WYOMING PEOPLE, ARTS & PARKS: February 27, 2013


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Grand Teton National Park was officially established February 26, 1929 by President Calvin Coolidge. For 84 years, millions have enjoyed its beauty from around the world. A new report indicates the tremendous impact that GTNP has on local and state economy.


Grand Teton National Park Generates Over $436 Million in Benefit to Local Economy — Part of $30 billion impact from national parks tourism that supports 252,000 jobs nationwide

MOOSE, WY — A new National Park Service (NPS) report for 2011 shows that nearly 2.6 million visitors to Grand Teton National Park spent over $436 million in gateway communities surrounding the park. That spending, in turn, supported 6,397 jobs in the northwestern Wyoming communities of Jackson, Teton Village, and Dubois, as well as the nearby Idaho communities of Driggs and Victor.

“Grand Teton National Park is one of America’s premiere attractions for visitors from across the U.S. and around the world,” said Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott. “While we generally focus on Grand Teton’s priceless natural and cultural resources as the principle rationale for its creation and enduring value, another—perhaps less obvious—benefit of Grand Teton involves the economic advantage that comes from sustainable tourism generated by this national park and others located throughout the Intermountain West,”  added Superintendent Scott. “National parks provide great enjoyment, inspiration and education to American citizens and international visitors who spend their vacation dollars in both the parks and their gateway communities. These federal lands are visited by nearly 280 million people a year, which ranks them as eighth among America’s top domestic travel destinations according to Forbes.”

The information on Grand Teton National Park is part of a peer-reviewed spending analysis of national park visitors across the country conducted by Michigan State University for the National Park Service.  For 2011, that report shows $13 billion of direct spending by 279 million park visitors in communities within 60 miles of a national park.  That visitor spending had a $30 billion impact on the entire U.S. economy and supported 252,000 jobs nationwide.

Most visitor spending supports jobs in lodging, food, and beverage service (63 percent) followed by recreation and entertainment (17 percent), other retail (11percent), transportation and fuel (7 percent) and wholesale and manufacturing (2 percent.)

To download the report visit www.nature.nps.gov/socialscience/products.cfm#MGM and click on Economic Benefits to Local Communities from National Park Visitation, 2011. The report includes information for visitor spending at individual parks and also by state.

To learn more about national parks in Wyoming and how the National Park Service works with communities to preserve local history, conserve the environment, and provide local recreation opportunities, go to www.nps.gov/Wyoming


Paws2Help Pet Pantry Outreach, founded in Casper, Wyoming, will reach its first milestone with the distribution of approximately 930 pounds of dog and cat food to citizens in need within the community on Saturday, March 2, 2013, commencing with Natrona County Meals on Wheels clients. The Pet Pantry Outreach will hold its official launch and reception at 1:00 p.m. hosted by Greiner Buick/GMA/Cadillac at 6302 East 2nd Street, Casper, WY 82609. The Keynote Speaker, City of Casper Mayor Kenyne Schlager, will be followed by guest speakers from Paws2Help Foundation, Paws2Help Pet Pantry Outreach, Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies, Altitude Veterinary Hospital and Natrona County Meals on Wheels.

It was after the tremendous outpouring of donated pet food for displaced pets of the Sheepherder Hill Fire in October 2012 that Paws2Help Foundation Founder & President Lisa Craft identified a lack of an in-place organization providing the fundamentals helping feed pets in crisis in Wyoming. That is when Craft came up with idea of forming Paws2Help Pet Pantry Outreach, an organization that provides donated pet food to pet owners served by Meals on Wheels or those seeking assistance through the Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies who are burdened by tough economic times, a health crisis or some other kind of emergency. Pet Pantry Outreach’s mission is to help avoid the surrender of these animals to already overcrowded shelters, prevent them from being set loose to fend for themselves, or taken for euthanasia. Their purpose is to help pet owners keep their beloved pets, as pets are usually viewed as part of the family and often offer emotional support, which is essential to a person’s well being. Their mission also addresses the very real problem of Meals on Wheels recipients saving and feeding a portion of their meals to their beloved pets, because of financial stress or the inability to shop for pet food. We believe that this program will provide a quality pet food diet for the animals and keep the human food where it should be—with the humans who are owned by their beloved pets.

Pet Pantry Outreach, which has a Facebook page, made its online debut through word of mouth. Craft said the Facebook page generated interest from people wanting to volunteer, as well as calls from pet owners in need. Paws2Help Foundation, which initially organized the effort provides financial assistance to homeless animals in need of medical care, has been serving Natrona County since 2006 backs its mission with the motto that every animal, whenever we can, however we can, will get the help it deserves. Paws2Help Foundation is especially proud of the ground breaking efforts that this special program is helping many families cope with enormously difficult times. Ensuring that our community’s companion animals never go hungry is one of the most basic, and most critical, aspects of animal welfare. A person’s inability to feed their pet could be due to unexpected bills or expenses, with the situation being temporary. By offering pet food assistance we hope to lessen the burden of homeless pets on local animal shelters and rescue groups. We hope families and individuals are rest assured they’re able to keep their beloved pet during their hardship.

The multi-organization collaboration supporting Pet Pantry Outreach’s efforts, says volunteer Denise Wendinger, is what is most exciting – the program has the support needed to sustain itself in the future as well as to expand throughout Wyoming. Towards the goal of expanding throughout Wyoming the Pet Pantry Outreach plans to expand its advertising efforts to increase services to the community. We expect to attribute increased donations and dispersals to increased awareness of our services by having several local food banks voluntarily post our advertising on their premises. Paws2Help Pet Pantry Outreach is sponsored by Paws2Help Foundation and a collaboration by the Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies, Altitude Veterinary Hospital, and Natrona County Meals on Wheels.

Financial donations are essential for us to continue to carry out our mission. We are one of a relatively small number of pet food assistance programs throughout the US and have seen the effects of the importance of our mission on the local community. If you are interested in helping the Pet Pantry Outreach or would like more information, please see the Pet Pantry Outreach’s website at paws2helpwy.org or contact the Program Coordinator, Melissa Fenster.

Families in need can visit distribution location: Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies, 4967 Paige Street, Mills. Donations are tax deductible. If you are interested in helping Pet Pantry Outreach or would like more information, see the Pet Pantry Outreach’s website at “www.paws2helpwy.org”.

CONTACT: Melissa Fenster Program Coordinator of Paws2Help Pet Pantry Outreach  Tel. 307-298-0213    Email: petpantryoutreach@paws2helpwy.org

Paws2Help Foundation – a 501c3 non profit corporation helping provide financial means for homeless animals receive medical care. With our additional community service programs Paws2Help4Pits, Trap/Neuter/Release – Wyoming (Casper), and Paws2Help Pet Pantry Outreach brings the community together by providing a full circle solution since 2006.

Website: www.paws2helpwy.org   Email: paws2help@bresnan.net    Phone: (307) 215-3034

Altitude Veterinary Hospital – providing comprehensive and compassionate veterinary care and pet services year after year, making us the animal clinic of choice for pet owners in and around the Casper community since 1957. Altitude Veterinary Hospital offers the Casper community medical, surgical, and dental services, as well as emergency vet care. We also have in-house boarding and grooming facilities, making our veterinary facility a one stop shop for your pet’s health and medical needs

Website: www.popishvet.com  Phone: (307) 234-7333

Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies – Fighting hunger, feeding hope serving all 23 counties of Wyoming with the help of our 200 member agencies. In the past year, just over 5 million pounds of food was distributed to more than 55,000 of our Wyoming neighbors. Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies is Wyoming’s food bank. With more than 9,000 volunteer hours as the driving force behind the success of our programs, we are working to end hunger in Wyoming. Please consider becoming a part of the effort to end hunger in Wyoming by supporting WFBR: donate food, funds, or time. You CAN make a difference.

Website: www.foodbankrockies.org/wyomingfbr/wyoming-home/ Phone: (307) 265-2172

Natrona County Meals on Wheels – To assist the elderly and/or homebound people of Natrona County maintain their independence and integrity, as well as their physical and mental health in the dignity of their own homes and environments, Natrona County Meals On Wheels prepares and delivers nutritionally tailored meals via caring community volunteers.

Website: www.mealsonwheels.com Phone: (307) 265-8659

“Around the Bend” featuring Beth Gleason on display at SAGE Exhibit Gallery in Sheridan

“Around the Bend,” featuring art work by Beth Gleason, will be on display March 1-29th at the SAGE Exhibit Gallery, located in Sheridan College Main St., 171 N. Main, in Sheridan.  The Artist’s Reception will be Thursday, March 14th, from 5:30-7pm.  This reception is open to the public and refreshments will be served.

Hours for the SAGE Exhibit Gallery are 9:00 am-4:30 pm, Monday – Friday. 

 The SAGE Exhibit Gallery is operated by the Sheridan Artists’ Guild, Et al.  Become a member of SAGE for just $40 per year.  For more information, visit the Sagebrush Community Art Center, located in the Historic Train Depot at 201 E. 5th St. in Sheridan, or online at www.artinsheridan.com

The five finalists for the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s 2013 Bull-Bransom Award feature illustrators’ unique takes on wildlife, from tiny mouse to friendly moose.

Five Children’s Book Illustrators Named Finalists for Bull-Bransom Award 

National Museum of Wildlife Art to announce winner in Jackson Hole May 3

Jackson Hole, Wyoming – February 25, 2013 – Five children’s books have been selected as finalists in the 2013 Bull-Bransom Award competition:

Bear Has a Story to Tell, story by Philip C. Stead, illustrations by Erin E. Stead (Roaring Book Press, 2012)
More, story by I.C. Springman, illustrations by Brian Lies (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012)
Nightsong, story by Ariel Berk, illustrations by Loren Long (Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2012)
Oh, No!, story by Candace Fleming, illustrations by Eric Rohmann (Schwartz & Wade Books, 2012)
This Moose Belongs to Me, story and illustrations by Oliver Jeffers (Philomel Books, 2012)

Illustrators of the five books are under consideration for the award, which is presented annually by the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, Wyo., to recognize excellence in children’s book illustration with a focus on wildlife and nature.  The 2013 winner of the Bull-Bransom Award will be announced at the museum on May 3, 2013, as part of its Celebration of Young Artists event, with the winning illustrator invited to attend.

“The illustrations in the five finalist books for this year’s Bull-Bransom Award are beautiful, creative, and interesting,” says Bronwyn Minton, assistant curator of art for the museum and a member of the finalist selection panel. “This award continues to highlight talented illustrators of animals and humanity’s relationship with nature.”

Sylvia Long won the 2012 Bull-Bransom Award for her illustrations in A Butterfly Is Patient (Chronicle Books), written by Dianna Hutts Aston. The 2011 award went to Kevin Waldron for Tiny Little Fly (Walker Books). Both Long and Waldron are serving on this year’s judging committee to select the 2013 winner.

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 www.wildlifeart.org.  The museum is also active on Facebook and on Twitter at @WildlifeArtJH.


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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 jessicacates@sheridan.edu 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 www.photographsofthewest.org 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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