Thursday, July 29, 2010

Artists' reception tonight at Cheyenne UU Church for Ron & Mike McIntosh

Artists (and brothers) Ron and Mike McIntosh will be at an opening reception from 5-8 p.m. tonight (Thursday, July 29) at the Cheyenne Unitarian Universalist Church. The exhibit features new work by these Cheyenne natives.

Organize una Discusion de Libros en Espanol Gratis

El programa de "Reading Wyoming", ofrece siete libros en espanol muy interesantes. El primero es "Bendceme Ultima" escrito por Rodolfo Anaya, es una historia llena de sueos sensuales, supersticiones, fenmenos inexplicados y la oscura fuerza de la teologa Latinoamericana. El segundo libro es "Lluvia de Oro" por Victor Villaseor, un narrativo sobre la riqueza cultural de Mxico, de una familia que sus tragedias son soportadas por el poder mstico y el amor incondicional, y todos los emigrantes: personas valientes que viven la vida con un espritu constante. El tercero es "Balun Canan" por Rosario Castellanos, es una novela que relata una serie de sucesos cotidianos que tienen lugar en un poblado chiapaneco cercano a Guatamela, Balan-Canan. En medio de la tensin en que coexisten dos mundos opuestos -el del hombre blanco y del indio chontal- se mueven diversos personajes en cuya vida se refleja una lucha dramtica y ancestral entre dos razas. El cuarto libro es "Como Agua Para Chocolate" por Laura Esquivel, es una historia que habla sobre el amor prohibido de una mujer Tita y su familia, y la manera como Tita expresa su vida por su cocina, empleja un realismo mgico para combinar lo sobrenatural con lo mundano. El quinto libro "Estacin Tula" por David Toscana, es una narracin que nos deja ver el conflicto entre la identidad del centro y la manera de vida en el norte de Mxico, nos enfrenta a la definicin de novela y a sus lmites de creacin e interpretacin y tambin ofrece al lector una serie de narrativas entrelazadas donde se confunden autor y personajes, ficcin y realidad. El sexto libro "Los de Abajo" por Mariano Azuela, es una historia que revela el drama de los hombres que no saben por qu luchan y tampoco saben cmo dejar de luchar, la novela tambin narra la vida de Demetrio Macas, campesino rebelde que se une a la lucha tras sufrir su familia vejaciones por parte de los soldados. El último libro "Mal de Amores" por Ángeles Mastretta es una narracin de una pasin entrejida entre la historia de un pas, de una guerra, de una familia y de varias vocaciones desmesuradas.

El Consejo de Humanidades de Wyoming, ofrece un programa de discusin de libros gratis para comunidades con patrocinio local de organizaciones sin nimo de lucro, o tambin agencias de gobierno como bibliotecas, museos, iglesias, o centro para la tercera edad. "Reading Wyoming" une los miembros de comunidades, y un lder de temas de humanidades habla sobre siete libros. Las organizaciones de patrocinio escogen las series de libros y reclutan los participantes.

El Consejo de Humanidades de Wyoming provee programas de humanidades públicos en compaa con organizaciones locales, y es patrocinado por La Deuda Nacional para humanidades (Nacional Endowment). Para mas informacin sobre el consejo de humanidades, visite: o llamar (307) 721-9243

Humanities Al Fresco! at Yellowstone Sept. 18-19

From the Wyoming Humanities Council:

Retired National Park Service Historic Architect Rodd Wheaton will lead a Sept. 18-19 tour focused on the history and preservation of important structures and buildings in Yellowstone National Park. During the two-day bus tour, participants will learn about the park's earliest period as an army fort and the influence of rustic vernacular architectural styles on the impressive design of late 19th and early 20th century "parkitecture." Wheaton has authored dozens of National Historic Landmark and National Register nominations, including many in Yellowstone. He also played a leading role in rehabilitation efforts at Lake Hotel, Mammoth Hotel and Old Faithful Inn and many other Yellowstone resources. Participants will leave Cody in the morning of the first day, spend one night in the original portion of the Old Faithful Inn, and return to Cody late in the afternoon the following day. Keep an eye on this page, the council's facebook page, and the Wyoming Humanities Network blog for further details as they are available.



A registration fee of $15 per person includes the bus ride, snacks and water on the bus and park entrance fees. The registration fee is payable by credit card or check.

Cancellations after August 17, 2010 will not be refunded.

Participants will be asked to sign a waiver and provide emergency contact information before boarding the bus.


The Wyoming Humanities Council will provide transportation for the September 18 and 19 Yellowstone National Park tour by Americoach of Cheyenne. The tour will be conducted on a 56-passenger Americoach bus. You may see a photograph of the bus at their web site.

The Wyoming Humanities Council will not provide transportation to or from Cody, prior to or following the tour. For an additional, separate cost, Americoach of Cheyenne may be available for pre- and post-transportation, to and from Cody. Interested tour participants may contact Judy Jaterka at Americoach: 1-307-635-6990, 1-866-635-6990 or


Participants are responsible for paying for their own meals. A variety of price options will be available at each stop.


Participants in the Wyoming Humanities Council Yellowstone Tour must make their own hotel reservation by June 20, 2010.

To reserve one of the group rooms (shared bathrooms in the hall) in the Old Faithful Inn for the rate of $108.04 for 1 or 2 beds for 1 or 2 people, please call 307.344.5437 before June 20, 2010 and give the following code: GPWYHUM. The deposit for the room is the full overnight room rate of $108.04. There is an additional charge of $12 per person for each additional person (more than 2) who are 12 or older and are staying in the room. Children under 12 are free.

The deposit must be received at the time of booking the reservation and is payable by credit card.

Rooms reserved for the WHC Yellowstone Tour are "N" rooms (room without bath) in the "Old House" at Old Faithful Inn.


Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Visual Arts Director position open at Angels Gate Cultural Center

Angels Gate Cultural Center (  seeks an energetic and capable Visual Arts Director who is responsible for the oversight of all exhibition programs, visual arts special projects and events as well as curatorial and
planning duties related to Angels Gate Cultural Center's Studio Artist Program.

The position includes curatorial work, overseeing exhibitions by guest curators, creation and oversight of budgets, grant writing, exhibition installation duties, supervision of preparatory and docent staff. The Visual Arts Director also takes the lead role in attracting and vetting candidates for the Studio Artist Program and overseeing the activities and studios of 50 Program participants. General office computer skills, internet skills and familiarity with graphic design and digital image processing a plus.

Candidate must have a BA degree or equivalent professional experience in curatorial, gallery or program management. Salary is commensurate with experience and benefits are available. An application package should contain a letter of interest and vitae with 3 references. Please mail to:

Deborah Lewis, Executive Director
Angels Gate Cultural Center
3601 South Gaffey St.
San Pedro, CA 90731
email to

Application deadline is September 1, 2010.
Angels Gate Cultural Center is an equal opportunity employer.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Happy Jack Music Festival at Curt Gowdy State Park

July 30-Aug 1 -- FREE ADMISSION

Come out to beautiful Curt Gowdy State Park, located between Cheyenne and Laramie on the Happy Jack Road (Highway 210). Besides listening to great acoustic music, jamming with friends, learning something new at the workshops or entering contests, there is world class rock climbing, fishing, hiking and mountain biking in the area.

A great festival is planned this year with wonderful performers, workshops, fiddle contest and activities for kids.

There will also be a free drawing for an instrument - open to all ages - donated by Pickin' on Tennyson.

This festival is a benefit for the Friends of Curt Gowdy State park. All camping and day fees go to the Friends group to help publicize & raise awareness about the park.

Monday poetry -- American Life in Poetry: Column 279

Rhyming has a way of brightening a poem, and a depressing subject can become quite a bit lighter with well-chosen rhymes. Here’s a sonnet by Mary Meriam, who lives in Missouri. Are there readers among you who have felt like this?

The Romance of Middle Age

Now that I’m fifty, let me take my showers
at night, no light, eyes closed. And let me swim
in cover-ups. My skin’s tattooed with hours
and days and decades, head to foot, and slim
is just a faded photograph. It’s strange
how people look away who once would look.
I didn’t know I’d undergo this change
and be the unseen cover of a book
whose plot, though swift, just keeps on getting thicker.
One reaches for the pleasures of the mind
and heart to counteract the loss of quicker
knowledge. One feels old urgencies unwind,
although I still pluck chin hairs with a tweezer,
in case I might attract another geezer.

Friday, July 23, 2010

2010-2011 USArtists International Guidelines Available

Program Supports Sending U.S. Performing Artists to Festivals Abroad

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts announce the availability of guidelines for the 2010-2011 cycle of  USArtists International("USAI"), which provides support for American dance, music, and theatre artists who have been invited to participate in significant international
festivals and engagements that represent extraordinary career opportunities anywhere n the world outside of the United States and its territories.

Link for guidelines:

Goziac (rhymes with mosaic) posts "Tracks Across Wyoming"

As travelers picked up their lives and headed out West— whether it was on the Oregon Trail or the transcontinental railroad—passing through Wyoming’s southern corridor was a fundamental part of the journey. But for some, this piece of Wyoming became more than a gateway to a target destination. It became a destination unto itself, as those who came to work on the railroad were drawn to the tranquility and untamed beauty of the region and decided to claim it as home. The communities they founded and the trails and landscape that left such a remarkable impression on them can be seen by visitors who explore the Tracks Across Wyoming heritage area today.

Public Art Project in Jackson taking off

This photo is from the ArtSpot project going on up in Jackson. Below is a link to the sponsoring site.,%20WY 

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Hot music on a cool summer night

The Cheyenne yard concert was a hit all around. A few had worried eyes (well, me; someone has to worry, after all) watching the close southern sky, but the pesky breeze seemed to blow all the clouds somewhere else that evening and cooled us all down considerably. But no rain and no high plains hurricane made for some bluesy good music from Jeff Finlin, Cory McDaniel and Amy Gieske. The small group of attendees were bowled over by it all, and the food was good. If you haven't been to a yard concert, you ought to give one a try. All I have to say is, "Where were ya?"

Keep an eye out for (hopefully) more yard concerts to take place around Cheyenne. 

Best, Linda                             

Left to right: Jeff (playing guitar drum, or drum guitar, not sure which, but I think it depends on which way the neck is pointing), Cory, Amy

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

King Coal Days in Hanna July 30-31

King Coal Days takes place during the last weekend of July in the historic Carbon County mining town of Hanna. For more information, please contact Jerry Leturgey at the Hanna Recreation Center at 307-325-9402.

While in town, visit the Hanna Basin Museum. Located in the old Community Hall building, it is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. Originally constructed as a saloon in 1890, the hall has served many purposes in the Union Pacific Coal Company Town. Sharing the Front Street site is The Miner’s Cottage, a
restored exemplary Two Town House. The Hanna Basin Museum is an active participant in the Carbon Cemetery Restoration and Preservation Project. The Museum houses the Carbon archive, resources revealing life and death in the first coal camp (1868-1902) along the original line of the Union Pacific Railroad.

The museum is located at 502 Front Street and provides a wonderful historical background for the town of Hanna. You can also pick up information about lesser known area points of interest including the ghost town of Old Carbon at the Hanna museum.

Grand Teton Music Festival holds open rehearsal featuring work by "Bach & Sons"

J.S. Bach portrait

Grand Teton Music Festival holds OPEN REHEARSAL: BACH & SONS on Friday, July 23, 10 a.m., at Walk Festival Hall in Teton Village.

Reinhard Goebel, conductor, and Paolo Bordignon, harpsichord

Hear rehearsals of:

JS BACH, Overture (Suite) No. 3 in D major

CPE BACH, Symphony in F major

WF BACH, Harpsichord Concerto in E minor

JCF BACH, Symphony in B-flat major

JC BACH, Overture and Suite from Amadis de Gaule

Music takes you to far-off destinations—in this case, to Germany for a Baroque romp with the great Bach family. An Overture by the great father himself, Johann Sebastian, launches a festive, high-energy program for chamber-sized orchestra led by a distinguished guest specialist, Reinhard Goebel. Keyboard lovers will relish Paolo Bordignon’s quintessentially Baroque harmonies on the harpsichord. An opera-based Overture and Suite of the youngest Bach, Johann Christian (known as the “London” Bach, progressive in his times), provides listeners with a musical reminder of the fascinating differences between father and sons.


Call for entries: "Motorcycle & Tattoo Show"

Works of Wyoming sends this:

Works of Wyoming would like to remind you that our call for artists for the Tattoo and Motorcycle Show ends this FRIDAY JULY 23rd! We are accepting art in all mediums so please don't forget to get your artwork in so it can be a part of this amazing show; find the application on our WOW web site. Also, come in Friday July 23 and Friday July 30 between 1-5 p.m. to have your tattoo and/or motorcycle photographed. $10 fee to purchase a mounted print.

We would also like to remind you of our first Business of Art class for the summer is being held tomorrow from 5:30-7:30pm! Tomorrow's class is titled "Creating an Artist Print Catalog" and will teach artists the value of brochures and catalogs as promotional tools. It's not too late to sign up,visit for further details or call us at 307.742.6574.

Call for entries: HeART of Sublette County

This comes from Callie and Sara Domek in Sublette County:

Hello Artists! We hope this finds you well and enjoying a beautiful summer. We wanted to remind you that this year's HeART of Sublette County project will be on exhibit starting in September at the Pinedale Library. You still have time to create an expression of your sense of place to share! We welcome every form of art. If you have questions, please contact us through this email address, or by phone at 307-749-6956. Hope to hear from you soon.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Center for the Arts presents "Jackson Hole Hootenanny" on July 26

The Jackson Hole Hootenanny, Teton County’s weekly all-acoustic mini-folk festival, returns to the Center for the Arts Theater for its fourth annual all-star special installment. As is becoming the tradition, the summer spectacle will once again feature founding performers, long-time stalwarts, special friends and exciting guests.

Event is Monday, July 26, 7 p.m., at the Center Theater. Tickets are $8.

Tickets and more information at

Cheyenne writer named finalist in ACFW's Carol Awards

Cheyenne's Amanda Cabot's book "Paper Roses" has been named a finalist in the "Long Historical Romance" category for the Carol Awards sponsored by the American Christian Fiction Writers.

Here is some additional info about the awards from the ACFW's web site:

The Carol Awards evolved from ACFW’s Book of the Year Awards to honor the highest achievement for published authors of Christian fiction. “ACFW owes a great debt of gratitude to Christian fiction pioneers,” says ACFW president Cynthia Ruchti, “including editor and visionary Carol Johnson who played a key role in helping Christian fiction make a mark in the publishing world.” The 2010 Carol Award winners will be announced at ACFW’s annual conference in Indianapolis, September 17-20, 2010 during the Awards Banquet. Carol Johnson, the award’s namesake, and renowned author Janette Oke will serve as guest award presenters.

About ACFW: ACFW is devoted to training its writers, educating them in the market, and serving as an advocate in the traditional Christian fiction publishing industry. With more than 2100 members and 21 local chapters in 15 states as well as a beyond-the-borders e-chapter, ACFW speaks as The Voice of Christian Fiction. For more information about ACFW and the upcoming conference, visit or contact Angela Breidenbach, publicity officer, at

Western Art Show reception July 22 at AVA

Reception for the Western Art Show, featuring work by Mack Brislawn, Bob Coronato, and Tom Waugh, will be held at the AVA Center in Gillette on Thursday, July 22, July 22, 5:30-7:30 p.m. In the Front and Main Gallery. FMI:

Absaroka County's finest on way to TV screen

Wyoming mystery writer Craig Johnson sends this:

A television series based on Craig Johnson's Wyoming sheriff Walt Longmire from the Viking/Penguin novels is in development with Warner Horizon Television and TNT. Golden Globe and Emmy Award–winning Greer Shephard and Michael M. Robin (The Shephard/Robin Company) are executive producing alongside Hunt Baldwin and John Coveny, who are adapting the novel for the screen. Greg Yaitanes is attached to direct. Shephard and Robin are currently executive producers on The Closer (TNT). Among other projects, they executive produced Nip/Tuck (FX) and Trust Me (TNT), the latter created and produced by Baldwin and Coveny. Yaitanes is an executive producer and Emmy Award-winning director on House (Fox). Johnson is currently on tour with Junkyard Dogs, the sixth novel in the award–winning series. When asked who he thought should play the tough but tender sheriff, Johnson, who has been retained as a creative consultant, replied, "Gary Cooper, but he's not returning our calls."
Craig lives in Ucross. He was awarded a 1995 Wyoming Arts Council creative writing fellowship.

Art with a story: literally. Artist Stephen Hannock to visit BBHC

Artist Stephen Hannock incorporates hundreds of phrases and sentences into his painting Flooded Cascade, Yellowstone Dawn, now on display in the Whitney Gallery of Western Art at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center.

At first glance, the observer might miss Hannock's diary entries hidden in the walls of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. But, on closer inspection, those brush strokes that add texture to the canyon wall, the forest, and the rocks below, are really words. In addition, viewers should look for buried images of people and places.

With its three panels, this painting measures eight feet tall and twelve feet wide, and adequately, if not paradoxically, fills the space occupied last summer by Thomas Moran's The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, 1893 - 1901, on loan to the Historical Center from the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Hannock's version portrays the lower falls of the Yellowstone River with layers and layers of paint on the canvas, polishing each one before the next. After many layers with this treatment, the painting takes on a luminous effect.

In a July 30 talk titled Geology, Finance, and Rodeos around the Yellowstone Ecosystem, Hannock discusses his painting with visitors at its location in the Whitney Gallery. The presentation takes place at 3 p.m. and Hannock says it "will support and clarify the title." For more information, contact Acting Curator Christine Brindza at or 307.578.4051.

Stay up-to-date with all the Historical Center activities at

Tim Sandlin: Donate before Sept. 17 to help Jackson Hole Writers Conference get matching funds from Old Bill's Fun Run

Tim Sandlin from the Jackson Hole Writers Conference sends this:

Dear Writers,

We are happy to report another superb conference in 2010. Our visiting faculty raised the stakes yet again by revealing, then prying, into the reasons why they write… the reasons why we all write. Once inside, they probed fearlessly. Ideas circulated fast.

We framed conversation in possibility. We heard harrowing stories of success. We teased our manuscripts with fine red ink. With heels digging in rich Wyoming soil we think everyone found enough honesty, encouragement, and inspiration to sustain them through the summer and perhaps the entire year. Our deepest thank you to those who came together in June to make all this possible. A howdy-hello to those of you who better be scribbling away and planning to join us again.

While the conference is our favorite four days of the year, we spend the other 361 days making sure it will happen. Knowing we’re off to the right start lets us plan big for 2011 – reach out to the most outstanding writers and teachers in the field, and give you a Conference to get excited about.

As part of our writing community, we’re asking you to go a step further this year and become part of our philanthropic community.

Now is the time when our fundraising means the most because every dollar we raise is matched by a percentage – over 50% last year – from The Community Foundation of Jackson Hole during Old Bill’s Fun Run. It is the most innovative fundraiser in the nation, and we invite you to participate. Making a donation before September 17, 2010 will ensure that we have another remarkable conference in 2011.

As many of you may know, The Jackson Hole Writers Conference is a non-profit organization. We are writers supporting writers. Most of us are volunteers. We do it because we believe in the written word, ideas, and communication. And we know you do too.

We value donations at every level. It’s the show of your support, your attention to this art, that we appreciate most. And donating through Old Bill’s is easy and rewarding. Learn more to donate here.

Thank you in advance for your support. And let’s be sure to keep in touch.

Very Best,

from all of us here at JHWC

Questions or comments: nicole@ and

Wyomingarts reminds the state's writers that you can apply to the Wyoming Arts Council for an Individual Artist professional Development (IAPD) grant to help pay for conference costs and travel. FMI:

Monday, July 19, 2010

Expanded CFD hours announced for State Museum

From a SPCR press release:

Expanded hours at the Wyoming State Museum during the week of Cheyenne Frontier Days will afford visitors an increased opportunity to enjoy the exhibits.

The Museum and store will be open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, July 25 through Saturday, July 30. This includes Cheyenne Day, Wednesday, July 28. The facility will be closed on Sunday, Aug. 1.

In addition, authors Starley Talbott and Linda Fabian will be on hand from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 24 to sign their new books, “Fort Laramie,” and “Douglas,” respectively.

The Wyoming State Museum is located in the Barrett Building, 2301 Central Avenue in Cheyenne. For more information, please call 777-7022.

Legendary New York City Ballet comes to Jackson

This summer, New York City Ballet brings a group of 17 extraordinary dancers and musicians to Jackson Hole for the first time ever.

This specially selected roster of artists will perform four works from NYCB's unparalleled repertory: ballets by the company's legendary founding choreographers George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins, a contemporary classic by Ulysses Dove, and the World Premiere of a new work by NYCB principal dancer and internationally acclaimed choreographer Benjamin Millepied, featuring a commissioned score by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang.

This is a rare opportunity for an intimate look at one of the world’s greatest ballet companies.

While in residence in Jackson Hole, the NYCB will present three performances:

• A Fundraising Gala at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 6, with a Meet the Artists reception to follow, complete with appetizers, dessert, wine and champagne
• A matinee at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 7
• A final evening performance at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 7.

Registration Information:
• Tickets for Friday, Aug. 6, Fundraising Gala – $200 all seats
• Tickets for Saturday, Aug. 7, Matinee – $35 student, $45 balcony, $55 orchestra
• Tickets for Saturday, Aug. 7, Evening Performance – $65 balcony, $75 orchestra

Contact Dancers' Workshop for additional information about the New York City Ballet and its Jackson Hole residency at (307) 733-6398. For the latest ticket information, call the Center Box Office at (307) 733-4900.

American Life in Poetry: Column 278

Peter Everwine is a California poet whose work I have admired for almost as long as I have been writing. Here he beautifully captures a quiet moment of reflection.

Toward evening, as the light failed
and the pear tree at my window darkened,
I put down my book and stood at the open door,
the first raindrops gusting in the eaves,
a smell of wet clay in the wind.
Sixty years ago, lying beside my father,
half asleep, on a bed of pine boughs as rain
drummed against our tent, I heard
for the first time a loon’s sudden wail
drifting across that remote lake—
a loneliness like no other,
though what I heard as inconsolable
may have been only the sound of something
untamed and nameless
singing itself to the wilderness around it
and to us until we slept. And thinking of my father
and of good companions gone
into oblivion, I heard the steady sound of rain
and the soft lapping of water, and did not know
whether it was grief or joy or something other
that surged against my heart
and held me listening there so long and late.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Discount tickets for Cheyenne Melodrama July 16-18

The 54th annual Cheyenne Old-fashioned Melodrama is...

...Rocky Rhoades’ Rodeo Ride


The Bigger the Dastards, the Harder They Fall


Who Noosed the Moose?

By Jim Rolf

Directed by Andy Dennis and James Wagner

July 16-18, July 22-August 1, & August 5-8, 2010 at the Historic Atlas Theatre

Melodrama Discount Nights (Must Be Booked Through the Box Office Either on the Phone or In-Person)



Sunday, July 18, 2010 ½ PRICE SENIORS ONLY -- AGES 60 AND OVER

Call the Cheyenne Little Theatre at 307-638-6543.

Symposium for artists set for Aug. 5-6 at the Nicolaysen Art Museum in Casper

"What’s in Your Business Toolkit?"

A Symposium on the Nuts and Bolts of Managing an Artistic Career will utilize business and creative skills to enhance your visibility as an artist. It is a business development symposium for visual artists at the Nicolaysen Art Museum on August 5-6.

Many artists wonder if it’s possible to make a living doing what they love most.

This two-day smorgasbord of information will illuminate the processes of becoming more visible and financially successful as an artist.

Tips, tricks, professional insights, as well as business skills and development will all be addressed in this symposium.

This symposium will present sessions and panelists that will explore the following subjects: Legal & Finance, Crafting a Business Plan, Marketing, Technology, Pricing & Value, and Accounting.


9 a.m.: Introduction

10 a.m.: Accounting 101. This session on basic bookkeeping and accounting will help improve your profitability and teach how to calculate breakeven sales.

11:30 a.m.: Lunch Break

12:30 p.m.: Marketing. This session will explore business professionalism, the art of networking, customer/client cultivation, how to draft artist statements, resume packets, and letters (including proposals and cover letters), how to introduce your work professionally, avoiding market saturation and how to find the right representation or art festival for you.

2:30 p.m.: How to Craft a Business Plan. This session will go over the elements of a good business plan and utilize market research to predict sales.

5 p.m.: Evening Reception (with cash bar)


8:30 a.m.: Technology. This session will deal with utilizing and becoming familiar with social and media networks o increase visibility, as well as step by step instructions to creating a presence online.

10:30 a.m.: Legal and Finance. In this session, the ins and outs of drafting and negotiating dealer/festival/museum contracts, and copyright agreements will be analyzed. Also, the options and steps artists should be taking for future financing opportunities will also be discussed.

Noon: Lunch Break

1 p.m.: Pricing & Value I

3 p.m.: Pricing & Value II

These sessions will expore understanding your marketplace, evaluating your work for sale, establishing price points and range—and want to go solobucking the system. Local/regional/national artists discuss how they achieved success in the art world and share personal experiences.

Cost for the Symposium (includes reception, 2 full days of panels, snacks & 2 lunches)

125 Non-members of the NIC
$100 Members of the NIC
$50 Students (with valid ID)
$75 Daily Rate (registration for one day)

Please call the museum at 307-235-5247 (and ask for Amanda Helm) to pay by credit card. Please make all checks payable to the Nicolaysen Art Museum.

Hotel Information (ask for the NIC block rate):

Days Inn- 300 East E St. (I25 and Center St.) 307- 234-1159, $69 a night + tax
Super 8 East- 269 Miracle St. 307-237-8100, $79 a night + tax

Registration will open at 8 a.m. both days.

Registration forms will also be available online at

Please call 307-235-5247 for more information and ask for Amanda Helm.

Cody's Harry Jackson got his start as Marine combat artist

Great article in today's New York Times about the U.S. Marines' combat artists' program. During World War II, the Marines has 70 combat artists and today only one remains, Sgt. Kristopher J. Battles.

One of those World War II Marine combat artists was Harry Jackson of Cody. At 18 in 1942, he was the youngest of them all. The slide show accompanying the NYT article shows one of Harry paintings. Here's the caption:

"From World War II there's a vigorously worked scene of men engaged in combat on Tarawa, painted by Harry Jackson, later an Abstract Expressionist and today a hugely successful Western painter."
View Harry's painting of the battle of Tarawa -- and the rest of the slide show -- at The painting is on exhibit at the National Museum of the Marine Corps, Triangle, Virginia.

Harry was awarded a Wyoming Arts Council Governor's Arts Award in 1990. Read about his very colorful life in his equally colorful autobiography at

Thursday, July 15, 2010

July 21 and 24 performances at the Snowy Range Dance Festival in Laramie

From the University of Wyoming:

University of Wyoming Snowy Range Summer Dance Festival public performances are scheduled July 21 and 24.

The free student showcase will be Wednesday, July 21, at 7 p.m. in the College of Arts and Sciences auditorium.

The Festival Gala Concert will be Saturday, July 24, at 4 p.m. in the A&S auditorium. It will feature the visiting resident company performers, the Trey McIntyre Project, as well as student repertory pieces choreographed by the festival's guest faculty members. Tickets cost $10 in advance, $12 at the door and $7 for senior citizens. For all concert ticket information, call (307) 766-6666.

Created in 1995 by former faculty member Patricia Tate, the festival continues to provide training, educational support and professional encouragement for Wyoming and regional dance students, teachers, composers, accompanists and choreographers.

This year's festival includes classes for dancers ages 13 and up, including college students and teachers, taught by guest faculty members Susan Israel Massey, Maurice Watson, Tony Waag, Shayne Misroe, Anne Mueller and Daryl Thomas.

"The guest artists provide an enriching experience for the festival dancers" says UW Assistant Professor Jennifer Deckert, who co-directs the festival with Assistant Professor Lawrence Jackson. "Many of them come from small studios where they receive their training from only one mentor teacher. This festival exposes them to different dance styles and viewpoints that are so important to the young artists' development. Festival classes are small enough that students have significant contact with the artists and receive individual attention in classes and rehearsals."

For more information, contact Deckert at (307) 766-3287 or e-mail

Photo: Dancers from the Trey McIntyre Project will perform July 24 in the Snowy Range Summer Dance Festival at the University of Wyoming. (TMP photo)

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Laramie's Gallery 211: Reception Friday for "Western Sets and Settings"

Gallery 211 in downtown Laramie presents "Western Sets and Settings," featuring work by Shawn Reese, Sterling Smith, and Amiee Reese (sample of her work from recycled materials shown above).

The exhibition runs through August 15 with a reception the evening of Friday, July 16, from 6-8 pm.

Gallery 211 is open on Thursdays & Fridays from noon-4 p.m. and Saturdays from 2-6 p.m. 
All events are free and open to the public. "Western Sets and Settings" will also be open by appointment -- please call (307) 258-9507 or email for more information.

Artists learn promo skills at Business of Art Workshop

From Sarah Dahlberg at Works of Wyoming:

You are invited to attend our second summer "Business of Art Workshop: Preparing a Professional Promotional Package."

A promotional package (press kit), is generally designed to provide the artist with enough material to make an assessment of your work. Different versions of your promo package will include materials suited for different recipients such as art collectors, galleries, artists, media, schools, radio programmers, or artist r­­epresentatives. A typical Promo/press kit contains the following components: An Artist Biography and/or fact sheet, Portfolio (print or DVD), Sales Information, and Reprints of Press "Clippings".

Wednesday, July 28, 2010 5:30-7:30 pm

Member Price: $22.50
Non-Member price: $25.00

Register Now!

Call, email, or check out our website for more information on this and other workshops: 

We look forward to seeing you!

FMI:  Sarah Dahlberg and the WOW Team,, 307.742.6574

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

"Quilters" opens July 17 at BBHC in Cody

Saturday, July 17, is opening night for "Quilters," the award-winning play by Molly Newman and Barbara Damashek that tells the stories of pioneer women in the American West. Curtain rises at 7:30 p.m. in the Coe Auditorium at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody. Tickets are $20.

Directed by Lynne Simpson and presented through special arrangements with Dramatic Play Services, with partial funding from the Wyoming Humanities Council, the Wyoming Arts Council, and private donors.

Runs July 17–August 7. Evening: $20 (Friday and Saturday). Matinee: $10 (Tuesday–Thursday). Ticket price separate from Historical Center admission.

Tickets: 307-587-4771.


Rojos Calientes performs at NIC's Wednesday Night Live

What do you get when you cross bluegrass with Latin rhythms?

Why Latingrass, of course.

With influences bridging both sides of the equator, Rojos Calientes an exciting new sound to Wednesday Night Live outdoors at the Nicolaysen Art Museum in Casper on July 14. The free show begins at 5:30 p.m. and goes until 7:30.

Listen to some of the Colorado group's songs at

FMI: 307-235-5247

"CFD: From Roughneck Show to Pro Rodeo" exhibit at Wyoming State Museum

The Wyoming State Museum celebrates The Daddy of ‘em All with a temporary exhibit, “From Roughneck Show to Pro Rodeo: Cheyenne Frontier Days,” July 16 through August 28.

The exhibit, through the collaborative efforts of the State Museum and State Archives, features 50 historical photographic images and posters depicting various activities of past Cheyenne Frontier Days.

Many of the photographs come from the State Archive collections of J.E. Stimson, Francis Brammar and Ralph R. Doubleday.

The Wyoming State Museum is located in the Barrett Building, 2301 Central Avenue in Cheyenne. For more information about this and other State Museum program, please call 307-777-7022.

Vertical Orchestra performs via chairlift July 25

This comes from Bland Hoke, Public Art Ambasador for the Center of Wonder in Jackson:

Vertical Orchestra will transform the Teewinot chairlift at Teton Village into a collaborative instrument on Sunday, July 25. Musicians will ride the chairlift, playing music with each other as the lift slowly mixes the sounds of individual instruments into an auditory environment that spans the length of the ski slope. Meanwhile, hammockers, suspended in the trees below, will listen to their chords waft by.

Custom printed hammocks will be available at the base of the Teewinot lift for $20 before the event on July 25, 1-3 p.m. The hammocks are made from industrial surplus so you can feel good about reducing waste while supporting the event! Proceeds from hammock sales will be used for an artist grant.

Some very interesting volunteer opportunities await anyone that is interested in making the event spectacular:

-Helping print 3000 feet of artwork on the hammocks with sponge stamps
-Creating the worlds first mobile amplification system on 5 chairlift chairs
-Hanging free hammocks in public places to advertise the event (where will you sling one...?)

Feel free to call or email Bland Hoke if you are interested in volunteering.

FMI: 307-690-0097 or

Timothy David Mayhew on "The History & Techniques of Old Master Drawing Masterials" at Wildlife Art Museum

The National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson presents "Art Alive: The History & Techniques of Old Master Drawing Materials," on Wednesday, July 14, 12:05 p.m.

Free for members or with museum admission.

Join Lanford Monroe Memorial Artist-in-Residence Timothy David Mayhew for an in-depth look at traditional drawing media that were used and perfected in the 14th through 16th centuries and how he has rediscovered and used these fascinating materials.

Monday, July 12, 2010

American Life in Poetry: Column 277

Apropos to the baby boomer generation, here's a poem about the healing of a heart after heart surgery.

From Ted Kooser, U.S. Poet Laureate 2004-2006
Here’s hoping that very few of our readers have to go through cardiac rehab, which Thomas Reiter of New Jersey captures in this poem, but if they do, here’s hoping that they come through it feeling wildly alive and singing at the tops of their lungs.

We wear harnesses like crossing guards.
In a pouch over the heart,
over stent and bypass, a black
box with leads pressed onto metal
nipples. We pedal and tread and row
while our signals are picked up
by antennas on the ceiling, X’s
like the eyes cartoonists give the dead.

Angels of telemetry with vials of nitro
watch over us. We beam to their monitors
now a barn dance, now a moonwalk.
They cuff us and pump and we keep on
so tomorrow will live off today. Nurse,
we won’t forget the animated
video of our cholesterol highway
where LDL, black-hatted scowling
donut holes on wheels, blocked traffic.

But with muscles like gutta-percha,
can we leave time’s gurney in the dust?
By now only the dead know more about
gravity than we do. In reply, a tape
of Little Richard or Jerry Lee comes on
and we’re singing, aloud or not, all
pale infarcted pedalers, rowers, treadmillers,
and our hearts are rising in the east.

American Life in Poetry is made possible by The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine. It is also supported by the Department of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Poem copyright ©2009 by Thomas Reiter, whose most recent book of poems is Catchment, Louisiana State University Press, 2009. Poem reprinted from The Hudson Review, Vol. LXII, no. 2, 2009, by permission of Thomas Reiter and the publisher. Introduction copyright ©2010 by The Poetry Foundation. The introduction's author, Ted Kooser, served as United States Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 2004-2006. We do not accept unsolicited manuscripts.

New anthology features nine Wyoming poets

Nine Wyoming poets are featured in New Poets of the American West, an anthology of poets from eleven Western states. They are:

Constance Brewer, Gillette
Patricia Frolander, Sundance
H.L. Hix, Laramie
Bo Moore, Green River
Kate Northrop, Laramie
Tom Rea, Casper
David Romtvedt, Buffalo
Robert Roripaugh, Laramie
Dawn Senior-Trask, Saratoga

They join poets from ten other Western states. They include Alberto Rios and Leslie Marmon Silko from Arizona, Dana Gioia and Kim Addonizio from California, Idaho's Margaret Aho and Robert Wrigley, Montana poets Sandra Alcosser and Melissa Kwasny, Adrian C. Louis and Stephen Liu from Nevada, Jimmy Santiago Baca and Joy Harjo of New Mexico, Colorado's Mary Crow and Bill Tremblay, Utah's David Lee and Paisley Rekdal, Lawson Inada and Kim Stafford from Oregon, and Sherman Alexie and Carolyne Wright of Washington.
The book is edited by Lowell Jaeger and published by Many Voices Press at Flathead Valley Community College in Kalispell, Montana.
FMI: or call 406-756-3814. 

Contact Lowell Jaeger at 406-756-3907 or

Daniel Pink to speak in Cheyenne in September

Daniel H. Pink is the author of four provocative books about the changing world of work — including the New York Times bestsellers, A Whole New Mind and Drive, which together have been translated into 28 languages. He lives in Washington, DC, with his wife and their three children.

His latest is Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, which uses 50 years of behavioral science to overturn the conventional wisdom about human motivation and offer a more effective path to high performance. Drive reached every national bestseller list in its first month of publication and is now in its sixth month on the New York Times list. Over the next year, it will appear in Japanese, Korean, French, German, Spanish, and 19 other languages.

A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future charts the rise of right-brain thinking in modern economies and describes the six abilities individuals and organizations must master in an outsourced, automated age. A Whole New Mind is a long-running New York Times bestseller that has been translated into 23 languages.

Read more @ Dan's website:

Friday, July 9, 2010

Gene Gagliano at State Museum store to sign his new book

Gene came by the arts council office while he was in Cheyenne this week during a break between book signings at the State Museum. He toured the building and then went to lunch. The board book, "Little Wyoming/Lots of Fun with Rhyming Riddles" is so new that the pages were still sticking together, but Gene had been busy and sold quite a few by the time got over there to take a photo of him holding his 11th publication.

Gene is one of the many talented artists on our artist roster. Congrats Gene!

Kaycee's Justin Beasley performs July 24 in Buffalo

An invitation from Vikki Chenette at the Johnson County Arts and Humanities Council:

On Saturday, July 24, 7-8:30 p.m. in Buiffalo's Crazy Woman Square, you are invited to a free performance by Wyoming recording artist Justin Beasley, featuring songs from his recently released third CD, ”Cowpoke”.

“These are songs that my Dad played countless times while I was growing up. Some will be familiar, while others I’ve never heard performed and I wanted to preserve them before they got lost in time.” A Kaycee resident, Justin was a featured artist at Sheridan’s WYO Theater in April, and often appears with his band, After the Rodeo.

FMI: (307)620-9055.

Dan Hayward photo exhibit opens in Rawlins July 13

"Birdhead Rock: Vedauwoo" by Dan Hayward

The Rawlins Main Street Gallery, 4th and Cedar in downtown Rawlins, features Laramie photographer Dan Hayward July 13-Aug. 24. Reception will be held on Tuesday, July 13, 5-8 p.m., in conjunction with "Markets, Movies and More."

FMI: 307-324-8874.

Visit Dan Hayward's web site at

Dan is on the WAC's artist roster. Bring him to your community for a presentation or workshop with an Arts Across Wyoming grant. Go to

Daily Yonder: "Wyoming Writers Circle the Wagons"

Check out this article by Julianne Couch of Laramie:

Wyoming Writers Circle the Wagons in the Daily Yonder

Julianne is on the Wyoming Arts Council's artist roster. Bring her to your community with an Arts Across Wyoming grant. More info at

Open house at Fossil Butte National Monument

National Parks Service photo of Finney Specimen

Tour the six new exhibits at Fossil Butte National Monument featuring more than 200 new fossils such as mammals, birds, turtles, insects, flowers, seeds and leaves and trace fossils of swimming fish. See fossil preparation demonstrations, too. Other exhibits will also be on display and include geology and prehistoric road trip timeline. Refreshments will be served. Fossil Butte is one of the richest fossil sites in the world.
Where: Fossil Butte National Monument visitors' center, nine miles west of Kemmerer on U.S. Highway 30.
When: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday, July 9
FMI: 307-877-4455,

Oglala Lakota artist Roger Broer returns to the BBHC

The BBHC announces:

Award-winning Oglala Lakota artist Roger Broer has exhibited in more than 35 one-man shows and over a hundred group shows. His work is featured in many national and international collections, including the Department of Interior, Washington, DC, and Pierre Cardin, Paris, France. He is "artist-in-residence" at the Plains Indian Museum of the Buffalo Bill Historical Center July 14-19 where he demonstrates his technique and talks with visitors 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. each day. His appearance is free with Historical Center admission.

Broer was born in Omaha, Nebraska in 1947, and at two years of age, he was adopted by Ludwig and Frieda Broer, a traditional German family from Randolph, Nebraska. He earned his bachelor's degree from Eastern Montana College in Billings, and his master's from Central Washington University, Ellensburg, Washington.

"I think, sometimes-when I am alone, usually when I am making art-about the elements in nature around me," Broer says. "I like to ponder relationships. How everything has its own significant place . . . how everything is somehow related to everything else. How . . . most importantly, we don't readily understand these relationships, yet if one element is missing, an emptiness exists."

Broer hails from Hill City, South Dakota, where he works in monotype, painting (mixed media), drawing, and sculpture. He also conducts workshops throughout the United States-including the 2007 and 2008 Lloyd New Art Mentorship Program for Native students held at the Center. His appearance is funded in part through a private donation. For more information on Broer and his art, visit Stay up to date with activities at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center on its new Web site,

Thursday, July 8, 2010

YUPO art class at AVA Center July 10

From the AVA Center in Gillette:

YUPO Class on Saturday, July 10, 9 a.m.-noon.

Experience this painting method that uses hand-made & highly pigmented liquid watercolors, and spray bottles instead of paintbrushes!

All materials included!

All skill levels welcome!

Pre-Registration is required.

Children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult.

Class Fee $45


Wednesday, July 7, 2010

WORKSHOP: Creating an Artist Print Catalog

You are invited to attend WOW's (Works of Wyoming) first summer Business of Art Workshop: Creating an Artist Print Catalog.
Artist brochures and catalogs make great promotional tools. A good catalog greatly improves your ability as an artist to market your art. For one thing, it lets you promote yourself without having to open your mouth - all you have to do is hand over a catalog. You can also use it to reach people who live too far away to visit,
are hard to get by phone, or who need time to decide whether or not to buy your art.

Register now!

Call, email, or check out the website for more information on this and other workshops:

Sarah Dahlberg and the WOW Team
Works of Wyoming
WOW, Laramie Civic Center
710 E. Garfield, St. 271
Wednesday, July 21, 2010 5:30-7:30 pm
Member Price: $22.50
Non-Member price: $25.00


Anglers tell whoppers at Laramie Co. Library July 13

Fishing experts Mike “Hack” Patterson and Marvin Nolte, present “Hook, Line and Sinker: Fish Stories at the Library,” an engaging evening of stories, traditions and tips in the Sunshine Room of the Laramie County Library, July 13, at 7 p.m.

Patterson, owner of Hack’s Tackle and Outfitters in Saratoga, and Nolte, a salmon fly tier from Bar Nunn, encourages the audience to participate in the evening’s discussion.

Folklorist Andrea Graham from the University of Wyoming facilitates the conversation with the invited anglers. Graham has been documenting Wyoming’s rich fishing heritage and contemporary culture as part of a larger project titled “Art of the Hunt: Wyoming Traditions.”

An exhibit of fishing gear made in Wyoming is also on display.

The exhibit and programs are part of “Fishing Traditions,” a project of the University of Wyoming American Studies Program, the Wyoming Arts Council Folk and Traditional Arts Program, and the Laramie County Public Library, with funding from the Wyoming Humanities Council.

The Laramie County Library is located at 2200 Pioneer Avenue in Cheyenne.

Please call the Wyoming Arts Council at 634-3561 for more information about this program.

Gene Gagliano signs latest children's book July 8 at State Museum

The newest children’s book about Wyoming will be available at the Wyoming State Museum in Cheyenne on Thursday, July 8. Wyoming author Gene Gagliano wrote “Little Wyoming,” which is in board book form for the youngest book lovers.

Gagliano will sign copies of his books from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and again from 4:30-5:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 8, at the State Museum.

The event is free and open to the public.

Two artists featured at Margo's Pottery in Buffalo

Art from recycled materials by Cheyenne artist Amiee Reese (see photo) and ceramics by Ginny Beesley of Carbondale, Colo., will be on display at Margo's Pottery and Fine Crafts, 1 North Main in Buffalo, through Aug. 7.

FMI: (307) 684-9406 or

NHTIC celebrates anniversity with "A Day at the Rock"

The National Historic Trails Interpretive Center in Casper is celebrating its tenth anniversary with some special summer activities:

July 11, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Guided Hike: A Day at the Rock

Independence Rock was the beacon in the desert for adventurers, explorers, fur traders and emigrants. This granite monolith is one of the most famous landmarks along the historic pioneer trails.

BLM interpreter Jason Vlcan will present a program that includes the sharing of pioneer diary and journal entries. He will discuss the experiences of the pioneers when they passed this landmark over 150 years ago. Vlcan will also lead a guided hike as the group searches for names of emigrants who carved their names and dates into rock.

This family-friendly hike is part of the BLM’s “Take it Outside” initiative, which encourages families and youth to explore the great outdoors.

Participants will leave the Trails Center in their own personal vehicles at 9 a.m. and return back to Casper by 2 p.m. The program is free, but space is limited. To make reservations, contact Vlcan at 307-261-7783 or 307-261-7780.

July 11, 3 p.m., NHTIC program: Taking the Path Less Traveled: A Modern Day Pioneer on our Historic Trails

April Whitten can relate to the experiences of emigrants on our historic trails like few others. In 1999, she joined a wagon train and traveled from Nebraska to California, walking most of the way.

Her responsibilities included gathering terrain, location, weather and environmental data, and documenting her journey through journals and photographs. Her journey was funded by the National Park Service.

During her travels, she maintained detailed journals and took thousands of photographs. Whitten will present a one-hour program about her journey. She will also discuss the importance of protecting and preserving the remaining traces of our historic trails. Following a break, participants will be encouraged to ask a modern-day pioneer questions about her adventure.

Whitten, of Applegate, Ore., is a geoarcheologist, and her research focuses on migratory routes and historic trails. She is author of, “Are We There? And Lessons Learned Along the Way."

FMI: Lesley A. Collins, 307-261-7603

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Diana Kouris: "Growing up Cowboy on the Outlaw Trail"

Diana Kouris will talk about her book RIDING THE EDGE OF AN ERA: GROWING UP COWBOY ON THE OUTLAW TRAIL on Saturday, July 17, 2-7 p.m. at the Natrona County Public Library in Casper. She will also present a PowerPoint presentation on the history of the Brown's Park area in the three corners of Wyoming, Colorado, and Utah.

The book is published by High Plains Press in Glendo.

For news on High Plains Press authors and books, go to

You're invited to a rough-cut screening of "Bistro Dance Movie" July 7 at Jackson's Center for the Arts

From Kate Kosharek in Jackson:

Come see Hole Dance Films' latest project, the "Bistro Dance Movie." It still does not have a title but there is a rough cut done!

The Art Association asked us to host the July Photography Forum and we'd love to use the forum as a place to screen our new rough cut. Please come see the film and share your feedback with us.

THIS WEDNESDAY July 7, 7-8 p.m.

In the Art Association Photo Lab (Center for the Arts, 3rd floor)

There will be good conversation, a rough cut screening and light refreshments.

Bring your friends...


Browse shelves and walls at Campbell County Public Library

From the Campbell County Public Library in Gillette:

Art? At a library? CCPLS has a fabulous permanant art collection on display throughout the libraries in Gillette and Wright. And each month a local artist displays his or her work at the library in Gillette. This month Debbie Kipp is featured. CCPL also currently has a Traveling Exhibit from the University of Wyoming Art Museum: Contemporary Art in Wyoming! Stop by and browse our walls as well as our shelves!


Date change for "Tartuffe" performance in Pinedale


Theater in the Park in Pinedale presents an outdoor performance of Moliere's "Tartuffe" on Friday, July 16, 6:30 p.m. , at American Legion Park. Bring a picnic and enjoy the free show by the Wyoming Shakespeare Festival Company from Lander.


The Grascals, Anne & Pete Sibley and the Jalan Crossland Band at the Big Horn Mountain Festival July 9-11 in Buffalo

From the Big Horn Mountain Festival web site:

Join us for the 6th Annual Big Horn Mountain Festival on July 9, 10, and 11, 2010, at the Johnson County Fairgrounds in Buffalo. We have a great lineup this year and are looking forward to another great festival with lots of campground and parkin’ lot picken’.

We put together another fantastic line up for this year including The Grascals (shown in photo), The Steep Canyon Rangers, The Wiyos, The Jalan Crossland Band, Anne & Pete Sibley, and D. Michael Thomas. Check out their bios in Bands.

There will be lots of fun in 2010, including the Wyoming Mandolin and Banjo Championships, an Old Time Fiddle Contest, and a Guitar contest too, with the winners of the mandolin, banjo, and fiddle contest all winning guaranteed slots at the Walnut Valley Festival contests in Winfield, Kansas. The Band Scramble will be entertaining as always, and we'll have a variety of workshops hosted by our performers. We'll have some instruments raffled off (including a very nice Weber Gallatin F mandolin), food and craft vendors, a pancake breakfast, great folks, and lots of jamming.

The New Vaudevillians on stage at the WYO

The New Vaudevillians Are Back At The WYO Theater in downtown Sheridan every Wednesday starting July 7.

The New Vaudevillians are back with a new summer line-up -- comedy, magic, singing and dancing. It's fast-paced, it's fun, it's new vaudeville in the oldest vaudeville theater in Wyoming and it's an event you won't want to miss.

Every Wednesday throughout the summer you'll see a new show with different acts, different sounds and different people. Sounds like fun doesn't it? Come find out for yourself!


Friday, July 2, 2010

New show opens at Clay Paper Scissors on next Art Design & Dine event on July 8

From Clay Paper Scissors Gallery in Cheyenne:

Art Design & Dine is coming up and Clay Paper Scissors has a new show!

The show features pottery by Maura Jacobsen, Marianne Vinich and Paulette Rasmussen, jewelery by Kevin Heater and Marianne Vinich, collages by Eric Lee, encaustics by Meggan Stordahl, photographs by Janet Jensen and paintings by Jim Sable and Kandice Starbuck.

Clay Paper Scissors also has studio space available for rent. There are two spaces, which could easily be combined into one private space if desired. Join a community of working artists! Studio members have access to a kiln and slab roller. If you or someone else you know is interested, please contact Camellia at 631-6039 or

We look forward to seeing you Thursday!
Art Design & Dine
ADDing creativity to your life!
Thursday July 8th from 5:00 till 8:00

This month's featured restaurant is Don Rey's Mexican Restaurant. The restaurant is offering event goers a free order of Sopapillas with the purchase of two meals. Pick up a flyer at anyone of the ten participating venues for all the details.

July's Art Design & Dine Venues:

Artful Hand Studio and Gallery- featuring monoprints and drawings by Dave Rowswell.
Prairie Wind - Lamp work artist Carol Vroman
Glen Garrett Architect- Terry Kreuzer
The Quilted Corner
Deselms Fine Art
The Link Gallery - Ulrich Gleiter
Nagle Warren Mansion B&B
Unitarian Universalist Church - featuring Laramie painters Jon and Ginnie Madsen and Cindy Paul, Cheyenne quilter and fiber artist
Ewe Count - Trunk show from Lee's Needlearts

Clay Paper Scissors Gallery & Studio
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"Chrome, chrome on the range..."

Michael Hurwitz and The Aimless Drifters with Tracy Nelson and Gary McMahan (June 2010). A new album of 12 new original songs, with covers of an old Libba Cotton song and a Gary McMahan song.

A real Mullligan Stew of American music styles: Western swing, Cajun, cowboy Ballads, folk, and honkytonk country. - Mike

Songs - Your Dancin' Shoes, He's a Rodeo, Love Song, Uncle Lucky, Roy Rogers in Japan, Out of the Fryin' Pan, Ed Trafton, Cowboys Gone Wild, Edith, Shake Sugaree, Real Live Buckeroo, Poor Cowboy, Home Town Reel, Minnie Sang the Blues.

Mike Hurwitz of Alta is on the Wyoming Arts Council artist roster. Bring him and his new CD to your community with an Arts Across Wyoming grant. Get info at

On July 4 in Laramie, Wyoming National Guard soldiers perform song they brought back from Iraq

"Freedom Has a Birthday" is Laramie's annual Fourth of July celebration. It takes place from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in Washington Park on Sunday, July 4. On stage from noon-1 p.m. will be the Joe Speed Band, made up of National Guard soldiers from Laramie and Rawlins. They'll perform their song "Cowboy Soliders," the number one song on GIJams, a web site devoted to military musicians.

Jennifer Dunn wrote about the band in today's Casper Star-Tribune:

Christmas Eve in a tent in Iraq, three members of the Wyoming National Guard recorded a song.

They called it "Cowboy Soldiers."

Despite my cowboy roots
They fit me for some combat boots
Instead of home on the range
We'll be ridin' the plains
Lookin' for that old sand dune

It's a song about what a cowboy from Wyoming needs, serving deep in the desert heat.

Namely, a beer.

It's what a lot of soldiers need, it turns out. The song has become something of an internet sensation, the most listened to and downloaded song on the website GIJams, a website devoted to promoting musicians of all genres serving in any military branch.

"We've been at No. 1 since we've been on there. I would like to think someone can knock us off the top," said Spc. Jeremiah Eaton, 33, of Rawlins. He's one of the three founding members of the Joe Speed Band, formed in Iraq with two other Wyoming soldiers -- Sgt. Nathan Harvey, 26, and Pfc. Dusty Scott, 26, both of Laramie.

Harvey and Scott met in elementary school. They met Eaton while deployed with the Guard's 133rd Engineer Company from 2004 to 2005.

“Nathan and I were heavy equipment operators, and Jeremiah fixed what we broke,” Scott said.

To read the rest, go to

Listen to more music from the Joe Speed Band at

"Humans, Bison and Elk: The Archaeology of Jackson Hole" presentation July 8 in Grand Teton N.P.

From a University of Wyoming press release:

Jackson Hole's rich archaeology history is the topic for the summer seminar series Thursday, July 8, at the University of Wyoming-National Park Service (UW-NPS) Research Center. The center is located at the AMK Ranch in Grand Teton National Park.

Ken Cannon, Utah State University Archeological Services director, will discuss "Humans, Bison and Elk: The Archaeology of Jackson Hole" at 6:30 p.m. at the AMK Ranch, north of Leeks Marina. A barbecue will be held at 5:30 p.m. with a $5 per person fee; reservations are not required. For more information, call the UW-NPS Center at (307) 543-2463.

Past research work along the Wilson-Fall Creek Road on the National Elk Refuge, and in southern Teton County, have revealed insights about the valley's original occupants. Cannon will discuss some of the key sites that have contributed to the current state of understanding about the inhabitants and how they made a living in one of the most beautiful valleys in the world.

"Rocky Rhoades' Rodeo Ride" debuts July 15

Melodrama poster designed by Cheyenne Central High School students and graphic artist Travis Rolf

Melodrama Discount Nights
(Tickets Must Be Booked Through the Cheyenne Little Theatre Box Office Either on the Phone or In-Person)

Thursday, July 15, 2010 ½ PRICE TICKETS



Sunday, July 18, 2010 ½ PRICE SENIORS ONLY, AGES 60 AND OVER




Thursday, July 1, 2010

W.S. Merwin to be named U.S. Poet Laureate

From the New York Times:

W. S. Merwin acknowledges that his relatively reclusive life on a former pineapple plantation built atop a dormant volcano in Maui, Hawaii, will be disturbed by the Library of Congress’s announcement on Thursday naming him the country’s poet laureate.

I do like a very quiet life,” Mr. Merwin said by telephone after learning of his appointment. “I can’t keep popping back and forth between here and Washington.” He said he does relish “being part of something much more public and talking too much,” however, and the job of the nation’s premier poet will enable him to do both.

Of course, no matter how many public appearances Mr. Merwin may ultimately make, for most people he speaks most eloquently through his verse.

At 82, Mr. Merwin is an undisputed master, having written more than 30 books of poetry, translation and prose over the course of six decades.

“W. S. Merwin is an inevitable choice for poet laureate,” said Dana Gioia, a poet and a former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. “He has created a distinctive style. His poetry is lyrical, elliptical and often slightly mysterious.”

Buffalo Bill Historical Center presents "Quilters"

Quilters by Molly Newman and Barbara Damashek will be on stage at the BBHC in Cody this summer. Here's the schedule:

July 17: Opening night for Quilters, the award-winning play that tells the stories of pioneer women in the American West. 7:30 p.m. $20. By Molly Newman and Barbara Damshek. Directed by Lynne Simpson and presented through special arrangements with Dramatic Play Services, with partial funding from the Wyoming Humanities Council, the Wyoming Arts Council, and private donors. Runs Tuesday – Saturday July 17 – August 7. Evening: $20 (Friday and Saturday). Matinee: $10 (Tuesday – Thursday). Ticket price separate from Historical Center admission.

July 20 – 22: Quilters matinee, 2 p.m. in the Coe Auditorium. Tickets $10; separate from Historical Center admission.

July 23 – 24: Quilters evening performance, 7:30 p.m. in the Coe Auditorium. Tickets $20.

July 27 – 29: Quilters matinee, 2 p.m. in the Coe Auditorium. Tickets $10; separate from Historical Center admission.

July 30 – 31: Quilters evening performance, 7:30 p.m. in the Coe Auditorium. Tickets $20.

August 3 – 4: Quilters matinee, 2 p.m. in the Coe Auditorium. Tickets $10; separate from Historical Center admission.

August 5 – 7: Quilters evening performance, 7:30 p.m. in the Coe Auditorium. Tickets $20.

Tickets: 307-587-4771.

Wyoming Arts Council announces new quarterly deadline schedule for CAP grants

Effective immediately, the Wyoming Arts Council will accept applications on a quarterly basis for Community Arts Partners (CAP) grants.

In an effort to better serve the needs of community partnerships and collaborations throughout the state, the CAP grant application can be completed online and submitted by the quarterly deadlines of July 15, October 15, January 15 and April 15.

The CAP Grant Program was established with funding from the 2006 Wyoming Legislature, and may award up to five (5) $10,000 grants annually to new community collaborations in the state that contribute to the economic development of that community.

The projects must include economic enhancement strategies using local arts and cultural assets.

CAP projects funded in 2010 included an Outdoor Community Kiln for Gillette, Restoration of the Historic Rock Theater in Rock Springs, Artist Training and Professional Development in Casper, the creation of the permanent Minerva Teichert Gallery in Cokeville and the upcoming creative economy conversation with noted author and speaker Daniel Pink in Cheyenne.

Applicant communities may only receive one CAP grant in any fiscal year. Interested potential applicants should contact Community Development and the Arts Specialist Randy Oestman at 307-777-7109 for grant requirements and evaluation criteria.

For online application information, please visit

New York Times education blog features Pat Frolander's "Denial" in "Poetry Pairing" series

The Learning Network, a New York Times blog, has a weekly “Poetry Pairing” series. In collaboration with the Poetry Foundation, TLN features a work from Ted Kooser's American Life in Poetry project alongside content from The Times that somehow "echoes, extends or challenges the poem’s themes."

This week's poem is "Denial" by Pat Frolander of Sundance, Wyoming, long-time member of Wyoming Writers, Inc., WyoPoets and Bear Lodge Writers (see June 24 wyomingarts post).

To read Pat's poem, Ted Kooser's intro and the accompanying NYT story, "Getting on with life after a partner dies," go to

Works of Wyoming offers workshops for artists

From Works of Wyoming in Laramie:

Get ready to develop your business skills to better yourself as a artist! Chuck Egnaczak, an internationally recognized graphic artist and Professor of Art at the University of Tampa will be holding workshops during the remaining summer months.

July 21, 5:30-7:30 p.m.: Creating an Artist Print Catalog

July 28, 5:30-7:30 p.m.: Preparing a Professional Promotional Package

August 4, 5:30-7:30 p.m.: Developing Unconventional Markets

Classes are $25 each or $22.50 per class for WOW members.For more information and registration please visit the web site at