Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Teenage Bottlerocket in concert tonight in Cheyenne

P.S.: Thursday October 27th, Laramie, WY: 3rd St Cowboy w/The Gamits,Redbush, Wire Faces!. Friday October 28th, 2011:  Centennial, WY: Trading Post with Redbush. FMI:

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Buy local and buy handmade for the holidays

We couldn't agree more. This is on the Colorado Creative Industries Facebook page.

Open Mic Night Nov. 17 at LCCC Theatre in Cheyenne

The Laramie County Community College Theatre Club is sponsoring an open mic night on Thursday, Nov. 17, 7 p.m., at the LCCC Theatre in Cheyenne. Show up and sign up to go on stage with your original work. No admission fee, but donations of canned food items are appreciated and will be donated to local charities for the holidays. Coffee provided. More info on LCCC Theatre Club Facebook page.

National Museum of Wildlife Art offers "Mix'd Media" Nov. 8 and Dec. 13

Mix’d Media, a new monthly Tuesday evening program from the National Museum of Wildlife Art , will offer Jackson Hole’s young professionals a chance to meet and mingle while enjoying live music, a bar and hors d’ouevres, and memorable and interactive experiences with art and artists. The first installment of Mix’d Media, “Exquisite Animal,” will take place Tuesday evening, November 8, from 6-9 p.m. and kicks off the new multi-faceted event with the opportunity to meet artists from the current Exquisite Animal exhibition, try a hand at silk-screening and laugh to the comedy of The Laff Staff. Cover charge for the event is $5.

“The event title, Mix'd Media, suggests a perfect convergence of music, art-making, conversation, and delicious fare,” says museum director of marketing and development Ponteir Sackrey. “Given its multiple galleries, ample lobby, and fantastic catering from the Rising Sage Cafe, the museum is the perfect place to offer this sort of dynamic and ever-changing event, while the $5 cover keeps it affordable. We hope the ‘Mix,’ offered eight times throughout the year, will become a favorite new local gathering place.”

Scheduled activities for the first two Mix’d Media events at the National Museum of Wildlife Art will include:

• November 8: Mix’d Media: The Exquisite Animal
6-9 p.m., $5 cover (free with “I Voted” sticker)
Check out the work of Jackson Hole artists participating in the unique community exhibition, Exquisite Animal. Meet the artists, make your own silk-screened masterpiece inspired by exhibition artist DJ Vert-One, engage in a special interactive art project and enjoy the comedic perspective of The Laff Staff.

• December 13: Mix’d Media: Backyard Bonanza
6 – 9 p.m., $5 cover
Artist George McLean takes his inspiration from his wild Ontario backyard. Share your wildest animal encounter stories from Jackson Hole’s own National Parks and Forest backyard, listen to bluegrass, draw local birds from Teton Raptor Center and hear some of McLean’s own wild stories. Nature Mapping Jackson Hole will be in attendance, showcasing several years of citizen science results.

A member of the Museums West consortium and accredited by the American Association of Museums, the National Museum of Wildlife Art of the United States provides an exciting calendar of exhibitions from its permanent collection and changing exhibitions from around the globe. A complete schedule of museum exhibitions and events is available online at The museum is also active on Facebook at wildlifeartjh and on Twitter at@wildlifeartjh.

Media Contacts: Darla Worden, WordenGroup Strategic Public Relations, 307.734.5335,; Ponteir Sackrey, National Museum of Wildlife Art, 307.732.5444,

Photos: bottom, the National Museum of Wildlife Art; top, Jane Lavino, Bronwyn Minton, and Amy Goicoechea. Long-tailed spotty-legged fox. Ink on Paper. 8 1/2 x 11 inches. © National Museum of Wildlife Art.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Call for proposals: ArtPlace America

In an unprecedented private-public collaboration, 11 of America's top foundations have joined with the National Endowment for the Arts and seven federal agencies to establish ArtPlace, a nationwide initiative to accelerate creative placemaking across the U.S.

ArtPlace believes that art, culture and creativity expressed powerfully through place can create vibrant communities, thus increasing the desire and the economic opportunity for people to thrive in place. It is all about the local.

ArtPlace invites Letters of Inquiry from initiatives involving arts organizations, artists and designers working in partnership with local and national partners (in fields such as economic development, transportation, neighborhood development, entrepreneurship, sustainability, health, etc.) to produce a transformative impact on community vibrancy.

If you or one of your partners wishes to apply, please review the guidelines and complete the Letter of Inquiry, both available here: To be considered for our next round of grants, all requests must be submitted by November 15, 2011.

We look forward to receiving your submissions for innovative and distinctive projects.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Bid on artistic scarecrows to support Jackson Hole Public Art Initiative

Art Association of Jackson Hole invites you to come bid on the scarecrows starting at 3:30 p.m. and support the Jackson Hole Public Art Initiative. Today at the Center for the Arts.

Pipeline Artists' goal: "To live in a place we love and to have viable arts careers"

Postmark deadline Oct. 31 for 2012 Blanchan/Doubleday writing awards

Postmark deadline is Oct. 31 for the 2012 Neltje Blanchan and Frank Nelson Doubleday memorial writing awards.

These awards are designed to bring attention to writers in Wyoming who have not yet received wide recognition for their work, and to support emerging writers at crucial times in their careers. Poets, fiction writers, essayists, and script writers who have published no more than one book in each genre and who are not students or faculty members are invited to apply by submitting manuscripts and an entry form by the Oct. 31, 2011, deadline.

The Neltje Blanchan Award, $1,000, is given for the best poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, or script which is informed by a relationship with the natural world.

The Frank Nelson Doubleday Award, $1,000, is given for the best poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, or script written by a woman author.


Printable applications are available on the WAC web site at

FMI: Michael Shay, 307-777-5234 or

Blanchan/Doubleday judge is Susan J. Tweit

Susan J. Tweit was trained as a field ecologist. But over the years, while she mapped grizzly bear habitat, wildfire patterns and sagebrush communities, she had a revelation: “I loved telling the stories behind the data more than collecting the data.”

Susan is the author of twelve books that explore the interrelationships that form what Aldo Leopold called the "community of the land." Barry Lopez had this to say about Susan’s 2009 book, Walking Nature Home: A life’s Journey: “It's a lovely, brave, inspiring book.... Sometimes I think the highest praise you can give a book is to say that it helped. This book does that.”

Her work has appeared in magazines and newspapers from Audubon and Popular Mechanics to High Country News and the Los Angeles Times -- and has been heard on the Martha Stewart Living Radio Network.

Susan has taught workshops at colleges, universities, and writing festivals from University of California-Riverside and Miami University of Ohio to Wofford College in South Carolina, as well as at home and online. Audiences as diverse as the International Xeriscape Conference, Collegiate Peaks Forum, Monte Vista Crane Festival, and the Walking Words Writing Festival have called her talks "inspiring" and "insightful." She coaches individual writers, reviews manuscripts for university presses, and contributes to “The Perch” blog of Audubon magazine and Story Circle Network's “Her Stories.” Her own blog is at

She belongs to an informal network of writers and artists who speak for the land, and to Story Circle Network, Women Writing the West and Colorado Author’s League.

She is a passionate gardener who grows her own vegetables, fruits and herbs, and also enjoys the challenge of native plant restoration and "wildscape" design. She lives with her husband, sculptor Richard Cabe, in a house heated and powered by the sun, on a reclaimed industrial parcel in a high-desert valley tucked in the shadow of the tallest stretch of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado.

Wyoming Arts Alliance meets Nov. 13-15 in Evanston

From Lyndsay McCandless: The Wyoming Arts Alliance's annual Booking Conference is happening November 13-15 in Evanston. This year's conference has expanded to include workshops and show opportunities for visual artists, as well as the programs for performing artists, arts organizations and presenters. To register, go to Contact Lyndsay Rowan McCandless for more information at

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Three Casper College music ensembles perform Oct. 29

The Casper College Concert Band, Flute Ensemble, and Brass Ensemble will be in concert on Saturday, Oct. 29 at 3 p.m. in Durham Recital Hall.

According to Douglas Bull, brass instructor, each group will perform a wide range of compositions. “The concert band will be playing Gustav Holst’s ‘Dance Of The Spirits Of Fire’ from the ballet ‘The Perfect Fool,’ ‘Britannic Variants’ of Eliot Del Borgo, plus the music of Philip Sparke and others.”

Halloween music will be featured when the flute ensemble takes the stage, and the brass ensemble will perform a range of tunes from “ceremonial to ragtime. It will be a pleasant afternoon of music for the fall season,” said Bull.

The concert is free and open to all. Durham Recital Hall is located in the Aley Fine Arts Center on the Casper College campus.

2011 John R. Milton Writers' Conference at USD has a real Wyoming flavor

Cody’s Mark Spragg will serve as keynote speaker for the John R. Milton Writers’ Conference at the University of South Dakota October 27-29 in Vermillion, S.D.
Mark Spragg is the author of Where Rivers Change Direction, a memoir that won the 2000 Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers award, and the novels, The Fruit of Stone, An Unfinished Life, and in 2010, Bone Fire. All four were top-ten Book Sense selections and An Unfinished Life, was chosen by the Rocky Mountain News as the Best Book of 2004. Spragg’s work has been translated into fifteen languages. He lives in Wyoming with his wife, Virginia, with whom he wrote the screenplay for the film version of his novel, An Unfinished Life, starring Robert Redford and Morgan Freeman, and released in 2005.
The three-day literary conference will include readings and book signings by award-winning featured authors, scholarly panel sessions exploring the conference theme of “Outlaw!: Law and (Dis)order in the American West,” as well as creative writing panels and pop culture sessions.  Other conference highlights include a showcase presentation of USD graduate creative writing students, a conference book fair, as well as a poetry slam sponsored by the Vermillion Literary Project at the Muenster University Center pit lounge featuring poet Kristin Naca. 
This year’s visiting featured writers will include Mark Spragg, Sherwin Bitsui, Kristin Naca, Karen Shoemaker, William Trowbridge, and USD visiting writer David Chan, who will give readings and book signings along with permanent USD creative writing faculty Ed Allen and Lee Ann Roripaugh.
The conference features an infusion of talent from Wyoming: Mark Spragg, Cody; Lee Ann Roripaugh, Laramie native; Robert Roripaugh, Wyoming Poet Laureate emeritus; Paul Bergstraesser, Laramie; Val Pexton, Laramie; Julianne Couch, Laramie (now in Ames, Iowa); Meg Lanker, Laramie; Jeran Artery, Cheyenne; and Michael Shay, Cheyenne.
The biennial John R. Milton Writers’ Conference was established in 1998 to celebrate the life and work of University of South Dakota English Professor and South Dakota Review founder John R. Milton.  The conference pays tribute to John R. Milton’s lifelong engagement with and commitment to Western writers and literature.  With respect to this year’s theme of “Outlaw!: Law and (Dis)Order in the American West,” conferees are invited to submit paper and/or panel proposals that consider (but aren’t limited to) some of the following topics: law and (dis)order in Western American literature, history, and culture; law and (dis)order in relationship to broken treaties, obligatory assimilation, as well as post-colonial and/or indigenous studies in American Indian literature, history, and culture; law and (dis)order in the American West with respect to environmental issues and ecocriticism; outlaw as myth and fantasy space in the American West; outlaw as Other; gender outlaws, and/or queering the American West; borders, border crossings, and boundary transgressions; virtual outlaws, and/or outlaws in the “new frontier” of cyber-space; and representations of outlaws and/or law and (dis)order in popular culture (including, but not limited to, HBO’s Deadwood and Joss Whedon’s Firefly, Westerns (both film and television), graphic novels, and science fiction.

This year’s event is sponsored by the College of Arts & Sciences, the Department of English, Barnes & Noble, South Dakota Review, the John R. Milton Endowment and the Wayne S. and Esther M. Knutson Endowment of the USD Foundation, and Mr. and Mrs. Philip A. Riley, Jr., as well as by grants from the South Dakota Humanities Council.

For detailed conference information, please visit or contact the Department of English at (605) 677-5229.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Michael Cunningham reads in Jackson Oct. 20

Go ahead and read this fine JH Weekly interview with Michael Cunningham ("The Hours") in advance of his Oct. 20 reading and book signing at the Center for the Arts in Jackson.

Eat at McAlister's tonight to benefit UW Art Museum's Shelton Studio

Call for entries: High Plains Register

This comes from Karen Cotton, one of the editors of LCCC’s literary and arts magazine, High Plains Register:

The magazine is accepting submissions from:

Writers of poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, or drama


Here are the submission guidelines:

All submissions, up to six per person, must include a cover letter with submitter's contact information.

Writing: Send typed hardcopy or e-mail attached Word document (10 pages maximum each; double space prose)

Artwork and music: Digital files preferred (CD or e-mail attachment)

ALL LCCC student submissions will be eligible for the High Plains Register Award for Best Poem, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Drama, Artwork or Music.

Submissions from the community also encouraged.

Send submissions to:

Liz Jackson
c/o LCCC Arts and Humanities
1400 E. College Drive
Cheyenne, WY 82001

The 2012 High Plains Register release and public reading will be noon, Friday April 27, 2012 in the Student Lounge. Call 778-1330 or search for HPR at

Auditions Oct. 24-25 for CLTP's "She Loves Me"

From Cheyenne Little Theatre Players:

"She Loves Me" Auditions

Directed by Dr. Randall Bernhard

Audition Dates: October 24 & 25 @ 6:30 pm, Mary Godfrey Playhouse

Callbacks: October 26 @ 6:30 pm, Mary Godfrey Playhouse

Performances: Mary Godfrey Playhouse December 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18
Thursdays-Saturdays @ 7:30 pm, Sundays @ 2:00 pm

See our website for further information and audition requirements at

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Get set for Halloween: UW Theatre & Dance Dept holds costume sale Oct. 27-29

The University of Wyoming Theatre and Dance Department is liquidating the costume stock from the Centennial Singers. We have a variety of costumes designed by Carol Baalman and a collection of period costumes. The Costume Sale will take place at the storage facility at 1220 Bill Nye Avenue in Laramie, Wyoming. Prices are very reasonable in an effort to move the stock out of storage and into the hands of local theatre companies, Community Colleges, and Wyoming High School Programs.  

The sale schedule will take place as follows:
●     October 27, Thursday: Invited Community College representatives, 1-6 p.m.
●     October 28, Friday: Invited High School representatives, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
●     October 29, Saturday: Open to the general public, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
We have scheduled the Costume Sale to coincide with our production of Distracted, a dark comedy about the issues of ADD/ADHD by Lisa Loomer and directed by Leigh Selting in the UW Fine Arts Studio Theatre (7:30 p.m.). Tickets are available from the box office at 307-766-6666 for October 25th through the 30th. 
Please direct questions to Lee Hodgson at or to Cecelia Aragon at

Call for applications: USArtists International

USArtists International provides support for American dance, music, and theater ensembles and solo artists invited to perform at significant international festivals or engagements that represent extraordinary career opportunities anywhere in the world outside the United States and its territories. The application deadline for the second of three grant rounds of the 2012 program is Friday, December 9, 2011 for projects taking place between March 1, 2012 and February 28, 2013. This is a receipt deadline. For links to the online eGrant system, program guidelines and application click here. Questions about USArtists International should be directed to Adam Bernstein, at

Monday, October 17, 2011

Video of Sue Sommers, Pinedale artist

Video of Pinedale's Sue Sommers by Cheyenne filmmaker Alan O'Hashi: Sue is one of the artists featured in the WAC fellowship biennial which opens Nov. 4 at the Art Association Gallery in the Center for the Arts in Jackson.

Carbon County Library in Medicine Bow invites you to make cards and bookmarks

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Wyoming Arts Council holds board meeting and opening reception of fellowship biennial in Jackson

Albany County artist Penelope Caldwell (right) discusses one of her oil paintings with curator Nancy Bowen. Photo was taken during July's fellowship biennial selection trip to artists' studios around the state. Several of Penelope's paintings will be featured in the biennial exhibit which opens on Friday, Nov. 4, at the Art Association Gallery in Jackson.
Public invited to attend Wyoming Arts Council board meeting and opening reception for fellowship biennial exhibit Nov. 3-5 in Jackson

The Wyoming Arts Council (WAC) will hold its quarterly board meeting in Jackson Nov. 3-5. The meeting will be held at the Center for the Arts, 265 Cache St., from 1-4 p.m. on Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday, with an additional session (if needed) from 8 a.m.-noon on Saturday.   

Agenda items include: Nomination, discussion and selection of recipients for the 2011 Governor’s Arts Awards; discussion of the WAC’s long range plan, including a new communications plan; discussion of upcoming WAC-sponsored events; presentation by the Wyoming Arts Alliance about its 2011 block-booking conference in Evanston; review of Community Arts Partners and Folk Arts mentoring grants; and discussion of the Poetry Out Loud schedule for 2011-2012.

The board invites individual artists and organizational representatives to attend any part of the meeting to observe the board process, and to address the board during the public comment session beginning at 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4. Comments about the agency's policies, funding priorities, on-line granting system, and other arts-related topics are welcomed. For a detailed agenda, please contact the Wyoming Arts Council office at 307-777-7742. 

After Thursday’s session, WAC visual arts fellowship judge and biennial exhibit curator Nancy Bowen will give an art talk from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Art Association Gallery. This is free and open to the public. Following Friday’s session, Ms. Bowen will join the fellowship recipients from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the opening reception for the fellowship biennial exhibit in the Art Association Gallery. This is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

The mission of the Wyoming Arts Council is to provide leadership and invest resources to sustain, promote and cultivate excellence in the arts. 

FMI: Rita Basom, WAC, 307-777-7473 or

Figure drawing model needed for tonight's Art Design and Dine

From Georgia Rowswell: Cheyenne friends and art lovers... here is an opportunity. The figure drawing class the the Hynds building is looking for a clothed model for this evenings drawing class during Art Design and Dine. It is a 3 hour stint that pays $30 dollars. It is easy and fun. There will be lots of people coming and going and live music so get in on the fun a make some money while you are at it! Facebook me if you or someone you know is interested.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Don't you just love it when a historian is named UW homecoming parade grand marshal?

Phil Roberts, associate professor of history at the University of Wyoming, has been chosen to be the Grand Marshal of the annual UW Homecoming parade.

He will lead the procession of floats, bands and other units through downtown Laramie beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15. The parade starts at Ninth and Ivinson streets, goes west to Second Street, south on Second Street to Grand Avenue, then east on Grand to 12th Street.

A native of Lusk, Roberts spent his early years on a ranch homesteaded by his grandfather. He holds a B.S. in political science and a J.D. from UW and a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Washington.

A UW faculty member since 1990, Roberts has served as editor of "Annals of Wyoming." He is co-author (with his two brothers) of the "Wyoming Almanac," now in its fifth edition, and his edited textbook, "Readings in Wyoming History," is in its fourth edition.

The Oregon-California Trails Association (OCTA) presented its Outstanding Educator of the Year award to Roberts earlier this year. He was honored for "excellence in making the history of the emigrant trails come alive for University of Wyoming students"  and for his work in using the trails across Wyoming to illustrate an approach to looking at Wyoming from the perspective as a "trail to somewhere else."

"While my office is at the university, my classroom is the state of Wyoming," Roberts says.

The Homecoming tradition, started in 1922, continues with this year's theme: "WANTED: Cowboys of the West," highlighting the rich history of Wyoming and cowboys and cowgirls who helped tame the west.

Special guests include the UW Alumni Association distinguished alumni Charles "Chuck" Brown, Michael Jording and Carol (Buchenroth) Tome, along with Medallion Service Award recipient Peter K. Simpson.

For more information about the parade or Homecoming events call the UW Alumni Association at (307) 766-4166 or visit .

Photo: Phil Roberts, University of Wyoming associate professor of history, will lead the annual UW Homecoming parade that starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at Ninth and Ivinson streets. (Dave Roberts Photo)

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Dedication celebration for new I-90 welcome center sculptures set for Oct. 14

A celebration recognizing the installation of three new sculptures at the Northeast Wyoming Welcome Center, located just off I-90 Exit 199 near the South Dakota border, is scheduled for October 14 at 10 a.m.

A life-sized bronze mountain lion greets visitors as they drive up to the center, and two bronze fawns are nestled near the building’s front entrance. Residents from the area are invited to join in the celebration followed by refreshments in the center.

The three bronze pieces by part-time Lander artist, David R. Nelson, were made possible through the State’s Art in Public Buildings “1 percent for Arts” program that allows 1 percent of the construction costs of any new, state-funded construction projects, up to a maximum of $100,000, to be spent on art work for those facilities.

Nelson’s work was selected from a pool of Wyoming artist submissions by an Art in Public Buildings (APB) Selection Committee which included N.E. Wyoming residents, Ila Miller of Aladdin, Jaymi Gilmore of Gillette, Rocky Courchaine of Sundance and Robert Vore of Beulah in addition to the architect for the facility and representatives from the Wyoming Office of Tourism and State Construction Management Office. 

The Wyoming Arts Council oversees APB projects for the State of Wyoming, and all art work becomes part of the State’s art collection, which is administered by the Wyoming State Museum.

Nelson is a nationally and internationally recognized sculptor that specializes in wildlife and human form as well as contemporary life sized and monumental sculptures.  He has been a professional artist for over 26 years, and has been commissioned by corporations, public art programs and private homeowners for a number of site-specific sculptures.  His work can be found at 

For more information on this celebration, please contact the Wyoming Arts Council office at 307-777-7742 or e-mail .

Monday, October 10, 2011

Pinedale Fine Arts Council dedicates completed mural

Back in the summer, Wyomingarts featured in-process photos of Pinedale's mural. The mural was completed in mid-August. In this photo, Pinedale Fine Arts Council visuals arts committee members (and mural painters) Isabel Rucker and Cristy Anspach, prepare for the artwork's dedication. FMI: 

Carriage House Theatre presents "Fuddy Meers"

"Fuddy Meers" opens on Friday, Nov. 4, 7:30 p.m., at the Carriage House Theatre, 419 Delphi Ave., Sheridan.

Encore performances: November 5th, 6th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 18th, 19th, and 20th. Showtimes: Fridays and Saturdays - 7:30 p.m. (house opens at 7 p.m.). Sunday Matinees - 2 p.m. (house opens at 1:30 p.m.).

Directed by Gene Davis and featuring Dimitra Dugal, Ryan Legler, Joe Surwald, Carri Carey, Micah Wyatt, Deborah Saurage, and Stephanie Poppe.

“Fuddy Meers” is an R-rated Farce with a zany plot line featuring the lead female Claire who has a rare form of psychogenic amnesia that erases her memory whenever she goes to sleep. This morning, like all mornings, she wakes up a blank slate. Her chipper husband comes in with a cup of coffee, explains her condition, hands her a book filled with all sorts of information and then goes to shower.

A limping, lisping half-blind, half-deaf man in a ski mask pops out from under her bed and claims to be her half brother, there to save her. Claire’s info book is quickly discarded and she’s hustled off to her mother Gertie’s country house, a recent stroke victim whose speech has been reduced to utter gibberish. Claire’s journey gets more complicated when Millet, a dimwitted thug with a foul-mouthed hand puppet shows up with a claustrophobic lady cop, Heidi that Richard has kidnapped with the help of Claire’s pot smoking back talking daughter, Kandi

Every twist and turn in this fun-house plot brings Claire closer to revealing her past life and everything she thought she’d forgotten. It’s one hilarious turn after another on this roller coaster ride through the day of an amnesiac trying to decipher her fractured life. This poignant and brutal comedy traces one woman’s attempt to regain her memory while surrounded by a curio cabinet of alarmingly bizarre characters.

"Red Scared!" author speaks Oct. 17 at UW's American Heritage Center

Michael Barson is UW's 2011 American Heritage Center George A. Rentschler Distinguished Lecturer. On October 17, 3-4 p.m., in the AHC Wyoming Stock Growers' Room in Laramie, he will discuss his book, Red Scared! The Commie Menace in Propaganda and Popular Culture. This event is free and open to the public

Convergence Wyoming photo album

Carrie Geraci, left, of the Jackson Hole Public Art Initiative, interacts with Wyoming State Parks and Cultural Resources Department Director Milward Simpson (second from right) and Randy Oestman from the Wyoming Arts Council during a regional breakout session Saturday morning at Convergence Wyoming. Photo by Ernie Over.
Convergence Wyoming
Convergence Wyoming
Milward Simpson, director of the Wyoming Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources, addresses those gathered in Cody for Convergence Wyoming Oct. 6-8. Waiting in the wings to speak are University of Wyoming President Tom Buchanan and historian and UW political science professor Pete Simpson. The first four photos show groups gathered for Convergence sessions. Photos by Alan O'Hashi.

Call for applications: Penland School of Crafts

October 28 deadline: Penland School of Crafts, founded in 1929 in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains, offers a Resident Artist Program which invites artists working in traditional and nontraditional studio crafts to live and work at the school for three years. There are three openings in the program for 2012, to be filled by artists working in books/paper, clay, glass, metals, photography, printmaking, iron, textiles, wood, sculpture, or mixed-media. Studios are available beginning February 2012. Eligible applicants must have a clear objective for their residency and be willing to live and work as part of a close-knit community. Penland Resident Artists pay $187.50 per month for unfurnished housing and studio space, plus $150 to $200 per month for utilities, depending on the season. Apply with a portfolio of 15-20 images, the primary basis for selection, as well as a personal statement, résumé, and two letters of recommendation. A $25 processing fee is required to apply. Applicants with no prior connection to the school are strongly encouraged to visit or take a class before applying for the program. For more information and submission guidelines click here.

UW Indian Students' Organization/Milaap presents Diwali Night Oct. 22

From the University of Wyoming Office of Multicultural Affairs newsletter:

Indian Students' Organization/Milaap presents Diwali Night on Saturday, October 22.

Evening begins with a cultural program at 5 p.m. in the Arts and Sciences Auditorium at UW in Laramie.

Watch Mudra Dance Studio's dance troupe entertain you non-stop with Indian dance extravaganza along with UW's bands -- Exit this Way, Chutney and Cosmologists!

Cultural night is open to all; no tickets required. Tickets are required for dinner (Union Ballroom, 7:30 p.m.) and will be distributed at the information desk at 11 a.m. on Oct. 11, 12 and 13. Two tickets per UW ID. Come to the cultural show to have a chance at winning 10 raffle tickets for dinner!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Andy Hackbarth Trio plays tonight at Laramie Plains Civic Center

The Andy Hackbarth Trio will be in concert on Friday, October 7 (tonight!), 7 p.m., at the Laramie Plains Civic Center, Laramie. This morning, the group appeared on WPR playing (among other things) a bluegrass version of AC/DC’s “All Night Long.”

Colorado-based folk singer/songwriter and flamenco guitarist Andy Hackbarth was raised on the idea that music can paint colors more vivid than any paintbrush.  He does just that, weaving the world of flamenco and classical guitar into an arsenal of upbeat, contemporary-folk songs that are 100 percent, unmistakably Andy Hackbarth.


Art talk set at UW Art Museum for "Talismans of Protection from Choson Korea" exhibit

University of Wyoming Department of History Chair and Associate Professor Michael Brose will give an art talk in conjunction with the UW Art Museum exhibition "Talismans of Protection from Choson Korea: Antique Locks, Latches, and Key Charms" Monday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

The exhibition features rare antique metalwork loan from the Lock Museum in Seoul, Korea and organized for travel by the Korea Society, New York. The objects, which are in the forms of dragons, turtles, butterflies and more, are richly symbolic and exquisitely decorative examples of traditional Korean aesthetic and craft traditions.

Brose's talk will provide context for these objects, as well as historical information on the Choson Dynasty, Korea's last and longest ruling dynasty. For additional information about the UW Art Museum call (307) 766-6622 or visit the museum's web page at or blog at .

Photo: This peony-patterned lock is among the Korean artifacts in the exhibition, courtesy of The Korea Society and The Lock Museum.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

"Cow Town Victoriana" presentation Oct. 13 at Wyoming State Museum

Wyoming’s Victorian architecture is the topic of the newest Wyoming State Museum Lecture Series presentation, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m., in the Multi-Purpose Room. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the Wyoming Humanities Council, Melanie O’Hara’s presentation, "Cow Town Victoriana" discusses how Wyoming tent towns such as Cheyenne, Laramie, Rawlins and Rock Springs burgeoned into impressive statements of American Victorian architecture.

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

The presentation will include vintage photos of early Victorian architecture in Wyoming’s premier railroad towns.

WY performer and poet laureate emeritus David Romtvedt featured at High Plains BookFest

The High Plains BookFest begins Oct. 13 at the Babcock Theatre in Billings, MT.

The Big Read kicks off Thursday, October 13, with the High Plains BookFest. This year’s theme: “The Nature of Poetry, the Poetry of Nature.” The Billings YMCA Writer’s Voice and Parmly Billings Library hosts The Big Read, an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. The Big Read in Billings will focus on the selected poetry of Robinson Jeffers.

Join us for two gala evenings at the Babcock Theatre! On Thursday, October 13 at 7:30 p.m., David Caserio hosts “Poetry and Performance” featuring Bozeman poet, humorist and musician Greg Keeler; and Wyoming poet and accordion player, David Romtvedt performing Cajun, Brazilian and world music with his wife and daughter. Caserio will also perform some of his work accompanied by local musicians. Tickets are $10 and valid for Thursday and Friday evening. Tickets may be purchased at the door.

On Friday, October 14 at 7:30 p.m. the High Plains BookFest features a gala reading by four poet laureates from three states: Sheryl Noethe and Henry Real Bird of Montana, Larry Woiwode, North Dakota, and David Romtvedt, poet laureate emeritus of Wyoming.

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Michael Czarnecki teaches "Palm of the Hand" workshop Oct. 8 in Sheridan

The Sheridan County Fulmer Public Library in Sheridan will host "Palm of the Hand: a Memoir Writing Workshop" on Saturday, October, 8, from 10 a.m. until noon in the library's Inner Circle. Michael Czarnecki (shown in photo), a poet, publisher and oral memoirist, has taught workshops in libraries and in academic settings across the country.

Everyone has stories to share and many people have a desire to write about their life. Wanting to write and doing so are two different things. The immensity of such a project can overwhelm us. This workshop will help to make that desire a reality. Participants will be introduced to a method Czarnecki calls "Palm-of-the-Hand" writing, after the "Palm-of-the-Hand" stories of Japanese writer Yasunari Kawabata. After deciding on story possibilities, the method helps focus the writer's energy into completing short individual pieces about their life. This workshop is open and free for the public. For more information about this news release, contact Debbie Iverson at 307-674-8585 ext. 29.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Opening reception for fellowship biennial set for Nov. 4 at Center for the Arts in Jackson

"Camperwagon" by Adrienne Vetter, Lander
The opening reception for the Wyoming Arts Council fellowship biennial will be held on Friday, Nov. 4, 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Arts Association Gallery in the Center for the Arts, 265 Cache St., Jackson.

The exhibit will feature the work of these visual arts fellowship winners and honorable mentions from 2010-2011:

Diana Baumbach, Laramie
Penelope Caldwell, Wood’s Landing
Jenny Dowd, Alpine
David L. Jones, Laramie
David Klaren, Pinedale
Abbie Miller, Jackson
Suzanne Morlock, Wilson
Shelby Shadwell, Laramie
Sue Sommers, Pinedale
Adrienne Vetter, Lander

Free and open to the public. Food and beverages will be served.

For info on the event, go to

For info on the artists and their work, go to

Photo: Fellowship biennial artist David Klaren talking to fellowship curator Nancy Bowen at David's studio in Pinedale.

Safehouse raises awareness about domestic violence via art and "Walk in Her Shoes" event

Local artist Forrest King has been working for months on his "Battered Bride" painting and will exhibit it Thursday, Oct. 6, 4-7 p.m., at Safehouse's "Walk in Her Shoes" event at the Historic Depot in Cheyenne. See photos of Forrest's "Battered Bride" project on Facebook
This Safehouse fund-raiser and consciousness-raiser about domestic violence will take place on Thursday, Oct. 6, at the Historic Dept in Cheyenne. 

AVA Center in Gillette holds third (and last) "Glaze a Cup for Cancer" session tonight

Meet the Laramie County Library's "Interpretations" artists Oct. 13 during Art Design & Dine

Author Ron Franscell on the road again in Wyoming

Ron Franscell's Wyoming schedule (welcome home Ron!):

OCT. 6, WHEATLAND: SOURTOE and OUTLAW ROCKIES discussion and book-signing. 5 pm at Wheatland Mercantile's Book Nook. Event is free and open to the public.

OCT. 7, CASPER: Hometown launch for SOURTOE and OUTLAW ROCKIES Discussion and book-signing. 7 pm at Natrona County Public Library. Event is free and open to the public.

OCT. 8, BUFFALO: SOURTOE and OUTLAW ROCKIES Discussion and book-signing. 7 pm at Johnson County Public Library. Event is free and open to the public.

OCT. 10, LARAMIE: SOURTOE and OUTLAW ROCKIES discussion and book-signing. 3 pm at University of Wyoming's American Heritage Center. Event is free and open to the public.

OCT. 11, ROCK SPRINGS: SOURTOE and OUTLAW ROCKIES discussion and book-signing. 7 pm at Rock Springs Library. Event is free and open to the public.

Get more info on Ron's books and touring schedule at

Casper photographer selected as new Artist-in-Residence at Zion National Park

Photographers shooting at Zion's West Temple in winter.

Zion National Park is pleased to announce Chuck Kimmerle as the new Artist-in-Residence. Chuck, a photographer from Casper,will spend a month in the park creating art that is relevant both to his style and the surroundings.

Chuck Kimmerle is best known for his quiet and unassuming photographs of the northern plains, which have been published in numerous magazines and catalogs as well as exhibited nationally. His most recent exhibition, “The Unapologetic Landscape,” has been touring for more than year.

The Artist-in-Residence program offers professional artists the opportunity to live and work in the majestic splendor of Zion National Park. The works completed under this program will contribute to the public understanding and appreciation of Zion National Park.  It is the park’s hope that works produced during this time will characterize Zion for present and future generations and offer park visitors and the general public the opportunity to see America’s heritage through the creative vision of contributing artists.

On Monday, November 7 at 8:00 p.m., Chuck will present a lecture at the Zion Lodge about his experience as Artist-in-Residence in Zion National Park. He will also give a presentation for Art Insights, the Southern Utah University Department of Art and Design’s weekly lecture series, on Thursday, November 3 at 7:00 p.m.

More information can be found at, and interested artists can contact the Artist in Residence Coordinator at

University of Wyoming MFA student Callan Wink publishes short story in The New Yorker

A year ago, Callan Wink submitted a short story to The New Yorker and waited to hear back from the weekly magazine's editors. A long wait ensued before the University of Wyoming student heard back, saying his piece was rejected. 
But the editors of the long-running publication, known for its illustrated and often topical covers, commentaries on popular culture and eccentric Americana, told Wink they liked his style and asked if he had any other works worthy of submission. The New Yorker has more than one million subscribers and is published 47 times a year.
It was encouraging for Wink, a second-year student in UW's nationally-recognized MFA Program in Creating Writing. He had just completed a short story, "Dog Run Moon," which he quickly submitted to The New Yorker's editors. They bought his short story and the piece was published in the Sept. 26 edition. He also was interviewed in the magazine (link: )
Not bad for an aspiring writer who calls himself a "fly fishing guide in real life."
"This was the most recognition I have received," Wink says. "The New Yorker is one of the few publications that still regularly runs short fiction -- and pays -- so it was quite exciting to have my work appear there."
MFA Program in Creative Writing faculty member Brad Watson says being published in The New Yorker is quite an accomplishment for a young writer.
"Callan is an all-around good guy who also happens to be a terrific fiction writer, one of the best we have had through this program. He has taken his own raw talent and worked very, very hard and this is a great reward for him," Watson says. "A story in The New Yorker really can help launch a publishing career for a young writer. And, of course, it's great for the UW program for roughly one million New Yorker readers to see one of our writers in that magazine."
Watson says many of the program's young writers are publishing fiction, poetry and essays in prestigious national journals and magazines, winning national contests.
"This high-profile publication -- well-deserved -- by Callan only adds to our pride at how well our students are doing, and have done, in the six years we've had our MFA program," Watson adds.
"Dog Run Moon," is about a sawmill worker who steals another man's dog.
"Usually when I'm working on a story I save it on my computer using just a few words that seem to be indicative of where I want the story to go," Callan says. "In this case, those words, ‘Dog Run Moon', ended up sticking as the title."
His New Yorker piece follows Sid, a man who recently experienced a rather painful relationship breakup who moves to a different town and begins working at a sawmill. He ends up stealing another man's dog and is then pursued by the man and his accomplice, through the desert -- at night, naked and on foot.
"It is a fairly straightforward chase story in which the main character runs and thinks about his problems," Wink says.
Wink was born in Michigan but considers Montana his home, residing in Livingston the past eight years. He received his B.S. degree from Montana State University (MSU) in Bozeman where he started honing his writing skills. He has had a few of his non-fiction essays published in small magazines, but none as prominent as The New Yorker.
After graduating from MSU, Wink wanted to find a writing program that could help take him to the next level. He was attracted to UW's MFA Program in Creative Writing because of its national prominence and the potential to receive funding.
UW's creative writing program recently moved into the top 30 programs nationally, according to Poets and Writers Magazine's yearly list. UW also was the top-rated program for student/teacher-ratio.
"I decided to come to UW's MFA program initially because of the funding they offer. Factoring in cost of living, the program here is one of the best-funded programs in the country," he says. "Besides that, when I came to visit, I was struck by the enthusiasm and talents of the faculty members. The opportunity to work with writers such as Brad Watson, Beth Loffreda, Alyson Hagy, Rattawut Lapcharoensap and Joy Williams factored in to my decision. Also, location was a large issue for me. I knew I wanted to stay in the west."
When he completes UW's creative writing program, Wink will return to his "real job" as a fly fishing guide, but will continue to write.
"My goal is to revise my story pile into a book-length collection within a year," he says. "After that, a novel, hopefully before I'm 30.  And then, of course, the goal is to find someone crazy enough to publish these things."
Photo: University of Wyoming MFA Program in Creative Writing student Callan Wink.