Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The Wyoming Symphony's "Wine on the River" event is Aug. 1 in Casper

From the Casper Star-Tribune:
The Wyoming Symphony Orchestra's Wine on the River, Casper's premier wine event of the year, is Wednesday, August 1, at Jonah Bank from 6 to 10 p.m.
Experience the perfect summer evening on the North Platte River with friends, and sample wine and food from Casper’s favorite restaurants and food vendors. The 6th annual Wine on the River will continue its tradition as Casper’s premier wine event with exciting wines, live music and inspired culinary creations from the chefs at Lai Thai, Firerock, The Market & More, Silver Fox Lounge, Grant Street Grocery, and Vintage Wine Bar. You also won’t want to miss the specialty wine auction, so join us on the river August 1.
 A live auction will feature a trip to Cabo San Lucas for a week at a condo that sleeps 8; dinner for 8 with MasterChefs' Jake Gandolfo, dinner with the maestro at Dr. Steven and Helen Brown's home; a Broncos weekend with tickets and two nights in a downtown condo; and a conducting the orchestra package.
Tickets are $75 each or two for $125, available at the usual symphony ticket outlets or call the symphony office at 266-1478 or visit the website at www.wyomingsymphony.org.

Cathedral Home students display their leathercraft at the Albany County Library

Leathercraft items made by students at the Cathedral Home for Children recently were on display at the Albany County Public Library in Laramie. The project was funded by the Wyoming Arts Council and the Wold Foundation. 

"Esse Quam Videri: Muslim Self-Portraits" exhibit at Heart Mountain Interpretive Center through Sept. 18

From the Heart Mountain Foundation web site:

The Heart Mountain Interpretive Center at the site of a World War II Japanese-American internment camp outside of Cody, Wyo. will present a new exhibit featuring self-portraits that reveal Muslim Americans in everyday life. The exhibit is intended to counteract stereotypes and preconceived notions about Muslims in America at this time in history. Esse Quam Videri: Muslim Self-Portraits will be exhibited in the Ford Foundation Special Exhibition Area through Sept. 18, 2012.

"This exhibit is the first in a series of exhibits at the Interpretive Center that will encourage visitors to think about prejudice, stereotyping and religious, racial and ethnic profiling," said Stevan Leger executive director.

"Esse Quam Videri" means "to be rather than to seem." The exhibit includes photographs, collaged images and self-drawn portraits of and by Muslim Americans are presented with short essays to add context.

For more information, please contact Steve Leger at 307-754-8000 or by email at sleger@heartmountain.org. The Heart Mountain Interpretive Learning Center hours are 10 to 5 Wednesday through Saturday.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Caldera Festival, Jackson, August 17-18

If you are in the Jackson area (or if you like music and art), don't miss the annual Caldera Festival, presented by the Teton Artlab

The festival kicks off on August 17th with the Terra: Textile runway show at the Center for the Arts Theater, billed as "a multi-dimensional event...exploring the relationship between cloth & landscape." The show features Ashley Ernest, Lizz Basinger, and Wyoming's own Orwell Ashelter and Abbie MIller. 

August 18th promises a big night of music on the Center's lawn, with internationally renowned headliner Andrew Bird supported by critically acclaimed musicians Kelly Hogan and Sharon Van Etten. 

General admissions tickets for both events are each $20, and available online. VIP tickets are also available for $75 and offer special seating/ viewing areas and complimentary beverages.

"Wyoming Landscapes" by Niclaus Wegner at The Corridor Gallery August 10-12

"Killer Rainbow," Niclaus Wegner
Event: “Wyoming Landscapes,” Original Photography by Casper Artist Niclaus Wegner
Location: The Corridor Gallery, 120 E. 2nd St. Casper, WY 82601
Opening & Showing: Opening reception on Friday August 10th at 7pm and showing Saturday, August 11th from 10am to 5pm and Sunday, August 12th 12 to 4pm.
Catering: Cash Bar
General Admission: Free
Contact info: 307-333-7035 or email appointment@thecorridorgallery.com with any questions.

Call for applications: USArtists International

From USArtists International:

The guidelines and new online application are now available for the 2013 USArtists International (USAI) program. USAI 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 first of three grant rounds of the 2013 program will be Friday, September 7, 2012 for projects taking place between November 1, 2012 and October 31, 2013. This is a receipt deadline.

Additional deadlines for the 2013 program cycle include:
  • December 7, 2012 for projects taking place between March 1, 2013and February 28, 2014
  • April 19, 2013 for projects taking place between July 1, 2013 andJune 30, 2014
For a copy of program guidelines click here. The program's online application has been revised for 2013.  Applicants now complete and submit the application and upload their work samples electronically.  To access the application, click here. Questions about USArtists International should be directed to Brigid Myers, at brigid@midatlanticarts.org.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Big West Arts Festival in Sheridan

Head to Sheridan next weekend for the seventh annual Big West Arts Festival! This year’s festival, celebrating the visual, culinary and performing arts, will be held at the center of the Sheridan College campus on August 4th & 5th.

There is something for everyone, with a diverse and full slate of performers, a “Welding Rodeo” on the 4th, food by students in the College’s Culinary Arts program and visual artists from all over the West!

The event opens at 10 am each day, with free admission and free parking.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

25th Annual "Western Visions" in Jackson

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Western Visions Show and Sale. Presented by the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, Western Visions is a part of the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival and offers events to suite art lovers of all stripes. Even better, funds raised go to support the Museum’s educational programming.

Western Visions offers four distinct shows and sales:

· The Paintings and Sculpture Show and Sale

· The Jewelry & Artisan Show and Sale

· The Original Prints Show and Sale

· The Sketch Show and Sale

Some shows open for viewing in August and events start in September, but don’t miss a thing by checking out the calendar and registering early (by September 5th)!

Not in Jackson? You can still view work and bid online!

Flutter Tunnel: From Nevada's Burning Man to small villages in Sierra Leone

Flutter Tunnel

Jackson's Bland Hoke, who worked with the Center of Wonder, recently graduated from Parsons and and says that he is "a bit nomadic at this point. He is "working on a project called Flutter Tunnel and trying to get the word out about it. Here is the scoop:"
In late August, I am coordinating a group of 12 people that will be creating Flutter Tunnel for Burning Man. As you may know, this festival takes place in the desert of Nevada and lasts 7 days. Our project is designed to last much longer as we are lighting it with solar powered lamps, which are sent to Sierra Leone after the installation is dismantled. We have partnered with Books for Africa and Schools for Salone to distribute the lights to rural schools for reading at night. We realized how powerful this idea is after receiving notice from the schools exclaiming how useful the lights are for promoting a culture of reading.
Our group received some support from Burning Man, and we have raised $3000 in ten days. We are using Kickstarter, and have a week left to raise the remaining funds. If it feels appropriate to feature the project on the blog we would appreciate any extra exposure. Or if you are stirred by the concept feel free to donate! We have crafted a series of interesting rewards for your contribution! Thanks in advance and have a splendid day.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Benefit concert for devastating Ash Creek & Taylor Creek fires set for Sheridan on Aug. 8

The New Vaudevillians perform each Wednesday at Wyoming's oldest vaudeville theater

The New Vaudevillians feature a NEW line-up of comedy, magic, singing and dancing every Wednesday at 8 p.m. through Aug. 15 at the WYO Theater in downtown Sheridan. It's fast paced, it's fun, it's new vaudeville in the oldest vaudeville theater in Wyoming and it's an event you won't want to miss. Every Wednesday you'll see a new show with different acts, different sounds and different people. Sounds like fun doesn't it? Come find out for yourself! FMI: www.wyotheater.com 

WANTED: Artists and Craftspeople to help install exhibits at SE Wyoming Welcome Center


WHO: Artists and Craftspeople

WHAT: To help with the installation of exhibits at the Office of Tourism's new Southeast Wyoming Welcome Center

WHEN: Most of August, starting around 8/6/12

WHERE: New Southeast Wyoming Welcome Center, south of Cheyenne on I-25

SKILLS: Sculpting cement, scenic painting, basic assembly, some carpentry, some welding, set dressing, general handyman skills

COMPENSATION: Contract work, $12-15/hour, dependent upon skill set

CONTACT: annetoxey@tmdaexhibits.com

PROVIDE: 1) a telephone number, 2) photos of work or link to portfolio, and 3) resume or references

Monday, July 23, 2012

Lander Art Center announces new director

Lisa Hueneke
News from the Lander Art Center:
The Lander Art Center Board of Directors is please to announce the appointment of Lisa Hueneke as the new executive director of the Lander Art Center, beginning in Sepetmber 2012.
Ms. Hueneke brings over five years of nonprofit experience including one year as the Lander Art Center Program Coordinator. Ms. Hueneke has worked for nonprofits both nationally and internationally including with the Academy for Educational Development (Washington, DC), Wilderness Medical Institute (Lander, WY), Octagon Center for the Arts (Ames, IW), T.F. Chen Art and Culture Center Foundation (New York, NY), and Museo Tanga Tanga delos NiƱos (Sucre, Bolivia). Additionally Ms. Hueneke’s received a Bachelors of Arts in Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Science in International Studies from Iowa State University.

As Executive Director, Ms. Hueneke will be responsible for the daily operation of the Lander Art Center including the education and exhibition programming, professional artist development programming, community outreach, and financial management. Her leadership and vision will guide the implementation the Lander Art Center’s strategic goals. "I am honored by this opportunity to serve such an important organization and creative community. It is an exciting time to be involved in the arts here in Lander," noted Ms. Hueneke.

Wyoming Summer Music Festivals

Summer is the time to get out and enjoy Wyoming’s great outdoors and great musicians! Luckily there are still plenty of music festivals coming up across the state.

The Grand Teton Music Festival in Jackson Hole is celebrating its 51st season with concerts Tuesday through Saturday nights until August 18th. Music fans have a variety of choices, from the Festival’s renowned classical offerings to bluegrass and jazz.

This coming weekend (July 27-29) head to Kemmerer and take part in the Oyster Ridge Music Festival, Wyoming’s “largest, free music festival”! Don’t just come for the music though, Oyster Ridge has planned workshops, competitions and vendors.
Travel to Casper Mountain August 4-5 for an exciting weekend of great bluegrass music at the Beartrap Summer Festival! Beartrap promises a variety of vendors including artists, craftspeople and, of course, food!
Music fans have a couple of choices the weekend of August 10-12! Head to Ten Sleep for the twelfth Nowoodstock festival, only $30 for a weekend pass!
Or, if you find yourself in the south of the state on August 11th, join the Sweetwater Blues and Brew Festival at Bunning Park in Rock Springs.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Casper and Cheyenne Artists’ Guilds: Workshops for Adults and Kids

There are still some workshops coming up this season at the Casper Artists’ Guild:

August 4th Photographer Clint Saunders will lead the workshop “Using Light in Photography” from 9 am to 4 pm. Saunders holds an M.F.A from San Francisco’s Academy of Art University and has been working as a professional photographer for the last fourteen years. The workshop is only $25 for guild members and $35 for non-members, payments must be at the Artists’ Guild by tomorrow, July 21st.

September 13th- 15th Carl Purcell will offer a Watercolor Workshop from 9 am to 4 pm. The workshop will examine “the hidden order of patterns in nature”. The cost is $220 for members and $280 for non-members, entry is due by August 19th, though there is currently a waiting list.

Weekly group meetings continue: 

Monday Painters 10 am to 3 pm “Bring your own projects to work on. Bring food to share for lunch. For more information call Maria Campo 436-2495”

Life Drawing Group Monday’s at 7 pm, “model fee $5. Call Bob Odell 235-5408 for more information.”

Portrait Group Wednesdays from 9 am to 12 pm, “model fee $5 call Marj Haass 234-4775 for more information”

Interested children can still attend the Cheyenne Artists’ Guild’s sixth week of summer art classes, July 30-August 3. Each session is led by local artist and educator, Jenny Paulk, with the morning session examining mixed media and the afternoon examining nature. Classes are popular and registration is required at least 3 business days before each weekly session begins. Visit the CAG website for more information.     

Wyoming ska and reggae band It Gets Worse performs at UW July 25

From a UW press release:

Wyoming ska and reggae band It Gets Worse will perform a free show from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 25, on the University of Wyoming Simpson Plaza.

With half of its members from Laramie and the other half from Cheyenne, It Gets Worse is an eight-piece band that came together with a shared love of modern and old Jamaican ska and reggae. The band also enjoys rock and roll, and has worked to incorporate all of these styles into its music.

Ska music is a genre that originated in Jamaica in the late 1950s. Combining elements of Caribbean mento and calypso with American jazz and rhythm and blues, ska has become popular throughout Jamaica, England and the United States.

Having started in 2011, It Gets Worse has since played shows throughout Wyoming, Utah and Colorado. The band also has performed with such artists as Afroman, Dead Generation and The Ska Skank Redemption.

For more information on It Gets Worse, visit www.reverbnation.com/itgetsworse.

The performance is part of a weekly concert series sponsored by the Campus Activities Center. Individuals needing assistance to attend should call (307) 766-6340. For more information, visit www.uwyo.edu/cac.

Photo: Ska and reggae band It Gets Worse will perform a free show from 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, July 25, on the University of Wyoming Simpson Plaza.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Call for Artists: Art in the Parks

This summer Wyoming artists have an exciting opportunity to engage with the state’s many great parks and historic sites!

Wyoming State Parks and Cultural Resources is offering any Wyoming visual artist, of any age, working in any medium, the chance to submit an original piece of art for consideration in one of four categories: Professional Adult Artists, Amateur Adult Artists, Student Artists Grades K-8 and Student Artists Grades 9-12. Three awards will be given in each category, and the twelve winning works will be featured in a commemorative calendar and in an exhibition at the Wyoming State Museum.

Those interested should submit a notification of intent form (included in the brochure) to:

Christie Christensen
Arts extreme- Art in the Parks
Barrett Building
2301 Central Avenue
Cheyenne, WY 82002

Participants will then receive a free park pass valid for three visits, and should then visit one or more state parks or historic sites for inspiration and subject matter.
  • Notification of Intent forms should be submitted before the end of August
  • Official Entry Forms and Image CDs are due by September 20, 2012
Some limitations apply:
  • Two-dimensional works should not exceed 36” x 36”, including the frame. Two-dimensional works should not exceed 30 lbs. and be ready to hang with screw eyes or D-rings. Three-dimensional works should not exceed 24” x 24” x 24”. Due to the display venue, restrictions apply to organic, toxic or hazardous materials.
  • Works should be completed within the period of this competition; however, works up to three years old will be considered.
  • Venue restraints and calendar concept preclude inclusion of installation or video works.
For complete details on how to enter, prizes and more, consult the Art in the Parks brochure

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Stan Dolega's "Wind Code" installed at new Southeast Wyoming Welcome Center

From David Newell, Curator of Art at the Wyoming State Museum: "Wind Code" took its place Monday at the new Southeast Wyoming Welcome Center south of Cheyenne on I-25. Laramie sculptor Stan Dolega and company endured searing heat and an unrelenting sun, and then rain and wind, to wrestle the massive steel and stone structure into place. The sculpture was commissioned through the Wyoming Art in Public Buildings Program. It will be dedicated as part of the new facility later this summer.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Rockin the Reservoir July 21 at Buffalo Bill State Park

The Second Annual Rockin the Reservoir Outdoor Music Festival, featuring a variety of different bands to satisfy various musical tastes, is scheduled for July 21 from 5:30-11 p.m., at Buffalo Bill State Park in celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the Wyoming Division of State Parks, Historic Sites and Trails.

This family-friendly event is held at the Big Horn Basin Boat Club located at the end of Bartlett Lane, South Fork at Buffalo Bill State Park near Cody.

Sponsored by the Big Horn Basin Boat Club and Buffalo Bill State Park, the evening of music features Soldiers Springs, blues; Del Cannon, country; and Mr. Skinny, classic rock and original songs. Sound is provided by Big Wood Light and Sound and the event is produced by KcDMusic.com.

Cost of the event is $10 per car, paid at the entrance to the Boat Club, and visitors are encouraged to bring beverages and lawn chairs. Pop and water will be available for sale at the event.

Proceeds from this year’s Festival will go towards the Big Horn Basin Boat Club Marina Project.

Please visit http://www.bhbbc.org/ for more details.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Susan Grinels' pastels focus on the "presence and attitude" of Wyoming wildlife

"Jackson Hole Bison," Susan Grinels, 6x6
Susan Grinels recently received an Individual Artist Professional Development grant to attend a workshop in Big Timber, Mont. While talking with WAC staff about her IAPD final report, Susan mentioned that she's been in a number of recent exhibits and will have five pieces in the upcoming national show at the Headwaters Center in Dubois. We asked her to tell us a little bit about herself and her work... and she did.

Susan Grinels is a Lander-based artist working in pastels and mixed media. She is a transplanted Southerner. She grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina, always wanting to be an artist, and eventually did go to art school at the Corcoran School of Art in DC. She has been drawing since graduating from art school in 1991, but it wasn’t until the late 2000s that she began drawing/painting with pastels. Focusing on animals, she tries to convey a sense of their presence and attitude in her paintings. Wyoming wildlife gives the artist an abundance of subject material. Susan has been in the Pastel Journal as a creative spark challenge winner and has won awards in the Art Show at the Dog Show, Pastel Society of the West Coast, Art Association of Jackson Hole and numerous regional/ local shows. She is a member of the Pastel Society of the Northern Rockies. She has work going to Dubois next week to be in the 63rd National Art Show running July 21-29 at the Headwaters Center.

Susan’s gallery page on the Pastel Society of the Northern Rockies: http://www.psnr.net/Grinels.html

Her web site: http://www.capturedinpastels.com/

Link to information about the International Association of Pastel Societies: http://www.pastelinternational.com/MASTERCIRCLE/mastercircle.html

My painting "Jackson Hole Bison" (shown above) got into the juried IAPS show at the Brea Gallery in California. Go to http://www.cityofbrea.net/section.cfm?id=466 and scroll down to International Pastel Exhibit, which gained Susan her final point to qualify for the IAPS Master Circle Medallion that will be award at their 2013 Convention in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

UW Writing Project and Dept. of Ed team up for week-long writing workshop in Laramie

This info comes from a UW press release. Writing Project workshops are great because writing teachers take classes from actual writers who also have teaching experience. It's fun too, and includes an open mic session July 18 at Night Heron Books with some fine Laramie writers. The sessions start July 16 so sign up soon. Here are the details:
The Wyoming Department of Education and the University of Wyoming Writing Project have joined together to bring the Wyoming Writer’s Workshop to Laramie July 16-20, at Laramie Junior High School.
The program offers open enrollment and teachers can attend by emailing marina-barela@wyo.gov or calling (307) 631-0637.
The workshop is designed to grow teachers of writing through professional development with other writing teachers. It is a national research-based model with documented success in growing students in not only writing but also reading, says Sheryl Lain, WDE instructional leader.

“The workshop is a complete immersion into the reading and writing processes,” Lain says. “Teachers will learn by doing. They will write, revise and publish within a supportive community of fellow teachers, and they will read and discuss together, emulating the best practices proven to be successful in balanced literacy classrooms.”

Included in the training is an open microphone session from 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 18, at Night Heron Bookstore, 107 Ivinson St. Among readers are Pam Galbreath, nonfiction, an academic professional lecturer at UW with an MFA in creative writing; Aaron Graham, poetry, a UW master's candidate in English literature; Maggie Mullen, fiction, graduate student in creative writing at UW; and Diane Panozzo, fiction or nonfiction lecturer in the Honors English Colloquium at UW.

Clay Paper Scissors features Lotte Paul's flowers and landscapes

From Camellia El-Antably of the Clay Paper Scissors Gallery in Cheyenne:

For those of you who have not yet seen Lotte Paul's paintings, they are still up at Clay Paper Scissors Gallery & Studio through July! Lotte painted prolifically for many years and especially loved flowers and landscapes. They are being sold for very reasonable prices. We'll be open for Art Design & Dine this Thursday, July 12, from 5-8 p.m., and we are always available by appointment at 307-631-6039.
We also have two studio spaces open. If you know someone interested in an artist workspace, access to a kiln and slab roller, interested in artistic community, send them our way!

Looking forward to seeing you Thursday from 5-8. We're located at 1501 Thomes Ave, Suite B -- on the side of the building facing the railroad tracks.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Casting call for "Cheyenne Cab"

From Punched in the Head Productions:
"Do you want a chance to be on TV? New York City based television production company is looking for regular people to drive taxicabs for Cheyenne Frontier Days. This is an opportunity to drive for a local cab company, with the potential to participate in a new reality television show. If you appear between the ages of 25-45, and have a valid driver’s license, please send your name, location, phone number, a photo, and a brief description of yourself to cabcasting@gmail.com"

MT Shakespeare in the Parks brings "Twelfth Night" to Sanders Park in Worland July 19

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Three Laramie artists featured in "Gold Mines!" exhibit in Wendover

Promos for "Gold Mines!" exhibit of work by three Laramie artists
It's always nice to get a thank you note, especially when it's accompanied by a funky color postcard and a six-pack of matchboxes. 

Shelby Shadwell, artist and UW art prof, sent a "thank you" to the Wyoming Arts Council for an Individual Artist Professional Development (IAPD) grant. Along with it was a package of promotional material he developed for "Gold Mines: A Record from Wendover, UT," an exhibition by Laramie artists Shadwell, David Jones and Patrick Kikut at the Center for Land Use Interpretation in Wendover. The trio of artists spent part of last summer at the CLUI's Wendover Residence Program. Opening reception will be on the evening of Saturday, July 14, CLUI Exhibition Hall # 2, 1130 East 700 South Building 1860. The show will be up through the summer. So, if you find yourself tooling down I-80 on a 110-degree day, stop in Wendover for some cool art.

And the WAC says, "You're welcome!"

Music & Poetry in Casper

Jack and Connie Wallace

ARTCORE’s Music & Poetry event kicks off this coming Monday, July 16th, in Casper. Over the next five weeks, Metro Coffee Company at 241 S. David St will host engaging arts pairings, including a writers’ open mic opportunity on July 23rd. All performances begin at 7:30 with beverages served from 7:00 to 7:30 and at intermission.

July 16: The Bower Family

Tom and Cindy Bower will host an evening featuring visual arts, music, poetry and other activities. The Bower family has long been active in many aspects of Casper arts.

July 23: Jack & Connie Wallace; Open mic for writers

Jack Wallace (violinist/fiddler) and Connie Wallace (harpist) have participated in the Wyoming music world through institutions like UW, Casper College and Cheyenne Public schools. Both play with the Wyoming Symphony.

July 30: Alicia Roberts and Charlotte Babcock

Alicia Roberts is a vocalist and Casper-native who holds a Master’s of Music and has performed in a variety of locations around the US and throughout Europe.

Charlotte Babcock a widely published and recognized Wyoming writer, who recently lectured for the Casper College Humanities Festival, where she also writes for the college’s alumni magazine.

August 6: Dem Bones Trombone Ensemble and Holly Wendt

Dem Bones has performed at a variety of occasions and its members are active in the Casper music scene.

Holly Wendt is primarily a fiction writer who holds a Ph.D. in English from Binghamton University. She currently teaches writing and literature at Casper College.

August 13: Larry Neeff and George Vlastos

Larry Neeff has been playing piano since age 10 and has played across the country with famed musicians. In 1980 he won the Wyoming Songwriter contest with “Out of the Frying Pan”.

George Vlastos has been writing consistently for twenty-five years and in 2010 he received his MFA in Poetry from the University of Wyoming. He cites Larry Neef as one of the biggest influences on his spoken word performances. He is also listed on the Wyoming Arts Council’s Artist Roster.

For more information visit ARTCORE

Monday, July 9, 2012

WOW Gallery & Gift Shop moving to downtown Laramie

Works of Wyoming Gallery & Gift Shop relocates to downtown Laramie
WOW has some news:

WOW Gallery and Gift Shop will be moving to 211 S. First Street in downtown Laramie:

· It will be next to Sweet Melissa’s restaurant. Good location, lousy for the waistlines!
· The new location will host “make & take” workshops.
· It will help Wyoming artists and WOW members increase sales and visibility.

The grand opening will occur in late July. Watch for special promotions.

· WOW is soliciting a few special pieces from valued members as door prizes for patrons. Please consider stewardship of WOW, a not-for-profit project of Wyoming Women’s Business Center by donating a piece.

· WOW is looking for more consignments at the new location: jewelry, pottery, glass, wood, fiber, as well as 2D and 3D fine art.

· Please keep WOW in mind wherever you see quality Wyoming made products that might appeal to downtown visitors.

WOW’s present location in the Civic Center will be used for office space, photo studio, and workshops requiring a larger space.

· WOW would love to have artists and craftspeople share their skills and knowledge by directing their own workshops. Send in a proposal, or call WOW directly.

“We have heard from a number of folks who are interested in a “First Tuesday” kind of event- social for critiques and to meet the artists, for roundtable discussions, and gallery walks to replace some of the gallery events we now produce. Your input for this matter is important! Please drop us an email with your thoughts.”

FMI: 307-742-6574, wow@uwyo.edu

Miss "V" weathers heat wave, fires and rattlesnakes during summer 2012 tour of the West

The Wyoming Arts Council follows the travels of roster artist Miss "V" the Gypsy Cowbelle:

Unwilling or unable to let moss grow or dust settle beneath her feet, The Gypsy Cowbelle has launched her latest “Calamity Unleashed Tour” into the Black Hills country of South Dakota. Following up a reconnaissance trip last spring, Miss “V” scheduled two weeks of shows in a variety of settings. She launched the tour at the Antler Restaurant and Lounge, entertaining the coal-mining community of Newcastle, WY on July 28. Then on to the Silver Dollar Saloon, in Hill City, SD on the 29th, where her Genuine Cowbilly Music was warmly received by motorcycle enthusiasts, ranchers and tourists alike. Sunday, July 1st found “V” entertaining at the “Moonshine Gulch Saloon”, a remote oasis deep in the heart of the Black Hills, alongside new and old friends and local musicians.

Surviving the 100+ degree heat wave, surrounding forest fires, Fourth of July crowds and one very near disaster with a rattlesnake, The Cowbelle weathered the early days of the next week exploring the Black Hills. July 5th brought her into the Historical Landmark town of Deadwood, and the namesake town of the Calamity tour. The street party at the Deadwood Loading Dock was only slightly hampered by a torrential rainstorm, which was welcomed by all as a means of thwarting the ever-growing fires of the area. Then back down to Hill City for a rowdy crowd and multi-faceted birthday party at the Big Horn Crossing Sports Bar. Highlights included a room-wide singing of “You Are My Sunshine” and foot-stomping rhythms along with “The Battle of New Orleans” while “V” frailed away on her homemade banjo. The weekend rounds out with a dinner show and wine tasting at the Naked Winery in Custer, SD tonight, July 7.

This week, “V” is off to climb Harney Peak (the tallest mountain east of the Rockies) and continue her exploration of this very special area, gleaning knowledge of its rich history of outlaws, mining, railroads, Native American culture and unique geography. There is always research work to be done on days off…

The shows resume on Thursday, July 12th at the Historic Homestake Opera House in Lead, SD. Part of their summer “Concerts in the Courtyard” series, this performance will afford “V” the opportunity share her own stories and songs of Western history with the community. Friday the 13th, The Gypsy is back at the Silver Dollar Saloon and the following day she rounds out the tour entertaining on the streets and in the parade for Hill City’s “Heart of the Hills” annual celebration.

The Calamity Unleashed portion of the tour is just the forerunner for the weeks to come. After leaving the Hill Country, Miss “V” is back to her home state of Wyoming. She’ll be on the air live with Leslie Stratmoen on Riverton’s KVOW July 17th at 8:30 am, then at the Wind River Casino the same day for two performances at noon and 8:00pm as part of their monthly “Seniors’ Tuesday” series. Then “V” will kick off Meeteetse’s “Cowboy Days” weekend extravaganza with a street party at the Meeteetse Museums on July 20th at 6:00pm. Whirling up to Three Forks, MT, The Gypsy Cowbelle performs the next day with a porch party at the historic Sacajawea Hotel at 4:00. Her month culminates with a grand finale in Jackson Hole, opening up for the Grammy award winning singer/songwriter, Kostas, at Stiegler’s Austrian Restaurant on July 28th.

August holds another West Coast Tour in store for this Wyoming Troubadour known as “V”, The Gypsy Cowbelle. Details are sure to come…

Friday, July 6, 2012

Wyoming Shakespeare Festival Company on tour

Dave Geible as King Lear and Cassie Marple as Cordelia

July is the month for Wyomingites to catch one of the Bard’s great dramas, King Lear. The Lander-based troupe begins their tour today in Torrington, giving theater fans across the state the opportunity to follow Lear’s descent into madness.

Diane Springford, founder of the company, discusses the influence of a Parisian King Lear production in a Casper Star-Tribune article, which also provides background on the troupe.

Wyoming Shakespeare Festival Company 2012 Summer Tour Schedule
July 6 TORRINGTON Pioneer Park 6 p.m.

July 7 CHEYENNE Botanic Gardens 5 p.m.

July 12 GILLETTE Gillette College 6 p.m.

July 18 and 25 LANDER City Park 6 p.m.

July 19 PINEDALE American Legion Park 6 pm

July 20 ROCK SPRINGS Bunning Park 6 p.m.

July 24 RIVERTON Wyoming Honor Farm 6 p.m.

July 26 LANDER (Kids Academy Production) City Park 12 p.m.

Donations are appreciated.

Artful Hand offers family-friendly paper-making during Art Design & Dine July 12

From Cheyenne artist Georgia Rowswell: What could be better fun than making paper on the porch in the good olde summertime! Come to the Artful Hand Studio & Gallery in Cheyenne and try your hand at pulling a sheet of handmade paper. Georgia Rowswell will teach you the basics and then let you go for it! Its free and family-friendly. So head on over to Artful Hand during Art Design & Dine July 12 from 5-8 pm. See you on the porch!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Summer Exhibitions and Events at the Nicolaysen Art Museum in Casper

This weekend marks your last chance to see El Caballo: The Horse in Mexican Folk Art at the Nicolaysen. The exhibition considers the storied tradition of the horse in Mexican visual culture, spanning geography and discipline. Until July 8

You can also catch two solo exhibitions, Tracy Linder: The Obligation to Endure and Abbie Miller: Zipped

Tracy Linder’s work (pictured) has been exhibited across the country and is held in a variety of museum collections. She employs agricultural materials to construct sculptures and installations that investigate the connections between land, food sources and life. Until August 5

Abbie Miller utilizes textiles and the fashion world to create sculptural forms that consider the interplay between body, materiality and form, while engaging the concepts of craft and labor. Until September 9

Also on offer is the Nic’s 8-week Wensday Night Live Concert Series, starting July 11 with “folk” duo, The Cantrells. All concerts are free, from 5:30 to 7:30, with food and drinks available for purchase.

For more information visit: http://www.thenic.org/

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Greenhorse performs free concert July 11 at UW

Los Angeles-based band Greenhorse will perform a free concert from 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, July 11, on the University of Wyoming Simpson Plaza.

Although based in California, the three band members actually met in an antique music store in Wyoming. Self-described as an experimental cold-wave trio, Greenhorse has been influenced by a variety of musical styles, including classic soul, pop and even experimental psychedelia.

“Greenhorse crafts a sophisticated, cosmopolitan brand of energetic electro-pop,” says Jonathan Leonard of Leonard’s Lair. “The music retains its emotional punch while still being devilishly danceable.”

For more information on Greenhorse, visit http://www.greenhorsemusic.com/.

Wednesday’s performance is part of a weekly concert series sponsored by the Campus Activities Center. Individuals needing assistance to attend should call (307) 766-6340. For more information, visit www.uwyo.edu/cac.

Photo: Greenhorse performs a lunchtime concert from 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, July 11,on the University of Wyoming Simpson Plaza.

Call for entries: Epiphany Journal

This comes from Writers Studio News and might be of interest to those of you entering this year's WAC fellowships judged by Brian Turner:

CALL FOR SUBMISSION FROM THE LITERARY JOURNAL EPIPHANY. Epiphany's upcoming fall issue will be devoted to the subject of war and edited by poet Brian Turner, author of the remarkable Here Bullet. The magazine is still in need of nonfiction -- both memoir and essay. Enter by August 15th. www.epiphanyzine.com

Monday, July 2, 2012

WY Wilderness Association presents "Wild Music in the Park" July 13 in Sheridan

Jayme Feary leads July 14 "Writers in the Park" session

The Grand Teton Association invites you to join their Writers in the Park series every second Saturday of the summer months. Writers both serious and casual, working in all areas of interest are welcome. The workshops are free.

Saturday, July 14th, Jayme Feary will lead the workshop with discussion and writing exercises.

We will meet at 9:00am at the flagpole in front of the park Visitors Center in Moose rain or shine. From there we will go to a good place to write and talk together. Bring paper and pen, appropriate outdoor clothing for variable weather conditions and perhaps water and something to sit on. The workshop ends at noon.

Jayme Feary specializes in narrative nonfiction. He is a frequent magazine contributor. The Wyoming Arts Council awarded him a 2011 Fellowship in Creative Nonfiction. He earned an MFA from the University of Montana, where he taught composition and creative nonfiction. He lives in Jackson, Wyoming.

Jayme's workshop is titled: "Storytelling--The Secret Behind 'Show, Don't Tell'"

He says, "Have you ever wondered how to write a great scene that transports readers so deeply into the story that they forget they are reading? The key is the application of the oft-taught 'Show, Don't Tell' rule. But what is this rule really saying? How can we shift our writing from telling to showing? We'll practice writing a scene and will discuss how we can improve. Educational, practical, and fun.

Hope to see you there.