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Our 2014 Food & Photo Fest hits Laramie May 30 & 31! Check our website for tickets to any of our wide variety of events…plus, our photography competition deadline has been extended to Sunday, May 4 at midnight! Guidelines online – and email with any questions!

Proceeds benefit Black Dog Animal Rescue of Southeast Wyoming!

Schedule of Events:

Friday, May 30

6:30:  Winemaker’s Dinner, Altitude Chophouse & BreweryFeaturing a special menu designed by Altitude & Table Mountain Vineyards and TMV wine — limit 50 tickets $45/ticket

7 – 10 PM:  Decadent Desserts Night, Alice Hardie Stevens CenterEnjoy yummy desserts and view our photography competition entries! $25/ticket, $15/ticket for children 10 & younger

Saturday, May 31

9 – 11 AM:  Outdoor Photography Workshop with Cliff Cox & Dana Gage Utilizing structures found throughout Downtown Laramie, with and without models. Focusing on composition, lighting and the uses of depth of field. Hands on course for all levels of experience. Limit 20 students. $25/ticket — or participate in all 3 photography classes for $60

10 AM -12 PM:  Historical Photography of Svenson, Ludwig & Brande families, Ludwig Photography Studio — FREEExperience the history & beauty of Wyoming – featuring over a century of work by generations of the Svenson, Ludwig & Brande families.


10 AM – 12 PM:  Edible Art with Sweets Cakes & Pastry — Learn how to create visually appealing desserts & edible art through hands-on instruction led by the lovely & talented ladies at Sweets Cakes & Pastry! Students also bring home something delicious to enjoy. Class limit 10. $45/ticket


11 AM -12 PM: Wine Tasting, Pairing & More Priceless Knowledge with Table Mountain Vineyards’ Patrick Zimmerer — FREE! Want to learn more about wine from the Wyoming wine expert? Learn the nuances of wine production, tasting and pairing with your favorite foods. Please RSVP at no charge on our website for this event to help us plan facility needs!

1 – 3 PM:  Beauty & Fashion Photography with Ken Stoecklin of Beartooth Photography — Beauty/Fashion/ Hi Key lighting & shooting for the composite; all done with speedlights and quick but effective retouching; with student participation. $25/ticket — or participate in all 3 photography classes for $60

2 – 3 PM:  What Makes a Great Beer Local – and Amazing? with Altitude Chophouse & Brewery’s Brew Master — Love a great beer – but unsure how it becomes so awesome? Learn about the ingredients of beer, how ingredients are resourced, and what makes Altitude’s great beer local. Impress all your fellow party-goers at the next dinner party or beer fest. And of course…tasting is included. Class limit 20. $15/ticket

2 – 4 PM:  Centerpiece Arranging 101 with Fresh Flower Fantasy — Learn the art of creating a beautiful centerpiece for your next dinner party! Hands on instruction & a beautiful arrangement of your creation to take home led by Fresh Flower Fantasy. Class limit 15. $35/ticket

3 – 5 PM:  Post Processing Photography Course with Chuck Egnaczak — Chuck is a regular to teaching and photography, with an expertise in post processing. Max class size of 20 students. $25/ticket or $60 for all 3 photography courses

Dinner is Served – in Laramie! Enjoy dinner at Laramie establishments — we’ve invited Laramie restaurants to provide a special deal for our Wine & Photo Gala ticket holders on May 31… Eat out before you come & party with us! Keep checking our website festival page for updates on restaurants providing specials across Laramie!

7 – 10 PM:  Wine & Photography Gala — Sample delicious wines, hors d’oeuvres & desserts. Silent auction will be held to benefit Black Dog Animal Rescue of Southeast Wyoming. $45/ticket or $80/couple.

Beau Johnston presents Lightroom Workflow Overview Workshop – Casper

We were thrilled to brag on the talented Beau Johnston in our current Sprinter 2014 issue of Wyoming Lifestyle Magazine! His upcoming event is definitely one to check out if you’re in the Casper area…

Monday, May 5, 7:30 – 8 :30 PM
Wyoming Oil & Gas Conservation — 2211 King Blvd, Casper
FREE event

Beau will be presenting the workflow he uses when editing photographs to the Casper Photography Association. This will cover how he imports images into Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, utilize metadata, organize and rank his photographs, edit photographs in the Develop module, and export images for printing and online use.

Visit the event page on Facebook to RSVP and ask questions

From Wyoming Author Bill Sniffin:  New book features Wyoming’s favorite places – here is your chance to participate

Your area along with other places all over Wyoming will be featured prominently in a new book planned for distribution this fall.

The coffee table book  MyWyoming: Stories and Photos of 101 Fascinating Places is by Bill Sniffin.  It is the followup to the very successful book published in 2012 called Wyoming’s 7 Greatest Natural Wonders. Format for the new book will be similar to the old book including 30-plus photographers and 14 foldout photos that are 13”x30” in size.

Sniffin is soliciting stories and photos from people all over the state for inclusion in the new book. Persons should send stories about their favorite places to or send to PO Box 900, Lander, WY 82520. Editors will try to match up the stories with beautiful photos of that area. Stories will be 150 to 500 words in length.

Persons with outstanding photos of Wyoming are encouraged to submit them, too. They will be paid for the use of their photos.

Top-notch Wyoming photographers like Dewey Vanderhoff, Woody Wooden, Randy Wagner, Dan Hayward and Scott Copeland were included in the last book and will be featured again in the new book.

The earlier book sold 14,000 copies over a 15-month period, making it one of the best-selling books in Wyoming.


ARTS IN WY: Art, Symphony, Events & More

RIVERTON:  Butch Cassidy, My Uncle: Book Signing

The Wind River Hotel and Casino invites you to a book signing and presentation by Bill Betenson, author of Butch Cassidy, My Uncle: A Family Portrait on August 29 at 4 p.m. in the hotel lobby.

Betenson will talk about the infamous Tipton Train Robbery that occurred on August 29, 1900 in Tipton, WY. This event is considered one of the great robberies that made Butch Cassidy’s Wild Bunch famous in the old west.

Betenson wrote a detailed account of the life and times of his great-uncle Robert Leroy Parker aka Butch Cassidy. Betenson became interested in the notorious train and bank robber after attending a private screening of the movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. His great-grandmother Lula Betenson wrote Butch Cassidy, My Brother in 1976 and highlighted the controversy surrounding her brother’s death.

Growing up, hearing detailed stories about Butch Cassidy and his adventures, Betenson spent over two decades researching his famous great-uncle by accessing family documents, traveling to Argentina and conducting extensive interviews.

With a rich history in Wyoming, Butch Cassidy earned his famous nickname while visiting Rock Springs. Betenson will discuss these various connections to Wyoming and will be open for a Q&A. Books will be available for purchase in the hotel gift shop.

In the Northern Arapaho Experience Cultural Room, a meet and greet with Northern Arapaho Artist Eugene Ridgely  Jr., will also begin at 5 p.m. For the month of September, Ridgely’s art work will be on display in the cultural room. Ridgley has been an artist for over 30 years and calls his paintings and drawings Contemporary American Indian Art.

SHERIDAN:  Unbound at Sagebrush Community Art Center

All Booked Up and No Place to Go?

The end of summer may be a great time to curl up and relax with a good paperback novel or flip through and select one of the many EBooks on a Kindle.   Past resident artists from the Jentel Foundation are taking an entirely different look at the world of books in an exhibition at the Sagebrush Community Art Center August 27th-October 5th.  UNBOUND features over two dozen examples of creative approaches to exploring various aspects of handmade books from binding  to paper, content to format, printing to images and media to traditional styles, such as accordion pleated and scrolls.  The exhibition opens on Wednesday, August 28th 5:00-7:00pm.  Mary Jane Edwards, Executive Director of the Jentel Foundation and curator for the exhibition will make a few comments about the exhibition at the opening and will show the individual pages of Collapse of the Home: Tejas, an unusual book by Alice Leora Briggs in a collaboration organized by Railsmith, an informal group of artists who engineered and produced the hand-printed, lithographic, pop-up book in a limited-edition of thirteen.   Refreshments are provided and the public is invited to attend. 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.

CHEYENNE:  Cheyenne Botanical Gardens’ Mad hatter Mixer & Tea Party 

The Mad Hatter Mixer (evening garden party for adults September 6th) and the Mad Hatter Tea Party for Kids and adults (September 8th) are rapidly approaching. The Mixer committee is in need of plates. Please bring any orphaned/extra dessert, salad or luncheon plates that are dishwasher safe and that you are willing to donate to the Botanic Gardens.

HELP! We are also in need of volunteers for either the Mad Hatter Mixer on the day of Friday, Sept. 6th or the Mad Hatter Tea Party on Sunday, Sept. 8th.

For questions about donating plates or volunteering, contact Darcee Snider at or 307.637.6458. We appreciate your support! THANK YOU!

LARAMIE: UW Art Museum Presents “Chicanitas”

CODY:  Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale September 20 & 21

The 32nd Annual Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale is coming! Visit their website for details and a look at the amazing artists…

Symphonies Launch 2013-2014 Season

Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra first performance — September 28 — “Brilliant Beginnings”:  This concert features all overtures, including many audience favorites: from the Lone Ranger (William Tell Overture) to the Can-Can (Orpheus in the Underworld Overture), from Romeo and Juliet to the Fledermaus and Bernstein’s sparkling Candide Overture. The talented players of the CSO shine in this program as they demonstrate their virtuosity and versatility. Our guest artists on this program are a number of local High School orchestra students, sitting side-by-side with their CSO professional musician counterparts, joining the CSO for the Offenbach overture at the performance. Don’t miss it!

Wyoming Symphony Orchestra in Casper — first performance October 5 — “Rock On!”:  “The majesty of the full forces of the symphony orchestra will shine in the spectacular opening of our 64th concert season. We’ll begin with a bright and energetic kaleidoscope of orchestral sound in Thomas Svoboda’s Overture of the Season. Next, the greatest love theme ever written to the synopsis of the greatest love story ever told: Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture. Finally we’ll feature the extraordinary virtuosity of Russian superstar Alexander Ghindin performing the granddaddy of all piano concertos, Rachmaninoff’s 3rd, better known as ‘Rach 3.'” — Wyoming Symphony Orchestra

Powder River Symphony Orchestra in Gillette — first performance October 27 — “Hello to Broadway”:  Live and be merry! Enjoy of timeless selections from some of the most celebrated Broadway Musicals. Brazilian Pianist Joao Paulo Casarotti joins the Powder River Symphony in the performance of George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. 

University of Wyoming Symphony Orchestra — first performance October 3 — Svoboda, Overture of the Season; Mozart, Sinfonia Concertante for 4 winds and orchestra, KV Anh I/9(297b); Brahms, Symphony No. 2. Nicole Riner, flute; Lindsey Bird Reynolds, oboe; Kaori Uno-Jack, bassoon; Jason Johnston, horn

Univ. of WY Flute Studio Third Annual WY Flute Day, September 21, Cody High School:  

Featuring Nicole Riner, Instructor of Flute, University of Wyoming • Dr. Linda Antas, flutist and Professor of Music Technology and Composition, Montana State University • Gioscia-Groothof Duo flute-guitar duo from Colorado Springs 

Activities Include:  Workshops in breathing and stretching, master class on All-State excerpts, guest performances from Dr. Linda Antas (flute + electronics) and Gioscia-Groothof Duo, recital of flutists from around Wyoming, mass flute choir concert

Wyoming Flute Day is generously sponsored by University of Wyoming, Hill Music, and King’s Inn Cody

Contact Dr. Nicole Riner to register:

The Hidden Wyoming Project Explores Wyoming Off the Beaten Track

Photographer Beau Johnston and his lovely wife are exploring our square state via The Hidden Wyoming Project – a look at the WY that few people stop to see. Check out the website & join their Flickr group to share your Hidden Wyoming!