Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Call for proposals: Portrait of Nevada's Governor

The State of Nevada invites professional artists with previous experience in commissioned work for an open competition to paint the portrait of Governor Jim Gibbons which will hang in the Nevada State Capitol.

A Request for Proposals (RFP) inviting artists to participate in this
competition to paint, frame and install the painting was recently
issued. The deadline to submit proposals to the Nevada Arts Council is
5:00 p.m. on July 22, 2010.

Copies of the full RFP with details on how to submit are available by
contacting the Nevada Arts Council at 775-687-6680 or by visiting the
Department of Cultural Affairs’ website at

Pursuant to Nevada Revised Statute (NRS) 223.121 the portrait must be
painted in oil colors and be appropriately framed. The painting and
framing must be done in the same manner, style and size as the
portraits of former Governors of the State displayed in the Nevada
State Capitol Building in Carson City. The maximum commission fee for
the preparation of the portrait, which must include the frame and
hanging apparatus, is $17,500. An amount not to exceed $2,500 is
available for artist travel required to complete the portrait.

This competition is open to professional artists living in the United
States. Artists must clearly identify proven experience by having
previously completed a minimum of two portraits which were
commissioned by individuals, corporations or units of government and
are comparable to a Governor’s Portrait. Applicants must demonstrate
the ability to complete the project as proposed, within the available
budget and the stated timeline.

A Selection Committee will review all eligible submissions using the
criteria of artistic quality, demonstrated qualifications and ability
to complete the project within the time frame and budget. The
committee will select three finalists from which the Governor will
choose the commission artist.

The Nevada Arts Council of the Department of Cultural Affairs will
manage the artist selection process for the Selection Committee and
develop and manage the artist’s contract. Notification of final
selection will be made by August 20, 2010 and the portrait must be
completed by December 17, 2010.

Yard concert in Cheyenne with Jeff Finlin and company

Left: Jeff Finlin; Right: Cory McDaniel

So excited when Amy emailed and wanted to know if they could get up a backyard concert here in Cheyenne with Jeff and company (Amy and Cory McDaniel). Stay tuned for more info as it becomes available.

What's a yard concert? A yard concert is a casual event that brings together friends, family, neighbors and co-workers in a warm and intimate setting. It’s almost like a command performance and everyone has preferred seating!

How it works. Everyone who comes is asked to bring a favorite potluck dish, a lawn chair/s or a blanket, and BYOB. Because the band is coming without any kind of formal contract, a donation of $10 per adult is suggested as a way for them to cover expenses and make a little money, as all artists should. 100% of all contributions go to the band members.

Plates, cutlery, tea, lemonade, and water will be provided. Enjoy food beginning around 5:30 p.m. Music will start around 6:30 p.m. and go until around 9:00 p.m.

Jeff Finlin Band is Amy Gieske on bass and vocals and Jeff, a singer/songwriter/guitarist described by the Chicago Sun Times as writing “with the minimalist grit of Sam Shepard and Raymond Carver.” Jeff’s song, “Sugar Blue” was chosen for the 2005 Cameron Crowe movie Elizabethtown. Cory McDaniel, Casper native, singer/songwriter/guitarist, a member of The Tremors, “Wyoming’s only 2-piece trio,” with Dale Bohren, now also has his “Crew” — Amy, Jody, and Larry — toured with Spenser Bohren, and performed solo at the Mettman Blues Festival in Germany.

Where: Hatch’s Hacienda
When: Tuesday, July 20
Time: 5:30 p.m. — 9:00 (or so) p.m
FMI: Linda @

ARTCORE announces 2010-2011 season line-up

From ARTCORE in Casper:

The 2010-2011 series has been announced!

Music & Poetry Mondays from July 26 – August 16 – Downtown Grill, 7:30:
July 19 – Anastasia’s Fault, Open Mic for Writers
July 26 – Jack Wallace, fiddle & Teense Wilford, guitar; India Hayford, writer
Aug. 2 – Bob Meloy, trombone; Betty Walts, piano; Tom Rea, writer
Aug. 9 – Betsy Bower, Lyra, Music & Yoga; Mike Shay, writer
Aug. 16 – Larry Neeff, piano; Charlotte Babcock, writer
July 21 – Famed Pianist/Composer George Winston, Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, 7:30 p..m.
September 11 – Japan Arts Day with Denver Taiko & Japanese Dancers, NCHS, 7:30 p.m. FREE
September 16 – Alfredo Rolando Ortiz, South American harpist, NCHS, 7:30 p.m.,
September 24-25 – Casper College/ARTCORE Equality State Book Fest
October 3 – Janet Ahlquist, pianist, & the Wyoming Symphony Woodwind Quintet, Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, 4:00 p.m.
October 14 – Lazer Vaudeville, Champion juggling, black light, comedy, John F. Welsh Auditorium, NCHS, 7:30
October 21 – The Cantrells, several styles and originals, vocals/fiddle/mandolin, John F. Welsh Auditorium, NCHS, 7:30 p.m.
October 27 – Franc d’Ambrosio, Songs of WWII plus Phantom – John F. Welsh Auditorium, NCHS, 7:30 p.m. – search among local singers for Christine and Raoul – (recordings due to ARTCORE by September 25)
November 5 – Ken Waldman, Alaska’s plane crash surviving, fiddling poet, Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, 7:30
November 12 - Alex Band, formerly of the group THE CALLING, Durham Hall, Aley Fine Arts Center, Casper College, 7:30 p.m. (
November 14 – Trombonist Nathan Baker of Casper College, Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church
December 11– Colcannon Christmas Show – Irish stories & music, Kelly Walsh High School, 7:30 p.m.
December 19 – Stephanie Scarcella, soprano Opera Major at Boston College, Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, 4:00
January 9 – Fred Taylor and the Casper Brass and Storm Door Co., Durham Hall, Aley Fine Arts, Casper College, 4:00
January 14 – Repertory Dance Theatre (RDT) of Utah with Casper native Aaron Wood, John F. Welsh Auditorium, NCHS, 7:30 p.m.
January 14 – WINTER MIGRATION, Prize Presentation, Visual Arts Competition presented at RTD Performance
January 23 – Jody Redhage, cellist/singer/composer, Durham Hall, Aley Fine Arts Center, Casper College, 4:00
January 30 – Fisch Stew – a variety of musical experiences with the talented Schenfisch family, First United Methodist Church, 4:00 p.m.
February 17 – Jeff Troxel, guitar, and Trevor Krieger, fiddle, Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, 7:30 p.m.
March 5 – Colcannon, Irish/original music – flute, violin, bass, guitar, bodhran, vocals, Kelly Walsh High School Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.
March 15 – New Music Competition Entry Postmark Deadline
March 17 – The Persuasions, a cappella excellence since 1962, John F. Welsh Auditorium, NCHS, 7:30 p.m.
March 24 – Soul Street Dance – hip-hop to all styles of music – “Breakin’ Backwards,” NCHS, 7:30 p.m.
April 7 – Colorado Children’s Chorale – wonderful dancing & singing! Participation by the Casper Children’s Chorale, John F. Welsh Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.
April 29 – Chris Proctor, Fancy Guitar, Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, 7:30 p.m.
May 7 Inda Eaton – extraordinary lyrics, vocals, guitar, Kelly Walsh High School Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.
May 19 – Sign Stage Theatre – WINNIE THE POOH – told by hearing and non-hearing performers, John F. Welsh Audiorium, NCHS, 7:30 p.m.
May 15 – Ensembles Concert with Kristi & George Armijo & Friends, Durham Hall, Aley Fine Arts, Casper College, 4:00 p.m.
May TBA – Happy Jacks – University of Wyoming Men’s Chorus

Call for applications: Wyoming Tourism Board

Because tourism is such a huge business in Wyoming, and because much of it is connected directly (and indirectly) to arts and cutural destinations, service on the Wyoming Tourism Board is important to the arts community.

Travel & Tourism just announced this:

The Wyoming Tourism Board has an immediate opening for an unexpired term in District 5 which includes Park, Big Horn, Hot Springs and Washakie Counties.

Board Vision Statement: The Wyoming Tourism Board is the leading proponent of the state’s tourism/hospitality industry. The Board provides governance and policy oversight for the state Office of Tourism, or more commonly known as Wyoming Travel & Tourism.

Board Structure: The board shall be comprised of nine members who shall be employed in or associated closely with the travel industry. The board shall be appointed by the Governor, and approved with the advice and consent of the Senate, in accordance with W.S. 28-12-101 through 12 28-12-103. According to statute, no appointed member shall serve more than two consecutive three-year terms.

For those interested in applying for this vacancy, please click to download the application. Completed applications must be submitted to the office of Governor Dave Freudenthal for consideration. The person appointed to serve will do so until February 28, 2011 when the term expires. At that time, interested candidates may seek appointment for a full 3-year term. Please contact Patti Burns,, or 307-777-5647 if you have questions.

The deadline for submitting applications is July 14, 2010.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Noted linguistic anthropologist Michael Silverstein addresses UW conference July 1

From a UW press release:

The University of Wyoming Department of Anthropology's "Language, Culture and History Conference" starts Thursday, July 1, with a keynote talk by Professor Michael Silverstein, MacArthur Award-winning linguistic anthropologist from the University of Chicago.

He will discuss a "hapax legomenon," at 9 a.m. in the College of Education auditorium. Other sessions will be in Room 150 of the Anthropology Building.

The hapax legomenon is a unique textual example in the Northwestern American Indian language of Kiksht, showing how the use of passive construction reflects the unstable world of the Kiksht and colonizing pressures of the early 1900s, Silverstein says.

The conference will feature nearly 30 presenters from the United States, England and Canada talking on issues including Native American narrative and song, histories of colonialism and language use, international language ideologies, Muslim identity and deaf culture.

Silverstein's talk is sponsored by the Wyoming Humanities Council and refreshments afterwards are sponsored by the journal Ethnohistory. Both are free and open to the public.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Harmonic singing and chanting

I've gotten involved in an harmonic singing group in Ft. Collins and am finding the experience mystical. The vibratory force that we all operate on is not always apparent, but when making a sound that you suddenly realize and feel is on the same vibratory frequency, oscillating at numerous frequencies simultaneously, it's exhilarating.

Met Herman last night, who has a beautiful operatic bass voice and who also hosts a radio program about classical music. He has asked if the group wanted to perform on his program and we all agreed. I'll post the radio station call letters and numbers when I get them, but the date will be Saturday, July 11, from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m.

Grace teaches the classses, and she just has the most terrific voice. Read more about her and her classes here.

Above image: The modes of a vibrating string are harmonics. Read about harmonics on wikipedia


Noel Coward's "Private Lives" runs July 6-10 at UW

The University of Wyoming's 2010 Snowy Range Summer Theatre season closes with "Private Lives," Noel Coward's classic comedy about the people we can't live with -- or without.

Directed by Lee Hodgson, "Private Lives" runs July 6-10 at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Studio Theatre. Tickets cost $10 for the public, $8 for seniors and $5 for students. For tickets call (307) 766-6666 or go online at

Coward was one of the most prominent British playwrights of the 20th century. Written in 1930, "Private Lives" is Coward's most enduringly successful work, still a standard of theatres everywhere.

"This play is the stuff of legend, a major classic, and one of those real favorites of many people," notes director Hodgson.

Apply now for E.D. position at Arts North Dakota

From the North Dakota Arts Council:
Applications are now being accepted for an exciting new Executive Director position with Arts North Dakota, a new non-profit arts advocacy organization. This position will be approximately 20 hours/week at $16-$18/hour with no benefits. It is a statewide position and may be conducted from any location in the state. Some travel required. If you love the arts and you’re looking for a rewarding and challenging position – this could be it! Please send a resume with previous experience and education with a cover letter to Pattie Carr, 291 Campus Drive, Dickinson, ND 58601, or e-mail to by August 1, 2010. More information on the position may be obtained by contacting the NDCA office at 701-328-7592 or Gail Benson at 701-388-4503.

Art & music at the Corridor Gallery July 9 -- the life's work of W.C. Brewer, Jr.


"Lifting the Sky" by Mackie d'Arge selected for "One County, One Book" in Fremont County

The Central Wyoming College Library blog announced that, beginning this fall, the libraries of Fremont County are cooperating on the next installment of "One County, One Book." This year's selection is Lifting the Sky (Bloomsbury USA Children's Books, hardcover, March 2009, 978-1599901862), by Crowheart author Mackie d'Arge.

Grand Teton Music Festival opens 49th summer season June 30

The Grand Teton Music Festival opens its 49th annual summer season on Wednessday, June 30. Here's some info from the GTMF in Teton Village:

With even weeks of concerts carefully crafted by Music Director Donald Runnicles and featuring the great classical artists of today, the renowned Festival Orchestra takes the stage Friday and Saturday evenings in Walk Festival Hall. The finest of the chamber music repertoire, eclectic crossover concerts and recitals, and free community concert offerings - including Jackson's favorite way to celebrate the 4th of July, Music In The Hole - round out the summer season.

Of course Donald Runnicles and the Festival's musicians will journey from around the globe to Jackson Hole this summer, but where you let the music of the Grand Teton Music Fesival's 2010 Summer Season take you is limitless! Join us for seven weeks of exhilarating performances by the Festival Orchestra, or explore our other more unconventional programming during the week at Walk Festival Hall.

TUESDAYS - Inside the Music

Scratch your musical itch and satisfy your curiosity about classical music at our FREE concerts on Tuesday evenings! Only 75 minutes long, these casual performances are hosted by Festival Musician Roger Oyster and take you on an exhilarating and user-friendly journey into the music. Inside the Music concerts offer a sneak peek into the weekend orchestra concerts.

WEDNESDAYS - Spotlight Concerts

An ecclectic offering of jazz to bluegrass and beyond in the midst of the Festival's renowned classical fare.

THURSDAYS - Musicians' Choice Chamber Music Concerts

Thursday night concerts feature classical chamber music programs handpicked by Festival Musicians with unexpected appearances by special guest artists.

FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS - Festival Orchestra Concerts

Weekends at the Grand Teton Music Festival showcase our Festival Orchestra together with Music Director Donald Runnicles and the finest guest conductors and soloists from around the globe.


Book signing June 30 in Sheridan for Jamie Lisa Forbes

Come to Sheridan Stationery Books and Gallery, 206 N. Main in Sheridan, on Wednesday, June 30, 11a.m.-1 p.m. for a booksigning with Jamie Lisa Forbes. Come down to get a copy of Unbroken and have it signed and personalized.

Jamie Forbes was raised on a family ranch in southeastern Wyoming. She obtained degrees in Philosophy and English from the University of Colorado, Boulder where she graduated with honors in 1977. She then spent a year in Israel studying and working on a kibbutz. She returned to Wyoming in 1979 where she ranched and raised a family for the next fifteen years. In 2001, she graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Law and now practices in Greensboro, North Carolina. She enjoys spending time with her grandson and playing old time Appalachian fiddle. With her Arabian horse, Cody and her cattle dog, Reb, she still devotes part of her life to the outdoors.

From Unbroken, by Jamie Lisa Forbes

Ranching is a life of extremes, perhaps even more so on the high plains near Laramie, Wyoming. And no one knows that better than Gwen Swan, who married both her husband Will and his family ranch where she works hard beside the men and struggles to raise her two children. Meg Braeburn, who has broken away from her family's ranch, expects unrelenting hard work when she takes a job on the place neighboring the Swans'. She and her son face an uncertain future, but she is determined to leave the past behind and make a good life for them. Gwen, who understands the corrosive effects of isolation better than Meg, includes Meg in her family and community and wins Meg's gratitude and support. But there is little time for reflection on anyone's part as the wheel of the seasons grinds relentlessly onward bringing disasters and triumphs and a rough road for all concerned.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Reception tonight in Centennial for NorthernFront Artists

Still time to buzz over the mountains to get to this:

Works of Wyoming would like to inform you of another gallery opening tonight.

The Phoenix Gallery in Centennial presents the NorthernFront Artists' Collective.

Champagne reception with the beautiful harp music of Alice Freeman.

Friday, June 25, 5-7 p.m. The show will be up through July 25, so check it out if you are on your way to the Snowies this summer: 11 Oak Avenue by the Trading Post.

CSU brings outdoor theatre -- and the starry sky -- indoors

Outdoor summer theatre is a real treat in the Rocky Mountain West. You can bring a picnic and dine on the lawn. The evenings are cool, relatively bugless and the stars at night shine big and bright.

Most of the time, anyway. The last two summers, Wyomingarts and fellow Cheyenne theatre goers have been soaked with afternoon rains and bombarded by High Plains lightning during Wyoming Shakespare Company productions at the Botanic Gardens. It also happened two summers ago during a "Midsummer Night's Dream" performance by the local amateur group in City Park.

The Colorado State University theater program in Fort Collins has found a unique solution to this soggy ordeal. This article was in yesterday's edition of the Fort Collins Coloradoan:

Audiences won't be outside at CSU's Shakespeare at Sunset performances but they'll still find themselves under a blanket of stars.

Colorado State University's theater program consulted with lighting designers from Cirque du Soleil's Las Vegas Beatles show, "Love," to bring the night sky indoors for its annual summer productions.

Last season, the shows were moved indoors at the last minute due to a series of rain showers (It was so bad that the stage crew was up to its ankles in water and electrical cables, said Walt Jones, co-director of CSU's Department of Theatre and Dance). Because of the Colorado's unpredictable weather, event organizers decided to keep this season's productions of "Romeo & Juliet" and "The Two Gentlemen of Verona" inside, but said they wanted to keep the production's outdoor feel (the stars) without the outdoor feel (the rain, the mosquitoes).

After consulting a former student, Chris Kortum, who now does lighting design for Cirque, Jones and CSU Professor of Lighting, Sound and Projection Price Johnston used glass gobos (a device often used in the theater to make patterns of light and shadow) to create stars, a pin light to create a twinkle effect and a projection of the sky to create star movement. The addition of clouds and a moon are next on the list but likely won't be in place until next season, Jones said. Down the road, the crew also is looking at trying to obtain a planetarium globe, which would project a more realistic skyscape.

"We'll keep experimenting until we nail it," Jones said.

In addition to the stars inside, audiences are encouraged to arrive early and have a picnic outside on the UCA grounds amid the CSU Flower Trial Garden, which is now in full bloom. Picnickers can even park their coolers inside while they see the show, Jones said, adding it gives audiences the best of both worlds.

The star-filled "sky" will fit in well with the season opener, a production of "Romeo & Juliet," which takes place in a futuristic setting.

Just don't expect swords to be replaced with lightsabers.
Read the entire article at

Wyoming arts organizations receive TourWest grants

The Western States Arts Federation today announced the recipients of its TourWest grants. Here are the successful grantees from Wyoming:

ARTCORE, Repertory Dance Theatre (RDT), Casper, $2,500
ARTCORE, Soul Street Dance Co., Casper, $1,750
Campbell Co. Public Land Board (CAM-PLEX), Bearfoot, Gillette, $2,500
Campbell Co. Public Land Board (CAM-PLEX), Hot 8 Brass Band, Gillette, $2,500
City of Kemmerer, Layne Gneiting, Kemmerer, $2,500
Fremont Co. School District 1/PALS, Ken Waldman, Lander, $2,500
Grand Encampment Cowboy Gathering, Richard Lee Cody and Mary Kaye, Encampment, $500
Hot Springs Greater Learning Fndn., The Cantrells, Thermopolis, $1,250
Lander Community Concerts Assn. Utah Symphony & Opera, Lander, $2,500
Lander Community Concerts Assn., Repertory Dance Theatre, Lander, $2,125
Meeteetse Museum District, Pop Wagner, Meeteetse, $623
Park Co. Arts Council, Barry Douglas, Cody, $1,750
Park Co. Arts Council, Prima Trio, Cody, $2,125
Pinedale Fine Arts Council, Repertory Dance Theatre, Pinedale, $2,500
Pinedale Fine Arts Council, San Jose Taiko, Pinedale, $2,500
WYO Theater, Inc., Hot 8 Brass, Sheridan, $2,500
WYO Theater, Inc., Richter Uzur Duo, Sheridan, $1,275
Young Musicians, Inc., The Tannahill Weavers, Evanston, $2,500
Young Musicians, Inc., Teada, Evanston, $2,500

Multicultural band Chutney performs June 30 at UW

The multicultural band, Chutney, will perform a free concert Wednesday, June 30, at 11:45 a.m. at the University of Wyoming Simpson Plaza. The event is open to the public.

Chutney is comprised of a lively group of musicians from Iran, Turkey, India, Nepal and the United States. The name reflects the group's special blend of acoustic music styles from around the world.

The Campus Activities Center sponsors the concert as part of its summer programs schedule.

Photo: The multicultural band Chutney performs a free concert Wednesday. (UW Photo)

Lots of entertainment on stage at the NIC Fest

Main Stage entertainment schedule for Casper's NIC Fest:

Friday, June 25

Cory McDaniel and The Crew 5 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.

Jalan Crossland 7:15 p.m. – 9 p.m. (shown in photo)

Saturday, June 26

Dan & Cliffy 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.

T-Bone & Ivory AA 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Rob Staffig Noon – 1 p.m.

Buffalo Bill Boycott 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

John Kirlin and the High Plains Drifters 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Andy Hackbarth 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Bryan Ragsdale and Friends 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Sunday, June 27

Donny Fogle 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Music on the Move 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

John May 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Anastasia’s Fault 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

The Gristle Gals 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.


Thursday, June 24, 2010

Meet the Equality State Book Festival presenters -- poet Ravi Shankar

Ravi Shankar is just one of the writers who will be featured at the Equality State Book Festival Sept. 24-25 at Casper College. For more on Ravi, go to Also look him up on Facebook.

Here's some info from the bookfest web site:

Ravi Shankar is Associate Professor and Poet-in-Residence at Central Connecticut State University and the founding editor of Drunken Boat, the international online journal of the arts, which recently celebrated its tenth anniversary. He has published a book of poems, Instrumentality (Cherry Grove). Ravi was named a finalist for the 2005 Connecticut Book Awards, and with Reb Livingston, collaborated on a chapbook, Wanton Textiles (No Tell Books, 2006). He currently serves on the Advisory Council for the Connecticut Center for the Book. Ravi reviews poetry for the Contemporary Poetry Review and along with Tina Chang and Nathalie Handal, he edited Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from Asia, the Middle East & Beyond (W.W Norton & Co.) , which was called “a beautiful achievement for world literature” by Nobel Laureate Nadine Gordimer.

Ravi is a recipient of a Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism (CCT) FY09 fellowship in Poetry. He also was a winner of a Puschart Prize in poetry, and has received fellowships from Breadloaf, the MacDowell Colony, and the Blue Mountain Center. He has served as a commentator on National Public Radio as well as the BBC. He has two chapbooks of poetry coming out in 2010, including a collaboration with late American artist Sol LeWitt: Seamless Matter (Rain Taxi) and Voluptuous Bristle (Finishing Line).

Ravi's recent book of poems, Deepening Groove, won the 2010 National Poetry Review Prize and will be published in 2011. He is currently on the faculty of Eastern Mediterranean University, the Stonecoast Writers Conference and the first international MFA program in Creative Writing at City University of Hong Kong. He has performed his work around the world, including the Asia Society, PEN India, St. Mark's Poetry Project and the National Arts Club.

Nominations due Aug. 2 for Gene D. Cohen Award for Creativity and Aging

From the Montana Arts Council blog (thanks MAC):

The Gene D. Cohen Award, sponsored by the National Center for Creative Aging (NCCA), recognizes and honors the seminal work of Dr. Gene Cohen, whose research in the field of creativity and aging has shifted the conceptual focus from a problem paradigm to one of promise and potential. Dr. Cohen has inspired us to approach longevity asking what wonders can be achieved, not in spite of age, but because of age. The award is presented annually to a professional whose research in the field of creativity and aging demonstrates these positive attributes.

Deadline for Nomination
Monday, August 2, 2010

• A formal nomination letter
• A brief statement (maximum 500 words) detailing how the nominee meets the
criteria of the award
• Research Abstract
• Peer review articles or other related documents
• Up to 2 letters of support

In order to nominate someone for the Gene D. Cohen Award in Creativity and Aging, please send your nomination packet to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with the subject of “Gene D. Cohen Award Nomination – NOMINEE NAME HERE.” Please remember to substitute your nominee’s name in the subject.

Visit the GSA Website at: or the NCCA Website at: or contact for more information.

Frolander's poem chosen for American Life in Poetry

Sundance poet Patricia Frolander has had her poem chosen for the American Life in Poetry series, sent out by, sponsored by former U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser of Nebraska.

The series is carried by newspapers, while a large number of readers receive the column via e-mail subscription. Current readership is approaching 4,000,000 per week. The audience includes readers from Indonesia, Uganda, Bangladesh, Australia, New Zealand, Peru, Poland, Germany, Italy, France, Canada and the U.K., as well as U.S. readers from Maine to Hawaii.

The New York Times education blog -- The Learning Network -- will feature the ALIP weekly poem along with a piece from the Times that elaborates upon the poem's themes.

Pat was a featured artist in WAC's Artscapes Fall 2009 issue. Pat is also a member of Bear Lodge Writers, Wyoming Writers, Inc., and WyoPoets.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund announces grants

From a SPCR press release:

As many as 38 Wyoming cultural and heritage projects and sponsoring organizations will benefit from $542,017 in grant awards from the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund (WCTF).

The grant awards, approved by the five-member Cultural Trust Fund board at a recent meeting in Worland, came from 53 total applications from 21 communities in 16 counties. The requests totaled more than $1.3 million, with requests capped at a maximum of $50,000.

Applicants in this year’s grant pool anticipate generating more than $8 in matching local support for every $1 received from the Cultural Trust Fund.

These requests were for a variety of projects including the preservation and rehabilitation of historic buildings and sites, museum equipment and exhibition development, filmmaker showcase, ethnic celebrations and festivals, organizational infrastructure needs including staff and planning processes, and documentation of Wyoming events and citizens with oral history projects.

In 1988, the Wyoming Legislature, recognizing that Wyoming and its people possess a unique cultural heritage, created the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund Act. The mission of the WCTF board is to serve the citizens of Wyoming by supporting the state’s cultural heritage through grant funding of innovative projects for the enjoyment, appreciation, promotion, preservation and protection of the arts and cultural historic resources.

For more information about the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund, please contact Renee Bovee, administrator, at 307-777-6312. Or go to

Grants were awarded to:
Albany County
Ark Industries & Rehabilitation Center Memorial Foundation, Endowment Challenge, $12,500
City of Laramie, Garfield Street Foot Bridge Painting Project, $30,000
U.W. American Studies Program, Heart Mountain Barracks in the Contemporary Wyoming Landscape Research Project, $6,000
U.W. American Heritage Center, Digitization of Wyoming’s Photographic Heritage, $10,000
U.W. Art Museum, Sculpture: A Wyoming Invitational, $25,000
Ruckelshaus Institute of Environmental and Natural Resources, Historical Living Narrative Project, $10,000
Carbon County
Carbon County Museum Foundation, Advertising Campaign, $8,600
Wyoming Frontier Museum, Display Cabinet Upgrade, $4,295
Crook County
Vore Buffalo Jump Foundation, Building to Protect & Preserve Archaeological Site, $35,000
Fremont County
Dubois Main Street, Downtown Design Guidelines, $3,000
Fremont County Library, Carnegie Library Performance Space Project, $40,000
Lander Arts Center, Expanding Exhibition Capacity, $3,000
Lander Children’s Museum, Lander Explores “Termespheres”: a community presentation of art, geometry, and science, $9,010
Hot Springs County
Hot Springs State Park/Shoshone Indian Historical Society, White Sulpher Springs Stairway Restoration, $2,200
Johnson County
Big Horn Basque Club, Celebrating 30 Years National Basque Festival, $15,000
Laramie County
Cheyenne Arts Council, Hynds Building Rehabilitation & Artist-in Residence Program, $49,500
Cheyenne Depot Museum, Hispanic Festival, $4,100
Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum, Endowment Challenge, $20,000
Laramie County Community College Foundation, Unleashing the Power of the Creative Community Project, $10,000
Wyoming State Archives, Wyoming Events Oral History Project, $15,860
Wyoming State Museum, Clothing Storage Project, $7,000
Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites and Trails, Ames Monument Restoration Project, $15,000
Lincoln County
Star Valley Arts Council, Executive Director Position, Initial Funding, $6,762
Natrona County
Casper Museum Consortium, Museum Minute on the Brian Scott Morning Show, $6,500
Fort Caspar Museum Association, Museum Collection Storage and Equipment Upgrade, $5,500
Nicolaysen Art Museum, Internal Technical and Organization Infrastructure Support, $20,000
Wyoming Symphony Orchestra, Educational Outreach Programming, $10,000
Park County
Buffalo Bill Historical Center, “Arapaho Journey: Photographs and Stories from the Wind River Reservation, $10,250
Heart Mountain, Wyoming Foundation, Interpretive Learning Center Interior Build Out, $40,000
Sheridan County
Sheridan County Historical Society and Museum, Sheridan Trolley Restoration Project, $6,500
Sheridan YMCA, Heart Mountain: A Film Project, $15,000
Sweetwater County
Sweetwater County Historical Museum, Documentation & Preservation of Granger, WY Cemetery, $3,000
Teton County
Jackson Hole Historical Society & Museum, Exhibition Research for “The Shoshone in Jackson Hole: Stories Told by the People”, $7,500
Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, Wyoming Filmmakers Showcase Event & Tour, $9,200
Uinta County
Young Musicians, Inc., Equipment Purchases, $9,000
Alliance for Historic Wyoming, Executive Director Position Support, $29,440
Wyoming Museum Training Network, Mobile Lab: Onsite Professional Development and Technical Services for WY Museums, $16,000
Wyoming State Historical Society, Wyoming History Website, $12,300

Michael Kaiser coming to Casper as part of his "Arts in Crisis" national tour

Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival announces performers

Cheyenne's Jeff Tish and Dale Williams get "theatrical" with handcrafted wood furniture

Jeff Tish (left) and Dale Williams pose with some of their handcrafted furniture on the grounds of the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens. Jeff is best known for his technical theatre skills (he just won an honorable mention in the 2010 WAC performing arts fellowships) and Dale is best known for his stage roles with the Cheyenne Little Theatre Players. You can get a closer look at their work on Facebook at!/profile.php?id=100001053042731

The Elders headline events for the 2010 Cheyenne Celtic Musical Arts Festival

This weekend -- June 25-27 -- is the fifth year for the Cheyenne Celtic Musical Arts Festival on the downtown Depot Plaza. Organizers say that "every year this festival gets a little bigger -- and I think it gets even better!" Events are free.

The Elders from Kansas City will be headliners on Friday, June 25, 9-11 p.m.and Saturday, June 26, 8-10 p.m. Listen to their music at

Full schedule:

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

START Bus to shuttle fans from Jackson to "Music on Main" in Victor -- first concert features Jackson bands

JH Underground reported this on June 16:
The START Bus will shuttle people back and forth over the pass during the "Music on Main" concert series that kicks off July 15. The special START service will offer two pick-up times for concert goers coming from Jackson. The ride from Jackson to Victor, where "Music on Main" has been relocated to this year from Driggs, will take about an hour from the first bus stop, at the Snow King Center, and about a half-hour from Wilson, the last stop on the Wyoming side. Riders can take the round-trip ride for $8, or pay $5 for a one-way trip back to the Wyoming side. Shows are scheduled to end by 10 p.m. and a START bus will depart from Victor City Park at 10:10 p.m. The bus will also run the other direction from Victor, shuttling passengers to Driggs, Idaho, and Alta, Wyo.

The Valley Citizen carried this story about the concert line-up:

The series opens on Thursday, July 15 with Calle Mambo and Rotating Superstructure, two of Jackson Hole’s premier local talents.

“Calle Mambo played an opening set last season and was so well received that we simply had to bring them back,” Potter said. “And Rotating Superstructure is one of the youngest bands making waves in the regional scene.”

With any luck at all, the Foundation won’t be able to afford Big Sam’s Funky Nation in the future. Like Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue last year, Big Sam’s Funky Nation is likely to blow its way into the hearts of concert goers Thursday, July 22 after Teton Valley’s own LUNKuR sets the stage.

"Big Sam Williams has long been one of New Orleans’ best trombone players,” Potter said. “After honing his chops with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band for many years, Sam was inspired to form the Funky Nation after Dirty Dozen began touring with Widespread Panic. With upcoming appearances at Bonnaroo, Gathering of the Vibes and Jamcruise, Big Sam’s Funky Nation will bring another set of high energy funk to the Music on Main stage.”

The last Thursday in July will feature the Band of Heathens, an Austin-based Rock/Americana group that has drawn comparisons to the Black Crowes, the Band and Little Feat.

“Following last year’s appearance on Austin City Limits, the Band of Heathens played the Mangy Moose with rave reviews, and they were recently added to this summer’s Lollapalooza festival in Chicago,” Potter said.

Jackson Hole’s One Ton Pig is scheduled to open for the Band of Heathens.

While the band featured on the first Thursday in August is still up in the air, look for the black smoke of the Backyard Tire Fire on August 12. With recent comparisons to Wilco, Son Volt and the Flaming Lips, Backyard Tire Fire has drawn the critical acclaim of Los Lobos’ Steve Berlin, who produced the band’s newest release, “Good to Be."

“It takes a pretty special band to rivet the attention of everyone in my band,” Berlin said. “In my opinion, Backyard Tire Fire is one of America’s best young bands.”

Jackson Hole band the Outfit will open for Backyard Tire Fire.

Two beautiful and talented artists are set to wrap up the 2010 Music on Main series as Carolyn Wonderland and Margo Valiante are set to sing the blues August 19.

Wonderland was named Austin’s Best Female Vocalist and her band the Best Blues Band at the 2009 Austin Music Awards. She has toured with Buddy Guy and John Winter, jammed with Los Lobos and Bob Dylan, recorded with Asleep at the Wheel, and has been featured on Austin City Limits, drawing comparisons to the likes of Bonnie Raitt and Susan Tedeschi.

A Jackson Hole native, Valiante moved to Austin a few years ago and joined Wonderland on the 2010 Austin Music Awards Best Blues Band list. Valiante will join Wonderland again on stage as her opening act. As a volunteer driven organization, the Teton Valley Foundation is always in search of people interested in donating their time to their events and serving on committees. To get more involved, please contact Jeff Potter by emailing him at

2010 performing arts fellowships announced

Larry Hazlett of Laramie and Carrie Noel Richer and Babs Case, both of Jackson, have been named the winners of the 2010 Wyoming Arts Council performing arts fellowships. They each will receive a $3,000 prize. An honorable mention was given to Jeffrey Tish, a scenic and lighting designer from Cheyenne.

This year’s awards honor the most exciting and creative work by Wyoming directors, choreographers and stage designers.

Hazlett is a theatre lighting designer. Before his recent retirement, he was the resident lighting designer and technical director at the University of Wyoming. His work on UW’s production of Anton Chekhov’s “Uncle Vanya” earned him the 2008 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival meritorious achievement awards in lighting and sound design. He also was selected for the 2008 Kennedy Center/Northwest Drama Conference Lifetime Achievement Award in Lighting Design.

Richer is co-artistic director of Hole Dance Films and festival director and filmmaker in residence of Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival. She performs with Contemporary Dance Wyoming. Her goal is “to bring contemporary dance into the cinematic realm.” She has choreographed and directed a number of short dance films, including “Winter Migration,” “Blue’s Not the Word…” and “This Bird has Flown.”

Babs Case is a dancer and choreographer. She’s been artistic director of Dancers’ Workshop in Jackson for the past 10 years. During her 30 years as a dance educator, Case has taught ballet, modern improvisation and creative movement throughout the U.S., Canada, South America, Europe, and Asia. She is a past recipient of National Endowment for the Arts funding and the Florida Fellowship Award for Choreography. In 2004, she won her first WAC performing arts fellowship.

Judges for the fellowships were theatre director and filmmaker Eric Hayashi of Walnut Creek, Calif., and Lisa Wymore, a dancer and choreographer who teaches at the University of California in Berkeley.

Category for the 2011 performing arts fellowships will be music composition. Applications will be available in the fall of 2010.

For more information, contact Michael Shay, Individual artists’ program specialist, 307-777-5234 or

New Yorkers plink on public pianos

Carolyn Enger, from Englewood, N.J., plays a piano in Brooklyn Bridge Park in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Monday. The piano, one of 60, is part of an art installation touring the world that makes its first U.S. stop in New York. The concept has put more than 130 pianos in parks, squares and bus stations in cities from London to Sydney, Australia.

In the Casper Star-Trib today, an article on page A14 talks about the public art project in New York City that has placed 60 pianos around the city at landmarks and parks for anyone to sit down and plunk out tunes such as Bach's "Minuet in G" to Elton John's "Rocket Man."
In bustling Times Square, on a traffic triangle in the East Village and at a park with the Statue of Liberty in the background, players flocked to the pianos Monday as audiences applauded from taxicabs and sidewalks.
"This is the first time I've ever touched a piano," said Lynette Morris, a 52-year-old hospital maintenance worker from the Bronx. She had just sat down at one of the instruments in the East Village, situated at the top of a flight of subway stairs. "I can't play but I'm going to try," Morris said.
Moments later, as construction trucks beeped and traffic roared by, a more experienced player got his chance on the bench. New Yorkers, who don't stop for much, halted in their tracks to listen as he ran through classics like Scott Joplin's "The Entertainer" and Vince Guaraldi's "Linus and Lucy," otherwise known as the "Peanuts" theme.
The two-week project, devised by British artist Luke Jerram, is making its first U.S. stop in New York. The instruments are open for public play from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. in most locations. Each has a tarp in case of rain, and has its own caretaker to unlock the keyboard each morning.
During his final number, "Let It Be" by The Beatles, a guy manning a nearby coffee cart stuck his head out and belted out part of the chorus.
"It's amazing how a piano, in the middle of the total urban chaos, will make everyone stop to hear the notes," said Dana Mozie, who was visiting from Washington, D.C.

Call for entries: U of Nebraska public art project

From a UNL press release:

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the Nebraska Arts Council are pleased to announce the UNL Physics II Direct Purchase Project. Artists working in black and white photography who reside in Nebraska and its border states of Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, South Dakota and Wyoming are eligible for this project.

This call is exclusively for the purchase of 2D artworks in the photographic medium (black and white silver prints only). The photographs selected from the application process will be placed on display at selected sites throughout the interior of the new UNL Physics building on city campus.

ONLINE APPLICATION PROCESS: The Nebraska 1% for Art projects program uses the online service, SlideRoom, to process applications. Detailed information on the SlideRoom application process is available on the RFQ prospectus and on the SlideRoom site.

There is a nominal $5 service fee to complete the online process. However, no physical materials will be required from applicants, which will eliminate the burdens of CD and document creation and mailing costs.

Contact J.D. Hutton , Nebraska 1% for Art Manager, for more information about this project, or view our Current 1% Projects page on our website.

View and download the project prospectus:
NNL Physics II Direct Purchase Prospectus
Direct link to the NAC SlideRoom application portal

Application deadline: July 21, 2010

Budget: $5,000 (for purchase of a selection of works)

Public art project uses beetle kill trees

The June 10 edition of Vail (Colo.) Daily (via WyoFile) includes a story about a public art project by Wyoming artists Ben Roth and Brad Watsabaugh using pine beetle kill trees. It's also an environmental friendly project. The article was written by Caramie Schnell. Here's an excerpt:

It might look a little like lightning struck three giant lodgepole pine trees in Vail's Ford Park and split them perfectly down the middle. At least that's how Wyoming artist Ben Roth envisions the project.

“This half of the tree we're standing back up, so it'll be vertical, with a bench coming out of it,” Roth explained to Helda Matern, a visitor from Malibu, Calif. Wednesday afternoon at the Vail park. Roth was taking a break from sanding the halved tree to answer passersby questions. “It'll look like the shadow of a tree or like it just fell open.”

Three such benches will be lined up at a sharp angle to the Gore Creek that flows behind the installation.

“It's just the best idea,” Matern mused, staring at one of the dissected 40-foot trees lying sideways atop a few sawhorses next to the recreation path that winds through the park.

The characteristic blue stain in beetle kill trees was visible through the length of the tree. Piles of charcoal-colored branches, pine cones and hundreds of brown needles lay scattered around the area.

The pine trees are being reincarnated into giant sculptures that double as benches in Ford Park this week.

The exhibit, an Art in Public Places project, is entirely sustainable, down to the sawhorses, which were made from leftover wood, said Molly Eppard, the Art in Public Places coordinator.

The trees will remain in the park for as long as Mother Nature allows, she said, and when they do come down, they'll be put into a wood chipper and used for mulch. Leftover branches will be used to make the signposts explaining the exhibit.

“They want to use as much of the wood as possible,” Eppard said. “It's pretty amazing that it's such a sustainable installation.”
Read the rest at

Ben Roth's web site at

Monday, June 21, 2010

UW Art Museum on YouTube: "Dufy on Design"

From the UW Art Museum blog:

The University of Wyoming Art Museum has added a new video to its uwartmuseum channel on YouTube. Dufy on Design is a walk through the exhibition, Dufy on Design: The Fabric Designs of Raoul Dufy.

Raoul Dufy (French, 1877-1953) has been recognized for his work as a Fauvist painter, known for bold color and strong lines. Dufy was also one of the great innovators of twentieth century textile design, an aspect of his work that has been relatively unknown. Dufy by Design: The Fabric Designs of Raoul Dufy, at the University of Wyoming Art Museum through August 21, 2010, explores Dufy’s collaborations with Parisian couture fashion designer Paul Poiret and the leading French silk manufacturer Bianchini-Frier. 100 original silk fabrics and fabric designs and thirteen dresses designed by Mongi Guibane and Christian LaCroix using Dufy fabric designs are included in the exhibit.

View the video at


ANG's 67th Army Band moves into renovated facility

From an AP story:

The Wyoming Army National Guard's 67th Army Band has moved into a remodeled armory in Wheatland that provides many features of a proper band hall.

The remodeled facility opened this month after a yearlong, $2.2 million renovation.

Members of the band say the new space is a significant improvement over the gym they formerly used for rehearsal in Wheatland and the garage they used in Casper while the renovation was taking place.

The new armory includes storage space, individual practice rooms, and separate practice rooms for the concert band and rock band. The rehearsal areas are surrounded by soundproof walls.

The renovation also added a parade field for marching and drilling exercises.

Pine Bluffs writer Liz Roadifer receives first-place award at Crested Butte conference

Pine Bluffs writer Elizabeth Roadifer received first place In the Fantasy/Science Fiction category in "The Sandy" writing contest held June 18-20 at the Crested Butte Writers conference in Crested Butte, Colo. Liz's manuscript is entitled "Fairy Tales."

Fantasy/Sci-fi judge was Ginger Clark, a literary agent at Curtis Brown Ltd. in New York City. Ms. Clark requested that Liz send her the completed manuscript.

"The Sandy" is a competitive contest for unpublished writers to provide aspiring authors the opportunity to gain feedback from experienced writers, to give them the opportunity to get their work in front of industry professionals in their genre, and to provide them the opportunity for recognition for those who have honed their storytelling skills. It was named after two wonderful Crested Butte women, Sandy Cortner and Sandy Fails, who have spent decades writing, promoting, and nurturing writers in the Crested Butte area.


Casper weekend

Was in Casper this weekend and went to a "Lincoln Street BackYard Concert." I missed last summer's, so made a point of getting there this time. Jeff Finlin played last year, and it was so successful that Gary and Sue brought him back this year. Everyone who comes is asked to bring a potluck dish (what a spread!), and a donation. All money received goes to the band. The concerts have now turned into a series!

The neighbors and other friends have come up with a plan to continue the "house concert" concept throughout the summer with an event planned for July, August and September. Terrific idea. The "house" guarantees the performer a certain amount. The take is hoped to cover the cost of the artist, but in case it doesn't, the "house" makes up the difference. Talk about promoting the arts and musicians!

There were approximately 85 people that turned out. The outdoor atmosphere is relaxed and intimate. People know each other. There was a tree climbing dog in the next yard who really wanted to get in on the action, but the owner, who was at the concert, wasn't swayed to bring him over. Pretty soon, all the kids ended up in the yard next door and began climbing the tree themselves. At one point, there were about six kids sitting on the stout branches, the dog somewhere in the middle. The dance floor was the alley.

Jeff and Amy Gieske (on bass and back-up vocals), played until 9 pm. Cory McDaniel, formerly and still of the The Tremors, sat in on a few songs, billed by Jeff as "aka Eric Clapton." Cory put out some great blues riffs. Jeff's songwriting is gorgeous (he had one of his songs, Sugar Blue, chosen for the movie Elizabethtown, but Perfect Mark of Cain astounded). The group sounded really great.

I think this grass roots effort (could it even be thought of as community development?) is to be applauded in these especially troubling economic times, when the arts have taken very troubling financial hits.

Upcoming BackYard Concerts: (they even printed up a small postcard-size schedule)

Host TBA:
July 23-- Liz Barnez and Friends -- soulful, New Orleansy folk rock. Playing with Liz is vocalist/drummer Bryon Holley and keyboardist Eric Moon.

Hosted by Glenda and Dave Pullen:
August 21--Andy Hackbarth--singer/songwriter and classical guitarist who plays pop/folk/flamenco and is co-founder of the Nashville/based non-profit Songs for the Cure.

Hosted by Margaret and Merrit Benson:
September 2--The Fireants--popular Wyoming group who plays Cajun/South American/ Zydeco from Buffalo.

The Corridor

I had not yet been into co-owner Zac Pullen's new gallery, The Corridor, and so went down on Saturday afternoon. Ten artists are represented, who each pay a yearly fee for that service. The gallery space used to be Wiggins Shoe Store and I remember going in there to drop off shoes to be repaired. Now the space looks every bit of metropolitan chic. I ran into Cory Taylor, who is helping out at the gallery, and who'd been living in L.A. for awhile trying to get his screen play noticed. He and my son were pals in high school.

An interesting upcoming event at the gallery will take place on Wednesday, July 9, when the life and work of a Wyoming legend, William Brewer (d. 2006), will be introduced and on display. He was a world rodeo champion, rancher and self-taught artist, and prolific during his lifetime--his children inherited hundreds of paintings. An actor will characterize Brewer from a script that Cory wrote especially for this event. There will also be musical entertainment by the Dang Ol' Boys, food and a cash bar. The performance starts out on the street and then moves inside, where a recreation of Brewer's studio will also be set up. Performance times for the skit will be 6, 7:30 and 9 pm. Tickets are $15 each and available at The Corridor Gallery, Wind City Books, Sonic Rainbow, Lou Tauberts Ranch Wear & Fields Creek 104.

Friday, June 18, 2010

"Painted Lady" meets "The Illustrated Man"

From Works of Wyoming in Laramie:

Do you have "Sturgis Fever?"

Mark your calendars for Friday, August 6, 6-8 p.m. WOW invites you to attend this summer's tribute to a unique kind of art. Motorcycles will line the streets and tattoos of all kinds will be displayed. On the agenda for evening is a showcase event of personal tattoos along with the opportunity to walk the Tat Walk or crown the "Painted Lady and Illustrated Man." Grab the first card for your poker hand and register at our opening for Saturday's Motorcycle Poker Run.


Henry Rollins drops into Jackson June 23

Hank Cramer performs at BBHC July 5-9

From the BBHC in Cody:

Versatile entertainer Hank Cramer brings his talents to the Buffalo Bill Historical Center July 5-9 with three daily performances of cowboy music, 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3 p.m. in the Coe Auditorium. The shows are included with the price of regular admission to the Historical Center.

Cramer is known for his booming bass voice, a wry sense of humor, and his smooth picking on a vintage flat-top guitar. A folksinger whose broad repertoire includes original, traditional, and contemporary music, Cramer performs everything from cowboy songs and folk ballads to Celtic airs, fishing tunes, and sea shanties. Among other occupations, he’s worked as an underground miner, a radio deejay, a professional soldier, a wrangler for a high-country outfitter, a “shanty-man” on a sailing ship, and a world traveler, and his varied experiences lend authenticity to his music.

Now based in Washington state, Cramer was born in North Carolina and started singing and performing while still in high school. He pursued music as a hobby through college as well as during his active military career as an army officer, paratrooper, and Green Beret. He left active military service in 1990 but returned to serve as a Senior Military Advisor to the Afghan army in 2004. He retired from the army as a lieutenant colonel after 28 years of service, and now enjoys a full-time music career.

Cramer has won awards for his music: Heartland Public Radio named his rendition of My Sweet Wyoming Home the fifth best cowboy song of 2007, and Northwest Public Radio chose his Songs from Maurie’s Porch CD as one of the top ten folk albums for 2006. Cramer’s most recent album, titled Loosely Celtic, was released in December 2009 and joins his nearly 20 other offerings.

Cramer’s appearance at the Historical Center is funded in part through a private donation. For more information on him, his music, and his performance schedule, visit to Cramer’s Web site at Information on the Historical Center and its programs can be found at

Committed to connecting people with the Spirit of the American West, the Buffalo Bill Historical Center weaves the varied threads of the western experience—history and myth, art and Native culture, firearms technology and the nature of Yellowstone—into the rich panorama that is the American West. The Center, an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, is now operating its summer schedule, open daily 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr. For general information, call 307.587.4771 or visit

Call for proposals -- public art project for Jackson's Home Ranch Building

The Town of Jackson announces a call to artists for the Home Ranch Building. Artists living in Wyoming, Montana, Utah, Colorado and Idaho are eligible to apply.

The public art project budget for the Home Ranch Building is $27,000. The deadline to submit application materials is July 23.

For details in the call to artists, with access to the file, image appendix, and associated information, contact Carrie Geraci, Public Art Coordinator, 307-413-1474,

The Blue Routes on stage at Lucinda's Gallery

The Blue Routes perform this summer on Wednesday, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at Lucinda's Artisan Gallery, 160 North Main Street, Sheridan.

Remaining dates are June 23rd & 30th; July 14th & 21st; August 4th, 11th & 18th.

From The Blue Routes member Micah Wyatt:

Lucinda's Artisan Gallery in downtown Sheridan has gracefully agreed to play adopted home to The Blue Routes the whole summer long! Come hear the soft, subtle tones and help keep a unique local business alive - every Wednesday night throughout the summer from 5:30pm - 7:30pm. The Blue Routes consists of Bret Norwood, Jascha Herdt, Philip Cleveland, and Micah Wyatt....but look for special guests throughout the summer.


Susan Gibson on stage in Centennial, Saratoga

Americana/folk musician Susan Gibson performs at 9 p.m. tonight (June 18) at the Friendly Store in Centennial and at "Music on the River" on Saturday, June 19, at 110 S.E. River St., Saratoga. Listen to some of Susan's songs at

TAAC meets Aug. 12-14 in Chicago

The Association of American Cultures (TAAC) hosts Open Dialogue XII Aug. 12-14 in Chicago.

Here are details from the TAAC web site:

A symposium of local and national leaders discussing policies and programs which individuals, organizations, foundations, and policy makers are encouraged to strategize and organize around in order to further advance cultural democracy and cultural equity platforms AND programs in today’s new era of change.

Recognizing some quantitative progress in equity and diversity issues over the last three to four decades, it is most urgent at this historic time of change to evaluate and set forth action-agendas around TAAC's foundational pillars for real, substantive, long-term change:
Equal participation in policymaking,
Equitable funding for all cultural institutions, and
Equity in multicultural leadership.

200-300 people are expected to attend Open Dialogue. Arts administrators, individual and teaching artists, arts educators, board members and cultural policy advocates and more are welcome. Participants come from communities across the country and abroad, from varied arts backgrounds and levels of experience. Open Dialogue XII will begin on Thursday, August 12, 2010 with a networking event Thursday evening; Friday, August 13, 2010 will continue with presentations, sessions; and Saturday, August 14, 2010 will conclude with a keynote speaker and lunch.

Download the schedule.

Kim Barnes & Robert Wrigley at Equality State Book Festival Sept. 24-25

Idaho writing couple Kim Barnes and Robert Wrigley are two of the presenters who will be featured at the Equality State Book Festival Sept. 24-25 at Casper College.

Here's info from the bookfest web site:

Kim Barnes is the author of two memoirs and two novels, most recently A Country Called Home, which received the 2009 PEN Center USA Literary Award in Fiction and was named a best book of 2008 by The Washington Post, Kansas City Star, and The Oregonian (Northwest). She is the recipient of the PEN/Jerard Fund Award for an emerging woman writer of nonfiction, and her first memoir, In the Wilderness, was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Her work has appeared in a number of journals and anthologies, including the New York Times, MORE, O Magazine, Good Housekeeping, Fourth Genre, The Georgia Review, Shenandoah, and the Pushcart Prize anthology. Her forthcoming novel, American Mecca, an exploration of Americans living in 1960s Saudi Arabia, will be published by Knopf in 2011. Barnes teaches writing at the University of Idaho and lives with her husband, the poet Robert Wrigley, on Moscow Mountain.

Robert Wrigley was born in 1951, in East St. Louis, Illinois, and grew up not far away in Collinsville, a coal mining town. Wrigley attended Southern Illinois University and the University of Montana, where he developed an abiding love for the western wilderness. Since 1977 he has lived in Idaho, teaching first at Lewis-Clark State College, in Lewiston, and since 1999, at the University of Idaho, where he teaches in the MFA program in creative writing. His books of poetry include The Sinking of Clay City (Copper Canyon , 1979); Moon In a Mason Jar (University of Illinois, 1986); What My Father Believed (Illinois, 1991); In the Bank of Beautiful Sins (Penguin, 1995); and Reign of Snakes (Penguin, 1999). His most recent book is Lives of the Animals (Penguin, 2003). He is the recipient of two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Among his awards are the J. Howard and Barbara M. J. Wood Prize, and the Frederick Bock Prize, from Poetry magazine; the Wagner Award from the Poetry Society of America; and six Pushcart Prizes. In the Bank of Beautiful Sins received the San Francisco Poetry Center Book Award for 1996. Reign of Snakes was awarded the 2000 Kingsley Tufts Award in poetry. Lives of the Animals won The Poets’ Prize for 2005.He lives with his wife, the writer Kim Barnes, near Moscow, Idaho.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Laramie Municipal Band launches season 6/23

The Laramie Municipal Band's eight-concert season begins at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 23, at the Washington Park bandshell.

The band, directed by Bob Belser, University of Wyoming director of bands, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays through July 28 and also the morning of Sunday, July 4, at Laramie's Freedom Has a Birthday celebration. The concerts are family events, and all performances are free.

Comprised of community members and UW students, faculty and staff, the band is more than 100 years old.

Photo: UW Music Professor Bob Belser directs the Laramie Municipal band. (UW Photo)

International traditions and local food highlight weekend in Jackson Hole

We posted this way back in April and thought it was worth repeating:

The 2010 Vista 360 Jackson Hole Fire Festival: Connecting Mountain People will take place from Friday, June 18 through Sunday, June 20, 2010, in the Town Square and other downtown venues in Jackson. Friday night will be the Fire Festival, a "cultural sharing" with Mt. Fuji in Japan. This year, the weekend days (Saturday and Sunday) we'll be exploring the mountain culture(s) of the Yellowstone region -- our own backyard. Saturday will be the Yellowstone Food and Heritage Fair, exploring the mountain culture (and flavors!) in our own backyard. And Sunday will be Children's Day -- Japanese and Yellowstone combined. Contact: Candra Day at

Margaret Coel presents "Arapahos, the Spirituality of a Plains Indian Tribe"

Colorado author Margaret Coel will be conducting a program entitled "Arapahos, the Spirituality of a Plains Indian Tribe," July 11-17, at Ring Lake Ranch near Dubois. Get registration information at Margaret's best-selling mysteries are set in Wyoming's Wind River Reservation. Her most recent novel, The Silent Spirit, will be published in September.

Zak Pullen teaches watercolor workshop for teens June 22 in Casper

Zak Pullen's illustration of Teddy Roosevelt

The Natrona County Public Library in Casper presents "Watercolors with Zak Pullen" on Tuesday, June 22, 2–4 p.m., in nhe library's Crawford Room. For teens entering grades 7-12.

Description: Watercolor your imagination. Afterward, Zak will give us a tour of The Corridor Gallery, 120 E 2nd St. Sign up at the Teen Zone desk.

FMI: 307-577-READ or

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Sound Check Music Festival in Pinedale 6/26

From the Pinedale Fine Arts Council:

The Pinedale Fine Arts Council presents the third annual Sound Check Music Festival on Saturday, June 26 beginning at 5 p.m. in the American Legion Park in Pinedale. The concert is free (donations greatly appreciated) and will feature The Lonesome Heroes from Austin, TX as headliners. Rounding out the bill this year will be Leo Rondeau also from Austin, TX and local alt-country band The Tie Hacks will open things up. Don’t forget to bring a chair, cooler, sunscreen and shades and enjoy a great summer evening listening to three great bands!

Proclaimed as "rewriting the rules of alt country" by the Austin Chronicle, The Lonesome Heroes have emerged as a singular talent out of Austin's music scene. Songwriters Rich Russell and Landry McMeans founded the Heroes in 2005, and the pair has cultivated their New York and Texan roots into a unique sound that unites Indie Rock, Folk, and Country. The Heroes' songs evoke a Western Americana landscape littered with broken hearts, abandoned shopping malls, and crooked highways. Their lyrics have been hailed as rivaling "the best in the country world" (Smother Magazine.) Yet their sound reaches beyond the Country moniker. The Lonesome Heroes will be performing as a 5-piece band for the June 26 performance.

Originally from North Dakota, Leo Rondeau now calls Austin home and pulls his languid drawl across country ballads braced by banjo and steel, the caustic crack of his voice cut with an ornery attitude. Rondeau’s impressive songwriting drifts through easy honky-tonk anthems and supple, aching, country waltzes all the while mixing traditional country and bluegrass with storytelling inspired by Rondeau’s upbringing in the Turtle Mountains. Rondeau will be joined by his traveling band for the June 26 performance.

Pinedale’s The Tie Hacks, featuring members of the Science Rockets, play a refreshing blend of alt-country and Americana music complete with harmonies and vocal trade-offs. Fronted by local singer songwriters John Fogerty, Jason Burton, Terry Hill and Michelle Humber The Tie Hacks recently took first place in initial voting for the Targhee Music Fest Battle of the Bands Contests earlier this spring.

The now annual Sound Check was first conceived two years ago by the Pinedale Fine Arts Council as a means of testing the new sound system they purchased with grant money from the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund. The Town of Pinedale, Sublette County Recreation Board and the Sublette County Joint Tourism Promotion Board also helped support this event.

FMI: or call 307.367.7322.

Victoria Bennett Beyer's "Wyoming" collection photos at Coal Creek Coffee

Wheatland photographer Victoria Bennett Beyer has several photographs from her "Wyoming" collection on display at Coal Creek Coffee (the downtown location) in Laramie for the month of June. Photos include landscapes and livestock portraits taken through the state.

Fellowship deadline is fast approaching

Tick, tock, tick, tock...

The clock is counting down.

Friday, June 18, is the postmark deadline for the 2011 Wyoming Arts Council creative writing fellowships in creative nonfiction. If you're in Cheyenne or just visiting, you may drop off your application at the WAC offices, 2320 Capitol Avenue (right across the street from the Capitol Building) by 5 p.m. on Friday, June 18.

Up to three winners will be chosen, each receiving a $3,000 award plus a $500 travel stipend to participate in the fellowship reading at the Equality State Book Festival in Casper on Sept. 24, 2010.

Judge for this year's competition is author and editor Lee Gutkind, founded of Creative Nonfiction magazine. Lee will travel to Casper to participate in the fellowship reading and to be a panelist in a session about creative nonfiction.

Find a printable application at the WAC web site. WAC can also fax you one if you call 307-777-7742.

Wyoming musicians invited to participate in Daniel Pearl World Music Days

From the Daniel Pearl Foundation:

Now in its 9th year, Daniel Pearl World Music Days, is a month-long global network of concerts each October, promoting peace and cross cultural understanding through the universal language of music. Coinciding with Danny's October 10 birthday, this global symphony welcomes the participation of all music events from every genre. We set a new record last October, with musicians at 1,558 events in 79 countries, empowering audiences with a sense of unity and purpose under the common banner of "Harmony for Humanity." This year, with your help, we hope to increase the impact on every continent..

There is no financial obligation to participate, all that is required is a dedication made from the stage, or listed in the printed program, and a simple registration of the event on Once registered, all performances will be promoted on our website, with artist pages, bio's and external links.

Led by our honorary committee, World Music Days is open to all - professionals, amateurs, student groups, non-profit organizations, embassies and religious groups of every faith. Participating events include already scheduled performances or specifically organized events. Please note that concerts held outside the October 1-31, 2010 time frame are welcome to be registered as "Tribute Events."

To register an October performance, or learn more about the benefits of this unique global music network, please visit

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

"The family Wyeth" exhibit coming to Jackson

A seminal exhibition of the work of Andrew Wyeth, his father N.C. Wyeth, and his son James Wyeth, opens in Jackson, Wyoming, on August 21, 2010.

Titled “An American Dynasty: Three Generations of Wyeth,” the exhibition is a long-overdue survey of the legendary American artistic family and includes some 50 temperas, dry brushes and watercolors. It is organized by and displayed at the newly opened Heather James Fine Art in Jackson, a sister gallery to three Southern California galleries owned by James Carona and Heather Sacre. Officially opening to the public on August 21, 2010, this inaugural exhibition ends on September 30, 2010. An illustrated catalogue with a foreword by acclaimed critic Robert Hughes will be published and available for the public.

"We are pleased to be able to organize a show of major works by Andrew Wyeth, his father N. C. Wyeth, and his son Jamie,” says Carona. “The Wyeths are genuine American icons and this exhibition will be on par with a museum presentation. Heather and I also are excited to expand the Heather James gallery vision into such an amazing space and community. Jackson has established itself as a significant destination arts community. We see this as a perfect opportunity to merge our love for the natural world and all that embodies the Jackson lifestyle with our passion for art.”

Continuing his work with the Heather James team in Jackson is internationally acclaimed, Los Angeles-based curator Chip Tom. Tours, lectures and other forms of public programming will be an important
component of the gallery’s activity.

Andrew Wyeth, "Chester County Farm"

As an artist, Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009) was deeply interested in the notion of survival in the face of hostile elements, historical change, and natural decay. Only his uniquely American relationship with the environment, its vast natural beauty and introspective quietude could have given fruit to “Christina’s World,” the artist’s greatest oeuvre and America’s greatest mid-century representational painting. Another great achievement is the artist’s so-called “Helga Pictures,” a series depicting the model Helga Testorf, which Wyeth secretly executed over the course of 15 years. Many of these watercolors and dry brushes, amongst Wyeth’s best works on paper, will be on view at Heather James Fine Art, Jackson.

Also wonderfully represented in the Heather James exhibition is Andrew’s renowned father, N.C. Wyeth (1882-1945), with whom Andrew studied in his youth, and whose variety of illustration styles and dexterity of execution is enjoying a much-deserved revival of attention.

James Wyeth, "Atlantic City Rolling Chair;" dry point etching

Perpetuating his father and grandfather’s interpretations of man’s condition and, like them, painting nearly exclusively in Maine and Pennsylvania, James Wyeth (born, 1946, and known as “Jamie”) imbues his portraiture with a certain melancholia. Still, Jamie’s portrait output adheres to nature as the ultimate source of man’s endurance.

“An American Dynasty: Three Generations of Wyeth” at Heather James Fine Art in Jackson, Wyoming, is a resounding generational statement of the American experience in which rugged individualism and Manifest
Destiny are tempered by environmental reverence and an enlightened humanism.

Heather James Fine Art, Jackson
172 Center Street Suite 101
Jackson, Wyoming

FMI about the gallery and upcoming exhibitions, visit our website or call Lyndsay
McCandless at 307-200-6090.

New blog post from Page Lambert -- of horses and landscape and Wyoming memoirs

Great to hear from one-time Wyomingite Page Lambert about her recent Literature and the Landscape of the Horse Retreat at the Vee Bar Ranch in Albany County. For an overview, and some insight into the new memoir by Cody writer Laura Bell, go to

Wyoming's Mark Spragg: "I write and I rewrite. I've found it never gets easy"

Lander's Susan Gray Gose profiles Cody author and screenwriter Mark Spragg in the latest issue of WyoFile.

Here's the opening paragraphs:

Casper— A middle-aged carpenter in Wind City Books peppers Wyoming novelist Mark Spragg with questions about writing. How do you get started? How do you keep at it? How do you get published?

Spragg, who is in the small bookstore signing copies of his new novel, Bone Fire, tugs at his gray-streaked red beard and answers the man honestly: “I’m starting my fifth book now, and you’d think I have a whole box of tools to draw from, but I don’t. I write and rewrite and rewrite. I’ve found it never gets easy.”

The carpenter frowns.

But Spragg, who was put to work on his family’s dude ranch at age 11 and paid $1 a day, is not one to say there’s an easy route to publishing success.
Read the rest at