ART IN WYOMING: Sheridan Photography Show, Grand Teton Native American Arts, WYOmericana Caravan, Lander Art Center features Wyoming Art Party

With This Ring 2015


First Juried Photography Poster May 2015


Sagebrush Art Center is pleased to host its First Annual Juried Photography Show this May.  Juried by well-known photographer Adam Jahiel, the exhibition features 38 photos by 30 local and regional photographers, and will run May 4th-May 30th.  The reception & awards ceremony takes place May 15th, from 5-7pm.  The reception is open to the public; wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

The Sagebrush Art Center is located in the Historic Train Depot at 201 E. 5th street in Sheridan, Wyoming.  Summer hours begin in May: Tuesday-Saturday, 10-5 pm.  Operated by SAGE (Sheridan Artists’ Guild, Et, al), the art center also houses a Member Gallery.  The Sagebrush hosts a variety of classes in several mediums, including 2-hour painting workshops for beginners of all ages.

This project is supported in part by a grant from the Wyoming Arts Council, through funding from the Wyoming State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.



LANDER:  An exhibition of the Wyoming Art Party

Lander, WY- The Lander Art Center is pleased to present “A Portrait of Wyoming” a collaborative art project by The Wyoming Art Party featuring the work of 38 Wyoming artists, writers and craft folk. This traveling exhibition will open its Lander showing on Friday, May 22 from 6-8pm at the Lander Art Center. This reception is free and open to the public.

The Wyoming Art Party is an organization started by two local Laramie artists, June Glasson and Meg Thompson, whose mission is to organize art projects and shows that connect individuals, scattered throughout Wyoming, who work in different regions, disciplines (fine arts, writing, music, craft) and from different backgrounds, with the aim of creating work that truly represents art in Wyoming as it is, rather than as it is thought to be.

For this show the participants where invited to create a “Portrait of Wyoming” in whatever medium they chose. They were then paired with another artist whom they would trade pieces with and finish each other’s piece. The aim was to connect individuals from across the state who don’t usually work together and to encourage artists to create something outside their day to day work. The heart of this project is collaboration.

Exhibition on display from May 22 – July 4, 2015.


WYOMericana 2015

CHEYENNE:  WYOmericana Concert May 30, Atlas Theater

We’re always excited to promote this fabulous, annual summer concert series featuring Wyoming artists! Check out their full schedule, and the Cheyenne event, May 30 at the Atlas Theater!


MOOSE, WY —For the past 40 years, artisans from diverse American Indian tribes have demonstrated their traditional and contemporary art forms in Grand Teton National Park. This annual program provides visitors a chance to gain greater appreciation and understanding of American Indian cultures that are still alive and active today.


Participating artists demonstrate and share the cultural traditions of their tribes through art forms such as painting, weaving, pottery, beadwork, and musical instruments. Guest artists exhibit daily during open hours at the Colter Bay Visitor Center. Artists also offer their finished items for purchase. The 2015 schedule includes:

May 9 – 25 Debbie & Willy LaMere Shoshone/Bannock Beadwork & Flint Knapping
May 26 – June 1 Jola LaBeau Eastern Shoshone Beadwork & Other Crafts
June 2 – 8 Amanda Coby Shoshone/Bannock Beadwork
June 9 – 15 Ted Moran S’Klallam Northwest Coastal Carving
June 16 – 22 Kelly Looking Horse Lakota Sioux Drums, Antler & Hide items
June 23 – 29 Guillermo Martinez Tarascan-Apache Handmade Flutes & Drums
June 30 – July 6 Gale Self Choctaw Silver & Turquoise Jewelry
July 7 – 13 Andrea Two Bulls Oglala Sioux Beadwork & Painting
July 14 – 20 Monte Yellowbird Arikara/Hidatsa Ledger Art
July 21 – 27 Lovey Two Bulls Oglala Sioux Beadwork, Jewelry, Artwork
July 28 – August 3 DG House Cherokee Painting & Printmaking
August 4 – 10 Paul Hacker Choctaw Ledger Art, Knives, Flutes
August 11 – 17 Debbie & Willy LaMere Shoshone/Bannock Beadwork & Flint Knapping
August 18 – 24 Jola LaBeau Eastern Shoshone Beadwork & Other Crafts
August 25 – 31 Juan & Josie Broncho Shoshone/Paiute Beadwork
September 1– 7 Nancy Nacki & Clyde Hall Shoshone/Bannock Beadwork, Silver & Pottery
September 8 – 14 DG House Cherokee Painting & Printmaking
September 15 – 21 Maynard White Owl Nez Perce/Cayuse Beadwork
September 22 – 28 Andrea Two Bulls Oglala Sioux Beadwork & Painting
Sept. 29 – Oct. 12 Debbie & Willy LaMere Shoshone/Bannock Beadwork & Flint Knapping


WY Main Streets: Rawlins DDA/Main Street Wins National Award; Downtown Laramie Depot Restoration Fundraiser

Rawlins DDA 2015

From the Wyoming Business Council:  Rawlins wins 2015 Great American Main Street Award


ATLANTA – Rawlins today became the first community in the northern Rocky Mountain region to win the prestigious Great American Main Street Award (GAMSA).

Rawlins Downtown Development Authority/Main Street Executive Director Pam Thayer and staff along with board of directors, city council and Junior Main Street members, and downtown business owners and volunteers will officially receive the award during today’s opening plenary between 2 and 4 p.m. MDT at the 2015 National Main Streets Conference in Atlanta.

Thayer launched Rawlins’ Main Street efforts in 2006.



”Nine years ago it was overwhelming, but as we moved through the steps, it became a little clearer,” Thayer said. ”And sitting through these classes (at the National Main Streets conference), all I can think about is how much more work we have to do.

”For me, the award represents filling up our tank. It’s getting the gas to keep us moving forward.”

Rawlins was a GAMSA semifinalist last year, a first for a Wyoming Main Street program member, and was given the inaugural One to Watch award. Wyoming Main Street is a Wyoming Business Council program.

“We are so proud Wyoming is home to the first GAMSA recipient in the northern Rocky Mountain region,” Business Council Chief Executive Officer Shawn Reese said. “Rawlins is an outstanding example of how a community can work together to achieve downtown development and enhanced quality of life.”

The National Main Street Center (NMSC) was created in 1980 as a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Each year, the NMSC recognizes the country’s best examples of comprehensive commercial district revitalization. Winners are selected from a nationwide pool of applicants by a national jury. Criteria include strength of the Main Street in creating an exciting place to live, work, play and visit; commitment to historic preservation; implementation of model partnerships, and demonstrated success of the Main Street Four-Point Approach®. There are more than 2,000 Main Street communities across the country.


“We are honored to receive this level of recognition,” Rawlins Mayor Robert Grauberger said. “All the hard work from Pam Thayer, the board of directors, and the volunteers, plus the support from the businesses, the community and the City of Rawlins are the reasons we have won this award. We are very proud.”

The town of about 10,000 people is located along Interstate 80 in south-central Wyoming. It was founded in 1867 when surveyors for the transcontinental railroad stopped for water. Hard times hit in the late 1990s and the downtown vacancy rate topped 50 percent. Since Rawlins joined the Wyoming Main Street program nine years ago, the downtown building vacancy rate dropped from 45 percent to 10 percent and 59 private and public rehabilitation projects were completed. The total dollars reinvested in the downtown district since 2008 is about $8.5 million.

Evidence of Rawlins’ can-do spirit is seen in the rehabilitation of the badly deteriorated Rainbow Te-ton buildings, which the Rawlins DDA/Main Street converted into an entrepreneurial center, and the Carbon Mercantile, a community-owned clothing store.

Since the 2014 National Main Streets Conference in Detroit, Rawlins completed a downtown streetscaping project, a public art sculpture project and passed an ordinance that changed the district’s zoning to allow for downtown living.

“Rawlins is a textbook example of how the health of a Main Street is so closely tied to the health of its small businesses,” National Main Street Center President and CEO Patrice Frey said. “Rawlins DDA/Main Street has done a tremendous job of nurturing existing businesses, attracting new enterprise and fostering a true entrepreneurial spirit.

“With the DDA/Main Street now set on creating more downtown housing and façade improvements, we have no doubt Rawlins will only continue to grow and thrive.”

For more information about the Wyoming Main Street program, contact Program Manager Linda Klinck at 307-777-2934 or


About the Wyoming Business Council. Our mission is to increase Wyoming’s prosperity. We envision a Wyoming where industries are strong, diverse and expanding. Small business is a big deal. Communities have the highest quality of life. Wyoming is the technology center of the High Plains. Wyoming knows no boundaries. Please go to

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When the Laramie Depot was originally built, in 1924, the drains from the roof emptied into a cistern under the depot. The cistern, in turn, emptied into the city sewer.

Eventually the city had the cistern disconnected from the sewer, and french drains were installed under the downspouts.   The drains have filled up, and are no longer working, so the runoff is degrading and compacting the soil under the brickwork.

We have an engineering study in hand which lays out a plan to install drainage gutters to adequately drain the water away from the foundation of our depot. In order to install the gutters, we will be removing the brickwork, and excavating the soil that is compacting. We will replace the excavated soil with compacted base, graded away from the depot before we install the finishing layer.

We would appreciate any and all help that we can get to repair our depot.

Thank you for your interest!

Laramie Depot

The Living Wyoming SE WY Hardcover Book now taking orders


The Living Wyoming: A Photographic Tribute, Exploring the Southeast Quadrant

Read about Rich, Bo and their books in our upcoming Wyoming Lifestyle Magazine Spring & Early Summer 2015 issue – almost complete!

The first hardcover “The Living Wyoming: A Photographic Tribute” book, by Rich Rosenfeld and Robert (Bo) Edgerton, will be released and available for shipping on June 10th. Pre-order your copy between March 25th and April 19th, all of which will be hand numbered and signed by both contributors. ONLY pre-ordered books will be hand numbered and signed. Pricing on pre-orders will be $38.95 each and will include postage within the lower 48 states. As an added bonuses, for ALL pre-orders, Bo will be giving out a “PDC” Promotion Discount Code for 10% off any image from the book that you would like to have printed. Any Size! AND we will also offer those that pre-order the first book, a 10% discount when they pre-order our second book, covering the Southwest Quadrant, when it becomes available.

To order you can either go to “The Living Wyoming” Facebook page at Use the link on the left side of the page or type the link into your browser: or go to the Mystic Light Images page at Bo will have the information and links pinned to the top.
Please contact Rich & Bo by e-mail at: – if you have any problems ordering or have any questions.

ENDANGERED: The New Joe Pickett Novel from C.J. Box

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Endangered 2015

Check out what JUST arrived in our WLM mailbox!!! And with it, information on this 15th Joe Pickett novel due out March 10, 2015, comes a list of nationwide tour cities & dates! Check out the list below and read on for more information on ENDANGERED…

March 10 — Laramie, WY, American Heritage Center, 12 PM

March 10 — Fort Collins, CO, Senior Center, 7 PM

March 11 — Cheyenne, WY, Laramie County Library, 7 PM

March 12 – Highlands Ranch, CO – Highlands Library, 7 PM

March 13 – Tucson, AZ – Clues Unlimited, 3 PM (joint event w/Ace Atkins)

March 14 – Tucson, AZ – Book festival with booth signings

March 15 – Scottsdale, AZ – Poisoned Pen, 2 PM

March 16 – Phoenix, AZ – Peoria Public Library, 7 PM

March 17 – Houston, TX – Murder by the Book, 6:30 PM

<March 18 – New York, NY – Mysterious Bookshop, 6:30 PM (joint event w/Owen Laukkanen)

March 19 – Philadelphia, PA – Chester County Books, 7:00 PM

March 20 – St. Louise, MO – St. Louis County Library, 7 PM

March 21- Minneapoilis, MN – Once Upon a Crime, 7 PM

March 22 – Lexington, KY – Joseph Beth Booksellers, 5 PM

March 27 – Delray Beach, FL – Murder on the Beach, 7:30 PM
March 28 & 29 – Broward, FL: Broward County Book Festival

March 31 — Casper, WY – Natrona County High School, 7 PM

April 1- Sheridan, WY –  Sheridan Stationery, 6 PM

April 2 – Billings, MT: Barnes & Noble, 7 PM

April 3 – Cheyenne, WY – City News, 5 PM

April 16: Austin, TX: Texas Library Assocation, Dinner talk & signing, 6 PM

Mary 10 – Detroit, MT: Detroit Book & Author Luncheon, 12 PM


from Putnam’s release…

“All the action and suspense of Box’s long string of high-country adventures, with a solution that’s considerably tighter and more satisfying than most of them. One of Joe’s best.” — Kirkus (starred review)

“Is there a crime-fiction family as fully fleshed out as Joe Pickett’s? Pickett’s supporting cast – wife Marybeth and daughters Sheridan, Lucy and April – lends a continuity and grounding to this series that sets it apart from all the lone-wolf stuff out there… As they often do, things get western, with the carefully constructed plot building to a breathless, thrilling end.” — Booklist

In 2014, the critics were unanimous about the Joe pickett thriller Stone Cold —

“C.J. Box moves from strength to strength with each new installment. I would say that he is at the top of his form, but the top just keeps moving ever upward.” — Bookpage

Now comes ENDANGERED, the new Joe Pickett novel which Putnam will publish on March 10, 2015 ($26.95). And with this 15th entry in the New York Times best-selling series, C.J. Box has done it again.

As the story opens, April, Joe Pickett’s 18-year-old daughter, has disappeared. Joe already had good reason to dislike rodeo champ Dallas Cates, but now he has even more of a case against him — Joe learns that it is Dallas with whom April had run off. And now she is missing.

Then comes even worse news:  the body of a girl has been found in a ditch along the highway – she’s alive, but just barely, the victim of blunt force trauma. That girl proves to be April, and the doctors don’t know if she’ll recover. Dallas denies having anything to do with it — says she ran off from him, too – and there’s evidence that points to another man. But Joe knows in his gut which person is responsible for bringing her to harm. What Joe doesn’t know is the kind of danger he’s about to encounter. Dallas Cates is bad enough, but Cates’s twisted family is like none Joe has ever met before. And they will do anything to protect Dallas – literally anything.

Joe’s going to find out  the truth, even if it kills him. And this time, it just might.

C.J. Box is the author of fifteen Joe Pickett novels, mos recently Stone Cold; four stand-alone novels, most recently The Highway; and the story collection Shots Fired. He has won the Edgar, Anthony, Macavity, Gumshoes and Barry Awards, as well as the French Prix Calibre .38 and a French Elle magazine literary award. His books have been translated into 27 languages. C.J. Box lives outide Cheyenne, Wyoming


WYOMING LIBRARIES: Sublette & Teton County Libraries

Sublette County Libraries

From the Sublette County Library…

Sublette County Libraries are seeking a part-time, 15 hour per week Library Assistant for the Big Piney Library. The work schedule includes three Saturdays per month. Starting pay is $15 an hour. Duties include working at the circulation desk assisting patrons. Applications must be received by the Library Director no later than 8 pm on Wednesday, January 14th. Applications may be dropped off in Pinedale or Big Piney.

January 12 week 2015
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Learn 20 Things in 20 Days Weekdays all month long 
5:30 pm — 6:30 pm — 
The Pinedale Library

Start off the new year by learning something new! Throughout January, you’ll be able to stop by the library on a weekday evening and learn something new in just an hour. All classes are free and are subject to subject to change. This week’s offerings:
Monday: Bread Making  —   Tuesday: Geocaching  —   Wednesday: Floral Arranging Tips  —    Thursday: Take Better Photos —    Friday: Home Brew Basics

View January’s classes


From the Teton County Library…

Getting Ready for Kindergarten Workshops

Wednesday, Jan. 14, 6-7:30 p.m. or
Thursday, Jan. 22, 6-7:30 p.m.

Workshop offered twice, register for the most convenient date.
Location: St. John’s Episcopal Church, Hansen Hall, 170 N. Glenwood Street
Cost: Free

Jackson, WY- Is your child entering Kindergarten in Fall 2015?
Join us for this free workshop for parents, preschool teachers and caregivers featuring educators from Children’s Learning Center, Jackson Hole Children’s Museum, Teton County Library and Teton Science Schools, in addition to a panel of local Teton County Kindergarten teachers.
Learn about play as learning, early literacy reading, available health screenings, and hands-on exploration to foster science and math skills. Find out what happens on a typical day in Kindergarten, how Kindergarten has changed, and how can you help your child be ready.
Presented in English and Spanish, with free child care and light refreshments. Early educators who attend can earn 1.5 STARS credits.
Registration required. Contact Isabel 733-2164, ext. 101 or
You can find Teton County Library online at, call us at 307.733.2164 or visit us at 125 Virginian Lane, Jackson, Wyo.

Natrona County Library

From the Natrona County Library…

January 2015



From the Albany County Public Library…

The Albany County Public Library added Mondays from 1-5 PM to their regular hours, beginning January 12! WOO HOO!


Art & Events – December 11, 2014

Visit our website & read the Fall 2014 issue – Winter 2014-15 issue is in production!

Check out Dead Drift Fly Fishing Company's new mini store at 107 E. Grand Ave in Downtown Laramie Wyoming!
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New Art Exhibit Showcases Creative Lives of Our Librarians
Jackson, WY- When Teton County Library staffers are not busy helping community members answer research questions, navigate new technology or find books, they’re making sculptures, music, paintings, poetry, hand-bound books and other art. Come see their creativity, now being showcased in the Library Staff Art Show, which opened Wednesday and will be on display in the Library Gallery through January.

“There’s a surprising quality to it,” said Library Director Deb Adams. “People think librarians are serious. What you see is we’re fun; we’re creative.”

The show features art created by 23 library staffers when they’re not at work. Library IT Systems Manager Kent Fiske made a vase and paperweight now on display. Before he started working at the library, Fiske worked as a professional glass blower and artist. Cut facets on the iridescent, oval-shaped paperweight invites the eye to peer inside where Fiske has created a miniature “universe” that appears to mimic mountains swirling in clouds.

Displayed next to Fiske’s glass are two hand-bound books made by Library Volunteer Program Coordinator Lokey Lytjen. “I love it, it’s very relaxing,” Lytjen says of the art of binding her own books. One of her pieces, a simple bound book that’s a tribute to her parents, holds together hand-made mulberry paper embellished with calligraphy and family pictures.

Library Education and Program Manager Oona Doherty oversees exhibits in the library. She said she got a surprise when helping arrange this exhibit. When she accidentally knocked over an origami sculpture created by Library Assistant Eva Dahlgren, out fell butterflies and a small piece of paper referencing Newton’s Third Law, “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.”

Likewise, Library Page Robin Allison references another famous mind, Vincent Van Gogh, by recreating, in painstaking detail with a needle and thread, Van Gogh’s 1888 painting, “Bedroom in Arles.”

The Library Staff Art Show also holds other clues to the creative lives of library workers with title cards highlighting one biographical element about each artist, revealing their favorite literary character; what they’re reading now; or their hometown library.

You can find Teton County Library online at, call us at 307.733.2164 or visit us at 125 Virginian Lane in Jackson.

Nutcracker 2014

Holiday Open House at the Laramie Plains Museum

Visit the Laramie Plains Museum’s website for more details


Laramie — This weekend, December 13 & 14, the Laramie Plains Museum is hosting its annual holiday open house at historic Ivinson Mansion. Rooms of the mansion will be decorated with a “western” Nutcracker theme with local florists contributing live arrangements. Holiday music will be performed by the Melodees, St. Mathew’s carolers and Wind and Roses harp duets. Complementary tours will be offered for the community on Saturday, Dec. 13 from 3 to 6 p.m. and on Sunday, Dec. 14from 1 to 4 p.m.

During the event the Laramie Women’s Club will host their annual Christmas trinket and goodie sale in the Alice Hardie Stevens Center (behind the mansion).

University of Wyoming Women’s Club Hosts Holiday Home Tour 2014





Sage Dec 2014 event

“Retrospective Invitational Show” at Sagebrush Art Center

Dec.2, 2014- Jan. 9th, 2015, Reception Dec 11, 4:30-7pm

Sagebrush Art Center’s latest “Retrospective Invitational Show” features work by three well-known Sheridan area artists: Carol Berry, Elaine Henry, and Margie Newman.  The show encompasses the entire first floor of the art center, located in the Historic Train Depot at 201 E. 5th Street, in Sheridan.

This annual exhibition runs through January 9, 2015. This project is supported in part by a grant from the Wyoming Arts Council, through funding from the Wyoming State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Also Showing:

The Sheridan County Artists’ Guild’s “Member’s Only Annual Holiday Show,” hangs through December 20th in the mezzanine at the Sheridan County Fulmer Public Library.


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MADE IN WYOMING: Bill Sniffin’s book, “My Wyoming 101 Special Places”

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Bill Sniffin releases his new Wyoming coffee table book, just in time for the holidays!

Sniffin Publishes Second Coffee Table Book about Wyoming Just in Time for Christmas

Wyoming author and journalist Bill Sniffin has just made available copies of his newest coffee table book about Wyoming, called MY WYOMING 101 Special Places. The book is a 156-page effort featuring 42 photographers and 156 color photos about the state, including 14 foldout pages.

His earlier book, Wyoming’s 7 Greatest Natural Wonders, published in 2012, has already sold 15,000 copies and is believed to be the best selling coffee table book in the state.

Sniffin, of Lander, is a photographer, journalist and entrepreneur who has lived in Wyoming for 44 years.  His weekly newspaper column appears in several newspapers each week including the Rock Springs Rocket Miner, Rawlins Daily Times, Lander Journal, Riverton Ranger, the Cheyenne Wyoming Tribune Eagle, the Evanston Uinta County Herald, Sheridan Online and occasionally in the Casper Journal, Laramie Boomerang, Pine Bluffs Post, Powell Tribune, Sundance Times, Kemmerer Gazette, Moorcroft Leader, Afton Star Valley Independent and others.

Sniffin’s newest book, MY WYOMING 101 Special Places, will be on sale the end of November. With the success of the first coffee table-style book, it only seemed practical to follow up two years later with a companion book that featured not only “natural” images but photos of man-made places and people in the photos enjoying Wyoming.

Sniffin has written three other books, which are available at fine bookstores and online at  They are all compilations of his columns.  They include Strong Winds, Blowing Snow, Slick in Spots which was published in 2011; High Altitudes, Low Multitudes in 2003; and The Best Part of America in 1993.

Over the years, Bill has been honored with the state tourism industry’s highest awards, the BIG WYO award and the Tony Bevinetto Friend of Tourism Award. His wife Nancy was honored in 2011 with Wyoming’s highest award for volunteerism, the Jefferson Award.

Sniffin and his wife are former owners of newspapers in Wyoming, Montana, South Dakota and Hawaii. The Sniffins have raised four children and have ten grandchildren. Most recently, they sold an advertising agency they founded called Wyoming Inc. and also sold, along with daughter Shelli Johnson, an internet tourism company,

Bill is the former chairman of the Wyoming Travel Commission, vice-chairman of the Wyoming Aeronautics Commission and has also been a member of the Wyoming P16 Education Commission. Sniffin ran for governor in 2002, losing in the Republican primary. He is on the board of directors of the Mountain West AAA Auto Club, for Alaska, Montana and Wyoming and the Wyoming Travel Industry Coalition.

More information can be found at the web site  One can also mail a request for the book to Box 900, Lander, WY 82520.  His Facebook page is “Wyoming books, columns by Bill Sniffin.”

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A Little Irish Luck in Laramie

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Laramie has Irish fever this week! Check out these two awesome events for getting your luck on…



Held at the Gryphon Theater, inside the Laramie Plains Civic Center, Irish Culture Night kicks off at 6:30 PM with FREE admission to the public. The Laramie Dance Center Irish Dance Academy will be performing with its multi-age group , and includes the talents of local Laramie Irish musicians and a local Laramie bagpipe musician!

Want to learn how to Irish step dance? Contact Laramie Dance Center at for more information!

Gaelic Storm


International sensation Gaelic Storm performs Wednesday, November 5 at the Gryphon Theater. Ever seen Titanic? (Or better question – who HASN’T?!) Gaelic Storm was the steerage band playing during the dance scene….ahhh, yes, that’s them. They are awesome. We play their CDs regularly around our house as our youngest step-2-3’s happily around the living room. Must see. Definitely.


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American Crafts Week in Cheyenne


Clay Paper Scissors Gallery in Cheyenne has a beautiful new location! 1513 Carey Avenue


Clay Paper Scissors Gallery & Studio was started in 2009 in Cheyenne by Mark Vinich and Camellia El-Antably in the historic Asher Building. “In 2012, we purchased a small unloved building on Carey to renovate,” Camellia says. “Built in the late 1800s, we saw potential in the graceful space and brick walls to be a beautiful gallery addition to Cheyenne. We worked with Tobin & Associates and J.L. Everitt Construction to renovate the building into an open airy space that both honors its history and adds contemporary touches.”


Clay Paper Scissors offers studio space for artists (currently three: Mark, Camellia and Eric Lee) and a gallery that shows a range of work as wide as Wyoming’s open spaces. “We show primarily Wyoming artists from around the state,” Camellia adds.


The duo are heavily involved in the arts in Wyoming. Mark is a Lander native and Cheyenne art teacher; Camellia moved here in 2001 to work for the Wyoming Arts Council. Clay Paper Scissors grew out of their interest in having communal space for art creation, and a desire to show work not seen in local galleries. “We show artwork we want to see — work being done by artists living and working currently that appeals to the mind, the senses and the heart,” Camellia says. “Wyoming is very eclectic in its taste in art and the artists who live here and work in both traditional and contemporary forms and subjects. We feel privileged to know so many diverse artists and to be able to share their work with the Cheyenne community.”


Featured every second Thursday, April – December, from 5-8 PM, Arts Cheyenne partners with Visit Cheyenne and Cheyenne DDA/Main Street to host Art, Design & Dine. On October 9, AD&D will repeat their participation in American Crafts Week (October 3-12 across America) with a Wyoming craftsperson featured in Clay Paper Scissors’ new location. Mike Olson, a ceramics artist from Casper, is their first show in this new space. “Both Mark and I have liked Mike Olson’s work since we first saw it in Casper–the simple pleasing forms, the glazes, the mix of functional and sculptural work,” Camellia says.

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Mike Olson attended Casper College and earned his BFA at the University of North Dakota and his MFA in 2003 at Wichita State University in Kansas, both in ceramics. Mike Olson’s work for this inaugural show include stoneware pieces, both handbuilt and thrown. Mike explains that this show’s work is “…about daydreaming and how I like to float away in thought while watching migrating birds, windmills turning or clouds floating by. There is a peace and calm represented by the subtle, simple forms I enjoy creating during the slow motions of working on the treadle wheel.” Mike returned to Casper to start a studio and teach at Casper College, where he is the ceramics instructor.


The show’s opening is October 9, 2014, from 5-8 during the monthly Art Design & Dine in Cheyenne ( Mike Olson’s work will be displayed at Clay Paper Scissors through November, with another show opening on the 13th during Art Design & Dine.


Clay Paper Scissors is located at 1513 Carey Avenue in Cheyenne, and can be contacted for available hours and appointments. Call 307.631.6039 or shoot them an email at For more information on Art, Design & Dine and their October, November and December 2014 events, visit

WYOMING LIBRARIES: Childhood Experts at Teton County Library


208267_10151446329607959_358040856_nEarly Childhood Expert Nancy Bruski Presents Workshop for Parents & Teachers

Jackson, WY- Join early childhood expert Nancy Bruski for educational workshops tailored for parents, teachers and caregivers interacting with children age 8 and younger. Bruski founded and owns Wise Choice Guidance,, in Evanston, IL providing therapy and training, consultation and workshops for early educators and parents. She published her first book “The Insightful Teacher: Reflective Strategies to Shape Your Early Childhood Classroom,” last fall.

While visiting Jackson, Bruski will present four, free workshops. Her visit is sponsored and supported by Teton County Library, Children’s Learning Center and Head Start, Old Wilson Schoolhouse Community Center and Wilson Elementary School.

Registration is required, and Spanish translation is available on request. Contact the Library’s Assistant Director, Isabel Zumel: or 733-2164 ext. 101.

Friday, October 3
Help Your Child Build Inner Controls Without Losing Control Yourself
9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Library Ordway Auditorium
Learn techniques for engaging cooperation – without yelling or nagging – and helping children learn self-control and responsibility.

Raising Self Confident Children
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Old Wilson Schoolhouse Community Center, Wilson
Discover strategies for raising confident children who feel understood even when they don’t always get what they want.

Kindergarten Readiness:  What Parents Should Do & Expect from Schools
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Library Ordway Auditorium
Understand what Kindergarten readiness means, including what you should expect from elementary schools and how to be an effective advocate for your child. In English with Spanish translation.

Saturday, October 4
Reflective Teachers Are Effective Teachers: Creating Compassionate Classrooms
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Library Ordway Auditorium
Early childhood expert, Nancy Bruski, will present the classroom philosophy and approach described in her book, “The Insightful Teacher.” She will present a path to success as a teacher of young children that explores a wide range of topics, including: what it means to be reflective in one’s work, how to have developmentally appropriate expectations of children, setting up the physical environments to support successful behaviors, building strong connections with families, alternatives to consequences for managing behaviors, and developing individualized intervention strategies for chronically challenging behaviors.
Applicable to preschool teachers, early elementary school teachers and child care providers. 6 STARS credits approved. Simultaneous Spanish translation available upon request.

Nancy Bruski
Nancy Bruski has a 30-plus year career specializing in work with children and families.  Her initial training was at the Virginia Frank Child Development Center in Chicago, which specializes in providing therapy as well as a therapeutic preschool/kindergarten program for emotionally disturbed preschoolers and their families. She has since delivered services to staff, parents and children in several agency settings.

Nancy began her private clinical social work therapy, consultation and professional speaking practice in 1980. Currently, Nancy is an Adjunct Professor at Oakton Community College, teaching “Child Development” and “Guidance in the Early Childhood Classroom;”an Early Childhood Consultant to the Gertrude B. Nielsen Early Learning Center, a Full-Day NAEYC accredited program in suburban Chicago.

Nancy is committed to assisting teachers and parents to become more psychologically sensitive to children by helping them create strategies and interventions that increase children’s social-emotional competence.

For more information or to register for Bruski’s workshops in Jackson, call Library Assistant Director at 307.733.2164 ext. 101 or email

Chabad Jewish Center of Wyoming Presents Mrs. Eva Schloss


Historic Evening with Anne Frank’s Stepsister: Eva Schloss, Learning From the Past; Living the Present; Looking to the Future

On Thursday, August 28, 2014, the Chabad Jewish Center of Wyoming will host what is sure to be an inspiring evening with Mrs. Eva Schloss as she tells her fascinating story. Mrs. Schloss is the step sister and childhood friend of Anne Frank. She is an enthusiastic advocate for helping society understand the meaning of an existance without prejudice or bigotry towards any human being. Governor Matt Mead is proclaiming August 28, 2014 Wyoming Tolerance Day. The lecture will be held at the Center For The Arts, located at 265 S. Cache Street, in Jackson and will begin at 7:00 p.m. A personal book signing will follow the lecture.

Eva Schloss Biography:

I was born in Vienna,Austria 1929. As one of many Jewish families, we were faced with persecution, but were lucky enough to be able to flee the country, first to Belgium and then in 1940 to Amsterdam, Holland, where we met the Frank family.

Following the German invasion of Holland in 1942 and the arrests of many Jews, our family had to go into hiding. In May 1944 we were betrayed, captured by the Nazis and sent to the death camp Auschwitz. In January 1945 my mother and I were liberated by the Russian army. We were evacuated eastward, travelling with the Russian army as far as Odessa. We had to wait until the war ended in May 1945 to be repatriated to Amsterdam. There we learnt of the tragic deaths of my father and 17 year old brother in Mauthausen. The loss of my family haunted me and made it difficult to lead a normal life again.

I had to resume my education and finished school at 18, and went on to study History of Art for a year at the University of Amsterdam.In 1951 I began training as a professional photographer in London, where I met Zvi Schloss. We were married a year later and made our home in London, during which time I was working in a commercial studio. In 1953 my mother married Otto Frank the widowed father of the diarist Anne Frank, making me her posthumous step sister.

Zvi and I had our first daughter in 1956, and we were blessed with two more over the years. From 1972-1997 I owned and ran an antiques business, in that time the girls had grown up and had children of their own, making us the proud grandparents of three girls and two boys.

Since 1986 I have become increasingly active in Holocaust education by speaking in schools, universities, prisons and public meetings. I co-founded the Anne Frank Educational Trust in the UK.

My first book, Eva’s Story, about my experiences during the war, was published in 1988. It has been translated into eight languages.

In 1995 I co-operated with U.S. playwright James Still in the creation of an educational play And Then They Came for Me, Remembering the World of Anne Frank, dealing with four teenagers in the Holocaust. The play is widely performed in England, U.S.A, Europe and Australia. I am attending many of those performances so I can answer questions after the shows. In connection with these educational activities, I received an Honorary Doctorate in Civil Law from the University of Northumbria in 2001, and from the University of York in 2004 for Education.

In 2005 I wrote my second book, The Promise, aimed at younger readers, telling the story of my brother Heinz.

In 2008 the U. S. House of Representatives honoured me in the Congressional Record.

In 2012 I was awarded an MBE by Prince Charles for Holocaust Education.

In 2013 I published my third book, After Auschwitz, describing the impact of my experiences on my life and that of those around me.

ARTS in WY: Plein Air in Wyoming

Bighorn National Forest Plein Air Celebration of Wildflowers

From June  25-28, the first Bighorn National Forest Plein Air Celebrations of Wildflowers was held at Spear O Wigwam, Mountain Campus in the Bighorn Mountains.  The spring wildflowers were spectacular and all were inspired.

The Powder River Energy Best Artist of the Workshop $400 Cash Award was presented to Gayle Barnett a watercolor artist from Meeteetse, Wyoming.

The Hospital Pharmacy, Daily Best  Awards of $125 each, were presented to:  Ruth Beckwith of Sheridan, Sally Labore of Sheridan,  Maya Gilmore of Sheridan and Gayle Barnett of Meeteetse.

Next year’s event will be held June 22, – 26, 2015 — All you artists out there, carve out time for this in your summer!

The four Hospital Pharmacy, Daily Best Award winners -- Ruth Beckwith, Sally Labore, Maya Gilmore and Gayle Barnett
The four Hospital Pharmacy, Daily Best Award winners — Ruth Beckwith, Sally Labore, Maya Gilmore and Gayle Barnett

Professional Artists to Capture Teton Scenery & Wildlife at Annual ‘Plein Air for the Park’

MOOSE, WY — Grand Teton National Park will serve as both the inspiration and location for the third annual ‘Plein Air for the Park’ fine art exhibition co-hosted by Grand Teton Association (GTA) and the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters. Over 40 professional artists from across the United States will spend two weeks (July 7-20) painting in the park, as they capture on canvas the spectacular Teton landscape, wildlife and wildflowers.  All sessions/events are free and open to the public.

The ‘Plein Air for the Park’ event and art sale will include an opening reception on Wednesday, July 16, at 7 p.m.  in the Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center at Moose, Wyoming. A fine art show and sale will take place from July 16-20, also at the Discovery Center. The two-week-long event will culminate with a quick draw at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 19, in the Menor’s Ferry Historic District. Park visitors and local residents are invited to watch paintings created from start-to-finish. All paintings may be purchased for a fixed-price immediately following the quick draw.

Plein air artist Wes Newton_2012 Quick Draw
Plein air artist Wes Newton_2012 Quick Draw

Forty percent of the proceeds from sales made during ‘Plein Air for the Park’ will benefit GTA and help fund  ongoing educational, interpretive and scientific programs in support of Grand Teton National Park.

“We look forward to welcoming the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters who will share their creative and artistic talents with our park visitors throughout much of July,” said Grand Teton National Park Superintendent David Vela. “This free public event offers a unique opportunity to glimpse the power, beauty, and inspiration of the Teton landscape through the eyes of an artist.”


For complete information visit

JULY 7-19:
Artists paint in and around Grand Teton National Park and Jackson Hole.


Artists in the Environment Demonstration
3 –  6 PM:  Bradley/Taggart parking area & Cottonwood Creek picnic area


Full exhibition opens to the public.  Reserve works will be available for viewing and purchase.
12 Noon:  Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center
7 – 9 PM:  Gala Opening Reception
7:45 PM:  Announcement of Awards


Group Painting Demonstration
5 – 8 PM: Jackson Hole & Greater Yellowstone Area Visitor Center, North Cache Street in Jackson


Quick Draw & Sale
9 AM – 12 Noon:  Menor’s Ferry Historic District/Chapel of the Transfiguration. Sale immediately following.


MADE IN WYOMING: G and S Outdoor Living


LJD-2014-block (4)wyofirst_profile_imageWe are thrilled to team with the Wyoming Business Council to feature a Wyoming First business every week on our blog! Wyoming First is a program that promotes Wyoming member businesses. Visit their website (click here) to learn more about this service — and if you are a Wyoming business who’s not a member, be sure to inquire about membership! There are many benefits!


This week we are featuring G and S Outdoor Living of Cheyenne, WY

Gail & Sherry Salmon, G and S Outdoor Living  4069 Butch Cassidy Trail  Cheyenne, WY 82009  (307) 634-7811

Woodworking has been a hobby of Gail’s for years.  He had been researching different opportunities for quite some time before he retired.  Once he did retire he had more time to devote to his craft and thus, the business was born.

For Gail, inspiration comes from the simple love of working with his hands and building something that is as comfortable and useful as it is beautiful. G and S Outdoor Living products are built by hand one at a time with the highest quality.  They personally stand behind each piece with a guarantee, and will correct any issues and continue to provide support to their customers.


G and S Outdoor Living is right here in Cheyenne and they make all their products here.  In addition to the furniture grade wood G and S also uses only stainless steel hardware, an all-weather glue and a high quality oil based finish.  Western Red Cedar comes from Washington state and allows the furniture to be temperature neutral which means it won’t burn your legs in the summer or freeze them on a cold day.  One of their favorite sights and sounds is the “ahhhh” factor.   This is when someone sits on a G and S chair for the first time and that look of utter comfort followed by the “ahhh” that escapes.

G and S Outdoor Living products can be found on the web site at, or call them at 307.634.7811.  Look for them under the grandstands at Frontier Park during Frontier Days;  Riverbend Nursery on North Yellowstone, Wyoming Home on Lincolnway,  and Global Spas on Del Range in Cheyenne.


There are a wide range of products, from custom signs starting around $30 to chairs, tables and gliders at about $450.  They are always in the process of creating new products.


kids picnic table