ART IN WY: WY High Schools Win Traveling Trout, Sagebrush Art in Sheridan, and more…

SHERIDAN: Sagebrush Community Art Center welcomes Tom Balding & Hape Saddlery


Tom moved to Sheridan in the early eighties after leaving his fast paced California career as a precision fabricator in the aerospace and sailing industry. Tom’s an avid outdoorsman and was drawn to the area after a visit to the local community, with its breathtaking scenery and limitless opportunity to enjoy the outdoors.

In 1984 a neighbor asked for a favor and planted the idea that would later grow into what is now Tom Balding Bits & Spurs. The request was to repair a broken bit. The bit repair started Tom thinking of the possibilities and tinkering with what he had on hand. It began by putting together scrap sailboat parts to create the first bit design. The concept of what was required of the bits in order to perform at the level his clients required was quickly learned through trial and error. He decided to pursue bit and spur crafting as a full time vocation and the process was refined into the high quality craftsmanship it’s known for today.

If you live close to or are traveling through the Sheridan area, stop by for a personal tour of the workshop. The team is hard at work Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:30pm MST. The tour includes a walk through of each production process and a majority of the time the team is working in each of the individual areas allowing for a truly unique experience.


Wayne was raised on a ranch near Sheridan that was originally owned by his great-great grandfather James Enochs. James came to the area in the 1870’s on a Texas cattle drive and made several more trips driving herds before deciding to settle in Sheridan, where he became the first elected sheriff of Sheridan County and settled down on his ranch on Prairie Dog Creek. Wayne’s parents, grandparents, and all his aunts and uncles carried on the family ranching tradition and the ranch is currently owned and worked by his aunt and uncle. Through his days on the ranch riding, roping, and working stock became second nature to him.

Wayne’s father, Chester Hape, started doing leatherwork and building saddles during the 1950’s in Sheridan. He quickly earned a reputation for excellence in the craft and is renowned for his artistry and his contribution to developing the “Sheridan Style” of stamping. He always had a home shop and Wayne learned leather work at a young age. In his teen years he apprenticed under his father as a saddle maker. During this time he helped his father build trophy saddles for the PRCA National Finals Rodeo. Chester held the contract for 13 years and had Wayne build them on his own for the last two years of the contract, 1988 and 1989.

Wayne traveled around in the 1990’s, living all over the Rocky Mountain West while lugging around a chest full of leather tools. He moved to Alaska in 1995 and settled in the town of Homer for 13 years. He worked many jobs including a hunting and kayaking guide, taxi driver, carpenter, and musician, while continuing to work leather and saddle repair. He met his wife, Kena, in Homer and they were married in 2008. They moved to Sheridan to be with his father, who after losing his wife to cancer in 2006 had retired. Since the birth of their son, Waylon, in 2011, Wayne continues to build saddles and carry on the family tradition of excellence in leatherwork.

GILLETTE:  Kris Bauer & Cindy Shade featured at Campbell County Public Library in May

Visit the Campbell County Public Library in Gillette to view Kris Bauer’s & Cindy Shade’s photography — and stop by the Ava Community Art Center to also view their work — part of the “We Love Our Sports” exhibition!

image by Blushing Crow Studio, Pinedale, WY

PINEDALE: Jared Rogerson Releases 3rd CD, “Dirt”

I am excited to announce that my 3rd album, Dirt, will be released worldwide, including iTunes & JaredRogerson.comon Tuesday, April 16th, 2013. There will be a CD release concert the following day where I’ll be playing songs off the new album.
Wow!  What a ride it has been. Since the release of “Peace, Love & Horses”, it’s been an up hill climb- everything has felt like a battle, but I have also never felt so blessed. I felt the pain of saying goodbye to legendary horses, the best old dogs, and heroes. I’ve also felt the true joy of becoming a dad for the first time, by far the coolest thing I’ve ever done. I feel a little bit older, and maybe, just a little bit wiser. I think some of that shows up in this evolution of music.

LANDER: Joe Diffie to Headline Benefit Concert July 5

The Community Center of Lander was a place well-loved and used by the community — sadly, it was lost to an electrical fire in 2012. The community is hard at work rebuilding the center, and Diffie’s benefit concert on July 5 will help the community achieve their goal. Ticket sales opened Monday, May 6 — visit the Lander community website for more information!  

1st Place — Pinedale High School, “Time to Make Waves”

JACKSON: “Traveling Trout” Awards Given for Two Wyoming High Schools from National Museum of Wildlife Art

Eight Wyoming high school art programs have received cash prizes through the “Traveling Trout” statewide art competition offered by the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole. Winners of the competition, which challenged the 37 participating Wyoming schools to turn plain white fiberglass trout into distinctive works of art, were announced April 26 at the Wyoming High School Art Symposium in Casper, with the entire “school” of fish to be exhibited at the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s outdoor Sculpture Trail May 4 – October 6, 2013, before traveling to other venues including the Wyoming State Museum in Cheyenne and the Community Fine Arts Center in Rock Springs.

2nd Place — Encampment High School, “Metomorphofish”

Judges awarded first place and a prize of $7,000 to Pinedale High School for its ceramic mosaic trout artwork titled “Time to Make Waves”; Encampment High School received $5,000 for second place with “Metamorphofish,” and third place and $2,000 went to Powell High School for its artwork “The Escape of Adaptation.” Honorable mentions go to Midwest High School, Mountain View High School, Little Snake River High School, Cheyenne South High School, and Niobrara County High School. The five schools receiving honorable mentions were awarded $500 each. All prizes go to the schools’ art programs with the cash to be used at the art teachers’ discretion to supplement their regular art budget.

The trout art was judged on originality of the idea, execution of the idea, and overall impact of the piece. “All the winners were exceptional, but Pinedale’s sculpture stood out in the sophistication of the design and handling of the media. It also had an important environmental message about water quality,” said Jane Lavino, Sugden Family Curator of Education & Exhibits for the National Museum of Wildlife Art.

“If our children are a measure of our future, Wyoming’s future will follow a path of creativity and imagination,” said Wyoming Representative Tim Stubson of Casper, one of the judges for the competition. Said Ashley Carlisle, associate professor of sculpture for the University of Wyoming Department of Art and another Traveling Trout judge, “Originality and material transcendence is so important in art today, and our Wyoming students have really shown their ability and promise in these pieces.”

Sponsors for the “Traveling Trout” program include The Friess Family Foundation, Tally & Bill Mingst, Clarke Nelson, Cynthia & Dick Quast and Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund.

In addition to its busy art exhibition schedule, the National Museum of Wildlife Art offers a full schedule of year-round community programming, with some 100 free events including art-making activities, films, lectures, “edutainment,” Art in Action guest artists workshops, cultural fun on the museum’s new Sculpture Trail and much more. The museum also provides free high-quality educational enrichment for school children, from online and onsite curriculum for teachers to student art contests and thematic school tours. And the museum becomes a vibrant community gathering space during popular social happenings like its monthly First Sundays and Mix’d Media events.

A member of the Museums West consortium and accredited by the American Association of Museums, the museum, officially designated the National Museum of Wildlife Art of the United States by an act of Congress in 2008, provides an exciting calendar of exhibitions from its permanent collection and changing exhibitions from around the globe.  A complete schedule of exhibitions and events is available online at  The museum is also active on Facebook and on Twitter at @WildlifeArtJH.


WYO ARTS: November 1, 2012


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The Gillette College Rodeo team, along with several other teams across the state are always looking for donations to help in their fundrasing to help keep rodeo alive and well in the Cowboy State. Bucking H Designs, Heidi Huggins, is striving to do her part in donating one of a kind hand painted items to several teams. To donate to the Gillette College team, please conatct Jessi Cates at or 307-620-0034. Sheridan High School Rodeo donations can be made to Jody Koltiska at 307-763-2177 or by finding either team on Facebook!   click here for Gillette team and click here for the Sheridan HS team

Romance and Reality of the West in Images Spanning 125 Years

National Museum of Wildlife Art one of 10 museums simultaneously hosting show

Top: Monument Valley from the National Geographic exhibition (© Bruce Dale/National Geographic Stock); Below: cover of companion book (© William Albert Allard/National Geographic Stock)

Jackson Hole, Wyoming – Iconic images of the American West taken by more than 50 photographers spanning more than a century of real-time issues and conditions will be on display as “National Geographic Greatest Photographs of the American West” opens in 10 national venues, including the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, on October 27, 2012. The largest simultaneous U.S. museum opening of its kind, the exhibition includes 75 photographs that stand alone as both fine art and journalistic moments in the history and culture of the Western U.S. The National Museum of Wildlife Art is spearheading the unprecedented event along with nine of its associates in the Museums West consortium and the National Geographic Museum in Washington, D.C. The exhibition will be on display at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole from October 27, 2012, through April 28, 2013.

Selected from among thousands in the National Geographic Image Collection, the 75 images are the work of photographers ranging from such well-known names as William Henry Jackson and Ansel Adams to contemporary photographers William Albert Allard and Bruce Dale.

American Indian Beauty Pageant Winner, Oregon, (c) 1997 William Albert Allard/National Geographic Stock

Rodeo, Nebraska, 1998 © Joel Sartore/National Geographic Stock

“’National Geographic Greatest Photographs of the American West’ represents the first time a photography exhibition of this magnitude has opened at so many U.S. venues simultaneously,” says James McNutt, President and CEO of the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, Wyo.; McNutt is one of the exhibition organizers and a contributor to the book accompanying the exhibition. “The exhibition presents a powerful and nuanced portrait of the West over more than a century, and it’s exciting that the medium of photography allows multiple openings across the country for greater impact in sharing the combined vision of such an important group of photographers.”

Tehachapi Wind Farm, California, 2008 © Jeff Kroeze/National Geogrpahic Stock

A dedicated website, featuring exhibition images, photographer interviews, interactive features and more will be available online at as the exhibition opening date approaches. The following is a list of the 10 participating museums:

A companion book to the exhibition, National Geographic Greatest Photographs of the American West: Capturing 125 Years of Majesty, Spirit and Adventure (National Geographic Books, October 2012), features more than 180 photographs, including rarely published and never-before-seen images.

The exhibition is organized by the National Museum of Wildlife Art in collaboration with the National Geographic Society and Museums West. Presented by the Mays Family Foundation. 

Coming to the SAGE Exhibit Gallery in Sheridan…

Artist Escape II on Display at SAGE Gallery

Artists Gayle Barnett and Susan Beasley have teamed together once again, combining their creations to put together a holiday show.  This body of work will contain oil paintings by Beasley, and watercolors and oils by Barnett.

Susan Beasley

“Final Straw,” Gayle Barnett

Both women, raised on Montana ranches, have enjoyed creating art since their youth.  Beasley says that even when time does not allow her to paint, in her mind she is still creating, thinking color, composition, and how to share what she is feeling through art.  Beasley likes to work outdoors, gathering photos and documentation, then return to her studio where she creates her final product.  Barnett, who has created watercolors for many years, has more recently taken up oil painting, and cannot say enough about her enjoyment of plein air painting.  Painting on location has improved her powers of observation and how she interprets what she sees.  Her subjects are varied but are mostly of the landscapes, people, and animals of the rural life she loves so much.

plein air painting — Gayle Barnett

painting — Susan Beasley

The show will run from November 2 through the end of November at the SAGE Exhibit Gallery at the Sheridan College Main Street location.   The gallery is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

An artist reception will be held Thursday, Nov. 8 from 5-7 p.m.  It is open to the public and refreshments will be served.  One of the artists will be at the gallery every Saturday during the month of November, working and greeting guests.  In addition, artists will be available during the Christmas Stroll with cards and prints for sale.

Read on for information about the silent auction benefiting SAGE, “Artly Altered Furniture,” will be held in conjunction with this show.  The silent auction closes at 4:00 pm on November 30th.


“Jabbersocky”, painted by SAGE members Kathy Sabine & Carina Wenckus.

In conjunction with the “Art Escape II” show, The SAGE Exhibit Gallery will also feature the annual “Artly-Altered Furniture” Silent Auction Fundraiser.  See and bid on fun furniture embellished by local artists.  Proceeds benefit SAGE.

Top:  Image by Larry Schwarm; Bottom: Photographer Larry Schwarm

Sagebrush Community Art Center’s Front Gallery presents “On Fire,” a collection of “sizzling” photographs by Larry Schwarm, a renowned photographer from Kansas.  The show runs from October 29th to November 30th in the Historic Train Depot at 201 E. 5th in Sheridan.  An Artist’s Reception will be held on November 29th from 5:30-7:30.  It is open to the public and refreshments will be served.

Schwarm says of his work:

  “Relationships between man and nature, with its inherent cycles of destruction and renewal, have been an enduring theme in my photographs.  Most of these images are from a longtime project of photographing controlled agricultural burning in the middle United States… In every culture fire is symbolic.  It is good and evil, soothing and terrifying, protection and threat, destruction and rebirth.  It heats our homes and it can destroy our homes.  It has a connection [to] our collective unconscious.”

The Sagebrush Community Art Center Galleries are currently operating on winter hours: Thursday through Saturday, 10:00am -4:00pm.  This schedule does not affect the classes, workshops, and Jentel presentations held in the classroom area of the depot.  Please contact the Sagebrush Community Art Center at 307-674-1970 to find out more about classes for all ages offered at the depot.

Small Things to Exhibit at Lander Art Center

The Lander Art Center announces Small Things juried exhibition to open Friday, November 2nd. Nineteen artists from around the country entered up to three pieces in the show centered on the theme small things. The theme was left up to the artists’ interpretation. Works could be small in size, small in importance, small in manner, etc. Of the 19 artists, 17 were accepted to exhibit one, two or all three of their entries.
“A Prayer for Small Things,” Tonya Pepper

This year’s juror is Jenny Dowd, a professional artist from Jackson, WY and 2011 Art Center solo exhibitor. Dowd selected the pieces from the intial entries and will choose a first, second and third place winners from the selected pieces to be announced next Friday at the exhibition’s opening.
“Miniature History,” Holly Ann Burns

“Flea,” Jack Harrington

Exhibition runs November 2nd – December 8th. Come and see these artists’ expression of small things.

Exhibiting artists:

Brian Stanford
Carolyn McIntyre
Dean Stayner
Debra Zelenak
Diantha States
Eleni Sakellar
Emily Scheer
Holly Ann Burns
Jack Harrington
James Atkinson
Lucas Watkins
Melissa Strickler
Robert Martinez
Rosie Ratigan
Sharon Grubbs
Tonya Pepper
Wendy Elias


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We’re excited to announce that we’re the new publisher of The Wyoming Woman Magazine! The ladies that began and grew this publication are AWESOME, and we’re very excited to continue the spirit of the magazine in a special section of each issue of Lifestyle. We’re currently working on our summer issue of Lifestyle, and in it we’ll include some summer recipes — from our readers and fans! We invite you to submit your favorite recipes — click here to be connected with our blog that gives the details!

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Children’s Book Illustrator Sylvia Long Wins 2012 Bull-Bransom Award

Museum honors A Butterfly Is Patient with medal for nature illustration excellence

Jackson Hole, Wyoming – May 11, 2012 – Children’s book illustrator Sylvia Long is the recipient of the 2012 Bull-Bransom Award, announced the National Museum of Wildlife Art of the United States at a reception at the museum last night in Jackson Hole, Wyo.  Long was selected for the award, given annually for excellence in children’s book illustration with a wildlife and nature focus, for the 2011 picture book A Butterfly Is Patient (Chronicle Books), written by Dianna Hutts Aston.  Long was in Jackson Hole at the National Museum of Wildlife Art to receive the award, which was presented as part of the museum’s Celebration of Young Artists event.

Illustrations for A Butterfly is Patient, above, won 2012 Bull-Bransom Award for artist Sylvia Long, far right, shown accepting the award from National Museum of Wildlife Art Board of Trustees member Lynn Friess.

“Sylvia Long’s illustrations were lauded for their detail and striking compositions by this year’s Bull-Bransom judges, who used the adjectives ‘delightful,’ ‘engaging,’ and ‘absolutely gorgeous’ among others to compliment her stellar work,” said National Museum of Art Curator of Art Adam Harris, who serves annually as one of the judges for the award.  “Long’s illustrations fly off the page and enhance the wonderfully written text.” Past Bull-Bransom Award winners Kevin Waldron and Jerry Pinkney were also on the judging panel.

Animals are a favorite subject for Sylvia Long, who admits to preferring drawing animals to people and does a great deal of advance research especially for non-fiction work like A Butterfly Is Patient – spending as much or sometimes more time on learning her subject than on the actual drawing.  It was Long’s interest in all things natural – including an interest in birds that dates back to childhood – that originally led her editor to connect her with author Dianna Hutts Aston.  Their first collaboration, An Egg Is Quiet, went on to win more than 20 awards including from the Association of Children’s Librarians and a Publishers Weekly “Off the Cuff” award for best non-fiction for treatment of a subject.  A Butterfly Is Patient is the third in what has become a series of nature picture books by the duo.

Long, whose very first published title Ten Little Rabbits was named best picture book of the year by the International Reading Association back in 1991, hopes her passion for the natural world will inspire kids to get outside and really observe their surroundings.  Still, asked what aspect of her work is most fulfilling, she responds, “The thought that somewhere ‘out there’ a child will go to their bookshelf and pull out one of ‘my’ books, crawl up in their parent’s or grandparent’s lap and settle in for that close, comforting time, sharing a story.”

Created in the tradition of such prestigious children’s book illustrator honors as the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King and Hans Christian Andersen awards, the Bull-Bransom Award is presented in the form of a medal and $5,000 cash award.  The National Museum of Wildlife Art named the award for Charles Livingston Bull and Paul Bransom, among the first American artist-illustrators to specialize in wildlife subjects.

A member of the Museums West consortium and accredited by the American Association of Museums, the museum, officially designated the National Museum of Wildlife Art of the United States by an act of Congress in 2008, provides an exciting calendar of exhibitions from its permanent collection and changing exhibitions from around the globe.  A complete schedule of exhibitions and events is available online at  The museum is also active on Facebook at wildlifeartjh and on Twitter at @wildlifeartjh.

CASPER — Art Teacher Nancy Lee Receives Tribal Sportswear’s Heart for Art Award from Fashion Crossroads

Art teacher Nancy Lee, a native of Grand Forks, ND, inspires kids daily through her art instruction at Dean Morgan Junior High in Casper.  Today, Nancy appreciates her children for the unique people that they are – and uses her art instruction to help them embrace their own individual personalities. But, she says, the road to take her here has not always been clear to her…

Nancy began her own art instruction at the age of six, when her parents signed her up for Saturday morning art lessons. She continued these weekly lessons until ninth grade, serving as practice for the students who were becoming art teachers at that time.  “I thought I died and went to Heaven,” Nancy says.  “I would wait to go. I experienced a lot of things, working from still life and learning how to make prints at an early age. It was pure joy. It was me!” As a child, Nancy found inspiration through artists at the nearby University of ND, as well as journeying to Europe to view the works of major artists.

Nancy began by teaching art in Dickinson, ND. “I wasn’t very successful there,” she says. She then moved to Missoula, where she earned her Master’s in art.  At UND, Nancy had focused on intaglio printmaking, spending a lot of time creating monoprints. A presentation on handmade paper sparked Nancy’s creativity, and at the University of MT, Nancy developed paper pieces as her Master’s thesis.  Her thesis focused on paper pieces that were patterns, and made statements about Nancy’s personality. Today, Nancy’s creations are abstract, involving found objects from the land and clay pieces that are integrated into paper pieces.

When it came to teaching art, Nancy struggled to find her niche. “It took me a long time to figure out what I was doing in teaching art,” Nancy says. “Sometimes my quote was, ‘I hope I can fake it until I can figure out what I am doing.’” She often went home and cried, thinking that the kids were being mean. “I realized that I was really talking down to them and setting up harsh bounderies they just had to break!” Nancy says. That realization formed a turning point for her, and helped her find her creative and emotional niche with her students. “The first thing I figured out was that you have to build a relationship with junior high/middle level kids. They are really not bad at all if you treat with respect and care about them,” Nancy says. “They wil do anything for you –if you treat them right and they trust you. They will respect you if you actually ‘teach’ them something and have structure.”

Nancy shares that the common emotional pitfalls of the early teenage years are there for a reason.  “At times they layer negatively  because they have to protect their inner self,” Nancy says. “My first weapon is always humor — first comes the kid, then art will follow.”  She found a way to develop art projects that offered structure but also the opportunity for kids to develop their own ideas of who they are. She also found that strengthening the process versus the product was key. “Once that went out the door and I concentrated on a positive, non-critical atmosphere, their work got a lot better. It was so much easier! Work smart not hard!” Nancy adds with a smile.

Nancy’s ability to learn and mold herself and her teaching skills is backed by a history of strong women in her family.  “I am the third Maude Dickinson to graduate from the UND,” Nancy shares. The first Maud Dickinson was a commander in the Coast Guard, earned her Master’s in English and wrote manuals for the Coast Guard in Washington, DC in the early 1930s.  Then came Maude Dickinson Wood, Nancy’s role model, who traveled to UND in a Model T on miserable roads.  Maude Wood began college at 16, earned her degree in English, and taught school to at risk children at Nebraska State School.  Miss Wood used a Labrador in her classroom, keeping the children calm through its presence – before such techniques for ‘at risk’ children were realized.

Nancy’s full name is Nancy Maude Dickinson Lee, and her daughter, Anne Maude Lee, will become the fourth generation of “Maude” in the family line.  The antique family name may not always be a favorite, Nancy shares, but with it comes a line of strong women – something to always be proud of.

Today, Nancy relishes her time with her students.  “I couldn’t stand a job where they put me at a desk and make me file something,” Nancy says.  What she enjoys about teaching art are the experiences that ‘they’ have in the classroom – Nancy and the students both.  “The kids are so funny and and smart and we just roll with it,” Nancy shares. “Junior high kids are ‘for reals’ — they tell it like it is — if you are doing something good they let you know … but if they don’t agree, they will not keep it a secret!”

Nancy received the Heart for Art Award, sponsored by Tribal Sportswear and presented by Fashion Crossroads in Downtown Casper.  She was awarded with a plaque and a $250 prize to purchase art supplies for her classroom.  Connect with our blog post about the award to read students’ recommendations of Nancy, and Fashion Crossroads owner Kyleen Stevenson-Braxton’s statement about Nancy and the award.  Offered for the first time by Tribal Sportswear, the Heart for Art award recognizes local art teachers that are making a different in the lives of junior high/middle school children.  Because children who are fostered in the education of art and the humanities often go on to careers in these fields, Tribal Sportswear found honoring those educators who make a different worthy of celebration.  Kyleen agrees, and hopes that the award will continue. Visit Fashion Crossroads for women’s fashions that span a variety of ages — from leisure to career wear — at 228 E. 2nd St. in Downtown Casper.

LANDER — Lander Art Center Searching for New Executive Director

With a mixture of apprehension and excitement, the Lander Art Center Board of Directors announces the resignation of Dannine Donaho as Executive Director: Apprehension because Dannine’s energy and expertise will be hugely missed and excitement for Dannine as she focuses on her art work more full-time.

Dannine has been involved with the Art Center for years. Prior to the position of Executive Director, Dannine filled many roles including volunteer, board member and program coordinator of the Native American Emerging Artist Training (NEAT) program. Her dedication to the Art Center and entrepreneurial energy has allowed the Art Center to develop our education, exhibition and artists training programs in ways that have uniquely served our community. Dannine has guided the Art Center into a position as an important visual art venue in Central Wyoming. Dannine has nurtured Lander’s vibrant community of artists as an advocate and mentor to aspiring, amateur and professional artists of all ages. We thank Dannine for her dedication to the Lander Art Center and the leadership role that she has played within our art community.

From Dannine:  I came into this job in 2010 as a working, aspiring artist, passionate about maintaining and expanding the art community in Lander.  In the past two years, I have learned intensively about non-profit art organization structure and challenges in addition to our community of artists— strengths and weaknesses.  It has been an assiduous and provoking time.

At the same time, I also learned quite a bit about myself.  By taking on the vast roles of leader and art advocate, I found a voice I didn’t know I possessed.  I believe in art in all its forms for all people.  Ironically, it is in finding this voice that I have decided to make a change and step down as the director.  I believe an artist, leader, and art advocate who has little time to make art cannot cultivate this vast project, the Lander Art Center, with integrity.  Losing one voice to gain another is worth it for a while, but not sustainable. I hope to stay involved, as there are many parts of the job I love that would fit nicely into my life.  And when time travel is available, I will be the first one in line for a ticket.

The Lander Art Center is excited to begin the search for a new director. Contact the Lander Art Center for job description and particulars.  We ask all of our community to assist us as we transition into new leadership. Specifically if you know of a potential candidate, pass them the job announcement.

‘Til Next Time…What a celebration of wonderful Wyoming women!

Kati Hime, Editor


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