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– 2011 Member Artist Works –

The Corridor Gallery is pleased to announce an opening reception to showcase all new artwork from the Corridor member artists. Summer 2011 has brought an exciting lineup of member artists and a great variety of new work. From handmade jewelry to watercolor and everything in between, the Corridor member artists have strong ties to Casper and maintain a national quality artwork.


Tom Loepp: a Casper oil painter offering diverse works from exquisite portraits to cityscapes and still-life work.  WEBSITE


Holly Bryson: this award winning Casper based artist crafts color rich landscapes and details of Wyoming topography in watercolor. WEBSITE


Rod Knowlton: this well-known Casper based photographer brings meticulous and professional photographs based in nature to the gallery. WEBSITE


Suzette McIntyre: masterfully creates canvas giclees based upon her photography and integrates an actual relic from the scene. WEBSITE


Aumi Kauffman Perry: brings carefully conceived and beautifully focus-detailed works of classical oil painting in still life and portraiture to The Corridor Gallery. WEBSITE

Cindy Rose: finds pleasure in expressing herself with larger, mixed-media works. Like her smaller metal constructions, these have become stages where an idea is played out to the moment where it is most meaningful.

Fred Taraba: as one of the nations leading collectors and dealers of classic original illustration artwork, Fred brings a rare national touch to Casper representing many masters of illustration.


Zachary Pullen: Casper Illustrator, author and co-founder of The Corridor Gallery offers precise, creative, political and sports oriented illustrations. WEBSITE

The public and press are invited to attend an opening reception to welcome the Corridor Gallery’s member artist’s new work to the space. The reception will be taking place on Friday, July 22nd at 7pm. The artists will be present and are always happy to talk about their artwork and methodology. There will be no admission charge, a cash bar and great energy. If you’ve not yet attended an opening reception at the Corridor, they’re a must to complete a cultural Friday evening in Casper.

Event Details:

Event: “2011 Member Artist Works” Art by the Corridor Gallery artists

Specifics: Located at The Corridor Gallery: 120 E. 2nd St. Casper, WY 82601

Tickets Cost/Avail: Free Admission

Opening Reception: Friday, July 22nd at 7:00pm

Catering: Cash bar

Information: For more information, please contact The Corridor Gallery at (307) 333-7035, Reed at (307) 259-8001 or visit

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WY HUNTING & FISHING: It’s Hopper Time!

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All images copyright and courtesy of Mark Boname Photography

Thanks to Mark Boname of North Platte River Fly Shop in Casper for providing us with our first Wyoming hunting & fishing blog!  Mark has some great input as well as remarkable photography — visit their website or their Facebook page, and give them a call for your Wyoming fishing answers…and THANKS Mark for the blog post and great photos!

It’s that time of year again! If you’re a farmer or rancher, you are probably saying some four letter words under your breath, but if you’re a fisherman you’ve got to love it. The Natrona County Extension Agency is predicting another record infestation of grass hoppers this year. By what I’ve seen so far they’re correct, however it seems that there are pockets around the county where the hopper populations are higher than others. Unfortunately for fisherman this year, in anticipation a lot of property owners below Gray Reef Dam have sprayed and we are not seeing as many hoppers in the upper reaches of the river.

Last year was the first real hopper fly fishing season on the North Platte River since I started guiding in 1987. With the culmination of a high hopper population, high water and windy conditions, fishing hopper patterns along the banks has been unbelievable. Watching 20 inch rainbows rise from nowhere to smash your fly is a more aggressive style of fishing and quite thrilling. Half the time it would scare you to death with a reaction that caused you to take the fly away from them.

Hopper fishing on the North Platte is definitely better done from a boat as you can drift down along the banks and cover more of the water. You can wade fish using hopper patterns, but can only present the pattern for so long over a single piece of water before you will have to move on and find a new stretch of untouched water.  In addition, if you quarter your casts up river you will get better drag free drifts.

High mountain hopper fishing is exceptionally good and usually lags a couple weeks behind what we find down along the valley floors. As with any dry fly, it is best to fish hoppers upstream, casting to pockets and seams and letting the fly drift back to you. Just make sure that you’re stripping enough line so that when it comes back to you and you get a strike, you can set the hook more efficiently.

With the introduction of high density foam into the fly tying arena, a lot of great new hopper patterns are out on the market today. These new patterns are not only more durable, but also float higher and longer without the need for putting fly floating on them. Although the old spun deer hair hoppers like Joe’s Hoppers are still just as effective, I’m noticing the hoppers right now in all different colors and sizes – so don’t worry too much about the color as much as the durability and floatation factor.

For more information about fishing or getting a guide trip for the hopper season please contact us at the Platte River Fly Shop — 307-237-5997,

Thanks again Mark!  Stay tuned to our new blog category for info on hunting & fishing, as well as the other category topics listed…  Our fall issues of Wyoming Lifestyle Magazine and Wyovore will be coming out before long for fall 2011!

‘Til next Time,

Kati Hime, Editor

Wyoming Lifestyle Magazine


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Many have heard of the recent incident in Yellowstone Park — here is a link to an ABC News report…

Many are weighing in on the incident, its implications and importance for safety.  Grand Teton National Park announced the following program on July 5, which we found slightly ironic but so important.  Not only is preparing yourself important, but so is protecting our natural environment for these wild animals.  Be sure to be prepared whenever you journey into our Wyoming wilderness, and always remember that animals in the wild are just that — wild.

From Grand Teton National Park (National Park Service, US Dept of the Interior):

Grand Teton National Park Supports Bear Spray Recycle Program

Grand Teton National Park is proud to announce its participation in a new sustainability effort that recycles a specialized item commonly used in bear country: bear spray. In coordination, with other federal partners at Yellowstone National Park, the National Elk Refuge and surrounding national forests, Grand Teton recently placed collection bins at several locations to gather unwanted bear spray canisters and prepare them for recycling.

Millions of people visit  the Greater Yellowstone Area each year, and thousands of bear spray canisters—used and unused—are disposed of in trash containers because they are not allowed on commercial flights, or visitors no longer have a need for the spray after they leave the area. These bear spray canisters enter the waste stream, causing a serious environmental concern. In addition, waste disposal workers are exposed to accidental discharge of pepper-laced propellant at disposal sites. To correct this problem, a new recycling center was established this year in Yellowstone.

The effort to curb the growing number of bear spray canisters in landfills emerged two years ago, when Yellowstone park managers and the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality agreed that a recycling project could resolve this issue. The solution came from three Montana State University (MSU) engineering students who designed a machine that removes the pepper oil and propellant before it crushes the canister. The recycling unit is able to extract all contents through a filtering process that safely separates the ingredients. The empty canisters are then punctured, flattened and sold to any recycling center as high quality aluminum.

Using the principles that were developed by the MSU students, a Montana-based manufacturing firm produced the first-of-its-kind canister recycling unit. The recycling unit, located at Mammoth in Yellowstone, began operating this spring. To fund manufacture of the specialized unit, donations were secured from the Greater Yellowstone Area business community.

“As National Park Service employees, we have a responsibility to be on the forefront of sustainable environmental practices, and we’re proud to join our federal partners in this recycling effort: an effort that has positive impacts across the Greater Yellowstone Area,” said Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott. “Grand Teton park personnel will take the lead in transporting canisters from collection sites within the greater Jackson area to the specialized recycling unit located in Yellowstone.”

Collection sites within Grand Teton National Park include: Colter Bay Visitor Center, Colter Bay Cabins, Jackson Lake Lodge, Jenny Lake Ranger Station, Jenny Lake Visitor Center, Gros Ventre Campground, Signal Mountain Lodge, and the Craig Thomas Discovery Visitor Center. Collection sites are also located at the Jackson Hole & Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center at the National Elk Refuge and Teton County Recycling at 3270 South Adams Canyon Road. In addition, collection sites are located at several private businesses, and at the Jackson Hole Airport beginning July 15.

Yellowstone is accepting bear spray canisters at most hotels, stores and at all park entrances.


ART IN WY: Trio Fine Art Summer & Fall Schedule


Schedule of Upcoming Exhibitions Announced

July 6th– July 23rd September Vhay Opening reception on July 7th 5-8 p.m.

July 27th –August 13 Lee Carlman Riddell “Gratitude” Opening reception on July 28th 5-8 p.m.

August 17th – September 3rd Jennifer L. Hoffman Opening reception on August 18th 5-8p.m.

September 7th – September 24th Kathryn Mapes Turner Opening reception September 8th 5-8 p.m.

Each artist reception is FREE and open to the public.

Expanding on the creative momentum of recent years, Trio Fine Art proudly presents an exciting line-up of summer exhibitions. Widely celebrated, the Gallery artists put together annual shows that continue to exceed the quality and expressive nature of the last. This commitment to artistic excellence in has gained the gallery its reputation as a ‘must see’ among Jackson galleries.

Trio Fine Art is an artist-owned and operated gallery that supports the creative success of each of the four members through a unified effort, to enthusiastically share this fine art with the community, and to foster relationships with supporters. “Our studio has everything to do with the benefit of collaboration and teamwork. Being an artist can be a very solitary thing, but we help each other out with all that it takes to be an artist and run a business,” says Kathryn Mapes Turner.  All four of the exhibiting artists work to operate and host hours at the gallery. A community has grown up around the gallery that consists of collectors, friends, fellow artists who come to exchange ideas, as well as plenty of dog visitors, and inquisitive children.

Since it opened its doors in 2005, Trio has gained a celebrated reputation as one of the freshest, vibrant galleries in Jackson where collectors can not only find top quality original art, but also meet the artists that created it. In 2008 Fine Art Connoisseur magazine highlighted Trio among Jackson’s contemporary galleries.


Each of the partners at Trio has distinguished herself prominently in the art world.  In fact, all of them participate in the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s prestigious Western Visions show.  They also actively participate in the artistic community by teaching workshops and classes and mentoring young artists.  “We learn from and influence each other, and it is exciting to see creative growth in each person over the years,” says Lee Carlman Riddell.

Jennifer L. Hoffman, Rivulet, 11 x 14, pastel on mounted paper

Jennifer L. Hoffman

The newest partner to Trio Fine Art, Jennifer is best known for her pastel landscapes.  Also working in oil, graphite, charcoal, and other mediums, she began making art as a very young child in central Pennsylvania.  However, she didn’t pursue it seriously until her college years, when she earned a B.F.A. in printmaking and painting.  She moved to Jackson Hole 15 years ago to experiment with painting landscapes and never left.  Hoffman’s work has been included in national and international juried exhibitions including the Oil Painters of America national and western regional exhibitions, Masters in Miniature and The Russell at the CM Russell Museum, and Reflections in Pastel in Little Rock, AR.  Awards include Best in Show at the International Autumn Arts Painting Challenge in 2009, an Award of Excellence at the 2010 Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters’ National Exhibition, and 3rd Place in Landscape in the 9th Annual Pastel 100, among others.  A signature member of the Pastel Society of America, she also holds memberships in the Oil Painters of America and the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters.  She was featured as an artist to watch in the May/June 2010 issue of Fine Art Connoisseur.

Lee Carlman Riddell, Wave 4, 4 x 10, oil on linen

Lee Carlman Riddell

For over twenty years Lee and her husband Ed owned a successful advertising agency.  She specialized in the design of coffee table books whose subjects were natural history and art, many for National Parks. She now incorporates this innate sense of design into her intimate landscapes.  Her work has been included in the prestigious National Museum of Wildlife Art’s Western Visions Miniature Show and Out of the Box Auctions as well as the Yellowstone Art Museum’s Auctions. Most recently, she was selected by the Ucross Foundation of Wyoming to be part of this summer’s exhibition “In the Presence of Trees.”

Kathryn Mapes Turner, River Passage, 12 x 9, oil on linen

Kathryn Mapes Turner

This Jackson Hole native is now a nationally-recognized, award-winning artist. She was recognized by Southwest Art Magazine as one of the ’21 under 31’ young artists with promising careers.  Turner was the featured artist for Jackson’s Old West Days and recognized as Wyoming’s Best Watercolorist by the Wyoming Watercolor Society in 2001.  Her work has been included in the prestigious “Western Visions Miniature Show” at the National Museum of Wildlife Art, “Birds in Art®” at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum, and the CM Russell Museum’s “Masters in Miniature.” In 2010, Turner won the Contemporary Art Award at the American Academy of Equine Art, and an award of excellence at the American Impressionist Society show and winner of the Air Float award at the Paint America national contest. She is a member of the National Watercolor Association and the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters Association.

September Vhay, Anouk, 24 x 24, oil on linen

September Vhay

Jackson Hole artist September Vhay is an impressive emerging talent in animal art. She has recently been chosen by Southwest Art to be in the ‘21 over 31 artists with careers to watch’ and also won the 2010 Trustee’s Purchase Award at the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s Western Visions Show. Her work has been included in prestigious national shows such as ‘Birds in Art®’, the American Academy of Equine Art, the Cowgirl Hall of Fame, and the American Watercolor Society.  She won the ‘Fine Print Imaging Award’ in the 2008-09 Ex Arte Equinus International Equine Art Competition, and placed fourth in that competition’s painting category.  Recently she has been added to the fine list of artists who are represented by one of the country’s finest galleries, Gerald Peters Fine Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico.