Fiber artist Alberto Alcantara has worked on ranches in his native Peru and the western united States for more than 50 years. Alberto learned the art of batik at the Running Cat studio in Laramie. In addition to his work with batik, Alberto's interest in experimentation has led him to create works of surface design using fiber reactive dyes and fabric pens. Alberto's work consists of colorful folk renditions of animals with humorous and winsome expressions. His Peruvian heritage and keen observation of the animals he has worked with, and the wildlife around him, have strongly influenced his work.
Image: 4 Moose (detail)
Luke Anderson is a landscape painter originally from Cheyenne. Now operating out of Laramie, Luke paints the diverse landscapes of the American west in acrylic and oil. Luke has had solo and group shows in Cheyenne, and produces commissioned pieces in the Laramie area and surrounding states. Luke also works for Wyoming's historic preservation nonprofit organization the Alliance for Historic Wyoming.
Image: Hidden Falls
The artwork of Jodi Atherton reflects her experiences in an elegant, playful, yet sometimes dark way as she navigates her creative journey. Found objects tell part of her story and she intuitively trusts that everything going into the work contributes to the finished sculpture, “every tiny and precious detail working together.” Jodi’s social media presence keeps both her and her viewers busy, as she employs two Websites: www.JodieAtherton.com and www.WhitewaterCeramics.com, Facebook: www.facebook.com/JodieAthertonArtist, and Twitter at twitter.com/JodieAtherton, as well as Instagram at Instagram.com/JodieAthertonArtist
Image: Ever-After, multi-media sculpture
John is a 1954 Wyoming native, and graduate of Cheyenne East High’s 1972 class; he earned his Bachelors of Fine Arts from Western Kentucky University in 1981. A resident of Wyoming from 1960-1974, and 1984 to present, he adds, “I have lived and worked in Wyoming for most of my life. I’ve been drawing, painting, and sculpting as long as I can remember. My fascination with form and the expression of it has been with me always. It is through the awareness and critical observation of form that we come to a greater appreciation and understanding of our mutual realities.”
Image: Sunrise-Indian Grave Meadow, oil painting
Molded from scrap wood, foam, cardboard, fabric and paper, then cast in scrap iron, each piece is finished with an acrylic patina inspired by the colors often seen in tailings ponds and landscapes of mining sites in the west. This series delves into the contradictions inherent in defining landscape and beauty. Bredehoft’s work explores and is informed by landscape and place, using a variety of materials to convey ideas through texture, form, color and more. Bredehoft received a 2016 Wyoming Arts Council Visual Arts Fellowship Honorable Mention Award.
Image: The Tailings Project, 2015, acrylic patina on cast scrap iron
Mack Brislawn’s contemporary landscapes reflect his growing up on a pioneer homestead west of Devil’s Tower. His oils and watercolors express the mood of the hills and prairies. He says, “hopefully, this lifts the landscape to the realm of the ideal and universal.” Brislawn aims for his work to capture “the tactile quality and brute energy of nature herself, drawing nourishment from the past , and recreating the feeling of experiencing that space.” Mack holds a MA from the University of Wyoming, and earned certificates from the Rocky Mountain School of Art; Creighton University; and the Scottsdale Artist’s School.
Image: Red Desert Draw, oil
I started taking art classes at LCCC in Laramie in 2008. Then moved on to UW Art Dept. for more Art classes. Most of my work is oil on board or canvas. I painted some larger paintings (36 x 48 inches) but prefer to limit myself to 18 x 24 inches and smaller. I like to paint wildlife, (moose, antelope, wolves, coyotes, fox and wild horses) in their natural wild setting. Over the past few years, I have made studies of Runguis and Bateman to improve my talent.
Image: High Country, 2016, oil on canvas, 18 x 24 in
CL Christian has lived in Wyoming for 30 years. She has a graduate degree from the LCCC Albany County campus. She is a second generation artist. In 2014, she opened her own online CLC Studio. Since November of 2014, she has had an ongoing exhibit at Jeannie’s BFF’s Hair Salon at 409 Bradley in Laramie, at Touchstone 2014, in local coffee shops, and at the LCCC Albany campus.
Image: Super Moon over Vedauwoo, 2014, oil
I received a BFA in ceramics from the University of Iowa. After moving to Laramie, my focus shifted to photography, as I fell in love with the landscape. I am drawn to texture, movement, water and the ever changing light as it plays across the vast expanse of the high plains and mountains. Since 2015 I have been exploring the Laramie Range from east of Laramie and up into the northern part of Albany County. This will be the fourth time I have participated in Touchstone. I will be printing images for Touchstone in my Laramie studio.
Image: View from Black Mountain, photograph
Jimmy Devine, a native of Brooklyn, New York, graduated from Rocky Mountain College in Montana. Devine has worked as a fashion artist, television art director, sports illustrator, and now paints cowboys from old west legend and lore. Devine has received awards and recognition through Western Art Shows, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. "After years of illustrating, I’m enjoying painting old west scenes, in a realist style with attention to details in mid-nineteenth century cowboy gear. Devine’s favorite subjects are the old west cowboy, lawmen, and cowboy musicians of the era - depicted in everyday scenes of cowboy life. The opportunity to transport someone back in American History is the inspiration that drives him to paint.
Image: St. Matthew’s Cathedral, 2016, graphite
Ken Driese is an award-winning photographer based in Laramie, Wyoming. Ken’s work is wide ranging, and while rooted in the tradition of documentary photography, explores cultural landscapes in Wyoming and abroad, including China and Uganda . In 2004 he won the Banff Mountain Photography Competition for Mountain Adventure, and he has won other national and local awards. His work appears regularly in the Casper Star Tribune, and has also been published in magazines including B&W, Color, Rock and Ice, Climbing, Wyoming Wildlife, and others. Ken’s work can be seen on his website: www.kendriesephoto.com; and his blog: boobyhatcher.blogspot.com.
Image: Abandoned Building, Shawnee, Wyoming, archival photographic print, 12 x 18 inches
Painter Jerry Glass holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s fine art degrees from the University of Wyoming, and a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Arizona. His popular work is primarily in oil, and the distinctive subject matter includes arrangements, townscapes, abandoned vehicles, trains, and the occasional landscape. Glass’s multiple-award-winning work has exhibited extensively throughout the West and Southwest. His works have been purchased for museum, government, and academic institutions' collections, as well as by private collectors. His website at www.jerryglass.net features a variety of his works and offers the opportunity to learn his processes.
Image: The Jeffrey's Bench, 2015, oil
The wide-open experience of Wyoming, a piece of weathered wood or discarded leather: they are my inspiration. Repurposing, distressing, or dying are possibilities for my “Glove People” or masks, and also affect my handmade paper creations.My art is never static, evolving away from pottery and stained glass to very small watercolor landscapes, and now, “Glove People.” Northwest Coast and Plains Indian art influence my masks and Glove People that are ethnic and gender-neutral. The viewer makes the determination. The bodies tell me about what embellishments (or lack thereof) they require. Mary Back was my art teacher in Dubois, and I followed in her footsteps. My MFA project at the University of Wyoming in 1988 was a small book, “The Wishing Well,” printed on a 100 year-old press and on handmade cottonwood paper, with wood- block illustrations and bound in buckskin. A dance production based on the book was performed at the University’s Theatre and Dance Department that same year.
Image: Glove People
Celeste Havener has both BS and MS degrees in Soil Science from the University of Wyoming. She has lived and gardened in Centennial Valley for almost 40 years. The owner, along with husband Gary, of High Horse Farms, she is passionate about local food and for 15 years has been involved with farmers’ marketeering. She and her husband, Gary, own High Horse Farm, which sells salad greens, and edible flowers to the Big Hollow Food Coop and at Laramie Local Community Market. She enjoys painting and her landscapes derive inspiration from and celebrate the beauty of the world around her. She notes that, “Native wildlife and landscape provide constant sources of images daring me to capture them!”
Sensitivity, an acute awareness of how life spins around him and his deep Western family roots all intertwine in Dan Hayward’s impressive, hugely varying photography archive created since 1976. He seamlessly blends knowledge from his long commercial photography career with the freedom he finds when photographing American Spanish Mustangs and aerial and ground-based images of the Western landscape. His acclaimed, award-winning photos elicit smiles, gasps and even tears.
Enjoy Hayward’s fresh, new, innovative look to his fine art photos of Spanish Mustangs and Wyoming’s Red Desert at this year’s LAP Exhibit.
Image: 2 Spanish Mustangs At the Crack of Dawn, Photographic Compo-Tych Metal Print, 2016.
Clay Johnson was born and raised in Durham, NC, where he studied art and art history at Duke University, receiving a B.A. degree in 1985. He then worked for several years as assistant to painter Robert Natkin in Connecticut and New York City. He began exhibiting paintings in 1998, mostly in New York, San Francisco, and Washington DC. Clay is represented by Elins Eagles-Smith Gallery in San Francisco and William Havu Gallery in Denver, where exhibitions are scheduled for November 2016 and January 2017 respectively. Clay currently lives and works in Laramie, Wyoming.
Image: The South #2, 2016 acrylic on panel, 24 x 24 inches
Lee Lane is a Wyoming contemporary realist landscape painter. He displayed artistic abilities in his youth. He studied drawing, oil painting, and etching at UW on the G.I. Bill. He was awarded a BFA in 1981 and an MFA in 1983. Lee has participated in exhibitions in Wyoming and Colorado. He was awarded an Honorable Mention in the Douglas, Wyo., Railroad Days exhibition. His inspiration is in the natural Rocky Mountain West. Lane retired from active military duty service in 2006, and now serves as Adjunct Professor at Laramie County Community College, teaching drawing, oil painting, and art history.
Image: Laramie Peak at Dusk, oil on board
Fiber artist Crystal Lawrence works with vivid colors on natural fiber. She experiments with many different dyeing techniques, thread work and hand embellishments. Crystal applies these techniques to a variety of styles including florals, animals and patterns found in nature, to create works that are unique.
Image: Racing the Sun (detail)
Linda Lillegraven received her BA in art from San Diego State University in 1970, and a BS in zoology in 1972. She earned an MS in biology from the University of Utah in 1975. A summer doing research in an isolated corner of Utah convinced her that she wanted more than anything to paint the great open landscapes of the West. Living in Laramie, Wyoming provides infinite opportunities to paint the high, open country that she loves. Her work is in numerous public and private collections around the West. She is represented by Big Horn Galleries, Cody, Wyoming and Tubac, Arizona, and Wild Horse Gallery in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
Image: Wyoming Moonrise, oil on linen
RoseMarie London’s photography is inspired by the authenticity and evocations of place: the traditions, histories and the idiosyncrasies of regional cultures and politics. Selections from The Art of the Pick-Up, London’s on-going series of rodeo pick-up men, exhibited during Pop-Up Laramie, at the Nagel Warren Mansion, has been invited to the Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum’s Western Spirit Art show and the Sagebrush Art Center’s Photography Show, and are on permanent display in the Peaks Convention Center at The Inn at Lander, Lander, Wyo. Her photography has been published in Hobart Magazine and Matter Magazine.
Image: Hats, color photograph
Ginnie Madsen is a fine-art printmaker, and painter. Her work develops from direct observation or recollections of situations and places with which she is familiar. Madsen earned a BFA from the University of Chicago, and taught elementary school art. After moving to Laramie, she earned an MFA at UW in 1991. She taught drawing, sculpture and print making classes at UW for ten years. Her work has been in regional and national shows and I have had a few solo shows. Madsen’s work received a Wyoming Arts Council Fellowship in 2007.
Image: Early Spring, 2014, orignal relief print, 6 x 6 inches
The fine artwork of Jon Madsen “grows out of ideas and sensations which come to me from many sources…observation of the natural world, ―of what happens in my paintings and drawings, and speculation on ‘what could come next.” Sometimes it is implied by a recent painting. Madsen received his BFA and MFA degrees in Art from UW. From 1995 to 2008, he taught drawing and watercolor classes at the University of Wyoming. He has been actively entering competitive shows and has been featured in several one-person shows. He also was awarded Wyoming Arts Council Fellowships in 2000 and 2006.
Image: A Way Through, 2016, oil, 22 x 28 inches
Art making has always been a venue for centering and expressing my heart’s desires. Through yoga, nature and advanced art studies, I came to experience ‘familiar ground’ in the sacred symbols and geometry of art/architecture at the heart of spiritual traditions from diverse cultures. Exploring the elements (earth, water, fire, air) and cosmos (moon, planets, etc.) as well as the heart’s infinite capacity for love, my art reflects the potential for personal and planetary evolution. Art making allows me to visually illuminate my inner reflections on what it means to be human and divine.
Image: Pele’s Passionate Heart, 2014, plywood, cradled encausticbord, wood trim, acid free paper, encaustic, fiber trims, transfer decals, glue, rock, crystal
Susan Moldenhauer is a photographer whose current work pays homage to the driving experience of the American West where the speed is fast and the landscape flickers by in fragments. Panorama in format and made from moving vehicles, the I80@80 series continues her exploration of synchronistic moments when elements of composition, light and timing coalesce. The manifestation of place is articulated by its architecture and underscored by an element of the unknown in the making of the images. Moldenhauer received a 2016 Wyoming Visual Arts Fellowship for this series.
Image: 821, I80@80, 2015 | Laramie, WY, archival pigment print
Tara Pappas is a local Wyoming mixed media artist and art educator. Drawing from her knowledge of fairy tales, folklore, and fables, Tara strives to create visual stories, embodying the timelessness of the fantastic and its connection with the ordinary. Each of her paintings is meant to capture a moment of a story that has yet to be told—encouraging the viewer to take on the role of storyteller.
Image: The Light Catchers, 2016, mixed media collage, acrylic, and archival ink, 18 x 36
As a seeker of light, stars, and honest moments, allured by Wyoming’s big mountains and dark skies with her rescue dog in tow, Allison Pluda, owner of Seneca Creek Studios, brings the experience to life with her signature style and unique fine art metal prints of big landscapes, skyscapes, and astrophotography. Allison is a full time professional photographer with a fine art gallery and portrait studio in downtown Laramie, Wyoming. She brings the same passion she feels when gazing at the stars camped in the mountains to every fine art print, portrait session, assignment, or workshop.
Image: Gazing Up at the Milky Way in the Mountains of Wyoming, photograph on metal, 16 x 24 inches
Ed Sherline is a photographer specializing in stunning landscapes of Wyoming. Born in 1959 in Evanston, Illinois, Sherline has worked as a philosophy professor at the University of Wyoming for more than twenty-five years. He is also a long-time member of the Laramie Artists Project and exhibited regularly in Touchstone Laramie. Ed has received multiple Wyoming Arts Council grants, and his prints have often been selected for the Governor’s Capital Arts Exhibit and received purchase awards. His extraordinary award-winning photographs have been published in Wyoming Wildlife magazine.
Image: Stairwell, 2014, photographic image
The fine artwork of Gail Shive has been exhibited in galleries from New Mexico to New York, and enjoyed by collectors world-wide. Gail has exhibited with fellow Laramie Art Project artists in Touchstone in 2012, 2014, 2016. This work of acrylic on canvas is indicative of her evocative work. Shive’s work stirs and uplifts viewers, and she has received awards for her paintings, as well as a Fellowship Exhibit from the Wyoming Arts' Council for her multimedia work. You will find new work by Shive in November’s Touchstone exhibition, so be sure to put this on your calendar now.
Image: Clouds, 2000, oil on canvas
I am a self-taught artist who has been in the business of creating since I hung my first painting on the wall when I was just a child. I have my Bachelor's Degree in Education and Master's Degree in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Wyoming. I have had numerous opportunities to travel the world and feel inspired by these unique opportunities. I am lucky enough to live in the mountains of Wyoming and love to explore them with my sweet pound-dog, Maci.
Image: Untitled, 13x11" Medium: watercolor and ink
Doc Thissen began capturing images in the mid-1970s with a circa 1960’s Minolta A5 Rangefinder. After thirty years of being self-taught, Doc earned a degree from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco at the end of 2013. Today he is actively pursuing a career in documentary photography with a twist; he approaches the work with a fine art perspective. His current project is titled Bypassed: The Lincoln Highway Across Wyoming. His previous projects include Historically Insignificant: The Story of the Laramie Midwest Refinery and Make No Roads.
Image: Church of Egbert, Media, 2014, digital print
René’s emphasis is sculpture and metalsmithing. She merges unique materials and methods and has developed some unconventional techniques while exploring merging organic materials with glass, concrete, metal and unusual materials. A recent collaboration with UW geologists, botanists and a paleobotanist has inspired “Science Loves Art”, a concept that engages the public with art and science. René’s artwork has been exhibited in juried fine art shows and exhibitions in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Boulder, Colorado, Denver, Colorado, Steamboat Springs, Colorado, Laramie, Wyoming and Austin, Texas.
Image: Concrete Fossils, cement and organic materials, 18 x 18 inches
A native of Wyoming, Wilson-Cazier received her first art award at the age of five. She holds multiple honors, an AA with President’s Honors from LCCC, a Bachelor’s of Science, and a Masters in the Arts from UW, and is a WICHE Scholar of interdisciplinary doctoral studies from Washington State University. She has taught fine art and English for UW, Northwest CC in Powell, and Washington State University. Her national-award-winning work is in private collections worldwide. She currently owns Honey Tree Studios, enjoying sales of her traditional transparent watercolors and contracts for national magazine illustration work.
Image: White Mountains, 1994, traditional transparent watercolor on 300# D’Arches rag rough
Colleen Friday is a Northern Arapaho artist who is also currently studying rangeland ecology and watershed management at the University of Wyoming. Her artwork starts as penciled geometric designs on graph paper which then make their way into digital collages, lasercut jewelry, fabric prints and aerosol paintings. She uses designs adapted from those she learned from her mother, a beadwork artist, as well as imagery inspired by Arapaho symbolism, stories, historical figures and current events.
Image: Red Buffalo. 2014. Aerosol on canvas. 35” x 46”