Tuesday, August 31, 2010

New work and new gallery for Matt Flint

Wyoming Arts Council visual arts fellowship winner Matt Flint of Lander features some new work on his blog. This is one of them: "Two Waters," Oil & Mixed Media on Canvas, 36"x48," available at Gallery MAR.

Matt announces that he is now represented through Karin Newby Gallery in Tubac, Ariz. Go to http://www.karinnewbygallery.com/

"Festival of Japan" Oct. 9 in Laramie

The Japan-America Society of Wyoming (JASWY) will present its fifth annual “Festival of Japan” from noon to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 9, 2010, in the cafeteria (from noon to 1:50 p.m.) and in the auditorium (from 2-4:30 p.m.) of Laramie High School, 1275 N 11th St., Laramie. Admission is free.

FMI: 307-721-4420.

Performing on stage will be Bunraku, a traditional Japanese puppet theater from Missouri, and Mirai Daiko, a taiko drumming group from Denver.

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The art of carving concrete forms

If you've ever wanted to carve wet cement, there's an artist you should definitley check out. Elder G. Jones was in Jackson this past weekend conducting a workshop in the craft. He's been practicing for the last twenty-some years, and as you can see from his website, he's a craftsman and artist. http://sandpudding.com/

The Art Association of Jackson, housed in the Center for the Arts building, which is a terrific facility, hosted the workshop. We spent Friday evening bringing in all of the materials that Elder transports in his pick-up truck from workshop place to place. He had picked up bags of silica sand and cement, which had to be hauled to the upstairs multi-purpose room. After we got everything else up, which included buckets, big mixing tubs, flexible metal sheets that are the forms that the wet concrete is poured into and a myriad of tools, we measured and mixed together the dry sand and cement thoroughly, for mixing with water the next morning.

It rained pretty much the entire weekend in Jackson. Impressive lightning and thunder. This also played a bit of havoc with how the cement might set up. There comes a certain point in the process where you have to remove the form, but too soon, and you could have a heap of wet cement on the table. The next morning, after we mixed the dry ingredients into wet, much like baking, and got the cement into the forms, we had to wait until after lunch before we could remove the forms and start carving. Elder showed us slides of much of his work. One slide featured his 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th pieces that he'd made, and they reflected an artistic quality even then. Elder was first interested from a mentor, and progressed rapidly in design and interpretation. A duck to water.

Chris and I went to the bagel shop and had a salad, sports tea and a big ole cookie, which we shared. She then took me over to an art gallery who had an exhibit of the work of Wolf Kahn. I'd never heard of him, but here's a link to his website: http://www.wolfkahn.com/index2.html. He works in the subject of landscape, but in abstract and colorized ways. I loved his work immediately.

Back in the studio, we began removing our forms and began the carving process. We all finished around 6:30 that evening. It's an absorbing process, and as Elder worked on his pot, he checked out our progress, offering guidance and assistance to each of us. The different designs are striking, and Elder said he is continually surprised that each person does something entirely unique. He said he also learns a great deal from his students, which helps him try new things that he hadn't thought of before. As you can see from the picture of our finished products, we held true.

The weekend was also the 5th anniversary of the Center for the Arts, and the celebration focused on their residency program. Activities for that began at 2:00 pm and featured films, demonstrations of jazzercise, hoola hooping, stage combat, poetry reading by Jackson Hole writers, ballroom dancing, drum circle, and a Porch Band concert. There were also live remotes on radio. All events were to take place outside and the tents were up, but the hail and rain forced everything inside. Congratulations to the arts center on five productive and exciting years of arts programming and support.

Below are some of the photos from class, beginning to end, and the remarkable designs that came out.
You can click on the photos to give you a bigger image.

Sam mixes his cement
Elder (r) helps Chris load her form
Julie removes the form that makes a hole for a pot


Julie and Javier take off the form
Elder roughs out his pot
Chris works on her Buddhist altar


Javier and his design
Joe works on his female torso

Group photo - Julie, me, Elder, Chris, Joe. Sam and Javier could not be there that morning. Their pots are the far left and far right.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Groundbreaking Sept. 1 for new University of Wyoming Visual Arts Center

From the Billings Gazette:

Groundbreaking ceremonies for the University of Wyoming's new $33 million Visual Arts Center are scheduled for Wednesday at 10 a.m. in Laramie.

The Visual Arts Center will be located on the undeveloped northwest corner of 22nd Street and Willett Drive and east of the Centennial Complex building that houses the UW Art Museum and American Heritage Center.

The Visual Arts Center will replace overcrowded and out-of-date facilities for visual arts and will include studios for ceramics, drawing, painting, printmaking, graphic design, art history and sculpture.

Construction of the facility will begin later this month, with completion scheduled 18 months after construction begins.

"Greater Yellowstone Sights & Sounds" on YouTube

From the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody:

An American avocet, a long-billed shore bird, prances in shallow water; a grizzly bear lumbers through a stand of fire-blackened trees; a golden eagle chick devours its meal of rabbit leg; mudpots bubble and boil in Yellowstone's Norris Geyser Basin. It's all part of the nature of life in the Yellowstone area-and captured on film by the Greater Yellowstone Sights and Sounds project (GYSS) of the Buffalo Bill Historical Center's Draper Museum of Natural History.

And now it's easily accessible to all through the video sharing phenomenon of YouTube. "We're pleased to announce our newly produced YouTube channel," says GYSS Manager Richard Chapman. "It features more than 20 new and exciting short video clips, with more to come-all in stunning high definition-that highlight a variety of sights and sounds from the Greater Yellowstone area."

The videos on YouTube, for public interest and educational use, are designed to get people-kids in particular-interested in natural history and science. This public component is one part of the larger GYSS Archive project, which collects sights (video and still photographs) and sounds (audio) of Yellowstone nature, including animal life, geology, vegetation, geography, and human commentary or interaction. The resulting archive, when completed, will be a searchable, scientific database that creates a unique and enduring record of life and human perceptions in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

The GYSS videos are on the Draper Museum of Natural History's own channel on YouTube, found at www.youtube.com/user/DraperNHMuseum or by searching for Draper Museum from any YouTube page. The videos are also linked to the Draper's content on the Buffalo Bill Historical Center's Web site, www.bbhc.org http://www.bbhc.org/

FMI: Visit the new www.bbhc.org or call 307.587.4771.

Photo Credit: The natural wonders and wildlife-like grizzly bears-of the Greater Yellowstone area star in Greater Yellowstone Sights and Sounds videos now available on YouTube. Photo by C.R. Preston.

Florida's JJ Grey and Mofro headline free Sept. 5 Teton Village concert

JJ GREY & MOFRO will perform in concert with special guests Rotating Superstructure at the Village Commons in Teton Village on Sunday, Sept. 5, 4 p.m. FREE. All ages. Presented by Poppa Presents.

From Poppa Presents:

Singing with a passion and fervor directly influenced by the classic soul heroes, JJ Grey has written and recorded five albums of original songs steeped in the rhythm & blues, rock, and country soul of his native backwoods home outside Jacksonville, Florida. Grey comes from a long tradition of Southern storytellers and, in that spirit, he fills his songs with details that are at once vivid, personal and universal. After a decade of hard touring, he still spends eight months of the year on the road, bringing his music to a loyal, ever-growing, worldwide fanbase.

"Songs from the Land" CD features musicians from Idaho and Wyoming

From the Valley Citizen in Driggs, Idaho:

Not only is the Teton Regional Land Trust’s new album release, “Songs of the Land,’ a work of musical art, it is an amazing compilation of Teton Valley’s best musical talents and voices.

Born out of the guiding statement, “Evoking emotion to inspire change,” the Land Trust’s Matt Lucia and Emily Nichols worked closely with some of Teton Valley’s favorite singers and songwriters (Ben Winship, Michael Batdorf, Greg Creamer and Mike Hurwitz to name only a few of the 16 artist) to pull together the album debuting at the nonprofit’s annual summer picnic next Saturday, Aug. 7.
Wyoming artists on the album include Anne and Pete Sibley, Jackson; Alta’s Merissa Wilson and Mike Hurwitz; Margo Valiante, who grew up in Jackson; Screen Porch Door and Loose Ties, Jackson.

Margo Valiante, who grew up in Jackson and recently played at Targhee Fest and is set to complete the Music on Main concerts series in August, sings "First Born Son" on the album.

“This song is dedicated to those who redirected their entire life to be in a place of inspiration. I feel blessed that my family picked up everything and moved to Wyoming when I was six years old. For anyone whose life has been shaped by the shadow of a peak or the sound of a river, you are a First Born Son.”

For more information and to purchase a cd, contact Emily Nichols, 208-354-8939 or emily@tetonlandtrust.org 

Call for entries: Ruminate Magazine

From Ruminate Magazine in Fort Collins, Colo.:

We are now accepting entries for the 2011 Short Story Prize. We are proud to announce that our annual short story prize is now being sponsored by the William Van Dyke Charitable Fund and is being renamed The William Van Dyke Short Story Prize. The prize award has also been generously increased to 1,000.00. We are so grateful for this generous gift.

The entry deadline is October 15th, 2010.

FMI: http://www.ruminatemagazine.org/contests/short-story.html

Corridor Gallery features Michael Flicek's black-and-white nature photos Sept. 17-19

Reed Merschat at Casper's Corridor Gallery sends this news:

I'm happy to announce "Nature Studies - A Journey in Black & White" by Casper artist, Michael Flicek as an upcoming show at the Corridor Gallery in Casper. Michael is a internationally shown and award-winning photographer whose work has been featured in many galleries and shows across the world. "Nature Studies - A Journey in Black & White" is the debut show for Michael in Casper, exclusively at the Corridor Gallery. Michael's work will only be showing from Friday-Sunday, September 17-19! Please join us for the opening reception on Friday, September 17 at 7 p.m. Music will be provided by Equinox, a Casper Symphony trio and members of the Wyoming Arts Council artist roster. Michael Flicek will conduct an artist's talk on Saturday, September 18, 2 p.m.

For more information, download press release at http://www.thecorridorgallery.com/michaelflicek.pdf.

Mike and the staff at the Corridor Gallery are available for questions or more needed information. Please don't hesitate to contact any of us with questions. For more on Michael Flicek: http://www.michaelflicekgallery.com/

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Photo Kick-off Week at Northwest College

From the Billings Gazette:

The Northwest College Photography Department invites the public to a photo kick-off week that culminates in a presentation by renowned National Geographic photographer Sam Abell.

The week starts Sept. 8 with a 7:30 p.m. opening reception in Northwest Gallery for “Peru: A Visual Journey.”

The collection of more than 40 images was taken by NWC students in Peru during a photography field studies class earlier this year. In addition to images from Machu Picchu, Cuzco and Lima, visitors will be treated to a half-hour multimedia presentation of the trip created by Dennis Davis, an assistant professor of journalism and mass communication. It augments the exhibit with the sounds and music of the Latin American country.

“Peru: A Visual Journey” will hang in the gallery through Oct. 1. Located in the Cabre Building on campus, Northwest Gallery is open from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays and Thursday evenings from 7-9 p.m.

Admission is free.

Abell will present a multimedia program, “The Photographic Life,” at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 10 in the Nelson Performing Arts Center Auditorium.

Abell has worked with the National Geographic Society since 1970 and photographed more than 20 articles on various cultural and wilderness subjects. He’s also lectured on photography and exhibited his images to audiences throughout the world.

Abell’s photography has been published in a number of books. In them, his images offer visual explorations to create a better understanding of the Mississippi River, the Lewis and Clark voyage of discovery, the Civil War, Australia, contemplative gardens and more.

In 1990, Eastman Kodak published a retrospective monograph of Abell’s photographs titled “Stay This Moment: The Photographs of Sam Abell.” A companion exhibit of his work was shown at New York City’s International Center of Photography in November of that year.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Auditions for CLTP's "Tumbling Inn" Aug. 30-31

Auditions for "Tumbling Inn," the winning script by Carrie Printz in the Cheyenne Little Theatre Players' "New Play Project," will be held on Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 30-31, 6:30 p.m., at the Historic Atlas Theatre in downtown Cheyenne. This is a CLTP Readers' Theatre production.

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script.

Synopsis: Jamie is a teen-age tennis champion who talks to the sky. Her best friend Nick can't seem to stay out of trouble. When the two run away to a B&B in the Colorado Rockies, they bring together an unlikely quartet who must face an impending disaster while dealing with broken family relationships and a crime that may unravel their lives.

Women needed:

Jamie - 17, Helen's daughter. An overachiever, academically and athletically.
Helen - late 30's, Jamie's Mom . High-strung, Over-protective

Men needed:

Nick - 17, Jamie's best friend. A good kid deep down, well meaning, but trouble follows him.
B.J. - Late 20's, Owner of the Tumbling Inn. A cynic, dislikes having people around.
Joe - 30's to 50's, the local Fire Chief. All Business. (Also reads radio and announcer voices)
Narrator - Reads stage directions and sets scene.

Questions? Contact the Mary Godfrey Playhouse 638-6543 and request to speak with Justin Batson or email jbatson@cheyennelittletheatre.org

The Nicolaysen Art Museum Dinner and Auction Gala

The Nicolaysen Art Museum
25th Annual Dinner and Auction Gala


Friday, September 10, 2010 at 6 p.m.
at the Nicolaysen Art Museum

Tickets: $150 Members or $175 Non Members

Master of Ceremonies: Brian Scott

Black Tie Optional

Cuisine by Chef Bernard of Armor's Menu

Hors D'oeuvres
Savory cheesecakes baked in delicate,flaky phyloo cups
Fresh mozzarella balls, basil and roasted red pepper skewers
Salty and sweet bacon knots
Assorted fresh cheese and relish display

Tuscan cranberry almond salad

Main Course
Succulent filet mignon with a balsamic & red onion
reduction sauce
Crisp haricots verts with jicama and peppers
Roasted baby fingerling potatoes

Creamy layered chocolate trifle

400 E. Collins
Casper, WY 82601

(307) 235-5247

Romantic Rachmaninoff-Concert at Civic Center

Romantic Rachmaninoff

September 25,2010-7:30 pm

Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra
Beethoven-Symphony No. 6, Pastorale
Rachmaninoff-Piano Concerto No. 2

Beethoven's nine symphonies form the foundation, the heart of the entire canon of orchestral music. Maestro Intrilligator believes firmly in performing at least one Beethoven symphony each season to keep raising the artistic level of the orchestra. Beethoven's Sixth Symphony, Pastorale, was written to evoke the feelings when one leaves the city and communes with nature. The symphony ends with a calm sense of happiness and a feeling of joy to be alive.

Rachmaninoff's gorgeous second concerto is filled with romance and power. With a Russian style and sensibility, it provides many opportunities for our guest artist, Soyeon Lee to showcase virtuosity. Korean born, Soyeon has been hailed as a pianist with "a huge, richly varied sound, a lively imagination and a firm sense of style."

To order tickets: http://cheyennesymphony.org/tickets/

1904 Thomes Avenue
Cheyenne, WY 82009

"American Wildlife Art" author David Wagner to talk about his book Sept. 14 at the BBHC

From a BBHC press release:

Many may be familiar with the skillfully precise wildlife artwork of James John Audubon, but the story of American wildlife art is a much broader one, influenced by-and influencing in turn-cultural events and aesthetic and ideological trends. In his book American Wildlife Art, author, scholar, and curator David J. Wagner tells the in-depth story through accounts of the artists, events, and developments at the heart of this uniquely American art form.

Wagner shares his insights in a presentation and book signing at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center Tuesday, September 14. The lecture, included in regular admission to the Center and free to members, takes place at noon in the Coe Auditorium. The Center's Museum Store hosts a book signing following the presentation.

"American Wildlife Art," published by Marquand Books, contains more than three hundred photographs, and examines American wildlife art over the past four centuries. Wagner explains how the aesthetic idioms and imagery of American wildlife art have evolved, how its ecological ideologies have changed with changing circumstances and ideas about animals and their habitats, and how artists and entrepreneurs developed and influenced the market for wildlife art.

Wagner opens with artists who first documented the flora and fauna of the New World, presenting Europeans with a view of the economic potential and the natural wonders of the then sparsely populated continent. He moves through the history of Audubon and Alexander Wilson, as well as Arthur Tait's collaboration with Currier & Ives that helped bring wildlife art to the masses. Wagner relates the art to conservation and wilderness preservation efforts, and concludes with portraits of contemporary wildlife artists.

Wagner is curator and tour director for the Society of Animal Artists and presents programs on wildlife art including painting, sculpture, and conservation at museums, nature centers, and parks. His tours have taken him as far as Banff National Park in Canada and the Beijing Natural History Museum in China. He has curated and toured exhibits such as Art and the Animal, The Horse in Fine Art, and Arts for the Park. In addition to the book American Wildlife Art, Wagner co-authored Natural Habitat, Contemporary Wildlife Artists of North America. He has also served as curator for the Society of Animal Artists Culpture Courtyard at the National Geographic Society in Washington, D.C.

Wagner's presentation and book signing are sponsored by the Historical Center's Draper Museum of Natural History. For more information and this and other events and programs at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, explore http://www.bbhc.org/.

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 operating its summer schedule, open daily 8 a.m. - 6 p.m., through September 15, when hours change to 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr. For general information, visit the new http://www.bbhc.org/ or call 307.587.4771.

Photo credit: Author David J. Wagner discusses his book, American Wildlife Art at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center September 14. Photo courtesy Marquand Books.

Casper Equality State Book Festival

Equality State Book Festival

About the 2010 Book Festival

The Equality State Book Festival is back for its third incarnation on the 24th anniversary of the annual Casper College/ARTCORE Literary Conference. This year, we’ll host 16 authors and illustrators for a vast variety of exciting events on September 24 & 25 in Casper, WY.

Our participants this year include (but are certainly not limited to) 2008 favorite Jack Gantos; award-winning novelists Jaimee Wriston Colbert and John Vernon; children’s author and illustrator extraordinaire Zak Pullen; teaching talent Gene Gagliano; poets Ravi Shankar and Robert Wrigley; Alaskan author and illustrator Ray Troll, and Idaho memoirist Kim Barnes. Nonfiction notable Lee Gutkind, judge of the 2010 Wyoming Arts Council fellowship contest, will join us for the fellowship prize reading, with Casper’s own Nina McConigley and the three fellowship recipients.

Check out all of our participants on the “Authors” page. In addition to the readings, there will be panel discussions, book signings, creative writing craft talks, a gala banquet, and a poetry slam emceed by the ever-popular George Vlastos. Click on the “Events” tab above for more details on all of these dynamic happenings. Registration for the banquet is available at the “Register” tab. (Go to http://www.equalitystatebookfest.com/)

For questions or more information, contact:

Equality State Book Festival
Attn: Laurie Lye
Casper College
125 College Drive
Casper, WY 82601
(800) 442-2963 Ext. 2639
(307) 268-2639

Wild New Ways: Maurice Sendak's Animal Kingdom

Wild New Ways: Maurice Sendake's Animal Kingdom:
 Exhibiton at National Museum of Wildlife Art

From common pets to mythical beasts, nearly all of the 108 books illustrated by Maurice Sendak include animals of some kind. Drawn from the Rosenbach Museum and Library's collection of original Sendak material, this exhibition showcases wild things alongside their more domestic counterparts. Sendak's veritable bestiary ranges from dogs, farm animals, and well-behaved bears to the famous Wild Things and their untamed brethren. The 30 original illustrations show the range of styles with which Sendak captures the textures of fur, feathers, and scales, such as his precise pen and ink drawings for The Bat-Poet and the soft watercolors of Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present. Visitors can glimpse Sendak's sketch of lions at the Central Park Zoo from the 1950s and read an early draft of Where the Wild Things Are in which a wolfish Max commands, "Show me wild new ways." This exhibition was organized by the Rosenbach Museum & Library in Philadelphia and will be on view at the National Museum of Wildlife Art from May 15 to September 19, 2010.

National Museum of Wildlife Art
2820 Rungius Road
Jackson Hole, Wyoming 83002


Cheyenne Little Theatre Presents The Sound of Music Musical

The Sound of Music

Music by Richard Rodgers

Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Book by Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse

Performance Dates:
September 24-26
September 30-October 3
October 7-10, 2010

Mary Godfrey Playhouse
2706 E Pershing Blvd, Cheyenne WY 82001

       This winner of the 1959 Tony Award for Best Musical is the captivating and timeless story of the Von Trapp family. More than a theatrical experience, The Sound of Music is a cherished memory filled with laughter, tears, and some of the most unforgettable music ever written, including “My Favorite Things,” “Edelweiss,” and “Do Re Mi.”

To purchase tickets: http://cheyennelittletheatre.tix.com/Schedule.asp?OrganizationNumber=2438

Call for entries: Front Range literary journal

Thanks to our fellow bloggers at http://montanaartscouncil.blogspot.com/:

Front Range, an internationally-circulated annual literary journal, seeks submissions of high quality fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction beginning 1 August for our 6th (2011) issue. Deadline is 7 November 2010. We report results by end of December, publish first week of March each year.

For writers' organizations: Please feel free to pass this along to your memberships.

Strongly suggested: Take a look at a recent copy. Archives and submission guidelines on our website: http://www.frontrangemt.org/

We love Montana, and the Rocky Mountain West. We also love work from and about other places that juxtaposes our existence with that of the world at large.

Poetry: Up to 8 unpublished (preferably) poems, maximum 15 pages total, single or double-spaced, left justified.

Short Fiction: Up to 3 unpublished (preferably) stories, not to exceed 4,000 words each, double-spaced, following standard conventions of paragraphing.

Nonfiction: Up to 3 unpublished (preferably) creative nonfiction pieces, not to exceed 4,000 words each, double-spaced, following standard conventions of paragraphing.

Artwork: .JPEG files of paintings, drawings, or photography, each file saved with title of piece. Shock us, surprise us, or yank on our emotions. We publish two pieces in color each year (front/back cover); all others are converted to b/w. Color photos should be high res, at least 430 dpi.

While we have accepted previously-published work from established authors, this is normally by prior arrangement.

Please note requirement for separate identifying info and author/artist bio: Name, address, phone number/email of writer should appear on a separate cover sheet, no identification on the work itself. Please list title of each submitted poem or story on cover sheet. Artist/author bio should appear on cover sheet or in text of email.

Electronic submissions only, as separate email attachments in .doc, .docx or .rtf format (no other formats).
Simultaneous submissions accepted. All rights revert to author/artist upon publication. Payment in contributor copies.

Submit to: editor@frontrangeMT.org (preferred) or FrontRangeMT@hotmail.com
Please note: due to the volume of submissions we receive each year, those not conforming to submission guidelines will not be read or acknowledged.

Journey to a place where story pitches succeed with author Dina Mishev

From Nicole Burdick at nicole@jacksonholewritersconference.com:

Jackson Hole Writers Conference is excited to present you with the fourth in a series of six FREE writing workshops for 2010. Space is limited, so if you would like to sign up, please reply to this email or nicole@jacksonholewritersconference.com. See the nether part of this message for upcoming opportunities.

"Angle and Pitch to Sell Your Story" on Thursday, September 23, 6-9 p.m., Center for the Arts Conference Room.

No matter how well you can write, if you can't sell an editor on your idea, you're not going to make a living. The more angles you can come up with based on a single idea, the better your chances of selling one of them. Dina Mishev knows from experience. During this workshop she will take writers on a journey to the place where pitches succeed. While she gives you an approachable understanding of the magazine publishing industry, you’ll also have the chance to work on crafting a great pitch, which means you’ll also be on the way to your next great story. So wrap your mind around three angles of the story you really want to tell and bring them with you, or just grab your pen and paper, and come learn how to spin an idea well. Class is free and open to the public, and registration is required. Light snacks included.

Workshop Presenter: Dina Mishev has been living and writing in Jackson Hole, Wyoming since 1997. A graduate of Northwestern University with degrees in Math and Economics, Dina moved to Wyoming immediately following college and one year turned into another. Dina’s writing career started shortly after her arrival in Wyoming when the Jackson Hole News entrusted her to write a bi-weekly column about 20-something life in the valley. Three years later, Dina quit her job managing the Jackson Hole Wine Auction, deciding it was time to sink or swim as a writer. That first year she sent out 1,483 queries to magazines and newspapers. She got one assignment. Slightly disheartened, but never considering giving up... she now writes about travel, sports, adventure, gear, art, people, and lifestyle topics for Sunset, AAA Via, National Geographic Traveler, Outside, National Geographic Adventure, Pain Solutions, Cooking Light, NWA World Traveler, United Hemispheres, Wyoming Tourism, Arizona Office of Tourism, Healing Lifestyles & Spas, and Mobil Travel Guide. She is a Contributing Editor at Travel Squire. Assignments have taken her from spas in Africa to 100 feet under the Caribbean Sea. See Dina's full bio and more, here.

Upcoming FREE workshops with Jackson Hole Writers Conference: Fiction with Lucy Flood on October 21 and nonfiction with Broughton Coburn on December 2. More details to follow.

These workshops were supported by a grant from the Community Foundation, and your generous donations during Old Bill's Fun Run keep publishing opportunities grounded in Jackson Hole. We're lucky to have over 40 well-published writers living and working in this valley. By making a charitable gift to the Conference you ensure a steady stream of stimulating guest speakers from near and far as well as literary education opportunities throughout the year. Do write! Do consider joining us in making the literary arts thrive in Jackson Hole, and in turn filling the bookshelves of tomorrow with your contributions.

FMI: Nicole Burdick, http://www.jacksonholewritersconference.com/, http://www.jacksonholewriters.wordpress.com/, 307-413-5235

Did You Hear about the Morgans' books -- they come from Glendo's High Plains Press

Nancy Curtis at High Plains Press sends info about her "Add a caption" contest:

Help! Help! This is a frame from the movie Did You Hear About the Morgans with Hugh Grant, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sam Elliott, and Mary Steenburgen. The production company bought High Plains Press books for set decoration and here are Sam and Mary with High Plains Press books on their bedside tables. I want to use this shot in publicity like companies do when Lindsey Lohan wears their jewelry. I need a caption. Like "High Plains Press is in bed with Sam Elliott." But better.

We'll give a copy of each of the two books you see in the photo to the person who comes up with the winning caption.
Go to the HPP Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Glendo-WY/High-Plains-Press/134238003265130

Call for entries: Good Food Month poster contest

Calling all artists and designers! The Good Food Month poster competition is a great opportunity to put your work into the public and show the world your unique view of food. We will be choose three posters—one for each of three themed weeks during Good Food Month. Submit art for Coffee + Chocolate week, Charcuterie + Pickles week, Cheese + Preserves week, or all three!

Winning designs will be featured on the Good Food Awards web site, featured in restaurants, grocery stores ( Whole Foods, Bi-rite, etc.) galleries, and bookstore windows as the main event posters for Good Food Month, and winners will receive a generous gift basket full of all the good food you can eat. PLUS 2 tickets to Good Food Awards Marketplace. Held on January 15, 2011 at the San Francisco Ferry Building, it gives visitors the chance to taste all of the award-winning foods and meet the Good Food Community!

Deadline is October 1, 2010

Submissions? Questions? Email connect@seedlingprojects.org

Thursday, August 26, 2010

That Daniel Pink is one animated guy

Take a look at this animated version of a talk by Daniel Pink. A neat overview of the material he will cover when he speaks in Cheyenne Sept. 23-24. To reserve a ticket for this free event, call the Wyoming Arts Council at 307-777-7742.

Entrepreneur workshop not just for artists

"Entrepreneur Workshop" will be held on Saturday, Aug. 28, 9 a.m.-noon, at the Laramie Civic Center, 710 East Garfield, Suite 271, Laramie.

This an entry-level workshop created for all business people (not just artists), to see if entrepreneurship really fits with your lifestyle. You will get a good sense of what it “really” takes to run a successful small business. You will gain the tools to begin to get started on the feasibility of your plan and begin to seriously look at your strengths and weaknesses and how to overcome any problems in those areas prior to actually starting the business. Only $10!

FMI: Rebecca Sissman, Wyoming Women's Business Center, wwbc@uwyo.edu, 307-721-3083

Wyoming entrepreneurs invited to tell their stories on Christmas ornaments

From Wyoming Entrepreneur:

Wyoming is honored to provide the 2010 Capitol Christmas tree for the U.S. Capitol! Wyoming Entrepreneur is sponsoring a "companion tree" that will accompany the official tree to Washington D.C.

You are invited to submit an ornament that tells your story and take part in a social media training and networking event as our tree takes a road trip across the nation to its final destination.

The fee to participate is $50, payable by credit card. The deadline to register is September 10. All submitted ornaments will be featured on our Facebook page.

To register for this exciting project, visit http://www.wyomingentrepreneur.biz/ and click on "An Entrepreneurial Christmas Story." Questions? Call 1-800-348-5194 or email wyenbiz@uwyo.edu

PBS Arts new web site

PBS Arts is a new web site recently launched by PBS. It features work in dance, theater, visual arts, film and music. You can also post your work on the site:

PBS invites you to contribute your works of art to the online Arts experience. Explore the exhibitions and see where your work fits in. Join our Flickr group and upload your own work. Exceptional contributions may appear on the PBS Arts site.

"Eay, Pray, Love" in a cabin by a Wyoming creek

“She’s touched the hearts of so many people around the world,” Ucross Foundation president Sharon Dynak said of Gilbert. “To think she was sitting in a little cabin by the creek here, we’re thrilled.”

Sharon was quoted in an Aug. 13 Casper Star-Tribune article about Elizabeth Gilbert's 2004 Ucross Foundation residency during which she wrote the first draft of the best-selling memoir, "Eat, Pray Love." To read the entire article, go to http://trib.com/lifestyles/weekender/article_f8ef4aec-8fab-5d7a-abb6-630f5c4e855c.html

Gov. Freudenthal signs Archaeology Awareness Month proclamation

From a SPCR press release:

Governor Dave Freudenthal, citing “Wyoming’s enduring bond between past and present in the fabric of human society, recently proclaimed September Wyoming Archaeology Awareness Month during a brief ceremony in his office.

Gov. Freudenthal was joined during the proclamation signing by members of the Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office, the Office of the Wyoming State Archaeologist, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Forest Service, the National Park Service and the Wyoming Department of Transportation.

During the ceremony, Gov. Freudenthal was presented with a framed copy of this year’s poster which features the Tolar Petroglyph Site in Southwestern Wyoming.

The site contains the well preserved image of a Comanche warrior on horseback, elaborately carved into sandstone bedrock and strikingly contrasted with the dark natural varnish of the cliff face. The panel design is likely more than two centuries old.

The site is valued by several Indian nations as a sacred and honored place. The glyph used on this year’s Wyoming Archaeology Awareness Month poster was chosen with the concurrence of the Comanche, Eastern Shoshone, Ute, and Northern Arapaho tribes, a cross-cultural collaboration that benefits all of Wyoming.

“This is a wonderful site and a great opportunity for visitors to see an example of Wyoming culture and history,” Lance Porter of the BLM’s Rock Springs Field Office said. The Tolar Site is located just off I-80 on BLM land.

The WAAM celebration includes the 12th Annual George C. Frison Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology sponsored lecture by Ted Goebel, from the Center for the Study of the First Americans at Texas A&M University. The lecture will be held at the University of Wyoming on September 23.

The 2010 WAAM poster is available free of charge, and may be picked up at the State Historic Preservation Office, Barrett Building, 2301 Central Avenue in Cheyenne, or in Laramie in the Anthropology Building located at 12th and Lewis, Room 312. The posters are also available via mail with a $10 charge to cover mailing costs. Limit one poster per person. Send your request along with a check or money order payable to “Wyoming Archaeology Month” and your name and mailing address to: Judy Wolf, State Historic Preservation Office, Wyoming Archaeology Month, Dept. 3431, 1000 E. University Ave., Laramie, WY 82071.

The 2010 WAAM t-shirts and caps are available at the State Museum Store in Cheyenne, or via http://wyoshpo.state.wy.us/pdf/orderform.pdf  Short-sleeve shirts are available at a cost of $16. Shirts in sizes 2XL are available for an additional $1.50. Long-sleeved shirts are available for $23. Add $1.50 for size 2XL. Caps are available for $15 and chef’s aprons for $20. Proceeds benefit WAAM activities.

For more information about WAAM, please visit http://wyoshpo.state.wy.us/AAmonth/Index.aspx.

Sept. 24 deadline for NALAC grants to "support Latino artistic innovation"

From a National Association of Latino Arts and Culture press release:

NALAC Fund for the Arts Grants support Latino artistic innovation, self determination and community empowerment.

The NALAC Fund for the Arts is a field-advised, grant program designed to help Latinos develop their creative talents and make lasting contributions to our communities and society as a whole. Launched in 2005 by the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture with major support from the Ford Foundation, the NALAC Fund for the Arts provides financial resources to strengthen Latino arts organizations and to support Latino artists in the creation of their work.

Online and Postmark Deadline: Friday, September 24, 2010

FMI: http://www.nalac.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=section&id=4&Itemid=31

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Linda Lillegraven conducts oil/pastel workshop for Cheyenne Artists Guild Sept. 10-11

From a press release:

Join Linda Lillegraven for a two-day workshop Sept. 10-11, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Cheyenne Artists Guild. This workshop will instruct the participants in their choice of oil or pastel medium. Linda will be helping participants work on values, atmosphere, and composition with an emphasis on color. The cost of the Workshop is $100 for members of the Guild and $120 for non-members.

For registration call the Guild at 632-2263 or stop by Tuesday through Friday between noon to 4:30 p.m. and see Steve Rodriguez, the Gallery Director. The Guild is located on the west side of Holliday Park in Cheyenne.

Linda Lillegraven won the Buffalo Bill Art Show’s William E. Weiss Purchase Award in 2003 and its Painting Award in 2005 and 2008, and was the Arts for the Parks Grand Prize winner in 2000. She has been featured in Western Art Collector, Southwest Art, and Art of the West magazines. Her work is in the collections of the University of Wyoming Art Museum, the Wyoming State Museum, the University of Nebraska, and the Buffalo Bill Historical Center. She lives in Laramie with her husband Jason Lillegraven, who is retired from the University of Wyoming, and who is still active in geological research.

Reminder: Wyoming artists have until Sept. 2 to submit images of "The People's Tree"

Dear Wyoming Artists:

Wyoming and the Bridger-Teton National Forest have been asked to provide the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree (“the People’s Tree”) for 2010. Along with the tree, we will be providing 75-smaller trees for Congressional Offices, agencies & organizations headquartered throughout D.C. as well as 5000 handmade ornaments. Of particular interest to Wyoming artists, is the opportunity to have your piece of art depicting a 65-foot tall Wyoming-grown Christmas tree selected to be the official artistic impression for the project. The selected artist’s rendition of the tree will be displayed in the Office of the Chief of the United States Forest Service in Washington D.C.

We are asking for your participation by providing your artistic talents and imagination depicting the 65-foot tree & showcasing all that is special about Wyoming. Wyoming Artists should have their finished pieces of art available to be judged by September 2, 2010. The judges will vote for ‘Wyoming Forever West Award’, which will be displayed in Wyoming’s State Capitol. In addition, the artwork chosen which best depicts a 65-foot Wyoming Christmas tree will travel with the selected tree to Washington, DC. Images of the top 10 pieces of art will be made into note cards/holiday cards to be sold as a fundraiser for the project. Information about each artist will be printed on the back of the note cards, to provided added recognition to the ten artists.

To have the artwork reviewed by the selection committee, it must meet the following requirements:

 Any medium may be used: including but not limited to: acrylics, oil, watercolor, textile, metals, photography, stained glass, etc..

 25-35 inches high & 20-30 inches wide

 Framed if appropriate, or otherwise designed to be easily hung on a wall.

 Deadline to have a digital photo of the artwork to us will be September 2, 2010

The theme of the 2010 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree project is “Wyoming- Forever West”. You can learn more by visiting the project website at www.capitolchristmastree2010.org

Please e-mailCapitolChristmasTree2010@gmail.com, or call Kniffy Hamilton at 307-413-1945 to acknowledge your interest or if you have any questions.

Thank you in advance for your participation.


Mary Cernicek, U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree 2010 Coordinator

"Slice of Pie" screening Aug. 27 at UW

Accomplished Second City Theater alumni Rick and Laura Hall will show the new original short film, "Slice of Pie" at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 27, on the University of Wyoming Fine Arts Center Main Stage. The event is free and open to the public.

The film is gleaned from Rick Hall's small-town stories called "Spellbinding" published by The New York Times. "Slice of Pie" is a humorous and heartfelt romantic comedy about the sweetness of exploring life's smaller moments.

The UW Department of Theatre and Dance hosts the Halls this week as part of its Guest Artist Series, which is sponsored by the Wyoming State Legislature through the Excellence in Higher Education Endowment. They will work with student performers and playwrights, presenting workshops on acting, musical theater, auditioning and playwriting.

Rick Hall is a writer/actor/producer who spent many years on the Chicago theater scene before joining Hollywood's film and television community. He has been involved with several films and a variety of television shows, such as "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "24," "Without a Trace," "Seinfeld," "Saving Grace" and "Everybody Loves Raymond."

Laura Hall is probably best known as the improvisational pianist on television's "Whose Line Is It Anyway." She also performed on "The Drew Carey Show" live episodes, and has toured the country doing live performances with "Drew Carey and the Improv All Stars."

Photo: "Slice of Pie," a short film based on Rick Hall's small-town stories, will play at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 27, in the University of Wyoming Fine Arts Center.

Wyoming Film Festival Aug. 28-29 in Saratoga

Saturday, August 28th & Sunday, August 29th, Saratoga:

Wyoming Film Festival featuring cinema of the Rocky Mountain West. Platte Valley Community Center, 210 W. Elm Ave.

Lineup includes:

Friday, 8:00 PM: Wyoming Film Office Film Short Film Festival Winners: "Voices of the Platte" about people of the valley and their fish stories, "Absoraka" a western set in 1881, (winner of the 2010 Wyoming Film Office Short Film Contest); 8:30: "Ride The Divide" covers the world’s toughest mountain bike race, which traverses over 2,700 miles along the Continental Divide in the Rockies (http://www.ridethedividemovie.com/); 9:45 "Next Year Country" looks at the twenty plus years of drought and its impact on small family farmers (http://www.nextyearcountry.com/).

Saturday, 6:45 PM: "My Canyonlands: The Adventurous Life of Kent Frost" the last of the old time river runners, who helped create Canyonlands National Park and saw the the loss of Glen Canyon and changing perceptions of the land (http://www.sagelandmedia.com/); 8:00 "Oh, You Cowgirl!" World Premier documentary about unsung women ranchers and homesteaderswho worked the rodeos and were known as cowgirls (http://www.thecowgirlmovie.com/; 9:30 "Juni Fisher Concert" after a film in which she performs, last year she won the Western Music Association Female Performer of the Year and the 2009 Western Music Association Album of the Year (http://www.junifisher.net/).

Info: 328-9274, 321-7690, pvcc@carbonpower.net,  http://www.wyomingfilmfestival.org/.  

Cost: $6 Friday, $10 Saturday, $5/8 seniors.

Sol Driven Train performs in Laramie, Centennial

Charleston, S.C., band Sol Driven Train will be playing several gigs in Wyoming and adjacent states. Here's the band's upcoming schedule:

Aug 27 McCall, ID ,Salmon River Brewery
Aug 29 Missoula, MT, Main Street
Aug 30 Missoula, MT, Top Hat
Aug 31 Big Sky, MT, Lone Peak Brewery
Sep 2 Laramie, WY, Alibi Pub
Sep 3 Edwards, CO, E-Town
Sep 7 Salida, CO, Victoria Tavern
Sep 8 Gunnison, CO, Gunnison Brewery
Sep 9 Breckenridge, CO, three20south
Sep 10 Denver, Kinetics Ball, Boulder Theatre
Sep 11 Centennial, WY, Beartree Tavern

FMI: http://www.soldriventrain.com/

Joy Keown exhibit opens Aug. 27 in Rawlins

Joy Keown, "Close Encounter," watercolor, 16 x 24 inches, People's Choice Award, 2009 Wyoming Watercolor Society Show.

Laramie artist Joy Keown sent wyomingarts an invitation to an opening reception for her exhibit of paintings from a trip to Africa. Reception is on Friday, Aug. 27, 5-8 p.m., at the Rawlins Main Street Gallery at 4th and Cedar in Rawlins. The artist will be showing a Powerpoint presentation at 5:30 p.m., featuring digital images of the Africa trip.

Joy was invited to be the guest artist at the Rawlins Gallery following her presentation at the UW Art Museum/Wyoming Arts Council 20:20 event last fall.

FMI: 307-721-4922, mailto:joykeown@hotmail.com..

See her work at www.joykeown.com or http://joykeown.blogspot.com

Read an article about the show at http://rawlinstimes.com/articles/2010/08/25/news/doc4c748e6106e8d113691713.txt

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Ballet Idaho seeks new executive director

Arts Consulting Group requests your interest in or candidate recommendations for the Executive Director position at Ballet Idaho in Boise, Idaho.


Deeply rooted in the community, Ballet Idaho and its Academy create, present, teach and preserve the art form of classic ballet, serving the citizens and visitors of Boise, the state of Idaho, and beyond. The Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy - a rehearsal, recital and performing space that also houses the administrative offices of Opera Idaho and the Boise Philharmonic – is home to Ballet Idaho. The organization is poised for tremendous growth in a Company that currently employs 25 artistically superior professional dancers and an Academy that inspires more than 300 students annually. Ballet Idaho currently has a $1.5 million annual operating budget. The Company performs a mainstage series at the Morrison Center for the Performing Arts and the Special Events Center, both located on the campus of Boise State University. Its Ballet Innovations and Family Series performances take place at its home facility in the Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy in the vibrant Downtown Boise Cultural District. The 2010-11 season also includes performances of The Nutcracker in Colorado Springs.


The Executive Director works in partnership with the Artistic Director to develop a strategic vision that grows both the Company and the Academy. The position engages in a broad public dialog as to why it is important to embrace Ballet Idaho as a vital component of the quality of life in Boise, throughout Idaho, the West, and the nation. The Executive Director provides inspired managerial direction to the organization to achieve the artistic and entrepreneurial goals established in tandem with the Board and Artistic Director. The role can be seen as the chief translator of Ballet Idaho’s strategic artistic and educational goals into a language of best business practices that result in institutional vibrancy and sustainability. This includes the ability to 1) maximize audience development, student enrollments, earned, and contributed revenue for the institution, 2) expand the branding, marketing, communications, and public relations efforts for the Ballet, the Academy, and other programs, 3) develop, oversee, monitor, and report on the organization’s financial position, 4) guide the administration and integration of Ballet Idaho and the Academy and 5) supervise staff that guide operations, fundraising, marketing, public relations, facilities, technology, and financial management, as well as the administrative support team needed to implement artistic programs.


Ballet Idaho seeks an individual who will create a focused, positive, and dynamic working environment while setting and maintaining expectations that will challenge the organization’s leadership to strive for and sustain the highest workplace values and institutional goals. The selected candidate will be a leader in the field of arts management who demonstrates a commitment to entrepreneurial leadership. He/she will partner with the Artistic Director to set and maintain a collaborative leadership model that will strengthen the organization by creating a positive and synergistic relationship between the artistic and administrative sides of the organization. A leader who proactively engages with the Company’s senior artistic team to ensure that the artistic and educational programs are understood and well supported in every area of the organization. The Executive Director will support the Academy’s artistic leadership and training programs to ensure the delivery of high quality and economic sustainability.


Send letter and resume with demonstrable accomplishments to:

Rebekah Lambert, Senior Consultant
Arts Consulting Group, Inc.
818 SW 3rd Avenue, Suite 236
Portland, OR 97204-2405
Tel (503) 236.3379
Fax (503) 828.9896
E-Mail balletidaho@artsconsulting.com

Call for entries: Fish Short Story Prize

From the Fish Publishing web site:

The Fish Short Story Prize for 2010/2011 is open for entries. We are delighted to announce that Simon Mawer, author of "The Glass Room" (and seven other novels) will judge the prize.

Fish Publishing runs the short story competition each year, the winners of which are published in the annual Fish Anthology.

Roddy Doyle, Colum McCann and Dermot Healy, previously judges of the Fish Short Story Prize, are honorary patrons.

The Fish Short Story Prize welcomes stories on any theme written in English, with a maximum of 5,000 words. The Anthology will be launched during the West Cork Literary Festival, July 2011.

Fish have been running the short story contest since 1995. Publication in the anthology has been a stepping stone for many into successful writing careers.

Line-up announced for June 2011 Wyoming Writers, Inc., conference

From Julianne Couch, Wyoming Writers, Inc., board member and ace conference planner:

I thought you’d like to know the board is making progress with confirming presenters for next year’s conference. Peter McCarthy with Random House, who will give us marketing advice and our fiction presenter, Lucia St. Clair Robson. Visit her web site at http://www.luciastclairrobson.com/

We’ll also have Katie Dublinski, editor of Graywolf Press, http://www.graywolfpress.org/.  Her husband is Chris Fischbach. A poet, he is associated with Coffee House Press and will joining her. FMI: http://www.coffeehousepress.org/

Our agent will be Peter Steinberg, of the Steinberg Agency. Find more about him at  http://steinbergagency.com/

Start planning now to attend this fine confference, held annually on the first weekend in June.

An incredible craft

BBHC hosts disaster preparedness workshop for museums, libraries and archives

From the BBHC in Cody:

“So you have a disaster plan, but will it work in a real emergency situation?”

That’s the question Randy Silverman raises with area museums, libraries, archives, and similar institutions. Silverman, the Preservation Librarian with the University of Utah Marriott Library, is bringing a workshop about emergency procedures to protect valuable documents, artwork, and other artifacts to the Buffalo Bill Historical Center on Monday, September 13, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. There is no charge for the workshop, which is sponsored by Western States & Territories Preservation Assistance Service (WESTPAS), but registration is required.

According to Silverman, “This workshop will help you assess your vulnerabilities, test your plan using a scenario table top exercise, explore how collaborations can help you respond to a disaster, and build a shared vision for disaster preparedness. It’s better we should find answers now than after a disaster has occurred.”

Those encouraged to attend the workshop include staff member(s) responsible for emergency preparedness, administrators and/or managers responsible for the building and collection, and key members of the emergency/disaster team responsible for decision-making. Requirements for attendance are: a written disaster plan that includes collections response/recovery, a letter of institutional commitment to explore collaboration to optimize preparedness, and a completed three-page vulnerability assessment which is distributed in advance of the workshop.

The workshop also takes place in Montana on Wednesday, September 15 at the Bozeman Public Library and on Friday at the Lewis & Clark Library in Helena. Funding for the project is provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities and co-sponsored by the Montana and Wyoming State Libraries and State Archives.

Even though the meeting is free, pre-registration is required and can now be completed online at http://tiny.cc/ZePOL. The site also provides a schedule of WESTPAS workshops. For more information, contact Buffalo Bill Historical Center Conservator Beverly Perkins at beverlyp@bbhc.org or 307.578.4029. Silverman can be reached at randy.silverman@utah.edu.  

Stay current with Historical Center news and activities at http://www.bbhc.org/

Monday, August 23, 2010

Call for entries: AVA Center Miniature Show

AVA Community Art Center in Gillette would like to invite everyone to be a part of its Miniature Show. This show is a chance for any local artist to show their talents in an art exhibition. All art forms and mediums will be accepted.

Bring in your submissions by Friday, September 17.

Your donation of art -- a 100% donation to AVA -- advances art in our community.

Best of show will receive $100.

All accepted artists will receive one ticket to the event.

FMI: 307-682-9133

Planet JH Weekly profiles WAC fellowship winner

Benjamin R. Bombard wrote a nice profile of Jayme Feary in Planet JH Weekly at http://www.planetjh.com/news/A_106458.aspx. Jayme is a recipient of a WAC creative writing fellowship in creative nonfiction. He will join his the other fellowship winners in a reading on Friday, Sept. 24, 1-3 p.m. in the lobby of the Goodstein Library at Casper College. The event is part of the Equality State Book Festival and is free and open to the public.

"Jentel Presents" Sept. 7 in Sheridan

News from the Jentel Artist Residency Program:

Hot August nights and the promise of the coming fall have welcomed the new residents to the Jentel Artist Residency Program in Banner. We are pleased to present this month’s residents in an event open to the public. “Jentel Presents” will take place Tuesday, September 7, 5:30-7 p.m. at Sheridan County Fulmer Public Library Inner Circle, Sheridan. This month’s presenters include an installation artist, a collage artist, a poet, a painter, a biographer and a mixed media artist. “Jentel Presents” is a community outreach program that features visual presentations and readings by the visual artists and writers at the residency.

Presenters include: Elizabeth Conner, Vashon, WA; An installation artist, Elizabeth grew up climbing trees, fording creeks and wandering through her grandfather’s lumberyards; Julia Nelson-Gal, Palo Alto, CA; A collage artist, Julia paints, collages, does printmaking and pours resins, often beginning first with a photograph or object from the world around her; Frank Ortega, Cold Spring, NY; A poet, Frank travels much, always after truth, his constant hope that we will not be damned by our own actions as a human race; Joanne Pavlak, Seattle, WA; A painter Joanne observes nature to contemplate, to understand, to wonder and to see. That is where her art begins; Abby Santamaria, Cranbury, NJ; A biographer, Abby listens for a living, she interviews, reads private letters and has the privilege of sharing a life’s story with the world; Kathleen Yorba, Arroyo Grande, CA; A mixed media artist, Kathleen’s interests are the study of her genealogy, the idea of organic memory and the inner workings of what is fondly called the three-pound enigma (brain).

For anyone looking for a stimulating evening, come join the crowd at Sheridan County Fulmer Public Library Inner Circle. There is no admission charge for “Jentel Presents”.

The Jentel Foundation offers dedicated individuals a supportive environment in which to further their creative development. While at Jentel, visual artists and writers have the opportunity to experience unfettered time to allow for thoughtful reflection and meditation on the creative process in a setting that preserves the agricultural and historical integrity of the land.

The Jentel Artist Residency Program accepts applications twice a year from visual artists in all media and writers in all genres for a one-month residency. A residency includes a comfortable accommodation; common living, dining and recreation areas; a private workspace and a stipend to help defray expenses during the program. For more information please visit http://www.jentelarts.org/ or call Jentel at (307)737-2311.

Opening reception for Georgia Roswell exhibit 9/9

"Rock Show II," compressed fabrics- found object, 15" x 18" x 6"

If you drop by the Artful Hand Gallery and Studio in Cheyenne for the next Art Design and Dine art tour, you may miss a familiar face. That's because Georgia Rowswell, owner and proprietor of the gallery, will be September's featured artist at Glen Garrett's exhibition space located on the corner of Capitol and 17th St. in downtown Cheyenne.

The exhibit's opening reception will be during the Art Design and Dine in-town tour on Thursday, Sept. 9, from 5-8 p.m. Please stop by and say hello to Georgia. She would love to meet you and talk about art!

FMI: http://www.artfulhand.org/

Call for artists: Nagle Warren Mansion

Jim Osterfoss at the Nagle Warren Mansion Bed & Breakfast, 222 E. 17th St., is looking for artists interested in displaying their art at the mansion during the Art Design and Dine art tours, held each month in Cheyenne. Interested artists should send a link to their website or send jpegs to Jim Osterfoss at jim@nwmbb.com.

For more about Art Design and Dine, go to http://www.artdesignanddine.blogspot.com/

Sunday, August 22, 2010

LCCC/WCM offer "fast filmmaking" course

Wyoming Community Media sends this:

Wyoming Community Media is offering a fast filmmaking course through Laramie County Community College. Check out the fast filmmaking course on page 10 of the LCCC fall catalogue.

One session will be repeated three times September 11 and October 9 -- 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; October 12 and 13 -- 6:30-9 p.m.

Participants will learn basic story telling and produce a short video during the course of the day using sound and lighting techniques.

This is the perfect way to practice for The Shoot Out Cheyenne 24 hour film making festival.

Friday, August 20, 2010

"Tumbling Inn" presented Sept. 17-18 by CLTP

Cheyenne Little Theatre Players present "Tumbling Inn" by Carrie Printz.

Directed by Justin Batson

CLTP New Play Project Winning Script

Tickets On Sale NOW!
Adults - $12.00
Seniors (60+) - $10.00
Students/Children - $8.00

Call the Mary Godfrey Box Office 638-6543
Monday through Friday 9-4 to book your seats
Or visit our website

Call for artists: Sign up now for UW Art Museum "20:20"

From the University of Wyoming Art Museum blog:

Save the date for the fifth 20:20 event to be held at the UW Art Museum on Monday, September 20, 7 p.m. 20:20 is a fast paced presentation format where presenters are allowed to show only 20 images/slides, and each image is shown for only 20 seconds, which results in a 6 minute and 40 second presentation! Each 20:20 event focuses on a specific group in order to highlight a wide range of artists in the state. This coming 20:20 is open to artists, arts organizations, and arts educators from the Southeast region of the state.

This is an opportunity to share with colleagues your latest artwork, projects, or accomplishments. The goal of this program is keep communication open among artists in the state and to provide an opportunity to network. Advance sign up is required and is on a first come, first to present basis. If you have presented at a previous 20:20, you are welcome to present again, but new images or work must be shown. Images/slides must be in a PowerPoint format and submitted no later than Wednesday, September 8.

For more information, or to sign up, please contact Assistant Curator Rachel Miller at 307.766.6621 or rmiller@uwyo.edu.

"Deeper," new extreme snowboarding film by Teton Gravity Research of Teton Village, debuts in September

Regional tour dates:

9/15/2010, Salt Lake City, Brewvies
9/22/2010, Denver, Oriental Theater
9/23/2010, Boulder, Boulder Theatre
9/24/2010, Fort Collins, Lory Student Center

Celebrate "Arts in Education Week" Sept. 12-18

From the Americans for the Arts web site:

On July 26, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution authored by Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) that would designate the week following the second Sunday of September as Arts in Education Week each year. Speier was joined by 101 of her colleagues in sponsoring this positive expression by Congress highlighting the important role that arts education plays as an “essential element of a complete and balanced education for all students,” said Speier. “Studies have shown that an arts education improves math and verbal SAT scores, and with students in China and other nations pulling ahead, we cannot leave our students at a competitive disadvantage.” Join us in marking September 12–18 as Arts in Education Week by learning more about arts education and what you can do in your community on our website. For more information on Arts in Education Week please contact Associate Director for Federal Affairs Gladstone Payton at gpayton@artsusa.org
For more ideas about celebrating and promoting arts education in Wyoming, contact AE coordinator Camellia El-Antably at the Wyoming Arts Council at 307-777-5305 or celant@state.wy.us

NEH Chairman Jim Leach speaks about "Civility in a Fractured Society" at BBHC on Sept. 18

Press release from the Wyoming Humanities Council:

On September 18, the public is invited to participate in events honoring Jim Leach, chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, who will visit Wyoming as part of his fifty-state civility tour. Wyoming welcomes Leach to Heart Mountain Relocation Center at 10:30 a.m. for a public ceremony and tour, followed by a 1:00 p.m. conversation with students and faculty at Northwest College, Powell. Culminating the visit will be a 7:30 p.m. public address by Leach on "Civility in a Fractured Society" at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody.

Leach introduced his fifty-state tour in November 2009 to call attention to the need for civility in public discourse. "Civilization requires civility," says Leach. "Words matter. Polarizing attitudes can jeopardize social cohesion."

Leach began his four-year term as NEH chairman in August 2009 after serving 30 years in the U.S. House of Representatives. As a congressman representing southeastern Iowa, he chaired the Banking and Financial Services Committee, the Subcommittee on Asian and Pacific Affairs and the Congressional-Executive Commission on China. He founded and co-chaired the Congressional Humanities Caucus. Cosponsors for the events are the Buffalo Bill Historical Center; the Heart Mountain, Wyoming Foundation; and the Wyoming Humanities Council.

Leach's visit will also launch the Wyoming Humanities Council's year-long civility initiative, which will include an innovative lecture and discussion series, a visiting scholar, and grants for civility-themed projects.