ON THE CALENDAR: August 17, 2012


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The annual Cheyenne Kiwanis Rib Fest is a highly anticipated event! A ‘best rib’ competition joins live music, fun for the kiddos and a car show — all at the historic Train Depot in downtown Cheyenne! http://cheyenneribfest.com/



Check out this inaugural art event, held at the 17th St. Dineen Plaza in historic downtown Cheyenne! http://artscheyenne.com/blog/latest-news/17th-street-art-festival-call-for-art-display-booth-at-the-festival/



The State Fair this year is going to be an even more awesome event, as Wyoming celebrates its 100th fair! Click here to check out the website for more information — parades, rodeo, concerts, carnival, exhibitors, LOTS of fun for the whole family!

DOUGLAS: WYOMING MUSTANG DAYS THROUGH AUGUST 18 — Check out the website for more information! http://friendsofalegacy.org/?page_id=1304



Uptown Breakdown in Centennial on Saturday- free festival at the Beartree, starts at 4 pm! http://www.centenniallibrary.net/calendar.html


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The festival includes the 22nd Annual Rocky Mountain Regional Fiddle Championships, and the 1st Annual Arts and Crafts Show and Sale. The festival begins Friday evening around 8pm with an informal ice-breaker jam session as musicians and fans arrive. Arts & Crafts opens along with the music competition, which includes numerous nationally certified fiddle categories, including guitar, variety instrument, female and male vocals. All music is acoustic, traditional old time style bluegrass or country.  http://www.casperwyoming.info/events.php


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The third annual Antelope Dash–a Race to Benefit the Nature Conservancy in Wyoming, will be on Saturday, August 25th, 2012, at Curt Gowdy State Park, in between Cheyenne and Laramie. There will be 4-mile or 8-mile options which participants can walk, jog, run, or race. Post-race pancake brunch by the Laramie Kiwanis, souvenir running socks for participants. To register or for more information, please see website at: www.theantleopedash.org


The inaugural Caldera Festival is a fusion of art, music, and fashion, showcasing the unique culture of Jackson, Wyoming – a place unlike any in the world. The two day festival will utilize the 550 seat theater and 55,000 square foot lawn of the Center for the Arts in downtown Jackson to welcome Terra:Textile on Friday evening and an outdoor concert featuring musician Andrew Bird on Saturday night. See The Mountain Pulse for more info:  http://www.themountainpulse.com/2012/08/caldera-festival-preview/


This tour will emphasize how prostitution facilitated the economic growth and development of Laramie City. The tour will begin at the 1st Street Plaza, move east to Grand News Stand (the site of the Grover Institute—Christy Grover’s elaborate Victorian brothel), then move north along the front street architecture (specifically designed to facilitate retail businesses on the ground level, with the small side entrances, leading to staircases for brothels on the second floor level). The tour will end at Second Story Books for a good look at the original brothel rooms, now used in the bookstore.  Social, cultural, and health issues surrounding the economics of prostitution will be discussed, as well as the tax revenue gleaned from the industry.Note: This tour is NOT appropriate for children 12 and under.  http://www.laramiemainstreet.org/Events.html 


Sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society, this 8th annual BBQ/Bluegrass Festival includes 30+ BBQ cookers which come to compete for this year’s prizes totaling over $6975! Also includes a brew fest this year! http://www.wyo-bbq-bluegrass.com/


Snake River Brewery at the Steinley Cup www.whofish.org.


“Come for the Beer… Stay for the Bull”  Held on Veteran’s Island in Saratoga, Wyoming the microbrewery competition brings together the top professional microbreweries in Wyoming in search of the coveted Saratoga Steinley Cup traveling trophy and is Wyoming’s original and only official microbrewery competition. Live music and great eats complete the event. Stick around for the Saratoga Bullfest, a bull riders-only event at Buck Springs Saturday evening. The cost is $20 per person. Attendees will receive a mug and ballots to vote for People’s Choice.  http://www.saratogachamber.info/



Come enjoy this annual art loving event, including sculpture and drawing, a kid’s event and lots more! Held in conjunction with the River Festival, hosted by the Green River Chamber of Commerce. Learn more at www.cityofgreenriver.org.


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Trumpeter Swan Presentation in Jackson

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The National Elk Refuge will be hosting its third program in a winter
lunchtime speaker series on Friday,February 24 at 12:30 pm.
The hour–long presentation, which will be held at the Jackson Hole
& Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center at 532 N. Cache Street in
Jackson, will be led by Nongame Biologist Susan Patla from the Wyoming
Game & Fish Department.

Patla has been responsible for the management and monitoring of
wild trumpeter swans in Wyoming since 1999. She also served as
the chairperson of the Greater Yellowstone Trumpeter Swan Working
Group for 10 years. During her presentation, Patla will describe
her work to manage and improve swan habitat and talk about
swan distribution in the state. “Trumpeter swans are one of Wyoming’s
rarest and most magnificent resident birds,” Patla said. “The National
Elk Refuge is one of the best locations in the state to observe
them throughout the year.” Patla will also discuss new grant projects
that create wetlands for nesting swans on private land in partnership
with landowners.
Patla’s presentation is open to the public and free of charge.
Participants may bring a lunch to enjoy during the noon hour talk;
light refreshments will be served. For more information on the program,
please contact the National Elk Refuge administrative offices at 307.733.9212.

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Stage Stop Begins!


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The 2012 International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race (IPSSSDR) starts Friday!  Visit their website at www.wyomingstagestop.org for lots of information, past results and some great images by Chris Havener.  According to the IPSSSDR’s website:  “In 1996 Frank Teasley, with the help of public nurse Jayne Ottman, launched the International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race to showcase the beautiful state of Wyoming and to make sled dog racing more accessible to the public. In addition, the race worked to spread the word about the need for childhood immunizations—and each year the race makes a contribution to communities on the race route for childhood immunizations.”

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The 2012 schedule is as follows:

Friday, January 27: Jackson Hole

Saturday, January 28: Travel Day

Sunday, January 29: Lander

Monday, January 30: Pinedale/Cora

Tuesday, January 31: Big Piney/Marbleton

Wednesday, February 1: Alpine

Thursday, February 2: Evanston 1st day of racing

Friday, February 3: Evanston 2nd day of racing

Saturday, February 4: Park City

All images by Chris Havener

Here is the kickoff day’s timeline for events from Jackson!

Timeline race start at Town Square Friday, January 27, 2012:

5:00 Music on the sound system, food and booths

5:00 Storm Show’s 2011 ski/ride film “Action Jackson” playing on the JumboTron

6:00 P.M.  Welcome


7-9 Pedigree Party at Snow King

8  Torchlight Parade

8:30 Fireworks

Please note: START Bus runs every 15 minutes from the Town Square to the corner of Cache and Snow King from 7-8 PM then from 8-9 it runs from Town Square to Snow King Center Bus Stop.

All images by Chris Havener

Time to get mushin’!

‘Til Next Time…

Kati Hime, Editor



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Wyoming State Capitol Chanukah Celebration

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Thank you to Chabad Jewish Center of Wyoming for sending us this information on the State Capitol’s Chanukah Celebration! You can learn more about Wyoming’s Jewish community in our upcoming winter issue of Wyoming Lifestyle Magazine — in the meantime, mark your calendars to attend this important event!


Chabad Jewish Center of Wyoming to Light Up One of 10,000 Public Menorahs Worldwide, Symbolizing Universal Message of Religious Freedom


Chabad Jewish Center of Wyoming, based in Jackson but serving Jewish Wyomingites across the State, will ignite a public 10-foot menorah erected at the State Capitol Building, followed by a community-wide celebration on the 7th day of Chanukah, Tuesday, December 27, 2011. The ceremony will feature Chanukah songs from the Montessori School of Cheyenne children’s choir, Menorah kindling with beloved Holocaust survivor siblings Zolly Gancz and Hellen Zigmond and greetings from community leaders and elected officials.  Following the menorah lighting ceremony, many will dance, sing and eat delicious Chanukah treats such as potato latkes and jelly doughnuts.

The public menorah lighting was organized by Chabad Rabbi Zalman Mendelsohn, Executive Director of the Chabad Jewish Center of Wyoming, who remarked, “The Menorah serves as a symbol of Wyoming’s dedication to preserve and encourage the right and liberty of all its citizens to worship G-d freely, openly, and with pride.  Specifically in America, a nation that was founded upon and vigorously protects the right of every person to practice his or her religion free from restraint and persecution, the Menorah takes on profound significance, embodying both religious and constitutional principles.”

Shira Michaels from Cheyenne, who is looking forward to attending the public menorah lighting commented, “I want my kids to grow up with pride in their Jewish heritage and a feeling of equality and self-confidence as an American. Chabad’s Chanukah Menorahs are arguably one of the most important developments ever to help my child’s education. I wish they had this where I grew up.”

The Capitol menorah is one of thousands of large public menorahs sponsored by Chabad throughout the world, helping children and adults of all walks of life discover and enjoy the holiday message.

Throughout the State of Wyoming, Chabad will be presenting scores of Chanukah events and celebrations, including public menorah lightings, public menorah displays, joyous Chanukah parties and more. To find a local event in Wyoming or practically anywhere throughout the world, visit www.JewishWyoming/ChanukahEvents. For more information about Chanukah and a local schedule of events, visit JewishWyoming.com/Chanukah.



Tuesday, December 27, 2011; 12:00 p.m. until 1:00 p.m.


State Capitol Building, 200 West 24th Street, Cheyenne, WY; West Hallway


Chanukah, the Festival of Lights, recalls the victory – more than 2,200 years ago – of a militarily weak, but spiritually strong, Jewish people over the mighty forces of a ruthless enemy that had overrun the Holy Land and threatened to engulf the land and its people in darkness.

The miraculous victory of religious freedom was compounded by a second great miracle that took place when only one jug of sacred oil was found still pure and sealed.  The Maccabees poured the one-day supply of oil into the great Menorah and rekindled the Menorah that had been desecrated and extinguished by the enemy.  The small amount of oil did not burn out at the end of the first day, but continued to burn continuously for eight days, until the special process for preparing new oil could be completed.

Lighting the Chanukah Menorah reminds us of these events and also serves as a universal symbol and a cosmopolitan message of triumph of freedom over oppression, of spirit over matter, of right over might, of light over darkness. This crucial message is at the heart of every Wyomingites’ and every Americans’ hope for better days ahead.

Chanukah Low-Fat Potato Latke Recipe

· 3 teaspoons vegetable oil, preferably canola

· 2 pounds russet potatoes (about 4 or 5), peeled

· 3/4 cup finely chopped red onion (about 1 medium onion)

· 1/4 cup all-purpose white flour

· 1 teaspoon salt

· 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

· 1 large egg, lightly beaten

· 1 large egg white, lightly beaten

Set oven racks at middle and lower positions of the oven. Preheat oven to 450° F. Prepare 2 baking sheets by brushing with 1 teaspoon oil on each sheet.

Grate potatoes using hand grater or shredding blade of food processor. Place in a large bowl and add onions, flour, salt and pepper; toss to mix well. Add egg, egg white and remaining 1 teaspoon oil; toss to mix.

Drop onto prepared cookie sheets by the tablespoonful and press lightly to form cakes. Bake for 10 minutes, or until golden brown on the bottom. Flip latkes, switch position of baking sheets, and bake about 5 more minutes, or until golden brown.

Transfer to a platter, arranging browned-side up, and serve with no-fat sour cream or applesauce, or both. May be made ahead and stored overnight in fridge. Reheat at 350° F for 10 minutes. Makes about 24 latkes.

Tip: Use the grater attachment of a food processor to simultaneously grate both the potatoes and the onion. Set the shredded material in a colander over a bowl to catch the dripping liquid. When the grated potato-onion mixture stops squishing combine with the egg, egg white and remaining teaspoon of oil as above. Carefully pour out the liquid collected from under the grated potatoes and onions, taking care to save the white cake which has formed at the bottom of the bowl (the potato starch). Add this white stuff to the latke mixture and mix well. Complete the above recipe as written.

At WLM, we strive to appreciate all walks of life, and are proud of our history as The Equality State. Thank you to the Wyoming state government for recognizing this important event!

‘Til Next Time,

Kati Hime, Editor


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ART IN WY: Trio’s New Exhibit

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Trio Artists Take Flight in December Group Exhibition to Benefit Teton Raptor Center

Jackson, WY – Just in time for the holidays,Trio Fine Art will be hosting a show inspired by our fine feathered friends.  Entitled “Flight,” the show came about as a result of all four gallery artists’ affinity for birds.  The title reflects not only the subject of the exhibition but the artistic aspirations of the participants: Jennifer L. Hoffman, Lee Carlman Riddell, Kathryn Mapes Turner, and September Vhay.

The gallery will partner with the TetonRaptorCenter(www.tetonraptorcenter.org) for the exhibit; a percentage of all the sales from the exhibition will be donated to the center, and Roger Smith will be on hand at the reception to talk about the RaptorCenter’s activities.  One of the center’s resident birds will also be in attendance.  The show will open on December 8 with a reception from 5-8 PMand will hang through December 31.

From the Artists’ Perspective

Kathryn Mapes Turner, “Her Wingspan”; oil on linen, 24×24″

Kathryn Mapes Turner: “My passion for birds started at a very early age when my father, a trained ornithologist, was rehabilitating raptors in our backyard. In the 1970’s and early 1980’s, the Wyoming Game and Fish would send him bald and golden eagles that had been poisoned or shot by ranchers and it was miraculous to see these magnificent birds reclaim their health over a period of time and then be released in flight.  As a young girl, it gave me a unique opportunity to learn about these birds — study their form and behavior. In art, birds can represent so many things such as strength, lightness, grace, beauty.  I enjoy incorporating the expressive quality of birds in my imagery.”

Jennifer L. Hoffman, “December”; conte & charcoal on davey board, 8×10″

Jennifer L. Hoffman:  “From watching my grandfather building birdfeeders in his basement, to identifying birds at our family cabin, to hiking through the Hawai’ian rainforest in search of endangered native honeycreepers, birds have played an important role in my life for as long as I can remember.   I even met Lee Riddell at a “bird sit” with naturalist Bert Raynes many years back.  I am inspired by the grace, the gesture, the incredible strength and instinctual drive of birds.  I have sketched their forms as long as I’ve been drawing, and they occasionally make appearances in my landscapes.  I’m excited to put more focus on them for this show.  I’m also delighted by the opportunity to support theTetonRaptorCenter.  Not only do they do phenomenal work rehabilitating injured birds, but their dedication to education and community outreach is fantastic.  What a special place to have right here in our little valley.”

Lee Carlman Riddell, “Calliope Hummingbirds, August 2″; oil on linen, 8×6”

Lee Carlman Riddell: Lee Carlman Riddell’s love of birds came from her parents … her Dad planted the flowers that attracted the birds to their yard, and her Mom taught her to recognize the bird’s songs. Recently a Calliope hummingbird nested outside Lee’s studio window and she was able to draw and paint the mother and two chicks as they grew up. She is forever grateful for this time spent with the hummingbird family.  Lee is a long-time supporter of theTetonRaptorCenter. Years ago, when Roger Smith and Margaret Creel cared for injured raptors in their back yard, Lee and her husband Ed would make a contribution so they could buy frozen mice for the birds’ dinners. She is proud of Roger and Margaret and all those who helped make the official home for injured raptors a reality.

September Vhay, “Lavender Mist”; oil on linen, 7.5 x 12″

September Vhay:

“The very idea of birds is a symbol of the soul, representing a passage between the physical and the spiritual. I have had a life long love affair with them which began one summer at the age of fifteen while driving an old truck along a stretch of alfalfa fields.  A curious American Kestrel flew alongside the open drivers window for about fifty yards.  I was awestruck and hooked for life.”

Trio Fine Art is located at 545 N Cache St., across the street from the visitors’ center.  The gallery is open Thursday – Saturday from 12-6 during the run of the exhibition.  For additional information, please visit www.triofineart.com and the artists’ individual websites: www.jlhoffmanfineart.com, www.leeriddell.com, www.turnerfineart.com, and www.vhay.com.

‘Til Next Time…

Kati Hime, Editor


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Many have heard of the recent incident in Yellowstone Park — here is a link to an ABC News report…


Many are weighing in on the incident, its implications and importance for safety.  Grand Teton National Park announced the following program on July 5, which we found slightly ironic but so important.  Not only is preparing yourself important, but so is protecting our natural environment for these wild animals.  Be sure to be prepared whenever you journey into our Wyoming wilderness, and always remember that animals in the wild are just that — wild.

From Grand Teton National Park (National Park Service, US Dept of the Interior):

Grand Teton National Park Supports Bear Spray Recycle Program

Grand Teton National Park is proud to announce its participation in a new sustainability effort that recycles a specialized item commonly used in bear country: bear spray. In coordination, with other federal partners at Yellowstone National Park, the National Elk Refuge and surrounding national forests, Grand Teton recently placed collection bins at several locations to gather unwanted bear spray canisters and prepare them for recycling.

Millions of people visit  the Greater Yellowstone Area each year, and thousands of bear spray canisters—used and unused—are disposed of in trash containers because they are not allowed on commercial flights, or visitors no longer have a need for the spray after they leave the area. These bear spray canisters enter the waste stream, causing a serious environmental concern. In addition, waste disposal workers are exposed to accidental discharge of pepper-laced propellant at disposal sites. To correct this problem, a new recycling center was established this year in Yellowstone.

The effort to curb the growing number of bear spray canisters in landfills emerged two years ago, when Yellowstone park managers and the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality agreed that a recycling project could resolve this issue. The solution came from three Montana State University (MSU) engineering students who designed a machine that removes the pepper oil and propellant before it crushes the canister. The recycling unit is able to extract all contents through a filtering process that safely separates the ingredients. The empty canisters are then punctured, flattened and sold to any recycling center as high quality aluminum.

Using the principles that were developed by the MSU students, a Montana-based manufacturing firm produced the first-of-its-kind canister recycling unit. The recycling unit, located at Mammoth in Yellowstone, began operating this spring. To fund manufacture of the specialized unit, donations were secured from the Greater Yellowstone Area business community.

“As National Park Service employees, we have a responsibility to be on the forefront of sustainable environmental practices, and we’re proud to join our federal partners in this recycling effort: an effort that has positive impacts across the Greater Yellowstone Area,” said Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott. “Grand Teton park personnel will take the lead in transporting canisters from collection sites within the greater Jackson area to the specialized recycling unit located in Yellowstone.”

Collection sites within Grand Teton National Park include: Colter Bay Visitor Center, Colter Bay Cabins, Jackson Lake Lodge, Jenny Lake Ranger Station, Jenny Lake Visitor Center, Gros Ventre Campground, Signal Mountain Lodge, and the Craig Thomas Discovery Visitor Center. Collection sites are also located at the Jackson Hole & Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center at the National Elk Refuge and Teton County Recycling at 3270 South Adams Canyon Road. In addition, collection sites are located at several private businesses, and at the Jackson Hole Airport beginning July 15.

Yellowstone is accepting bear spray canisters at most hotels, stores and at all park entrances.


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.

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


Grand Teton Natl. Park Search for Skiers Entering Sixth Day


Search for Missing Skiers Enters Sixth Day

The search for Walker Pannell Kuhl, age 27, of Salt Lake City, Utah and Gregory Seftick, age 31, of Columbia Falls, Montana resumed today, Saturday, April 23 in Grand Teton National Park. Kuhl and Seftick began an overnight camping and skiing trip one week ago, and were reported missing on Monday, April 18, when Kuhl failed to show up for work. This marks the sixth day for a concentrated search to locate the missing skiers.

A high pressure system brought sunny skies and calm winds this morning, creating perfect weather conditions to continue search operations. Four K9 search and rescue teams from nearby Grand Targhee Resort in Alta, Wyoming, and more than 35 search and rescue personnel were airlifted from a helispot on the Teton Park Road (elevation 6,685 feet) into a high elevation helispot in Garnet Canyon (9,500 feet) near the base of Nez Perce Peak to begin another full day of combing through a large avalanche debris field. A broad snowfield on the north face of Nez Perce gave way sometime after Friday, April 15, and the resulting avalanche path covers Garnet Canyon Meadows where it is presumed that the two men may be found. The avalanche debris field is approximately 200 feet wide, 200-300 yards long and 15 feet deep.

Grand Teton National Park rangers again enlisted the assistance of trained rescue personnel and support staff from Teton County Search and Rescue, Teton Interagency Fire, Bridger-Teton National Forest, Yellowstone National Park, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort ski patrol, Wyoming K9 Search and Rescue, and Grand Targhee Resort ski patrol and K9 teams, as well as experienced professional mountaineers from Jackson Hole Mountain Guides and Exum Mountain Guides (two park concession companies) to provide the best possible and most complete exploration of snow-covered area where Kuhl and Seftick may be located.

Local weather forecaster Jim Woodmency, who joined the search effort today, reminded the search teams that over three feet of new snow has fallen on the Teton Range over the past week. Bridger-Teton National Forest Avalanche Center has recorded 661 inches of snowfall at the Raymer snow plot (elevation 9,300 feet) so far this winter. The Tetons receive an average of

400 inches of snowfall per year.

Further information about today’s search effort will be available after individual teams return to the incident command center near park headquarters at day’s end.  Visit http://gtnpnews.blogspot.com/2011/04/search-for-missing-skiers-enters-sixth.html for more information.