November is here, even if the weather continues to be gorgeously fall-like without much of the promised snow. It’s time for our annual Holiday Show! This year we are welcoming some new artists and bringing back some favorites. Artists participating come from Cheyenne, Laramie, Colorado, Oregon and Washington and include:
The Holiday Show opens Friday November 4 during the Artwalk, from 5-8 PM and runs through December 31, 2022.
This fall, we are featuring studio artist Eric Lee’s collages alongside Mike Olson’s ceramics. Eric Lee grew up in Cheyenne and is a local favorite. He retired from teaching art in the district 2 years ago. His collages hang in many people’s homes in the area and beyond! They, along with Mike’s ceramics, are what I like to think of as “liveable” pieces of art. They are easy to live with–sized well, and interesting to look at in any room of the house, and a gift that keeps giving: every time the viewer sees one of these pieces, there’s always more to see, or something new. Eric will have a collage table out for people to participate in creating their own on September 2 during the Artwalk, when we will also welcome Bonamo to play music and the Art Haus.
Mike Olson grew up in Casper and returned there as Casper College’s ceramics professors, where he presides over a varied program that includes wood firing. His pieces are texture rich and a pleasure both visually and tactilely. He will be demonstrating and talking about his work at the October 7 Artwalk.
Pictured below: 3 bowls by Mike Olson; Taxi by Eric Lee
Clay Paper Scissors and Mystery Print Gallery are proud to present the 3rd Rendezvous, a juried exhibition of Wyoming art. Wyoming artists working in a variety of media and subject matter are invited to participate in this two-part exhibition showcasing the breadth of Wyoming’s artwork. The exhibition is split into two parts, and both parts are shown in Cheyenne and Pinedale. We had a wonderful response to the call for entries, and selection was a challenge given all the beautiful, thoughtful artwork being created around Wyoming.
The first part of the exhibition in Cheyenne will be from June 3–July 16, with an opening on June 3 from 5-8 PM during the Cheyenne Artwalk. The second part of the exhibition will come to Clay Paper Scissors in mid-July, opening on July 21 with a reception during the August 5 Artwalk, also from 5-8 PM. The exhibition includes artists from across the state. Artists in the June/July portion of the exhibition include:
Christopher Amend, Gillette
Cindy Aune, Cody
Barbara Bogart, Laramie
W. Lemen Bredehoft, Laramie
Joseph Cipro, Alpine
Jill Hartley, Rock Springs
Ben Hesse, Laramie
John Keeling, Centennial
Nita Kehoe, Riverton
Anna Lisa Naig, Cheyenne
James Overstreet, Cheyenne
Kevin Dean Ramler, Cheyenne
Rosie Ratigan, Lander
Amy Reed, Laramie
Michelle Visser, Laramie
Artists in the July-August part of the exhibition include:
Rendezvous is back! Rendezvous is a partnership between Clay Paper Scissors and Mystery Print Gallery in Pinedale, WY. Our goal is to showcase the very best of contemporary art made by Wyoming artists. We are open to all kinds of media and subject matter and encourage all Wyoming artists to apply!
May 25: Artwork must arrive at galleries. It may arrive via mail or be delivered.
June 2 Pinedale/June 3 Cheyenne: Exhibit opens
Mid-July: during this week, the two shows will be taken down, switched and reinstalled.
July 21: Exhibit reopens in both locations
August 27: Close. Artwork will be shipped back or may be picked up by artist.
Laramie artist Wendy Lemen Bredehoft brings us gorgeously colored, textured tapestries based on her pastel drawings and strappo prints. She sends these images to a company who weaves the tapestries, and then embellishes them by hand using a variety of embroidery techniques. Threading Through Time will be on display through March 2022.
This whole show begs to be touched! Between the fabric and the shapes of the pottery, tactile is the feel of this exhibit.
Joining the exhibit is Terry Kreuzer’s lovely raku. These forms beg to be touched, and the mix of classic raku with vintage objects is visually striking. These pieces make lovely gifts (however please note they are not recommended for anything liquid), perfect for graduation or Mother’s Day. The raku pieces will be up through the upcoming In the Garden show.
Clay Paper Scissors will offer independent study classes for teachers this summer. These classes allow teachers the opportunity to design their own learning to meet their personal interests and specific classroom needs. Classes this year may be taken for 1, 2 or 3 University of Wyoming or Professional Teaching Standards Board credits. Teachers develop their own learning and do it in the place and time convenient for them over the summer months. At the end of the summer, a short paper is due, along with documentation of learning. A phone number and email for questions are included on the registration information.
It’s time for our annual Holiday Show. Each year, we gather up work from artists we have featured during the year, and other artists who join us just for this show, and create a show of artwork that makes wonderful gifts for your loved ones, friends and yourself. This year, more than 30 artists are included! The artwork includes jewelry, ceramics, paintings and prints, small sculptures, ornaments, fun odd items, wood boxes and trees and so much. Come see the wonderful variety! This show will be up through January.
Jenny Dowd’s Short Stories is a visual compilation of drawings and sculptures in ceramic and metal. Each pieces tells a story, some whimsical, sometimes with a menacing edge, but always lighthearted. This show includes a collection of her Helpful Objects and Furniture Actors and each series comes with a short story. Come enjoy this lovely display of one artist’s interpretation of the world!
Jenny Dowd moved from Alpine, WY to NW Arkansas this summer with her husband Sam, also a ceramicist. They have both had functional work at Clay Paper Scissors in the past few years. Together they operate Dowd House Studios.
Opens September 9 during the Cheyenne Artwalk from 5-8 PM. Our regular hours are Thursday–Saturday from 11-3. Short Stories will be up through October 30, 2022.
Barns and Bovine features a new series by Cheyenne artist Steve Knox. “I had the idea for this series in the back of my mind and when I was offered the show, I decided to go with it.” Steve traveled around a large part of Wyoming looking at barns and photographing them for paintings with the goal of one barn painting per county in Wyoming. He also relied on friends and family to help him find barns in the counties he couldn’t get to with the demands of a full-time job teaching art and a growing family. The show included 24 paintings of barns, and was augmented by paintings of cows and bison. One of the things we enjoyed about this show was the variation in style on display. Steve used everything from very realistic to more painterly or almost impressionist styles to a very modernist style. The show included some pieces which were closeups of the beautiful ways barns weather. In addition, the gallery featured tumbled stone jewelry by Bob Tucker, also of Cheyenne, and pottery by multiple artists.
Shoulders of Giants features large scale graphite works by Pinedale artist David K. Klarén. These large pieces seem to float on the wall, as they are unframed and the hanging system is invisible to the viewer. Based on iconic images from pre-history to the present, these images pay homage to the many influences on any artist. The exhibition includes some sculptural pieces, including one based on the Venus of Willendorf, carved from wood and covered in a shining layer of graphite. The Venus, and indeed all the artworks in the exhibition, is on a much larger scale than the original piece. Additionally, the original Venus is smooth, while Klarén’s version is gorgeously accented by the wood grain. This stunning show is a must see!