Shoulders of Giants

Benchmark (C.M. Russell, 1824-1926) by David K. Klarén. Graphite on Arches Cover, 2011, 68 x 52.5″

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!

An image of the show on display with Venus (Willendorf, Austria, 23,000 BCE) in the foreground. Other sculptures behind and to the left, Saqqara Bird (Saqqara, Egypt, 2000 BCE) and Stargazer (Cycladic, 5000 BCE). Drawings include Essence (Deborah Butterfield 1999) and Document (Altamira, Spain 34,000 BCE). Both drawings are graphite on Arches Cover. All artwork by David K. Klarén. Sculptures are wood and graphite; drawings are graphite on Arches Cover.

Classes for 2021

We continue to offer classes to help arts teachers rejuvenate and hone their skills, or develop completely new ones. This year we are delighted to offer the opportunity to music and theater teachers as well. These classes can be taken for credit–either University of Wyoming graduate credit or Wyoming Professional Teaching Standards Board credits. Thus, classes can be used to renew licensure and/or move over on the payscale.

These classes are completely self-motivated and independent, can be done from anywhere and are time-flexible. Each participant chooses what they will study and writes a short proposal. They then study and create, and document their work. Finally, a short paper is submitted along with documentation of the work they have done. In the visual arts, classes have been used for everything from reacquainting oneself with clay and developing projects suitable for the elementary classroom to teaching oneself advanced glazing techniques. In 2-dimensional art, teachers have used them to enhance their watercolor skill, or develop a sketchbook process which is then used in the classroom, or learning a variety of printing techniques and figuring out how to adapt them to the classroom. Really, a teacher can do whatever takes their fancy. We are excited to see what music and theater teachers come up with! This would be a great way to develop some technical skills in theater, or perhaps to teach yourself about new music for use in the classroom from a more diverse group of composers.

Classes can be taken for either UW credit (3 credits; additional cost of $150) or 1, 2 or 3 PTSB credits.

Please see below for the registration forms, which also include syllabi.

In the Garden 2021

Hopeful Flowers 2 by Lynn Newman (16×24 oil)

After a year of pandemic, and the gray of winter, it’s time for flowers and the garden! Come enjoy this show of artwork inspired by and made for the garden. This show features a lot of items made with cloth. Bethany Birkemeyer dyes silk scarves with natural materials found in the environment. Cindy Paul creates quilts with themes from nature. Cathe Sowin uses scraps of fabric and leftover beads to create sculptures, jewelry and more. Another interesting addition to the show are Kathryn Bethna’s wrapped rocks. She selects them from rivers and wraps them, sometimes with other objects, to create objects both interesting to look at and touch. In addition, we have collages, prints, paintings, and pottery. Our featured artists are:

  • Cindy Paul
  • Mike Olson
  • Debora Soulé
  • Lynn Newman
  • Ginnie Madsen
  • Phillippa Lack
  • Eric Lee
  • Bethany Birkemeyer
  • Sarah Konrad
  • Kira Heater
  • Cathe Sowin Puckett
  • Russ Skinner
  • Kathryn Bethna
  • Christine Ginnity, Kickwheel Creative
  • Peter Meyer
  • Monking Bird Pottery

This exhibit continues through May 8, 2021. We will be open for Artwalks on March 11 and April 8 from 5-8, and on Fridays and Saturdays from 11-3, or by request.

Summer Class Update

Clay Paper Scissors is offering two new summer classes this year! We are offering independent study in music and theater for teachers or anyone else interested. Similar to our visual arts classes, these allow the student to design what it is they want to learn, submit a proposal, spend time learning and then document their learning. These classes are also three credits from either the Professional Teaching Standards Board or University of Wyoming. These classes make perfect socially distanced learning, as they can be done in the place of your choice, at the time of your choosing. They are very flexible and intended to allow teachers to truly build skills in areas where they feel they are lacking. These can be personal enrichment, or specific to teaching.

The classes we are offering this summer include:

2D Registration 2020 summer (Visual Arts)

3D registration summer 2020 (Visual Arts)

theater registration summer 2020

music registration summer 2020


Participants can take more than one, and can also take them multiple times. Classes are $200. PTSB credit is free; UW credit costs $150.

To register, mail or email the registration form. We accept checks, credit cards and school vouchers. To pay by credit card, call us.

Coronavirus Times

We have been closed since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. We are continuing to monitor the situation. At this time, we are open by appointment only. If you’d like to come in, we will be wearing masks, and encourage you to do so as well. We will also work with people electronically (through facetime or pictures) if you are looking for an item. Curbside pickup, and delivery in the Cheyenne area are also available. Our In the Garden show is still up at this time, so we have a wide variety of items available.

We appreciate your support of the arts.

Summer Classes

We hope everyone is staying well.

If you are looking for credits for license renewal or for moving on the pay scale (or both!), we are offering two independent classes this summer. These are done on your own time, wherever you are. You decide what you will study and how you will do it. These classes are three credits, which is broken out as 40 hours of study, and 5 hours for writing your proposal, taking pictures and writing your final paper. These classes have been used for everything from in depth exploration of a specific glaze type to reacquainting or learning a new medium to just rediscovering your own artistic process.
You can take one or both classes, and you can take them again if you have taken them in the past. Both classes are approved for either PTSB or University of Wyoming graduate credit–your choice.

The registration forms are attached. If you have questions, please be in touch.

3D registration summer 2020

2D Registration 2020 summer

In the Garden 2020


“Where did you plant the catnip?” by Debora Soulé

In the Garden welcomes spring! This multi-artist show features artwork inspired by and created for the garden. In the Garden opens February 13, 2020 during the February Artwalk from 5-8 PM and runs through March, 2020. Artists include:

  • Alisha Isaacson, Cheyenne
  • Christine Ginnity, Windsor, CO
  • Janice Lee, Cheyenne
  • Cal Fulfer, Worland
  • Barrie Lynn Bryant, Kirby
  • Robert Vore, Beulah
  • Mae Orm, Pinedale
  • RoseMarie London, Laramie
  • Phillippa Lack, Cheyenne
  • Richard Burke, Pinedale
  • Nanch Vejrostek, Cheyenne
  • Lynn Newman, Cheyenne
  • Rhonda Schmmeltzer, Worland
  • AB Word, Kirby
  • Cathe Sowin Puckett, Cheyenne
  • Ginnie Madsen, Laramie
  • Kevin Ramler, Cheyenne
  • Karyne Dunbar, Shell
  • Jon Madsen, Laramie

10 Year Mint Tin Show

In honor of Clay Paper Scissor’s 10 year anniversary, we invited artists to create a piece of art using a mint tin we provided. Forty artists returned work, some more than one. We are surprised and humbled and awed by the range of creative work returned by artists. 

The artists who participated included:

  • Eileen Adragna
  • Dianne Baldwin
  • Rita Basom
  • Angi Beauheim
  • Katy Brammer
  • Desiree Brothe
  • Jenny Dowd
  • Sam Dowd
  • Karyne Dunbar
  • Shari Figgins
  • Justine Gaspar
  • Abi Paytoe Gbayee
  • Cody Geran
  • Judy Gilmore
  • Linda Gregory
  • Kira Heater
  • Jean Irwin
  • Alisha Isaacson
  • Carol Jeanotilla
  • Connie Johns
  • Nita Kehoe
  • Jennie Kiessling
  • Phillippa Lack
  • Amelia Marlatt
  • Nancy Marlatt
  • Mona Monroe
  • Ron Morgan
  • Brittany Mosier
  • Anna Naig
  • Berta Newton
  • Mike Olsen
  • Do Palma
  • Win Ratz
  • Melanie Shovelski
  • Meggan Stordahl
  • Peggy Stumpf
  • Esther Trevino-Neaslony
  • Aimee Ringer Tuite
  • Gail Watford
  • Mary Fair Whitlatch

The Hidden Language of Horses: Interpretations of the Horse by 4 Contemporary Wyoming Artists

From John Giarrizzo’s quiet look at horses in their herds to Lynn Newman’s extravagant colors to the movement in every line of Mark Ritchie’s prints to David Klarén’s stylized scenes, this show has something for everyone!


John Giarrizzo, from a series titled Within the Herd (watercolor).

Klaren series cropped

David Klarén, from left to right: “Stallion” (oil on canvas); “Stallion” (oil on canvas and found ceramic object); “Two Flags” (oil on canvas).


Lynn Newman’s oil painting “Hidden Language Meeteetse WY”

Ritchie book cropped

“Running Lines” by Mark Ritchie (woodcut folded book)

Summer Classes for educators

We are offering two classes this summer. These classes are geared towards arts educators looking to get credit, but could also be used by other teachers interested in visual arts, including theater teachers looking to improve skills in the design aspects of theater.  Both are independent study classes–one in ceramics, the other in 2-D media. Both classes have been approved for 3 credits from either the  Professional Teaching Standards Board or the University of Wyoming. Classes are $200 each, plus the cost of UW credit if the student chooses that.

In both cases, the student will write a proposal detailing what they intend to learn and the methods they will use to learn it. Participants then spend 40 hours in independent learning. At the end of the period, they submit pictures of their work and a short paper about what was learned. Proposals have ranged wildly from getting reacquainted with clay and developing an elementary curriculum to exploration of a specific glaze type. If you aren’t sure your idea will work, please feel free to call or email us to talk about it prior to submitting your proposal. We are also open to unusual ideas, so call us if what you want to do doesn’t appear to fit exactly and let us help you!

The registration forms are here:

2D Registration 2019

Ceramics Registration 2019