Studio Show


March 2017 features Clay Paper Scissors studio artists Eric Lee, Mark Vinich and Camellia El-Antably. We rarely show our own work in this way, usually putting out pieces here and there. We’ve had lots of questions about our own work, so we thought this month would be a nice time to showcase some of it.

Eric Lee’s work is new, a continued exploration of collages. This body features materials made to look old and like wood collaged together. The pieces exude the serenity of vintage materials that have withstood the test of time.

Mark Vinich has a mix of older and new work. The collages have been shown before, but remain fresh to the eye. He also contributed multiple pieces of fused glass work, a new media which he has been exploring over the past few years. These pieces explode with color and imagery.

Camellia El-Antably is also showing a mix of old and new work. The drawings continue to draw in viewers to look closer at the patterns to discern meaning. Camellia has recently resumed making books, and this show includes two newer books, as well as a finished copy of an older book started while in London.

This show is up for one month only. We will be open at least one weekend, and possibly more during March.

New Work: Mixed Media Assemblages by Terry Kreuzer

Opening Thursday January 12, 2017 is New Work: Mixed Media Assemblages by Terry Kreuzer. Born and raised in Cheyenne, Terry is an immensely talented and versatile artist who works in a wide variety of media. These new, large-scale pieces explore concepts of the mind such as the ego and ID utilizing a lot of found objects. The show includes a number of pieces which utilize Raku masks, either alone or as part of a larger piece.


Left: Eureka! Dreaming with a Splash. Mixed media assemblage of found/bought objects mounted on plywood panel with electrical lighting component: rusted & crumpled green metal siding, vintage linoleum tiles, ceramic plate, rusted pipe, galvanized anchor screw, screw clamp, dog toy, steel planter & sphere, drift wood, food masher handle mechanism, foil, Velcro, arrow sign w/bulbs, wood lettering, oil paint , bungee cord, sheet metal & cardboard signage. $5000 Approximately 71″ x 50″ x 17″

Center: Green Garden Spirit. Hand-built Raku clay w/copper luster glaze and grape vine twigs. $400. Approximately 10″ x 10″

Right:Broken Mind. Mixed media assemblage of found/bought objects mounted on plywood panel: Hand-built Raku clay mask (broken), Raku clay totem face, cow rib bones, crushed pop can, antique  can opener & curling iron, fossilized brain coral, plastic jewelry box, silk, asphalt shingle, sediment sandstone rock, colored pencil & pigment, steel and xeroxed art images. $1200. Approximately 35″ x 22″ 5″.


I Am Reading

In honor of American Craft Week, our new show includes potter by Dandee Pattee of Casper; jewelry by Kevin Heater currently of Fort Collins and originally from Cheyenne; and quilts by Cindy Paul of Cheyenne.

Dandee Pattee works in earthenware creating functional ware with whimsical cat and dog images glazed into the pieces. Kevin Heater creates finely wrought metal necklaces and rings from silver and semi-precious stones. The jewelry is at once simple and elegant, suitable for wearing in a wide range of situations. Cindy Paul’s quilts feature gorgeous fabrics embellished with appliqué, embroidery and other handwork. Ranging in size from wall hanging to table runner, the quilts include abstracts and pieces inspired by African history and tales.

The title of the show comes from the question that Cindy Paul is asked all the time: what are you doing while you are listening to audio books? Quilting, of course!

Homeland Security/Caged Memories

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Image above: Nestitag Abortigo by Mary Jane Edwards from the Caged Memories series. Multi-media; 6″ x 8″ x 4″

Mary Jane Edwards’ multi-media pieces demonstrate sensitive use of materials to convey strong ideas. These thought-provoking pieces utilize metaphor and symbolism, inviting the viewer into a deeper investigation of universal themes. Familiar and challenging at once, these pieces offer a viewers a reflection on the world around us as it changes. Responding to current events, they remind us that one of the key reasons to look at art is to interpret and consider the world around us through a variety of lenses.

This exhibit is at Clay Paper Scissors for the months of August and September with Artwalk openings on August 11 and September 8, both from 5-8 PM. Mary Jane Edwards will be present at both Artwalks.

Biography for Mary Jane Edwards:

No stranger to the West, former art department head and professor of Art Emerita at the University of Wyoming Mary Jane Edwards is Executive Director of the Jentel Foundation on a working cattle ranch near Banner, Wyoming, where she welcomes visual artists and writers to an artists’ residency on a working cattle ranch. As an officer and board member, she has supported arts and advocacy organizations such as the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, the American Craft Council, the National Association of Arts Administrators and the National Campaign for Freedom of Expression. As a studio artist, she has had numerous exhibitions, received institutional grants, and presented workshops and lectures.  A passion for global travel in pursuit of culture shock makes her dream of filling a passport before it expires a reality. Born in DuQuoin, IL, Mary Jane grew up in Wichita Falls, TX and received her BA in studio art from the University of Dallas. She completed both MA and MFA degrees in ceramics at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb and taught ceramics in Rochester, NY, before moving to Laramie. Mary Jane spent summer vacations camping in Yellowstone and traveling in Wyoming from the age of five through graduate studies and then returned frequently to camp on her own.

Image below: Lukto by Mary Jane Edwards from the Homeland Security series. Mixed media. 9″ x 10″ x 11″

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Light & Pressure


Trio by Rede Ballard. Oil and Monoprint. 20 x 30

These luminous landscapes, mostly of northern Wyoming in the Cody and Crook County areas, are intriguing combinations of precise oil painting and the surprises generated by monoprinting. Rede Ballard combines these two processes to develop images full of light with skies as fascinating as those we see daily in Wyoming.

Rede Ballard is a native of Wyoming currently living in Gillette.


In The Garden

IMG_4142.JPGIn the Garden opened on April 14, 2016 and will run through May of 2016. We are delighted to have thirteen artists participating! The majority are from Cheyenne and the list includes:

The show follows our tradition of showing a wide range of artwork, in this case with a garden theme. We have everything from paintings and collages inspired by gardens to bird houses, feeders and pots for planting, with mugs, plant stakes, and sculpture in between.

In the Garden: Call for Entries

Clay Paper Scissors Gallery & Studio will have a garden themed show for April and May. This could be artwork made for use in or for decorating the garden, or work featuring gardens of all kinds. It can be realistic or abstract. We would like to emphasize items made for use in the garden or with plants, but are open to ideas. Surprise us!

If you would like to be considered for inclusion in this show, please send a few images or a website link that gives a sense of your work on the theme along with your name and phone number to by March 15 or sooner. Selected work would need to be delivered by April 5.

Clay Paper Scissors retains a 30% commission on all work sold during exhibits. Payment is made at the end of the show. 

Openings for the show will be April 14 and May 12 from 5-8 PM. Artists are encouraged to attend if possible. The show comes down at the end of May, and any unsold work will be returned at that time.

Thank you, and we look forward to seeing your work.

Mark Ritchie: Prints


Above: Naturalized Grazer II, woodcut by Mark Ritchie.

Currently on exhibit now are prints by Mark Ritchie. Featuring horses, the work is by turns bold and delicate, using line that seems almost hastily sketched until, looking at it, it is obvious that every line is carefully chosen. Pieces range from large scale such as 4′ by 4′ and 6′ by 3’on fabric and tyvec to intimate looks. A highly versatile printmaker, Ritchie uses woodcuts and intaglio methods in these prints.

The exhibit will be up through March 2016. Openings will be February 11 and March 10 from 5-8 PM and other hours as advertised. We are always open by appointment, usually fairly quickly (same day); please call or email to arrange.

Holiday Show

Opening today is a new show with multiple artists. With everything from large and small paintings to jewelry, driftwood bowls and pedestals, scarves, and pottery, there’s something for everyone! It’s a great opportunity to shop local and handmade for the holidays. The artist lineup includes:

Reading by David Romtvedt at Clay Paper Scissors

David Romtvedt, an award winning author, former Wyoming Poet Laureate, and musician, will visit Clay Paper Scissors Gallery & Studio on October 18 at 7PM. This event will include a reading from his new novel Zelestina Urza in Outer Space, discussion about Basque history, and the performance of Basque music on the trikitixa accordion and the violin by Romtvedt and his daughter Caitlin Belem.

His latest novel Zelestina Urza in Outer Space follows the lives of two women in northern Wyoming­-a Basque immigrant and a half Cheyenne, half Arapaho orphan. The author’s sharply humorous style, full of pop and literary references, blends the historical and magical into an engaging conversation with the reader. Zelestina Urza is a piercing look at the American West of the 20th century, showing two women, one immigrant, one native, both outsiders from the traditional narrative of Manifest Destiny.

Romtvedt’s books of poetry include Certainty, How Many Horses, Some Church and A Flower Whose Name I do Not Know which won the National Poetry Series award. His work has been selected for the Pushcart Prize and for two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, one in poetry and the other an international fellowship in poetry and music. He is a recipient of a Wyoming Arts Council literature fellowship and the Wyoming Governor’s Arts Award. Romtvedt serves as faculty member in the MFA program for writers at University of Wyoming. He is a founder and current board member of Worlds of Music, a foundation devoted to giving people the opportunity to participate in the making of music from cultures around the world.  With the Fireants he has produced three recordings: It’s Hot (About Three Weeks a Year), Bury My Clothes, and Ants On Ice. The music is influenced by Cajun and Creole music of Louisiana, by Conjunto music of Texas, by the African American string band tradition of the North Carolina Piedmont, and by the coastal musics of northern Colombia.

Caitlin Belem performs with the Fireants as well as with the Seattle based group Maracujá which plays Cuban, Brazilian, and Colombian son, samba, forro, cumbia, and bossa nova.  With her father she also plays traditional Music of the Basque Country.

This event is made possible by the University of Nevada Center for Basque Studies with support from the Johnson County (Wyoming) Library Foundation, the Caitlin Long Excellence Fund, the University of Wyoming English Department, and the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund, a program of the Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources.