Monday, April 5, 2010

WAC adds 11 new artists to roster

We have 11 new artists that were approved for the Wyoming Arts Council’s Artist Roster, now totaling 74, who represent the literary, visual and performing arts from across the state. I’ll be profiling them here over the next few days. The full-color, printed version of the roster will be out toward the end of May. Look for it in your mailboxes, as well as the 2010 Spring newsletter issue.

Wendy de la Harpe – dancer
Wendy de la Harpe was born and raised in South Africa, where she established a career as one of the country’s top choreographers in stage, television and film productions. She is a registered teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance, a leading international dance examination board specializing in classical ballet. From 2000-2009, Wendy was at Ballet Idaho, where she served as associate artistic director, interim academy director and education director. Wendy has written Dare 2 Dance, a curriculum that introduces students to cultural stories and music of South Africa, which also includes kinesthetic teaching techniques. Contact: 307-742-9568; 208-283-5737; E-mail:

Daron Little – singer/songwriter
Daron Little is a working ranch cowboy who is also a singer/songwriter. His cowboying has taken him through Louisiana, where he was born, Colorado, Nebraska, Montana, and Wyoming, where he currently ranches near Encampment. His CD “…The Faraway Look,” of songs that reflect the country and cowboy life, was released in 2009. He was named 2009 Academy of Western Artist’s Top Male Western Vocalist. He has performed at the Western Music Association Year End Festival, the Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering, the Heber City Cowboy Gathering, the Devils Tower 12th Annual Cowboy Poetry Gathering, and The Grand Encampment Cowboy Gathering, among others. Contact: 307-327-5217; E-mail:; Website:

Equinox Trio – classical musicians
Violinist Jennifer Cowell, violist Gary DePaolo, and cellist Christine Dunbar have been playing together as a trio for the past seven years. Exploring the evolution of classical strings music, they feature selections from Mozart to contemporary composers. Equinox Trio performs for concerts, fundraising and arts events, social functions and weddings. Instructors and teachers in college and secondary schools, they are also principal players with the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra. Each member also provides private lessons to school age children. Their mission for educational outreach stretches to underserved areas, and educating all school-aged children about bowed string instruments and repertoire.Contact: 307-237-5240; E-mail: