Portland/Seattle, where they are based.
Friday, August 29, 2008
Portland/Seattle, where they are based.
For a copy of program guidelines and application click here
Questions about USArtists International should be directed to:
Marie Suzuki, Program Associate, International at
firstname.lastname@example.org (mailto:email@example.com) or via telephone at 410.539.6656 x113.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
You will know if you are accepted by October 1, and the work is due by December 12, 2008.
The exhibition takes place through January 2-30, 2009. The artist reception takes place on January 30 and the auction event, January 31.
The annual event promotes visual arts and artists. Proceeds from the event not only support participating artists, but also programming and general operations of AVA. In addition to the juried auction, the event includes an open silent auction and invitational selling exhibition.
AVA is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion and advancement of the visual arts in the Gillette region. They offer youth and adult workshops, public events, sales opportunities for artists, and exhibitions for local, regional and national artists.
Contact them at P.O. Box 7145, Gillette, WY 82717; by phone @ (307) 682-9133 or by email @ firstname.lastname@example.org or at their website, www.avacenter.org
It will be held at the Devils Tower National Monument, Picnic Area, Devils Tower, at 1 p.m., September 6.
Friday, August 22, 2008
So, as a public service, here's a list of some key dates on the Wyoming Arts Council calendar:
Aug. 27: Sign-ups begin for 2008-2009 Poetry Out Loud competition for high school students (NEW DATE!)
Sept. 18: WAC creative writing fellowship reading in Casper at Equality State Book Festival (Sept. 18-20) in Casper
Oct. 1: WAC artist roster applications available (NEW DATE!)
Oct. 1: Deadline for Governor’s Arts Awards nominations
Oct. 29: Deadline for next round of WAC CAP grants
Oct. 31: Deadline for Blanchan/Doubleday writing awards (NEW DATE!)
Nov. 2: Deadline for WAC Folk Arts mentorship grants
Nov. 6-7: WAC board meeting, Powell
Nov. 14: Deadline for performing arts fellowships in music performance (NEW DATE!)
Nov. 17-18: Poetry Out Loud finals held in Cheyenne (NEW DATE!)
Dec. 1: Deadline date for WAC artist roster applications (NEW DATE!)
Dec. 15: Project end date for American Masterpieces New Deal grants
Looking ahead to 2009, the WAC will hold its annual Governor's Arts Awards gala Feb. 13 in Cheyenne, a Visual Arts Symposium April 3-4 in partnership with the UW Art Museum in Laramie and the Wyoming Arts Summit Sept. 25-26 in Jackson.
FMI: Call the WAC at 307-777-7742 or go to the web site at wyoarts.state.wy.us.
Two artists will be featured in Western Wyoming Community College’s Art Gallery show "Body of Thought" which opens August 27 and runs through September 27.
The show will include the transfer print collages of Lili Francuz, artist, and art curator at the Wyoming State Museum in Cheyenne and ceramics by Paul Morris, artist and adjunct faculty at Front Range Community College in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Francuz has presented Artists Professional Development Workshops for the Laramie Artist Guild, Central Wyoming College, and the art Association in Jackson, just to name a few.
"My current work combines representational and abstract forms that draw from collected snapshots, grade school papers, and advertising debris," Francuz said.
WWCC Gallery Director, Florence McEwin notes, "Francuz’ s collective image becomes a momento mori of references , at once personal while abstract. The viewer’s involvement becomes one of seeking and intellectually responding."
Francuz holds a Bachelor and Master of Fine Arts in Printmaking from Utah State University. She has shown her works in shows as near as Jackson and Lander, and as far as Norway and Estonia.
"My ewers have a strongly sculptural, figurative presence," states Morris of his work, "and serve to explore issues of durability regarding our personal and collective embodiment in the world."
Professor McEwin added, "Morris’s work uses a playful integration of biomorphic forms with an intensely proficient technicality to establish his language of art making."
Morris earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts, summa cum laude, with concentrations in pottery and sculpture at Colorado State University and his Master of Fine Arts in ceramics from University of Northern Colorado.
He has shown his work all over the US. He has given lectures and presentations for Adams State College in Alamosa, Colorado, the Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art, Laramie County Community College and the Foothills Art Center in Golden, Colorado.
The "Body of Thought" art show is free and open to the public. The WWCC Art Gallery is open Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. until 10 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Readers of this blog might remember Lili Francuz from her years as the visual arts specialist for the Wyoming Arts Council. Congrats, Lili!
Thursday, August 21, 2008
In 1988, Rushdie published "The Satanic Verses," a satirical novel that explores issues of religious faith and fanatical belief. Rushdie was accused of blasphemy against Islam, and the novel was banned in many Muslim countries. Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini famously issued a fatwa, or religious proclamation, against Rushdie, calling on all faithful Muslims to put him to death. Rushdie spent much of the next 10 years in hiding. He says he still receives "a sort of Valentine's card" every year from Iran, to remind him of the sentence.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Lander author, journalist and television producer Geoffrey O’Gara will speak and show film clips and images about his book “What You See in Clear Water,” which chronicles the struggle over water rights on and around the Wind River Indian Reservation. James Trosper (shown in photo), Sun Dance chief of the Eastern Shoshone tribe, will join O’Gara to offer a unique perspective on Washakie’s contributions to the tribe’s water rights. Followed by a Q&A and book signing. The event is free and open to the public.
Co-presented by IC-21 and Teton County Public Library.
Contact: Adult Humanities Coordinator, 733-2164 ext. 135.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Flores de Colores dancers presented solo, duet and group performances for judges. One solo, one duet and two small group awards were won. The dancers represented the states of Veracruz, Baja California Norte, and Jalisco, Mexico. The girl group won the trophy for most impressive of all dancers in their age level.
The Jentel Artist Residency Program is proud to present this month’s residents in a free event open to the public. "Jentel Presents" will take place Tuesday, Sept. 2, 5:30-7 p.m. at The Book Shop, 117 North Main. Refreshesments will be served.
"Jentel Presents" is a community outreach program that features slide presentations and readings by the visual artists and writers at the residency.
Presenters include: Jeff Bender, Philadelphia, PA; A fiction writer, Jeff enjoys reading and travel and is published in Guernica and the upcoming Captain Fiction; Jeffrey Hensley, Arlington, VA; A landscape painter, Jeff enjoys fishing, hiking and being outdoors in inspiring locations to make his art; Melissa McCutcheon, Brooklyn, NY; An oil painter, Melissa has a passion for travel and culture and surfing; Domenica Ruta, Austin, TX; A novelist, Domenica enjoys dogs, kickboxing, yoga and has no control when it comes to pens; Frank Sheehan, NYC; A painter, Frank uses sumi ink and acrylics to explore his current fascination with nests; Joan Waltemath NYC; A painter, Joan finds Wyoming familiar as she grew up along the Platte River where Buffalo Bill wintered. She is a return resident to Jentel.
The Jentel Artist Residency Program accepts applications twice a year from visual artists in all media and writers in all genres for a one-month residency. A residency includes a comfortable accommodation; common living, dining and recreation areas; a private workspace and a stipend to help defray expenses during the program. For more information please visit http://www.jentelarts.org/.
- Friday, Sept. 19, includes an afternoon writing session at the Badger Hole in Custer State Park beginning at 1:00 pm followed by a picnic at 5:00 pm and a free program for the public at the Custer County 1881 Courthouse Museum courtroom at 6:30 p.m. Participants in the workshop may, if they wish, join Dr. George Russell of Boulder, Colorado; Donley Hewitt of Hill City; and Linda Hasselstrom who will present readings of poetry or prose. French Creek Folk will provide music during the evening, including Badger Clark poetry set to music. Refreshments will be served, courtesy of the Society. Friday night's entertainment at the 1881 Courthouse is free to the public.
- Saturday, Sept. 20, session will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the Custer County Courthouse Annex at 447 Crook Street. The day will include instruction on all factors involving writing poetry or prose plus writing session. Snacks and lunch will be provided by the Society. Participants who complete the 15-hour workshop will receive certificates of recognition.
An application for registration and the $100 workshop fee are due by September 15 payable to the Badger Clark Memorial Society, Box 351, Custer, SD 57730-0351. College credit from the University of South Dakota is available for $43.20 for English 592, "Badger Clark Memorial Society Workshop" for those who apply by September 19.
Participants may send any paper they have written to the Society by September 1 for critiquing by Hasselstorm for a fee of $10.
For information contact Jessie Sundstrom, PO Box 351, Custer, SD 57730-0351, Og, 605-673-4377.
The Society is a non-profit South Dakota corporation organized to promote the works of Badger Clark and western literature. To learn about the society log on to http://www.badgerclark.org/. The Poetry Workshop is sponsored in part by the South Dakota Arts Council.
The Wyoming Highway Patrol will be hosting a public open house event to celebrate its 75th anniversary on Thursday, Aug. 21 from 1-4 p.m. It will be held in the white tent between the Wyoming Highway Patrol Headquarters building and the main WYDOT building at the I-25 and Central Avenue interchange in Cheyenne. Refreshments will be served.
The open house will provide an opportunity for employees to visit with Wyoming Highway Patrol Staff and Troopers. On display will be the restored 1954 WHP Buick along with other current Patrol vehicles and equipment. There will be various exhibits and displays and K-9 Drug and Bomb demonstrations at 2 and 3 p.m.
The Wyoming State Museum is hosting an exhibit celebrating the WHP's 75th anniversary through Sept. 30 on the museum's first floor in the Barrett Building. The restored WHP Buick was on display this summer in front of the museum.
Monday, August 18, 2008
Sam Gappmayer — executive director of the Sun Valley Center for the Arts in Ketchum, Idaho, since 2002 — will helm the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, the museum announced today. He is expected to begin his duties in October.
He replaces Michael De Marsche, whose controversial four-year tenure ended with the announcement of his resignation days after the museum opened a $30 million addition in August 2007.
"Sam Gappmayer has a significant history of achievement in taking the arts organizations he has served to higher ground," Jon Stepleton, chairman of the arts center's board of trustees, said in a statement. "And he has done so in a highly collaborative way, with great integrity, openness and sense of communityconnection."
Prior to his tenure at the Sun Valley Center, Gappmayer's previous experience includes heading the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center (1999-2002), Fresno Art Museum (1996-1999) and Salt Lake Art Center (1992-1996). Before that, he was director of the Nicolaysen Art Museum in Casper.
There will be music by local favorite Todd Dereemer and his band.
FMI: Contact Jay Meyer at (307) 287-2077.
The University of Wyoming Art Museum has scheduled free tours of "Sculpture: A Wyoming Invitational." Tours will be available every Wednesday and Thursday beginning August 20, continuing through September. Anyone interested in learning more about the sculptures is invited to attend. No reservations are necessary, however, tours will begin promptly at the scheduled times.
Tours start at the Art Museum each Wednesday at 10 a.m. and each Thursday at 2 p.m. The Art Museum is located in the Centennial Complex, 2111 Willett Drive in Laramie. Education Curator Wendy Bredehoft suggests that participants wear comfortable shoes and plan on spending 1 1/2 to 2 hours exploring these sculptures with docent guides at the museum and on Prexy’s Pasture. She also notes, "These tours, which are led by trained museum volunteers, are a fun way to learn more about the artists and the sculpture they have created. For example, how is Patrick Dougherty’s willow and sapling sculpture, "Shortcut," constructed to withstand Wyoming winds?"
Special tours for groups can be arranged with 48 hours notice. Participants will view and discuss 10 of the 18 sculptures that comprise Sculpture: A Wyoming Invitational. A self-guided tour guide will also be available. Tours of all the sculptures will be offered on Saturday, October 4 during a special Community Day. Bus tours are planned at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Seating is limited and reservations may be made by calling Pam Vaughn at 766-3477. Walking tours will also be offered at 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 pm. No reservations are necessary and comfortable walking shows are suggested. Participants will start at the Art Museum and visit Prexy’s Pasture to view sculpture. A self-guided tour guide will also be available for those who want to tour the sculptures on their own.
"We are excited to offer a special day for Laramie residents to tour the sculptures on temporary view in our community," said Susan Moldenhauer, Art Museum director and chief curator.
"Sculpture: A Wyoming Invitational" has been organized by the UW Art Museum in partnership with the University of Wyoming, Laramie Parks & Recreation, Laramie Economic Development Corporation, and the Albany County Public Library. The exhibition officially opens with a reception on Friday, Sept. 12, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Prexy’s Pasture. It continues through July 2009.
"Imagine learning from the masters" is a guiding principle of the UW Art Museum’s programs. The museum and Museum Store are located in the Centennial Complex at 2111 Willett Dr in Laramie. Beginning Saturday, August 30, the museum and Museum Store are open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call (307) 766-6622 or visit www.uwyo.edu/artmuseum or the museum’s new blog, www.uwartmuseum.blogspot.com.
You'll love the first comedic Reader's Theatre of the Cheyenne Little Theatre Players' performance season -- The Dead Guy by Eric Cobles. A satire on reality television, The Dead Guy ends on a serious note.
Auditions are Monday and Tuesday, August 25-26, 6:30 p.m. at the Atlas.
Readers Theatres are a wonderful opportunity to be on stage even if you don't have the time for weeks and weeks of rehearsals and performances and memorizing lines.
As always, please spread the word and drop by and audition yourself!
Friday, August 15, 2008
Due to inclement weather and wet conditions, the Wyoming State Museum Volunteers Arts and Crafts Show scheduled in Cheyenne for tomorrow (Aug. 16) has been cancelled. The event will not be rescheduled.
It has been determined that sloppy conditions on the grounds of the Barrett Building in downtown Cheyenne would not allow for the event to go on as scheduled.
Persons with questions regarding the cancellation can contact Carolyn Turbiville at 307-632-8244, email@example.com; or Sarah Ligocki at 307-777-7021, firstname.lastname@example.org.
August 15, Centennial Valley Trading Post, Centennial, with his band, The Aimless Drifters
August 17, Jackson Hole Center for the Arts, Jackson, with Don Edwards. FMI: www.jhcenterforthearts.org
August 18-21, Pack trip in the Teton Wilderness in Jackson Hole with Dave Stamey. FMI: Empty Rocker Productions, 307-413-9462
August 30, Cheyenne Heart of the West Cowboy Festival, Cheyenne, with Jon Chandler and the Wichitones, Andy Nelson, Otto Rosfeld, and others
August 31, Beartree Tavern, Centennial
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Here’s the schedule
September 30, deadline for entries (must submit work on CD).
October 10, accepted artists will be notified.
November 3, show opens at the ARCC Gallery.
November 22-23, Winterfest at the Aberdeen Civic Arena, 203 S. Washington St.
December 29, show closes; closing reception from 5:30-7:30 pm.
The exhibition will be open to the public Nov. 3-Dec. 29, with a closing reception on
Monday, Dec. 29, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Artists may not withdraw their works early from the show. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m., and Saturdays 10 a.m.-noon.
The Gallery will receive a 25 percent commission for any work sold from the exhibition. All prices given must reflect this commission. All pieces must be for sale. Sales tax will be handled by the ARCC Gallery.
Awards to be given are: First place, $500; second place, $150; and “People’s Choice,” $100.
FMI: Lois Beckner at (605) 626-7081
Wyoming Writers, Inc., continues its presence at the show. Long-time WWI member John D. Nesbitt of Torrington usually organizes this and attends the show. But he'll be a bookfest presenter this year. Here are excerpts of an article he wrote for the summer newsletter:
The Mountains and Plains Independent Booksellers Association (MPIBA) trade show will take place at The Crowne Plaza hotel in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Sept. 17-20 of this year, and once again Wyoming Writers, Inc., will have a display booth.
Our main day of activity will be Saturday, September 20. In past years, the trade show took place in Denver. This year, the event will be in a new location and will have a new schedule. Our part in the exhibit will take place on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The MPIBA trade show focuses on exhibiting and displaying books. The emphasis is on promotion, with very little taking place in the way of direct sales. Most exhibitors are publishers, and they come from all over the country. Some writers’ organizations also have exhibits. At the Wyoming Writers booth, we will display books and anthologies by writers in our organization. We will also hand out folders with promotional material inside. The folders get handed out to people who go through the exhibits—mainly booksellers and distributors. For Wyoming Writers members who participate in person, it is a good opportunity to promote one’s work at the same time that we promote the organization as a whole. Members who do not participate in person can still be represented in the folder.
This is a good opportunity to have your work promoted whether you attend or not. Although some participants do get the opportunity to promote their work individually, our central purpose at MPIBA is to promote Wyoming Writers, Inc., in general as an organization and as an idea. The more visible we are, the more the bookselling and reading world knows that there are serious, active writers in Wyoming. MPIBA puts our organization, our writers, and even our state in the regional and national arena. People remember our exhibit, and they remember those of us who run the booth.
For personal participation, this event is especially good for anyone who has a new or recent book or who has a publishing or bookselling enterprise.
Ann Heberlein has agreed to be in charge of the exhibit. If you cannot participate in person but have promotional material on anything that carries your writing—one or more books, an anthology, or whatever—send as many as 120 copies to Ann Heberlein by September 10, and your material will be included in the folders handed out to interested passersby. Your promotional material may consist of post cards, bookmarks, cover flats, brochures, or flyers. If you compose your own material, be sure to include basic ordering information such as ISBN, price, publisher, and distributor (if the book is not already handled by a national distributor). Also, include full contact information about yourself (address, phone number, e-mail address, fax, website). If you self-publish, you may also want to state your discount prices, shipping policy, and return policy.
5121 East 12th St.
Casper, WY 82609
(307) 237-0003 (home)
(307) 473-6802 (work)
Reminder: We need badge requests by about September 3, and Ann needs display copies and folder materials by September 10. Earlier is better, of course. If you would like to know more about the trade show or MPIBA, you may go to the website at http://www.mountainsplains.org/
P.S.: Both blog editors are members of Wyoming Writers, Inc.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Here’s bio information on Rod from the ARTCORE web site:
Rodney Gene Mahaffey is a veteran of Artcore’s summer music and poetry program, reading or performing (or both) occasionally since 1987.
The Poetry Out Loud recitation competition, previously conducted during the winter and spring, has a new schedule.
It will be held in Wyoming September through November during the 2008-2009 school year. The school competitions can be held any time after school starts (late August for most districts) up until the end of October. The finals in Cheyenne will be on Nov. 17-18.
During previous years, schools participating in POL conducted their competitions in January and February and traveled to Cheyenne in mid-March. But teachers and students alike complained that that part of the school year is crammed full of events, including the speech/debate season, standardized tests, sports events, and spring break. So the Wyoming Arts Council has moved the schedule to the fall.
The competition is open to high school students, grades 9-12, in language arts, speech/debate and drama classes. Teachers can sign up their classes by calling Mike Shay at the Wyoming Arts Council, 307-777-5234. Poetry Out Loud is open to public and private school students, as well as home school associations.
Students participating in the program memorize and perform three poems included in material provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. Each school sends its winner to the state finals, with that winner going to the national competition in Washington, D.C., in April. Students can win cash prizes and scholarships. Their school libraries can also win collections of poetry books.
As school begins across the state during the next two weeks, keep in mind Poetry Out Loud. Call the Arts Council at 307-777-7742, or check out our web site.
Here’s an Aug. 8 review of the play from Jan Fairley in The Scotsman newspaper:
Maggie Simpson is a Simpson of Wyoming (not Springfield), a family that has produced a long line of state governors. In this one-woman show, in a novel venue created out of luxury Portakabins, she tells the story of her life so far.
Her raison d'être was to be her family's Little Miss Sunshine and the effort fractured her very being. The strength of her play is that, without cliché or histrionics, she brings to life extremely dark experiences with wit, humour and wisdom.
A singer-songwriter with a voice that recalls both Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez, Simpson impresses as an actress too. It's a cathartic piece, full of irony, revealing the inner fragility of people who try so hard to become what they think others want them to be that they annihilate themselves.
Katie Dublinski serves as editorial director for Graywolf Press, an independent literary press based in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She acquires manuscripts for Graywolf's fiction and nonfiction lists. Authors she has worked with include Alyson Hagy, William Kittredge, Ron Carlson, Ander Monson, and Robert Boswell. In addition, she oversees the book production process and sells subsidiary rights. She has been with Graywolf since 1997.
Buy Tickets With No Fees! On Saturday, August 16, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., join us at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in downtown Denver for a special presale event. Buy tickets for the Frederica von Stade concert, Madama Butterfly, The Pearl Fishers, and Cosi fan tutte with no additional ticketing fees on this one-day event! Get a sneak peek at the upcoming season and save! Single tickets will go on sale to the general public on August 18 at 10 a.m. through www.operacolorado.org or 303-357-ARTS. Ticketing fees will apply beginning August 18.
On Thursday, Aug. 14, you are invited to attend the board’s “public comment session” at 3 p.m. in Room 1003 at WWCC.
Join the WAC board on Friday, Aug. 15, 3-6 p.m., at a reception and exhibition at the Community Fine Arts Center, 400 C St. in Rock Springs. This event is free and open to the public.
The board will have an opportunity on Friday afternoon to tour Green River and its “Art on the Green” project.
For more information, contact the Arts Council at 307-777-7742.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Here are some details:
The University of Wyoming Art Museum seeks a Master Teacher, to work full-time in the museum's education department under the supervision of the Education Curator. This position was implemented as part of a Pilot Project to create a direct liaison between the College of Education, the Museum and Wyoming School Districts statewide. The successful applicant
will move the Master Teacher position forward into the next stage of implementation.
For further details, go to http://uwadmnweb.uwyo.edu/HREmployment/printjob.asp?id=2451
There's a huge line-up for this year's gathering: The Three Amigos (Michael Martin Murphey, Don Edwards and Waddie Mitchell), Riders in the Sky, Cowboy Celtic, Baxter Black, Wally McRae, Paul Zarzyski (shown in photo), Ian Tyson, Wyoming's Echo Klaproth and Georgie Sicking, Wyoming native Teresa Jordan, ex-Wyomingite Linda Hasselstrom, and a host of others. Keynote address will be delivered by former Supreme Court Justice and cowgirl Sandra Day O'Connor.
Tickets go on sale to Western Folklife Center members on Tuesday, Sept. 2, at 9 a.m. Pacific Time. Tickets go on sale for non-members on Oct. 2.
"The sun has perished out of heaven, and an evil mist has overspread the world."
With those words from The Odyssey, Homer laid down not a prophecy of doom but a description of a real-world total solar eclipse, scientific sleuths announced. It has been known for decades that there was only one such eclipse during the time period Homer wrote about in the ancient Greek poem--on April 16, 1178 B.C. The blackout even occured at noon, as described in the epic poem.
Go to http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2008/06/080623-homer-eclipse.html to read the full story.
For the full press release, visit http://www.arts.gov/news/index.html
Monday, August 11, 2008
The coming winter may be one of the most expensive heating seasons to date. Some natural gas utilities' rates will increase as much as 50-70%. That means if you paid $200 per month for heat last year, you might pay $340 per month this year. To help prepare consumers and community leaders to deal with these rate increases, the Wyoming Public Service Commission is holding the 2008-2009 Winter Heating Conference on August 20 from 1-5 p.m. at Casper's Best Western Ramkota Inn. The event is free and open to the public. For more information on the conference, improving your energy efficiency, and energy assistance programs available in Wyoming, go to http://psc.state.wy.us/htdocs/energy_assistance.htm.
Winner of the 2008 Gilmore Young Artist Award and the 2003 China Shanghai International Piano Competition, 21-year-old pianist Adam Golka has performed with major orchestras and festivals throughout the United States. His appearance on these August 15-16 concerts marks his Grand Teton Music Festival debut.
The concert program remains as originally scheduled, with Golka performing Maurice Ravel's Piano Concerto in G major, and featuring the Festival Orchestra under the direction of Music Director Donald Runnicles in the Second Symphony of Sergei Rachmaninoff. Tickets for these and the other remaining concerts of the Festival's 2008 summer season may be purchased by phone: 307-733-1128 or online at www.gtmf.org
"Reading Wyoming," the popular book discussion program of the Wyoming Humanities Council, will take place in 19 Wyoming communities this fall. The program brings together community members and a humanities discussion leader to read and discuss a series of four books. Sessions are free and open to the public, and the Wyoming Humanities Council loans books to participants. To join a discussion in your community, contact the host organization directly. A schedule appears below.
Nonprofit organizations and government agencies are invited to host "Reading Wyoming." The application deadline for groups meeting in spring 2009 is September 2.
FMI: http://www.uwyo.edu/humanities or call 307-721-9243.
Baggs, public library, starts August 26.
Casper, Ft. Caspar Museum, starts August 25.
Cheyenne, public library, starts August 10.
Cody, Christ Episcopal Church, starts August 4.
Evanston, public library, starts August 19.
Green River, public library, starts August 21.
Lander, public library, starts September 4.
Laramie, Eppson Senior Ctr., starts August 18.
Lusk, public library, starts September 3.
Medicine Bow, Senior Center, starts September 3.
Pine Bluffs, public library, starts August 21.
Pinedale, public library, starts September 1.
Powell, Rocky Mtn. Manor, starts September 3.
Ranchester, public library, starts August 25.
Riverton, public library, starts September 8.
Rock Springs, WWCC Library, starts September 8.
Story, public library, starts September 8.
Upton, public library, starts August 21.
Worland, public library, starts September 15.
Here’s what the publisher says about the book:
For the first time, the history of Wyoming's native wolf is told in an intensively researched, fully footnoted chronicle by Pinedale, Wyoming's award-winning author Cat Urbigkit. Beginning with the archeological evidence of wolves in western Wyoming, through the wolf control era when most, but not all, wolves were eradicated, the book continues through the release of Canadian wolves into Yellowstone National Park and the lasting effects of this controversial action. Urbigkit is uniquely qualified to compile this intensely personal perspective, as she was one of the litigants who sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to prevent the reintroduction of Canadian wolves into the northern Rockies.
Urbigkit's book provides four frames of context: historic, scientific, legal, and immensely personal. The book details what was known about the native wolf and how it differed from other wolf populations. It explains the political and legal battles over the proposal to reintroduce non-native wolves to the region. While the debate raged, some of its participants largely ignored the fact the wolves still existed in the region and introducing Canadian wolves would be a violation of the Endangered Species Act. Rather than a triumph for conservation, the author viewed the wolf reintroduction program as a tragedy. Rather than a victory for wildlife, it was an action causing the extinction of a truly distinct animal, Wyoming's native wolf. She fought the original wolf reintroduction proposal not out of hatred for wolves, but out of concern for the possible extinction of Wyoming's native wolf.
It will debut on Thursday, Aug. 21, and play through Saturday, Aug. 23, 7:30 p.m., at the LCCC Playhouse, 1400 E. College Dr. Tickets are $10 general admission; $5 students and seniors.
Here's a description of the play from the LCCC web site:
Imagine Gidget crossed with The Three Faces of Eve and Mommie Dearest and you get Psycho Beach Party. Chicklet, a perky teenager in Malibu Beach circa 1962, wants to learn to surf and joins a group of beach bums led by the great Kanaka.Seats may be reserved by calling 307.432.1626 or 307.778.1158.
Unfortunately, she suffers from multiple personality disorder. Seeing red causes her to transform into various other selves, including a sinister vamp out to conquer the world. Complications arise when a movie starlet flees the set of her latest rotten movie to hide among the surfers. The climax is a wild luau scene where hypnosis
reveals the shocking root of Chicklet's psychosis.
The Cheyenne Civic Center's Quilt Show was able to go forward, despite the flood damage the Center received Tuesday night from a storm that dumped 2.5 inches on Cheyenne in just 30 minutes. Much needed moisture, but the Center's basement had to be pumped out and water rose to the main stage level.
There were 100-plus quilts displayed over this past weekend, all imaginative, with stories to accompany their design and execution. All kinds of techniques -- windowpane, applique, beading and fabric emblishments and manipulating, hand and machine quilting -- left show attendees oohing and aahing. White gloves were handed out for touching, and there were an assortment of vendors with quilt kits, ribbons and lace embellishments, packets of quilt squares and books of all kinds to purchase.
Quilts these days are works of art, documenting a time and place in the quilters' lives. Although many are still functional as blankets, many are now hung on the wall as interpretive art. Included in the show were a few vintage quilts.
The Cheyenne Quilter's Guild also takes its trunk show around to schools and interested organizations to display quilts and talk about the art of quilting.
Friday, August 8, 2008
Registration is now open for the Alliance of Artists Communities 18th annual conference, exploring what it means as an artist-centered organization to be a full participant in civic life, engaging in the global community, supporting artists working in social justice and public or community art, and integrating support for artists, creativity, and innovation into public policy.
Join national and international leaders who engage artists and community, including artists' residency directors, arts funders, civic leaders, activists, artists, and others.
William Cleveland Thursday, November 13
William Cleveland is author of Art and Upheaval (New Village Press, 2008) and director of the Center for the Study of Art and Community.
Richard Andrews Friday, November 14
Richard served for 20 years as director of the Henry Art Gallery at University of Washington, and for three years as director of the visual arts program at the National Endowment for the Arts. He is president of the Skystone Foundation, which manages James Turrell's Roden Crater in Arizona.
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Thursday, October 9, 7:30 p.m.
Brazilian & Bohemian
Rúbia Santos, piano soloist
Mozart, The Marriage of Figaro Overture
Guarnieri, Piano Concertino
Dvoÿák, Symphony No. 6
Thursday, November 20, 7:30 p.m.
An English Enigma
Tai Murray, violin soloist
Beethoven, Fidelio Overture
Bruch, Violin Concerto No. 1
Elgar, Enigma Variations
Saturday, December 6, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, December 7, 3:00 p.m.
Gala Holiday Concerts
Scott Turpen, saxophone soloist
This year’s holiday festivities will be highlighted by Duke Ellington’s version of the Nutcracker Suite, Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Greensleeves, and two Christmas favorites by Leroy Anderson.
Thursday, March 5, 7:30 p.m.*
The Dorothy Jacoby Student Soloist Competition
Who will be chosen to perform? Who will win the competition? The very best UW musicians play the ir very best solo works in this exciting concert.
*Schedule subject to change pending release of the UW basketball schedule.
Thursday, April 16, 7:30 p.m.
Thomas Pfotenhauer, trumpet soloist
Ravel, Mother Goose Suite
Liebermann, Trumpet Concerto
Respighi, Roman Festivals
* works with the Music Director and the Board of Directors in the development of the long term strategic direction of the Society as well as the day to day direction of all business activities necessary to achieve these strategic objectives.
* is an ex-officio member of the Board of Directors and participates in board meetings and discussions.
* is directly involved in all aspects of the financial development of the Society, including fund raising and event planning as well as in directing related activities such grant writing, foundation relationships, etc.
* oversees the involvement of volunteers.
* is the face of the Society in the community along with the Music Director.
* assists the Music Director in the production of performances.
* directs the marketing of the Symphony to all constituencies.
* develops the budget and oversees the financial operations of the Society.
* directs office staff and activities to ensure achievement of goals and compliance with legal and regulatory matters.
* supports the Music Director in the hiring and compensation of musicians, guest artists and others involved in performances.
* reports to the Board of Directors through the President of the board.
* will have a strong background in the executive management of a growing, successful enterprise with budgets in excess of $750,000 per year-non profit experience is a plus.
* will have had meaningful experience in fund raising and related financial activities.
* has had experience in managing personnel-both employees and volunteers.
* will be or will become a resident of the Bozeman community.
* will have strong communications skills and be a convincing advocate for the Society.
Compensation will be commensurate with the candidates experience.
Send resumes and salary requirements to the Bozeman Symphony Society, Executive Director Search Committee, 1822 West Lincoln, Suite 3, Bozeman Montana 59715. Application will be accepted until September 15th, 2008.
For the full press release, visit http://www.arts.gov/news/news08/iowa.html
Artist Stan Dolega (right) and Sterling Smith , UW Art Museum Chief Preparator, construct Veedauwoo Modernized at his West Laramie studio. Photo courtesy of the UW Art Museum.
Laramie artist, Stan Dolega, is scheduled to install a new sculpture at Optimist Park on Thursday, Aug 21. The new artwork, Veedauwoo Modernized, is inspired by the rock formations of Veedauwoo and is a continuation of the artist’s work that references the landscape and nature.
Constructed of steel, flagstone and boulders, the sculpture measures 10 feet wide by 10 feet long by 6 ft high. Veedauwoo Modernized marks a return to creating outdoor art by the artist. Dolega is one of many artists who, during the 1970s and 1980s, created large-scale earthworks or land art. Elements of nature and natural settings formed the basis of this genre of art that was often vast in scale and commonly effected by the natural elements of daily and seasonal cycles.
Dolega has many earthworks in locations across the U. S., including Dayton, Ohio, Wenatchee, Wash., Detroit, Mich., and Montgomery County, Md. The works range in size from 64 feet long to a quarter of an acre, with varying elevations, up to 10 feet high. His largest outdoor work is in Hannah, Wyo., where he created an earthwork to serve as both a sanitary landfill and a recreation site; it is 120 acres with elevations ranging from zero to 100 feet.
Dolega is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Art in Public Places grant, NEA Artist Fellowship, and Wyoming Arts council Fellowship. He is represented in the Smithsonian American Art Museum and is the owner of Wolf Ears Equipment, maker of fine hand-crafted gun leather.
Dolega’s sculpture is one of 18 works that comprise Sculpture: A Wyoming Invitational, an exhibition of public art on the University of Wyoming campus and in Laramie that has been organized by the University of Wyoming Art Museum. The exhibition officially opens with a reception on Friday, Sept. 12, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Prexy’s Pasture. It continues through July 2009.
"Imagine learning from the masters" is a guiding principle of the UW Art Museum ’s programs. The museum is located in the Centennial Complex at 2111 Willett Dr in Laramie. The museum and Museum Store are open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.
For more information, call (307) 766-6622 or visit www.uwyo.edu/artmuseum or the museum’s new blog, www.uwartmuseum.blogspot.com.