ART IN WYOMING: Plein Air Elk Refuge, The Culture Trip Visits Cheyenne, GTNP Art, Laramie Mural Project

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Plein Air Painters at Natl Elk Refuge Visitor Center May 13

A group of painters will use the backdrop of the National Elk Refuge as artistic inspiration on Tuesday, May 13, giving visitors an opportunity to watch and ask questions as the artists create their works.

The artists are part of the Teton Plein Air Painters, a group of artists who meet once a week from May – October in the Teton environs. Starting with two people during the summer of 2012, the group now has a communication list of over seventy. Typically, three to ten people are onsite to paint, referencing the landscape for motifs. Art mediums include oil, acrylic, watercolor, and pen and ink.

The group will spread out in the area of the visitor center, located at 532 N. Cache Street in Jackson. Weather permitting, likely locations will include the visitor center lawn, the covered upper deck of the facility, and the remote viewing deck across the lawn next to the wetlands area. Current visitor center hours are from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, but visitors are welcome to stroll through the grounds after hours to enjoy the art session.

En plein air is a French expression which means “in the open air” and is used to describe painting done in an outdoor setting. The artists paint natural light, using color to define form. Depending on the light and weather, plein air paintings are generally done in one session. Artists may add final touches to their work once back in the studio. For additional information on the Teton Plein Air Painters and Tuesday’s session, contact Bobbi Miller, Facilitator, at 307 / 543 2910.

Artful Hand Gallery

Cheyenne’s 10 Contemporary Art Galleries: Wyoming Art Guide on The Culture Trip

Click the title above to connect with The Culture Trip and their review of contemporary art galleries in Cheyenne. They write, “Though Wyoming is known for its rural landscapes and cowboy character, its capital, Cheyenne, named for the Native American people of the Great Plains, is culturally diverse and heavily populated. We examine the budding cultural scene of this Western state with a look at the top ten galleries in its largest city.”

Grand Teton National Park: American Indian Guest Artists 2014 Program in Grand Teton National Park

Provided by Grand Teton National Park

MOOSE, WY —For the past 39 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 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 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Colter Bay Visitor Center. Artists also offer their finished items for purchase.

May 11 – 26 Debbie & Willy LaMere Shoshone Beadwork & Flint Knapping
May 27 – June 2 Amanda Coby Shoshone Beadwork & Weaving
June 3 – 9 Kelly Looking Horse Lakota Sioux Drums, Antler & Hide Items
June 10 – 16 Guillermo Martinez Tarascan-Apache Handmade Flutes & Drums
June 17 – 23 Kelly Looking Horse Lakota Sioux Drums, Antler & Hide items
June 24 – 30 Ted Moran S’Klallam Northwest Coastal Carving
July 1 – 7 DG House Cherokee Painting & Printmaking
July 8 – 14 Andrea Two Bulls Oglala Sioux Beadwork & Painting
July 15 – 21 Monte Yellowbird Arikara/ Hidatsa Ledger Art
July 22 – 28 Gale Self Choctaw Silver & Turquoise Jewelry
July 29 – August 4 Lovey Two Bulls Oglala Sioux Beadwork, Jewelry & Art Work
August 5 – 11 Debbie & Willy LaMere Shoshone Beadwork & Flint Knapping
August 12 – 18 Paul Hacker Choctaw Ledger Art, Knives & Flutes
August 19 – 25 Jola LaBeau Eastern Shoshone Beadwork & Other Crafts
August 26 – Sept.  1 Josie Broncho Shoshone/Paiute Beadwork
September 2 – 8 Nancy Nacki & Clyde Hall Shoshone Beadwork, Silver & Pottery
September 9 – 15 Maynard White Owl Nez Perce/ Cayuse Beadwork
September 16 – 22 DG House Cherokee Painting & Printmaking
September 23 – 29 Guillermo Martinez  Tarascan-Apache  Handmade Flutes & Drums
Sept. 30 – Oct. 13 Debbie and Willy LaMere Shoshone Beadwork & Flint Knapping

Laramie Main Street Alliances Downtown Mural Project Naming Contest

Join the Laramie Main Street Alliance in celebrating the fourth year of the Laramie Mural Project!

Now through the end of June, take a selfie with your favorite mural and post it to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using hashtag #laramiemural for a chance to win mural themed merchandise!

Then, visit the artists painting behind Altitude (starting next week) and suggest a name for our new mural! You can post your suggestions to our Facebook page, “Downtown Laramie” or email them to

Suggestions will be compiled by the artists and the top three will be posted the first week of June with voting opened up to the public. The name will be announced at our dedication party for the mural on Friday, June 13th from 5 to 7 p.m. behind Altitude Chophouse, 320 S. 2nd Street.

For more information about the Laramie Mural Project, visit: or call 307-760-3355.

CALENDAR: Laramie Jubilee Days is coming!



We’re always proud to feature Laramie Jubilee Days & Downtown Laramie in our summer issues of Wyoming Lifestyle Magazine, and we wanted to give the upcoming calendar an additional shout out! Here are the events coming up as well as those for Downtown Laramie…

Saturday, July 6:  Kids Horse Show, Albany County Fairgrounds (9 AM)

Sunday, July 7:  Ranch Rodeo, Albany County Fairgrounds, Sponsored by Laramie GM Auto Center (10 AM)

Tuesday, July 9:  Junior Bull Riding, Albany County Fairgrounds, Sponsored by Laramie Ford (7 PM)

Wednesday, July 10:  WY State Celebration, WY Territorial Prison & State Historical Site (11 AM – 2 PM); Carnival, Downtown Laramie (evening); Mr. T Calcultta, Albany County Fairgrounds (5 PM); Mr. T Bull Riding, Albany County Faigrounds (7 PM)

Thursday, July 11:  Street Closures Begin, Downtown Laramie (noon); Carnival, Downtown Laramie (3-11 PM); Flaming Gorge Jalapeno Eating Contest, Downtown Laramie (5:30 PM); Downtown Beer Tent Open, Downtown Laramie (5-11 PM); Last Chance Team Roping, Albany County Fairgrounds (6 PM); The Flashbacks, Dowtnown Laramie Stage (6:15-8:15 PM); Live Music TBA, Downtown Laramie Stage (8:15–)

Friday, July 12:  Jeff Thompson Memorial Pancake Breakfast (8-10 AM); PRCA Rodeo Slack, Albany Cty Fairgrounds (7 AM); Carnival, Downtown Laramie (noon — ); Downtown Beer Tent Open, Downtown Laramie (2-11 PM); Farmers’ Market, Downtown Laramie (3 PM); Barely Gettin’ By, Downtown Laramie Stage (3:30-6:30 PM); PRCA Rodeo Performance, Albany Cty Fairgrounds (6:30 PM); Downtown Street Dance to Narrow Gauge, Downtown Laramie Stage (8-11:45 PM)

Saturday, July 13:  Hospice Toodeloo 5K Run/Walk, 1st Street/Greenbelt (8-10 AM)Parade Downtown Laramie (10 AM); Downtown Beer Tent Open, Downtown Laramie (10-11:45 PM); Laramie Cowbelles BBQ, Downtown Laramie (noon); ACPE Ice Cream Social, ACPE Parking Lot (noon); Rotary Horseshoe Tourney, Washington Park (noon); Alice Wallace, Downtown Laramie Stage (noon-3 PM); Carnival, Downtown Laramie (noon–); Downtown Laramie Brew Fest, Depot Park (1-6 PM); Queens Luncheon, Holiday Inn (1:30 PM); Barely Gettin’ By, Downtown Laramie Stage (4-7:15 PM); PRCA Rodeo Performance, Albany Cty Fairgrounds (6:30 PM); Downtown Street Dance to Richie Law & the Southern Routes Band (8-11:45 PM)

Suncay, July 14:  WPRA Barrel Racing Slack, Albany Cty Fairgrounds (8:30 AM); PRCA Rodeo Performance, Albany Cty Fairgrounds (1 PM)

ON THE CALENDAR: October 26, 2012


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The Rock Springs Main Street Halloween Stroll will be held OCTOBER 27, from 11 A – 2 P, beginning at the Rock Springs Historical Museum downtown. There are even more merchants particpating this year, and RS Main Street is looking forward to a bigger and better stroll!! A great event for the family — click here for more info! 


Ghost Tours of Laramie City, “Terror Behind Stone Walls”  runs October 26, 27 and 31. This tour is a two-part tour, and will last approximately an hour and a half. The tour starts off at the Territorial Prison, where thrill seekers will be led through a section of the park by a menacing character. After that, a hayride will wind though Downtown Laramie. Guests will hear the ghostly stories of the Gem City and see local historical haunts. After that, guests will return to the prison via hayride and finish up the tour in the penitentiary.

Tickets are $13 for adults, $10 for children ages 7-12 (not recommended for children under 7). There are six tours a night starting at 7:00, 7:30, 8:00, 8:30, 9:00, 9:30. Payment in full is required in making your reservations. Time slots fill up fast so please call or come down to the Territorial Prison to reserve tickets ahead of time. Click here for more information.


The Laramie Main Street Alliance presents the annual Scaramie event — a fun time for families in Downtown Laramie! Lots & LOTS of candy, a city fire truck parked in front of the Laramie Main Street office at 207 Grand Ave. for kids to explore, as well as carnival style games in the First Street Plaza at First & Grand Ave. coordinated by the LHS Choice Kids program. The Gem City Grand (Albany County Transportation Authority) will also be parked downtown at the First Street Plaza and will be handing out candy from their decorated bus. 10 A – 12 P on October 27!  Click here for more!


From October 26-28 (6 and 7:30 PM), the Cheyenne Street Railway has partnered with the Paranormal Hunting Observation Group to investigate local hauntings. They’re presenting their observations on this year’s Ghost Tours! “These 90-min tours illuminate the spirits of who once inhabited the vasst prairie and our wild west town,” the Visit Cheyenne website says. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children — reservations are REQUIRED. Tickets are on sale at the Depot, W. 15th St. and Capitol Ave., or by calling 307-778-3133 with a credit/debit card. Participants are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes.  Click here for more information.



October 26 (5 P – 7 P; 9 P – 12 P), and October 27 (7 P – 12 P), the NCHS haunted mansion fundraiser helps raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Admission is $5 but with a donation of one non-perishable food item, admission is discounted to $4. More info:



October 27 (6 P -8 P), head to the Casper Recreation Center for carnival games, inflatables, a costume parade and other spook-tacular activities! Candy & Prizes will be awarded at the games; refreshments will be available. FREE event for kiddos 12 & under and their parents; sponsored by the Community Recreation Foundation.



On October 26 (2 P – 4 P), children ages 2-8 years old are invited to the Bear River State Park Visitor Center for fun-filled Halloween activities! There will be games, activities, pumpkin picking decorating for all. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED — register at the rec center. Parent supervision is required. Pumpkins are donated by Wal-Mart.


On October 26 & 27 on campus in Riverton, the CWC Theater Department & Student Activities hosts the Halloween Trail of Terror, guided tours of outdoor campus haunts. From 7-10 PM, this scary, family-friendly event is free, but donations to breast cancer awareness will be appreciated.

Sponsored by the CWC Theater Department and Student Activities, guided tours of outdoor campus haunts are provided by theater students Rustin Burr and Zedikiah Mills from 7-10 p.m. on both evenings. Click here for more info!


On October 31st, the popular Shoshoni Haunted House is held at the Shoshoni Senior Center basement from 7 – 9 PM. Cost if $3/person, $2/person wiht a canned food item donation. With three months’ worth of work going into the event by the Shoshoni Recreation Department staff, you won’t want to miss this popular event!


A free haunted house will be held at Hands On Pottery, 110 W. 4th St., on October 26 & 27 from 6-7 PM. The event, geared toward smaller children, will be free, with treat bags FOR ALL WHO SURVIVE!!!!! Muuuhahahaha!! (OK, that’s what they said.) 🙂 “We will be closing the store early each night for the haunted house. Please come by and enjoy in the fun!” they add. For more information check out their Facebook page.


Head to the Halloween Carnival in Story on Friday, October 26 from 5:30 – 7:30 P at Story Elementary School, 103 Fish Hatchery Road. Carnival games, fortune teller, cake walk, prizes, costume contest, haunted house! Free admission, including free chili dogs. For more information, call Ramona at (307) 752-5004 or the Story school at (307) 683-2316.


Friday, October 26, and Saturday, October 27, 7:30 – 10:30 P at Holy Name Catholic School, 121 S. Connor. Enjoy this haunted house adventure, recommended for ages 8 and up. $5/person. For more information, call Holy Name Catholic School at 307-672-2021.


Saturday, October 27, from 2 – 3:30 P. Meet on Grinnell Plaza in Historic Downtown Sheridan. The Sheridan Jaycees will be taking the kids trick or treating to the downtown businesses. Be sure to wear your costume – and maybe get a prize in the costume contest too! Bring your own bucket or bag (or something even bigger!) For more information, contact Jarod Martin at 307-751-5738.


The 12th Annual Pet Costume Contest kicks off at the Kendrick Park Band Shell, and runs from 11 A – 12:30 P. Bring your costumed pet and
compete for prizes in three categories — Scariest, Most Creative, and Funniest. Treats for all entries. Entry fee is $5/pet, with proceeds to benefit the Dog & Cat Shelter. Also enter the raffle for many other prizes. Music and fun for the whole family. Bring dog or cat food, which will be shared with people who are struggling to afford feeding their pets. For more information, call the Shelter at (307) 674-7694 or Kandy DeTavernier at (307) 763-1146.


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