Thursday, April 30, 2009

Governor's Capitol Art Exhibition reception May 1, 5-7 p.m., at Wyoming State Museum

To view all the art work in the exhibit, go to:

Ariane Jimison conducts pottery class at AVA

Page Lambert wins nonfiction writing award

Long-time Wyoming Writers, Inc., member Page Lambert is the recipient of The AROHO (A Room of Her Own Foundation) Orlando Nonfiction Writing Award. AROHO is an organization dedicated to helping women writers and artists.

The award for unpublished poetry, short fiction, sudden fiction and nonfiction celebrates Virginia Woolf’s title character’s liberation from the restraints of time and gender. This new array of competitions is an invitation to women writers to manifest their own escapades "in gardens running down to the river, and in a pleasant grove of nut trees to walk in." Page Lambert’s winning essay is excerpted from her narrative nonfiction project, "These Things I Can Love."

Page, a senior associate with the Children and Nature Network, is also a writing coach and leader of creative writing adventures. Lambert is leading a May/June "Literature and Landscape of the Horse" retreat at the Vee Bar Guest Ranch in Wyoming and space is still available.


Cheyenne Chamber Singers present "May Day in the Park" concert

The Cheyenne Chamber Singers present "May Day at the Park" on Friday, May 1, 7 p.m., in the Lions Park Community House.

Here's a description of the program from the Cheyenne Chamber Singers web site:

Sprinkled with fun and light-hearted music, the final program of the season is offered with a true “spring is here” flavor. Listen to the exquisite sound of this favorite choral group as you enjoy the hope of the first day of May.

Tickets: Adults $15, Students and Seniors $10

UW's Craig Arnold missing in Japan

This communique was sent today and passed on via e-mail by UW/CC prof and WAC board chair Bruce Richardson:

Dear Colleagues and Students,

Beth Loffreda and I write to inform you of a developing situation with our friend and colleague Craig Arnold. Craig is currently missing in Japan and an intensive search for him is underway.

Craig is in Japan this spring to visit volcanoes as part of his research for his book on volcanoes. On Monday, Craig arrived on the island of Kuchino-erabu for what was to have been a 24-hour visit to the local volcano. He left his inn in the mid-afternoon, walked to the next village, and got a ride to the entrance to the path leading up the mountain to the volcano. He has not been seen since.

The inn-keeper alerted the Japanese authorities who have been searching for Craig with police, dogs, and a helicopter. They found Craig's footprints at the entrance to the path up the mountain but have found no other sign of him. Forty searchers are currently working on this case. The mountain is heavily wooded; the thought is that Craig may be lost.

Japanese authorities are required by law to search for three days and are now just beginning the third day of the search. Craig's family will seek to have the search extended if necessary and the University of Wyoming is lending its support to this effort. Tom Buchanan has contacted Wyoming's congressional delegation. Senators Enzi and Barrasso are already working on Craig's case with the local consulate in Japan.

We wanted to inform you of this situation partly because the media will soon be alerted. We anticipate that when the story breaks, it may garner intense attention.

We are hoping for a good outcome to this situation and we will keep you updated. In the meantime, let's all keep Craig and his family in our thoughts and prayers.

Peter Parolin and Beth Loffreda

To read updates on the situation, go to this Facebook group:
or this blog:

Read AP story in Denver Post by Cheyenne-based reporter Mead Gruver at

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

"Art for the Soul, Soup for the Bowl" fund-raiser May 1 in Jackson

May Day basket-making at AVA Center

Celebrating history of the Sheridan Inn

From a Wyoming SPCR press release:

In celebration of National Preservation Month, the Sheridan Community Land Trust is presenting the Sheridan Heritage Center Inc. with a plaque to commerate the first historic easement in the State of Wyoming.

The Land Trust and the Sheridan Heritage Center Inc. signed the easement last December giving the Land Trust preservation oversight.

This easement is very significant to the preservation of the Sheridan Inn as it does not allow any of the historic features such as the exterior of the building and significant historic features of the interior of the building to be destroyed.

In 1965 the Sheridan Inn was designated as a National Historic Landmark, which in itself is important, but it offers no protection to preserve the Inn or any interior features. With this designation those who wish to contribute to the preservation can be assured that their investment will remain for the next 50 years.

"The presentation will take place at the banquet to be held at the Sheridan Inn May 11 in conjunction with the ‘Living Upstairs in Wyoming’ the theme of the State Historic Preservation Office state wide meeting to be held in Sheridan, May 11 and 12," Mark Kinner, chairperson of the Sheridan Community land Trust said.

Those wishing to attend the historic event, please RSVP by May 4, to Ashley Rooney at, or call 307-777-7566.

Call for artists: Missoula Firefighters Tribute

Lots to do (arts-wise and otherwise) in Casper this summer

The new "Adventure Guide" for Casper and Natrona County arrived with the morning paper yesterday.

It's chock full of adventure, which includes the arts (naturally).

The guide lists a page of arts galleries and museums, including sculptor Chris Navarro's Gallery at 120 E. Second St., and the Nicolaysen Art Museum and Discovery Center at 400 E. Collins Dr. On the next page are cultural and fine arts activities, including the Stage III Theatre and the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra.

The guide also has a season-by-season list. Summer events include the Nic Fest June 26-28, Beartrap Summer Festival July 18-19, weekly outdoor concerts by the Casper Band, ARTCORE's Music & Poetry Series and the Platte River Parkway Fall Festival which is technically held during summer (Sept. 12).

While in Casper, you may want to fish, kayak, hike, swim, bird-watch or just sit under a tree at one of the local parks and read a good book by a Wyoming author.

Wyomingarts usually chooses the last option.

The "Adventure Guide" is available online at

Also see this blog's right sidebar for links to Casper arts orgs and artists.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Miss V celebrates her heroes in new CD

Miss V's new CD, "Bypast Heroes," arrived today in the mail.

Miss V, a.k.a "The Gypsy Cowbelle," is a singer and musician who's a new addition to the Wyoming Arts Council's artist roster (it will be out in May).

She subtitles her CD a "tribute," featuring people she's known during her 13 years living on a rustic ranch near Cora. Songs include "Homesteader," a tribute "to the life and work of Snook Moore...and to the last of a dying breed," and "Dinosaurs," written for "the ubiquitous piles of bypast [sic] horse equipment abandoned on fields across this land."

The CD was recorded at Eagle Recording Studios in Buffalo, N.Y., and mixed at Select Sound Studios in Kenmore, N.Y. Graphics are by JustBrad at Blanketfort Studios in Wyoming.

All the lyrics and music were written and arranged by "V."

Order a CD by mailing $15 to Cowbilly Productions, PO Box 171, Cora, WY 82925. Also available through

Beginning July 1, you can bring Miss V to your community through an Arts Across Wyoming grant. More info available after May 20 at the WAC web site.

Matt Flint now showing at Gallery MAR

WAC 2008 visual arts fellowship recipient Matt Flint from Riverton reports this on his blog:

I am pleased to announce that I am now represented by Gallery MAR.

Saturday I drove to Park City, Utah to meet with Maren Bargreen, the owner of Gallery MAR.

I brought 6 new works to the gallery, two of which are shown above.

The gallery is on Main Street in Park City and has a diverse and exciting roster of artists. I am so fortunate to be able to work with great galleries ran by people who are committed to their artists, art making, and the communities that they serve.

For more information on the gallery please visit

Matt Flint's art work (top to bottom): "Solo," Oil, Alkyd, & Pencil on Canvas, 35"x29," 2009; "Places I've Never Been," Oil, Alkyd, & Pencil on Canvas, 35"x39," 2009

Pasqua presents faculty seminar about theatre

Jason Pasqua will present a faculty seminar about producing, directing and staging plays at noon on Wednesday, April 29, in Arp Room 128 on the Laramie County Community College campus in Cheyenne.

The seminar's title is "What It Really Takes to Direct a Play" or "Why Jason is Never in His Office."

Pasqua is LCCC's instructor of theatre and chair of the Cultural Committee.

FMI: 307-778-LCCC.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Inda Eaton live in Casper May 16

Inda Eaton will perform on Saturday, May 16, 7:30 p.m., at Kelly Walsh High School in Casper.

Here's info on Inda from the ARTCORE web site:

Inda Eaton is an accomplished singer songwriter/band leader with a knack for creating crafty hooks, meaningful lyrics and killer harmonies that have won her a loyal fan base worldwide. Her live shows have made her a staple at Rock & Roll Marathons and festivals like the Tempe Music Fest and Gateway’s Saturday in the Park. Inda and her grassroots band have opened for names like John Hiatt, Blues Traveler, Earl Scruggs, Hootie and the Blowfish, LeAnn Rimes, Shemekia Copeland, and Molly Hatchet.

This girl-with-a-guitar story began in Arizona as a Momma-wants-her-baby-to-be-a-classicalpianist story. As a student at Boston University, playing the coffeehouses and college stairwells proved difficult with a piano so the broadcast journalism major permanently opted for her more portable guitar. She traveled the globe and landed in Germany where she served the U.S. military—drinks, that is. On her way stateside to pour herself into a music career, she contracted cerebral malaria on a trek through Africa.

While recuperating in Wyoming, Inda met bluesman Spencer Bohren, Producer of her debut CD, thin fine line. Two years later, her second vocal album, Never Too Late to Fly, was co-produced with Bohren in New Orleans. The LP, found a home on CMJ and alternative charts. Hits like “Hey Lie” and “Woman in Me,” garnered critical acclaim in both the folk and rock world and earned an AFIM nomination for Best Independent Album of 1998.

The album prompted 5 tours, including 2 with MWR for the US military communities and schools overseas. Stateside shows grew to support the CAPP Fund, Toys for Tots, Habitat for Humanity and Rosie’s House. In 2000, Inda and her band landed in Phoenix, Arizona, to record her fourth album, Why the Desert, which aligned her with tours in support of American Society of Young Musicians and VH1’s Save the Music Program. In 2004, Inda released Indeep, a five-song EP and in 2005 she released Inda Live from Bear Trap, available on INDA Live in Casper! is her 7th independently produced album.

Colorado Opera offers discounted tickets

Dale Travis as Don Alfonso and Suzanne Mentzer as Despina in "Cosi fan tutte." Photo: Matthew Staver.

Because opera is a rare commodity in Wyoming, the following is a great opportunity to see live opera in the region at a discount:

Only 3 more performances left of Mozart's "Cosi fan tutte" at the Colorado Opera in Denver -- so act today. Save 25% on remaining tickets for all performances in all price classes. Enjoy Mozart’s lighthearted farce as the battle of the sexes plays out to some of the composer’s most beautiful music. Purchase tickets online or call 800-982-ARTS. Enter special offer code: DESPINA

Shows are Tuesday, 4/28, 7:30 p.m.; Friday, 5/1, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, 5/3, 7:30 p.m.

Discount not applicable on previously purchased tickets and cannot be combine with any other offer. Ticketmaster convenience fees apply. No refunds or exchanges on purchased tickets. This special offer is valid through Sunday May 3. Best availability is for the Tuesday and Friday performances.

In Memoriam: Ken Rand

Mike Rand sent news over the weekend that his father, Ken Rand, one-time Wyoming resident and long-time member of Wyoming Writers, Inc., passed away April 21.

I first met Ken when he was living and working in Kemmerer and was named an honorable mention in the Wyoming Arts Council’s creative writing fellowship competition. If I remember correctly, Ken received a WAC Individual Artist Professional Development grant back in the early 1990s to conduct research for a book about the Port Chicago (Calif.) disaster that happened in his hometown during World War II.

Ken was a fine writer who freely shared his expertise with writers all over the U.S. Last time I saw him was at a Wyoming Writers, Inc., conference, talking about his writing -- and giving writing and publishing advice to other writers.

Here’s a remembrance of Ken from his son Mike:

Ken "Media Man!" Rand "kicked the bucket," as he would say, April 21, 2009. Born July 19, 1946, in Spokane, WA, he lived in Port Chicago, CA and Wyoming. His final years were spent in West Jordan, UT, where he died peacefully at home with his family by his side.

Ken worked as a freelance writer, reporter, photographer, talk show host and producer, editor, actor, and announcer for sports events and daredevil shows.

Ken wrote more than a hundred short stories, two hundred humor columns, and
two dozen books. He's won numerous awards in writing, reporting, and photography, and mentored many budding writers.

His most rewarding role in life was being a dad and grandpa. He took his tads and grandtads on wonderful adventures and loved each one with all his heart. His children include Molly (Loren), Mike (Leslie), and Missy (Randy). Ken's grandchildren are Taylor, Kristin, Alexander, Mikey, Chance and Layson.

In 1969, Ken asked Lynne to share life with him the day Neil Armstrong walked on the moon. They divorced five years later; but after a 19 year separation, they remarried in 1993. They are the perfect love story. Lynne took care of Ken lovingly day and night until his passing.

Ken is survived by his wife, tads, and grandtads, sisters Phylis, Judy, Peggy, Bev, Dee Dee, and Laurie, and by brother Chuck. Also survived by many nieces and nephews.Ken was preceded in death by his parents and brother Jerry.

The family would like to thank all those wonderful health workers and friends who have helped us.We will love and miss him. We'll let Dad have the final word: "Lighten up!"

Condolences may be sent to the family here.

Read other remembrances of Ken at:

Ken Rand obituary at

Ken Rand's new web site:

Patrick Swenson's Live Journal announcement:

Newport, RI, Arts Festival Call for Artists


2009 Newport Arts Festival

Newport, RI

August 29th & 30th, 2009
An exciting marketplace of fine and functional art in the heart of scenic Newport's bustling downtown waterfront. Categories: pottery,fiber, glasswork, jewelry, leather, metal, photography, sculpture,painting works on paper and woodwork. The festival's extensive advertising and publicity includes tv, billboard, print, radio and internet outlets. Artists enjoy a full range of amenities.

Juried show with application deadline of May 15, 2009 and artist notification date of May 29th, 2009. For more information and anapplication you can visit **. Also feel free to contact me, Gloria Davis. I’d be happy to answer your questions.
Newport Arts Festival

Artist Care Coordinator

401-847-0960 ext.25

Friday, April 24, 2009

Grand Teton Music Festival awards scholarship

From a Grand Teton Music Festival press release:

In an award ceremony last night, the Grand Teton Music Festival granted a $2,000 scholarship to high school senior Emily Stewart to support her continued musical studies at the college level.

Festival Executive Director Tracy Jacobson personally presented the award to Emily at the annual scholarship night at Jackson Hole High School. “It has been thrilling to watch Emily blossom into a fine young musician,” said Tracy. She further noted, “It was inspiring to see the tremendous generosity of our community towards these talented 2009 graduates.”

Emily is a violinist, flutist, and pianist, and plans to attend the Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University in Philadelphia in the fall, majoring in Music Theory and Performance.

Emily Stewart became involved in the education and outreach programs of the Grand Teton Music Festival as a middle school student attending StringFest in the eighth grade, and worked several summers as an employee of the Festival. As a high school violinist, she was chosen to participate in the Festival’s Orchestra Mentorship Program and has received several coachings with long-time Festival violinist Robert Davidovici over the last several years.

“Emily has been a member of the GTMF family for many years, and it’s truly rewarding for us to be able to help her continue her musical studies,” said Liz Kintz, Director of Artistic Planning and coordinator of the Festival’s education programs.

The Grand Teton Music Festival pprograms serve more than 12,000 young students, musicians, and adults each year. The Festival's free community and family concerts allow children and parents to share the joy of classical music together. Aspiring young musicians get ready for their first public performances through Festival-provided private instrumental instruction and programs where students perform in Walk Festival Hall – the very same stage performed on by today's top artists. Additional programs help these same kids prepare for the future with music master classes, orchestra mentoring, and college scholarships. Programs designed just for adults provide unique access to classical music and encourage life-long learning through lively pre-concert talks, open rehearsals, and interactive concert formats.

For more information about the Festival’s education and outreach programming, contact Liz Kintz at 307-732-9959.

Wyoming Art for the Cure tonight

A reminder:

Wyoming Art for the Cure was rescheduled for Friday, April 24 (tonight), 6-9 p.m., at Little America.

The event was originally scheduled for April 17 but was changed due to adverse weather conditions.

All tickets purchased for the originally scheduled event date will be honored on April 24.

FMI: 307-432-0606

Thursday, April 23, 2009

"Out of the Box Show and Auction" June 12

From a press release:

The Paintbox Society of the National Museum of Wildlife Art will host the biennial "Out of the Box Show and Auction" on Friday, June 12. More than 115 local and nationally acclaimed artists will provide some 120 boxes for auction at the event. In previous years, boxes have ranged in price from $25 to $4,000 and up. Proceeds from the silent and live auction support the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s adult and youth education programs.

“We are planning a wonderful event for one week before Fathers’ Day, featuring national and local artists,” said Volunteer Chair Ann Nelson, who notes that 15 museum volunteers have spent the past two years planning and organizing the popular event. “The community of Jackson Hole anticipates Out of the Box with great enthusiasm; this show will have something for everyone.”

The theme of the boxes—each a unique works of functional art—is not limited to wildlife for the event, and artists are invited to work in any medium as long as the work retains its function as a box. The box artworks will be auctioned by auctioneer Jim Loose, and the evening’s M.C. is KMTN’s “Fish.”

Special door prizes for the event will include two CityPass books to the city of the winner’s choice (excluding Southern California), a two-hour art appraisal by Art Appraisals of Jackson Hole, LLC, two beautiful bird-themed notions boxes, and a tour of the newly opened Jackson Hole Raptor Center with guide Roger Smith.

Out of the Box is free for museum members, $7 for non-members; free for children. Event admission includes light hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

A member of Museums West and accredited by the American Association of Museums, the National Museum of Wildlife Art of the United States offers an exciting calendar of exhibitions from its permanent collection and changing exhibitions from around the globe. A complete schedule of exhibitions and events is available online at

Media Contacts: Darla Worden, WordenGroup Strategic Public Relations, 307.734.5335,; Zeenie Scholz, National Museum of Wildlife Art, 307.732.5437,

Photo: Original box by artist Bob Barlow

Hong Chun Zhang visits UW April 29-30

From a UW press release:

Internationally acclaimed visual artist Hong Chun Zhang will visit the University of Wyoming in Laramie as part of the Department of Art's Visiting Artist Speaker Series.

She will give a public lecture on her work Thursday, April 30, at 7 p.m. in Room 111 of the Fine Arts Center. Hong will present an open portfolio of works for students and the public Wednesday, April 29, from 9-10:30 a.m. in Room 226 of the Fine Arts Center.

Born and raised in the People's Republic of China, Hong has received many honors, awards and residencies including the Skowhegan Artist Residency Scholarship in 2003, the Dedalus Foundation MFA Fellowship in 2004 and the Pollock Krasner Foundation grant in 2006. She was featured in "New American Paintings" in 2006.

Hong is recognized for her large meticulous charcoal drawings of hair, among other works. She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally since 2000, and is now represented by the Byron Cohen Gallery in Kansas City.

For additional information visit Hong's Web site at For additional information on Hong's visit and the Visiting Artist Speaker Series at UW, contact Shelby Shadwell at (307) 761-0989 or e-mail

Photo:"My Parents" is among the works by artist Hong Chun Zhang.

Plein Air Painting Workshop with Grant Redden Aug. 13-14 in Cokeville

Artist Charles Dayton in Cokeville sends this info:

PLEIN AIR PAINTING WORKSHOP featuring GRANT REDDEN will be held in conjunction with the Minerva Teichert Invitational Art Show, August 13-14, at the Cottonwood Ranch near Cokeville.

This workshop will provide landscape, wildlife and western artists and opportunity to receive 2 days of personal instruction from Grant Redden, one of the nation's top artists. The workshop will be held at the historic Cottonwood Ranch in Cokeville. Please contact us for a materials
list and additional details.

Grant Redden lives and paints in southwestern Wyoming in the rural community of Hilliard with his wife and family. With no formal art training, he has studied under the tutelage of several master artists in today's art world: Mark Daily, Jim Norton, Walt Gonske, Gerald Fritzler, and Gerald Merfeld.

Grant has participated in gallery group shows and annual shows by Settlerswest Gallery, the Charles Russell Museum, the Salon d Arts "le jeune" Show in 2005 and 2006, and the Coors Western Art Show in 2005 and 2006, in Denver, Colorado. He participated as a guest artist in 2000 with the Northwest Rendezvous Artist Group of Helena, Montana, and has been
invited to show, as a guest artist, again in 2007. Grant has participated in the annual Buffalo Bill Art Show and Sale in Cody for the past six years. He was awarded an Artists Choice Award in that show in 2006.


Thursday, August 13, 2009

8:30 a.m. Instructor Demonstration
Artists receive instruction
Artist cook-out and critique of day's work

Friday, August 14

8:30 a.m. Instructor Demonstration
Artists painting, receive individual instruction
Minerva Teichert Art Show opens
Opening reception and barbeque

Saturday, August 15

9:00 a.m. Minerva Teichert Presentation
Minerva Teichert Art show opens
Tour of Teichert Home/Murals

TUITION $120 (limit 12 artists). This includes workshop, artist cookout and opening reception barbeque.

To register or for more information, please contact Charles Dayton at 307.459.4195.

Open Mic Night at the Laramie Co. Library

An Open Mic Night will be held Thursday (tonight), April 23, 6:30 p.m. until closing at the Laramie County Public Library's Cottonwood Room in downtown Cheyenne.

Teens and adults are invited to bring their writing to share.

FMI: 306-634-3561.

"Living Upstairs in Wyoming" to feature Artspace session on live/work spaces for artists

Press release from Wyoming's State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO):

"Living Upstairs in Wyoming," a workshop presented by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office, Wyoming Arts Council and Wyoming Main Street, will examine how the upper floors of commercial buildings can provide residences downtown.

The free workshop will be held in Sheridan May 11-12 and is open to anyone interested in getting upstairs residential space back in use. The evening of May 11th there will be an awards banquet at the Historic Sheridan Inn, a National Historic Landmark. The cost of the banquet is $30.

"There are many reasons to live downtown in upstairs spaces," commented Mary Hopkins, interim state historic preservation officer. "These include freedom from some of the cares of living in a home. Empty nesters and retirees enjoy being able to lock the door and leave on their travels. Young people looking for an apartment are used to a more pedestrian lifestyle on campus or in urban places and enjoy the proximity of places to spend their evenings."

The workshop will present an award-winning program developed by the Illinois Main Street program, "Upstairs Downtown." This program champions the reuse of existing infrastructures and buildings within established downtown neighborhoods as a sustainable alternative to sprawl, and as a way to bring vibrancy and growth to historic commercial districts. Communities encouraged to think "inside the box," grow up instead of out.

Individuals interested in the workshop and banquet should RSVP by May 4 to Ashley Rooney at the Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office at 307.777.7566 or

A block of rooms has been reserved for the event at the Best Western Sheridan Center. Please make reservations as soon as possible as the block of rooms will be released on April 30th for other functions. To make sleeping room reservations at a special rate, please call the Best Western Sheridan Center, at 307.674.7421 and ask for the "Living Upstairs" room block.

For printable conference brochure, go to

National Service act includes arts education

This news comes from the Colorado Museums listserv:

The Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, which President Obama is expected to sign into law today, expands national service opportunities for all ages, focusing on veterans' services, the environment, disaster relief, and arts education. The new law will also build the capacity of nonprofits and strengthen the volunteer infrastructure in nonprofits. AAM worked in collaboration with Voices for National Service and other national organizations in supporting this legislation.

In a letter to Congress, American Association of Museums President Ford Bell wrote, "This important legislation will not only encourage a generation toward public service, but will also play a critical role in strengthening the nonprofit organizations that are working overtime to fill important gaps in our nation's social safety net." He added, "At a time when many families cannot afford to travel and school resources are strained, museums are working overtime to fill the gaps -- bringing art and cultural heritage, dynamic exhibitions and living specimens into local communities, offering free or reduced admission, and providing more than 18 million instructional hours to schoolchildren."

Call for entries: "As Rendered in Pastel"

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Correction to an earlier post

From Mike Shay, Wyomingarts editor:

In a Jan. 22 post, I mistakenly stated that I wrote the press releases for the award-winning PR campaign by the Wyoming State Parks and Cultural Resources PIO Office. The PR campaign was for the 2008 Wyoming Poetry Out Loud competition held March 10 and 11, 2008, in Cheyenne. While I provided Poetry Out Loud background information to PIO Office Manager Gary Schoene, he conducted on-site interviews and then wrote the final press releases. This PR effort received awards from the Wyoming Press Association at its winter meeting in January 2009. In an e-mail announcement, SPCR Director Milward Simpson had this to say about the award:

The SPCR PIO was presented with a second place news writing award in the "three releases on a single topic" category for a series of press releases on last year's Poetry Out Loud competition. In presenting the awards, the judges commented that the Poetry Out Loud competition was "an interesting story which was covered by many local newspapers. This is just what the news release is for in helping local newspapers get the word out about unique events."

The Wyoming Arts Council held two Poetry Out Loud competitions in 2008. The March event was for the 2008-2009 school year and the November event was for 2009-2010. In my Jan. 22 post, I was referring to the latter.

Wyomingarts regrets the error.

New foundation supports Native American arts

Here are excerpts from an article by Robin Pogrebin in the New York Times about a new foundation that will support Native American arts:

Even as arts groups around the country are cutting back because of declining endowments and donations, a new foundation to support the work of American Indian, Native Hawaiian and Alaska Native artists is being established with an initial $10 million from the Ford Foundation.

Called the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, the organization, formally opened on Tuesday, says it will be the first permanently endowed national foundation of its kind.

The new foundation will provide direct grants to artists and arts organizations, support native arts leadership and team up with other native-led efforts to increase financial support for indigenous arts and cultures.

“Arts and culture and traditional languages and religions have been the glue that held Native Americans together — often in the face of great adversity,” said Walter Echo-Hawk, chairman and creator of the foundation, in a telephone interview.

“For many years the government policy was to assimilate native people into mainstream society and essentially stamp out attributes of native culture,” he added. “It’s a testament to the tenacity of our people that we have any native cultures or religions left in the United States. We are seeing a remarkable cultural renaissance in the tribal communities. But the support of the arts has been almost nil. It’s been very difficult for Indian tribes to also support their own arts and cultures.”

The organization is to be based in Portland, Ore., and recently selected Tara Lulani Arquette, a Native Hawaiian, as its president and chief executive.

“In a sense, it’s part of our quest for self-determination and restoring our sovereignty,” Ms. Arquette said in an telephone interview.

The foundation, which will start with an annual operating budget of $500,000 and a staff of four, hopes to provide about $4 million in grants and program services over the next five years.

The organization’s leadership circle was made up of four advisers from different tribes — Mr. Echo-Hawk (Pawnee), Joy Harjo (Creek Muskogee), Jayne Fawcett (Mohegan) and Elizabeth Woody (Navajo/Warm Springs/Wasco/Yakama). All five members of the foundation’s board of directors are Native Americans.

The Ford Foundation made an initial $5 million contribution to endow the new foundation permanently, with an additional $5 million promised if new partners brought $3 million more to the table. The Rumsey Band of Wintun Indians, based near Sacramento, then made a grant of $1.5 million, while announcing a challenge to other tribal nations to match its gift. Once the challenge is met, Rumsey has promised an additional $1.5 million, which would bring the tribes’ contribution to $4.5 million.

W. Richard West Jr., the founding director emeritus of the Smithsonian’s American Indian Museum and a Ford trustee, said: “There need to be agencies and institutions that support native contemporary art and artists. For the most part, those agencies and institutions don’t exist.”

“We never separate art and life,” added Mr. West, a member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma. “Art is part of our everyday life.”

The foundation hopes to begin making grants at the end of this year or early next year, Mr. Echo-Hawk said.

It's worth noting that two of the four Native Americans in the leadership circle are writers who've judged the Wyoming Arts Council creative writing fellowships. They are Joy Harjo and Elizabeth Woody. Harjo has conducted several residencies on Wyoming's Wind River Indian Reservation.

Pat Frolander's chapbook due out in July

Wyomingarts has been assisting Pat Frolander of Sundance through the sometimes labyrinthine pathways of the WAC's Cybergrants system. Pat volunteered to write grants for this summer's Wyoming Writers, Inc., conference in Casper. As I guided her through the grants process, Pat never once mentioned that she has a chapbook coming out in July. So, as a public service (and with info from the WWInc. listserv), here's the news about Pat's book:

Pat Frolander has a chapbook, Grassland Genealogy, in the publication pipeline with Finishing Line Press, with a due date of July 31, 2009. The chapbook cover above can be seen , and an advance order placed, at

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

For all you writers out there

Mark Jenkins came to my non-fiction grad class last week and talked to us aspiring authors about how he as an writer and his writing has evolved. Just recently back from Papua New Guinea, he talked about this most recent trip and the topic of writing.

He says the line between non-fiction and fiction is very small. When he begins an article, he selects from his notes, what he's going to leave in and what he decides to omit, which is fictionalizing.

He thinks the "finding your own voice" imperative is contrived. "Don't manipulate it, just write what's in your heart," he said. Mark tries to find the spirit of the experience, what it all meant. When he begins an article, he tries to write a scene that represents what it meant to him, and at time worries that he can't find the representation. Concerning the peoples of Papua New Guinea, he tried to focus on the clash of their ancient cultures with modern pressures.

He spoke about how he takes notes. Before he travels somewhere, he tries to read 4-6 books about the area. While there he does very little reading, concentrating on the peoples' stories. While there, he makes notes in notebooks as well as recordings, which are later transcribed by paid staff of the magazine. His notes aren't literary, they are sometimes just one or two words, a sentence, but he is constantly taking notes. If he thinks of something, he writes it down.

Mark's shift from working construction and writing at night came when he met a concert pianist and asked him how he supported himself by playing the piano. The man told him that he rented a suite, moved the piano in, and practice the better part of the work day. Mark said it took him about a year after that to accomplish becoming a full time writer. He said you have to give yourself the freedom to write. You are transforming your story through writing.

As far as the mechanics of writing, a block of time to write is preferable, but whether you only have an hour or three, make yourself sit there and write. It's easy to be diverted, to tell yourself that you've been writing for half-an-hour, now it's time for a cup of coffee. He said the most overrated aspect of writing is that artists write because they are inspired. The most underrated aspect of writing is self-discipline. Oftentimes, when he sits down to write, there isn't anything there, on the surface. He sometimes literally will write I can't think of anything to write. But he says if you have to spend some sentences writing that, it's okay. He says, "You have to write to you muse, don't wait for the muse to come to you, because so often, that is not going to happen."
The craft of writing is something you can work on and manipulate. Writing is like clay, not marble.

Mark is most comfortable writing in the short story form, and though he's been asked to collaborate on screen plays, he's resistant because, for him, screenwriting feels unnatural, and he's found the format that makes him most happy. You've got to allow yourself to write what feels natural, but finding that might take experimenting with different ways of writing. Don't limit yourselves. Mark wants to write really well about something that he's really wants to write about.

Finally, Mark says, SPEND MORE TIME WRITING, not under pressure but putting your thoughts into words.

The following text is from Mark's website:

Mark has spent his life seeking out and exploring the world’s most remote wonders--from mountain peaks to isolated villages, dangerous rivers to war-torn nations. Along the way he has not only experienced adventure that most of us will never know, but has also learned rich, complex lessons about himself and the nature of the world. A Man’s Life shares Mark’s journeys through Afghanistan, Burma, Bhutan, Uganda, Lithuania and dozens of other countries.

Praised by the New York Times for being able to "[transform] a common sight into a moment of pure magic" and by The Boston Globe for being able to weave "a compelling narrative of muscular beauty and emotional honesty." Mark is one of the rare writers who channels extraordinary experience into lyrical and evocative prose. Formerly a popular monthly columnist for Outside magazine, he is currently the global correspondent for Rodale Press. Besides writing three previous books, The Hard Way, To Timbuktu, and Off the Map, Jenkins is featured in Best American Travel Writing and has written for The Atlantic Monthly, National Geographic,GQ, Playboy, The Washington Post and other media. When he’s not off adventuring, Jenkins lives in Laramie, Wyoming with his wife and two daughters

WAC fellowship recipients feted at "Public Art & Community" symposium

The 2009 Wyoming Arts Council fellowship jurors and recipients/honorable mentions pose for a group photo following the awards ceremony April 4 during the arts symposium at the UW Conference Center in Laramie.

Pictured (left to right) are jurors Lawrence Argent, Gina Ruggeri and Greg Esser; fellowship recipients David Henderson, Worland and Florence Alfano McEwin, Green River; and honorable mention Bart Fetz, Green River. Not pictured: Fellowship recipient Leah Hardy, Laramie, and honorable mention Jill Hartley, Rock Springs.

Summer schedule for Wind River Valley Artists' Guild in Dubois

The Wind River Valley Artists' Guild, which exhibits members' work in the Warm Springs Art Gallery and Library in the Headwaters Arts and Conference Center in Dubois, has a busy summer schedule:

May 2009
18-23: Annual Youth Art Show

June 2009
8-29: Art for the Month - Riverton Art Guild
29: Deadline for National Show Entries

July 2009
13-14: Receive Art & Photo for National Shows
17: Members Reception for National Shows
18-28: 60th National Art Show and Sale
Click here for the show prospectus.
Click here for show entry form page 1, page 2.

August 2009
8 -9: Annual Quilt Show

Big Horn Big Band to "swing into spring"

Since 2005, Gillette’s sixteen-member Big Horn Big Band, made up of music educators as well as other community members ranging from realtors to doctors to electricians, has been performing around northeastern Wyoming.

The Big Horn Big Band has been featured at events such as the Sheridan Arts Festival, the Gillette College Jazz Festival, Haggerty’s Music In The Park summer series, and the Sheridan Airport 75th Anniversary.

The next opportunity to see the BHBB is on May 2. Here are the details (via the Jazz Luck Club):
Cool Cats:

This is our big event of the year, and it's totally FREE... well, ya gotta pay for the drinks - but the food and entertainment is totally free!!

Here's what we've got lined up: an evening of live jazz and swing music, dancing, and hors d'oeuvres. This is not a fundraiser, there's no tickets to buy, no RSVP... no strings attached. Just come on out and have a good time! The Big Horn Big Band is going to heat things up for us as we "swing into spring"! What a great band!!

We're holding it at the Boss Lodge Restaurant in the Coyote Room (up top). We'll have free finger food for ya but if you want a tasty dinner before hand, The Boss Lodge is serving their Saturday Night Special: Prime Rib, Shrimp, Choice of Starch, Vegetable, Soup or Salad and Dessert... all for just $19.95. Just a tip: if you want to dine in the restaurant before the event, give them a call at (307) 686-6404 to get a dinner reservation before the big party.

What: An Evening With the Big Horn Big Band
When: Saturday May 2nd (7pm-10pm)
Where: Boss Lodge Restaurant (Coyote Room), 910 N. Gurley Ave. Gillette
Why: Life's short -- gotta live it up now and again!

Cya There!
Jazz Luck Club

Monday, April 20, 2009

Mt. Sinai Synagogue hosts "Holocaust Remembrance" film series through April 26

Wyomingarts is a bit tardy posting this notice:

Mt. Sinai Synagogue in Cheyenne presents Six Nights (plus one) of Remembrance (on film) on April 19-23 and 25-26, 7 p.m., at Mt. Sinai Synagogue Social Hall.

Admission is free. Donations are gratefully accepted to help underwrite the cost of licensing these films for public showing.

Schedule of films:
Sunday April 19th - Schindler's List - A Steven Spielberg Film
Monday April 20th - Band of Brothers: Episode 9, Why We Fight
Tuesday April 21st - Shanghai Ghetto
Wednesday April 22nd - Partisans of Vilna
Thursday April 23rd - Paper Clips Movie
Friday Night no film due to Shabbat Services. Please come to Governor's Holocaust Memorial earlier in the day. The observance with the Governor will occur Friday April 24, 11 a.m. in the Herschler Building Atrium.
Saturday April 25th - Europa Europa
Sunday April 26th - Exodus

Sources for other economic stimulus art funding

The National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) has just updated its information on sources of additional funding opportunities through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

The new edition of "Arts Opportunities in the Economic Stimulus Package" includes more details about grant categories and funding for which state arts agencies and nonprofit arts organizations may be eligible to apply.

For more info on the Art Works for Wyoming ARRA grants to organizations, contact the Wyoming Arts Council at 307-777-7742.

Two short operas presented at UW

From a University of Wyoming press release:

The University of Wyoming Department of Theatre and Dance will close its 2008-2009 season with two short operas for the price of one: Gian Carlo Menotti's "The Medium," a harrowing tale of fake clairvoyant in decline, followed by Giacomo Puccini's comic opera "Gianni Schicchi," a satire on the "deadly sin" of greed inspired by a line in Dante's "The Divine Comedy."

Directed by Vocal Arts Professor and UW Opera Theatre Head Larry L. Hensel, the operas run April 24-25 and April 27-29 at 7:30 p.m. on the Fine Arts Center main stage. Tickets cost $7 for students, $11 for seniors and $14 for others. To get tickets, stop by the Fine Arts Box Office, call (307) 766-6666, or go online at

Hensel notes that while the relationship between the two operas may not be immediately apparent, they address similar themes. He says Menotti's "The Medium" is the perfect companion to Puccini's comedy.

"Both deal with illusion, death, deceit, manipulation and high-stakes emotion," Hensel says.
Originally commissioned by Columbia University in 1946, "The Medium" ran on Broadway for 211 performances in 1947 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, establishing Menotti as one of modern opera's foremost composer-librettists. The production features guest artist Melissa Malde, mezzo-soprano, from the University of Northern Colorado.

Audiences are advised that "The Medium" contains mature subject matter, including scenes of child abuse and drunkenness, which some may find objectionable. Two blanks will be fired during the production.

Second on the bill, "Gianni Schicchi" is the third of the trio of Puccini operas known as "Il trittico" first performed at the Metropolitan Opera in 1918. Puccini originally set the opera in Florence at the beginning of the 14th century. The UW production updates the setting to 1918, but the location is an apartment in Lower Manhattan's Little Italy. The production also features guest artist David Hodel, tenor.

"Setting this piece in Little Italy in the early 20th century has allowed us to draw more connections between the two operas," says Hensel. "Both operas take place in the same apartment, but while ‘Gianni Schicchi' occurs just after WWI when Little Italy was in its golden age, ‘The Medium' takes place 30 years later, after the area has run down and is in a period of decay."

"Eat Your Words" at Alta Library fund-raiser

From the Teton County Public Library:

On Friday, May 1, 6-9 p.m., the Teton County Library Foundation and Alta Branch Library Friends sponsor "Eat Your Words" Fundraising Potluck. Have fun and raise money for interior
enhancements at the new Alta Branch Library. Musicians Mike Hurwitz, Jerry Linn, Jeff Newsom and Bob Z present live entertainment. The Foundation and Friends serve up lasagna with beverages by Grand Teton Brewing Company.

Guests are invited to bring a potluck side-dish or dessert (A-M side-dishes, N-Z desserts). Party-goers also are encouraged to prepare a second, literary-inspired dish (think "To Brie or Not To Brie" or Green Eggs & Ham) for an edible art auction to benefit the library.

Cost: $15 a person at the door; children free. All proceeds go to fund interior enhancements for new Alta library.

Location: Teton TeePee Lodge, Alta

Contact: Alta Branch Library, 307-353-2505.

Scenes from the High School Arts Symposium

Photo montage of this past weekend's Wyoming High School Arts Symposium in Casper was created by photographer and WAC board member Richard Olveda of Douglas.

Mountain West Conference on the Arts May 7

To register for this conference, go to

Jazz.NEXT guidelines now available

Press release from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in Baltimore:

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation announces the availability of guidelines for Jazz.NEXT, a new national jazz initiative designed to encourage the application of technology in innovative approaches to developing audiences; communicating with the public; marketing, distributing and selling the work of jazz artists; and building a more robust jazz infrastructure better positioned to meet the challenges of a fast-changing marketplace.

Jazz.NEXT is designed to foster creative thinking that may result in the development of new models to help shape future operating practice for jazz artists, organizations, and presenters across the United States. Funding support will be available for planning grants of up to $25,000 and implementation grants ranging from $10,000 to $75,000. Annual meetings will bring together Jazz.NEXT grantees to promote dialogue, disseminate information, and audit program progress.

Guidelines for Jazz.NEXT are available online at Questions concerning the program should be addressed to Sara Donnelly, Program Officer, Jazz at or 410-539-6656 x116. Application deadlines for the program are July 1, 2009 for both planning and implementation grants and July 1, 2010 for implementation grants only.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Art for the Cure event rescheduled

Wyoming Art for the Cure has been RESCHEDULED for Friday, APRIL 24, 2009, from 6-9pm at Little America.

Please be advised that due to adverse weather conditions in the region, the 2009 Wyoming Art for the Cure event has been rescheduled from April 17 to Friday, April 24, 2009 from 6-9pm at Little America. The safety of our patrons is our utmost concern at this time.

All tickets purchased for the originally scheduled event date will be honored on April 24th. Additional event tickets are now available for $40 through Thursday, April 23rd.

If you have any questions please contact 307-432-0606 for further information. We thank you for your understanding and hope to see you Friday, April 24th for a fantastic evening of art and entertainment!

In June, Cheyenne Depot Plaza will be alive with Celtic music (w/c)

This news comes from Christie DePoorter from the Historic Cheyenne Depot:

The sound of bagpipes will echo once again in the historic Cheyenne Depot Plaza in June as the city hosts its fourth annual Celtic Musical Arts Festival.

The event June 26-28 will be marked with performances by top Celtic bands from around the region, including nationally recognized band Molly’s Revenge. The festival will also feature an authentic "calling of the clans," traditional Irish and Scottish dancing, pipe bands, displays from clans from across the Front Range and a "grand procession" onto the plaza.

There is no admission charge for the event.

"It’s our fourth year, and it just keeps getting more and more fun," said Mary Angell, one of the event’s organizers. "We’re thrilled that even in these economic times, thanks to our sponsors, we can keep the entertainment and cultural events available for everyone at no charge. It’s a great opportunity for families to experience something different."

Sponsors for the event include the City of Cheyenne, Cheyenne Downtown Development Authority, Wyoming Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, the Cheyenne Depot Museum, the Plains Hotel, Shamrock Audio, the Cheyenne Area Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Wyoming Tribune-Eagle.

The festivities will begin Friday night, June 26, at 5:30 with the Fridays on the Plaza concert sponsored by the Wyoming Tribune-Eagle featuring the Cheyenne band Musical Chairs. Musical Chairs will be followed at 8:30 by Molly’s Revenge, one of the nation’s top Celtic bands known for its traditional approach to original music.

At dark on Friday, the heads of the assembled clans will gather in an authentic "calling of the clans" on the plaza. After the calling, Molly’s Revenge will resume its show.

On Saturday, June 27, pipe bands from the region will form a mass band and march from Capitol and 17th Street down Capitol Ave. onto the plaza in a grand procession that will be followed by outside performances. Meanwhile, the clans will open their booths on 1"clan row" inside the Cheyenne Depot Museum. All visitors are encouraged to talk with clan members, who are well-versed on Scottish history and customs and can help visitors learn about their own Scottish lineage.

Music on the main stage of the plaza will continue while Irish and Scottish dancers from around the region demonstrate their skills on a second stage. Smaller musical acts from around the region will provide the music inside the depot.

A Scotch tasting will be held Saturday evening at the historic Plains Hotel, across the street from the depot plaza. The tasting will feature a variety of unique brews, along with a program by Dave and Marty Coffey, appetizers and a souvenir glass -- all for only $45.

[CORRECTION: Tickets to the scotch-tasting event are $55 and not $45.]

"This is the only fee for the festival, but the price is very reasonable, given the high caliber of Scotch the Coffeys provide for the tasting and the quality of the food the Plains prepares," said Angell. "It’s always a top-notch tasting."

Call Connie Lester at the Plains Hotel (307) 638-3311 for more information or to make a reservation.

Larger Celtic bands will take the stage again on Saturday afternoon, culminating in a performance by Angus Mohr, a Colorado-based band known for its edgy mix of driving rock and roll and Celtic instrumentation.

Sunday will begin with a traditional "kirking of the tartans," a culturally rich, non-denominational church service.

After the kirking, the activity will move inside, where visitors can enjoy the musical entertainment and meet with clan members until 2 p.m.

FMI: Mary Angell at 307-635-3498 or Pam Crochet at 632-3905.

Art never sleeps, although sometimes it gets snowed in

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Wyoming High School Art Symposium

"How Are You," mixed media, by Caitlyn Urhammer, 17, Natrona County High School

The 41st annual State High School Art Symposium, the largest of its kind in the United States, is taking place Friday and Saturday, April 17 and 18, at the Casper Events Center.

Public viewing is 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-noon on Saturday.

It features 4,000 pieces of student art by 1,500 high school art students. Students will get to participate in organized art competitions, workshops and demonstrations throughout the event. Also, numerous scholarships, purchase awards and other awards will be presented.

AVA holds reception for artists April 17

UW English Dept. lecturer wins Golden Apple

Wyomingarts doffs its many hats to this teacher of freshman English classes (from a UW release):

April Heaney's (pictured above) colleagues praise her for dedicating so much time to her students.

"I can think of no faculty member who cares as deeply about first-year students, who talks to them so thoughtfully about their needs, who turns them on so effectively to the pleasures of learning, or who implements so many initiatives to help them succeed," wrote Peter Parolin, chairman of the University of Wyoming Department of English, when he nominated Heaney for the Golden Apple Award.

The Golden Apple Award was established in 1986 by Beatrice Gallatin Beuf of Big Horn to recognize teaching excellence in freshman-level courses in the College of Arts and Sciences. She was inspired to create the award by the Greek myth of the Hesperides.

An assistant lecturer in the Department of English, Heaney teaches classes including Images and American Culture, Imagining American Culture, Introduction to Writing Non-Fiction and Introduction to Literature.

In addition to her regular teaching duties, Heaney has taken on extra leadership roles that show her dedication to students and teaching. She works extensively with Synergy, UW's program for first-year students identified as academically at risk.

Recognizing a consistent problem within her department, Heaney created Stretch 1010, a program that allows under-prepared writing students who failed English 1010 in the fall to take an incomplete grade and then take a modified version of the course in the spring for a better grade.

Since 2007 Heaney has directed the Learning Resource Network (LeaRN), coordinating programs to help students succeed academically at lower-division classes. She compiles information and assembles LeaRN's Academic Success Guide, a handbook detailing advice ranging from classroom dos and don'ts to adjusting to life away from home or finding the right major.

Nicole Quackenbush, who works with Heaney as a teacher in the Synergy program, says, "As a mentor, April begins as a listener."

Colleague Rick Fisher says, "She not only helps her own students be successful but also empowers other instructors to increase their effectiveness with these students."
Student evaluations and recommendations echo the praises of her colleagues.

"Her attitude toward us students was incredible," one student comments. "She always stayed positive and made each student feel great."

"When April taught me the principle of revision, she taught me self-discovery and self-improvement, the greatest gifts a teacher can give," says creative writing student Jane Hawley.

"When April taught me to revise, she taught me to experiment, to fail, to grow, and ultimately to investigate myself and my creative and intellectual abilities."

Heaney is a UW graduate, earning a B.A. in English in 1998 and an M.A. in English in 2000. She has been an assistant lecturer in the English department since 2005.

Free concert: Balinese & Indonesian music

University of Wyoming Honors Program students and Wyoming Gamelan Chandra Wyoga will perform Balinese music and dance Saturday, April 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center concert hall in Laramie. Admission is free and open to the public.

The concert will feature instrumental ensembles including dramatic scenes from the Balinese-Hindu tradition.

Performances will feature master drummer and teacher I Made Lasmawan and dancers Ni Kethut Marni, Ni Nyoman Erawati Collahan and Eduardo Luna. Before the concert, Brojo Marta will perform Javanese Gamelan in the Fine Arts Center lobby.

E-mail Rod Garnett at for more information.

Little Tikes Art Club at AVA Center

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

William Missouri Downs' "Seagulls in a Cherry Tree" at Casper College

Laramie playwright (and recipient of a Wyoming Governor's Arts Award) William Missouri Downs presents "Seagulls in a Cherry Tree," the hilarious tale of two Hollywood writers who find themselves at an Idaho artist's colony attempting to adapt Anton Chekov's "The Cherry Orchard" for the Silver Screen. It is here that the writers fall in with the wackiest cast of characters this side of Moscow, Idaho. Can they save the failing artist's colony whilst dealing with issues of love, art, alcohol, sex, and Hollywood without getting bored?

"Seagulls in a Cherry Tree" is being directed by Richard Burk. Performances are May 1-2 and 5-9, 7:30 p.m., in Casper College's Krampert Theatre.

Tickets are $12 adults, $10 children/students (5-18). Special savings: Two tickets for the price of one on Tuesday and Wednesday. $2 discounts for groups of 20 or more. Patron sales: Ticket sales begin April 20. General ticket sales start April 27.

FMI: Call the box office at 307-268-2500 at 1-800-442-2963. Krampert Theatre Box Office (M-F, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., or at the door). Tickets mailed for $1 per order.

Art & music therapy part of "Girls Night Out"

Rebecca Barrett of the Downtown Cheyenne Mercantile Association sends info about a new event. "Girls Night Out: Third Thursday Therapy" will kick off on Thursday, April 16, 4-8 p.m. at businesses throughout downtown Cheyenne.

According to an event flyer, these types of "therapy" will be available to participants: art therapy, music therapy, girlfriend therapy, retail therapy, palate therapy, cocktail therapy, spa therapy and group therapy. Very therapeutic evening, I'd say. Participating arts-oriented merchants include The Link Gallery, Deselms Fine Art, Phoenix Books & Music and Bohemian Metals.

Downtown merchants are offering gift certificates as prizes. Look for the pink purse!


"The Secret Life of Curators" on PBS

Wyoming State Parks and Cultural Resources videographer Dean Petersen sends this news:

Tomorrow night (April 16) at 7 p.m., another half-hour episode of our in-house program, "Wyoming Folks," will air on Wyoming PBS.

"Wyoming Folks: The Secret Life of Curators" examines a few of the strange and lesser known items in our State Museum's collection -- from mummified fingers to wreaths made from human hair. Please watch! Many thanks to all of the museum folks who made this possible.

To find the PBS channel in your area, go to:

Apply now for Art Works for Wyoming

The Wyoming Arts Council now is accepting applications for its new Art Works for Wyoming grant program. This is one-time funding from the National Endowment for the Arts through the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act. Applications are due by May 15.

“We are fortunate to live in a time when the arts are recognized for the impact they have on our economy,” said Rita Basom, Wyoming Arts Council manager. “The fact that the National Endowment for the Arts was included in our nation’s Stimulus Funding Plan is a credit to all of the artists, art businesses and nonprofit arts organizations who make their living through the arts, or hire artists to paint, dance, act, write, sculpt, design, etc. -- not just at this point in time, but throughout our nation’s history.”

In keeping with guidelines established by the NEA, funding may be used for the following:

1. Salary support, full or partial, for one or more positions that are critical to an organization’s artistic mission and that are in jeopardy or have been eliminated as a result of the current economic climate.

2. Fees for previously engaged artists and/or contractual personnel to maintain or expand the period during which such persons would be engaged.

Art Works for Wyoming will offer grants of up to $25,000 for projects that meet at least one of the above two criteria. Grants do NOT have to be matched, although it is recommended.

AWW applicant organizations must have been awarded a grant by the WAC in the last four years for which all reporting was successfully completed in a timely manner. If you have questions about whether your organization qualifies, please call the WAC at 307-777-7742.

All applicants must apply online through WAC’s online granting system at No paper applications will be accepted.

The Western States Arts Federation, the regional arts organization that includes state arts agencies throughout the West (including Wyoming) also will accept grant applications from Wyoming applicants. Organizations wishing to apply to WESTAF must first apply to WAC’s Art Works program.

Applications are due at the WAC by May 15. On June 1, applications will be forwarded to the Western States Arts Federation. The Art Works for Wyoming grant panel will meet during the WAC board meeting in Newcastle June 3-5. On July 1, award letters will be sent to successful applicants.

All applicants must have a DUNS (Dun & Bradstreet) number and must have registered with the Central Contractor Registry. This is mandated by the NEA. If your organization does not have a DUNS number, register now. It’s free, but it can take up to 30 days. CCR registration requires a DUNS number, but takes only 72 hours. To apply for a DUNS number, go to or call 1-866-705-5711.

“Nonprofit arts organizations in Wyoming -- and throughout the country -- employ artists, managers, marketers, technicians, teachers, designers, carpenters and workers in a wide variety of other trades and professions,” Basom said. “According to Americans for the Arts statistics, nonprofit arts organizations provide an estimated 5.7 million jobs in the U.S. each year. Arts jobs are part of a well-diversified and innovative 21st century economy.

“In the face of reduced revenue, including grants and donations, nonprofit arts organizations across the country are being forced to reduce or eliminate staff positions, or enact salary and benefit reductions. They are also being forced to scale back on arts programming, arts education opportunities, and free events for their communities.

“We are excited to be a part of this national effort to save arts jobs. And we encourage all qualified Wyoming organizations to apply for funding.”

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

UW playwrights capture KCACTF awards

From a UW press release:

An original one-act play by University of Wyoming senior theatre major Jaime Cruz of Evanston has been selected for competition at the national Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) in Washington, D.C.

Cruz's play "Dead in the Kitchen" won the Region VII KCACTF Short Play award in February and is a finalist for the prestigious national John Cauble Short Play Award sponsored by KCACTF.

Cruz won an all-expense paid trip to the national event, where he will attend a week of writing workshops with nationally known playwrights and attend a professional reading of his play this week. Cruz has also been asked by playwright Jose Cruz Gonzalez to attend rehearsals of the new play "Sunsets and Margaritas" at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.

Named in honor of John Cauble, professor emeritus of UCLA who helped develop the KCACTF playwriting award program, the Short Play Award annually recognizes one or more outstanding productions of such plays in colleges and universities. The awards to each playwright whose work is presented at the national festival include $1,000 provided by the Kennedy Center; a professional development opportunity; and active membership in the Dramatists Guild.

This was the first year UW playwrights won all the playwriting awards at Region VII KCACTF.

American studies graduate student Drew Lyness of Shropshire, United Kingdom, won the Northwest Drama Conference (NWDC) Playwriting Contest with his play "Body of an American." Lyness won a trip to Seattle for a professional reading of the play at the Seattle Repertory Theatre.

Senior English major Randi Million of Laramie won the Region VII ACTF 10-Minute Play Competition. All three students were part of the spring 2008 Advanced Playwriting class taught by English Professor Craig Arnold and Theatre Professor William Missouri Downs.

Junior theatre major Steven Rotramel of Greeley, Colo., received the Region VII KCACTF Costume Design Award Winner for his work on the fall 2008 production of "Rabbit Hole" and also won an all-expense paid trip to compete at the national festival.

KCACTF is a national theatre program involving 18,000 students from more than 600 colleges and universities nationwide. KCACTF encourages, recognizes and celebrates the finest and most diverse work produced in university and college theater programs.

Call for artists: Utah public art project

From a press release:

The Utah Division of Arts and Museums’ Public Art program, in collaboration with the Division of Facilities Construction and Management, announce a call for artist qualifications for the creation of site-specific public art for the new Department of Motor Vehicles and Department of Public Safety Driver’s License joint-use facility in Draper. Letters of interest and qualifications are due May 11

The new facility, designed by JRCA Architects, is at 14555 S Minuteman Drive in Draper. It is now open to the public Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Interested artists are welcome to visit and see the public areas of this facility during normal business hours.

Interested artists and/or artist teams are encouraged to submit a letter of interest and qualifications to Jim Glenn, Utah Public Art Program, Attention: DMV/DPS, Utah Arts Council, 617 East South Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah 84102. The submission deadline is 5 p.m. on May 11, 2009. Please note this is not a postmark deadline.

The complete selection committee statement, budget and site information, submission requirements, and other project-related materials are available on the Utah Arts Council web site at or by calling the Public Art Program
office at 801-533-3586 or 801-533-3585.

Postmark deadline for Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund grants is May 1

Renee Bovee reminds us that the postmark deadline for Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund grant applications is May 1, for projects beginning after July 1.

Applications are available for download from the Cultural Trust Fund website,

The mission of the Cultural Trust Fund is "to serve the citizens of the state by supporting Wyoming’s culture and heritage through grant funding of innovative projects for the enjoyment, appreciation, promotion, preservation and protection of the state’s arts, cultural and historic resources. The program will also look to support and invest in Wyoming institutions that support the state’s culture and heritage."

The Cultural Trust Fund 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.

FMI: Renee Bovee, Cultural Trust Fund Administrator, at 307-777-6312.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Cheyenne sculptor Gail Sundell receives Great Plains Art Museum residency

In its April issue, Prairie Fire: The Progressive Voice of the Great Plains, features an article by Amber Mohr about Cheyenne sculptor Gail Sundell:

Art is process, and art is best viewed with knowledge of that process. This is the theory behind the Elizabeth Rubendall Artist-In-Residence program at the Great Plains Art Museum. Each year, an artist from the Great Plains region is selected to create a commissioned artwork for the Great Plains Art Museum’s permanent collection. The interactive residency prescribes that the artwork is created live in the Great Plains Art Museum lobby. Gail Sundell, a stone sculptor from Cheyenne, Wyo., will be creating an original figure grouping of Plains Tribe natives titled “Women of the Plains,” in alabaster. She will be working April 21–26, sculpting from 10 a.m.-noon and from 2-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and from 1:30-5 p.m. on Sunday. The public is invited to observe and interact with the artist while she works.

Gail Sundell has been sculpting in alabaster since she was a child, cutting and sanding paperweights for her family’s quarry just outside of Fort Collins, and eventually moving on to lathe-turned utilitarian art such as vases, lamps and bowls. Her work as an adult artist focuses on the legends, spiritual life and family connections of Native Americans. She draws from intensive research, her father’s stories from his early life among the Cheyenne/Arapahoe Indians in Oklahoma, and the “special advantage to being a woman sculptor.”

“The hours that I have spent caring for and nurturing my family and friends has enabled me to relay a depth of feeling to my work that speaks to those who view my creations and leads them to share in the wonder of life created from stone,” said Sundell.

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Art for the Cure auction April 17 in Cheyenne

Jill Hartley of Rock Springs is one of the many artists who have donated work for Wyoming Art for the Cure. This one is entitled "Oh Be Joyful." Jill used water-based media in this painting.

Wyoming Art for the Cure: A Celebration of Art and Life" will be held on Friday, April 17, 6-9 p.m. at the Little America Hotel, 2800 W Lincolnway, Cheyenne. The event includes a live and silent auction. Food will be served. The early-bird deadline for tickets has passed, but some will be available at the door for $50 apiece.

Here's a description from the Art for the Cure web site:

"Wyoming Art for the Cure is a live and silent art auction open to the community that includes an evening of light fare, friendly company, and incredible artwork donated generously by regional artists. All monies raised at the Wyoming Art for the Cure event are donated directly to the Wyoming Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure."


April 17 last day for NWC student exhibit

This is the final week to view the annual showcase of work from students enrolled in the Photography Program at Northwest College in Powell. The exhibit is in the Cabre Building's Northwest Gallery. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays.

FMI: Denise Kelsay, 307.754.6499,

"Green" fiber art show at Ciao Gallery

From a gallery press release:

"The Fiber & Earth of Our Being" is an exhibition celebrating artists' ability to use organic materials to create their works while not disturbing our Earth's delicate balance. The opening reception will be held Saturday, April 25, 6-9 p.m. and the first prize will be presented.

John Werbelow teaches pottery class at AVA

Anne & Pete win the sing-off

Anne and Pete Sibley from Jackson won The Great American Duet Sing-off that was broadcast on Saturday's Prairie Home Companion on NPR.

One-half of the duo -- Anne -- won a 2009 Wyoming Arts Council performing arts fellowship in music performance (vocal).

The Center or the Arts in Jackson will hold a party for the release of the Sibley's fifth CD, "Coming Home," on Wednesday, June 3.

Congratulations to Anne and Pete.

Read a story about the competition in today's online edition of the Jackson Hole News & Guide at

Shuffle off to Buffalo for arts and crafts

The Artful Hands, 33 N. Lobban in Buffalo, is always looking "for work that is unique and has a high standard of quality and marketability."

And made in Wyoming.

Gallery owner Becky Spencer writes that there are two ways to show and sell work at Artful Hands: rent-a-space and consignment.

"We will do extensive marketing in Buffalo, Sheridan and Gillette," Spencer says.

The gallery will be open daily during the summer tourist season.

FMI: 307-684-7190 or

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Wyoming Celtic Festival June 27-28 in Gillette

Celtic rock group Seven Nations headlines the Ceilidh concert Saturday night at Celtic Festival

The 2009 Wyoming Celtic Festival and Highland Games will take place June 27-28 in Gillette.

Here's the schedule:

Saturday, June 27th
9:00 a.m. Gates Open and Athletic Competition Begins
10:00 a.m. The Muses Children's activities begin
11:00 a.m. Gobs O’Phun
12:00 p.m. Opening Ceremonies and Athletes Lunch Break
1:00 p.m. Athletic Events Resume
1:30 p.m. Wyoming Pipe & Drum Band
2:00 p.m. The Muses
3:00 p.m. Gobs O’Phun
4:00 p.m. Athletic Events Wrap-Up
5:00 p.m. Gates Close
6:00 p.m. Ceilidh with Seven Nations and Prickly Pair at the Best Western Tower West Lodge, Wyoming Room. Tickets are $25 each. Call 307-680-5209 or email with the subject of "Ceilidh tickets" to purchase.

Sunday, June 28th
9:00 a.m. Gates Open
10:00 a.m. Gobs O'Phun concert, Children's activities begin as does Open Field Athletics (until 1:00 p.m.)
11:00 a.m. Wyoming Pipe & Drum Band
12:00 p.m. The Muses
1:00 p.m. Closing Ceremonies
1:30 p.m. Gobs O’Phun
2:30 p.m. Wyoming Pipe & Drum Band
3:30 p.m. The Muses
5:00 p.m. Gates Close

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Sibleys compete on Prairie Home Companion

Anne and Pete Sibley from Jackson were one of the six duets from around the U.S. featured on the Pas De Deux: The Great American Duet Sing-Off competition today on Prairie Home Companion, broadcast from The Town Hall in New York City. We're still waiting for the final results (cross your fingers) and the online voting is closed, but if you want to watch an interview with the Sibleys and the other performers, go to The Sibleys were the only competitors from The West (unless you count Texas). Anne was a recipient of a 2009 Wyoming Arts Council performing arts fellowship.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Artscapes on line

The Wyoming Arts Council's newsletter, Artscapes in now online. Just go to our website. On the left hand side there is a link to click on which takes you to the page where each issue is listed. Click on the issue you'd like to read.

New Roster Artist Georgia Rowswell

As a paper artist, Georgia Rowswell has conducted workshops in papermaking, book making, paste paper, paper mache and making rubber stamps. In 2001, Georgia was awarded a work-study grant at the Penland School of Crafts where she worked on sculptural paper casting with Virginia Tyler. In 2008, Georgia won the American Bamboo Society’s Art and Craft national competition. For the past nine years she has worked with the Cook County Arts Council in Georgia, where she developed and taught the visual arts portion of the summer art camp. During her workshops, Georgia invites discussions on history, ecology, science and culture. Contact: e-mail:; website:

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

National Security Archive Senior Analyst scheduled to speak at UW Art Museum

Exhumations: Appearing the Disappeared - Uncovering Repressive Archives in the Recovery of Historical Memory in Latin America will be the topic discussed by Kate Doyle at the next Art Talk hosted by the University of Wyoming Art Museum. Her presentation is scheduled for Monday, April 13, beginning at 7 p.m. Doyle is a Senior Analyst for the National Security Archive at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Her talk will focus on uncovering the truth of military actions in Latin America during the mid-20th century, and the people who disappeared as a result.

Art Museum Director Susan Moldenhauer notes, "This talk comes at an historical moment in time, given the current news regarding the conviction of former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori for crimes related to the death squads in that country." Doyle considers Fujimori’s conviction to be a landmark event. She states, "He is the first democratically elected president to be convicted of human rights crimes by his own country... in the world! Ever!"

The National Security Archive campaigns for the citizen’s right to know, investigates U.S. national security and foreign policy, and uses the Freedom of Information Act to obtain and publish declassified U.S. documents. Doyle directs several research projects on U.S. policy in Latin America for the Archive, including the Mexico Project, which aims to obtain the declassification of U.S. and Mexican government documents on the Mexican dirty war, and the Guatemala Project. Since 1992, she has worked with truth commissions in Latin America, including in El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala to obtain records from secret U.S. government archives in support of their human rights investigations.

Doyle’s public talk is in conjunction with the UW Art Museum’s current exhibition The Disappeared / Los Desaparecidos, which brings together the work of 26 living artists from Latin America who, over the course of the last 30 years, have made art about those who have disappeared. Doyle will also be giving a Gallery Walk Through of the exhibition from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Monday, April 13 at the Art Museum.

For additional information on the exhibition and the series of related public programs, call the UW Art Museum at (307) 766-6622 or visit or the museum’s blog,

"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 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.