Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Gillette's Joan Sowada and Pinedale's David Klaren get public art commissions for Curt Gowdy State Park

Commissions for artwork for the new Curt Gowdy State Park Visitor Center and the Health and Science Center at Central Wyoming College in Riverton, both Art in Public Buildings Projects, have been awarded to three artists.
            The Curt Gowdy Visitor Center will feature artwork created by Gillette textile artist Joan Sowada and Pinedale’s David Klarén. The Health and Science Center at Central Wyoming College will house a glass frieze by Massachusetts artist Rufus Butler Seder.
“The Curt Gowdy project was a statewide call and we received 30 proposals from 21 Wyoming artists.” said Art in Public Buildings Project coordinator David L. Newell. “The proposals ran the gamut from traditional to contemporary, and the committee selected two concepts that really suit the lodge-style design of the center.”
Sowada is creating four quilted textile banners, incorporating imagery relating to the park, to hang above the information desk. Klarén is fabricating a series of cast iron fish silhouettes to be incorporated into the concrete sidewalks surrounding the facility and carved into the ceramic tiles of the Great Hall.
“David is bringing his fantastic graphic skills to the project and his interpretations of the fish species native to the park are amazing!” said Newell. “The selection committee was also extremely taken with a suite of iron fireplace appointments designed by artisan blacksmith David Osmundsen of Buffalo. A separate fundraising effort will be undertaken to secure the funds to purchase those pieces.” Newell added.
A national call was issued for the new Health and Science Center at Central Wyoming College. “We received 39 proposals from both Wyoming artists and artists outside the region. The building utilizes a soaring glass entryway and lobby space between the auditorium and classroom wings that served as the primary focus for installations, though the exterior plaza also received a lot of creative ideas.” continued Newell. “In the end, the committee selected a glass frieze that will knock people’s socks off. The piece utilizes optics to ‘animate’ its imagery and will morph from a single atom through a series of images, ending with the expanded galaxy. It will be amazing and perfect for a facility dealing with both health and natural sciences!”
Both the Curt Gowdy Visitor Center and the Health and Science Center at Central Wyoming College will open the summer of 2013.
The Wyoming Arts Council is responsible for the implementation of the one percent for Art in Public Buildings legislation for the State of Wyoming. By statute, artwork is commissioned as part of all new construction of state buildings with a cap of $100,000.
For additional information, contact David L. Newell, Curator of Art, Wyoming State Museum at 307-777-7677.

Motor City's M.L. Liebler returns to the wilds of Wyoming March 1

M.L. Liebler of Detroit
Jackalope of Wyoming
Our Detroit pal, M.L. Liebler, will be returning to Wyoming in March. His last stop in WYO was last June in Casper. Here's the info:

March 1, Friday at 7:00 pm M. L. Liebler with Grammy-winning Eminem producer and musician Steve King at Western Wyoming Rock Springs Community College in Rock Springs, WY. Free & open to all. We've warned M.L. to watch out for the Jackalopes on the highways to the gig as it's roundup time. Contact Professor Rick Kempa at RKEMPA@wwcc.wy.edu or go to http://www.wwcc.cc.wy.us/

THE Sweet Potato Queen drops in on the Jackson Hole Writers Conference

News from the 2013 Jackson Hole Writers Conference, June 27-29 at the Center for the Arts in Jackson:
Multiple #1 New York Times Bestselling Author, Jill Conner Browne, THE Sweet Potato Queen™, has created a global phenomenon — 6,300 chapter groups in 37 countries — based upon her philosophy and world-view as recounted through her rollicking, raucous and riotously funny essays. Women and smart men understand that the bawdy, sassy, down-to-earth humor is simply the vehicle by which the greater message is conveyed — that is, one of self-reliance and empowerment, inspiring all to do what makes their hearts sing.

Henry Real Bird to conduct public workshop in Cheyenne

In conjunction with Wyoming's Poetry Out Loud state competiton, guest judge Henry Real Bird will be facilitating a public workshop on Sunday, March 3, at the Laramie County Library, from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m., in the Cottonwood Room on the main floor.

Henry's theme for the workshop, "Shadow of Home" will "take participants beyond reflection and past the stars, sending our thoughts in search of rhyme, exploring realms of dreaming in sound and tunes of a life."

This workshop is free and open to the public.

Henry Real Bird, Pat Frolander and Rick Kempa to serve as judges for March 4-5 Poetry Out Loud competition in Cheyenne

Henry Real Bird, Montana poet laureate emeritus
The 2013 Wyoming Poetry Out Loud state competition will take place March 4-5 in Cheyenne. Fourteen student competitors, teachers, parents and guests are expected. Guest judges this year are Henry Real Bird, Pat Frolander and Rick Kempa.

Born and raised on the Crow Indian Reservation, Henry Real Bird is a former Montana Poet Laureate (2009-2011). Real Bird has punched cows, rodeoed, and now ranches and raises bucking horses. He holds a master’s degree in general education from MSU Billings and has taught school from kindergarten to college levels. He has worked with the YMCA’s Writer’s Voice, won the Western Heritage Award for the National Cowboy Hall of Fame,  performed at the Salt Lake City 2002 Olympic Arts Festival, and performs annually at the Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada. Real Bird has had six anthologies, five poetry collections and twelve children’s books published, along with many articles, tapes and CDs.

Patricia Frolander, Wyoming’s Poet Laureate, works the family ranch near Sundance, WY with her husband, Robert. Patricia’s publications include Grassland Genealogy (Finishing Line Press, 2009) and, Married Into It, (High Plains Press, 2011), which won the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum’s Wrangler Award for Best Poetry Book of 2011; the Willa Cather Award by Women Writing the West for the 2012 Best Poetry Book; and Best Woman Writer of 2012 by High Plains Book Awards.

Rick Kempa, teaches writing and directs the Honors Program at Western Wyoming College. He is the author of two books of poems, Keeping the Quiet (Bellowing Ark Press, 2008), and Ten Thousand Voices, (Littoral Press). He is a three-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize, a past recipient of a Wyoming Arts Council Literary Fellowship, and is a current member of the Council’s Artist Roster. He earned his MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona in 1987.

This year’s student contestants are from Sundance, Hulett, Buffalo, Hanna, Ft. Washakie, Riverton, Kaycee, Shoshoni, Cheyenne, Casper, Clearmont, Worland, Laramie, and Lander.

The event begins with a dinner for the contestants, teachers, judges and guests. The competition begins at 7 p.m. at the Historic Atlas Theater in downtown Cheyenne. The winner and runner-up are announced at the awards ceremony the next morning, which begins at 10:30 a.m. on March 5 in the Capitol Rotunda.

The winner from each state and a chaperone receives an all-expense-paid trip to compete in Washington, D.C., April 29-30 at the national finals. Among the activities is the Congressional Breakfast, where students get to meet and have photos taken with the state’s Legislators. Scholarships totaling $50,000 are awarded to the national champion and the other placers.

Poetry Out Loud is memorization and recitation competition for ninth through twelfth grade students. Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, the program is administered by the Wyoming Arts Council.

Justine Haka from the Poetry Foundation in NYC will be a special guest of the Wyoming Arts Council at the Cheyenne Poetry Out Loud  events.  

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

February's Mix'd Media "Legends of Mythology and Love"

Arthur Wardle (United Kingdom, 1864 – 1949), 
The Enchantress, 1901.
 Oil on Canvas. 62 x 43 inches.
JKM Collection©, National Museum of Wildlife Art.
© Estate of Arthur Wardle
With a theme in the spirit of the Greek god associated with wine, passion, and revelry, the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s has their February Mix’d Media event scheduled for Valentine’s Day, from 6 – 9 p.m. The event takes as its artistic inspiration from the Arthur Wardle oil, “The Enchantress,” prominently displayed in the museum’s current exhibition “Human/Nature: Exploring Humanity’s Relationship with Wildlife.” In addition to the evening’s hands-on art projects, music, and Greek-themed food and drink, guests at the event will be greeted at the door with free raffle tickets, a glass of pink champagne and a chance to have their photos taken. Cover charge is $5 (free for museum members).

Amy Goicoechea, associate curator of education for the musuem, studied the painting’s rich symbolism. “I’m interpreting it as Dionysian,” she says, and selected the painting, along with another Dionysian artwork in the Human/Nature show, as “an easy Valentine’s Day theme.” To help her create an event worthy of a Greek god, she called on the design duo of Rush Jenkins and Klaus Baer of WRJ Design Associates and the Jackson Hole Flower Company.
Art projects for the February 14 Mix’d Media will include a chance for guests – provided with “cheat sheets” on symbolism related to Greek gods and goddesses – to design their own wine labels, as well as a station for creating valentines. For the evening’s food and drink, The Rising Sage will offer spanikopita and baklava – with ouzo as the themed libation. DJ Era will provide music, and those inspired by the evening’s more mystical elements can enjoy crystal readings by Daria and Power Animal Medicine readings by Teri Gilfilen.
An array of special prizes will be offered for the free raffle, including a pearl bracelet from Thoenig's, a Barker-Ewing float trip, gift certificates to The Boardroom of Jackson Hole, a cozy throw from WRJ Design Associates and roses from the Jackson Hole Flower Company. Guests must be present for the end-of-evening drawing to win.
In addition to its busy art exhibition schedule, the National Museum of Wildlife Art offers a full schedule of year-round community programming, with some 100 free events including art-making activities, films, lectures, “edutainment,” Art in Action guest artists workshops, cultural fun on the museum’s new Sculpture Trail and much more. The museum also provides free high-quality educational enrichment for school children, from online and onsite curriculum for teachers to student art contests and thematic school tours.
The museum was officially designated the National Museum of Wildlife Art of the United States by an act of Congress in 2008.  FMI on upcoming exhibitions and events go to www.wildlifeart.org; also on Facebook andTwitte @WildlifeArtJH.
Media Contacts: Darla Worden, WordenGroup Strategic Public Relations, 307.734.5335,darla@wordenpr.com; Ponteir Sackrey National Museum of Wildlife Art, 307.732.5444,psackrey@wildlifeart.org.

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Monday, February 4, 2013

13 Artist Encore Exhibition in Cheyenne

Join 13 artists at the Encore Reception and Artists' Demonstrations on February 10, from 1 until 4 p.m. at the Nagle Warren Mansion in Cheyenne, 222 E. 17th St. There will be new art
experiences, tasty  food and good conversation.   

Win Ratz will be leading make and take Origami heart sessions.
Take home a heart just in time for Valentine's Day.

Fiber artist will demonstrate some of the techniques
she uses in her work.

"South by Southwest" by Win Ratz
"Vedauwoo" by Georgia Rowswell.
Georgia Rowswell's studio and gallery.