|Allan Mardon painting "Custer Battle II"|
|Aztec Pattern Carving Set by Ted Larsen|
Courtney Balaker, a writer and director from Los Angeles, is seeking to shoot her first full-length film in Jackson Hole this fall. She not only is seeking funding for the project but also a title and other creative input, such as extras.
At the now-defunct Jackson Hole Film Festival, Balaker won the 2008 Audience Choice Award for best short film for her debut, Cute Couple. She has teamed with the festival’s ex-artistic director, Melanie Miller, who is serving as producer of the untitled Jackson Hole film.
The two have turned to Kickstarter to raise money. They set out to raise $50,000 in 50 days, and so far have netted $12,140. The deadline is 1:53 p.m. Thursday.
Synopsis of the plot:
UNTITLED JACKSON HOLE PROJECT is a feature film that brings a group of lifelong friends together in beautiful Jackson Hole, Wyoming over a long holiday weekend. What starts out as a festive and fun-loving reunion between friends filled with reminiscing quickly degrades into a test of relationships once Meredith reveals she is ready to have a baby – and she wants one of the guys in the group to step up to the plate and donate!
More details can be found on the Kickstarter site.
|New York City murals. Photo by Karen Cotton, 2005.|
|Suzanne Morlock's sweater project on site at Jackson's ArtSpot last winter|
|String Lake (courtesy GTNP)|
After a summer of jam bands, bluegrass, funk, rock and even a hippie circus, it’s time for a night of hip-hop.
Courtesy of Teton Artlab, we’re giving away two pairs of tickets to Aesop Rock and Kimya Dawson on Friday at Q Roadhouse. In the comments below, say you’re in or any variation thereof, and at 3 p.m. Friday two winners will be chosen by random drawing. Each winner will receive two tickets ($44 value). Valid email address or full name must be provided.
Aesop Rock rhymed to prominence in the late 1990s and scored a big hit with the song “Daylight” from the 2001 album Labor Days. The Long Island native is known for cryptic lyrics; in the video above, the title track to his 2007 album None Shall Pass, he references the Snake River Canyon (probably in Idaho).
Kimya Dawson is a freak folkie best known as half of the duo The Moldy Peaches. The show will feature an acoustic set by her, an acoustic set by her and Aesop Rock, and a full rap set by Aesop Rock with Rob Sonic and DJ Big Wiz. The three play in the band Hail Mary Mallon and also have been collaborating with Dawson. Expect to see all four together at some point. Tickets are available at Q and online via Teton Artlab.
|K. Harrison Sweeney|
"From the Trailer to the Grave" is a post-apocalyptic film set just eight months after the Undead Uprising caused by natural disasters... Think "Napolean Dynamite" meets "Shaun of the Dead" meets "Whip It."One intriguing aspect of the project is the soundtrack featuring Wyoming musicians Jalan Crossland (Ten Sleep), The Upbeat Project (Laramie), Micah X. Wyatt (Sheridan) and others.
Wyoming exists as a relative utopia with a giant wall… bordering the entirety of the state to protect its ranches, farmlands, natural gas, wind turbines, solar panels, and geothermal energy.
"From the Trailer to the Grave" is slated to shoot next fall of 2012 when Wyoming's landscapes are at their most colorful. With your financial contributions we'll be able to reunite K. Harrison Sweeney's favorite colleagues and show the world what happens when they don't tend to their resources like the Cowboy State does.
We are holding free screenings of our short film "Undead Lovers" (using Jalan Crossland's honky tonk song of the same name) around the state. The first screening is 2 p.m. this Saturday, August 27, at the UW Fine Arts Main Stage in Laramie. Live music and hors d'oeuvres will be available at the reception.Look up K. Harrison on Facebook and send him your idea about funding, screenings, etc. Head out to Laramie Saturday for the screening. And contribute, if you choose, to the feature film that’s in the works at http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/bighornsamuraisinema/reunite-the-red-dead-redemption-stars-for-our-zomr
Do you have recommendations on how to better raise funds for the feature film we're shooting next fall on which this short film is based? Because of the marquee actors involved, we've already been asked to screen "Undead Lovers" at two festivals/comic cons without even having submitted for them yet.
|Our neighbors at the Oct. 7-9 South Dakota Festival of Books is giving away prizes. Details at http://www.facebook.com/sdbookfestival|
|WAC 2009 visual arts fellowship judges and recipients at the Visual Arts Symposium in Laramie. From left: Colorado sculptor Lawrence Argent (judge); New York mixed-media artist Gina Ruggeri (judge); Greg Esser (judge), director of the Roosevelt Row artists' district in Phoenix; Dave Henderson (fellowship winner), Worland; Florence McEwin (fellowship winner), Green River; Bart Fetz (honorable mention), Green River. Not pictured: Fellowship winners Leah Hardy, Laramie, and Jill Hartley, honorable mention, Rock Springs.|
|Portrait of Audrey and Holden Truman ("Young Ambitions"), oil and enamel on panel, 20"x16", Dave Henderson|
"American Poor Traits" will be an art monograph -- a coffee table book -- that will detail fifty Americans struggling with poverty. Through classical portraiture and a true objective journalistic approach, I hope to capture the essence of each of my subjects and tell their unique story, share their own "American Dream" with the rest of the country.
My plan is to spend one year beginning this January, 2012, traveling the country in my silver little '91 Subaru Loyale and spend one week with one person or family in one community in each state, interviewing and documenting each's experience - their ambitions & obstacles, and then spend the following year of 2013 creating 24"x24" portraits (oil on panel) to compliment each individual's story.
I plan to work in whatever capacity I can as I travel from state to state, answering part-time or temporary help wanted ads to pay for food, and will sleep in my car as much as I can during the cold months and camp outside during the warm ones. I need help with the cost of the travel itself, gas and oil changes and windshield washer fluid and tire rotations.
When I start the painting part of the project, I will need to pay for supplies; paints, wood for panels, and studio space.
I will also be creating a website for the project and will be documenting the entire process from start to finish -- from the minute I hit the road to the minute I finish the last portrait in the series.
Artist Meghan Meier continues to work on her mural at Whole Earth Grainery. Grainery Grove will be completed in the coming weeks and will be the second of as many as five murals to be created in downtown
|"This year's Opportunity Quilt is called "Belize." It is approximately 86"x107". The top is bright fabrics with black background. The blocks were sewn by guild members and the top was then pieced by CHQ member Carole Gardner. It was machine quilted by Carole Gardner in a tight stippling in the black area and has an 80/20 blend batting. Tickets for an opportunity to take this beautiful quilt home may be purchased for $1.00 from any member of Cheyenne Heritage Quilters or at the 2011 Quilt Show."|