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What is “Bad” art? We all have our own ideas on what makes a piece of art suck worse than the next but we’ve put people to the test. The Corridor Gallery in Casper released a call for entries in August asking the public to submit bad art for a chance at a $500 prize for Worst In Show. Entries poured in and most made us sick. How do you quantify the amount of bad artwork that was submitted? We counted it. We have over 40 pieces of pathetic attemps at art ready to show. We’re happy, embarassed, a little saddened and generally sickened to display them for the October 22nd Bad Art Event at the Corridor Gallery.

The Corridor Gallery is excited to announce the one day event: “Bad Art”, a call for original submissions. The submitted original work was derrived from artists, friends, family, found, purchased at thrift stores, antique stores, garage sales. All works but the “Worst in Show” can be bid upon to either keep or destroy by checking a box on the silent auction sheet. Works with a winning bid of destruction will be destroyed by fire, explosion or weaponry by Corridor staff and a video will be made public of the acts. Attendants to the opening will be given raffle tickets with the purchase of a drink or can buy 2 tickets for $5. The raffle ticket will double as a write in vote for “Worst in Show”. The submitter of the winning “Worst in Show” piece will win a cash prize of $500 based upon public vote at the opening reception.

Event Details

Prize: $500 Cash for “Worst In Show”

Location: The Corridor Gallery, 120 E. 2nd St. Casper, WY 82601 Opening & Showing: ONE NIGHT ONLY! Saturday, October 22nd Doors Open: 7PM

Catering: Malt beverages will be sold

Raffle Tickets: One free ticket will be issued with each drink purchase or sold 2 for $5

Auction: “Destroy or Save” auction to be voted on raffle tickets General Admission: Free

Call 307-333-7035 or email appointment@thecorridorgallery.com with any questions.



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Wyoming’s libraries highlighted on Snapshot Day

 On Tuesday, Oct. 11 the state’s libraries will host Wyoming Snapshot Day, an event highlighting the importance of libraries to the state. More than 60 libraries will collect photos, comments and usage numbers to illustrate their impact every day of the year. Participating sites include public, school, special, community college and University of Wyoming libraries.

“Wyomingites love their libraries,” Susan Mark, Wyoming State Library statistics librarian said. “They use them to encourage their kids to read, to find a job, to further their education. Last year, circulation was well over 5 million. Wyoming public libraries alone typically have between 3 and 4 million visits and nearly a million computer uses a year. The typical school librarian sees every student in the building at least once a week.”

Many libraries will be taking pictures of their activities and asking patrons to fill out short survey forms and to provide comments. “Beyond the numbers, we really want people’s stories,” Mark said. “Whether it’s a child checking out a book for the first time, a high school student learning how to do research, or someone finding information on how to re-enter the workforce, we want to know how people are using our libraries.”

Wyoming residents can participate in Snapshot Day by visiting their local library and providing their comments. More information on the event, and a list of participating libraries may be found at http://wyomingsnapshot.weebly.com/.

Wyoming Snapshot Day is a project of the Wyoming State Library (WSL) and the Wyoming Library Association. For more information, contact Susan Mark, WSL statistics librarian at 307-777-5915 or susan.mark@wyo.gov.

Thank you to our fabulous Wyoming libraries and librarians who dedicate their time to enriching our lives in the Cowboy State!

Til Next Time…

Kati Hime, Editor


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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 www.thecorridorgallery.com


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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. www.vhay.com

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

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

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

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.

ART IN WY: Lander Art Center NEAT Exhibit


Robert Martinez

FROM THE LANDER ART CENTER, http://www.landerartcenter.com

TheNative Emerging Artist Training (NEAT) exhibition is scheduled to open July 1, 2011 and run through August 6, 2011.

The NEAT program began in 2009 to help train Native artists from the Wind River Reservation how to enter juried exhibitions and how to market their artwork.

This year, the show consists of young artists from Wyoming Indian Middle School as well as skillful adult artists.

Colleen Friday

Robert Martinez

Colleen Friday


Be sure to visit the Lander Art Center in Lander Wyoming, and support our talented Wyoming artists!

Kati Hime, Editor


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WYOMING ARTS: Jackson’s Lynn Friess Wins Award


Jackson Hole Author Lynn Friess Wins Gold 2011 “IPPY” Award

Picture book Western Lullaby takes a first place in Independent Publisher awards

Jackson, Wyoming – May 24, 2011 – A Jackson Hole picture book, Western Lullaby, written by Lynn Estes Friess and illustrated by Barbara Leonard Gibson (Mariposa Ranch Press, 2010), has won a gold medal in the national 2011 Independent Publisher Book Awards. Launched in 1996, the “IPPY” Awards are designed to bring increased recognition to deserving but often unsung titles from independent publishers.  Western Lullaby by Jackson Hole resident Lynn Friess took first place in the category of “Children’s Picture Books (7 & Under).”

Author Friess, a grandmother of 10 and avid art collector, wrote the award-winning Western Lullaby as a bedtime story focusing on the nocturnal sights and sounds of the West, combining the dreamy tale of a little cowgirl’s nighttime surroundings with vivid illustrations by Gibson of the Western outdoors.  An audio CD of the lullaby that inspired the book is included, performed by Wyoming singer-songwriter Marilee Gordon.

This year’s “IPPY” Awards presented gold, silver and bronze medals to winners in 69 national categories as well as regional awards and 12 Outstanding Books of the Year.  Western Lullaby tied for the gold in its category with Henry! You’re Late Again! by Mary Evanson Bleckwehl, illustrated by Brian Barber (Beaver’s Pond Press).  According to Independent Publisher, the 346 medal-winning books for 2011 came from a pool of 3,907 total entries, representing 45 U.S. states plus the District of Columbia, seven Canadian provinces, and seven countries overseas.  A full listing of the 2011 “IPPY” Award winners is available here on the Independent Publisher website.

Western Lullaby was the first picture book written by Friess, a close friend and supporter of the Jackson Hole-based National Museum of Wildlife Art.  In September 2010, Friess published her second picture book, Jackson Hole’s Carl Discovers Wildlife Art, illustrated by John Potter, and written as an engaging way to introduce children to wildlife art and the museum.  The Carl title is the first in a planned series, and proceeds from the book help sponsor programs, exhibits and operating support for the museum.

Media Contact: Ponteir Sackrey, National Museum of Wildlife Art, 307.732.5444, psackrey@wildlifeart.org


ART IN WY: Architecture Speaks in Black & White


Architecture Speaks In Black & White – photography by Michael Flicek

Architecture has much to say about many aspects of human existence.  Structures have voice.  Much as the great thinkers and philosophers throughout time have struggled with universal human concerns like truth, beauty, and spirituality or logic and metaphysics, so have architects throughout time worked to interpret these human concerns through their use of light, space, and form.  All of this has been, and is, done within the context of a time and place that carries with it particular cultural, political, and economic conditions and particular climactic and geographic conditions.  From the early drawings on cave walls to the utility of log houses in early America to the icons of modernity across time in the great cities of the world, human design has and will continue to leave a mark on our world. –  excerpt from Michael Flicek’s artist statement

The Corridor Gallery proudly presents “Architecture Speaks In Black & White”, a photographic exhibit by Casper resident and artist, Michael Flicek. Michael has been shown in numerous galleries nationwide and is an award-winning photographer with a vast resume´. Architecture Speaks In Black & White will be Michael Flicek’s second solo show to Casper, Wyoming.

Michael is partial to black and white photography working in the digital realm. Capturing the image on locations is only the beginning of his process. Once Michael composes a photograph, he’s on to the next step of immersion within his “digital darkroom”. Michael then manipulates the image to fit his vision of a final work of art. Once satisfied, he creates immaculate digital prints in limited edition on archival quality glossy baryta finished paper. Due to the high quality print and stock used, Michael’s photographs take on a traditional look.

“Architecture Speaks In Black & White” will only be featured for 3 days at the Corridor gallery. The press and public are invited to attend the free opening reception on Friday, May 20th at 7pm. The public and press are invited to attend an artist’s talk with Michael on Saturday, May 21st at 2:00pm. Michael’s work will show only through Sunday, May 22nd. We hope to see you there!

Event Details

Event: “Architecture Speaks In Black & White” by Michael Flicek

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

Tickets Cost/Avail: Free Admission

Opening Reception: Friday, May 20th at 7:00pm

Artist’s Talk: Saturday, May 21st at 2:00pm

Open Showing: Saturday, May 21st 10:00am to 5:00pm

Sunday, May 22nd noon to 4pm

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

Michael Flicek: mflicek@michaelflicekgallery.com, 307-259-3963

Hope to see you there!

Reed Merschat

The Corridor Gallery

120 E. 2nd St.

Casper, WY 82601

g. (307) 333-7035

m. (307) 259-8001