ON THE CALENDAR: June 28, 2014 & Beyond

LJD-2014-block (4) Pinedale Fine Arts June 28 2014

Pinedale’s Soundcheck Mini-Music Fest Returns Saturday, June 28

The Pinedale Fine Arts Council is proud to present the seventh annual Sound Check Mini-Music Festival on Saturday, June 28 at 5 p.m. at American Legion Park in Pinedale, WY. The event is free to attend so dust off that cooler, grab your camp chair and head to Pinedale for an evening of amazing music!

Headlining this year’s Soundcheck will be Portland, OR singer/songwriter Laura Gibson. Gibson currently records for the independent U.S. label Hush Records. In 2008, she toured the United States as the opening act for Colin Meloy of the Decemberists. Since the release of 2009’s Beasts of Season, which NPR called “nothing short of a masterpiece” and Mojo called “both quietly devastating and life-affirming”, Gibson has seen her career swell to include everything from modeling in a Japanese fashion magazine, to receiving a standing ovation from an auditorium full of prison inmates.

Playing the Soundcheck middle slot this year is Olympia, WA/Minneapolis, MN duo The Lowest Pair. The Lowest Pair is a quirky, old-time roots influenced duet, featuring the high lonesome harmonies of banjo pickin’ songsters Kendl Winter and Palmer T. Lee. They perform both traditional and original music, often nestling-in somewhere between. With their city folk front and back porch sentiment, this new, sweet, and powerful duo are turning heads across the country.

Opening the 7th annual Soundcheck will be Austin, TX duo Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay. Leigh and McKay craft story songs with equal measures heart and humor. “Before the World Was Made,” the Austin-based songwriters debut collaboration spotlights the celebrated troubadours in peak form via modern day country duets a la George Jones and Melba Montgomery but with very sophisticated songwriting.

Following this year’s Soundcheck will be an official after party at Rock Rabbit featuring Austin, TX trio Loves It! Born in Austin, Texas in 2010, Loves It is the duo comprised of songwriters of Vaughn Walters and Jenny Parrott that has already played hundreds of shows in the US, Europe and Asia in that short time. The harmony driven pair often switches between guitars, fiddle, and banjo, adding special guests to create a bigger sound, and playing with a veneration for tradition, and a determination to bring a modern voice to their favorite folk, country, gospel and punk sounds.

The annual Soundcheck Fest was first conceived 7 years ago by the Pinedale Fine Arts Council as a means of testing a new sound system they purchased with grant money from the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund. The Town of Pinedale and the Sublette County Recreation Board helped support this event.

For more information please visit www.pinedalefinearts.com or call 307.367.7322. And be sure to find PFAC on facebook!


Catch the Fast Rodeo Action During the World’s Oldest Paid Rodeo in Lander, WY. — by Wind River Country

The 120th Pioneer Days Rodeo, The World’s Oldest Paid Rodeo is July 3rd and 4th in Lander, Wyoming at the Lander Rodeo Grounds. It has western action and excitement for everyone!

The rodeo events (6:30 p.m.) include saddle bronc, Jr. bull riding, bareback riding, barrels, steer wrestling, ultimate miniature bull riding, team roping, and much more!


On both evenings, the Indian relay is a fast and entertaining race. Native American riders ride bareback around the track exchanging horses after each lap.

Pre-sale tickets are $8 for adults, $4 for kids (6-12). At the gate tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for kids. Call the Lander Chamber of Commerce – 307-332-3892 for tickets. On July 4th stay for the festive fireworks after the rodeo at dusk.


Start July 4th at the Lander Senior Center for the Pancake Breakfast 7-9 a.m. $5, 205 South 10th Street. The July 4th Pioneer Days Parade is a favorite and starts at 10 a.m. on Main Street, Lander. This is the World’s Oldest Historical Pageant Parade. The parade starts with the Annual Lander Half Marathon, walkers 6 a.m., runners 6:30 a.m.  After the parade, head on down to Lander City Park for the annual buffalo BBQ 11 a.m.-2 p.m.  Tickets ($7) are usually sold during the parade or purchase tickets at the Lander Chamber of Commerce. Tickets are $8 at the door.

Casper’s Nicolaysen Art Museum Celebrates Nic Fest June 27-29

Nic Fest June 2014



ART IN WY: Sheridan, Cheyenne, Casper, Lander, Laramie



The SAGE Exhibit Gallery features lifelong Sheridan area resident Dean States, whose exquisite colored pencil drawings will be exhibited during his “Seven Years Plus” show, which runs March 1st-31st.  An artist’s reception and gallery talk will be held March 13 at the Main Street SAGE Exhibit Gallery (at Sheridan College’s Main Street location), 171 N. Main, in Sheridan, WY.  As always, the public is invited and refreshments will be served.

More of States’ work can be seen at Dean States Studio, located at 637 W. Loucks in Sheridan.

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.

Jenny Wuerker


The Sagebrush Art Center’s Invitational Gallery hosts Buffalo, WY artist Jenny Wuerker’s exhibition, “Painting the Expanse,” March 10- April 12, 2014.  The reception and artist’s talk will be Friday, March 14th, from 5-7pm at the Art Center’s front gallery, located in the Historic Trail Depot (201 E. 5th Street) in Sheridan, Wyoming.  The public is welcome and refreshments will be available.  Wuerker says of her work, “I paint the expanse of the West, the iconic American landscape. Painting on large canvases, immersed in the elements, and battling the occasional rattlesnake is like the X-Sport of landscape painting. When I’m standing out in the landscape, the subject of my work is as much the act of painting outdoors as it is the landscape depicted.”

Sagebrush Gallery Hours are Monday-Saturday, 10-5pm.

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.


LARAMIE:  University of Wyoming Art Museum Celebrates Youth Art Month

CHEYENNE:  Cheyenne Botanic Gardens Garden Series

This great series of garden lectures is sponsored by the Laramie County Master Gardeners and  Cheyenne Botanic Gardens. All presentations begin at 1:00 pm and are held in the Cottonwood Room, Laramie County Library.

March 15, 2014, ‘Tuning up the Wyoming Garden’ with Wyoming Plant Company owner, Tom Heald.

April 26, 2014, ‘Seed, Soil, Sun, Water: all you need to grow food in the west’ with high altitude food growing teachers and sustainable greenhouse designers, Penn & Cord Parmenter.

These events often sell out. Advance purchase of tickets is highly recommended. Tickets are $15 per lecture and are available on the web (up to 2 hours prior to the lecture) at Brown Paper Tickets (Keyword: Gardening with Altitude) or at the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens weekdays (cash or check); contact Darcee Snider 307−637−6458 for more info.

art by Dalton Schneider

LANDER:  Lander Art Museum Celebrates Youth Art Month in March

In celebration of March’s Youth Art Month, the Lander Art Center hosts the Lander Valley High School and Middle School Select Art Show on display now until Saturday, March 29th. The exhibition consists of select works by local youth artists in a wide range of art mediums from drawing, painting, and printmaking to sculpture, ceramics and digital art.

This artwork showcases the incredible skill and creative expression of young students. Their work is a reminder of the freshness art can embody and be an inspiration to us all. Students are lead by art instructors Jason Dayton, Shawna Pickenpaugh, and Melissa Scherr-Bender.

Lander Art Center openings are free and open to the public. Thank you to this year’s exhibition sponsors Lander Valley Education Foundation and John P. Shade, an Edward Jones financial adviser.

Grace Flint

Reb Lindwurm

Braden Meyer


CASPER:  The Nicolaysen Art Museum Features Michael Copeland




ON THE CALENDAR: June 7, 2013


It’s SUMMER!!! And that means that our calendar blogs will be coming out with TONS of stuff happening across Wyoming. We aim to keep everyone informed with the month’s events and those coming up in the short term, and we need your help — if you have an event we should publicize, shoot us a line at editor@wyolifestyle.com. If you have a picture to go along with it, all the better!


Our 2013 issue of Wyovore is now on sale! Visit our website for your hard copy – or follow the instructions to get your copy on your iPad!

LANDER: Lander Brew Fest, June 7-8 (THIS weekend!)

Music, food, BEER (of course) and rugby — how much more fun can it get?! Visit their website for details…

CODY:  Cody’s Wild West Shootout, June 6-8 (THIS weekend!)

Cody’s Wild West Shootout is the Single Action Shooting Society (SASS) sanctioned Wyoming State Championship Cowboy Action Shooting match. Approximately 150 shooters, using firearms and dressed in clothing from the period of 1860 to 1899, will compete over three days in men’s, women’s and junior divisions. Thursday will consist of practice stages and long range rifle events.

The main match on Friday and Saturday will feature twelve stages that all competitors will shoot, with each stage having a different shooting scenario. In past years, competitors from around the U.S. and Canada, and from as far away as Australia and New Zealand, have traveled here to participate.

This event is open to the public at no charge. Safety glasses and ear muffs are required for anyone in the shooting areas since this is a live-fire event. www.highlonesomedrifters.com  More info also available at:  Cody Shooting Complex

CHUGWATER:  Chugwater Chili Cook-Off, June 14-15

Come out and enjoy this 28th annual event — full of good food and good times! Be sure to fill up on gas before you head their way — sadly, the only gas station in town was lost to fire and there will not be fuel services nearby. However, Cheyenne & Wheatland are not far away – just go with a full tank and enjoy the festivities! Visit their website for details…

CHEYENNE:  Black Dog Animal Rescue’s Summer Mutt Fair, June 14

Black Dog Animal Rescue does a TON of work for the well-being of dogs in need of love in Southeast Wyoming. They’re always in need of support, donations, and, of course, forever homes for their lovable pups!

BUFFALO:  The Big Horns Classic, June 14-16

Presented by Steele Roping — visit their website for more details!

RIVERTON:  Northern Arapahoe Experience Art Show at Wind River Hotel & Casino, June – August 2013

Experience beautiful art work in one of Wyoming’s exciting destinations! Visit their website for more information!

CASPER:  Nic Fest, June 28-30

This annual event brings people from all over the state to discover regional artists. Be sure to visit this renowned museum at the same time… Visit their website for more details, as well as lots more summer happenings.

SHERIDAN:  Polo Games Begin!

Local polo teams in action, with initial practice games on June 2 and June 9, then tournaments every Sunday from June 16 through August 25. The games in June (one game each Sunday) are at 2:00 pm. The games in July and August (two games, back to back, each Sunday) are at 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm. In addition, the teams are playing practice games every Wednesday and Friday at 3:00 and 5:00 pm and every Saturday at 10:00 am. Spectators are welcome, with no admission charge. There are bleachers for seating, but also feel free to bring your own lawn chairs or blankets. No dogs, please. For more information, contact “Perk” Connell at (307) 674-4928 or visit www.thebighornpoloclub.com.

GILLETTE:  Donkey Creek Music Festival, June 28-30

Gillette, known as “Donkey Town” once — and thankfully renamed by Edward Gillette, railroad engineer, has held this annual event since 2006. Lovingly named after the area’s Donkey Creek and held at Gillette College, the festival continues to bring great groups and sound. Visit their website for more information!





ON THE CALENDAR: March 8, 2013


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CHEYENNE: WY State Museum New Exhibit

From Arts Cheyenne:  “Wyoming Passage,” a new temporary exhibit utilizing contemporary photographs and paintings, has opened at the Wyoming State Museum in Cheyenne. The exhibit combines images relating to transportation and the varied Wyoming landscape.

Visit Arts Cheyenne online for more information!


CODY: Miss Cody Stampede Pageant March 16

From Cody Chamber:  Miss Cody Stampede Pageant Saturday March 16th. Orientaion Horsemanship competition begins @ 9 am at the Double Doc arena. Interviews begin at 1 pm at the Cody Library. Crowning of the new Lady In Waiting and Princess just prior to the parade. The new court will participate in the parade. Please email or call me with any questions and thank you for including this event on your calendar. Contact Shelley Causey Miss Cody Stampede Royalty Committee 307.272.1770 for more information.

JACKSON: Free Concert March 9 for the Family

March is National Music In Our Schools Month

Grand Teton Music Festival is Celebrating with a Free Concert!

4:00PM • Saturday, March 9

FREE Family Concert: “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!”

WindSync takes the audience on a musical adventure in this exciting and educational program inspired by the writing of Dr. Seuss.  Learn about the sounds of the instruments, the teamwork and your potential to grow, change and conquer adversity. Congratulations, today is your day!

Walk Festival Hall, Teton Village

FREE! Tickets not required  307-733-1128 • www.gtmf.org

CASPER: Casper College Dance Classes



UW Sports — Coming Up…

ROCK SPRINGS — Community Fine Arts Center Celebrates Youth Art Month

From the Community F.A. Center:  YOUTH ART MONTH Student Exhibits have started at the Community Fine Arts Center! Rock Springs Junior High art students have filled the gallery with great art now through March 16th.

Next up will be the Rock Springs and Independence High Schools art students work — March 19-30. Reception will be March 20, 6-7 p.m.

SHERIDAN — Reception for Artist Beth Gleason

CASPER — Nicolaysen Art Museum Reception for Joshua Ray Smith


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