Thursday, December 31, 2009
Members of the Wyoming Legislative Artwork Donation Program Selection Committee will meet to review seven artistic pieces donated during the past year for display in the State Capitol Building.
The meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m., January 11, in Room 302 of the State Capitol.
During the meeting, the Committee will review the artwork donated by five Wyoming artists and decide whether to formally accept the donations, attend to any framing or matting issues of the artwork, approve signage and determine the location where the pieces will be displayed on the second and third floors of the Capitol.
Additionally, the Selection Committee will review a proposed artwork donation schedule and establish a timeline for the next round of promotion and marketing for the program.
The goal of the Wyoming Legislative Artwork Donation Program is to acquire and showcase appropriate artwork that represents Wyoming. The artwork will be exhibited in the Senate and House of Representative chambers, the respective chamber lobbies and galleries, and possibly expanded to common areas on the second and third floors of the Capitol.
The artwork may be acquired for display through donation, temporary loan or direct purchase.
Selection Committee members are Senators Wayne Johnson and E. Jayne Mockler, Representatives Pete Illoway and Mary Throne, former Senator John Hanes, former Representative Pat Nagel, Wyoming Arts Council Manager Rita Basom and Wyoming State Museum Manager Manny Vigil.
For more information about the Legislative Artwork Donation Program, please contact Renee Bovee, Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources, 2301 Central Avenue in Cheyenne, 82002; 307-777-6312.
Artists with a disability, or those recovering from substance abuse, may submit work in any art form --- music, sculpture, painting, poetry, photography, etc. -- by Feb. 1, 2010.
The art exhibition and presentation of prizes will be held March 4, 2010.
FMI: Marcus Jackson, 307-635-3363, email@example.com or Tammy L. Gamino, 1623 Central Ave., Suite 4, Cheyenne, WY 82001, 307-432-4033, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Eaton has written and edited 14 books. They include "Cheetah: Biology, Behavior and Conservation of an Endangered Species (Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1974), which was recognized by the American Library Association as “one of the outstanding scientific-technical books of 1974.” "The Cheetah: Fastest Race on Earth, (Dutton, 1981)" was recognized as “An outstanding science book for young readers,” by the National Science Teachers Association-Childrens Book Council Joint Committee.
Two other recent books are:
"The Orca Project: A Meeting of Nations," an anthology of story, essay and poetry, published in fall 1998.
"The Sacred Hunt: Hunting as a Sacred Path," a 1998 anthology of story, essay and poetry.
For more information of the symposium, contact Eric Decker, Worland, 307-347-3946 or email@example.com
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Co-Sponsors: KCWY-13 & Mount Rushmore Broadcasting, Ramada Plaza, & Nicolaysen Art Museum.Call 265-1564 for details of a three-day Mural-making project. Partial funding is from the Wyoming Arts Council through the Wyoming State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Schneider Fund in the Wyoming Community Foundation, the McMurry Foundation, Natrona County School District No. 1, and the City of Casper.
When: Dates for 2010: May 29 - June 3
Where: the beautiful Vee Bar Guest Ranch near Laramie, Wyoming
What's Included: Lodging and meals, writing and riding instruction, lodging, tack, and your own special horse for the entire 5 days
Price: $1450.00 $100 discount if you attended the 2008 or 2009 retreats. Invite a friend!
Payment & Cancellation Policy: Download PDF
Deposit:To reserve your space, send $300.00 deposit to Page Lambert (by February 1), 26037 Mountain View Road, Golden, Colorado 80401. Questions? Phone Page (303) 842-7360 or email http://www.pagelambert.com/mailto;firstname.lastname@example.org
Leaders: SHERI GRIFFITH handles the "horsey" aspects of the retreat (along with the fabulous Vee Bar wranglers). PAGE handles the literary aspects and will provide journals.
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Postmark deadline is Feb. 5, 2010. The WAC welcomes applications from Wyoming residents 18 or older who are not full-time students pursuing high school, college or university art-related degrees.
The WAC will award up to three fellowships of $3,000 each to honor the most exciting, creative work by Wyoming directors, choreographers and stage designers. Jurors for the competition are theatre director Eric Hayashi from Walnut Creek, Calif., and dancer and choreographer Lisa Wymore, dance professor at University of California, Berkeley.
The agency’s fellowships are on a four-year rotation schedule among music composition; theatre and dance performance; music performance; and theatre direction, dance choreography and design for the stage.
Fellowship applications have been mailed to those on the WAC performing arts mailing lists. If you need an application or more info about the fellowships, contact Michael Shay at the WAC in Cheyenne at 307-777-5234 or email@example.com.
Here are bios for the fellowship jurors:
Eric Hayashi was a founding member of the Asian American Theater Company in San Francisco and served as its first executive director. During his tenure, the AATC presented more than 30 theatrical runs annually – including performances by Culture Clash, Chicano Secret Service, Thick Description and David Cohen, among many others. During that time, Hayashi also produced the national and European tours of Lane Nishikawa’s critically-acclaimed one-man shows and helped adapt “I’m on a Mission From Buddha” for airing on PBS in 1991. He directed the theatrical version of that show. In 1993, he joined the national staff of the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, D.C. as the assistant director of the Theater Program. Two years later, Hayashi was made the executive director of the Kansas Arts Commission. He also was a board member of the Kansas Film Commission. From there, he became the Interim Director of the Institute for Teledramatic Arts & Technology at California State University, Monterey Bay. In 1999, Hayashi relocated to Los Angeles to serve as the executive director and chief executive officer of the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center and its 880-seat Japan America Theater. In 2000, Hayashi served as the line producer on Nishikawa’s second film, “Forgotten Valor,” which won the award for Best Short Feature at the Hawaiian International Film Festival a year later. He was one of the producers of the 2008 film “Only the Brave” about the 100th/442nd Regimental Combat Team, a World War II unit made up of Nisei volunteers, many from the internment camps throughout the West. Most recently, he was the Arts Division Manager for the City of Walnut Creek’s Arts, Recreation & Community Services Department. Hayashi holds a B.A. in Film/Creative Arts from San Francisco State University. He is currently a member of the executive committee of the Board of Directors for the Western States Arts Federation, a funding and service organization covering the 12 western states.
After graduating with an M.F.A. in Dance from the University of Illinois in 1998, Lisa Wymore moved to Chicago and began her career as dancer, choreographer, and teacher. She was a faculty member within the Northwestern University Dance Program from 2000 to 2004, where she was the faculty advisor for the Northwestern University Dance Ensemble, the touring and outreach company of the dance program, and twice was the co-artistic director of Danceworks, the annual Northwestern University faculty choreographed concert. For her choreography, Lisa has been twice awarded an Illinois Arts Council Fellowships, and has been awarded several Community Arts Assistant Program Grants from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs. In January 2004, she was invited to travel to Vietnam to work on a project entitled Artistic Voices Across Cultures in Collaboration. Wymore is the co-artistic director of Smith/Wymore Disappearing Acts; a dance-theater-performance group based in San Francisco. The company’s work has been presented by numerous national and international festivals including: the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art Summer Solstice Celebration; Dance Chicago; the Dublin Fringe Festival, in Dublin, Ireland; the Earagail Arts Festival in Donegal, Ireland; and the [Kon.[Text]] Symposium in Zurich, Switzerland. Her current project is entitled The Resonance Project. It involves a team of choreographers, computer engineers, and visual and sound artists who are investigating 3-D presence/co-presence and corporeal and code interactivity within live and media based performance. A recent project, Parking Space, was a site-specific community based dance performance which took place in a local parking lot in the city of Los Banos, California in June 2007. Wymore is an assistant professor in the dance program at University of California-Berkeley.
Monday, December 28, 2009
A new book describes a Laramie mother and daughter's trek from stroke through rehabilitation and their return home.
Stacy Gupton suffered a stroke in 2003 while working on an art project. Stacy and her mother, Mona, said at that time they lacked the resources to deal with stroke and all the complications and said they wrote "A Piece of Her Mind" to help others.
"We felt Stacy's story could give someone else hope of finding life after tragedy," said Mona, who works in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences in the University of Wyoming College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. "We did not write this book to simply tell a sad story. We want others to know that life truly does go on, and it is up to each of us how we choose to live each day.
"Once a day is gone, we can't get it back. We can laugh or cry. I tell Stacy all the time that every day she has now is a bonus."
Mona said she realized writing the book would be emotional.
"It actually took me nearly three years to complete the manuscript. There were times when I wrote with such anger and pain that it was exhausting," she said.
Writing was therapeutic. "By going back and reading my journal entries and Stacy's, I was able to visualize exactly how far she had come and how we had grown together as a family," said Mona.
Stacy said she's glad she wrote the book. "I had to relive everything, and that wasn't easy. Even though it was really hard, I am glad we did this because it showed me how much I have improved," she said. "On bad days, it made me remember why I never give up."
Order the book through your local bookstore or at amazon.com at http://tinyurl.com/ylm3wz9
We are having an open house at our new Artful Hand Gallery & Studio on Friday, Jan. 8, noon-10 p.m. Our house is on the corner of East First Avenue and House Street in Cheyenne. Everyone is welcome!
We also will be offering classes in 2010:
"Rubber-stamp Carving and Letterboxing" on Monday, Feb. 15, 10 a.m.-noon. Fee is $20 and includes all supplies. FMI on letterboxing go to http://www.letterboxing.org/
"Pysanky Eggs" on Wednesday, March 10, 9 a.m.-noon, and on Saturday, March 13, 9 a.m.-noon. Cost is $25 and includes all supplies. FMI on Pysanky go to http://www.learnpysanky.com/
Prose entries are limited to 3,000 words and the categories are:
- Adult Fiction (which includes genre fiction such as science-fiction, mystery, romance, but no horror or erotica)
- Fiction for Children
- Novel Segments
- Non-fiction (includes articles, essays, and creative non-fiction)
Poetry entries are limited to 40 lines and the categories are:
- Traditional Poetry
- Free Verse
Entry fees are $2 per entry for WWInc. members and $5 for non-members.
All entries must include an entry form and be postmarked on or before Friday, April 2, 2010.
Mail your entries to: Ms. Chris Williams, WWInc. Contest, 3229 NW Gumwood Ave., Corvallis, OR 97330.
Be sure to keep copies of your work. No entries will be returned.
Winners will be announced at WWInc.'s 2010 conference held in at the Holiday Inn in Cody.
Certificates will be awarded. Winning entries will be published on the WWInc. web site, www.wyowriters.org
Contest rules and entry form can be found on the WWInc. web site, www.wyowriters.org/events.html
Among other highlights of MLK/DOD are the annual MLK March and Willena Stanford Supper; panel and book discussions, observation of National Service Day, movies, art reception and entertainment.
Postmark deadline to apply is February 1, 2010. Artists selected for the exhibit are notified March 12, 2010. Art work by selected artists are due at the State Museum the week of April 12-17. The exhibit opens May 8. The exhibit reception will be held May 21 from 5-7 pm. The exhibit closes June 5.
Current Wyoming resident living in state
Wyoming visual artist working in any medium
Must be an Artist Image Registry (AIR) member with the Wyoming Arts Council. Please contact the Arts Council for an application or go to http://www.wyomingartscouncil.org/ for more information.
Artwork on application by Jon Madsen, Down in the Valley
Friday, December 18, 2009
Crawford presents a fascinating analysis of what we've lost by ceasing to work with our hands -- and how we can get it back. He muses on how to live a pragmatic, concrete life in today's ever more abstract world and issues a call for reviving trade and development classes in American schools. Cost: Free. Location: Ordway Auditorium.
Contact: Adult Humanities Coordinator, Oona Doherty, 733-2164 ext. 135 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Senior Deputy Chairman Joan Shigekawa convened a roundtable discussion with national arts service organizations, regional arts organizations, and NEA staff to discuss the NEA's 2008 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts, the nation's largest and most representative study of adults' arts participation habits.
Representatives from 40 service organizations participated in the convening, including the Association of Art Museum Directors, Dance/USA, the Future of Music Coalition, the National Association of Latino Art and Culture, the National Center for Creativity in Aging, the National Network for Folk Arts in Education, and the New England Foundation for the Arts.
The survey was conducted in partnership with the United States Census Bureau and asked more than 18,000 people 18 years of age and older about their frequency of arts engagement. It has been conducted five times since 1982.
Among the findings that were discussed:
Audiences for ballet, classical music, jazz, and theatre are both declining and growing older -- Nearly 35 percent of U.S. adults – or an estimated 78 million – attended an arts performance in the 2008 survey period, compared with about 40 percent in 1982, 1992, and 2002.
Performing arts attendees are increasingly older (between 46 and 49 years old) than the average U.S. adult (45 years old) -- Forty-five to 54-year-olds – historically dependable arts participants – declined for all art forms except musical theatre.
People with higher levels of education have curtailed their participation in nearly all art forms since 1982 -- High school graduates had the steepest rate of decline – 25 percent – between 2002 and 2008.
Americans are increasingly participating in the arts through new media -- The Internet and broadcast media are popular ways to engage with the arts. Forty seven million adults downloaded, watched, or listened to music, theater or dance performances online – and most said they did so at least once a week. More Americans view or listen to broadcasts and recordings of arts events than attend them live (live theater being the sole exception).
Photography/videography/film-making increased in popularity as art-making activities, from 12 percent to 15 percent, since 1992, supplanting weaving/sewing as the most popular creative activity reported.
Generation Y reports taking fewer arts classes/lessons -- When people ages 18-24 were asked if they had taken an art class/lesson at some point in their lives, they reported lower rates of participation than previous generations for all art forms compared in this study (by 6-23 percentage points, depending on the art form, from 1982 to 2008).
Different demographic groups described different cultural preferences -- African Americans are almost twice as likely to sing in a choir or other vocal group as adults in general. Almost 11 million adults attended a live Latin, Spanish, or salsa music performance in the previous 12 months. Audiences for these performances were younger and less affluent than audiences for other art forms. The 2008 survey was the NEA's first attempt to measure attendance at Latin/Spanish/salsa concerts.
Arts participation correlates with higher civic participation -- People who participate in the arts are 2 to 3 times as likely to engage in positive civic and individual activities – such as volunteering, attending sporting events, and participating in outdoor activities – than non-arts participants.
Participation in most leisure activities (except volunteering and charity work) among all adults declined from 2002 to 2008 -- The average time spent watching television (about three hours daily) has not changed significantly since 1982.
Regional differences in arts participation -- New England and Pacific region residents had some of the highest rates of attendance (42 percent of adults in each region) for the arts activities traditionally measured in the survey. In personal performance or creation of art, the Plains states of Kansas and Nebraska have some of the highest participation rates nationwide. Twenty percent of adults in Kansas said they played a musical instrument. In Nebraska, that rate was nearly 18 percent. Nationwide, 13 percent - or 29 million Americans - reported playing a musical instrument.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Sonny, a drunken convenience store clerk living uneasily in a relationship with twin sisters, woke up naked and blue. Not sad, but actually blue from head to toe.
A warped warning from a former CIA colleague? A message from a deranged hit man that he and those he loves are marked for death? Or is his blueness a more invidious omen?
Sonny's search for answers will lead him to a perverse reconciliation with his former bloody role in geopolitics - and his destiny - on the bloody trail to Chiapas.
Along the way he will befriend a people struggling to survive, reconsider the nature of terrorism and the drug trade, and decipher an ancient Mayan vision of the end of time.
He will also meet another former CIA operative who doubles as a jaguar shaman, a Mayan holy man whose prophesies include Sonny, and a mysterious boy whose role in his people's future is both mythic and deadly.
Sonny's flashbacks to his gore-stained government work in Mesoamerica, including the act for which he was 'excommunicated', constitute proof of power's inhumanity, but his darkest revelation is that violence and greed are the true mechanisms of history.
Michael McIrvin's high-octane, intelligent novel is an immaculately researched, powerful indictment of brutal counterintelligence, including torture and murder, an exploration of how ends are achieved by a nation-state. This book is frighteningly timely.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Yellowstone Jazz ALIVE!
Here is a snippet from the book’s introduction:
Just as photography is perhaps the most diverse of all art forms, our photographs are equally diverse. We use color and black-and-white film or digital formats, and experiment with a variety of alternative techniques. The photographs we produce are documentary, landscapes, portraits, architectural or abstract forms, or combinations of them all. This book represents our first formal attempt to present ourselves to you.
“Representations” was published by CreateSpace, the print-on-demand arm of Amazon.com. The square-format paperback (8.2 x 8.2 x 0.5 inches) is 202 pages and sells for $29.99 (free shipping) on Amazon. You can order it through your favorite bookstore, or online at http://tinyurl.com/ybwz7mn.
Wyomingarts leaves you with this sage holiday advice: Buy a book by a Wyoming writer/artist today!
On Friday, January 22, 7 p.m., the library presents "Crime Scenes & Aftermaths: Reporting & Writing from Rwanda to Hell's Kitchen to Abu Ghraib and Beyond," with author Philip Gourevitch.
Gourevitch reads from his books and talks about how he got the stories and what is at stake in them -- politically, morally and dramatically. Gourevitch is an award-winning author of books on the Rwandan genocide and Abu Ghraib, an intrepid correspondent for The New Yorker and editor of The Paris Review.
He is the 2009-2010 Eminent Writer in Residence for the MFA program in Creative Writing at the University of Wyoming, a copresenter with the Jackson Hole Writers Conference. Cost: Free. Location: Ordway Auditorium.
Contact: Adult Humanities Coordinator, Oona Doherty, 733-2164 ext. 135 or email@example.com.
"This position manages a large historic site and state park to fulfill the department objectives of preservation, protection, and interpretation of the cultural resources, and the historic and archival collections for the citizens of this state and the nation."
Apply online at http://statejobs.state.wy.us/JobSearchDetail.aspx?ID=16081 or submit a State of Wyoming Employment Application to the Human Resource Division, Emerson Building, 2001 Capitol Avenue, Cheyenne, WY 82002-0060 (307-777-7188, Fax: 307-777-6562), along with transcripts of any relevant course work.
Patrice Walker Powell, deputy chairman for States, Regions and Local Arts Agencies at the National Endowment for the Arts, notified the Wyoming Arts Council that the NWCCD’s Donkey Creek Jazz festival was one of 170 Challenge America FastTrack grants totaling $1,700,000 in awards to organizations throughout the United States. These grants offer support for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations. Applicants may apply under one of the four following project types: guest artist, civic design, public art, and cultural tourism.
A full listing of awards made in this can be found at http://www.arts.gov/grants/recent/index.html
Guidelines for the next round of these grants will be posted on the NEA Web site in January 2010. FMI: Erin Waylor, 202/682‐5411.
For more info about the Donkey Creek Jazz Festival, call Gillette College at 307.686.0254.
Monday, December 14, 2009
A part of the Wyoming Humanities Council’s Reading Wyoming program, “Rural in America” is a discussion group scheduled to meet January 20, February 17, March 17 and April 21 at 6:30 p.m., at the Wyoming State Museum.
The program is free and open to the public. However, participants are asked to register as the group size is limited to 20. Rose Wagner will lead the discussions.
To register and borrow books, contact Sarah Ligocki at 777-7021. Participants are encouraged to register soon as the first book must be read by January 20.
Participants will read and discuss “The Memory of Old Jack, by Wendell Berry; “Winter Wheat,” by Mildred Walker; “The Egg and I,” by Betty McDonald; and “A Painted House,” by John Grisham. All of these books offer both romantic and realistic views of rural life.
The program is offered by the Wyoming Humanities Council. Reading Wyoming provides reading and discussion series’ to nonprofit organizations around the state and is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
FMI: 307-721-9243 or www.uwyo.edu/humanities.
Ciao Gallery is pleased to offer our first “Photography Competition.”
This competition is open to landscape, wildlife, candid, portrait/studio, abstract & architectural and any other style not mentioned. This competition is also open to B&W and color photography.
Eligibility: Semi-Professional and beginning photographers (Income from photography revenue must be less than 50% of your gross income)
• Photos of people must have release forms.
• Work must be ready to hang, and clearly labeled with the artists name and contact information. • No substitutions of accepted work.
• All work will remain on display during the duration of the exhibit.
• Art work must be for sale.
Prizes include: 1st Place-$500 Cash Prize and one months representation of selected works 2nd Place-1 month free representation in featured artist section on gallery. 3rd Place- 6 months free representation in featured artist section on gallery website.
DEADLINE IS DECEMBER 18th 2009!
Click this link to download an application http://ciaogallery.com/images/uploads/Photography%20Application.doc
Friday, December 11, 2009
Call for proposals: Download PDF
Submit Proposals (deadline January 13, 2010): Online Submission
Symposium registration begins January 11, 2010.
He addresses those questions theoretically in formal mathematical modeling in his recently published book (see above), "Toward a Behavioral Ecology of Lithic Technology: Cases from Paleoindian Archaeology," published by University of Arizona Press.
Surovell constructs a series of models designed to link environmental variability to human decision making as it pertains to lithic technology. To test the models, Surovell uses data from the analysis of more than 40,000 artifacts from five Rocky Mountain and Northern Plains Folsom and Goshen complex archaeological sites. The primary result is the production of powerful new analytical tools useful in interpreting archaeological assemblages.
Surovell's research interests are in behavioral ecology, hunter-gatherer studies, mathematical modeling, lithic technology and Paleoindian archaeology.
For more information, contact Surovell at (307) 766-3239 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Leapin' lizards! The timeless tale of Little Orphan Annie is back giving a whole new generation the chance to experience this classic musical about never giving up hope. Boasting one of Broadway's most memorable scores, including "It's the Hard-Knock Life," "Easy Street," "N.Y.C." and the ever-optimistic "Tomorrow," Annie is a delightful theatrical experience for the entire family. Don't miss this all-new production that Variety calls "a winner!"
Hosted by Clay Artists of San Diego and Potters Council
P.O. Box 22524
San Diego, CA 92192
This conference brings together five of North America’s most adept and experienced porcelain potters--Elaine Coleman, Tom Coleman, Mary Cuzick, Meira Mathison and Tom Turner. With an average of 42 years of working with porcelain between them, this porcelain dream team will share their expert tips and techniques for working with this beautiful yet challenging ceramic material. Space is limited. (A check of their website says registration is sold out, but they have a waiting list...)
To register for PORCELAIN! or to learn more about the presenters, the event, and Clay Artists of San Diego, go to http://ceramicartsdaily.org/education/porcelain or phone 800-424-8698.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
2:00PM Cook Auditorium FREE!
A Christmas Carol
Thur.-Sat. 7:30 pm; Sun. 2 pm
Come to the Gallery Walk in Laramie on Friday evening, December 11. See our ad in the Laramie Boomerang for individual discounts and incentives at these fine shops.
PLEASE SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL ARTISTS! Brave the Cold!!!
Annual Art Walk & Craft Bazaar (co-sponsored by NorthernFront.net)
Big Hollow Food Co-op, 119 S. 1st St. Fine art and quality crafted gifts for the holiday season!Featuring Jon and Ginnie Madsen, Ronnie Roo, Jerry Glass, Terry R. Reid, Tad Anderson, Bruce Allemani, Dennis Fonfara, Gail Shive, Garth Cossairt, Jerry Glass, Jennifer Leon, and Ray Jordan. Photography by Deborah Kratzer-Reid, Betsy Mock,Doreen Granke, Bob Strayer and Dan Mead; with craftspeople Bren Lieski, Alex Ewing, and more!
The Jeweler, 213 S. 3rd St., (307) 721-3854. Featuring members of the artists’ collective, "Artists of the NorthernFront”: Raymond L. Jordan,Ginnie Madsen, Jon Madsen, & Terry R. Reid…. with Jeweler Dave Perry, sculptor John Baker.
The Bead Shop, 119 Ivinson, (307) 742-0004. Check Us Out During the Gallery Walk.
Green Gold Jade Products, 215 S. 3rd, (307) 742-0003. Presents jewelry by owner, Vivian Tracy
High Performance Sports Medicine, P.C., 406 S. 2nd, (307) 742-0900. Photography by local artist Susan Davis. Refreshments provided by Home Bakery. Open 6-8 p.m.
Gallery Wine Bar, 404 S. 2nd St., 742-3864. At the end of the evening, drop into the Gallery Wine Bar, Laramie's premier art & wine venue (downstairs from Hart's Alley). Open at 4:30 p.m., Thursday-Saturday. 21 & Over Only.
The following Directory is provided by NorthernFront.net. Discover Laramie's other Alternative Art Venues for fine art, dining and refreshments at http://www.northernfront.net/GNF/links/laramie_art_venues.htm
Night Heron Books & Artist Salon - See the works of over 16 artists. For info contact Ken Koschnitzki at 742-9028 or 1-888-742-9028. At 107 Ivinson Ave.
The Copper Kettle Coffee Loft, 209 S 2nd St. Laramie, 742-1800 Fresh Food paintings by Terry R Reid, thru January 2010 Copper Kettle Kitchen Store on the web
Art in the lobby of the Laramie Reproductive Health Center, 413 S. 21st. Laramie Reproductive Health presenting new works by Bianca Allemani, Deborah Kratzer-Reid, Jon & Ginnie Madsen, Anthony and Sandra Guzzo, and Terry R. Reid
Sweet Melissa's Vegetarian Café, 213 So. 1st, 307-742-9607, fine art photography
Grand Avenue Pizza, currently showing the oil paintings of Laramie artist Mack Brislawn
Jeffrey’s Bistro, 123 Ivinson Ave, 307-742-7046
Coal Creek Coffee House, see the work of local artisans, 110 E. Grand Ave., 307-745-7737. And at their Uptown location (near the Hilton Garden Inn and UW Convention Center) see works from Coal Creek’s personal collection, 2317 E Grand Av. Laramie, 307-742-9316
The Grounds Internet and Coffee Lounge, 171 N. 3rd, Laramie, 307-742-5208. Local artists regularly featured
Turtle Rock, 270 N. 9th, 307-745-3741. "The Photography of Nancy Zenor."
Most people know the story from the film of the same name. But here's a short description from the CLTP web site:
This uplifting drama centers on George Bailey, who is on the brink of committing suicide until his guardian angel Clarence appears to help George realize the lives he has touched and the imprint he has left on his community. An uplifting, inspiring holiday classic presented as a live 1940s radio broadcast.
If you’d like to submit your music for airplay on Wyoming Public Radio for Morning Music or Ranch Breakfast, please mail CD’s to address below. (We may also consider downloads online.) We’ll try and review within a few weeks for airplay consideration. You can follow up by calling Grady at (307) 766-6624 Tuesdays between 1-3 p.m.
Wyoming Public Media
Dept. 3984, 1000 E. University Ave.
Laramie, Wyoming 82071
Set-up will be on Friday, Dec. 11, 3-6 p.m., and on Saturday morning before the sale opens.
For more information or to sign-up for a table, please call Lynda Gentry at 307-637-7622.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
You still have a month to view the Wyoming Arts Council's biennial fellowship exhibit at the Wyoming State Museum in Cheyenne.
The exhibit opened Nov. 5 and continues through Jan. 9. It's free and open to the public.
It features the work of the winners of 2008 and 2009 WAC visual arts fellowships: David Henderson, Florence McEwin, Matt Flint, Doug Russell, Ricki Klages, Leah Hardy and David Henderson.
Three artists will be feted on Friday, Dec. 11, 5:30 p.m., at the opening reception for exhibits that will be on display through Jan. 29, 2010. It will be held in the ArtSpace Galleries at the Center for the Arts, 240 S. Glenwood St., Jackson. Free and open to the public.
Jackson artist Valerie Seaberg and guest exhibitor Martin John Garhart are showing their work in the ArtSpace Main Gallery, and Wilson painter Miga Rossetti exhibits in the ArtSpace Theater Gallery.
Here is bio info about the arists, courtesy of the Center for the Arts web site:
A contemporary American painter and printmaker, Martin John Garhart received his B.A. from South Dakota State University (1969), his M.A. from West Virginia University (1970) and his M.F.A. from Southern Illinois University (1972). He has served as Professor of Drawing, Painting and Printmaking at Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio, for over 30 years.
Garhart maintains working studios in both Ohio and South Dakota. His art has been the subject of recent one-man exhibitions at such institutions as the Holter Museum of Art, the Sioux Falls Civic Art Center, West Virginia University Library, Southern Illinois University and the Butler Institute of American Art. Such institutions as the New York Public Library; California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco; Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes, Colo.; the British Museum, London; and the Library of Congress and Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C., include examples of his paintings and prints in their permanent collections.
"I am a story teller," Garhart writes in his artist's statement. "The story is yours and mine. The theme is ours. The specifics are mine. It is about life and it is told in fragments and with pictures. It is honest. Some of it may be true. "My art work is about life as it occurs through human intellect, experience, and the disquietude of the soul. … My work is a search for insight and understanding. … My art work is an exploration of visual language, a consideration of how a visual dialogue conveys meaning through formal and narrative elements. It is the symbolic use of setting, time and character aesthetically gathered to create content and beauty. It is an inquiry into the merger of traditional and contemporary visual voices in an attempt to expand expression. It is a search for the visual equivalent of the narrative poem."
Valerie Seaberg describes herself as "an ocean child" destined for mountain life. Her mixed media vessels are like great, tumbled beachcombing finds, undulating clay forms encircled by pine needles or horsehair. They are high country marriages between an ancient ocean and raw land. Seaberg's works are muscular, sensual and convey a deep sense of time, earth, and element.
Seaberg discovered basket making while living and teaching in a remote northern California healing arts school. She was thrilled to craft vessels from the grasses at her feet. "Coiling is slow art," she writes. "It takes a long time to express an idea and to see the movement of a form realized. It is both meticulous and profoundly meditative work. I enjoy teaching this craft to others as I believe slow art to be one of the antidotes to the franticness of modern life." A desire to work more spontaneously led Seaberg to working in clay. She began replacing basket centers with clay forms. The hand built centerpieces became so large that they are now an integral part of her work.
Seaberg welcomes risk as an essential learning tool. Risk brings exploration, and exploration, illumination. Valerie Seaberg's intimate art springs from her ever-inquisitive mind and heart. In all her endeavors Valerie Seaberg joyously bears discovery’s weight. "I am continually inspired by the knowledge that I practice an ancient artistry, creating objects at once functional and sacred," she writes in her artist's statement. "Intact indigenous cultures all over the world still weave and fire their work as I do. That art has provided beauty and sustainability from the first moment. I see myself as standing in a long, line of artisans creating these vessels. As time moves forward, my work will become a part of the natural evolution of this art's history."
Miga Rossetti studied fine arts and graphic design and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Michigan. She also studied at Fortman studios in Florence, Italy. Her education is a lifelong process drawn from both nature and creative workshops. She exhibits frequently in group shows nationwide and has enjoyed several solo shows. In addition to gallery exhibitions and the inclusion in numerous private collections, Miga Rossetti's paintings have been featured on the cover of Oregon Public Broadcasting magazine, the cover of the Wyoming Cultural Guide and in other publications.
Monday, December 7, 2009
It has come to the Wyoming Arts Council's attention that the e-mails informing grantees of the second deadline for Art Works for Wyoming grants may not have been sent due to a glitch in the mailing system. Because of that, WAC has decided to extend the deadline to accept Art Works for Wyoming (AWW) grants to December 31, 2009.
Only organizations which have applied for grants from WAC in the last four years and successfully completed them are eligible to to apply. For current guidelines and to apply, go to: http://wyoarts.state.wy.us/Grants/index.asp.
These grants may be used only to retain jobs which would otherwise be eliminated, or to retain/extend contracts which would be cut short or canceled. Guidelines are also attached for your convenience. Applications will be accepted online only by 11:59 pm December 31, 2009.
Art Works for Wyoming grants are funded by the National Endowment for the Arts using American Recovery and Reinvestment Act monies.
WAC would appreciate, if possible, for grants to come in sooner. Any grant received prior to the deadline will be considered a draft and returned with comments.
Here's info on the featured painting:
Buffaloes Approaching Water Hole, 1860, Charles Ferdinand Wimar, (Germany, 1828 – 1862)Pastel on Paper, 18 x 24 inches. This purchase made possible by the generosity of the Soka'piiwa Foundation, the P.A.B. Widener Charitable Trust, Morton Quantrell, and the Robert S. and Grayce B. Kerr Foundation.
Journal editors will select original works of fiction, poetry, photography and art for inclusion in the 2010 edition. Submission deadline is Friday, Jan. 29, 2010.
"We are expecting another great year and can't wait to start looking through this year's submissions," says Joshua Watanabe, OWR editor.
In October, OWR won its second Associated Collegiate Press Pacemaker Award.
All submissions must be unpublished, original works and may not be simultaneously submitted elsewhere. For detailed submission requirements and contact information, visit www.uwyo.edu/studentpub/owr.
During the celebration, the Buffalo Bill Visitor Center will open at 9 a.m. Refreshments will be available and Beryl Gail Churchill will sign the centennial edition of her book, “Challenging the Canyon.”
The centennial photograph will be taken at 11 a.m. The public is invited to participate in the taking of the photograph. The Cody Trolley will be available to transport event participants from the Buffalo Bill Historical Center parking lot beginning at 9:45 a.m.
The Buffalo Bill Dam, originally called the Shoshone Dam, was completed in 1910, and at the time, was the highest dam in the world at 325 feet. Today, water stored behind the dam offers great recreational opportunities, and provides drinking and irrigation water to the Big Horn Basin.
The Buffalo Bill Visitor Center first opened in May 1993, and provides information about the dam, Cody and the Greater Yellowstone area. The center is staffed with local volunteers, paid staff and a Bureau of Land Management volunteer.
A gift store offers educational books and DVDs, and a small theater offers the visitor a one-of-a-kind experience in which to learn about the dam.
Saturday, December 5, 2009
The play is based on a popular childrens book of the same name by Kenneth Graham and features Toad, Badger, Mole and Rat as the starring characters. The book also inspired Disney's Mr. Toad's Wild Ride. The play is a family friendly experience which also appeals to adults.
Friday, December 4, 2009
Designed to encourage and reward writing about contemporary art that is rigorous, passionate, eloquent, and precise, as well as to create a broader audience for arts writing, the program aims to strengthen the field as a whole and to ensure that critical writing remains a valued mode of engaging the visual arts.
In its 2009 cycle, the Arts Writers Grant Program has awarded a total of $710,000 to twentysix individual writers. These grants range from $5,000 to $50,000 in five categories-articles, blogs, books, new and alternative media, and shortform writing-and support projects addressing both general and specialized art audiences.
Representing a range of genres from scholarly studies to selfpublished blogs, the twenty-six selected projects, listed below within categories, are united by their dual commitment to the craft of writing and the advancement of critical discourse on contemporary visual art.
Christoph Cox, Conceptual Art and the Sonic Turn; Amherst, MA
Jen Graves, Regrade: Rediscovering Seattle’s Artificial Roots; Seattle, WA
Chris Kraus, Tiny Creatures; Los Angeles, CA
Fionn Meade, Loose Ends: The Mimetic Faculty & Narrative in Contemporary Film and Video; Brooklyn, NY
Judith Rodenbeck, Once More With Feeling; New York, NY
Greg Cook, The New England Journal of Aesthetic Research; Malden, MA
Gene McHugh, PostInternet; Brooklyn, NY
Mira Schor, A Year of Positive Thinking; New York, NY
Bill Anthes, Hock E Aye Vi: Edgar Heap of Birds; Los Angeles, CA
Huey Copeland, Bound to Appear: Art, Slavery, and the Radical Imagination; Chicago, IL
Craig Dworkin, There Is No Medium; Salt Lake City, UT
Lisa Farrington, Emma Amos: Art as Legacy; New York, NY
Martin Friedman, Artist Stories; New York, NY
Ed Halter, New Experimental Cinema in America, 1990-now [working title]; Brooklyn, NY
Pamela Lee, Think Tank Aesthetics: MidCentury Modernism, the Social Sciences, and the Rise of "Visual Culture"; San Francisco, CA
Barbara Moore, Observing the AvantGarde: Peter Moore & The Photography of Performance; New York, NY
John Yau, Martin Puryear; New York, NY
NEW AND ALTERNATIVE MEDIA
Geeta Dayal, Locative Art and Urban Space: Mapping an Emerging Field; Boston, MA
Amy Bernstein, Portland, OR
Janet Estep, Minneapolis, MN
Jeffrey Kastner, Brooklyn, NY
Kelly Klaasmeyer, Houston, TX
Morgan Meis, Brooklyn, NY
John Motley, Portland, OR
Cameron Shaw, Brooklyn, NY
Christian ViverosFaune, Brooklyn, NY
The Creative Capital Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program is pleased to announce a new partnership with the International Art Critics Association/USA Section (AICA/USA) designed to give practicing writers the opportunity to strengthen their work through oneonone consultations with leading art critics. For a list of 2009 Art Writing Workshop Recipients see http://www.artswriters.org/writing_workshop.php
The Doubleday is given for the best writing informed by a relationship with the natural world. The Blanchan is given for the best writing by a woman author.
These are the Wyoming Arts Council's only privately-funded fellowships. In the 1980s, artist and arts patron Neltje of Banner established an endowment for the writign awards named after her grandfather, founder of Doubleday & Company Publishers, and her nature writer grandmother. The WAC supervises the endowment and administers the competition.
The WAC will anounce the juror's choices by Feb. 1, 2010. Each winner receives a $1,000 cash prize.
E-mail me for info on the Blanchan/Doubleday competition or any of the WAC's fellowship programs.
Cheyenne will host two winter farmers' markets this fall, patterned after the Fort Collins Winter Market model. One was held Nov. 7; the next one will be held indoors on Saturday, December 5, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Cheyenne Depot Museum in downtown Cheyenne. Please note, due to careful planning, the Cheyenne and Fort Collins market dates do not conflict so that vendors may attend all markets.
For more information, and to access the vendor application and guidelines, click here
Thursday, December 3, 2009
It's been a successful first year for the Wyoming Humanities Network, the Wyoming Humanities Council's blog! Our most popular post this year was "Why I Love Vintage Advertising," by Communications Coordinator Jenn Koiter.
Here is a short excerpt:
"If the questions of what beauty is and whether it matters are still fit subjects for philosophical speculation (and Elaine Scarry would certainly argue that they are), then thinking people ignore advertising at their peril, since it both reflects and shapes ideas of what is beautiful." (Click here to read the rest of the post.)
From a UW press release:
An exhibition by renowned graphic designer David Carson can be seen through Sunday, Dec. 20, at the University of Wyoming art department's downtown gallery, Gallery 211, located at 211 S. 1st Street, Laramie.
A reception for Carson will be held will be held Saturday, Dec. 5, from 7-9 p.m. The exhibition and the reception are free and open to the public.
The exhibition will feature paintings and photographs Carson has made since relocating to Wyoming, plus works by students in two classes he teaches. Gallery 211 is open Fridays from 3-7 p.m. and Saturdays from noon-4 p.m.
Carson's clients include MTV, Quicksilver, Giorgio Armani, Nine Inch Nails and Ray Ban. He is also the chief designer for David Carson Design, Inc. with offices in Del Mar, Calif., and Zurich, Switzerland.
For more information on Carson's designs, visit http://www.davidcarsondesign.com/. For more information about the Gallery 211 exhibition, e-mail Diana Baumbach at email@example.com.