Patrick Newell's original show, "Good Beginnings, Happy Endings." The two-part production is choreographed by General McArthur Hambrick and costumed by Carol Baalman.
This year's Centennial Singers include Bridger Bailey, J.P. Jaramillo, Anne Mason and Tiffany Young, all of Laramie; Rebecca Diamond of Winter Park, Colo.; Kyli Hale of Afton; Erin Hamel of Green River; Christian Munck and Kayla O'Keefe, both of Helena, Mont.; Veronica Olson of Pittsburgh, Pa.; Nathan Owen of Cheyenne; Matt Sanderson of Scottsbluff, Neb.; Zach Taylor of Aurora, Colo.; Sarah Thomas of Southlake, Texas; Bart Ulbrich of Bayard, Neb.; and Nicholas Wineman of Cut Bank, Mont.
The theme for this year is the Great Gray Owl (strix nebulosa)
Entries will remain on display and for sale through April 19.
Stage III’s production is directed by Pat Greiner, assisted by Phil Brown. The cast includes Will Wallace as Davey Quinn, Dob Wallace as the grown-up David Quinn, Jeffrey Dodson as Leon Schwab, Pat Turner Pulitzer as Frances Reed, Kayla Albertson as Frankie, Dennis Rollins as Frankie’s Father and James, Jeff Steele as Poppy, Kelly Delap as Susie, Walter Hawn as the Watermelon Man and the News Vendor, PJ Rose as the Jailor, and Abigail Schneider and Nathan Brown as townspeople.
"The Voice of the Prairie" is sponsored by Hilltop National Bank and produced with support from the Wyoming Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. Performances are March 13, 14 and 15 at 7:30 p.m. at Stage III, 900 North Center Street. Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for seniors and full-time students; available in advance at Grant Street Grocery, Metro Coffee Company, and the Cadillac Cowgirl. Group rates are available upon request; call the theatre at 234-0946.
The contest's runner-up was Carey Junior High ninth-grader Xon Adams. He received a certificate and $100; his school library will receive a stipend to buy $200 in poetry books.
The competition was held Monday evening at the Historic Plains Hotel. Other performers were Thomas Wells from Star Valley High School in Afton, Danielle Then from Guernsey-Sunrise High School, Tom Powers from Cheyenne East, and Sienna White from Cody High School.
Judges were performer and playwright Bob Berky of Jackson, cowboy poet and state legislator Sue Wallis from Recluse, and Damien Kortum of Cheyenne, who teaches composition and creative writing at Laramie County Community College. Accuracy judge was Marcia Dunsmore of Four Corners, who also directs Poetry Out Loud for the Arts Council.
This is the second year in a row that a student from Buffalo has won the Wyoming contest.
Poetry Out Loud is co-sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. The Wyoming Arts Council is the state sponsor. If your school is interested in competing in the program's next round, contact the WAC's Mike Shay at 307-777-5234.
Monday, March 10, 2008
Today's Wyoming Tribune-Eagle had a feature on the 2008 winner. Here are some excerpts:
Jules Webb, a Cheyenne egg artist, won the state's competition and traveled to Washington, D.C. this past weekend for a little schmoozing with the first lady and other egg artists from around the country.
Last year, the egg that was chosen to represent Wyoming was actually decorated by someone from Illinois. "It was really sad," Webb said of the injustice, adding that last year's egg art was painfully lacking in, well, artistry.
So this year, Wyoming egg artists wouldn't let themselves be overshadowed again. The Wyoming Arts Council put out a call for entries and required that the artists be Wyoming residents.
The first lady of Wyoming, Nancy Freudenthal, chose the winning egg, which was decorated with a Wyoming theme: earth tones, mountains, fish, deer and the sun, Webb said.
"I was surprised," Webb said of the moment she learned she had won. She has been decorating eggs for 35 years, she said, and never knew there was a contest.
Friday, March 7, 2008
The documentary, to appear on Wyoming Public Television on April 3, 7 p.m., explores the lives and art work of Shoshone drum keeper, Sonny Shoyo; tatter, Mary Maynard; bladesmith, Ed Fowler; and weaver, Jerry Curcio. During the film, each artist shares examples of their work and artistic processes.
The documentary explores not just the world of traditional arts around Wyoming, but also unique and quirky insights the artists offer on everything from how to build a weaving loom from scratch, to how blades of grass affect the design of a knife.
"I always try to bring out the more interesting and unusual aspect of artists and their work, so that even people who aren’t interested in the art will still relate to the film,” Dean Petersen, who wrote, directed and edited the documentary, said.
“Wyoming Folks,” is the first feature length documentary produced by Petersen and Anne Hatch, folk and traditional arts specialist for the Wyoming Arts Council, to appear on television.
Originally created to showcase different award-winning folk artists in the state, the film is an entertaining jaunt through the interesting and often unusual world of folk arts in Wyoming.
“The Arts Council is delighted to recognize traditional artists generally not known beyond their local community and nice market and bring their talents to a larger audience," Hatch said.
The Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators is hosting a one-day "Power Up Your Craft" workshop on Saturday, April 5. We will be meeting in Lakewood at an exciting new venue, the Qwest Learning and Conference Center. With state-of-the-art technical capabilities available at this facility, illustrators will be thrilled by the interactive learning sessions led by Danlyn Iantorno and Sandy Ferguson Fuller.
We will be treated to an inspiring message to help defeat the demons that keep us from our creative work presented by our keynote speaker. Claudia Mills is the author of many memorable children's books including the stories of "Gus and Grandpa". From Junior Library Guild selection honors to the Colorado Author's League award, Claudia has been widely recognized for her thoughtful and touching contributions to children's literature. Kirkus Review says of her work, "Mills writes with such a light, humorous touch that many scenes beg to be read aloud."
To round out this all-star list of speakers, we have three Colorado Book Award winners Mary Peace Finley, Denise Vega and Kathleen Pelley. They will be sharing their strategies for developing your craft in areas including manuscript preparation, plot synopses, picture book proposals, school visit presentations, character development, and more.
The Qwest Learning and Conference Center is located at 3898 South Teller in Lakewood. The Early registration cost for the full-day event including meals is $99 for SCBWI members and $125 for non-members. Don't miss this special rate that expires March 16. Please visit our website at http://www.rmcscbwi.org/ for a complete conference schedule and to register.
The 39 accepted pieces, which range from drawings to sculptures, will be on display in the Rosenthal Gallery for the entire month of March and the winners will be announced March 28 at Rock the Nic, an evening of art and music. The works will be juried by members of the NIC staff and a panel of young artists. The top three artists will have a future opportunity to participate in a group exhibition in the Rosenthal Gallery as well as win a free museum membership.
For more on Art Blast 2008, read the article in today's Casper Star-Tribune.
PHOTO: Nicolaysen Art Museum Registrar Ingrid Burnett installs the work featured in Art Blast.
This year, he helped them close out the 20-day budget session on its final day of business. In the Senate, there were bills to take care of before David came to the podium and read, "Oh, if you could know," a poem from the point of view of his wife Margo when she was young and in love with horses and horned toads.
He wrapped up with a Basque song on the button accordion. David married into a Johnson County Basque family, so he played a song whose original name I can't pronounce. It's used for both greetings and departures, and is played at everything from weddings to (David says) legislative sessions.
A great way to wrap up a fairly congenial and productive 2008 Legislature.
The WCTFB can provide grant funding for all forms of arts and culture, including but not limited to, visual arts, performing arts, crafts, design arts, media arts, literature, folklife and traditional arts, humanities, historic and architectural preservation, community cultural celebrations and cultural corridors.
For additional information or a paper copy of the application, contact Renee Bovee, WCTF Administrator, at 307-777-6312. The application postmark deadline is May 1 for projects beginning after July 1.
Grants of up to $5,000 are available for arts projects related to American Master Artists from the New Deal era, 1933-1943.
Projects should focus on artwork created by American New Deal era master artists, or by contemporary Wyoming master artists inspired by or documenting New Deal artwork and should take place between now and December 1.
Possible ideas for arts projects include concerts or performances, literary readings and publications, r adio shows / plays, exhibits of artwork created in the New Deal era, contemporary exhibits inspired by the New Deal/Great Depression, cowboy songs and poetry gatherings, New Deal era film festivals, and lectures or symposia about New Deal arts.
Grant requests may be for up to 50 percent of the proposed project cash expenses - a 1:1 cash match requirement. Maximum request is $5,000. Grants will be fully funded or not at all. Submit applications at least six weeks (42 days) before the project start date.
Apply at http://wyoarts.state.wy.us
This is WOW's first group exhibit. The artists will display a variety of art in their Civic Center studios and galleries. They are Dan Hayward and Mack Brislawn in Room 278, Susan Davis and Rebecca Sissman in Room 267, Jerry Glass in Room 265, and Jon Madsen in Room 201.
The WOW offices and gallery, located in Room 271, will be open during the gallery walk.
All of the studios and galleries are on the north end of the Civic Center's second floor, off of Garfield Street. Additionally, other WOW-related artists will exhibit their artwork in studios outside the Civic Center. Mike and Jeny Stoesz and Brett Deacon will show in the Stoesz's store at 213 Grand Ave., Raymond Jordan will show on the fifth floor of the Connor Building, and Terry Reid will show in his studio at 408 E. Custer.
Art mediums to be exhibited by the WOW artists include fine art photography, jewelry, fiber arts, pottery, drawings and photo-real painting.
WOW is a collaborative project between the University of Wyoming Small Business Development Center and the Wyoming Women's Business Center. The project began in 2003 and, in late 2007, it evolved into a statewide business incubator for artists from all artistic genres.
FMI: WOW offices at (307) 766-3083 or Dan Hayward at (307) 742-6307.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Dan Hayward is a roster artist for the Wyoming Arts Council. You can bring him to your community for a presentation through an Arts Across Wyoming grant. Go to http://wyoarts.state.wy.us and click on the Grants & Applications link.
Thursday, March 6, 2008
Wyoming Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources Director Milward Simpson will serve as master of ceremonies and make the awards presentation March 11.
This year’s winner will receive a $200 scholarship and an expense-paid trip to Washington D.C. to represent Wyoming in the National Poetry Out Loud competition, April 27-29. The winner’s school will receive a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books. Wyoming’s runner-up will receive a $100 scholarship, with their school receiving a $200 stipend.
Students from Buffalo, Cody, Cheyenne East, Guernsey-Sunrise, Star Valley and Wheatland high schools participated in this year’s competition, as well as representatives of Cheyenne’s Carey Junior High School.
Judges for the Wyoming finals competition are Jackson resident Bob Berky, an actor, director, playwright and theatrical clown who's performed throughout the world; Laramie County Community College instructor Damien Kortum, who teaches composition, literature and creative writing; and Sue Wallis of Recluse, a member of the Wyoming House of Representatives and writer.
Held in partnership with the Wyoming Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, the contest is a national program that encourages high school students to learn about poetry through memorization, performance and competition. The program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage.
This is the third consecutive year that Wyoming has held the "Poetry Out Loud" competition. Josh Schaberg, a senior at Buffalo High School won last year’s competition.
FMI: Wyoming Arts Council at 307-777-7742, or visit http://www.poetryoutloud.org.
Printable visual arts fellowship applications have been available on the agency web site since mid-February. Go to our home page at http://wyoarts.state.wy.us and click on the visual arts program link.
Postmark deadline for entries is April 30, 2008. It's open to Wyoming artists only.
Titled, "Legalizing Liquor, Talking Taxes, and Shrinking Government: How the 1933 Special Session of the Wyoming Legislature Dealt with the Great Depression," Dr. Phil Roberts, associate professor of History at the University of Wyoming, examines how the lawmakers of that time dealt with a variety of complex issues.
Wyoming’s "Great Depression" began in the early 1920s, and by the time that the rest of the country was in depression, Wyomingites had already experienced economic distress.
Prohibition vexed law enforcement throughout the ‘20s as more and more Wyoming citizens turned against the "noble experiment." When the Wyoming Legislature met in 1933, it faced these issues and more. The result of that session’s deliberations – repeal of prohibition, debates over income and sales taxes and rancorous efforts to reduce the size of state government – left a lasting legacy. Dr. Roberts’ presentation will discuss some of the roots of these issues and how the legislature responded to the challenges.
The Wyoming State Museum is located in the Barrett Building, 2301 Central Avenue in Cheyenne. For more information about this and other State Museum programs, please call
These winter concerts play a vital role in the Festival's in-school education programs, bringing visiting artists into local classrooms for week-long residencies, including master classes, private instrumental instruction, and full-school assemblies. It's likely your child will be visited this month!
Learn about how music prepares kids for life! The cultural and social benefits of school-based music programs are long known - music provides an outlet for creativity, self-expression, encourages teamwork, reinforces communication skills, and sustains our cultural heritage . But there is now scientific evidence, both behavioral and neurophysiological, that music does so much more. It generates neural connections, uniquely enhancing higher brain functions that enable a child to reason abstractly in subjects such as math, physics, and engineering. Kids involved in school music programs even score higher on standardized tests. Most important of all, music is simply worth knowing! Great information is already out there: starting Thursday, March 6, you can read all about the benefits of music education, and link to current research, on the Festival's new website at http://www.gtmf.org/. Or go to http://www.supportmusic.com/
For more information about the Festival's education and outreach programming, contact Liz Kintz at 307-733-3050 x109.
Tickets are available for purchase through the Grand Teton Music Festival ticket office at
307-733-1128 or online at http://www.gtmf.org/. All sales are final. No refunds or exchanges.
GRAND TETON MUSIC FESTIVAL
4015 W Lake Creek Drive #1
Wilson, WY 83014
t 307.733.3050 x107
The National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts is America's service association for community arts education organizations that provide access to high quality sequential instruction so that all people may participate in the arts according to their interests and abilities. In concert with this dynamic network, the Guild researches and promotes best practices, provides opportunities for professional development and dialogue, advocates for broad access, and makes grants to the field.
The Guild's 370+ member organizations range from community schools of the arts to arts centers to community divisions of universities, museums, government agencies, performing arts companies, and others. Our core constituents are tax-exempt organizations and government agencies dedicated to making arts education accessible to all people of ages, aptitudes and backgrounds within their communities.www.nationalguild.org
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Assisting with market research to identify potential member institution; Assisting with the production and distribution of marketing materials; Preparing reports on the impact of marketing efforts; Providing general support to the Marketing departments; Adding qualified potential member institutions to the Guild's database; Other duties as assigned
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For the past five years, photographer Martin Stupich, writer Annie Proulx, archeologist Dudley Gardner and geologist Charles Ferguson have been exploring, photographing, and researching the Red Desert. Their collected stories, images, observations, and learned scholarship will result in a publication on the Red Desert (University of Texas Press, 2008). The publication is as much a study about the region’s natural landscape, archeology, and human history as it is a study on public lands and last use over the last century.
Curated by Susan Moldenhauer, director and chief curator of the University Art Museum, the exhibition, Portrait of a Place: Wyoming’s Red Desert, photographs by Martin Stupich, featured Stupich’s images and became the platform for a larger discussion. The symposium included presenters as diverse as the desert itself. In addition to Stupich, Proulx, Gardner, and Ferguson, more than 20 presenters representing the arts, humanities, sciences, industry, public policy, and conservation provided insight on a particular region of the desert—Boar’s Tusk and the Kilpecker Dunes—and collectively offered a portrait of the Red Desert.
The symposium was made possible by the Richard and Judith Agee, Guthrie Family Foundation, the National Advisory Board of the UW Art Museum, the Argosy Family Foundation and the Haub School and Ruckelshaus Institute of Environment and Natural Resources, UW Program on Ecology, the Wyoming Council for the Humanities, and the Wyoming Arts Council through the Wyoming State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts which believes a great nation deserves great art.
Bringing the world of art to Wyoming, the Art Museum is located in the Centennial Complex at 22nd & Willett Drive in Laramie. The Museum and Museum Store are open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with extended hours until 9 p.m. on Mondays February through April. Admission is free.
Registration is $30 before March 31st and includes a critique of one poem by Dawn Trask. After 3/31, the fee will be $35 and does NOT include a critique. All registration fees include refreshment breaks and lunch.
The Hampton Inn is saving a block of rooms for those coming from out of town, at $84/night
and this includes breakfast.
When the plowblade struck
An old stump hiding under
The soil like a beggar's
Rotten tooth, they swarmed up
& Mister Jackson left the plow
Wedged like a whaler's harpoon.
The horse was midnight
Against dusk, tethered to somebody's
Pocketwatch. He shivered, but not
The way women shook their heads
Before mirrors at the five
& dime--a deeper connection
To the low field's evening star.
He stood there, in tracechains,
Lathered in froth, just
Stopped by a great, goofy
Calmness. He whinnied
Once, & then the whole
Beautiful, blue-black sky
Fell on his back.
American Life in Poetry is made possible by The Poetry Foundation (www.poetryfoundation.org), publisher of Poetry magazine. It is also supported by the Department of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Poem copyright (c) 2001 by Yusef Komunyakaa, reprinted from "Pleasure Dome: New & Collected Poems, 1975-1999," Wesleyan Univ. Press, 2001, by permission. Introduction copyright (c) 2008 by The Poetry Foundation. The introduction's author, Ted Kooser, served as United States Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 2004-2006. They do not accept unsolicited manuscripts.
American Life in Poetry provides newspapers and online publications with a free weekly column featuring contemporary American poems. The sole mission of this project is to promote poetry: American Life in Poetry seeks to create a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. There are no costs for reprinting the columns; we do require that you register your publication here and that the text of the column be reproduced without alteration.