Tuesday, September 30, 2008
September 29-October 3 -- subject is "Indians" Reception is Tuesday, September 30.
October 6-October 10 -- subject is "Impressionists" Reception is Tues., Oct., 7.
October 13-October 17 -- subject is "Wit/Humor" Reception is Tues., Oct., 14.
October 20-October 24 -- subject is "Wildlife" Reception is Tues., Oct., 21.
Cheyenne Depot Museum's Oktoberfest is Friday and Saturday, Oct., 17-18. Authentic German foods and beverages will be offered, along with German entertainment. The Willkommen Reception, a taster's party for authentic German beers and foor, will take place on Oct., 17 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. in the Depot lobby. There will be live entertainment. Tickets for the reception will be $35 per person, or $60 for a couple. Advance tickets are required and are available through October 14. Call the Depot Museum at (307) 632-3905 to purchase.
On Saturday, the Oktoberfest will be held in a large heated tent on the Cheyenne Depot Plaza beginning at 9 a.m. Craft and specialty vendors will be open all day. Authentic German entertainerment begins at 9:30 a.m. Throughout the day, German foods, beers and deserts will be available until the festival concludes at 8:00 p.m. The Oktoberfest is entertainment for the whole family.
Story Time at the Depot -- Saturday, Oct., 11, and Saturday, Nov., 8. This is a free reading program to encourage reading and literary development in children. Storytime is held the second Saturday of each month, September through May, in the Cheyenne Depot lobby. Each child receives a free educational packet and a free book.
The University of Wyoming Art Museum has scheduled free walking and bus tours of the sculptures installed throughout Laramie and on the UW campus Saturday, Oct. 4. The tours will begin at the UW Art Museum, located in the Centennial Complex, 2111 Willett Drive.
Bus tours and discussions of all of the off-campus works in "Sculpture: A Wyoming Invitational" will be at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. There is no charge, but the seating is limited. Call the Art Museum at (307) 766-6622 to reserve the tickets.
Walking tours of the sculptures located at the Art Museum and Prexy's Pasture will be at 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. No reservations are necessary.
Education Curator Wendy Bredehoft suggests that walking tours participants wear comfortable shoes and plan to spend up to two hours exploring these sculptures.
"These tours, which are led by museum staff and trained museum volunteers, are a fun way to learn more about the artists and the sculpture they have created," Bredehoft says. A self-guided tour map is also available at the Art Museum lobby and at each sculpture for those who want to view the sculptures on their own.
"Sculpture: A Wyoming Invitational" has been organized by the UW Art Museum in partnership with Laramie Parks & Recreation, Laramie Economic Development Corporation and the Albany County Public Library. The exhibition continues through July 2009.
FMI: (307) 766-6622 or visit www.uwyo.edu/artmuseum or the museum's new blog, www.uwartmuseum.blogspot.com.
As Kolodzey states, she “deconstructs before I construct.” She uses colorful patterned fabrics which she deconstructs into “fringes which are then hand-sewn in hundreds of layers onto canvas, Lutrador, or paper.”
Since 1990 she has shown her work at many shows in such places as New Mexico, Colorado, New York, California, Germany and Argentina, to name a few.
“My body of work encompasses abstract work as well as work addressing socio-political issues,” she explains. “I consider it an achievement if the viewer of my work is attracted by its beauty and at the same time is inspired by its social message.” Schaer often relates the works to literary sources both appropriating and expanding for today’s time and place.
Schaer uses everyday objects in her art. “My work is often about transformation,” she explains. “For example, I often use garments — especially bustiers, bras, girdles, kitchen aprons, children’s clothing and gloves — as both means and vehicles of containment.” Included in Western’s show is an object which began as found objects — gloves lost on the streets of New York City. They take on a new life as a woven snake.
Schaer earned Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degrees from Philadelphia College of Art and from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She has been a visiting artist at several institutes including the Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha in Spain, University of Belgrade in Serbia and Montenegro at most recently at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. Her works have been show worldwide including such places as New York, Canada, Egypt and Estonia.
Lower left: Kolodzey's "AiryDay"
We broke up into groups. Each group had to choose the candidate that was going to run, what office they were going to run for, what their important issues and values were. The rest of the team -- a campaign manager, a volunteer coordinator, a press secretary, financial manager -- had to come up with all of the other ideas in running a campaign. After about twenty minutes, each candidate from each group got up and gave their campaign speech. Each young woman did a great job. These were UW students, from all different areas of study.
The dinner was buffet and the keynote speaker was Terry Tempest Williams, who has just released her new book, Finding Beauty in a Broken World. It is about her brother's death from cancer, a prairie dog settlement that was being killed off, and her travels to Rwanda. She brought her own special perspective about leadership, talking about a grandmother, who led their Rwandan village through the healing process with many of the other young women there.
She also talked about her "Weather Report" Project at UW last year during her term as their first "Eminent Professor Writer in Residence" role, and the people (women) she has met around the state that have been instrumental in dealing with environmental, political and social problems. She read Beth Howard's piece, who came to the Casper "Report," about why she writes -- as a pacifist mother who has two sons in the military; both were in Iraq at the time. Terry talked about a woman in Pinedale, who fought the oil people back in the 80s, when the idea was circulating that nuclear bombs should be exploded below the earth's surface to release the trapped gas. She read a story about her mother, (read Terry's book, Refuge) who went on a spiritual journey into the desert, and came back with a better understanding of herself. It was incredibly inspiring and she received a very enthusiastic standing ovation.
WCFB Director Tina Lackey will be coordinating the event, which debuted last year on the grounds of the State Capitol and surrounding government buildings. It was a festive atmosphere, with scores of readings, book signings and panel presentations by more than 70 Wyoming poets and writers. The Wyoming Arts Council staffed an information tent in front of its historic building, and our backyard was the site of the poetry tent. WAC staffer Mike Shay (also your trusty wyomingarts correspondent) read from his book of stories and appeared on a nature writing panel with Gary Ferguson, Jeff Lockwood, and Chip Rawlins.
Get updates on the 2009 festival from Tina Lackey at 307.777.6338 or mailto:email@example.com.WCFB web site is http://www-wsl.state.wy.us/wcb/
The Entrada Institute Fall Fund-raiser will be held on Saturday, October 11, 6 p.m., at Westminster College in Salt Lake City. Tickets are $35 each; includes food, beverages and entertainment. To order, call Nan Anderson at 435-425-2118.
Join us as we welcome special guest poet David Lee and honor artist Bonnie Posselli.
The former poet laureate of Utah, David Lee now divides his time between his native Texas and the Oregon coast. He is the author of A Legacy of Shadows, News from Down to the Cafe, and Wayburne Pig among others. A longtime friend of Entrada, he will debut new narrative poems at the event.
At the award ceremony, Bonnie Posselli will receive the Ward Roylance Award. A Utah native, Bonnie is well known for her meticulous rendering of trees and her stunning depictions of the red-rock country. In addition to being a widely collected and acclaimed artist, she has donated her time to many charitable causes, including two terms as a board member of the Entrada Institute in Torrey, Utah.
Monday, September 29, 2008
Greetings to all Wyoming artists!
Wyoming Arts Council Manager, Rita Basom, wrote about the importance of individual artists in the latest issue of the WAC newsletter, Artscapes. She noted that one of the agency's priorities is the support of individual artists. The WAC's 2006-2010 strategic plan lists a goal to support "individual artists with awards and associated programs designed to create an appreciation of and a heritage for the arts in Wyoming to benefit the economic and cultural climate of its residents."
The programs for individual artists were consolidated under one arts specialist two years ago. I didn't anticipate how busy I would be. Up until 2006, we had a specialist for literary arts (me), one for visual arts (Liliane Francuz) and one who devoted part of her time to the performing arts. That was Rita Basom, who was kicked upstairs to be our director.
At the same time, the Wyoming State Legislature agreed with our constituents that the WAC needed to reinstate a print newsletter. The staffer with the requisite writing and editing experience turned out to be me. I received permission to hire an excellent assistant editor in Linda Coatney, and we were on our way. To make matters a bit more complicated, the WAC had signed on to be one of the co-sponsors of the Equality State Book Festival in Casper. I was WAC point man on the committee that year. Now it's all Casper College, ARTCORE, and a group of very dedicated planners in Casper. I'm pleased to have been on the ground floor of a very successful event, but my time now is devoted to individual artists in the state.
So, as I catch up with fellowships, Individual Artist Professional Development grants, artist roster, Artist Image Registry (AIR), and the planned visual arts symposium in Laramie with the UW Art Museum next April, it's time to survey our artists. We need to know about your priorities. Do we need more fellowships? Is there a need for statewide gatherings for individual artists? What about technology grants to writers, artists and performers?
So, please click on the link below and answer our 10-question survey. Don't be afraid to complain, or to compliment. We need to know how to best serve you.
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A touring photo-text display created by the award-winning Family Diversity Projects of Amherst, Mass., will be featured at the University of Wyoming ASUW Gallery Sept. 30-Oct. 24 with the opening reception at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 30.
An exhibition of "Love Makes a Family: Portraits of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People and their Families," shows the love, caring and connection that are basic to all these families. Spectrum and ASUW host the exhibition. Photographs by Gigi Kaeser are accompanied by text edited by Peggy Gillespie, who conducted in-depth interviews with family members who speak candidly about their lives, their relationships and the ways in which they cope with the realities of prejudice, bias and intolerance.
Since it began touring in 1996, the exhibition has been seen in more than 1,000 communities.
For more information go to www.familydiv.org, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (413) 256-0502.
Bill Harney poses with one of his paintings Thursday at the University of Wyoming Art Museum in Laramie. Looking on is Leah Griffin, recently retired from the Albany County School District.
The unveiling will include portraits of J.J. "Joe" Hickey, Stanley K. Hathaway, Clifford P. Hansen, Michael J. Sullivan, and James E. Geringer.
This was a project of the Capitol Facilities Committee, the Governor's Portrait Committee, and the Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources. The Wyoming Arts Council is an agency within SPCR.
Friday, September 26, 2008
Wyoming’s diverse folk and traditional arts are celebrated each year through the awarding of Arts Council grants to artists who strive to preserve their cultural and traditional talents. The application deadline for this year’s Folk and Traditional Arts Mentoring Project grants is November 3.
This effort to financially support the continued participation in traditional practices reveals the value of cultural heritage to the Wyoming experience. Previous project grant recipients have taught the arts of overshot weaving, old-time fiddle tunes, round dance drumming, rawhide braiding and bead and buckskin work from the Wind River Reservation.
The Folk and Traditional Arts Mentoring grants fulfill the mission of the program in identifying, documenting, preserving, presenting, and honoring the rich and unique artistic traditions found throughout the state. From the artists of Shoshone beadwork to Basque dancing to Scottish bagpipe music, the program encourages all those who understand the importance of artistic traditions, as well as the continuation and sharing of these traditions to submit an application.
This year, four grants of $3,000 each will be provided for master artists to teach their skills to qualified apprentices. The apprenticing artist must study with a master that shares a common heritage, whether it is a family, ethnic, occupational, tribal, religious, or geographic community.
The grants are available statewide. To receive an application, please call 307-777-7742, or visit on- line at wyoarts.state.wy.us.
The sculpture of three deer, one buck and two does, by Cheyenne artist Guadalupe Barajas, will be a permanent fixture at the Governor’s Residence.
"This sculpture 'Open Season,' portrays the unique and inspiring beauty that Wyoming has to offer," First Lady Nancy Freudenthal said. "This piece is not only a tremendous example of Wyoming artwork, but is also a grand example of the wonderful wildlife that is seen throughout the state."
Barajas is a graduate of East High School in Cheyenne, and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He was an art instructor in Chicago before devoting himself full-time to producing bronze sculpture. His most recent outdoor sculpture work includes work for the Sierra Trading Post, the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens, Lincoln Park, Brimmer Park Softball Complex and Martin Luther King Park all in Cheyenne.
We want to link composers, lyricists, playwrights and theatre companies from Wyoming who would like to create brand-new musicals, written specifically as part of a national series of musicals exploring American themes and culture. The goal of the Interstate Musical Theatre Project is for the Academy for New Musical to provide three workshops for each of the projects which qualify, perhaps as many as "fifty states, fifty musicals." The winner will receive a $10,000 prize and a concert reading; all entrants will receive table readings and dramaturgical feedback from ANMT staff, half-way through Act One, at the conclusion of Act One, and upon final draft. These would be brand-new musicals, written specifically as part of a national series of musicals exploring American themes and culture. Participating musicals pay ANMT to provide actors, pianists, rehearsal space, music directors and dramaturgs.
ANMT will finance the final concert reading.
Complete information about the process and the Interstate Musical Theatre Project can be found at http://www.anmt.org/. We're looking for writers and theatres that might represent Wyoming in the Interstate Musical Theatre Project.
FMI email@example.com 818.506.8500 Link: http://www.anmt.org/
Thursday, September 25, 2008
T Minus 5
Monday, October 20, 2008
The Golden Dragon Acrobats
Monday, November 10, 2008
I Love a Piano
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
"Oh, Mr. Sousa!"
Thursday, January 22, 2009
A Fine and Pleasant Misery
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
All concerts take place in the new Lander Valley High School Auditorium.
An artist reception and open house for artist Dorothy Redland's "Western-Landscapes-Wildlife" will be held on Friday, Sept. 26, 6-8:30 p.m., and Saturday, Sept. 27, 2-4:30 p.m. It's hosted by Joel and Diana Ohman and Debbie Mader, 3730 Overdale Drive, Gillette.
"Please join us for an afternoon or evening of fellowship and art! Everyone is Welcome!"
After that Saturday event, don't forget about the Miniature Art Silent Auction at AVA. It's from 6-9 p.m., and the cost is $25.
FMI: Ariane Jimison, AVA Community Art Center, firstname.lastname@example.org, 307.682.9133
Either way, you can still get there by other avenues. Sincerest apologies for any inconvience that this may cause.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Steve LeVine, a veteran foreign affairs journalist, will be the keynote speaker at the 12th annual Susan B. Horton Cone Family Distinguished Lecture Friday, Oct. 3, at the University of Wyoming.
LeVine's presentation, "Russia, Pipelines and the Great Game," begins at 4 p.m. in the College of Education auditorium. The lecture, sponsored by the UW Department of History, is free and open to the public.
Currently the chief foreign affairs editor for BusinessWeek, LeVine has also reported for several prominent publications -- including Newsday, Newsweek, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal -- over the past 18 years.
LeVine is author of two books, including the recently-released "Putin's Labyrinth: Spies, Murder and the Dark Heart of New Russia," which examines the powerful men of Russia and their use of murder and other eccentric actions to maintain their power. His first book, "The Oil and the Glory: The Pursuit of Empire and Fortune on the Caspian Sea," was released in October 2007.
For more information on LeVine's visit to UW, call the UW Department of History at (307) 766-5101.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Abraham Lincoln and his connection to the American West is the focus of a lecture by Dr. Richard W. Etulain at Fort Bridger State Park in Uinta County at 7 p.m., on Friday, October 3. Dr. Etulain is author of "Lincoln Looks West: From the Mississippi to the Pacific."
Sponsored by the Fort Bridger Historical Association, Dr. Etulain’s presentation, titled "Abraham Lincoln and the American West," will examine Lincoln’s important links to the West.
According to Dr. Etulain, Lincoln, even before the mid 1840s, was known as a man of the West. As president (1861-65), Lincoln connected with the trans-Mississippi American West. He supported the building of a transcontinental railroad, the launching of a homestead act, and the funding of land-grant agricultural schools. He dealt with complex Indian and military policies in lands beyond the Mississippi and continued to oppose slavery in western territories.
Lincoln is also credited with appointing more than 200 men to western political positions and in doing so, established the Republican Party as a political organization in these new western states and territories.
Dr. Etulain, a centennial historian at the John E. Riley Library at Northwest Nazarene College in Nampa, Idaho, is the author of "Lincoln Looks West: From the Mississippi to the Pacific.
FMI: Linda Newman-Byers, 307-782-3842
Monday, September 22, 2008
The deadline for Wyoming Humanities Council regular grants (over $2,000) is Oct. 1, for projects beginning Dec. 1 or later. That's next Wednesday, so get busy.
The WHC also offers mini-grants of up to $2,000. That deadline is the first of every month beginning Nov. 1. We the People Preservation and Access grants also have a first-of-the-month deadline.
The Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, call 307-682-0552.
A variety of workshops for students will be offered from 4-6 p.m. A social hour is set for 6-7 p.m., with the banquet to follow. During dinner, award-winning writer Terry Tempest Williams' keynote address will examine "equality and contemporary issues facing women in the Rocky Mountain West."
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Wyoming Arts Council board member Susan Stubson (right) talks to Laramie writer Mark Jenkins (far left) about his latest book. They were some of the hundreds of people who came to the Equality State Book Festival in Casper Sept. 18-20.
Friday, September 19, 2008
We were the first literary event the library has hosted in a very long time, but it won't be the last. The event was over just a few hours when I was talking WAC grants with Jane. "Did you know that the Arts Council has grants to support readings, workshops and all kinds of library events." People usually start running the other way when I mention grant writing. But Jane was very gracious, saying she might look into it. By the way, unlike telephone solicitors and city police, WAC staffers do not operate on a quota system. It may seem like it at times....
A crowd of around 40 listened to award-winning work by fellowship recipients Doug Reitinger of Sheridan, Val Pexton of Laramie, and Kevin Holdsworth of Green River. All of them brought family members and significant others for moral support. Val's parents drove over from Douglas for the event. Rounding out the readings was fellowship judge Laura Pritchett, a talented fiction writer from Fort Collins, Colo.
The audience first heard from me and then WAC board chair Bruce Richardson, who's no stranger to Casperites as he's been teaching at the UW Casper campus for 20 years. Doug's short story, "Follow Through," is a funny and ultimately serious tale about two buddies who go on an outing to a sporting clay shooting course" on the Wallop Ranch (name sounds familiar) near the Big Horns. We used to call this "shooting clay pigeons" but the pastime has gone upscale. In the story, one of the main characters calls it "golf -- only with guns." But that's only the setting for a story with a very serious undercurrent. Let's just say it has something to do with the merits of being incompetent with a shotgun.
Val's story, "Riding the Fences," asks the question: "When is someone crazy or just eccentric." The story is set in Wyoming ranch country where Val grew up. Kevin's story "Silver Wings" takes us to Utah. "Silver Wings" is a Merle Haggard song, but that's only one of the musical influences in this quirky piece. "I always wanted to write a story with Kansas lyrics in it." He's referring the the seventies rock group Kansas, and not the state. The story is also influenced by Kevin's grandfather, who once raised guinea pigs for experiments in biological labs. Kevin said that "Silver Wings" has not been published -- not yet, anyway. His next book will be out soon.
Laura read a story from her collection, "Hell's Bottom, Colo.," published by Milkweed Editions. The story is called "Dry Roots" and takes a gruesome twist at the end. It involves a loaded gun and a crippled calf. This was Laura's first published story, way back when.
A great reading. Thanks again to Keith and Jane at the library. See you again soon!
EDITOR'S NOTE: Linda Coatney snapped photos of this reading -- and will be doing the same thing for the other Equality State Book Festival events today and Saturday in Casper. We'll add them later.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Reitinger, Holdsworth and Pexton were selected by Pritchett as winners of the 2009 Wyoming Arts Council creative writing fellowships in fiction.
So come to the fellowship reading -- and stay for wacky children's writer Jack Gantos at 4 p.m. in the Wheeler Auditorium, and Thursday's featured speaker Alexandra Fuller who'll be talking about her latest book, "The Legend of Colton H. Bryant," at 7:30 p.m. in the Aley Fine Arts Center's Durham Hall. These events are also free. Both authors will be signing books after their presentations.
Get a full schedule of events at the bookfest web site at http://www.equalitystatebookfest.org.
For more info on fellowships, contact Mike Shay, WAC, 307-777-5234.
Take some time out on Saturday, Sept. 20 -- that's in two days -- to drop by Frontier Mall to see the "Oliver" cast perform some of the songs from the musical! They'll be in costume and in fine form at 1 p.m. for a half-hour performance, then do a repeat at around 2 p.m. The cast members will also be setting up a kiosk for our "Oliver" mall display! It'll be a high energy, good time, fun outing for a Saturday! By the J.C. Penney store!
FMI: Rose Wagner, Marketing/Outreach Coordinator, 307-638-6543
Near the end of “The Laramie Project,” the widely praised and frequently staged play about how this small city grappled with the notorious murder of the gay college student Matthew Shepard, one of the characters wonders if the convictions in the killing will help Laramie heal.
“Maybe now we can go on and we can quit being stuck, you know?” says Reggie Fluty, a local policewoman. She is one of the real-life characters whose words, collected on tape, make up the actors’ entire script.
Ms. Fluty was among 200 people interviewed in 1998 by the Tectonic Theater Project, a New York City company that created “The Laramie Project” shortly after Mr. Shepard was tied to a fence by two Laramie men, pistol-whipped and left to die in the frigid Wyoming night. And Ms. Fluty is among those whom the theater company is re-interviewing this week to explore whether Mr. Shepard has a legacy here on the high plains, 10 years later.
“Hurt’s hurt and pain’s pain, and I think people in Laramie see that now,” Ms. Fluty, now retired, told Moisés Kaufman, the artistic director of Tectonic, during a conversation in her sun-splashed living room just north of town.
“Sometimes you got to just, as a community, get slugged before you wake up and grow up,” she said. “I don’t think we’re all grown up, but I think people are trying.”
For Mr. Kaufman and his colleagues, returning to Laramie, a town of 25,000 near the Colorado border, is far from a theatrical exercise. They plan to use the new interviews to write an epilogue to the play before the 10th anniversary of Mr. Shepard’s death, on Oct. 12; it will be added to the published version of the script and will be included in future performances of “The Laramie Project,” which has had about 2,000 productions since it opened off Broadway in 2000.
Read the entire article at http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/17/theater/17laramie.html?_r=1&ei=5070&emc=eta1&oref=slogin
The $1,000 Blanchan Award is given to a writer whose work, in any literary genre, is inspired by nature. The $1,000 Doubleday Award is given to the best manuscript submitted by a woman author. To apply, you must be at least 18 years old and a Wyoming resident.
The competition is sponsored by the Wyoming Arts Council and funded by artist and arts patron Neltje from Banner.
Judge for the competition is prize-winning poet Laurel Blossom from South Carolina. Her most recent book is Degrees of Latitude, a book-length narrative prose poem exploring the geography of a woman's life. Her other books include Wednesday: New and Selected Poems; The Papers Said; What's Wrong; and Any Minute. Her work has appeared in a number of anthologies, including AFTER SHOCKS: The Poetry of Recovery for Life-Shattering Events; 180 More: Extraordinary Poems for Every Day (Billy Collins, editor); and in national journals including Poetry, The American Poetry Review, Pequod, The Paris Review, The Carolina Quarterly, Many Mountains Moving, and Harper's, among others.
Blossom co-founded The Writers Community, the writing residency and workshop program of the YMCA National Writer’s Voice and edited its 1997 anthology, Many Lights in Many Windows: Twenty Years of Great Fiction and Poetry from The Writers Community. She’s received writing fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Ohio Arts Council and the New York Foundation for the Arts.
Applications are being mailed today to writers on the WAC mailing lists. Get your own printable application and guidelines at the WAC web site, http://wyoarts.state.wy.us/. You can also pick one up at the WAC table at the book fair in the Nicolaysen Art Museum during the Equality State Book Festival on Saturday, Sept. 20.
FMI: Michael Shay, 307-777-5234 or email@example.com.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Alpha Yaya Diallo is a master guitarist from Guinea and leader of the Bafing Riders, a seven piece afro-funk band featuring guitar, bass, drums, djembe, balafon and two female dancers.
For more info on this fine musician and his band, go to the web site at www.alphayayadiallo.com.
Monday, September 15, 2008
In its recent meeting with the UW Foundation Board, the UW Board of Trustees outlined nine major areas of emphasis for fundraising:
-- Exploring creativity and imagination in the arts: Fine and performing arts
-- Enhancing the graduate experience: Graduate student support
-- Empowering the nontraditional learner: Nontraditional student support
-- Reaching out to Wyoming: Service to Wyoming and its residents
-- Powering Wyoming's future: Energy, environment and natural resources
-- Promoting political and cultural leadership: The Simpson Family Fund for Excellence in Political and Cultural Leadership
-- Cultivating a global perspective: International student experiences
-- Advancing athletic excellence: Athletic program support
-- Fostering academic innovation: Academic program support
While you can make the case that all of these goals involve creativity, at least two of the nine are geared to support arts and culture at UW and in Wyoming.
In a speech to the UW Foundation Board:
[President Tom] Buchanan made special note of three of the priority areas saying funding for the fine arts is important for long-range economic development in Wyoming because a vibrant presence in the arts is "essential to Wyoming's quality of life."
The University of Wyoming will play host to a stop on the third annual REEL ROCK Film Tour at 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 19, in the College of Arts & Sciences auditorium in Laramie.
The event is sponsored by the University of Wyoming Outdoor Program, Cross Country Connection, and Mountain Hardware, The REEL ROCK Film Tour is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6 p.m.
The 80-city tour features some of the top climbing and adventure films in the world and provides a forum for climbers ranging from spectator to expert.
The Laramie stop will include a special guest appearance by renowned climber Micah Dash, a three-year member of the Yosemite Search and Rescue Team. He is known for having the first one-day ascent of Nameless Peak in Pakistan and for his free-climbing in Greenland. Dash's climbing was featured on a film that won the Best Climbing Film award at the 2005 Banff Mountain Film Festival.
The REEL ROCK Film Tour, presented by Windstopper and The North Face, features films that have received multiple awards including a Sports Emmy. This year's films by Sender Films and Big UP Productions include world-renowned climbers completing incredible routes and ascents in Colorado, Yosemite, Moab, the Grand Canyon, Czech Republic, Italy and South Africa.
Attendees will be encouraged to make a donation to the Access Fund, which serves as an advocacy organization representing 1.6 million climbers and helping to protect climbing areas across the U.S.
For more information, contact the UW Outdoor Program at (307) 766-2402 or go to the REEL ROCK Film Tour Web site at www.reelrocktour.com.
Bresnan Communications, Bloomberg Television and the Wyoming Entrepreneur.Biz network have joined together to present two free luncheon programs featuring author and business expert, Jane Applegate. "Clear the Way to Unlimited Success" will be held at the Laramie Hilton in Laramie on Monday, October 6, and at the Commons in Powell on Tuesday, October 7. Both programs begin at 11:30 a.m.
Jane Applegate is the author of The Entrepreneur's Desk Reference and 201 Great Ideas for Your Small Business. For 12 years she wrote a weekly syndicated column, Succeeding in Small Business, for the Los Angeles Times and hundreds of newspapers around the world. Applegate was named "National Media Advocate of the Year" by the U.S. Small Business Administration in 1994. In 2000 she founded SBTV.com (Small Business TV). Currently, Jane is a columnist for Forbes.com and Success magazine. Free admission includes program, lunch and copy of Jane's book. Pre-registration required by October 1.
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Sunday, September 14, 2008
Greg McHuron, a Jackson Hole resident, is a formidable figure amongst plein aire painters countrywide. His work hangs in five galleries, including Trailside Galleries, and he is preparing for a show with Jim Wilcox at the Art Association in November. On Monday, he turned 63.
A year ago, however, McHuron thought he would never see another birthday. After battling an unusually fast-growing cancer in 2007, ultimately losing his eye and part of his jaw, he is back painting and teaching among the sagebrush and dusty roads of Wyoming.
Read the entire article at planetjh (click on link above).
Wyomingarts is in Chattanooga, Tenn., this week with several WAC colleagues.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Chattanooga has public artworks scattered all over town. Some of it is whimsical, such as this piece, some more traditional. In front of the public library is a 15-foot gleaming metal sculpture of a stack of books. Not sure how much it encourages reading, but it's an attention-getter.
Friday, September 12, 2008
She also became the first person to ever receive the nation's highest medal for artistic achievement out of the annual White House ceremony in D.C.
Parton couldn't attend the D.C. ceremony because she's extremely busy with a few small projects, such as a new album and a Broadway musical. So NEA Chair Dana Gioia flew from D.C. to Chattanooga to present her the medal personally at the annual gathering of the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, an organization that represents those that work at 56 state (and territorial) arts agencies. That includes the Wyoming Arts Council (and your intrepid correspondent, wyomingarts).
Parton's dress sparkled in the spotlights. She was pretty sparkly herself, wearing one of her "Book Lady" dresses, more modest than her well-known low-cut attire. She talked about her favorite subject -- free books for young children.
"I've been trying for a long time to get this medal," she said after an introduction by Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen. "I just flew in from Los Angeles because they're making a musical of '9-to-5' and I'm writing all of the music."
"9-to-5" was one of the most successful movies of the 1980s. It featured Parton and other working women being stepped on by an overbearing boss. Her title song was a top-ten hit the year the movie came out. It also won a Grammy.
She said that someone asked her if she was reprising her role in the musical. "I said no -- it's called '9-to-5' not '95'."
She's most energized about her "Imagination Library." It began as a county-wide project to give free books to every child from birth to five years old. It's expanded all across Tennessee, the U.S. and into the U.K.
"We've mailed out 15 million books since it started," Parton said. "Call us greedy or crazy, but we do whatever it takes to help a child read more, learn more and be more."
The project has garnered a lot of partners along the way, including the Tennessee Arts Commission and United Way.
Parton's inspiration came from her father who couldn't read or write. He went to work as a young boy and kept on working to feed his own 12 kids in backwoods Tennessee.
"He's the smartest man I ever knew," she said. "My dad was still alive when I started this program. He's the one who started calling me Book Lady."
Fifteen million volumes later, the Book Lady is still at it.
Gioia's announcement came in front of a crowd of 400 arts administrators gathered in Chattanooga, Tenn., for the annual conference of the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies.
Wyomingarts is at the NASAA conference in Chattanooga, along with four other members of the WAC and two board members.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Bill will be in Wyoming for most of the month of September, touring the state. During his time in Laramie, Bill will be working on a painting at the UW Art Museum, as well as giving talks on anthropological topics related to his Australian homeland. The Bill Harney Exhibit opens September 22 at the UW Art Museum. He will conclude his painting project on Thursday, September 25, as well as perform a public concert in the Fine Arts Recital Hall, beginning at 7:30 p.m.
His new recording, Leedi/Grasshopper Man (Kiva Records) is a product of the Wardaman Dreaming Project, an ongoing endeavour to document Wardaman culture under the direction of Yidumduma. It records songs, stories, birds and marlugbarr, or the didjeridoo. Paul Taylor, a Wyoming Arts Council roster artist who is mentored by Yidumduma, produced the CD, along with Russ Hopkins of the Fiske Planetarium in Boulder, Colorado.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
"In Citizen’s Garb: Southern Plains Native Americans, 1889-1891," examines the ways dress -– and life -– changed for the Kiowa, Comanche and affiliated tribes during the 1880s and 1890s.
Indian Reservations in Oklahoma and Indian Territories opened during this era, coinciding with large-scale efforts by the United States government to force western Native American tribes to adapt to Euro-American ways.
These efforts were meant to "civilize" the native peoples. "In Citizen’s Garb" is toured by ExhibitsUSA, which is the national touring division of Mid-America Arts Alliance, a non-profit regional arts organization based in Kansas City, Mo.
Williams J. Lenny and William L. Sawyers were among the many white entrepreneurs quick to capitalize on the romantic lure of the tribes. They set up shop in Purcell, Okla., one of the many towns that sprang up on former Indian lands, to make photographs of formerly "wild Indians" for eastern consumption, where there was a great appetite for image of the West. The 53 photographs that comprise this exhibition are modern re-strikes made from Lenny and Sawyer’s original glass negatives.
Some of the photographs show obvious – yet powerful - details of the acculturation process. Images of Native Americans in both citizen and native dress reflect the transition that occurred between the tribes’ past and their radically different future.
"In Citizen’s Garb" is curated by John Hernandez, director of the Museum of the Great Plains in Lawton, Okla. The purpose of this and other ExhibitsUSA shows is to create access to an array of arts and humanities exhibitions, nurture the development and understanding of diverse art forms and cultures, and encourage the expanding depth and breadth of cultural life in local communities.
ExhibitsUSA is a national division of Mid-America Arts Alliance, a private nonprofit organization founded in 1972.
There's still space available in the writing workshops Sept. 18 and 19 at the Equality State Book Festival in Casper. Space in each workshop is limited to 20 students, however, and we wanted to give you this chance to sign up before our final advertising push begins.
Watch for full-color, 16-page programs Wednesday, Sept. 10, in the Casper Journal and on Sunday, Sept. 14, in the Casper Star-Tribune. See much more on the entire festival at http://www.equalitystatebookfest.com/
Workshops cost $50 for students; $75 for others. The fee covers two, two-and-one-half-hour sessions. They're being offered by four faculty members of the University of Wyoming's Master of Fine Arts program in creative writing. All four are accomplished, inspiring teachers and fine writers.
Register through secure server at http://www.equalitystatebookfest.com/index.php/pages/registration/, or by calling Laurie Lye at Casper College 307-268-2639.
Pronghorn Press has since expanded into other genres. It publishes a new poetry title in the Women & Words series each year, have a sci-fi/fantasy imprint, Antelios, as well as Higher Shelf, a metaphysical/self improvement imprint. Pronghorn has recently added PrairieWinkle for children’s picture books.
Although Pronghorn is a small press, Annette is gratified that there are 54 titles on her list and some of them have garnered national reviews. Montana Spring by Richard Magniet is an award-winning novel of life in the early days in Montana and Never Summer (Pronghorn’s first poetry collection in 2002) by Chris Ransick, won the Colorado Book Award and saw the author become the Poet Laureate of Colorado.
The list at Pronghorn Press is an eclectic mix and Annette likes it that way, enjoying working with a variety of material. The High Country Gardens series by Cheryl Anderson Wright has also been a success with three titles in that series. Pronghorn’s current best selling title is Men to Match Our Mountains by Wyoming’s Chief Game Warden, Jay Lawson.
Chaudet is an editor AND writer. She's found a variety of outlets for her work over the years in anthologies, books, magazines and newspapers. In the 1980s and 1990s she published two small cookbooks, two small gift books and a collection of Christmas poetry. She also created a self awareness set called Take The Power. She has five titles currently in print including Beyond the World, a Novel of 18th Century France, a collection of short stories and two nonsense verse children’s books, A Jungle Book and The Nose Book. She is currently at work on the "autobiography" of Mary Magdalene.
Annette will appear on the Equality State Book Festival panel, "Publishing from the Ground Up" at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Nicolaysen Art Museum and will be available to sign her books following the panel.
Monday, September 8, 2008
WHC has just launched a wiki for readers in its popular "Reading Wyoming" program, with the hopes that it will give them a forum to take discussions beyond their monthly meetings and share ideas with other readers in the state. All participants, past and present, are welcome to join.
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Ruffin Prevost of The Billings Gazette wrote this story about the new Park County Public Library in Cody (story also appeared Sunday in the Casper Star-Tribune):
Though the signs say "Closed" outside the old Cody branch of the Park County Library, staff members inside are busy reviewing and organizing the 75,000-volume collection in preparation for the move later this month to the new location at the Park County Complex.Workers there have finished all major elements of construction, and are busy with last-minute details, including installing furniture, fixtures and hundreds of feet of new shelving.
"It's glorious, it's beautiful, it's open, it's roomy, it's clean, and I think it is a very pleasing space," said Frances Clymer, library director.
Construction costs for the extensive renovations to the ground floor of the Park County Complex will likely top out at $4.9 million, with $2.2 million funded through a 1-cent capital facilities sales tax approved by voters in November 2006.
Additional public and private money will cover the difference, with a few extra amenities trimmed from the project due to budget constraints."We've had to
reign in our ambitions in some areas, but the overall project is going to be what we had in mind when we got started, and it's going to be a beautiful space and a functional space," Clymer said. Library workers are going through the entire collection to weed out items that are out of date, damaged or otherwise unsuited for moving to the new location, Clymer said.
"Any books or items that have a value to someone else will be sold in a book sale or
passed on to other libraries," she said, adding that the book sale is tentatively scheduled for Sept. 26-27.
The new branch will open for regular business beginning Oct. 6, she said.
The Oct. 4 open house will feature a silent auction of 23 larger-than-life bear sculptures, part of the "Gathering of Grizzlies" fundraiser and public art installation
aimed at raising private funds for additional library amenities.
Other open house programming will include bear stories from Jim Garry, a Park County folklore and storytelling specialist (and former Wyoming Arts Council roster artist), and performances from Charlie Williams, an entertainer from Issaqua, Wash., known as "The Noiseguy."
Clymer said she expects the new location to generate a spike in patron visits and circulation, and she has approval from Park County commissioners to hire additional part-time staff to handle the increased traffic, if necessary.
Friday, September 5, 2008
For the full release and more specific information on these events, please go to http://www.arts.gov/news/news08/Heritage2008advisory.html
The talks will launch the new lecture and discussion series, "Climate Change in Carbon Central -- Developing Strategies in Wyoming," presented by the University of Wyoming/CC Center. Among the featured speakers in the rest of the series this fall are Gov. Dave Freudenthal and Jim Posewitz, executive director of Orion: The Hunter's Institute and a renowned speaker on hunting issues.
The central theme of the UW series is how climate change is part of almost every familiar issue in Wyoming -- from affordable housing to hunting and fishing -- and how addressing those issues from a climate change perspective may provide new ways to solve persistent problems, said series organizer Anne MacKinnon. Ways Wyoming people can work to slow the course of climate change and to adapt to changes already under way will be the focus of six evenings of talks, MacKinnon said.
All talks are from 7-9 p.m. in the Wheeler Auditorium, Room 103 of the Wold Physical Science Center. The series schedule:
Sept. 11, Wyoming Cities and Towns (speakers: Anderson and Barron).
We'll be hosting a series of juried exhibitions throughout the next six months. Here is a brief description for the upcoming event:
Application deadline for the "Open Juried Show " is October 17, 2008. Show dates are October 31-November 28, 2008. Works can be any size, shape, medium, style in 2 or 3 dimensions and is open to all. Must be original works & art work must be for sale.
1st, 2nd & 3rd place prizes will be awarded. Jurors are Kari Hall, curator Ciao Gallery, Michele Walters, owner Ciao Gallery, and guest juror Kristi Kapolka.
There is a $35 application to submit up to 5 digital images to be considered for the exhibition, $5 each additional, up to a total of 10 works. Please go to http://www.ciaogallery.com/ then select link for "Call to Artists" to download an application (other calls for entries for upcoming shows are there also). You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org for an emailed copy. Call (307) 733-7833 if you have any questions.
Ciao Gallery: 1921 Moose Wilson Rd. #101 Wilson WY, 83014WAC note: check out their roster of artists online gallery. Some noteworthy images.
When: 5 pm, Saturday 10/18
Where: Second Story Books in Laramie (First and Ivinson)
Jeff Lockwood's spring '08 class, "Interstellar Message Composition," (writing for extra-terrestrials, in Trekkie language) received a flurry of publicity, not only for it's underwriting by Wyoming NASA Space Grant Consortium, but for mentions in Christian Science Monitor, now on ABC's website, (with 39 comments to boot) about it's astral-logical innovation.
Go to http://www.abcnews.go.com/story?id=4873966 or www.uwyo.edu/creativewriting (may have to a site search) to read more.
Go to www.warrenadler.com/contest08 for all.
Here's the announcement:
Your school participated in the Writers In Electronic Residence (WIER) program within the last six years, and we are contacting everyone to let you know that WIER is going strong. In fact, 2008 marks our 20th year! Now is a great time to register for our fall 2008 term, which will run from September 15 to December 5, 2008. All programs -- elementary, middle and secondary school levels -- are available. If you think this information would be useful to others, please feel free to pass this message along, or let me know, and I will be pleased to contact them.
Please visit our website at www.wier.ca for program information and fees, student writing samples, author biographies, and more -- including WIER's application process, and term dates for winter and spring. We will be working on our list of authors for 2008-2009 in the coming weeks, so please check the website regularly for updates.
FMI: Please feel free to contact me at email@example.com, or at (416) 591-6300, ext. 235.
He opens with the highest praise afforded story writers:
"Annie Proulx is the Flannery O'Connor of our age -- well, a Western Flannery O'Connor, after three shots of Wild Turkey... Like O'Connor's southern skidders, Proulx's Wyomingites are larger-that-lowlifes. But now she taps new demographics as well -- early man, demons from Hell, and even outdoor athletes, from doping Tour de France racers waiting their Stygian fate in the Afterlife to Wind River wilderness trekkers."
Billman goes on to add that Proulx "is one of the funniest fiction writers working, and her quirky wit is all over this collection."
Billman's correct about Proulx's dark humor. I've always liked that about her stories, although it's sometimes hard to describe how that humor works. Possibly the juxtaposition of odd against odd, tragedy mixed with farce. And then there's always the talking tractor.
"Fine Just the Way It Is: Wyoming Stories 3" is published by Scribner and available at your favorite independent bookstore.
Wyoming connections: When he lived in Kemmerer, Billman won a 1998 Wyoming Arts Council creative writing fellowship. Both Billman and Proulx are featured in the Wyoming Center for the Book anthology "Deep West: A Literary Tour of Wyoming." "Deep West" just went out of print, but you can find copies in those bookstores that promote WYO writers, such as Ralph's in Casper and The Book Shop in Sheridan.