Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Glass Art Celebration Feb. 10-19 at Cheyenne Botanic Gardens


Lander Community Concerts presents Billy Dean Feb. 2

Billy Dean performs in concert on Thursday, February 2, in Lander. 
With 12 albums and 11 top 10 hits to his credit, Billy’s musical artistry transcends genre and garners awards, including The Academy of Country Music’s New Male Vocalist of The Year and Song of the Year (“Somewhere in My Broken Heart”) and a Grammy for a country tribute “Amazing Grace.”

For more on Billy Dean, go to www.billydean.com

For more information on Lander Community Concerts, go to http://www.landerconcerts.org/

Monday, January 30, 2012

"Jentel Presents" at SAGE Space Feb. 7 in Sheridan

From a Jentel Foundation press release:

Jentel Artist Residency Program is pleased to present this month’s residents in an event open to the public. 

“Jentel Presents” will take place Tuesday, February 7, 2012 from 5:30 to 7:00 pm at SAGE Space, in the Historic Train Depot on 5th and Broadway, across from The Sheridan Inn. This month’s presenters include a mixed media artist, an oil painter, a fiction writer, a watercolorist, a novelist 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:

Renee Adams, Thorp, WA; A mixed media artist, Renee is an artist member of PUNCH Gallery in Seattle. Making her home in the bucolic hamlet of Thorp, she creates mixed media sculptures influenced by her enduring interest in flora and fauna, her travels to distant lands (like the Galapagos and Antarctica), and the roughly 60,000 honeybees that live in her backyard.

Malcolm Christhilf, Springboro, PA; An oil painter, Malcolm has worked as a mate on a skip-jack, an arborist, a landscaper, a janitor, a clammer and a candlestick maker, but he has always been a painter of pictures.

Kathleen Connor, Rochester, NY; A fiction writer and avid Facebook enthusiast, she’s always thinking about her next status update. Popular topics include teaching English in South Korea, dancing to Justin Timberlake with her dog, Mandu and writing fiction in gorgeous Wyoming.

Justin Gibbens, Thorp, WA; Working in watercolor and ink, Justin is a master draftsman, trained in both scientific illustration and traditional Chinese painting; a skill set that he employs in his subversive zoological drawings. He has worked in the Antarctic, studied in China and visited the Galapagos Islands. Justin has shown nationally and internationally.

Ilana Sichel, Ann Arbor, MI; A novelist, Ilana has lived in D.C., Boston, NYC, and Jerusalem, Ilana Sichel currently lives in Michigan, where she is writing a novel that begins in 1930s Jerusalem.

Liz Tran, Seattle, WA; A mixed media artist whose first job was in her father’s wooden drift boat building business and strangely enough, the progression from boat builder to artist felt quite natural.

For anyone looking for a stimulating evening, come join the crowd at the SAGE Space, at the Historic Train Depot, 5th and Broadway.  There is no admission charge for “Jentel Presents” and refreshments are available.

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.

AVA Center holds Sol Domus and Uncorked Paintings reception Feb. 10

AVA Center in Gillette holds its Sol Domus and Uncorked Paintings Art Reception on Friday, Feb. 10, 6-8 p.m. Come on out for free drinks and refreshments. All artwork purchased from the show at the reception will be 15% off!

Restoration comedy classic launches UW's spring semester theatre season

From a UW press release:
The University of Wyoming Department of Theatre and Dance's spring season opens with "The Beaux' Stratagem" at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7-11 on the Fine Arts main stage.
Tickets cost $14 for the public, $11 for senior citizens and $7 for students. For tickets and information, call (307) 766-6666 or go online at www.uwyo.edu/finearts .
Directed by John O'Hagan, "The Beaux' Stratagem" is George Farquhar's tale of two insolvent rakes who to try to marry into money to replenish their coffers.
A late Restoration classic with a surprisingly moral compass, "The Beaux' Stratagem" was first produced at the Haymarket Theatre in London in 1707, and was one of the most frequently performed English comedies for more than a century.
"The beautiful thing about this play is how it bridges two eras so wonderfully by retaining elements of the more raucous Restoration comedies," says O'Hagan. "We're taking a light-hearted approach to this piece, making it really frothy and fun."
The story centers on aristocratic rakes Tom Aimwell and Jack Archer, who have nearly exhausted their limited inheritances on drink and gambling. With a mere 200 pounds left between them, they leave the high life in London for the countryside in hopes of marrying rich and repairing their fortunes. Posing as master and servant, they roam about until they find a wealthy heiress for one of them to marry. However, their scheming is soon complicated by true love and a band of thieves.
"Farquhar wrote what made him laugh," says O'Hagan. "The play pokes holes and has fun with the moral and societal strictures of the time, but he lets the political ideas come through without being terribly overt."
Photo: University of Wyoming theatre students rehearse a scene from the comedy "The Beaux' Stratagem" that can be seen Feb. 7-11 at 7:30 p.m. on the Fine Arts Main Stage. From left are Jason Nieldbalski, Cheyenne; Jeremy Gross, Riverton; and Sean Higgins, San Rafael, Calif. (UW Photo)

Call for entries: "Go Naked, Go Clothed, Go Figure" exhibit at WOW in Laramie

From Works of Wyoming in Laramie:

Call for Entries for “Go Naked, Go Clothed, Go Figure 2012.” Art in all media celebrating the human form.

Key dates:

Submissions Due, February 10
Notification of Acceptance, February 15
Installation, February 21-23
Reception & Show Opening, February 25
Show Closing, March 20

Cash Awards!  $100 Best of Show, People’s Choice,$50, 1-year WOW membership

Submit to: wow@uwyo.edu

See complete prospectus and application: http://www.worksofwyoming.org/

WOW Gallery located in Civic Center Bldg. 7th & Garfield, Suite 271 Laramie, WY (307-742-6574)

Western Writers of America select Nancy Curtis of High Plains Press for 2012 Lariat Award

Candy Moulton shared this info today on Facebook:
The Western Writers of America (WWA) Board of Directors met last weekend in Albuquerque. A number of actions were taken including this one: The 2012 recipient of the Lariat Award, given to a publishing industry professional for outstanding support of WWA and Literature of the West, is High Plains Press publisher Nancy Curtis of Glendo, Wyoming. Congratulations Nancy! WWA will recognize High Plains and Nancy during the Convention June 12-16 at the Marriott Hotel in Albuquerque.

Make old-fashioned valentine cards Feb. 4 at the Fort Caspar Museum

From a Fort Caspar Museum press release:

Fort Caspar Museum invites families to participate in hands-on activities on Saturday, February 4, between 10:00 am to 1:00 pm to make old-fashioned Valentine cards. These hand-made cards of paper, ribbon, and doilies are sure to be treasured! This is a great activity for the entire family on a cold winter day.

Recommended for ages 5-12. The activity is included with paid admission. Children 12 & Under are Free, Youth 13-18 are $1.00 and Adults are $1.50.  All participating children must be accompanied by an adult.   For more information call Curator of Education Erin Rose at 235-8462.

New Joe Pickett novel from C.J. Box to be released March 20

New Joe Pickett novel from Cheyenne's C.J. Box. More info at www.cjbox.net

Friday, January 27, 2012

"The Morning After" exhibit at WOW features student work NOT selected for annual UW juried show

From Works of Wyoming in Laramie:

It is time for the 17th Annual Salon Des Refuse hosted by Student Art League. The Salon des Refuse will consist of fabulous artwork created by University of Wyoming art students. It will be located in the Works of Wyoming art gallery in the Laramie Plains Civic Center, Suite 271. The reception will take place the morning of Saturday, January 28 from 10am – noon. 

“The Morning After” is the opening event and title for the Salon this year. The annual Salon de Refuse is an event started by the Student Art League and consists of artwork that was not selected for the Juried University of Wyoming Student Exhibition. The Salon de Refuse was one of the first alternative art exhibitions set up by famous artists such as Manet, Cezanne, and Picasso. These artists were not yet famous in the 1800s and their works were not allowed into the traditional galleries. We invite you to come look for your own Cezanne among this fabulous work.

The Salon will be open from January 28 – February 17. Student Art League will present a $100 cash award to one artist and Works of Wyoming has donated a membership for a second artist award. 

Cindy George named new executive director of Center for the Arts in Jackson

From an article by Aaron Wallis in JH Weekly:
After six months without an ED, the Center’s board of directors has finally filled the position with a local candidate. Wilson resident Cindy George has accepted an offer to be the new executive director. George previously served on the Art Association’s board of directors and has been involved with some of the Center’s other resident organizations as a board member, consultant and volunteer.

She was also an integral component of the initial Center for the Arts Capital Campaign. When asked about the possibility of taking over as the Center’s new executive director just a day before the decision was announced, George replied, “I’m excited about this opportunity and I am looking forward to working with all the creative partners housed at the Center as well as the other arts and education organizations in the community.”

The Center’s Board should be congratulated on hiring a local instead of an out-of-town candidate. No matter how much fundraising experience a prospective candidate has, it’s really irrelevant if you don’t know the locals who have an active interest in supporting the arts. George’s deep ties in the community will surely help efforts to chart a new direction for the Center.

Read the rest at http://www.planetjh.com/news/Article.aspx?ArticleID=107989

Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest" on stage March 13 in Cody

 The Aquila Theatre Company presents Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest”                                                                  
Tuesday March 13, 2012, 7:30 pm , Wynona Thompson Auditorium, 1225 10th Street, Cody, WY
Tickets are $18 Adults  $15 Seniors/Students
“The Importance of Being Earnest” is a perennial audience favorite, a play that overflows with razor sharp wit, sublime elegance and dizzy romantic comedy.  It is the tale of Jack Worthington and Algernon Moncrieff, both young men who have taken to bending the truth to add a dash of excitement to their lives and secretly escape the social expectations of the English upper class.
Come and see why Oscar Wilde remains one of the best loved and most respected dramatists in the English language and why “The Importance of Being Earnest” is widely considered his finest play.

Paramount Cafe in Cheyenne holds Open Mic Night on Feb. 3

Open Mic Night at The Paramount Café, 1607 Capitol Ave., Cheyenne, will be held on Friday, Feb. 3, 6-9 p.m. If you would like a slot that night, call the café at 307-634-2576!

Some info:
“The café lacks a PA system but our acoustics sound great and the sound carries well. We are so excited to hear some local artists! Our only request is no profanity or vulgar language!”

Wyoming Poetry Out Loud competition takes place March 5-6

Sara Ellingrod, center, Wyoming's 2011
Poetry Out Loud champ.
If you are a teacher of 9th - 12th grades and have students that are interested in competing in Poetry Out Loud, you have until February 20 to hold a school contest. Two competitors make a contest!

The state finals will take place in Cheyenne on March 5th and 6th. The dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Historic Plains Hotel. The competition takes place at the Historic Atlas Theater, across the street from the Plains beginning at 7 p.m.

The following morning, breakfast begins at 7 a.m. Student and teacher workshops begins at 8 a.m.

At 10:30 a.m., everyone goes to the Capitol, where certificates are given to all the participants, and the winner and runner-up are announced.

Invited guests include, Jim Coppoc a performance poet from Iowa; Pat Frolander, Wyomng's Poet Laureate; and Cindy Hill, Superintendant of Public Instruction.

FMI: linda.coatney@wyo.gov or 307-777-6393

Register now for Americans for the Arts 2012 convention in San Antonio

From Americans for the Arts:
The New Normal—we hear about it every day, but what does it mean to your organization?

The 2012 Americans for the Arts Annual Convention this June 8–10 in San Antonio, TX will bring together more than 1,000 arts and community leaders to focus on how the arts field can function, change, and thrive in The New Normal—a landscape of economic uncertainty and shifting demographics.

Register before the early-bird deadline, April 27, to save up to $175! Plus, register now and receive $50 off a second registration for a colleague.
Check out all the Ways to Save and book your hotel room today!

UW Art Museum holds reception this evening for spring exhibitions

The University of Wyoming Art Museum in Laramie will present its spring exhibitions during a free public reception from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 27.
"The 37th Annual Juried UW Student Exhibition" presents the creative work of UW students from all disciplines. This year's juror is Sharon Kennedy, curator of cultural and civic engagement at the University of Nebraska's Sheldon Museum of Art. An awards ceremony for standout work from the Juried UW Student Exhibition will take place at 6:30 p.m.
Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky's "The Industrial Sublime" presents masterful large-scale color images from around the world that explore the landscape of industry, consumerism and culture. 
Brian Dickerson explores the idea of "remembered landscapes" through minimal, three-dimensional paintings on wood through his exhibition, "Constructed Paintings and Drawings." The heavily layered and reworked surfaces contain hidden forms, suggesting deep emotional meaning and a sense of mystery.
"Photography from the Twentieth Century," from the Art Museum Collection, examines the creative vision of early photographers and their place in developing of an American genre. The first show is a two-part exhibition that focuses on pictorial and portrait traditions -- the basis of early photography.
Also from the Art Museum's collection, "Woven Traditions, Native American Basketry of the Southwest," shows baskets that feature traditional and contemporary designs, including turtles, spiders, butterflies and kachinas.
For additional information about the UW Art Museum call (307) 766-6622 or visit the museum's webpage at www.uwyo.edu/artmuseum or blog at www.uwartmuseum.blogspot.com . The museum is located in the Centennial Complex at 2111 Willett Drive in Laramie. Hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m-5 p.m. Admission is free.
Photo: Shelby Lee Adams' photo, "Leddie & Children," will be among the UW Art Museum spring exhibitions.

Digital Media Symposium Feb. 3 at UW

The University of Wyoming will hold a "Digital Media Symposium" on Friday, Feb. 3, in 506 Coe Library (fully tech-friendly space). Here's the schedule:

9:30 a.m.: Professor of English Craig Dworkin, curator of on-line archives of conceptual writing
10:30 a.m.: Professor of History/Director of Digital Scholarship Lab at U of Richmond Robert K. Nelson
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.: Lunch
1 p.m.: Associate Professor of New Media Studies Cheryl Ball, rhetorical studies
2 p.m.: Assistant Professor of English Brian Kim Stefans, new media poetry and poetics
3:15 p.m.: Roundtable Discussion with panelists
Given that digital production, research and dissemination permeate all fields of scholarship, creative practice and teaching, the English Department has been planning a one-day digital media symposium as a way to explore how we should integrate our traditional trainings with the transformative impact digital media has had on contemporary culture at large and on current artistic, scholarly and pedagogical practices in particular.

List of speakers:
Assistant Professor of English, Brian Kim Stefans, new media poetry and poetics
--Brian Kim Stefans has published several books of poetry and criticism, is the editor of the /ubu (”slash ubu”) series of e-books, and is the creator of arras.net, devoted to new media poetry and poetics.
Associate Professor of New Media Studies, Cheryl Ball, rhetorical studies
--Cheryl Ball is an influential teacher, editor and scholar invested in exploring contemporary genre(s), technologies, media, and modes.
Professor of English, Craig Dworkin curator of on-line archives of conceptual writing UW
--Craig Dworkin curates two on-line archives of conceptual writing and publishes widely on twentieth and twenty-first century American poetry, avant-garde and conceptual writing and literary theory.
Professor of History, Robert K. Nelson, Director of the Digital Scholarship Lab at U of Richmond

FMI: Mary P. Sheridan, 307-766-6452, msherid1@uwyo.edu

Jackson Hole Music Experience holds first WORD TO THE WISE Rap Battle Jan. 28

From JH Weekly:
Jackson Hole Music Experience hosts guitar workshops, after-school programs and rock camps for the under-21 music-loving set. This weekend the organization will host its first "Word to the Wise Rap Battle" emceed by Phonetic.
Lisel Spence, JHME’s marketing director, explains it as “a musical boxing match, where instead of throwing punches, the participants throw punchlines … It takes unbelievable wit, timing, knowledge of the language and rhythm, to be the best.”

The crowd votes for its favorite in each round and the winner gets $100. The event is open to all ages and encourages lyrical gangsters, younger and older, to come together in a place without a liquor license, cover charge or age requirement.

Spence anticipates an enthusiastic turnout and encourages registration. 
Word to the Wise Rap Battle, 7:30 to 11 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 28, at Teton County Fair Building. Free.

FMI: http://www.jhme.org.

Call for entries: "Across the Divide" at Coconino Center for the Arts in Flagstaff, AZ

Across the Divide will encompass the vast array of contemporary ceramics in the sculptural and installation genres. This exhibit uses the Continental Divide as a metaphor for the artist working in clay that has separated them from traditional techniques and stereotypes within the medium. Artists are encouraged to submit work that pushes traditional boundaries of the ceramic medium in its treatment of material and subject.

This exhibit is open to all artists, national and international. All forms of ceramic sculpture, installation and new media work are eligible. Works should have some ceramic component and can range in scale from hand held to monumental.

Juror Steven Schaeffer is a ceramic sculptor whose work has been shown nationally as well as internationally including the Florence Biennale and the Ceramic Biennial International Competition in Korea. Steve teaches Ceramics at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona.

A prize will be awarded for best of show ($500).

A $35 Entry fee covers the submission of up to 3 works of art. Work will be juried from digital images, two images per work may be submitted. Wall mounted works must not be taller than 127". Sculptural work must fit through a doorway that is 80” high x 85” wide. Weight limit of suspended pieces 15 lbs.
Postmark Deadline for submissions: April 6, 2012
Notification of acceptance: April 19, 2012
Delivery of artwork: May 14-17, 2012
Exhibit opens: June 2, 2012
Exhibit closes: July 28, 2012

Questions can be directed to:
Robin Cadigan
Gallery Director
Coconino Center
for the Arts &
Flagstaff Cultural Partners
(928) 779-2300 x 104

Photos: top Christine Golden, bottom Steven Schaeffer 

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Sotto Voce Tuba Quartet -- from Brazilian syncopation to Frank Zappa songs

The Sotto Voce Tuba Quartet performs on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 7 p.m., at the WYO Theater in downtown Sheridan.

As adept at Brazilian syncopation as arrangements of Frank Zappa's music, the Sotto Voce Tuba Quartet gets around as nimbly in their repertoire as their oversized instruments. This highly acclaimed, internationally recognized quartet enthusiastically challenges preconceived notions about what tubas can do by composing, arranging, and commissioning virtuosic new works that highlight the diversity of their ensemble. Oh... did we mention they sing too?

Tickets are $15 Adults/$13 Seniors & Military/$8 Students/$5 12 & Under.

FMI: www.tubaquartet.com/about.html

Last weekend for "Messiah on the Frigidaire"

The small town of Elroy, South Carolina, is thrust into the middle of a media frenzy when the face of Jesus appears on a refrigerator in a trailer park. When Lou Ann, her husband Dwayne and best friend Betsy become the center of the evangelical spotlight, their relationships are put to the test, proving God moves in truly mysterious ways.
Run dates for Cheyenne Little Theatre Players' "Messiah on the Frigidaire" are January 26-28. Play begins at 7:30 p.m.; Jan 29 @ 2 p.m. FMI: 638-6543.

Cat Urbigkit presents "Yellowstone Wolves" at Sheridan County Fulmer Public Library Jan. 29

From a library press release:

The Sheridan County Fulmer Public Library will host author Cat Urbigkit for a free presentation about changing public attitudes about wolves. The program, presented by the Wyoming Humanities Council as part of its Humanities Forum, will be held at the Sheridan County Fulmer Public Library on Sunday, Jan. 29, 1:30 p.m. in the library’s Inner Circle.

Drawing heavily on the first few chapters of her book, Yellowstone Wolves: A Chronicle of the Animal, the People, and the Politics, Cat will lead the audience through an examination of public attitudes about wolves relying on published literature, debunking the myth of Little Red Riding Hood’s influence by demonstrating how human interactions with wolves determine public attitudes. The author will review historic accounts from different eras of western development and look at the views expressed in those accounts.

Copies of Yellowstone Wolves and other titles by the author will be available for purchase and signing after the discussion. Cat Urbigkit is an award-winning author and photographer based on a sheep ranch near 
Pinedale. She writes a news blog about wolves in the northern Rocky Mountains.

For more information about this news release, contact Debbie Iverson at 307-674-8585 ext. 29.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Latest issue of Jackson Hole Review now online

AddThe fall 2011 issue of the Jackson Hole Review is now online. It features two poems by Wyoming Poet Laureate Emeritus David Romtvedt, along with an interview by Editor Matthew Irwin. Also is this issue are art, stories and poems, including one by Rick Kempa of Rock Springs. Go here to read the issue online. 

Results announced for 2012 Blanchan & Doubleday creative writing competition

The Wyoming Arts Council is pleased to announce the winners and honorable mentions in the 2012 Blanchan & Doubleday writing competition.

The winner of the Neltje Blanchan award for nature writing goes to George J. Vlastos of Casper. His submission was entitled "Out There -- 9 Poems." George teaches language arts at Star Lane Academy in Casper. He stresses performance poetry in the classroom and every year brings his students to the Poetry Out Loud competition in Cheyenne. He serves as emcee for poetry slams held at the Equality State Book Festival and the Casper College Literary Conference.

Winner of the Frank Nelson Doubleday award for women writers is Mary Beth Baptiste of Laramie. Her creative nonfiction manuscript was entitled “Singing Horses.” She worked for a number of years as a wildlife biologist in Grand Teton National Park. Her work has been published in Newsweek, Vermont Literary Review, Copper Nickel and Wyoming Wildlife magazine. She also works part-time as a technical writer.

Each of the winners will receive a $1,000 prize.

Judge for the competition was Susan Tweit, a nature writer from Salida, Colo.

Honorable mentions in the Blanchan category go to poet Matt Daly of Jackson and fiction writer Rosemarie London of Laramie. Doubleday honorable mentions go to creative nonfiction writer Patricia Stuart of Powell and creative nonfiction writer Lynn Carlson of Cheyenne.

The Blanchan/Doubleday awards were established in 1989 with an endowment from Neltje, an artist and arts patron in Banner, Wyo.

They are designed to bring attention to writers 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.

Applications are available each fall from the Wyoming Arts Council.

FMI: Contact Michael Shay, WAC individual artist program specialist, 307-777-5234 or mike.shay@wyo.gov

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Lander Art Center and Lander Pet Connection join forces for Jan. 27 fund-raiser

The Lander Art Center and the Lander Pet Connection are holding a joint fund-raiser in the form of an exhibition from January 27 through February 25. The show opens Friday, January 27, 6-8 pm. The opening is free and open to the public, appetizers and drinks are served.
The exhibition is of artwork inspired by pets and pet ownership created and donated by members of our community.  All artwork will be priced between $50 and $250 and proceeds will be split 50/50 between the Lander Art Center and the Lander Pet Connection.
Although the details of our missions are different, the Lander Art Center and the Lander Pet Connection are both working hard to make Lander an even better place to live.  Expressing one’s self through the creation of art soothes one’s soul similar to spending time with your pet.

Cheyenne native Daniel Junge gets Oscar nomination for documentary "Saving Face"

Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy is co-director of a documentary film entitled “Saving Face” with Daniel Junge (second from left in photo) for HBO. The film was nominated today for an Oscar in the "best documentary short" category. 
The Denver Post reports today that Denver filmmaker (and Cheyenne native) Daniel Junge's documentary, "Saving Face," has been nominated for for an Academy Award for . The film's co-director is Pakistani native Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy. It was produced and edited by Denver's Davis Coombe. The film chronicles the struggles of Pakistani women who are the victims of acid attacks by their abusive husbands.

Daniel's work was the focus of the first-ever Cheyenne International Film Festival in May 2010. 
Read the story on The Denver Post web site

Author Abbie Johnson Taylor featured at three events in Sheridan

Sheridan author Abbie Johnson Taylor will sign copies of her new collection of poems, How to Build a Better Mousetrap: Recollections and Reflections of a Family Caregiver, at Sheridan Stationery Books & Gallery on Saturday, January 28 from 1-3 p.m. and in the lobby of the Sheridan Senior Center on Tuesday, February 14, from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. She will read from her book at the Sheridan County Fulmer Public Library’s Inner Circle on Sunday, February 12 at 2 p.m. Books will be available for purchase at all events which are open to the public. FMI: http://www.abbiejohnsontaylor.com

Saturday, January 21, 2012

AVA Center holds 10th annual Dinner & Art Gala Jan. 28 at CAM-PLEX in Gillette

AVA Center in Gillette holds Art at the Louvre -- its 10th annual Dinner and Art Gala!

Free Public Exhibition: Through January 27

Free Public Art Reception: January 27

Black Tie Event: January 28 at  6PM

Admission Fee: $125

CAM-PLEX Energy Hall

Please call with any questions: 307-682-9133

Click here to BUY YOUR TICKETS online! Raffle tickets for the Vespa and Eiffel Tower items are available.

Pianist Diane Gifford in concert Feb. 4 in Casper

Pianist Dianne Gifford performs Feb. 4, 7:30 p.m., in Durham Hall in the Aley Fine Arts Center, Casper College in Casper. FMI: http://www.artcorewy.com/event.php?id=249

Friday, January 20, 2012

Buffalo will hold Feb. 6 public meeting to select artist for downtown murals

The City of Buffalo’s Vision Buffalo Commission will hold a public meeting on Monday, Feb. 6, 5 p.m., in the Buffalo City Council Chambers at 46 N. Main St. The meeting will explain the design parameters of the two murals to be painted on walls in the downtown business district for the Crazy Woman Square Redevelopment Project. Interested artists will be given a deadline to submit their sketches for approval by the commission. The winning sketches will be awarded the contract to paint both murals. Experience in painting public murals is preferred and will be a consideration for final approval. FMI: Zach Montgomery, City Planner at (307) 684-5566Ext. 4, or tlawrence@fnb-buffalo.com 

"Damn Yankees" on stage Feb. 9-11 in Worland

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Artists named for 37th Annual Juried UW Student Exhibition

Felicia Follum is one of the student artists accepted into the annual juried show at University of Wyoming. This poster of Malcolm X is entitled "Who Taught You to Hate Yourself?"
From the UW Art Museum blog

Congratulations to those students whose work has been accepted into the 37th Annual Juried UW Student Exhibition! The list of students and the title of the work that has been accepted is listed on the blog (go to link above). FMI: Rachel Miller at 307.766.6621 or rmiller@uwyo.edu.

Call for entries: ArtSpot in Jackson

Located on Hwy 89 in Jackson, the ArtSpot is seen by an average of 30,000 people per day. The ArtSpot is a kinetic sign structure that was designed and built by the Center of Wonder's Public Art Ambassador Bland Hoke. It was created from a repurposed chairlift tower donated by the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.   
Deadline to submit: February 1, 2012 for Spring Equinox
Stipend: $1000
Exposure: HUGE!
Submit concepts to: homeranchart@gmail.com 
Spring Equinox Sponsored by: the Center of Wonder 

In addition to the Center of Wonder the ArtSpot has received support and funding from: First Interstate Bank, First Interstate BancSystem Foundation, The Wyoming Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, Community Foundation of Jackson Hole, Cultural Council, and Farmers Market, the Karns Family, the Art Association of Jackson Hole, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, JH Whitewater, Custom Iron Design, Evans Construction, G&S Engineering, The Teton Group & amazing volunteers.

Suzanne Morlock's "Sweater" was a 2011 ArtSpot exhibit

State museum sponsors reception Jan. 19 for "Coffee: The World in Your Cup"

A public reception for the Wyoming State Museum’s temporary exhibit, “Coffee: The World in Your Cup,” will be held from 5-7 p.m., Thursday, January 19.

Coffee from City News and Pipe Shop, and the treats, will be served in the Multi-Purpose Room of the museum in Cheyenne.

“Coffee: The World in Your Cup” is a nationally touring exhibit currently on display at the Wyoming State Museum. The exhibit provides a broad overview of the powerful influence of coffee on environments, human cultures, and economies worldwide.

The exhibit features color photographs of farms from South America to Africa to the Pacific Islands that tell the global story of coffee cultivation and trade, four short videos featuring different aspects of the coffee industry, including a look at migratory birds in shade grown coffee regions and interpretive displays of traditional Turkish and Ethiopian coffee sets, picking baskets, and more than 40 coffee sacks from around the world.

Looking to become a responsible sipper? “Coffee” explores the environmental and social impacts of the coffee industry and recommends ways for consumers to make socially and environmentally responsible coffee purchases at the grocery store or in a coffee shop.

Concerned about how coffee affects human health? Learn about the impacts of caffeine, the world’s most commonly-used drug, on your body.

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Country music legend Merle Haggard to perform at Cheyenne Frontier Days

This just in (from the Casper Star-Tribune):
Country music legend Merle Haggard plans to play Cheyenne Frontier Days this summer.
Event organizers said Haggard would play July 22 with Chancey Williams and the Younger Brothers Band, of Wyoming, as the opening act.
It will be the second time Haggard has played at Frontier Days. The first was in 1979.
Tickets go on sale on Friday.
Frontier Days runs from July 20-29. Other performers who are set to appear include Hank Williams Jr., Reba McEntire and the Zac Brown Band.
On Wednesday, Haggard's publicist announced the singer is being treated for pneumonia in a Georgia hospital and has had to cancel the rest of his January concert dates.
Read more: http://trib.com/news/state-and-regional/merle-haggard-to-perform-at-cheyenne-frontier-days/article_b58cfbf2-6373-57e5-9a80-cdd7338b6c50.html#ixzz1jvBxu4Ip