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


ARTS: Stan Dolega’s WIND CODE, SE WY Welcome Center


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Award-winning sculptor Stan Dolega was born in industrial Detroit, Michigan, and has lived in Laramie, Wyoming since 1979. Lured by the vistas, culture and inspirational beauty of Wyoming he witnessed after repeated visits to the state, it was an inevitable decision to make the move and set up shop. In 2012, he was honored with a commission from the State of Wyoming to create WIND CODE, the multi-part steel and stone sculpture pictured here, as part of the newly-built Southeast Wyoming Welcome Center. The Welcome Center will hold a dedication event on May 4 for WIND CODE, including a speech by Dolega.

Dolega’s earliest interest in art was prompted by his parents. He clearly recollects detailed observations of his artist mother creating paintings in her studio and of his physician father planning and building a wooden garage. He was fascinated by the creative process, the thinking and the planning and the doing. Years later he chose to major in Industrial Design and Sculpture (with minors in graphics and the histories of art and architecture), earning his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Michigan State University and Master of Fine Arts from Wayne State University in Detroit. He became strongly influenced by the pioneers of modern architecture: Frank Lloyd Wright, Mies van der Rohe, Le Corbusier, and Gaudi. Through his studies and research, Dolega also learned the construction methods and techniques used to make the diverse range of practical hardware that eases our lives, always believing his acquired knowledge and skills would facilitate his goal of creating uniquely interactive sculpture that would pique curiosity and provide emotional pleasure to viewers and physically enhance the outdoor environment. Also playing a large role in Dolega’s artistic visions are his immediate environment, places he has traveled and lived, and a spiritual connection to and respect for the Earth.

Nearly all of Stan Dolega’s public art installations are designed for a specific place or site. This is done after deliberations with a client and a careful inspection and interpretation of the near and far environment of the chosen site. WIND CODE was created in this manner to accompany the new Southeast Wyoming Welcome Center. Inspirational sources for this artwork include the architecture and purposes of the Welcome Center itself, the ever-present snow fencing along the highways, and especially the space and natural environment comprising the State of Wyoming. WIND CODE was designed to work with and react to the environment and the elements. The sculpture will continually evolve and change. Its patina will age, the wind will flow through the slats, the sun will cast ever-changing patterns and the ice and snow will cover and melt in surprising ways.

WIND CODE was built in Cheyenne and weighs approximately 34,000 pounds total. The marker rock alone is 5,000 pounds, and one of the large standing steel components is 8,700 pounds.

Some of Dolega’s other commissioned artworks have been installed in Cheyenne, Laramie, and Hanna, Wyoming; Belle Isle and Clark Park, Detroit, Michigan; Montgomery County, Maryland; Dayton, Ohio; and The Federal Building, Wenatchee, Washington. Dolega’s work is represented in numerous public and private collections including The National Collection of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, and he is featured in John Beardsley’s book Earthworks and Beyond and Dennis Alan Nawrocki’s Art in Detroit Public Places. His awards include a Wyoming Arts Council Artist’s Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Art in Public Places Grant, and a National Endowment for the Arts Artist’s Fellowship.